Dylan Kistler, Ray’s son, gave a very informative presentation about his recent trip to Middle East. He says that he “heard many viewpoints” while there and that U.S. decisions do have a real and tangible impact on the Middle East. Water is an important resource in the Middle East. Scarcity has damaged the standard of living for inhabitants. Disputes over water is fundamental to the political relationships in the region as is religion. The Dome of the Rock is an Islamic shrine located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. It was initially completed in 691–92 CE at the order of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik during the Second Fitna on the site of the Second Jewish Temple, destroyed during the Roman Siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE. Dylan says this most likely will be the site of World War 3. Jews may enter only to visit the place, and only at limited times. Muslims are free to pray on Temple Mount, however, Christians and Jews may only visit the site as tourists. They are forbidden from singing, praying, or making any kind of "religious displays. The Dome of the Rock is controlled and managed by The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf. In year 2000, then President Bill Clinton invited Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat to come to Camp David. The topic was peace in the Middle East. No agreement was reached and Clinton was shocked cause he thought this was something that he could accomplish. Arafat stated that if he were to have voted for this, he would be assassinated. In closing, Dylan advises to read your news carefully. There are very conservative views/very liberal views and both can tell the same story differently. It’s very difficult to get an unbiased story.
Attorney Lee Mills (winner of Jackson County Community Service Award in 2015) has taught an OLLI class on Disaster Preparedness and is currently writing a book entitled “Why and How to Prepare for Disaster.” Lee shared with Rotary his thoughts on disaster risk and preparation. He admits to being a skeptic, “do we really need to worry about this stuff?” Lee’s answer is yes. There are 3 big risks: 1) Cascadia earthquake; 2) Loss of the electric grid; and 3) Pandemic. And the odds? About 1 to 2% in any given year. But the odds are much higher that your house will burn down. To cover that risk, you buy fire insurance. Disaster preparation is like insurance in the form of preparedness. We live in the Ring of Fire and 81% of the world’s earthquakes occur in the Ring of Fire. A quake in Medford could range effectively between 7.5 and 7.9. To get ready for the great NW campout, think of it like “glamping” or “greenway.” Glamping, you are prepared. Greenway? You find what you can and make a camp. Power could be out for months, highways down for 6 months to 1 year, drinking water and sewer could be down for 1 month to 1 year. Being prepared makes you more ready for glamping after an earthquake or loss of electric grid. In the case of a pandemic, minimize human contact, wear a mask and wait it out until vaccine arrives.
Incoming President, Michelle Corradetti, spoke about her plans for the next year as president. She would like to enhance everyone’s personal experience with Rotary. Rotary Connects the World. Fellowship, community and connections will be her focus.
Michelle attended Rotary convention in Hamburg, Germany. She says there were about 25,000 Rotarians there from 170 different countries. Hamburg is the 2nd largest city in Germany with a population of over 1.8 million.
If you want to meet with Michelle for coffee, lunch or a glass of wine, just let her know.
Dr. Kerry Hecox, Family Medicine Physician and director of the newly established nonprofit organization, Oasis Center of the Rogue Valley shared that the crisis actually started nationwide in the 1990s. MDs were prescribing opioid and opioid-combination medications for the treatment of pain. OxyContin was introduced in 1995 causing the number of prescriptions and addictions to skyrocket. By 2017, over 70,000 overdose deaths could be attributed to opioids nationwide. Locally, analysis of overdose rate data for 2018 revealed 48 deaths compared to nine in 2017 and 11 in 2016. Addiction is a complex disorder that essentially hijacks the reward center of the brain. Altered brain pathways do not recover quickly, so even if someone has quit using a drug for some time, they are still at a very high risk of relapse.
What is being done to combat the crisis?
- Medication assisted treatment (MAT) can be used to decrease cravings/improve physical withdrawal from opioids.
- <Monitoring of prescriptions allows physicians and pharmacists to see existing controlled substance prescriptions and decrease the ability to “doctor shop” for multiple prescriptions.
- Limits have been placed on the amount of opioids any one person can obtain.
- <Naloxone (Narcan), an opioid overdose reversal agent is widely available
- Jackson County Health Department offers a need exchange to help decrease disease spread by injection drug use and offer a point of engagement to drug treatment.
What is being done at Oasis Center?
- A safe, non-judgmental environment for patients
- Medical care for parents, children and affected family members
- Social and skill-building classes including infant massage, preschool play classes, and cooking
- A patient relaxation room with massage chair
- Linkages to child care
- Multidisciplinary Team for highest risk patients, with a team made up with a child protective services caseworker, a probation officer, self-sufficiency work, and substance abuse counselors
For more information, go to http://oasiscenterroguevalley.org/contact-us/
Jackson County Assessor, Scott Fein, presented on the differences between real and personal property and discussed his experience as County Surveyor with people not understanding the between real and personal property. He stressed that anything to do with land or water rights must be in writing, recorded and have an accurate, thorough description. Scott said that maps on Google Earth or assessment tax lots are not necessarily accurate. He strongly encouraged everyone to have their land or land they are considering purchasing professionally surveyed to protect themselves. Thank you Scott for a very informative presentation.
Marion Denard is the Development and Outreach Director at Community Works. Marion started her non-profit career by volunteering at a domestic violence program. Her passion is safe families.
In Oregon, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men are victims of domestic violence. As many as 25% of children in Oregon witness domestic violence and at Dunn House, a domestic violence shelter in Jackson County, 40% of the residents are children. Dunn House, operated by Community Works, provides victims with emergency shelter for as many as 30 days.
For children, exposure to domestic violence is considered an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). A study conducted by Kaiser Permanente revealed the impact that ACE has on lives. Cancer, drug use, obesity, diabetes as well as lower educational attainment are all greater for those who have experienced ACE.
Funding for Community Works includes individual donations, foundation grants, and Federal grants. They offer a variety of services to help their clients through crisis including transitional living, youth & family services, runaway & homeless youth services. For more information about Community Works, go to: www.community-works.org.
Introduced by Andy Batzer, Cheryl Zimmerer of LOGOS Charter School explained what a Charter school is and does. A Charter school is really a public school, but is special in that it can offer customized education for students. The schools also have a “cap” on how many students can attend. In Oregon, there are 140 Charter schools and there is a wait list to attend all of them. LOGOS has a cap of 1000 students. They are a K-12 school and were founded in 2010. Students are accepted to a Charter School from anywhere. LOGOS even has a student from Sunny Valley attending. LOGOS, because it is considered a State public agency, pays PERS for employees. LOGOS has about 80 employees including 50 teachers. Their graduation rate is 86.9%. Many students will graduate from LOGOS with enough college credits to enter college as a Junior. LOGOS is in the process of building a new 26,000 sq. ft. school out of Rossanley. For more information on LOGOS, please go to: https://www.logoscharter.com/
Today would have been the day to bring the kids or grandkids to Rotary. John Thiebes introduced our guest speaker from Wildlife Images, Corie. John told a story of how in the 1990s he was assigned to capture otters and move them to Colorado to repopulate a river. His problem was he needed to ship several otters at a time and where does one hold an otter for shipping? Dave Sidon at Wildlife Images knew just what to do. He built a spot to hold the otters until they could be shipped in bulk and he even arranged for private plane transport. So began John’s friendship with Wildlife Images.
Wildlife Images is growing. Last year they saw 998 patients. This year they expect more than 1000 patient load. About 110 animals are permanent residents of Wildlife Images. Wildlife Images receives no state , local, or federal funding. They support the organization through fundraising and membership. Please go to www.wildlifeimages.org for more information on membership.
Wildlife Images is becoming a forensic lab. They are learning how to setup crime scene boundaries in Kenya so as to catch poachers. This is a first activity contributing to global conversation.
At Rotary, Wildlife Images displayed a Great Horn Owl named Buddy, which actually was determined to be female, after laying an egg. Owls have the ability to turn their head 270 degrees as their eyes do not move in the sockets. Owls are light weight. Buddy weighs about 2 pounds. She is very domesticated and cannot hunt for herself. She is about 23 years old.
Next was “Speedy” the lizard, a native of Australia. Speedy was a very calm guest and just relaxed in Erin Maxon’s hand as she walked him around the room. Last, but certainly not least, was Nubs. A badger. Yes, a full grown, but rather gentle badger (unless provoked). Nubs is from Eastern Oregon and he came to Wildlife Images and a baby, about the size of a potato.
Introduced by Pam Slater, the April 3rd guest speakers were Sharon and Howard Johnson with Age-Friendly Innovators. Their mission is to embrace and support healthy and independent living for older adults. Many older adults find themselves living in poverty (23% of Jackson County residents live at Federal Poverty Level Status), and can be found living alone in many of the mobile home parks in our community Aging in place, meaning living independently within their homes, takes planning and risk considerations. Sharon and Howard Johnson came up with the concept of Age-Friendly Innovators to help lower income, older adults, become able to lead happy, healthy, independent older lives in their homes. Age-friendly concepts include adaptive, livable communities with intergenerational relationships. Their website, http://agefriendlyinnovators.org/ offers many resources to help families learn what is needed to keep mom and dad living in their own home.
Age-friendly Innovators is a nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors ( http://agefriendlyinnovators.org/board-of-directors/) and is funded through donations and grants.
Larry Nicholson and his wife Karen recently boarded the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz for a Tiger Cruise. The ship departed San Diego with about 5,000 onboard. Larry and his wife got to experience sea power demonstrations, refueling, landings, take offs and well as the ship’s food and sleeping quarters. The ship is valued at about $600 million and was used to downsize Isis. It was commissioned in 1975 and is one of eleven aircraft carriers now in service. Its top speed is about 35 mph. Ed Baich shared that vehicles might get 15 miles to the gallon. While a big ship, such as the Nimitz, might get 15 ‘inches” to the gallon. Larry mentioned that the only way to get away from people on the cruise was to go to his bunk, or rack, as the sailors call their sleep space. The height of the rack might be about 20 inches, and beneath the bunk is your personal storage. Larry also shared that when the F18 Hornets prepare to take off; members of the crew wear different colored t-shirts identifying their job responsibilities. The deck is about 150 degrees on average. Both Larry and Karen agree that the cruise was a chance of a lifetime. Their son is in the Navy and was on the ship also.