The Ambassadors for Polio Survivors are a corps of knowledgeable members of Polio Survivors Rotary Action Group (PS RAG) who provide support for the goals of our group and of The Rotary Foundation. Among other things, they may help fellow Rotarians and the communities in which they live in the following ways:
- Provide speakers for club meetings and other events.
- Share information with others to deepen the knowledge of the challenges of the physically disabled which includes polio survivors within communities and regions.
- Provide local Rotarians with access to professionals worldwide who may address their district’s need for expert advice in areas such as technology, education, medical treatment and evaluation, etc.
- Liaise between their district and others to create partnerships that will facilitate project development and enhance funding opportunities.
If you are interested in being appointed as a Polio Ambassador, please make sure you have updated your PS RAG membership form (click here) and then send a request for an application to Ambassadors@RotaryPolioSurvivors.org or you can complete the application online.
By this means, you will communicate to us your interest and the region (e.g. district, country) for which you could act as an Ambassador. If you have questions you may direct them to the Ambassador coordinator at Ambassadors@RotaryPolioSurvivors.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Watch our video as Board Member Patricia Meehan discusses the Ambassador program with Rotarian Aaron Sines.
About the Ambassador Corps
The Ambassadors for Polio Survivors are selected based upon their ability to work within their region as a liaison between their local Rotary Clubs, district leadership and PS Rotary Action Group. They facilitate the development of human and technical capacity of Rotary Clubs and Districts for the delivery of sustainable programs both in education and treatment including providing equipment to help with mobility. They also seek to increase the membership of the organization as active members in PS are vital for the continued growth of sustainable PS programs throughout the Rotary World.
Ambassadors, as volunteers, are Rotarians, members of Polio Survivors Rotary Action Group and have a passion for helping those with disability issues, education, rehabilitation, and mobility programs. They must be able to communicate easily and be respected by Rotarians within their District.
Ambassadors are charged with promoting effective and sustainable Rotary education, obtaining equipment (wheel chairs, crutches, walkers) as well as education/awareness projects in their regions. To this end they may engage in the following activities as well as others relevant to the goals of the corps.
- Encourage and facilitate PS RAG memberships
- Develop and promote a “Speakers’ Bureau” to provide speakers for club meetings and district events.
- Encourage local activities within their region that will promote the issues of Polio Survivors and other physical disabilities.
- Develop and maintain liaisons with municipal authorities, NGOs, medical community, and other partners to support local clubs in developing sustainable projects through partnerships with these entities.
- Act as a conduit between PS RAG and their local clubs to provide the most current information about Post-Polio and physical disability related initiatives and objectives, e.g. posting articles in their district and club newsletters and alerting local Rotarians to upcoming Rotary webinars.
- Encourage resources within their region to engage in various Rotary and PS RAG pursuits, e.g. post-polio education and awareness, rehabilitation training and awareness opportunities, wheel chair/crutches collection and delivery and behavior change initiatives.
- Disseminate information/needs assessment data about their region to others in Rotary in the effort to enhance the quality, relevance and sustainability of projects undertaken in their region.
- Identify individual Rotarians in their region that may support Rotary and PS RAG initiatives, in activities such as grant development, project review, project enhancement activities, etc.
- Reporting Responsibilities
Ambassadors are required to submit an annual activity report in May of each year for presentation at the Annual General Meeting held during the Rotary International Convention.
Ambassadors serve for one three-year term and can be reappointed for another 3-year term.