July 1 is an important date in history. Here are some key events that happened:
· 1689: Matsou Basho, Zen poet, leaves for a 150 day journey across the Island of Hoshu, Japan.
· 1867: The Dominion of Canada is formed comprising of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.
· 1967: The Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" goes to #1 in the US.
· 2019: More than 5,000 smuggled turtles discovered in luggage at Kuala Lumpur Airport, Malaysia, bound for India.
· 2021: Martin becomes the 2021-22 Rotary 5360 District Governor.
Rotary District 5360 comprises 70 Rotary, Rotaract, Interact and EarlyAct clubs stretching from Lacombe in the north to the Canada-US border in the South and from the BC boarder to Swift Current, Saskatchewan in the east.
Club members believe in service above self and the theme for 2021-22 is “Serve to Change Lives." With that in mind we have three initiatives that will not only make a difference to others but will show that we are “People of Action." I will be sharing them with you as the year progresses.
The first is a fundraiser called Move for Polio: End Polio Now. Since 1988 Rotary and their partners have provided over 2.8 billion vaccines for children. Recently Africa was declared wild polio free and this year only two cases of wild polio been recorded, one in Afghanistan and the other in Pakistan. But the fight is not over. Unless we eradicate polio, within 10 years, as many as 200,000 new cases could occur around the world each year.
Move for Polio kicked off on July 1 and ends on October 24 International Polio Day. Rotary members and non-members are encouraged to run, walk, hike, swim, skateboard, yoga, garden etc. It’s whatever you want to do to support the initiative and improve your mental health and wellness. At present we have 28 clubs in our District participating in this event and one of those clubs is the Rotary Club of Cochrane.
If you would like to know how you can get involved in Move for Polio or learn more about our club then please check out our website: .rotarycochrane.ca/ and send us an email.
“Service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth, and I want to be a good tenant”. – Shekhar Mehta – Rotary International President 2021-22
© 2021 Martin Parnell