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B'ville Rotary works to eradicate Polio

Last July, the Baldwinsville Rotary Club initiated a "Pounds of Pennies for Polio" campaign to help rid the world of Polio.

Inspired by the Rotary International program known as Pennies for Polio, Baldwinsville Rotarians began collecting pennies from the community at various events including Rotary club meetings, spaghetti dinners and the senior Christmas party. According to Rotarian Stu Hosler, the most responsive organization to contribute was the Canton Woods Senior Center under the encouragement of their activities chairman Ed Barlow.

"We put a five gallon penny jug at the center," Barlow said, adding seniors would deposit not only pennies, but silver coins and dollars also. "The rotary does so much for the village and so much for the seniors. We appreciate what they do and this was our way to give back to them."

The Canton Woods seniors donated 55 pounds of change totaling $106.85 to the Pounds of Pennies campaign, which concludes July 1. So far, the Baldwinsville Rotary Club has collected 206 pounds of pennies totaling $500. Overall, the Rotary plans to donate $1,000 to Pennies for Polio, so whatever the difference is between the collected pennies and the goal, the Baldwinsville Rotary will make up.

Proceeds will be donated to the PolioPlus program, which has enabled more than two billion children to receive the oral polio vaccination since 1985. The program also helps halt the spread of the poliovirus from the four remaining endemic countries, Afganistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan, which continue to export it to polio-free areas.

To learn more about PolioPlus, visit rotary.org.

(From left) Ed Barlow, Bob Craig, Stu Hosler, Ann Smiley, Marv Joslyn, Sally Fedrizzi, Kevin Wall, Sheryl Dombrowski, Lindsy Luu and Dawn Custer (front) are pictured with 206 pounds of pennies the Baldwinsville Rotary Club collected for Pennies for Polio.

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