President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
This is a last call for those who may want to serve on our Club's Board of Directors as officers. Per our Bylaws, the President, Immediate Past President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant-at-Arms are elected by the Club and chairs are appointed by the President. If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please email me at email@example.com by Friday at 12 noon so that we can begin voting over the weekend. If you are interested in serving as a Committee Chair, those will be announced and appointed later.
D5000 Club Presidents met on Maui two weeks ago and I'm sharing some of my notes in the meeting. The Sheraton Maui Resort at Kaanapali (my photo above) is a beautiful facility and will serve as the site of our District Conference from May 19-21, 2017. If you haven't checked it out already, please look at the registration page for more information.
Finally, read on for more info about Crab Fest (posted last week) and Roger Frank's efforts to fight Polio.
Remember to click the Read More link to read the rest of our meeting
Crab Fest - All You Can Eat
Notes from D5000 Presidents' Meeting on Maui
Maintaining and increasing membership continues to be a top goal for District Governor Clint Schroeder as it is the foundation for healthy and successful Rotary Clubs.
Rotary Means Business Fellowship - RMBF Oahu
RMBF-Oahu Chapter is proud to present our first Pau Hana & Networking Event for 2017
Sponsored by: Revolusun
Thursday, February 16, 2017
5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
210 Ward Avenue, Suite 140 | Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(see attached flyer for details on event and on RMBF)
RSVP at https://rmbf-feb-2017-bizfix.eventbrite.com
Painting With A Purpose *Thrive Global*
Rotarian Tippi Cogen's organization, Thrive Global, is hosting this fundraiser.
"Thrive Global Hawaii aids in the transition of disadvantaged youth to adulthood through local and global service outreach projects. Their goal is to educate adults and youth to take ownership in caring for Hawaii lands, its people and the world around them through purposed based service." Proceeds from this event will help send 5-8 youth to LA this summer for an educational inner city service project and prospective university campus tours.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1886374128265948/
Speaker: Iron Lung Replica Educates About Polio
By: Brad Webber, The Rotarian, see: www.rotary.org
Dispatched to Ghana with a fellow British Rotarian to scout club service opportunities, Roger Frank hadn’t planned their visit to coincide with National Immunization Days, but the pair – Frank and Dr. Carl Hallam – jumped, unhesitating, into the thick of inoculations. During a four-day stretch in October 2015, nearly 2,000 children in the area were protected from poliomyelitis. The effort galvanized Frank, who brainstormed for a way to do even more at home: How could he promote polio eradication when few of his countrymen gave much thought to the scourge?
Recalling the fear that gripped the UK, the U.S., and elsewhere during the height of the polio epidemic in the early 1950s, Frank, a past president of the Rotary Club of Upper Eden, thought of the iron lung, a device largely relegated to museums and history books. The lifesaving mechanical respirator was a potent, if depressing, symbol of the debilitating disease. An iron lung, Frank reasoned, would educate younger generations who grew up free of the fear created by polio, a virus that is spread easily, during the 20th century.
He hoped to borrow a model to put on tour to serve as a reminder that the polio fight remains unfinished. “I spent the last three months of 2015 looking for an iron lung in hospitals, etc.,” says Frank, 65. “I had hoped to source an original unit, but they have all been scrapped and those that remain are in museums, and they would not part with them. Being fully committed to the project, I had no other option than to build an iron lung myself.
“This proved quite a challenge,” even for a retired mechanical engineer and self-described “nut and bolt man,” particularly after he resolved that only a fully functioning machine would do. “I learned many years ago that the dafter the project, the easier it is to get good publicity for the cause,” he quips.
Using the outline dimensions of a unit in the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds as a reference, Frank rolled and welded steel for a cylindrical main chamber, fabricated tracks for a mattress that slides into and out of the unit, and cut access doors and windows. “I cajoled various local companies into assisting with the project,” he says, particularly painting the unit and a trailer used to transport it; Upper Eden club members also assisted. “I suppose in some ways people are used to my harebrained ideas, and not one of them declined to support the project,” he adds. Frank, who bore most of the construction costs, concedes that most of the 650 hours he spent over four months on the heavy metal labor of love were devoted to the trailer, itself a showcase worthy of a Rolls-Royce Phantom.
“To finish the job, he then created visual displays to fit into and onto the trailer, including a television program of iron lungs being used ‘for real,’” notes Ben Lyon, the club’s immediate past president. “The finished result is a stunning promotional and educational tool in aid of polio eradication.” Onsite, a computer-controlled sequence activates the lung, in thumps and whooshes, for five minutes before triggering a YouTube video about iron lungs.
For many polio patients, the apparatus was crucial to surviving the disease’s early stages, when their muscles were too weak, or paralyzed, for independent breathing. The lifesaving mechanical respirators were a common sight, lined up in rows at hospitals. The stricken, mostly young children, were confined in the chambers, normally for at least two or three weeks, exposed only from the neck up, with mirrors above their heads providing their only glimpse into the world around them amid the machines’ cacophony.
Most people, especially young ones, are totally dumbfounded by the whole spectacle.
As a static exhibit the lung is lifeless and really comes alive when the motor starts and the end bellow operates. I think it really helps give people an understanding of how it would be to be locked in it,” Frank says. “Also the drive unit, or mechanism, is quite noisy and adds to the atmosphere, just as the original units did.”
Frank, who notes that his replica has been booked for the Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland conference in April, makes the display available to Rotary clubs that agree to arrange transportation and staff it to raise funds and awareness for End Polio Now. It has been deployed to agricultural shows and schools, with area club members staffing the unit.
“Most people, especially young ones, are totally dumbfounded by the whole spectacle, and after watching the video are mesmerized and stand motionless for quite a few seconds,” says Frank, “I suppose in awe, or taking in how somebody could spend [nearly] their entire life in such a machine.”
On occasion, a “lucky” visitor might be invited inside the lung.
Sara Dumbell, a journalist with BBC Radio Cumbria who reported on the project, says: “I get sent on many exciting jobs, but getting to see a real life-size replica iron lung was a first for me. The iron lung itself was hugely impressive. I’m 28, and so the major UK outbreaks of polio were a little before my time, but it was deeply moving to learn about how so many children across the world were forced to live in these machines.
“I couldn’t leave without trying out the iron lung for myself, but having the metal lung separating your head and body at the neck I found to be the most uncomfortable feeling,” she adds. “I must admit I was quite relieved when I was allowed out.”
With a nod to the red End Polio Now donation buckets at the ready, Frank says, “I kid people that it is £1 to get into the unit and £50 for me to let you out.”
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Remaining Board Meetings
Please know that you are all invited to our Board meetings held at EAT Honolulu, 560 North Nimitz Highway, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm., usually on the third Monday of the month. We regularly see guests at the one time we regularly meet in the same physical space. Here are the meetings for the remainder of this Rotary Year:
Rotary International Convention - Atlanta 2017
Registration opened 28 May 2016. Rotary and Rotaract members and club and district employees can register for the convention online.
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