Dear Rotarian: This afternoon at the International Assembly DistrictGovernor-elect, Mark Glenn, received the announcement that The RotaryFoundation has surpassed its US$200 Challenge Grant and raised US$202.6 millionas of 17 January 2011. In addition Jeff Raikes, Chief Executive Officer of The Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation announced that the Gates Foundation has awarded TheRotary Foundation an additional US$50 million grant for polio eradication. The new $50 million grant from the Gates Foundation is not a challengegrant; it results from Rotary's early achievement of the $200 millionmilestone and of the need for continued funding support for the Global PolioEradication Initiative. Governors Wallace and Glenn reminded us, however, that meeting theUS $200 Challenge Grant is just one more milestone in Rotary's journey toeradicate polio. District 5520 Governor Bobby Wallace stated that many of District5520's clubs have supported The $200 Million Challenge, but cautioned thatDistrict 5520 is still several thousand dollars from achieving its goal of$210,000. There are about a dozen clubs that have yet to recognize theiropportunity to be a part of this worldwide Polio Eradication effort and havenot yet made a contribution to Polio Plus. We are so close!  Mostrecently India celebrated 1 year being polio free and most importantly, ourultimate goal is the certification of the eradication of polio worldwide. District5520's Rotarians are encouraged to continue raising funds for the polioeradication challenge, which officially concludes on 30 June 2012. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do to help usreach our ultimate goal, the certification of polio eradication. Together we will End Polio Now. Bobby Wallace District 5520 Governor Mark Glenn District 5520 Governor-elect