Minutes of 6/8/17: ‘CASDA and the polio video’

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-7-10-54-pmMeeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
June 8, 2017

Members Attending (17): Debbie Rodriguez, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Ray Hannan, Maggie Forth, Dick Drumm, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Carole Spencer, Julius Frankel, Becky Raymond, Carol Orvis, Charlie Foote.

Guests (9): Dr. Martha Lepow, John Mucha, Nina Mucha, John Justino, Edward Koller, Namita Modesra, Roshni Modesra, Jay Steele, Jerry Steele.

PROGRAM: “Making Polio History: A Pioneer’s Story”

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Martha Lepow as a young 20th Century polio researcher.

With the attendance of Dr. Martha Lepow, certain SRC members, District Governor John Mucha, and a contingent from CASDA, all but one person who worked on the video project were gathered tonight.

We began with a screening of the 20-minute video. Dr.  Lepow of the UAlbany School of Public Health then explained her role in early polio research and how the virus was known to be in the areas of Cleveland, Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River when she began as a young doctor.

She also decribed how the earliest vaccines were administered, and how current research and distribution methods are made to continue to improve the vaccine and reach all areas of the globe. She said we still do not know exactly how the virus works, though we know how it gets into the body.

John Mucha noted that so far this year only five new cases of polio have been reported in the world, a huge change from recent years. He thanked everyone in the club as well as CASDA for their efforts.

President Debbie presented plaques to videographers Edward Koller and Jay Steele with our thanks for their help and expertise in putting the video together. It is on our club website and the District website, and it is going to the Rotary International convention in flash drive format.


Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 8.57.19 AMGRANTS DISTRIBUTION– Terry and Geoff Brewer presented a check for $600 from SRC to Namita and Roshni Modesra from the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, a non-profit agency in Albany. The DSAHRC provides, among other things, parent-to-parent support to parents/caregivers and other family members dealing with  the syndrome. Details are available by clicking here. … President Debbie Rodriguez and Becky Raymond will travel to New York City next Tuesday to present an $1,800 check to the Freedom From Fistula Foundation (FFFF). Becky reported that there is a Rotary International collaboration in the works with the Peace Corps, and she will be presenting our partnership with FFFF at a meeting in Denver.

MEDICAL UPDATE — Roberto Martinez reported that Bill Dowd successfully underwent triple cardiac bypass surgery today, and is doing well.

CHANGEOVER EVENTS — We are nearing the end of the 2016-17 Rotary Year. Registration for the District 7190 changeover event may be handled via the District website. … The SRC changeover will be hosted on Thursday, June 29, at the Brown residence. Please be sure to let Debbie Brown  know well in advance if you plan to attend. Guests are welcome.

NEXT MEETING — 6:15 p.m. Thursday, June 15. Joan Bishop of the Oley Foundation will be the speaker.

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