Academy for Lifelong Learning


Is polio just a memory?

The short answer is, “No.” In 2016, the world was close to making polio the second human disease (after smallpox) to be eradicated, but it continues to exist, and increase, in the Pakistan-Afghan region. Combatting polio is not only crucial in this region but also in other areas of the world in order to keep countries polio free.

Since 1979, Rotary International and its members have contributed countless volunteer hours and more than $2.1 billion to protect nearly three billion children in 122 countries from the paralysis caused by polio. At noon on Monday, Dec. 7, John F. Germ, will discuss “Rotary’s Quest to Eradicate Polio.” Those wishing to attend this webinar hosted by Sewanee’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, should email <>.

John Germ, retired board chair and CEO of Campbell & Associates, Chattanooga-based consulting engineers, served as Rotary International’s President (2016-17) and he is currently Vice Chair of the Rotary Foundation. In 2013, Germ was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for “doing extraordinary things to make a difference in his community.” He serves on several boards, he is the Founder and Treasurer of both the Chattanooga State College Foundation and the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation, and he founded Camp Discovery, a camp for intellectually and developmentally disabled children, to name of few of his extraordinary contributions to his community and to global well-being.