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Orofino, ID  83544
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October 2017
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We received the following correspondence from the Agra Tajmahal Rotary Club in India. 
Dear President Lynn MacEachern & Secretary Charles Nation
Club Agra TajMahal Initiative – Keep India Polio Free
Why routine immunization is still very important ? As Non Immigrants are still crossing borders from our neighbouring countries and polio virus may find a way in so we appeal and ask your support to participate in this noble cause. Volunteers Invited to participate during “Mega Polio Campaign 2018” between 5-7 January 2018. Let’s create history by joining hands with your club members participation during this event
“International Project of Serving Humanity”. If your members are already visiting India during these dates, please ask them to visit us. Thank you, await with enthusiasm to serve humanity for great noble cause. 
With Warm Regards Yours in Rotary
PHF President Sachin > Wadhwa | 2017-18
This Rotary Ripples article is written this week with a mixture of profound respect for the Rotary Speakers and sadness over the fact that this is the last article of the Rotary Series that this writer began 10 or12 years ago. But more about the sadness part later.
This week, the Orofino Rotary Club was privileged to host, Michael Casey, President of the Nehemiah House Orphanage at Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, his wife, Tating, and their sons Cherub and Joseph. 
                                The Casey Family
Since about 2001, The Orofino Rotary Club, with the help of Rotarian Randy Bowen, and Don & Monique Judkins, have been financially supporting The Nehemiah house and visiting the house to assist in the upkeep of the orphanage and the care of its residents.
                                   Nehemiah House
Michael talked about the history of his ministry and brought us up to date on the Nehemiah House’s operations that he and his wife manage. The Casey’s and the home provide 24-hour residential care, feeding, and support of its 7-18 y/o female victims of sexual abuse, maltreatment, abandonment and child trafficking. Since its inception in June of 1996, 740 young women have appeared in their facility. Because of the nature of crimes against the girls, Michael and his wife have full custody of them despite pressures on them from parents or other perpetrators. Besides physical care of the girls, the Casey’s provide spiritual and emotionally stable environments with religious exposures.  
Currently 19-20 girls live in Nehemiah House and travel down the street during the week to attend public school. Although there is a constant turnover of residents, the average length of stay for the girls are 1-3 years. Ten staff members watch over the residents, and everyone is heartened by long term follow-ups of the ladies showing that they have become confident, self-assured, well-adjusted women, many with husbands and their own families and professions.
Michael illustrated a day in the life of the Nehemiah by showing a video of a typical day’s activities
Several years ago, the Orofino Rotary club provided field corn for the residents to grow for food and to provide for the following years’ planting. After a drought interfered the first year, the program has now been doing great for 3 seasons.
Randy Bowen travels to Mindanao each September and helps the residents of Nehemiah House entertain their parents on Family Day. This celebration is the highlight of the year for many and feature games such as Candy Races requiring the rapid eating of sticky candy, Hot Dog Roasts, and Blind Cake-eating Contest where blindfolded players feed each other delicious, but messy chocolate cake.
Thank you, Randy, for sponsoring the Casey’s visit. And thank you Michael and Tating for your God-inspired work to assist this special population!  And thank you too, Randy, for your help in Cagayan de Oro and for your proper oversight of our Rotary funding!
Thirty-nine members and guests attended the meeting, and particularly welcomed John Lazzarini as our newest member. He will be formally inducted later, and later still, he will have the opportunity to tell the club about himself so that we all may become better acquainted.
The big event coming up soon is the Clearwater County Fair and Lumberjack Days. The large Rotary Food Booth requires a lot of help to serve tasty food and to raise money for local scholarships and service projects. It is a big undertaking each year! Can you help us help our community at the food booth!
Speaking of scholarships, Club President Lynn MacEachern announced that the recipient of this year’s Rotary Memorial Scholarship is James Bolling. Congratulations, James!
Lynn also announced that there will be a farewell Party for Marshall and Margaret Cook at the High County Inn at 5 pm, Tuesday, September 5. Everyone is invited to wave goodbye!
This brings up the sadness of this article! Switching from the third person writing of this writer to a first-person format, let me say that Margaret and I are very sad to be leaving our dear friends and beloved activities in this area.
Margaret and I moved here 24 years ago so that I could retire from the Air Force Medical Service and work about 10 years as the non-psychiatric Medical Director at State Hospital North. Over the years we gathered activities and friends that became very treasured for us, and we stayed.
But, as age encroached on us and as our youngest of 2 daughters gave us a grandson, now 5, we decided to downsize our home, get rid of stairs, and move to be near family in the Minneapolis area. Even our older daughter and her grown daughter approved of the move because of the ease of flying non-stop to Minnesota. Houses were quickly bought and sold such that if all continues well, we will pull out of Clearwater County September 21 with our travel trailer.  We will not be able to see everyone in our rear-view mirror, because there will be tears clouding our view! Yet we shall always remember the beloved people of the Clearwater area of Idaho with love and appreciation. And, we plan to stay in touch! Meanwhile, goodbye, and always, go with God! And always, put service before self!
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