RI President Tanaka’s Rotary moments in December and January

By Sakuji Tanaka, in English and Japanese

As I traveled in 2012 to Rotary clubs and projects, I saw the joy of being a Rotarian. I noticed that the deeper your involvement with Rotary, the more you can grow as a person. Furthermore, I believe that Rotary can mean something different to each Rotarian, and it’s a part of our journey to discover that meaning. My wish for 2013 is that Rotarians discover what this organization means to them, and then share it with others. These personal experiences are our Rotary moments. Here were some of my Rotary moments from the past few months. Continue reading

Europe ten years polio-free

Polio survivor and Swiss Rotarian Urs Herzog

By Urs Herzog, past governor of District 1980 (Switzerland) and a polio survivor.
In English and German.

This week marks ten years since the World Health Organization certified the European region polio-free. As a Rotarian and a polio survivor, I celebrate how far we’ve come, and recognize the work that still lies ahead to make sure no child suffers from polio again. 

I was infected with polio at the age of 8 – the year when the polio vaccination was first introduced in Switzerland. Once I contracted the disease, I felt very tired and no longer had the energy to keep up with the rest of my family, even during a walk.  Continue reading

World Health Assembly declares polio eradication a public health emergency

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By Stéphanie Tobler, RI Senior Media Relations Specialist Europe/Africa

Health ministers at the World Health Assembly in Geneva adopted a resolution on 25 May that declared “the completion of polio eradication to be a programmatic emergency for global public health.”

As a staff member in charge of public relations for Europe and Africa, I had the pleasure and honor of attending the briefing on the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s emergency action plan at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on 24 May. Rotary was represented by Past RI President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar. Continue reading