Polio Immunization Exercise

Congratulations on the beginning of a new and hopefully successful year of Rotary Service, and for your efforts to enable Rotarians:  Making a Difference.  I sincerely hope it is a wonderfully productive and satisfying experience for you.

The purpose of this correspondence is to announce an upcoming trip to Accra, Ghana, West Africa in October 2017 to participate in a polio immunization exerciseattend the 12th Annual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in a hands-on work project.  Attached is detailed trip information.  Please feel free to share this information with the Rotarians in your club as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of space and expect this trip to be filled in the next week or two.

   Trip Dates: October 03 – 12, 2017
   Travel to: Accra, Ghana, West Africa 
   Per Person Price: $1,689, double occupancy

Program includes:  Hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, hands-on community service field work, West Africa Project Fair registration, special Rotary and fellowship events, sightseeing, etc.

In October 2017, North American Rotarians will travel to Accra, Ghana for a life changing experience.  Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant?

These trips have a profound effect upon the individual.  For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.

The experiences you have stay with you forever.  You get up early in the morning, travel with local Rotarians to a village, health clinic or impoverished neighborhood, and for the next few hours, you change.  Small children come up to you to say thank you.  Mothers and fathers smile at you knowing that you are giving their child a chance for a better life.  You meet with the leaders in the village to learn of their needs and their hopes.  It is hot; it is dusty; it makes you uncomfortable; it is exquisite.

The West Africa Project Fair is endorsed by Rotary's Reach Out to Africa Committee (ROTA), who is trying to generate greater connectivity between the African and North American Rotarians to generate greater support of the projects of Africa.  This committee needs your help, leadership and motivational skills, as Governor, to generate awareness, interest and action to support these projects.  Further, projects fairs are an expanding program, encourage by Rotary and The Rotary Foundation as an extraordinary opportunity for clubs to find viable, qualified humanitarian projects

The hope is that you, as a North American Governor, will inspire two or three Rotarians from your District to make this trip, attend the Fair, select one or two of the prequalified projects, and bring them back to your District.  Not only will your representatives be offering significant project support, but they will enjoy a profound "Rotary Moment."  The Ghanaian Rotarians have prepared an extraordinary week of activities.

If possible, please announce this program in your District over the next month, post the attached on your website, include it in your newsletter, and ask your Rotarians to represent your District and take a trip of a lifetime.  Ideally, you should make the trip and ask them to join you!   

Encourage your members to participate – help Rotary Make a Difference.

Let us know if you have any questions.  We hope to hear from you soon.
Jolene R. Bortz
Howard Tours
Rotary Club of Oakland-Uptown
Past President
516 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 834-2260 voice
(510) 834-1019 fax
"We look forward to traveling with you"

2017 Final WAPF Folder.pdf