October 24 – National Polio Day Ridgefield Rotary Recognized For End Polio Campaign

Polio is paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children
in some parts of the world. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle
global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children.

On April 13, 2018 Ridgefield Rotary teamed up with Tommy James & The Shondells
to have an End Polio Now Concert. The event was a huge success as a sold out crowd
of 500 attended the concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Thanks to concert goers,
25 sponsors and local businesses over $225,000 was raised.

On National Polio Day on October 24, First Selectman Rudy Marconi and members of Ridgefield Rotary hung a plaque in Town Hall commemorating the Town Of Ridgefield’s effort through Rotary which resulted in the tremendous contribution toward the “International Eradicate Polio Initiative”.

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Over $500,000 in Food, Cash and Store Cards to the Ridgefield Food Pantry

The Rotary Club of Ridgefield and Stop & Shop Ridgefield received recognition from the Town from First Selectman Rudy Marconi and the State from State Representative John Frey for having raised/donated .  Stop & Shop commented that this initiative has become a photo type for them of how to work with community groups on efforts that they want to support.
Recognition was also give to Ridgefield High School’s Interact Club and Lion Heart for their participation in the event every month.
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Fly the Colors Program Accepting Renewals and New Subscribers

Raising Funds to Help Others

flythecolorsThe Rotary Club of Ridgefield has re-launched its innovative program that encourages the patriotic display of the American flag on six American Holidays Proceeds from the project, called “Fly the Colors,” will be used to benefit veterans and their immediate families from this area.

Rotarians place an American flag in front of participants’ houses for six holidays and remove it after the celebrations are over. The events are Memorial Day, Flag Day, The Fourth of July, Labor Day, Patriot Day and Veterans Day.

The flag program is an annual, subscription-based service. The first year cost is $50; thereafter it is $25 a year.

If you would like to participate for the first time, you prefer to renew online or you would like to learn more, just click here.

The Ridgefield detachment of the Marine Corps League and Ridgefield Supply Company W-Rotary-Flagsare partners in the project, providing guidance on operations, logistical help, and materials for the installation and removal of flags.

Here’s how the program works: A plastic pipe will be buried permanently in front yards, near the street and flush with the ground, to hold the flag staff in place. A plastic cap will cover the pipe when not in use. A marker will be put in the street to indicate the location of the buried pipe.

A 3×5 foot flag on a 10-foot staff will be placed in the holder. Installation will be in coordination with “Call Before You Dig” and Ridgefield Public Works. Homeowners will be asked to notify the installers of underground installations such as sprinkler systems or invisible dog fences near the curb.

If you subscribed last year, you will receive a renewal notice and can accept the invitation to re subscribe and have a flag placed in front of your home in time for the upcoming Memorial Day.

 

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