January - June 2020

Rotary E-ClubNEO is excited to start our twice-monthly meetings.  Our club is composed of both current and new Rotarians. 
For the first few months, our first monthly meeting will review one of Rotary's six causes to help us all focus on the purpose of Rotary.   

MARCH #Three
Providing Clean Water
Lifesaver Water Purification Bottle

Michael Pritchard - TED talk July 2009

Rotary believes that water, sanitation and hygiene  (WASH) are necessities that should be available to everyone.  There is no other issue that affects education the economy, equality and progress like access to water and sanitation.  Over many years, the efforts of clubs around the world have become increasing sophisticated, moving from bore wells to filters to infrastructure in countries where it could be added  Partnering with many health and UN agencies,  Rotary has placed a particular focus on Belize, Guatemala, India and Kenya where the need was greatest.  This video describes an individual filter which is not commonly used by many current Rotary projects but is still important for disasters and in places where infrastructure is unavailable.

WASRAG, the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, is one of the most active Rotarian groups, sponsoring hundreds of lifesaving projects around the world.
Fighting Disease
How We're Using Dogs
to Sniff Out Malaria

Dr. James Logan

Although  Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio are well-known, many Rotarians focus on other dangerous diseases.  Malaria as well as HIV/AIDs, diabetes, and MS,   has long plagued many tropical areas of the world.  Watch how dogs may someday be able to sniff out malaria carriers. 
Wondering how a dog really "sees" with it's nose?  Alexandra Horowitz illustrated in this -- VIEW LINK
End Polio Now panel - RI Convention, Hamburg, 2019
Rotary is using new technology to combat the challenges of the last few cases of polio, often found in areas of conflict.   Dr. Ujala Nyyar, Provincial Surveillance Officer, World Health Organization and Michael Zaffran, Director of Polio Eradication, World Health Organization, describe the techniques that have been developed to combat distance, conflict, and misinformation.  Cellphones and text messages power this fight around the world.  
These techniques have now proven useful in combating other diseases as well. 
Promoting Peace
What is Peace? Rotary Peace Fellow Summer Lewis
There are many forms of peace.  Among many initiatives, Rotary supports programs that work to end bullying,  prevent and support victims of domestic violence,  rebuild lives for refugees, and dispel myths and stereotypes that create conflict.  
Rotary supports seven Peace Centers that offer fellowships to leaders from around the world to study peace.  The newest one recently opened at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.  In addition, frequent Presidential Peace Conferences and Peace Conferences prior to International Conferences are held.    Positive Peace as described by Rotary's partner, the Institute for Economics and Peace,  is one of the concepts taught in those programs, and we may find it relevant to many issues we face personally and in our local and national communities. To learn more, see the online Peace Academy for all Rotarians and/or join the Rotary Action Group for Peace, a collection of individual Rotarians interested in peacemaking.