Angelina Rotary Club presents polio luncheon

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina Rotary Club Press Release

The Angelina Rotary Club invites the community to hear guest speaker Jo Anne Settles, professor of nursing at Victoria College, discuss rotary's continued work to eradicate polio during the club's annual Presidential Installation Meeting set for 11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 30, at Crown Colony Country Club. The cost for lunch will be $13.00.

Along with Bobbie Patrick's installation as the 2011-2012 president of Angelina Rotary, other members will be installed as officers and board members.

Settles' discussion, "Polio – But I Thought it was Gone," will highlight rotary international's Polio Plus Program and her involvement over many years.

Settles, a registered nurse with a specialty in community health nursing, will discuss the continued existence of polio in four countries as well as how rotary international has worked for many years to eradicate it worldwide. The disease has nearly been eradicated but for it's existence in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Nigeria.

With the financial partnership of Bill Gates, rotary sees the end of polio worldwide is within reach. Immunizations must continue to keep us free of polio.

Settles and her husband, past District Governor Billy Settles, participated in a polio national immunization day in Ahmedabad, India in 2003. She has given polio programs to about 200 groups such as rotary clubs, rotary zone training institutes, district conferences, district assemblies, foundation seminars, other service clubs, church groups and school science classes and clubs. She represents the entire western hemisphere as a 2006-2007 recipient of the rotary-who regional service award for a polio free world.  She also serves rotary district 5930 as assistant governor for area 2.

She coordinates a collaborative event of the 3 Victoria clubs to provide free immunizations and health screenings: the annual rotary immunization day.

In addition to providing financial and volunteer support, rotary works to urge support from other public and private sector partners. This includes the campaign to end polio now, inspired by the extraordinary challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Rotary's financial contributions to the global polio eradication effort will reach nearly $1.2 billion by the time the world is certified polio-free.  Plus, rotary's leadership, beginning in 1985, inspired the world health assembly to pass a resolution to eradicate polio, which paved the way for the formation of the global polio eradication initiative in 1988.

Also, thousands of Rotarians around the world have volunteered during national immunization days to immunize children.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Bobbie Patrick by phone at  (936) 398-2961, or email

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