Home from Holme believes in making a strong community and Jenny Muir has been a long standing member of Rotary International. For over 100 years, Rotarians have worked together, enjoying the friendship and support of other Rotarians while funding local school projects, hospice needs and student scholarships, to mention just a few, while helping and maintaining a community here in St Albans, nationally and internationally.
Did you know, Rotary International participated in the discussions during the 1940s which brought about the United Nations organisation? Rotary International still has a permanent seat in the United Nations organisation.
In 1985, Rotary decided to commemorate 100 years of Rotary by eliminating Polio from the World. In 1985 there were 350,000 cases in under five year olds per year (6730 per week in 125 countries) and it was endemic in all countries except Western Europe and North America. Today there have been just 11 cases in the first 6 months of the year, and only 3 countries where Polio still exists – Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. During those years, Rotary has worked in partnership with the World Health Organisation and latterly with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We need to keep raising funds and vaccinating every year until there have been three years without a Polio case. Then we can say we finally have eradicated Polio.