Fighting Disease

Rotary International has been working to eradicate polio since 1985 when it launched its PolioPlus program.  At that time there were an estimated 350,000 cases of this crippling disease in over 200 countries. With its international membership and resources Rotary International organized and funded vaccination days and health initiatives resulting in continent by continent elimination of the disease. PolioPlus efforts have protected an estimated 20 million people, many of them children, from polio. Afghanistan and Pakistan alone remain sites of endemic polio in 2023.

Rotary’s overall financial contribution to the eradication effort is nearly $800 million. The Owego Club and its members make regular contributions to this program and recently two Club members travelled to Africa to participate in Immunization Days. 

Learn more about the disease here.




Our Club actively promotes the Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship program for high school students. Every year we facilitate an outbound students' travel to another country, and we welcome inbound students from around the world. Rotary's exceptional exchange program enriches the lives of students and of the communities they visit. 
Learn more about the Youth Exchange program here.