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Rotary is the world's oldest and most important service organizationwith over 1,200,000 members in more than 30,000 clubs spread throughout 180countries. District 6880 has four active Rotary clubs in the Montgomery area seeking to serve the community. For a few examples locally, these clubs help MACOA provide Meals on Wheels, recently they built the Rotary downtown dog park, planted trees around Montgomery including Oak Park, and delivered dictionaries to third grade students all around Montgomery. The Montgomery clubs are an imporrtant part of Rotary District 6880, led by past District Governor Skip Dotherow, of the Montgomery Sunrise Club. The District encompasses cities as far north as Clanton down to Mobile, Fairhope and Dothan. Through the generosity of 6880 Rotarians, local communities are able to provide services and structures and supplies for those in need. District 6880 built a house in Lee County last year for a displaced family as a result of the deadly tornadoes.

 In every corner of the world, it seems that not a single person or community is unaffected by COVID-19. You may be wondering how to stay focused on our work eradicating polio when we are dealing with a pandemic caused by a virus for which there is not yet a vaccine — a situation similar to what the world faced with the poliovirus not so long ago.


The COVID-19 pandemic response requires worldwide solidarity and an urgent global effort. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), with thousands of polio workers and an extensive laboratory and surveillance network, has a moral imperative to ensure that these resources are used to support countries in their preparedness and response.

We can be proud that in the ever-connected world of global health, the polio infrastructure that Rotarians have helped build is already being used to address — and stop the spread of — the new coronavirus, in addition to serving countless other health needs. In Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, where polio personnel and assets have a significant presence, workers from all GPEI partners are engaged in surveillance, health worker training, contact tracing, and more. In 13 countries, polio volunteers have been deployed to address COVID-19 preparations and response.

8488 jpegWe recognize that the COVID-19 emergency means that some aspects of the polio eradication program will be affected. While addressing the new challenges of today, the most important thing that Rotary members can do to continue the fight to end polio is to sustain our commitment. We are aiming to reach our fundraising goal of $50 million this year so we can work to safely reach all children with the polio vaccine. In the midst of a global pandemic, we understand that attention to polio eradication will be temporarily diverted, and this makes it all the more vital for Rotarians to remain strongly committed to fighting polio and not let our progress be eroded.

DG Skip

 

Rotary International has slightly more than 1.2 million members, the same number we have cited for the past 4 years. So what is going on? Over the last 4 years (maybe longer) our International membership has hovered around 1.2 million members. We seem to recruit close to 500,000 new members world wide, yet continue to show a static growth figure.

GHaungsm“We are so pleased to have Sam and Mary in the Society and thank them for the impact they are making through the work of Rotary around the world”

– Rotary Foundation Chair Gary Haung, Taiwan

 

Evanston, IL, USA, 28 October 2019 — Past President of the Montgomery Rotary Club, Sam Adams and his wife, the former Mary Virginia Martin were thanked as they became the first ever Arch Klumph Society members from Alabama Rotary District 6880. The District covers all of central and south Alabama.

The District water well project for Zambia has been completed. Phase 1, the well for Wachema, Zambia is complete and is providing clean, clear water for the village and school. On October 6, 2019 the well was completed and went operational. Serving a community of 200 villagers and a school of 350 pupils, this is the first time since 1998 the village has access to water. While we celebrate with our partner Choose Water, we know there is much still to be done. The district 6880 Foundation has set up an account to receive donations to help us complete well # 2. To date we have $4000.00 on hand against a need of $8500.00.

Club and Individual contributions can be made to:

Rotary District 6880 Foundation
Bankcorp South
30585 State Highway 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36527

You can contribute online at foundation.rotary6880.org/make-a-donation

All contributions to the District Zambia Water Project are tax deductible to the extend the law allows.

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