Rotary Club of Kitchener


January 6, 2020

Happy Jar

Howard Pell reminded us that the State of the Region Luncheon is on January 28.
Martin Jones spent an enjoyable week in Mexico with 18 family members (including several very young ones).  While he had a great time, he is somewhat happy to be back to the solitude of his home.
Cam Yule was pleased welcome a new set of twins into the Yule clan.
John Webster finally gave up running the City of Kitchener on New Years eve, having completed his two year goal of running every street in Kitchener.
Lumi Mironescu enjoyed the Christmas season attending a number of concerts and watching her daughter win eight gold medals at the Toronto Winter Ball dance competition. 
Elena Shpinel thanked President Paul and Shawky Fahel for attending the official signing of the Canada Russia Inter-Country Committee (ICC) agreement at the RI Convention in Hamburg and encouraged others learn more about the opportunities available through the new Canada Russia ICC.

Bell Ringer(s)

President Paul thanked those, led by Cheryl Ewing, who handed out hot chocolate at First Night at Carl Zehr Square.

President's Wine Quiz

Paul Rostrup distributed wine and Local Lager to Dave Martindale, Tom Mennill, Ray Taylor and Darren Sweeney, whose names were drawn from the "cup".

Club Announcements

Howard Pell reminded us of the upcoming State of the Region event on January 28.  All details for the event are now in place and we now need members to publicize it, invite folks, attend and bring a friend.  All details are in the sample invitation Howard has recently sent out.

50/50 Draw

Our pot has made it up to $234 and none of Dave Martindale, Ross Newkirk nor Neil Swayze found the jack of hearts.

Program Highlights

Hubert Singh welcomed DGE Mike Lawrie, who addressed us on Polio, from a medical point of view.
Prior to doing that, he presented Past President Richard banners for US$100 contributions by every member and for being a Sustaining Club for his year, as well as a certificate for our contribution to End Polio Now.
Mike has been a member of the Cambridge Sunrise club since 1987, and has been their president several times.
From a medical perspective, Polio is a disease that can be transmitted.  There are three strains (1, 2 and 3), but 2 has been eliminated.  It has been around forever, and was certainly there in ancient Egypt.  The only disease that has been eradicated is smallpox - but we are very close with Polio.  It was very common in the 1940s and 1950s, and the Iron Lung was developed in the 1930s.  The polio vaccine was developed in the 1950s by Salk, and an oral vaccine by Sabin in the early 1960s.
Rotary first became involved in 1985 with a grant to a group in the Philippines, and the End Polio campaign started in 1987.
In 1988 there were about 350,000 new cases in 125 countries, and there are currently less than 100 cases in two countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan).
Rotary raises about US$50 million a year, which is then matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  It is estimated that it will cost more than $4.5 billion to achieve the goal.
The challenge remains to gain access to some areas of these countries in order to administer the vaccine.

Closing Remarks & Reminders

President Paul reminded members that there is no Monday meeting next week and our January 20 meeting will be at the Working Centre.
Mar 02, 2020 12:00 PM
Social Media and Rotary - Making Connections!
Mar 09, 2020
Committee Meetings to be Scheduled by Committee Chairs
Mar 16, 2020 12:00 PM
The Future of Health Care in Our Community
Mar 20, 2020 11:00 AM
Soup Fest in Support of the Children's Ground Water Festival
Mar 23, 2020
In Lieu of March 20 Event
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Birthdays & Membership Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Neil Swayze
February 1
Lew Ford
February 5
JB Moore
February 8
Cameron Yule
February 19
Wayne Boehler
February 28
Join Date
Lew Ford
February 1, 1991
29 years
Russell Hampton
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