Posted by Gabrielle Schwarz on Oct 09, 2018
Dictionary Sticker party at Hamilton High School.
Tuesday meeting with Jim Erickson visit.
Tuesday, October 9-2018
It has been a busy day in our Club. We started the day at 8:30 am at Hamilton High school with the Dictionary Sticker party. A fine group of Rotarians showed up, and the work was done in less than an hour.
Those dictionaries will be given to 3rd grader in different schools in the Chandler district. Those books are wonderful gifts. Rotary is making a big impact on every child. Thank you to all of you who came out and helped.
At our regular meeting Zane gave us an update on the Golf Classic Tournament that will take place at the Whirlwind on Tuesday, December 11 2018. Each member is asked to participate in bringing gifts certificates, silent auctions articles or being a golfer. The deadline is November 20th (our last meeting in November).
Congratulations to Larry Rother and Joe Wallace, who are members of our club for 5 years. This is a great milestone!
Jay Jones oversees four clubs in the district and he introduced Jim Erickson DG.
Jim greeted the club along with his “wake board”. Not only would one recognize the surf board from DG Jim’s weekly you tube videos but also as a promotion prop for his District Conference Surf’s Up” in June at the Double Tree Paradise Valley Scottsdale Hotel. He is excited for the beach party, another edition of “Rotary’s Got Talent”. He hopes for a great turnout from the entire District.
In his Rotary career, Jim participated in a RID (Rotary Immunization Days) in India. Jim is a member of the Superstition Mountain Rotary Club, was president in 2009-2010, a group study exchange team leader, a continuous contributor to The Rotary Foundation and passionate about Polio Plus.
He encouraged the club to work to earn the 2019 Presidential Citation and the District 5 Avenues of Service Award (formerly the District Achievement Award) both of which are more attainable than ever before.  As one of the highlights of his visit, DG Jim presented a 2018-19 theme banner to President Jason.
Jim’s passion in Rotary is polio. While in a hospital in Wisconsin he passed by a young girl in an iron lung from the ravages of polio and it made an impression. While on the Immunization Day in India, he was called by a man also participating and found out it was his camp counselor from Wisconsin. They witnessed a man with huge calluses on his hands and knees because of how he moved. He was a crawler. He had polio. He thought if he, administering two drops of vaccine to one child, he could save them from that kind of life; it is worth his time and effort to support. He also had the fortune to attend another National Immunization Day last year in Ghana.  In 2017 there were 22 cases and in 2018 so far there are 14. The rate is up 55% mainly in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Those regions are difficult to rid because of the difficulty and resistance of the people from immunization. DG Jim wants every Rotarian in the District to donate $50 to polio eradication in his year.
On behalf of all the Chandler Rotary Club I would like to Jim for taking the time to visit with our Club.