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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!!
The Adrian Noon Rotary Club's annual Vocational Lunch was hosted at Gleaner's on Thursday, January 25th with approximately 17 members in attendance. Thanks to those who attended and especially Rotary member and President of Gleaner's, Kevin Marti, for organizing the event and sharing great information about this fine organization!
Veteran member of the Adrian Noon Rotary Club, Frank Dick, turned 92 years young on the very day of our regular meeting on March 8th, 2018 so it was only fitting that he got a piece of birthday cake with a candle on it and serenade with everyone singing Happy Birthday!
Yet another new member joined our ranks! He is Bob Behnke, Superintendent of Adrian Public Schools. He was sponsored by Dane Nelson.
Three representatives from the Adrian Noon Rotary Club recently attended District 6400's annual District Assembly on Saturday, April 14th in Livonia. Pictured from left to right are: Club president Nate Smith, club member Carrie Dillon and Kathye Herrera, upcoming club president.
The Adrian Noon Rotary Club's Board of Directors and Officers were hard at work on Friday, February 2nd to discuss the club's Strategic Plan updating its Statement of Purpose hammering out various goals, programs and direction into the future. Thanks to all who participated and especially to Kevin Marti for hosting the meeting.
Catherine Sala was officially inducted as a new member of the club on March 8, 2018. Catherine is an attorney and practices in Adrian and announced that she will running for Probate Judge in the upcoming election.
Members of the Adrian Noon Rotary Club and Adrian College Rotaract Club braved the chilly weather on Saturday morning, April 21st to plant three sugar maples behind AC's new Medical Center and the Arrington Ice Arena. More trees will be planted at Adrian High and Michener Elementary schools and Adrian Armory on Friday, April 27th. The project is part of Rotary International's plan to plant one tree for every one of it's 1.2 million members across the world this year.
Two of the newest members of the Adrian Noon Rotary Club were inducted at their regular meeting on February 8. They are Chuck Davis (on left) and Patty Ellerholz. Chuck is a local realtor with Xsell Realty and teaches Karate. He is married to Jennifer and has two children and his sponsor is Patty Ellerholz. Patty was a former member of the club and is an inspirational speaker and office manager at Ellerholz Chiropractic in Adrian. She is married to Allan and they have two children and five grandchildren and her sponsor is Gerry Burg. Immediate Past President, Chuck Chase, inducted them (far right).
The Adrian Noon Rotary Club's Junior Rotarians for the month of February were students Adrian High School - Simon Cox and Abby Costa. Simon will be attending Eastern Michigan University in the fall and studying Secondary Education. His long term goals include teaching in a big city and be on stage or in film. His hobbies include reading, theater, ice skating, bowling, singing and swimming.
Abby will be attending Wayne State University and majoring in Social Work. Her long term goal is to "work with people in the social work/counseling field". Her hobbies are theater and walking her dog.
The Adrian Noon Rotary Club's Junior Rotarians for the month of March are students Adrian High School - Laura Winans (left) and Erica Casarez. Laura will be attending Washtenaw Community College in the fall to earn a degree in Art and transfer to EMU for a degree in psychology. Her long term goals include working in a local police office or FBI as an investigator. Her hobbies include crafts, interior decorating, fashion, nails, sports and working.
Erica will be attending JCC in the fall and will be working on a career in nursing. Her goal is to graduate with a Nursing Degree. Her hobbies include running and meeting new people.
The Adrian Noon Rotary Club welcomed their new Junior Rotarians for May from Adrian High School. Shown on the left is senior Aidan French who plans to work through the summer and attend college this fall. On the right is senior Nick Gregg whose hobbies include football, track and music and plans to attend Siena Heights University in the fall.
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!
HISTORY OF POLIO
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).
HISTORY OF POLIO ERADICATION AND RI’S INVOLVEMENT
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
MEMBERSHIP GROWTH SUGGESTIONS
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.
COMMITTEE STRUCTURE SUGGESTIONS
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.