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Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary
MARIE'S MEMOS
 
Thank you to Dr. Blessman and Heidi Kramer for sharing about the wonderful work that Blessman International has been doing in South Africa, even with the constraints of COVID.  It was interesting to hear about the Celebrate Recovery program they started in the high schools to help curb the alcohol and drug problems there.  They have also started a soccer league with fellow churches.  Their new project that they are working on, and trying to obtain a Rotary Grant for, is the Enviro Loo project to provide safe toilet stalls for impoverished young children.  Dr. Blessman is looking for support for this project.  We will discuss his request during our business meeting in the morning. 
 
Mark Dylo is Rotarian of the Day tomorrow.
 
In lieu of our morning meeting next week, we will have our Annual Family Picnic.  This will be at Thomas Mitchell Park, Shelter House #2, at 6 p.m.  So far only 9 people have signed up, and we need to determine this week if we go ahead or cancel so we can get our  money back on the shelter house.  Please respond to your email about the event by either accepting or declining.  We'd love to see you and your family there!  Thanks so much to the Club Service Committee for getting this set up for us.
 
Thank you,
 
Marie Pipes
East Polk Rotary President
 
Please continue to send cards to Corinne Lambert at her home address - 3619 Adams Ave., Des Moines, IA  50310.  Corinne's sister, Julie, will let us know if there are any changes in her condition.  If you have an opportunity, please go visit her.
 
Rotary Club of East Polk County - P.O. Box 73, Altoona, IA  50009
 
From District 6000 -
 
District 6000 R.I.S.E. Action Team (Resources for Inspiration and Special Events) Co-Chairs Joyce Taylor and Sara Simon share this with you.
"I believe Rotarians give whenever and whatever they can in service to help those in need."  - Dennis Drager, our District Governor Nominee
 
Olabsi Gwamna, PhD, Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant, Editor Foundation Minute District 6000 Foundation Action Team - Welcome to Week 4 of RI's Month of Membership and Extension.  
 
Polio Eradication Update - Terry Ziegler, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser Rotary Region 36 - No new Wild Polio cases reported this week!  Statement on polio eradication activities in Afghanistan:  In 2021, despite internal conflicts and a global pandemic, Afghanistan is seeing unprecedentedly low transmission of wild polio, with just one case reported this year.  Not only has the country seen a drastic reduction in cases of wild polio, polio surveillance data confirms this progress and significantly less virus is being detected in the environment.  As conflict in Afghanistan quickly evolves, we must advocate for the children of Afghanistan.  The polio program must work and communicate with all stakeholders involved to ensure that polio immunization remains a priority so that the gains we have made against polio do not diminish.  We look forward to working with our polio eradication partners and the Afghani people to completely eradicate polio.
 
 
Upcoming Events -
 
September 1 - Rotary Family Picnic, Thomas Mitchell Park
                         Shelter #2, 6 p.m.
 
October 19 - District Governor Alka Khanolkar meets with the Board
October 20 - District Governor will speak to the entire membership
 
February 18 - Bowling Bash at Great Escape
 
                        
Schedule for Rotarian of the Day:
 
Meeting DateRotarian of the DaySpeakerAdditional Notes
Aug. 25Mark Dylo
Business Meeting
 
Sept. 1Curt GauseFamily Picnic, Thomas Mitchell Park at 6 p.m.
 
 
Sept. 7RAWTime and place to be determined 
Sept. 8
Norma Bettis
Captain Todd Trobaugh, Altoona Police, Canine Department
Chad Hulen, Handler
 
 
 
 
Norma Bettis, Secretary