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JEROME: What The ‘Plus’ In PolioPlus?

What’s The ‘Plus’

Of PolioPlus?

By MICHAEL JEROME • Cooperstown Rotary PolioPlus Chric

Thirty years ago, Rotary International made a promise to the children of the world – we will eradicate polio worldwide. This pledge launched the PolioPlus program, the first global initiative to provide mass vaccinations to children. Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) have made great strides in their sustained effort to end polio forever despite many challenges over the years. Rotary remains optimistic and committed to the final push towards a polio-free world.

Michael Jerome

Since then, polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2019, health officials celebrated the three-year mark of the last reported a case of wild poliovirus in Nigeria – a major milestone that makes it possible for the entire African continent to be certified wild poliovirus-free – a remarkable achievement!

The benefits of the PolioPlus program go well beyond the eventual end of polio. Early in Rotary’s efforts to vaccinate every child against polio, community and tribal leaders in some areas said their villages had matters more critical than polio that needed to be addressed first. Issues like clean water, proper sanitation, and education to name a few. Rotary responded by providing grants to dig wells, install toilets, build schools and vocational training facilities among other efforts to address these needs. As projects were completed over the years, the leaders realized Rotary cared; and they allowed health workers to come in and provide the vaccines. In many parts of the world, access to clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene, and a basic education are available thanks to Rotary International.

Other pluses of the PolioPlus program include the utilization lessons learned, systems designed, and infrastructure established for polio eradication in other situations. An example can be seen in northeastern Nigeria, where malaria kills more people than all other diseases combined. In 2017, the World Health Organization, one of Rotary’s GPEI partners, used the polio eradication staff and infrastructure to deliver antimalarial medicines along with the polio vaccine to children there. It’s reported that this campaign reached 1.2 million children.

Additionally, in 2014 health workers in Nigeria successfully used the surveillance systems and processes developed for polio eradication to locate infected people and prevent Ebola from spreading beyond the initial 19 reported cases. Here and elsewhere, health workers use surveillance systems and processes developed for polio immunizations to combat other health crisis.

As a result of the PolioPlus program, now healthcare workers who provide basic care to families, routinely give children preventative care such as Tdap and Vitamin A before giving polio vaccines. According to a recent study, 1.25 million deaths were prevented by providing Vitamin A to children at the same time as the polio vaccine.

The lessons learned from the PolioPlus campaign, the research facilities built for disease analysis, and the surveillance systems designed to locate infected persons are successfully being used to prevent other diseases from spreading. Rotary has a right to be proud of all that we and our GPEI partners have accomplished because of the PolioPlus program.

Rotary’s 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries have been actively raising funds for this cause for decades including more than $60,000 contributed by the Rotary Club of Cooperstown. To complete the final immunizations and defeat polio, Rotary is committed to raising $50 million annually over the next three years. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1.

Without full funding, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. According to specialists the final one percent is the most difficult for this very contagious disease. If we do not stop it now, new cases may re-emerge in countries where the disease was once eliminated, and many more children may be at risk.

The Rotary Club of Cooperstown will mark the historic progress toward a polio-free world with activities in recognition of World Polio Day. The Mayor of the Village of Cooperstown, Ellen R. Tillapaugh, has issued a proclamation proclaiming October 24, 2019 as World Polio Day in Cooperstown and encourages all residents to join her and Rotary International in the fight for a polio-free world.

Several events have been planned, including the following:

Cooperstown Dines Out to End Polio – A week-long event during which local restaurants will contribute a percentage of their net sales to support Rotary International’s Global Eradication Initiative.

Purple Pinkie Project – Students from the Cooperstown Central School chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) will celebrate World Polio Day with presentations in the elementary school to raise student awareness of polio and the need to eradicate this paralyzing disease. NHS members and Rotary Youth Exchange students will paint their classmate’s fingernails purple in exchange of a donation towards polio eradication. In countries where polio still exists, a finger stained purple indicates a child has received a polio vaccination. A flyer about this project will be sent home with the elementary school students soon.

End Polio Now Table at the Farmer’s Market – Rotarians will offer to paint fingernails, provide information on the polio eradication initiative and accept donations to the Eradication Initiative on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Please stop by our table.

Rotary members, students and area residents will join millions who are working to raise awareness and funds to end the debilitating disease of polio, a vaccine-preventable health risk that continues to threaten children in parts of the world today. I urge you to reflect on your good fortune to live in a polio-free county and contribution to support the global effort to End Polio Now.

To make a direct contribution, readers are welcome to contact me at mjerome@stny.rr.com

Hundreds Throng 80 Booths At Cooperstown Spring Fling

Hundreds Throng 80 Booths

At Cooperstown Spring Fling

Taking advantage of the first fully sunny day in weeks, hundreds shoppers, strollers and the curious at this hour are making their ways through 80 booths of arts & crafts, books, handmade clothing and much more at the Cooperstown Rotary Club’s Spring Fling, underway until 5 on the Clark Sports Center’s front lawn. (Plenty of free parking.)  Above, Rick Jagels of Cooperstown tries his luck at the rubber ducky pond being operated by the Cooperstown Lions’ to raise funds for its Leo Club’s trip to the U.N. next spring.  Presiding is Deirdre (Donley) Crouse, incoming Lions’ president, and veteran Lion John Saphier.  Inset, Don and Rosie Hoag examine 48 gift baskets up for the asking at a Silent Auction.   There’s food, and also music:  Ah Coopella is performing now, followed by the O’Donnell School of Irish Dance at 2; Sky Parlor at 3, and Leroy Lytel at 4.  The Clark’s spring open house is also underway:  Sign up for a three-month membership and get the fourth month free.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Young Artists Entertain Cooperstown Rotary

Young Artists Perform

For Cooperstown Rotary

Singing Juliet’s Waltz, Alyssa Martin of Greensboro, N.C., represented the Glimmerglass Young Artists Program at today’s Rotary luncheon at The Otesaga. Ben Schaefer of Des Moines, Iowa, sang Figaro from “The Barber of Seville.” Kyle Naig, also of Des Moines, accompanied on piano for both.  Listening Rotarians at the table in front of Martin include, from left, Marge Landers, Irene Fassett, Hugh McDougall, Mike Otis and the Rev. Dane Boston.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Auction Action!

Action, Auction!

If you hurry down to the Cooperstown Farmers Market, you can still partake of the bargains to be had at the Cooperstown Rotary Club’s “Spring Fling” Live Auction, which began just a few minutes ago. Chief Auctioneer Gary Kuch is assisted by Rotarians Bob Schlather, right, and, from left,, Cathy Andrews and Teresa Gorman. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
With Live Auction Due At 1, Rotary Crew Ready To Go

With Live Auction Due At 1,

Rotary Crew Ready To Go

With the Cooperstown Rotary “Spring Fling” Live Auction due to begin at 1 p.m. today in the Cooperstown Farmers Market building, Rotarian Margaret Savoie, top photo, gives last-minute marching orders to her crew, including, clockwise from right, Rotarians Ellen Tillapauugh, Helmut Michelitsch, Jayne Guchone, Patti Grady, Judy Steiner, Teresa Gorman and Melissa Manikus.  At left, Kate Pina draws the “auction here” sign at the entrance to Pioneer Alley, as husband Phil advises.  From 4-7 this afternoon in the Doubleday Field lot, a Sunday dinner, featuring stuffed baked potatoes, is planned.  An Ecumenical sunset service at 7:30 in Lakefront Park ends two days of festivities.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Perfect Day For Spring Fling – And There’s More Tomorrow

Perfect Day For Spring Fling

– And There’s More Tomorrow

What a perfect day – blue skies and temperatures 70-ish – for Cooperstown Rotary’s expanded Spring Fling? The Cronin family from Albany – twins Emilie and Gavin, 3, dad Ed, sister Avalynn, 5, and mom Lauren (granddaughter of Cooperstown’s Sally Tarr) – were among the hundreds of Fling-goers who browsed among the 60 vendors or partook of the various food stalls. Sunday, there’s a live auction at 1 p.m. (preview at 11 a.m.) in the Cooperstown Farmers Market building. Plus Sunday dinner, 4-7, featuring stuffed baked potatoes, and a sundown Ecumenical service at 7:30 p.m. in Lakefront Park. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSESGO.com)
Spring Fling! Begins At Doubleday Field

Spring Fling! Begins

At Doubleday Field

Cooperstown Mayor (and Rotarian) Jeff Katz cuts the ribbon a few minutes ago at the entrance to the Doubleday Field Parking Lot, signaling the beginning of the club’s Spring Fling, expanded this year into a two-day event. Some 60 vendors are selling goodies, crafts and specialty items through 5 p.m., with entertainment on the hour, beginning right now with the Z Man in the entertainment tent. Tomorrow, a live auction begins at 1 p.m. in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building. (Preview begins at 11). A Sunday dinner, featuring stuffed baked potatoes, is 4-7 in the Doubleday lot, followed by an ecumenical sunset prayer service at 7:30 p.m in Lakefront Park. Rotarians in photo, from left, are Bob Birch, Pat Szarpa, Bill Glockler, Tom Lieber, Georgia Whitney, Spring Fling chairs Jim Howarth and Karen Katz, and Barbara Ann Heegan.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
CCS Pupils Serenade Rotary

CCS Pupils Serenade Rotarians

The Otesaga's Robbie Huntington hands out cookies to CCS pupils who, as is traditional, sang Chrismas carols to the Cooperstown Rotary Club at its luncheon meeting today.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The Otesaga’s Robbie Huntington hands out cookies to CCS pupils who, as is traditional, sang Christmas carols to the Cooperstown Rotary Club at its luncheon meeting today. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Brisk Voting Reported For President, NY Offices

Brisk Voting Reported

For President, NY Offices

John Salka, the Brookfield town supervisor and Madison County legislator who is challenging Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, for hte 121st District seat, shakes hands with Bobbie Walker, founder of the Otsego County Young Republicans, at the Cooperstown Rotary Club's pancake meal at the Vet's Club. Behind him is Tony Casale, the retired assemblyman, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and wife Cindy. Seward is being challenged by Democrat Jermaine Bagnall-Graham of Sherburne. Also on the ballot are Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout, vying to succeed Congressman Chris Gibson in the 19th District. (By the way, the Rotary is serving pancakes until 2 p.m., and again from 4 to 7 p.m.) (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
John Salka, the Republican Brookfield town supervisor and Madison County legislator who is challenging Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, for the 121st District seat, shakes hands with Bobby Walker, Cooperstown, founder of the Otsego County Young Republicans, at the Cooperstown Rotary Club’s pancake meal at the Vet’s Club this morning. Behind him is Tony Casale, the retired assemblyman, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and wife Cindy. Seward is being challenged by Democrat Jermaine Bagnall-Graham of Sherburne.  In addition to president and U.S. senator, also on the ballot are Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout, vying to succeed Congressman Chris Gibson in the 19th District. By the way, the Rotary is serving pancakes until 2 p.m., and again from 4 to 7 p.m. ($6 for adults) – and polls are open until 9 p.m. around Otsego County. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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There’s Still Time To Sign Up For Rotary Golf Tournament

There’s Still Time To Sign Up

For Rotary Golf Tournament

Team 5- Glenn Falk, Bob Barraco, Jeremy Preston, Jim Tallman  was the 2015 1st place winner of the CRF Golf Tournament.  Their team composed of Cooperstown firefighters and a retired Richfield Springs educator,  was sponsored by Underhill Farm of Burlington Flats..
Last year’s winning team included,, from left, Glenn Falk, Bob Barraco, Jeremy Preston and Jim Tallman, Cooperstown firefighters, plus the retired Richfield Springs superintendent of schools.  The team was sponsored by Underhill Farm of Burlington Flats..

COOPERSTOWN – There is still time to sign up for this Sunday’s sixth annual Cooperstown Rotary Foundation Golf Tournament at the Meadow Links Golf Course, offering over $1,000  in prizes.  Tee time is 2 p.m.

To sign up, e-mail cooperstownrotaryfoundation@gmail.com or call Ellen Tillapaugh at 547-5646.

BIG CROWD at Spring Fling

BIG CROWD at Spring Fling

There's a big crowd on closed-off Railroad Avenue right now for the Cooperstown Rotary Club's "Spring Fling," the third annual such street fair. Among them are Hartwick triplet's, from left, Lucas, Noah and Hunter O'Brien, 19 months, with sister Hanna, 4, and mom Elizabeth, the family of Hartwick Town Supervisor Rob O'Brien. Lower right, Milo Stewart, right, and Ed Badgley anchor the Small Town Big Band. Food, music, vendors, plus tons of local folks, will be on hand for the rest of the afternoon. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
There’s a big crowd on closed-off Railroad Avenue right now for the Cooperstown Rotary Club’s “Spring Fling,” the third annual such street fair. Among them are Hartwick triplets, from left, Lucas, Noah and Hunter O’Brien, 19 months, with sister Hanna, 4, and mom Elizabeth, the family of Hartwick Town Supervisor Rob O’Brien. Lower right, Milo Stewart, right, and Ed Badgley anchor the Small Town Big Band. Food, music, vendors, plus tons of local folks, will be on hand for the rest of the afternoon.   The fun continues until 5. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Rotarians Prepare 65 Baskets Of Goodies For Friday Auction

Rotarians Prepare 65 Baskets 

For ‘Spring Fling’ Silent Auction

Cooperstown Rotarians – from left, Marge Landers, Margaret Savoie, Karen Cadwalader and Joan Badgley – pack one of 65 baskets of goodies that will be auctioned off at 5 p.m. Friday at 1 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown, a “warm-up” to Saturday’s “Spring Fling.” Gary Kuch and Bob Schlather will be auctioneers. Food and refreshments available. The auction is a preview to Saturday’s main in event – from noon to 5 p.m., a festival of music, food, games and other fun in the middle of Railroad Avenue. Highlights include the Spurbeck’s Market 75th anniversary, and samples provided by the Beverage Trail. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cooperstown Rotarians – from left, Marge Landers, Margaret Savoie, Karen Cadwalader and Joan Badgley – pack one of 65 baskets of goodies that may be bid on during a Silent Auction Saturday at the club’s “Spring Fling” festival on Railroad Avenue.   The festival begins with an actual auction at 5 p.m. Friday at 1 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown, a “warm-up” event; Gary Kuch and Bob Schlather will be auctioneers. Food and refreshments available. Saturday, the “Spring Fling” will be noon-5 p.m. along closed-off Railroad Avenue, featuring not just a silent auction, but food, games and music throughout the afternoon.  Highlights include the Spurbeck’s Market 75th anniversary, and samples provided by the Beverage Trail. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
CCS Kindergartners Extend Tradition

CCS Kindergartners Extend Tradition

Tom Heitz, left, editor of The Oil Can, the Cooperstown Rotary Club newsletter, snaps photos of CCS kindergartners who sang Christmas carols today at the club's weekly meeting at The Otesaga. The kindergartners' visit extends a tradition that's been going on for at least 20 years. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Tom Heitz, left, editor of The Oil Can, the Cooperstown Rotary Club newsletter, snaps photos of CCS kindergartners who sang Christmas carols today at the club’s weekly meeting at The Otesaga. The kindergartners’ visit extends a tradition that’s been going on for at least 20 years. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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