Attendance (21): Jim Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Murray Forth, Russ Edberg, Terry Brewer, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Ron Annis, Dan Annis, Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Rob Mangold, Doris Calamaras, Len Leonidas, Rommel Tolentino, Phil Egan, Debbie Rodriguez, Bill Kneissl, Mark Hoyt.
Guests (2): Roberto Martinez, Julius Frankel.
• President Jim Leyhane reported on the club weekend trip to the Equinox in Manchester Center, VT. A good time was had by all in spite of no snow. Jim suggested we plan more events like this.
• Peter Brown, program coordinator, said we need programs for the February 16 and March 15 meetings. Dick Drumm and Doris Calamaras each said they would make some calls to see what can be scheduled. Next week’s program will be new club member Bob Horan, superintendent of Schodack schools, speaking on his visit to Chinese schools and Schodack’s connection with a sister school there.
• The CPR training program has been confirmed for Saturday, March 24, at Maple Hill High School.
• The “Home Cooking Series” is resuming with three events now on the schedule: Chicken and dressing, February 24, at the Forth residence ($25 per person); corned beef and cabbage, March 24, at the Forth residence ($25 per person); Whiskies and small plates, April 14, at the Dowd residence ($30 per person). All funds go to the Club’s general treasury.
• The tentative resumption of our International Dinner event has been put off until 2013.
Program: Dr. Len Leonidas, “Polio Primer, Polio Eradication Overview”
Len gave us an update on one of Rotary International’s longest-running efforts, that of trying to help eradicate polioworldwide.
He said that although polio does not exist in the Western world, it still can be found in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria and pops up in border regions due to travel or “spillover.” India just announced it has hit the one-year mark of no new endemic cases being reported.
Polio is a viral infection that invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis. Many people are asymptomatic yet will spread the disease. It primarily affects children, but can affect young adults as well. Polio symptoms can reappear years later in people who had recovered, something known as post-polio syndrome.
Evidence of the ancient disease has been found in drawings in pharonic Egypt and elsewhere. The virus that causes it was identified in 1908. In 1955, the Salk vaccine became available and proved very effective. Polio declined 85 to 90% in two years. In 1985, Rotary launched the push to eradicate polio worldwide. Len spoke about the development of the Salk vaccine and its pros and cons. He also explained the us of both oral and injectible vaccines.
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