End Polio Now Update

 This is the meeting for the week of May 8, 2017 through May 14, 2017

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: End Polio Now Update
Program Description: In this week’s program, we are joined by our district’s The Rotary Foundation Guru, Cecelia Babkirk. Cecelia will be sharing with us an update about how the End Polio Now campaign is going.
Speaker: Cecelia Babkirk, District The Rotary Foundation Committee Chair

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Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Message from President Mitty

New Member Inductions! New Online Happy Hours!

New to our meetings? Then I want to welcome you to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley’s online meeting! Every week we curate inspiring and educational content in an online format like the one you’re seeing here. As you continue reading, watching, and scrolling, our hope is that you’ll leave feeling a little bit more inspired. As an online Rotary club, we have these asynchronous meetings online, but we also meet in-person in the Silicon Valley / San Francisco bay area for service projects and for social events. Keep reading on, and feel free to also join us for one of our in-person events if you can make it!

New Members!

We are continuing our celebration of our newest members, Angela Hoang and Megan Breyer! In this week’s meeting, we officially induct Angela and Megan, and are able to get introduced to them through their self-introduction videos. Both Angela and Megan are first-time Rotarians, and I am so glad that they decided to choose our global family as their Rotary home. You’ll get to hear their stories in the new member introduction segment, but I would ask that you each (guest and members) join me in welcoming Angela and Megan in the comments below. (Even if you welcomed them last week!) New member inductions are a special moment for our club, and we are always working on improving the entire membership process. As a club president, I am very grateful for each of our members, and enjoy inducting new members the most of all of the benefits and duties of being club president!

One of our new initiatives for members is to make sure all new members are paired with a seasoned Rotarian in our club who will become their “Club Mentor.” The Club Mentor checks in with the new member over the course of the first three months of their club membership to make sure they have all of their questions answered, and get more familiarized with Rotary and how our club works. Special thanks to member Roger Plested for pushing the Club Mentorship idea! Members, regardless of if you are a club mentor or not, I always encourage each of you to reach out directly to new members. Getting to know your fellow members is a great way to be active with our club, but also a great service you can give to our club by helping us strengthen our club’s community.

New Online Happy Hours.

One of the biggest struggles of being in an eClub is connecting with fellow members who you don’t get to see regularly, and building that sense of community in the club. This is especially difficult for our remote members who cannot attend our monthly service projects and socials that are in the Silicon Valley. Earlier this year we used to schedule online happy hour sessions where we would bring our own beverage and just socialize online as an effort to bridge the divide and strengthen our bonds. We’re making an effort to bring back these online happy hour sessions as a regular event. We’ll aim for two every month as short one-hour session to really fit the “hour” part of the name in “Happy Hour.”

As an eClub, it’s important that we are constantly growing and adapting our club model to keep improving the process. Our charter members know that our club has grown a lot and improved its benefits immensely since we first chartered. While this Rotary year is coming to a close at the end of next month, we are certainly not going to stop launching new initiatives to improve the club! Expect to see some pretty amazing technology improvements with the website and member services coming in the next few weeks before July 1!

Lastly, I’m very excited about our program this week as we welcome back our district’s Foundation guru, Cecelia. She’s presented to our club before, and her insights into the amazing work that The Rotary Foundation does is always appreciated. I want to give her and past president Rushton some special kudos for making this recording happen on such short notice.

Enjoy the meeting and enjoy your week, friends!

Yours in service,

Mitty Chang, President
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley
[email protected]

Weekly Inspiration: Spying on Wildlife with Animal Robots!

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change. This week we are featuring a video from Great Big Story about how one man has created robots with cameras that look like animals to spy on wildlife!

How do you record the most intimate moments in the animal kingdom? If you’re a clever English bloke, you build lookalike “spy creatures.” Filmmaker John Downer has spent much of his life capturing footage of wildlife, but it wasn’t until he and his team created robotic animals with built-in spy cameras that he was able to record rare footage of animal behavior in the wild, essentially from the perspective of the animal. Step inside his workshop to see how his mechanical menagerie spies on nature’s actors.

Virtual reality is widely considered to be a technology category to look out for new developments. It’s great to see that it might also become a solution to help understand the situation of others.

Laughing Out Loud (L.O.L.) with our Lady of LOLs

We believe that laughing a little every day keeps you healthier. Every week we try to share with you something that will make you smile! This section is curated by Rotarian Yvonne Kwan, our club’s “Lady of LOLs.”

From Yvonne: “May 14 is National Dance Like a Chicken Day! (Seriously, who makes these things up?!) Here are some jokes to have you squawking with laughter.”
What kind of chicken grows on a tree?
Why did the chicken join a band?
Because it already had drumsticks.
What do chickens grow on?

New Member Welcome

We love our members. Without them, this club wouldn’t exist. This section is a segment is dedicated to introducing our newest additions to our club!

“President Mitty here. It is with distinct pleasure that I am able to welcome two of our newest members into our ranks. Our club chartered in January 2015, and since then we have been growing our ranks. At the beginning of this Rotary year, back in July 2016, we had only 27 members in our club. Today, our family has grown to 38 members. Members are the lifeblood of every club and of Rotary. It is because of the selfless service, dedication, resources, contributions, and time of our members that Rotary is able to do the life-saving work it does in our local communities and in the world.

This week we are celebrating the official member inductions of Megan Breyer of California, USA and Angela Hoang of Sydney, Australia. As per our club’s tradition, we have asked both Megan and Angela to share with us a short video self-introduction.”

Here’s what Megan had to say about herself:

Welcome Megan!

Here’s what Angela had to say about herself:

Welcome Angela!

“President Mitty here again.

Megan. Angela. By becoming a member of our club, you each are joining the global family of Rotary as fellow Rotarians. You each now share this title with over 1.2 million leaders, activists, professionals, and miracle workers. It is because of the work of Rotarians that those without shelters have shelters, those without food have food, those with illness are cured, those without education receive it, and so much more. Whether it is the impact you will each make in your local community or in the global community, we know you each will live and think by the Rotarian creed of The Four Way Test: “First, is it the truth? Second, is it fair to all concerned? Third, does it build goodwill and better friendships? And fourth, is it beneficial to all concerned?”It is my distinct honor to officially welcome you both as the world’s newest Rotarians, and the newest members of our club’s global family.

Megan and Angela, it is my distinct honor to officially welcome you both as the world’s newest Rotarians, and the newest members of our club’s global family.

Members and guests, please join me in welcoming Megan and Angela to our club!”

Coffee with a Rotarian

A natural part of Rotary is the networking and the fellowship you get out of meeting other Rotarians. Coffee with a Rotarian is a program of our club where we match our members with other Rotarians that they haven’t had a chance to really get to talk to. This program is organized by member Tzviatko Chiderov.

In this week’s Coffee with a Rotarian, we are featuring a digital meet up between members Kristi Govertsen (USA) and Nathan Gildart (Japan).

Here is what Kristi had to say about Nate:

Thanks for sharing, Kristi! Check in next week for more Coffee with a Rotarian updates!

For Members Only: Updates

This segment of the meeting is dedicated to our club members. This section includes announcements and new initiatives. Guests, you are welcome to read this section or just skip it.

IMPORTANT – Have you moved in the last year? Is your mailing address up-to-date in our directory?

Members, after this week we will be mailing out a members package to each of you that will include your magnetic Rotary club lapel pin as well as two Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley exchange banners. These exchange banners are meant for you to be able to trade with other Rotary Clubs around the world as a sign of friendship when you visit their club. We’re starting off by sending two to each member, but we’ll have a system setup if members want to request additional banners. As you might imagine, it’s critically important that we have the correct mailing address for you on file. Please check the Google Sheet Members Directory to make sure the address we have there is correct. Not sure how to access that? Email [email protected]

We need help with our club’s 1st charity fundraiser on August 6th! “A Taste of Good with Rotary”

This is a repeat from the message from last week in case you missed it! We still need more help!

Members, our President-nominee Andrew Taw is chairing our club’s first annual charity fundraiser happening on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, California! Since this is our club’s first big charity fundraiser, we are looking for help from anyone who is willing to volunteer it! Proceeds will be benefiting different projects, with the main beneficiary being the Laptops for Good project. The Laptops for Good project is an initiative spearheaded by Andrew to donate Chromebooks (small laptops) to deserving high school juniors and seniors who come from low-income families. For almost all of these recipients, this is the first computer they have ever owned. We believe that in today’s world, a laptop can go a huge way in aiding a young adult to have the right tools to thrive.

Bookmark on your calendars Sunday, August 6th! Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but we are looking for silent auction prizes/baskets, and drawing prizes as well! Below is a video message from event chair Andrew for you, our fellow members and Rotarians. If you are reading this and you aren’t a member of our club, we welcome your donation too if you have a basket or item you’d like to donate!

Past Member Announcements:

Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we hold regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley every month! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of our events and service projects listed here.

Also be sure to join our Meetup Group for automatic calendar updates and to RSVP for our events! These are open to all guests as well!

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Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

More events coming soon! All events are open to guests, unless otherwise mentioned. Feel free to join us! If you ever have questions, please email [email protected]

Network: Online Happy Hour – Tue. May 9, 2017 from 7pm-8pm PT on the club Zoom Channel

Join us for our online happy hour! Everyone brings their own beverage and drinks in front of their webcams as we all socialize across borders and continents. You can join at 7 PM Pacific Time (that’s San Francisco or Cupertino time) on Tuesday, May 9 at this link: https://zoom.us/j/7489282423

Network: Online Happy Hour #2 – Tue. May 16, 2017 from 7pm-8pm PT on the club Zoom Channel

Join us for our second online happy hour in May! Everyone brings their own beverage and drinks in front of their webcams as we all socialize across borders and continents. You can join at 7 PM Pacific Time (that’s San Francisco or Cupertino time) on Tuesday, May 9 at this link: https://zoom.us/j/7489282423

Socialize: Beer O’Clock at Faction Brewery – Sat. May 27, 2017 from 4pm-6:30pm in Alameda, California

Kick back with Rotarians and awesome people for a relaxing Saturday social hour starting at 4 PM and running until 6:30 PM at the famous Faction Brewery in Alameda, California! Rumor is that one of our Aussie members will also be flying in to join us for some drinks! Guests are welcome! If you are a guest, we would love for you to email us in advance at [email protected]! But you are also welcome to just come join us and look for the Rotary hat, shirts, and sign!

Our club’s event chair: Shags Shagrin

Network: Rotary International Convention – June 10-14, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Join over 35,000 Rotarians from around the world at the annual Rotary convention! This year’s convention will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and features the centennial celebration of The Rotary Foundation! The Rotary International Convention is the largest regular gathering of Rotarians, and is also one of the best networking opportunities anyone can ever experience. Our Rotary eClub will have member events and experiences in Atlanta! Come join us in Atlanta! Members, be sure to let President Mitty know the dates you will be there!

Our club’s event chair: Mitty Chang

Special: Club Charity Fundraiser “A Taste of Good with Rotary” – Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Retzlaff Vineyard in Livermore, California

Save the date for Sunday, August 6, 2017 for our club’s first annual charity fundraiser! This delicious food and wine lunch event will indulge your taste buds while we enjoy amazing company, live music, silent auctions, auctions, and ticket drawings. More info coming soon.

Our club’s event chair: Andrew Taw

Happy Dollars: Do Good by Sharing Something Good

Each week we ask our members to share stories with the club and toss in a few dollars to support our efforts. The primary goal of this section is to provide a fun way of getting to know each fellow members and guests, while giving back to a good cause.

Happy dollars is an opportunity to share something positive that has happened in your life whether it is personal or business. Think of it as your opportunity to brag a little, but also put a little bit into a karma jar. The money donated through happy dollars is put to charitable use, and the message that you leave for happy dollars will be posted in our online meeting the following week for the entire week for folks to see! (Pending that it’s appropriate!)

Last week’s happy dollars went towards our club’s general fund. Here were the happy dollars donations from last week:

Thank you to member Rory Olsen for his $15 donation to the Polio Plus fund! Rory had this to say:
“All is well! Please apply my gift to Polio Plus! Have a nice week.”

Thank you to member Brian Liddicoat for his generous $15 donation! Brian had this to say:
“I am loving this Bay Area week of warm sunshine!”

Thank you to member Monique Ziesenhenne for her generous $15 donation!

Thank you to member Rushton Hurley for his generous $25 donation! Rushton had this to say:
“I’ve got some time at home coming up – I love to travel, but am good with being under my own roof and getting caught up on all that’s on the backburner.”

Thank you all for your donations last week!

This week’s donations will go towards supporting club operations!

Happy dollars is also a great opportunity to share with the group about something good that has happened to you.

So what are you happy about? Share with us below, and help support one of our future leaders!

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Selected Six

Every week at the bottom of our meetings, there is a comments section for members and guests to tell us what they enjoyed about the meeting or to ask questions to the speaker. We select six comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.

Here are six comments selected from last week’s meeting about Providing Life-Saving Clean Water & Sanitation to the World:

Member Shags Shagrin (California, USA) had this to say:
“Fantastic program, and a very blessed mission you are on, Shilpa. I recall a short video featured during a past meeting about a book of paper filters for water purification. I found a story & video about it online: https://nextcity.org/daily/… Not sure if you’re familiar with the item, but it may be an additional tool for Surge.”

Guest Leanza Tupfer (California, USA) had this to say:
“I believe the post on Teaching Empathy with Video Games is an extremely valuable tool for teaching younger generations about real world issues and how to react. We have used technology to optimize dissemination of information, automate processes, and certainly for education, but teaching empathy and other critical situations I believe is valuable for teaching lessons that can be applicable for real world situations.”

Member Tzviatko Chiderov (South Africa) had this to say:
“Shilpa, this was great. Thank you so much for the amazing work. Again, the stories you shared were so inspiring, and I’m happy to have seen Surge evolve into the life-changing organization it’s become. I really liked the empathy gaming video as well. It’s so cool when technology is used in ways that help people become better.”

Guest C Alexander (California, USA) had this to say:
“Shilpa, I found your talk interesting in terms of the difference in approach between Surge and Rotary International, when providing aid to those in critical need around the globe. In your talk you stated, “Surge is not a free service” and “all (aid recipients) must work” “to appreciate” the subsidized sanitary and clean water products and services which Surge and Surge partners, sell them. You also mentioned that aid recipients pay, “40%-60% of all costs” for toilets, water filters, sanity pad supplies, classes and sanitation installations. Are Surge staff and Surge partner travel and lodging costs included in the costs charged to aid recipients? In contrast, Rotary International donates water purification systems, hygiene and sanitation products, among other goods, classes and medical services, around the globe. RI pays for these costs by regularly requiring and requesting donations from Rotary members, by implementing funding drives for specific projects, then by using member teams who work along with locals when possible, during in country installations and when providing local medical or professional services. RI members also pay for their own travel and lodging when in country. Most importantly, RI never charges recipients for aid supplies or services, nor does RI force recipients, who are already disadvantaged, to work to receive humanitarian aid. https://www.rotary.org/en/o… Holding classes to create new cottage industries for families, women and girls, is a great idea. If residents in poor regions can then use new Surge-taught home-crafted products and services to barter for other needed services which were previously economically out of their reach, increasing their self-sufficiency, quality of life and dignity, that outcome is even better.”

Guest Jaiki Alves (Brazil) had this to say:
“Shilpa I am in love with your project, when I see those actions, I compare with actions Rotary and each time I have more sure that we are in the better world with better people, congrats. Wonderful actions. I went to Rotary Meeting in my city, and I said about this Eclub and all projects. I’m excited with this club. Thanks!”

Member Rushton Hurley (California, USA) had this to say:
“Loved the video from Shags, Andrew, Nicole, and Truffle! Shilpa, that was a great program. The story you start your presentation with paints a powerful picture. I really enjoyed hearing about the woman whose restaurant has benefitted so much from the filter you provided, as well. Shilpa, you clearly have a heart to serve others – if you aren’t already a Rotarian, I know a good eclub that would welcome having you apply! Finally, here’s a picture from my recent trip to Costa Rica to work with teachers and then take a couple of days to enjoy the country. For more, check out my Instagram feed!”

Be sure to leave a comment at the end of this week’s meeting after you watch the program below, and perhaps you’ll see your comment featured next week!

Tip: If you participate in the monthly photo contest via the comments, you’re much more likely to be featured in the next week’s meeting! Guests can participate too! Read our Members segment of our meeting to learn more about the theme for this month.

Program: End Polio Now Update

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week our guest this week is Cecelia Babkirk, our Rotary District’s Foundation Committee Chair.

The Rotary Foundation is the official giving arm of Rotary International. The Rotary Foundation is one of only a select few charities given a 100% rating on Charity Navigator, an organization that rates charities globally. It is through The Rotary Foundation that Rotary is able to carry out amazing life-saving feats like the End Polio Now Campaign, also known as the PolioPlus Fund.

Meet Cecelia.

Cecelia has been a Rotarian since 1994. She has served twice as club President and has served in many district positions, including Asst. Governor, International Service Chair, Vocational Service Chair, District Grants Chair and as the District Rotary Foundation Chair, a position she will hold through June 30, 2017.

In addition, she is a member of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisors, conducting audits and reviews of Global Grants to ensure good stewardship for The Rotary Foundation. Cecelia believes that the best way to experience the internationality of Rotary is to become involved in a Rotary Grant project that includes travel as a component. In real life, Cecelia is a Mortgage Advisor with Opes Advisors Inc., in San Jose, California.

Members and guests, please join us in welcoming back Cecelia!

Watch the addendum video mentioned in the presentation:

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Have a question for Cecelia? Leave a comment or a question in the comments below! Or just tell us how your week has been!

Upcoming Program Schedule

All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online. We welcome members and guests to join us in one of these upcoming recordings. Recordings are approximately 30 to 45 minutes long and are subject to change without notice.

Upcoming Recordings:

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If you would like to join us for any of the live recordings, please email [email protected] with your request. Requests will be checked up until 5 minutes prior to the recording time. Please note the timezone is all California, USA time.

You’re Almost Done! One last thing: The Attendance Survey…

Thanks for reading and watching this week’s meeting. You have two last things to do before you’re done. First, we have a very short attendance survey below for you to fill out to record your attendance.

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  • Rory Olsen


    Thank you for the shout out. Polio Plus is a wonderful campaign that is close to ending this dread disease. Please keep up the good work.

    • Cecelia,
      What Rory hasn’t mentioned is that he is one of our club’s biggest supporters and contributors to the PolioPlus campaign! Rory is amazing!! Just wanted to put that out there. 🙂

      • Cecelia

        Thanks for your recognition of Rory’s support, Mitty. He sets a great example for everyone in your club and the wider Rotary world.

    • Cecelia

      Hi Rory. I love how consistently you support the Polio Plus program. Rushton was right – I “stalk” your meetings every week and I always notice your support for this great program. Thank you for your generosity!

  • Megan Breyer

    So wonderful hearing an update on a project I’ve heard about for as long as I can remember. Rotary really does a lot of good in this world! Thanks for sharing, Cecelia!

    • Megan Breyer

      And thanks for the warm welcome, Mitty!!!

      • Yes!! I hope you like your new “Club Member” badge next to your comments username 😉

        • Megan Breyer

          Thanks Cecelia! And Mitty, you have no idea 🙂 Nearly 2 decades of waiting!! Here’s my shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SpurViewGoods

          So excited to get involved!!

          • I love your Etsy store! 🙂

          • Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne

            Great store, Megan, and welcome to Rotary! I hope that you can consider a donation for the upcoming fundraiser in August! I’d love to bid on something – and I wouldn’t be a good fundraising committee member if I didn’t hit you up. 😀 Look forward to meeting you.

          • Megan Breyer

            You guys are so sweet! Thanks 🙂 And I will absolutely plan on donating – Mitty already has my wheels turning (Rotary Wheel, of course haha). Let’s make sure to keep in touch so I can better fit what you guys are looking for

      • Cecelia

        Congratulations on your membership in a great club!

    • YESSS!!! WELCOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

      • Cecelia


    • Cecelia

      Thank you for your comments, Megan! Not only does Rotary do a lot of good in the world, but that good is done by Rotarians! We share ideas, join leaders and take action – especially we take action!

    • Megan, what’s your Etsy page link? Will you share it with us here? I’d love to see what you got! 🙂

  • Tzviatko Chiderov

    Megan and Angela, welcome to our club! We are happy to have you.
    The animal robots video was just amazing!
    Cecelia, thanks for speaking to us about the progress on the fight against polio. It makes me proud to know that Rotary has had such a tremendous impact on humanity through this program already. And when we eradicate it, I’ll be even more proud 🙂

    • Those animal robots are definitely so cool!!! Can you imagine using a lion one to explore the safari?

    • Cecelia

      Tzviatko, I couldn’t say it better – it will be a proud day to be a Rotarian, when the absolutely last case of polio takes place. Hopefully this year!

  • C Alexander

    Wow! What a great meeting today.

    Apologies in advance:
    For those of you who want to learn to do the chicken dance before May 14th, National Dance Like a Chicken Day, here are old (very old) instructions from the Lawrence Welk Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UV3kRV46Zs&list=RD6UV3kRV46Zs

    Welcoming newcomers:
    Megan, I share your love of Swing and Lindy dancing, plus the Big Band sound. Here are some Boswell Sisters tunes for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkpBI-e7QxU (Their great version of, “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” follows “Practice What You Preach,” in the YouTube queue.)

    Angela, make sure to visit the Coca Cola Museum in Atlanta, which is amazing, and save some time to shop at the huge Atlanta airport before you head home. The Atlanta airport is like an incredible shopping mall with many food courts. You can taste a range of traditional southern dishes there as well.

    Cecelia, thank you for the update on Polio Plus. The statistics are amazing and the End Polio Now video really brought home the enormity of the Rotary effort in Pakistan and around the globe. I look forward to the request for $26.50, to help join in that effort.

    Roger, I visited Fraser Valley in 1995. I fell in love with that region and the people there, who were so friendly (and so thin, despite the hearty food. How do they do it?) I appreciated your question about measles and the hesitancy of some parents to vaccinate their children, based on a falsified UK study indicating a link to Autism, which went viral.

    My former college roommate needed operations on both feet due to her mother having polio as a child. It’s hard to believe that polio has only been eradicated for a few generations here in the U.S.

    I found the text of the April 25, 2017 Congressional Record, RECOGNIZING ROTARY INTERNATIONAL’S SUCCESS: https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2017/04/25/house-section/article/H2819-1
    “In coordination with national governments, Rotary International
    created the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, producing Polio Plus
    as one of the most successful public-private health initiatives in
    history. The initiative has provided immunizations for more than 2.5
    billion children, spared 15 million from disability, prevented over 1.5
    million deaths, and has reduced polio illnesses by 99 percent.”

    Inspiring what that first $26.50 accomplished, as the start of a global effort.

  • Welcome Angela and Megan!!! So glad to have you both join us!

    Cecelia, thank you again for taking the time to speak to our eClub! Always a treat to have you join us!!

    • Cecelia

      President Mitty, it’s always a pleasure to connect with your club and occasionally speak on my favorite topics. I love how dynamic you all are and I look forward to further participation with you!

  • Raquel D. Juncal

    Cecelia, thanks for your presentation! Since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979, Rotarians have been very passionate about the “End Polio Now” Campaign. For as little as USD$0.60, a child can be protected from this terrible disease for life and I believe that one of the awesome things about Rotary is that we are dedicated to finding ways to be of service to others as we join efforts for a common purpose.

  • Kristi Govertsen

    Megan and Angela, welcome to our club!
    Thank you, Cecelia, for the update and reminder that we need to stay focused on the goal. We’re *this* close!

    • @kristigovertsen:disqus Kristi! How was the conference you just spoke at? Do you have any photos to share with us? It’s so cool that I got an email from someone who heard you speak, and checked out our eClub!

  • BDL

    Thanks, Cecilia! The polio campaign is what first attracted me to Rotary, so this update means a lot.
    Megan and Angela, welcome, welcome! I love me some Humboldt County and Sydney Australia: two of my favorite places!

    • @BDliddicoa:disqus That’s awesome. 🙂 Brian, have you been on a polio immunization trip yet? Any interest in one if the dates work out? I’d love to see if some club members can do one sometime

  • Fernando Morales

    Hello all. What a great session- thank you Cecilia. I am always amazed by the success of the efforts in eradicating polio. So rarely can campaigns set out for a global result and actually achieve it. Inspiring work and it’s great to hear from someone involved in this.

  • Fernando Morales

    On an unrelated note, I also wanted to share this picture of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. I worked there with a nonprofit for a couple of years and recently had the opportunity to go back through a work trip. Rotary Clubs, mainly in the US were big supporters of this nonprofit. It was a great trip and it was particularly rewarding to see that a vocational education program that I used to manage- and which was funded through a Rotary Global Grant -was doing really well, growing, and reaching more people. I was fortunate enough to have experienced the impact of Rotary which funded health, education, water and other community development initiatives within our organization. It was good to go back and see that those initiatives were moving forward. I had this eClub in mind while I was there, I hope you like it!

    • @disqus_2QBBeW7VFK:disqus That’s so cool!! Thank you for sharing this photo, Fernando!

    • Megan Breyer

      You’re making me miss Guatemala even more than usual… Such a beautiful country!! I’d love to hear more about that vocational education program!

  • Just wanted to share a bit of my most recent adventure: This past weekend I traveled to Lake George, New York for the first time. The only times I’ve been to NY state have been the times I’ve been in NYC. As with many of my spring travels, this was for a Rotary District Conference I was speaking at. It was really cool to meet the Rotarians of District 7190. You really never know what’s going to happen when you travel with Rotary. I mean, take this photo for example. This is “Georgie,” the Lake George local mascot. I never would have imagined, prior to this trip, that polar bears were local to New York state. 😉 The things you learn when you’re with Rotary!

    This is why I encourage folks to consider meeting up with Rotary whenever they travel! And members and guests – think about joining us for one of our upcoming May events!


  • Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne

    Welcome to Angela and Megan! This is a great club and I look forward to getting to know you. I grew up in Redding, so Humboldt Co. was an escape during the hot hot hot summer! Loved the program, Cecilia! Thank you for the information. Like many of our members, Polio Plus is one of the reasons I’m proudest of being a Rotarian. I appreciate what you and everyone else are doing to finish the job of eradicating it. Thank you!

  • Welcome Angela & Megan. Cecelia, thanks for the update. Good to see you’re active.
    What’s going on regarding Rotary Foundation, District 5170, and fund-raising?

  • Welcome, Angela and Megan! Mitty, I’m happy to be one of the folks in the mentors group. Cecelia, thanks again for the update!

  • ShagsCA

    The animal robot video was fantsamagoric! Animatronic surveillance and oopsies — what a concept and fascinating experience to observe. This weeks jokes, however, were a bit fowl…

    New members Megan and Angela — you’re a blessing to Rotary and to our Club, having found us or steered to us because of how we operate and what we can provide as Rotary ideals to those who don’t fit into a typical terra Club perspective. Having been a Rotarian for more years then you are of age (since 8/82!), and now a part of what is probably the most cutting-edge, perhaps “bleeding edge”, of a Rotary eClub, thanks for selecting us to kick off your adventures as a Rotarian. [Angela – my wife is also a pharmacist, and we both love to cook.

    The main difference between chemistry/pharmacy and cooking is that with cooking, it’s OK to lick the spoon!] [Megan – I have a great collection of 20’s and 30’s music, and my grandfather ran theaters and had connections with the studios and actors of the day, so my Al Jolson collection of audio clips is amazing!]

    Thanks for the great update on Polio Plus, Cecilia. I remember when the undertaking was first announced by RI in 1985 and we all rallied around the idea. Still recall standing in line at the local high school to receive my oral vaccination back in the early ’60s!

    For those members within an easy driving distance from my home, please know that I was just accepted as a home cook with http://www.Josephine.com. I will probably offer two meals a week, pick up at my place within the posted window, and you’ll have some amazing dinners that I wouldn’t make if I didn’t have a whole mess o’ folks who wanted to share in the comestible adventure. And if you’re not nearby, they are growing nationwide, so check it out! Great alternative to cooking or ordering take out. PAELLA on May 25th for only $18/serving! (Shameless promotion)

    • Yvonne Kwan

      On the contrary, I thought the jokes were eggcellent.

  • Jaiki Alves

    Welcome, Angela and Megan. Now, you can make diference in the world and local community, never forget about 4 quetions.

    Cecelia congratulations, your speak was amazing, Members and Guests you can know about Polio on website http://endpolio.org
    End Polio Now is the main program of Rotary Fundation with support Bill and Belinda Gates, this a big opportunity to us help the Afghanistan with 03 cases and Pakistan with 02 cases. This is the year to make difference! I can have sure that Rotary is an important tool to the world and I have proud. Thanks again, I am loving this Rotary.

  • Hello and welcome Angela and Megan! Cecelia, this was a fantastic update and meeting. What I appreciated in this meeting was how the three of you conveyed the passion within Rotary to commit and finish this project! Thanks again!

  • Roger Plested

    Another enjoyable meeting. I liked the video of the robot animals. However they are not a substitute for a real pet.

    Welcome to the club Angela and Megan. I look forward to meeting both of you and getting to know you.

    Yvonne, you outdid yourself this week. Gracie thinks that your jokes are hilarious! I should post a video of her reaction.

    Cecilia, again thank you for a wonderful presentation. I know that Rotary working together will complete the goal.

    Mitty, even though I am a relatively new member, please add me to the list of Mentors for new members. It is important, that we all work together, for the benefit of each member and for society.

    • Will do! Thanks Roger! 🙂

    • Yvonne Kwan

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying my jokes, Roger! You should absolutely post a video of Gracie’s reaction!

  • Andrew Taw

    Those robot cameras are cool!

    Welcome Angela and Megan! Very excited you guys have joined us!

    Thanks for the update Cecelia! I’m a pretty young guy and even I can remember when India was on the list of endemic countries. It’s amazing the kind of progress that’s been made.

  • Nicole Pham

    YAYAYAYAY welcome to the club Angela and Megan!!! Can’t wait to get to know you guys better. (: Thank you Cecilia for your presentation. End Polio Now was the first rotary project that I ever got involved in and has always left an impact on my heart.

  • Nathan Gildart

    Cecelia, thank you for that update! The End Polio campaign is admirable, and it’s impressive to see the exemplary commitment from Rotary over decades. Megan and Angela, great to meet you!

    Kristi, cheers for the video! I’m editing yours now. I decided to bring a little Japan into it. 😉

  • Brett Sham

    Megan and Angela welcome to the club!

    Cecelia thanks for the update on the efforts and progress against polio. It will be an awesome day when it is eradicated.

  • Megan and Angela welcome to the family!
    Cecelia, thank you for giving such an informative update to the status of polio. It is inspiring to see the impact that Rotary has made for the lives of so many worldwide

  • Richard Knaggs

    I loved the Robotic creatures but really surprised that elephant crush them. Welcome Megan and Angela, this is truly an amazing club to be a part of. Well Done Kristi for doing the good work of coffee with a Rotarian. I was lucky and privileged enough to meet up with Tzviatko Chiderov, the brain child of this programme, at the beginning of this week in Johannesburg. What a great man. It is good to see that the fight against polio is almost done. Thank you for the update Cecelia. I also have friends who do not vaccinate their children because of the “autism” claims. I just hope and pray their children do not get exposed to the virus.

  • Richard Knaggs
  • Yvonne Kwan

    WOW. The animal robots video blew my mind. What an awesome way to get real footage of animals without disturbing their homes.

    Welcome Megan and Angela! I can’t wait to meet the both of you! Megan, I’m in Newark (basically Fremont) — we should definitely meet up for a coffee date! And Angela, can’t wait to see you and Brett at our social at the end of this month!

    Kristi, awesome update about Nate!

    Cecelia, thank you for the update about End Polio Now! I would love to go on an immunization trip one day.

    • Megan Breyer

      Yessss! Let’s do it! I’m going sailing with you lovely people on the 29th – let’s swap numbers then and make it happen 🙂

  • mahmood khan

    Love to see you part our Rotary eClub -welcome Megan and Angela!
    Great update on Polio. Thank you Cecelia. I just hope the next three countries will also join the Eradicated countries soon.

    Another thought, since we have an infrastructure for eradicating Polio, IS IT POSSIBLE TO USE THIS TO ERADICATING POVERTY AND TO PROVIDE BASIC EDUCATION? Is there plan for either at world level?

    Thank you Cecelia.

    PS: I loved the Chicken jokes. thank you Yvonne. Still LOL….

  • john lozano

    Welcome Megan and Angela.

    Megan, yeah….Humboldt County people! I spend six great years living in Arcata while I attended Humboldt State University. If anyone has never been up the North Coast (the real North Coast), you owe yourself a beautiful drive and spectacular views of the ocean and redwoods. Look forward to meeting you Megan.

    Cecelia, Thanks for the update. Your presentation was a timely reminder of the great things Rotary does.

    • Megan Breyer

      That’s so awesome! My parents still live in Eureka 🙂 It really is beautiful up there… wonderful place to go visit. Go Jacks!

      • john lozano

        Megan, thanks for the message. Eureka is one of my favorite towns. I did my student teaching at Eureka High School. Glad you could join our Rotary Club and look forward to meeting you in person. And yes….Go Jacks!!!

  • Maxi Bustos

    Another excellent meeting!
    Congratulations Megan and Angela for becoming rotarians 🙂
    Thanks Cecelia for the update on the End Polio efforts, is great to see that we are so close. Are we already thinking on our next big project?

  • Paul Mosso

    Welcome to the eClub Megan & Angela!

  • Angela Hoang

    Thanks everyone again, distance doesn’t really feel like an issue when you’re part of an E-club so I’m really glad to be a part of this Rotary club and I’m counting down the days to Atlanta – not too many to go now!

    Thanks Cecilia on your talk on the state of polio eradication at present, at Uni we were taught about the importance of vaccination and polio eradication was always cited as a prime example of how vital vaccination is to eradicating debilitating diseases but watching your presentation really highlighted to me how people are working tirelessly everyday to really crush this disease once and for all. Sometimes it’s easy just to read the statistics but the story behind the scenes are just as, if not even more important. Thanks again for all your hard work!

  • Ferheen Abbasi

    My comment is late – my apologies!

    Thank you Cecelia for the Polio Now update! When I was in high school, I did a presentation about ending polio and we cited much of Rotary’s wonderful work.

    Welcome Megan and Angela!!! 🙂

  • C Alexander

    The robotic animals were amazing! So sad that a spy pup was lost to a wolf and an elephant stepped on a mechanical tortoise. 🙁

    Welcome Megan and Angela! Megan, I also love swing music and the Lindy!

    The Pakistan Polio Plus video was so interesting. I had no idea that 2.5 billion children have been served by Rotary donations to End Polio Now, or that two strains of polio have been eradicated already. Likewise, it was gratifying to learn that the global response to Ebola was organized through polio organizations set up by Rotarian’s.

    I’m looking forward to donating $26.50 or more to Polio Plus, to continue those efforts!


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