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February 19, 2019

MEETING
 
President Jeff called the 16th meeting of the year to order at 12:03 on a cold winter day in Flagstaff.  Lee Raddatz led us in the pledge of allegiance, followed by Hoppy Hopkins with the first verse of America (or for our fellow Rotarians from the UK, “God Save the Queen”).  Jeff introduced Dan Maurer, our guest from Elevate Nepal.  Dan reminded everyone of the upcoming Elevate Nepal bowling fundraiser on March 2.  Michael Casey is working on assembling a team for the bowling and asked that club members interested in bowling or sponsoring bowlers contact him.
 
Eric Walden took his Rotary minute to talk about the origins of singing at Rotary meetings, relating that it has been a tradition since 1905 and is now one of the activities which bonds us at our meetings. 
 
PROGRAM
 
Our program today was David Simmer, District Governor Elect for 2019-2020, speaking about the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  David shared with us his “Rotary journey” which included his first few years encouraging his club members to donate money locally instead of to the Rotary Foundation in the belief that he joined Rotary to improve his own community, not to send money around the world.  He explained the origins of the Rotary Foundation, explaining that a club in Pittsburg originally helped to raise money to support the Easter Seals Society, which was dedicated to helping disabled children.  Our founder, Paul Harris, later led the Easter Seals Society and he and his wife Jean made a major donation to the Rotary Foundation in the 1930s, with the condition it be donated to the Easter Seals Society, leading clubs around the world to join in supporting the Foundation.  As Polio was conquered in the United States and later surrounding countries, there were fewer disabled children to assist. In the 1970s and 1980s, Rotary was trying to decide on an appropriate way of celebrating its centennial in 2005 and a suggestion was made that perhaps instead of supporting those crippled by polio, we embark on a plan to eradicate polio worldwide.  From this decision came the Polio Plus program.  Since its inception in the mid 1980s cases of polio have declined from nearly 400,000 a year, to 33 cases in 2018.  Rotarians have raised nearly $1.6 billion towards this effort and our partners at the Gates Foundation have donated another $3.0 billion.  The Rotary Foundation also supports clean water, fighting disease, supporting mothers and children and peace initiatives.  Each member of our club donates a minimum of $100 per year to the Rotary Foundation annual fund, and $20 per year to Polio Plus.  The Rotary Foundation is one of the top 3 ranked charities in the world based on its efficiency, transparency and impact, as rated by Charity Navigator.  If you would like to donate more to the Rotary Foundation annually you can sign up at Rotary direct.  There are also opportunities to support the Rotary Foundation Endowment through your estate plan and one time gifts. 
 
David concluded his remarks by talking about how his Rotary journey has come full circle.  After being exposed to the work of the Rotary Foundation he came to realize that his community was not his town, state or country, but indeed anywhere in the world where there are Rotarians with whom we have a common bond.
 
President Jeff thanked David for making his presentation today and presented a book for his signature which will be donated to the Family Food Center children’s library. 
 
CONCLUSION
 
Michael Casey made an announcement asking for members to assist him in contacting hotels or otherwise gathering toiletries for the upcoming assembly of hygiene packages for the Salvation Army.  Please do what you can to assist with this effort.
 
Please see stories nearby about recent club activities: the Coconino County Spelling Bee and the Day After Valentines Dinner and Social, and a message from Meredith Potts about the Elevate Nepal project.
 
Frank Bourget led us in the Four-Way Test of the things we Think Say and Do and President Jeff adjourned the meeting at 1:00 pm. 
 
Our next meeting is on March 5, 2019. Our speaker will be Neil Chapman from the Nature Conservancy.
COCONINO COUNTY SPELLING BEE
 
The annual Coconino County Spelling Bee was held on Saturday, February 9, competently judged by Rotarians from the Williams and Grand Canyon Rotary Club as well as our own Vaughan Winborne.  Twelve year old Hannah Dodt outlasted the other 19 competitors through 9 rounds, correctly spelling “bequeath” followed by “potash” for the win.  Hannah will compete in the Statewide competition for a chance to represent Arizona in the National Spelling Bee in Washington DC
VALENTINE DINNER SOCIAL
 
Fourteen Rotarians and guests attended the Annual Valentine Dinner held on Saturday, February 15, at the Horsemen Lodge.     Great food was accompanied by lively conversation and laughter.  Thank you to Steve Peru for making all the arrangements!
Message from Meredith Potts
Global Grant #1864800 - Hepatitis Free Mongolia, Phase 2 - We need YOUR support!!
We are doing the project again in the fall of 2019! We have expanded the activities to include additional awareness activities, prevention activities and treatment for those without health insurance. You can read a summary of the project activities hereWe have also created a "Rotary Only" Tour Trip in Mongolia built around the start of this project in September 2019. For more information about this trip click here.
 
We have raised $150,000 of the $200,000 budget. We have one month to raise the remaining $50,000. This includes the Rotary Foundation match. We only need $35,000 from Rotary Clubs and individuals. You can view a list of current donations here.
 
TO DONATE:
Any amount you can donate is a huge help and will be matched 50% by the Rotary Foundation. There are three ways to donate…
 
              1) Make a donation to Rotary Foundation specified for Global Grant #1864800 by either mailing a check or through the website here. If you choose this option please send Meredith an email at meredithpotts@gmail.com so we can track all donations.
 
              2) Give Millie or Meredith a check made out to Flagstaff Rotary Club and tell us it is for the Global Grant / Mongolia Project.
 
              3) Respond or this email or tell Meredith or Millie in person to bill you on your next quarterly statement for the amount you want to donate to the Global Grant / Mongolia Project.
 
The Rotary Foundation is a 501c.3 So all donations are tax deductible. All donations given through Flagstaff RC will ultimately go through the Flagstaff RC Foundation, so they will also be tax deductible. 
 
If you joined Flagstaff RC from a different Club that you think might be interested in support this project, we would greatly appreciate any connection or help raising the last $35,000!
 
 
 
 
Attendance today:  16 members and 1 guest.
 

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