Rotary District Governor James Damiani, who heads the 60-club, eight-county Rotary District 7210, gave a glowing report of Warwick Rotarians, praising them for membership growth, impressive community projects and service efforts of Rotary International “while having so much fun.” Damiani also updated the local Rotarians on the battle against polio.
“There were 350,000 cases of the crippling disease in 1986 when the Rotary began its quest to eliminate polio worldwide,” said Damiani. “Last year there were 35 known cases and this year only five cases have been reported.”
Warwick Rotarians have been active with the Polio-Plus project from the start. During the presidency of Leo Kaytes, Sr., in 1986-87, the club raised more than $10,000 with fundraisers, including a rock and roll concert. In what is hopefully a final effort to totally eliminate polio, Rotarians from 35,000 clubs internationally are seeking to raise $150,000,000 in a matching grant challenge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Proceeds from the Wed., Oct. 25 Warwick Citizen of the Year celebration honoring Stan Martin and Outstanding Community Service Honorees Tom Buchanan and Paul Orthmann will benefit Polio Plus. Tickets are $60 per person and are available by calling Leo Kaytes at 629-6491 or by visiting https://squareup.com/store/warwick-valley-rotary-foundation-inc/item/citizen-of-the-year-award-dinner.