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Club Bulletin
This Week
Conrad Guziewicz
(Kate's Rest)

April 13, 2021
Club #60346
District 7070

President's Message

This week I would like to acknowledge the positive steps that Corey Engelsdorfer and the Wellington Times have taken to move forward in support of the Transgender community including the full page spread on page two of the April 7th edition of The Times – “6 Transgender Truths”. This messaging is in synch with our District’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee’s March 16th presentation covering how: 
“…Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socio-economic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.”
Earlier in the year, our Club donated $1000 to the IPPC (Indigenous Peoples Partnerships Committee). Below is a shot of our IPPC member, Liz Bosma, holding the Bursary Certificate to be presented to Alyssa Lancione on behalf of Wellington Rotary. For the 2020-2021 year, the Rotary IPPC committee has selected three indigenous Lakehead University students for the Indigenous Professional Development Bursary; Alyssa is pursuing an Electrical Engineering Degree from Lakehead University, Orillia Campus.
The Bottles Depot may be temporarily closed due to the recent provincial “stay at home” order, but here’s what Kim found outside the Depot on Saturday morning:
The District presidents met with DG Mark Chipman on Monday, April 5th and covered a number of topics, of note:
  • Hugh Williams gave a presentation on successful growth of The Free Reading Program. Hugh Williams and Heather Lennie are our April 20th guest speakers.
  • Our Club is approved for $500 for the Community Engagement portion of the Rotary District Conference on Saturday afternoon, June 26th – we need 10 members to attend the Saturday portion of the Conference.
President Howard


Last Week:
Karen Selick & Dr. Bob Scott
(Polio Vaccine Program)

President Howard opened the Zoom meeting at 7.07 with 25 members and guest (Dr Bob Scott) present. Shawn Ellis was welcomed and congratulated as our newest member. The business of the meeting was to hear two opposing views regarding the Polio Plus Campaign and the efficacy, or otherwise, of the vaccination program in third world countries such as Pakistan & Afghanistan.
Pierre introduced Karen Selick with an account of her thirty-eight years as a practicing lawyer including working for the Canadian Constitutional Foundation as well as being a regular writer for national publications and blogger.
Karen began her presentation by explaining her feelings about Polio Plus when she joined the Club in 2014. She went on to give a very cogently argued case that the oral polio vaccine still administered in many parts of the world by Rotary actually puts recipients at the risk of serious side effects including death. With illustrations from credible sources such as the Government of Canada and the CDC, she countered current, commonly-held beliefs about vaccines for polio, measles, diphtheria, scarlet fever, typhoid, and whooping cough. She argued that the reduction in diseases, such as wild polio, was the result of improved standards of living after the Second World War. She also pointed to changes in the criteria for diagnosis as showing false results as well as attributing polio outbreaks between 1940 and 1963 to the widespread use of chemicals like DDT and lead arsenate which have now been banned in most countries. Karen was thanked by Lyn.
Pierre then introduced Dr Robert (Bob) Scott who started his career in dermatology and chest diseases in 1957. Apart from his medical career, Dr Bob has been active in Rotary for most of his life. Having been a Club President and District Governor, he has served in many functions at the highest level of R.I. including chairing the 2010 Montreal International Convention. Also Chair of the International Polio Plus Committee, he has received numerous awards and citations.
Dr. Bob began his presentation by explaining that polio is caused by a virus which classifies it as the same type of disease as our current Covid 19 pandemic. He went on to say that of the three different types of polio, two have already been eradicated and the remaining one exists in very few parts of the world thanks to vaccination efforts, particularly by R.I. He argued that many viruses have varying levels of serious outcomes and admitted that CVDPV (circulating vaccine derived polio virus) is of concern, particularly in Africa. He asserted that proper vaccination procedures and treatment with nOPV2 can address this issue. He produced statistics to show how effective polio vaccination has been in combating the disease and was proud to have been part of the program. At the end of his presentation, he challenged the Club to donate US $1,500 to Polio Plus and US $45 each from individual members. He was thanked by Lyn.
In the Club business portion of the meeting, Bill’s bottle needs were topped up by Mike, President Howard, Kim, Trudy and Phyo. Yvonne gave an up-date on maple syrup sales (only 120 bottles left) and Dave R requested the return of Duffers and Diners money and unsold books. Lyn and Linda will continue to work on grants and President Howard asked anyone who had not completed the District D.E.I survey to do so. There was some discussion of opportunities to help at the vaccination clinic in Picton and the Rotary Beach cleanup has to be postponed because of recent Covid-prevention protocols. After congratulationg Lana on her birthday, the meeting closed in the usual way.
Geoffrey Telling


Sales of the second run of Wellington Rotary maple syrup have been going well.  Only 120 bottles remaining.  So if you would like some maple syrup contact Yvonne and she can arrange your purchase.  


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