Last Week’s Meeting:
Rotarians showed up, led by Bob Cline, to help spruce/beautify up a few places around town. Afterwards went to the Liberty House to see what Emily Geertz has done with the building.
This Week’s Meeting:
Meet at the Fair stand at 5:30pm to finish cleaning and prep for the Fair 7/20-7/24. Also schedules and details of Picnic in the Park and Fair stands will be shared as well with all rotarians! 🙂 Make sure to come and hear about the wonderful food we are serving at both events!
2022-2023 Calendar of events:
RYLA News: from Wayne Steen
owa RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) 2022 will be held Sunday, July 17 through Friday, July 22 at Grinnell College. Approximately 165 high school students from across the state of Iowa will be attending the annual leadership conference.
The West Liberty Rotary club will be sponsoring two West Liberty High School students at RYLA. They are Victoria Michado and Amerie Alvarado. West Liberty Rotarian Wayne Steen will be one of the Rotarian volunteers at this year’s RYLA.
This year’s Head Counselors are JoJo Hayes of Cedar Rapids who attends Middlebury College in Vermont and Elise Wilson of Ankeny who attends Luther College. David Kutter of the Cedar Rapids West Rotary Club is the Conference Chair and Patt Englander of the Bettendorf Rotary Club is the Conference Chair Elect.
The students will be divided up into 16 different teams with approximately 10 students to a team. Each team will have a team leader and a Rotarian volunteer leading the team.
West Liberty Rotarian Wayne Steen will be working with team leader Jasmine Sanasinh of Iowa City who is a student at the University of Iowa. They are the leaders of Team H.
Rotary Clubs in Iowa pick the students to attend Iowa RYLA. The clubs pay the $450 per student cost. The student does not pay to attend Iowa RYLA.
This year we will be using Brene Brown’s book “Dare to Lead” as a guide for the conference. It is going to be a fantastic week of learning about becoming a leader and making lifelong friendships.
Polio update as of July 5th
Dear Polio Eradication Warriors, One new Wild Polio case reported this week. See attached report. Happy New Imagine Rotary Year to all of you Rotarians! What is that Polio Picture? Some people go to extreme heights to Eradicate Polio – Like the amazing Kurt Matzler who on Saturday completed a solo Race Across America bicycle race (from Oceanside,CA to Annapolis, MD) – a total of 3,017.8 miles which included 74,064′ of elevation gain – in just 11 days, 6 hours, and 15 minutes. Why, you might ask? Kurt with his great Support Team Rotary RAAM Polio, have have made thousands more people aware of Rotary’s # 1 Priority – Global Polio Eradication – and have raised over $4 million for the END POLIO NOW cause. Congratulations to Kurt and to our whole Team!Click on this link to see Kurt’s Ted Talk about what it takes to complete an endurance race like the RAAM – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoWab73aqtI Novel Oral Polio Vaccine Type 2 – Approximately 370 million doses ofnOPV2 have been administered across 21 countries under its WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) to date. An additional 17 countries have met the requirements for nOPV2 use in the event of an outbreak. For more information on nOPV2, visit: www.polioeradication.org/nOPV2 A Win Against Polio is a Win For Global Health! 2022 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Case Total – 205 Afghanistan – 43, Chad – 5 (0 in 2021), DR Congo – 63 (28 in 2021), Israel – 1, Madagascar – 5 (12 in 2021), Mozambique – 1 (2 in 2021), Niger – 4 (17 in 2021), Nigeria – 27 (415 in 2021), Pakistan – 8, Somalia – 2 (1 in 2021), Togo – 1, Yemen – 45 (64 in 2021) . 2021 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Case Total – 689 in 22 Countries. 2020 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Cases – 1,113 in 26 Countries. New Polio Cases & Samples This Week – Benin – 2 cVDPV2 Samples, Djibouti – 2 cVDPV2 Samples, Niger – 2 cVDPV1 Cases + 1 Sample, Nigeria – 1 cVDPV2 Case + 1 Sample, Pakistan – 1 WPV1 Case + 1 WPV1 Sample, Somalia – 1 cVDPV2 Sample, Yemen – 4 cVDPV2 Samples Quote of the Day ” May your hands always be busy,May your feet always be swift,May you have a strong foundation,When the winds of changes shift.— “Forever Young,” 1974 by Bob Dylan The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries: Pakistan One new Wild Polio case reported this week. Eleven Wild Polio cases reported in 2022. The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 5/01/22. Pakistan reported 1 Wild Polio case in 2021.One WPV1 Positive Environmental Sample was 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 Foundation Minute – Week of July 5
|FOUNDATION MINUTE: July 5Welcome to Week 1 of Rotary International’s Month of Transition. By now most Rotary clubs around the world are welcoming new cabinet members ready to take on the service of doing good around the planet. While new officers are resuming their duties, new projects are being undertaken by clubs and districts in different regions of the world. For example, as part of efforts to reduce the spread of hepatitis disease in Nigeria, especially among residents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Rotary International has funded an initiative to screen, test and treat people for free. During a three-day training on hepatitis eradication project for health workers recently, sponsored by Rotary International, in collaboration with Rotary Club Garki Neighbourhood and the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN), the District Governor Ayola Oyedokun, stated that hepatitis has killed more people than COVID-19. Rotarian Oyedokun revealed that “Hepatitis has killed more people than COVID-19. Without training, we will not be able to tackle this menace. The government relies on rotary as well in polio eradication. We were part of the structure that eradicated it and can be replicated in other sectors.” In another development, six dialysis machines with dialysis chairs worth Rs 48 Lakhs ($ 60,798 USD) were donated by Rotary Club of Chennai Galaxy, RI District 3232 by its president Rotarian G Palani, along with host club Rotary Club of Chennai Hall Mark whose charter president, Rotarian PHF S Rhama, was the coordinator for this Rotary Foundation Global Grant Project. This donation will benefit additional 75 patients a week. The entire dialysis procedure is done free of cost. Rotary District 3232 headed by governor Rotarian Sridhar has added around nearly 140 machines in one year to various hospitals of government, corporation and trust hospitals. In Rotary,|
Olabisi Gwamna, Club SecretaryMount Pleasant Rotary,Editor, Foundation Minute
Rotary Foundation Minute – Week of July 11
Welcome to Week 2 of Rotary International’s Month of Transition. When the new Rotary Year began on July 1 of this year, new presidents encouraged members to actively participate in committees and projects. Several clubs are continuing with ongoing projects, while others are picking up new ones. One such club, the Rotary Club of St Vincent South (D7030), plans to ensure the successful delivery of the Breast Cancer Awareness Global Grant. According to an online report, the project will improve access to breast cancer screening services and breast health awareness to women and girls in rural communities of St. Vincent and the Grenadines through the procurement of mobile ultrasound machines. The new president, Engineer Daniel Campbell also intends to prioritize the implementation of projects to tackle the critical issue of Prostate Cancer which accounts for 18%-47% of cancer deaths in St. Vincent Grenadiers (SVG). Submitted by the Rotary Club of St.Vincent and the Rotary Club of Taipei Prosperity, the grant has been approved by The Rotary Foundation in the amount of US$180,180. “It’s great to Imagine, and it is even better to do! Rotarians are people of action and will be committed to both imagining new possibilities and working together to improve our communities,” Campbell said.Quick Facts on SVG
- Volcanic Island in the Caribbean; between St. Lucia and Grenada
- Former British colony
- Ethnic Groups: Black 66%; Indian 6%; Garifuna 2%; Mixed Race 19%; White 4%
Olabisi Gwamna, Club SecretaryMount Pleasant Rotary,Editor, Foundation Minute