The Jamestown Gateway Train Station formerly known as the Erie-Lackawana Train Station is a very historical building that played a huge role in the development of Jamestown, NY. Following years of rennovations, the train station is now open for tourist visits, business lease space, and special event bookings.
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Posted by Kristen Johnson Lombardi
on Nov 23, 2015
Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese, an obstetrician with more than 20 years of experience and the founder of Save the Mothers, an international organization founded in 2004 that promotes maternal health in the developing world, spoke to the Rotary Club of Jamestown during its Nov. 23 meeting. Earlier this year, the Rotary Club of Jamestown donated $2,500 toward the purchase of a surgical kit for the organization.
During her presentation, Dr. Chamberlain Froese said 800 women in developing countries die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications every day and as many as 3 million babies die in their first week of life, many because of poor prenatal care. To illustrate the scope of the problem, Dr. Chamberlain Froese compared Canada and Uganda. While both countries have the same population, Canada loses between 20 and 30 mothers to childbirth each year while Uganda loses 6,000. Mothers are lost in developing countries because of a delay in seeking care and a delay in transportation. Many women in developing countries have no money with which to seek care and, in many cases, don't have the ability to consent for themselves. What's more, mothers in developing countries typically walk everywhere -- sometimes as many as 5 kilometers to the nearest health center. Dr. Chamberlain Froese said these challenges together account for 50 percent of childbirth-related deaths in developing countries.
Since its inception, Save the Mothers has trained more than 400 East African professionals, who each have earned a masters degree in public health leadership from the organization. These professionals have included five members of the Ugandan parliament, an editor who leads the second-largest newspaper in Uganda, a local mayor and the owner of a school, and the leader of a major church. "It's important that we equip local professionals with the ability to influence positive social change through their specific vocations," Dr. Chamberlain Froese said.
What's most striking, Dr. Chamberlain Froese said, is the closeness of these mothers and their plight. "We are all part of a global community -- a very small global community," she said. "In just one day's travel from your local airport, you can be face-to-face with these mothers who so desperately need help. They're dying of preventable pregnancy complications, just one day's travel away from you. They're so close to us, closer than we might believe. It's so important to recognize that and reach out to help where and when we can."
Dr. Chamberlain Froese is the author of the award-winning Where Have All the Mothers Gone?, a book of essays highlighting the struggles faced by mothers in developing countries. To order the book, click here. Proceeds benefit Save the Mothers.
PHOTO: From left are Rotary Club of Jamestown president-elect Gary Padak; Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese, the founder of Save the Mothers; Mary Harvey, chairman of the Save the Mothers Canada board of directors; John Lampard, a member of the Save the Mothers U.S.A. board of directors; and Rotarian Marijka Lampard.
Posted by Kristen Johnson Lombardi
on Nov 18, 2015
Cmdr. John Plumb, a former White House military aide, spoke to the Rotary Club of Jamestown during its Nov. 16 meeting about the process used in making national security decisions. Plumb, a Chautauqua County native and Navy Reserve commander who holds a PhD in aerospace engineering, previously worked for the Pentagon as the Principal Director for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy. He later worked at the White House as a staff member for the National Security Council. During his talk, Plumb outlined the hierarchy that governs national security decisions and how decisions move laterally or up the chain of command to the president. He acknowledged that, "from the outside looking in," the process and hierarchy look complicated, but stressed that "there is more continuity in national security policy and decision-making than most people realize."
Posted by Becky Robbins
on Nov 09, 2015
Katie Geise, program chair for the day, introduced Katie Castro, a Bemus Point native, who lives in Honduras with her husband and two daughters, Zoey and Lucy. Mrs. Castro took a mission trip to Honduras annually with her church in her high school years; at 17, she spent summers there to teach English as a Second Language. She then led trips for college students, and at age 21, moved there, and founded a non-profit organization to help at-risk youth in Honduras.
Mrs. Castro’s second child died in Honduras because of the lack of quality Honduran maternal care in that country. First, her baby Lily was born with severe birth defects that were missed during her prenatal care; she had operations and did better, but suffered brain damage due to a nurse waiting twenty minutes for a doctor to help resuscitate Lily when she stopped breathing. Finally, despite the fact that someone flew the family to Texas Children’s Hospital for no charge, the doctors there found that Lily could never breathe on her own. She died at five days old.
This experience led the Castros to ask Honduran doctors what they could do to be sure nothing like this happened to other families. They were shown units for babies in Honduras where 44 babies occupied seven incubators. Parents were sobbing as 53% of newborns there are dying because of lack of room and lack of numbers of medical help. A hospital built to serve 7,000 births a year, actually treats 16,563 a year. The Castros decided to help by serving as a voice for newborns. In 2014, they established a non-profit here called Angels of Hope to raise money for an addition to the hospital in the capitol city of Honduras; they have raised $35,000 toward the $350,000 goal. A long-term goal is to build a hospital for mothers and children to prevent this high rate of fatalities. Mrs. Castro, who is only 27, still lives in Honduras and returns periodically to Bemus Point.
After a touching and inspiring program, members adjourned.
Posted by Greg Jones
on Nov 14, 2015
Our social chair Stacey Hannon and committee put together a fun event "Falling for Lucy' which was held on November 2nd at the Lucy Desi Museum and Center for Comedy in downtown Jamestown. While the main idea was to just have fun it turned out to be that and a successful fund raiser for our club to boot!
Thanks go out to Stacey the main driver of this event, the Lucy Desi Center and staff who had their act together and were above helpful, Miley's Old Inn and staff who's service and food selection were number one and to all of those kind people who bought the $35 tickets to make this a success.
The tickets were limited to 200 with the grand prize being $1,000, the second of $500 and third got you a not bad $200. Greg Jones had the luck of selling the first and second winning prize tickets to Jay and Alison Churchill who generously donated the second prize of $500 back to the club for Rotary International's Polio eradication project. Ony two countries remain with active cases in the world, thank you Jay and Alison for helping us to wipe out polio once and for all!
Falling for Lucy was as advertised a fun event and it fulfilled that promise as it was a great way to spend a Monday night in downtown Jamestown.
A few photos from the event.
Mike and Cathy Moots buying the last ticket
|"Just a spoonful of medicine makes......"|
|The Grand Prize Winners - Jay and Alison Churchill on the Lucy Set|
Posted by Greg Jones
on Oct 30, 2015
For those that attended (our club I believe had the highest member attendance) the district conference a Holiday Valley it was a great meeting for growth in knowledge about Rotary and just plain having fun! Enjoy the photos!
Stacy and Sandy
Kent State Cone Head with Stacy
|Sue still trying to ship him out of town!|
|Russ Webb, "I forgot my costume in the truck!"|
Balancing feathers, why?
|With your Rotary friends up close and personal in the photo booth.|
Posted by Misty Johnson
on Oct 12, 2015
President-Elect/Vision Committee Chairman Gary Padak presented a special report on the Vision Committee to the club. The presentation was a helpful reminder for established members and informational for our newer club members. Gary outlined the club's financial organization which consist of two enteties; the Rotary Club of Jamestown NY and the Rotary Club of Jamestown Community Service Fund (RCJCSF) under which the Vision Committee falls. Formed in 2008 as a result of strategic planning the Vision Committee evaluates and recommends projects for funding. Funding for projects is now raised prior to project awards. All projects must adhere to the Rotary Areas of Focus and project awards are distributed at 60% local and 40% international. The Rotary Areas of Focus are 1) Peace and conflict Prevention/Resolutiion, 2) Disease Prevention and Treatment, 3) Water and Sanitation, 4) Maternal and Child Health, 5) Basic Education and Literacy and 6) Economic and Community Development. Previously funded local projects include a three year commitment to the WCA Hospital Emergency Room, the National Comedy Center Gateway Park, the Jamestown Boys and Girls Club, Prendergast Library, Adopt a Shoreline, student exchange, Children of the Book Reading Camp and the Jamestown High School Band. International funding has gone to water wells in Haiti and Niger, shelter boxes, Nepal Women's Cooperative and the Mongol Burei Academy. The Vision Committee is open to all club members.
Gary also shared the Vision Committee Goals for 2015 and 2016. The Committee will review proposals for international and community projects and develop appropriate decisions for approval by the Board of Directors and communicate all funding decisions to Club members, other Rotarians and community members. They will also review the process of proposing projects to the committee and recommend any changes. They will continue to identify and develop significant community-based projects for potential receipt of Rotary funding. Projects that have already received approval for the upcoming year are Camp Onyasa, funding for surgical supplies for maternal health in Uganda through Save The Mothers, and funding for student transportation for the Mongol Burei Eyecare Project. The Vision Committee is working to maximize their funding potential by applying for Rotary District and Global Grants. Gary started and ended the meeting with a request for input from club members as to what substantial, local projects our Rotary Club should invest in. The Vision Committee serves as an excellent steward of the RCJCSF funds. Thanks to all who participate on the committee.
Posted by Greg Jones
on Oct 10, 2015
On a cool but nice October 10th about sixteen Rotarians with friends and family joined together to pick up the trash on our section of I-86. Chairman Jeff Barkstrom had our safety vests and collection bags at the ready so all went smoothly for the assembled treasure hunters. A good turnout of around sixteen made our job a "walk in the park".
|Dick Johnson with the "treasure of the day" an in the box fishing lure!!|
|More photos of the crew|
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