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This Week's Meeting
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Last Week's Meeting
June 27, 2019
Today’s meeting was the annual Changing of the Guard (COG) with the added attraction of the Installation of District 6040’s new District Governor, our own Marc Horner.  The meeting was held in the main conference room of Joe Privitera’s company’s (Mark One) offices, at the company’s new location, 1414 Genessee St. in the West Bottoms. The room was huge and beautiful, and we filled the room with tables for 4 or more.
Preceding the meeting, we lined up and went through a long serving line with numerous dishes – which Joe explained were the dishes that his grandmother served for their large family gatherings when he was a boy. The food was as excellent as the setting was for the meeting.
The meeting began with an opening welcome from President Kara Bennett, followed by Charlie Huffman’s leading us in the singing of “Welcome to Rotary” (composed by one Carl Bolte – who did not accompany our singing on the piano or keyboard because said instruments were not in the house), followed by “God Bless America”.
After we recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Tom Van Dyke brought forth a thoughtful invocation. Then Mandy introduced our guests, including numerous visiting Rotarians, District 6040 0fficers (including several generations of District Governors, Elect, Elect-Elect, etc.) and a very special guest, Past RI President Ray Klinginsmith.
Pres. Kara reviewed the Club’s accomplishments and activities during her year, thanked her Board Members with medals, and noted the work of the many Club Committee chairs.
President Elect Joe Privitera joined Pres. Kara at the podium and they performed the customary pin exchanges, plaques, and gavels, all of which served to make official the Changing of the Guard – now we have Past President Kara Bennett and President Joe Privitera.
Pres. Privitera began with the presentation of a gift to PP Kara, and everyone joined in a long round of standing applause for her work and accomplishments as Club President
Pres. Joe continued with recognizing his numerous guests, many of whom had the last name of Privitera. I don’t think it was a coincidence. He then introduced his incoming Officers and Directors, followed by some remarks about his hopes and goals for the Club’s new year, including a determination to see substantial growth in the Club’s membership.
The agenda then shifted to the Changing of the Guard at the District level. District Governor Julie McCoy talked about her experiences as D.G. and the district’s activities and accomplishments during her year.  D.G. Elect Marc Horner joined her at the podium and they went through the formalities of making that change in leadership.  So now we have Past D.G. McCoy and D.G. HornerMarc introduced his District Officers. Assisting in the proceedings was Past RI President Ray Klinginsmith – quite an honor for our Club!
Mr. Klinginsmith’s remarks included a most interesting and thorough review of the early history of Rotary and the prominent role that our Club 13 has played at several significant points in that history.  Folks at my table expressed a wish that we could have a transcription of his remarks.  My recorder did capture his words, but the acoustics prevented making a good transcription.  I will see if I can obtain a copy of his bullet points, at least.  Stand by.
So, it was a great COG meeting, well done by all concerned.  Pres. Joe said his first official act was to announce that we would have no meeting next week (July 4th), and with that we were adjourned.
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Polio Update

We recently learned that the wild poliovirus case count for 2019 has reached 37 cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the remaining two countries that still report cases caused by the wild virus. This means that the case count for this year is now higher than the total number of cases in 2018. It’s important that we have perspective and remember how far we’ve come since we started PolioPlus in 1985, when there were hundreds of thousands of cases of polio each year. We’ve had less than 100 cases per year in the last four years and the final cases are in a small number of geographic areas.

While we’ve experienced challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan, we’re seeing progress in other important areas. Nigeria has not reported a wild poliovirus in over three years, and the Africa region could soon announce the certification of the eradication of the wild poliovirus. Out of three types of poliovirus, only type 1 continues to affect children. Type 2 is certified eradicated, and there hasn’t been a type 3 virus identified since 2012. We are using innovative techniques to reach more children than ever before in some of the hardest-to-reach areas of the world, and our surveillance systems are continually becoming more sophisticated.

Until we see the last poliovirus, it’s vital that we continue immunizing every single child, and we can only do that with the support of every one of our 1.2 million members. We can’t get frustrated or slow our efforts. Instead, we need to double down on the promise we made over thirty years ago: to ensure that no child ever has to suffer the paralyzing effects of polio. It is crucial that we remain optimistic about the future and continue raising the funds and awareness necessary to support an end to this disease. All donations to End Polio Now are matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Thanks to many Rotarians and dedicated staff, we are seeing renewed generosity as we reach the conclusion of this year of being inspired.
Rotary Youth Camp News
It just keeps getting hotter out at camp, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from having an amazing time while here! Down syndrome Guild of Kansas City just had their inaugural summer camp and it could not have gone better! From Axe throwing to goat yoga, the campers had a blast trying new things and making new friends! 
In other news; our Gaga pit floor is being redone this week, and the Outpost tent frames are officially up!
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