17 August 2015 — Nigeria, One Year Without A New Polio Case


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SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for August! Special Guest Speaker: Not so much a guest…our speaker will be Dr. Jorge Vazquez, a Member of the Club and an oceanographer and climate scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, on the topic of the approaching El Niño.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Yoko; Pledge, Daniele; Four-Way Test, Reed; Rotary Minute, David; Mini Craft Talk: Sara.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING will be held by conference call on a different date.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 — 7:00pm to 10:00pm — SIXTH ANNUAL DANCE FOR THE CHILDREN, in support of The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Fund and continuing the eradication of polio, Arthur Murray Sherman Oaks, 4633 Van Nuys Boulevard, just south of the 101 in Sherman Oaks.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for September! Special Guest Speaker: Rotary District 5280 Governor D.J. Sun, making his Official Visit to our Club.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Todd; Pledge, David; Four-Way Test, Brenda; Rotary Minute, Reed; Mini Craft Talk: Yoko.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING will be held by conference call on a different date. REMINDER TO DIRECTORS: As part of the Official Visit of the District Governor, the Board will meet in The Fireplace Room at 11:00 a.m. with D.J. Sun.


We have launched our Clunkers4Charity fundraiser! If you know of anyone (yourself included) who wants or needs to donate a car for tax purposes, send them to our website…and to the Clunkers4Charity “Link” you see at the right side of this page. Funds we raise will go right into the community for our projects.










Some say there are no seasons in Southern California, as the weather never changes.  But our Club does not rely on the weather to determine seasons.  Mid-August kicks off an important season.

It’s Dance For The Children Season.

On Saturday evening, September 19, the Club will host our Sixth Annual Dance for The Children, having fun and raising funds for The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus endeavor.  Now is the time to begin reaching out to family and friends and asking for just ten dollars to sponsor us to dance for the children who cannot dance because of polio, so no child ever needs to say that again.  Over the previous five years of this event, we have raised enough to vaccinate more than 50,000 children.

CLICK HERE for information about this year’s event.

Are we making a difference?  That question is answered in the affirmative by this week’s Program.  Our launch of Dance Season coincides with very big news in the field of polio eradication.

On August 11, Nigeria reached the one-year mark with no new reported cases of polio.  This is the first milestone on the path to declaring the African continent polio-free.

When we started the Dance event, there were four countries where polio remained endemic–never interrupted fully.  India is now off the list.  Nigeria is on the way.  Only Afghanistan and Pakistan will remain, while we continue to work to eradicate polio there.

This week, we ask Rotary International President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran to introduce our topic, and then we leave you to take a look at the resources from the World Health Organization to show you that we are making a difference…but we’re not done yet.  SO we dance.


Rotary International President K. R. Ravindran on Polio Eradication in Nigeria from Rotary International on Vimeo.

If the embedded video does not work, please use the link above with the video’s title.


And here is the vital part of this week’s program…the hows and whys of what we are accomplishing together.

CLICK HERE to visit the World Health Organization’s main page for polio.

The “Highlight” piece on Nigeria is important and new; the information on Syrian refugees is vital for us to understand, to ensure that we prevent circumstances, no matter how difficult, from allowing polio to return; and be sure to find the link to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, because, playing our Club’s small part, that’s us.

(Note to future visitors: of course the Nigeria and Syria links may have moved in the future; during the week of 17 August 2015 they are highlighted on WHO’s page.)  (Yes, we know, it should probably be on whom’s page.)


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1 response to 17 August 2015 — Nigeria, One Year Without A New Polio Case

  1. Inspiring to know we are making a difference.

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