Rotary Club of West Liberty
Newsletter - as of May 20, 2024

Volume 1 | Issue 43

Upcoming Meetings
Friday Lunch Bunch: Meeting dates below. 
Meetings are from Noon-1PM at Liberty Public House, unless otherwise stated.
May 24th
May 31st

Muscatine County, IA – Muscatine County officials are seeking citizens’ input for the development of a comprehensive land use plan update for the county. The plan provides the foundation for future growth and development in Muscatine County for the next 15-20 years. Residents of Muscatine County can participate in this workshop, which will both include visioning and mapping exercises.

No registration is required. During the two-hour workshop, citizens and interested stakeholders will learn about the comprehensive planning process and participate in an interactive session to give input on how land may be developed in the future. The public’s input will help review and update a county vision and clarify goals as part of the comprehensive plan. A Steering Committee of volunteers is guiding the plan development and will make recommendations to the County Board for the update. Staff from Bi-State Regional Commission will facilitate the meeting, which is open to the public.
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 looking to place an order of t-shirts for our members.
Shirts are $20.00 each.
If you'd like to order a shirt(s), please contact:
Krista Lanier -
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 20, 2024
Welcome to Week THREE of RI’s Month of Youth Activities.
As part of TRF’s mission of providing quality education in its effort at advancing world understanding, three undergraduates from Yale University were the recipients of the 2024 Rotary Global Grant Scholarship for graduate studies at prestigious British universities. Foundation Minute this week celebrates the lucky young scholars: Anjali ManglaJoshua Nguyen and Vijay Pathak.
Anjali Mangla, a double major in Neuroscience and Global Affairs, received a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship that will allow her to pursue a master’s degree in Global Health Policy at London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine and London School of Economics. Mangla is interested in global health policymaking, particularly in investigating sustainable financing mechanisms for global health care policy and community-based initiatives. She hopes to pioneer sustainable global health financing policies with a focus on mitigating noncommunicable diseases in the future.
Joshua Nguyen, who graduated from Yale in 2023 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biologywas awarded the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship to pursue an M.Sc. degree in Digital Health at the University of Oxford. His interest in health care equity will guide his studies at Oxford, where he plans to delve into leveraging digital health innovations to serve marginalized populations. He aspires to a career dedicated to improving health equity, with a focus on supporting uninsured and low-income communities.
Vijay Pathak, a senior from Luxembourg and France who will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, has been awarded the Rotary Global Grant to pursue studies in European Politics and international conflict prevention in the United Kingdom. His academic interests lie at the intersections of statecraft, international law, and the foreign and security policies of the EU and United States.
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In Rotary,
Olabisi Gwamna, PhD
Mount Pleasant Rotary
Editor, Foundation Minute
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End Polio Update May 18, 2024
Terry's Polio Eradication Update
For the week ending 5/18/24 
Dear Polio Eradication Warriors,
One new Wild Polio case reported this week.  We are now 4 weeks since the Onset of Paralysis of the most recent reported Wild Polio Case in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan - This week, the Afghanistan Minister of Health announced a resumption of house-to-house vaccination in the South Region (Kandahar, Helmand, & Uruzgan) based on a directive from the Prime Minister.  
GOOD NEWS: Registration for 2024 El Tour de Tucson/District 5500 Ride to End Polio is open.
Good day, everybody. I am pleased to report that we have completed the requirements and are now listed as an eligible charity for the 2024 Rotary District 5500 Ride to End Polio.
To register, visit the El Tour de Tucson page. Remember to select that you are riding for a charity and select Rotary International.
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 - 36  Angola - 1, Chad - 2, DR Congo - 1, Guinea - 1, Mali - 1, Nigeria  17, 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 -
  • Afghanistan: one WPV1 case and two WPV1-positive environmental
  • samples
  • Pakistan: 26 WPV1-positive environmental samples
  • Côte d’Ivoire: four cVDPV2-positive environmental samples
  • Nigeria: five cVDPV2 cases
  • Yemen: two cVDPV2 cases
Quote of the Day -  "If you are miserable, time goes away.  If you are happy, time goes away.  Might as well be happy."  Indian Mystic Sadhguru, born 1957
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.  Twenty-six WPV1 Samples and no cVDPV2 Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Pakistan. 
Afghanistan One new Wild Polio case 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 04/10/24.  Two WPV1 Samples and no cVDPV2 Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Afghanistan. 
Advocate, Donate & Educate to END POLIO NOW & FOREVER!
                                                              20,500,000 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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