VISITING ROTARIANS & GUESTS
Bradley introduced John Ryan of the Chico Club.
Price introduced Walt Schafer of the Chico Club and our program tonight.
New Member Posting
Sohnrey has been proposed as a new member of Durham
Rotary. She is sponsored by Jessica
There will be no meeting on December 24th and 31st, due
The next meeting will be on January 7th
at which Glenn Pulliam will have a program.
Ellis had a birthday for which he agreed to pay $10 without a song. He also just had a 2nd
great-grandchild but since he had the Grinder there was no contribution.
then auctioned the Grinder for the months of January and February. Steve Plume got it for a contribution of $75.
the Grinder is for January, it did not exempt him from his 22nd
anniversary. However, his contributions
already this year did.
Patterson was having his 55th anniversary and contributed $45.
Polk missed a meeting and the Christmas Party.
He contributed $20.
Thorpe has been on two vacations. To
Vail Colorado with her family and to Maui for an adult vacation. She contributed $10 for the family vacation
and $20 for the adult vacation.
REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
From Jon Dwyer, District Rotary Foundation Chair
5160 Foundation Day is happening soon:
Saturday January 25, 2020; 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Pioneer High School, 1400 Pioneer Ave, Woodland, Ca 95776
Register NOW for Rotary Foundation Day
not forward this email - the Register NOW link above can only be used by you to
register yourself and your partner/guest.
Clubs that are planning on applying for a District or Global Grant for the 2020
– 2021 Rotary Year at least one person from the Club must attend for the
Grants Mgt Training session on this day. This is the only time that the
training will be offered.
District Rotarians are also invited to learn more about the opportunities made
available by The Rotary Foundation.
will cover in detail areas such as Donor Recognition, District Grants, Global
Grants, and Club Qualification. Special sessions will be conducted for
Area Foundation Ambassadors and Club Foundation Chairs, and prospective grantee
Dwyer, District Rotary Foundation Chair 2020 – 2023
Steve and Jen Liu are signed up for it.
They welcome others. Learn about
applying for grants.
It is NOT
too early to be planning to attend the Rotary International Convention in
Honolulu Hawaii June 6-10, 2020! And, this is not something that can wait.
While in Hamburg, Rotarians will get to register for next year's Convention in
Honolulu, and now you can too.
for the Honolulu 2020 Rotary Convention will open on June 1, 2019.
everywhere can take advantage of this lowest rate at www.riconvention.org. To assist
Rotarians in registering, attached is a description of how to complete
registration for Honolulu 2020. Please note that you must have a My Rotary
account to register, and that is easy to do with the instructions attached to
this message. I've also attached a chart that shows pricing. This is the lowest,
folks! I think I've attached enough info to help you to take advantage of this.
District Governor 2019-2020
Rotary International District 5160
Bring guests, who you think you can interest in
becoming a member, to meetings. Your
dinner and your guest’s dinner will be paid for by the Club. In the meantime
please invite Durham business owners and/or managers to one of our meetings.
Phil Price presented Walt Schafer.
He spoke about the burning of the Honey Run Covered Bridge and Honey Run
Covered Bridge Assn’s efforts to rebuild the bridge.
He talked about the history of the bridge originally build in 1887
(without cover), its covering in 1902, its damage from an out of
control truck and repair in the 1960s and its burning distruction in the Camp fire. The County owns it but cannot afford the
$2,700,000 it will take to rebuild it. FEMA won’t contribute until the County has
spent the money to rebuilt it. At this
point the plan is for the County to give it to the Honey Run Covered Bridge
Association and for the Association to raise the money to repair it. It is expected to start on the construction
of the foundations and pillars in March 2020 and complete that phase by June
2020. They need donations to get beyond
that phase. You can send checks to the
Honey Run Covered Bridge Association (a 501 (c) 3 corporation) at P.O Box 5201,
Chico, CA 95927.
Must Be Present to Win Drawing:
Larry Bradley was present to win the drawing.
Twelve Years Ago
Dave Mulqueeney put on a great
Christmas Party. We had a Tri-Tip
dinner, followed by entertainment by
“Sparkling Harmoney”, a women’s barber shop group. Then former member Larry Bradley led the Club
in singing Christmas songs. The Silent
Auction tables were overflowing and, hopefully produced a nice profit for the
Club. Thanks to all for your
donations. The rest is inhe photos
From Rotary International
doing so much more than eradicating polio
Muhammed Ali, a farmer in Borno state, Nigeria, has
had to deal with the many ways polio has affected his
life. For instance, he used to have to pay for transportation when he needed to
buy feed for his animals. But after receiving a hand-operated tricycle funded
through Rotary’s PolioPlus grants, Ali (pictured above) can now spend that
money on other necessities. His life was changed by the “plus” in PolioPlus.
we talk about PolioPlus, we know we are eradicating polio, but do we realize
how many added benefits the program brings? The “plus” is something else that
is provided as a part of the polio eradication campaign. It might be a
hand-operated tricycle or access to water. It might be additional medical
treatment, bed nets, or soap. A 2010 study estimates that vitamin A drops given
to children at the same time as the polio vaccine have prevented 1.25 million
deaths by decreasing susceptibility to infectious diseases.
In these pages, we take you
to Nigeria, which could soon be declared free of wild poliovirus, to show you
some of the many ways the polio eradication campaign is improving lives.
vaccination campaigns are difficult to carry out in northern Nigeria, where the
Boko Haram insurgency has displaced millions of people, leading to malnutrition
and spikes in disease. When security allows, health workers diligently work to
bring the polio vaccine and other health services to every child, including going
tent to tent in camps for displaced people. The health workers pictured here
are in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, where the
insurgency began 10 years ago.
Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), of which Rotary is a spearheading
partner, funds 91 percent of all immunization staff in the World Health
Organization’s Africa region. These staff members are key figures in the fight
against polio — and other diseases: 85 percent give half their time to
immunization, surveillance, and outbreak response for other initiatives. For
example, health workers in Borno use the polio
surveillance system, which detects new cases of polio and determines where and
how they originated, to find people with symptoms of yellow fever. During a
2018 yellow fever outbreak, this was one of many strategies that resulted in
the vaccination of 8 million people. And during an outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria
in 2014, health workers prevented that disease from spreading beyond 19
reported cases by using methods developed for the polio eradication campaign to
find anyone who might have come in contact with an infected person.
protected from polio still face other illnesses, and in Borno,
malaria kills more people than all other diseases combined. Worldwide, a child
dies of malaria every two minutes. To prevent its spread, insecticide-treated
bed nets — such as the one Hurera Idris is pictured
installing in her home — are often distributed for free during polio
immunization events. In 2017, the World Health Organization, one of Rotary’s
partners in the GPEI, organized a campaign to deliver antimalarial medicines to
children in Borno using polio eradication staff and
infrastructure. It was the first time that antimalarial medicines were
delivered on a large scale alongside the polio vaccine, and the effort reached
1.2 million children.
and its partners also distribute soap and organize health camps to treat other
conditions. “The pluses vary from one area to another. Depending on the
environment and what is seen as a need, we try to bridge the gap,” says Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus Committee.
“Part of the reason you get rejections when you immunize children is that we’ve
been doing this for so long. In our part of the world, people look at things that
are free and persistent with suspicion. When they know something else is
coming, reluctant families will bring their children out to have them
contributions to PolioPlus help fund planning by technical experts, large-scale
communication efforts to make people aware of the benefits of vaccinations, and
support for volunteers who go door to door.
community mobilizers are a critical part of vaccination campaigns in Nigeria’s
hardest-to-reach communities. The volunteers are selected and trained by
UNICEF, one of Rotary’s partners in the GPEI, and then deployed in the
community or displaced persons camp where they live. They take advantage of the
time they spend connecting with community members about polio to talk about other
strategies to improve their families’ health. Fatima Umar, the volunteer
pictured here, is educating Hadiza Zanna about health topics such as hygiene and maternal
health, in addition to why polio vaccination is so important.
Rotarians have been at the forefront of raising support for Rotary’s polio
efforts. For example, Sir Emeka Offor, a member of
the Rotary Club of Abuja Ministers Hill, and his foundation collaborated with
Rotary and UNICEF to produce an audiobook called Yes to Health, No to Polio
that health workers use.
Providing clean water
a critical long-term need such as access to clean water helps build
relationships and trust with community members. Within camps for displaced
people, vaccinators are sometimes met with frustration. “People say, ‘We don’t
have water, and you’re giving us polio drops,’” Tunji Funsho
explains. Rotary and its partners responded by funding 31 solar-powered
boreholes to provide clean water in northern Nigeria, and the effort is
ongoing. At left, women and children collect water from a borehole in the Madinatu settlement, where about 5,000 displaced people
clean water to vulnerable communities is a priority of the PolioPlus program
not only in Nigeria, but also in Afghanistan and Pakistan — the only other
remaining polio-endemic nations, or countries where transmission of the virus
has never been interrupted. “Giving water is noble work also,” says Aziz Memon, chair of Rotary’s Pakistan PolioPlus Committee.
to safe drinking water is also an important aspect of the GPEI’s endgame
strategy, which encourages efforts that “ensure populations reached for polio
campaigns are also able to access much-needed basic services, such as clean
water, sanitation, and nutrition.” The poliovirus spreads through human waste,
so making sure people aren’t drinking or bathing in contaminated water is
critical to eradicating the disease. Bunmi Lagunju,
the PolioPlus project coordinator in Nigeria, says that installing the
boreholes has also helped prevent the spread of cholera and other diseases in
the displaced persons camps.
with a reliable source of clean water enjoy a reduced rate of disease and a
better quality of life. “When we came [to the camp], there was no borehole. We
had to go to the nearby block factory to get water, and this was difficult
because the factory only gave us limited amounts of water,” says Jumai Alhassan (pictured at bottom left bathing her baby).
“We are thankful for people who provided us with the water.”
left Isiaku Musa Maaji
disabled, with few ways to make a living. At age 24, he learned to build
hand-operated tricycles designed to provide mobility for disabled adults and
children, and later started his own business assembling them. His first break
came, he says, when a local government placed a trial order. It was impressed
with his product, and the orders continued. Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus
Committee recently ordered 150 tricycles from Maaji
to distribute to polio survivors and others with mobility problems. The
relationship he has built with local Rotarians has motivated him to take part
in door-to-door polio vaccination campaigns.
is not easy to be physically challenged,” he says. “I go out to educate other
people on the importance of polio vaccine because I don’t want any other person
to fall victim to polio.”
Issah feels lucky; he’s able to support himself
running a small convenience store. He knows other polio survivors who have
attended skills training programs but lack the money to start a business and
are forced to beg on the street. However, the GPEI provides a job that’s
uniquely suited to polio survivors: educating others about the effects of the
of my friends who used to be street beggars now run their own small business
with money they earn from working on the door-to-door immunization campaign,” Issah says.
Improving health care
Maiduguri, Falmata Mustapha rides a hand-operated
tricycle donated to her by Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus Committee. She is joined
by several health workers for a door-to-door immunization campaign, bringing
polio drops to areas without basic health care. UNICEF data show that polio
survivors like Mustapha have a remarkable success rate persuading reluctant
parents to vaccinate their children — on average, survivors convince seven of
every 10 parents they talk to. In places where misinformation and rumors have
left people hesitant to vaccinate, the survivors’ role in the final phase of
the eradication effort is critical.
working with the team, I have seen an increase in immunization compliance in
the community,” Mustapha says. “I am well-regarded in the community because of
my work, and I am happy about this.”
million people around the world who would have died or been paralyzed are alive
and walking because of the polio eradication campaign. Health workers and
volunteers supported by PolioPlus grants have built an infrastructure for
delivering health care and collecting data that, in many parts of the world,
didn’t exist before. It’s already being used to improve overall health care and
to fight other diseases, proving that the legacy of PolioPlus is more than
eradicating a deadly disease from the planet — it’s also building a stronger
health system that provides better access to lifesaving interventions for the
world’s most vulnerable children.
• This story originally
appeared in the October 2019 issue of The Rotarian
The polio eradication campaign
needs your help to reach every child. Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, your contribution will be tripled.
donate, visit endpolio.org/donate.
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