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Recent donations of several large pieces of hospital equipment ( Ultra Sound machines, C-Arm X-Ray, and surgery lights) were shipped last Thursday to Coos Bay. In a few days they will be loaded into a sea going container for shipment to a hospital Ivory Coast, West Africa.

The shipment is is arranged by by Aron Boesl, Imaging Dept. Manager of Bay Area Hospital. Aron is a member of the Coos Bay - North Bend Rotary Club. Agostinho Machado, Rotary Dist. 4410 Governor Elect. with Camille, Lauren and Mrs. Machado selecting hospital items to ship to hospital in Brazil. The Dist. Gov. goal is to find proper laundry equipment for a small 20 bed hospital. He is also interested in the usual supplies and equipment. The hospital currently does not have a surgery or even basic sugery equipment and supplies, so every little thing helps!

Cort Vaughan is a Polio survivor. Cort joined the Rotary Club of Greater Bend to help eradicate Polio. He founded the Pints for Polio fundraiser in 2012 to raise money for global Polio eradication and to increase local awareness regarding the need to vaccinate all children. Pints for Polio has raised over $20,000 for the PolioPlus Fund. Cort was appointed Rotary District 5110 PolioPlus Chair in 2014.

Back in the '50s we knew Polio was caused by a virus, but not how it was spread, so parents were very cautious about letting their kids in public. Cort was 2 when he was diagnosed. He was completely isolated for weeks (a very scary time, obvioulsy). Cort spent 4 months in daily physical therapy and receiving other treatments to prevent paralysis. He was fitted with a brace and had to learn to walk all over again. He was immediately recruited as a fundraiser by the March of Dimes.

The March of Dimes funded the research that helped develop the vaccine and later to manufacture it.

Cort continued to receive physical therapy and received special accommodations such as special shoes and was fortunate enough to be able to receive treatment throughout his life.

In other countries where medical care is not available, they end up crippled for life and impoverished. 

Even getting the vaccines to many of these remote areas is difficult. Rotary has conducted national immunization days in order to reach these remote areas, working closely with the locals, so that every last child gets the 2 oral drops that prevent polio.

In 1985, Polio had been wiped out of the US but there were 350k cases a year in other countries. Now, in 2014, only 356 cases were identified. This is mostly because of Rotary's efforts.

Experts believe that we could see the last case of Polio in Africa this year. This is because of Rotary and its partners.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have had less luck with eradication because of urban slums where there is no access to clean water or proper sanitation. Repeated vaccinations are necessary. There are a lot of systemic problems. In other areas, there are tribal areas with no connection to the central government and it is difficult to get health workers in to those areas. Fortunately, Rotary has clubs in Pakistan who can help negotiate with tribal leaders.

Back in late December, one unvaccinated individual contracted the measles and spread it to other unvaccinated people at Disneyland. There are over 100 cases in the US and also in Mexico because of that one case. This is troubling since measles was eradicated. The same thing can happen with polio.

In herd immunity, the vaccinated protect the unvaccinated. As more and more people opt out of vaccinating, the risk of outbreaks increases and herd immunity is broken. This is what happened at Disneyland. We need to get the herd immunity back up and the word needs to be spread. There are some people that can't be vaccinated and they are in danger because of those who can and don't. We have to help protect each other.

What Can You Do?

Spread the word, fundraise, donate. Every dollar is matched 2 to 1 by the Gates foundation, which triples the value of your donation.

You can also join the Polio Plus Society. This month, if you commit to a $100 annual donation until Polio is eradicated, you'll receive 200 Paul Harris credits, a pin and a certificate of recognition. Learn more here:

You can also come to "Pints for Polio" on April 4 and drink beer at an old fashioned pub crawl for a great cause. Click here for details.


Southtowne has long supported the work of Aid Africa. The late Ken Goyer, a member of Southtowne, directed this effort for years. Below is a blog from one of the staff members of Aid Africa.

Hi folks.

We’ve completed our first camps.

We are tired. We are sore. We know we’ve done something big here but we just have to get it behind us a bit to revisit and contrast these camps to others we’ve done by ourselves, then we’ll decide what this all means.

Today we are in Maundo village for some respite, staying at the guest compound of John and Florence. The Okumus have been welcoming our Rotary teams since the earliest days. Their rural b&b takes such good care of visitors -- we have all our needs met here, village style. Our break between camps is an important stop for us.

First because Maundo village is our ‘home’ village – the first Rotary Adopt-a-Village project that the Springfield club worked on all those years ago and that introduced us to Africa. It was the site of our first medical camps. And it is the home of the Maundo rocks, that incredible geological feature that lets you know you are not in Kansas, Toto.

It has also been important for us to stop here and take stock of our supplies. We dispensed an incredible amount of meds in Manafwa. Yesterday we put a giant tarp on the lawn and emptied every bag and box. We organized and learned what meds needed to be replenished before the next camp and we made many piles: the meds that we will carry on top of our van north to Alanyi, as well as a store of meds to donate to each of the clinics in the villages of Maundo, Abur, and Okwalloagabo. These are the sites of former camps that we are not visiting this year.

We are also making a donation of medicines and supplies to the Tororo hospital. We have sent these along with Father Centurio who lives in Osukuru, just outside of Tororo.

Last night I made all the chapattis for our dinner (kind of like an Indian tortilla). I sweated (er, was ‘dewy’ in a most lady-like fashion) over a small, homemade charcoal “stove” that balanced precariously on the uneven ground. I was sort of perched on a shallow bowl on top of a short tripod about 8 – 10 inches off the ground.

Dignified? Not so much. But it was practical and time-tested.

And slow going!

It took me hours to produce 35 chapattis for our team and the household. When I started it was light out and about 6 p.m. I didn’t finish ‘til after dark at nearly 9 p.m. By contrast, at home I could have produced all of these chapattis in about half an hour on my handy-dandy electric griddle where I controlled the heat and could do more than one at a time.

People here are still working pretty hard to produce some of the basics, including last night’s yummy beef stew, Irish potatoes (referred to thusly to differentiate them from the also common sweet potato), and matoke (mashed plantains).

Last night’s meal was a fairly light selection of courses for a normal meal here in Uganda. Most meals here would have all of the above plus posho (like congealed grits), sweet potatoes, white yams, rice, fresh beans, peanut sauce, avocadoes, and a couple of cooked vegetables, etc. John and Florence have learned that Mzungus’ (Muh-zoon-goos -- us) meals do not commonly have so many courses or carbohydrates.

They are so very responsive.

While I worked I also watched the sky change for the end of that day’s good things and the beginning of night. The colors deepened and the birds quietly retired so that the bats could come on for their own busy shift. It was so very peaceful, beautiful and relaxing. My thoughts and imagination were unbidden and undirected, free to range around the universe. The cooking coals weren’t the only things on fire as I produced chapattis here under a changing and expansive African canopy a world away from home. I softly and happily sang Bruce Springsteen songs to myself in my dark corner of the yard:

I want to sleep beneath the deep blue skies
In my lover’s bed
With the wide open country in my eyes
And these romantic dreams in my head

Sometimes slowing things down is a really good thing.
And so are homemade chapattis.

Current status of club support:

  • Southtowne (Rotary) has pledged/raised approximately $25,000 cash.
  • Metro (Rotary) has pledged $5,000 this fiscal year and $4,000 next year for a total of $9,000 cash.
  • Mike Raz has said that his church may commit $4,000-5,000 to help fund this house.
  • Mike is working on confirming in-kind donations and feels confident he can procure some major contributions.
  • Airport (Rotary) has delined due to their ongoing support for Junction City Habitat.
  • Emerald (Rotary) and Sprinfield (Rotary) are both hesitant but Jean is continuing conversations with them.
  • Delta (Rotary) is interested and has offered a program spot but not until March or April. Jean is trying to meet with their president, Randy Klemm.
  • Downtown’s president has informed us that there is no money in their budget.
  • Jean is pursuing a grant with Wells Fargo as back-up funding. A Eugene Emerald Rotarian is assisting with that process.
  • Habitat has hired a full-time site supervisor so if funding is secured, we should be able to break ground on our target date of March 1. If funding is not solid, the date may be postponed.
  • Working with Habitat as a partner, we were able to purchase low cost furniture for one of our emergency families.
  • St Vincents helped with vouchers for 4 beds and linens for another family.

presented by Terry McDonald
visit St. Vincent's website here:

Terry McDonald, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul, has been with St. Vincent de Paul since 1971. 

St. Vincent De Paul's core mission is Helping People in Need.

In the 1950s, the store operation began, to raise funds to employ people in need. In the 1980s with an economic downturn, St. Vincent's decided to try and do more, particularly in the areas of:

  1. Affordable Housing
  2. Emergency Services
  3. Jobs

St. Vincent went to work to meet their goals with resources. One of the first acts was to put a donation center at the various dump/transfer sites, which worked really well for stocking shelves. 90 tons a day is now collected throughout the WORLD (including Scotland). 

This began creating more long term employment.

St. Vincent found the transfer sites to also be a great place to collect beds that could be given away to those in need. This includes mattresses, which transfer sites do not like. Many of these landfill sites now pay St. Vincent's to take all the mattresses, which they reconstruct to make suitable for those that need beds. St. Vincent's is the largest mattress recycler in the United States.

In 2001, St. Vincent was receiving 500 books a month but through further work with the landfills, they now process 400 tons of books a month which feed the store operations. They are the largest bookseller in our region as well as others.

St. Vincent has also found ways to process materials that others have not been able to effectively use like hard plastics, styrofoam, and mattress covers. They found reuse purposes for them that they sell internationally. 

In 1988, St. Vincent began developing affordable housing. 1200-1300 units our currently rented in our area. Energy and water efficiency innovations is a high priority for new units. Most units are for family housing but also transitional and veteran housing. St. Vincent has joined with others to eliminate veteran homelessness in Lane County.

St. Vincent is also working with mobile home parks to help revitalize and rehabilitate them in order to create more housing options as well as eliminate the tendency for these areas to be crime-ridden and centers for drug use and trafficking.

There are many many other programs and partnerships that St. Vincent engages in and as a result, one in four people in our area are helped by St. Vincent de Paul.

2/3-3/4 of income are from waste based businesses. This helps St. Vincent to be self-sustained. 

The goal is to become a true community asset, which Terry (and many others) feel has been accomplished.

St. Vincent has been hired to help create a model for other non-profits around the country to work with waste-based businesses and create sustainable programs.

Check out this Register Guard article on Terry and his work at "finding value in all things".

Another good year. PeaceHealth continues to be very generous. We get donations from 3 local PeaceHealth hospitals. The recent news paper and TV didn’t hurt. Several experienced nurses, pharmacist and technicians have contacted me and would like help or are looking for supplies for their own 3rd world projects. We continue to donate certain items locally to Eugene Mission, St. Vincent DePaul and others.

Most of the current shipments we’ve helped with are to Honduras and several African countries.

We work with Michael Hosie, Coos Bay/ North Bend Rotary. They have a good connection in the capital city with both a Rotary Club and the huge public hospital. They ship about one 40 foot container per year. They just shipped about 6 weeks ago. Michael will be in Honduras this month meeting with Rotary and his doctor connections.

Ivory Coast
Our connection is Aron Bosle member of CB/NB Rotary. He is also imag- ing manager of the Bay Area. His church pays the shipping and Aron goes to Ivory Coast with volunteer groups.

West Africa
Aron expects to ship a 40 foot container this month which will include a portable X-Ray and 2 large surgery lights that John Brown Sr. was instrumental in having them donated to Rotary.

Democratic Republic of Congo
Dr. Ellen Heinitz and her husband John in Grants Pass are the connections. Several months ago they shipped the ambulance donated by the city of Oakridge and also 3 months ago shipped a 40 foot container. Both arrived. We con- tributed supplies for the ambulance and a couple of truck loads of equipment and supplies for the container shipment, plus enough paint, donated by Forrest Paint, to paint the inside of the small hospital. Ellen and John just returned from Congo a few weeks ago. The walls are freshly painted, equipment and supplies in use and Congo has enough to start another small clinic in another town. Dr Ysu, in Congo, operates the original hospital on about $2,000 U.S. per month. I have before and after pictures.

Ghana, Africa
Dr.John Neeld of Ghana Hope Foundation is our local connection. Dr. John works with Rosemari Davis of McMinnville Rotary putting together a HUGE shipment. Rosemari is also the retired CEO of McMinnville hospital. We have a huge amount of equip- ment stored for them at Forrest Paint. The foundations goal was to ship one 40 foot container. They are a victim of success. They now expect to ship 6 to 8 containers as soon as they can arrange shipping and other logistics.

Airport Rotary people are in Uganda now. We supplied them with numerous small supplies to take in their luggage.

We lost two storage locations in recent months. The new donated space we have a St. Vincent more than makes up for the loss with a huge amount of space. We’ll still have space for large heavy items at Eugene Mission.

I expect to make one more truck shipment to Coos Bay this month.

Sometime soon we should have our own hospital web site on line. There are several sources of supply donations we haven’t approached as yet.

Thanks for your support. I never imagined this would snow ball into such a huge project.

- Lauren Alexander

John Brown is a principal in the real estate firm Evans Elder and Brown has been selected to receive the prestigious 2014 Eugene First Citizen Award. Presented by the Eugene Area Chamber each year since 1938, the First Citizen Award honors an outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to the Eugene/Springfield community through business and community service efforts. 

John's many civic interests have led him to serve as a Eugene Water and Electric Board Commissioner, on the Willamette Family Services Board of Directors; the McKenzie River Watershed Council; Southtowne Rotary; the HIV Alliance Board of Advisors; Downtown Safety Task Force; Lane Metro Partnership; and the Public Lands Advisory Committee.

His past community service includes membership on the board of directors for the Relief Nursery, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Eugene, Inc. and the Downtown Commission. He is a former member of the Eugene Police Commission, a past president of the Cal Young Neighborhood Association and a past chairperson of the Willakenzie Planning Team.

John's passion is the outdoors, including fishing, and related outdoor activities. He is dedicated to protecting the local environment and has worked to ensure clean waterways. He is particularly devoted to the preservation of clean drinking water.

John became a commercial real estate appraiser in 1977. From 1990 to 2005, he enjoyed a successful career as a principal in Duncan & Brown, the Willamette Valley's largest and most diverse real estate appraisal and consulting firm. In 2006, John joined Alan Evans and Jeff Elder as a full partner in Evans Elder and Brown Commercial Real Estate.

The honor will be conveyed at the Eugene Chamber's annual Celebration of Business presented by Summit Bank set for Tuesday, February 3rd at the Hilton Eugene and Conference Center.

presented by Rebecca Sprinson, Development Director

The mission at Oregon Supported Living Program is to enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities by providing person-centered residential, vocational and supported living programs with emphasis on the arts and community integration.

Everything OSLP does is aimed at changing the model from "cookie cutter" where one program fits all to individualized help for their clients.

OSLP's Residential Program (Group Homes) is a residential community that has at its core health and safety, person-centered care, and community. This program is for individuals with pretty high needs.

OSLP's Supported Living Program is for adults that can live independently but need assistance with financial planning, accessing services, medical support, etc.

OSLP's Arts and Culture program is one of only a few in the nation. This allows those with disabilities to express themselves and connect to others. It stretches the imagination of participants and helps bridge the gap caused by differences. Included is music, painting, and dance. There is a gallery where artwork is displayed at 4th and Lincoln. They are a frequent stop at the 1st Friday Art Walk and art is sold. The Arts & Culture program has its own website here.

OSLP's Inclusion and Employment Program helps disabled folks find job and learning opportunities (paid and volunteer). There are many success stories and the businesses get just as much out of the relationships as the workers.

All are encouraged to get involved and include in their lives a place for an individual with a disability. There are great business opportunities including just hanging artwork in your office.

Clients find OSLP through referrals by service organizations, parents, etc. OSLP is 95% funded from state contracts. Additional donations and funds raised are used for enrichment services & events that state funding does not cover.

OSLP has a large economic footprint in our community. Currently 81 individuals are served through the Residential and Group Home programs but many other agencies and individuals access the other programs.

Check out the attached video from OSLP.

Visit the OSLP website by clicking here.


Southtowne Rotary’s annual Wine and Salmon Festival raises thousands of dollars each to benefit our community. We need a group of enthusiastic volunteers to make this event a success.

As a volunteer you will receive tasty snacks and non-rotarians will also be given a ticket for a chance at the evening’s raffle.

Below are the areas where volunteers are needed and the time frame for each shift:

SET UP 2:00-5:00 P.M.

Table decorating, silent auction set up, assist wineries, set up displays, set up registration


Monitor traffic flow, sell raffle tickets, staff registration table, display oral auction items, monitor silent auction items, dessert dash

POST EVENT 8:30-10:00 P.M.

Monitor traffic flow, staff cashier table, auction distribution center, clean-up and removal of equipment and decorations at conclusion of event

Thank you,
Linda Anderson

March 13th, 5:30pm, Hilton Hotel, $65/person

Southtowne made a $700 donation to Project Amigo to partially fund their first year of challenge for their college graduates. Project Amigo held a retreat in December with their graduates and a number of micro-enterprises were proposed for funding. Twelve concepts were proposed and one selected. The following report is from Coke Newell of Project Amigo:

“We had a panel of local professionals judging the proposals, and the winner was a recent Project Amigo graduate who had a well-developed, scalable, and marketable idea for a dry oatmeal/cinammon breakfast drink mix that will be packaged and sold at the university. .. . And if successful, in broader markets.

“The students responded to the challenge well, and we believe we opened their minds to new possibilities. We certainly made some new connections for them in the working world.

“Additionally, two weeks ago we gave each of the students two T-shirts from previous years’ Work Weeks and challenged them to invent a new producto out of the old T-shirts. We gave prize money for student-selected winners in “Most Original,” “Most Useful” and “Most Innovative.”

“Thus... your Eugene contribution will be very welcome and very well-applied. We have already disbursed the prize money, but made clear to the students that all was donated by a Rotary Club in Oregon.

"The food marketing ideas seem to appeal to many of our students. The winning entry has resulted in a team of students interested (including a fourth year law student who is overseeing legalities); they have already met once, and will be meeting again next week.

“We (and they) appreciate your Club’s and your personal interest and support!”



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