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Minutes: Like a Surgeon (8/6/2014)

August 8, 2014
Invocation: Maurice Moreno
Flag Pledge: Betsy Munroe
Raffle: Janet Napier
Sgt. At Arms: Sandra O’Meara

Visiting Rotarians: Stephanie Falzone

Guests: Kathleen Rogers, Rebecca Anderson


  • Anniversaries for August: Chris Baxter – 12; Scott Johnson – 9; Pat Hardy – 1; Geoff Rue – 1
  • New Weird Rotarian: Lucy Boehm was born July 31. Congrats to father Jeff Boehm and grandpa Steve Boehm! They passed the hat to collect money for her college education. The tradition is that the parents will match what the club collects and then each set of grandparents should match the total of the club + the parents.
  • Fiesta: Thank you to all the volunteers. Bill Abel gets special thanks for his many hours on the float.
  • Rotary Scholarship Recipient, Stephanie Falzone from District 5170 studies environmental science and management at Bren School at UC Santa Barbara. Her group project is making a conservation plan for the Morro Bay Estuary. She graduated from UC Los Angeles in 2010. She has also worked at Outdoor Education Centers. During the summer she’s working with TetraTech, the county, and the Tejon Ranch conservancy. She also does nature photography when she can.
  • Upcoming events: Don’t forget about the Rotaract Miniature Golf Tournament and the International Committee trip. Five members have made reservations to go to Nicaragua for the September trip.
  • There will be a Fiddlers Festival committee meeting Thursday, August 14, 5:30 at MTD.
  • The District 5240 Conference: Registration is now open! Registration is $215 per person. Staying at the Marriott is $185 per night. Don’t forget the EPiC bike challenge. DG Loretta Butts wants to honor veterans. Please note that this is for ANY country, not just the USA – and also living or deceased. Loretta Butts requested that each Veteran fill in the enclosed form and scan & submit a picture in of them in uniform.
  • Geoff Rue announced the Group 8 Social at the Polo & Racquet Club. Need RSVPs by September 7. The cost is $30 and includes valet parking, buffet lunch, free wine tasting, and a polo match! You need to register or you can’t access the Rotary tent.
    You will be billed on quarterly statement
  • Susan Klein Rothschild provided a Youth Services Committee report. Both Interact and Rotaract clubs are interested in guest speakers. Also, the Rotaract club is interested in places that could host one of their meetings.
  • Scott Burns announced RYLA is currently seeking attendees. They want to have their attendee list by end of September. Our club plans to sponsor 5 attendees, and they are usually high school juniors. They’re also looking for volunteers for the event, which will be April 23-26 in Ojai.
  • David Vo reminded the club that everyone is on the membership committee.
  • Lucille Ramirez announced next week’s duties: Greeters: Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein & Luz Maria Ortiz Smith; Invocation: Tom Putnam; Flag Pledge: Lucille Ramirez; Raffle: Richard Redmond; Sgt. At Arms: Bill Ringer
  • Raffle Results: Richard Redmond won!
  • Weird Al Video: In honor of Madonna’s upcoming birthday, we view “Like a Surgeon

Program: Bill Boyd introduced Dr. Rebecca Anderson, a freelance medical book writer, to share “The Drug that Saved Children from Aids.”

  • Reminder: AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. It affects various tissues and organs throughout the body, most notably white blood cells.
  • Ryan White was the most famous child with AIDS. He had hemophilia and received blood from blood banks and, like many other hemophilia patients, he got AIDS from a blood transfusion.
  • Children also get AIDS from mother-to-child transmission. Elizabeth Glaser led efforts to solve for pediatric AIDS after losing her daughter to AIDS and giving it to her second child. She had received AIDS from a blood transfusion while pregnant with her daughter.
  • In the 1980s, the number of pediatric AIDS cases was growing significantly.
    Dr. Catherine Wilfert started giving a drug named AZT to children. It helped, but not enough. Then she started giving it to pregnant mothers in the hopes of preventing infection for the children. It dramatically reduced the possibility that children would become infected.
  • Meanwhile, researchers were trying to identify when the children who were infected by their mothers got the infection. Few cases were while in the womb. The greater risks were during childbirth and breastfeeding. Women with AIDS were advised to deliver their children by c-section and to not breast feed. This, combined with the drug, reduced the occurrences of pediatric AIDS in America such that it’s incredibly uncommon now.
  • In other parts of the world, the rates of pediatric AIDS were rising. The drug regimen that worked was complicated and expensive and therefore not feasible for much of the world.
  • Drs. J. Brooks Jackson and Laura Guay conducted a clinical trial in Uganda. They gave one group AZT and another group nevirapine at time of labor followed by a dose for the baby later. The nevirapine approach worked! And it only cost about $4, compared to the $815 cost for AZT.
  • The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation spread worldwide to help get this treatment to mothers and children.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim donated the drug to more than 50 developing countries that could use it.George W. Bush also supported it, eventually becoming PEPFAR.
    The numbers of new infections in children around the world have continued to decline since about 2000.
  • You can learn more in her book,Nevirapine and the Quest to End Pediatric AIDS.
    As a token of appreciation, it is the club’s practice to donate 15 dictionaries to local 3rd graders in honor of the speaker. We have a book plate with your name on it that will be placed into the dictionaries.
  • Thank you:  Thank you for being weird.
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