Nominations for the Service Award for a Polio-Free World opened on July 15th. The Rotary Foundation's Trustees established this award to acknowledge exceptional contributions made by members of Rotary towards the global effort to eradicate polio. The primary objective of this award is to motivate and inspire continued dedication in this final phase of the eradication campaign. An individual may receive for the efforts within a World Health Organization (WHO) region or internationally.

Active personal service is a fundamental requirement for the prospective recipient to qualify for the award. While personal financial contributions are commendable, they alone are not the basis for receiving the award. However, noteworthy achievements in advocacy work are eligible for consideration in the selection process. Additionally, fundraising endeavors that support Rotary's PolioPlus program will be considered during the evaluation of nominees.

It is open to any member of Rotary to nominate a fellow member to be honored with this award. There are no restrictions on the number of nominations an individual can submit, allowing for a broad range of outstanding contributors to be recognized.

Any member of Rotary is eligible except:

  1. Current and incoming trustees of The Rotary Foundation, current and incoming directors of Rotary International, and current and incoming district governors are not eligible to receive either of these awards.
  2. Members of a Regional PolioPlus Committee and any Rotarian who have previously received either the regional or international award are ineligible for the regional award.
  3. Members of the International PolioPlus Committee are ineligible for the regional or international award.

If you know any deserving individuals who should be recognized for their exceptional contributions to the fight against polio, please nominate them. You will find the nomination form at