PolioPlus Society Pins for the Ridgetown Rotary members
At its April 17, 2023 meeting, District 6380 Assistant District Governor Ken Corlett presented every member of the Ridgetown Rotary Club with both a certificate and a lapel pin recognizing them as members of District 6380’s PolioPlus Society. Ken noted that the Ridgetown club was the only club within District 6380’s 44 clubs that had 100% of its members donating to the PolioPlus Society. The purpose of the Society is to encourage Rotary members to give a minimum of $100 US a year to the PolioPlus fund until we achieve our goal of eradicating polio. Rotary International has been active in the elimination of polio worldwide for over 35 years and that eradication is so close to being complete. Rotary International volunteers have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. The number of polio cases has been reduced by 99.9 % worldwide. Of the 3 strains of wild poliovirus (type 1, type 2 and type 3), wild poliovirus type 2 was eradicated in 1999 and wild poliovirus type 3 was eradicated in 2020. As of 2022, endemic wild poliovirus type 1 remains in two countries:  Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Front row l-r: Paul Brown, Henny Boeters, Judie Wigcherink, Brian Pasmore
Backrow, l-r: Warren Jansen, Kees Boeters, David Klatt, Jeff Geddes, Reinout Von Martels, Ron Bolohan, Bob Wilson, Joel Van De Hogen, Ben Van Heeswijk, Murray Scoyne, D. 6380 ADG Ken Corlett, Terry Youlton