Spoke Newsletter – 08/11/2016

Spoke Newsletter – 08/11/2016

Local entrepreneur STEVE GALLION will share his trials and triumphs on his road to successfully building and selling multiple companies in a variety of industries. Currently, Gallion is a founder and President of MedTrainer, a company that assists medical professionals and organizations with their regulatory compliance requirements. MedTrainer is located in Redlands.

Dr. MICHAEL SAMARDZIJA outlined the mission for “This Very Place™” which takes its name from SDA Church co-founder Ellen G. White’s observation upon surveying Loma Linda for the first time. Various LLUMC faculty members and others have identified seven different ideas for advancing medicine and “This Very Place™” will help them each and all take the ideas to the market, secure funding, and eventually, hopefully, introduce them into common medical practice. The ideas include a more “human” and variable body simulation device for training, illuminated pedals to help surgical teams select the correct pedals in darkened rooms, new treatments for age-related macular degeneration, lighted nasogastric tubes to help medical personnel insert feeding tubes into stomachs rather than lungs (did you know babies’ skin is see-through?), development of small molecule therapy to combat the Human Papilloma Virus, a new therapy that will be able to convert a patient’s own cells into stem cells and then convert them to any cell they need to cure them, and finally, self-locking pedicle screws for a safer and more permanent repair of broken spines. It was a fascinating example of the interface of science, capitalism, and improved health for us all. Perhaps we can have Dr. Samardziia back in a year or two to see how it’s going.

Dr. MICHAEL NEEKI, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center physician, San Bernardino County SWAT team member, and first-responder in the aftermath of the December 2nd terrorist attack in San Bernardino, will discuss “Preparation for Mass Casualties: An Overview of Trauma Center’s Response.”

Professor JACK OSBORN announced that Rotary International has approved funding of a $177,000.00 grant to establish a Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (“RUTF”) facility in Ghana as part of the ongoing Rotary-supported “Project Peanut Butter.” Our own U of R Rotaract Club selected Project Peanut Butter as the international service project to support last year, and raised $15,000.00 toward that effort. Thanks to them and other clubs and contributors, important inroads are being made to combat severe acute malnutrition in impoverished countries around the world. For more information about Project Peanut Butter, talk to Jim Nolin. If you’d like to know more about Rotaract, see Jack.

In our ongoing celebration of “Membership Month,” RCOR Director in charge of Membership SANDI BENTLEY introduced us to her Membership Committee and outlined a couple of new membership categories in addition to the traditional one. “Corporate” memberships and “Young Professional” membership options are now available. While committee members CAL BOOTHBY, DAVE WILSON, RON JEFFREY, LEROY HANSBERGER, and SANDI BENTLEY are ready and willing to take the lead to promote membership, remember each of us in RCOR should be looking for quality people to invite to visit and consider joining our Club to make it greater and do more good in our world. However, we did wonder what RON JEFFERY meant exactly when he said he was “going to be all over” Chris Carrillo’s mom after the meeting.

Wednesday, August 31- Breakfast and a Book at Franklin Elementary School Library at 7 AM

Thursday, September 1- Breakfast and a Book at Lugonia Elementary School Library at 7 AM

“Breakfast and a Book” is one of our most appreciated youth literacy programs. Teachers of each grade in these schools select 2 students to join us before school, and we have anywhere between 10 and 25 students and parents. Rotarians serve them breakfast, read them books we bring or secure from the library shelves, and before they go to class, each student selects a book we have purchased for them to take home and keep. We’re done by 7:50 AM and on our way to the rest of our day with a smile on our faces. Talk to Victoria Marshall or, Jan Sherman, or just show up that morning!

Saturday, September 10- RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute). If you want to get a jump-start to a broader Rotary education, this 3-part, ¾-day-long class is for you. It’s offered by District 5330 several times a year, and all three steps to graduation are offered each weekend. Location to be announced. Go see Cal for tuition support from RCOR.

BEVERLY NOERR was singled out by PREZ JAN for raising a son with the good sense and courtesy to hold his wedding during what is arguably Beverly’s busiest time of her professional year.

STEVEN JAY DAVIS was recognized for driving to Santa Barbara and back in one day in order to visit and have his picture taken with his grandson on his first birthday. Steve offered to show us many, many, many more birthday photos resident on his smart phone, but the Prez, thankfully, declined.

PREZ JAN revealed a candid and shocking photo of DAVID MAUPIN taken recently at a clandestine meeting of Norwegian drag queens. So complete was Dave’s transformation that about the only recognizable thing about him was that unique and perpetually happy Maupin smile.

“Two babies were born on the same day at the same hospital. They lay there and looked at each other. Their families came and took them away. Eighty years later, by a bizarre coincidence, they lay in the same hospital, on their deathbeds, next to each other. One of them looked at the other and said, ‘So, what did you think?’” — Steven Wright

While we continue to celebrate “Membership Month” let’s review and share reasons to love Rotary:

We are 99.9 percent of the way toward ending polio. As of early June, there were only 16 cases of wild poliovirus in the world, and many think this could be the year we see the last naturally occurring case of polio.

As Rotary and our partners work to eradicate the poliovirus in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the remaining endemic countries, we also continue immunization campaigns in other high-risk countries to ensure that the disease remains gone for good. From the August 2016 issue of The Rotarian

Editor – Jim Nolin – No.6 – August 11, 2016

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