Howard Tours has announced a trip to India to participate in the February 2015 polio National Immunization Days (NID.) There is a limited amount of space and it is expected that this trip to be filled within the next week or two.
Since January 2011, there has been only ONE new confirmed case of polio in India. In 2012, India was removed from the list of polio endemic countries. We are getting remarkably close to eradicating polio globally. Therefore, this might be one of the last opportunities we will have to organize a trip to India to participate in polio NID activities. This trip offers you and the Rotarians in your club and District an extraordinary opportunity to have an experience of a life time.
The program will travel to Delhi, India, where you will participate in the polio NID activities and attend other related Rotary events. This trip also includes travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur to visit the famous Rotary Jaipur Limb factory, and enjoy this extraordinary city.
Date of Departure: Friday, February 13, 2015
Date of Return: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Per Person Cost, based on double occupancy: $2,099. This price does not include international, roundtrip airfare or Indian visa fees. However, it does include hotels, transfers, Rotary events, participation in the NID activities, most meals, sightseeing, English speaking guide and other items as stated in the attached document.
Air Reservations: Participants are free to secure their own air reservations using their frequent flyer mileage, or individual purchase. Howard Tours will be happy to help you purchase airline tickets, which can be requested on the trip application.
Visas: All U.S. citizens will need to secure an Indian visa. Howard Tours will give their members specific information about how to secure the visa when they send the confirmation documents. It is important that travelers do not attempt to secure the Indian visa before receiving their information.
Travel Vaccines: It is recommended that all participants visit the Centers for Disease Control Web site: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/india.htm to determine what vaccinations may be needed for this trip. Members should visit this web site, print out the material and visit a doctor, or travel doctor, to determine what vaccinations or treatments may be needed for this trip.
This group will be limited to approximately 35 people, and confirmation in the program will be on a first come, first served basis. To join this trip, please complete and sign the application on page five of the attached document. Please make sure to include the requested credit card authorization for the cost of the program. Over the last two years, this program sold out in less than two weeks. It is expected to sell out just as quickly this year. If you are planning to go, immediate action is strongly suggested. Remember...we are this close!
Three graduate students are heading for year-long master’s degree programs in the United Kingdom under Rotary International’s new Global Grant Scholarship program. This grant covers tuition, transportation and living expenses for the scholars.
Jesse O’Shea, formerly of Palm Harbor, FL, is taking a year break between his third and fourth year of Medical School to obtain a MSc degree in Health Policy, Planning and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. O’Shea is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tarpon Springs.
Alexandria Vincent, of Crystal River, FL, will attend the University of Edinburgh to obtain a MSc degree in Inclusive and Special Education. Ms. Vincent is sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio. Follow her journey here on Ally's Adventures in Edinburgh blog.
Scarlett Amey will be pursuing her Masters Degree in Conflict and Peace Processes at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, UK. Ms. Amey is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Clearwater.
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Come on out for some of the best training Rotary has to offer! Available courses include I, II, II, and the Graduate B course, "Transforming Your Rotary Club". This class is for those who have completed Parts I, II, and III. The classes are $95, and the Grad B class is limited to 20 people.
Check in and Breakfast begins at 7:15am and class begins at 8am and will conclude before 3:30pm.
RLI is made of 3 parts, with each part taking one full day. The cost is $95 per Part which includes Breakfast, Lunch and materials. This is strongly recommended for all Presidents-elect, but also for any member who wants to learn more about Rotary.
To register for any class, please go to www.rlitraining.org.
President Barack Obama signed an omnibus appropriations bill in January that provides $205 million to support polio eradication in 2014, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U. S. Agency for International Development.
The largest government donor to polio eradication, the U.S. has contributed more than $2.3 billion since the mid-1980s, when 125 countries were polio endemic and the disease afflicted 350,000 people annually. Today, only Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria are endemic, and in 2013, the combined incidence of polio in those countries fell to a record-low 157 cases. Last month , India reached a three-year milestone without polio, paving the way for the entire Southeast Asia region to be certified free of the disease.
"Eradicating polio will leave a lasting legacy of health care infrastructure, experience, and expertise that is already being used to benefit a broad range of global public health efforts," says James Lacy, chair of Rotary's Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force for the United States and past president of Rotary International.
The task force leads Rotary's efforts to inform the U.S. government and other funding sources of the urgency and benefits of supporting the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
One of Rotary's chief responsibilities in the GPEI is advocacy. In addition to contributing more than $1.2 billion to the initiative, Rotary has helped secure over $9 billion from donor governments since the GPEI was launched in 1988.