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Minutes: “Virus Alert” (12/3/2014)

December 4, 2014

Flag Pledge: Bob McPhillips
Raffle: Maurice Moreno brought a basket of food goodies and a men’s ring
Sgt. At Arms: Connard Hogan


  • Joe Weiland described the changes made to the dining room at the Santa Barbara Club. It’s lovely!
  • Weird December Anniversaries: Scott Burns – 27 years!!! Chris Tucker – 3 years!
  • Weird Upcoming Club Meetings:
    December 10 – Harlan Green “The Mystery of Money: Understanding the Modern Financial World and Economic Forecasts“
    December 17 – Mike Nissenson and Stan Roden “The State of Education in Santa Barbara County… and How United Way is Helping“
    December 24 – DARK
    December 31 – DARK
    January 7 – Claire Cooley “My Rotary Youth Exchange Experience in Italy”
  • Weird Foundation: It’s time to pledge your contributions to The Rotary Foundation and The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise Charitable Foundation. We want 100% participation, and we are currently at 50%. Goal is $150 per member to The Rotary Foundation and $200 to $600 per member to RCSBSF.
    Weird Community Service:
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing. Thank you to those who went bell ringing this weekend. If you sign up and are unable to attend, find a substitute.
  • Weird Holiday Party: It will be Saturday, December13 at 5:30 PM at Ennisbrook. The cost is $40 per person. The food will be a buffet sit-down dinner with a variety of meat and vegetarian options. Drinks: Beer, wine, and sodas will be provided. Members may bring a bottle of wine to share with everyone or to have at their dinner table. There will be a holiday ornament exchange: For those who are interested, we will have a holiday ornament exchange after dinner. Couples should bring a wrapped ornament valued $25 maximum without any identification. Humorous ornaments are encouraged but not required, and Santa will facilitate the exchange with good little boys and girls after we eat. Attire: Dressy to dressy casual. Slacks or skirt with festive top/sweater or a holiday dress. The Clubhouse director has requested no spiky heels to protect the floors. Thank you to those who signed up to help. Here are the volunteers:
    Check-in: Sandy, Sandra, Tara, Diana W
    Table/chair set-up: TBD
    Cleanup supervisor: TBD
    Set-up/clean-up helpers: Bill A, Charly, Steve K
    Bartenders: Colin, Bill B, Geoff, Tom H, Chris B, Steve B
    Ornament exchange: Joanne
    Entertainment: Uke band
  • Our club’s 30th Birthday Party will be Saturday, March 7 from 6 – 9 PM at the  Lobero Theatre. It’s a totally ’80s theme. Lucille Ramirez is looking for planning committee members.
  • Weird District Events
    Potential Rotary Leaders Seminars. Sunrise will cover your cost to attend. Intro to PRLS: December 11, Carpinteria; Facilitation Skills: December 6, Ventura; Situational Leadership: December 13, Ventura; Extemporaneous Public Speaking January 10 and 24, Ventura; Planned Public Speaking: March 7 and 21, Ventura; Business Planning & Project Management: May 9 and 23, Ventura. Learn more at
    Grants Webinar is Thursday, December 4th , 2014 from 6 to 7 PM. You will hear about: District Designated Funds (DDF) Allocation, Deadline to Submit Your Applications, Travel Grants, Grants for Rotaractors, Club Qualification. Register here.
  • The District 5240 Rotary Foundation Gale themed “You Make A Difference!” will be at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley on January 30, 2015. At 3 PM, there will be Museum Tours. At 5:30 PM the no host reception begins, followed by doors opening at 6:15 PM and dinner at 7 PM. The keynote speaker is Rotary International President Elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran. Black tie optional. Cost: $95 includes a tour and the gala. For Information: Brenda Cressey at (805) 238-4264 or
  • The next day, Jan. 31, at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is STEPS 2015: Steps to Eliminate Poverty Sustainably. The theme is “Make a difference in your own backyard!” It will focus on successful, sustainable local projects benefitting members of our own communities. It’s free to attend. Contact event co-chairs for more information: Kendra Kimlinger, and Max Copenhagen,
  • Lucille Ramirez announced next week’s weird duties: Greeters: Richard Redmond, Bill Ringer; Invocation: Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein; Flag Pledge: David Vo; Raffle: Tom Putnam; Sgt. At Arms: Lucille Ramirez
  • Tips for Santa Barbara Club staff: We will collect funds the next few weeks and present it to the staff on December 17.
  • Weird Al Video: Virus Alert
  • Raffle Results: We sold out at $138 and still had one more table of buyers. Scott Burns won the basket. Bill Abel won the ring.
  • Pay and Tell with Sgt at Arms Connard Hogan.

Program: Bill Boyd introduced Chris Baxter to share the “Polio End Game Plan”

  • Chris has given this presentation to about six clubs already this year on behalf of the district.
  • He has participated in two National Immunization Days (NID) already.
  • We recognized the members who have participated in an NID.
  • “Rotary’s voice is the most powerful weapon we have in the war against polio.” – Dr. Bruce Aylward of WHO
  • Polio is a viral disease spread person to person, primarily via the fecal-oral route.
  • ~90% of polio infections cause no symptoms. ~1% of cases affect the central nervous system, leading to muscle weakness and acute flaccid paralysis
  • Rotary has been leading the battle against polio since 1985. It partners with WHO, UNICEF, US CDC, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • More than 2 billion children have been immunized in 122 countries.
  • There used to be about 1,000 cases/day identified. Now the world is 99% polio free.
  • A vaccination costs about $0.60.
  • Why do we keep pushing? If we don’t keep vaccinating, experts say polio could rebound to 10 million cases in 40 years.
  • Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are the last 3 endemic countries, where they have not been able to stop the transmission of the virus.
  • Some of the challenges in the final push are: geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict, and cultural barriers.
  • They often administer vitamins with the vaccine to help the children’s bodies absorb the vaccine. Malnourishment can prevent the vaccine from providing the intended immunity.
  • The majority of new cases in 2014 were in the endemic countries, and 85% of them in Pakistan. In 2013, a large amount of the cases were in Somalia.
  • Over the past three decades, this effort has also built great infrastructure around the world: labs, vaccination teams, etc. Those can be used to more quickly tackle the next health issue. They’ve also had to learn how to customize strategies for different communities.
  • The 2013-2018 end game plan has 4 main objectives:
    1. Polio detection and interruption
    2. Introduce IPV (inactive polio vaccine), withdraw OPV (oral polio vaccine)
    3. Containment and certification
    4. Legacy planning
  • One of the new things is that there’s now a firm timeline, which Chris shared.
  • Impress your friends with this term: circulating vaccine-derived polio virus. If you missed it, ask Chris about it.
  • The goal is to certify all regions of the world as polio-free in 2018. To obtain polio-free status, a region must have 3 years without a polio case. Surveillance is an important initiative to measure success and identify risks.
  • Between 2013 and 2018, the expected cost is $5.5 billion.
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates will match Rotarian donations at $2 for every $1. $25 turns into $75, which can buy 150 vests, 75 vaccine carriers and 600 purple finder markers
  • Donate online or through Janet Napier
  • The club will donate 15 dictionaries to local 3rd graders in the speaker’s honor.
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