Texarkana’s four Rotary Clubs are hosting a Rotary Foundation Dinner on Saturday, February 23, for Rotarian and non-Rotarians alike. Ann Lee Hussey will be the keynote speaker. Ann Lee, a polio survivor, has led National Immunization Teams around the globe in efforts to eradicate polio.
Rotary International’s four Texarkana Rotary Clubs are hosting a Rotary Foundation
Dinner on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 5:00 until 8:00 in the evening at the
Northridge Country Club to benefit the eradication of polio worldwide.
The keynote speaker will be Ann Lee Hussey from South Berwick, Maine is a polio
Ann Lee has made the eradication of polio and the alleviation of suffering by polio
survivors her life’s work. Over the past several years she has actively participated in 28
volunteer National Immunization Day teams, organizing and leading the last 24 teams
herself, choosing to take those NIDs to places that do not often see Westerners – Chad,
Mali, Bangladesh, Niger, Nigeria, Madagascar as well as less “touristy” destinations in
Egypt and India – where the need is greatest and where the publicity and goodwill
surrounding the trip are as critical as the immunizations themselves to help communicate
the need for eradication. She is leading a team to Nigeria in October for her 29th NID.
She has shared her story and passion hundreds of times throughout the Rotary world and
beyond, raising money and creating new converts to the fight. She is determined that no
child will needlessly have to suffer what she herself has been through. As a polio
survivor herself, the story Ann Lee tells is personal, and so is her fight to eradicate polio.
Please join us on February 23, 2019 for dinner. The cost is $50 with your choice of
entree – Chicken Piccata or Beef Filet.
Non Rotarians may register by Feb.18th with a credit card by calling Shirley Pinnix-
Evans at: 903-787-8275
Rotarians please register by Feb. 18th at the District Website, Rotary5830.org.
There will also be an Iron Lung at the event for those who are too young to remember
what it was like for those who were infected with this disease.