World Polio Day Letter 

Polio Eradication
A Rotary Success Story
Every year Rotary Clubs around the world celebrate World Polio Day on October 24 as global experts and partners share our progress on the road to polio eradication.
Rotary has been working with a public-private partnership led by national governments with six partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance) as part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.
As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
Rotarians have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort. Locally, our Club in Brandon has contributed to this campaign annually since its inception in 1985.
Rotary’s participation in the program, known as Polio Plus, was formally started in 1985 through the Rotary International Foundation and continues today. Two drops of serum on the tongue of a child at a cost of $3, protects a child for life! The scope of the annual program is reflected in the numbers from 2017 when 430 million children were vaccinated in 39 countries.
Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But the caution is that it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.
Information on Global Polio Eradication Initiative is accessible on the initiative website (https://polioeradication.org/who-we-are/).  My thanks to the Brandon Sun for providing us the opportunity to share this Polio Plus program information with your readers and my thanks to all who support our club in our many community service projects.
Alan Moulin
President 2020-22
Rotary Club of Brandon #1344
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Virtual MUNA 2020

Two teams from Neelin High School have been registered for Virtual MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) this year! Special thanks to Kaiella Athaide-Lepp, previous Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camper who has recruited 3 other students and 2 counsellors for the teams.
"In 1957, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg became the first Rotary Club to sponsor a Model UN Assembly. Since then the Winnipeg Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) has been held annually with very few exceptions and with teams from high schools across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, North Dakota and Minnesota participating."
"The Winnipeg MUNA provides an accurate simulation of the General Assembly of the United Nations and how it drafts and adopts resolutions." 
Rotary provides service and leaders for the world.
 

“I believe participating in the Model UN was one of the formative experiences of my youth."

Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Chair - World Refugee Council, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, former Minister of Global Affairs Canada, Graduate of the 1st Winnipeg MUNA

 

“Taking part in the prestigious Winnipeg Model United Nations Assembly as a high school student allowed me to experience for the first time how politics is conducted, both in the public halls and behind the scenes. It gave me a taste of what it means to speak to the hopes, dreams and needs of all citizens. For the participants of the Winnipeg MUNA, it is the perfect time to hone your debating and negotiating skills, and to put your convictions into action.” 

Honourable Greg Selinger, former Premier of Manitoba, graduate of Winnipeg MUNA

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BOOKBINS

The Rotary book bins are now in storage until February 2021.
Keep reading Westman & let’s hope for a booksale in April!!
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2020 Support Elspeth Reid/Wine Festival Cancelled
 

 
In lieu of attending the Wine Festival events this year, we hope that you will consider donating to the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre, by clicking the link to donate online! With your help the Rotary Westman Wine Festival donates more than $10K from the events each year – we would be thrilled if our wine-loving community would continue that tradition.
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