Tag Archives: Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 Efforts

–submitted by President Andrea Kaminski

Many of our members have asked what they can do through Rotary to contribute to COVID-19 relief. We have an opportunity coming up, and that is our club’s fund drive for The Rotary International Foundation, which supports sustainable projects including fighting disease and responding to disasters. You will be receiving a letter in the next week from our Rotary Club office encouraging you to participate.

Of course, this year COVID-19 is having a global impact and is devastating many communities around the world as well as here at home. Grants for COVID-19 relief efforts come from The Rotary International Foundation’s Disaster Response Fund and are helping people in need of food, supplies, shelter and much more.  Our Rotary district has requested support from The Rotary International Foundation for COVID-19 efforts here, and we expect to receive funding for local projects for people in need in the coming months.

In addition, The Rotary International Foundation is now applying the vast infrastructure developed to fight polio to protecting vulnerable people from COVID-19, especially in polio-endemic countries. From Pakistan to Nigeria, the program is drawing on years of experience fighting outbreaks to support governments as they respond to the new virus. Read more about this effort:  https://www.endpolio.org/polio-eradication-staff-support-covid-19-response  

Maybe the best part is that contributing to The Rotary International Foundation stretches your philanthropic dollar. If members of our club contribute a combined total of $50,000 by June 30, 2020, our club will be eligible for $75,000 in district and international matching dollars for future international projects such as our club’s Change HERstory project in Ghana.

I hope you will make a contribution, according to your ability, to The Rotary International Foundation. Your philanthropy will support COVID relief or other worthy projects locally and internationally.

By the way, to be sure our club is credited for your contribution, please make your check payable to The Rotary International Foundation and mail it to our Rotary Club of Madison office, 2 S. Carroll Street, Suite 255, Madison, WI 53703


Is Madison Prepared for the Coronavirus and Its Effects?

submitted by Valerie Renk

Eithun BenRotarians heard online April 8 from Benjamin Eithun how Madison is part of several networks to plan for medical emergencies. Eithun is Director of Pediatric Trauma, Surgery, Injury Prevention and Child Protection at American Family Children’s Hospital.

In 2014, Wisconsin formed seven Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalitions (HERCs), which were based on seven Regional Trauma Advisory Councils.  The councils are made of up EMS, trauma hospitals, public health agencies, government emergency management agencies, businesses and other related partners.

“With the coalitions and the councils, we can better coordinate, communicate and be ready,” Eithun said. “We may be competitors, but we all have the goal to serve patients in need.”

Examples of coordination include sharing where there are needs for more beds, working together to make emergency plans, and coordinating needs in the area, region or statewide.  There are two communications vehicles, EMresources (web based) and WISCOM (VHF Radio) used for urgent sharing of needs.

Eithun has a MSN and a BSN from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from UW-LaCrosse.  Prior to coming to the UW, he was a pediatric critical care nurse practitioner in the PICU at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

If you missed our meeting this week, you can watch it here.