Left to right: Jim and Sue Corenman, Sports Car Club; Jennifer Armstrong, Joyce L Sobel Family Resource Center; Mariluz Villa, Hospice of San Juan; District Governor Brad Whittaker; Rotary President Tom Sibert; and Theresa Tilton and Brian Moore, Family Umbrella Group. (Contributed photo)

Left to right: Jim and Sue Corenman, Sports Car Club; Jennifer Armstrong, Joyce L Sobel Family Resource Center; Mariluz Villa, Hospice of San Juan; District Governor Brad Whittaker; Rotary President Tom Sibert; and Theresa Tilton and Brian Moore, Family Umbrella Group. (Contributed photo)

Rotary gives $15,000 to local charities and PolioPlus Fund

  • Wed Oct 23rd, 2019 1:36pm
  • Life

Submitted by The Rotary Club of San Juan Islands

The Rotary Club of San Juan Islands recently presented checks to the recipients of proceeds from the 13th annual Concours d’Elegance held on Aug. 24 at the San Juan Vineyard. This event is co-sponsored by the Sports Car Club of San Juan Islands.

Each organization — Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center, Family Umbrella Group and Hospice of San Juan — received $4,450 presented by Rotary District Governor Brad Whittaker. PolioPlus Fund of Rotary International received $1,000.

Please support the recipients as well as our following sponsors: Porsche Bellingham; San Juan Vineyard; Peace Health/Peace Island Medical Center; Heritage Bank; IPS; Islanders Bank; San Juan Interiors; Browne’s Home Center; Carquest Auto Parts; Dr. Brian Crain; Island Group Sotheby’s; Earthbox; Friday Harbor House; Windermere SJI; Island Home Finishes; Friday Harbor Drug; King’s Market; Roche Harbor Resort; Kenmore Air; M&W Auto; Sandstrom Law; Safe Harbor Insurance; Harbor Rental; Friday Harbor Electric; Aeronautical Services; Printonyx; Inter-Island Propane; Discovery Sea Kayaks; and Island Gardens.

Polio prevention; World Polio Day, Oct. 24

Since its formation in 2003, The Rotary Club of San Juan Islands has donated over $70,000 to ending polio. We contribute $2,000 annually through Concours d’Elegance and Rotary GolfFund.

In 30 years, we’ve gone from 124 polio-endemic countries to two. Yet, without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.

When we talk about PolioPlus, we know we are eradicating polio, but do you realize how many added benefits the program brings? The plus is something else that is provided. It might be providing clean water, bed nets, soap and even creating jobs. Vitamin A drops given to children at the same time as the polio vaccine has prevented 1.25 million deaths by decreasing susceptibility to infectious disease.

Thanks to a 2-1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, every donation made at endpolio.org/donate will be tripled.

Help us see this fight to the end.