The District 5670/5690 Conference is only a month away!  It will be held October 19-20 in Russell at the Fossil Creek Inn and Suites.  We’ll begin at 5:00 on Friday evening and wrap up at 8:00 on Saturday night.  Click here for the Schedule of Events and Registration Form.  The Registration Form includes lodging information.  Please forward this out to all of your club members.
This District Conference will be a great way for you to get to know the wonderful Rotarians from District 5690.  I’ve had the pleasure of working very closely with District 5690 leaders for the past year, and I’m excited that we have the opportunity to join forces with them to create our new District 5680 and to do even more good in the world!
Remember that, as part of your district dues, each club is assessed the District Conference registration fee of $100 for each elector.  The number of electors per club is based upon your club’s membership as of July 1.  Your club has one elector for each 25 members or major part thereof; with each club having at least one elector, regardless of the number of members.  Please don’t let this assessment go to waste… please make sure you send the full number of electors allotted to your club.  If you are uncertain how many electors your club has allotted to it, please let me know.
A couple of very important additional points:
District Merger:  On Saturday morning, we will be having a business meeting to review and vote upon several important documents related to our merger with District 5690 into the newly formed District 5680. 
Auction to benefit The Rotary Foundation:  The annual Rotary Foundation auction will be held Friday evening.  Each club is asked to provide an item worth $100 - $150.  Buyers write their checks directly to The Rotary Foundation, so you know exactly where the proceeds are going.  Let’s bring some great stuff to the auction and raise at least $5,000 to benefit The Rotary Foundation!  The club that donates the item that brings the highest bid will receive a special prize, so get creative!
This is the first District Conference of what will become the new District 5680.  Come learn more about Rotary, have fun, and make new Rotary friends!
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One year ago, your Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new vision statement, reflecting our aspirations for our organization and its future.  It reads, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
That simple sentence distills so much of what is essential about Rotary.  We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone.  We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers.  We work to create lasting change that will endure long after our involvement has ended – across the globe and in our communities.  And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in ourselves – not just building a better world around us, but becoming better people ourselves.
A quotation attributed to French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry goes:  “If you want to build a boat, don’t begin by collecting wood, cutting boards, or assigning tasks.  Begin by awakening in the souls of your workers a longing for the vast and boundless sea.”  Each of us came to Rotary because we had a longing – to have an impact, to make a difference, to be part of something larger than ourselves.  That desire, that vision for a better world and our role in building it, is what drives us in Rotary.  It’s what made us become members, it’s what motivates us to serve, and it’s what led me to choose our theme for this Rotary year:  Be the Inspiration.
I want to see Rotary Be the Inspiration for our communities by doing work with a transformational impact.  It’s time to start moving forward, by removing the barriers that are holding us back.  Let’s make it easier to make adjustments in our clubs or start new clubs that suit different needs.  Let’s work to strengthen Rotaract and smooth the transition from Rotaract clubs into Rotary.  Let’s give all Rotarians the flexibility to serve in the ways that work best for them, so that every Rotarian finds enduring value in Rotary membership.
Truly sustainable service, the kind of service we strive for in Rotary, means looking at everything we do as part of a larger global ecology.  This year, I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration for sustainable service by addressing the impact of environmental issues on our work.  The environment plays a key role in all six of our areas of focus, and that role is only becoming greater as the impact of climate change unfolds.  It’s time to move past seeing the environment as somehow separate from those six areas.  Clean air, water, and land are essential for healthy communities – and essential for the better, healthier, future we strive for.
Be the Inspiration – and together we can, and we will, inspire the world.
Posted by Dr. Paul Nelson
Update on Polio Eradication 2018
You have heard this before but we really are on the brink of eradicating polio, a disease that causes incurable paralysis.  There has only been one other disease, small pox, that has been completely stopped through vaccinations. Approximately 30 years ago, in 1988, Rotary accepted the challenge of eradicating Polio in the world with its partners World Health Organization, UNICEF, CDC (Centers for Disease Control). The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has accepted the challenge as well, joining Rotary’s fight.
If all the children in the world could be given the polio vaccine this disease could be eradicated, but this appears to be a very big job, and there appears to be some very big roadblocks, such as civil wars and political unrest, which have interfered with immunization programs.   The country of India proved that this can be done. This was a country that had much poverty and overcrowding. Now it has been 6 years without a case of paralysis from polio in India.  They accomplished this by having frequent immunization days (as often as every 2 weeks) in some of the difficult areas of the country, which resulted in at least 90% of the children being immunized against polio.
  • In 2016, there were 37 cases of paralyzing polio in the world
  • In 2017, there were only 20 cases!
  • But!  For each case of paralysis there are 199 other children who are infected without significant symptoms who could spread polio to an unimmunized playmate.
That’s why we can’t stop immunizing now, even though we’ve made so much progress and, as you’ve heard Bill Gates say, “We’re this close” to eradicating Polio.
Keep up the good work! Your contributions have done so much already. We can’t stop now. Remember, the Bill Gates Foundation will match your contribution 2:1.
For more information about Rotary’s fight against Polio, go to:
Update on Polio Eradication 2018 Dr. Paul Nelson 2018-01-12 06:00:00Z 0