, Corbin, KY


March 10, 2014

Rotary’s International Dinner is Saturday

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble

Staff Writer

You won’t have to leave the Tri-County this Saturday for a real “Taste of the World.”

That’s because the Corbin Rotary Club and the London Rotary Club are getting together for their annual International Dinner, being held this year at the Corbin Civic Center.

Saturday’s dinner — the 6th annual one for the two Rotary Clubs — starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person and $12.50 for children. They can be purchased at the door on the night of the dinner, or from any Corbin or London Rotarian.

Vonda Moore is one of the Co-chairs for the event, along with Jamie Harrison from the London Rotary Club.

Together the two are expecting another exciting night of good tasty foods from various nations, good music and entertainment, and lots of good fun.

“We are expecting to have foods from up to 15 countries at Saturday night’s International Dinner. We’ve got the Pony Tail Girls featured as the entertainment, and we’ll also have some international music to bring a flavorful flair to the festivities. And we still have corporate sponsorships available. Guests can also reserve a table for eight or 10 persons,” said Moore, who is President of the Corbin club.

First held in 2009, the two clubs alternate on being the host city for the International Dinner.

After being held in London last year, the event returns to Corbin after a two-year hiatus. The Corbin Civic Center also served as the location for the dinner back in 2012.

The International Dinner serves a two-fold purpose. Not only does it give area diners a chance to span the globe in search for the world’s most tantalizing food flavors, it also serves as a fundraiser for cause dear to Rotarians’ hearts — the eradication of polio.

“Rotary Clubs in London, Corbin and around the world, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have extended their partnership during the critical endgame phase of the worldwide polio eradication. From 2013 to 2018, every U. S. dollar that Rotary commits to polio eradication will instantly become three dollars, thanks to a 2-to-1 match by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,” said Harrison, who is Treasurer of the London club.

Moore mentioned, “The current Rotary Club Campaign is called ‘End Polio Now.’ That represents the largest humanitarian effort in the world. In 1988, there were 125 polio-endemic countries. Today, there are three countries. As a result, polio has been reduced by 99 percent. We’re this close to seeing an end to this crippling disease.”

In addition to the food and entertainment, a video will be shown at the International Dinner, which presents stories of Rotarians in the field, working to eradicate polio.

In their quest to end the threat of polio, Rotary International has listed on the website the top five reasons to eradicate the disease:

* The human cost. They noted if people choose to control polio rather than eradicate it, polio could rebound to 10 million cases in the next 40 years.

* It’s achievable. The tools to end polio are available, as well as the means to reach all children. The new, bivalent vaccine successfully targets the two remaining strains of polio in one dose.

* It’s a good investment. An independent study published in the medical journal Vaccine estimated the $9 billion global investment in a world free of polio would net an economic benefit of $40 to $50 billion over the next 20 years.

* It strengthens the system. Rotary’s polio eradication efforts have established an active disease surveillance network in all countries. That’s being used for other health interventions, such as measles vaccinations, deworming tablets, and mosquito bed nets.

*It sets the stage. The ability to reach all children with the polio vaccine is proof of concept that Rotary International can succeed in their next major global health initiative.

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