Rotary meeting
August 27, 2015
 
Announcements and Reminders
September 26th is the date for the Second Harvest barrel wrap. Sign-up sheet will be passed around at next meeting.
Al read a letter from the District Governor thanking us for our welcome and hospitality.
From Unraveled  ( pediatric cancer research group)   we received a thank you note for our donation.
September 22nd   there is a Rotary public relations (PR) meeting in Santa Clara. See Al for details.
Michele announced  Notre Dame School  in Watsonville is having a ‘brot and brew’ festival  $40 per person for food and entertainment.  $5 for kids.
Beach cleanup will be September 19th at 9:00 AM. We meet at Dolphin and Sumner.
Doug announced that first Interact meetings will be next week at Aptos and Soquel High. He’s looking for people who might want to attend some of the meetings to provide support. If interested let Doug know.
 
Art Dover introduced our guest speaker. Dr.  Charlie Wasser , among other occupations a  geologist and geographer,  is currently developing a  new business with Rotary logos on high end merchandise. For some years he has been very involved in our Rotary campaign to end polio as the PolioPlus campaign chair.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Art Dover introduced our guest speaker. Dr.  Charlie Wasser , among other occupations a  geologist and geographer,  is currently developing a  new business with Rotary logos on high end merchandise. For some years he has been very involved in our Rotary campaign to end polio as the PolioPlus campaign chair.
As part of his introduction, Dr. Art gave us an update on polio background and transmission. Sewage gets into the water supply and  the virus is spread by feces. Sanitation is a big part of polio control. Vaccine is now given in an easily administered pipette which forms the basis of Rotary’s campaign. Next month is ‘end polio month’ and time to make a donation.
Dr. Wasser talked about how he got interested in PolioPlus in 2005 and gave us a history of the disease. From 1930-50’s there was a major polio epidemic in this country. He showed a photo of an iron lung farm.  At the peak of the epidemic, there were 300-500,000 cases  a year. In 1950 Jonas Salk developed the  injected ‘kill virus’ vaccine.  In Sabin developed drops of attenuated virus ( sugar cube) vaccine .
Dr.  Wasser gave us the history of PolioPlus. In 1979 first drops were administered in Philippines sponsored by Rotary. In 1985 PolioPlus formally began. In 1988 Rotary started the polio eradication initiative with partners such as WHO, CDC and UNICEF.  This was the “End Polio Now”  campaign.
He said polio eradication has become the largest non-military effort in history.  Major governments have donated 1.9 billion dollars, 20,000,000 volunteers have been mobilized and  2.5 billion children have been currently vaccinated.
However, despite the progress,  countries have recently been reinfected including Nigeria and India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. And polio still needs to be controlled.   This year there were suddenly cases in Syria from the refugee camps.
Dr. Wasser concluded by showing us a video featuring Bill Gates at the 2012 convention where India was taken off the list as an endemic country. For every dollar a Rotarian puts in Gates matches it with two for the 2013-2018 campaign. The goal is to completely eradicate the disease by that date.