March 12, 2014

Rotary showing polio movie on Thursday at Manross

Press release from the Bristol Rotary Club:
Bristol Rotary Invites Public to Polio Movie, Speaker at Library
BRISTOL – To educate people about the danger endemic polio still poses to the world, the Bristol Rotary Club is showing an award-winning documentary and bringing a polio expert to speak to the public on Thursday, March 13 at Manross Memorial Library.
The HBO film, “The Final Inch,” shows the difficulty of the last push to wipe polio from the planet. Users on the internet rating site gave the 38-minute film a high rating – more than 8 out of 10 stars.
Along with the film, Rotary Polio Plus District Chairman Prasad Menon will give a presentation about the fight against polio and where things stand now.  There will also be a question and answer period.
“He’s a very dynamic and enthusiastic speaker,” said Sherwood Anderson, a longtime Bristol Rotarian and the club’s Rotary International Foundation Chairman. “He’s very knowledgeable. He really knows everything about the polio eradication campaign since it started back in the ‘80s.”
Menon, a Rotarian for 35 years, is a member of the Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club and served as Rotary District Governor in 2010 and 2011. As part of his work on polio, Menon took part in national polio immunization drives in Nigeria and India.  
Anderson said the club is holding the event, which begins at 6 p.m., to raise public awareness about the fight against polio and to raise money for the Polio Plus program of the Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary International.
Rotary International initiated the Polio Eradication Program in 1985 and continues to be a key player in the worldwide fight against the disease. 

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