When Rotary took on Polio eradication in 1985, the goal was considered to be audacious and unreachable. Here is what Bill Gates, Sr. had to say about it in his book "Showing Up For Life".
"More than 20 years ago, when most volunteer efforts were aimed at solving problems that existed down the street, Rotary took on a global fight nobody believed they could win. A fight to end polio worldwide.
Since then, Rotary has revolutionized our thinking about the possibilities that exist for ordinary people to significantly change the world.
What they have accomplished since then defies description. Worldwide, cases of polio have declined by 99%. Rotary members have done everything from spending their vacations immunizing children in faraway places, to lobbying heads of state, to negotiating cease-fires in civil wars long enough to get millions of children vaccinated.
They've shown us how to mobilize people, raise more money than anybody thought volunteers could, and create private-public partnerships that can take on large-scale global problems.
I believe - as do most experts - that Rotary will achieve its audacious goal of eradication global polio. Along the way they have taught us that when we are inspired to work together in the interest of an engaging cause, there is no problem bigger than we are."