Posted by Stew Buchanan
While the snow isn’t flying yet, we’re reflecting back on a fabulous summer event hosted by District 6630 to continue Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio and raise awareness and funds for the End Polio Now campaign.  Our District proudly raised over $6,000 during the July 13th End Polio Now Night at the Cleveland Guardians baseball game versus the Chicago White Sox. Besides being a fun event for all, it was one of the District’s largest events raising funds for End Polio Now.
According to event chair Stew Buchanan of the Rotary Club of Akron, more than 300 Rotarians in District 6630, along with those in Districts 6600 and 6650 were in attendance . Each received an End Polio Now t-shirt along with their ticket to the baseball game.  Congratulations to Dean Thayer of the Northampton-Cuyahoga Valley Club who was chosen to throw the first pitch. The fun continued in the Terrace Club as raffle baskets with autographed jerseys, bats, baseballs and other great prizes brought in over $1800. Special thanks go to the Guardians’ own Bob Dibiasio, who came by to visit with Rotarians during the event. Bob’s visit helped ease the sting of the Guardians loss to the White Sox, 2-1.
As 2022-23 Rotary International President Jennifer Jones reminds us, “As long as polio exists somewhere, it’s a threat everywhere.”  With that in mind and with our commitment to “Service Above Self,” Rotary will continue this important mission throughout the coming year.
Dean Thayer of Rotary Club of Northampton-Cuyahoga Valley throws the first pitch at Rotary’s End Polio Now Night at Cleveland Guardians vs. Chicago White Sox.