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This Friday we will not have our normally scheduled meeting as Thursday we will have a joint Lacey Area Rotary meeting with the Lacey Rotary Club and Gateway Club.  The meeting starts at noon and goes to 1:00 pm at St Martins Pavilion 

The Hawks Prairie Rotary Bowling Team took home the Yelm Rotary Trophy again last night beating the last tournament winner, Capitol Rotary Club by 100 pins at Yelm's Prairie Lanes..  Our oldest club member (writer of this article) had the highest two game score after "Horse" Dan  Howard (217 first game) lost his way.  We even let Marny Bright of the fun team hold the trophy!

A Rotary Fireside meeting is designed to help educate new members about Rotary and everything that your new club has to offer.  First off, if you are a red badge member of our club, one of the requirements to become a blue badge member is by attending this meeting.  On top of this, you will learn about the different areas that our club is doing and you can decide to focus on the area you may want to volunteer with or help on some level.  You will meet many members who are doing some pretty amazing things through our club.  Please check your email or the Calendar and register so we know how many are attending!  See you there!

At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio.

Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011.

“When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and publishing with Rotary’s communications team, who spearheaded the project. “The final push to end polio requires significant resources and emotional investment. This type of innovative technology has the potential to inspire that.”

Actress and polio ambassador Archie Panjabi introduces us to Alokita, part of the last generation of children to be affected by polio, and the doctors working to provide corrective surgery to survivors like her. Viewers are transported to India as soon as they put on the virtual reality headset, which transmits the 360-degree mix of sights and sounds. In this interactive environment, viewers roam the streets of Delhi and the halls of St. Stephen’s Hospital, home to India’s only polio ward, where Alokita takes her first steps in 11 years.

UNICEF has worked with virtual reality since 2015, recognizing that immersive experience can be a powerful advocacy tool. The agency also produced a film, You are there: On the road to making polio history, in this model. Actor and goodwill ambassador Ewan McGregor introduces and narrates the five-minute film, which takes us to a Kenyan village to meet a nine-year-old boy infected with polio and a vaccinator working to spare other children his fate.

Both films will debut on World Polio Day, at the Atlanta headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where facilitators will walk newcomers through the individual viewing process. Then the two films will travel to San Diego for an audience with Rotary leaders at the International Assembly in early 2017 and will be available to the public later in the year.

  • Watch the World Polio Day livestream at endpolio.org for a global update on the polio eradication campaign.
  • Use #endpolio to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Learn more about UNICEF’s virtual reality projects.
By Sallyann Price

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