Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Jul 31, '12

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

DJ introduced his guest, Dr. Aaron Sherman, who has purchased his dental practice here in Butte. Dr. Sherman and his wife are from Bozeman.

We have a board meeting this Thursday at 7am at Perkins.

Lloyd reminded us that the Bull-A-Rama is coming up on August 9 (that's next Thursday. Several people signed up on the sheet. We'll pass the sheet around again next week. Thanks to Tom, Ken and the others that signed up early.

Football season is coming, and Keith checked with the attending members whether we want to help take tickets at the Tech football games. With over half a dozen people saying they can help at at least a couple of games, it seems we have sufficient interest to cover the five home games: September 1, September 8, September 29, October 27, and November 3, assuming the Tech Athletic Department asks us again.

Then Shane introduced our speaker - our own Dave Curry.

Dave talked about the personal benefits of giving. When Kiwanis provided funds for an orphanage in Vietnam, the children living there were given a stipend at the end of the year to buy a new pair of shoes and a new set of clothes. When the children returned from the market, most of them had purchased sandals or cheaper clothes, as well as dried rice or beans. The staff at the orphanage were concerned about the purchase, because they had plenty of food and thought they were feeding the children well. But it turns out that the children in the orphanage had decided that they could make due with a little less, and provide some food for the people going hungry in the mountain villages. Sometimes it is those with the least to give who will make the largest sacrifices.

The EliMiNaTe project to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) is all about helping children - specifically about saving babies from a very painful death over several days.

Kiwanis is an organization with a commitment to children, and a baby dies from MNT every 9 minutes.

Silver Bow Kiwanis was the first club to make the model club commitment. Silver Bow Kiwanis beat the Cape Coral Kiwanis Club by two days, and now there are over 200 model clubs, each of which has committed to raise $705 (or more) per member over five years.

When Dave spoke with Dr. Gasse, and MNT expert and UNICEF senior officer, in Geneva at the 2011 Kiwanis International Convention, Dr. Gasse was very excited about the commitment form Kiwanis International for the EliMiNaTe project. And with a baby dying from this preventable disease every 9 minutes, Dr. Gasse is pushing to convert the 14 million dollars committed to funds actually raised and collected. Even after money is donated, it still takes 6 months to actually get inoculations into the field. In that time, nearly 30,000 babies (and as many as 10,000 mothers) will die from MNT.

MTN is a preventable disease, with a easy series of shots. The shots are inexpensive and plentiful. Kiwanis just needs to raise the money and get it sent on to the EliMiNaTe project to get it started on to the field where it can actually do good.

In just two years, Kiwanis International has gotten tetanus vaccinations into 4 more countries. This is more progress than was made in the preceding 20 years! As previously demonstrated with the IDD project, Kiwanis can make a big difference.

Dave Curry, EliMiNaTe Project
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Event Updated
6:13 Tuesday, July 31, 2012