• Winner: Second Place
  • Date: 1/30/2018
  • Rotary Year: 2017-2018
  • Award Category: International Service
  • Club NameFront Royal
  • Member First NameBret
  • Address: 
    1207 Windsor Court
    Front Royal, VA 22630
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  • Email: bret@hrbek.org
  • Brief Description: 
    In January of last year one of our members, Bret Hrbek, traveled to India on a National Immunization Days trip.  He spent 10 days traveling through India with his team.  The objective of the trip was to 1) to promote the immunization days 2) give moral support to the local Rotarians and healthcare workers, 3) give immunizations to children and 4) as Bret says, “to be international ambassadors for peace.”

    During the trip Bret participated in a parade, engagement with public officials and the press to promote the immunization days.  He walked hand in hand with local Rotarians and healthcare works going door-to-door giving vaccinations and trying to convince families to allow their children to be immunized.  He also participated in the immunizations himself.  And since they were the first Rotary team to enter the town of Malegaon, their team was most likely the first white Westerners that many of the community had ever seen in person.  This face to face interaction did much to help the heavily Muslim population that Americans are not the caricatures that some paint us as in their media.

    With the support of the club, Bret then returned home and traveled the district talking about his trip and promoting PolioPlus.
  • Participation of Club Members: 
    We had one member travel to India on the NID trip.
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    Bret’s NID team raised awareness of the need for vaccinations in India, gave approximately 50 vaccinations and raised awareness in the district of the need to completely eradicate polio.  Several individuals approached Bret after his talk about wanting to go on a future NID trip.
  • Video Link: https://youtu.be/Zo9QmLhkvdA