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Director 19
Director 21
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We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Italian American Civic Assoc
192 Bellew Ave
Watertown, NY  13601
United States of America

(315) 782-3381
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Come join us for Rotary lunch. The food is good and the fellowship is great.
 It's hard to  believe it's that time of year again! 
Rose Day kick-off is March 27th.  Make sure to come to our Rotary lunch that day to hear what this year's theme will be and what they have in mind. The committee will be handing out the sales cards and posters. We need to sell 100 dozen more than last year.  We don't have the Outdoor Expo this year or the Purple Heart raffle tickets to sell this year.  We need everyone to step up to the plate and really sell roses.  We no longer have the income from the Outdoor Expo this year so we have to cover that short fall to help with the club budget.   
You can order roses online from the Rose Day web site       so if you would like to buy your roses online check it out just click on the web address and it will take you to the page or click on the link on the left side under links.     
 Cut off date to turn in rose orders is May 22nd and the roses will be delivered on June 6th                                        
Youth exchange updates: 
We are so pleased to report that Katrina continues to do very well at Sackets Harbor and with her new host family, the Flints. The Flints are not Rotarians but they met Katrina through her involvement with the Sackets Harbor girls' soccer team this summer and welcomed her into their home in December. David Flint is an ER physician and Connie Flint is an Accountant. They have two teenage daughters who go to school with Katrina, and two very adorable dogs. Here are a few pictures of Katrina with the Flint family at Christmas, on vacation to Vermont, trying snowboarding with her host sisters, and getting recognized by her family at "Senior Night" at the last home game for the varsity basketball season, and on a spring break trip to Florida, where she got to go to Disney World and Universal Studios to see the Harry Potter exhibit. 
We are also very pleased to report that Katrina participated in Odyssey of the Mind, which is a team-based creative problem solving competition. Her host sisters were also on the team - and they won second place in their category and will go on to the state competition in Bingamton later this month. Their team also won OM's highest honor, the Renatra Fusca award for showing exceptional creativity. Congratulations Katrina and team! Katrina was able to compete in the regional OM competition and then head right on over to Kingston to join the other district exchange students at the Winter Jam, where they went rock climbing and enjoyed many other activities.
The District reports that they are very impressed with our outbound exchange student this year, Addisson. She was extremely prepared and enthusiastic and her parents are very supportive of her adventure. Her country placement news will be coming out very soon... stay tuned! We will invite her to visit the club soon and share her news.  
Need Drivers (Inbound and Outbound Students): 
Just like with our inbound student, Katrina, our outbound student, Addison, has several events-some required, as well as several fun activities- that we need to make sure she is able to attend.  so we need to start planning for drivers for those events now.
The first event is Orientation #1.  We will need to have a  driver to and from Cornwall on January  11-12. 
District does a great job of planning both the inbound and outbound events together whenever possible so for this weekend in January, both Katrina and Addison will need a ride. 

please let Liz Ward ( know if you can help out with driving. 
Below the list of upcoming events that one or the other student will need to attend this spring as well. We will need drivers for each event. 
March 2019
Winter Jam (Katrina)
1-3 March 2019 Kingston, Ontario
Orientation 2 (Addison)
22-24 March 2019 Ramada Inn, Cornwall, ON
April 2019
Spring Retreat (both)
Apr 12-14 or May 3-5 To be confirmed
May 2019
Orientation 3 (Addison)
11 May 2019 Ramada Inn, Cornwall, ON
 As you may recall, during the first part of last month I sent around a ‘save the date’ email regarding this year’s President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) and the District Training Seminar (DTA) which will be held once again this year at the NAV Centre in Cornwall. PETS will take place on Saturday April 6th and continue to Sunday April 7th.  DTA is on Sunday April 7th. (PETS is mandatory for all incoming club presidents and DTA is open to all Rotarians).
In addition, the annual Foundation Dinner will be held on Saturday evening.
Registration for both training events as well as the annual Foundation Dinner, is live on the District’s website ( Please note that during the registration process there are several options including:
  1. PETS/Foundation Dinner/DTA (i.e. all trainings over the entire weekend)
  2. Foundation Dinner/DTA (i.e. for those who not required to attend PETS)
  3. Foundation Dinner only (there is also an option to register guests for the dinner.                                                                                (If you have any questions about the registration process, please reach out to me at
Topics for PETS include sessions about: leading Rotarians, the Rotary Foundation, running your club, planning your year, engaging club members, a leadership session by PDG Nabil Oudeh, a Rotary Club Central computer lab session…and more.
Topics for DTA include sessions about: membership, international service projects, Polio, club treasurer training, youth protection, public relations/social media, the road to District leadership, strategic planning, ClubRunner ‘beyond the basics’, Interact/Early Act….and more.
If you have not done so already, please publicize these training events among your Club members and encourage them to attend. Again, the PETS training is mandatory for incoming presidents. Rotarians, both new and veteran, will benefit from attending DTA and networking with Rotarians from across our District.
There is no registration cost to attend PETS and DTA. Likewise, there is no cost to attend the Foundation Dinner as a Rotarian (guest tickets may be purchased). Breakfast and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday will be covered by the District for the first 130 registered attendees.
Room blocks have been set aside at the NAV Centre. Please contact the venue directly at (613) 936-5800 and mention ROTARY to make a reservation. The venue’s website is
District Foundation Walk
The annual District Foundation Walk will be held on Saturday, May 11th in Kingston.  The walk is open to all Rotarians in the District.
Student Guests for March
Our student guests for March are Luise Shay and Jaeden from WHS and Melinda Rivera and Michael Pan from IHC.  Be sure to try and set with them and get to know them during March.

I’m pleased to introduce our newest members and their sponsors;

Inductees / Sponsors:

Rod Castillo - Keyes Information Technology / Don Coon

Sarah Trovato – Foy Benefits Inc / Linda O’Connor

Dawn Cole – Watertown Urban Mission / Steve Todd & Dan Osborne

Jeremiah Papineau - Volunteer Transportation Centers / Ben Coe

Rob Aiken – Aubertine & Currier / Steve Wood

Matt Richmond - Jefferson County's Children Home / President Christine Cisco


Transfers / Sponsors:

Bonnie Eppolito - SMC Foundation / Tom Carman & Tom Walker

Richard Finn – City of Watertown / Lisa L’ Huillier


Please join me in welcoming them into our Rotary Club!

Steve Wood

Membership 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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