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Jamestown

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We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Robert H. Jackson Center
305 East Fourth Street
Jamestown, NY  14701
United States
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At the August 31 meeting of the Rotary Club of Jamestown, Rotarian Mark Baldwin, a longtime educator at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, spoke about Roger Tory Peterson and how various locations throughout Jamestown laid the foundation for Peterson's life's work as the most prominent American nature educator of the 20th Century and would have been 107 years old on August 28. His book, A Field Guide to Birds, was named one of the most influential books of the 20th Century because it forever changed the way we view nature and interact with the natural world. Peterson was a tireless advocate for nature and education about the natural world. Baldwin said several locations throughout Jamestown were important to Peterson's life, including his boyhood home at 16 Bowen Street and the old reservoir at the top of Swede Hill. It was there in April 1920 that Peterson had a life-changing encounter ... while with a friend, he spotted a mass of motionless brown feathers on the side of a tree. The boys were able to walk right up to this mysterious mass and Peterson was able to touch them before the feathers woke up and away flew a Northern Flicker woodpecker! At the 100 Acre Lot on Curtis Street, Peterson identified his first yellow warbler. He got special permission from Jamestown's police chief to stay out after curfew so he could catch moths at Lakeview Cemetery. He spent a week working at Dahlstrom's ... then got a job at Union National Furniture Company after a cousin showed a painting of his to the art director. All of these locations are local landmarks today and still play an important role in Jamestown life. Pictured above are, from left, Ardy Baldwin; her husband and Rotarian Mark Baldwin; Joni Blackman, Rotarian and executive director of the Fenton History Center; and Gary Padak, the vice president of the Rotary Club of Jamestown.
 

 
 
On Monday, August 17, 2015 the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club was honored by a visit from the Rotary District 7090 District Governor, Kevin J. Crosby, Ph.D.  Mr. Crosby shared his thoughts on the Rotary theme for this year, “Be a Gift to the World.”  His message to Rotarians is “Rotary is what you do as members.”  In his 10 years of Rotary involvement Mr. Crosby has come to realize the wide spread affect Rotarians have on both their local and international communities.  Rotarians are involved in programs for clean water, developing youth and youth leadership, promoting world peace, literacy, responding to natural disasters and the PolioPlus Campaign for the eradication of Polio throughout the world.
 
Mr. Crosby also discussed the Rotary goals and strategies for 2015-2016. Goals included developing stronger, more vibrant clubs through growth incorporating diversity of age and culture.  He complemented the Noon Club on the number of female members, which is far above the international average.   Strategically he is encouraging clubs to focus on engagement in the club rather than on attendance, which has been the traditional focus.   He did stress, however, the importance of attendance.  He also discussed plans for a “Food Truck” model for providing resources and services to clubs, leveraging technology, greater use of Club Central, encouraging innovation and encouraging all Rotarians to learn more about Rotary.  He is looking for the expansion in developing young leaders and long-term strategic planning and succession planning (which our club has in place).  He encouraged the club to strive for both the President’s Award and the Light House Award this year.  He also put in a plug for this year’s Conference in Ellicottville.  He ended his presentation with the definition of the meaning of life…doing what gives your life meaning at this moment.  Be a Gift to the World.
 
At the end of his presentation, the Jamestown Noon Rotary club presented District Governor Crosby with an unrestricted donation of $1000.00 to the Rotary Foundation.  The District Governor immediately designated the donation to the PolioPlus Campaign, where it will become a $3000.00 donation through the generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
District Governor Crosby makes his home in Lockport, New York, where he is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Buffalo-Sunrise.  He is a Partner at Full Circle Studios, LLC, and is involved with the Girls Educational Collaborative, Inc, the Buffalo-Niagara Chapter of the Association for Talent Development, the Summit Academy, and several international service projects in Malawi and Tanzania.  He doesn’t take himself too seriously, likes Hawaiian shirts, and on occasion talks to Paul Harris.
 
 
Be a Gift to the World - District Governor Kevin J. Crosby of Rotary District 7090 outlines goals and strategies for the 2015-2016 Rotary year at the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club meeting on August 17, 2015. Pictured are (standing) Walter Pickut, Lisa Yaggie, Club President Michael Moots, (seated) District Governor Kevin Crosby and Assistant District Governor Sharon Hamilton.
 

 
 
Once again on August 16 we held the opening of our handicapped camp in conjunction with two fabulous partners, The Resource Center and Camp Onyahsa. This camp is attended by adults with special needs that without this opportunity would never experience summer camp on Chautauqua Lake. For those of us who attend the opening "campfire" emotions of the campers ranges from shear joy to tears of worry in facing a new experience. At the end of the evening all that remains are the smiles!
Thanks to Jon Obrian and his committed staff who are so dedicated to making this an experience that brings joy to our special campers!
 
 Jon and his Indian friend arriving by canoe to give the campers a short history of Chautauqua Lake and our native Indian heritage.
 
 
If you have a campfire you must sing with the help of Tim Edborg and Randy Graham.
 
 
And a few photos.
 
 
 

 
 
 
During Monday's meeting, Club members enjoyed a presentation from Olivia Valone, who spent last year in Germany as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. She brought with her a Rotary banner from the Rotary Club Potsdam, located in the capital city of the German federal state of Brandenburg. The banner exchange is one of Rotary's more colorful traditions, as Rotarians traveling to distant locations often take along banners that can be exchanged when they visit other clubs. Each banner is colorful, unique, expresses the community and country of which the Club is a part, and tells a story of community pride. Exchanging Club banners is a longstanding custom that offers Rotarians the world over a tangible symbol of international fellowship. Pictured above, from left, are Club president Michael Moots; Miss Valone; and Rotarian and Youth Services Committee member Lisa Yaggie.
 

 
 
 
One of Rotary's most important initiatives is the development of youth into leader and proudly, our club has always been deeply involved in these initiatives. In April, we sent two students -- Gillian Lutton and Jared Yaggie -- to a weekend-long leadership development program in Canada. And last year, we sent Olivia Valone to Germany for a year through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. During our Monday, Aug. 10 meeting, Mr. Yaggie and Miss Valone spoke to club members about their experiences and what they had learned. Mr. Yaggie, who plans to become an active Rotarian, left the leadership development program with a more defined sense of his leadership style and qualities. But he didn't stop there ... he took the program's directors up on their challenge to start an Interact Club and, with the help of his school's Board of Education, has established one at Southwestern Middle School. The club will become active this fall. Miss Valone spent a year in Potsdam, the capital city of the German federal state of Brandenburg. She toured Europe with other Rotary Youth Exchange members and enjoyed her first skiing experience on the slops of the Italian Alps! Miss Valone, who is now 19, plans to study international relations at American University. From left are Rotarian Vicki McGraw; Bridget Valone; Olivia Valone; Jared Yaggie; Rotarian and Youth Services Committee member Lisa Yaggie; Rotarian and Youth Services Committee member Cheri Krull; and Rotarian and Youth Services Committee member Michelle Jones.
 

 
 
     Often we are reluctant to donate money to a worthy cause because we aren't sure that our money actually reaches those it is intended for.  Donating through Rotary is a way to alleviate those worries.  Our club is fortunate to have a member who actually goes on location, checks and reports the progress to the club.  David and Marissa Troxell presented an update on two of our ongoing international projects, the weavers in Nepal and the school in Cambodia.
     WEAN, Women's Entrepreneurial Association of Nepal consists of a three year commitment by our club with a sister club at Jawalekhel, Nepal.  The program consists of approximately 25 women, most have no education, but all have a desire to earn a living by producing high quality hand woven mats.  The process included purchasing new looms, developing a product that would sell to upscale markets such as high end hotels, and then, in the third year, this year, developing those markets.  All was on track until the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April.  The area in which the women live is flat and was not effected by the earthquake, the area is similar to India.  Unfortunately the areas where they had hoped to sell their mats were devastated, mainly the capital city of Katmandu.  The earthquake has put the entire county into a holding pattern, including the WEAN project.  The Troxells visited Nepal just weeks before the earthquake, meeting with Rotarian Rita Bhandary of the sister club in Nepal.  The slide show that accompanied the presentation showed beautiful photos of  an ancient landscape that no longer exists xxx, after being destroyed by the earthquake.  Nepal is a very religious country and helping one another is considered an opportunity, opportunity has knocked and we will continue to do what we can to help as the country struggles towards recovery.
     For the second half of the presentation we shifted our attention to a small school in Cambodia.  This is a school for children so poor that they can't afford to attend the public school, even though it is free.  There are 335 students in first through ninth grades.  Without the funding of Rotary clubs around the world this school could not exist, Rotary pays for everything from transportation, which is primitive but effective, to school uniforms.  Our club has provided funding for grass on the playground, prior to the grass being added it was covered in stones which made it impossible for the girls to participate in outdoor activities.   Through our literacy project we have sent books.  Several of our books arrived while the Troxells were visiting.  The Troxells also teach classes while they are there.  But one of the most heartwarming projects initiated by our club is a type of pen pal program between Love School in Jamestown and the Cambodian School.  The Love School students collected money to buy soccer balls for the Cambodian children.  David and Marissa video taped segments of the Cambodian children saying hello to their Love School counterparts during their visit.  In addition to their classes the children receive two hot meals a day and each family receives a 50 lb. bag of rice.  There is also a high level of family participation at the school.  The Troxells proposed two new Club projects for the Cambodian School.  The first involved eye glasses for the students.  None of the 335 students had eye glasses.  They are working on the details of developing that project.  Another Club opportunity is an immediate need for individual student sponsors.  Each of the 335 students needs to be sponsored, and they still need 63 sponsors for this year.  Several Rotarians stepped up to the challenge following Monday's meeting but more are needed.  If you are interested please contact David Troxell, (716) 969-7165 or email him at davidjtroxell@hotmail.com.    Remember, you won't be sending your money off into cyberspace with only the hope that it will reach a needy student, your donation is virtually hand delivered by Rotarian David Troxell to a child in need. 
     Our club can't thank David and Marissa enough for their involvement in these two worthy projects, both personally and as representatives of our Rotary Club.  A donation will be made to Rotary International's PolioPlus Campaign on their behalf.
 
Club President Michael Moots; Executive Director JCC Foundation, David Troxell,
Marissa Troxell (seated), Brigetta Overcash; WCA Foundation Executive Director,
and Tory Igang; United Way of Southern Chautauqua County Executive Director
 
 
 

 
 
Today marks one year since the last case of polio in Nigeria, the only remaining polio-endemic country in Africa. This achievement – the longest period Nigeria has gone without a case of the paralyzing disease – could signal the world will soon see a polio-free Africa, a significant global health milestone.
Rotary has been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio since 1985, when it launched the first global initiative to immunize the world's children against polio: its flagship PolioPlus program. The organization has donated more than $1.4 billion to end polio.
Nigeria's last polio case occurred on July 24, 2014, in southern Kano state, and the continent of Africa has not seen a polio case since August 11, 2014. The World Health Organization (WHO) may soon remove Nigeria from the list of polio endemic countries. When Nigeria and every country in Africa go three years without a case of polio, WHO will certify the region as polio-free. Most recently, WHO declared India and its Southeast Asia region polio-free in 2014.
Experts caution that while today marks a noteworthy milestone, the world cannot take its sights off polio. The next two years will be critical to ensuring Nigeria remains on-track and prevent a resurgence of the disease. The support of donors, governments and partners is needed more than ever to ensure high-quality polio campaigns.
Last month, Rotary announced US$19 million in grants for continued polio eradication activities in Africa, including nearly $10 million for Nigeria. Over the past thirty years, the organization has given $688.5 million for polio eradication throughout Africa, and $207.4 million for Nigeria.
Beyond Nigeria, only Pakistan and Afghanistan remain polio-endemic. According to experts, Pakistan will prove the biggest challenge to global eradication efforts, with the country accounting for nearly 90% of the world's cases in 2014. However, there has been recent progress in Pakistan, with the country reporting a nearly 70% reduction in cases in the first half of 2015 compared to the same time in 2014.
Rotary launched its polio immunization program PolioPlus in 1985 and in 1988 became a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the initiative launched in 1988, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to less than 400 confirmed in 2014.
Rotary's roles within the initiative are fundraising, advocacy, and social mobilization. To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.4 billion and countless volunteer hours to fight polio. Through 2018, every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $35 million a year.
About Rotary
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. In 1988, Rotary was joined by the WHO, UNICEF and the CDC to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Visit rotary.org and endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio. Video and still images will be available on the Rotary Media Center.
 
 

 
 

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