Notes from
President Paul

Greetings My Rotary Family!

This month we celebrate the amazing breakthrough 65 years ago when Dr. Jonas Salk developed the Polio Vaccine. At the age of 41, he used his research knowledge and instincts to develop the vaccine to end this crippling disease. Reading stories of this time in history, you could easily replace the current COVID-19 Pandemic with Polio. In some ways even more worrisome because of the crippling effect on children. At its peak in 1953, in the US there were 58,000 cases with 3,000 deaths, and children were hit the hardest. It was a horrific disease and of course Rotary took this on as their signature project to reduce the number of cases worldwide to just a handful as we continue to race to wipe it from the face of the earth. 
We have a new battle to fight it seems in the years to come with COVID -19.  Dr. Salk was interviewed later in life by reporter Edward R Murrow, when asked “Who owns the patent on this vaccine?" Dr. Salk responded, “Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent.  Could you patent the sun?” Because of the fear of the vaccine, Dr. Salk inoculated himself, wife, and young children first to prove the viability and safety of the vaccine.  
During this present time in our dealing with the Coronavirus, let us hope and pray for current day heroes of science to provide a breakthrough in the current pandemic. 
Dr. Salk was also a philosopher and wrote several books about life.   This quote from “Man Evolving” was inspiring to me and I hope to you.  
What is important is that we — number one: learn to live with each other. Number two: try to bring out the best in each other. I believe we as Rotarians also strive to live up to these two aspirations!  
 

                      Stay healthy and safe!                                       
Paul S. Viren
Spokane Rotary Club 21, President 

Quote of the Week

On testing his vaccine against polio on himself, his wife, and his three sons he was quoted on 9 May 1955, just weeks after the vaccine was developed.  “I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.” 
 
Jonas Salk, Medical Researcher who developed the Polio Vaccine. 
 

April 30, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Gretchen LaSalle Click here for more info about this week's speaker.
 
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Rotary Club of Spokane 21 will be meeting via an online Zoom meeting during the month of April.
 
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Committees Meeting This Week

Committees will be meeting using Zoom Video Conferencing.
 
RCS/Club 21 Board of Directors
 
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Apr 28 Pam Lund
Apr 29 Jason Miller
Apr 29 Kahar Momand
May 1 Jon Cockerton
May 1 Swede Swanson
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