Posted by PMM on Sep 24, 2019
On September 19, our fellow Rotarian Wendy Davis gave it terrific presentation outlining her involvement in international service projects over the years. She also thanked Jan Behrens for first introducing her husband Scott to Rotary. Wendy's focus in Rotary is primarily on polio and clean water. Rotary International took on polio is a challenge in 1983 and partners with the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other organizations in its continuing effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Wendy's trips to India included participating in National Immunization Day, and assisting a local Rotary club that runs a hospital for polio patients. She helped administer the polio vaccine in many different circumstances, including stopping people on the street to vaccinate children five years old and under.  Wendy also participated in the distribution of wheelchairs, crutches and tricycles to polio patients. These devices make polio patients much more mobile and employable.  Wendy also visited the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta in 2014 for World Polio Day. Her trip included a visit to the fascinating CDC Museum which describes the decades of significant public health crises that it has confronted.
Wendy is also a strong supporter of Kiva, which provides micro loans to the poor in $25 loan increments. Wendy funded her first loan account with $500 in 2009, and has loaned that $500 no less than 169 times in 10 years. Many of our Rotary members are part of our Rotary Kiva loan team, and everyone can monitor the loan their individual loan status and Rotary group loan status on the Kiva website. If you’re unable to participate in a service trip, making loans through Kiva is a great way to support the mission of Rotary.