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The One with the Diabetes Lesson (04/03/2013)

April 4, 2013

David Velarde called the meeting to order at 6:57 AM.
Invocation: Darren Doi
Pledge: Janet Napier
Raffle: Don Bennett brought a gift bag of items made in Santa Barbara, including carrots from Pacific Pickle Works, wine, Balance Bars, biscotti

Visitors: Douglas McRae, Sarah Ettman-Sterner, David Bradley, Valerie Amparan, Gaetan Thibaut, Rem Laan


  • District Assembly is April 6 in Bakersfield and April 13 in Oxnard. You can leave with Karen Kawaguchi and Bill Abel at 4:30 AM for Bakersfield. Incoming officers and chairs are strongly encouraged to attend and all members are invited.
  • Susan Klein Rothschild invited members to volunteer at the dental clinic on April 19. You will attend a dental hygiene training in advance and then teach the clinic attendees.
  • Mark Reinhardt announced the April 27 Rotarians at Work Day at Elings Park. As usual there will be weeding, mulching and building some sort of drain thing. The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara will join the fun.
  • The Group 8 zoo day will be May 3, starting at 4 PM. Dinner is included. This means there will not be a meeting on Wednesday, May 1.
  • Steve Kally announced that you can pick up last year’s golf tournament brochures to start advertising the May 20 event. He’s also asking people to list the type of items they would want people to buy/bid on at the silent auction. Darren Doi said Marborg and Rabobank are again sponsoring. We would like additional tee sign sponsors and silent auction items. Silent auction items go to Andrew Chung.
  • The RI convention is still June 23-26 in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Deadlines for the Peace and Conflict Resolution Scholarship applications is May 6. It’s a master’s degree program at one of 6 universities around the world or a 3-month program in Bangkok, Thailand. Last year one of our district’s applicants was selected.
  • Diana Cecala recommended an outstanding seminar about Medicare by E. Russell Smith and Luz Maria Ortiz-Smith.
  • We raised more than $11,000 unrestricted for our club’s foundation plus another $3,700 through fine cards. For TRF, we raised $10,720, averaging $170 per member.
  • Janet Napier read an invitation to an event in Tecate for a foundation. April 20 at 7 pm with guitar, wine and tapas as a kickoff event for the new foundation in memory of Alex. The foundation’s mission is to help the community of Tecate. Up to four tickets are available.
  • The RC of Westlake Village has a 10k/5k run on April 14.
  • The deadline for the four-way test essay contest is April 19. I’m not sure we have any contestants this year. Check the district website if you’re interested.
  • The RC of Ventura East celebrates 50 years soon with a ’60s-themed celebration.
  • Pay and tell with sgt at arms Bob McPhillips
  • President David Velarde announced birthdays and special occasions. He also played the TV theme show of the meeting.
  • The raffle winner is birthday boy Fred Gaeden, who is off to Japan.

Program:Darren Doi introduced Sarah Ettman-Sterner, director of communications at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute.

Speaker Rem Laan

  • Sarah shared a story about her youngest brother’s diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and her gestational diabetes during her pregnancy.
  • As many as 1 in 3 adults will have diabetes by 2050.
  • In 1922, Dr. William Sansum produced the first U.S. insulin and injected a 51-year-old man with it. People started coming to Santa Barbara for diabetes treatments.
  • The institute is separate from the Sansum Clinic.
  • 20% of our county’s population has diabetes, 95% with type 2 diabetes and probably only half have been diagnosed.
  • New Executive Director Rem Laan hopes to be successful enough that there’s not a job for him in 10 years.
  • 25 employees, operating budget of $4 million, 50% of the funding comes from government and grants; 25% from donations; 15% from corporations; 10% from other sources
  • Diabetes is a chronic condition. Sugar corrodes vital body organs. The two types represent to types of problems: body can have trouble producing insulin or using insulin.
  • Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the body makes little or no insulin. It is not associated with obesity or eating too many sweets.
  • Type 2 diabetes is when the body cannot use the insulin it makes, and the pancreas eventually stops producing enough insulin. It’s associated with obesity and an inactive lifestyle. First treatments are often diet and exercise. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease are related.
  • 95% of diabetes in the US is type 2.
  • Gestational diabetes can strike between 24 and 28 weeks during pregnancy. It puts women at risk for type 2 diabetes. The baby may have high birth weight or need longer hospital stays.
  • Estimated $245 billion cost of diabetes in 2012 and $69 billion of indirect costs.
  • 23% of total U.S. healthcare costs are attributed to diabetes.
  • Artificial pancreas project may be a bridge to a cure. SDRI is one of the sites for this project. This is in clinical trial for in patients, and it’s moving into outpatient trials.
  • They have a lot of diabetes education and outreach. One program is called Ready to Move.
  • Sarah shared a video of patient stories.
  • Tours are available.
  • Taste of the Vine on Aug 17 and fundraising lunch on Nov 8.
  • We will donate 15 dictionaries to 3rd graders in honor of our speakers.
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