Posted by Peter Krautle on Oct 16, 2017
Summary of Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Breakfast Meeting – September 28, 2017
Prayer – Chris
This Day in History – 1866 Herbert George Wells (The War of the Worlds author) was born
Happy Dollars - Rob
  • Rob – welcome to speaker and fellow Rotarian Joe Dino. 30 year marriage anniversary
  • Chris – wife’s family visiting from Paris
  • Tammy – excited to hear speaker Joe Dino
  • Lisa – visited sister in California
  • Ryan – 6 weeks to NYC Marathon
  • Jay – broke hand falling
  • Anne – Interact club holding major fundraiser for hurricane victims at the end of the month
  • Scott – posters for Rotary advertisers available
  • Carleton – Rotary sign into Ridgewood needs updating
Announcements - Tammy
  • Betty - Soles for Souls
  • Rob – Calendar sales
  • District Governor – Clubrunner
  • Jay - marathon
Speaker – Joe Dino and Angela McCabe  – Freedom from Fistula Foundation
  • Rotary was one of the United nations founding organizations, and is one of two NGOs with permanent seats (Red Cross is the other)
  • Joe’s UN involvement got him interested in women’s issues
  • Freedom from Fistula founded in Scotland
  • An obstetric fistula occurs during an obstructed labor when emergency care is unavailable.
  • Women suffering from obstructed labor often struggle until the baby dies.  During this agonizing process loss of circulation causes tissue to die, leaving large gaps between the birth canal and bladder or rectum, causing incontinence.
  • Most women and girls suffering with obstetric fistula are ostracized by their families and communities as they smell and are constantly wet, leaving them to live as outcasts.
  • Fistula is all but eradicated in the developed world. Over 2 million people suffer from fistula in undeveloped world
  • All medical services are free
  • Projects in Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, and Sierra Leone
  • Youtube video clip shown
50-50 Winner and 4-way leader – Steve