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Members of the Rotary Club of Kapuskasing either participated in the walk or volunteered at the road crossings to keep the traffic off the roads.
The rains held off for the duration of the event.
Thanks to the organisers for another successful Living it in Color Walk event.

Ian Riseley

2017-18 Rotary president

Ian H.S. Riseley, of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2017-18. He will become the president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge him.

Riseley says that meaningful partnerships with corporations and other organizations are crucial to Rotary’s future.

“We have the programs and personnel and others have available resources,” says Riseley. “Doing good in the world is everyone’s goal. We must learn from the experience of the polio eradication program to maximize our public awareness exposure for future partnerships.”

Riseley is a practicing accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., which specializes in advising local and international businesses, and has a strong interest in international affairs. He received the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in 2002 in recognition of his work in Timor-Leste. He also received the Order of Australia medal in 2006 for service to the Australian community.

“Governments see Rotary as positive representatives of a civil society,” he says. “We should work with them to advocate for peace and conflict resolution, just as we are advocating for polio eradication.”

A member since 1978, Riseley has served Rotary as treasurer, director, trustee, RI Board Executive Committee member, task force member, committee member and chair, and district governor.

He is also a former member of the Australian Polio Eradication Private Sector Campaign and a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He and his wife, Juliet, are Multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, and Bequest Society members.

“May our happiness increase with our usefulness. What Rotary will be one hundred years hence, none living can imagine.”

By Rotary Heritage Communications staff

Rotary founder Paul Harris was a semi-regular contributor to The Rotarian magazine, and the February issue often included an anniversary message from him.

In 1915, he wrote, “We are passing our tenth milestone now. May our happiness increase with our usefulness. What Rotary will be one hundred years hence, none living can imagine. There is nothing impossible to Rotary now.”

Harris noted that Rotary had demonstrated its ability to “contribute toward the world’s supply of happiness” in terms of promoting ethical business practices within vocations. He felt that same idea would extend beyond the walls of the offices and shops, and imagined Rotary as “the harbinger of a general world-wide philosophy of business and of life, with happiness as its goal.”

While conceding that he couldn’t see into the future, Harris did predict that Rotary would become increasingly necessary for its ability to make the impossible happen.

On its tenth anniversary, Rotary had been an international organization for almost three years. There were 141 clubs in only a few countries. Today, there are more than 35,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas.

How do you imagine Rotary 100 years from now? What will we achieve?

And then there was one.

Three years ago Tuesday, an 11-month-old child in Yobe, Nigeria, was paralyzed by a polio virus. It was a type 3, one of a trio of strains of the virus that have been the targets of a 27-year long eradication struggle.

The day after the child in Yobe got sick, a type 3 virus was found in a sewage sample collected in Lagos. (Sewage testing is a cornerstone of polio surveillance.)

Since then, there has not been a single detection of a type 3 virus anywhere. In the world of polio, that means type 3 polio is now probably eradicated — although the World Health Organization hasn’t yet officially said so.

“I think we are increasingly confident that it’s gone,” said Dr. Hamid Jafari, director of the WHO’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

The polio eradication partners — the WHO, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, Rotary International, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — aren’t planning to seek a formal declaration at this point. A rigorous review of surveillance data from all of Africa has to be completed in order to decree that type 3 viruses are extinct, and that hasn’t yet been done.

But unofficially, the working assumption is that there is now only one remaining family of polioviruses in the eradication program’s crosshairs, type 1.

Read the complete story here...

There is a really great way to learn and share Rotary Information!

Rotary International launched its own YouTube channel a year ago with two goals in mind: offering Rotary video content to viewers who may not be familiar with the organization, and providing free video content to Rotary club webmasters.

The YouTube channel supplements video on Rotary's Web site by providing Rotarians the means of embedding video onto their own sites. (See Did You Know? to learn how.) Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors are encouraged to select from a growing collection of pieces from RVM: The Rotarian Video Magazine and from Humanity in Motion public service announcements. Plans include highlighting user-generated video. Go to http://www.youtube.com/rotaryinternational  and check it out!

November 2017
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