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We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Italian American Civic Assoc
192 Bellew Ave
Watertown, NY 13601
United States of America
(315) 782-3381
Rotary is meeting online until further notice
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Join our Rotary Meetings online through Zoom or 646-876-9923 US (New York) Meeting ID: 92886168858
Be safe everyone
Come join us for Rotary lunch. The food is good and the fellowship is great.
Greetings Rotarians! So we have 4 “virtual” meetings under our belts and we all seem to be getting into the swing of things. I hope that the use of zoom is relatively easy for you all, and of course if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
The meeting will be much easier to participate in if you use the zoom app on your computer, tablet or mobile device. The app can be downloaded to your computer by going to  or visit the Apple App store or Google Play store for your mobile devices. If you do call in by phone only, please let Mariko know so she can record your attendance. Also, if you call in and want to participate be sure to use the audio controls that are announced when you enter the meeting so you can unmute yourself should you want to provide feedback or input.
If for some reason you miss the meeting or want to refer to it after the meeting is over I’ll be streaming the meeting  live on Facebook as well. Be sure to like the Watertown Noon Rotary Facebook page if you haven’t already for easy reference. The meeting will be available after the scheduled meeting ins complete or you can watch it live.  Our Facebook page is:
I just voted.  Like so many, I am pretty “polarized” about who I voted for!!  (How could anyone seriously vote for the other guy!!?). But here’s the thing, I know that about half the voting public likes the “other guy” better than mine.  Wow!!  That’s sobering!!  Closer to home, some of the people I admire the most, even in Rotary, are “for” the other candidate. 
     Well by the time you read this, hopefully the election is over.  No matter who won, in Rotary it’s back to “normal”.  “Service Above Self” is still the goal we strive for.   A better community.  A better country.  A better world.  Some things never change.  I’m so thankful that we are not defined by our “politics” in this place.  Here we are invited to move beyond all the opinions and feelings that separate us ... to the value that binds us together.  “Service”.  And yes, in its most basic form, it requires us to move beyond “self”.  Lord hear our prayer.
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
It was a pleasure to have Donald Woodhouse’s induction into our club.  His Sponsor was PP Diana.  I look forward to Don’s participation and contributions to the club.  If you know of a member who you have not heard from in some time, please reach out to them and see how they are doing, ask if they would like to join our virtual meetings.  Perhaps they are not sure how to connect, let’s make that happen.  Please let me know if there is anything we can assist with. 
“Service Above Self”
Steve Wood - Membership 
President - Jordan Jones
President Elect - Jeremiah Papineau
2nd Vice President Rob Aiken
Treasurer - Mike Crowley
Deputy Treasurer - Pam Halloran
Secretary - Carl McLaughlin
Board of Directors
Corey Campbell
Jill Renshaw
Joanna Loomis
Welcome our Student Guests for the month of November to our virtual weekly meetings. The students for the month as follows:
Samantha Malbouf- IHC
Ryan Gross- IHC
Katelyn Decker - WHS
Fernando Canales - WHS
Rotary’s history of planting trees in Watertown goes back to 1976. As a gift to the North Country in honor of our Nation’s Bicentennial Birthday, our Club raised money to fund our first planting and also established a permanent fund at the NNYCF to help pay for future tree planting initiatives.
This fine tradition has now been maintained for 44 years. Multiple generations of Rotarians, their families and friends, and many civic minded community members have logged thousands of hours improving the environmental health and beauty of the city.
This spring concerns about COVID 19 caused us to modify our Annual Spring Tree Planting. We diverted our normal NNYCF funds to a City initiative to protect Ash Trees in key locations throughout the city from the Emerald Ash Borer. Many of these now protected were planted by Rotarians.
At the time, we also discussed a potential fall planting. I am very pleased to share with you that on November 7th, 2020, Rotary, Tree Watertown, Friends of Thompson Park, The DEC, The City of Watertown, and the NNYCF will join together in a grand collaborative effort. We will be planting over 50 trees throughout our beloved Thompson Park.
Mayor Tom Walker was one of the founding fathers of tree planting in Watertown. He has been an ardent supporter throughout his life. He has organized tree planting, researched and supported the development and disbursement of a survivable American Chestnut Tree, has dug holes, wrestled heavy B&B trees into these holes, has taken many afternoons to prune and trim trees,  and he has encouraged me and countless others to be involved in tree planting. Tom and his family continue to provide financial support for our various tree initiatives.
This fall, our tree planting endeavor will be in honor of Tom.
The FIVE Avenues of Rotary International Service and its Mission Objectives
Rotary's ideal of service is based on the Five Avenues of Service – Club, Vocational, Community, International and New Generations – that comprise Rotary International's philosophical cornerstone. Rotary clubs carry out efforts along each avenue in support of the Object of Rotary.
  • Five Avenues of Service, often appear as seen below:
  • Club Service- the first Avenue of service
  • Vocational Service -- the Second Avenue of Service. ...
  • Community Service -- the Third Avenue of Service. ...
  • International Service -- the Fourth Avenue of Service. ...
  • New Generations Service -- the Fifth Avenue of Service. Youth Services.
The objectives of Rotary International
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Rotary Club guiding principles include the Four-way Test (Truth, Fairness, Goodwill, and Friendship). Other principles involve Rotary’s commitment to Service above Self, Rotary’s motto, which is channeled through the Five Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, International, and New Generations.
Club service works to strengthen fellowship of members through training and hospitality. Clubs have serious topics to work toward, so having various social events that bring members and their guests informally and for fun, contributes to genuine fellowship.
Vocational Service encourages members to serve other people through their vocations, education, skillsets, which encourages high ethical standards. October is Vocation Service Month when the many club service projects are celebrated.
Community Service is exactly what the name implies — projects and activities each club undertakes to improve community life. There are many projects in the Santa Ynez Valley in which all four Rotary Club volunteers have been involved: Sunny Fields Park, Senior Centers, scholarships, and more.
International Service volunteers work to expand the Rotarians’ humanitarian work around the world. This important service promotes understanding and peace, sponsors projects in other countries and works with international partners to support projects in their communities.
New Generations Service works to engage youths and young adults in leadership roles. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a training program for young people, ages 14 to 30. The award emphasizes leadership and citizenship. Rotaract is an International Youth Program is for ages 18 to 30 while Interact focuses on international service for youths 12 to 18.
     Note: In April 2010, representatives at the Council on Legislation met in Chicago, USA and approved New Generations as the Fifth Avenue of Service in Rotary. The news of the Council’s decision was welcomed with excitement and enthusiasm by Rotarians across the globe since this would create impetus in synergy between Rotarians and Rotaractors.
Wednesday, September 30, 11:30am-1:30pm at The Italian American Civic Association, on Bellew Ave. 
Considering we were not asked to sell or purchase roses this year, and considering that this will be our only general fundraiser for 2020, we hope our entire membership will answer this call to action
Committee members will be there to bring packets of 10 (or more J if you would like them) right to your vehicle, no need to get out!  
  • Please pull in and park in any available spaces in front of the Club entrance so we can see you have arrived.
  • We are asking that Rotarians pay in advance for the packets by check or cash, if you are comfortable doing so.  We can run cards manually through Mariko’s phone but there is an additional fee to do so.  Planning ahead with a check made Payable to Watertown Noon Rotary Club, or cash would be best option.  You may sell the calendars to recoup your investment, or hand them out as gifts yourself.  We know that this has been a challenging time for many people, so if you are uncomfortable paying in advance, we understand.
  • You can also pay for your calendars in advance on ClubRunner.  Bring your receipt with you to let us know you’ve already paid. 
  • For your safety, the committee will be abiding by all social distancing safe practices by wearing a mask and giving you an unused pen for filling out your tracking form.  You can keep the pen compliments of Mark Smith at GEICO!
  • Everyone who comes to pick up will get attendance credit.
  • If you cannot attend, please e-mail committee chair Steve Yelle ( and copy Michelle Carpenter ( to let us know you need a committee member to deliver them to you. 
Thank you in advance for your help with this essential fundraising endeavor for our Club.  Funds raised from the calendar will enable us to continue the many service projects in our community we support each year.
Yours in service,
Cash Calendar Committee
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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