The Pine Bluff Rotary Club and the West Pine Bluff Rotary Club observed World Polio Day durng a joint meeting at the Pine Bluff Country Club Oct. 17.


Fordyce resident Barbra Finley, district chairwoman of Polio Plus for Rotary, shared her experiences working with the eradication of polio, according to a press release.


Finley visited Ethiopia and assisted in giving vaccines to children for a week. She expressed the compassion she felt in being able to provide help to children to avoid this virus, according to the release.


“The Rotary Foundation is committed to helping clubs and districts to collaborate in performing meaningful, sustainable service by providing more than $3.7 billion in life-changing projects that aid in providing clean water, medical care, literacy classes, and other essential world-wide needs,” according to the release.


“Rotary members contribute to the foundation to support efforts to improve communities. Additionally, they serve as mobilizers for polio eradication by enlisting other individuals, international groups, private organizations, and communities. Such partners include the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), THE World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which matches many contributions.”