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RAG4Clubfoot grew out of the vision of PDG Herb Wilson (District 6000). Because of Rotary’s success with polio eradication and improving health worldwide, Herb felt that clubfoot treatment and spreading of the Ponseti Method would be a good fit for Rotarians. We consider Iowa the RAG4Clubfoot “headquarters,” because the Ponseti Method was created by Dr. Ponseti, who studied and perfected his revolutionary treatment at The University of Iowa.

RAG4Clubfoot members come from Rotary Districts around the world, currently including Districts 6000, 5970, 5240, 5020, 9640, 5950 and 4420. Rotary Districts 6000 and 5970, the home districts of The University of Iowa and the birthplace of the Ponseti Method, are endorsing and supporting the effort to form a Rotary Action Group to eliminate clubfoot disability.

The RAG4Clubfoot primarily works as a clearinghouse to facilitate links among Rotarians and our partner, Ponseti International Association to organize and plan Ponseti Method training grants.

In addition, we also:

Contact Us if your club/district is interested in assisting or starting a clubfoot project.

Why Clubfoot?

Every 3 minutes a child is born with clubfoot. That is 200,000 children each year. Hundreds of thousands of these children will live with a lifetime deformity that will limit their mobility, their ability to walk to school or to play with friends and eventually to work. We can change that.

We have a simple mission: To support timely Ponseti Method treatment and appropriate care for all children born with clubfoot.

The Ponseti Method was developed at The University of Iowa by Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, M.D. His method for clubfoot treatment is nearly 100 percent effective when used properly by a trained care provider, and is considered the gold standard treatment for clubfoot. Read more >>>

Learn how to get involved

 

RAG4Clubfoot Executive Committee

Co-Chairs: Dennis Jordan and Tomeka Petersen
Treasurer: Phil Peterson
Secretary: Pam Ehly
Marketing Chair:
Advisory Board Chair:

RAG4Clubfoot Financial Statements

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Additional Board Members

Jacque Andrew (PDG 6000)
Usha Balakrishnan
John Buchanan
Jim Coloff
Tom Cook (ex-officio)
Brock Earnhardt
Mark Hamer
Chris Knapp (PDG 6000)
Jose Morcuende (ex-officio)
John Ockenfels (PDG 6000)
Jill Olsen (PDG 5970)
Patty Roberts
Theresa Schaefer

RAG4Clubfoot 101 – Common Questions and Answers

Why was this Rotary Action Group started?

Orthopaedic surgeons practice casting on foot models during a Ponseti Method training (Brazil Global Grant).

The global challenge is that too many children born with clubfoot do not have access to the Ponseti Method treatment.  The world needs more physicians trained to provide quality Ponseti Method.

The RAG4Clubfoot primarily works as a clearinghouse to facilitate links among Rotarians and our partner, Ponseti International Association to organize and plan Ponseti Method training grants.

The RAG4Clubfoot has been the vision of PDG Herb Wilson (6000) for many years.  Because of Rotary’s success with polio eradication and Rotarians involvement with community service projects improving health worldwide within large cities to rural communities, Herb felt that clubfoot/Ponseti Method activities would be a good fit for Rotarians.  We consider Iowa the RAG4Clubfoot “headquarters” because Ponseti Method was created by Dr. Ponseti whom studied and perfected the clubfoot treatment known as the Ponseti Method at the University of Iowa.

What do RAG membership fees support?

The RAG membership fees assist with operational and administrative support such as website hosting, printing of promotional materials, fees to have booths at Rotary events, and administrative support to serve as liaison with RI, Co-Chairs & PIA, maintain the RAG membership database, prepare materials for RAG and district newsletters, respond to email inquiries, write annual report, assist the Marketing Chair with creation of marketing materials, maintain social media accounts, support Co-Chairs re: Board meetings and assist with Iowa’s Gift to the World donation database.

If you are interested in learning more about training grants please email us at: rag4clubfoot@gmail.com