End Polio Now

What is Polio?

The Disease

Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5.

Most know it as poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.

The world’s progress in fighting polio might be one of the best-kept secrets in global health.

Bill Gates, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Facts



Polio mainly affects children under age 5.


There is no cure, but polio is preventable with a vaccine.


Only three countries remain endemic.


We’ve reduced cases by 99.9% since 1988.


Until we end polio forever, every child is at risk.

Who is Affected?

Unless we eradicate polio, within 10 years, as many as 200,000 new cases could occur around the world each year. In the past few years, only two countries have reported cases of polio caused by the wild virus, but no child anywhere is safe until we’ve vaccinated every child.


How Can You Help?

Rotary is working to raise funds in the fight against polio.  Ask a Rotary Member how you can donate today or donate at https://www.endpolio.org/donate. 


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Our Club

The Westford Rotary Club is an inclusive organization that accepts all people.  We invite you to learn more about how you can help make the world a better place by attending one of our weekly meetings.  
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change
-- across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves!
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Welcome to Westford

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The "Welcome to Westford" sign  is again part of the newly refigured Route 110 landscape. The sign is located at Minot's Corner, which is the intersection of Boston Road and Littleton Road.
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Mark Your Calendars!

Posted by Richard Lewan on Nov 07, 2010

Jan 22 2011 1:00 PM - Eagle Scout Event for John F. Rockwood ( One of our Grant recipients) at the United Methodist Church, 10 Church St Westford. John did the landscaping at the Elderly housing.

RSVP Mary Rockwood by Jan 11 at 978-392-0771

2/3/2011 4-6 PM Umass Inn and Conference Center Lowell  ..Main Restaurant reopening.

Nancy has invited us to attend. Free food will be available




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Westford Academy's Senior Internship Program Targets Growth for 2011

Posted by Richard Lewan

From:  Westford Rotary Club

Contact:   Rich Lewan

Ph:  978-846-3779

Email:  lewan.rich@gmail.com


For Immediate Release:


Westford Academy's Senior Internship Program TARGETS GROWTH FOR 2011.

Business Leaders of the Westford Rotary Club spearheading an initiative to expand area Business participation in 2011.


The Senior Internship Program places Westford Academy Seniors in a 5 week internship at local businesses. The goal is to provide real workplace experience to the students. For 2011 the Program hopes to expand the number of Seniors participating beyond the 172 in 2010.


This program has a strong commitment by Westford Academy Principal Jim Antonelli. It is executed under the direction of the WA Guidance Department and the leadership of Wendy Pechacek. "This Internship program is a collaboration that brings the workforce of tomorrow into real world applications and experience of numerous Businesses in the Greater Westford area" says Jeannette Wilkinson, President of the Westford Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that has been a strong supporter and promoter of the Internship program.


Pechacek notes: "We have had great success & growth within this program. In just 7 years it has grown from 12 interns the first year to 172 interns last year. Our students are actively looking for internship positions now."


Post graduates have many great things to say about the real life work experience.


"The challenge now is reaching many more businesses, even outside of Westford, that are at least open to investigate taking on one or more high school Senior’s as Interns" says Westford Rotarian and Past President Jim Pecora.


To help meet this goal, the Westford Rotary Club is inviting other Business Owners to attend our weekly luncheon on January 13th. The Club has invited a few WA Grads to speak this Luncheon. We will hear first hand from 2 or 3 returning college students, accompanied by Westford Academy staff, and board members of Westford Education.


Club meetings are held at Noon in the Westford Grille 2nd floor banquet room 142 Littleton Road in Westford. RSVP is requested by January 11th to Jim Pecora at 978-815-6022.

The internship runs from April 11 until May 20, Westford Academy’s 4th quarter. Wendy can be reached by email wpechacek@westfordk12.us for more information.  “We are very appreciative of the efforts of these two primier organizations as well as others, for the initiatives they put forth to again support the youth of our Community” concluded Pechacek.

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