5-28-19 Ralph Winnie, Jr. is an attorney who has specialized in bringing together Chinese and foreign businesses for their mutual benefit. Mr. Winnie spoke about China’s efforts to decrease dependence on coal. Since 2011, China has accounted for half the coal use in the entire world. China is aggressively pursuing solar, hydro and wind, and is or will soon be the world’s leading producer and consumer of these types of renewable energy. Business in China is relationship-based, and foreign companies that have tried to promote business in China based purely on economic costs and benefits have discovered this the hard way.
5-21-19 Last week there was a presentation on Rotary’s End Polio Now program. The road to eradicating polio has been a long and difficult one, with Rotary leading the fight since 1985. Going from nearly 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 10 so far this year has required time, money, dedication, and innovation from thousands of people who are working to end the disease.
Here are five things you may not know about the fight to end polio:
1. Ice cream factories in Syria are helping by freezing the ice packs that health workers use to keep the polio vaccine cold during immunization campaigns.
2. Celebrities have become ambassadors in our fight to end the disease. They include WWE wrestling superstar John Cena, actress Kristen Bell, action-movie star Jackie Chan, golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Grammy Award-winning singers Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu, anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates, and world-renowned violinist and polio survivor Itzhak Perlman. 3. Health workers and Rotary volunteers have climbed mountains, crossed deserts, and sailed to remote islands, risking their lives to vaccinate children against this disease. Rotary has funded more than 1,500 motorbikes and 6,700 other vehicles, as well as 17 boats, to make those journeys. Vaccinators have even traveled on the backs of elephants, donkeys, and camels to immunize children in remote areas.
4. In Pakistan, the polio program emphasizes hiring local female vaccinators and monitors. More than 21,000 vaccinators, 83 percent of whom are women, are achieving the highest immunization coverage rates in the country’s history.
5. Thanks to the efforts of Rotary and its partners, more than 16 million people who otherwise might have been paralyzed are walking today. In all, more than 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated since 1988.
To learn more about Rotary’s Polio program go to this link. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=rotary+dare+to+dream+video&qpvt=rotary+dare+to+dream+video&view=detail&mid=37FC647F3F35A59F1EBD37FC647F3F35A59F1EBD&&FORM=VRDGAR
5-14-19 Merle Steiner spoke about Dining for Women, a nonprofit organization with 88 chapters. Each chapter meets once a month at a member’s home for a potluck dinner. At each dinner meeting, a presentation features a nonprofit organization that supports increased opportunities for women and children in developing countries. After the presentation, participants contribute the amount they would otherwise have spent on a dinner out. In 2018, Dining for Women raised over $1 million for these nonprofits. It’s Dining FOR Women, not Dining WITH Women – men are welcome to participate. Several BCC Rotary members will participate in a chapter meeting on 5/16.
5-7-19 Terry Sherman Ralston gave her classification talk. Born and raised in the DC area, Terry recently retired from the storage and construction trailer business. As one of the few women in that industry, Terry grew her business from one trailer into a much larger operation. Terry gives back to the community by mentoring other women and partnering with many community charities. Welcome to the Club, Terry!
5-7-19 Carla Larrick provided an update on the new YMCA facility – a $8.7M renovation of the original building constructed 55 years ago. Rotary sponsored the new elevator! Carla talked about the YMCA’s mission of serving the community and its members and its partnership with Rotary over the years, particularly on Turkey Chase. Carla enthusiastically presented videos reflecting how the new facility will look and how the YMCA discovered a time capsule from the original building. Sonny Marsh and Bob Hanson attended the opening of the original time capsule, and a new capsule will be deposited into the new building. A ribbon cut at the YMCA is scheduled for June 12th.
4-30-19 Stephen Buck spoke about the Sunni/Shi’a divide and the war in Yemen. The US invasion of Iraq removed what the Saudis perceived to be a counterbalance to Iran’s regional ambitions, fanning Saudi fears of being encircled by Shiite countries. Saudi Arabia has reacted in part by attacking Shiite civilian targets in Yemen, particularly food supplies, with US support and weapons. Mr. Buck believes that US bombs are not only causing a humanitarian disaster, but also creating Yemeni terrorists. (On March 13, 2019, President Trump vetoed a Senate resolution to end US support for the war.) Mr. Buck argued that US efforts to unseat Iran’s leadership by means of economic strangulation are both counterproductive and likely to fail.
4-23-19 David Stuckey regaled a rapt audience with a recounting of his bicycle ride across America in 2016. Accompanied by his daughter, Stuckey braved rain and endured climbing mountains. He extolled the benefits of seeing the country at bicycle speed, and credited the many friendly and generous people he met along the way with making it a fabulous journey.
4/16/19 Our guest speaker was Meghan Westwood, Executive Director of Maryland Treatment Centers, Inc., a private company that offers substance abuse, mental health and dual diagnosis education, prevention and treatment. She spoke about the Opioid epidemic in Maryland. MTC presents claims to and is paid by health insurance plans, including Medicaid.
4/9/19 Lt. General Lawrence D. Nicholson (Ret.) talked US Marines Pacific relations with our allies. From 2015 to 2018, General Nicholson served as Commanding General of the III Marine Expeditionary Force, which is headquartered on Okinawa, Japan. He commanded the 1st Marine Division from 2012 to 2015. General Nicholson spoke about the role of the US military in the Pacific.
4-2-19 Ambassador Anthony Quainton is the Diplomat-in-Residence and a professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, having previously served in the United States Foreign Service and held ambassadorships to the Central African Republic, Nicaragua, Kuwait, and Peru. Presentation topic: Why do we need diplomacy?