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Rotary Parkview building
22 St. Andrews St. N., St. Marys
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St. Marys, ON  N4X 1C5
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World Polio Day: October 24, 2016


As volunteers and advocates, Rotary members play a crucial role in the fight to end polio. Our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative will come together in Atlanta for World Polio Day.


On 24 October, World Polio Day, Rotary will bring together partners from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for an update on our fight to end polio. As host and moderator of the event, our organization plays a key role in amplifying one of the most important public health concerns in modern history.

When we first took it up as an organizational cause over three decades ago, polio affected 350,000 children every year, mostly in lower-income countries where poor sanitation and limited access to clean water facilitate the spread of the virus.

Our collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, local health workers, and national governments has helped reduce the number of cases to just 74 last year. When the final case is behind us, polio will be only the second disease, after smallpox, ever to have been completely wiped out.

This year's event, the fourth to be live-streamed and the first to be held at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is our opportunity to put the fight to end polio in the public eye.

We will link the live-stream feed to our web site after the event.





Rotary UN Representative Coming to St.Marys


On October 24th the Rotary Club of St.Marys will present notable speaker Doug Vincent.  The Club is presenting this opportunity to the public to hear Doug speak on the “Power of 1.”


Rotary Dinner with Doug Vincent

“The Power of 1”

Monday October 24th

St. Marys Pyramid Center

Social Hour - 5:30 p.m.

Dinner         - 6:30 p.m.

Speaker      - 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $25


Tickets from St.Marys Rotarians



On September 22, 2016, Rotarian Linda Schuyler, Literacy Chair presented a $600 cheque to St. Marys Public Library CEO, Shannan Sword and Kate Long Library Collections Officer to purchase e-Books, audio books and DVDs for the Rotary Club of St. Marys 'Thank You Program' in honour of their guest speakers.

In the last 4 years, our club has donated 122 books/DVDs to the St. Marys Public Library.



Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating

The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency.

The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.

In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.


In Rotary, the theme for the month of September is Basic Education and Literacy, one of the six areas of focus.
Did you know that 1.7 million additional teachers are needed worldwide to meet the goal of universal primary education?
How can we take action?
-Participate in a world community project to provide teacher training and needed classroom supplies. A few of our members already help load containers heading to South Africa with unwanted school room supplies from schools that have been closed in our area. We welcome more of our members to help with this worthy "Global Literacy Project" which is an ongoing project of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend. On Aug 5th I had the privilege of helping them load containers #62 & 63. Not only do you have a great feeling of satisfaction knowing that these items will not be littering the dump but that children who have nothing will now have desks, chairs, blackboards, etc. You also have the opportunity to meet many wonderful Rotarians from our area. 
Did you know that 57 million children worldwide are not in school and that 781 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate?
How can we take action?
- Volunteer in a classroom or after-school program
- Serve as a mentor to students in your community
- Organize a Canada150 literacy program that would include all school age children in our community (stay tuned for more information coming in the near future)

Polio Watch (Sept 2016)
by Polio Eradication Co-Chair Joan Fisher

Polio eradication has endured an unfortunate setback in Nigeria. Two confirmed cases of type 1 of the virus came to
light in July. Prior to this detection, there had been no new cases of polio in Nigeria since July 24, 2014.

While these cases are isolated to the state of Borno, they are linked to a strain of the virus last detected in Borno in
2011. This demonstrates the insidiousness of the polio virus that can go undetected for 5 years and then paralyze two
innocent children.
Borno has been victim of civil unrest in recent years, suggesting pockets of children may not have
been vaccinated. Local gaps in surveillance to identify the disease may also have existed, allowing the virus to
continue circulating. To combat this latest outbreak, Nigeria’s government has stepped up immunization through
five, large scale vaccination campaigns taking place from August to November and strengthening surveillance across
Borno and at-risk communities.
To reduce the risk of the spread of the virus, immunization campaigns are also being
launched in the surrounding countries of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and the Central African Republic.
Globally, as of July 13, 2016, 21 new cases of polio have been identified. There are 13 cases in Pakistan, 6 cases in
Afghanistan and 2 in Nigeria. At the same time last year there were 36 cases. Fundraising is one of the key ways to
combat the spread of this disease. Rotarians are encouraged to sponsor Past District Governor Tanya Wolff as she
participates in her 5th marathon, The Scotiabank Toronto Marathon, on Sunday, October 15th to “End Polio Now”.
Rotarian donors receive a tax receipt and their Paul Harris Fellow points.
Contact Tanya at: pdgtanya@gmail.com.         

The Rotary Foundation has been improving lives since 1917. Learn about our work and be inspired to join us in meeting humanity's greatest challenges! (This video premiered at the 2016 Rotary International Assembly.)

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Welcome to our Rotary Club! 


Oct 31, 2016
Nov 07, 2016
Veterans' Dinner
Remembrance program
Nov 14, 2016
Analee Leavitt
Her exchange in Thailand
Nov 21, 2016
President Stan Malcolm
Classification Talk
Dec 05, 2016
Brett Dill
His exchange to Brazil
Dec 19, 2016