Look to The Book
Graeme Fleet is taking orders for The Entertainment Books.
They represent great value and are a source of funds for our Club in its charitable activities.
 
RYLA 13-18 April 2019
This is a personal development program for 18 to 25 year olds about which all attendees speak with great enthusiasm and regard. More details available from Kris Adam and refer to yesterday’s email from District Secretary Trace Smith.

Warracknabeal Trip 6 April
Put it in your diary. More details to follow.
 
Working With Children ("WWC") Checks and Rotary District Insurance requirements
Remember that in addition to members having the WWC check, the District insurance cover requires 3 referees.
Check the easy to follow step by step guide in the email from Janine.
 
Upcoming Events section in the Bulletin - What's When and Where?
Please give your upcoming Club events to Warren and Bulletin Editor Peter for inclusion in the Upcoming Events.
Give Warren a bio for the guest speakers you arrange for pre-promotion in the Bulletin.
Members are invited to give ideas for speakers.

Fundraising – Dinner Auction
This is coming up on 13 April at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club and members are asked approach their business and other contacts to secure items and/or services to be auctioned.
 
Staffing of Hamburger Stand for All Holden Day, Sat 3 March
Adrian is seeking volunteers to help out on 3 March for the following sessions:
  • 7.00 am to 11.00 am;
  • 10.00 am to 2.00 pm; and
  • 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm.
If you can assist during those times or so part, please advise Adrian or Yannick or use the booking facility on Club Runner.
The Club can nett $3,000.00 to $4,000.00 depending on the crowd so it is another very valuable source of funds for our charitable activities.
 
Friendship Exchange with Canadian team – Warren Norton
Five couples from Manitoba, Canada will be visiting Geelong from 7 to 11 March.
Four couples will be hosted by Geelong East Rotarians and one by Drysdale.
The bus belonging to the Social Organisation for the Handicapped, driven by John Birrell, will be used to transport the Canadians and their hosts around the area. Thank you John!
Members were asked to indicate whether they would be interested in joining the team in a BBQ in Eastern Park during the weekend of their visit - time and date TBA.
 
District 9780 Conference in Maryborough 22-24 March – Ross Taylor
Ross encouraged members to attend the D9780 Conference for a weekend of fun, learning, networking and socialising. Cost is $222.
 
New Venue
Our two month trial venue for our Tuesday night meetings is the St Albans Football & Netball Club at 203 St Albans Rd, Thomson (Geelong East).
They are providing a large capacity room and are providing the catering by a local chef to give us a 2 course meal at the same price as we pay now for a single course meal.
They will run a bar for us at normal bar prices and have IT equipment that we can use.
The main reasons for selecting this venue were (in no particular order): location, cost, facilities, quality, community benefit and availability.
Should you have any questions or comments please let Pres David or Tony Alsop know.
 
Eddification - Female surveillance officer for WHO pushes through gender-related obstacles to help end polio in Pakistan
Dr. Ujala Nayyar dreams, both figuratively and literally, about a world that is free from polio.
Nayyar, the World Health Organization's surveillance officer in Pakistan’s Punjab province, says she often imagines the outcome of her work in her sleep.
In her waking life, she leads a team of health workers who crisscross Punjab to hunt down every potential incidence of poliovirus, testing sewage and investigating any reports of paralysis that might be polio. Pakistan is one of just two countries that continue to report cases of polio caused by the wild virus.
In addition to the challenges of polio surveillance, Nayyar faces substantial gender-related barriers that, at times, hinder her team's ability to count cases and take environmental samples. From households to security checkpoints, she encounters resistance from men. But her tactic is to push past the barriers with a balance of sensitivity and assertiveness.
Women are critical in the fight against polio, Nayyar says. About 56 percent of frontline workers in Pakistan are women. More than 70 percent of mothers in Pakistan prefer to have women vaccinate their children. 
That hasn't stopped families from slamming doors in health workers' faces, though. When polio is detected in a community, teams have to make repeated visits to each home to ensure that every child is protected by the vaccine. Multiple vaccinations add to the scepticism and anger that some parents express. She says:
One issue we are facing right now is that people are tired of vaccination. If a positive environmental sample has been found in the vicinity, then we have to go back three times within a very short time period. Every month you go to their doorstep, you knock on the door. There are times when people throw garbage. It has happened to me. But we do not react. We have to tolerate their anger; we have to listen.