Posted by Don Klug on Jan 16, 2019
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.
10 Reasons to Donate to The Rotary Foundation with Polio Eradication In Mind Don Klug 2019-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Rose Day Brochure Ads
 
 We are again putting together our Rose Day brochure and are looking for members who would like to advertise their business with a business card size ad in the brochure.  The cost is $100 and this brochure is placed with each dozen roses that we deliver.  So it can potentially reach 2000+ people.  Below is a copy of the one of the pages of last year's brochure.  It is a tri-fold brochure. Please contact Marsha if you would like to place an ad.
 
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2016 Polio Swim a thon Don Klug 2016-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by PP Don Klug
 
 The 2016 Polio Plus Swimarathon
The Foundation Committee offers a hearty thankyou to our Board of Directors and all who participating in the February 20, 2016 annual Global-wide Polio Swimarathon. Last year, our Club garnered over $3660 toward polio eradication during this event. Our 2016 Rotary Club “End Polio Now” campaign was successful in securing $3,762, an amount that will provide the oral vaccine for nearly 6,300 children. As well, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match these funds two for one, thus tripling the donation and the number of children that can be vaccinated. Again, thank you to all for your donations and participation.
2016 Polio Swimathon PP Don Klug 2016-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by PP Don Klu
 
                                                           The 2016 Polio Plus Swimarathon
The Foundation Committee offers a hearty thankyou to our Board of Directors and all who participating in the February 20, 2016 annual Global-wide Polio Swimarathon. Last year, our Club garnered over $3660 toward polio eradication during this event. Our 2016 Rotary Club “End Polio Now” campaign was successful in securing $3,762, an amount that will provide the oral vaccine for nearly 6,300 children. As well, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match these funds two for one, thus tripling the donation and the number of children that can be vaccinated. Again, thank you to all for your donations and participation.
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Watertown Rotary Club -
 
I wanted to send out this final Watertown Rotary Club summary of the 2015 Rotary Purple Heart Scholarship Raffle:
 
  • GRAND TOTAL for 2015 (these numbers are the updated final tally based on ticket sales at the raffle drawing event):
Donations
$2,382.00
Tickets
$25,878.00
Sponsors
$33,500.00
Total
$61,759.00
 
  • TICKETS: of the 3,500 tickets we printed for 2015, we sold 2,911.  This is the most tickets that we have sold in any single year, breaking last year’s record by 213 tickets. 
 
  • SPONSORS: Thirty-five sponsors (individuals or organizations donating $1,000 or more to the fund) contributed $33,500 this year.  This is nearly $7,000 more than the 26 sponsors last year.  If you, yoir organization or anyone you know is interested in becoming a sponsor or just contributing to the fund in the future, please let me know (contact information below).
 
  • RAFFLE DRAWING: The winners of this year’s drawing were:
Grand Prize ($10,000 cash, ATV or snowmobile)
Mike and Caleigh Flynn, Massena
Second Prize ($1,000 cash)                         
Brooke Morrison, Watertown
Third Prize (42” HDTV)                              
Fred McAdam, East Aurora
     
  • 2015-2016 SCHOLARSHIPS:
Name
Home
College
Relationship
Note
Brittany Gregory
Fort Drum
U of Albany
Daughter of PH recipient
2015-2016 Joe Blake Scholarship designee
Amanda Hunter
Chaumont
Nazareth College
Daughter of PH recipient
2014 scholarship awardee
Davina Jones
Gouverneur
SUNY Brockport
Daughter of PH recipient
2012/ 2013/ 2014 scholarship awardee
Thomas Bauschke
Watertown
SUNY Oswego
PH recipient
2014 Joe Blake scholarship awardee 
Savina Mitchell
Evans Mills
Alamo Colleges
Daughter of PH recipient
1st time awardee
 
 
 
Last, but not least, I want to thank the Purple Heart Scholarship committee members for all it did this year to make the scholarship fund and a the raffle a great success:
  • John Bocciolatt
  • Carl McLaughlin
  • Maureen Cean
  • Jan Mosher
  • Tom Deuson
  • Tom Piche
  • Howie Ganter
  • Mike Plummer
  • Jeff Jones
  • Jill Renshaw
  • Stevie Kiggins
  • Terry Roche (Emeritus)
  • Jim Lafferty
  • Mark Smith
  • Paul Levos
  • Linda Thompson
 
We are always looking for additional members to help our so if anyone is interested in joining this committee and helping play a major role in giving back to those Service Members and their families who have sacrifices so much for us all, please contact me at 489-3633 or gpearsal@twcny.rr.com
 
It has been an honor to lead this committee and I have great hopes for continued success in the future. 
 
Gilbert H. Pearsall, Jr.
Watertown Rotary Purple Scholarship Committee Chairperson
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