Posted by Susan Kowalski on Oct 15, 2018
On Monday, October 15th, we learned about and celebrated Global Handwashing Day.
Handwashing has been a central component of personal hygiene and a religious and cultural custom for many years.  However, the link between handwashing and health was first made less than two centuries ago. While doctors in Hungary and Italy made the connection between handwashing and reduction in disease, most of their colleagues discounted their findings.  It was not until the 1980's that the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified hand hygiene as an important way to prevent the spread of infection, and handwashing as we know it today became important.  Today handwashing with soap and water is a cost-effective, essential tool for achieving good health and nutrition.  Handwashing, along with clean water, is also an important deterrent to the spread of polio.
After we learned about handwashing and its history, each member received a small bar of craftsman soap or a small sample container of foaming hand soap. 
Greg Greene from the Livonia AM Rotary Club joined us today to talk about the upcoming Spaghetti Dinner on October 24th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as a community fundraiser for Polio Eradication.  It is sponsored by the Livonia Rotary Club and the Livonia AM Rotary Club.  It will be held at Christ Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 14175 Farmington Road, Livonia. 
Please also see our upcoming events on our home page.  For lunch we enjoyed spaghetti.  Ken was our sergeant-at-arms, and we enjoyed sharing family events and stories.