RECSDG, Saigon Restaurant May 17, 2018 ~ 6pm
Attendees: David Ballesteros, Marian Pavlovich, Amy Vegter, Scot Sargeant, Alan Rezner, Susan Rezner, Claudia Torres, Speaker Dr. Kevin Glynn
Meeting opened by our President Marian Pavlovich who welcomed Alan and Susan Rezner back from their trip to Europe. Susan reported that they encountered Rotarians in several countries and found some trees planted in front of the Intercontinental Hotel in honor of Paul Harris who had been in Berlin in 1932.
Club Member participation in recent activities:
Rotary at Work Tree Planting Project – Carmen and Claudia participated in this effort to plant 1,000 trees near Julian in the Cuyamacha State Park and Harbison Canyon area. About 60 volunteers participated in this project organized by the Coronado Rotary Club.
Some Club members participated in the 5K Walk in Poway to benefit the Lost Boys on April 5th
Tricia and Janet participating in the Tecate Smiles Clinic
Maureen is in Guatamala reviewing grants
Amy back from Chacala, Mexico near Puerto Vallarta. She was volunteering in a 3 week project rehabilitating area schools. She participated in the last week with other Rotarians including some from Berkley by painting an elementary school.
Action and Calendar Items:
Mailing address for the club ~ We have been using the PO Box held by the Mission Bay Rotary Club as the club’s official address with Rotary International, but that box will be closed this month. Amy Vegter offered to have her address serve for official mailings. MSP to change the official address.
(note: This address update has been submitted by Secretary Alan Rezner)
Determine next meeting date ~ Maureen will be out of town traveling next month and Maxie will be conducting the June meeting. The dates suggested are the 4, 6, 11 and 13th.
Joint Board Meeting June 30th ~ New and Old Board members will be meeting to share information and discuss next year’s budget. Due to heavy travel calendars, this may serve as the July meeting.
June 4th ~ 2018 Governors Dinner – La Jolla Marriott
June 16th ~ Bonsall – Wine, Brews and Buckaroos Jun 16, 2018 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
June 23rd ~ RI Convention in Canada attended by incoming President Maxie Gluckman MSP to have Maxie represent us as our voting member at the convention.
July 15th ~ Rotary Night at the Padres vs Cubs
August 4th ~ District Membership Seminar
PROGRAM by Dr. Kevin Glynn – Kevin worked at Scripps Pier Pulmonary Division and is a member of the Don’t Wait Vaccinate Committee in District 5340 which has 15 members from 7 District Rotary Clubs. This committee was formed in 1994 when RI decided to focus on the eradication of Polio. Its mission was expanded to include Immunizations. Its mission is to guide Districts Polio activities, educate about immunizations and participate in local Immunization Coalition. Janice Kurth is the current representative to the Coalition. The committee funded a film created by area high school sctudents called the Invisible Threat in 2012 and 2015-16 Rady/High School Immunization initiative.
Important pints of his presentation:
- Approximately 90.5% of California children are current on their vaccinations because of the state requirement
- Teens need to have boosters for meningitis
- Adults are least well vaccinated. Adults should be vaccinated for Flu every year, TDAP every 10 years, Shingles or preferably the better preventative option called Shingrix, and Pneumonia. Grandparents should be vaccinated for Whooping cough. Lack of knowledge, complacency and fear of vaccines prevent many from staying current.
- Herd immunity which protects those who are vulnerable is only effective if the majority of folks are vaccinated
- The CDC has wonder resources for those who travel
- Since 1963 450,000 lives have been saved with vaccines
- Hep A had almost disappeared with about 2 cases a year and no deaths until recent outbreak. We have had 546 cases reported since November 2016 with 20 deaths.
- South America has better immunization record that US.
- Travelers from US bring back illnesses like the Disney measles outbreak in 2015 and Whooping Couch in 2016
- New tools like Vaccinelog.com and the development of Universal Vaccines are helping
Concern was expressed by donors to our grants that they have not received updates on the progress of either of our projects. It was suggested that the email contacts from donor clubs be obtained by the principal committee member on each grant and that a brief stewardship report be sent quarterly. For grants posted on the District Matching Grants site, this is possible using the history log once club emails are added.
Marian reported that we have had trouble getting update information from Ecuador from the main contact at the host club. David Ballesteros suggested that the District Foundation Chair in the Host Country could assist with a nudge as needed to get report information.
Amy indicated that we are still holding some of the fund for the Honduras project and that some of the funds need to receive authorization from RI to be used for other purposes than originally approved. Neither Maureen nor Maxie was at the meeting to respond to concerns that were raised. (Note: Marian received an update after the meeting that beneficiaries are still being interviewed in Ecuador and Maxie is working on the grant from Honduras which needs to be reported by June 21, 2018. Her report may also facilitate a request to change the use of some of the funding)
Alan requested an update on the status of the Foodbank Project in Mexico. Claudia reported that Maureen is working to resolve some issues raised by our club members and another club interested in supporting this grant. Alan indicated an interest in supporting either this project or Amy Schrift with a small Grant for $1,000. The consensus of the membership present was that a grant of this size would have a larger impact for Amy. It was suggested that he work with Sandra Schrift and the San Diego Sunrise Club to potentially double this funding with a District Grant.
Officers for next year were confirmed as follows ~
President Maxie Gluckman
Secretary Marian Pavlovich
Treasurer Janet Mikelson
Community Services Claudia Torres
President Elect Carmen Diaz
Co-Chair Membership Amy Schrift
IT Specialist Scott Sargeant
Director Amy Vegter
Amy would like to have a co-chair who is a local member. This raised the point that we need a way to inform District and prospective members about our meetings dates and locations. Perhaps these could be posted on our website as soon as they are set. We also do not have a Foundation Chair.
The Saigon has recently renovated the restaurant to create a meeting room. As a result there is a new charge for this room of $50 that will be applied to future meetings. We also need to consider establishing a speaker budget to cover the cost of speaker meals at meetings. Perhaps we can have members donate $10 each at the beginning of the year to cover this expense.
Submitted by Alan Rezner