By Jean Stanula
When I was a kid, it seemed like “making a difference” was easy. I can recall asking for pledges for Jump Rope for Heart to raise money for the American Heart Association, and carrying a fish food jar converted into a donation canister around the neighborhood to collect nickels to help the American Cancer Society find a cure. I had a natural desire to give to others.
I’ve been able to nurture that desire through my work at Rotary, where I’ve continued to find motivation to give back to others. In 2013, I ran the Chicago Marathon to raise money for the American Red Cross and mobilized friends from around the world to support me.
Now, I’m ready to contribute to the fight to end polio. We are closer to finishing this fight than ever, much closer than we were the day I began working at Rotary more than 10 years ago. And that is exciting. I work very closely with volunteer leaders and often hear inspiring stories about their work with our organization. I will be proud to ride alongside Rotary members, colleagues, and other like-minded people dedicated to this worthy cause.
We are at a pivotal moment in history, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. As an athlete, the best way I can give back is through an event like El Tour de Tucson, joining hundreds of other cyclists in showing the world that nothing can stop a movement like ours.
Jean Stanula is a global events supervisor for Rotary International. She is one of several Rotary staff members who will join General Secretary John Hewko in biking El Tour de Tucson in Arizona to raise money for polio eradication. Read posts from other team members and learn how you can support the team.
Rotary districts could earn an appearance on stage at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul by contributing district designated funds to support the Miles to End Polio team. Find out more.
Want to join the effort? Take part in the Indoor Ride to End Polio by riding a stationary bike at your local gym or at home anytime from 14 to 21 November.