Gastonia Connection

The Rotary Club of Gastonia was formed January 1, 1920. Among the distinguished charter members of the club was an ambitious man by the name of Robert B. Babbington.  RB was touched after reading  about a crippled child that could not be accepted into a North Carolina orphanage. That was back in 1909. As a result of …

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How Polio Eradication Efforts Help in Covid-19

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments with six core partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Its goal is to …

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A Spoonful of Sugar

A familiar song from everyone’s childhood has a polio-related backstory. Jeffrey Sherman, son and nephew of Robert and Richard Sherman (songwriting duo responsible for the music of classics like “Mary Poppins,” shared how the song “A Spoonful of Sugar” came about. Sherman describes the inspiration behind the lyrics, “A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine …

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