Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of August auctions.
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Posted by Heather Johnston CEO on Aug 08, 2016
Ken Dickson introduced Heather Johnston, CEO of Dignitas International and Chuck Taylor, a member of the Rotary Club of Uxbridge. Heather has more than 20 years of experience in international development and recently served as Director of Programs at Canadian Feed the Children. She has a strong background in managing health care and education in resource-limited contexts. Chuck, as a Rotarian has helped facilitate Rotary's extraordinary support for Dignitas. Over the years, Rotarians have raised more than half a million dollars for the organization's programs. Chuck first heard about Dignitas at a talk given by co-founder Dr. James Orbinski in 2006 and was compelled to get involved and behind Dignitas, an organization that has the capacity to influence global health policy and change the way health care is delivered in countries such as Africa.
Dignitas is a medical and research organization committed to tackling global health challenges and improving access to health care for all. Founded in 2004, Dignitas has put in place a first rate HIV care program in Malawi, South Africa, a country of 16.7 million people, one of the poorest countries in the world and one of the top ten countries for HIV prevalence with 1.1 million people living with the disease and where there are two doctors for every 100,000 people. Through Dignitas, Malawi is the biggest success story as 90% of the people know their health status and 90% of those who have tested positive for HIV are in treatment and by 2030 the threat will be ended and the biggest health victory of our generation will be celebrated.
Using the last Rotary International Global Grant that involved 14 Rotary Clubs and 5 Districts that raised over $125,000 U.S., Dignitas implemented their Expert Client program. An Expert Client is a person who is HIV+ and has openly declared their status. The most important role of an Expert Client is to inspire others to seek testing and treatment. As living proof that treatment works, Expert Clients also provide essential peer-based support to patients who have just begun HIV treatment. Expert Clients also assist with tasks like measuring vital signs, recording weights in patient's health passports, filing patient records and much more. Due to severe shortages of human resources for health in countries like Malawi, health workers often struggle to give adequate attention to their patients. By supporting with administrative tasks, Expert Clients help alleviate the workload of nurses and clinicians, so they can focus on providing lifesaving treatment and care. Expert Clients have provided 80,000 clinic hours that has allowed 638,991 people getting tested and this will continue to grow.
Dignitas is working collaboratively with Rotary on their next Global Grant and will use it to develop a program called Teen Club, helping HIV+ teens in Malawi by offering a safe space for teens to receive their medications, play interactive games, learn about their unique health challenges and form supportive peer relationships. Research has shown that adolescents who go to Teen Club are three times more likely to stay on treatment than those who don't. HIV+ youth are particularly vulnerable to stigma and face gaps between pediatric and adult care. As a result, teens with HIV are deterred from seeking treatment and are more likely to drop out of care. That is where Dignitas' Teen Club will play an integral role.
Dignitas has been working in Malawi for more than a decade and have helped thousands of people to overcome the devastation of AIDS. They are inspired by these people and humbled by the change in communities that have overcome the devastation of AIDS and very thankful for the support of Rotary and the Rotary Club of Belleville.
Heather was thanked by Dr. Ruth Mathieson who knows personally the hard work and dedication that is required to provide lifesaving treatment and care.
Posted on Aug 10, 2016
Friends, family, colleagues and golfers joined together on August 10th to recognize a great Rotarian who loved to golf.......Bob Michaud. A number of years ago, Bob and fellow Rotarians started a golf tournament to raise some money and it has morphed into what is known today as Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament, having raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Rotary work in the community and around the world. A lot of work by many committed Rotarians and volunteers which got Bob thinking about having a fun day of golf with less work and more fun. And that is exactly what those who gathered this year did. Enjoyed 9 holes of golf, dinner, fellowship, some prizes, all in memory of Bob and everything he stood for. Below is a list of those guests who came as well as many Rotarians. Trillium Wood treated us to a wonderful afternoon/evening, good food and lots of fun with golf thrown in. Bob would have loved it!
Guests included Tony TerHaar, Fred McAdam, John Wardaugh, Doug Anderson, Terry Lynch, Bob Fellows, Dave Laperelle, Don Smith, Gary MacDonald, Don Keller, Keith Woodman, Roger Pickard, Chris Jeffery, Ron Riley, Pat Riley, Jan Simpson, Wayne Simpson, Ross Wagner, Sandy Sikma, Carol-Lynn Burnet-Michaud, Chris Michaud, Jeff Michaud, Evan Michaud, Daniel Michaud, Katie Michaud, Mary Maidment, Grant Maidment, Lyn Knudsen, Brian Knudsen, Dave Quickert, Terry Power, Tony Guerrera and Ron Anderson.
Thank you to Ken Wheeler and his committee for organizing this event! Here is a photo of our dear friend, Bob Michaud, promoting golf by winning and wearing the green jacket.
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Ted Morrison, Past District Governor and Chair of District 7070 Rotary Leadership Institute recently advised that the Rotary Leadership Institute will be holding Part I, II and III at Loyalist College on Saturday, September 24th. Registration cost of $70 is paid for by the Rotary Club of Belleville. This is an opportunity to learn more about Rotary and share your ideas with other Rotarians. It is a great learning experience for newer Rotarians.
What is The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)? It is a grassroots coalition of Rotary districts implementing a leadership development program for potential leaders of Rotary Clubs. RLI believes that excellent Club leadership is essential to the future of Rotary in a complex and fast changing world. Most Rotarians have not been exposed to the great scope of Rotary around the world and have not considered what leadership skills are necessary to move Rotary forward. RLI strongly believes that a good Rotary Club leader must know the evolution of Rotary, its current status and activities in the world and have a vision for what Rotary can be in the future.
RLI provides a three day non-consecutive basic course in both Rotary knowledge and leadership skills, especially for voluntary organizations. RLI follows an adult learning approach with facilitated discussion led by trained Rotary facilitators.