Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Program for Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018
Our speaker will be PDG Carl Kruse.  He will talk about Ethics and Vocational Service.
Meeting Assignments
Date Who am I Rotary Minute
Jan 30, 2018 Jean Loo-Russo Bill Mortimer
Feb 6, 2018 Adrienne Wells-Holmes Kim Muslusky
Feb 13, 2018 Jeanne MacLaren Fred Nasseri
The member assigned to Who Am I is also responsible for providing the positive thought for the day at the beginning of the meeting.  During the meeting the Who Am I assignment member has the task of introducing visiting Rotarians and guests.
The member assigned the Rotary Minute is also a Greeter for the day and is assigned to sell opportunity drawing tickets.

2018- 2019 Theme unveiled at International Assembly

Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.

Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

For more about this story go to: RI 2018-19 Theme Unveiled

Rotary Gives Millions in Grants to Eradicate Polio


EVANSTON, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2018) — With 22 confirmed cases in 2017 to date, and just one case in 2018, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

Rotary gives $53.5 million to help eradicate polio and challenges the world to continue the fight to end the disease.

Photo by Khaula Jamil

Rotary is giving $53.5 million in grants to support immunization and surveillance activities led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

More than half of the funds will support efforts to end polio in two of the three countries where polio remains endemic:

  • Afghanistan: $12.03 million
  • Pakistan: $19.31 million

Further funding will support efforts to keep 10 vulnerable countries polio-free:

  • Cameroon: $1.61 million
  • Central African Republic: $428,000
  • Chad: $2.33 million
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo: $6.48 million
  • Ethiopia: $1.82 million
  • Iraq: $2 million
  • Niger: $1.71 million
  • Somalia: $3.29 million
  • South Sudan: $835,300
  • Syria: $428,000

An additional $731,338 will fund research to be conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), and another $518,000 will go toward technical assistance in West and Central Africa.

While significant strides have been made against the disease, polio remains a threat in hard-to-reach and underserved areas and conflict zones. Despite a historically low case count, as long as a single child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for continued funding and political commitment to eradication. 

Rotary has committed to raising $150 million over the next three years, which will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, yielding $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunization and surveillance. 

Rotary started its polio eradication program PolioPlus in 1985, and in 1988 became a partner in the GPEI, along with WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation later became a partner. Since the initiative launched, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 22 confirmed cases in 2017 (as of 25 January). Rotary has contributed a total of more than $1.7 billion — including matching funds from the Gates Foundation — and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from polio. 

Contact: Audrey Carl,, 847-866-3424

January 2018 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Member Birthdays   
Name  Date
Paul Pintek  Jan 3
Heather Ray  Jan 5
Bill Mortimer  Jan 9
Judith Tronsrue  Jan 11
Mike Moffat  Jan 14
Al Watson  Jan 15
Dale Long  
Jan 25
Spouse Birthdays   
NameSpouse of Date
Bill MortimerKaren Mortimer Jan 9
Lori GrennanRick Coburn Jan 10
Nikko NimetzMarc Nimetz Jan 19
Scooter WatsonAl Watson Jan 20
Sharyn DavieBob Davie Jan 23
Chandra GeernaertBret Geernaert Jan 30
Name Spouse Name YearsDate
Phillip SchneiderShauna36Jan 2, 1987
Jonathan SheaBree Shea9Jan 8, 2009
Rex TeetsJoAnn63Jan 23, 1955
Date Joined Rotary   
Name YearsDate
Wayne Hamburger 6Jan 10, 2012
Dale Long 28Jan 10, 1990
Rosemarie Bergdahl 2Jan 19, 2016
Paul Pintek 2Jan 19, 2016
Kevin Paulson 1Jan 24, 2017

February 2018 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Member Birthdays   
Name  Date
Carol Prendergast  Feb 10
Jim Dunny  Feb 12
Paul Gorman  Feb 16
Spouse Birthdays   
NameSpouse of Date
John RussoJean Loo-Russo Feb 3
Dorothy LongDale Long Feb 5
Jan AllenRichard Barron Feb 10
Kathy Marshall-LundGreg Lund Feb 16
Tobee JacksonPete Jackson Feb 22
Member NameSpouse NameYearsDate
Wayne HamburgerSharon Losnick17Feb 9, 2001
Jeb BakkeEvan Bakke28Feb 17, 1990
Peter MeisenAshley Meisen25Feb 21, 1993
Joined RB Sunrise    
Name YearsDate
Carol Prendergast 20Feb 10, 1998
Jean MacLaren 6Feb 28, 2012
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