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Greetings East Polk Rotarians,
Thanks, Adam, for inviting Marketa Oliver, Bondurant City Administrator, to be our speaker last week.  It was exciting to hear about all the great improvements and growth planned for Bondurant over the next few years.  
Dirk is Rotarian of the Day.  Our speaker this week is Darell Butcher, who will give a report on the Skilled Trades program at Southeast Polk.
Meeting Schedule - 2023
DATE            ROTD             SPEAKER
1/25/23           Dirk Halupnik             Darell Butcher, SEP Skilled Trades
                                                                    + Board Meeting
2/01/23           Business Meeting               + Breakfast
2/08/23           Marti Kline 
2/15/23           Steven Mather            (Curt out of town)
2/22/23           Chris Schon                        + Board Meeting
3/01/23           Business Meeting               + Breakfast
3/08/23           Ned Looney
3/15/23           Norma Bettis                      + Board Meeting
3/22/23           Marie Pipes
3/29/23           Evening Social - 3/28
Thank you,
Curt Gause, President
East Polk Rotary
Rotary Club of East Polk County, PO Box 73, Altoona, IA  50009
Meets Wednesday, 7:00 a.m., Caring Hands Outreach, 602 3rd St SW, Altoona
Important Upcoming Dates for East Polk Rotary -
Saturday, February 4, 7 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena
     Polio Plus Night at the Iowa Wolves game
Friday, February 17, 2 p.m., Great Escape/Bowlero 
     Bowling Bash 
Saturday, February 18, 8:30 a.m.
     Rotary Grant Mgmt. Seminar, WDM
Saturday, April 29, 5 p.m.
     District 6000 Regional Conference, WDM
Friday, May 12, 8:30 a.m., Southeast Polk High School
     Iowa Technology Exposition
From District 6000 -
Terry Ziegler, Rotary Region 26 Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser -No new Wild Polio cases reported this week.
What is the Polio Picture?  The Fight against falling immunization rates - in Senegal last month, African heads of state came together at the Forum on Immunization and Polio Eradication in Africa to reaffirm their commitments to tackle declining immunization rates and the resurgence of polio across the region.  To ensure vaccines safely reach each child, specific strategies must be deployed in every country and sub-region, dependent on conflict zones and political climate.  With careful planning and political commitment, investment in routine immunization efforts, and a focus on restrengthening health systems across Africa, we can improve efforts to end polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Olabisi Gwamna, Editor, Foundation Minute - Welcome to Week 4 of RI's Vocational Service Month!
The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers is driving change for women in Cambodia.  According to Bill Taylor, the club's international service chair, the Edmonds Daybreakers has joined a group of 14 Rotary Clubs from seven different Rotary Districts around the globe -- including the U.S., Thailand, Ireland and Australia -- to improve the lives of women in two Cambodian village, through a RF Global Grant.  The project will involve construction of about 350 washroom toilets at a cost of around $220,000.  A washroom toilet is an engineer-designed, septic-tank toilet, but is built wider so there is extra space for women to bathe themselves and their children in a safe and dignified space.  According to a Daybreakers Rotary press release, violence against women when bathing in the open or using the "bush-toilet" is an issue. The project has been approved for financial support from the Rotary Foundation, which "required a significant amount of detail, rigor and justification based on an assessment of what the villagers see as a priority," Taylor said.
Yours in service,
Norma Bettis