Rotary District
5610 Bulletin
 November 2022
November is Rotary Foundation Month
November Message from District Governor John Schneider
Fellow Rotarians,

Welcome to November! Harvest is over for most and we look forward to the holiday season. It is The Rotary Foundation month. Please promote The Rotary Foundation (TRF) this month in your clubs. TRF supports so many great projects year-round across the globe and in our own communities. Remember that about half of your donations to the Annual Fund of TRF are returned to District 5610 to be used for Global Grants at our discretion and to be returned to clubs for their own local or international projects. Please consider becoming a Paul Harris Fellow and if you are, consider joining the Paul Harris Society. Paul Harris Fellows are those that have donated $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation and Society members are those that pledge to donate $1,000 per year. Donations can be made nearly painlessly online via your credit card by signing up through your My Rotary account. If you don’t have an account, perhaps someone in your club can help you, or contact District Administrator, Nicole Rawden or myself and we will help you. Nicole sent an email on November with great reminders and this link  that has 52 weekly Foundation messages for you to promote TRF all year long.
About a week ago, a survey went out to club presidents and presidents elect to collect their opinions about their PETS experience last spring and what would they would like to see covered at PETS next spring (April 27-29, 2023). The due date for return is November 15th . It is very important for DGE Rich Burns to know what is important for you to know. Of most importance, is that clubs elect their president elects as soon as possible. This helps create a smooth transition of leadership in your club and allows planning between current and future leaders to work on shared goals for their club. It also help us in communication with PE’s to promote PETS.
The final question in the survey mentioned above is about a program to help clubs grow membership.
Can you IMAGINE your club RETAINING more members and GROWING your membership by 10%?
Can you IMAGINE having a club with VISION that is VIBRANT and dedicated to SERVICE in your community and around the world?
We have facilitators in our District that would be happy to come to your club and work with you to brainstorm and build a roadmap to make these things happen. It will require a commitment from your club in time and effort to accomplish this. Probably a 2 hour or more session with perhaps a follow up, but it will be well worth your effort. Almost every club brought up to me in my club visits that membership is a challenge and I am following through with my pledge with a program to help clubs with that.

Yours in Rotary,

John Schneider
DG 5610
Our Foundation 

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Our mission

The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.

What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.
Our History

Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.

Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world.

"Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves." 

Rotary founder

Our ongoing commitment

That commitment endures today through an organization that remains truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Our members now span the globe, working to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.

We’re not afraid to dream big and set bold goals. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, polio remains endemic in only two countries — down from 125 in 1988.

 - Polio Case In New York

A case of polio paralysis has been reported in an adult in a suburban county of New York. This is more evidence that polio is only a plane ride away and that clusters of people who are unvaccinated are at risk of dying or having a life of paralysis if children or adults do not get the CDC recommended vaccinations. There is sewage testing proof that the vaccine derived polio virus is still circulating in Orange and Rockland counties in NY and polio immunization rates there are only 60 %. These are also counties close to NY City so further cases are very likely. Covid is also a factor as children's immunizations have lagged across the US. But what has really happened is there is a large number of people across the entire US who refuse immunizations for religious reasons and other non-scientific reasons. It is now apparent that where there are groups of non-immunized adults and children, polio is a real possibility. This is ANYWHERE in the US, including SD, MN, IA and NB. The United Kingdom has not had a paralysis case but sewage tests in London show they have a similar problem as does Israel. The take home message is to educate everyone you know that polio is not conquered even in the US and anti-vaxxers are playing with fire. Their result may be death or life long paralysis in a loved one.

Worldwide the drive to eliminate polio is steady but not great. The wild virus exists in only Afghanistan and Pakistan, but Pakistan's numbers are up to 7 as opposed to 4 for the entire year in 2021. There are a number of countries in Africa where circulating, vaccine-caused polio is  a major problem. This includes  Nigeria, Yeman and D R Congo. The new type 2 vaccine that has been developed should help, but many African countries are at war or having problems administering vaccines. I am still optimistic that polio can be eliminated from the world but it is extremely tough. Please continue to support Polio Plus and see that Rotary gets the promised Gates Foundation match of $2 for each $1 we donate to Polio Plus. OUR DISTRICT HAS STEPPED UP FOR POLIO PLUS IN SUCH A WONDERFUL WAY. Thanks to all of you. If you could summarize this for your fellow members and the need to give, I would appreciate it so much.

1. Rotary was the first to promise a polio free world. 
2. We have given $2.2 billion to never have another polio victim. 
3. Our effort has kept 2 million children from gruesome, terrible deaths. 
4. Rotarians have kept over 20 million people from a life of paralysis.
5. Yet polio is still only a plane ride away. 
6. Rotarians will not stop until this scourge of humanity is stamped out forever.
7. Rotary will keep its' promise.

Willis Sutliff

Polio Plus Chair District 5610

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