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Rotary Brings the World to Los Angeles
Date:6/13/2008

re $200 million is earmarked for polio eradication, Rotary's top priority for 20 years.

The launch will include a rare joint appearance by the top leaders of the international health agencies that -- in partnership with Rotary -- direct the Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization; Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Ann Veneman, executive director of UNICEF. Their host is Dr. Robert Scott, chair of the Rotary Foundation and head of Rotary's PolioPlus program. The polio eradication program begins at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday (June 17) in the West Hall with press availability to follow)

Other highlights of the 2008 Rotary convention include:

-- The color and pageantry of the opening ceremony, which presents the

flags of the nearly 200 countries and geographical regions where Rotary

clubs are chartered. (June 15, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., West Hall)

-- Dr. Tadataka Yamada, president of the Gates Foundation's Global

Health Program, who will discuss why the foundation chose Rotary for the

$100 million polio eradication challenge grant. (June 16, 9:15 a.m.,

West Hall)

-- Stephen Lewis, co-director of AIDS-Free World and former Canadian

ambassador to the United Nations, who will describe how service

organizations such as Rotary can help address the serious health needs

of many African nations; and Dalton McGuinty, premier of the Province of

Ottawa, who will discuss approaches to improve the world's literacy

rates. (June 18, 9:15 a.m., West Hall)

-- A projects fair in the aptly named House of Friendship, where scores of

successful humanitarian initiatives will be displayed. (daily, starting

at 8:30 a.m., South Hall)

The Los Angeles convention is led by RI President Wilfrid J. W
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