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Italian American Civic Assoc
192 Bellew Ave
Watertown, NY 13601
United States of America
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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:
Rotary ABCs
Accept differences
Be Kind
Count your blessings
Express thanks
Give freely
Harm no one
Imagine more
Jettison anger
Keep confidences
Love truly
Master something
Nurture hope
Open your mind
Pat someone on the back
Quell rumors
Seek wisdom
Touch hearts
Value truth
Win graciously
Be eXcellent  to everyone
Yearn for peace
Be Zealous about service
ROTARY VS. POLIO: A timeline
This Story is from TRF web page “End Polio Now”, by Don Klug         
Feb 3, 2021 Infomercial
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
Rotary members have contributed more than $2.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 123 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.
Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year. Polio remains in just six countries: India, Niger, Nigeria Afghanistan and Pakistan.
1955 Jonas Salk declares vaccine safe and effective.
1960 US Government licenses Dr. Albert Sabin vaccine for use.
1979 Rotary International initiative to vaccinate 6 million children in the Philippines.
1985 PolioPlus initiative begins and includes both vaccine and water projects to eradicate polio..
1988 RI, WHO, GPEI partnership launched. There exists 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries.
1994 USA declared polio free.
1995 The ‘partnership’ assists in delivering immunization to 165 million children in China and India in one week.
2000 & 2003 500 million children receive vaccine and TRF raises $119 million to surpass $500 million raised.
2006 Polio remains in just six countries: India, Niger, Nigeria Afghanistan and Pakistan.
2009 Rotary's overall contribution to the eradication effort nears $800 million. In January, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $355 million and issues Rotary a challenge grant of $200 million. This announcement will result in a combined $555 million in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
2011 Rotary welcomes celebrities and other major public figures into a new public awareness campaign and ambassador program called "This Close" to ending polio. Program ambassadors include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, violinist Itzhak Perlman, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates, Grammy Award-winning singers Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, and environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall. Rotary's funding for polio eradication exceeds $1 billion.
2012 India surpasses 1 year without a recorded case of polio and is removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. Polio remains endemic in just 3 countries. Rotary surpasses its $200 Million Challenge fundraising goal more than 5 months earlier than expected.
2014 India goes 3 full years without a new case caused by the wild poliovirus, and the World Health Organization certifies the South-East Asia region polio-free. Polio cases are down over 99% since 1988.

2019 Nigeria goes 3 full years without a new case caused by the wild poliovirus.

2020 The World Health Organization certifies the African region wild polio-free, and certifies the South-East Asia region polio-free. Polio cases are down over 99% since 1988.
February 2020- We left you last February with a story from Pakistan at a busy toll plaza in Kohat, where a three-member Rotary vaccination team is working to vaccinate children as cars and vans screech to a stop on a busy highway.  A van stops and a young child is handed to the vaccinators through one of the rear windows. He is quickly inoculated with two drops of oral polio vaccine. The van speeds off, fading back into the dizzying hum of traffic, as the vaccinators look for the next car and the next child.
Polio Eradication is now a priority by Pakistan. A national emergency has been declared to interrupt polio transmission and achieve the goal of eradication by immunizing every child less than 5 years of age.
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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.

Why we care about Polio, who Rotarians are we and what Rotarians do?  

(Newsletter infomercial Taken  from TRF website on ending polio and compiled by Watertown Rotarian Don Klug)

Unless we eradicate polio within 10 years, as many as 200,000 new cases could occur around the world each year. Only two countries have reported cases of polio caused by the wild virus, but no child anywhere is safe until we’ve vaccinated every child. Rotary began an initiative in 1979 to raise funds to be used to provide the oral vaccine to the world’s children with the goal to eradicate Polio. We are not alone. Rotary International is in partnership with the WHO, UNICEF, CDC, Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Who is Affected?

  1. Polio mainly affects children under age 5.
  2. There is no cure, but polio is preventable with a vaccine.
  3. Only two countries remain endemic, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  4. We’ve reduced cases by 99.9% since 1988.
  5. Until we end polio forever, every child is at risk.

The only way to end polio is together. Containing polio to just 2 countries is a tremendous achievement, and proof of what is possible when we come together. Bill Gates, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, stated, “The world’s progress in fighting polio might be one of the best-kept secrets in global health. Help us shine a spotlight on polio by advocating, fundraising, and educating on the need to end polio now”.

Who We AreRotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Rotary members number 1.2 million strong in 35,000+ clubs world- wide, all working together. Rotary began an initiative in 1979 to raise funds to be used to provide the oral vaccine to the world’s children.
What we do: We make a difference at home and around the world: Our members can be found in your community and across the globe. We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
We see differently: Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways. We think differently: We apply leadership and expertise to social issues — and find unique solutions.
We act responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create lasting change.
We make a difference at home and around the world: Our members can be found in your community and across the globe.
Rotary began an initiative in 1979 to raise funds to be used to provide the oral vaccine to the world’s children with the goal to eradicate Polio. We are not alone. Rotary International is in partnership with the WHO, UNICEF, CDC, Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
The Rotary Club of Watertown began raising funds to be used in the fight against Polio in 1985. Since 2013, our club has used an event called Swimarathon, conducted at the local YMCA each February as a fundraising event that donates 100% of all funds to The Rotary Foundation PolioPlus initiative that provides oral vaccine to children worldwide. Each swimmer seeks out donations from fellow Rotarians, friends and community members by promising to swim laps in the pool. A donation of $100 will provide the oral vaccine to 167 children. For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio. conversation in your community.
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.
In 1992 Gary Chapman PHD (a family therapist) published "5 Love Languages".  In that book he explores the 5 ways that people communicate and receive love.  What an eye opener.  Isn't it amazing that each individual has his or her way of saying...and being told... that they love someone...or are loved by someone.  We are after all quite different in how we give and receive that message.  The implications in a marriage are quite surprising.  If I don't tell you "I love you" in your language, you won't get the message.  
   1) Words of Affirmation
   2) Quality Time
   3) Receiving Gifts
   4) Acts of Service
   5) Physical Touch
In Rotary, we are focused on Acts of Service … Service Above Self is our motto.  We're not in Rotary for what it does for us (although it does much for us) ...Rather, we're in Rotary to show our deep appreciation and love for our fellow Rotarians, our community, our country, ...and yes, for the world that has blessed us with life itself.
Thank you for loving me in so many ways this past year, whatever your language.  It has been an honor to serve (Love) you.
President Jeff

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 13th consecutive year

By Rotary International
For the 13th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
The Foundation earned the recognition for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 13 consecutive 4-star evaluations.
"Your achievement and 4-star rating will enhance your organization’s fundraising and public relations efforts,” says Michael Thatcher, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator. "This exceptional designation sets the Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."
The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.
Our mission and the impact one donation has:
The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.
Looks like Summer weather is here!  We are now doing in-person meetings and hopefully have Rob Hayes and Tom Pierce joining us as our newest members!
Hope to see you soon!
"Service above self" 
Steve Wood - Membership
A few photos from Saturday morning tree plant 5/1/21 ... approximately 60 people participated from several organizations, including Mayor Jeff Smith, City Manager Ken Mix, new Sacred Heart Priest Frank Natale and many others.  49 trees planted in 2 hours time and many enjoyable conversations to boot.  Phil Sprague says "What do Rotarians do in the spring???  We plant trees!!!"  And the tradition continues!
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.