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Humble Rotary

Service Above Self

For a Celebration of Fellowship
and Rotary every Wednesday at noon.
Humble Civic Center
8233 Will Clayton Parkway
Humble, TX  77338
United States
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My mom was a Polio Pioneer

Posted on April 20, 2017

By Richard J. Fox, Rotary Club of Charlotte-Shelburne, Vermont, USA

Since joining Rotary in 2011, I have been impressed by its commitment to eradicating polio from the world through its End Polio Now campaign. That said, polio never resonated with me as a significant cause.

I was generally aware of polio’s impact throughout history: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the March of Dimes, iron lungs, and the polio panic here in the United States. But it wasn’t personal to me; it was something of the previous generation, abstract, to which I had no emotional investment.

And then my mom went and showed me how wrong I was.

 

Mike was in England and decided to go to a Rotary meeting and wound up attending the 2017 RI Great Britain/Ireland Conference in Manchester England. He was one of approximately 1700 Rotarians present at the conference. Mike exchanged banner with Troon, Scotland and Manchester clubs.
Rotary's Six Areas Of Focus. April is Maternal & Child Health Month.
 
Thanks to Jackie and Steven for hosting a membership mixer for Rotarians and non-Rotarians,  for now.
 
 
Mike Carr closes another raffle ticket sale as he shares the Rotary story. Rumor has it that he has sold more than 185 tickets. He has paid for half of the $35,000 vehicle that will be awarded at the Crawfish ,Cars & Community Festival hosted by Humble Rotary. April 29th 10-6 @ Humble Civic Center Arena.
 
Humble Rotary gifted $1000 to Kindred Gentiva Hospice Foundation who conducts free Bereavement Camp for Kids. The bereavement camp, I Believe, provides services for children ages 7-14 years. A great service to youngsters who have lost a loved one.
 
 
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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
A taste of independence
Modena, Italy, is known for fine things. The region is home to manufacturers of Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini automobiles. It’s where the artisan cheese Parmigiano-Reggiano is made, as well as Lambrusco wine. And it’s the only place in the world that produces traditional balsamic vinegar. The vinegar is a delicacy – sweeter and thicker than the kind usually found on restaurant tables, refined and aged in casks up to 25 years. The process has been handed down from generation to generation; the casks are often bequeathed to children or used to celebrate milestones such as weddings and...
Giving Tuesday winners announced
Rotary extends its thanks and congratulations to the Rotary Club of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, for having the most club members (35) who made personal contributions through My Rotary on Giving Tuesday, 29 November. The club will receive a copy of our Foundation's centennial book, "Doing Good in the World, The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation's First 100 Years." The districts with the most donors who made personal online contributions that day are District 9102 (Benin, Ghana, Niger, and Togo), with 80 donors; District 4400 (Ecuador), 76 donors; and District 7670 (parts of North Carolina,...
 
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My mom was a Polio Pioneer
By Richard J. Fox, Rotary Club of Charlotte-Shelburne, Vermont, USA Since joining Rotary in 2011, I have been impressed by its commitment to eradicating polio from the world through its End Polio Now campaign. That said, polio never resonated with me as a … Continue reading
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“We humans are creatures of habit, and it is just as easy to acquire the habit of speaking kindly as it is to acquire the habit of speaking unkindly” — Paul Harris, 1935 When he spoke at the 1935 Rotary … Continue reading
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