Our club has had a busy couple of weeks with community projects. One of Rotary's primary objectives is the eradication of Polio. Rotary International has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years, and the goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has reduced polio cases by 99.9% since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
Dutch Rotarians have led the world in using tulips to benefit this critical polio eradication project. What began as the purchase of rights to name and sell a new variety of tulip during a 2013 charity auction, has blossomed into a continuing and internationally successful fundraiser.  The Rotary Club of Kemptville ordered some of these tulips and arranged to donate them to the local Horticultural Society to be planted at the Rotary Park, commemorating Rotary World Polio Day which is October 24. Pictured below are members of the club, our municipal council and members of the horticultural society who participated in the planting of these bulbs in Rotary Park.
At the end of the month, we partnered with Restore (Habitat for Humanity) to host a volunteer appreciation BBQ. The weather was glorious for this time of year and in addition to providing support for the event, we were able to have some outside fun.