Rick Rivkin Shares the Value of Rotary Training
Rick Rivkin Shares the Value of Rotary Training
Last Tuesday, Rick shared an overview of Rotary, our purpose and opportunities in a training to help us log on and use our Rotary tools! These are excerpts from his presentation and his power point is available by request!
While Rotary is perhaps best known as a service organization Rotary actually started in February 1905 as a fellowship club that morphed into a business fellowship and then incorporated the concept of service.  Today, Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever. The key take-a-way  “one-size does not fit all” proves that Rotary is for everyone and anyone with a – Service Above Self – mindset.
Don’t stop at clicking on our website! Next to your name is a link that says “member area,” click and get access to your account. Here you can edit, update, change and complete your personal info. There is also a variety of Rotary info you’ll want access to like other Rotarians across the country and world to connect with.
Rotary clubs offer a range of opportunities including community service in both local and global settings including our End Polio Now campaign, Rotary Action Groups, even “fellowships” which are ways to get involved with Rotarians by sharing common interests.
Community Service – our connection to our local community.
The first Rotary Club – Chicago #1 – did their first service project installing public toilets in downtown Chicago. The initial resources for project ideas are for us, as Rotarians, to:
First – look at our community and assess community needs. Every community will have different needs. Community assessments are not normally done in a vacuum. Rotarians are community leaders, so input and support of other community leaders is essential for success.
Second – identify our own individual passions for service. Whether it be promoting literacy or fighting hunger, if you can dream it, Rotarians can do it.
Examples of both approaches are evident in the community service organizations that our club has supported financially over the years and the hands-on projects that Dave Masters and now Mitch Portugal have presented to us. The idea is that we are not alone, and we have local and global resources to help us with service projects.
Want to know more, visit and select any of the resources available, including online courses in The Learning Center or reach out to Rick who will be happy to share his own Rotary journey with you!
WHO Pronounces Nigeria Polio Free! Thank You Rotarians!

Africa’s wild polio-free status to be determined in August Says WHO

Brazzaville – The independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC), responsible for certifying the eradication of wild poliovirus in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region, is set to make its final decision about the region’s wild poliovirus status in August 2020.
Following field verification visits over the past year and thorough critical analysis of the documentation of the polio surveillance, immunization and laboratory capacity presented by the governments of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria and South Sudan, the Commission has validated that the countries’ documentation grants them wild polio-free status.
In August 2019, the African Region became eligible to be certified free of wild poliovirus, after Nigeria, the last wild poliovirus endemic country, recorded no new cases three years – the requisite period – since it last reported cases of wild poliovirus. The commission had already accepted the documentation of the other 43 countries in the region.
“We are satisfied with the documentation that the four countries have presented. We are reviewing updated reports from the other 43 countries in the WHO African Region and we anticipate that by August 2020, we will deliver our final decision on the region’s certification status of wild poliovirus eradication,” said Professor Rose Leke, ARCC Chairperson.
“This achievement by Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria and South Sudan is a major step towards the eradication of wild poliovirus in the African region,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “As the continent struggles with COVID-19, this milestone shows that when leaders, partners, health workers and communities come together we can triumph over the most difficult health challenges.”
If the region is certified in August, it would be the fifth of the six WHO regions to be declared free of wild polio. However, the scale of ongoing circulating vaccine-derived polio outbreaks is a battle the region is striving to win.
Efforts are underway to urgently address the circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus outbreaks, also within the context of polio eradication being a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.  Even though they are not wild polioviruses, such rare strains – which can emerge in areas of low population immunity – also paralyse children.  
WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance continue to support governments in their efforts to stop the ongoing circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus outbreaks, including by implementing a new response strategy.
The aim is to ensure that no child anywhere in Africa will ever again be paralysed by any poliovirus – wild or vaccine-derived.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, mass immunizations across the region have been postponed until further notice, which hinders outbreak response activities. The polio eradication programme in the African Region, in addition to its support to the COVID-19 response, is working with countries to ensure the continuity of essential disease surveillance activities as well as planning the resumption of immunization and outbreak response in compliance with the guidance to stop COVID-19 transmission.
Rotary Day at the United Nations
Rotary Day at the United Nations celebrates two organizations’ shared vision for peace and highlights the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world.
With the theme Connecting for Good, this year’s event will focus on community-based solutions to the global refugee crisis.
We’ll also honor six members of the Rotary family as Rotary People of Action: Connectors Beyond Borders and see how their inspiring work has addressed the crisis.
For program and registration information visit:
Informative Rotary Breakouts- July Only!
From the Rotary Convention enjoy a variety of inspiring breakout sessions that will continue into July, via zoom, after the virtual convention, to help you start the Rotary year off right.
Register for July breakouts using the table found in the link (July Breakouts).  There you will find the session title, date and time, registration or recording link as well as a brief description for each breakout. Session times will be listed in UTC-5. All sessions are in English. Simultaneous interpretation will not be available.
Please note this table is updated by breakout session organizers. If you do not see all session details at this time, please check back regularly for updates. Links to any available recordings will be posted on an ongoing basis through the month of August. Session resources will be uploaded to the Convention Breakouts learning topic on the Learning Center  at the discretion of each breakout session organizer.
Jul 21, 2020
Get to know your fellow Rotarians
Jul 28, 2020
Northbrook Caucus/Political Innovation
Aug 04, 2020
History of the United States Coast Guard
Aug 11, 2020
History of Northbrook
Aug 18, 2020
Army presence in our area
Aug 25, 2020
The history of Chicago's hot dog
Sep 08, 2020
Northbook Library
Sep 15, 2020
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Birthdays & Rotary Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Andy Vass
July 5
Kellie Allgauer
July 10
Peter Herman
July 14
Jon Jay Miller
July 23
Join Date
Daniel Craig
July 1, 1994
26 years
Elke Friedman
July 1, 2003
17 years
Judy Warchol
July 16, 1991
29 years
Brian Rieger
July 27, 2006
14 years
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