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The group aims to raise awareness about efforts to end polio, prepares to honor noteworthy volunteer

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Rotary Club of Wilsonville raised over $7,000 for the fight to eradicate polio during concerts this summer.

The Rotary Club of Wilsonville has a couple initiatives coming up for locals to consider.

For one, it's hosting a livestream to honor World Polio Day 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.

The program, which will include an update on where the fight to eradicate polio stands, will be available to watch via Zoom and on the Rotary's Facebook page. The club raised over $7,000 for the End Polio Now initiative during its recent summer concerts and has raised over $87,000 since 2007, according to a club news release. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also matches donations.

"We have the opportunity to eradicate a communicable disease for the second time in history, after smallpox," Rotary member John Holley said in the release. "We will do that by vaccinating young children so they will develop immunity and not acquire or spread the disease. Each child we immunize is another that will never have to face paralysis, disability or even death because of polio. If our efforts are thorough enough, no child anywhere will ever face that threat again."

The Rotary Club also has opened up nominations for the First Citizen award, which it gives out annually to a steadfast volunteer in the community. Previous winners have included Scout leader and veteran advocate John Budiao Jr., Scoop founder Jordan Scoggins and, most recently, tech guru for nonprofits Elaine Swyt, among 23 others since 2002. After finalists are selected, the award will be handed out during a Heart of Gold event that serves as a Rotary fundraiser in 2022.

"Chances are you know that person who says yes whenever assistance is required for a project or an event, or a sudden or ongoing need," Rotary President Curt Kipp said. "Our club created the First Citizen awards program to recognize these deserving volunteers. The list of past winners is a who's-who of community servants. Who will be next? Now you can have a say."

For more information on these initiatives, visit www.wilsonvillerotary.com. And to nominate a First Citizen candidate, visit www.wilsonvillerotary.com/nominate.


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