22 September 2014 — And We Danced


As I write this on Monday evening, we have reached the autumnal equinox – the first day of fall and the beginning of a new season. How appropriate then that the Rotary E-Club of GSFV culminated the summer with its biggest and most successful event of the year.

As reported below, we raised over $5,000 (and counting) in donations of which 100% will go to The Rotary Foundation for Polio Plus. E-Club members, Rotarians from other Clubs, family, friends, and acquaintances have already managed to exceed last year’s donations by a significant amount, and if past years are any indication, more donations may continue to trickle in over the next couple of weeks.

Just a reminder in case you’re one of those who didn’t get a chance to contribute before the event, your donations are still welcome. Checks should be made out to The Rotary Foundation, and may be mailed to:

The Rotary E-Club of Greater SFV
23679 Calabasas Rd., #404
Calabasas, CA 91302

A huge thanks to all the sponsors, donors and dancers who contributed blood, sweat, time, and money to the success of Dance for the Children 2014.

Linda Catran
President, 2014-2015


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 — 12:30pm to 2:00pm — Our FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for September! We have a special program planned, focused on “Vocational Service” (October is Vocational Service Month in Rotary and we’ll kick it off with this program), understanding how we use our businesses and professions in the furtherance of service.  Our special guest speaker is Alex Guerrero, Chief Operating Officer of Valley Economic Development Corporation (VEDC), which provides high-quality economic development services in its mission to create and sustain jobs and businesses in our community.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.




This month’s Rotary E-Club E-wareness campaign presents information about suicide prevention.  Throughout the month our Club will provide resources gathered by our Club Members Reed Galloway and Sharon Gorrell, this month’s coordinators.  The information will be helpful to you and to the people you care about.  See the campaign by clicking here.


On Saturday, September 20, a packed house at Arthur Murray Sherman Oaks enjoyed the Club’s Fifth Annual DANCE FOR THE CHILDREN, for PolioPlus.  Details coming soon.  Preliminary total of donations generated by this event for The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus fund is $5,203…roughly half donated by Rotarians and half by our generous friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, event guests, and even enemies.  With the Rotary-related match by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of two dollars for every dollar donated by a Rotary Club, and based on the cost of delivery of a vaccination of sixty cents, as a result of this event more than 26,000 children will be vaccinated and never get polio.













This week’s program will be a bit light, as it was a very busy Saturday for our Club (see above!).  It was also a very busy Sunday for one of the co-chairs of the Dance for the Children, who also serves as Programs Chair and is responsible for providing you with galaxy-class information every week.  That guy had to spend most of his Sunday processing paperwork to send the gathered donations to The Rotary Foundation in a way the Foundation folks understand–because it is very, very unusual in the log history of Rotary Clubs for a fundraiser to bring in half its money from outside of Rotary.

That guy is very happy that his Sunday was extremely busy.  It meant a lot of children will never get polio.  But it means he’s taking it a little easy for this week online.

So for this week’s online program, let’s show you a quick, very raw sequence of video from our event to show you the fun we had…and then we’ll show you why we do this, with Rotary International video from a 2008 National Immunization Day…and a link to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative website, so you can see the real and very current situation; check out as much of it as catches your eye.  ALSO…if you’ve never seen the very personal story of a polio survivor’s journey to India for a National Immunization Day effort. check out our early interview with Rotarian (and dance attendee and donor!) Julie Jenkins from three years ago.

If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on YouTube.

If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on YouTube.



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1 response to 22 September 2014 — And We Danced

  1. Kudos to Sharon and Mel for chairing another FABULOUS Dance For The Children event!! And thanks to all the club members who pitched in!!

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