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Anniversary Celebration of Music Mends Minds on Vashon

Dr Joyce Shaffer will speak on BRAIN HEALTH:  Improving Yours at Any Age
1:30 p.m. at Vashon’s new Performing Arts Center (corner of Vashon Hwy & Cemetery Rd)

FREE!  All welcome

We’ll also celebrate the singing group formed by Rotary for seniors and those with dementia

Rotary is 45 Strong, Committed Men and Women . . .

. . . making the world a better place

FIGHTING POLIO Rotary Club members and local high-schoolers who are part of Rotary’s teen program called Interact have conducted several campaigns for funds to eradicate polio.  The Vashon group of teens and Rotarians often tows an old Iron Lung up the highway to launch the campaign.  To date, Rotary International has raised over $200 million and helped reduce polio to only 2 countries.  Africa was recently declared polio-free, and very few cases are showing up elsewhere

Rotary has done countless projects for Vashon non-profits, the school district, park district and often obtained grants to help fund those efforts.  The highlight for 2016 was a new project, Music Mends Minds, launched to bring music to people with dementia, and a support group to their caregivers; this group now gathers weekly at 1:30 on Tuesdays at VCC to sing, play instruments and have fun with music.

* We support the Vashon Food Bank in earnest, with regular cash and food donations from our club members.
* Two grants in the past few years:  $5,000 for a fence around the first ever garden at the Food Bank, and $2,500 for a security fence for their truck.
* Three of our members drive regularly for the Food Bank’s pick-up and distribution system
* Quarterly we prepare and serve Wednesday Night Dinner, a free community meal for anyone in need of that support. All community members are welcome to this meal at the Episcopal Church that graciously hosts this event; the dinner is not a faith event however.

Vashon Rotary has contributed numerous grants and the expertise of our members to help communities build and improve drinking water systems.  Click on the Global Service tab above for details.

Rotary provides dictionaries to every third grade student every year, sponsors several foreign exchange students each year, gives college scholarships to six graduating seniors, and supports the drama program and student Interact (service) Club.  Vashon Rotary also helps send several local high school juniors to foreign countries for a year of study or a short summer exchange, and we host one or two foreign students on Vashon for a year of high school.  Shorter summer-only exchanges are hosted for several students each year.

A current project is to raise funds and forge partnerships to support a maternal and child health program in Myanmar.  Join us to be part of a powerful and effective force for Vashon Island and communities around the world.

Businesses and couples can now be part of Rotary’s team with unique, flexible memberships.

Polio – Only TWO Countries Left

The world’s campaign to eradicate polio is almost over in terms of two countries and just a handful of cases occuring there. But the fight is not over; the toughest battles in the hardest to reach locations remain.

In honor of World Polio Day on October 24, Vashon Island Rotary had a one-day fundraising project last October at Thriftway as part of Rotary’s 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease polio. World Polio Day follows a succession of significant developments that have made 2015 one of the most important years in the history of the polio eradication initiative.

The next step was to help students at Chautauqua Elementary School understand polio and contribute in their own way to awareness and funding for vaccines.  On November 19, the fourth and fifth graders learned about polio.  For each $1 contribution, a student gets their pinkie finger painted purple…exactly what happens for vaccinated children in developing countries when immunization teams are in their community with free vaccines for all.

Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries. The disease remains endemic in just two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan — although other countries remain at risk for imported cases.   Last year, India was declared polio free with no new reported cases for three years, and in August of this year, there were no reported cases of polio in the entire African continent for one year.

The message from Rotary to world leaders is clear: support the final push to achieve eradication now while the goal has never been closer, or face the potential consequences of a new polio pandemic that could disable millions of children within a decade.

One dollar pays for vaccine to immunize three children. As the PolioPlus campaign says, “We are this close!”

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