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Donors to the Rotary International Foundation (RIF) were recognized by the Adrian Noon Club at their meeting on August 29th. Mike Olsaver, local RIF chair (left) presented member Sue Lewis (first Paul Harris Fellow pin), Mary Murray (6th pin) and Kevin Marti (first pin) respectively with their pins. The award was named in honor of Rotary's founder, Paul Harris in 1905 in Evanston, Illinois. Each pin recognizes contributions of $1,000 to the foundation.

Presentation to Neighbor's of Hope - The Adrian Noon Rotary Club’s Onion Sales project has always been a successful fundraiser every year and 2018 was no exception. It chose Neighbors of Hope this year to support the soon to be opened Women’s and Children’s Center. At their August 2nd regular meeting, club President, Kathye Herrera, presented NOH’s Executive Director Pastor Steve Palmer with a check for $1,000 to help support the soon-to-be Women’s & Children’s Shelter at the former Herrick Manor in Tecumseh. The Adrian Noon Rotary Club has supported the efforts of NOH in the past particularly with their 3rd Day Farm Project now located on West Maple Avenue. Shown in the picture above from left to right are President Kathye Herrera, Pastor Steve Palmer and Immediate Past President of the club, Nate Smith.

Joint Changeover Dinner - 2018 - Adrian Armory Events Center

During the Changeover Dinner on June 21st special recognition was given to Chip Moore for planning and kicking off a brand new project this year raising over $19,000 with the Lenawee Bike Tour. He is pictured below accepting the award. Congrats, Chip!

The Adrian Noon Rotary Club presented State Representative Bronna Kahle with an Honorary Membership to our club on August 22nd following her Legislative Update Presentation. Bronna is shown here with club president Kathye Herrera.

Club Update on Recent Strategic Planning Meeting

The club presentation at their regular meeting on February 15th was an opportunity for President Nate and Yours Truly to update members about what the board discussed at their meeting on February 2nd at Gleaners during the Strategic Planning meeting. We first shared what our official Statement of Purpose as a club was: The Adrian Noon Rotary Club is a vibrant, fun, and action-oriented club that is growing its membership and financial capability with strong, committed members working toward improving the quality of life within our community and the world we serve.

Next, we shared the top 3 goals the board agreed our club should be involved in moving forward. They are: Goal #1 - Increasing Membership & Engagement; Goal #2 - Increased Community Involvement; Goal #3 - Signature Project – 100th Club Anniversary (2021).

Members were then referred to a number of handouts they were given one of which was a sheet on which our club strengths and weaknesses were listed along with community opportunities and challenges. Another sheet that was passed around consisted of (1) ideas generated back in March of 2015 at what we called the Club Visioning meeting and facilitated as you’ll recall by our DG Rick Caron and a couple of other District 6400 representatives and (2) important Hedke Award requirements that committees need to give thought to so that we can be major competitors for that award.

It is the hope of the board that all committees would be actively engaged, meet on a regular basis and report out to the full membership what they have accomplished and plan for the future. President Nate challenged all committees to identify what programs they would like to run before the end of this Rotary year on June 30th and be able to report back to him before the next board meeting on March 8th as to what they were planning. That, of course, includes proposed budgets and timing, he added.

President Nate addressed the Committee Structure Sheet and commented that he did not see every member’s name on it and encouraged anyone not on it, to choose one or more they had a passion for and could serve on. We’d like 100% involvement! Total involvement, President Nate said, was the only way we will be able to make changes in our community and around the world. Members, he said, who cannot be as active as they would like should put their names on this list as they would be valuable in simply being present at various club activities and/or events to show support.

Yours Truly mentioned that to insure that committees are functioning effectively, a process would be in place whereby each board member would be assigned a specific committee chair who could share with them what they were doing as a committee and the board member could report back to the board on their progress.

Following the presentation, several questions came up around the club’s specific brand, the timing of committee program development and execution. Another suggestion was to give focus and attention to skills training for young people coming into the job market and particularly the types of jobs we need in this state in order to keep moving forward.

What a great club we have! Thanks to each and every one for helping to make it one that allows us to live up to our Statement of Purpose as cited in the very first paragraph!!

World Polio Day Events!

The group picture shown below was taken at the club's October 12th regular meeting in advance of World Polio Day which is scheduled for October 24. Every member made a contribution to RI's PolioPlus campaign in the organization's continuing efforts to eradicate polio that exists to this day in only 3 countries of the world!


Poliomyelitis has existed as long as human society, but became a major public health issue in late Victorian times with major epidemics in Europe and the United States. The disease, which causes spinal and respiratory paralysis, can kill and remains incurable but vaccines have assisted in its almost total eradication today.

In 1916, New York experienced the first large epidemic, with more than 9,000 cases and 2,343 deaths. The 1916 toll nationwide was 27,000 cases and 6,000 deaths. Children were particularly affected; the image shows child patients suffering from eye paralysis. Major outbreaks became more frequent during the century: in 1952, the US saw a record 57,628 cases.

In 1928, Philip Drinker and Louie Shaw developed the "iron lung" to save the lives of those left paralyzed by polio and unable to breathe. Most patients would spend around two weeks in the device, but those left permanently paralyzed faced a lifetime of confinement. By 1939, around 1,000 were in use in the US. Today, the iron lung is all but gone, made redundant by vaccinations and modern mechanical ventilators.

A major breakthrough came in 1952 when Dr Jonas Salk (L) began to develop the first effective vaccine against polio. Mass public vaccination programs followed and had an immediate effect; in the US alone cases fell from 35,000 in 1953 to 5,300 in 1957. In 1961, Albert Sabin (R) pioneered the more easily administered oral polio vaccine (OPV).


1979 - Rotary International begins its fight against polio with a multi-year project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines.

1985 - Rotary International launches PolioPlus, the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative, with an initial fundraising target of $120 million.

1988 - Rotary International and the World Health Organization launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. There were an estimated 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries back then.

1994 - The International Commission announces that polio has been eliminated from the Americas.

2000 - A record 550 million children – almost 10% of the world's population – receive the oral polio vaccine. The Western Pacific region, spanning from Australia to China, is declared polio-free.

2003 - The Rotary Foundation raises $119 million in a 12-month campaign. Rotary's total contribution to polio eradication exceeds $500 million. Six countries remain polio-endemic – Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan.

2004 - In Africa, synchronized National Immunization Days in 23 countries target 80 million children, the largest coordinated polio immunization effort on the continent.

2006 - The number of polio-endemic countries drops to 4 - Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, Pakistan.

2007- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined Rotary in its commitment to ending polio. Since 2013, the Gates Foundation has matched every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication 2-to-1, up to $35 million per year. Rotary, with matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has contributed more than $1.6 billion to end polio.

2009 - In January, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledges another $355 million and issues Rotary a challenge grant of $200 million resulting in a combined $555 million in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.

CLUB ASSEMBLY - January 4, 2018 Meeting

  • A suggestion was made that each current member should take responsibility within their own environments to ask people to join the club while giving consideration to extending the invitation to younger prospects.
  • Our club might want to advertise the fact that they are looking for people who have a service project idea, ask them to present it on a stage at a possible forum at, say, Adrian High School, and our club would select the best one while the leader automatically becomes a member of the club and the project would be approved and launched.
  • Since the makeup of our club does not reflect the true diversity of people or even businesses within this community, it was suggested that we work to identify people within manufacturing, education (local colleges and university arena), food service industry, medical profession, retail, etc.
  • In answer to the question what we could do to make membership more attractive it was suggested that we post a Happy Hour, plan it and schedule a date for it.
  • Another suggestion offered was that the club advertise in the Chamber Newsletter and Lenawee Now newsletter and Daily Telegram.
  • Yet another suggestion was that we need to have our new prospect brochure available to members who have prospects in mind.
  • Also, since so many people are on Facebook, it is important that we increase our FB presence so that more people know what we do as a club and are encouraged to join. To do this, it was suggested, that we add more members to the list of “administrators” who have access so more info can be posted like daily.
  • Other suggestion were: post our weekly bulletin on our FB page and give coupon for a free lunch out to all speaker/presenters.
  • It was suggested that no new committees needed to be created but that our energies should be focused on getting the current committees already in place to become more active and not add any new responsibilities to them but insure that we have strong leadership in place to carry out the responsibilities they already have.
  • Another suggestion was to get more people involved in the club with projects but if they cannot attend their specific meetings, they could at least help out in some other way with that project. An example was the Bike Tour – a person might not be able to make a meeting(s) but they could actively seek out people who might want to participate in the actual event. In the case of the New Year’s Eve celebration members could, at the very least, donate a silent auction item. In other words, there are many other ways to get involved in some small way without having to be part of any club committee or even attend the event.
  • Another suggestion was to require committee chairs to report out periodically to the full membership on what they are planning as well as the success of the project once it is completed. In this way, members would know what each committee was doing.
  • It was suggested that each board member would be assigned to a specific committee and responsible for keeping in contact with its chairperson to insure they are active and meeting on a regular basis.
  • Another table suggested that the club develop a separate monthly or quarterly newsletter on which committees could describe what they were engaged in and what they had planned.

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