And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. ~John Donne
After Citizen of the Year and serial Fundraiser extraordinaire, Frank Adamson, opened his remarks reflecting on this poem by John Donne he turned the tables on his fellow Citizens.
First, he described how Rotary Clubs across the globe had partnered together in 1985 to found The Global Polio Eradication Initiative. This public-private partnership is led by national governments with five partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Over the last 30 years they have reduced polio cases by more than 99.9 percent and are nearing the finish line to completely eradicate the disease.