Rotary Buzz October 22, 2018
President Ted Gillespie welcomed members at 11:45 am and we began with O Canada and Rotary Grace. The meeting reconvened at 12:20 following a delicious lunch and lots of good conversation.
Health of the club:  Donna Phillips is recovering from knee replacement surgery, Ken Drever is in hospital.
Guests:            Prospective member Celia Leathwood (guest of Lou)
Happy bucks included travels, District conference, among other things for which our members are grateful.
-Wine Survivor progressing.  About half of the 60 teams are sold.  Please consider entering a team, or as an individual.  Deadline Nov 2.
-Rotary Cares tickets ready for pick up and sale.  Lou will have them at the next meeting if you don’t have yours yet.
-District Conference was well attended from our Camrose Clubs.  10 from Camrose on Saturday.
- Hospice Society sponsoring Compassionate Communities:  Caring for Our Caregivers, Nov 16
Presentation:  World Polio Day Oct 24
We viewed several videos from related to the End Polio Now! Campaign.  The videos talk about the polio epidemic of the 1950’s in North America, and the impact on citizens, mainly children.  Rotary became involved in the movement to end polio in 1988, and in the last 30 years, a 99.9% reduction in polio victims has been seen worldwide! New cases of polio in the last 2 years are about 20 per year, and the 3 countries still affected are Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. We dare not stop vaccinations and efforts to reach remote and war-torn parts of these countries.  A re-infection for any country is no more than a plane ride away ….
Thanks to generous contributions from the Rotary Foundation, many governments, the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the vaccinations continue, and we believe that we will succeed in eradicating this disease.
Please consider donating to the Rotary Foundation, Polio Plus fund to support our efforts to eradicate this disease completely.
Our own local member, Jim Rasmussen, is a polio survivor. Jim presented some facts about how polio affects the body, and shared some bits of his personal story.
Next meeting Oct 29 at lunch, which will be our monthly Club Assembly. Board meeting Oct 23 at Dawn’s house at 5:15.
Dave Stolee was the 50/590 winner, and drew the Ace of ….. Clubs!
Dave led us to close our meeting with the 4-way test.
Have a good week!