Rotary Club of New York Presidency Installation Address by Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin

Rotary LogoDear Ladies and Gentlemen, honored guests, beloved family and my Rotarian Fellows,

It is indeed a great honor and responsibility to stand before you as the second woman in our Clubs 108-year history to lead our Club. The transition year gave the space to reflect and reach out to former and future leadership and members. There were wide-ranging conversations and guidance by our first woman President, Helen Reisler.

I read much about leadership and in the article, The Secrets of Great Teamwork by Martine Haas and Mark Mortensen a particular quote resonated deeply, “.. what teams need to thrive are certain “enabling conditions.” I have come to the conclusion that my focus must be on enabling you the members, the heart, and soul of our Rotary Club of New York. I have an advantage according to the authors – I have the “fourth critical condition: a shared mindset.” Everybody from the Board to YOU, the members deeply believes in the core values of the Rotary Club.

Having the goal for our Club to take a lead on “Rotary means Business”, “Service above Self “ and to be the creator, incubator, and starter of a Rotary Walk around the World will be the common bond, goal, and outlet for our combined philanthropic energy waiting to be unleashed, creating global visibility to our foundational core values:

Service
Fellowship
Diversity
Integrity
Leadership

We achieve this through asking ourselves:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

My idea #Rotary (name of Club) Walk hopefully embodies the core principle that the “the foundation of every great team is a direction that energizes, orients, and engages its members. Teams cannot be inspired if they don’t know what they’re working toward and don’t have explicit goals.”

I further believe you elected me to be the voice of your collective desire to change the lives of our fellow citizens in Manhattan and around the world to the better.

In other words: I accept the position as the President Servant-Leader to the members of the Rotary Club of New York.

Thank You for your trust in me.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Saftey Procedures

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Carbon Monoxide, an odorless deadly gas, can cause illness, permanent health damage, and death. It is formed by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels such as gas, coal, wood, and oil. Carbon monoxide is absorbed via the lungs into the bloodstream, where it replaces oxygen.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning First Aid
Persons who are affected by inhalation of carbon monoxide contaminated air must be seen by a physician as soon as possible.
Until the affected person is receiving care from a qualified medical practitioner the following treatment should be administered:
Move the patient to fresh air and loosen clothing
Open all windows

If unconscious:
Call 911
If breathing stopped: Begin CPR at once

If conscious:
Avoid unnecessary exertion
Call 911 or Go to emergency room

Burning Fuels Safely:
Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stores.
Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
Use only seasoned hardwood. Soft, moist wood accelerates creosote residue which sticks to the inner walls of the chimney. Creosote is a fire hazard and can cause a chimney fire.
Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace or wood stove
When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace on an adequate supporting grate
Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house.
Soak hot ashes in water and place them in a metal container outside your house.

Safety Checklist:
Have a Carbon Monoxide alarm in your home.
Proper ventilation is the key.
Always use the right fuel.
Never leave an open fire unattended without a fireguard.
Always use a securely fitted fireguard when children are in the house.
Have your chimney cleaned once a year by a certified chimney sweeper.

Troubleshooting
If your appliance starts burning slowly, goes out frequently or if you smell or suspect fumes you should:
Open doors and windows.
Carefully put out the fire, or allow it to burn itself out.
Do not stay in the room any longer than necessary.
Do not attempt to relight the appliance until a professional has checked it.
NOTE: Overloading the fireplace with wood in an attempt to get a longer burn time contributes to creosote buildup.

TAKE THE QUIZ: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and your Saftey

 

What is a Pandemic?

 

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What is a Pandemic?

All pandemics have the potential to cause serious illness, death, and large-scale social and economic disruption.The flu (influenza) is a highly contagious illness caused by influenza viruses infecting nose, throat, and lungs. There are two main factors used to determine the impact of a pandemic. The first is the seriousness of illness associated with infection. The second factor is how easily the pandemic virus spreads from person-to-person.

 

How does infection happen?

When people with a flu cough, sneeze or talk tiny droplets, loaded with the flu virus, escape. These droplets can fly far land settle on nearby people. Droplets loaded with the flu virus also land on objects and a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or their nose. Since flu is an airborne virus, meaning it can be transmitted through the air, it is especially contagious.

 

How long can you infect someone?
You can infect others before know you are sick and while you are sick. Infecting others starts 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time. Symptoms begin in about 1 to 4 days, with an average of about 2 days.

 

Complications of Flu
Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

 

Who is at high risk getting the flu?
Anyone can get the flu. At higher risk are people 65 years and older, anyone in a long-term care facility, anyone with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer patients, HIV-positive patients, Lupus and any other autoimmune compromised person, pregnant women, people with body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, American Indian or Alaska Natives and young children.

 

Symptoms

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever

 

Flu prevention

  • Get a flu shot. It’s the No. 1 thing you can do to prevent the flu
  • Wash your hands a lot. If you come in contact with people who are contagious, you have to wash your hands with soap. To completely get rid of viruses from your skin, you need to scrub hard for 20 seconds or more. A good way to time yourself is to sing “Happy Birthday” twice while scrubbing the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. It doesn’t matter if the water’s hot or cold, the very act of scrubbing will physically remove the germs.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer on your hands as that kills cold and flu germs. Spread the sanitizer over the front, back and between the fingers and nails of your hand.
  • Avoid getting close to people who are sick.  Don’t stand close to someone who is ill and avoid shaking hands
  • Keep your surroundings clean, do not share dishes, glasses and wash clothing, bedspreads, and towels of sick family members.
  • Household, social and workplace viral touchpoints

Biggest Challenges

    • Shared dishes at a bar such as candy, peanut or chip bowls – DO NOT touch or eat from those
    • Dirty doorknobs and touch points – wipe frequently with disinfectant, especially when entering and leaving bathrooms
    • Germy linens, couch pillows, and throws – wash and dry
    • Used dishes, toothbrushes, and tissues – DO NOT share, discard tissues immediately and don’t touch them – they are loaded with the virus

Use:

    • Disinfecting spray
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Washer, dryer
    • Household bleach
    • Dishwasher

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Take the Quiz and check your knowledge!

The Flu and You

 

INTERNSHIP: Executive Asst. to RCNY President Rustam Alikulov, Kazakhstan

Welcome to Rustam Alikulov, Kazakhstan, who has accepted the unpaid RCNY Internship as Executive Assistant to the President. The internship runs from September 9th through October 7th, 2017.

Rustam Alikulov

Rustam will be an excellent resource to us in leading the newly chartered Interact Club Tarrytown, working with it’s founder and President Kai Cowin, in creating with her a social media campaign for RCNY, and to assist in the implementation of RCNY business and service projects.

Currently, Rustam serves as the Head of Events & Projects Department, Tourist Information Center Visit Almaty – 2017 (Tourism and Foreign Affairs Department of Almaty City, Kazakhstan). He was also the leader of the Kazakhstani Youth Organization, New York City where he organized events for students and Kazakhstani youth who live in the Eastern and Northern part of the USA (currently numbering 4,000 members.) and during which he assisted in the maintenance of a Facebook page and a social media campaign/outreach. In addition, from Sep 2013 to Dec 2014 he worked as Assistant to the Consul General at the Consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan, New York City.

The Rotary Club of New York Fellowship at the Monarch Rooftop

It was my pleasure as President of the New York Rotary Club to have such a well-attended, first event.  Rotary Fellowship is a unifying principle of our Rotarian values. In short  #RotariansRock!

Rotary Club of New York Presidential Assistant Internship for ROTARCT Member

Unpaid Internship in New York, New York

Unpaid Internship Application Call for Active 21 year + old ROTARACTORS (duration approximately 10 weeks)

For the position of

Executive Assistant

to the President of the Rotary Club of New York

Host Club #6

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Internship Opportunity 1: September 9th – October 7th, 2017
Internship Opportunity 2: October 14th – December 14th, 2017
Internship Opportunity 3: January 13th – March 10th, 2018
Internship Opportunity 4: March 31st – June 2nd, 2018

What you can do:
You speak and write English at C+ level (Common European Framework)
You are a people person who likes to make connections and follows up on conversations
You thrive with Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram
You enjoy taking photos and can use a photo editing instrument to post Rotary Club of New York event photos
You use Excel, Word, PP, Google docs, and collaborative tools
You are a self-starter, motivated and embody the Spirit of Rotary

Your Responsibilities:
Setting up of an Interact Club at a Private School and guiding the Interact student group through the applications process and service projects as their lead advisor
Function as the Executive Assistant to the President
Database creation and management
Be the liaison between the Chair of Service above Self and hands-on New York Service Projects
Assist in the President’s Initiative ‘Rotary means Business” by working with the Chair of the Business Initiative
Update RCNY’s PeopleMovers presence daily
Assist in Service Projects
Attend all lunch meetings and the International Breakfast meeting at the United Nations which is streamed live on Facebook with more than 5000 viewers

What the Rotary Club of New York offers:
Free monthly train and Metro ticket
Training and access to New York Executives, Diplomats, and UN personnel
A lot of work!
Private room at a Rotarian’s home (weekly charge is $120, includes breakfast, internet access, laundry and family style support as much or as little as you want). The home is 35 minutes by train from Grand Central. You can walk to Tarrytown and the train station. Please note that there are a 15-year-old boy and a small dog in the home.
All events such as luncheons and International Breakfasts are paid by the RCNY

You must follow the link and complete this exercise: Can you find the Rotary Club of New York on PeopleMovers?

RCNY cannot cover your flight, travel/health insurance, and personal expenses.

Send your resume and interest statement to dr.jcowinrotaryny@gmail.com

Please indicate in the subject line: RCNY Internship and dates you are interested in.