The August 11 meeting featured students from the City High Interact Club who participated in the 2015 Xicotepec work week.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Laura Cornell-- City High Interact
Abby Dickson-- City High Interact
Sonali Durham-- City High Interact
Steve Merkel-Hess-- Guest of Pat Schnack
Mike O'Leary-- Guest of Jim Peterson
Pete Wallace-- IC Noon
Kermit Sheker-- IC Noon
Rotary Moment
President Myrene Hoover presented the history of the Rotary Wheel.  It started as a simple wagon wheel design but went unstandardized until 1922-23 when a uniform design was adopted, ultimately with 24 cogs, six spokes and a key notch.  Our wooden Rotary Wheel includes the signatures of several past RI presidents.
John Ockenfels gave a Polio-plus update.  Nigeria is now officially polio-free.  Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two countries still endemic with polio, and the trend is down, especially for Pakistan.  Rotary is in track to meeting the 2018 goal of being free world-wide of the polio virus!
Pete Wallace asked for participation in the Healthy Kids annual walk-run the last Sunday of August at West High.  This is the program that funds health clinics in the schools.  Tim Dwight is headlining a number of celebrities scheduled for the Celebrity Mile event with kids.  Registration opens at 7:15 a.m. and the 5K walk starts at 8 a.m.
Ann Langenfeld announced a school board candidates' forum on Saturday, Aug 22 from 10 to noon.  There are 13 candidates this year.
Kris Ockenfels announced that the District approved both the Play to Read literacy project and the second year of Project Warm.
Nut sales will begin again this month and will run through October.  Brian Adamec is working with Phil Peterson and Ron Logsden this year on the sale.  Our nut sales support our RYLA and World Affairs youth registrations.
We are saddened to report that Bree Neyland's husband has been diagnosed with ALS. Our thoughts and prayers go to Bree and her husband.
Rotarians in the News
Dave Parsons was published with an editorial in the Press Citizen.  Mark Patton was quoted in a study about mobile home parks.
Laura Cornell, Abby Dickson and Sonali Durham described their experiences during the week spent in the District 6000 Xicotepec trip in March and the lasting take-aways each had from the trip.  Only one of the three speak Spanish, but all were able to get by very well because of the friendly, helpful people in Xicotepec and the many very committed people who came to work that week.  There was time to explore the town and the markets and street fairs going on that week.  There were also a number of special celebrations held in honor of the workers.  The three City High students particularly enjoyed interacting with the young children at 2 different orphanages and at the various schools that were visited.  The major work details centered around deworming children, providing fluoride treatments, painting schools, and providing children with toys and books. 
The Xicotepec event has motivated one student to go into pharmacy.  Others resolved to continue being more proactive in Interact and in other ways that each student can be of service to others.