Stories/News
Nickle Dickle Day--Waconia's annual town festival--will be here Saturday, September 14th . . . one of the main events is the Waconia West Carver Rotary Duck Races!
 
It's a major fundraiser for our club--funds earned from business sponsorships go right back into our community, so please consider sponsoring this fun-filled event by requesting a duck:
 
Click here for our sponsorship flyer.
Email for more information or to sponsor/request a duck.
Our Facebook page/information to share within your network. Don't miss out on being a part of this community-wide event--thank you so much!
 
On Aug. 21, we turned on our computers to learn of great news from Africa. Nigeria, the last country on that continent to report cases of the wild poliovirus, had not reported a case in three years.
This means that the entire African region could be certified as free of the wild poliovirus as soon as mid-2020.
The news was especially gratifying because Nigeria came close to this milestone three years ago, before four cases of polio were uncovered in a region of northeastern Nigeria where the Boko Haram insurgency had denied access to vaccinators. We wrote at the time (“Polio nearly eradicated worldwide — nearly,” Sept. 1, 2016) to outline all that had been achieved across the globe by the partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), launched in 1988 by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Rotary International. About 12 years ago, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined the GPEI and brought its resources, knowledge, and connections to the polio eradication effort.
In the year GPEI was launched, 1988, there were more than 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries, compared with around 66 cases so far in 2019. Now, once the success of Nigeria has been carefully confirmed, there will be only two nations in the world that remain polio-endemic: Pakistan and Afghanistan.
As the number of polio-endemic countries has declined, there have been challenges to finishing the job, including misinformation and even “fake news” about vaccines that have caused mistrust in key countries. At one point, some regions of India were refusing the vaccine because of reports that the vaccines were tainted. The government of India and its Rotary members took a hard look at their outreach and realized they needed to find trusted members in each community to work with them to provide information and get communities on board. India was officially certified polio-free in 2014.
Global efforts in health care do not operate in a vacuum. Pakistan and Afghanistan have made huge progress in recent years, but as conflicts flare on both sides of the border, refugees are displaced and it has been difficult to reach some children. Some families still refuse to vaccinate children, often because of misinformation. The key is to win the battle for the hearts and minds of parents.
We all hope and pray that Nigeria, and thus Africa, will soon be declared wild poliovirus-free. This will not be the end of the global eradication campaign, but it will be an important marker. Only one disease, smallpox, has ever been eradicated.
The time has come for all parties to unite to protect their children. Nigeria’s success also shines a bright light during a troubled time. Thirty years ago, the United States was the leader in global vaccination and our children are safer because of that success. But today the U.S. is at risk of losing its measles elimination status.
Over a million people will have converged on the Twin Cities for the Minnesota State Fair by the time it’s over. They haven’t been particularly worried about contagious diseases, and many younger Minnesotans will not remember that the State Fair was closed down during the polio epidemic of 1946. The hard-won success of Nigeria to eliminate polio within its borders is a reminder to us all of the importance of maintaining high vaccination rates to protect our children.
This year, Rotarians from Minnesota and Iowa are planning to “blitz” the State Fair and staff an informational table. Most will be wearing T-shirts with the distinctive Rotary cogwheel. Rotary is nondenominational, nonpolitical and a perfect venue for people who do not agree on many issues to sit down and have a polite, constructive conversation about the issues that divide our nation and our world.
If you have a chance, stop by to say hello and let them know that you support their efforts to eradicate polio. For more information on Rotary’s role in polio eradication and to support the cause, please see www.rotary.org/endpolionow.
Charles Adams Cogan, of Northfield, is PolioPlus Team Lead for Rotary District 5960. Tim Mulcrone, of Prior Lake, is PolioPlus Team Lead for Rotary District 5950.
As part of a partnership with ACT United, please join us April 5 for Next Steps Minnesota Community Dialogue to End Human Trafficking. This event will address...
 
  • What does JUVENILE sex trafficking look like in Minnesota?
  • Who are the traffickers and BUYERS?
  • Who are the VICTIMS and what are the SIGNS and INDICATORS of trafficking?
  • How can COMMUNITIES work together to create effective solutions?
This event—to continue generating awareness and launching concrete actions—is hosted by the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary ClubACT United, and Carver County in partnership with the Rotary Club of Waconia and the Rotary Club of Chaska. See flyer below for more information, to RSVP (by April 1st) please provide your full name to A.C.T. United at connect.actunited@gmail.com
 
 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Vandy's Grille at Island View Golf Club-7795 Laketown Pkwy, Waconia

  • 5pm-Social Hour & Silent Auction
     
  • 6pm-Dinner followed by Live Auction

Enjoy a delectable five course meal, prepared by top area chefs with each course paired perfectly with a fine wine. Proceeds support Rotary service projects as well as worldwide outreach programs.

Tickets$100/person ($60 tax deductible)

To be an Event Sponsor ($2,500):

  • One reserved table (8 tickets) to the wine dinner with premier seating|
  • Full page ad in the event program
  • Pre- and post-event recognition
  • Public thanks for event podium
  • Name and logo on event stage
  • Name, logo and link to your website on rotary website
  • Platinum sponsorship at the nickle dickle day rotary races (valued at $1,500) 8 raffle tickets

Or, a Table Sponsor ($1,000):

  • One reserved table (8 tickets) to the wine dinner with premier seating
  • Name listed in event program
  • Public thanks from event podium

Reservations required. Pre-payment encouraged.

Please make checks payable to:

Waconia-West Carver Rotary
P.O. Box 253
Waconia, MN 55387

To purchase tickets or sponsor, or for more information: please contact Chuck Dueber 952.300.5638 or dueberc@gmail.com 

 

We’re kicking off our annual Flower Sale!

Here’s a great opportunity to support the Rotary Club of Waconia-West Carver . Please place your order by 10/18/18; you can choose from a dozen long-stemmed red OR mixed roses, OR a beautiful fall bouquet.

You’ll also get $60 worth of coupons from area restaurants and businesses. Cost is $25 and flowers will be delivered on 10/25/18.

If you would like to place an order, please speak with any member of the Rotary Club of Waconia-West Carver or simply contact us through our Facebook page and we will get you signed up.

Fall is here!

Nickle Dickle Day--Waconia's annual town festival--will be here Saturday September 14th . . . one of the main events is the Waconia West Carver Rotary Duck Races!
 
It's a major fundraiser for our club--funds earned from business sponsorships go right back into our community, so please consider sponsoring this fun-filled event by requesting a duck:
Don't miss out on being a part of this community-wide event--thank you so much!
At our meeting today, Darren Noble (2017-18 President) "passed the gavel" to Susan Laumbach, our club's President for 2018-19. We're looking forward to this year, as the Rotary International theme is #BeTheInspiration
 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Vandy's Grille at Island View Golf Club-7795 Laketown Pkwy, Waconia

  • 5pm-Social Hour & Silent Auction
  • 6pm-Dinner followed by Live Auction

Enjoy a delectable five course meal, prepared by top area chefs with each course paired perfectly with a fine wine. Proceeds support Rotary service projects as well as worldwide outreach programs.

Tickets: $95/person ($60 tax deductible)

Reservations required. Pre-payment encouraged.

Please make checks payable to:

Waconia-West Carver Rotary
P.O. Box 261
Waconia, MN 55387

RSVP-Chuck Dueber 612.281.0093 or dueberc@gmail.com 

NEWS RELEASE
The Waconia-West Carver Rotary Club will join in marking historic progress toward a polio-free world, while urging community support to end the paralyzing disease. 
 
[Waconia, MN] – Rotary members in Waconia are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.  
 
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016.
 
To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1.
 
Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. 
 
Said local President Darren Noble, “Thousands of Rotarians across the globe are commemorating World Polio Day on October 24, and at the local level we are 100% behind the international effort by Rotary to eliminate
polio from the earth”.
 
Rotary has contributed more than US$1.7 billion to ending polio since 1985, including over $10,000 contributed by the Rotary Club of Waconia-West Carver. 
 
About Rotary
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.  Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas.  Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.  Visit endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.
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It's that time of year again . . . Wednesday, 10/11 is our Fall Highway Cleanup to spruce up a stretch along Highway 5, leading into Waconia.
The Rotary Club of Waconia-West Carver is excited to announce Darren Noble as President for the new Rotary year (July 1, 2017--June 30, 2018).
 
"Rotary: Making a Difference" is the world-wide theme, and we look forward to another great year serving locally and internationally!  

 
What Peace Means to Me

Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians. 

We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.

HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN

Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

 

Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect and Program Chair
Immediate Past President
Treasurer
Secretary
Sergeant-at-Arms
Fundraising Chair
Membership
Rotary Foundation
Community Service
STRIVE Coordinator
International Youth and Service
Public Relations and Technology
The Four-Way Test

In 1932, Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created The Four-Way Test, a code of ethics adopted by Rotary 11 years later. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say, or do . . .

1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?