Posted by Marilyn Mucha on May 13, 2019
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YEG Passort Rotary club is one step closer to being official.  Charter documents were signed by President Markus Muhs, Secretary Anne McAthey and District Governor Ingrid Neitsch and witnessed by  club advisor and member of sponsor club RC of Edmonton Whyte Ave Marilyn Mucha at the District office on Friday, May 10, 2019.
 
The Charter application included the information on the 20 Charter members.   A celebration of the Charter will be set once we receive final approval from RI.  Tentatively the date is set for Thursday,  June 20. Charter night is when all members will be officially inducted. Spouses and family will be invited as well as other clubs in our District.
 
Stay posted.  This will be an exciting milestone for the first Passport club in our District AND Alberta.  
YEG Passport club submits Charter docs to RI Marilyn Mucha 2019-05-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 13, 2019
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Letter from Linda Robertson,
Hi Everyone 
 
Today as I was preparing to send an End Polio Now update to all of the districts in Zone 24 W, I received an e-mail from Mike McGovern, Rotary's International Polio Plus Chair.  He was sharing the disturbing news that in the last two weeks four polio workers were killed in Pakistan and a propaganda program against polio vaccinations in that country has created hysteria that led to tens of thousands of children needlessly going to hospital.  There are news stories circulating regarding the current polio eradication efforts in Pakistan and Rotary and its partners are doing all that is humanly possible to address the many situations. If you have any further questions about the current situation please contact me as End Polio Now Coordinators are kept well informed.
 
Mike also shared that three new cases of wild polio virus were confirmed in Afghanistan last week and two new cases in the lab in Pakistan were confirmed this week.
Thus we have gone from 9 cases this year to 12 officially and two more known. The message we are being asked to share with Rotarians is to emphasize our long term progress, to highlight the African progress (Africa is expected to be declared polio free by August 2019) and to indicate we have challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan which are being addressed by Rotary leaders.

 
Update on Polio Eradication- struggles continue Marilyn Mucha 2019-05-13 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary On the Ground in Malawi:
 

Cyclone Idai has torn through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, destroying homes and livelihoods.

According to the UN, this devastating cyclone may be the worst ever disaster to hit the southern hemisphere.

Thousands of families urgently need shelter and support

 
Rotary member and @ShelterBox response volunteer Liz Odell provides an update on the response to #CycloneIdai and how working with Rotary contacts in-country is helping to assess the need.
 
 
 
Rotary with Shelterbox after Cyclone Idai Marilyn Mucha 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
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