The Rotary Club of
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The oldest continuously operating club in the world south of the Tropic of Cancer.
Chartered 1918
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June 25, 2019
 
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NEXT WEEK
 
 
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 25 in the AFDA Club.
 
PLEASE NOTE:  There will be NO meeting on July 2.  The Club will be meeting on JULY 9. 
 

PROGRAM:  Next Week will be the AWARDS & RECOGNITION meeting when President Jose "Pepito" Rivero  Olmedo congratulates the Rotarians who helped make the 2018-2019 Rotary Year a successful one.

 
INVOCATION:       Joseph Sampson

ATTENDANCE:         Frank Earle

DOOR PRIZE:          Bob Schneider
SOUND SYSTEM:   John Ferrandino
PHOTOGRAPHER: Gerry Cumpiano
 
MENU: Chef's Choice
If you prefer a vegetarian dish with fish OR a purely vegetarian dish, please tell it to the waiter as you are seated.  This is a great timesaver.
 
President José M. (Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo-Message
 
Rotary announced US$100 million
to eradicate polio
 
            Ten days ago Rotary announced that they are giving US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed  hundreds of thousands of children each year.
 
            The funding comes as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) address the final – and most pressing – challenges to ending poliovirus transmission, and as Nigeria approaches three years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, bringing the Africa region closer to polio-free status.
 
            While there were only 33 cases of wild poliovirus reported in 2018, the last mile of eradication has proven to be the most difficult.  Barriers to eradication, like weak health systems, insecurity, and mobile and remote populations, must be overcome.  As long as a single child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for continued funding and commitment to eradication.
 
            Rotary has committed to raising $50 million a year to be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, amounting to $150 million for polio eradication annually.  Rotary has contributed more than $1.9 billion to fight the disease.  In 1988, Rotary became a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication initiative with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The Bill Gates Foundation later joined.  Since the initiative launched, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9% from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018.
Regards,

Pepito

CELEBRATING  BIRTHDAYS  in June 2019
 
BIRTHDAYS IN JUNE will be celebrated together with JULY birthdays on JULY 30.
SAN JUAN ROTARY IN THE NEWS  

 

San Juan Rotary was featured in the Wednesday weekly June 19-25 edition of the  English language local publication, The Weekly Journal

HOUSTON, TEXAS CARNEGIE HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUB
 
Visited San Juan Rotary on Tuesday.  Pictured together with the youngsters are their parents and Houston Rotarians Vicki Brentin and Ed Petitt   who came to Puerto Rico for a cultural/service visit. Each year the Carnegie HS Interact Club has an international festival to raise funds for its service work.  They selected Puerto Rico to receive and made almost $14,000 available. San Juan Pubic Image/Global Grants Board Director Georganna Hildebrand, working with  Vicki Brentin, submitted a grant proposal to The Rotary Foundation for $100,000 for CARAS, a local organization led   by Michelle Fernandez Frey, to open the very first charter middle and high school in the Amelia/Catano region. The Interact students have also committed their funds to be directed to Puerto Rico/Caras.  
 Carnegie HS is a leading performing public HS that draws student for all over Houston.
-LAST WEEK-
 
Attorney Mercedes Peguero, President of the Puerto Rico Parole Board for the past seven years, gave a detailed talk on the vision and mission of the Board which is to promote the rehabilitation of the inmate and the security of the community.  She defined Parole as the release of an inmate from prison prior to his/her sentence's maximum date, under supervision.  Our speaker then went on to explain the different rules depending on the criminal acts committed and the Penal Code that applies.  Mercedes is a member of the Arecibo Rotary Club.  She is our District 7000 Governor Elect for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year. Mother of three, she is married to Agustin Montanez-Altman.
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Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo
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