Mayor Dick Richards expressed his support of the Stettler Rotary Club and has declared this week — Oct. 21 to 27 — as Polio Awareness Week in Stettler.
Rotary Club president Aubrey Brown said the international campaign will help eradicate polio from the four remaining countries where it still exists.
Just decades ago, thousands of Albertans were diagnosed with polio. Many died, many were permanently affected and others were diagnosed with polio syndrome later in life.
The prevention process now underway is aimed at preventing millions from suffering like Albertans did, as recently as the 1950s.
Local Rotarians say the Rotary Club of Stettler and the residents who support their community events are making a difference locally and internationally, and believe they’re close to eradicating polio completely.
At the Town of Stettler council meeting last Tuesday, Brown and fellow Rotarian Rob Stoutenberg presented a wall clock to the Town of Stettler and the Clearview School Division for their joint board room.