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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Monroe, Michigan!

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Monroe Golf & Country Club
611 Cole Road
Monroe, MI  48162
United States
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World Polio Day 2017
 
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Purple for Polio Day is October 17, 2017 at the regular meeting of Monroe Rotary - 12 noon at Monroe Golf and Country Club.  Members are asked to wear something purple for the meeting and make a donation to the Rotary Polio Project.  With your donation, you will be "giving Polio the finger", your little finger that is!  When polio vaccine is given, it is followed by the little finger being dipped in a purple ink well to identify all those who have received the vaccine.  We will have our own PURPLE INK WELL for dipping of fingers and thanking our members for their donations.
 
District 6400 Polio Day Chair, Aruna Koushik, is asking for each Rotary Club in District 6400 to organize a photo of the club members wearing purple.  The club picture will be taken at the end of our meeting and displayed on World Polio Day, October 24, 2017.  at Monroe County Community College "livestream" event and reception.   The District governor Rick Caron will go boldly and Sky Dive for Polio this coming spring 2018 if there are 30 clubs who participate with the club pictures. 
Monroe Rotary accepts the challenge!
Please join us at the meeting.
Undoubtedly, the most important step to promote voluntary giving to the Rotary Foundation occurred in 1957, when the idea of Paul Harris Fellow Recognition was first proposed.  Although the concept of making US$1000 gifts to the Foundation was slow in developing, by the 1970s it began to gain popularity.  The distinctive Paul Harris Fellow medallion, lapel pin, and attractive certificate have become highly respected symbols of a substantial commitment to the Rotary Foundation by Rotarians and friends around the world.  By 2002, some 813,000 Paul Harris Fellows had been added to the rolls of the Rotary Foundation.
 
The companion to the Paul Harris Fellow is the Rotary Sustaining Member, which is the recognition presented to an individual who has given, or in honor of a gift made, a contribution of $100, with a stated intention of making additional contributions until $1000 is reached.  At that time, Sustaining Member becomes a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
A special recognition pin is given to Paul Harris Fellows who make additional gifts of $1000 to the Foundation.  The distinctive gold pin includes a blue stone to represent each $1000 contribution - from $2000 to $6000.  Red stone pins signify gifts of $7000 to $9000.  Paul Harris Fellow Recognition provides a very important incentive for the continuing support needed to underwrite the many programs of The Rotary Foundation that build goodwill and understanding in the world.
 
All members may donate to the Rotary Foundation by contacting Patty Thompson - Foundation Chairperson of Monroe Rotary or through the Rotary.org website.  Donate to the Rotary Foundation and make a difference around the world! 
I know I have recited this in the past, but it bears repeating. It is a good reminder of who we are and what makes us Rotarians; and in the final analysis, makes Rotary very special. It was written by Grant Wilkins of the Denver Rotary Club.
 
A Rotarian is a person who . . .
 
Digs wells from which he won’t drink,
Vaccinates children he will never meet,
Restores eyesight for those he won’t ever see,
Builds houses he will never live in,
Educates children he will never know,
Plants trees he will never see or sit under,
Feeds hungry people regardless of color, race or politics,
Makes crawlers into walkers halfway around the world,
Knows real happiness, which as Albert Schweitzer said “Can only be found by serving others.”
ROTARY AND POLIO
 
Polio
Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.
PolioPlus
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness-building.
Polio Today
Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Just 37 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2016, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day.
Challenges
The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.
Ensuring Success
Rotary will raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory
equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding.
“Look up in the sky, is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Super Rotarian............”
This is a statement from a truly “Super Rotarian”, Evan Burrell of the Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia.
 
As a shy 18 year old, Evan’s mother encouraged him to join Rotaract. He wasn’t excited about the prospect, but did because as he says “I was really just looking for a girlfriend.” By the way, he found one, who is now not only his wife but also a fellow Rotarian.
 
Evan, now 35, is a tireless worker for Rotary, but he also instills fun in almost everything his club and district does. As he states: “We can be serious about what we do, but let’s do it with a smile on our faces.”
 
Evan shakes up traditional Rotary clubs wherever he goes. He helped establish Australia’s first e-club, and works for Rotary Down Under, Rotary’s regional magazine serving Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands.
 
Evan is a frequent contributor to Rotary Facebook pages and blogs. One recent post sums up his thoughts on Rotary very succinctly: “Don't hide behind your secret identity; with Rotary you too can do some super things in the world.”

The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication.

The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate from members of his staff to go skydiving because they knew he was into adventure.

 

“It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Mich., of that first jump at 14,000 feet, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out if you are enjoying it or not; it’s just a sensation that happens.”

Jackson did enjoy the sensation, so much so that he agreed to do another jump, with Shiva Koushik, a Rotarian friend in nearby Windsor, Ont. 

The two men were waiting for this second jump when their wives came up with the idea of enlisting other jumpers and raising pledges for polio eradication.

In August 2014, a jump in the skies of northeastern Michigan raised $15,000 for Rotary’s polio eradication campaign. Matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the effort contributed $45,000 to the cause.

Since 1985, when Rotary committed to polio eradication, the organization has contributed more than $1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize children against the disease. In that time, the number of polio cases has dropped 99.9 percent, and only three countries remain where the virus has never been stopped: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. While World Polio Day, 24 October, serves as an important opportunity to remind the world of the need to finish the job, raising money and awareness is a year-round effort for many.

Late-night recruiting

Julie Caron, a member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline, heard about plans for the Michigan fundraising skydive after being invited to speak at a leadership training event in Koushik’s district.

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Julie Caron and 10 members from Toronto Skyline and surrounding Rotary clubs plunged earthward in their own tandem skydive, raising several thousand dollars for polio eradication.   

 

“We were in one of those friendship rooms after the conference … when Koushik began talking about the skydive,” Caron says. “We all got really excited and signed up.

“I don’t like to back out on things I say I’m going to do, even if it’s the middle of the night,” Caron says. So she began raising money and drove down to Michigan to do the jump.

She also took the idea back to her own club, whose members are mostly young professionals looking for fun things to do. This past July, 10 members from Toronto Skyline and surrounding Rotary clubs plunged earthward in their own tandem skydive, raising several thousand dollars for polio eradication. 

Caron hopes to make it a yearly event.

“Polio eradication is definitely something I am passionate about,” she says. “It’s not a hard fundraiser to put together at all. You just call around and pick a place, and then you begin asking people if they would rather jump or pay up in pledges.”

Jackson, who’d jumped out of the plane in his “Captain Rotary” outfit, says he personally raised $4,700 for the Michigan skydive using Caron’s approach recent jump in Michigan raised $45,000 to help end polio.

 

 

I would go up to people and tell them we were skydiving for polio and give them two options,” says Jackson. “I would tell them I was paying $180 out of my own pocket to jump, so if you are not going to jump, you have to pay $180. Most people would say, ‘OK, you got it.’ ”

Floating like a bird

Koushik and his wife are active in other ways to rid the world of polio. They have been on several trips with their Rotary district to immunize children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, and particularly enjoy showing off their native country, India, from which they emigrated to Canada about 30 years ago. They are planning to take part in another National Immunization Day in Pakistan next year.

Still, the skydive will hold a special place in Koushik’s heart.

“This is one of the highlights of my polio eradication efforts,” he says. “It’s such a feeling of freedom. The first time out of the plane, you have very little idea what is happening; you are free-falling so fast. But once that parachute opens, you look around and say, ‘Wow!’ It’s such a great feeling to be able to float like a bird.”

While visiting the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre on the island of Borneo in Malaysia three years ago, New Zealand Rotarian Debbie Mair fell in love with a couple of fuzzy orphaned pygmy elephants, the smallest subspecies of elephant.

Mair says the orphans’ parents had wandered onto palm plantations in search of food and were killed. Indonesia and Malaysia are the world’s largest producers of palm oil, a common ingredient in food and household items. Deforestation to make room for plantations has greatly reduced food sources for pygmy elephants, along with rhinos, sun bears, orangutans, and tigers. Poachers also target the animals. 

“I felt we had to do something,” says Mair, a member of the Rotary Club of Hutt City. She bought as much milk powder locally as she could to feed the elephants, which need up to 50 gallons of milk daily to survive. Since then several more orphaned elephants have arrived, all hand-fed by staff who add vitamins, coconut oil, and minerals to the powder.

Mair, an executive officer of the Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species, has built partnerships with the Sabah Wildlife Department; the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; and Fonterra New Zealand, one of the world’s largest exporters of dairy products, which supplies the milk powder for the elephants at a discount. The rescue center also receives funding from Rotary clubs where Mair and other action group members give talks. 

Last year Mair attended a conference that brought together plantation owners, scientists, and wildlife advocates, and sat down with owners to hear their concerns and work toward solutions. As a Rotarian, she says, she was viewed as an impartial observer. Today, she says, the palm plantation managers are increasingly calling wildlife rescue units when elephants are discovered on their land or when they find injured animals.  

“I don’t want future generations to only see these wild animals on video,” says Mair.

– Anne Stein

ROTARY ROAD TRIPS

(A Rotary passport to fellowship)

How to Play!

Your assignment is to complete four Rotary Road Trips during the 2017-18 Rotary year.  A qualifying Road trip includes four (4) members of the visiting club.

NEW!   Two Road trips must be to another club’s service project!

POLIO PLUS, How we got to where we are today.
 
In 1965 the Rotary Foundation created the Health, Hunger and Humanity Program (commonly referred to as the 3-H Program to “Improve health, alleviate hunger and enhance human and social development”.
 
In 1978 the Foundation approved a $760,000 3-H grant for a 5 year polio immunization project in the Philippines.
 
The next year, 1979, two major events occurred; Rotary International reached agreement with the Philippine government to commence the immunization of 6 million children, and the very last case of wild poliovirus occurred in the U.S.
 
On Sept. 29, 1979, then R.I. President James L. Bomar, Jr. administered the first drops of polio vaccine to a Philippine child.
 
In 1985 Rotary formally launched Polio Plus (an ambitious project to rid the world of the polio virus once and for all).
 
In 2007 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded the Rotary Foundation a $100 million challenge grant toward the Polio Plus campaign, and two years later they added an additional $225 million.
 
To date Rotarians have contributed over $900 million toward Polio Plus and have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries.
  
In 2016 there were only 37 new cases in the entire world, and as we know the disease is now found in only 3 countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, but can resurface in countries in conflict, where health systems are disrupted.
William Bruck’s recent installation as President of the Monroe Rotary Club marks the start of the 94th presidential term, although he is only the 90th President. As I have noted in the past, three Rotarians served more than one term. Our very first President, Archie Stitt, served three consecutive terms from 1924 to 1927. Our fourth President, George Hoffman, served two consecutive terms from 1930 to 1932. Most recently Don Lieto served two terms, although not consecutively, the Rotary years of 1988-89 and 2010-11.
 
There have been two husband and wife combinations that served as President, and with William’s induction it becomes the first time in our club’s history that a sister (Donna Hwang) and brother have both served as President, although they are not the first set of siblings to so serve as brothers Greg Williams and Pat Williams both served terms.
 
To the best of my knowledge there are 39 living past Presidents of our club. The oldest in terms of year of service is Don Lloyd (1967-68) and the second, and still a member of our club is Larry Slagenwhite (1971-72).
 
I believe that 17 of the past Presidents are still members of our club.
 
 
 
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