October is such a beautiful time in Puerto Peñasco, and it is also a very busy time for our Rotary Club. As many of our residents return for the Fall and Winter, we are planning events to involve them in our efforts to improve life in our community.

Our annual Polio Plus Dinner will be held late this month. Please feel free to contact me, or any Rotary Member for tickets and more information – or contact the Rocky Point Times Newspaper office or Rocky Point 360. If you have been following the news you know a case of polio has been reported in the state of New York; resulting in a man suffering paralysis. Rotary clubs around the world have worked together to eradicate this dreaded disease and it seems there is still work to be done. When asked; please buy a ticket to our annual polio plus dinner and be a part of keeping the dreaded disease dormant.

Our club has three exchange students this year and are representing their home countries of Germany, Taiwan, and Brazil. There are a total of 40 exchange students in our district this year after two years of none, due to COVID. We are very excited to spend time with these students and share Mexican and American culture. If any of you have special happenings that these students would enjoy, let me know and we can make arrangements for them to attend.

Our club has been collecting bottled water, canned goods, personal hygiene articles, diapers and other items for the Guaymas/Empalme District due to a tremendous rain disaster. We have also continued all summer our combined effort with the Health Department in fumigation and de-ticking dogs, and held clinics on August 25th and September 17th to administer flea medication and medicated baths. These free clinics have helped us slow down Rickettsia, a disease transmitted from dogs to humans which can result in human death. We still have a lot of work to do and will continue these free clinics well into the 2022-2023 year.

Many of our club members spent several days in Utah in September, visiting and working with the Utah Rotary Clubs. This is one of the wonderful “perks” of being a Rotarian, visiting clubs all over the world. I have attended Rotary meetings in Brazil, Romania, and all over the United States. When you are a Rotarian, you belong to a world-wide organization with the common thread of “Service Above Self”. Now, don’t you want to be a part of that? We love having new members join us! A reminder we meet every Wednesday morning at 9:00AM at the Friendly Dolphin Restaurant.

Until next time……Dr. Sally