2010 Rotary International
Convention, Montreal, Canada
State College Sunrise Rotary
July 14, 2010
• Plenary Sessions
• Bruce Aylward, WHO, Polio Eradication
• Breakouts/President-Elect Sessions
• Women in Rotary Focus Group
• House of Friendship
• 18,000 attendees from around the world
• Opening session
– Flag ceremony
– Introduction of Rotary leadership
• Monday session
– Jo Luck, CEO Heifer International
– Bruce Aylward, WHO
– Queen Noor of Jordan
Director Polio Eradication Initiative
Director Global Polio Eradication Initiative, WHO
• 2004 Polio on the rise - 92 health ministers meet in
Geneva, empower WHO to finish job of eradication.
• Three types of polio, one fully eradicated. Exceptionally
quick lab work led to vaccine to prevent other two
• Cost of program 24 cents per child.
• For 10 cents more each child also immunized against
measles and other diseases.
• Eradication “the great equalizer” -- true social justice
because you must reach every child despite conditions
Consequence of Failing to Eradicate Polio
( for those under the age of 40 – this is an iron/artificial lung)
1 million more children will be infected
President-Elect Session I
• Rotary goals 2010-2011
– Rotary history – Easter Seals given birth by Rotary,
eradicating polio idea of Rotary club from the
Philippines, shelter boxes and more – all ideas of
– Support clubs
– Enhance awareness of Rotary
– Reverse decline in membership
– Added youth as a fifth area of service
President-Elect Session II
• Foundation Update
– Polio #1 priority – collaborative project with WHO,
Unicef, UN, CDC and others.
– U.S. government largest funding source; others
include Gates Foundation and Rotarians.
– Revising mission and focus to pursue more
collaborative projects. Piloting water project with
USAID in Philippines, Ghana and Dominican Republic.
– Giving more control to districts to distribute $
– 25% of Rotarians are donors, goal increase percent
participation – EREY.
Women in Rotary Focus Group
• Nine participants from Philippines, Russia,
British Columbia, Barbados, Quebec/Maine,
• Rotary experience differs from country to
• Reasons for joining vary, but almost all
continue to participate because of
international service focus.
• Challenges to retaining women.
House of Friendship
• Club service projects
Clubs addressing: infant brain development, malaria, sight
loss, palliative care for indigent in India, Polio, Post-Polio
Syndrome, diabetes, water, and much, much more.
• Rotary Global Networking – Fellowship Groups
Flying, music, travel, golf, Internet users (social and
information sharing), wine appreciation, fitness, etc.
• Rotary International Resources/Foundation
• Met Rotarians from India, Africa, England, Canada,
Poland, U.S., and even State College.
Speaking of Friendship
State College Rotarians
Sophie Penney and Lefty McIntyre
Rotary International Convention 2010
• Like other service groups Rotary facing
• Rotary reviewing direction and programs.
• Rotary focus -- clubs and members.
• We are part of something much bigger than
ourselves --1.2 million Rotarians Doing Good
in the World
• Yet projects and programs start with Rotarians
like you, and you and you. . .
Last but not least
• Rotary 2011 Convention
– New Orleans
– May 21-25, 2011
– Registration fee $300 prior to December 15, 2010
(then $340 until March 31, 2011 then $380)
– Members can make conference and hotel
– If you go be sure to sign up for home host event