Posted by Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18
District Rotary Youth Exchange Chair Maureen Considine’s Illness Update. For those of you that don’t know the specifics, Mo had a stroke that affected her ability to speak and understand language on March 22nd. She has improved slightly, but still has a long road ahead of her. It was recommended by her doctors that she go to intensive inpatient rehab for vigorous therapy regimen; unfortunately, that was not approved by her insurance. Mo’s children are now appealing the decision.  Since she is unable to go to the intensive inpatient rehabilitation, the next step is for her to transition to a skilled nursing facility. Their first choice is Panorama Rehabilitation in Olympia- but they are still waiting for Panorama to evaluate her for acceptance.  If anybody knows somebody within the administration or rehabilitation offices of Panorama Rehabilitation, the kids would greatly appreciate your assistance in reaching out to them to get her a spot there. If it doesn’t work out for Panorama, then Mo has already been accepted to Mother Joseph’s rehabilitation in Olympia.  Gabe: (530) 966-0966 or gcortelyou@outlook.com or Rachel (Honora) (360) 584-4357 or honoracc@gmail.com
 
Photo Caption:  Governor Tom Carroll with four Rotary Youth Exchange students at the 2018 Thurston County Rotary Foundation dinner.
 
The 2017 Auction & Rummage Sale was another HUGE – RECORD SETTING success, with revenues of over $585,000. Take a look at this cool “Thank You” video the club produced to thank the hundreds of volunteers required to run this event: Bainbridge Island Rotary Club Auction Volunteer Thank You
 
Governor’s Literacy Award.  Now is the time for club presidents to send Laurie Carroll (lcarroll56@yahoo.com) the number of books their club provided to local schools, hospitals or reading foundations.  Clubs with the highest number of books (per capita) in each Area will receive a special banner, and the club with the highest per capita in the district will receive a trophy!
 
2018 District Conference. Over 500 people are already registered for the 2018 Conference, so don’t be left out!  Conference has sold out for the past two years, so please take a moment to register now: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50092/SitePage/2018-district-training-and-conference  Contact Jennifer Durham at jdurhamrotary253@gmail.com if you have questions.
 
On-Site Grant Management Training.  Although we are making good progress in developing online grant management training, we are offering one more opportunity this Rotary year for you to receive the training necessary for your club to qualify for the 2018-19 Rotary year: Friday, May 4 at the Hotel Murano, Tacoma WA (must also attend DTA and Conference).  
 
Rotary Theme for April:  Saving Mothers and Children. Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children, so they can live longer and grow stronger. We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented. Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease. Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:
  • Mobile prenatal clinics. Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate of any country in the western hemisphere. Rotary provided a fully equipped medical Jeep to volunteers and midwives to reach mothers and children in remote areas.
  • Cancer screening. Rotarians provided a mobile cancer screening unit and awareness trainings around Chennai, India, where there is a high mortality rate of women with breast and cervical cancer due to late diagnosis.
  • Preventing injuries and deaths. Rotary members launched a $3 million, five-year pilot to save lives of mothers and children during home deliveries in Nigeria. Since 2005, they’ve also repaired 1,500 obstetric fistulas — 500 more than their initial goal — restoring dignity and hope to vulnerable mothers.