Forty-three years of Service to Lacey and beyond was celebrated recently at both the afternoon and Satellite meetings of the Rotary Club of Forked River. With more than $2.5 MILLION Dollars donated to Lacey Township parks, schools, students and its citizens in the last 43 years, the Forked River Rotary continues to focus its energy and resources on building a better community, locally and worldwide, through active Service and Fellowship. President Diamond Frandsen took the opportunity to reflect on our past work and community service locally, nationwide, and internationally. “I know that the best is yet to come with the Forked River Rotarians leading the way” she said. “Thank you to everyone who believes in and lives Service Above Self everyday”
Another successful Forked River Rotary Dictionary Project! The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. We are told that educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn. With that in mind, the Rotary Club of Forked River, after consultation with our 3rd grade teachers who overwhelmingly support this program, distributed 390 dictionaries to Lacey and Waretown 3rd graders! A special thanks to Tyler Halliday, a student at Lacey High School, for putting the Rotary bookplate on each dictionary and assisting with the distribution.
At the recent “Be a Gift to the World” banquet several members of the Rotary Club of Forked River were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows by President K.R.Ravindran. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition was created in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, as a way to show appreciation for contributions to the Foundation’s charitable and educational programs. It identifies the recipients as advocates of the Foundation’s goals of peace and international understanding. Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Forked River members and their designees who were named Fellows at this year’s banquet! Member Recipients’ this year included Forked River Rotary President Diamond Frandsen, Jay Pierson, Elaine Miller , Rob Dellolio, Anthony Caporale , George Broome , Wendy Calder , Erin Eads, John Sauer, Kenneth Flatt , William Recevuto and William Whitson. Designees receiving Paul Harris Awards included Jack & Betty Pierson by Jay Pierson, Ed Kostrowski by Linda Kostrowski, JoAnn Recevuto by William Recevuto, Robert& Nelda Lange by Rob Dellolio, Judy Angona by Tony Angona, and Kyle Flatt by Ken Flatt. Congratulations to all!
43 Years of Service
The Rotary Club of Forked River was invited by the Lacey Shoprite to showcase some of our 43 years of Service to Lacey Township. Since 1973 the Forked River Rotary has contributed more than $2,250,000.00 to local causes including scholarships to graduating high school seniors, community projects such as improvements to local parks and recreation areas, school projects for both curricular and extracurricular activities at all age levels and extraordinary contributions to Lacey citizens through programs such as our Thanksgiving dinner distribution and the Christmas Elf programs and so much more. During the month of March, check out the display window in the Lacey ShopRite lobby and see what we have done!
On July 24th, the West African nation will have gone one full year with no new cases of wild-polio virus.
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus, putting the country on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease.
The last case was reported on 24 July 2014 in the northern state of Kano. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa. The continent is poised to reach its own first full year without any illness from the virus on 11 August.
“Every Rotarian in the world should be proud of this achievement,” says Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran. “We made history. We have set Africa on course for a polio-free future. But we have not yet reached our goal of a polio-free world. Raising funds and awareness and advocating with your government is more crucial than ever.”
Progress in Nigeria has come from many measures, including strong domestic and international financing, the commitment of thousands of health workers, and new strategies that reached children who had not been immunized earlier because of a lack of security in the northern states.
“Rotary’s commitment has been the number one reason for the recent success in Nigeria,” says Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus Committee. “We have infected political leaders with this commitment. The government has demonstrated this with political support and financial and human resources. And that went down the line from the federal level, to the state, to the local governments.”
Nigeria has increased its domestic funding for polio eradication almost every year since 2012 and has allocated $80 million for the effort this year.
Funsho also applauds religious leaders who championed the vaccination efforts to families in their communities.
Despite the historic gains in Nigeria, health experts are cautious about declaring victory. Funsho says the Global Polio Eradication Initative partners must strengthen routine immunization especially in hard-to-reach areas, in addition to boosting sensitive surveillance to prevent resurgence of the disease. If no new cases are reported in the next two years, Nigeria, along with the entire Africa region, will be certified polio-free.
“The virus can be introduced from anywhere where it is still endemic, particularly now in Afghanistan and Pakistan, into areas that haven’t had polio in years,” Funsho says. “It is important we keep the immunity level in Nigeria to at least 90 percent.”
For instance, Syria experienced a sudden outbreak of the disease when 35 cases were reported in December 2013. None had been reported there since 1999. “Immunizations become imperative for history not to repeat itself in Nigeria,” says Funsho.
In June, Rotary announced $19 million in grants for continued polio eradication activities in Africa, including almost $10 million for Nigeria. Since 1985, when Rotary launched PolioPlus, the program that supports the organization’s polio eradication efforts, its worldwide monetary contributions to the cause have exceeded $1.4 billion.
“We’ve come a long way and have never been so close to eradicating polio in Nigeria and around the world, but it’s not a time to fully celebrate,” says Funsho. “We have some grueling years ahead of us before WHO can certify Nigeria and Africa polio-free.”
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Read a blog post from International PolioPlus Committee Chair Michael McGovern