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Rotary International District 6880

Rotary Review
Bill Trant, Governor

December 2017
Our health is everything. Without it, we have to be dependent on something or some-
one. However, over 400 million people worldwide cannot afford or do not have ac-
cess to basic health care. Rotary wants to change that. Rotary believes good health
should be something EVERYONE has a right to.

Treating and preventing disease is one of the most important projects in which Rotary
participates. Leading efforts, locally and worldwide, Rotary helps communities with
blood donation centers, clinics, and serves as a middle man to help doctors, patients
and sometimes governments to work together. Polio, malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzhei-
mer’s, diabetes, and MS are just a few of the health battles Rotary is fighting. We
are arming communities not only with means of treatment but also with prevention.

The Rotary Foundation is changing the world by providing grants for projects and activities around the
globe and in our own backyard. Your donations to the Foundation helps with the following:

Providing clean water: Rotary has worked with partners to provide more than 80 percent of Ghana’s peo-
ple with clean water to fight Guinea worm disease.

Reducing HIV infection: In Liberia, Rotary members are helping women get tested for HIV early in their
pregnancies. They used prenatal care to reduce new HIV infections in children by 95 percent over two years.

Ending polio: Rotary members have played a key role in bringing the world to the brink of polio eradica-
tion. Their efforts have not only ended polio in 122 countries but also created a system for tackling myriad
other health priorities, such as Ebola.

So in this month of December where our theme is disease and prevention, think about what you can do to
help. I appreciate all Rotarians and their selfless commitments to make a difference.

I hope and your families have a wonderful holiday season, no matter what you celebrate. Enjoy time to-
gether and the hope this time of year brings.

Merry Christmas!
Bill Trant

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Hugs, Kathy Hughes
2017-2018 District 6880 Officers

District Governor Immediate Past District Governor District Treasurer

Bill Trant Barry Cavan (Joan) Bob Mills (Dianne)
P.O. Box 2604 4691 Chrystan Road P.O. Box 165
Opelika, AL 36803-2604 Montgomery, AL 36652 Troy, AL 36081
334-705-0041 (H) 334-272-6662 (H)
334-749-8700 (W) 334-590-7677 (C) 334-372-2318
334-728-9700 (C)
Vice Governor District Secretary
District Governor Elect Jim Golson (Nancy) Michael Hill
Samuel Adams 457 Kimberly Drive 1912 Northgate Drive
(Sam & Mary Virginia) Auburn, AL 36832 Opelika, AL 36801
3225 Boxwood Drive 334 -502-5064(H) 334-745-4415 (H)
Montgomery, AL 36111 334-329-9533 (C) 334-844-1604 (O)
334-263-9430 (H) 334-744-5795 (C)
334-356-6700 (W)
334-301-0597 (C) District Communications Officer
District Rotary Foundation Eric Lewis (Wendi)
District Governor Nominee Robert J. Kelley (Donna) 507 Forest Edge Place
James Edward Dotherow III 2002-2003 Selma Montgomery, AL 36117
(Skip & Terry) 4330 Highway 22W 334-409-9147 (H)
3618 Bankhead Avenue Selma, AL 36701-0810 334-279-9100 (W)
Montgomery, AL 36111 334-872-0115 (H) 334-221-0066 (C)
334-284-2513 (H) 334-872-1390 (W)
334-313-1543 (O) 334-327-0712 (C)
334-313-1543 (C)

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Are You a Polio Pro?
By: PDG Jim Golson
Now that 2017 is coming to a close it is appropriate to review Rotary’s progress in the war
against Polio. Here are some summary notes for you:

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in
some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paraly-
sis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio is
incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.

In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradi-
cation through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than
$1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in
122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor
governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.

Global Polio Eradication Initiative

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that
includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of
the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and aware-

Polio Today
Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild polio
virus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Just 37 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in
2016, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw
about 1,000 cases per day.

The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due
to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cul-
tural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.

Ensuring Success
Rotary will raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched
with two additional dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These funds help to pro-
vide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment and
educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private
individuals all play a crucial role in funding.

Rotary in Action
More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end
polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vac-
cinate children in polio-affected countries. Rotary Members work with UNICEF and other
partners to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to reach people in areas iso-
lated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members also recruit fellow volunteers, assist
with transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.

‘This Close’ Campaign

Rotary has a growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in its “This Close”
public awareness campaign, including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun-
dation; actresses Kristen Bell and Archie Panjabi; WWE superstar John Cena; supermod-
el Isabeli Fontana; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; action
movie star Jackie Chan; boxing great Manny Pacquiao; pop star Psy; golf legend Jack Nick-
laus; conservationist Jane Goodall; premier violinist Itzhak Perlman; Grammy Award win-
ners A.R. Rahman; Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley; and peace advocate Queen Noor of
Jordan. These ambassadors help educate the public about polio through public service
announcements, social media and public appearances.

Max Bozeman spoke to members of the

Elba Rotary Club on December 5 about
the current status of the beef cattle indus-
try in Alabama. He compared prices and
expenses with those of 20 years ago, regu- L
lations, and cattle from Canada and Mexi-
co. Bozeman, who was President of the
Alabama Cattlemen's Association in
2007, is pictured with Rotarian Kenneth
Calhoun, who was responsible for the pro-
At its Wednesday, Nov.
29 meeting, the Auburn A
Rotary Club hosted repre-
sentatives of Boy Scout
Troop 50, which the club U
sponsors. Eagle Scouts
(center, left to right) Louie B
Harris, Creighton Wil-
liams and Nicholas Zuk
recounted summer experi-
ences at the Boy Scouts of
America’s Philmont Na- R
tional Scout Ranch in
New Mexico and National
Jamboree in West Virgin-
ia, as well as their efforts
to plan and complete their
Eagle Scout Leadership
Service Projects.

Pictured with them are (left to right) Rotarian and the troop’s
chartered organization representative, Michael Tullier, Club
President Chris Warren, and Scoutmaster Andrew Baird.

At its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 15, the Auburn Rotary Club host-
ed Dr. Nancy Merner (right), an assistant professor in the Department
of Pathobiology at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medi-
cine. Dr. Merner discussed her research focus on studying the genetics
of breast, ovarian and prostate cancer through novel gene discovery
efforts, and her community-based educational and outreach efforts
throughout Alabama using The Gene Machine bus. Pictured with
Merner is Club President-Elect Hope Stockton (left).
Cmd Emily Bassett, Commander of the PCU Manchester (LCS 14), spoke to our club today
about work/life balance. She and her Executive Officers answered questions afterwards. On
this anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, their participation in our meeting was especial-
ly appropriate.

Many of our members gave of their time today ringing the bell for The
Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama. Pictured was one of many groups
of the Rotarians.

The Troy Rotary Club held its Christmas party at the Emporium on Tuesday, Decem-
ber 5. Attendees enjoyed a delicious meal and holiday music. John Jinright, Ray
Smith, James Smith, and Carrius Moore played a variety of holiday favorites. A
good time was had by all.

The December 12th Troy Rotary meeting was hosted by

Tenise Owens & Marcus Paramore. They invited Troy
Mayor Jason Reeves. Jason thanked Rotarians Charles
Meeks and Richard Calhoun for their many years of per-
sonal assistance. He stated that his mother said that you
know that you have made it in life when you are invited
to speak at the Troy Rotary meeting. When taking office
public safety was Jason’s major objective. There were so
many other things to also improve that he hoped that he
would not write a bad city check. Where would the mon-
ey come from? Fortunately, city growth and good man-
agement has provided the funds needed. Seven new po-
lice officers and all needed body cameras have been add-
ed. Fire and rescue paramedics are all trained. 311 and
improved utilities service has led to few complaints.
Utility rates remain low even with all of the new elec-
tronic water and electric meters. Mayor Reeves believes
that 2018 will be the best economic development period
for Troy in many years. New companies coming in providing numerous jobs. Existing local companies are expanding
which helps attract new businesses. The past ten years has seen a 26% growth in electric use and a 17% increases in
housing starts. The hospital is doing their part to support the population growth. Churches are working together better
than ever even forming a minister’s association. At half the total of the county the Troy population is now 19,000. Jason
suggest that by 2020 the population will be well over 20,000. Pictured are: President James Bruce, Troy Mayor Jason
Reeves, Tenise Owens, and Marcus Paramore.
New member Virginia Green T
Nowling was inducted into the
Troy Rotary Club by President
James Bruce at the December
12th meeting. She was spon-
sored by member Chris Schu-

Donna Dorriety, wife of Point Clear Rotary

Club President Greg Dorriety, welcomed
Santa to the club's Christmas Party held for n
the Point Clear-Fairhope Rotary Youth at
the youth gymnasium. More than 200 chil- i
dren and their parents were treated to food
and gifts at the event. The youth club is
one of the Point Clear Club's main recipients
Fairhope High School's Encore performed c
at the Point Clear Rotary's Christmas Party
for the youth club and invited youth club
children to join them in singing The 12 l
Days Of Christmas.
POINT CLEAR continued

Dianne Swanzy, Ameshia Bush-Taylor and Cathy

Brumback enjoy the festivities. (RIGHT)

Tylesha sported her "Be Your Own Elf" colorful

sweater. (LEFT)

Dr. Sheldon Kushner was among those

Point Clear members helping. (RIGHT)

Point Clear Rotarian Clay Swanzy was host Nov. 30th to

Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack. A career law en-
forcement professional, Sheriff Mack has served Bald-
win County as Sheriff since 2007. He is a member of the
Central Baldwin Sunset Rotary Club. (Photo by Wayne
Christmas on the River was held in Demopolis the first Saturday in December like every other
year. Like every other year, Demopolis Rotary Club members and their families were in-
volved. For example, Rotary Club’s newest member, Mayor John Laney, is seen in the photo P
atop the lead COTR day parade float. Rotarian Woody Collins is pictured driving an antique
fire truck. Rotarian Kyle Kallhoff (also Demopolis City Schools Superintendent) and his fam- O
ily rode one of the floats. Rotarian Diane Brooker helps behind the scenes each year with the
parade and her daughter and husband were spotted in the parade. Rotarian Paul Miller’s son
was spotted on another float as shown in one of the photos.
Dawn Hewitt and Shelly Morgan from the I
Marengo County Department of Human
Resources came to the club December 6 to tell
us about Project Merry Christmas. DHR started S
Project Merry Christmas in 1979. At first, it
benefitted only county children in foster care. It has
grown to benefitting 392 families. 672 children have applied this
year. Already, more than $24,000 has been raised, and 68 chil-
dren have been adopted. The Demopolis Rotary Club has been
involved in this initiative for many years. Like in years past,
each Demopolis Rotarian brought a gift for a child, and the club
donated $200 to the Marengo County DHR. Shown in the photo
on the back row holding gifts for the children are from left to
right: Rotarians Morgan Hurst, Sean Parker, Lorenzo Moore, Bill
Meador, Claud Neilson, John Scott, Brandon Taylor, Carey
Windham and Chris Bontrager. In front are Mrs. Morgan,
Hunter Compton and Dawn Hewitt. (LEFT)
The Demopolis Rotary Club was honored to re-
ceive a Special Recognition Award from Easter-
seals Alabama December 6, 2017 for the club’s
continuous generosity in giving to Camp
ASCCA for over ten years. Funds donated by the
club each year are raised in the annual golf tour-
nament that Rotarian Jay Reynolds has led for
many years now with assistance from others in
the club. Camp ASCCA is located on Lake Mar-
tin and is a nationally recognized leader in thera-
peutic recreation for children and adults with
physical and intellectual disabilities. Its mission
is to help eligible individuals with disabilities
and/or health impairments achieve equality, dig-
nity, and maximum independence. Demopolis
Club President Jason Windham and Rotarian
John Cox Webb travelled to Montgomery to re-
ceive the award. Pictured in the photograph
from left to right are John Stephenson, Camp
ASCCA Administrator, Jason Windham, John
Cox Webb and Dana Rickman, Director of Mar-
keting Communications Easterseals Camp
Demopolis Continued

On November 29, 2017, the Demopolis Rotary

Club held its annual Paul Harris awards lunch-
eon. Rotarian Rick Dunn is chairman of the
club’s Paul Harris Foundation and led the pro-
gram. Theo Ratliff was one of the recipi-
ents. Mr. Ratliff is from Demopolis and was
one heck of a basketball player. After leaving
Demopolis High School, Mr. Ratliff went to
college at Wyoming where he still holds the
school’s career shot blocking record. He is
atop a similar list in the NBA after 17
years. However, he received the award not
because of his skills on the court but because of
what he has given back to the Demopolis community. He donated the money that began the Theo Ratliff Center which
each month impacts the lives of both the young and old alike. It is common for the center to have thousands of separate
contacts each month. Mr. Ratliff also continues to give six $1,000 scholarships each year to deserving college bound
Rotarian Hunter Compton became the other Paul Harris Fellow. Mr. Compton’s basketball career ended in high school,
but he has continued to give back to his community. He helped raise money and build a playground for a school in Mo-
bile before moving back to Demopolis. Since being back in Demopolis, he chaired the sponsorship committee for the
first two annual Rooster Day’s in Demopolis which funds benefit the Marengo County Historical Society. Mr. Comp-
ton is currently the club’s Secretary/President-Elect.
Pictured from left to right are Rotarian Rick Dunn, Hunter Compton, Theo Ratliff and current club President Jason
Windham. Dunn stated that he believes this year’s recipients are the two tallest recipients. Since the club was charted
in 1923, Ratliff and Compton join 106 other Paul Harris Fellows in Demopolis. Twenty current club members are re-
cipients of this honor.

The Demopolis Rotary Club held its fourth an-

nual Canned Food Drive benefitting the De-
mopolis Food Bank in November. Ashley
Coplin, club treasurer, is shown presenting a
check to Dr. Stanhope Brasfield for $2,000 to
the Food Bank that provides five meals a week
to over 200 residents who demonstrate a finan-
cial need. Other club members present on No-
vember 22 from left to right are Johnny Wal-
lace, Lorenzo Moore, Hunter Compton, Rob
Pearson, Bill Meador, Braxton Spahos, Morgan
Hurst, Kelly Helms and Diane Brooker. This
equaled the most money raised by the club, and
pays for one month of food. The club also de-
livered, 1,900 canned food items, enough to
supply the food bank for a month. In four
years, the club has helped raise $6,500 and col-
lected over 7,400 canned food items. The mon-
ey and canned food were raised in cooperation
with local gas stations, a competition at the ele-
mentary school to collect canned food with win-
ning classes getting a wing party, collection at a
high school football game, collection by several
churches and a local grocery store assisted in
efforts one Saturday. A special thanks goes out
to the Demopolis High School Junior ROTC
who partnered with the club in this event.
Demopollis continued

The Demopolis Rotary Club

held its annual Kids at Christ-
mas meeting December
13. Katie Windham spearheads
this event each year and took
the attached photograph. This
year the club again joined with
the Lions club and took 16
children shopping at Wal-Mart
with lunch at Batter Up. Rotari-
ans Johnny Wallace, John Scott
Larkin, Woody Collins, Morgan
Hurst, Bill Meador, Chris
Bontrager, Carey Windham, JD
Barnes, Brandon Taylor, Robert
Blankenship, Joe Parr, Jason
Windham and Katie Windham
all took a child Christmas shop-
ping. Other Rotarians also con-
tributed to the gift giving.

Our Speaker last R

week was Rob-
ertsdale Chief of O
Police Brad
Kendrick. Thank B
you for all of the
important info you E
gave us! (LEFT)

ADG Howard Eddy with club presi-

dent, Joshua Mims. Thank you for
visiting our club, Howard. We’re al- S
ways glad to see you! (ABOVE)
President Joshua Mims, with Waterfront Rescue
Mission, Angie Ishee, senior vice president of de- L
velopment; Laura Johnson, development director,
Mobile; Kendell Young, program director, Mobile, E
speakers on December 5, 2017. (RIGHT))
Stuffing Bags that we will later deliver for MACOA
(Meals on Wheels) y
Ringing the Bell for Sal-
vation Army
Membership & Attendance for November 2017
Clubs in District 6880
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6/30/ Cur- YTD- Last ings Attend ATT %
Club 2017 rent Chg Mo. Held % Rank
62 61 -1 0 4 50.83 34
(Area 7)
38 38 0 0 3 41.22 35
(Area 5)
114 116 (Oct) 2 n/a 0 0.00 41
(Area 3)
Bay Minette
31 26 -5 -3 5 68.89 16
(Area 6)
66 66 (Oct) 0 n/a 0 0.00 42
(Area 5)
24 23 -1 0 5 91.00 2
(Area 4)
Central Bald-
win Sunset 28 28 0 0 4 84.11 4
(Area 10)
County (Area 9 8 -1 0 5 62.50 22
Spanish Fort 18 19 (Oct) 1 n/a 0 0.00 50
(Area 6)
42 42 0 0 4 96.97 1
(Area 1)
Dothan (Area
160 149 -11 1 3 87.41 3
Dothan Tues-
day Rotary 130 131 (Oct) 1 n/a 0 0.00 43
(Area 8)

Elba (Area 7) 19 18 -1 0 3 59.26 26

61 62 1 0 4 77.19 8
(Area 7)
0 20 (Oct) 20 n/a 0 0.00 44
(Area 8)
17 17 0 1 4 61.80 24
(Area 5)
85 80 -5 1 4 79.24 7
(Area 6)
Sunset (Area 55 62 7 0 1 31.03 39
Foley (Area
65 65 0 0 3 55.25 29
28 28 (Oct) 0 n/a 0 0.00 45
(Area 8)
County (Area 0 0 () 0 n/a 0 0.00 51
31 0 (Jul) 0 n/a 0 0.00 46
(Area 4)

Gulf Shores-
Orange Beach 16 16 0 0 4 72.00 11
(Area 10)

College (Area 0 0 () 0 n/a 0 0.00 52
Jackson (Area
26 27 1 0 4 70.94 13
Lee County
Sunrise (Area 31 30 -1 0 4 70.00 14
Linden (Area
6 6 (Oct) 0 n/a 0 0.00 47

Luverne (Area
29 27 -2 -1 4 83.00 5

Mobile (Area
282 280 -2 -1 4 35.51 37
Mobile Sunset
61 58 -3 -1 0 10.00 40
(Area 9)

Mobile West
36 37 1 0 3 63.96 21
(Area 9)
Sunrise (Area 65 62 -3 0 4 51.43 31
15 15 0 0 3 71.00 12
(Area 5)

111 112 1 1 2 60.11 25
(Area 2)
Capital (Area 44 44 0 1 4 61.93 23
Sunrise (Area 40 42 2 -1 2 82.14 6
Sunset (Area 18 23 5 1 4 56.58 28
North Mobile
7 10 3 0 2 35.00 38
(Area 9)
Opelika (Area
84 87 3 0 3 51.16 32
Opp (Area 7) 27 28 1 0 4 56.89 27
Ozark (Area
0 59 (Oct) 59 n/a 0 0.00 48
Phenix City
35 35 0 -1 4 63.97 20
(Area 3)
Point Clear
110 106 -4 3 4 51.00 33
(Area 6)
32 32 0 0 3 65.60 18
(Area 2)
30 33 3 0 4 54.69 30
Sunrise (Area
38 37 -1 0 4 72.22 10
(Area 10)
Selma (Area
40 40 0 0 4 66.00 17
21 19 -2 0 4 41.00 36
(Area 3)
Troy (Area 4) 84 0 (Aug) 4 n/a 0 0.00 49
13 13 0 0 4 65.38 19
(Area 3)
25 27 2 0 2 73.00 9
(Area 2)
Livingston 0 8 8 1 2 69.00 15
(Area 1)
Totals, Net 2409 2372 82 -443 3.45 62.51%
Gain, Avg
40 of 52
clubs report-