Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the...
Meet our polio partners
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian Eradicating polio is a complex job. Since 1988, we’ve collaborated with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF to tackle the disease through our Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Here’s how our roles break down. The Strategist: WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) coordinates the management and administration of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and provides technical and operational support to ministries of health in countries around the world. WHO is responsible for monitoring...
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus, putting the country on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. The last case was reported on 24 July 2014 in the northern state of Kano. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa. The continent is poised to reach its own first full year without any illness from the virus on 11 August. “...
Australian students take opportunity by the horns
The rules of the Shaftesbury Rodeo Academy are simple: no school, no rodeo. It’s a message that teenagers who attend school at Bisley Farm, most of whom have never attended any school regularly, take seriously. Because come Friday night, these aspiring rodeo heroes want to join their friends to ride bulls for a heart-stopping eight seconds, if they last that long. The school in rural Queensland, Australia, also teaches the boys, who are of the Wakka Wakka Aboriginal people, basic academics and farming skills, including how to care for crops and livestock. It’s a fairly common form of...
Illiteracy traps adults, and their families, in poverty
Around the world, millions of adults are unable to read or write, and therefore struggle to earn a living for themselves and their families. Even in the United States, with its considerable resources, there are 36 million adults who can’t read better than the average third-grader, according to the international nonprofit ProLiteracy. In Detroit, Michigan, a widely cited 2003 survey conducted by the National Institute for Literacy found that almost half of residents over age 16 were functionally illiterate -- unable to use reading, speaking, writing, and computer skills in everyday life....
Posted by Bruce Haines
on Aug 19, 2015
News from the August 17, 2015 Club Meeting
Gerrymandering & Campaign Financing: Is This All There Is To Elections?
It’s a noun and a verb with an interesting story. Andy Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, shared this political cartoon published in the Boston Weekly Messenger, with the title The Gerry-Mander. It represented the salamander-shaped voting district created by Governor Elbridge Gerry in 1812 that was felt to favor his party. From then on gerrymandering would refer to the manipulation of district lines to unduly increase/decrease a group’s political power. The impact can affect representation. Over the years, Indiana lost two seats in the House of Representatives. Good districts include an equal population distribution, contiguous boundaries and keeping communities of interests together. Try your hand at drawing boundaries online with a visit to redistrictinggame.org.
How much money does a candidate need? “Enough,” is one answer to what Andy Downs (at right) calls a subjective math problem. Even if you know the number of voters and number of contacts, as well as the cost to contact one donor and multiply it out…the dollars still won’t include the price of polling, staffing, canvassing, volunteer training, and more – plus, your election plan has to play out during a dynamic campaign period that may cause your numbers and strategies to change. All this must be considered along with the impact of outside funding, which will be in play in Indiana in the 2016 elections for US Senate, Indiana Governor, and General Assembly. To follow the money and the candidates in upcoming races, Andy suggests opensecrets.org, gallup.com, pollster.com, and realclearpolitics.org.
Running and Winning in Battling Polio
The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne took home the trophies ... again! At last Saturday’s 5K race at Shoaff Park to End Polio Now, both the men's and women's teams won their division in the rivalry against Anthony Wayne Rotary. Hundreds of runners from the Fort Wayne Track Club joined Rotarians for a morning of running, walking and polio awareness.
Club members Allie Braun, Evan Hyndman and Bill Harris placed in the top three of their age divisions, with Bill winning his division. Several Rotarians complimented the event’s organization and impact with appreciation to Bill Harris (pictured).
Barb Wachtman noted that thanks to the newly created Polio 5K Event Committee, led by Bill Harris, our Club became a full partner and sponsor of the race with Anthony Wayne Rotary. This partnership resulted in a "branded" race, which helped explain the Rotary's quest to End Polio Now. Event photos can be seen on the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne’s Facebook page. Thanks again for all who participated and for the excellent committee work and leadership.
Welcome New Rotarians!
Monday’s meeting was a homecoming for two former members who are rejoining our club!
Dave Clendenen manages Visiting Angels in Fort Wayne. His involvement includes Christian Fellowship Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ and the Allen County Jail Chaplaincy. Dave (left) is pictured with sponsor Dick Sievers and President Jason.
Andy Wilson is CEO with The Carriage House, a certified "Clubhouse Model" program with the singular mission of assisting people in their recovery from mental illness and reintegration into the community. Andy (left) is pictured with sponsor John Peirce and President Jason.
Keeping Time with Club’s Centennial Clock Construction
Jim Cress is keeping “watch” over the clock work underway at the Allen County Public Library. Jim shared the videos below so you can see our Clock Tower’s progress. Thanks Jim!
Posted by Ian McCormick
on Jul 14, 2015
Rotary International President Ravindran Centennial Gala Keynote Speaker
K.R. Ravindran , 2015-16 Rotary International President, will be the keynote speaker at the October 2, 2015, Rotary Club of Fort Wayne Centennial Gala at the Grand Wayne Center.
Mr. Ravindran, of Western Province, Sri Lanka, is CEO of a publicly listed company, which he founded with a worldwide clientele in the tea packaging industry. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts.
He is the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association. As his country’s national PolioPlus chair, “Ravi” headed a task force consisting of the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to successfully negotiate a ceasefire with the northern militants during National Immunization Days.
A Rotarian since 1974, Ravi has served Rotary International (RI) as treasurer; director; Foundation trustee; committee member, vice chair, and chair; task force member; RI training leader; and district governor. He also chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, to rebuild 25 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit 15,000 children.
Ravi and his wife, Vanathy, are level 4 Major Donors of The Rotary Foundation. They have been married since 1975, and have two children and one grandchild.
To learn more about Mr. Ravindran, please read this profile which appeared in The Rotarian Magazine.