Pedal For Polio

Pedal For Polio

Pedal 4 Polio – Crescent City to Petaluma August 13 – 19, 2017

District 5130 is hosting a 6 day bicycle ride from one end of our District to the other this coming August…from Crescent City to Petaluma to raise awareness of, and raise funds for, our fight against polio. We meet on Sunday, August 13th in Crescent City, have dinner and spend the night with local Rotarians, then start riding south in the morning. We ride for six days, averaging 55 miles per day, finishing in Petaluma on Saturday, August 19th, where the local Clubs are planning a giant party, celebration and media event, announcing how much we have raised (through pledges to riders), and spreading the word about Rotary’s work on ending Polio.

What??? Are we crazy? Well, sort of…but we’ll do almost anything to defeat this scourge.

For More info or to Register to Ride Click Here

How can I help (you ask)? 

  • Mark your calendars, Pedal 4 Polio, August 13 – 19, 2017.
  • Registration is now closed for the 6 day ride.  However, you can still sign up to ride the last one, two or 3 days.
  • DONATE…   If you’re not riding, pledge to sponsor one of the riders.  Riders and your club’s Foundation Chair or Treasurer have pledge sheets for you to sign up on.  Make checks out to “The Rotary Foundation” and in the memo section put “Polioplus”  If you want to use your credit card, go to, click on “Give” in the upper right corner.  (Make sure to tell your Foundation Chair your using this method so they can record your donation on the pledge sheet.  And remember, all pledges count towards your Paul Harris).
  • Help your Club provide logistical support for riders along the route (meals, housing, rest stops, etc.).
  • Help your Club promote the event on your personal social media pages, as well as local media.
  • And last but not least, come out and cheer us on as we pedal through or by your town (you don’t know how much that is appreciated by weary riders 🙂

Our goal…100% participation from every single Rotarian in District 5130. Just imagine…If all 2,400 Rotarians in our District pledged just $0.10 per mile (Remember the March of Dimes?) to sponsor a rider, we would raise $84,000 for PolioPlus. That’s only $35 each…and when you add The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2 for 1 match, that number grows to over a quarter of a million dollars…$252,000 to be exact. At 60 cents per dose, that represents inoculations for 428,000 children…that is, as next year’s RI theme says, “Making a Difference”. Of course, if you wish to pledge more, who are we to say no? (Think how much a dollar, or even 50 cents per mile would raise?)

Pedal 4 Polio Riders you can support

 (as of 8/9/17)


Kevin Eisenberg – Calistoga

David Moon-Wainwright – Calistoga

John Cottle – Mendocino

Monica Rosenthal – Middletown

Chris Ranney – Petaluma

Matthew Carter – Honorary Member Petaluma Valley

Peter Hoberg – Santa Rosa Sunrise

Richard Power – Sebastopol

Bob Rogers – Sebastopol

Brain Bauer – Sebastopol Sunrise

Ellie Laherty – Spouse of Sebastopol Sunrise (1/2 relay)

Patrick Laherty – Sebastopol Sunrise (1/2 relay)

Bill Sauber – Sebastopol Sunrise

Sid Noyes – Southwest Eureka



Brad Walton – Willits



Mike Merrill – Santa Rosa West



James Brenton – Healdsburg

Paul Frechette – Healdsburg

Mel Schatz – Healdsburg

Emilio Dela Cruz – Kelseyville Sunrise

Brett Shinn – Petaluma

Ryan Mason – Petaluma Sunrise

Andrea Pierotti – Petaluma Sunrise

Al Statz – Petaluma Sunrise       

Jennifer Carter – Petaluma Valley

John Fitzgerald – Petaluma Valley

Russell Rice – Petaluma Valley

George Malkemus – Rancho Cotati

Mike Pastryk – Rohnert Park/Cotati

Julie Montgomery – Santa Rosa East

Greg Gill – Sebastopol

Michael Hixson – Sebastopol

Troy McAdams – Friend of Sebastopol

Craig Curreri – Windsor

Brian Ling – Windsor



Larry Lira – Santa Rosa East – SAG Driver

Peg Rogers – Sebastopol – SAG Driver

David Mark-Raymond – Sebastopol Sunrise – SAG Driver

As a polio survivor, I am so appreciative of your ongoing support. Our District continues to be one of the major supporters of PolioPlus in our Zone. So come ride with us, have fun, and accomplish something great in the process…as one fellow Rotarian calls it…Fun with a purpose!!!

Many Thanks,

Bob Rogers

District Governor 2017-18