Viktoria has collected $8,800.00 in sales from calendars so far.
The Rotary Auction will be held on March 27th
. There will be a special tribute then to Juli, who will be leaving for the west coast.
The Polar Plunge will be held on January 31, 2015 in Gloucester. Please see the flyer for all the information. Polar Plunge 2015
Last year our club achieved 100% participation with our donations to the Rotary Foundation. As you know, Rotary International uses the funding for great causes throughout the world, and in three years, 50% of your donation comes back to our district to be invested in local causes through the district grant process!
You can make a donation in three ways:
- Bring in payment next week and note it is for a donation to the Rotary Foundation
- Ask Patty Pace or Tim Clarke firstname.lastname@example.org to send you an invoice for this contribution
- Go online and make a payment directly: https://rotary.org
No birthdays this week.
SPEAKER OF THE WEEK
Larry Ramdin, Salem's Health Agent since 2011, was this week's speaker. Larry has 35 years in public health.
Larry has degrees from North Eastern and Framingham State. Suzanne Doty, also visiting, is a public health nurse in Salem. She has a degree from Salem State.
Larry talked about the flu and the Ebola disease, and the differences between the two illnesses, signs and symptoms, and prevention.
Ebola is a virus sporadically occurring in some African countries. It is spread by contact with bodily fluids. The virus has a 21 day incubation period. People that come in contact with with objects that have been contaminated with the bodily fluids of a person sick with Ebola are at risk of getting the disease. Ebola cannot be spread in the air or by water or food. People with Ebola cannot spread the virus until symptoms appear. Practicing good person hygiene by the washing of hands, and by not coming in direct contact with items that may be infected, are two ways to prevent getting the virus.
Influenza A(H3N2) is a common contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It is different than a cold. The flu can be spread by people when they cough, sneeze, or talk. It is recommended to keep 6 feet away from anyone with the flu. If one has the flu, it is advised to stay at home, as the illness can be spread 24 hours before seeing symptoms, and from 5-7 days thereafter. Again, practicing good hygiene by the washing of hands with soap and water is a good preventative measure. Also, this year's flu vaccine is recommended to prevent Influenza A and B. There are over 100 strains of the illness circulating at any one time. Tamiflu, a prescription drug, may be given by your doctor to keep the symptoms of the flu under control.
The topic, What happens in your business if everyone gets sick?
was discussed. Do you have a policy about staying home if an employee is ill? Can your staff work from home if needed? You can search ready.gov
for an impact analysis on your business.
Some other health issues talked about were inspections at local establishments. In Salem, restaurants are inspected twice a year, as many health issues revolve around personal hygiene and the handling of food. Another local concern is littering, as it is a common health issue.