Sherwood Gazette Articles
Our Rotary theme for December is "Disease Prevention Month" and eradicating polio is at the forefront of every Rotary Club's efforts. Rotarians take great pride in being part of an organization that has truly made a difference in combating this deadly disease worldwide for over 30 years. Most people born in the U.S after the 1950s are not familiar with the polio epidemics that crippled or killed over 50,000 people, mostly children, during its course of infection. But after immunization programs were widely implemented, the last reported case in the U.S. was in 1998. The rest of the world was not so fortunate and polio remained rampant in many foreign countries. Beginning in 1985, Rotary International made a long-term commitment to provide funding and volunteers to rid the world of polio. Rotary has partnered with WHO, CDC, UNICEF, and the Gates Foundation to raise a total $1.7 billion to support National Immunization Days where 2.5 billion children around the world have received the polio vaccine since 1988, resulting in a 99.9 percent reduction in polio cases. Most importantly, hundreds of thousands of Rotarian volunteers from local clubs who are known and trusted by their communities have been the "boots on the ground" administering the life-saving vaccine at transit stations, public parks, schools, playgrounds and door-to-door.
Although only 11 cases have surfaced recently in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, global travel increases the odds of the disease spreading outside of these countries. Immunizations of newborn children and those in remote villages must continue, as well as maintaining medical facilities that produce the vaccine and advance research. Rotary is committed to remaining vigilant so that polio can be stamped out entirely.
Each October, World Polio Day is marked by members of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and Sherwood Rotarians are personally joining the fight through Rotary's Polio Plus Society by pledging $100 per year until all countries have been certified polio-free. Sherwood Rotary's goal is to donate a total of $3,000 to the polio campaign. Please support our efforts in this great humanitarian service to the world. For more information, visit endpolio.org or sherwoodrotary.org.
Our Sherwood Rotary Club is making a positive difference, both locally and globally, through two strong Foundations: the Sherwood Rotary Foundation and the Rotary International Foundation. In 2017-18, Sherwood Rotary will award $31,325 in grants to local causes that support our focus on youth and community as well as international outreach. These programs include Faith in Action, high school scholarships, international youth exchange, youth leadership development, support for St. Francis Action Group outreach, public safety assistance, peace projects, and in collaboration with Newberg Rotary support for a community in LaPlata Columbia to establish parks, daycare, hospital and kitchen equipment, firefighting supplies and septic systems. Sherwood Rotary raises this money every year through our annual spring Tree Sale and donations from our members.
By contributing $100 per member annually, Sherwood Rotary supports Rotary International Foundation's global mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through improvement of health, educational enhancement, and alleviation of poverty. The Rotary Foundation gave global grants totaling $76 million in 2015-16 to projects that promote disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, education and literacy, economic and community development, maternal and child health, and peace and conflict resolution. These funds were directed to communities around the world to provide medical equipment, mosquito netting, school supplies and teachers, water purification systems, good hygiene practices, prevention of pollution and soil erosion, and peace-building education. Rotary sponsors these projects through thousands of local clubs on every continent.
Everyone can make an impact in their own community and in the world through Rotary programs. Opportunities to participate in hands-on projects are available locally and in foreign countries when you support Rotary. Please consider being part of this important effort to make our neighborhood and our planet a better place for us to live. Sherwood Rotary Club has 29 members and meets every Friday from 6:45-8:00 AM at the Sherwood Senior Center, 21907 SW Sherwood Blvd. We welcome visitors to join us. For more information, visit our website at www.sherwoodrotary.org.
Rotary Youth Exchange
Are you interested in learning a new language or meeting new people? Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime. By sharing their own culture and embracing a new one, teen students can help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about themselves in the process. Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs. The deadline for applying to be an exchange student for the 2017-18 school year is September 15, 2017. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to apply; the sophomore year is spent preparing and the junior year is spent abroad. For more information on either becoming an exchange student or hosting an exchange student for a trimester next school year, check out sherwoodrotary.org/Rotary-Youth-Exchange or contact Lynette Olsen, our Youth Exchange Coordinator for the Rotary Club of Sherwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace Pole Dedication
On March 19th, our club dedicated its latest Peace Pole at Sherwood United Methodist Church. As part of their commitment to peace making this year, Sherwood United Methodist Church is highlighting various struggles faced by indigenous peoples. Following the installation of the peace pole was a presentation by Rev. Aric Clark about his visit to Standing Rock with an update on the current situation of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Rev. Aric Clark shared the following: "We are honored to take part in this effort to build a visible commitment to peace in Sherwood. As Christians, we believe that it is our life's work to build a just and sustainable peace for all people, beginning with the most vulnerable and marginalized among us. That is why we have worked for years to alleviate hunger in our community. It is why we publicly proclaim welcome for refugees and immigrants, seek understanding with our neighbors of all faiths and of no-faith, and demand justice for the oppressed. May this peace pole be a reminder of those commitments to us and to everyone who visits this garden. May peace prevail on earth." Sherwood Rotary initiated its Peace Pole project in 2016 to raise awareness in the community of the need to promote world peace and understanding. The Peace Poles are 6 feet high and display the words "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in four different languages. To date, Peace Poles have been erected at the Sherwood YMCA, St. Francis Catholic Church, Our Table Cooperative, American Legion, Marjorie Stewart Center, and Sherwood Center for the Arts with commitments for more sites throughout town. Sherwood Rotary has qualified as a Peace Builder Club and is part of Rotary District 5100 which has taken on a major initiative to establish 100 Peace Poles in Oregon and Washington in partnership with the Jubitz Family Foundation which is providing funding for the project.
Tree Sale Reminder
Please remember to stop by our annual tree sale that goes through Sunday, May 14th! Our sale features fruit, shade and flowering trees at the very affordable price of $13 each or you can purchase three trees or more at $10 each! We are located in the parking lot of the Sherwood Market Center located at the intersection of Highway 99 and Tualatin-Sherwood Road (former location of Haggen grocery store). During the week, we are open from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm each day with weekend sales starting at 9:00 am. This event is our club’s major fundraiser for the year and proceeds enable us to give back in various ways both locally and internationally.
Come Join Us!
Would you like to be part of a worldwide organization doing amazing things throughout our world? Do you want to give back to your local community? Become a Rotarian and join us in serving our community. Stop by and visit our weekly meeting on Fridays at 6:45 am at the Marjorie Stewart Center across from Hopkins Elementary School. For more information about the Sherwood Rotary Club, visit sherwoodrotary.org