The water storage establish with a district grant.
Entrance to the project site.
Cutting the ribbon.
Satisfied Rotarians at the end of the project.
Proceeds to Rotary Community Projects like the Cornwall Community Hospital chemotherapy unit and the Boys and Girls Club of Cornwall
Top five posts from 2016
As we head into the new calendar year, we’re taking a look back. Here are the top five posts (based on views) from the Rotary Service blog in 2016:
- Rotary offers many programs that allow you to engage with fellow members and make new connections outside your club and district. Learn how to make the most of your Rotary membership.
- The Rotary Club of New York hosts monthly breakfast meetings at the United Nations with UN officials and representatives of its member states. Each meeting is broadcast live for Rotary members around the world.
- During September, Rotary Literacy Month, we encouraged members to take action to support basic education and literacy projects.
- July’s ethical dilemma encouraged a discussion regarding funding and sponsorships.
- When disaster strikes, Rotary’s project partner ShelterBox often works closely with Rotarians to evaluate local needs and devise a plan for immediate response. Members of the Rotary family assist response teams with disaster assessments, serve as housing response team volunteers, help coordinate relief logistics, and sponsor aid.
Cornwall Rotary Club takes up battle against Polio
Monday, October 24 was World Polio Day and to do their part to help eradicate the dreaded disease once and for all, The Cornwall Rotary Club held a special luncheon at the Ramada Inn. The Rotary Foundation’s End Polio Now Program held a World’s Greatest Meal event with special guest speaker, Fay Campbell, Area Governor for the Rotary Club. Campbell was part of a National Immunization Day program in India in 2015 where the Indian government wanted to give two million children the polio vaccine in two days.
“They reached out to Rotarians and other service clubs around the world for help,” said Campbell. She told the Cornwall Rotarians about her adventures in India and Pakistan.
“We stayed in an area called Ghaziabad and we had to wake up at 4 a.m. to make the hour drive to the inoculation site,” she said. The inoculations were only given between 7 a.m. and noon because of the heat and the volatility of the area with regards to political unrest.
She said there were also a lot of cultural differences which proved to be challenging. They were seen as outsiders and not necessarily trusted. And because they were only inoculating children under five, they had to determine a way to guess a child’s age. “You take the child’s arm and put it over their head,” said Campbell. “If they can touch the opposite ear, they are over five years old.”
Her experiences in Pakistan were a little different. They were not trusted to give the vaccine themselves and had to train Pakistani women on how to administer the drops.
Campbell has been a Rotarian for just 12 years and has been involved in immunization days twice. “I love doing this,” she said. “Meeting new people and seeing the good work Rotarians are doing around the world. It’s unbelievable.”