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Crystal Lake mayor signs ‘World Polio Day’ proclamation

Following the request of the a local Rotary International chapter, Crystal Lake Mayor Haig Haleblian presented a proclamation recognizing Oct. 24 as “World Polio Day” at the Tuesday meeting of the Crystal Lake City Council.

Bill Broman, a representative of the Rotary Club of Fox Valley Sunset, which meets twice a month in Crystal Lake, stood with Haleblian to formally receive the proclamation, according to a news release.

“Wild polio is only now in two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Broman said Tuesday, sharing information about Rotary International’s decades’ long efforts to support the global eradication of polio.

According to the World Health Organization, polio was endemic in 125 countries as recently as 1988.

The local chapter joined with Rotary International chapters nationwide to designate “World Polio Day” on Oct. 24 as a “springboard for community action and to raise awareness and funding to permanently eradicate the infectious disease,” according to the release.

The Rotary Club of Fox Valley Sunset meets at 6:30 p.m. every first and third Thursday at 33 E. Woodstock St., using the Philanthropy Center entrance, and virtually via Zoom.

For information, go to rotary6440.org/clubinfo/fox-valley-sunset.