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postheadericon Rotary Club Radio welcomes 6 Russian delegates from the Open World Leadership Center

St. Croix Falls, WI – On February 8, 2012, Rotary Club Radio will host 6 Russian delegates for a live interview that will be broadcast over the internet all over the world!

Open World Leadership

About the Open World Leadership Center

The Open World Leadership Center administers the Open World program, one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs for countries of the post-Soviet era.  Begun as a pilot program in 1999 and established as a permanent agency in late 2000, the Center conducts the first and only international exchange agency in the U.S. Legislative Branch and, as such, has enabled more than 17,000 current and future leaders from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan to meaningfully engage and interact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many of whom are the delegates’ direct professional counterparts.

Mission Statement:
To enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and its free-market system.

Open World Website

Rotary International is a Host Organization and active supporter of the Open World Leadership Center.  It is a privilege to have the opportunity to interview the delegates and look forward to finding out more about the program.

Rotary Club Radio Live!

On February 8th, 2012, Rotary Club Radio will broadcast our first ever live show from the St. Croix Falls Library and will have the honor of interviewing 6 delegates from the Open World Leadership Center.  The delegates are being hosted for their 8 day stay in America by the White Bear Lake Rotary Club in White Bear Lake, MN.

Be Part of the Show

Rotary Club Radio invites the members of the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club and other interested person to attend the show.  If you would like to be a part of the audience, please come to the St. Croix Falls Library on February 8th – the show starts at 10 AM. Space is limited, so please RSVP by emailing: kirk(at)rotaryclubradio.com

The show will be broadcast live on our website, so you if you prefer, you can watch the program at www.RotaryClubRadio.com.  If you miss the show, don’t worry – we’ll post the replay.

The Delegates

The delegates are all educators, with an emphasis on Special Education.  During their stay in America, they will experience a wide variety of both cultural and educational learning experiences.  They will arrive in Minneapolis/St. Paul on February 3 and depart on February 11th with a greater understanding of American culture and experiences.

Some of the activities they will take part in are:

  • Minnesota ‘Special’ Ice Hockey Game
  • Super Bowl Party
  • Multiple School Tours
  • College Tour
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Golf day with Disable War Veterans
  • Feed My Starving Children Packing
  • Hiking Interstate Park
  • NHL Hockey Game – MN Wild
  • MN Supreme Court Visit
  • MN State Capitol Tour

Meet the Delegates:

  • Yevgeniya Cherepovskaya – Facilitator
  • Zoya Berdnikova
  • Larisa Falkovskaya
  • Yuliya Vitalyevna
  • Yelena Levina
  • Olesya Romanova

Delegates will speak at the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club

After the live Rotary Club Radio broadcast, the delegates will be escorted over to the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club meeting for a delicious lunch at the Dalles House Restaurant.  They will also be speaking to the club about their experiences in Russia and the United States over the last week.

Due to the number of Members & visitors on February 8th – if you are interested in visiting the club, please email rotary@scfrotary.org.

Watch Live Here @ 10 AM CST – Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

If you didn’t catch the live show, you can watch it here or download the audio on the website or from iTunes!

Thanks for listening to Rotary Club Radio.

Kirk

postheadericon Rotary clubs worldwide meet US$200 million fundraising challenge

Rotary International has succeeded in meeting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s US$200 million match in funding for polio eradication, raising more than $202.6 million as of 17 January.

“We’ll celebrate this milestone, but it doesn’t mean that we’ll stop raising money or spreading the word about polio eradication,” Rotary Foundation Trustee John F. Germ told Rotary leaders at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “We can’t stop until our entire world is certified as polio-free.”

The fundraising milestone was reached in response to $355 million in challenge grants awarded to The Rotary Foundation by the Gates Foundation. All funds have been earmarked to support polio immunization activities in affected countries where the vaccine-preventable disease continues to paralyze children.

“In recognition of Rotary’s great work, and to inspire Rotarians in the future, the [Gates] foundation is committing an additional $50 million to extend our partnership,” said Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer of the Gates Foundation. “Rotary started the global fight against polio, and continues to set the tone for private fundraising, grassroots engagement, and maintaining polio at the top of the agenda with key policymakers.” Raikes also addressed Rotary leaders at the International Assembly.

The new $50 million grant from the Gates Foundation is not a challenge grant.

Since 1988, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99 percent, from about 350,000 cases annually to fewer than 650 cases reported so far for 2011. The wild poliovirus is now endemic in only four countries: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. However, India on 13 January marked a full calendar year without a case, paving the way for its removal from the endemic list.

But other countries also remain at risk for polio cases imported from the endemic countries. In Africa in 2011, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo had significant outbreaks. Also in 2011, a small cluster of polio cases in China, which had been polio-free for a decade, was traced to Pakistan.

Rotary club members not only reached into their own pockets to support the Gates challenge, but also engaged their communities in a variety of creative fundraising projects, such as a fashion show in California that raised $52,000, benefit film screenings in New Zealand and Australia that netted $54,000, and a pledge-supported hike through Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, that brought in $38,000. Many events were planned around 24 October, widely observed as World Polio Day.

To date, Rotarians worldwide have contributed more than $1 billion toward the eradication of polio, a cause Rotary took on in 1985. In 1988, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined Rotary as spearheading partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. More recently, the Gates Foundation has become a major supporter. In 2007, the Gates Foundation gave Rotary a $100 million challenge grant for polio eradication, increasing it to $355 million in 2009. Rotary agreed to raise $200 million in matching funds by 30 June 2012.

Reaching children with the oral polio vaccine in the disease’s remaining strongholds is labor- and resource-intensive due to a host of challenges, including poor infrastructure, geographical isolation, armed conflict, and cultural misunderstanding about the eradication campaign.

For more information: Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio

postheadericon 027 Rotary Club Radio Interview with Ray Menard from Cheetah Development

Rotary Club Radio Episode 027

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Rotary Updates

District 5960 is excited to initiate ‘200 Videos in 200 Days’ – a Public Relations project that seeks to spread the message of Rotary using the power of video and social media!  here is an example from the St. Croix Falls (WI) Rotary Club.

You’re Invited to Attend!

The 10th Foundation Celebration: “Embracing Humanity Through The Rotary Foundation”

Location: Prom Center in Oakdale, MN
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011
Time: 6:00 –9:00 pm
The featured speaker will be Past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson from the Rotary Club of Trenton, Ontario, Canada – he is currently the Chair-Elect of  Board of Trustees of The Rotary Foundation

There will be a Special Presentation on the National Immunization Day for Polio in India.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the Polio Eradication Fund and Annual Programs Fund of The Rotary Foundation.

Registration is required, so don’t wait to sign up for this exciting event!

Featured Segment

Ray Menard is the Founder, CEO, and Executive Director of Cheetah Development.

  • Has been in Tanzania since 2008.
  • ¾ time in Tanzania
  • Comes home to find investors & donors.
  • 5 business in Tanzania that are a sustainable model for other relief organizations.

Joined by Angela Eiferts – Past President of Twin Cities Rotaract Club, former Fast For Hope delegate to Nicaragua, and a Group Study Exchange recipient to India in 2009.

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Copyright 2011

postheadericon 026 Rotary Club Radio – Staff Benda Bilili Update with Philip Bither of the Walker Arts Center

Rotary Club Radio Episode 026

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On September 22, 2011 at the Walker Art Center in Downtown Minneapolis, a documentary film will be previewed featuring the band Staff Benda Bilili.  The band originates from the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and each band member has a unique story to tell about how Polio has effected them.

Rotary International has been a supporter of this event and film, which promotes so much of what Rotary is known for around the world and they want to encourage you to to attend and promote this important events that focus on Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio.

The documentary Film, “BENDA BILILI!” will be previewed on September 22, 2011 at the Walker Art Center, but it will be released widely around the united states in coming months – so if you missed it, be sure to look for again soon!

Here is a little more about the group:

Staff Benda Bilili, is an up and coming group of rising music stars that will be touring our area. Most of the members of the group are survivors of Polio. This is a major opportunity to to get the word out in your community of the fact that Rotary is dedicated to the eradication of this deadly disease.

Significantly the group is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the disease had been eliminated but has now resurfaced in a major way.

Staff Benda Bilili, has a wonderful sound that is truly unique to our Midwestern ears, especially when you understand the messages they are conveying to the listeners. Watch the video below where they are singing about the importance of Polio Vaccinations.

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Copyright 2011

postheadericon Don’t Miss Staff Benda Bilili Documentary Film

For Immediate Release

District Governors Judy Freund (5960) and Chuck Berg (5950) invites all Rotarians from both districts to consider attending and promoting an important events that focus on Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio.

A documentary Film, “BENDA BILILI!” will be playing on September 22, 2011  (Download Press Release: Rotary International – Staff Benda Bilili)

NOTE: The LIVE Performance by Staff Benda Bilili – scheduled on September 27, 2011 was CANCELLED.

Here is a little more about the group:

Staff Benda Bilili, is an up and coming group of rising music stars that  will be touring our area.  Most of the members of the group are survivors of Polio. This is a major opportunity to to get the word out in your community of the fact that Rotary is dedicated to the eradication of this deadly disease.

Significantly the group is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the disease had been eliminated but has now resurfaced in a major way.

Staff Benda Bilili, has a wonderful sound that is truly unique to our Midwestern ears, especially when you understand the messages they are conveying to the listeners.  Watch the video below where they are singing about the importance of Polio Vaccinations.

Like all the finest African bands, Staff Benda Bilili’s swirling complexity removes the option to do anything but dance … Havana cantina, Kinshasa slum, psychedelic club, or London arts centre—this crack outfit would tear the roof off anywhere.”— Independent

 

 

postheadericon 020 Rotary Club Radio – Tuscaloosa Rotary Club – Tornado’s Fury

Rotary Club Radio Episode 020

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Rotary Minute

For more information on erraticating Polio, visit: www.Rotary.org/EndPolio

Featured Segment

On April 27, 2011, around 200 tornado’s blew across the southern portion of the United States. These storms raged across 6 states killing over 300 people.

Tuscaloosa, AL, home of 2 Rotary Clubs, had about 1/7 of their city destroyed by the EF5 tornado that ripped a 6 mile path of destruction through its streets.  The tornado is estimated to be have been up to 1 mile wide at times and had sustained winds of over 200 mph.

Note: According to The Chronicle:

  • About 350 people have been confirmed dead across the country as a result of tornado activity last week.
  • Authorities are still sifting through the rubble after an 80 mile (129km) long, 1.5 mile (2.4km) tornado tore through Tuscaloosa — the worst hit location.
  • About 5000 structures have been damaged and 13,000 people affected in a city with a population of 98,000.

With only about 24 minutes notice, the population of Tuscaloosa had little time to prepare for the tornado and once it was over, they were left with over 5,000 structures (homes, businesses, and buildings) destroyed, 41 deaths, with 60 people still missing.

According to today’s guest, the Tuscaloosa Red Cross and Salvation Army Headquarters were destroyed as well as the Boys and Girls club.

Here is the video of the Arial view of the damage!

Valuable Links:

Opportunity to Give!

United Way of Western Alabama
c/o – Tornado Relief
PO Box 2291
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403

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Copyright 2011

postheadericon 019 Rotary Club Radio – Paul Mooty – Polio Eradication

 

Rotary Club Radio Episode 019

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Rotary Minute

On April 27, 2011, over 160 tornado’s blew across the southern portion of the United States.  These storms raged across 6 states killing 290 people.

  • Alabama – 204 fatalities
  • Mississippi – 33 fatalities
  • Tennessee – 33 fatalities
  • Georgia – 14 fatalities
  • Virgina – 5 fatalities
  • Kentucky – 1 fatality

Alabama was the hardest hit with 204 fatalities, the tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa – Home of the the University of Alabama – was thought to be over 1 mile wide and over 200 mph.  Early estimates are that it was an EF5 tornado.

According to news sources, people were given about 24 minutes notice to prepare for the tornado’s, but the combination of the size of the twisters and the magnitude of power behind them, most structures were completely destroyed; nothing was left.

Rotary Club Radio has reached out to both of the Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa, in hopes of hearing more about the recovery efforts and how our community might support them.

You can visit their websites to send them well wishes as well.

Here is a video from Tuscaloosa News

Here is another Video from ABC News

Featured Segment

019 Rotary Club Radio – Paul Mooty – Polio Eradication


Our special guest is Paul Mooty from the Edina, MN Rotary Club.  Paul wrote a case study on the success of Polio Eradication for the Center for Integrative Leadership – through the Carlson School of Management & Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. 

Paul details Rotary’s history with Polio and how Rotary became known for involvement in Polio Eradication.  Although many people know of Rotary’s involvement, they don’t all know the story behind it.  You may be surprised!

Links:

www.edinarotary.org

www.Rotary5960.org

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postheadericon 017 Rotary Club Radio – Gerry Wersal – District 5960 DGS Chair

Rotary Club Radio Episode 017

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Rotary Minute

Donate to Shelter BoxFor today’s Rotary Club Minute, I want to turn our eyes, ears, and hearts to Rotarian’s in the country of Japan and their entire population; as well as Shelter Box International, who responded quickly to the awful situation.  As I’m sure you’ve heard, an earthquake measuring 8.9 shook the island of Japan on March 11, 2011.  This event on its own would have been bad enough, but the earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that devastated the coastal cities.

Reports, videos, and pictures from Japan show cars, boats, and building complete destroyed and carried away with waves 10 meters high.  To put this into perspective, the earthquake was reportedly 8,000 times stronger than the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand last month.

Shelter Box sent a (SRT) ShelterBox Response Team of three members to deliver the emergency disaster relief boxes to the people of Japan.  Currently, tens of thousands remain missing and feared dead and nearing a 1/2 million are left homeless, either because of the earthquake, tsunami, or evacuations resulting from the nuclear power plants damaged in the quake’s aftermath.

On March 15th, the first shipments of ShelterBoxes have finally arrived.  With emergency shelters completely overrun by the displaced, the SRT team will face the challenges of distributing the supplies in frigid temperatures, regular snowfall, a lack of food and water, and hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking your help.

For today’s Rotary Club Minute, I want to ask you to take a moment to open up your wallets and give a donation to support the efforts of Shelter Box in Japan.  I’ve asked my local Rotary Club, the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club, to accept the donations via their secured link.  Once we get enough donations for a box, we will send the donations to Shelter Box from the listeners of Rotary Club Radio.  Click the image below to donate now.

Featured Segment

017 Rotary Club Radio – Gerry Wersal – District 5960 DGS Chair

Gerry Wersal has been a Rotarian for 11 years and is a member of the Prior Lake Rotary Club.  He has been a leader his local club as well as in the District.  He is currently serving as the Chair of the District Grants Subcommittee.  His job, as he explains in this episode, is to review and approved projects applying for Grant money through the district.

Visit the District Grants Subcommittee web page.  There you will find downloads for:

  • 2010-11 District Grant Application & Instructions in Word Document format
  • 2010-11 District Grant Reference Guide
  • District 5960 Grant Reporting Form
  • LINK to Future Vision Plan-The Rotary Foundation

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