The Wheel for January 31, 2019

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Anthony Ruiz – Nevada
State College

A Las Vegas native, Anthony Ruiz is the senior advisor of Government Relations and Community Affairs for Nevada State College. Ruiz is responsible for working with local, state and federal government officials and their staffs to successfully execute the College’s mission and Board of Regent approved initiatives. He is also responsible for helping build productive relationships within the business community and with other key local and state stakeholders to help ensure the strategic initiatives of the College are achieved.

Before joining Nevada State College in 2018, Ruiz worked at the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) where he held the role of senior director of communications and public affairs. There he managed marketing, public relations and government affairs initiatives while building strategic partnerships to further the LVGEA’s mission of growing and diversifying the regional economy of southern Nevada.

Ruiz currently serves as founding board member and secretary of the Nevada Economic Development Association (NEDA). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in rhetoric and media studies and political science from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he currently serves as a member of the College’s board of alumni. Ruiz is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas.

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

In the last three weeks, we learned about the poliovirus and Rotary International’s (“RI”) efforts to eradicate it. Today I would like to discuss what remains to be done.

For RI’s mission to be successful, we have to stop the transmission of wild poliovirus in the 3 remaining polio-endemic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. We also have to stop transmission of polio from those countries to the rest of the world. To accomplish this, RI must keep other countries polio free until we eradicate it in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

As we learned from the first January video about polio, most people who contract polio are unaware that they have it. Polio can arise anew in parts of the world that are polio free from a traveler who did not know they were infected. Polio is merely plane ride away from any country in the world. RI will continue to operate and rely on the polio surveillance program and the existing laboratory network to stop outbreaks caused by travelers. Additionally, RI will continue to operate its vaccination programs for children in high-risk countries to protect against traveler transmitted polio. We need to vaccinate them to make sure their countries remain polio free. We can’t stop until we can ensure that all children are protected against polio.

Polio eradication will be one of history’s greatest public health achievements. Polio will follow smallpox to become only the second human disease eliminated from the world. Every dollar we give as a club is matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Please donate to the Polio Pig as it makes its rounds through the club. Together we can and will eradicate this blight from the face of the earth.

 

Jim Kohl
95th President
Rotary Club of Las Vegas

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