Sunday, June 23, 2013



Lending a Hand


Twenty-five years after we set out to achieve 
one of the most ambitious public health goals ever,
 we are within reach of the finish line: polio eradication.
As a medical student in the late 1950's, 
I remember caring for children paralyzed by polio,
 including those forced to live in "iron lungs"
 because polio had paralyzed the nerves required to breath. 
Virtually everyone knew someone whose family had been affected by the disease.
Fortunately, development of vaccines by American scientists
 Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin
 enabled us to rid the U.S. of polio by 1979.
In 1988, when polio still occurred in 125 countries 
and paralyzed 350,000 people annually, 
health ministers from around the world 
passed a resolution at the World Health Assembly (WHA)
 calling for eradication. 
Since then, the U.S. has been working with partners to free everyone, 
everywhere, from polio forever
, and I am proud to have been a part of the effort from the beginning.
The resolution created a remarkable public-private partnership --
 the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) --
 led by the World Health Organization, 
Rotary International, 
the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
, and UNICEF.
 Its impact has been extraordinary. 
Today, all but three countries have interrupted wild poliovirus transmission,
 and in 2012 we recorded just 223 cases -- fewer than ever before.
 We'd always thought India would be the last country to eliminate polio; 
today, it's been polio-free for more than two years.
The U.S. has played a major role in this fight, with CDC at the helm.
 CDC has established an unprecedented global network of laboratories,
 provided technical experts and more than 1,800 volunteers to polio-affected countries,
 and contributed three-quarters of the US' $2.1 billion investment in polio eradication.
 Director Dr. Thomas Frieden activated CDC's Emergency Operations Center 
to strengthen the agency's eradication efforts.
CDC is joined in this work by the US Agency for International Development
 and by other US-based organizations, 
including Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
Both have contributed more than $1 billion and, in Rotary's case, countless volunteer hours.
The changing situation as we near eradication forces us to revise our strategies.
 For example, the program will introduce an inactivated injectable vaccine
to eliminate the rare cases of paralysis caused by the existing oral vaccine.
 In addition, operational barriers like weak infrastructure,
vaccine refusals and insecurity are obstacles to reaching kids in the final pockets.
In response, the GPEI recently developed the 
 Building on years of progress and lessons learned, 
the plan tackles polio on several fronts: it seeks to eliminate both wild 
and vaccine-derived poliovirus, 
while strengthening routine immunization to protect against other diseases.
 The plan will require $5.5 billion through 2018,
 three-quarters of which have already been pledged.
At the end of May, on the 25th anniversary of the GPEI's founding,
 the WHA endorsed the plan.
 I had the privilege of joining nearly 500 other scientists and technical experts
in endorsing it in April.
We are closer than ever to ending polio.
 Insufficient human and financial resources now could compromise our chance of success -
 and the longer it takes, the more expensive it will be. 
The U.S. must continue its leadership and commit additional funding to achieve the goal.
Twenty-six years ago, colleagues and I published an article
that concluded: "global eradication of poliomyelitis is inevitable;
 the only question is whether we will accomplish it
 or pass on the needed action to our successors.
 We believe we should act now to leave the legacy of a poliomyelitis-free world for our children." 
That statement is just as true today. 
We must act now.


Rotary Club of West Perth


Rotary Club of Belmont

Rachelle Griffith

 Michele Alexander


Rotary Club of Karrinyup


Rotary Club of Carnarvon

 President Gordon Bennett

Three Charter members were present at the 50th Birthday
and all are pictured here with District Governor Philip Skelton
 Terry Cahill

Ross McKernon

Barry Scott




Rotary Club of South Bunbury


Rotary Club of Hillarys and Wanneroo


Rotary Club of West Perth

Seen at the Rotary Club of Karrinyup changeover
Balcatta Club was represented by Terry Dowling, 
Howard Marson, Jeff Abbott, President Elect Jackie Bullock
 and our newest member Stephen O'Donohue


Rotary Club of Canning Bridge

Rotary Club of Rossmoyne
 Australian Rotary Health Western Region Board Director Phil Cordery
 visited the Rotary Club of Rossmoyne
 and presented President Graham Brown 
and the club with a recognition banner
The Rotary Club of Rossmoyne has achieved   $500 per member
in contributions to Australian Rotary Health


Rotary Clubs of Como and Bentley Curtin

Monday nights joint  meeting at Como Rotary Club 
to thank Mike Terry [Rotary Club of Belmont] and the Hertz Truck Rental Company
 for their ongoing support of our container project. 
Mike was presented with a certificate from the Bentley Curtin and Como Rotary clubs
 and a special presentation of a hand woven Timor Tias
 by Joao and Cipriana Nascimento on behalf of the Timorese community
With  Presidents Kim Larsen [Como] and Peter Snell  [Bentley Curtin]



Rotary Club of West Perth


Rotary Club of Kununurra


Rotary Club of Mill Point

Bentley Tafe Catering Awards
The delightful 4 course
dinner attended last
Tuesday was for the
presentation of awards to
Elisha Bettenay and
Kharisma Muhammad for
their success in their
Catering Course. The
presentation was made by Sandy Kirkpatrick 
on behalf of the members


Rotary Club of Geraldton


Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay


Many Youth Exchange students are doing presentations
 at their clubs as they prepare to go home
 after 12 months in Western Australia

Rotary Club of Millpoint
Valen Teran............Venezuela


Rotary Club of Northam
Eric entertained with a prelude pre meeting and afterwards 2 concerto pieces,
 his favourite Rachmaninoff, leading;
 followed by an own composition..
 He then provided accompaniment for the National Anthem, in tune.


Rotary Club of Manjimup


Rotary Club of Batavia Coast


Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay
 President Ian Clarke with his outgoing board


Rotary Club of Southern Districts


Rotary Club of Ascot
has a new Sergeant

Last week we left you with this conundrum:
The Big or the Small?

Well, today we found out: it was actually

 Ron Alexander and Ron Alexander


Funny pictures !!!

 at Hillarys







The hills were alive with wildflowers
And I was as wild, even wilder than they
For at least I could run, they just died in the sun
And I refused to just wither in place
Just a wild mountain rose, needing freedom to grow
So I ran fearing not where I'd go
When a flower grows wild, it can always survive
Wildflowers don't care where they grow

And the flowers I knew in the fields where I grew
Were content to be lost in the crowd
They were common and close, I had no room for growth
I wanted so much to branch out

I uprooted myself from home ground and left
Took my dreams and I took to the road
When a flower grows wild, it can always survive
Wildflowers don't care where they grow

I grew up fast and wild and I never felt right
In a garden so different from me
I just never belonged, I just longed to be gone
So the garden, one day, set me free

Hitched a ride with the wind and since he was my friend
I just let him decide where we'd go
When a flower grows wild, it can always survive
Wildflowers don't care where they grow

Not many people know it, but the Devil actually wears a wig. 
You'd never know if you weren't told. It’s a perfect fit. 

Anyway, down in the world of fire and brimstone, 
one guy did find out and he decided to have a little practical joke
. So one night, he sneaks past the guardian demons
 and manages to get all the way into Satan's bed chamber,
 whereupon he steals the hair-piece and makes good his escape. 

Well, of course, the Devil was most displeased by this
 and he rounds up his demons and demands 
to know which of them had been so lazy as to let someone sneak past them.
 Naturally, none of them owns up, which makes him even madder:
 So he calls a general meeting of everyone the under-world: 
everyone has to attend.

The meeting is held in a huge cavern and it's absolutely packed 
(except for the odd gap in the crowd,
 where there's a lava-pit or bottomless fissure in the floor)
. As Satan steps up to speak, 
everyone sees that he's got no hair, 
and peals of laughter start echoing out around the hall. 
The devil bel-lows at them to be quiet, 
and a deadly hush falls.

“Whoever stole it,” he shouts,
 “had better return it immediately!”
 And here he paused for effect,
 ”Or else there'll be Hell Toupee!

The Stick

The cowboys gathered in their bunk¬house after a hard day on the range
. One of them popped open a cold beer

and sat on the edge of his bunk.
"Where's Tex?" he asked.

"Oh, he's out looking over his new car," another responded.
 "It's that new foreign car he just bought.
 He just can't get enough of it. 
Spend hours just looking and touching it."

The cowboy standing in the corner said:
 "Ole Tex is a smart aleck. 
As soon as he gets back here hell start bragging about that car."

The one with the beer then said
: "Not Tex. He's just a good old boy arid that's all hell ever be. 
When he comes in, all he's going to do is say hello."

"I know Tex better than any of you," said another cowboy 
who was standing in the darkness of the far corner. 
"He may be a good old boy but he's also a smart old boy.
 He'll figure out some way to brag about his car
 even when he's just saying hello."

Just then the bunkhouse door swung open
 and Tex sauntered in. 
He looked at all the others who seemed startled at his arrival and shouted: 
"Audi, partners!"

Rainbow over the Pinnacles

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