Rotary International will honor a Milford man with a humanitarian award.
George F. Atwell, a member of the Rotary Club of Caroline County, will be presented the organization’s International Service Award For A Polio Free World later this year. No more than 10 individual Rotarians in the world earn the award annually.
Atwell, who serves as a committee chairman in the local Rotary club, has traveled to three countries in recent years to help immunize children against polio. His most recent trip was to Nigeria, where he spent two weeks in 2009. He also has made trips to India and Egypt.
In addition, he has visited numerous Rotary clubs in the U.S., urging them to support the organization’s efforts to fight polio, which can cause paralysis and death.
The awards will be formally announced at Rotary’s international convention in Bangkok, Thailand in May.
Atwell will receive his award at a regional Rotary gathering in South Carolina in October.
Rotary, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control, and United Nation’s UNICEF, initiated its campaign to combat polio in 1987 when more than 300,000 cases of polio were reported annually worldwide. Only 650 cases had been reported at the end of 2011.