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President's Corner

As December begins, the year is coming to a close.  Before we know it, it will be 2020. There are so many things that are special about December. Hanukah, Kwanza and Christmas are celebrated this month. These bring family and friends together for meals, spiritual and religious traditions, gift exchanges, and many gatherings to enjoy the season and each other.  Among all this activities, being a Rotarian should call us to make sure that the needs of our community, state, nation and world are being remembered.  Donations to Shelter Box or the Rotary Foundation are great ways to do this.  We will never know who benefits from these gifts, but we know that someone, somewhere will be touched by our caring.  Let’s join together by making a contribution that helps those in need end 2019 knowing and feeling that someone, somewhere cares about them.
Youth Exchange Committee Selects 2020/2021 Outbound Student
            The Youth Exchange Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Ryan Young as our Club’s 2020/2021 outbound exchange student. Ryan is currently an 11th grader at Sackets Harbor Central School.
            Ryan is involved in numerous activities at his school, including being a member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society as well as being a peer leader. He plays soccer, baseball and is a member of the trap shooting club.
            Ryan’s decision to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange program was in large part a result of the positive experience he had during a two-week volunteer trip to Peru this past summer. During his interview, Ryan explained that his time in Peru and the interactions he had with people from other cultures stimulated his eagerness to travel and explore. After graduation, Ryan hopes to attend West Point and serve as an office in the US Army.
            Over the coming months Ryan will be busy completing the necessary paperwork, obtaining medical clearances and participating in orientation programs. He hopes to be able to be sent to France but is open to anything and excited about the opportunity to “Travel, Learn and Grow” no matter where it takes him.
We think Ryan will be an asset to the program and are looking forward to following his journey!
District 7040 YE Calendar of Events 2019-20
February 14-17           District Ski Trip
                                      Location:  TBA
March 9-13                 Possible optional trip to Iqaulit            
April 24-26                   Spring Retreat                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                       Location:  Kingston, ON
June 5-7                        Farewell Weekend
                                        Location: Brockville, ON
Foundation Committee
November is Rotary Foundation Month
To mark Rotary’s annual focus on the Foundation during November, the Foundation Committee will host the Club’s program on November 6th. Be sure to wear your medallion and lapel pin at this meeting if you are a PHF!
The Club will match Paul Harris recognition points for any member who donates $25 or more to the Annual Fund of the Foundation during the months of November and December.  Anyone wishing to do so, can write a check to “The Rotary Foundation” and give it to Mariko by the middle of December.  OR if you donate at least $25 online via Rotary Direct at any point in the 4th quarter, be sure to let Mariko know so we can double your points; we do not otherwise get reports of donations made on line. 
The Foundation Committee will also be asking that Club members consider commitment to becoming a Sustaining Member of the Foundation. This means a donation of at least $100 to the Annual Fund this year. Listen for more details at the November 6th meeting! Remember: A percentage of our Club’s Annual Fund donations come back to our District and we—through JIPC—have a powerful voice in selecting the projects funded by these dollars.
How to check your Rotary TRF Account and donate online
Step 1.  When looking at your computer screen towards the top of the page on right hand side click on “My Rotary.” When page comes up, look on right hand side of page and you will see two boxes which say, “Sign in to My Rotary’ and “Register for an Account.” Click on which ever one is appropriate for you. Once you have clicked on one of those boxes you will either click to sign in or create an account.
Step 2.   Once you get signed in, another screen will come up just down from the top of the page. You will see a row of pages to click on. Go to the last one which says “Member Center.” Click on it and when it drops down you will find “Resources & Reference.” Under that topic, click on “Club & District Administration.”
Step 3.   When the Club & District Administration page comes up, scroll down and under “Reports” click on “View Reports.”
Step 4.  The next page that comes up is the Page Guide and under that is “Reports.” Under that are two headlines, “Individual” and “Contributions & Recognition.” Then under those three you find “Donor History Reports.”  Under that topic are three blue topics: “View report, Give online, Mail your Contributions.”
 If you click on “View report,” the next page to come up is “View your Contribution History.” Click on the blue “Donor History Report.” The next page to come up is your donor history. The first page has several things on it such as how many PHFs you have, your all-time donations and total recognition points, and a chart showing what % you have given to the Annual Fund and the Polio Plus Fund.  If you look at the bottom of this page, you will see two topics; one is “Overview” (which is the page with the chart) and the second is “Transactional Detail.” 
If you click on the Transactional Detail, a page will come up showing your giving history, funds transferred to your account, when you made your PHF/s, etc. 
If you are back on the page guide under Reports, you can click on “Give Online.” This will take you to the page to make online donations which can be a onetime donation or you can setup recurring donations.
I tried to explain this as much as I could and as easy as I could.  Please let me know if it was understandable and helpful. If you need help feel free to call me at 315-405-7181.
Lead by Brian Ashley, on Saturday October 23rd a group of Rotarians and friends traveled to Gananoque, ON for a day of curling. The group included Gina Simensen, our Youth Exchange student from Norway who had never been curling before. The group enjoyed several ‘ends' of curling in the morning then retreated to the venue’s lounge for a quick drink before lunch. Following lunch the group returned to the ice and played a few more ends before heading back to Watertown. Gina was not the only first time player, and Brian and the other experienced Rotarians were gracious instructors. As they say, a good time was had by all! If you could not make it this time Brian has promised to lead another outing next year at which time family and friends will once again be welcome to join in the fun.
Earth, our home is this beautiful suspended majestic blue marble in space. This color blue is earth’s water, our source of life. What appears to be a life-giving resource to all, remains a challenge for many. Only about 3.5 % of water is fresh water and only about three tenths of a percent is available for use. As a result, our world is filled with people clamoring for fresh water. One in 5 children, below the age of five, often die due to water borne disease.
      Marion Medical Mission (MMM), a Presbyterian organization from Marion, Illinois, was formed in 1985 and purposed to offer medical services in Africa. In 1990, MMM President Tom Logan and his wife Jocelyn challenged Malawi’s Presbyterian Synod to begin building a safe water source for rural villages. Lacking the resources, the church fathers asked the Logan’s and their organization to do just that. Tom and Jocelyn build 13 shallow wells that year. What began small has blossomed. Over 35,000 wells, installed over 29 years, provide an estimated 4 million people with a sustainable source of safe drinking water in Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania. “Impossible? Really! It’s a God thing”, says Tom Logan.
       President Tom Logan tells us, “MMM wells are in high demand. New wells mean children no longer die from drinking dirty water. Shallow wells mean healthier people who can work and produce more food which means less starvation. The people benefit not just the year the well is built, but the next year and the next year and the year after that”.
       “Thirty-seven U.S. volunteers are involved with this year’s mission to Africa, beginning in mid-September. These volunteers pay their own way to travel to and to live in Malawi for three weeks while traveling to rural villages daily. I know, because this was my mission in 2007 and 2008. Their goal is to build wells before the rains stop them in November in 3,000 remote African villages covering over 57,000 square miles in Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania. Impossible? No!
      The wells will mean 375,000 of the extremely rural poor (60% children) will have a sustainable source of safe drinking water. The U.S. volunteers will monitor each built well and share with the village people that their well is a gift from people in the USA who have heard about their need for safe drinking water. What will these people think about the United States? Sharing our resources is the best defense against war and terror”, states Tom Logan.  
      Mr. Roffat Phiri is a headman of a village in Zambia - his village waited many years for access to clean water, a position he described as "humiliating." The village had been fetching water from a river and from an unprotected well. He recalls how children would suffer from stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea; they often shared the same drinking spot with hyenas. He shared that his third-born son was bitten by a snake on his way back from collecting water, losing a finger on one hand.   
      Since building a well with MMM, Mr. Phiri says that the village now enjoys good health and children have more time to go to school.  "We know this well is a gift from God, and it's the best gift we've ever seen. Glory be to God!"   
      3,000 villages will receive just such a gift this fall. The funds necessary to pay for the materials such as concreate, pipes and gasoline for transporting remains unfunded. The villages provide the manpower to dig the wells and to make the bricks. MMM trains local Malawians to supervise the construction and maintain the well afterwards.
      Each year we ask and thank you for helping us to bring the celebrations, the joy, the purpose, the hope, the adventure, the excitement, the happiness that is this mission of providing a clean water source. You are needed as much as the 37 in- country US volunteers. We ask that you consider a donation in any amount to support shallow wells this fall. Checks may be made out to First Presbyterian Church, and sent to 403 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601. Please note “Shallow Wells on your memo line. We’ll send pictures of the wells for each $450 donation, the cost of each shallow well. There is no administration deducted, 100% of all donations go toward these wells.
Thank you,
Don Klug
2007-2008 MMM Volunteer
What We Know Right Now
ShelterBox is responding to support families forced from their homes after Cyclone Idai caused widespread flooding across Southern African countries of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. 
We are sending a team to Malawi, to assess damage to homes and understand what support families will need for recovery as the floodwaters recede. Floods have affected almost 1 million Malawians and forced at least 125,000 from their homes. 
We will know more once the team has arrived – we expect that support may include emergency shelter kits for families who have lost their homes, water filters to help protect them from increased risk of water-borne diseases, and mosquito nets. 
Right now, we are talking to local partners in all the countries affected by tropical cyclone Idai to understand how we might be able to help. As Rotary International’s project partner for disaster relief, we’re in close contact with the District Governor for Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. We're also working with Habitat for Humanity, who are talking to affected families in Malawi.
We’re also watching other weather systems building in the region, which could cause further damage. 
We’ll update as soon as we have more information.
For updates as they become available, visit
Partnering with Rotary
Rotary District 9210 is the most affected district, covering Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. DG Hutchson Mthinda is in close contact with ShelterBox and has been providing local updates.  
To assess damage to homes and understand what support families will need for recovery as the floodwaters recede, we have also been in touch with the Rotary Club of Limbe in southern Malawi. This club has supported a previous ShelterBox response to flooding in 2015. 
We have been closely monitoring the impact of the flooding and cyclone across the whole region, which has also affected Rotary District 9400 (covering South Africa, Botswana and, crucially, Maputo in southern Mozambique). We are in regular contact with Past President Bruno Maximiano do Amaral of the Rotary club of Polana in Maputo, who has worked with our teams previously and is ready to offer assistance if required. 
Tom Deuson
Our most recent JIPC project is a great example of how our clubs funding for humanitarian projects is maximized, our Club’s out of pocket expense was $2500.  
The Malawi Early Literacy Team, Watertown, NY, wrote, illustrated, and published ten new early readers titles for the mobile library in the Northern Region of Malawi, Africa that they have operated since 2015.  500 copies of each title were printed adding an additional 5,000 readers to the library system. The Rotary Grant paid for $8,000 of the printing costs- all other expenses were covered by M.E.L.T.  These books were printed in Watertown and
Rotarians in Mzuzu, Malawi, assisted in receiving and transporting the books upon their arrival in Malawi, Africa.
 M.E.L.T. serves 30 teachers from 15 primary schools located in an extremely rural area where materials are scarce for teaching. This service reaches over 2,200 children annually.  This project included a four-person team traveling to Malawi to deliver the books, do major upgrades to our library, and hold a professional development workshop for the teachers who will be using these new materials.  
10 Reasons to Donate to The Rotary Foundation with Polio Eradication In Mind
by Don Klug, Watertown Rotary
  1. Why Donate? Any donation in the amount at least $25 is noted by Mariko to the Foundation and is credited towards TRF and your PHF recognition.
  2. Why Donate to Polio Plus? Since the mid 1980’s one of Rotary missions has been to eradicate this crippling childhood disease. The Bill Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization has partnered with Rotary International in our fight. We are not alone in this struggle.
  3. What is Polio? Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus that lives in the throat and intestinal tract. It is most often spread through person-to-person contact with the stool of an infected person and may also be spread through oral/nasal secretions. Those who develop symptoms may incur paralysis or death.
  4. How common was polio in the United States? Polio was one of the most dreaded childhood diseases of the 20th century. With the introduction of Salk vaccine in 1955, the number of cases rapidly declined to under 2,500 by 1957. By 1965, only 61 cases of paralytic polio were reported.
  5. Is polio still a disease seen in the United States? The last imported case caused by wild poliovirus into the United States was reported in 1993.
  6. Who should get polio vaccine and when? The poliovirus vaccine used in the United States is IPV. It is a shot given in the leg or arm, depending on age. The Polio vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines. IPV is routinely given to children, who receive 4 doses over time.
  7. If Polio is not a significant threat here, why should we care? Unfortunately, polio lurks in the shadow of war and highly populated poverty stricken countries. Polio remains in two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  8. Are we in danger?  As long as the disease exists we are threatened. There is no cure for polio once infected. The focus of modern treatment has been on providing relief of symptoms, speeding recovery and preventing complications.
  9.  What is the cost? The cost to immunize a child costs $0.60. Where else can you make a contribution that will have such a significant impact? With each $1,000 in donations 1,666 children will receive immunization.
  10. We are SO close! Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. Even though we are 99.9% of the way to eradicating this disease, there remains a threat! We are within the 3 inch line of the ‘football goal line. We have yet to win. Please make your pledge now to TRF, noting End Polio NOW! Your minimum gift of $25.00 is eligible for Paul Harris Society recognition.
For Polio Eradication, the Endgame Is Near
                                           A Rotary Presentation Jan. 29, 2019 by Don Klug
  • In 1988 — when the wild poliovirus was in more than 125 countries, paralyzing 350,000 people every year — the World Health Assembly launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to help eliminate the disease through a mass immunization campaign.
  • In 2007 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined other major health organizations already committed, contributing nearly $3 billion toward eradicating polio by 2020.
  • "What we're looking at now is the endgame of polio eradication," says Dr. Jay Wenger, who leads the Gates Foundation's polio eradication efforts. "We are closer than ever, and we're optimistic that we can see the end of wild poliovirus disease by as early as this year," he said.
  • 12 Known Cases. According to Dr. Wenger, there are only 2 countries where known cases of the wild poliovirus exist today: Afghanistan and Pakistan. "In the last couple of years, we've seen unprecedented progress. In 2015 we could only find 74 cases; in 2016 we found 37, and then in 2018 we've found only 20 in only two countries."
  • The reason: a mass immunization effort to orally vaccinate 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.
  • In a lot of places, children don't always get all the vaccines that they are supposed to, and that's a chronic problem, said Dr. Wenger.
  • The virus can only live in people, he says, and it needs new people to infect to keep on spreading and keep on living. "If you make all those people in an area immune, then the virus can’t find new people to infect. So if we can get enough children in an area vaccinated, the virus dies off."
  • Even after seeing the last known case of polio, the Gates Foundation will still monitor the situation over the next two years. Continual surveillance is necessary. Until there are no additional cases after a several-year period can polio be deemed completely eradicated.
  • Since 1988, the number of cases has been reduced by 99.9 %, saving more than 13 million children from paralysis. Economic modeling has found that the eradication of polio would save at least $40 billion to $50 billion between 1988 and 2035, mostly in low-income countries.
  • Bill Gates is hopeful the disease will become the second disease after smallpox to disappear for good. "Progress in fighting polio might be one of the world's best-kept secrets in global health." But soon, he hopes, it will be a secret no more. "If things stay stable in the conflicted areas, humanity will see its last case of polio this year."
  • According to the WHO, as long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk of contracting polio. Failure to eradicate polio from these last remaining strongholds could result in as many as 200 000 new cases every year, within 10 years, all over the world. Just remember, Polio is just a plane ride away!
  • Dr. Jonas Salk, the Pittsburg University medical researcher who devoted his early life’s work to developing the Polio vaccine, worked seven days a week and sixteen hours a day for years during his quest to find a cure. We share this with you today because we want you to know how really devoted he was. Once he developed the vaccine he had to test it. Of course he used laboratory animals, but the final test had to be on humans.  He needed to test the vaccine.  Salk believed so strongly in the quality of his work that he was willing to risk his own safety to prove he was right. His wife and three sons also volunteered and placed their health on the line too as they all became test subjects. The tests were successful and the vaccine was deemed not a health danger. None of the people injected with the vaccine developed polio. This allowed the vaccine to be tested on a wider scale and today we all know the results.
  • What you may not know is that Dr. Salk could have become a very wealthy man from his discovery and hard work. When asked who would own the rights to the polio vaccine, he replied, “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” He believed such benefit work should be freely shared. Salk gave away his discovery of the vaccine so it would be available to everyone.  
  • What began 62 years ago in Dr. Salk's laboratory and later implemented by Bill Gates and others has been one of the great medical achievements of our time.
  • In 2019 The scorecard looks like this: Polio Cases as of October 2018
              *Afghanistan: 16 as of September 2018
             *Pakistan: 4 Cases as of August 2018
             *Nigeria: 0 cases (last case Aug of 2016)
             *Syria/Congo: 0 cases (last case Nov 2017)
So what is “The Final Strategy”?
The strategy for the eradication of polio rests on immunizing every at risk child until there is no one left for the disease to transmit to and the disease eventually dies out. The Initiative is spearheaded by the following Organizations:
  • WHO (World Health Organization) who are responsible for planning, technical direction, surveillance and eradication certification.
  • Rotary International whose responsibilities include fundraising, advocacy, and volunteer recruitment.
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) are in charge of deploying scientists and public health experts to WHO and UNICEF.
  • UNICEF is in charge of the distribution of the vaccine and helping countries develop communication and awareness strategies.
  • The Gates Foundation continues to match RI funds as well provided a large portion of the funding.[2] 
Key tactics used by the GPEI include strengthening childhood immunization through oral vaccines, conducting surveillance through investigation of acute flaccid paralysis cases among children under 15 years old (in order to determine areas where the virus is truly eradicated), and conducting "mop up" campaigns in areas where cases of polio have been identified.[3]
The Endgame
The final steps of polio eradication are as follows:
  1. Detect and interrupt all poliovirus transmissions
  2. Strengthen immunization systems and withdraw oral polio vaccine
  3. Contain poliovirus and certify interruption of transmission
  4. Ensure the remaining investments made to eradicate polio go to the greater cause of improving global health[9]
What is Your Part?
Please participate by swimming and raising funds or donate to The Rotary Foundation and note your donation as Polio Eradication. Any donation of at least $25 will be matched by our club towards your PH recognition.
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