ROTARY INTERNATIONAL UPDATE FROM MARC GLASS:
Jennifer Jones was nominated to be President of Rotary International for the year 22/23.
This could be a historic moment in Rotary as she, if elected would be the first women President.
 
Thank You!
Because of your commitment to the Rotary Foundation, our district is one of the top 3 districts for total Rotary Foundation giving in Rotary Zone 32. Our district reached a total of $515,814.
 This figure includes donations to: the Annual Fund, Polio Plus, the Endowment, the Disaster Response Fund and Global Grants.  
What other districts are in our zone?  Our zone is comprised of districts in Southern Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Bermuda. Plus a few clubs in Quebec are thrown in to make us a cross border zone.
 
Polio Update
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) abruptly halted all mass vaccination campaigns in March, worried they could inadvertently spread the novel coronavirus.
The move further imperiled the troubled 3-decade drive to wipe out polio.
 
But now, armed with new data and perspective, GPEI and the countries it supports are resuming vaccination campaigns. Burkina Faso was first out of the gate in early July; Pakistan last week. Polio cases are surging in many countries, and models paint a “pretty bleak picture” if campaigns don’t restart soon, says Michel Zaffran, who heads the effort at the World Health Organization (WHO). For now, countries will only be responding to outbreaks; preventive campaigns remain on hold.
 
Vaccinators get temperature checks before getting to work in Karachi, Pakistan, on July 20th.
 
We Did It! 
Our District and the Amherst Rotary Club recently applied for a Disaster Response Grant. The grant was recently approved by the Rotary Foundation to purchase a  Zoll ZVent MRI Compatible Portable Ventilator for Cooley-Dickinson Hospital, in Northampton. The ventilator features a full range of ventilation options, making this portable ventilator not only easy to use but also MRI-conditional, providing patients with high-quality ventilation all the way to the MRI suite. Many thanks go to DRFC Prasad Menon and Amherst Rotarian Georgia Moore for their hard work in getting this grant approved.  
 
Rotary disaster response grants support relief and recovery efforts in areas affected by natural disasters within the past six months. Qualified districts in affected areas may apply for grants of up to $25,000, based on the availability of funds. Grant funds can be used to provide basic items such as water, food, medicine, and clothing.