Rotary and Our Partners Join Efforts to Eradicate Polio

Along with 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide, Madison Rotarians are committed to continue the fight begun in 1985 to eradicate polio.  We contribute to the PolioPlus Fund with annual donations and our participation in our own Change for Change Campaign. This fight to end polio is led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), which includes Rotary, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Bill & […]

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Madison City Employees of the Year Awards

In conjunction with the City of Madison, we have the privilege each year of recognizing outstanding Madison City employees representing fire protection, law enforcement, and community services.  To be eligible for these awards, the candidate must have been a full time City of Madison employee for the last two years with continuous above and beyond the call of duty performance OR performance of a single outstanding service act for the citizens of Madison.

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Annual Miles Montgomery Memorial Golf Tournament

The Miles Montgomery Golf Tournament is a Family of Rotary event where Rotarians, past and present, including family and friends come together for an 18-hole, scramble golf tournament.  We do this in memory of our dear friend and great Rotarian who loved his family and friends, our Rotary club, and a good round of golf.  Miles was our President-elect when he passed away in March 2004.  In 2003, he served as one of the […]

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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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Why Honduras?

Honduras is the 2nd poorest country in Central America, with approximately 64% of Hondurans living below the poverty level of 2 dollars per day.  Thirty-nine percent of the population is employed in agriculture; however, an onslaught of natural and man-made disasters continue to damage that industry.  Deforestation through illegal logging activities has led to widespread erosion and destruction of the agricultural industry.

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Done-in-a-Day Projects

Done-in-a-Day Projects cover just about anything you can imagine.  When we find a need, we find a day to put our “Service Above Self” motto to work.  Past projects have included supporting a Wounded Warrior softball game, working with CASA to build a wheelchair ramp, collecting health and hygiene products for underprivileged children, and cleaning graffiti from Rainbow Mountain hiking trails.

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School Supplies for Kids (SS Kids)

Every August, we gather at Rainbow Elementary School to participate in the SS Kids Project, which provides backpacks filled with school supplies for local underprivileged school children. Begun in 1993 by Rotarian Gail LeCroy, this project generally provides new school supplies for 325-375 children in approximately 14 local schools. These backpacks are distributed to the students at the start of the school year. SS Kids is funded by local inter-denominational churches.

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The Poliomyelitis Virus

Poliomyelitis — or the poliovirus — is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5.   It is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water.  It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis or death.  Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.  Since 1988, we have […]

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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.  Find current information about […]

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The EcoStove Design

They may start with manure and straw and end with a coffee can, but the EcoStove is improving the lives of families one stove at a time.  The design is simple, efficient, and sustainable, making this project suitable for the local Honduran craftsmen to build and for our International team to oversee.

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The First EcoStove Team (2007)

Our EcoStove Project dates back to 2006 when we met Rotarians from Lawrenceburg, TN and learned about their electrical project in Choluteca.  So, in February 2007, we sent a 5-member team to join them.  Pictured above is that first team: Steve Baum, Jerry Vickers, Dennis Sanders, Craig Brennan, and Janice Schuckman.

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Adopt-a-Mile: July 2017

We took the streets again this month to keep our adopted mile clean and free of trash.  From just south of the railroad tracks for a mile down Sullivan Street, we picked up everything from ….. well…. trash and to more trash!  Thanks to all who came to keep our city clean: Mark Jacobson; Mark Greenfield and family; Tim Stone; Emily McIntosh and son Ian; Toni Johnson; Gene Pfeiffer; Peter Alvarez; Andre Coleman (below right […]

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How Close is Close Enough?

Thirty years ago, polio paralyzed more than 350,000 children each year in more than 125 countries around the world.  Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of governments, health workers, donors and the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), a public-private partnership dedicated to ending the disease, the highly contagious virus has now been eliminated in all but three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.  There have been only five cases to date in 2017.  […]

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Global Health Leaders Commit US$1.2 Billion to Polio Eradication

On 12 June, global health leaders gathered to announce US$1.2 billion in funding for polio eradication at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  Announcements were made by endemic country representatives, donors and leaders from GPEI partners, signalling a renewed international commitment to ending polio.  This new funding will help protect more than 450 million children from the virus each year through vaccination and disease surveillance.  Along with global health leaders from around the […]

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We Are THIS CLOSE!

Since 1985, Rotary International, through its PolioPlus program, has been working tirelessly alongside the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, UNICEF, the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation, and a host of other volunteers to eradicate polio.  The End Polio Now campaign’s slogan is that we are “this close” but still have to keep fighting the fight until there are no more cases of polio anywhere.  At this year’s Rotary International Convention in […]

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2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta

Rotarians from around the world convened in Atlanta during the early part of June 2017 to celebrate another year of “Service Above Self” and the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.  The Rotary Club of Madison was honored to be a part of this celebration as we attended the convention and enjoyed the beautiful host city of Atlanta.  Pictured above are Madison Rotarians Dennis Sanders and Sandy Patel, Club President, in the House of […]

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Boiling N’ Bragging: Save the Date!

What better way to promote a fundraiser that benefits children than with children?  Boiling N’ Bragging is our district’s annual tailgate party featuring a low country boil, entertainment, kids activities, and drink specials.  All proceeds from this amazing event benefits the Critical Care Transport Unit at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.  So, save the date for August 19th, pack your bags for Birmingham, and plan to spend a great evening with friends from across the […]

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District 6860 Donates $100,000 to PolioPlus

Celebrating its 100th anniversary at this month’s International Conference in Atlanta, the Rotary Foundation reaffirmed its commitment to the global eradication of polio. Our District Governor (DG) Gary Andrew and his wife, Joann, had the honor of presenting our district’s contribution of $100,000 for PolioPlus to Rotary International President John Germ.  DG Gary said it was “the highlight of our Rotary year.”  Madison Rotarians are proud to be a part of this international campaign […]

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