Next week: Our next meeting is November 19 — a week early due to Thanksgiving!! Mark your calendars!
Prez Jody opened with Pledge of Allegiance, and Brandt led us in singing God Bless America.
Thought for the Day: Pete has friend who served in Vietnam and took care of the casualties, and his thought for the day from his friend is “The greatest thing in the world was seeing the flags and knowing that these soldiers served their country — God bless all veterans.”
Guests/Visiting Rotarians: Bob and Peggy Rogers from Sebastopol Rotary — Bob is our speaker today.
– Matt is happy that trees will be trimmed in our beautiful Rotary Park.
– Donna’s husband finished treatment for prostate cancer, and he is clear and they are going on vacation!!
– Tom is happy to not be providing food anymore now that we are back at the Hill House!
– Dean is happy to be officially ending his leave of absence.
– Kira is happy that Dean is back.
– Eula is happy that her son was elected to be president of student body at FB middle school.
– Heather is happy that Thanksgiving Coffee is now officially a B Corp!
– Joe has 2 new grandkids, born a week apart, and they are cousins, and he is very happy about that!
– Pete is happy he and his wife have a new 6-week-old rag doll kitten…
– Jody is happy that we’re back at the Hill House, we have a big turnout today!
New Member Richard Green was inducted into our club! Sponsor Susan Keller “pinned” him.
Our next meeting is next week, Nov. 19!!! (We’re dark for Thanksgiving the following week.)
There is a regular Board meeting Monday, Nov. 16! It will be at the Mendocino Hotel at noon; bring $20 for lunch.
Keep an eye on your emails to be sure to RSVP your food choices for lunches.
Jody announced that the new Membership Handbooks are going to be passed out today to everyone — thanks to John Porter for putting in many, many hours to put this together!
John P. has theater tickets for sale/pick up today. All club members are expected to buy and/or sell two tickets to this December 3 event!! Should be a fun event, and will be one of our official meetings in December.
Jody served as today’s finemaster and we learned the following:
– There are 3 types of polio. One type is paralytic, another is non-paralytic, and the third is bolvard (sp?) that attacks the chest muscles.
– 95% of polio cases show no symptoms.
– The polio virus can spread through the air by sick people coughing or sneezing.
– 50% of polio victims are under the age of 5.
– 2-5% of polio victims will die of paralysis of their ability to breathe.
– The polio vaccine was found in 1952.
Jody introduced Bob Rogers of the Sebastopol Rotary Club. He is a survivor of polio, and has been very active in the Rotary Polio Plus fundraising.
Bob Rogers is our District Governor Nominee for 2017-18. He is a retired airline pilot, and his second career is Rotary.
Bob shared the story of a young man in Canada who raised $310K by cycling on a hand-cranked bike through Canada to raise awareness for polio. Rameesh contracted polio at 6 months of age, and was eventually adopted by a Canadian couple.
Polio been around from 1580-1350 BC stone tablet showing an Egyptian man on a crutch with a withered leg. there were 57,628 cases of polio in 1952.
Rotary got involved in the polio fight due to RI President Clem Renouf in 1978-79, so that all Rotary clubs of the world could work on a single project together. He partnered with Dr. John Sever to figure out if we could do what had been done with small pox — eradication worldwide. Carlos Canseco, RI President 1984-85 added a goal of eradication by 2005. WHO, CDC and Unicef came on board to help with the $250M raised by Rotary, and the 1M+ Rotarians who were willing to help at the local level.
Our county only has 84.4% of current kindergartners vaccinated against polio. If the polio virus makes its way here, they are al at risk.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed a 2-to-1 match for every dollar raised by Rotary for Polio Plus in the next 5 years. We’re so close, and we need to keep pushing until it’s completely eradicated.
There have been 51 cases worldwide year-to-date, compared to 256 at this time last year — an 80% improvement! There are only two endemic countries now: Afghanistan and Pakistan. We are 99.9% polio free worldwide. It’s $0.60 per dose… $25 will vaccinate 125 children.
Make donations to Rotary Foundation, and note Polio Plus in the memo field.
Bob shared a promo video for this year’s RI convention in Seoul, Korea, and encouraged everyone to attend. Registration price goes up after Dec. 15….
Next week’s program will be put together by Cornelia. Next week’s menu choices: elk kabobs; stuffed acorn squash; loaded Greek salad.
Today’s Raffle Winners: Dean and Tom!