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The Four Way Test

President's Message - 6-28-19

Greetings fellow Rotarians and guests!
Welcome to the
Rotary E-Club of One World!
In the spirit of Rotary which binds us together to serve above self for the betterment of humanity and the world, let us share the Rotary Four Way Test of the Things we think, say or do; for which in District 5240 (D5240), a fifth has been added:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concern?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concern?
  5. Is it FUN?

I write this message with mixed feelings of a year I wouldn’t have missed for anything in the world. This is the last official message from me to all of you as your club president for 2018/2019. However, I am happy to announce the obvious which is another Rotary year which ushers in a wonderful woman in the Person of PE Ozlem Kocanaogullari. As I Step Down as your President, we welcome PE Ozlem Kocanaogullari as incoming President and she will formally indoctrinate your new Board.
Serving as President of this illustrious and truly international and majority diverse club this Rotary year 2018/2019 has forced me far outside of my comfort zone and has made a permanent and lasting impression on me as a person and everything I stand for in life. I’d like to thank you all of our club members for willing to try some new things this year. We tried a new schedule, increased the number of projects we involved in and gave back to our various communities.
We increased our numbers by 22 new entrants’ thanks mainly to our Guyana team led by PP Amanda. We lost 12 members, 7 of whom are joining other clubs. We therefore have a net increase in membership of 9. Thus, coming from 55 at the beginning of the Rotary year to the current 64. Even though we lost some wonderful members, I am glad to say that majority of them moved on to other clubs and are still Rotarians. So in the end, Rotary International is still a winner.
We have so much to be proud of!! This has been a successful year in so many ways.
Cheers to each member of The Rotary E-Club of One World!
Cheers to The Rotary E-Club of One World!!
Cheers to District 5240!!!
Cheers to Rotary International!!!!
Let’s celebrate our successes and welcome PE Ozlem and the new Board as they sign their life away for a Roller Coaster Rotary year of 2019/2020 ride.  Here’s to continuing to find new ways to make things better in the year ahead and in the future of our club.
To all the committees that took the pain and time to ensure that their assigned months were actually owned by them, I say Kudos and hope this in the coming year, all of us will get involved in the activities of the club.
In the end, I am the proudest of all to have sailed through the Rotary year with very minor bruises. To all those I impressed, I wish that I could do more and likewise to all those I offended either in words or deeds, I wish to APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY that it was nothing personal and I hope that you will find space in your good hearts to forgive me. I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve as a Club President for this great and hugely diverse Club. Thank you all.
District Governor Sandi's Step Down is June 29th and registration has already ended. The venue is going to be spectacular and I can't wait to see if there is a Bathroom Reader or two handed out tomorrow evening. Fortunately, as a club we have qualified for our Avenues of Service awards from the District as well as the Rotary Citation so it was a good year overall. I want to thank all of you in advance for all your hard work and participation. The District Governor’s appreciation as well as mine goes to us all.
To the incoming Team lead by Ozlem, Board Members and each one of us, I say it has been a worthy year to me and I hope that you find even more fulfillment in serving than my team and I could.
Make today and EVERY day ridiculously amazing!
Dare to be EXTRAordinary!!
Let’s all continue to ‘BE THE INSPIRATION’!!!
Even as ‘ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD in 2019/2020’!!!!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Amina Sammo
President 2018-2019
Announcements - 6-28-19

Rotary and ShelterBox renew partnership for three more years.
Evanston Ill., Rotary International announced on 3 June a three-year partnership renewal with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years, this unique humanitarian alliance has supported families with a place to call home after disaster.

Rotary announces US$100 million to eradicate polio
Rotary is giving US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.
The funding comes as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) address the final—and most pressing—challenges to ending poliovirus transmission, and as Nigeria approaches three years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, bringing the Africa region closer to polio-free status.

Rotarians unite to End Plastic Soup Now!
Rotarians unite in Amsterdam to End Plastic Soup Now. And on the same day the founder of The Ocean Cleanup, Boyan Slat, receives the 44th Premio de Leonardo da Vinci for his achievements to rid the oceans of plastic soup.

Fire Truck to Belize
The Rotary E-Club of One World is raising funds to help one of our members, Nabil Bedewi, bring a Fire Truck to Placencia, Belize through the non-profit Believe in Belize.
Click here for more information.  Please login on this page with your My Rotary account.

Attention OWR Members!
Members reporting their Community & International Service activities in May
Tomica Bess, Patricia Fisher, Carol Metzker, Nabil Bedewi, Dawn O’Bar, Bill Boyd & Susan Weaver.
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Program: Latest update regarding the Polio Eradication
DG Sandi and President Amina at PETS
Latest update regarding the Polio Eradication
Dear Rotary Polio Eradication Leaders: 
Before the rush of Rotary year end activities, I wish to give you a brief update on polio matters:
The polio case count continues to increase and this week it will be officially reported that we are at the same level as in all of 2018, 33 cases. But let us put this in perspective: We have experienced 4 straight years with less than 100 cases and the final cases are in some of the toughest areas for mistrust and for lack of access due to anti-government elements.
The news from Africa continues to be very good. In September we will have gone three years without a case of wild polio virus on the entire continent. The Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication for the AFRO Region will be meeting in March 2020 to consider whether the area is to be certified as free of the wild polio virus. Congratulations to all the countries in this region on your progress.
How will we know Africa is polio free? As part of the funding round from Rotary approved by the Rotary Foundation Trustees this month, Rotary is funding all surveillance in the AFRO region for the quarter beginning 1 October 2019. This grant of US$7.2 million will support surveillance activities in 45 countries and 5 regional centers. We are also funding in the amount of US$ 5.4 million for surveillance in 11 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean WHO region. Rotary is also resuming the direct funding of vaccines. US$ 2.2 million was just approved for oral polio vaccine for Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and US$ 4 million for Afghanistan. In total, the Trustees approved over $US 50 million to WHO and UNICEF for the eradication of polio.
More good news is that the Global Certification Commission is now considering whether to certify the world free of Type 3 Polio. There have been no cases since November 2012. A decision is anticipated later this year. 
We still have cases of vaccine derived polio with 12 reported so far this year with 2/3rds of them in Nigeria. Attacking these outbreaks is costly and has strained the budget of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Contributions are lagging a bit from Rotary Clubs and Rotarians. We need further support to reach the goal of $50 million in cash and DDF before 30 June. As polio eradication is Rotary’s top humanitarian objective, we hope to see all clubs participate.
Our advocacy to governments for their support continues to bring results. There has been recent positive progress from the United Kingdom, the United States, the UAE and India is notable for totally supporting sustaining its status as polio free. A new pledging moment will occur in Abu Dhabi in November.
Pakistan and Afghanistan continue to see outbreaks, positive environmental samples and new cases. Three large provinces in Afghanistan have suspended all immunizations. Pakistan had a difficult immunization round two months ago impacted by false attacks on social media. A round of immunizations that began on 17 June initially appear to have overcome much of the previous attacks.
Thank you to all the polio leaders and contributors in clubs, districts and globally who are working together as a team to fulfill our promise of a polio free world.
Sandi Schwartz
District 5240 Governor
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