For decades, over 1.2 million Rotarians have been the leading force behind the eradication of polio through the use of safe and effective vaccines. Our efforts have not only included vaccinating children, but also overcoming the spread of misinformation about the vaccine. Today, wild polio exists only in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Rotary continues its efforts to completely eliminate this devastating disease. 
 
Because of our deep commitment to service to others, The Rotary Club of Portland, Maine seeks to curb the spread of COVID-19 by supporting access to safe and effective vaccines, combating misinformation, and providing safe spaces to gather without the risk of infection. We support vaccine mandates, and will require proof of vaccination for our in-person meetings and participation in community service projects. We believe this is a humanitarian effort, just like polio eradication, and not a political one. 
 
Since 1915, members of Portland Rotary have been dedicated to improving the lives of others. We are ordinary people who have used our passion, energy, and talent to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace, to water and health, we are committed to improve the world. We know we are not alone in this effort, and we call upon all other service organizations to join us in helping to eradicate COVID, just as we have with the equally devastating disease of polio.
 
Board of Directors
The Rotary Club of Portland, Maine
Bob Martin, President