Rotary Club of West Liberty
Newsletter - as of May 29, 2024

Volume 1 | Issue 44

Upcoming Meetings
Friday Lunch Bunch: Meeting dates below. 
Meetings are from Noon-1PM at
Liberty Public House unless otherwise stated.
~ May 31st
~ June 7th
There will not be a board meeting on Thursday, June 6, 2024. *Stay tuned for more information on date & time for June board meeting.
Rotary Club of West Liberty: Changeover Dinner
FAIR TIME 2024-2025
Framework for this year's stand will be two 4-hour shifts of 4 to 5 Rotarians/Interact Students each shift.  This will help us meet the fair board's requirement for longer hours.
In addition, we are only going to use Stand 1 (original building) this year providing a streamlined menu of our most popular items:
  • Turkey Legs
  • Turkey Tenderloins
  • Chips (2 kinds)
  • Yotty Bars (the only ice cream selection)
  • Pepsi, Dt. Pepsi, Mt. Dew, Dt Mt. Dew, and Bottled Water
How are we going to fit all of this into Stand 1? Glad you asked. We met with Dillon Brooke to look at remodeling Stand 1 for our 100th anniversary.  This year we would remodel Stand 1 and then next year look at connecting it to Stand 2.  The Board did approve the following plan, which we would:  FairStand Designs 
  • Remove the wall between the front and back of stand 1 to open it up
  • Fully insulate and panel the interior 
  • Add 2 new sliding windows in the front to replace the existing service window
  • New lighting on the inside as well as outside
  • Move the water heater inside for permanent hook-up
  • Install a split unit AC/heater unit for year-round climate control for future use (such as the chicken Bar-B-Que in the fall). 
And lastly, I (Clifford) would like to do all of this remodeling in honor of past Rotarian Tom Brooke and our 100th anniversary.  I would like to have a dedication ceremony on the Tuesday night before the fair opens (which would be our traditional work night) and celebrate in a fashion Tom would have enjoyed.   
All of this is in the planning stages and prone to change so please let us know your thoughts. 
If you would like to help or contribute in anyway, please reach out to either of the
Co-Fair Chairs listed below.
Clifford McFerren:  (319) 430-6125
Gretchen Nollman:  (319) 541-1462
Rotary Club of WL T-shirts!
We are placing an order of t-shirts
for our members.
Shirts are $20.00 each.
If you'd like to order a shirt(s), please contact:
Please include quantity and size!
Deadline to order is JUNE 15, 2024
100 Year Project
  • 100 Year Project

    • Fall 2024 Ball Drop fundraiser will be coordinated when the Football Field & Athletic Complex opens, aiming for the first home football game. 

      • The idea: Drop 1,000 ping pong balls!

      • Still working on details as to how we can accomplish this (i.e. helicopter, fire truck with ladder, etc). Please contact Ken if you have additional ideas or contacts that could make this happen.

      • Looking at $20 per ticket. Selling 1,000 tickets would mean raising $20,000! Now that's exciting!

      • Cash Prize for the winner!

    • Spring Fundraiser: Progressive Murder Mystery Event

      • Using 7 spots of downtown = Strand, LPH, Ron de Voo, Brick Street Gallery, Arty's, Puppet Theatre, and Historical Foundation Depot

      • Looking for 8 volunteers to be characters and 5 volunteers to be guides. Please contact Allie Paarsmith or Ken Brooks if you'd like to play a crucial role in the fun event.

      • This fundraiser will take place on June 29/30th. Stay tuned for more details from the committee.

    • 100 Year Celebration - 1924 themed CHRISTMAS BALL

      • Potential dates are: December 14th or December 21

        • Look for more details to come from Ken Brooks 

Rotary Foundation Minute - May 28, 2024
Welcome to Week FOUR of RI’s Month of Youth Activities.
Hope You all had a Memorable Weekend!
In the current issue of rotarynewsonline  Rhasheeda Bhagat reports on the efforts of a Rotary District and TRF at saving the lives of  premature babies.  According to the report, the Rotary Club of Rourkela Royal, RI District 3261, implementing its first Global Grant, is making a dent in the abysmal numbers of infant mortality in the Eastern Indian state of Odisha.  Odisha has one of the poorest records in India and is near the bottom of the pile when it comes to IMR (Infant Mortality Rate) at 37/1,000 live births, which is the third highest in IndiaThe national average IMR in India at present is 22/1,000 live births. A pediatrician revealed that specialized centers that could care for such babies exist only in select cities and nearly 44 per cent of the neonates who finally reach a well-equipped pediatric facility in ordinary vans or other vehicles, arrive either dead; or with severe complications resulting in long term morbidity. Often times, the available ambulances were woefully inadequate to meet this need, both in terms of equipment and skilled manpower.
Responding to this heartbreaking situation, the Rotary Club of Rourkela Royal leapt into action and in September of 2023, applied for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant. Within a record time of just 7 months, the sum of $42,139 USD was approved by TRF.  Rotarian Ajay Agarwal, project chair explained that Unmeed (Project Hope) is a specialized vehicle with over a dozen equipment that can ensure the safe transportation of the infant from the birthplace to the hospitals with modern facilities. With this essential and godsend Project we hope to prevent as many deaths and disabilities as possible that result from improper transport of neonates in non-equipped vehicles.” Thanking District 3261’s international partner Rotary Club Pashupati, Kathmandu, which contributed to the grant, Agarwal expressed gratitude to Rotary for providing “… this first-of-its-kind facility in our city and a much-needed service that will go a long way in saving lives of newborn babies. This is a feather in the cap of not only our club but also District 3261 and Rotary as a whole.”
In Rotary,
Olabisi Gwamna, PhD
Mount Pleasant Rotary Club
Editor, Foundation Minute
End Polio Update May 28, 2024
Terry's Polio Eradication Update
For the week ending 5/25/24 
Dear Polio Eradication Warriors,
The Polio Eradication Update will be on vacation for the next couple of weeks.  I wish all of you a safe, Polio-Free world until next time! 
No new Wild Polio cases reported this week.  We are now 7 weeks since the Onset of Paralysis of the most recent reported Wild Polio Case in Afghanistan.
KABUL, 14 May 2024 – The Government of Japan has provided an additional $6.9 million in support of UNICEF’s drive to provide life-saving interventions with the collaboration of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), addressing urgent needs and rights of Afghanistan’s children and women. This grant will enable UNICEF to procure vaccines and injectable supplies for routine immunization services and vaccination campaigns in Afghanistan. This support will help to protect 4.1 million children and women from Measles, Tuberculosis, Polio, Hepatitis B and Tetanus through routine immunization services, as well as 4.7 million children from Polio through one national polio vaccination campaign.
Total Wild Polio cases
Year-to-date 2024
- in endemic countries:
- in post-endemic countries:
2024 Wild Polio Case Total - 5 - Afghanistan 3, Pakistan 2
2024 Circulating Variant Polio Case Total - 49  Angola - 1, Chad - 2, DR Congo - 1, Ethiopia - 6, Guinea - 2, Mali - 1, Nigeria  23, Somalia - 2, South Sudan - 4, Yemen - 7
2023 Wild Polio Case Total 12 - Afghanistan 6, Pakistan 6
 2022 Wild Polio Cases - Pakistan 20, Afghanistan 2, Mozambique 8
2022 Circulating Variant Polio Cases – 914 in 26 Countries
2023 Circulating Variant Polio Case Total - 524    Benin - 3, Burkina Faso - 3, Burundi - 1, Central African Republic - 14, Chad - 55, Cote d' Ivoire - 6, DR Congo - 223, Guinea - 47, Indonesia - 6, Israel - 1, Kenya - 8, Madagascar - 24, Mali - 15, Mauritania - 1, Mozambique - 5,Niger - 2, Nigeria - 87, Somalia - 8, South Sudan - 3, Tanzania - 3, Yemen - 8, Zambia - 1, Zimbabwe - 1.
New Polio Cases & Samples reported this week -
  • Angola: one cVDPV2-positive environmental sample
  • Côte d’Ivoire: two cVDPV2-positive environmental samples
  • Ethiopia: six cVDPV2 cases
  • Guinea: one cVDPV2 case
  • Liberia: four cVDPV2-positive environmental samples
  • Nigeria: six cVDPV2 cases and one cVDPV2-positive environmental sample
  • Somalia: one cVDPV2-positive environmental sample
Quote of the Day -  "The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average Drivers."
The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:
Pakistan No new Wild Polio cases reported this weekTwo Wild Polio cases reported in 2024.  Six Wild Polio Cases reported in 2023.  The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 02/29/24.  No WPV1 Samples and no cVDPV2 Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Pakistan. 
Afghanistan No new Wild Polio cases reported this week.  Three Wild Polio cases reported in 2024.  Six Wild Polio Cases reported in 2023.  The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 04/05/24.  No WPV1 Samples and no cVDPV2 Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Afghanistan.
Advocate, Donate & Educate to END POLIO NOW & FOREVER!
                                                              21,000,000 Children Saved from the Paralysis of Polio                                                                
   Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!
Terry Ziegler, Polio Update Newsletter Editor
Rotary Region 36 END POLIO NOW Coordinator 2024-27
INAHT and Slavery May blog details..... 

Anti-Trafficking Iowa Legislation Final Report

The NAHT had one legislative priority for 2024 which was to secure an allocation of 5 million dollars in funding for human trafficking victim services. Currently, Iowa does not allocate any state funding to support victims of human trafficking.

Despite all of the advocacy for this funding, as led by Maggie Tinsman, Chair of the Legislative Advocacy Committee, there was no increase in the victim services funding level. However, there was one important addition to the wording of eligibility for existing victim services funding. Human trafficking victims were added to the list. This addition has been on the NAHT wish list for the last several years.

Here are three human trafficking-related bills that did pass the legislature and two of the three have already been signed by the governor.

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