COVID-19 ALERT: Denver/Lake Norman Rotary has resumed meeting with breakfast at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver.
President's Message
Ellen Fichtelman
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Hello Rotarians!
I am looking forward to seeing you all Wednesday morning for breakfast! I am feeling much better. A big thank you to President-Elect Perry for stepping up an leading the meeting last week in my absence!
I ask that all of our board members stay after this Wednesday’s meeting for a quick board meeting.
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary's Own Trudie Crawford Introduces International Project to Help Birthing Mothers and Their Newborn Children
By Steve Baker

Most of us were lucky enough to be born in a sanitary environment with trained people around to assist in our births. At the March 16th meeting, Trudie Crawford, Denver Lake Norman Rotary's International Committee Chair spoke to the club about the conditions where mothers give birth in developing countries.

It has been reported that over 830 women die every day in these countries with problems related to childbirth and pregnancy. A large majority of the mothers in these countries do not receive the care that is needed before and after childbirth. Some of the leading causes are very unsanitary conditions and many are likely to contract infections and diseases from practices used in childbirth.

Trudie's presentation touched on four of the seven Areas of Focus designated by Rotary: disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, and basic education and literacy.  One way to help is with the packaging of birthing kits.

A birthing kit consists of just a few basic items that can assist in the delivery of a child in an “as good as you can get it” environment:

  1. A bar of soap (small size like you get in a hotel) 
  2. A pair of disposal plastic gloves
  3. Five squares of gauze (individually packaged)
  4. Three pieces of soft, cotton string (to tie off the umbilical cord)
  5. A plastic sheet (like painters use, individually wrapped in plastic bags)
  6. A one gallon Ziplock freezer bag or cloth bag
  7. A flannel receiving blanket
  8. An underpad (you see these used in beds)
  9. A disposable #10 scalpel, six inches long                          
That is all that you need to assemble a birthing kit and hopefully assist in the sanitary safe birth of a child.

Trudie shared two women's stories: 

Sara was living in the village of Herat and when she delivered her first child with the help of the village’s birth attendant, she had complications and had to be rushed to a clinic. She received help at the clinic and the baby was delivered safely. On her second delivery she had received a birthing kit from a community health worker and felt comfortable enough with that kit to deliver her second child in with the help of the village's birth attendant.

Milly received a birthing kit which she said was a “dream come true”. She had lost her first and second children due to tetanus. The babies were born at her home village in Uganda.  For each of those births, only a rusted blade was available to cut the umbilical cord causing the infections. With the aid of the birthing kit, she was able to deliver her daughter into a clean environment in her home.

For those with questions about where to find the needed supplies, feel free to check with Trudie at the next Rotary meeting.


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Denver/Lake Norman Rotary - Founded 1995
Denver/Lake Norman
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Unity Presbyterian Church
8210 Unity Church Road
Denver, NC 28037
United States of America
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Mar 23, 2022 8:30 AM
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Mar 30, 2022
Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Apr 13, 2022
Pop-up Project: Assembling Easter Baskets
Apr 27, 2022
Pop-up Project: Assembling Birthing Kits
May 11, 2022
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May 18, 2022
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Denver Days Music in the Park Presentation
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President Elect Perry Clark and President Nominee Andie Taylor Amongst 500 Attendees at PETS Conference at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC
Photo courtesy of Andie Taylor
District Governor Ken Shull to Recognize Denver/Lake Norman Rotary's Leadership
DG Ken Shull will visit this Wednesday to recognize Denver/Lake Norman Rotary's leadership in the Foundation’s $1 Million Challenge.
With 10 days to go here is where the District stands:
  • District Commitments = $967,575
  • Remaining for Goal =     $  32,424
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary has committed $241,522 and currently leads the District.  One other club has the potential to take the lead and if they do, that would be great, right?
Even better though,  if there are any Denver Lake Norman Rotarians who are considering a gift, please let Rich or Celeste know - it is so easy to do.  It will make a tremendous impact in the world and it will cement and celebrate ones legacy as a Rotarian. 
Would it not be an awesome milestone to at least get to the $250,000 mark?
Denver Days Music in the Park Board Announces Updated 2022 Concert Line-up - Sponsors Needed!
The Denver Lake Norman Rotary will host the “2022 Greatest Show on Earth in Lincoln County, North Carolina”

Yes, you heard right, starting on May 21st and running through October 8th, Music in the Park will return for 2022. Every month there will be a band playing in the Rescue Squad Park Band Shelter on a Saturday night. The really great thing about this is that it’s free.  This is the second annual Music in the Park concert event provided by The Denver/Lake Norman Rotary.

The concert events will run from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. The 6 pm to 6:30 pm slot will be for dance teams, gymnastics teams or other youth organizations from the local community. The bands will then play for the next three hours.

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