Rotary AIDS day event turns spotlight on world’s deadliest infectious disease
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst ever, has claimed several thousand lives and generated worldwide concern. But its impact pales in comparison to that of AIDS, which, despite advances in treatment, still kills more than a million people a year, the majority of them in Africa. "Even with the Ebola outbreak at its worst expected levels, it's never going to reach what we've seen with the HIV/AIDS epidemic," said Dr. Timothy B. Erickson, director of the Center for Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, speaking at Rotary's World AIDS Day event in Evanston on 1...
Indoor air pollution linked to millions of deaths
After decades dreaming about the Himalayas, Rotary member George Basch went on his first trek through the mountains in 2001, when he was 64. A member of the Rotary Club of Taos-Melagro in New Mexico, USA, Basch found that the experience was even more than he had hoped. "My expectations were high, and dramatically exceeded," he remembers. But a less-than-pleasant aspect of the experience was the indoor smoke pollution he encountered in the guest houses and private homes he visited. Many families in the Himalayas use rudimentary cookstoves or, in some cases, an open fire pit inside the home to...
Rotary staff members bond over Miles to End Polio bike ride
For six staff members from Rotary headquarters in Evanston, the fight to eradicate polio has become personal. Together, they biked the physically grueling 104-mile (167-kilometer) Tour de Tucson in Arizona, USA, collectively raising more than $20,000 for polio eradication while putting their bodies and minds through a feat of endurance. For the tightknit group, the experience was about more than just raising money and crossing the finish line. It was about learning about each other and what Rotary members are doing to rid the world of this crippling disease. They advocated together, trained...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
Business camps prepare students to become entrepreneurs
Before college, business school, or their first jobs, more than 2,000 U.S. high school students are learning what it takes to become tomorrow's brightest business leaders. Each year, nearly 25 Rotary clubs and districts conduct three-day educational retreats in a program known as Camp Enterprise. At each retreat, seasoned business professionals and entrepreneurs teach 100 or so area high school juniors how to develop, launch, and operate a successful business in a free enterprise economic system. The intensive weekend camps, funded entirely by the clubs and offered at no cost to participants...
Posted by Scott Wilson
on Dec 10, 2014
President Barb Gets the Needle Promoting Blood Drive
Monday’s meeting got off to a great start when Allie Braun from Rotaract stooped in to promote the blood drive coming up on December 19. Assisted by Richard Gripp, aka “Dr. Needle”, she demonstrated how easy it is to give blood. Using Rotary President and always-good-sport Barb Watchman as their donor, Allie and Richard made a memorable case of how important this project is. The drive is December 19 from 8 am to 2pm, on California Road just north of Coliseum.
Tim Gibson enjoying lunch with his guest for the day, his daughter Katie. She’s a junior at Savannah College of Art and Design, studying historic preservation. She’s hoping to get an internship with the national parks this summer – welcome, Katie!
Centennial Projects Update
Jason Daenens reports on the international project. The final two classrooms of the middle school in Togo are in progress. Also, Candice Schuler announced that the 50th Little Free Library has been established – with 5 more in the works!
Weekly Program: David Bennet Explains History, Background of The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
Rotarian David Bennett of The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne led a compelling program on the roots and status of that organization. Started in 1922 in the offices of Lincoln Life, the initial endowments totaled three of $5,000 each. At one point, The Foundatation was deemed as terminated. However, it was resurrected in the late ‘50s and has been growing and improving lives in the area ever since. The Foundation now has nearly $150 million in assets, and has issued $36 million in grants. Organizations supported include Turnstone Center, the Aids Task Force, YWCA of Northeast Indiana, and the Embassy Theater. It also makes loans for downtown devilment. Great organization – and a very informative program!
Help Wanted: Meeting Photographer
As resident club photographer Tony McNair is heading to warmer climes for the winter after the next meeting, the club is in need of a photographer for the meetings. It’s pretty light duty – take pictures throughout the meeting and send to the Spin Editor for the month – they’ll do the rest. Interested volunteers should get in touch with President Barb or Kelly Updike.
A Centennial moment:
Comes from February 1990, when former Fort Wayne Rotarian Judith Clinton invited Rotarians to travel to Indianapolis to hear then Rotary International President Hugh M. Archer speak. Judith quoted a segment of Mr. Archer’s address:
“At the heart of everything Rotarians do is a fundamental decision to promote peace, and we do it best through people-to-people contacts. It’s not enough to simply talk about peace. In one sense, Rotary International is a massive experiment in linking theory to action. What we want is to put peacemaking into practical terms. Because if it isn’t practical, if it doesn’t’ result in some kind of action, it really isn’t peacemaking at all.”
New Future Rotarian?
On December 4, at 7 pm, Alessandra Starr Cardenas entered the world at 7 lbs, 7 ounces. Lucy Cardenes reports Mom and baby are doing well -- and that she and Dad Jaer love their gorgeous, early Christmas gift.
December 12: New Member Done in a Day Project with Blue Jacket
December 16: Happy Hour at Calhoun Street Soup Salads and Spirits, 5:30, $10pp.
December 19: Rotary Blood Drive, 8 am – 2 pm, American Red Cross
December 29: NO MEETING—HAPPY HOLIDAYS
January 12: Rotary’s Guest Day—Bring a prospective member
February 21: Rotary Winter Games
CLUB COMMITTEE CALENDAR
December 23: Board of Directors, 8am, Community Foundation
DISTRICT 6540 AND ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
February 19, 2015: Pre-PETS, Indiana Wesleyan University, 6:00-8:30 pm
February 28, 2015: Rotary Leadership Institute, Shipshewana IN, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, $75
March 19-21, 2015: Great Lakes Rotary PETS, Kalamazoo MI
April 17-19, 2015: RYLA Camp
April 24-25, 2015: District 6540 Celebration, Brandywine Inn in Monticello IN
June 6-9, 2015: Rotary International Convention, Sao Paulo, Brazil
April 8, 2016: District 6540 Conference, Merrillville, IN
Next Meeting: December 15
GREETERS: Tom Hufford & Kelly Updike
CASHIER: Ron VerLee
INVOCATION: Roger Sipe
SONG LEADER: Linda Skaggs
SERGEANT: Dave Bennett
HOUSE: Dave Borgen, Kurt Beuchel & Ronnie Greenberg
SPIN EDITOR: Scott Wilson
PROGRAM: Robert Hoffman, Director of Operations and Site Executive, BAE Systems Fort Wayne Indiana; The Role of BAE Systems in the Global Community and in Fort Wayne
MENU: Soup & Salad Bar, Fajita & Taco Bar & Cookies
December 22: Rotary Singers Annual Holiday Show
December 29: NO MEETING—HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
January 5: Marilyn Moran Townsend, The Sinister Hand (Left Handedness in a Right Handed World)
January 12: Re-enactment of Fort Wayne Rotary’s 100 year History
January 19: Literacy Panel with Mike Landrum, The Literacy Alliance, Wylie Sirk, Educational Consultant, Jeanne Zehr, United Way of Allen County & Diane Yngstrom-Bugge, Fort Wayne Center for Learning
January 26: Mayor Tom Henry, State of the City Address
PROPOSED NEW MEMBER:
Jorge Ortiz, Regional Director, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly office; Proposed by Barb Wachtman
DUES WERE DUE DECEMBER 1 to accommodate Rotary International’s due date of January 1. Please CONTACT JANE TO SUBMIT YOUR PAYMENT OR COMMUNICATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP INTENTIONS.
Four PR goals of centennial year: Rotary’s Four Way Path
- Build awareness
- Increase and develop community partners
- Attract new members
- Deepen loyalty of existing members