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Posted by Greg Jones
on Feb 10, 2015
The Fire & Ice Ball in only it's second year was a sellout and from the photos one can see it was an awesome event. This is our main fundraiser for the year and all of the net proceeds go to local and international organizations of need. To date our Rotary Club charitable donations have exceeded over one million dollars! If you missed it this year put next year on your calendar.There are many to thank from our hard working committee to those who support us by attending and going home happy and tired. We extend a huge thank you to our donors. The two major prizes were one week in the Grand Mayan Resort In Puerto Vallarta courtesy of Vidanta Vacations, a diamond ring from Gaylene's and our thanks also to Artone Manufacturing who donated $500 to the winner of the trip to help with flight expenses. WOW! Gary & Nancy Padak are going to Mexico and Peggy Sweeney is sporting a new diamond ring. Those who contributed basket items to take a chance on were: Spectrum Eyecare, Sharon & Bob Hamilton, Michael Inman, Helen Bigg, J B Liquors, Paula Holmes, Lisa Yaggie, Christy Brecht and Andy & Lisa Goodell. Our thanks also to Rob Sigler Photography, our event photographer for the use of some of his photos. We share the fun with you!
Dr. Tom Frieden, director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides an update on progress being made to end polio in the three remaining endemic countries
Posted by Greg Jones
on Nov 15, 2014
A short 4 minute video which highlights the progress towards a polio free world which all started with the Rotary International Program "End Polio Now". It may happen in 2015 or maybe not until 2018 but we will make it!!!!!!
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet three times a month at a wine bar after work, share a social outing once a month, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013. Danielle Lallement, who was its charter president...
Colorado joins Kosovo club to restore sanitation in blighted local schools
Blighted schools in the mountain city of Peja in western Kosovo are a reminder of the ethnic strife and war that ravaged this area in the 1990s. To restore ruined sanitation facilities in some of those schools, local Rotary members recently partnered with their counterparts from Colorado, USA. Though residents have been slowly rebuilding the city's infrastructure after years of neglect under earlier governments, most resources are going to improve roads, rebuild homes, and create new businesses. Little money remains to restore the schools. As a result, students have fallen ill, stayed home...
Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa. The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria...
President-elect urges Rotary members to ‘Be a Gift to the World’
Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year. Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life." "All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting...