In 1985, Rotarians made a promise to the children of the world: to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. At that time, 125 countries on 5 continents were plagued by polio, with over 350,000 children, nearly 1,000 children every single day, being paralyzed by or succumbing to the polio virus.
Since then, Rotarians have raised over $2.1 billion for this noble cause, providing polio vaccines to more than 3.5 billion children. Today, only two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, remain polio-endemic, and the World Health Organization estimates that over 19 million children are now thriving, who otherwise would have been paralyzed by polio, thanks to Rotary’s polio eradication program.
Help us fulfill the promise we made in 1985. Join the District 6930 PolioPlus Society.
What is the PolioPlus Society (PPS)?
The PolioPlus Society was created to encourage Rotarians to commit to a minimum annual donation of $100 to the PolioPlus Fund until polio is entirely eradicated. Members receive a special society pin.
Eradicating polio is Rotary’s number one priority. Polio primarily affects children under the age of 5, and there is no cure; immunization is the sole prevention. Rotary has raised approximately 10% of the eradication costs since 1985, with a challenge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to raise $50 million annually for polio, matched by $100 million, totaling $150 million.
After the last case of paralysis, 450,000 children worldwide must be immunized annually for an additional three years to ensure total eradication of the polio virus. We’re very close to this goal, with only a few reported cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Take Action Now:
As a Rotarian and a supporter of Polio Eradication, Rotary’s top priority, you can participate in this humanitarian endeavor by becoming a member of the PolioPlus Society of Rotary District 6930. Commit to an annual donation of at least $100 to the PolioPlus program, and in return, you’ll receive a PolioPlus Society membership pin and Paul Harris credit.
Become a 100% Polio Plus Society Club
District Governor Douglas S. Heizer has made the PolioPlus Society one of his Governor’s Focus Projects. If your club becomes a 100% PolioPlus Society member, District Governor Douglas S. Heizer will visit your club to deliver a banner in recognition of this accomplishment.”
If you need assistance with this, contact JoAnn Meaker ( email), our Polio Pluss Society chair, or any member of the District Rotary Foundation Committee
Download the form our fill it up online here ( you can create a form and send it to and JoAnn Meake by email)