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Durham College
2000 Simcoe St N
Centre for Collaborative Education
Oshawa, ON  L1H 7K4

October 24, 2018 - World Polio Day In Durham Region

In Durham College's New Centre for Collaborative Education

In the Global Classroom

Please note that each Rotary Club in Durham Region will be presented with a Proclamation from the Chair of Durham Region for their efforts to eradicate polio. Please ensure that if the President cannot attend, you may want someone from your club to receive this honour. Please ask them to register online.

We are asking all 10 Rotary Clubs in Durham Region (and the Rotary Club of Port Hope too) to cancel the weekly meetings this week and instead, attend, with their spouses, this World Polio Day Event in the new Global Classroom, in the new Centre for Collaborative Education Building at Durham College, 2000 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa, ON, Canada L1G 0C5 . Many clubs have already cancelled their weekly meeting so that their members can attend. 


The event, hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood, will run from 5 pm to about 9 pm.

Please bring your Club Name badge, and download the new "2 Drops of Patience" virtual reality movie, fromthe new Rotary VR app. Parking will be in Founders Lot 2 (no charge ).

There will be a 45 minute reception from 5 to 5:45 pm and there will be a cash bar with a light lunch served. This will be an opportunity to visit with fellow Rotarians and share with them our great desire to eradicate polio from the world. A light lunch will be served. Cost of the event will be $25.00 per person and a portion of the ticket price will be a donation to the Rotary Foundations' End Polio Campaign. That portion, going to The Rotary Foundation, will be credited to each Rotarian's next Paul Harris Award.


The capacity will be 200 and it will be on a first come first served registration.


The Global Classroom has the ability to receive and send out the Rotary live stream feed (from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm) featuring Rotarians and their Global Polio Eradication initiative Partners (as we have done for the last few years). This feed would be made available to all Rotary Clubs in District 7070 and may also be able to be broadcast to colleges and universities worldwide on the Durham College network.


Here are some of the activities and timelines planned for World Polio Day in Durham Region:


5:00 pm to 5:45 pm: Registration and reception in the new Global Classroom


5:45 pm to 6:00 pm: Welcome from Vice-President, Academic, Elaine Popp of Durham

College and welcome from Mary Lou Harrison, Rotary District 7070 Governor

6:00 pm to 6:30 pm: Introduction of Distinguished Guests from – Durham College, from the Cities in Durham Region, the Region, MP's, MPP's, and Rotary Distinguished Guests ( District Governors and Past District Governors,etc); Presentation of Proclamations to the Presidents of the two Rotary Clubs and the Rotaract Club of Durham College-UOIT in Oshawa, proclaiming October 24 as World Polio Day in Oshawa by the Mayor of Oshawa;  Presentations of Proclamations to many of the ten Presidents of the ten Rotary Clubs in Durham Region, proclaiming World Polio Day in their municipality by the mayors of the various municipalities that make up Durham Region; Presentation of Proclamations,  by the Chair of Durham RegionPresentation of Proclamations to ALL ten Presidents of the ten Rotary Clubs in Durham Region, proclaiming World Polio Day in Durham Region by the Chair of Durham Region; Presentation of Proclamation to Mary Lou Harrison, District Governor of Rotary International District 7070, proclaiming World Polio Day in Durham Region by the Chair of Durham Region.

6:30 pm to 7:15 pm: In the Gobal Classroom, we will watch the Rotary International

End Polio Now Livestream Feed from Philadelphia We’ll be streaming live , from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, known as the birthplace of American medicine. It is one of the oldest professional medical organizations in the United States. Global health experts and Rotary’s celebrity polio ambassadors will discuss our remarkable progress toward a polio-free world. Patience Asiimwe, the protagonist of Rotary’s upcoming virtual reality film “Two Drops of Patience,” will introduce the movie. A sneak peek from Rotary’s documentary “Drop to Zero” will also be featured. Jeffrey Kluger, senior editor for Time magazine, will discuss his experience traveling to Nigeria with Rotary to report on polio eradication. And we’ll celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.


7:15 pm to 7:30 pm: Intermission


7:30 pm to 8:00 pm: Introduction and speech by Dr. Bob Scott, Immediate Past Chair of

the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee During Bob's speech , he will be talking to a VIP ( from Pakistan,  who has been instrumental in the Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan.

Special guests from Pakistan will also be connected during the livestream (between 7:30 and 8:15 pm Eastern Time) where it will be 3:30 am on Thursday morning, during the keynote speech by Dr. Bob Scott, the immediate Past Chair of the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee worldwide. He will be updating the audience, in Oshawa and around the globe, on Rotary's continuing effort to rid polio from every corner of the world. He will be connecting with Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, the first child in Pakistan to receive the oral polio vaccine, in 1994 as part of the country’s first National Immunization Day.

Aseefa is a Rotary amabssador for polio eradcation. Her mother, Benazir Bhutto, then prime minister, gave the drops to her daughter herself, a compelling endorsement of the nascent campaign. In 1988, at age 35, Assefa's mother, Benazir Bhutto became the first woman elected to lead a Muslim country. She was assassinated in 2007, just months after she had returned to Pakistan after almost nine years in exile. But Aseefa Bhutto Zardari – whose father, Asif Ali Zardari, served as president of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013 – is carrying on her mother’s work. As a Rotary polio ambassador, she meets with officials, visits schools, and talks with families of health workers who were killed while working to vaccinate children


8:00 pm to 8:15 pm: Questions and Answers from Rotarians in the Global Classroom and from around the world who are tuned in to the broadcast


8:15 pm to 9:00 pm: after-event discussions and reception with guests


For any Rotarian in the world who cannot attend the live event,  we ask that you tell them al about this event and they can watch, in its entirety, starting at 5:45 pm, by linking into and link in to Class “World Polio Day – Rotary Intenational. which will be availabe a few days before the broadcast.