I'm pleased to share news that Senate Resolution 270, Supporting the goals and ideals of World Polio Day and commending the international community and others for their efforts to prevent and eradicate polio, has been introduced by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). This is a revived version of a resolution that was introduced in 2012 - and has been introduced just in time for World Polio Day.  The official text has not yet been posted online, but I'm sharing the content of the draft text which I received.


Whereas, the eradication of polio is the highest priority of Rotary International, a global association founded in 1905, in Chicago, Illinois, that is now headquartered in Evanston,

Illinois, and has more than 1,200,000 members in more than 170 countries;

Whereas Rotary International and its members (commonly known as ‘‘Rotarians’’) have contributed more than

$1,000,000,000 to, and volunteered countless hours in the global fight against polio;


Rotary International, the World Health Organization, the United States Government, the United Nations Children’s Fund (commonly known as ‘‘UNICEF’’), the

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United Nations Foundation have joined together with national governments  to successfully reduce cases of polio by more

than 99 percent since 1988, from more than 350,000 reported 

cases in 1988 to 223 reported cases in 2012;
Whereas polio was recently eliminated in India and is now endemic
only in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan