The Change for Change Campaign

Since 2006, we have been collecting pocket change in an annual campaign to raise money for polio eradication.  It may have started as loose pocket change, but through this campaign, we have donated almost $40,000 to Rotary International’s PolioPlus Program.  With each vaccine costing just $.60, our C4C Campaign has raised enough money to immunize over 66,000 children!  And like most everything else we do in Rotary, we turn service into fellowship.  Each year, […]

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Change for Change Campaign 2016: Winner Joe Kemp

President Sandy Patel (l.) congratulates Rotarian Joe Kemp for winning the 11th annual Change for Change Campaign with his “pocket change” of $390.  Thanks to the generous match by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, our contributions this year immunized 14,000 children!  Congratulations Joe and thanks to everyone who participated.

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International Campaign to Eradicate Polio

  Since 1985 Rotary has led the battle against polio, and kept the pressure on as worldwide cases plummeted from 350,000 per year to several hundred. When India went off the list of endemic countries in 2012, we took one more step toward eradicating a human disease from the earth for only the second time in history. Now, Rotary and its partners are This Close to making that dream a reality.

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Historic Moment: PolioPlus Turns 30

This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Beginning on Rotary’s anniversary, 23 February, Rotary members worldwide will be holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress. Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. Rotary has contributed more than […]

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Change for Change Campaign in its 8th Year

Madison Rotarians joining the annual campaign for Rotary International’s PolioPlus fund raised $2,459 in the 8th annual Change for Change Campaign.  In addition to loose pocket change, some participants prefer the old fashioned way — check or credit.  Regardless of the source, all the funds get counted and contributed to our global effort to eradicate polio.  Thanks to everyone who contributed and congratulations to this year’s winner, Steve Croomes, with his over-the-top donation of […]

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Change for Change Winner 2012

Congratulations to Gayle LeCroy for winning the 2012 Change for Change Campaign.  Gail’s contribution of $301.43 was matched with $100 from the club.  Total contributions from this year’s campaign totaled over $2,700… enough for 4,500 polio vaccines.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the fight to End Polio Now.

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Change for Change 2012 Crowns New Winner: Gail LeCroy

Determined to end Bill Drake’s winning streak, Gail LeCroy brought in a whopping $1.43 in loose change….then topped it off with a final check for $300!  Even Bill’s largest cigar box was not big enough to beat that!  Gail’s winning contribution earned her $100 in club matching funds and Bill’s second place contribution of $270.32 earned him … well … 2nd place. In total, this year’s C4C Campaign sent over $2,600 to Rotary International’s […]

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Change for Change Campaign 2011

Now in its 6th year, the Change for Change Campaign — or C4C — has been a ongoing fundraiser for the Rotary International’s PolioPlus fund and our global effort to eradicate polio.  Some Madison Rotarians collect their money in all sorts of containers — cigar boxes, plastic bags, glass jars, envelopes — whatever they can find to toss their loose pocket change.  Congratulations to Bill Drake for bringing in the most in his cigar […]

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Change for Change: Bill Drake Wins for 3rd Consecutive Year

Bill Drake has had no problem filling up his cigar boxes with loose pocket change the last three years to win the Change for Change (C4C) Campaign contest.  Since the first C4C Campaign in 2006, Bill has brought in a total of $1,147 — always coins, always in a cigar box.  In 2009, Bill began his winning streak with donations of $255, $251,75, and $262.25 — for a 3-year total of $769 — that’s […]

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