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Read the Southeast Sun article about our September 10th guest speaker:
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An upcoming trip to Togo, West Africa in October 2013 to participate in a polio immunization exercise, attend the 9thAnnual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in a hands-on work project is being organized.
Trip Dates: October 15 – 24, 2013
Travel to: Lomé, Togo, West Africa
Per Person Price: $1,689, double occupancy
Program includes: Hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, hands-on community service field work, West Africa Project Fair registration, special Rotary and fellowship events, sightseeing, etc.
In October 2013, North American Rotarians will travel to Lomé, Togo, for a life changing experience. Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant? These trips have a profound effect upon the individual. For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.
The experiences you have stay with you forever. You get up early in the morning, travel with local Rotarians to a village, health clinic or impoverished neighborhood, and for the next few hours, you change. Small children come up to you to say thank you. Mothers and fathers smile at you knowing that you are giving their child a chance for a better life. You meet with the leaders in the village to learn of their needs and their hopes. It is hot; it is dusty; it makes you uncomfortable; it is exquisite.
The West Africa Project Fair is endorsed by Rotary’s Reach Out to Africa Committee (ROTA), who is trying to generate greater connectivity between the African and North American Rotarians to generate greater support of the projects of Africa. Your involvement, or your club’s involvement, in this Fair would not only provide an opportunity for project support, it would also help your members to grow and to understand the benefits of being a Rotarian. Involvement in Rotary gives the ordinary Rotarian extraordinary opportunities to do things that they could never do anywhere else. This trip is just such an experience.
Space is limited and this trip is expected to fill quickly. If you would like additonal information, please contact Veronica Crock at [email protected].
|Posted by Enterprise Rotary Club Webmaster on April 3, 2013 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
ENTERPRISE, Ala. (March 25, 2013) – Enterprise residents Chris and Toni Kaminski were part of a 28-member team from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, France and the US Virgin Islands who recently traveled to India to participate in the global fight against polio. Many of the team members, including Toni, are Rotarians who are proud to share Rotary’s goal of global eradication of polio. Thanks to their efforts, worldwide eradication of polio is growing closer each day.
With over 350,000 cases of polio worldwide in more than 125 countries in 1985, Rotary International launched a polio eradication program that continues today. Since 1985, Rotary has worked through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to help immunize more than two billion children and reduce the number of polio cases by 99 percent.
Once considered the epicenter of polio, India reported 741 polio cases, more than any other country in the world, as recently as 2009. However, through the collective efforts of the Indian government, non-government organizations, and private groups, India was declared a non-endemic country in January 2012. India aims to be declared polio free by January 2014 which would leave only 3 endemic countries in the world: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria where the virus has not been brought under control.
“Everyone in every country should realize that children all over the world are at risk of this dreaded disease until the whole world is polio free”, says Chris Kaminski. His wife Toni, president of Enterprise Rotary Club says, “Lack of education, misinformation and half-truths are the main hindrances remaining in the path of world-wide eradication.” Kaminski emphasizes that even though there have been no new cases reported in India in the last two years, there is still no room for complacency. She says, “India is a shining example to the world that the goal of polio eradication can be reached with the remarkable collective efforts of the government and Rotarians.”
The 28 member team worked in various towns in the state of Chandigarh during their visit to India. They worked booths set up for National Immunization Day as well as door-to-door efforts in slum colonies in Mauli Jagran, Manimajra and Bapu Dham. The Kaminski’s have contributed financially to Rotary International’s Polio Plus efforts for several years, but both felt moved to do more to better touch the lives of the children of India.
For more information about polio eradication efforts or the trip mentioned above please contact Toni or Chris Kaminski at 334-393-6224. To make a financial contribution in support of the eradication of polio, please send a check payable to Polio Plus to Enterprise Rotary Club, PO Box 310664, Enterprise, Alabama 36331.
About Rotary Club
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.
Enterprise Rotary Club meets at noon every Tuesday at Enterprise Rotary Club. For more information, visit enterpriserotaryclub.org, follow us on Twitter (@epriserotary), or find us on Facebook.
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In honor of World Polio Day, which is widely recognized on 24 October, Enterprise Rotary Club members are donating $1,513 and many volunteer hours at India National Immunization Day as part of Rotary’s 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease.
On World Polio Day, Rotary International will also launch the “World’s Biggest Commercial”, an innovative, interactive campaign at endpolionow.org, that gives everyone a chance to join Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Gates, Jackie Chan, Amanda Peet and other world figures and celebrities already participating in Rotary’s “This Close” campaign (as in, “this close” to ending polio) in raising awareness and support for polio eradication.
Also on World Polio Day, Rotary will make available for purchase “End Polio Now,” an eclectic album of songs performed by its celebrity polio eradication ambassadors from the music industry, including polio survivors Itzhak Perlman (classical violin); Donovan (folk rock); and Staff Benda Bilili (Congolese soukous). The album will be available via iTunes and at shop.rotary.org. World Polio Day follows a succession of significant developments that have made 2012 one of the most important years in the history of the polio eradication initiative.
• In January, Rotary announced it had raised more than $200 million in new money for polio eradication called for in a $355 million challenge grant from the Gates Foundation. The total is now $228 million and growing. In recognition of Rotary’s effort, the Gates Foundation added another $50 million. Total funding package: $605+ million.
• In February, India was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries. Many health experts expected India to be polio’s final stronghold, so the country’s polio-free designation after a full year of no new cases represents a major milestone.
• In May, the World Health Assembly declared polio eradication to be a “programmatic emergency for global public health,” in recognition of the dichotomy posed by the increased risk of failure due to the funding gap, opposite the significant progress represented by the reduction in cases and polio’s shrinking geographical presence.
• On September 27, in conjunction with a polio side event at the UN General Assembly, Rotary announced its plan to contribute US$75 million over the next three years to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) as part of a worldwide effort to close a $700 million funding gap that threatens to derail the global health effort, even as new polio cases are at an all-time low.
The message to world leaders is clear: support the final push to achieve eradication now while the goal has never been closer, or face the potential consequences of a new polio pandemic that could disable millions of children within a decade.
Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries. The disease remains endemic in three countries -- Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan -- although other countries remain at risk for imported cases.
To raise awareness and funds for the global push to end polio, other Rotary clubs worldwide are conducting activities surrounding World Polio Day including:
• A team of Rotary volunteers from a district in Taiwan and Korea will participate in the India National Immunization Day in Meerut, India.
• A group of Rotarians and community supporters from Victoria, Australia will gather for a photo in front of Parliament House in Canberra wearing red End Polio Now shirts.
A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal. As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. For as little as 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. After an international investment of more than $9 billion, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated.
GPEI is spearheaded by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It includes the support of governments and other private sector donors.
Rotary is a global humanitarian organization with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary members are men and women who are business, professional and community leaders with a shared commitment to make the world a better place through humanitarian service.
|Posted by Enterprise Rotary Club Webmaster on October 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
Mary Beth Maddox will be the guest speaker at the October 23 meeting of Enterprise Rotary Club. Ms. Maddox worked in outside sales before joining the staff at Personnel Resources. In her role as Senior VP, she has spent over 16 years helping companies devise staffing, recruiting and teambuilding strategies.
Mary Beth has been very active in the community. At age 19, she was the youngest president of the Ashford Area Chamber of Commerce. She has held numerous leadership positions in a variety of non-profit organizations including: The American Heart Association, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and the Wiregrass Children’s Home. She currently serves as the Campaign Chair for the Wiregrass United Way. Mary Beth is also the first president of either Rotary Club in Dothan. During her tenure, the Houston County Club received the Presidential Citation. She is a two-time nominee for “Dothan Small Business Person of the Year.” As a motivational speaker, Mary Beth addresses business groups all over the region. Her favorite topics are related to sales and recruiting. She is frequently called upon by local media as an expert in her field, and her remarks have been published in several magazines.
|Posted by Enterprise Rotary Club Webmaster on October 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
Enterprise Rotary Club will host its 25th annual $10,000 Give-A-Way on November 8, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Country Club.
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District Governor Jim Golson will speak at the October 9, 2012 meeting of the Enterprise Rotary Club. The meeting will be held at the Enterprise Country Club at noon. DG Golson was born in Prattville, attended Hicks Memorial School in Autaugaville, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn. He also received an Executive MBA from Queens University of Charlotte, in Charlotte, NC, and a Ph.D. from Duke University in Durham, NC. Jim’s professional experience includes senior management positions with two banks, an investment management firm, two computing and telecommunications firms, a healthcare services firm, and teaching and senior administrative positions with four universities, most recently as an assistant vice-president with Auburn University. Jim is married to Nancy Golson, a native of Talladega. They have two grown sons, Brian, a partner in a private equity firm in San Francisco, and Neil, a senior brand manager for Coca-Cola in Atlanta. Brian and his wife, Alisa, have three daughters—Kate, Sloan, and Eve. Neil and his wife, LesLeigh, have one daughter, Harper. DG Jim is a member of the Auburn Rotary Club where he was president in 2007-2008. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Benefactor, a member of the Bequest Society, and a Major Donor with the Rotary Foundation. One of Jim’s most interesting activities with Rotary is his work with PolioPlus, Rotary’s world-wide polio eradication project. He participated in National Immunization Days in Egypt in 2004 and in Ghana in 2006. In recognition of his work with polio eradication, Jim received a special Humanitarian Services award from District 6880 in 2007.
|Posted by Enterprise Rotary Club Webmaster on September 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
Enterprise Rotary Club will receive the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence at the Chamber Annual Banquet scheduled for Thursday, September 27th. The banquet will be held at the Enterprise Civic Center at 5:30.