www.mybaycity.com December 27, 2016
Rotary Article 10679

Rotary Updated On Polio Eradication Campaign

December 27, 2016
By: Stephen Kent


President-Elect Bob Chadwick stood in for President Andrea Hales at the meeting between Christmas and New Years.

Jonathan Teich, visiting from his new job in College Athletics Fundraiing, and his position as new Rotarian of the Furnitureland Rotary Club of High Point, North Carolina, was tapped to lead the club in singing "America The Beautiful".

Andreas Teich inducted new Rotarian Don David and returning Rotarian Leo Staudacher as new members of this club. Welcome to both gentlemen.

Following the 50/50 drawing, Tim Holsworth performed the Sargent at Arms duties.


Chuck Cusick
Rotarian Chuck Cusick was the speaker for the day and took the occasion to update the club on the status of the Polio Eradication Program. Chuck's wife Nancy has made four trips abroad with Rotary's immunization program and Chuck has gone on two of those trips.

Much of this information was familiar to Bay City club members thanks to Chuck's efforts to keep the club abreast of changes. In this review, Chuck talked about the history of the disease that goes back thousands of years. Some earliest recordings were depictions of an Egyptian Prince with a withered leg from about 1,500 BC.

The height of the polio scourge in the US was in the 1950's. Many Rotarians of the "baby boom" generation remember knowing kids their age who suffered from the disease. They also remember the iron lung machines that kept those people alive.

Thanks to Rotary and the international effort to defeat this disease, only 21 cases were reported in 2016, and those are in the Afghanistan and Pakistan regions. Those areas are hard to reach due to religious and political strife and war.

Today the final push is making fragile progress in those last remote and conflict challenged areas. Dollars from Rotary, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other organizations are essential to complete the task and transition to a Polio-free world.



CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS



The board will NOT meet in January.

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.


DATES TO REMEMBER


OFF SITE Meeting - January 10 At the Delta College Planetarium.
(Also March 7, May 16, June 6)

REMEMBER: The board will NOT meet in January.

Rotary Night Out - January 14 - Tri-City Brewery new location on Shrestha drive.

June 10-14, 2017 Rotary International Convention - Atlanta, Georgia, USA
www.RotaryConvention2017.org OR www.RIConvention.org
Dee Dee Wacksman, District Chair

November 7, 2017 - Vocational Day


Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

January 3, 2016 CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Randy Dee Roberts CASA Program Director will talk about the program. CASA Advocates are ordinary people making extraordinary contributions to the lives of abused and neglected children. CASAs are citizen volunteers, specially trained and appointed by family court judges to speak up for our most vulnerable children.

January 10, 2016 State of the City City Manager Rick Finn will discuss the state of the city with the club.

January 17, 2016 District Matching Grant Project Update: Adopt a Village Presented by Chuck Cusick.

January 24, 2016, Dr. Jeff Abernathy, President of Alma College, will speak on the value of a liberal arts education in a STEM-focused world.




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LINKS

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District 6310 Web Site District Dispatch Archive
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The Rotary Global History Fellowship rotaryfirst100.org
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