RCWL will meet every Thursday at 5:30pm at the WL Community Center. This will be a hybrid style that Zoom will still be offered as well for those that cannot attend in person. The 1st and 3rd Thursdays will be a social style meeting of getting together with refreshments. Programs will take place on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Board meetings will be on the 4th Thursday of the month following the normal club meeting.
This week’s meeting:
We will meet at the WeLead building downtown at 5:30pm, meeting will last 30 minutes so that we can show support to the Open House for Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Meet and Mingle:
Location: WeLEAD/Chamber Building 119 E 3rd Street- WL
Event: Chamber is holding a meet and mingle rebrand themselves. Come meet and mingle with the Board as well as our New Chief Operating Officer Charles Brooke. We want to take this opportunity to gather feedback and chat with our local businesses to discuss future events, business gatherings, Chamber PM’s, etc. We will also have a presentation from Kelsey Meyers, Muscatine County Fair Chief Operating Officer, to discuss the next event that WL will be hosting, WMT Tractorcade. WE want to make sure all who business in West Liberty are notified of such a big impact this will be in June. Come talk with us and get information for the future of the West Liberty Chamber of Commerce.
Here is a link to our club calendar of meetings and events for 2021-22:
GALA UPDATE – contact Ken Brooks with any questions and to get your Gala tickets!
- RAFFLE TICKETS/EVENT TICKETS –
- Gala Admission tickets are $25/per ticket
- Raffle Tickets are $25/per ticker or 5 tickets for $100
- please see the presentation done on 3/24 by the WL FINE ARTS BOOSTERS at our Rotary meeting giving an update of what has been done so far.
- WE NEED ROTARIANS HELP with silent auction items, as well as LIVE AUCTION BIG TICKET ITEMS!
INTERACT FUNDRAISER :
Here is the link to the website where people can order. http://tpevents.org/school/2346
We are working with an organization called Tree-Plenish, whose goal is to offset paper use from school districts by planting tree saplings. We estimated the amount of paper used in a year to set our goal of 75, but it would be awesome to get even more than that planted around West Liberty. The goal is to help get community members involved as well by hosting a tree-planting event in the Spring (our date is set for April 30th).
update FROM PAST PRESIDENT Bill Koellner:
Our RCWL will be working with Nick from the Park and Rec department in purchasing benches and trash cans that will be put at Friendship park and Kimberly Park. Hoping for good weather in April as well for some walkways to be put in with concrete. more details to come!
SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS – we have selected two scholarship winners that will be announced on Senior Awards night on May 3rd, 2022 at 7pm
OTHER LOCAL NEWS:
United Way of Muscatine April Newsletter LINK
Retirement Celebration – Muscatine County Board of Health Member in Kimblery Park for fellow rotary Bill Koellner
Rotary D6000 News
District Leadership Directory for 2021-2022 at this LINK
DISTRICT FOUNDATION DINNER April 21st 5-8 pm: Foundation Dinner, Hyatt Regency, Coralville – FORM to sign up
DISTRICT CONFERENCE April 22nd and 23rd District Conference, Hyatt Regency, Coralville
Our Club will be donating a basket to the silent auction of the conference. The basket will include: a puppet from Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, a sign that says Hawkeye Fans Only, and a few more items; for more details please contact Ken Brooks and Gretchen Nollman.
RYLA update from D600 Chair Wayne Steen
The Iowa RYLA Board of Directors have announced Iowa RYLA will return to Grinnell College in 2022. Iowa RYLA 2022 will be held Sunday, July 17 through Friday, July 22.
ROTARY CLUB OF WEST LIBERTY will be sending 4 students to RYLA this year. Club is working with Erica Jennings, Interact advisor, in getting students selected and applications done along with the help of Wayne Steen.
Applications for high school students for Iowa RYLA 2022 will go online at the Iowa RYLA web site beginning February 1, 2022.
ALSO RYLA is looking and in need of Rotarians to volunteer during that week of RYLA, if interested please contact Wayne Steen.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – Houston Texas June 4-8, 2022 see link
2022-2023 theme announced… click link here
Disaster Relief Efforts in Iowa and Ukraine – ATTACHED info
Rotary R.I.S.E. (v41 and v42)
Dear District 6000 Rotarian
On Monday mornings you will receive a R.I.S.E. email from me, to inspire you for your Rotary week. The R.I.S.E. Action Team will provide Resources for Inspiration and Special Events throughout this new Rotary year. Co-Chairs Joyce Taylor, Rotary Club of Keokuk and Sara Simon, Rotary Club of Winterset are working together to bring this effort to you.
It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.
“People say a lot, so watch what they do.” – Buddha
IN ROTARY FELLOWSHIP
Alka K Khanolkar | District Governor 2021-22 Rotary District 6000
The Foundation Minute April 11th
|FOUNDATION MINUTE: APRIL 11, 2022 Welcome to Week 2 of Rotary International’s Maternal & Child Health’s MonthWhile the focus this month is on the health of mothers and their children, TRF through the Rotary Disaster Response Grants have not stopped raising funds for relief efforts toward the on-going war in Ukraine. In the meantime, a Rotary Foundation Global Grant has resulted in the construction of much-needed classrooms for school children in Uganda. The Rotary Club of Paignton, UK (D1175) and The Netherlands Rotary Dokkum (D1590) generally work together every third year on international projects, and this year, they decided on supporting the construction of classrooms in Munami, a village in Uganda. According to a report published in The Torbay Weekly, until 2018, the village had no classroom or qualified teachers and many children sat on the ground under a tree or in makeshift huts to learn the basics of reading and writing. Robbie Clymo, a member of Paignton Rotary Club, said: “This is one of Rotary’s core beliefs of education and Rotary Paignton were proud to be part of this project.” Uganda: Fast Facts Slightly smaller than the UK, or US state of OREGONCapital City: Kampala 42,886,000 (pop) 89.4% Rural ;10.6 % UrbanPopulation Projection for 2030: 55,723,000Life Expectancy: 65.5% Male; 70% FemaleNumber of Rotary Clubs: More than 400Sam Owori, RI President-Elect (2018-2019) died before his termRotary Peace Center Established at Makerere University in 2021. In Rotary,Olabisi Gwamna, Club SecretaryMount Pleasant Rotary,Editor, Foundation Minute|
The Foundation Minute April 18th
Foundation Minute hopes everyone enjoyed a peaceful Easter as it welcomes Rotarians to Week 3 of Rotary International’s Month of Maternal and Child Health.
In the midst of activities geared toward providing much needed relief to victims and their families in war-torn Ukraine, Rotary Clubs and Districts found themselves catering to the needs of other suffering regions of the globe. In a report posted by Bob Koncerak a member of Rotary Club of Alpharetta (D6900), his club and Rotary Club Pelotas Oeste (D4680) recently celebrated the approval of a $70,000 Rotary International Global Grant to fund special education and training for Down Syndrome’s persons, their families and support groups in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. D6900 club partners including Rotary Clubs of Peachtree City, Roswell, Stone Mountain, Dunwoody, Atlanta contributed to the grant. In D7780, Rotary Clubs of Bath and Yarmouth also participated. In Pelotas Oeste, five clubs joined in the effort making a grand total of 15 clubs and 3 districts.
April 21, 2022, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Hyatt Regency Hotel
300 E. 9th Street
Coralville, IA 52241
Olabisi Gwamna, Club Secretary
Mount Pleasant Rotary,
Editor, Foundation Minute
Polio Update April 15th LINK
Dear Polio Eradication Warriors,
No new Wild Polio cases reported this week. See attached report.
What is that Polio Picture? Somalia – On March 21, the Federal Government of Somalia, World Health Organization (WHO) and members of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) recommitted to stopping the ongoing outbreak of circulating poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in Somalia at a three-day meeting convened in Nairobi, Kenya. High-level delegates at the meeting included HE Fawziya Abikar Nur, Federal Minister of Health and Human Services, Dr Mamunur Rahman Malik, WHO Representative to Somalia and Head of Mission, alongside senior representation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rotary International, Save the Children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and other UN agencies and partners.
Together, the Government, GPEI partners, which include WHO, UNICEF, the BMGF, CDC, Rotary International, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, and other key partners endorsed the Somalia Polio Eradication Action Plan 2022 to reaffirm their commitment.
The Somalia Polio Eradication Action Plan 2022 outlines a four-point call to action to stop the spread of the current outbreak, which is one of the longest lasting cVDPV2 outbreaks to be reported so far.
Ukraine – Rotarians have two weeks to support a unique opportunity to help the over three million refugees fleeing their homes in Ukraine due to the proximity of Rotary Clubs in and around the borders of Ukraine. All Rotarians are encouraged to donate to The Rotary Foundation’s Ukraine Disaster Response Fund between now and April 30, 2022. Donate at https://my.rotary.org/en/disaster-response-fund
SAGE April 2022 – Convening this month in Geneva, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE), the global advisory body to the World Health Organization (WHO) on all things immunization, urged concerted action to finish wild polioviruses once and for all.
The group, reviewing the global wild poliovirus epidemiology, highlighted the unique opportunity, given current record low levels of this strain. At the same time, it noted the continuing risks, highlighted in particular by detection of wild poliovirus in Malawi in February, linked to wild poliovirus originating in Pakistan.
On circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) outbreaks, SAGE expressed concern at continuing transmission, in particular in Nigeria which now accounts for close to 90% of all global cVDPV type 2 cases, as well as the situation in Ukraine, and its disruption to health services, urging for strengthening of immunization and surveillance across Europe. It also noted the recent detection of cVDPV type 3 in Israel in children, and in environmental samples in occupied Palestinian territories, and urged high-quality vaccination activities and strengthened surveillance.
Preparing for the post-certification era, the group underscored the importance of global cessation of all live, attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV) use from routine immunization, planned one year after global certification of wild poliovirus eradication. To ensure appropriate planning, coordination and implementation, the group endorsed the establishment of an ‘OPV Cessation Team’, to consist of wider-than-GPEI stakeholder participation and ensure leadership on all aspects of OPV cessation.
A Win Against Polio is a Win For Global Health!
2022 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Case Total – 34 DR Congo – 16 (28 in 2021), Israel – 1, Madagascar – 1 (12 in 2021), Nigeria – 15 (415 in 2021), Somalia – 1 (1 in 2021).
2021 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Case Total – 659 in 22 Countries. 2020 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Cases – 1,110 in 26 Countries.
New Polio Cases & Samples This Week – Israel – 4 cVDPV3 Samples, Nigeria – 1 cVDPV2 Case + 4 cVDPV2 Samples.
Quote of the Day
“If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” from “Colors of the Wind,” “Pocahontas”
The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:
Pakistan No new Wild Polio cases reported this week.One Wild Polio case reported in 2021. The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 1/27/21. Pakistan reported 84 Wild Polio cases in 2020. No WPV1 or cVDPV2 Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Pakistan.
Afghanistan No new Wild Polio cases reported this week. One Wild Polio Case reported in 2022 . Four Wild Polio cases reported in 2021 The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 1/11/22. Afghanistan reported 56 Wild Polio cases in 2020. No WPV1 or cVDPV2 Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Afghanistan.
Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!
Terry Ziegler, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser Rotary Region 36
Rotary Magazine Update
Rotary Magazine can be delivered right to your E-Mail box if you choose, follow this link to sign up . https://my.rotary.org/en/node/18361
Also note that if your spouse/partner are both members of our club, you are getting 2 copies of the Rotary Magazine, that will change effective January 1, 2021 to where your household will only receive 1 copy now.
Anyone wanting something posted in the weekly ringer news please email Gretchen by Friday EOD weekly.