21 September 2015 — How Many is 20,000?


If, after enjoying this week’s program, you don’t happen to have a specific comment to add, please remember to “vote” in the poll at the bottom of this page, to indicate your attendance. Thank you!


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 and his team.  The Board of Directors meeting itself will be a conference call during the preceding week.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 — LUNCH AND DINNER — SAVE THE DATE for a tasty fundraiser to support ESTADO 29, an orphanage in Mexico long supported by our Club Member Jorge Vazquez and two friends of his in another local Rotary Club.  The generous owner of LOS GRINGOS LOCOS restaurant in La Cañada will donate 15% of what we spend (when we present the flyer we’ll have ready for you soon) any time on that date.  All of the proceeds will be used for the orphanage project to help the great kids.  More news soon!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for October! Special Guest Speaker: Janet Higgins, local outreach director for Be The Match and the national bone marrow registry.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, David; Pledge, JoAnne; Four-Way Test, Brenda; Rotary Minute, Jorge; Mini Craft Talk: Linda W.)   BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING in The Fireplace Room at 11:00 a.m.


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.



Staples Center crowd







Staples Center in Los Angeles, home of the Los Angeles Kings and some random other sports teams (and that’s the story the Programs Chair is sticking to) seats approximately 20,000 for a concert, including floor seats where there really should be ice.  (OK, OK, or a basketball floor.)  The photo here is of perhaps 60% of a capacity crowd at Staples Center for a concert.

Now picture a child in each of those seats, plus the seats you can’t see in the photo.  And then please try to make sense of the concept that through our Rotary Club’s Sixth Annul DANCE FOR THE CHILDREN. on Saturday evening, September 19, 2015, not only did we have a blast and dance the evening away, but with the generosity of friends, family, and neighbors (and Rotarians) we raised enough money for The Rotary Foundaton’s PolioPlus fund to vaccinate 20,000 children.

The approximate cost of vaccinating a child to prevent polio is sixty cents (US).  When you do the math and factor in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matching grant of two dollars for every dollar generated by the worldwide network of Rotary Clubs, one dollar saves five children.

Twenty thousand.  Twenty thousand days is 54 years and just about ten months.  Twenty-thousand days ago John F. Kennedy was President of the United States and the current United States President was younger than the youngest attendee of our Dance this year (nine-month old Nathaniel).  Twenty thousand miles?  If you stood in the San Fernando Valley, turned your back to the center of Toyko, and started walking around the planet, you could walk to Tokyo…and then 500 more miles into the Pacific Ocean back towards California.

Or you could fill Staples Center with 20,000 children and know that not one of them would ever get polio, based only on our event.

Here are some raw video clips from the Sixth Annual Dance for the Children, for your enjoyment, as our Program takes a slightly light week recovering from the fun.  Pick and choose, have a little fun, tap your feet, learn some dances during one or more of the quick lessons, and see the fun we had.

We’ll throw in a little helpful information, too, though. Please, definitely check that out: it’s the reason we danced.







TIME OUT: please check this out, from the World Health Organization. It is a page called “Polio This Week,” and indeed it gives us the worldwide update. If you are viewing this Program long after September of 2015, you’ll still get this week’s update, whatever week it is.

When we launched our event with the First Annual Dance for the Children, polio was still endemic in four countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Nigeria. Then India fell off the list, in part due to our collective efforts. During the summer (northern hemisphere) of 2015, Nigeria reached one year without a new polio case. Keep going. Let’s finish this.

And then get back to the videos.






The opinions expressed by guest speakers, or in advertisements that appear on external websites linked to this program, are those of the speaker(s) / websites / advertisers and not necessarily of the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley or its members. No endorsement is implied. Programs are presented for informational purposes only.



7 responses to 21 September 2015 — How Many is 20,000?

  1. I great time was had by all. Thanks to everyone for supporting and participating.

  2. We had a blast. So glad we could help so many children, too.

  3. Great time for a great cause, and we’re 20k vaccinations closer to ending polio!

  4. Wonderful night! It is great that donations are still coming in. Just another reminder that as club members and proud Rotarians we should share our mission to end polio all year-long. Each dollar brings us just a bit closer.

  5. What a fun night! Best part, of course, is the fact that we’re helping so many kids.

  6. Had so much fun dancing for the children. I found Baby Nathaniel the best dancer of all! Adorable!!! So proud we work together to save so many children so that they may dance. Thank you all for your support!

  7. The dance was great fun. Thank you to everyone who participated and made it a successful event.

Leave a reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.