Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:00-8:00pm
Attendees: Claudia Torres, Scot Sargeant, Marian Pavlovich, Amy Vegter, Carmen Diaz, Janet Mikelson, Maureen Duncan, Maxie Gluckman, Mike Taylor, Kevin Glynn
Meeting began with opening remarks made by President, Marian welcoming guests, Dr. Kevin Glynn and President-elect of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club, Michael Taylor.
She also reminded the club of Daniel Ukang’s fundraiser walk-a-thon for the Lost Boys of Sudan Foundation in Poway this upcoming Saturday, April 14th. Tickets sold at $25 can still be purchased online at www.dreamtobemore.org
Moreover, she emphasized to all that this Sunday, April 15th our district will be planting trees in Julian. In spite of the sudden change in date from last weekend to this weekend, several members of our club will participate at this volunteer opportunity.
Maureen, RI Cadre evaluator, announced that she has been assigned two Rotary grants to evaluate in Guatemala. One focused on literacy and the other one on clean water and sanitation. The following month she will be making a visit to Brazil where again she will be working on Rotary projects, notably a RI economic development grant to help the community in the favelas with sustainable bakery businesses. She noted that she will also be planting trees in the Amazon, along with our Rotarian counterparts in Brazil. She is currently taking donations, ($10 cost per tree planted per member), as a representation of our club.
She also is discussing ideas with the Tijuana Minarete Rotary Club for ways to strengthen and make their grant a sustainable one.
Amy S. in Costa Rica discussed ideas of the potential grant opportunity with Vida Autentica. With guidance from Maureen, she is working with local staff in answering questions for the implementation, community needs, and sustainability of the grant long term.
The construction of our peace pole was also discussed at the meeting. Scot, through his dad, Robert, will take lead in building the pole and thereafter it will be painted and have our logo with a message of peace. The first step will be getting the wood and carving it into a hexagon shaped pole. The club agreed to front the $100 cost of the pole. City Heights, has a community center that might be another potential area where the pole could be placed.
At the end of the meeting President-elect Maxie suggested nominees for each of the positions at stake for the new Rotary term. The following people were nominated for the following positions: Janet Mikelson, Treasurer; Claudia Torres, Director of Service Projects; Marian Pavlovich; Secretary; Scot Sargeant, Tech. Director; Carmen Diaz, President-Elect. Membership Chair and Foundation Chair are still open for nominations. Since not all members were present an email will be sent out for a final online vote.
Special Presentation by Dr. Kevin Glynn on Cross Border Tuberculosis, A Hidden Risk
Kevin Glynn is a retired pulmonary physician with Scripps Health in La Jolla. He practiced in San Diego for 35 years, was medical director of respiratory care at Scripps Mercy Hospital, and a clinical professor of Medicine at UCSD. A native of Chicago, he graduated from Northwestern University Medical School, and completed residency at the University of Michigan. Before coming to San Diego he was on the staff of the medical chest service at Milwaukee County General Hospital.
In 2017 he published Gasping For Air, a book on how our breathing is killing us and what we can do about it. He has been a member of Old Mission Rotary Club since 2001, and is on the Rotary District 5340 Immunization Committee. Married for 55 years he lives with his wife, Patty, in La Jolla. The couple has five adult children and nine grandchildren. Today he is going to talk with us about a little known but important public health problem: the connection between San Diego and Baja in perpetuating tuberculosis.
A very interesting and educational speech delivered by Dr. Kevin Glynn. He began his presentation mentioning Partners in Health and describing the high incidence of tuberculosis still present amongst our society and worldwide. He further explained the incidence and impact TB has in both San Diego and Tijuana, and along the entire border between the US and Mexico. He detailed what is being done and how an albergue (shelter) is a short term solution to help contain the disease amongst the masses. He ended with the idea of Rotary helping sponsor a shelter and shared that his book Gasping for Air dives deeper into this subject. For a full presentation please visit our facebook page.
Upcoming local important dates:
Friday, April 13th– Rotary of Chula Vista Trivia Night-part of the proceeds will go to Train for Change (8ppl per team registration at $25) at The Venue in Eastlake at 6pm
Sunday, April 29th– Padres v Mets at 1:10pm
Friday and Saturday, May 4-5th District Conference at Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA family friendly event.
May 12th- San Diego’s got Talent by Old Mission Rotary Club benefitting Thousand Smiles
May 19th- Tecate, Smiles International volunteer opportunity
June 4th- District Governor’s Dinner at La Jolla Marriott