Wednesday, August 2, 2017

DG Mike Ruby, World Bicycle Relief & Rabies in Ethiopia

Make a special effort to attend Rotary on Thursday to meet and hear a message from District 6000 Governor, Mike Ruby and his wife Jo Anne. This will be just his 6th club visit as District Governor.
DG Mike & Jo Anne Ruby

John Winga

It is with heavy heart that we report that John Winga, a longtime Rotarian, businessman, and musician has passed away on Sunday evening from a recent illness. His memorial service will be Monday, August 7th at 10:30am at the United Presbyterian Church. Plans for a visitation are still developing.
John Winga
Please keep John, his wife Carol, and his children and grandchildren in your thoughts and prayers.

Welcome Guests to Washington Rotary!

Amy Schulte from the Washington County YMCA brought her daughter, Abby to Rotary.

Amy Schulte and Abby Schulte
Jim Gorham brought his wife Karen to Rotary.

Jim & Karen Gorham
Adam McLaughlin and Melanie Roth from L.J. Roth Restoration Services brought their colleague Dominique Cornick to Rotary.

Melanie Roth, Dominique Cornick, and Adam McLaughlin
Gary Murphy brought a bunch of his family, including Sylvia Murphy, who was our program!

Gary Murphy (far end) and Sylvia Murphy (nearest) with more family in between

World Bicycle Relief

Thanks to a Rotary program last month, we've been energized to help donate to the District's project this year - World Bicycle Relief, which is providing $147 Buffalo brand, heavy duty bicycles to students, entrepreneurs, and business people in Africa.

District 6000 and private donors are matching locally donated funds to multiply the number of bicycles purchased. Most of the bicycles donated from District 6000 will be targeted to young students to help them more easily participate in their education.

Washington has raised $2,943 which is enough to purchase 20 bicycles! And then those funds will be matched!

Check out a YouTube video of the impact of these bicycles on a young girl student.

Rabies in Ethiopia

Sylvia Murphy talks about rabies in Ethiopia
Sylvia Murphy works at the federal CDC and gave an informative presentation about efforts to confront a rabies epidemic in Ethiopia in eastern Africa. Most rabies in Ethiopia is spread by wild or semi-wild dogs, and her team worked to vaccinate as many dogs as they could.

Because the opportunity to spread diseases like rabies through easy international travel, the need for the US to help address preventable diseases in foreign nations is great.


August 3:  DG Mike Ruby visits Washington
August 10:  Sue Basten - Update from the Washington County YMCA
August 17:  Larry Fishback - Report on RYLA from students
August 24:  Denise Erpelding - Turkey Dinner Planning
August 31:  Matt Greiner - TBA
September 11: Rotary Turkey Dinner