Sunday, March 28, 2010

News and Information for Districts 9450, 9460, 9470
A fine farewell to D9460
Rotary District 9460 was
farewelled in fine style at the district
conference in Manjimup over
the weekend.
The 38th district conference,
was attended by 400 Rotarians and partners and was presided
over by District Governor
Keith Hopkins, was the last prior to
the implementation of the new
structure for Rotary Western Australia
that will see Districts 9465
(southern) and 9455 (northern)
emerge in July this year.

Conference photos
District Governor Keith Hopkins and Maurie Masters

Manjimup Rotarians Harvey Giblett and Kesi Kesavan

Some of the Districts Exchange students

Cathy Taylor with Alex and Sabina Alban at
the Banquet at Fonty's pool

Dee Buckland from Rockingham with John Jenkins of Manjimup

Hello Phil,
I have just added a Thank You page to the Conference web site
to thank Rotarians for supporting our last Conference for District 9460.

Alan Lush
Conference Chair
Rotary Conference 2010

click image to enlarge

Afghanistan first in world to use new
vaccine against polio

Critical step as global eradication effort faces entrenched challenges
A new vaccine against polio will be used for the first time today
in polio immunization campaigns in Afghanistan.
This bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV), is recommended
by the Advisory Committee on Poliomyelitis Eradication which
is the global technical advisory body of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
This vaccine can provide the optimal
concurrent protection needed by young children
against both surviving serotypes (types 1 and 3)
of the paralysing virus.
This will vastly simplify the logistics of vaccination
in the conflict-affected parts of this country.
This subnational immunization campaign,
will deliver bOPV to 2.8 million children under five
in the Southern, South-Eastern and Eastern Regions of Afghanistan.
Of the three wild polioviruses (known as types 1, 2 and 3),
type 2 has not been seen anywhere in the world since 1999.
This achievement led to the development of monovalent vaccines,
which provide protection against a single type with
greater efficacy than the traditional trivalent vaccine.
To determine whether a bivalent vaccine
could effectively protect
children living in areas where both types circulate,
a clinical field trial completed in June 2009
compared bOPV with the existing vaccines.
For both types 1 and 3 polio,
bOPV was found to be at least 30% more effective
than the trivalent vaccine
and almost as good as the monovalent vaccines,
yet in a package that could deliver both at once.
The bOPV allows countries to simplify vaccine logistics
and to optimize protection using a mix of the available
polio vaccines according to local needs.
In southern Afghanistan,
where access to children can be limited
depending on the security situation,
using bOPV helps maximise the impact of each contact with a child.
Most of Afghanistan is polio-free:
28 out of the 31 children paralysed by polio this year
come from 13 highly insecure districts (of 329 districts in the country).
In 2009, polio eradication efforts in Afghanistan
have focused on improving operations
and creating a safe environment for vaccination teams.
Nongovernmental agencies have been contracted
andlocal leaders involved to ensure that parties in conflict are approached,
safe passage for vaccinators assured and children reached.
Due to such preparations and strengthened supervision and staffing,
the proportion of the nearly 1.2 millionchildren under five years old
in the Southern Region who could not be reached
was reduced from greater than 20% in early 2009,
down to 5% during the July and September 2009 campaigns.
The availability of bOPV multiplies the effect
of such improvements.
However, in the 13 highest-risk districts of Kandahar and Helmand
provinces in the Southern Region,
the proportion of children who are still not immunized is well above 20% –
and more than 60% in some areas.



Can Rotary Make a Difference?

I once read that if you want to make a difference in any aspect of your life
you need to determine what you really stand for -
what you believe in,
and then seek out a way you can contribute in your community.
I read that to make a huge difference in the world
we need to help only one person at a time.
Melinda Gates said, “The continuing toll of malaria is a moral outrage—
we would not allow it in the U.S.,
and we should not allow it anywhere.
It’s time to close the gap in funding,
accelerate research,
and work together in a more strategic way
to strengthen the global malaria fight”

We as Rotarians need to ponder on what we stand
for as Rotarians and how we can make a difference
in our own District, in our own backyard.

Rotarians Against Malaria in Australia
has set aside 30 April as Malaria Awareness Day.
During the week in which that date occurs,
that is, from 26 April,
we are engaging in a major campaign to make the general public,
as well as Rotarians, more aware
of the very serious impact of this dreadful disease.

What will you do during Malaria Awareness Week?
You can choose to be directly involved in a number
of ways to raise the awareness of malaria in your area
e.g. Instead of presenting the guest speaker with a gift,
donate the $$$s towards the purchase of mosquito nets.
Provide a gift voucher acknowledging –
“A Malaria net has been donated on your behalf.”

Remember, one bed net costs just $10 to buy
and can safely last a family for up to five years.
Come on Rotarians
let’s Make A Difference!

PDG Bill Dethlefs, National RAM Chairman


Around the Clubs

Don't forget next weekend is the big Duck Race
Rotary Clubs of
Mandurah City
Mandurah Districts


Rotary Club of Melville

Swap Meet at Melville Plaza


Rotary Club of Attadale

Enjoying a game of Bowls recently

April 16th-18th ................................D9450 Conference
May 2nd……Sunday…………………………..District Assembly D9455
May 2nd……..Sunday……………………….District Assembly D9645
May 8th..........Saturday........................Rotary Club of Bentley/Curtin
Bush Band Concert
May 14th.......Friday.........................Rotary Club of Belmont
50th Birthday
June 12th................Saturday............Rotary Foundation Fund raiser
featuring belly dancers and oter performers
June 20th-23rd………………………………. Rotary International Convention Montreal
June 26th..........Saturday..............Rotary Club of Canningtons Ladies Seminar
July 3rd…………….Saturday……………District Changeover [D94555 and D9645]
October 24th-29th..............International Fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians
Festival@ Lillac Hill

October 31st........Sunday................Rotary Club of Matilda Bay
Subiaco Craft and Community Fair
December 3rd -5th.....................Rotary Institute [Perth]



A man walked into a restaurant in a strange town.
The waiter Came and asked him for his order.
Feeling lonely, he replied, "Meat loaf and a kind word."
When the waiter returned with the meat loaf,
the man said, "Okay, So where's the kind word?"
The waiter put down the meat loaf and sighed,
bent down, and whispered gently,
"Don't eat the meat loaf."


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