Thanking Speakers with Polio Plus Contributions

Picture of DG Aimee Walsh

DG Aimee Walsh

Aimee Walsh, 5110 District Governor 2022-23
Health workers at a polio-vaccine transit post in Antock, Punjab, Pakistan

There are so many ways to support Rotary’s Polio Plus fund! We are committed to raising $20,000 in District 5110 during this “Imagine Rotary” year.

As your District Governor I look forward to learning more about all the ways the clubs in our district are fighting to end this highly contagious and life-threatening disease. We can do this in our lifetimes!

As a proud member of the Rotary Club of Eugene Metropolitan, I’d like to share three things our club does to help make polio history.

  1. Individual members contribute directly to Polio Plus
  2. On the last Tuesday of every month we donate that week’s Happy Dollars to Polio Plus – ARE WE STILL DOING THIS
  3. We thank all of our virtual speakers for their presentation with a contribution to Polio Plus in their name


We love supporting local business so we treat in-person speakers to dinner at The Davis Restaurant where we’ve met for more than 10 years now. But since we can’t buy our virtual speakers dinner we make a comparable donation in their name to Polio Plus. It’s our way of thanking them for sharing their time, talent, passion, and experience with us since Rotary does not compensate speakers for their presentations.

Until we can teleport we’re grateful that Zoom allows us to host guests and speakers from all over the world. So for the guest speakers who don’t have an employer or legal conflict with accepting “gifts” we get to show our appreciation for their expertise while investing in one of Rotary’s most successful initiatives and promoting Rotary’s partnership with the CDC, the WHO, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

This is a new effort on Metro’s part – one of Covid’s silver linings. We estimate that our speaker thank you contribution is now about $500 per year.

Imagine what we could raise if our district’s 68 clubs each contributed an additional $500 to Polio Plus this year – we could exceed our $20,000 goal and raise $34,000!

If your club would like to share your Polio Plus story with the district we’d love to hear it! Please share your ideas, events, and activities with your fellow Rotarians here. Let’s inspire each other!

Image description: Health workers at a polio-vaccine transit post in Antock, Punjab, Pakistan inject a little girl in a pink dress with a polio vaccine. One man is holding her and wearing all white. The man administering the vaccine is wearing a gray long-sleeved button-up shirt and a white baseball cap with the Rotary wheel in yellow.

Photo credit: Rotary Brand Center

One Response

  1. A generous member of the Greater Bend club is matching all donations this month with Paul Harris credits. A $100 donor receives 200 Paul Harris credits.

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