The EcoStove Design

They may start with manure and straw and end with a coffee can, but the EcoStove is improving the lives of families one stove at a time.  The design is simple, efficient, and sustainable, making this project suitable for the local Honduran craftsmen to build and for our International team to oversee.

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The First EcoStove Team (2007)

Our EcoStove Project dates back to 2006 when we met Rotarians from Lawrenceburg, TN and learned about their electrical project in Choluteca.  So, in February 2007, we sent a 5-member team to join them.  Pictured above is that first team: Steve Baum, Jerry Vickers, Dennis Sanders, Craig Brennan, and Janice Schuckman.

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How Close is Close Enough?

Thirty years ago, polio paralyzed more than 350,000 children each year in more than 125 countries around the world.  Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of governments, health workers, donors and the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), a public-private partnership dedicated to ending the disease, the highly contagious virus has now been eliminated in all but three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.  There have been only five cases to date in 2017.  […]

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Global Health Leaders Commit US$1.2 Billion to Polio Eradication

On 12 June, global health leaders gathered to announce US$1.2 billion in funding for polio eradication at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  Announcements were made by endemic country representatives, donors and leaders from GPEI partners, signalling a renewed international commitment to ending polio.  This new funding will help protect more than 450 million children from the virus each year through vaccination and disease surveillance.  Along with global health leaders from around the […]

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We Are THIS CLOSE!

Since 1985, Rotary International, through its PolioPlus program, has been working tirelessly alongside the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, UNICEF, the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation, and a host of other volunteers to eradicate polio.  The End Polio Now campaign’s slogan is that we are “this close” but still have to keep fighting the fight until there are no more cases of polio anywhere.  At this year’s Rotary International Convention in […]

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2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta

Rotarians from around the world convened in Atlanta during the early part of June 2017 to celebrate another year of “Service Above Self” and the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.  The Rotary Club of Madison was honored to be a part of this celebration as we attended the convention and enjoyed the beautiful host city of Atlanta.  Pictured above are Madison Rotarians Dennis Sanders and Sandy Patel, Club President, in the House of […]

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District 6860 Donates $100,000 to PolioPlus

Celebrating its 100th anniversary at this month’s International Conference in Atlanta, the Rotary Foundation reaffirmed its commitment to the global eradication of polio. Our District Governor (DG) Gary Andrew and his wife, Joann, had the honor of presenting our district’s contribution of $100,000 for PolioPlus to Rotary International President John Germ.  DG Gary said it was “the highlight of our Rotary year.”  Madison Rotarians are proud to be a part of this international campaign […]

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National Immunization Days Help End Polio Now

At our weekly meeting last Thursday, we welcomed District Governor-Nominee Bill Petty from the Tuscaloosa Morning Club as he shared his story of participating in the National Immunization Days (NIDs) in India.  During the annual NIDs, thousands of volunteers and health workers, together with Rotary and Rotaract members, canvas the streets throughout the country in search of children to immunize.  They travel from house to house knocking on doors in farm towns, rural villages, […]

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Rotary and Our Partners Join Efforts to Eradicate Polio

Along with 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide, Madison Rotarians are committed to continue the fight begun in 1985 to eradicate polio.  We contribute to the PolioPlus Fund with annual donations and our participation in our own Change for Change Campaign. This fight to end polio is led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), which includes Rotary, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Bill & […]

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