About PSA

PSA Officers and Directors

Chairman – Ann Lee Hussey, PDG (D7780) South Berwick MESecretary – Al Bonney (D6290) Traverse City, MI

Treasurer – Peter Kock (D7890) East Hartford, CT, USA

Webmaster – Gretchen Bren (D5650), Omaha, NE, USA

Director – Manjit Sawhney, PDG (D3010) Delhi, India

Director – Ashok Mirchandani (D9100) Cotonou, Republique du Benin, West Africa

Director – Kenneth Chow (D3400) Hong Kong

Director – Saliu Ahmed, PDG (D9125) Kaduna, Nigeria

Senior Advisor & Founder – Ray Taylor, PDG (D7690) Pinehurst/So. Pines NC USA

Senior Advisor – Ray Klinginsmith (D6040), Kirksville, MO USA

Advisor – Joan Headley, Director Post-Polio Health Intl., St. Louis MO USA

Mission Statement


Annual Report


Finance – PSA has no dues structure at this time. (See By-Laws).

Membership -In 2011-12, PSA reported over 260 active members in 27 countries.  Top 5 countries include United States, Canada, India, United Kingdom, and Belgium

International Service Projects and Activities

“Wheels of Hope” – As a result of two matching grants in 2010 which equipped and improved productivity in a wheelchair production facility in Jos, Nigeria, PSA delivered 1000 wheelchairs to polio survivors. With the grant funds depleted, the Rotary Club of Traverse City, Michigan, USA, in conjunction with PSA, conceived and created a foundation to produce a continuing stream of revenue for the workshop in Jos. This foundation, called Wheels of Hope, is partnering with four Rotary clubs (as they did for the matching grant) in Jos to manage a sustaining stream of revenue for the purposes of continuing to support the large polio survivor population in the Northern provinces of Nigeria. Wheels of Hope became operational in November of 2011 and will have much more to report in the 2012 PSA annual report.

Crutches4Africa: Mobility devices were collected and shipped from Maine to Nigeria  more>>

Rollaball Movie: we became one of the sponsors of the movie Rollaball.  more>>

Notable Collaborations

Formal Collaborations: None Informal Collaborations: Post-Polio International of St. Louis, Missouri, USA. (http://www.post-polio.org/)

Contact Information:

Chair: Ann Lee Hussey Email: annlee@rotarypoliosurvivors.org Website: www.rotarypoliosurvivors.org

Our Mission

PSA is a Rotarian Action Group dedicated to the humanitarian assistance of polio survivors. PSA is a logical extension of Rotary’s concern for the health needs of the world and serves as the living legacy of the worldwide PolioPlus program to eradicate polio. This Action Group operates in accordance with Rotary International policy, but is not controlled by Rotary.


PSA was founded in 2003 as a Rotarian Fellowship whose members were individuals and groups with a common interest in polio survivors; health issues such as postpolio syndrome; polio support groups; related organizations and institutions. In 2005, the Rotary International Board of Directors recognized the value of these Fellowships and their potential for assisting RI in implementing humanitarian programs throughout the world, and formed Rotary Action Groups.


    • Support in any way possible, the Rotary PolioPlus program to eradicate polio throughout the world
    • Initiate Community Based Rehabilitation Centers (CBR) where feasible to identify and provide restorative care for polio survivors
    • In partnership with the Rotary Heritage and History Fellowship to advocate and promote an existing project to house the Smithsonian Exhibit, “Whatever Happened to Polio?” in Warm Springs GA, USA
    • To assure that the history and heritage of the personal contribution by Rotarians to the eradication of polio is understood by the public and is properly displayed, promoted and maintained
    • To engage Rotarians in a world-wide project to collect the personal stories of polio as it affected individuals and communities
  • To form associations with individuals, organizations and institutions already engaged in assisting polio survivors

Revised May 2007

Our By-Laws


1. The official designation (name) of PSA is “Rotarian Action Group for Polio Survivors and Associates”

2. As a Rotarian Action Group (RAG) we operate in accordance with Rotary International policy, but we are not controlled by Rotary.

3. Membership in PSA is open to all Rotarians, Spouses and Rotaract members. Associate members are those not included above.

4. Administration of PSA shall be the responsibility of:

  • Chairman
  • Vice-Chairman
  • Executive Secretary

5. Chairman is the spokesperson for PSA and a Member-at-Large of Rotary Network of Fellowships and Action Groups. The Chairman coordinates work of PSA programs and projects with PSA Board, Administrative positions, and Associated individuals and organizations, and is responsible for submission of required information to Rotary International.

6. Vice-Chairman: Acts in concert with Chairman in all phases of operation and succeeds to Chairmanship upon its vacancy.

7. Executive Secretary is responsible for response and disposition to all inquiries. Assists Chairman and Vice-Chairman in conduct of their duties and is the keeper of records, archives, etc.

8. Board of Directors: Responsible for assisting Administrators in determining policies, projects and personnel. They are expected to furnish creative ideas and to assist in finding Associates to further our Mission.

9. Terms of Office: Chairman is designated every year and may serve three consecutive terms. When Chairman vacancy occurs, the Vice-Chairman succeeds to the office. The Executive Secretary serves at the pleasure of the Chairman.

10. There is no dues requirement for membership in our “List”. As specific projects develop we will determine the need for dues and assessments.