Rotary Club of Rockport, Texas

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Polio News - Milestone switch made from tri- to bivalent OPV 

All 155 countries and territories that currently use oral polio vaccine (OPV) were expected to switch from trivalent to bivalent OPV in their routine immunization programs between 17 April and 1 May. The switch will protect children from the risk, though extremely rare, of contracting vaccine derived poliovirus, and is a critical step toward ending the disease. OPV will be removed once all wild polioviruses are eradicated. The switch has been made possible by the dedication of health workers, governments, partners and donors, and their continued support will be essential to achieving a polio-free world.


Our theme for the Tuesday evening meeting

is the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday.  Come with a Joke or card trick. We aim for fun. Bring a friend or two and join in.
Meeting is from 6-7 pm at the Key Allegro Yacht Club. Drinks provided, appetizers and/or dinner can be ordered.

Our program at the Thursday Noon Meeting

is the Fennesey Ranch. The Fennessey Ranch is part of a legendary 750,000 acre Texas land empire that has remained in the same family for 171 years.  The ranch consists of 4,000 acres of abundant wetlands, meadows, natural lakes, riparian woods and brush land and bordered on three sides by the Mission River. The Fennessey is located in the heart of the Central Flyway along a region of the Texas coastline known as the “Coastal Bend.”  The Fennessey has opened its gates for a wide array of unique recreational opportunities.
Meeting is from Noon-1 at the Rockport Country Club.

The Evening Meeting has started working on our first service project - bags of comfort and joy for children in crisis. We are working to find a connection through the CPS and/or Police department.
Please collect as many as possible of the items below, or any other children’s items that would fit in a mid-sized bag. Items must be new, non-violent, and non-denominational. No food or candy, please. We are targeting two age groups 12 and under and over 12.

Here’s a list of suggestions to get you started:

  • Stuffed animals
  • Coloring books & crayons
  • Small toys for all ages
  • School supplies and stationery
  • Small toiletries: travel-size toothbrush/toothpaste, hotel soap and shampoo etc
  • Items for teens/tweens:  games, young-adult books, deodorant, makeup, trading cards
  • Baby Stuff – rattles, pacifiers, bibs, diapers, baby clothes
  • Books, journals or diaries
  • Clothing of all kinds – t-shirts, baseball hats, knit caps, scarves, socks, shoes, underwear
  • Hand held games
  • Small photo albums
  • Children love handcrafted items, too


Click to watch videoThe story behind The Agents of Polio Eradication

By Rotary communications staff  ---->>>>>>>> Click the image to watch video

How do you tell the story of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in comic-book form? That was the challenge that four Rotary staffers – Chris Brown, Brad Cowan, Kate Benzschawel and Stuart Cleland — faced in the summer of 2015. They needed an angle that would cover the major aspects of the GPEI’s work. But it had to be a story, not just a list of organizations and achievements.

Luckily, Kate had spotted “Polio Partners” in the September issue of The Rotarian, and suggested the team base the comic on the four pillars of the eradication effort – virus hunters, strategists, advocates, and immunizers. “They could be super-heroes,” said someone. “And they protect kids,” said another. “They’re the Agents of GPEI!” added a third.

That’s how it started. Soon, Stuart and Chris had written a script. Chris, whose non-Rotary alter ego is the artist 360°, began creating characters and experimenting with color and style as a paneled comic. Brad converted Chris’s work into a motion-comic, spending hours along with Kate tweaking frames, adding music and sound effects, and incorporating notes from the PolioPlus team.

The result – The Agents of Polio Eradication. We hope you enjoy it. And share it with your friends!


Myra Kline announced that $27,000 will be awarded as scholarships this year. There were many applicants. The committee decided to award a total of 31 scholarships. They will add $2,000 to the $25,000 raised at the Taste of Rockport.
Check the Upcoming Events for where and when the scholarships will be awarded.

  • Odyssey Afterschool Grant program will have its final work day. This Thursday May 26 - time - 3:00 for dismantling the garden and summering over. Remember to check in at the office with photo ID. Old Live Oak Elementary at Market & Griffith.
  • Scholarships will be awarded May 26 at 6:30 at the Martha Luigi Auditorium.
  • Meeting on June 2 - we will be voting on changes to our Bylaws. They were presented at the meeting on May 19. Changes concern the addition of an evening meeting to our club. Everyone will be emailed a copy Monday 5/23 in the afternoon.

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