Volume 60   Number 9
Welcome to the resurrected Hartman Gazette, the official Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Wyckoff-Midland Park. The Bulletin is named after John Hartman (1924-2002) a long time member of the Club and a PDG for District 7490. 
September 5 - Business Meeting: The Rotary Foundation
September 12 - Kathy Kuzma: North Jersey Villages
September 19 John Cosgrove: How to Grow Membership
September 26 - Friendship Exchange Guests
October 31
November 21
September 7 - Rotary Foundation Seminar (morning)
September 7 - Midland Park Day (afternoon)
September 15 - District 7490 Family Picnic
Early October - Dictionary Project
October 23 - BEEFSTEAK
Charles Salinas and the Dawn Treader School
On August 29 we were visited by Charles Salinas, the Headmaster of the Dawn Treader School. The Dawn Treader School was founded 43 years ago in Paterson as a Christian School in the city. Pastor Salinas had a successful career in law enforcement. When he retired and took over as Headmaster 10 years ago, the school was facing a number of challenges. Enrollment was down to 23 students, and the school had accumulated a huge deficit. 
In his 10 years at the helm, Pastor Salinas has reconnected to alumni, put the school on firm financial footing, increased enrollment to 90, and has created a number of alliances throughout the City and the area.
Located in one of the oldest mills in Paterson, the school needs to upgrade and replace all of its windows. But Pastor Salinas did not visit the Club to solicit funds. Rather, he wanted to introduce the School (named after the ship in C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia novels) and to establish new friendships.
His message is the Motto of the School: Faith, Family, and Education.
Gift of Life Update
Hans had an EKG and it looked good. He has one more checkup on September 9th and then should be clear to go home.
We hope to see both him and his mother at our next meeting.
Nigeria reaches crucial polio milestone

It’s been three years since health officials last reported a case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus in Nigeria. The milestone, reached on 21 August, means that it’s possible for the entire World Health Organization (WHO) African region to be certified wild poliovirus-free next year.

Nigeria’s success is the result of several sustained efforts, including domestic and international financing, the commitment of thousands of health workers, and strategies to immunize children who previously couldn’t be reached because of a lack of security in the country’s northern states.

“Rotary, its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, and the Nigerian government have strengthened immunization and disease detection systems,” says Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. He adds: “We are now reaching more children than ever in some of the hardest-to-reach places in Nigeria.”

McGovern says Rotary members in Nigeria play an important role in ridding the country of the disease. “Rotarians have been hard at work raising awareness for polio eradication, advocating with the government, and addressing other basic health needs to complement polio eradication efforts, like providing clean water to vulnerable communities.”

Nigeria is the last country in Africa where polio is endemic. Once Africa is certified as free of the wild poliovirus, five of the WHO’s six regions will be free of wild polio. Polio remains endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which means transmission of the virus has never been stopped.

Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, acknowledges the milestone but cautions Rotary members about celebrating too soon. He cites the challenge of making certain that routine immunizations reach every child in Nigeria.

“It’s paramount that we ensure all doors are locked to the re-entry of the wild poliovirus into our country,” says Funsho.

Funsho says to achieve this, Rotary needs to maintain strong advocacy efforts, continue to increase awareness of immunization campaigns, and ensure members raise necessary funds. Rotary has contributed $268 million to fight polio in Nigeria.

“As the first organization to dream of a polio-free world, Rotary is committed to fulfilling our promise,” says McGovern. “Our progress in Nigeria is a big step toward that goal, but we need to maintain momentum so that Pakistan and Afghanistan see the same level of progress.”

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