Did you see Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Monday night? The topic was Gates' campaign to end polio.
At one point, Gates gives credit to Rotary International as a key supporter of the program. Long-time Shelbyville residents and regular readers of the T-G will recall that Rotary's involvement with polio vaccination was the initiative of the late James L. Bomar Jr. of Shelbyville, who served as Rotary International president in the late 1970s. Quoting from a history timeline at the RI web site:
1979: The Rotary Foundation funds the first Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grant: a project to immunize six million Philippine children against polio. RI President James L. Bomar signs an agreement with the Philippine government to begin immunization and administers the first drops of vaccine to a Philippine child. The grant sets the stage for Rotary's decades-long commitment to the eradication of polio.
Anyway, the goal of eliminating polio is tantalizingly close, but, according to Gates, much work remains to be done.