Posted by Kathy Kwiat-Hess on Nov 03, 2020

October 24 was World Polio Awareness Day and clubs throughout the world participated in projects to raise awareness of and raise funds for End Polio Now.  District 6420 had numerous clubs participate in projects.  There were two separate End Polio Now walks.  The first was held on October 12 in Rock Falls.  This walk has been going on for a few years and there are now 5 clubs involved:


Rock Falls



Twin Cities


The weather was picture perfect and camaraderie was good.

Rockton/Roscoe Rotary held its first End Polio Now walk on October 24 at Hononegah High School.  It was chilly but sunny and there was definitely a lot of good cheer and enthusiasm as participants walked.  A special Facebook video was posted which you can see by going to the Rockton/Roscoe Rotary Club’s Facebook page.  (click for more awesome clubs)

Geneseo Rotary Club did a Round-Up at Fairway event which went on during the month of October.  Customers at the local Fairway grocery stores were asked about rounding up their change to contribute to End Polio Now.  Club members made appearances throughout the month to help promote this event.

Ottawa Noon Rotary held a Fall Food Truck Festival on October 24 with proceeds going to End Polio Now.  This event had great attendance by the community. 

Sycamore Rotary held a pop-up tent event selling coffee for End Polio Now.  Rotarian Karen Weckerly provided 3 blends of her company’s coffee with proceeds  going to End Polio Now.  

8 clubs banded tougher in the Quad City area to provide a very informative Zoom meeting with all 8 clubs participating.  There were good speakers and videos which were moving and enlightening.   Clubs participating were:

Rock Island


East Moline/Silvis

Quad Cities

Twin Rivers RAH


River Cities


There were many other clubs who held programs during October as part of their regular meetings to keep members informed about Rotary’s progress in eradicating polio.

The district supported those clubs who held fundraising events with some extra funds toward End Polio Now.

Great work, Rotarians!  We really are getting close to the finish line.