Polio Movie

A small but interested group of Rotarians gathered on Monday night, November 5, at the Full Frame Theater to view the brand new documentary focused entirely on Rotary’s journey in the eradication of Polio.

“Dare to Dream: How Rotary Became the Heart and Soul of Polio Eradication” was produced by Rotarians  from the Washington, D. C. area.  This history of Rotary’s journey tells the story of the ups and downs, the difficulties, the personalities in getting R. I. to take on a project of the magnitude of trying to eradicate Polio from all areas of the world.

Rotarians from both sides of the issue, do we go forward or do we reject this opportunity, are featured in the film.  Beginning as a dream of One Rotarian, Dr. John Sever, a past District Governor himself and a little known name in the world of Rotary leadership, the film moves the viewer from the late 1970’s when the whole idea was only a dream to the present day some thirty plus years later. Today there are only 25 live cases of Polio in the world.  We meet the “good guys and the bad guys”, see the conflicts and the roadblocks and the Rotary heroes who took on the challenge. We meet those who have brought us to where we are today in our quest to eradicate this dreaded disease.

We hear about volunteers on the job dispensing the vaccine who lost their lives because some areas in which they went were politically opposed them. For those interested in the scope of Rotary’s effort in eradicating Polio, this is the film you  need to see.

For Rotarians born after the mid 1970’s and who have very little first hand knowledge of friends and relatives whose lives were turned upside down by the crippling disease of Polio, who have known very little about Polio and its distructive powers in many of the worlds most vulnerable, this is an opportunity to learn why this project has been so important not only to Rotary, but to the world as a whole and why it is so important that we complete the task of eradicating Polio from the earth.

It is disappointing that so few took advantage of this opportunity. However the movie can be rented from the Dare To Dream website DareToDreamFilm.com.

Submitted by Dallas Stallings – Area Foundation Chair

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