District 5360 Conference


Our display at the 2008 District 5360 Conference in Lethbridge, Alberta.


With Dr. John Sever and his wife Gerane.

Dr. John Sever was the R.I. President's Representative to our District Conference May 23-25, 2008.  Dr. Sever is a member and Vice Chair of the International PolioPlus Committee as well as a member of the Rotary Polio Eradication Advocacy Committee.  During the Discon when Dr. Sever addressed the delegates, his focus was frequently on Rotary International's push to eradicate polio.  He has kindly given us permission to post this photo on our website.
A long-term member of The Rotary Foundation, Dr. Sever has monitored and advised on the development of Rotary's PolioPlus Program and has visited numerous projects to help assess the impact of Rotary's support.  As the Vice Chair of the International PolioPlus Committee, Dr. Sever not only helps to develop implementation policies but also articulates Rotary's support for global polio eradication.  As a member of the United States Rotary Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force he has testified before the U.S. Congress in support of funding for polio eradication.  He has also met with many Senators and Representatives to support international polio immunization programs.
Rotary PolioPlus Program launched in 1985, is an aggressive public/ private partnership to assist international health agencies and governments to certify the world as polio-free.  By 2006 Rotary had committed over a half billion U.S. dollars to the eradication effort.  To date more than two billion children have been immunized against the deadly polio virus.

An iron lung was on display. For decades these were used in hospitals worldwide for individuals with severe cases of polio who  would have difficulty in breathing on their own.