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Passing the Hat for Istanbul NICU

Since they were already in Istanbul …

Members of the Rotary Delegation traveling to Turkey this month had an additional service opportunity that presented itself one evening. The group attended a special performance of the Long Island Youth Orchestra, hosted by the Rotary Club of Istanbul Altunizade, as guests of District 2420 PDG Murat Tpigil.

This was the “kickoff event” for a fundraising effort to construct a new neonatal intensive care unit in a local hospital in Istanbul. The overall goal is 400,000 YTL ($312,800 USD). Seizing the moment, the American Rotarians “passed the hat” amongst themselves and collected 700 YTL.

The gesture was well received, and additional fundraising opportunities and donations may follow!

Çıftlıkkoy Pumpıng Station

P7240615 Today, we rode the ferry across the Sea of Marmara to the vıllage of Çıftlıkkoy ın Yalova Province, near the epicenter of the 1999 İzmıt Earthquake. In 2005-06, RotaryCSJw was an international co-sponsor of a munıcıpal water supply project to replace the orıgınal pumpıng station, which was destroyed ın the earthquake.P7240605

The ceremonial rıbbon-cutting for the project ıncluded the provıncıal governor, Rotary dıgnıtaries, and local citizens. A huge number of additional pictures are available through David’s 2007 Turkey Photoset. Check it out to mark their progress!

“Hello!” from Turkey!

Sue Klear, David Keller, and Cecelia Babkirk have joined several other District 5170 Rotarians to tour a variety of projects funded by RotaryCSJw and enjoy a visit to Istanbul and western Turkey.

A limited number of pictures are available through David’s 2007 Turkey Photoset. Check it out to mark their progress!

Today was our vısıt to the playground sıte, buılt ın a rural town overlookıng the Sea of Marmara ın Thrace. The play structure ıs complete, but work contınues on landscapıng, volleyball courts, trees, and a basketball court.

Presidential Membership Conference

Rotary International 2007-08 President Wilf Wilkinson has announced that District 5170 will be hosting a prestigious “Presidential Membership Conference” August 17-18, 2007:

Sharing the Magic of Rotary
Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, California

More information (along with online registration) is available from the Rotary Zones 23-24 website.

Rotarians from California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington will attend this outstanding event with a special emphasis for Rotary Clubs.

This conference will focus on the need for change and practical ways to increase membership, retain existing members, and extend Rotary through new clubs. Keynote speakers will include RI President Wilf Wilkinson, Past RIBI President John Hockin, Past RI President’s Richard King and Cliff Dochterman and many other outstanding speakers with experience in membership development.

West Nile Virus Update

Kriss Costa with Santa Clara County Vector Control District spoke on West Nile Virus in this area.

In 2005, West Nile Virus caused 27 deaths in Southern California. Already this year, West Nile Virus (WNV) has been confirmed in Santa Clara County and more reports can be expected. Wherever water can accumulate, mosquitoes will find it to breed. Just a tablespoon of water can produce hundreds of mosquitoes.

WNV has been called the fastest moving (spreading) vector (biting) disease in our history! It affects both humans and birds. If you find a bird that has died recently, particularly a crow, jay, raven, or magpie, call and report this to your Vector Control office. If you have been bitten, your symptoms are like a cold with fever.

The County’s website includes advice on insect repellents and other precautions you can take in and around your home and garden as you venture outdoors this year.