Altona City Rotary eBulletin: 27 Aug 2019

President's Notes
Rotarians and Friends

It’s that time of year when our attendance is very low as many members take holidays or head North to enjoy the sunshine at the top end of our great Southern Land.

Donna was our speaker last night. Donna told a story that we all hear too often from our former military service personnel. PTSD has effected the lives of many service  people. Donna told us how she had work to over come the need to live with prescribed medicine and other substances.

Donna came along with her service dog Ebony. Donna told us how Ebony had helped her cope with aspects of life that most of us don’t think about.
Having Ebony has helped Donna to improve her daily life and expand her horizons. Donna told us about a coming golf event which we will be promoted in our bulletin. As a club we were pleased to make a donation to the fund raising event.

All members present found Donna story very moving, we wish Donna and Ebony continued well being. Ebony is supplied to Donna by Integra Service Dogs Australia. These dogs can and do enhance the lives of many people - we as humans are so lucky to have dogs in our lives.
Donna and her best friend Ebony

This coming Saturdays sausage sizzle at Bunnings should be very busy as it’s the Saturday prior to Fathers Day which is one of Bunnings busy trading days. Can all members that have volunteered please be prepared for a busy day.

Update re The Vietnamese Association of Hobson’s Bay safety cycle event at the Louis Joel Art Centre Sunday 13th Oct. 2.00 pm until about 3.30 pm.
I have two members who plan to help me at this event . I would like two more. Can any member with a bike come along and help. Salter Cycles will provide some cycling equipment for riders to evaluate and consider for their needs and safety.

It was pleasing to have Alex attend again and it’s always good to see Bob Casley.

Have a good week , let’s hope we play better in the next Ashes Test.

Yours in Rotary

Message from Michel K McGovern - International Polio Plus Chair
My fellow Rotarians:

I’m pleased to share the important news that as of today, 21 August 2019, it has been three years since a child in Nigeria was paralyzed by the wild poliovirus. This means that the entire World Health Organization (WHO) African region could be certified as wild poliovirus-free as soon as mid-2020.

Along with our Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners and the Nigerian government, we’ve strengthened immunization and disease detection systems, and we are now reaching more children than ever in some of the hardest-to-reach places in Nigeria.

We can take pride in this progress, but it is not time to celebrate quite yet. We still have work to do and we must continue making it a priority to reach every child in Nigeria—and other polio-threatened countries—with the polio vaccine, and build strong levels of immunity to fully protect the entire population against polio.

In part because of the hard work and dedication of Rotarians in Nigeria and around the world, we will soon be able to check another country off of the polio-endemic list. Rotary members in Nigeria have been hard at work raising awareness for polio eradication, advocating with the government and addressing other basic health needs to complement polio eradication efforts, like providing clean water to vulnerable communities.

After the African region is certified wild poliovirus-free later next year, 5 out of the 6 WHO regions in the world will be considered polio-free. As the first organization to dream of – and promise to deliver – a polio-free world, Rotary is committed to fulfilling our promise. Our progress in Nigeria is a big step toward that goal, but we need to maintain momentum so that Pakistan and Afghanistan see the same level of progress.

It’s crucial that Rotarians continue to support polio eradication as we overcome the final hurdles in the fight to end the disease forever. You can support PolioPlus by making a
donation, or raise awareness by holding an event or fundraiser on World Polio Day on 24 October.

I look forward to joining with Rotarians as soon as mid-2020 to celebrate a wild poliovirus-free Africa.

Michael K. McGovern, International PolioPlus Chair
Our Major Fundraiser for the year.  Major Raffle  25/10/19
Please find attached details about our major fundraising effort for the year.   The attached info is provided.   See Charlie M for tickets.
Good Luck with your ticket sales!!!!
Date: Friday the 25th of October 2019
Time: 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Location: Finnish Hall, Pier Street Altona
100 tickets only at $50 each, provides entrants with a chance to win $1000 as well as 9 chances to get their initial investment back!
Each ticket entitles 2 people admission
Beer, wine, soft drink and finger food supplied
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