Longmont  Rotary Club
October 26, 2021
Longmont Rotary
Service Above Self
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
803 3rd Avenue
Longmont, CO 80501
United States of America
All our meetings are in-person and a buffet meal is provided. Lunch is served at 12pm. The actual meeting starts at 12:30 and ends at 1:30 pm.
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Program:  Polio- Is the End in Sight? 

Dave Willman of Rotary District 5450 updated our club on the process to eradicate Polio. Below are great statistics to highlight the progress that has been made so far.

  • 6 Core partners
  • 20 million volunteers
  • 17 billion national investment
  • 200 countries involved
  • Over 2.5 billion kids vaccinated, soon to be 3 billion

In Afghanistan, the Taliban has agreed to allow front line vaccination to begin again with a plan to allow women (with guards), to vaccinate about 10 million children. Vaccination campaigns must continue even when wild Polio cases reach zero as children still need to be monitored and adults still need to be educated about the importance of the vaccination.

Marny Eulberg, MD, a wild Polio virus survivor shared her experience with us, as well. At age 4 she contracted Polio along with her younger sister. This was 5 years before the vaccine was even available! They had to wear braces on their legs, which were very unbecoming and cumbersome, leading to a lot of childhood bullying. Surgeries were done during her summer vacations. After 4 surgeries, she was finally able to rid the brace for the first time.

About half the survivors get Post-Polio Syndrome, which is not an infection nor is it contagious. Dr. Eulberg sees clients on an as-needed basis as a family doctor, helping them with issues that have arisen due to having Polio with a Post-Polio clinic.

Wondering the difference between wild Polio and the other version? Dr. Eulberg shared with us that the wild virus is out in the environment like a cold, while the circulated vaccine derived type of the virus comes from the live, weakened virus in the oral vaccine when there’s low vaccination in countries or poor sanitation and hygiene. 

As a district, we’re focused on watching the number of cases, and continuing to raise funds to help with Polio campaigns for education and awareness. This year the district raised $2,000 at the Rockies game! Coming in January of 2022, there will be a hybrid event of the Rotary President’s Dinner and a Polio Plus update . The World Health Organization has set a goal of 2026 as a hopeful end date for the eradication of polio throughout our world!!  Wow, the end is in sight! 

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Welcome to Longmont Rotary
Longmont Rotary inducted three new members into the club this week.  A big welcome to Dr. Julia Bruce, Maria Karagianis and Tim O'Neill.  Thank you to their club sponsors, Dale Sherrod and Leona Stoecker. 
Club Photos from Meeting 
President Debby
So nice to hear your beautiful voice Evonne 
Dan Maloit- Moment of Inspiration
Bell Ringing for Salvation Army
Snap Shots at Left Hand Brewery  (10/23)
Club Social: Eating, Drinking & Raising Funds for Polio 
President's Message
Debby Paris
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Hello All,

Thank you for granting me the opportunity to serve as the president of the Rotary club of Longmont for the 2021–2022 Rotary year.

The upcoming year will be one of continuing change as we start the process of returning to the “new normal“ of in-person meetings. The process is going to be a "crawl, walk, run" and I hope everyone will be patient. 
The theme of this rotary year is "Serve to change lives".  It will be wonderful to be able to come up with projects to follow this theme and continue to serve our community locally nationally and internationally.
While we will not be able to have in person RYLA again this year, there will be a one day virtual session. With school being in person, I am looking forward to the Young Rotarian‘s being able to start up again in the fall. Our youth are the future of rotary!
My goal this year is to grow our club by a few members and for everyone to think of younger people in the community who would make great Rotarians.
I look forward to a terrific year.
Yours in Rotary,
Debby Paris
Rotary Club of Longmont
Program Speakers
Nov 02, 2021
Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft and Fraud
Nov 09, 2021
Veterans Day Program
Nov 16, 2021
Transportation for the Future
Nov 23, 2021
Crossroads School, An Alternative to Failure
Nov 30, 2021
Generate Hope; Offering a Way Out for Sex Trafficked Victims
Dec 14, 2021
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Winter Warmth Coat Drive
Oct 17, 2021 – Nov 20, 2021
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Nov 27, 2021 – Dec 25, 2021
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October 31
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