Chuck Root received the following update by email from Gary Pellet who first joined our club in 1994 and moved in 2017 to Gig Harbor, Washington:
Thanks for the very nice email. We are fine, except perhaps that post-polio is giving me some issues. We are working on gardening and getting to know the area. …We have been traveling more this fall again.
Also, thanks for the update on the PH +5. …Gig Harbor Rotary, my new club, is a pretty active club. Now, retired from the farm, I have been able to spend more time in club activities. I am in the International committee and we are doing water projects in Guatemala, plus some projects in the Philippines. FYI, Chris will be inducted into the club this Friday.”
Chuck Root added the following:
“10 years ago Gary who used to grow Roses for Jackson and Perkins and then went out on his own, came up with an idea to help with polio.
As a polio survivor, who is now having problems with post polio syndrome problems, he patented a special, beautiful rose plant that we called “Good bye Polio”.
We sold 100’s of them and were able to raise – if memory serves ~ $25,000.
After moving to Gig Harbor, he’s gotten to know members of his new club and helped one take cuttings from a Goodbye Polio rose to transfer to the persons new home.
I am sure that it is very rewarding for him to have given hundreds of people that he will never meet, a reason to be reminded of our battle against that terrible disease.”