November 17, 2022
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Dave Hansen
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Ron Van Ekeren
Professor’s Quote: Ollie Walter
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests: Hanna Eslinger
Guests: Keith Downey introduced Shaun Bullock
Exchange Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA: Amanda Nilsson; Lily, Alex
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor: Todd Pearson
Foundation Drawing: Shaun Bullock won $10 with $211 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Craig Cook
  • Committee activity has started. Fundraising committee is also off to a good start.
  • Dave Hansen reminded everyone there will be no meeting on Thanksgiving.
  • Kelly Neville told the club that we are starting to collect for Christmas Families. This year our family is two adults and three toddlers.
  • Pam Dunnuck gave a Club Foundation update.
  • Ken Patel is headed off to India. See you in March, Ken!
  • Amanda is doing a baked goods fundraiser for her bus trip. Let her know if you want to place an order.
Rotarian of the Week: Dave Hansen nominated Todd Pearson for officiating a high school football game; John Bard nominated Ken Patel.
Special Presentation: Lily and Alex were presented with the Junior Rotarian certificates.
Songs: In the Goold Old Summer Time; I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
Program: Polio, Dana Kuhn
Introduction: Doug Faus
Polio is caused by a virus. It leads to disabling issues and is sometimes fatal. It mainly affects children under 5. There are three types of the virus. Types 2 and 3 have been eliminated. Type 1 remains.
It is believed to have existed since ancient times. Outbreaks were common in the U.S. in the 40s and 50s. In the mid-20th century, it was common to have ½ million people worldwide that became paralyzed or died due to polio.
Most people are asymptomatic, which leads to greater spread. Others have mild flu-like symptoms, while a smaller percentage get meningitis. Only about 1/200 people experience paralysis.
It is contagious and can spread widely. There are also long-term effects, such as permanent disabilities, issues with breathing, and post-polio syndrome.
It is especially contagious in unsanitary conditions. The virus must be swallowed and is often because of contaminated food or water.
There is no cure; treatments focus on easing symptoms. It can be prevented through immunization. There are two types of vaccines. IPV is what is given today in the U.S. It is an injection. OPV is taken orally with drops in the mouth. It can be administered by anyone and is easily carried into remote areas.
In 1979, Rotary begins the fight on polio by working to vaccinate 6 million children in the Philippines over a few years.
In 1985, Rotary International moves forward with the goal of worldwide immunization. In 1988, the Global Polio Eradication Institute is founded. When the institute started, there were 1,000 people worldwide contracting polio every day.
The institute is 6 core partners, in over 200 countries, has 20 million volunteers, and has distributed more than 2.5 million vaccines.
Polio has reduced by 99.9 percent since 1988. It is only in two countries now: Pakistan and Afghanistan. Six regions worldwide have been declared PolioFree.
Response: George Gill
Rotary 4-way test
Of the things we think, say, or do
•Is it the Truth?
•Is it Fair?
•Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships?
•Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
•FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
•SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
•THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
•FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Response: The Rotary Club of Laramie will make a donation to the public library children’s book fund in the speaker’s name.
NOTE: We Do Not Donate a Book!
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