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Brighton Rotary News May 14 2021
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Members: 8
Guests: Rotarian Bob Wallace and future Rotarian Jack Jacklyn
1.We received a cheque from a sponsor for the Auction.
Smile: blush
R Clay reported that the WHO declares that there is enough 'youth' in the world. They are now searching for the fountain of 'smarts'..
  • Next board meeting Tuesday May 18th at 6:30pm.
  • Diners and Duffers Books a success. Currently have 8 available in inventory see R Chris if you sell another.
  • Bottle Drive re-scheduled for June 5 due to extension of Stay at Home Order.
  • Auction = we have $1,200 in cash donations and many items. Bidding has started. A few items are still coming in so check often and keep bidding. Share with your friends.
  • Hoselton designs will wait until after auction.
  • Looking for speakers for late May.
  • Update on water filters in Brasil: Filters expected to be distributed May 15-20.   
  • R Chris has created an e-mail address called "" Members should use this e-mail address for e-transfers (rather than personal e-mail address). It has been created with automatic deposit into the Brighton Rotary Operating Account at Royal Bank, so no secret question and answer will be necessary. We can also publish this new e-mail account when fundraising, to facilitate payments or donations from the general public. Chris
  • Proposed Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup scheduled for April 24 has been postponed to June due to Stay At Home Order.
  • We need at least 4 to attend District conference the end of June.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • You are invited to the Rotaract Club of Willowdale-Smiles Dance Class. Please click on the link below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends. Event: Rotaract Club of Willowdale-Smiles Dance Class Date: May 27, 2021 7:00 PM  - May 27, 2021 8:00 PM 
  • Please join us for 2021 Virtual Convention: Rotary Opens Opportunities, 12-16 June. Registration opens in mid-April. This year’s event will connect you, virtually, with members around the world. It will open new opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary, near and far. Together, we’ll inspire action, strengthen our commitments, work on our challenges, and celebrate our successes.
  •  You are invited to the  Rotaract District Conference. Please click on the link below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends.Event:  Rotaract District Conference Date: May 08, 2021  - May 09, 2021, Fee $10.00. Location via Zoom.
  • Rotary International Foundation Gala May 12.
  • Rotary D7070 virtual conference June 25/26. For Saturday June 26 clubs are encouraged to have Community Engagement. We are looking for ideas.    <>*
  • D7070 Year End Celebration June 30 at 7pm.
  • Go to District web site for more information on any of these events.
  • Check out the District Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and Youtube channels to see what is happening in the District.
Song: someday soon we hope
Sharing Pot: all are encouraged to share as they are able or willing.
Happy Bucks: Jack is perfect and so cute, coming back to the world, walk in Proctor park, Polio eradication, great presentation, learned a lot, day by day, spoiled by two daughters and loving it, experience in India, putting patio furniture out today, informative presentation, warmer weather, moving presentation, gardening, Jack will not have to face polio, grand kids going home after 5 weeks.
Rotary Minute:
Recent Rotary Magazine article about honey bees living in a colony, they can't survive alone. They act as a family. Rotary too, when we work together can change the world such as eradicate Polio.
National Immunization Day Feb 2012 in India
R Bob moved to Port Hope with his wife Kathy shortly after graduating from the University of Western Ontario in Engineering. He worked in the nuclear energy sector for 37 years and recently retired. He and Kathy have two children and four grandchildren, one with a birthday this weekend.
Bob joined Rotary in 1988, taking on many roles and responsibilities both at the club and District level. He is currently an Assistant Rotary  Coordinator for Zone 24 East. Canada is basically a Zone with parts of some northern States.
During Bob's year as District 7070's Governor from 2011 to 2012, he and his wife Kathy went to India for the month of February 2012 to participate in a National Immunization Day.
Bob and Kathy when with an organized Rotary group to India in 2012 to participate and help immunize children under 5 years old from Polio. They were just two in many thousands of volunteers and groups, both from Indian and abroad who do this every year. Bob and Kathy were part of a team of 38 Foreign delegates, 7 Canadians and the rest from the US. The 7 Canadians included Bob and Kathy, Mark and Valarie Wafer, another couple a person from out west. They have remained in contact since 2012.
Their team was based in New Delhi and conducted the immunization in a smaller town of Sanipat near New Delhi. They were welcomed and found India very friendly with beautiful structures. They visited some lesser known temples that were quiet and not busy, but also the Taj Ma Hall that is very popular and busy.
There is a dramatic contrast to how many live, particularly in rural India. They use whatever they can find as building materials.
Market areas in City busy and crowded. Garbage everywhere and open sewers.
Traffic- there are no rules. Drive, walk, peddle and fit in any space you think you can occupy. From camels pulling carts to modern and new vehicles. Side mirrors are either turned in or broken.
The people are friendly, clean and dress well.
Rotary has a great name in India. Mothers would hand over their babies to a stranger like Bob wearing Rotary clothing. No hesitation.
They visited Rotary pop up health clinics, on the street. Pharmacy would be in back, also open to street. Always crowded as people came to get service. The people were quiet and behaved, waiting their turn in line.
They attended a Rotary Blood Bank, very much like a blood bank in Canada. Although in India they also process the blood at the same location.
Rotary also brings people from rural areas into the City for medical treatments / surgery. They also do corrective surgery for people with Polio to help them stand more upright.
Bob said there were Polio victims everywhere on the streets. Not hard to find. They are called 'crawlers' with little use of their legs.
Then the National Immunization Day (NID). Their goal to vaccinate all children under 5 with two drops of the oral vaccine. The kids are marked with purple marker on their little finger to indicate who has been vaccinated. 'Purple pinkie'. The dye wears off with time.
After the first day they spent couple days going door to door looking for kids missed. The first day families come to clinic and line up to be vaccinated. There are always a local health care worker with them to interpret and record.
There were 1,500,000 people in their District for NID. About 213,218 children to be vaccinated. There were 759 teams in their district.
Day 1 they immunized 154,663
Day 2 knocking on doors 49,141 immunized
Day 3 knocking on doors 23,465 immunized
In the Country on the day there were 800,000 vaccine booths with 2.3 million volunteers. 1.2 million teams and 170 million children vaccinated.
This whole program started with a Global Grant in the 1970's by local Rotary with idea to vaccinate people in Phillipines. Small Pox had been eliminated and the WHO considered Polio as a possibility, especially with success in Phillipines. So as a combination of Rotary, Unicef, WHO and CDC the eradication of Polio began about 1988. Canada was one of first Countries to sign one and help pay, the US government has been a huge support and more recently the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who pass all their support through Rotary.
In 1993 there were 2 million new cases of Polio a year. In 2021 there have only been 2, one in Pakistan and one in Afghanistan.
Bob is a volunteer at the COVID vaccine clinic in Cobourg set up and organized by Rotary. He sees parrallels with the immunization in India for Polio. There are about 600 volunteers in Cobourg and people are eager to volunteer for the social interaction.
Babies in Canada are still vaccinated for Polio.
People with polio carry the virus. People get it from water. It will still take time to eliminate Polio. In some areas the people are very transient and difficult to get to all. But someday soon.
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