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Posted by Steve Schmelling
Rotary Club of Santa Fe
Board Meeting Highlights
September 14, 2016
- Club finances are in good shape
- Japji Keating is the new Chair of the Greeters program
- Beautification Project is currently waiting for the City to take actions it earlier committed to do
- Four new members approved by the Board
- Board voted to use the remaining “Ramps Project” money tor a project conducted jointly with Horses for Heroes
- 2018 District Conference is still scheduled for Santa Fe – negotiations are proceeding on a conference hotel
Posted by Cheryl Ford-Mente on Sep 14, 2016
We have a great country, a great club AND a great Satellite Club! I had the privilege of being with the STARS to promote the Rio Grande Academy courses. All of those present are already leaders in their own right. But I tried to entice them into perhaps doing some training. While I was there, I asked each one to tell me something about themselves that no one in the room would probably know. Andrew Lustig told us he had a place - ranch - piece of heaven in Galesteo. He has horses and everything. That is where he spends his down time from running that great non-profit organization, GODocs (www.globaloutreachdoctors.org). Check it out! Answers from the others may or may not appear in future IJS articles.
Fun in the White Mountains in Arizona! Talk about heaven, Pat and Bob Murray spent 4 days with Pat's brother at his 40 acre ranch. It is told that there was enough wine and song to make it a wonderful time.
Now it is time for the football update: Army 31 vs Rice 14!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have another week of smiles from Pat Mente. He has good reason to be elated because Army only won 2 games all season last year. Now they are 2 - 0. "On brave ole' Army team.... " Saturday the 17th Army plays UTEP - keep your fingers crossed!
Deborah and Tom Simon are headed for London, England to see daughter Hannah and her husband. This is also to celebrate the Simon's 25th Anniversary! Have fun and send pictures.
Caio for now! Remember send me pictures and information so we can have fun at your expense! Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nigeria outbreak forces rethink of polio strategies
Hit with a report of a third case of polio in northern Nigeria, leaders of the global eradication effort are asking themselves how they could have been so terribly wrong about the country. Like the other two cases detected last month, the new case—a 24-month-old boy—is living in the violence-wracked state of Borno, the stronghold of the terrorist group Boko Haram.
The devastating setback could not have come at a worse time. The beleaguered Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is finally entering the home stretch, and program leaders were just about to declare a hard-earned victory in Nigeria—3 years without a case of wild poliovirus. Then, in mid-August, the country reported two polio cases in children in Jere and Gwoza districts.
Within days, DNA sequencing confirmed that the virus had been circulating in the region undetected for about 4 years. The new case was discovered in Monguno district, but the family came from Marte district, as did the family of the Jere case.
“We have to understand why we did not see the virus for 4 years,” says Michel Zaffran, director of GPEI at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
True, Borno poses unique challenges to the program, which has long been familiar with working in conflict zones by brokering “days of tranquility” during which vaccinations can occur, for instance, or else conducting “hit and run” operations when there is a lull in the fighting. The strategy has also relied heavily on vaccinating the streams of people who flee the violence. But under Boko Haram “the population is forbidden to leave,” Zaffran says. (The three cases detected so far are children whose families somehow managed to escape.)
“We thought surveillance was good enough,” Zaffran says—and
in Borno state it was. What they missed were the “totally inaccessible” areas where the population had been trapped and was large enough to sustain transmission of the virus. “Are there other places we are blind? We can’t exclude that other populations have not moved. What innovative strategies can we use?” he asks.
A couple months ago Zaffran says he worried that the world was so close to finally eradicating polio that donors would declare victory prematurely and shift funds elsewhere. Now, he worries that the program might not learn the lessons from the “failure” in Nigeria.
In the wake of the Nigerian outbreak, program leaders are also taking a hard look at how GPEI can know when the virus is really gone. “We thought 3 years without a case was enough to certify a country polio-free. Nigeria tells us that 3 years may not be enough,” he says.
The outbreak has other implications as well: It costs money and saps morale. “But morale is very strong overall,” Zaffran says, “and we have faced this situation unfortunately in the past.”
Posted on Aug 02, 2016
Good News Basket 2016/17 Top 11
- Solace Crisis Treatment Center
- Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association
- Interact of Capital High School
- Sky Center/ New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project
- New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Horseback Riding
- La Familia Medical Center
- Santa Fe Watershed Association
- Sangre de Cristo Chorale Young Singers Program
- The Masters Program Charter School
- The Friendship Club
- Santa Fe Botanical Garden
Posted by Ed Burckle on Aug 03, 2016
Music on the hill
|Members enjoying Bert Dalton and the Brazil Project at Music on the Hill, St. John's College, July 27, 2016.|
|Larry and Fran Logan celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary.|
|First Fun Committee Event of the 2016 - 2017 Rotary Club of Santa Fe year.|
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Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.