“This is a great year for us to be members of Rotary. It’s the centennial, the 100th year of the Foundation.” With that, District Governor Joanne Croghan talked about the importance of the Rotary Foundation as well as several other programs important to Rotarians.
DG Joanne was born in Seattle and has spent most of her life in the Puget Sound area. In the late 60’s, she spent 4 years in Nairobi, Kenya. Several years after joining the Bainbridge Island club, the future District Governor, went to Uganda as part of a literacy project. She was so moved by the plight of villagers that she began working on a clean water initiative.
DG Joanne learned how to partner with other clubs and how to apply successfully for grants because in the 12 years since the trip, the clean water project now includes 131 villages.
The speech included sound advice and goals for the new Rotary year but one comment stood out and spoke to most in the room, “I challenge you as Rotarians who see a need, to ask yourself, why not me.”
The District Governor was accompanied by her husband and fellow Rotarian, Don Mannino. He is a Past-President of the Bainbridge Island club.
Left to right: Don Mannino (BI Rotary), District Governor Joanne Croghan, President Sandra, ADG Robert Buckley and future DG Craig Gillis.
Work exchange student visit
Julia Kupchinskaya is a 21 year old business student at the Baikal International Business School, Irkutsk State University. She is on a month long student work exchange in this area of District 5020. The Rotary Club of Baikal Eco Centennial (Irkutsk) is sponsoring her internship; they have 18 members.
Julia talked about her family, her city and her expectations while in Canada. “I want to get to understand Canadian lifestyle, the business culture and how to do business in Canada.” She will be spending time at a number of local businesses in July.
Founded in 1611, Irkutsk is located in the geographical middle of Russia and is a city of 600,000. It’s located near Lake Baikal, an ancient lake that contains more freshwater than all the Great Lakes combined and the world's only freshwater seal.
Julia spoke briefly about her family. Her father, a Biologist by trade, runs a diving business, her mother is a programmer and her sister is also a student at Irkutsk State University.
She closed by saying. “I’d really like to thank you.”
As you know, the Patio Garden project at the Campbell River & District Adult Care Society is complete. Listen to Rotarian Jim Harris and Nurse Administrator Pam Mann talk about it (Press the blue button below). To hear an in-depth interview with Pam about the CRDACS follow this link:
Urb Patrick’s Rotary Moment was about Polio Eradication. He shared a Macleans magazine’s 2014 article with Dr. Bruce Aylward, the Assistant Director-General at the World Health Organization.
Paraphrasing the Doctor, Urb said, “The fight to stop polio is the largest public health project in history in terms of the number of people and countries involved.”
There are very few diseases that can be eradicated but Polio meets the basic criteria. It only survives in humans, there is a vaccine that can interrupt person-to-person transmission and there isn’t a chronic carrier. The eradication program has a huge financial cost, US$9 billion to date. According to Urb, Rotary has been responsible for inputting US$1.5 billion.
In 1988, when the eradication initiative began, there were 350,000 cases worldwide; it quickly dropped to a thousand but has hovered around that number for 10 years. At the time of the article there were three countries still infected; Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. India had been case-free for three years.
We’re getting close with just over 300 cases reported in 2013. “Rotary has played a big part to help eradicate polio as has the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”
In March of this year, there were just two countries left on the list (Afghanistan and Pakistan) with a total of 74 cases reported. The goal is to have the world polio free by 2018.
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