Thanks to the work of our International Service Committee, fire equipment and medical supplies are en route to Mexico to support the Culiacan, Mexico volunteer fire department. These items have been graciously donated by the Portland Fire Department, Lane Fire District, Pleasant Hill Fire District and the Woodburn Fire Department. Phil Sperl drove the truck loaded with twelve pallets of supplies to Nogales, Arizona, where they will be transferred across the border. Below are photos of the equipment being loaded here with the help of the Woodburn Fire Department, and the unloaded supplies in a warehouse in Nogales. These donated items will not only aid in fire safety, but will also potentially save lives.
Nine club members volunteered to help spread bark chips at the La Casita learning garden on Saturday, October 6th. The group spread 4.5 yards of bark chips on the walking paths in the garden. Thanks to Steve Poland for ordering and supervising the delivery, and thanks to all who assisted with this project. We anticipate providing additional maintenance to the learning garden at La Placita sometime in the spring.
October 24th is World Polio Day. Polio ravaged the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year, mostly children, before Rotary made a commitment to eradicate polio. Thanks to the commitment of Rotarians since then, we now have fewer cases of polio than at any time in history. Only three countries are still polio-endemic; wild virus still circulates in only one remaining reservoir, on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The success of this work has come as the result of decades of concerted and sustained effort by Rotary and all of our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Rotary’s involvement has been wide-ranging: we have raised over 1.9 billion dollars to date, and have contributed countless volunteer and staff hours to the practical work of eradication, including immunization, fundraising, and advocacy. Our success has been tremendous, and we are confident that our work will soon be complete. Yet significant challenges remain, and the need for continued funding is acute. Until eradication is certified—at least three years from the time the last poliovirus is found anywhere in the world—every single child must be immunized, at a continuing cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year. If any of that work is slowed or stopped, if any of our momentum is lost, we risk losing everything we have worked for, for so many years. Visit EndPolio.org to learn more.
Rotary District 5100 District Governor Larry Hatch was the guest speaker at last week’s club meeting. He talked about the district’s initiatives and goals for the 2018-19 Rotary year. He also presented a Rotary Club Champion award to Phil Sperl, in recognition of his tireless efforts in seeking out international projects for the club to support. Recent projects include collecting and donating much-needed medical supplies, as well as ambulance and fire equipment, to fire departments in Mexico. These projects were accomplished with support from several other Rotary clubs in Oregon. Congratulations Phil!
Last week’s club meeting featured a “tabletop service” project rather than a speaker. We assembled goodie bags for women in local homeless shelters using items donated to Simply Birthdays. This group provides monthly birthdays to children in local homeless shelters, and distributes goodie bags to women and children at these parties. Thanks to all who came and helped with this project (including a visiting Rotarian), and please be thinking of other similar projects we can take part in at a club meeting.
Joan Toone is a frequent keynote speaker on the topic of the history of polio and progress towards eradication. As a polio survivor, she has first-hand knowledge about the scourge of polio in our world before eradication efforts began. The Salem Rotary Club (downtown club) will be hosting Joan’s talk on Wednesday, October 17th at their lunch meeting at the Salem Convention Center. All Salem-area clubs are invited to attend this very interesting and motivational talk. The club meeting will start at 12:10, and if you would like to eat lunch, the cost is $15. Please let Catherine Carlson know as soon as possible if you plan to have lunch there, so we can notify the downtown club in advance.
The dictionaries that local Rotarians annually distribute to fourth grade students in the area were labeled today at a work session held at Mission Mill. An enthusiastic group of Rotarians from area clubs finished the task in about 30 minutes. Thanks to all of the East Salem Rotary Club members who took part: Pat and Ted Mack, John King, Russ Lipetzky, Kris Trachsel, Eric Larson and Maureen Casey. The dictionaries will be distributed to east Salem schools during the month of September.
To learn more about the District 5100 Youth Exchange Program, click here to go to the District 5100 Youth Exchange website. If you have questions regarding the Youth Exchange Program contact Russ Lipetzky or Sparky Vaubel.
Rotary has 1.5 million members worldwide, and 35,000+ clubs. Rotarians provide approximately 16 million volunteer hours each year, transforming communities locally and around the world. 2.5 billion children have been immunized against polio.