In Lisbon today, Ajijic Rotarians Barb and Bill Wilson met up with frequent visitors to the Ajijic Club, Bernie and Penny St.Louis. The couples are attending the Annual Convention of Rotary International.
At the plenary session earlier in the day, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a 2 for 1 matching grant for new monies donated by Rotarians up to $35 million, for each of the next 5 years to End Polio Now.  Three countries; Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan are still polio endemic and neighboring countries continue to be threatened by the possibility of polio crossing borders. At the meeting, one Nigerian Rotarian announced a personal donation of $1 million to help kick off the matching grant.
The Wilsons and St. Louis's attended training and workshops on Future Vision, global grant writing, Water, sanitation and health strategies, Rotary partnerships with the United Nations and USAID, and Rotary Foundation donations and recognition.