Scuttlebutt October 17th, 2021
Kimberly Gran the new Library Director will be our speaker this coming Tuesday.  Many events are happening now at the library and the structural modifications will make other activities possible.   
Rotary designates October as World Polio Month. Rotary has been committed to eradicating polio since the 1980's. The new goal is to eliminate polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan where it is still endemic, by 2026. COVID and war have temporarily halted vaccine administration in Afghanistan. The WHO is discussing with the Taliban to restart house-to-house vaccine administration. Rotary has continued efforts in Pakistan during the pandemic.  It is hoped that the negotiations with the Taliban will have a positive result in Afghanistan. To halt the infection cycle, it is essential that newborns in both countries receive the vaccine and that the drops be given to those older children who have not yet been vaccinated.
We have supported polio eradication efforts in the past.  The polio plunge and big toe dip have been activities in which we have participated.  What are peoples interests in polio activities? 
Linda D is exploring service projects that may be done in conjunction with the COA. One is ice melt distribution, the other is leaf raking.  With our recent warm weather neither of these are needed now, but eventually the leaves will fall, and winter ice and snow might make walking treacherous. Once the details have been worked out we will let you know.  In the past with our ice cream and other service activities we have been connected directly to Marbleheaders.  These service options may offer additional opportunities.
Jessica is asking each of us what we might contribute to the auction and what other items or services might be included.  Please be generous with your skills, antiques, and museum quality art etc.
The Nominations committee is working to offer to the club a slate of officers to lead our club. Each of us might examine our time and hopefully prioritize the leadership of our RCOMH.
Today I was at a brunch for the North Shore Friends of Refugees.  The discussion was about how we might help the Afgans who will soon be coming to Marblehead.  I mentioned that I was president of RCOMH.  The comments were immediate.  Your club does so much!.  A wave of pride flowed through me.  We are known for our service projects, for the many ways we have provided support with our food security initiatives etc.  Let's keep it up.   
Congratulations to Seaglass Village for their grand opening.  We as a club have supported this organization whose mission is to help elders, people with disabilities, and those with mobility issues stay in their homes. Many services are provided that will be beneficial to all involved.
Russell Hampton
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