PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Laine Kohama, President 2015-2016
August 12th, 2015
Aloha Rotary E-Club members and fellow Rotarians!
Aloha Rotary Ohana (Family),
This week I've been working on migrating our website over to a new format. If all goes well the new format should take effect this week. There's still more to do and we'll get there together.
I've been also working on our visit for our DG Del and AG Sandy. Glenn and Mary Sears has graciously offered to host us at their condo. We are so very blessed to have Glenn as a member of our E - Club and Mary is a Rotarian with the Honolulu Sunset. Mahalo Glenn and Mary.
Lastly, I've been in contact with other Rotary clubs here in the island on their upcoming events and projects. We'll keep everyone posted. Have a great week everyone.
Have a great week everyone and I would like to leave you with this quote:
"We can do no great things, only small things with great love" - Mother Teresa
Aloha and Mahalo everyone! Keep up the great work and “Be A Gift to the World!" - Laine
SPEAKER: THE ROTARY'S EFFORTS TARGET POLIO
By: Markian Hawryluk of the Houston Chronicle
For the past eight years, Houston businessman Terry Ziegler has dutifully tracked the number of polio cases around the world, feeling elated as the numbers declined and dismayed when cases spiked.
But last week's report of no new cases - a rare occurrence in any year - had special meaning to Ziegler and the millions of Rotarians like him. It leaves Africa's most populous country poised for removal from the quickly shrinking list of countries where polio invades people's brains and spinal cords, causing paralysis. If no new cases are identified in the next four to six weeks, the World Health Organization could cross Nigeria off the polio-endemic list.
That brings the Rotary - a worldwide service organization - and its partners tantalizingly close to achieving a goal set decades ago. In 1978, the group took on the challenge of vaccinating some 6 million children to eradicate polio from the Philippines. They went on to tackle the ambitious goal of eradicating the disease worldwide.
"The gains in global polio eradication have been impressive," said Dr. Peter Hotez, an infectious disease specialist at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. "Rotary's efforts to take on Nigeria are absolutely essential. The milestone of a year free of polio in Nigeria is a huge one towards meeting global eradication targets."
Since the 1980s, Rotary has used its massive international infrastructure to raise more than $1.3 billion to eradicate polio and has immunized more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In the greater Houston area alone, Rotary District 5890 has contributed more than $2.3 million toward the polio campaign.
"Rotary has been in it at the ground level," said Dr. Steve Cochi, senior adviser for polio at the CDC. "They are considered the heart and soul of the global polio eradication initiative and in Nigeria they have played a major role."
In 1988, WHO estimated an annual 350,000 cases of polio occurred across 125 countries. By 2013, that number dropped to 400 cases and in 2015, a record-low 33 cases have occurred. Only three countries - Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria - remain on the endemic list.
While on the brink of being removed from that list, Nigeria and the rest of Africa must avoid any polio cases for two more years to be certified polio-free by 2017.
Native happy to help
Chris Ajayi has been involved in the efforts that have drastically reduced cases in his native Nigeria since he joined Rotoracts, the youth arm of Rotary, in 1995.
He had seen rates decline before, only to rise again after scandals over clinical trials in Nigeria and the emergence of the Boko Haram threat frightened the population away from vaccination campaigns. He believes the country would not have met this milestone without the Rotary efforts. Local members worked side by side with international volunteers, going door to door to immunize children in remote villages. Other Nigerian Rotarians donated funds or goods such as cookies and candy for the children. One effort involved handing out bars of soap to families who vaccinated their children.
Ajayi said eradicating the crippling disease has been his long elusive dream.
"It is a thing of joy. I'm so elated," said Ajayi, who emigrated to the U.S. three years ago and works as nurse in Katy. "We've had some close shaves where we were going nine months (with no new cases) and then a case comes up and we go back to square one. But this? No, I wish I were back home in Nigeria to celebrate it."
Rotary's efforts on polio have also had major impacts on other vaccine-preventable diseases and health problems, and should pay dividends in the future for disease surveillance and public health interventions, experts said. The polio infrastructure in Nigeria is widely credited for reducing the spread of Ebola in the latest outbreak.
Ziegler, who owns Big Z Lumber Company in Houston and chairs the district's Rotary Foundation Committee, started publishing a newsletter with polio statistics from WHO for the district in 2007. But more and more districts began asking for it, and now the weekly Polio Plus newsletter circulates worldwide. Many other Houstonians have been instrumental in polio fundraising efforts and some have helped with immunization campaigns in Nigeria and other countries.
"It's an accomplishment that some scientists told us would never happen, but it's great to prove them wrong," Ziegler said. "The fact that Rotary has stuck in there this long - we didn't think it would take this long or cost this much - is a real testament to the things we can do and the things we will be able to do in the future."
July 26, 2015
For more information, please see: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Rotary-s-efforts-target-polio-6406861.php?t=d50d628732438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium
A DOZEN WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, which means it's time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP. HERE'S HOW.
Adapted from Global Outlook in the August issue of The Rotarian
ROTARY GUIDE: An Idea Worth Thinking About
Rotarian membership involves pledging your time, talent and money. Most clubs have weekly meeting, often with a meal. Members pay $25 to $50 each week, part for the meal and part for the club. Many clubs collect money as Happy Dollars or Brags and Fines. Other clubs raise money from members using some type of raffle. In short, Rotarians contribute a lot of money to further their service projects.
One of the ways we collect money is by encouraging Rotarians to make-up a meeting by using our E-Rotary website and we suggest a donation of $26. That is too much and we to reduce that to $10 bringing it in line with other e-club make up fees.
Does it seem fair that we charge others a fee for attending our e-meeting while we attend for free? I would like to propose that we charge our members $10 per meeting and bill them monthly.
Not only is this fair, it provides our club with badly needed funds for use in our service projects. I encourage comments from our member.
-a note from Glenn Sears
ABOUT ROTARY E-CLUB ONE
By: Glenn Sears
Rotary E-Club One was chartered January 4, 2002, as Rotary's first club with operations supported by electronic communications and the Internet.
The charter document was presented to Rotary E-Club One by the RI President Bhichai Rattakul in a formal ceremony at the Quad-District Foundation Dinner, January 18, 2002 in Denver, Colorado.
The mission of Rotary E-Club One is to connect, inform, inspire and involve our members.
To assist our mission we offer "Programs" (articles) and an on-line makeup feature that attracts Rotarians from around the globe. We currently have an average of 405 unique visitors per day, 7 days a week.
The on-line makeup feature received official recognition Monday, June 14, 2004, when the Council on Legislation 2004 adopted the Rotary E-Club One D5450 proposed enactment to add "To allow attendance credit for a 30-minute interactive club website activity" to the list of makeup venues in the standard Rotary Club Constitution and Bylaws.
Membership in Rotary E-Club One is not an "easy" option. Requirements for membership admission are stringent. For current Rotarians, Rotary E-Club One requires more reference checks than most typical Rotary clubs, including written references with "wet signatures" from the applicant's former Rotary club including the Club President, and three current Rotarians who will vouch for the applicant. Our rigorous screening of applicants is a necessary first step to ensure excellence.
Our members are Rotarians who sought membership of Rotary E-Club One because their professional commitments precluded them from participation in traditional Rotary clubs. Several of our members are professional and business leaders who travel constantly. Their membership of Rotary E-Club One gives them access to their Rotary e-club anywhere there is an Internet connection. Some are highly experienced Rotarians who have already contributed elsewhere as Club President or District Governor.
Each member of Rotary E-Club One must commit to a minimum of 12 hours personal service per calendar quarter. Many of our members exceed the minimum by many hours each quarter, a tangible demonstration of commitment to Service Above Self. The range and variety of service projects reflects the diverse community interests of our members.
Rotary E-Club One has successfully achieved a goal of US$100 per member per year in Annual Giving to The Rotary Foundation every year since our inception. We have actively supported Matching Grants, Polio Plus, and the Permanent Fund. The majority of our members are Paul Harris Fellows. The all time giving of Rotary E-Club One for the Annual Program Fund of The Rotary Foundation has exceeded US$100,000 since it began as a Rotary club in January, 2002. Members have also given to Donor Advised Funds, and there are 2 Major Donors in the current membership plus several PHF+8 members.
We have a weekly fellowship meeting on-line through our Fellowship Forum in our members' clubhouse. Also, with teleconferences, collaboration software, VoIP (Skype and Freshtel Firefly), smart phone, email and face-to-face meetings in various regional venues, we have become a cohesive group of friends who share.
We provide an opportunity for all our members to meet face-to-face once a year at our Annual Dinner, held in conjunction with the Rotary International Convention.
The Four Way Test
The Four Way Test embodies what a Rotarian is. It's our core values. If you see a 4 Way Test video that looks great please let Laine know and we'll look into posting it up.
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do
All contributions support our service projects and ability to provide programs. Please consider making a donation today.
Donations large and small are appreciated.
How do I makeup at this club?
Are you a visiting Rotarian that would like to do a makeup with us?