This Week at Rotary
 
We Meet at Noon
via ZOOM
Thursday, January 11, 2021
(Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
 
Allen Anway & Ruth Anway
Authors of the Book
Is That an Old Camera?  100 View Camera Photos of the North Country
 
My Love of Jay Cooke Park
A double presentation of pictures of the State Park especially during its recovery from the 2012 Flash Flood and of hidden scenery others do not see.  Come and experience a journey through an amazing Park in our own backyard!
 
The Natural beauty of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin
 
A Message about Future In-Person Club Meetings
By Dean Casperson
 
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has announced that restaurants can reopen at 50% capacity.  The Club is awaiting notification of when the Holiday Inn is again able to host our regular Thursday meetings. Upon return to in person meetings the plan is to continue our practice of inviting members to also join us via Zoom.  The membership will be informed of when in person meetings – and your RSVP for a lunch – will resume.  Look to your Gimlet, our Facebook Page, the Club Website, and personal Email for the notification.
 
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Darlene Anderson
 
A New Year is here and Rotarians greeted one another as they met virtually. Then President Dean Casperson rang the Rotary bell, gave a warm welcome and asked all to join him to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and The Rotary Four-Way Test.
 
Today's Rotary Reflection by Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom focused on the worst pandemic in our lifetime. But there have been pandemics throughout human history that were decidedly worse.  Humans have managed to press on and move forward.  After the Black Death, Europe entered the Renaissance, a period of creativity and ingenuity. We don't get to choose what happens to us or what period of time we are born into. What we must do is prepare and persist.
 
Jeff Iisakka introduced his daughter Dr. Kelly Iisakka who will be presenting a program to the Club on January 21.
 
Self-reporting for the Fellowship Report: Phil Strom mailed a $54 check to the office in celebration of 54 years of marriage to Babs. Happy Anniversary!  Mike Orman's grandson Colin Stocke was selected as a member of the Duluth East Junior Varsity Hockey Team. Go Greyhounds! Jeff Fifield's daughter Meredyth started her new position as a Social Worker in Hospice at Essentia in Duluth.
 
Chair of the Day Renee Mattson introduced Dr. Jeremy Youde who is an internationally recognized expert on global health politics and international responses to infectious disease outbreaks. In 2019 he became the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at UMD. Previously he served in Australia at the College of Asia and the Pacific. Prior to that he was a member of the Department of Political Science at UMD. He is the author of five books and over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles. Professor Youde discussed with us the: “Four Lessons from the Middle of the Pandemic”.
 
Lesson 1: Today's global health systems are both fragile and robust. Spurred by the AIDS/HIV health crisis, countries have come to realize the need for a robust global health system able to respond to existing and emerging threats. As the U.S. has reduced its funding of some organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), other countries have increased their financial commitments. The systems today are in a period of adaptation. 
 
Lesson 2: Not all populations are equally at risk. There are many factors to consider including social and economic conditions along with age, race, and availability of health care.
 
Lesson 3: Viruses do not respect borders, yet borders do matter. Today people and goods move at a faster pace crossing borders and continents allowing for the rapid spread of viruses. Borders matter as governmental policies do make a difference in how aggressive or passive the response to a pandemic is and how those policies are accepted by the populace.
 
Lesson 4: Vaccines are not enough. The COVID-19 vaccine was developed in one year surpassing the record for development of any other past vaccines. But there are logistical and political challenges to vaccinating all populations. It will probably be 2023 before we see world-wide vaccination. To date the examples of a successful world-wide immunization program are for smallpox and polio which involved a global effort of many (if not all) countries working together.
 
Conclusion:  Do not let down your guard.  Do not allow early progress lead to back-sliding.
 
Jeremy Youde, Ph.D on Zoom
 
A portion of Rotary Club Zoom Participants.  From all walks of life.  Some with working video.