Posted by Stella Roy on Oct 02, 2019
Here are three successful events:
The Big D7810 Plant – Oct 24 2019
District 7810 Pamela Harrison, polio champion, visited Amsterdam Tulip festival last year and saw the largest flower garden in the world of 87 Acres. She asked her clubs “Have you every wondered what 10,000 tulips looks like? “Veseys seeds in Charlottetown, PE featured the “Rotary Tulip”  in their catalogue and are donating a percentage to the ENDPOLIO NOW campaign for each package sold. Thank you Veseys Seeds.
Clubs in D7810 under Pam’s guidance have ordered 10,000 Bulbs. On Oct 24 they will go out and plant their bulbs so next spring there will be 10,000 Rotary tulips in New Brunswick and Maine. Pam says “Our target from year one with clubs is $4,500.00 CAD. Maybe next year we can double that and have fun sharing our story of over 10,000 tulips.” 
At a distribution event in Port Elgin Rotary Club, New Brunswick with John Barrett from Veseys seed and DG Noel she said - “Port Elgin may be one of our smallest club but they are mighty and ordered 16 boxes. As well they are very keen and do great things in their community. THANK YOU  to everyone for ordering tulips. 10,000 tulips will be planted in District 7810 this Oct. 24th and in the April 2020, 10,000 beautiful tulip blossoms will appear. It is a visible sign of hope that we can keep the promise we made to the children of the world, over 30 yrs ago. “ to ensure that no child ever has to suffer the paralyzingly effects of polio”. We must remain optimistic about the future and continue raising funds and awareness to stop this disease.

Pints for polio D7820
On Thursday, October 24th, 2019 our Rotary Club of St. John's East, Newfoundland, will be hosting our third annual "Pints for Polio" at Quidi Vidi Brewery.  Tickets are $20 for what is sure to be a great social "funraiser" to help End Polio Now.  Last year we raised approximately $6,000.00 and certainly hope that we will meet or exceed that amount again this year.  We've registered our event, and are promoting it on social media.  Club members will be on hand serving homemade chili (including moose, vegetarian and gluten free options), with proceeds also going to support the cause.  With live music and prize giveaways throughout the evening, we hope to combine an October social with getting the message out about RI's important work to help End Polio Now.
Chantelle Newhook from the clubs says Keys to success have been:
  1. keeping ticket prices low for a casual, fun event at an appropriately sized (not too big) free venue
  2. RCSJE members make a variety of chilies which we sell at the event;
  3. good, live music
  4. folks love craft beer
  5. door prizes, 50:50 draws and the brewery donated a few cents per sale to Polio
  6. advance ticket sales
  7. Start at 5.30 so people can come on their way home from work.
My Big Fab Rotary Dinner
John Gilvesy D7080 organised a district wide rotary Dinner. He asked each member of every club to invite non Rotarians over for dinner and ask the for a donation of $30. People could enjoy friendship and a lovely meal and raise money for polio
They had an ambitious goal and raised almost 110,000 for polio.
24 October is World Polio Day!
Not sure what to do for World Polio Day? Here are a few ideas:
Host a gathering for friends and club members to watch the Online Global Update.
Organize a fundraiser and invite guests to experience what it’s like to vaccinate children by viewing Rotary’s virtual reality film, “Two Drops of Patience.” (Download Rotary’s VR app to your Apple or Android device.)
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about the importance of ending polio. Send it to the letters or opinion page editor for consideration.
Share information about Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
The toolkit’s resources can help you every step of the way planning resources to help you organize your club’s event.
 Don't forget to register your event at
Sample Twitter posts:
Join @Rotary on #WorldPolioDay on 24 October & make an impact in the global fight to #endpolio:
#DYK polio could be the 2nd human disease to ever be eradicated? Help @Rotary #endpolio forever.
No child should suffer from this vaccine-preventable disease. Help us #endpolio for good. @Rotary
We can #endpolio globally. Join @Rotary on #WorldPolioDay on 24 October:
Triple your impact on #WorldPolioDay thanks to @gatesfoundation's 2-to-1 match. Join @Rotary & donate to #endpolio: