Our lunch program speaker today will be club member Cort Vaughn. He'll be giving a presentation on PolioPlus in a COVID world.
Cort Vaughan is a Polio survivor. He and his wife Tonya have two sons and two grandsons. Cort joined the Rotary Club of Greater Bend to help eradicate Polio. He founded the Pints for Polio fundraiser in 2012 to raise money for global Polio eradication and to increase local awareness regarding the need to vaccinate all children according to CDC guidelines.
Pints for Polio has raised nearly $210,000 for the PolioPlus Fund including matching funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Cort is Past District 5110 PolioPlus Chair and past Zone 27 End Polio Now Coordinator covering 10 Districts and nearly 800 Rotary Clubs. Zone 27 includes most of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Northern California, and British Columbia. Cort Vaughan contracted Polio in 1954 during a global pandemic that crippled over 35,000 people each year in the United States, mostly children under the age of 5. Polio paralyzed Cort’s right leg.
Cort and Tonya spent 3 weeks in India in January 2020 to vaccinate children against polio. They also met with WHO and UNICEF, visited a polio rehabilitation clinic and toured several Rotary projects.
Join us in hearing Cort’s inspiring story of growing up with Polio, learning about polio eradication in India, and PolioPlus in a COVID World.
This meeting will be all-virtual.
Join the Zoom Meeting here: RCGB Zoom Link
You can also call in to the meeting at (669) 900-9128 and enter meeting ID: 692 491 9146.
We will record the presentation for others who aren't able to attend at noon.