Although we are a local group supporting local causes, we are also part of a much wider Rotarian community supporting worthy causes countrywide and worldwide.
Rotary International has been working hard to stamp out Polio for more than 30 years being a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since the first vaccination project in the Philippines in 1979 and contributing more than $1.8 billion towards the vaccination programme.
The good news is that this summer global health officials have announced a partial victory in the fight to end polio, with a second of the three strains of the crippling virus certified as being eradicated worldwide. The ending of wild polio virus type 3 – also known as WPV3 – will be the third human disease-causing pathogen to be eradicated in history, after smallpox was declared wiped out in 1980 and wild polio virus type 2 (WPV2) in 2015.
Polio cannot be cured, but infection can be prevented by vaccination – and a dramatic reduction in case numbers worldwide in recent decades has been largely due to intense national and regional immunization campaigns in babies and children.
You can find out more about the fight against polio on the Rotary International website and about Polio Awareness Day on the 24th of October 2020. One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio.
In our September meeting we were joined by our District Governor Chris Firth who emphasised how Rotary is best when local clubs and people work together, continuing to be people of action in areas such as urban deprivation and rural poverty. Rotary is now helping to support the campaign to ‘End Modern Slavery’, there is evidence of many such unacceptable and unlawful practices within our own district. There will be a large supporting event in Bristol next Spring.
Our virtual speaker this week was David Johnson who spoke on the subject of “Management Consulting, City Livery and Rotary – insights into what they may have in common”. David looked first at how organisations in accounting and auditing had thrived and diminished mainly through amalgamation. He described many interesting and amusing episodes during his career and more recently his involvement in establishing the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants Livery Company.
There will probably be no going back to a pre-Covid 19 world, we have all embraced technology and working from home and although we have all missed our face to face meetings, we have been happy to meet virtually. We are now all looking forward to trying out our first socially distanced business meeting in early October, but we are maintaining a monthly virtual meeting too for the time being.
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