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Mobile clinic delivers free healthcare for Wisconsin’s underserved communities

Rotary clubs in District 6250 (Wisconsin and Minnesota, USA) have donated a mobile clinic to St. Clare Health Mission, a community organization in La Crosse, Wisconsin, that provides primary and specialty health care services at no cost for those without access to insurance.

Rotary President Jennifer Jones announces US$150 million pledge toward polio eradication

Rotary President Jennifer Jones appeared on the stage at the star-studded Global Citizen Festival to announce an additional US$150 million pledge toward that end.

Re-emergence of polio underscores the need for eradication

The detection of poliovirus, and even cases of polio, in places where it hasn’t been found for years has demonstrated once again that eradicating a human disease isn’t easy, especially in the final stages.In recent months, an unvaccinated man in the United States was paralyzed. In the

Rotary members in Poland provide a safe home for Ukrainian refugees

In March, shortly after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, refugees began arriving at a home in Wojciechów, a town about 20 miles from the city of Lublin in eastern Poland.

Rotary, Ukraine Friends to collaborate on addressing needs in Ukraine

Rotary, Ukraine Friends to collaborate on addressing needs in

 
I hope you are all doing well and that your loved ones are staying safe these days. We have had delightful warm weather which I do also hope you were able to enjoy over the last summer months either locally or out exploring new places.
 
September is Literacy month and let’s highlight the importance of learning at a young age the different tools that we acquire and the skills that will set the foundation for a better future in life. Too often in both written and broadcasted news, we discover how affected several communities are. Whether some are right in our neighborhoods or others around the world, many still do not have the basic skills for reading and writing. This frequently influences the outcome of moving forward in life, or worse, barred from any chance of building one. Access to education, healthcare, employment, or fundamental knowledge remain a challenge, even today. Literacy is the first step towards opening communication, gaining a deeper understanding of the world and most importantly, developing independence to become a thriving citizen. It enriches the individual to be socially engaged and to create a better future for themselves. This in turn will solidify the community in addition to contributing significantly in reducing economic and social inequalities.
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Take action for World Polio Day: 24 October
Every year, the Rotary community mobilizes for World Polio Day to raise awareness about global efforts to end polio for good. If we stay committed, we can make polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

How can you take part in this year’s World Polio Day? 
Host an event or activity. The Rotary Club of Adliya and the Rotaract Club of Bahrain planned a World Polio Day yoga event for women to raise awareness about polio in their community.

Plan a fundraiser. The OKC Midtown Rotary Club in Oklahoma, U.S., held a bocce ball tournament to raise funds for End Polio Now.    
          
Post on social media. Use the assets in the World Polio Day Toolkit to help spread the word about World Polio Day and the importance of polio eradication.

However you decide to get involved, register your club’s participation for World Polio Day! Do so by 13 October and you’ll get early access to Rotary’s Global Update one week before World Polio Day. The program is scheduled to be shown on 24 October on Rotary’s Facebook page and endpolio.org.
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In my everyday life just like in Rotary, I wear many hats: mom, stepmom, wife, teacher, avid reader, Literacy Chair, member of the DEI committee, and more. Since July of 2021 I have had the pleasure of becoming the Literacy Chair for this district, which has allowed me to share my passion for education, literacy, reading, and books with fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, family, and friends. As such, I decided to start a book club (the Diverse Book Club) that would be accessible (online), open, and free to all, and that would be inclusive by focusing on questions inspired by varied pieces of writing from an array of authors, genres, themes, etc. You can participate even if you haven’t read the book!
I recently attended a DEI Summit sponsored Rotary District 5950 which covers the much of Minnesota. The summit was help live in Minneapolis and online via Zoom.
 
The focus of the summit fell into three main areas, DEI basics; The Business of Healing; and Transforming Club Culture.
 
In the breakout sessions, it was interesting to note how many of our clubs lack diversity. Change is happening, however it’s a slow process educating members.  
 
Thanks to our new International President, Jennifer Jones, she has made DEI her Presidential Initiative. 
 
Here’s an excerpt from her message about the DEI Initiative:
 
Diversity is one of Rotary's longstanding core values and greatest strengths. Jones knows there is more to be done to ensure that Rotary's culture exemplifies our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Rotary, with input and guidance from the DEI Task Force, has strengthened our commitment to DEI, resulting in a greater focus on celebrating every individual's contributions, advancing equity, and creating a more welcoming and inclusive culture.
President Jennifer Jones encourages each of us to do our part to ensure Rotary is a welcoming and inclusive community by:
 
  1. Learning more about DEI in Rotary, including understanding definitions and how to celebrate and respect our differences.
  2. Determining why DEI matters to our club and community and how using DEI principles can help our club grow and become stronger.
  3. Raising awareness of DEI, including creating a DEI committee in your club that reflects the demographics of your community.
  4. Taking action on DEI in our club and community for instance educating yourself about underrepresented groups in your community in order to become a more knowledgeable and effective advocate for DEI.
 
Learn more and take action by reading the DEI presidential brochure.
Find additional resources on our DEI web page.
Watch what Jones hopes to accomplish with DEI (download).
 
 
 
 
Gananoque Rotary Club is BACK – “Babybacks”, that is…. RIBFEST 2022-A GREAT SUCCESS!!
 
After a 2 year hiatus Gananoque saw the return of the Town’s most popular fundraising festival on the July 1st weekend!  Splendid weather graced the 4 day event of finger lickin’, mouth watering, lip smacking, yummy ribs, all on offer from 4 professional “ribbers”. This annual event, co-hosted with our friends the town’s Lion club, brought out locals and tourists by the hundreds and the newly instituted “Toonie at the Gate” fazed virtually no one!  Smiles abounded as young and old passed through the gates at our new location behind the Lou Jeffries/TLTI Recreation Centre.
We had a great turnout this week to hear Paul Alexander’s remarkable story about his 70 years of life in an iron lung from the age of six years old. It was really inspiring to hear Paul share his journey with the 50 people online.

Several people have requested a link to the recording we made and you can take the opportunity to listen to Paul. Please find the recording of Paul Alexander's talk at this link:  recording of Paul's Talk.  Visit this link and comment if you wish. Please complete the form on the page so we know you have visited us.
 
Regards
Martin Brocklebank, Secretary
The Rotary eClub of Innovation
Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Just like physical first aid is provided until medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate support is found or until the crisis is resolved.
 
Learn more about becoming a facilitator here.
 
Les premiers soins en santé mentale (PSSM), sont l’aide apportée aux personnes qui commencent à manifester un problème de santé mentale ou qui traversent une crise psychologique. Tout comme les premiers soins apportés en cas de blessures physiques, les premiers soins en santé mentale sont prodigués jusqu’à ce qu’un traitement approprié soit offert ou jusqu’à ce que la crise se résorbe.
 
En savoir plus de devenir animateur ici.
 
As the first organization to envision a polio-free world through mass immunization of children, Rotary believes the decision to vaccinate is a humanitarian imperative. The Rotary International Board of Directors and Rotary Foundation Trustees believe that:
 
1) Global vaccination is the path to ending the pandemic, and we strongly encourage vaccination for all individuals, including our members.
2) Misinformation hinders the fight against COVID-19, and we are committed to providing our members with science-based information.
 
Whenever possible, articles have been translated into French. We could use help with translation at any time. Please note that most articles have a "See More" link so that you can read the rest of the article.
 
Dans la mesure du possible, les articles ont été traduits en français. Nous pourrions utiliser de l'aide pour la traduction à tout moment. Veuillez noter que la plupart des articles ont un lien "See More" afin que vous puissiez lire le reste de l'article.