Meeting Updates

June 20, 2017

Polio Update

The eradication of Polio is the number one goal of Rotary. No New Cases were reported the past eight weeks in 2017: Pakistan 2 cases in 2017; 20 cases in 2016, down from 54 in 2015. Afghanistan 3 cases in 2017, 13 cases in 2016, down from 20 in 2015 and Nigeria 0 cases in 2017; 4 cases in 2016, up from zero cases in 2015.   Note two cases were reported in the Republic of Congo but this had to do with oral vaccination.  These are not counted only wild cases are counted.
  • The Gates Foundation is currently matching all Rotarian Raised Polio Donations $2 for each $1 Contributed (Up to $35Mil/Yr.) Our Rotary-wide Polio Fundraising Goal for the 2016-17 Rotary Year is $45 Million + the Gates Foundation Match.
Other Fundraising Opportunities!
  • Solheim Cup August 14-20, 2017-we have the opportunity to work a tent and raise money for our club. We have committed to three shifts one Friday, one Saturday, and one Sunday.  Pat Grote, Greg Kenyon and Naura Godar are your team captains.  This is expected to net over $50/hour per employee worked.  Each team needs 10 volunteers. Interested in volunteering? Contact one of your team captains! 
  • Save the Date:  September 23 is the 2017 Octoberfest Date.  Good news was shared that WineStyles is moving down to corner where the restaurant is so there will be a nicer patio area and more space.  If you are interested in helping organize this let Diana Weishaar know you'd like to help.
Literacy Committee 
Reading finished up last week thanks to Aliou Keita, Krisanne Colby; Fred Maharry, Ken and Sally Kremer, Carol Narak, and Bill Fry for volunteering to be readers.  If you are interested in helping with this next year please let Fred Maharry know.   
The first book was provided to our presenter to sign a book that will be donated to WDM Schools in honor of them but on behalf of the West Des Moines Rotary Club.  If you are interested in donating a book on behalf of the club let Fred Maharry or Amy Fetters know.  Books that WDM is looking for that are good for young readers:  Horse Magic, Puppy Magic, Bunny Magic books as well as beginning readers like Pete the Cat, Lego books, Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. 
Booster Pak
  • Are you interested in helping pass out food to children in the West Des Moines District over the summer where they may be food insecure?  We have had eight people sign up to help on Friday's and two reach out to help with door hangers.  Thanks to Harold Hulleman, Kathy Goetz, Bob Goldhammer, Ken Kremer, Chris and Robin Nelson, Krisanne Colby Calhoun, Tom George, and Doug Hillman for volunteering to take different Friday's.  If you are still interested let Amy know Training will take place June 6 prior to the club meeting.
Welcome New Members! 
Newsworthy Achievements! 
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