Rotary Club of West Liberty
Newsletter - as of January 22nd, 2024

Volume 1 | Issue 27

Upcoming Meeting times and details: 
Friday lunch bunch meetings be on the following dates below, meeting at Liberty Public House at 12pm, please let Cliff McFerren know if you're coming so that food may be ordered. 
Jan 26th 
100 Year Project update:
As of last Meeting December 8th, 2023 - Ken Brooks has an update of the following for the 100 year project:

1 year away on dec 21,2024  and new logo to kick it off! There will be time to host several committee events for publicizing rotary and fundraising for rotary. So far we have Fair activities along with the Hot Cocoa at WL Holiday Open House

The Ball Drop fundraiser is to be coordinated with when the Football Field and Athletic Complex is opening up next fall. Ask Ken and Jacob for more details or any questions you have. 
Also there will be a Spring Fundraiser towards the 100 year which is a Murder Mystery Progressive Dinner that Allie Paarsmith is heading up. Anyone wanting help more with the Spring Fundraiser please get with Allie Paarsmith. 

Other Ideas discussed in the coming months..... 

  • Movie theatre for family night or movie nights at Ron de voo 
  • Musicians sponsored with Ron de voo summer of arts group with lph 
  • Free swimming at the pool for summer 
  • Christmas ball in December - celebration, invite entire community, 1920’s theme, community center or school due to having a video with members to be shown
  • 100 banner on poles work with chamber potentially 
  • 100 year shirts 

Again, any questions please contact Ken Brooks and Jacob Burroughs. 

Rotary Theme for 2024-2025 has been announced!
#Rotary President-elect Stephanie Urchick revealed the 2024-2025 presidential theme, The Magic of Rotary, today: "We are not going to end polio or bring peace to the world by waving a wand. It's up to you. You create the magic with every project completed..."
watch Video 
Foundation Minute as of 1/22/2024
Welcome to Week4 of RI’s Month of Vocational Services.
In January 18, 2024, the WHO office in Abuja, Nigeria released the following statement regarding Polio: 
Committed to ensuring that every child is safe from the paralysis caused by poliovirus, Rotary International has donated a $14 million grant to the government of Nigeria to support polio surveillance activities and halt the spread of all forms of poliovirus across the country. The grant which will be executed through the World Health Organization (WHO) will help to keep the country’s foot on the pedal through polio surveillance activities to sustain the gains achieved on wild poliovirus eradication and work towards eradicating the Circulating Variant Poliovirus (cVPV2) from Nigeria.  
Welcoming the new grant, WHO Country Representative, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, affirmed that “Surveillance is key to achieving health security”. Expressing gratitude to Rotary International for the grant, he said the eradication of all forms of poliovirus in Nigeria is key when discussing health security in the country. The grant will boost work on polio surveillance until Nigeria is through with the goal of eradicating all forms of poliovirus. Work is going on to get rid of CVPVD2, and surveillance is a key component of the intervention”. 
In his remark, Joshua Hassan, Chairman, Nigeria Rotary Polio Plus Committee said the organization is ready to support Nigeria to eradicate all forms of poliovirus in the country. Mr. Hassan said Rotary Foundation Trustees, approved in July 2023 a grant of US $2,675,000 to support Polio eradication in Nigeria through WHO Nigeria for Surveillance to track CVPV2. “An additional grant of US $4,514,785 dated October 2023, was again approved by Rotary Foundation Trustees for surveillance by WHO and finally on the 10 of January 2024 yet another grant was approved to the sum of US $6,848,002 for technical assistant making a total of US $14,037,787”.
In Rotary,
Olabisi Gwamna, PhD
Mount Pleasant Rotary
Editor, Foundation Minute
Polio Update as of 1/20/2024
Terry's Polio Eradication Update
For the week ending 1/20/24 
Dear Polio Eradication Warriors,
No new Wild Polio cases reported this week.  We are now 9 weeks since the Onset of Paralysis of the most recent reported Wild Polio Case - in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
Note - The 2023 Total Case Count numbers will not be final for a couple of months due to discovery and lab testing times.
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Barry Rassin announced at lat week's International Assembly that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today transferred $100 million to our Polio eradication campaign. They matched 2-1 our $50 million raised by Rotary. We are so close to eradicating polio - let's keep working and raising the needed dollars. Congratulations to all Rotarians, Rotaractors and our partners.
Total Wild Polio cases
Year-to-date 2024
- in endemic countries:
- in post-endemic countries:
2024 Wild Polio Case Total - 0
2024 Circulating Variant Polio Case Total - 0
2023 Wild Polio Case Total 12 - Afghanistan 6, Pakistan 6
 2022 Wild Polio Cases - Pakistan 20, Afghanistan 2, Mozambique 8
2022 Vaccine Derived Polio Cases – 914 in 26 Countries
2023 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Case Total - 472    Benin - 3, Burkina Faso - 2, Burundi - 1, Central African Republic - 14, Chad - 51, Cote d' Ivoire - 6, DR Congo - 219, Guinea - 34, Indonesia - 5, Israel - 1, Kenya - 8, Madagascar - 24, Mali - 12, Mauritania - 1, Mozambique - 5,Niger - 1, Nigeria - 70, Somalia - 5, South Sudan - 2, Tanzania - 3, Yemen - 3, Zambia - 1.
New Polio Cases & Samples reported this week - (all 2023)
  • Afghanistan: seven wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1)-positive environmental samples
  • Pakistan: three WPV1-positive environmental samples
  • Chad: one cVDPV2 case
  • Côte d’Ivoire: one cVDPV2 case and one positive environmental sample
  • DR Congo: four cVDPV1 cases and one cVDPV2 case
  • Mozambique: one cVDPV1 case
  • Nigeria: six cVDPV2 cases
  • South Sudan: one cVDPV2 case
  • Zimbabwe: six cVDPV2-positive environmental samples
Quote of the Day -  "What we do for ourselves dies with us.  What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal."  Albert Pine
The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:
Pakistan No new Wild Polio cases reported this weekNo Wild Polio cases reported in 2024.  Six Wild Polio Cases reported in 2023.  Twenty Wild Polio cases reported in 2022.   The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 11/15/23.  Three WPV1 Samples and no cVDPV2 Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Pakistan. 
Afghanistan No new Wild Polio cases reported this week.  No Wild Polio cases reported in 2024.  Six Wild Polio Cases reported in 2023,  Two Wild Polio Cases reported in 2022.   The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 9/4/23.  Seven 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
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