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Posted by Lisa Ross on Aug 17, 2014

Rotary is lucky to have Herb Benham from the Bakersfield

Californian speaking at this week's meeting.  Anyone who

reads The California has to be familiar with Mr. Benham and

his stories, essays, musings and commentary.

Herb Benham has been at The Californian since 1987. He was born in Santa Barbara and grew up in Bakersfield. Benham graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. He and his wife have four children - Katie, Herbie, Sam and Thomas. The Benhams live downtown in a 100-year-old-plus house that needs constant work. He is the author of two books - "First Kisses and Other Miracles," and "Sitting on My Fat Wallet." Benham started by doing the tennis column for The Californian and then 20 years ago became the feature columnist for the paper. He also teaches a writing class at Bakersfield College called, "How to write better, or at least less worse."

Posted by Lisa Ross on Aug 17, 2014

Loretta Butts, our new District Governor for 2014-15, will be speaking at our Club's meeting on August 28th.  It is always an honor to host the District's Governor and we are hoping to see a big turn out to hear what she has to share.  A very accomplished woman, Loretta has served the District as International Service Chair, STEPS Chair, Assistant Governor and GSE Group Coordinator.   She  is an advisor to the Grants Committee, sits on the Future Vision Transition Committee and is the District APF Chair. She  has received recognition as Rotarian of the Year, is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor, and a member of the Paul Harris Society.

Through  her  work with Rotary InternationalLoretta traveled to Nigeria in 2005 to assist in the Rotary's goal of eradicating polio through a National Immunization Day (NID) while identifying the need for other Rotary sponsored programs and services in Kano, Nigeria.  In 2012, representing multiple clubs from District 5240 who provided a grant for furnishings and a refrigeration unit, she  accepted an invitation and participated in the dedication of the Kristina Health Clinic in a remote village in Uganda.

 
Posted by Tim Trujillo on Aug 17, 2014

"'Your life and mine will be valued not by what we take, but by what we give."

What an appropriate quote for Rotarians to live by and open our hearts and pocketbooks to support the works of  the Rotary Foundation. Having a healthy foundation is the key to any nonprofit organization involved in the business of service to others, and Rotary is certainly that!  We are in the business of giving--giving of our time, our resources, and our knowledge, and our love--to make this world free of disease, hunger, poverty and hopelessness.'"  -- Past District Governor Deepa Willingham

​Thanks to you Rotarians who are giving generously to the Rotary Foundation!  If you're not giving but woud like to, please cotact club Foundation Chair, Tim 

Posted by Frederick Motter on Aug 17, 2014

Nigeria is closer than ever to eradicating polio, riding a successful effort to reach children in seven northern states at highest risk for the disease.

"Rotarians have [gone] into remote areas of the country by car, canoe, motorbike, and even on foot to ensure every child gets the vaccine," says Rotary's Nigeria PolioPlus Committee Chair Tunji Funsho.

In Katsina state, members of the Nigeria PolioPlus Committee (NPPC) recently met with leaders of two communities notoriously opposed to immunization, mainly on religious grounds and in protest of the lack of basic health care. They persuaded the leaders to endorse vaccination by obtaining government assurance that mobile health camps would provide free checkups, medications, immunization against diseases besides polio, and other services.

"It was very encouraging to see the positive impact of engaging these leaders . . . witnessed by the huge turnout of crowds at the health camps and women willingly presenting their children for vaccination in households, quranic schools, and other locations," reports the NPPC. "[The camps] are one of the proven 'quick wins' to untie the knots of persistent noncompliance in some settlements across the high-risk states."

Along with Pakistan and Afghanistan, Nigeria has never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus. However, it has recorded only three polio cases so far this year (as of 3 June), down from 24 cases for the same period in 2013.

The NPPC began providing funding for the health camps in May. And in response to community demands for clean water, some Rotary clubs are sponsoring projects to install boreholes.

In high-risk states like Katsina, "the mere participation of community leaders, allowing their own children to be vaccinated or pronouncing the acceptance of OPV [oral polio vaccine] is enough to encourage community members to allow the vaccination teams into their homes," says Funsho.

Rotary field coordinators are helping close immunization gaps in northern Nigeria by gaining public support from government and community leaders through providing technical support, and monitoring the quality of vaccination teams.

"In the security challenged areas, measures such as 'fire walling,' which ensures that children going in and out of Borno and Yobe states are immunized, have been put in place," says Funsho. Teams of health workers and security agency personnel also use "hit and run" tactics to immunize children and withdraw in two days' time or less, he adds.

The NPPC promotes public awareness of the need to eradicate polio through community billboards and posters, along with distributing T-shirts, caps, and aprons to health workers. And it has engaged national celebrities like musician and actor Sani Musa Danja to encourage vaccine acceptance in communities where pockets of opposition still exist.

In April, Rotary joined the Federal Ministry of Health in sponsoring the Nigeria Polio Summit. Governors of high-risk states, religious and traditional leaders, national and global health officials, Rotary members, and others focused on best practices in the country's drive to become polio free.

Funsho and others are optimistic that Nigeria can stop polio transmission by the end of 2014, one of the goals of the. Rotary is a leading partner in the .

"The greatest challenge . . . will be the preparations for the 2015 elections," said Dr. Oyewale Tomori, chair of Nigeria's Expert Review Committee on Polio Eradication, in a recent . "Every election year since 2003 has been characterized by abandonment of good governance, and subsequently accompanied by a surge in polio cases."

To help Nigeria seize the opportunity to end polio this year, Rotary released $7 million to the GPEI to  in the country. And business leader and philanthropist  has contributed $2.25 million to PolioPlus.

"The Nigerian government, now supported by the international community, is doing all that it can to eliminate the widespread violence, abductions, and terrorism," says Sir Emeka, a member of the Rotary Club of Awka GRA and Rotary's polio ambassador in Nigeria. "Peace would facilitate polio eradication, but we cannot sit by and wait until that time comes. We must do what we can to find ways to end polio now."

Posted by Lisa Ross on Jul 24, 2014

As you can see from her photo, Linda takes no prisoners! 

Posted by Linda Carhart on Jul 24, 2014

Here we go again!

Posted by Judy Trujillo on Jul 15, 2014

As noted in the prior eBulletin our club was the recipient of many prestigious awards from our Rotary District..

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