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Meeting Highlights: October 12th, 2017

Guest Speaker: Joan Toone
In recognition of October being Polio Month on the Rotary Calendar, Joan Toone (current President of Victoria Rotary Club) spoke not only about her own experience as someone stricken with polio at an early age but also of the debilitating outcomes that polio has inflicted on so many. And, of course, she spoke of the hope that Rotary offers in its ongoing efforts to eradicate the disease. We are grateful for Joan’s visit to our club and all that she and her spouse Terry Toone (our District Polio Plus Chair) shared with us that evening. One message they both emphasized was the importance of immunization. There is no cure for polio but there is a way of preventing it. Immunization is the answer. Two references are noted below:

• the first provides a very brief summary of a presentation Joan delivered at another place and time.
• the second, picking up on the importance of immunization, is an article from the Times Colonist that cites low immunization rates on Vancouver Island.
• • Times Colonist Editorial (September 20, 2015)

Upcoming Events • October 19th.
Nina Usherwood will be speaking of experiences as a Transgender Woman in the Military. Friends, family, and Rotarians from other clubs are most welcome. If you haven’t already indicated if you will be attending and/or bringing guests, please let Jo know so that she can make appropriate catering and seating arrangements.

Saturday, October 21st. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Meal to End Polio
Here’s how it works. Members of our club volunteer to host a group of 8 to 10 participants. Hosts do not know who is coming to dinner; guests do not know where they are going for dinner (until the day of the event) … nor do guests know who else will be joining them for a night of food and festivity. Jo, Hannah, and Rod are the masterminds behind the organizational task and will, of course, take food sensitivities into account as they assign guests to host.
• Hosts prepare the main entrée
• Guests are assigned to bring appies, veggies, salads, desserts
• Guests bring wine

So, how is this a fundraiser? Well …
• Each attending member will be asked to “pay” for the meal by making a donation to Polio Plus.
• Forms and donation envelopes will be circulated to Hosts, who will distribute them at the dinner. Tuesday, October 24th at 2:30 p.m. World Polio Livestream with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

November 2nd Auction Night
This year’s theme … The 80’s. This is one of our major-fundraising events of the Rotary year and we have Victor to thank for getting things rolling. Please start thinking about what you can contribute to the evening. And remember … this is an evening to which we can invite friends and family. It’s always a sell-out … and lots of fun.

February 9-11, 2018. The Rotary Presidential Peace Building Conference Environmental Sustainability and Peace Location: Vancouver, Hyatt Regency

“Putting a Face on Polio” by Joan Toone | Rotary Club of Nakusp
World Health Organizations’s Southeast Asia Region is declared polio-free. Nearly 80% of the world now lives in polio-free countries. But, the virus is still endemic in three countries — Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan — and as long as it is, it can still go anywhere, including back to India wh…
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