NEXT MEETING: July 10, 2020
Dr. Zoe Grange and Dr. Jennifer Lane, UC Davis - The Global Virome Project
Our reactionary responses to pandemics illustrate our inability to predict when, where, or how the next virus will emerge, with devastating social and economic impact. It has been estimated that there are over 500,000 yet-to-be-discovered animal viruses with the potential to spillover to humans. The mission of the Global Virome Project (GVP) is to discover the majority of animal viruses with pandemic potential at a fraction of the cost of a pandemic response. GVP builds upon the PREDICT Project lead by UC Davis, which discovered over 900 novel animal viruses at global disease hotspots including a new Ebola virus. To achieve its vision, GVP will lead a coordinated global effort to test every mammalian species in the world. We will develop global capacity to monitor, respond and prevent viral spillover from animals and use data collected for the development of vaccines, pharmaceuticals and countermeasures to lower the risk of pandemics.
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Membership dues are due for 2020-2021: THANK YOU Rotarians who have already paid. For those of you have not yet paid your dues, here are some facts you should know.
– Richmond Rotary dues of $200 is low for clubs our size.
– Our dues have not changed since 2010.
– Dues cover Rotary International (RI) and District fees.
– Our club is obligated to pay the RI and District fees for members who remain on our roster as of the end of June, so please send in your payment by June 26. We do not want to terminate anyone over an error or misunderstanding. If you do not plan to renew or if you have questions, please contact our Treasurer or President.
RECOGNITIONS AND HAPPY/SAD DOLLARS
LAST WEEK’S PROGRAM
Wrap-up of the Rotary year and Demotion
President Jan thanked a host of Rotarians that helped make this challenging Rotary year one of the most memorable in recent history and then followed that up with a slide show of the many achievements accomplished in spite of it all.
Don Lau then masterfully took us on a tour of Jan’s life. Starting as a youngster and ending in her demotion as Rotary President.
The gavel was passed to incoming President Stacey and she concluded the meeting with a ring of the bell.