Rotary Club of Wimberley
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The Rotary Club of Wimberley is complying with the need for ever stronger measures required to minimize the spread of the corona virus.
We are meeting by ZOOM on Tuesdays at noon. If you are interested in joining us, please contact our Club President, Patty DeVazier, and she will provide you the necessary codes to join via Zoom. Her email is: [email protected]
We are happy to announce the winner and runner up of the 3rd Danforth Rotary Loves Readers contest of the school year. This challenge asked students to read a biography of their hero, then compare their hero’s strengths, challenges, flaws and achievements. We had a tie for runner up between Jack Malone with his entry on Albert Einstein, and Madeleine Smith with her entry on Mr. Fred Rogers. Jack and Madeleine shared the $50 prize. The winner of a crisp $100 bill was 6th grader, Hayden Hall, for his entry on Abraham Lincoln.
Congratulations to Hayden, Jack and Madeleine.
The Rotary Club of Wimberley welcomes a new member, Ermias Ketema Gebremeskel. Ermias is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and holds degrees in Biology, Business Administration and Tour Operations. His company, Stunning Ethiopia Tours, can be found on Tripadvisor. He is proud to now call Wimberley home. He met his future wife, Carrie Campbell, during a literacy mission trip in Ethiopia coordinated between the Rotary Club of Wimberley and the Davis Moon Project (DMP). DMP is a non-governmental organization working in Ethiopia to increase literacy and was founded by a former Wimberley Rotarian, Sonja Simmons. Ermias has also recently joined Sonja on the DMP Board of Directors to help improve conditions in his country of origin.
Photo of Ermias with Club President, Patty DeVazier
Food Insecurity is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Hays County has a food insecurity rate of 14.3% with 24,710 food insecure people.... 8,609 of which are children.
When the pandemic hit and in person meetings were no longer recommended by the CDC, the Rotary Club of Wimberley voted to
donate their weekly meal budget to the Wimberley Crisis Bread Basket. There are more than 2050 Wimberley residents living below the poverty level. We are proud to support our neighbors in their time of need, and we encourage those who can, to consider donating their time and/or resources to this worthy cause as well.
20 Reasons to be a Rotarian
By: Richard D. King, Rotary International President 2001-02
1. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership: - learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.
5. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
6. Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
7. Fun: Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.
8. Public Speaking Skills: Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
9. Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary International.” There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 29,000 clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.
10. Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.
11. Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.
12. The Development of Social Skills: Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
13. Family Programs: Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.
14. Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc...
15. The Development of Ethics: Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one’s ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
16. Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
17. Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.
18. Nice People: Rotarians above all are nice people - the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice.
19. The Absence of an “Official Creed”: Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
20. The Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own life. It is richly rewarding
Rotary International's Statement on COVID-19
Polio eradication staff support response to virus
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Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Using the vast infrastructure developed to identify the poliovirus and deliver vaccination campaigns, the polio eradication program is pitching in to protect the vulnerable from COVID-19, especially in polio-endemic countries. From Pakistan to Nigeria, the program is drawing on years of experience fighting outbreaks to support governments as they respond to the new virus.
Few health programs have as much practice tracking virus or reaching out to communities as the Pakistan polio eradication program. This means the polio team is in a strong position to support the Government of Pakistan in COVID-19 preparedness and response.
Currently, the polio team is providing assistance across the entire country, with a special focus on strengthening surveillance and awareness raising. Working side-by-side with the Government of Pakistan, within three weeks the team has managed to train over 280 surveillance officers in COVID-19 surveillance. It has also supported the development of a new data system that’s fully integrated with existing data management system for polio. All polio surveillance staff are now doubling up and supporting disease surveillance for COVID-19. Through cascade trainings, they have sensitized over 6,260 health professionals on COVID-19, alongside their polio duties, in light of the national emergency. These efforts will continue unabated as the virus continues to spread.
Adding to the capacity of the government and WHO Emergency team, the polio team are also engaged in COVID-19 contact tracing and improving testing in six reference laboratories. They have been trained to support and supplement the current efforts, preparing for a sudden surge in cases and responding to the increase in travelers that need to be traced as a result of the rise in cases. The regional reference laboratory for polio in Islamabad is also providing technical support to COVID-19 testing and has been evolving to cater to the increased demands.
As this is a new disease, polio staff are lending their skills as health risk communicators – providing accurate information and listening to people’s concerns. The government of Pakistan extended a national help line originally used for polio-related calls to now cater to the public’s need for information on COVID-19. The help line was quickly adapted by the polio communication team once the first COVID-19 case was announced. The polio communications team is using strategies routinely used to promote polio vaccines to disseminate information about the COVID-19 virus, including working with Facebook, to ensure accurate information sharing, and airing television adverts. As time goes on, the teams will train more and more people ensuring the provision of positive health practices messages that can curb the transmission of the virus.
Currently, community volunteers who work for the polio program to report children with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) are delivering messages on handwashing to reduce spread of COVID-19, in addition to polio. UNICEF is similarly using its Immunization Communication Network to disseminate information on personal hygiene.
Field staff have taken the initiative of using their routine visits to health facilities, during which they check for children with AFP, to check for and report people who may have COVID-19. Meanwhile, program staff are building the capacity of health workers to respond to the novel coronavirus.
To coordinate approaches, the WHO Afghanistan polio team has a designated focal point connecting with the wider COVID-19 operation led by the Government of Afghanistan. The polio eradication teams at regional and provincial levels are working closely with the Ministry of Public Health, non-governmental organizations delivering Afghanistan’s Basic Package of Health Services and other partners to enhance Afghanistan’s preparedness.
“In the field, when there is an emergency, WHO’s first call for support to the state governments is the polio personnel,” says Fiona Braka, WHO polio team lead in Nigeria.
In Ogun and Lagos states, where two cases of COVID-19 have been detected, over 50 WHO polio program medical staff are working flat out to mitigate further spread, using lessons learnt from their years battling the poliovirus. Staff are engaged in integrated disease surveillance, contact tracing, and data collection and analysis. Public health experts working for the Stop Transmission of Polio program, supported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are using their skills to undertake COVID-19 case investigations.
The WHO Field Offices -which are usually used for polio eradication coordination- are doubling up as coordination hubs for WHO teams supporting the COVID-19 response. The program is also lending phones, vehicles and administrative support to the COVID-19 effort.
In states where no cases of COVID-19 have been reported, polio staff are supporting preparedness activities. At a local level, polio program infrastructure is being used to strengthen disease surveillance. Polio staff are working closely with government counterparts and facilitating capacity building on COVID-19 response protocols and are working to build awareness of the virus in the community. Specials efforts are being undertaken to train frontline workers as they are at high risk of contagion.
Beyond polio-endemic countries
Trained specialists in the STOP program, part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, are actively supporting preparations or response to COVID-19 in 13 countries worldwide. The WHO Regional Office for Africa’s Rapid Response Team, who usually respond to polio outbreaks, are aiding COVID-19 preparedness in countries including Angola, Cameroon and the Central African Republic. Meanwhile, polio staff in other offices are ready to lend support, or are already lending support, to colleagues working to mitigate and respond to the new virus.
In our work to end polio, the program sees the devastating impact that communicable diseases have. With this in mind, we are fully committed to supporting national health systems by engaging our expertise and assets to help mitigate and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside continuing concerted efforts to eradicate polio.
For the latest information and advice on the COVID-19 disease outbreak visit the WHO website.
Originally posted on polioeradication.org.
On May 6, 2018 - The Rotary Club of Wimberley was honored to receive the "Club of the Year" Award from Rotary District 5840's Governor, Carol Holmes. The award was presented to Club President, Patty DeVazier, who with 7 other local Rotarians attended the District Conference at Horseshoe Bay. The Rotary Club of Wimberley was selected for this distinction out of the District's 52 clubs.
THEN.... on May 4, 2019 - Our very own Patty DeVazier was named Rotary Club President of the Year. We are so proud of her and grateful for her leadership.
The Rotary Club of Wimberley is a proud sponsor of the FREE Reading program for kids in K-6. The program is compatible with most Internet browsers used by desktop and tablet computers. Anyone can sign up for the program - just click on the link to the right.
Our goal is to enhance the literacy skills of English language learners of all ages. The FREE reading program will help improve English reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and much more! 60,000 + students are currently using the program with incredible results. Don't miss out.
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Rotary Club of Wimberley is a member club of Rotary International which has 32,000 clubs in 168 countries. The motto of Rotary is "Service Above Self" which demonstrates the humanitarian spirit shared by all Rotarians. Internationally, Rotary has led world efforts to eradicate polio, illiteracy and starvation. In addition, Rotary seeks to promote cultural understanding and peace through exchange programs between its member nations.
The Rotary Club of Wimberley was started over 15 years ago and has continued to grow since. Our roster includes representatives of financial institutions, school administration, medical providers, legal and accounting professions, real estate and insurance companies, tourism, retail merchants, and publications.
Our current mission is a series of programs under our theme of "Rotary Loves Readers." These programs include reading initiatives within our schools, library seminars, nursing home book clubs, book giveaways, and scholarships. The Rotary Club of Wimberley's largest on-going endeavor is as a benefactor for the Back to School Fiesta which provides school supplies to 500 children in need. We also are supporters of the Davis Moon Project, an organization building schools in Ethiopia. A complete list of past and present projects is tabbed above for your reference.
To learn more, contact us today!