Club Meeting: Peggy Carlaw of ShelterBox and Rotary: Partners in Disaster Relief: – Shelterbox and Rotary partner around the world to provide emergency shelter and lifesaving equipment to families who have lost their home due to natural disasters or conflict. ShelterBox was a nominee for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Whether is was an Earthquake in Indonesia, Storms in the Philippines, Flooding in Peru, War in Syria, or Boko Horam ravages in the Chad Basin, Shelterbox has been their to provide warmth, hope, and dignity to families in their darkest hour. Shelterboxes consist of a plastic tub/lid filled with a tent, blankets, cooking set, solar lamp, mosquito nets and a water container. Sheltebox works with a Rotary Liaison here and in the host country to coordinate best needs and solutions for every situation. Please consider becoming part of this organization or donate to this worthy cause.
Club Meeting: “Riding The Rocket To My Dreams”: – NASA Propulsion Engineer, Norman Chaffee at the NASA Johnson Space Center will talk about growing up in rural Oklahoma to putting a man on the moon, mars and beyond.
Norman Chaffee shared parts of his illustrious NASA career with our Rotary Club including visual aids such as his early computer (slide rule) which he used in his engineering to put the Apollos into space as well as a small rocket used to help steer the spaceships. Pursing the Passion that gives you most joy in life. If it did, but doesn’t any longer than don’t be afraid to change. Norman started working as a Chemical Engineer with NASA in 1962 after the useless Soviet Sputniks were launched starting the Space Race. He enjoys blowing up rockets, meeting astronauts such as Buzz Allred and now works with Space Museum. Requested donations to: JPLMuseum.org which helps his youth program in robotics working with teams of 14-15 high school students competing for a “Space Settlement Design Competition”. Norman reminds us how” curiosity is the mother of ingenuity”.
Rotary Meeting Notes for Oct. 2, 2018
Jan Rowe and Laurel Miller discussed the end of life choices and presented information on the history and effect of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.
Recommended movie on subject, “Being Mortal”
The purpose of the Death with Dignity Act is to be able to control one’s dying with self-medication and should not be looked at as euthanasia which is Kevorkian style Dr. administered.
- requires (2) Physicians to confirm that the patient is terminally ill
- Oregon Resident
- Life Insurance benefits are not affected
- Takes a minimum of 17 days but usually a month to get a prescription
2/3 of lethal prescriptions are used, 1/3 are not. There has not yet been a case of an accidental user using the lethal prescription
Average age is 73, 58% are male, 95% are Caucasian, 50% hold a bachelor degree.
If someone is desiring to use the Oregon Death with Dignity process they should have it in their Advanced Directive and
already make sure their Physician is willing as it is not federally allowed, and make sure your family and friends are aware of your desire.
RYLA = Rotary Youth Leadership Academy Summer 2018 Camp included speaker guests Shelby, Kate, Sasha, and Alaya.
They students convinced our Rotary Club that they are indeed our investment to the future and the camp with provided them with this year was lifechanging for each one. There were group exercises everyday and evening that enhanced their ability to empathize with others, inclusion and respect for all others. “the Pitch” was a program to teach service to youth who have had their own life struggles at an early age. Personality tests were given to give each participant an understanding of who they are as well as their neighbor. Conquering Fears, learning trust, sharing hardships are all part of our healthy personal development a RYLA participant experiences. Relationship building, functioning in groups, knowing how to take charge, understanding norms and assimilations and specific areas where we can effectively lead were other lessons taught all as part of leadership training.
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Club Meeting: Domestic Violence In Our Community: Impact and Response: – Community Works supports and empowers people impacted by domestic and sexual violence. In this presentation, Marion Denard, Development and Outreach Director for Community Works discussed the issue of domestic violence, its impact in our community, and Community Works’ services to address and prevent it in the Rogue Valley. Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior where one partner in an intimate relationship chooses to use coercion, controlling and abusive behaviors to establish and maintain power and control over the other person. Tactics can include physical, psychological, sexual, social, and financial abuse. Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic violence occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, separated, or dating. According to the Center of Disease Control, one in three women in the United States will experience Domestic Violence in their lifetime.
Domestic violence not only affects those who are abused, but also has a substantial effect on family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses, and the community at large. Children who grow up witnessing domestic violence are among those seriously affected by this crime. The abuser interferes with the victims’ ability to parent, causing harm to the parent/child relationship, and many are abusive to their own children. Frequent exposure to violence in the home not only predisposes children to numerous social and physical problems, but also teaches them that violence is a normal way of life – therefore, increasing their risk of becoming society’s next generation of victims and abusers.
Approximately 25% of women and 25% of children experience and witness domestic abuse. Community Works (CW) receive about 10,000 calls/yr and connect with 3,000 victims. Choices to leave an abusive home situation are locally exacerbated by our 1% vacancy housing rate. Therefore, CW plans to develop a new facility in Medford modeled after a successful youth shelter to provide housing and advocacy for up to 2 years.
How to get involved:
- Host a “Heart Warming Party” to inform people of the situation and plans to address the crisis.
- Help to teach new “Life Skills”
- Get informed on the “Trauma” and volunteer
Our own Rotary District Governor Bill Grile gave our club a personal update on our goals and direction under his leadership.
“Bill was having a GOOD Day, feeling good and optimistic. Then a Doctor told him that he actually had a rare form of Leukemia and after some soul searching, DG Governor Bill came across the recommended book, “Man’s Searching for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl and his chronicling of experienced as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during WW2, describing his psychotherapeutic method which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positively about, and then immersively imagining the outcome. The Real Meaning of Life for these amazing survivors distilled down to they identified a life purpose, things that one can do to add to one’s life in, “Service”. And Rotary is exactly and obviously such an activity. If you can’t travel to give polio vaccines and build schools then, by all means, keep giving to the Rotary Foundation, “and get stuff done”!
Also DG Bill urged us all to come get inspired and attend the District 5110 District Conference in Coos Bay next Spring!
Guy Tauer, will give an overview of the Southern Oregon Economy looking at job growth by industry –housing cost and availability trends in the Rogue Valley, household income distribution and trends for the local area and state. A look at labor market demand, supply of workforce and population trends for the region.
Guy Tauer, Regional Economist gave our weekly Rotary presentation on 1/23 – An Overview of the Southern Oregon Economy. Guy explained recent past and current trends of the Southern Oregon are still very positive with only a 4.3% unemployment rate which is actually stronger than pre-recession. 1:6 jobs are still in retail which are historically low paying salaries, but local manufacturing is actually stronger with higher wages we don’t have as many higher paying construction jobs as we did pre-recession. Health Care is our strong economic engine in So Oregon and is recession-proof. Jackson County is experiencing a 6% growth rate since 2010. Wages vs. housing costs is still difficult in Jackson County as real estate inflation is still running 30% higher than salary growth. Members are invited to looking at QualityInfo.org to subscribe to updates and/or see the slideshow of today’s presentation at your leisure.
We are fortunate to have Judge Tim Gerking (past rotary president), Judge Ben Bloom and Judge David Hoppe as Rotarians, and as speakers at our October 17th club meeting.
Judge Tim Gerking ran for the position after many years in private law practice and took office Jan. of 2013 and now has the position of “Presiding Judge” organizing the dockets for the Jackson County judges as well as hearing his own case load.
Gerking gave a good overview of how the system of courts works statewide in Oregon and how the growing case load in our county is on the rise with a greater need than anywhere else in Oregon for additional judges.
Judge Bloom was appointed by Gov Kulongoski in 2010 but ran and won for office Jan of 2012. Bloom explained the different kinds of court cases within Jackson County and that he receives the greatest satisfaction from our unique Dependency Court and the positive results he sees vs. standard incarceration.
Judge Hoppe was elected in 2014 and took office Jan 2015 after serving many years as deputy District Attorney in Jackson County. Judge Hoppe discussed his position as judge is really about guaranteeing “Process” is fair and constitutional. Unlike the TV versions of judges, it is a more quiet position where his personal opinion is not apparent nor relevant and a role he greatly respects.