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Watertown, NY  13601
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Come join us for Rotary lunch. The food is good and the fellowship is great.
Annual Foundation Walk
President Christine represent our Club at the District’s Annual Foundation Walk in Kingston on May 11th.  As in the past, our Club will match PHF Recognition Points for any Club member who donates $25.00 or more to the Annual Fund of the Foundation to support the Walk. The committee has extended the matching points until the end of June.
To do so, write a check to the Rotary Foundation.    Please give your check to Mariko or Kate by the end of June.
Club Continues Stellar Support for Polio Eradication
$23,750 Raised in Past 5 Years
Polio Swimarathon Event Coordinator Don Klug reports that our Club has raised $23,750 toward polio eradication between 2015 and 2019.  Four swimmers have individually raised over $2,000 each during this time frame: Beth Linderman ($6,348), Ben Coe ($5,100), Howie Ganter ($2,010), and Jeff Wood ($2010).  Eight additional Club members have together raised over $5400: Diana Woodhouse, Bob Gorman, Jeff Barnard, Mark Walzyck, Bill Hartman, Jim Fitzpatrick, Christine Cisco, and Dean Witmer. 
Congratulations and many thanks to Don for superb leadership, to the swimmers for their fund-raising prowess, and to all who donated to this very important initiative!
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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President Diana Woodhouse
Jul 24, 2019
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Honorable Douglas H. Barclay, former State Senator
Aug 07, 2019
Immigration and Salmon River Fish Hatchery
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