Rotary Polio Immunization Trip to India Announced - February 14-25, 2014


Dear Rotarian,


The purpose of this correspondence is to announce our trip to India to participate in the February, 2014 polio National Immunization Days (NID).  Attached is a document that provides specific information about the trip, including a means of registering for the program. 


Please feel free to share this information with the Rotarians and clubs in your District as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of space and expect this trip to be filled within the next week or two.


Since January 2011, there has been only ONE new confirmed case of polio in India.  In 2012, India was removed from the list of polio endemic countries.  We are getting remarkably close to eradicating polio globally.  Therefore, this might be one of the last opportunities we will have to organize a trip to India to participate in polio NID activities.  This trip offers you and the Rotarians in your club and District an extraordinary opportunity to have an experience of a life time. 


The following summarizes the key trip information:


Our program will travel to Delhi, India, where we will participate in the polio NID activities and attend the Polio Conclave.  This trip also includes travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur to visit the famous Rotary Jaipur Limb factory, and enjoy this extraordinary city.


Date of Departure:                         Friday, February 14, 2014

Date of Return:                               Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Per Person Cost, based on double occupancy:  $2,299.  This price does not include international, roundtrip airfare or Indian visa fees.  However, it does include hotels, transfers, the Polio Conclave and other Rotary events, participation in the NID activities, most meals, sightseeing, English speaking guide and other items as stated in the attached document.


Air Reservations:  Participants are free to secure their own air reservations using their frequent flyer mileage, or individual purchase.  Howard Tours will be happy to help you purchase airline tickets, which can be requested on the trip application.


Visas: All U.S. citizens will need to secure an Indian visa.  We will give our members specific information about how to secure the visa when we send the confirmation documents.  It is important that our tour do not attempt to secure the Indian visa before receiving our information.


Travel Vaccines:  We recommend that all participants visit the Centers for Disease Control Web site:  to determine what vaccinations may be needed for this trip.  We suggest that members visit this web site, print out the material and visit a doctor, or travel doctor, to determine what vaccinations or treatments may be needed for this trip.


This group will be limited to approximately 35 people, and confirmation in the program will be on a first come, first served basis.  To join us, please complete and sign the application on page five of the attached document.  Please make sure to include the requested credit card authorization for the cost of the program.  Over the last two years, , this program sold out in less than two weeks..  We expect the same response this year.  If you are planning to join us, we suggest immediate action. 


We look forward to having you or Rotarians from your District join us. Best regards for a happy new year,




Bradford R. Howard

Rotary International Director,

Zones 25-26, 2015-2017

Governor, District 5170, 2002-2003