Page 1

Kili climb

District 7680 Creates History! •  30 Brave Rotarians sign up •  September 2012 summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa •  Goals: –  Raise awareness of Rotary –  Raise funds to End Polio Now

Each Kili Climber committed to personally raise

$3,000 The initial goal was $90,000 We are pleased to report that the overall goal of $90,000 was exceeded! As of today, gross funds raised exceed

$105,000+ ‌to End Polio Now!!!

Thank you Kili Climbers! Rotary Club of Charlotte-South PDG Bill Belk Macon Dunnagan NoĂŤl Humphreys Scott and Judy Van Der Linden Mike and Susan Walker Rotary Club of Charlotte John Tabor Rotary Club of Charlotte-Evening Ineke Van der Meulen

Thank you Kili Climbers! Rotary Club of Charlotte International Phillip Jones Rotary Club of Gastonia Jay Carpenter Rotary Club of Gastonia East Randy Riley Joe Sarosi Rotary Club of Kings Mountain Bryan Baker

Thank you Kili Climbers! Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville Steve Pierce Rich Sampson Rotary Club of Mecklenburg County South Jim Brown Deb Corbett Joni Stanley Beth and Hadley Trotter Rotary Club of Monroe Union Breakfast Tim Hamilton

Thank you Kili Climbers! Rotary Club of Mooresville-Lake Norman Karen Lawler PDG Bob Wilson Rotary Club of Shelby Michael Cheng PDG Allen Langley Tom McNichol Rotary Club of Shelby Breakfast Mark Patterson Rotary Club of Top of the Lake-Mooresville Bryan Anderson Scott Melius

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Thank you Rotary Club of

Gastonia East! For coordination of the local Crowders Mountain Walk

Thank you! District 7680 Fund Treasurer Kandi Ranson, CPA

Kili By The Numbers 25 Rotarians, from 14 Clubs including 3 Past District Governors 1 District Assistant Governor 2 District Committee Chairs 5 Past Club Presidents 1 Club President 3 Club Presidents-Elect 1 Club Vice President 1 Club Sergeant-at-Arms 1 Honorary Member and

5 Family/Friends

Kili Climbers at Crowders Mtn.

Why Climb Kili? “We are both old enough to remember when polio still struck children in this country, and we never want to see this again. So, we are personally taking on a challenge that will push our endurance and require months of training. But this challenge pales when compared to the lifelong ones endured by those afflicted with this dreaded disease that has no cure - polio.� Joni and Jim

The climbers arrive in Africa

Why Climb Kili?

“Climbing Kilimanjaro will be an exciting personal journey, a once in a lifetime experience, and part of a much larger goal. My journey to prepare, train, and raise the funds is a way to help with Rotary's overall commitment to complete eradication of polio worldwide.” Deb 

District 9200 Welcome Reception

In any language‌.Rotarians Working to End Polio

Local Moshi Rotary Club Presidents receive trading banners and dictionaries.

Reception with the Rotary Clubs surrounding Kili

Massai Dancers at the Reception

Handmade KILI CAKE The banner reads:

Rotarians District 7680 Conquering Polio

“Every child deserves the chance to run and jump and play. I have joined a group that has decided to climb Kili as a way to raise awareness about the prevalence of Polio in certain parts of the world and talk about the need to eradicate it. I'm hiking up this 20,000 foot mountain because I can hike.� Karen

“Polio is a highly infectious, paralyzing and sometimes fatal disease for which we have yet to find a cure. The best protection we have is prevention. A mere sixty cents will provide a child with the vaccine that will protect them for life.� Tom

Polio Survivor “Rotary is my 2nd God”

4th highest mountain on earth

Bob’s grandfather had Polio as a child. Bob remembers as a small child climbing into his wheelchair to get a hug. Rotary and its international coalition have a real chance to make Polio the second disease to be eliminated from the world.  Bob’s grandfather was never able to walk and could never have climbed Kili.  Bob climbs for him and for all those children who will be immunized from the funds raised from this event.   Bob and Ineke

Day 1

Day 1 4.9 Miles 2,622’ Vertical


Thanks to our Sponsors!

District 7680 Kili Climbers

Day 2

Day 2 7.4 Miles 2,300’ Vertical

One of the many porters / guides. Over the 6 days they carried everything except what we needed during the day. They typically carried 3 to 4x the weight we did, walked 2x as fast, didn’t use poles, didn’t use Diamox for the altitude, & carried our bags and tents.

They set up camp each day, cooked, & brought warm water/hot tea to us in our tents. They brushed down our clothes & boots at Kibo after coming down the screed. They worked hard and were eternally friendly and helpful. An amazing group of men!

Meal Tent

Day 3

Day 3 4.3 Miles 1,380’ Vertical

Day 4

Day 4 6.2 Miles 2,700’ Vertical Kibo Huts

4 t h g i N

11:00 PM

Day 5

Day 5 18.0 Miles 3,940’ Up 7,240’ Down Kibo Huts Hurombo Huts

Depart: 11:00 PM Arrive: 2:00 PM Depart: 8:00 AM

Arrive: Sunrise (7:00 AM) Back to Kibo (Nap) Arrive: 6:00 PM

34 Hours

24.2 Miles 6,840’ Up 7,240’ Down

Uhuru’s Point 19,341’ Gilman’s Point 18,640’

Thoughts and Reflections “Two years ago, I was privileged to be a part of RI's National Immunization Day in India. I cannot describe how this event impacted my life and my feeling of purpose as a Rotarian. When I held those small children and those tiny babies to administer the drops that would prevent them from developing the crippling disease of Polio, I knew that as an individual, I was making a huge impact in the lives of not only them, but their families. As immediate Past District Governor of District 7680, the Kilimanjaro climb served to revive those memories and those feelings.� PDG Allen Langley

PDG Bob Wilson and Ineke Van Der Meulen

We made it to the top! That was a highlight! And..... Bob asked if I would be his wife. I could pick out the ring later, because he was afraid he would lose the ring on the way up. I said, yes, but I have cold feet, and he said that was not the right answer. John asked if he wanted to go on his knees for the photo, but Bob said: heck no, I 'll never get up. What a good man, there ain't no mountain high enough....... Ineke

The reception provided by the local Rotarians in Tanzania was special. It expressed the universality of the Rotary Experience on an Int’l level. The core values of all present became a unifying factor to overcome the obvious cultural/geographic differences.  The magic of Rotary was alive and well. For newer Rotarians to have been given an opportunity to meet and talk to a polio victim, brought a renewed understanding of why we were there… Bob

District 7680 Past District Governors: Bob Wilson, Bill Belk, and Allen Langley

Rotarians Bryan Anderson and Scott Melius Top of the Lake-Mooresville

The climb was exceptional! The cause was admirable! The people were the very best part -- the porters and the guides remarkable in spirit and strength. Scott

With gratitude I thank my fellow Kilimanjaro climbers who welcomed me to their group. During the climb we encouraged one another and looked to each another for support. I was impressed with the common purpose shared between the Charlottearea and Moshi-area Rotary Clubs. Steve

Steve Pierce and his friend, Rotarian Rich Sampson Lake Norman-Huntersville

Rotarians Joni Stanley and Jim Brown Mecklenburg County South

Our training and preparation for the "Climb to End Polio Now" was the focus of our lives for a 10-month period. During this time we kept "End Polio Now" in the forefront as our goal. During the journey we met many new friends who shared our goal. This journey culminated with the climb which is the hardest thing we ever accomplished. At the summit we were overwhelmed to think that we had achieved what we had worked for all of those months (and also by the realization that reaching the summit actually meant that we were only half done with our Kili climb - we still needed to get down). It was especially meaningful to us to get to know the Tanzanian people, many whom we depended on to get to Uhuru Peak. We take so much for granted (clean water, clean air, housing, plumbing, good medical); it takes seeing people without these basic things to make us realize how much we have. Joni and Jim

Hadley Trotter, who earned a Paul Harris Fellow for service above self on the mountain, and her proud mother Rotarian Beth Trotter, Mecklenburg County South

The Gang at Gilman's Point: Karen Lawler, Jim Brown, Joni Stanley, Mike Walker , Bryan Anderson, and Rich Sampson

Rotarian Deb Corbett, Mecklenburg County South

Rotarian Bryan Baker, Kings Mountain

Rotarian Karen Lawler, Mooresville-Lake Norman

Rotarian Mark Patterson, Shelby Breakfast

Rotarian NoĂŤl Humphreys, Charlotte-South

“We’re this close” The final steps to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro were a lot like the motto of RI to End Polio Now. Each step was more difficult than the last as we walked in the dark, with little oxygen. Walking 19,431 feet to raise money for the polio vaccine, so that future children will realize a life without polio. It’s like being in the final steps of the mission to End Polio Now – the last steps are the hardest, but certainly the most important. What kept me going was “We’re This Close” to reaching the summit, and “this close” to eradicating polio from planet earth. Noël

Friend of Rotary, Joe Sarosi and his guide

Rotarians Mark Patterson (Shelby Breakfast), NoĂŤl Humphreys (CharlotteSouth), Bryan Baker (Kings Mountain) and Tom McNichol (Shelby)

Rotarian Randy Riley, Gastonia East

Rotarian Mike Walker, Charlotte-South and his wife Susan Walker

I think most of us will agree the 20 hours between 11 p.m. on Day 4 and 7 p.m. on Day 5 were the hardest 20 hours of our lives. For me, it was worth all the hard work, not only for the personal satisfaction, but for the purpose. Seeing a long time polio victim at the Tanzanian Rotary club reception for us brought home the cause of what we are trying to rid the world. Mike

Rotarian Tim Hamilton, Monroe-Union Breakfast

I ain’t as good as I once was‌.. No amount of exercise can replace youth. At the summit, my thought was that it is beautiful up here, but Lord please give me the strength to get down. Having traveled very little in my lifetime, I gained a new appreciation for what I have and a new respect for the Tanzanian people. It was certainly a life changing event for me. Tim

Rotarian Jay Carpenter, Gastonia

Rotarian Philip Jones, Charlotte-International

It was definitely the hardest thing I've ever done, but not nearly as hard as any given day would have been if I had contracted polio as a child. I am grateful for the opportunity that I had to raise funds for and awareness of the polio eradication campaign, to participate in the climb, and to get to know a really terrific group of people. Philip

Rotarian Scott Van Der Linden, Charlotte-South

Rotarians are making a difference, and will continue to go where other agencies cannot. God has truly blessed me, and each Rotarian. He has placed us in a position to make a difference. We will continue to do just that‌ caring for those who need our service! Scott

I have witnessed first-hand what it means to be a Rotarian - “Service Above Self�. I was honored to be a part of Rotary history that will help eradicate polio. Judy

Rotarian John Tabor, Charlotte plays a bit of golf at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Rotarian Michael Cheng, Shelby

Having polio in India is a fate worse than death. Many Polio victims are inevitably cast out. It is especially hard for those born into poverty, abandoned on the streets, left as cripples to beg on the streets‌ I remember observing some of these people as flies landed and crawled all over their bodies, and because they were so beaten down by life and society they no longer even attempted to swat the flies away. I had not given those recollections much attention the last few decades, but during those nights when I could not sleep all the sad memories came back to me. After 3 nights of a lot of thought and memories, it was no longer a matter of “conquer the mountain,â€? but more about conquering myself, or better yet as a reflection of my life as one human being more willing to care for another human being. I realize that there are so many people who will never get to experience what I have; that much I appreciate and I am truly humbled by the experience. I plan to continue my journey of reflection and humanitarian aid by sharing the experience of climbing Kili with my daughter. Michael

Rotarian Tom McNichol, Shelby

Expedition Leader and Rotarian Macon Dunnagan Charlotte-South

Day 6

Day 6 12.4 Miles 6,100’ Down

Hurombo Huts

Rotarian Macon Dunnagan with 4 Mt. Kili summit certificates! Welcome to the book of world record-holders! The 3 PDGs‌ Bob Wilson, Bill Belk, and Allen Langley

Even though many of my friends and family were aware of my leadership role as a Past District Governor, the fact that someone of my age (67 years) committed to climb Kili raised as many eyebrows as it did Polio awareness. Fortunately, Bill Belk, Allen Langley and I, all three PDG’s, made it to the top. Pained and bruised, all three of us will have memories forever.  Bob

A message from Moshi‌ Kindly register our gratitude and appreciation to the whole group for choosing to come to Africa, choosing Tanzania and Mount Kilimanjaro!!! May the Lord continue to bless you all, Lucy Margaret Renju Club President Rotary Club of Moshi Kilimanjaro Tanzania 2012/2013

It’s not too late to support District 7680 Push for the Peak! Visit our website:


A Climb to End Polio Now  
A Climb to End Polio Now  

This is a wonderful presentation by Rotary District 7680 on a unique project to raise funds for the Rotary International End Polio Now Progr...