In This Issue
- Social at StarStruck Theatre
- Read Me a Picture Book Project
- Thank You Website Sponsors
- Sight Now Project Update
- Rotary International Convention Atlanta
- Remembering Juliet Simpson
This blogpost was requested from our speaker Dr. Lily Muldoon by Paul Andrus with regard to her work in Africa. It so happens that our own Niles Rotarian, Dr. Rich Godfrey, during her speech in Fremont, California was meeting with one of her contacts in Kenya simultaneously. How small the world is when we work to do the good work together. Please enjoy her blogpost
Saving mothers and fighting disease are two areas of focus for Rotary International. Rotary Clubs from Colorado, California and Kenya are collaborating to tackle these priority issues.
The Rotary Club of Mbita Mfangano is spear-heading a unique intervention, the Mfangano Health Network, to save mothers and children in one of the poorest and sickest populations in the world. Mothers and children in the Lake Victoria Basin of Kenya have limited access to health care and Rotary International is poised to respond.
I have been a Rotarian since 2007 and am proud to be collaborating with the Rotary Club of Mbita Mfangano. As a physician, I am horrified by the struggles women face on Mfangano Island trying to access prenatal care and, even more importantly, health care during labor. In fact, two years ago I delivered a baby in a boat while trying to cross the lake to get to the hospital on the mainland, as there are meager delivery services on the island.
Mfangano Island, Kenya
The remote communities of Mfangano Island, home to 26,000 Suba and Luo people, represent one of the poorest and most HIV prevalent populations in East Africa. With local HIV prevalence on Mfangano estimated at approximately 30% for over a decade, few places in the world have been hit harder by HIV/AIDS. Homa Bay County, where Mfangano Island is situated, is among 15 counties with the greatest maternal and newborn mortality burden in Kenya.
The Rotary Club of Mbita Mfangano
Since 2012, community leaders on Mfangano Island have been inspired by the work of Rotary and envisioned the formation of the first Rotary Club on Mfangano Island. With mentorship and support from Rotarians in Colorado and Kenya, as well the Governors of Districts 5440 and 9212, these local leaders successfully established and registered the Rotary Club of Mbita Mfangano in 2015.
Niles and Kenya
While I was on the BART train traveling from San Francisco to Fremont to present on the inception of the Mfangano Club to the Niles Rotary Club on January 12, 2017, I saw the below post by Robinson Okeyo, the first Project Service Director of the Mfangano Island Club.
Here Robinson is pictured with Rotarian Dr. Richard Godfrey, the International Chair of the Niles Rotary Club, who is very active in Rotary in Western Kenya. They were joining together in fellowship while I was presenting to Richard’s home club. This is one of many examples demonstrating the small but expansive world of Rotary International.
Global Grant: Mfangano Health Network
The Rotary Clubs of Mfangano Mbita and Fort Collins Breakfast are championing a Global Grant to promote maternal and child health. In partnership with a local NGO, Organic Health Response, we are building an island-wide network to coordinate and sustain maternal health for 26,000 people of HIV-affected communities of Mfangano Island, Western Kenya.
This Rotary project intends to support the building of a unique and powerful health maintenance network for the island community. Through a system of social support structures this program will empower mothers and adolescent girls with knowledge and increase access to primary, obstetric and delivery care.
Learn more about the grant on the Rotary International Global Grants website.
Feel free to reach out to me with ideas and questions.
Lily Muldoon – firstname.lastname@example.org
Blogpost updated by Niles Rotarian Paul Andrus – Website Chair
Lily Muldoon, MD, MPH
Organic Health Response, Health Advisor
Community Health Worker engaging with men in maternal and child care, a unique component of the Mfangano Health Network
Mfangano Health Network: Harnessing the power of existing social networks to activate community-level involvement in health coordination, monitoring, and mobilization.
WCSC stands for World Community Service Committee and is made up of the 7 Area 3 Rotary Clubs and our Rotaract Club: Niles, Fremont, Mission San Jose, Fremont Warm Springs Sunrise, Newark, F.U.N. Sunset, HuaRen and the Rotaract of Greater Fremont.
In 2013, the Area 3 Rotary Clubs decided to combine forces and to pool their District Designated Funds (DDF) funds so that we would be able to maximize the use of our DDF. Combining our resources would make it easier for our Area 3 club projects to qualify for matching grant funds available from The Rotary Foundation (TRF) for World Community Service Projects. It also makes larger or multi-year projects more achievable, and any club in Area 3 may propose an international project for consideration. However, the WCSC can, at its discretion, support a project that is not suitable for a matching grant from TRF. In a case like this, the group can hold a fundraiser for this purpose, or it can allocate DDF funds without any matching funds.
Each participating club contributes time and effort to the success of the selected project (s), which may require grant writing, research and analysis, project reporting, project oversight and other tasks required for TRF grant approval and project completion. The club that proposed an adopted project generally takes the lead on the grant application and project execution.
Each Club appoints two representatives to serve on the Area 3 WCSC each fiscal year, and each Club has one vote on the WCSC. Generally, one of these representatives is the board member who is responsible for international service. The committee accepts proposals for projects, reviews the budget and plans, and determines which project(s) they will fund and support for the upcoming Rotary year. If the committee chooses,
Area 3 WCSC is now in their 3rd year and has been able to allocate funding totaling over $134,000 to international projects. The following projects have benefitted from WCSC support: the Melghat Surgical Hospital in Melghat India which was approved for a Global Grant, the DSES Public School in Ballia, India to rebuild the school due to an earthquake, the Matibabu Hospital in Matibabu, Kenya to ship operating equipment and supplies to the hospital and Breathing for Life, in Nejo, Ethiopia a Global Grant Project to fund oxygen tanks and the equipment to refill the tanks in a rural hospital.
Article Written by Audrey Kearns
The third annual Gene Cowell Memorial Bad Joke contest is scheduled for the 16th of Feb. 2017.
This is an opportunity for Niles Rotarians to participate in one of the funniest meetings we have during the year. Fun because anyone can participate and whether you speak in front of groups all the time, or never, everyone can tell jokes. There may be a few talent scouts in the audience this year so this could be your great chance for a career in show business.
Sign ups start soon and we are limited in the number of contestants so start practicing your jokes as sign ups start soon.
Between Pizza with Santa, Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army at Dale’s Hardware and Lucky, Christmas social events at the Chambers home and the Allen’s home, there is no reprise from food and fun at our weekly lunch meeting while hearing the Dixie Band from Harbor Light entertain us for our lunch meeting! Always a good time with fellow Rotarians!
Contributor – Paul Andrus
Happy Holidays, Niles Rotarians! With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, we are truly in the midst of the holiday season. And Niles Rotary has a plethora, a myriad, nay a bunch of ways for you to celebrate with friends and fellow club members. You could join us on the Train of Lights on Friday, 12/2. The following week, you could ring in the season with some caroling at Scott Chambers’ house on Friday, 12/9, and ring the bell for the Salvation Army at Dale Hardware on Saturday, 12/10. Finally, the culmination of Niles Rotary’s holiday madness will be Saturday, 12/17, when we host Pizza with Santa and the annual Niles Rotary Holiday Party at the Allen’s home.
Before we bid adieu to 2016, and because I neglected to write an article for the November issue of the Pinion, I wanted to express my appreciation to all the club members who helped organize the many social and service events for Niles Rotary in October and November. Thank you, Paul Andrus and Jeff Shinkel, for organizing the Candlelighters Ghost House assembly and disassembly. Thank you, Harry Avila, Wendy Mills and Melissa DiMatteo, for running the Niles Walking Tour and Essanay movie. Thank you, as always, President Elect Rose, for Feed the Hungry. It’s especially great to see so many of the newer members of the club taking the lead with Niles project.
And thank you, Past President Steve, for assembling the Niles special-ops community-service team to put a waterproof tarp over the top of the Bunk House at Shinn Park. This service project was so covert, so stealthily-crafted that no-one – not even I – knew it was happening until it showed up in the Tri-City Voice. I didn’t even get a pair of night-vision goggles or a colorful code name out of the deal.
In the month of December, I am going to ask Niles Rotary Club members to contribute to a project being championed by the District Governor’s spouse, Barbara Orth. The mission of the project, titled “Read Me a Picture,” is to promote visual literacy and art appreciation through book ownership. As Barbara points out, over 61 percent of low-income families have no books in their house, and their children are at a substantial disadvantage in achieving success in elementary school.
In supporting Barbara Orth’s project, our goal is to give at least one book to every second-grade student enrolled in Title 1 schools in Fremont Unified. These schools have high percentages of children from low-income families enrolled. Fremont Rotary and Fremont Warm Springs Sunrise Rotary will be partnering with us on this, as there are 460 second-grade students for whom we hope to purchase books.
Stepping up to the plate to help make “Read Me a Picture” a huge success at Niles Rotary is Sam Forbes. Thank you, Sam! So, look for more information coming out on how you can help support this literacy project. The Governor’s spouse has asked that we collect funds to purchase the books through the month of December. Stay tuned.
With that, I would like to wish everyone in the club the happiest and merriest of holiday seasons. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the winter solstice, Three Kings Day, St. Lucia Day or (my favorite) Boxing Day, I hope you get to spend time with loved ones. And lay off the egg-nog on Hogmanay, if you are driving. We want everyone back at the club safe and sound for the second half of my presidency.
New Member Maria Mendoza takes an active role in Niles Rotary immediately!
Taking an active role in the communities we serve is important to Republic Services and we take pride in the partnerships fostered in Fremont. This year, Republic Services donated four cubic yards of wood chips to the Blacow Elementary School’s beautification project, sponsored by Niles Rotary.
For four years now Niles Rotarians have donated funds and their hands-on labor to help make Blacow School a better place for its students to learn. Rotarians have added classroom doors, rebuilt benches and tables, and added planting and irrigation to help beautify the playground area. This year they’ve added trees, drought tolerant plants and drip irrigation. The wood chips donated by Republic Services will be used to spread around new plants and trees.
Thank you Republic Services for your active role in our community
Together Republic Services and Niles Rotary are working together to make Fremont a beautiful place for our children to grow and learn.
Article Contributed by Paul Andrus, Niles Rotary Community Service Chair 2016-2017
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05.21.17 Day at the A’s – $50 Including Ticket and Pregame Tailgate Party, Chair Lisa Lorenz
05.25.17 – Geriatric Care Today, Dr. Bev Cho-Chang
06.01.17 – Salvation Army Grand Opening, Matt Pease
06.08.17 – Meet a Muslim, Moina Shaiq
06.15.17 – Serra Center, Leslie McCarty & Lisa Senadenos
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