|September 18, 2017|
|Speaker: Dr. Paul Eslinger, Director, Programs in Clinical Nuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Penn State Hershey Medical Center / Clinical Neuroscience Institute
Topic: "WHAT'S THE LATEST WORD ON ALZHEIMERS"?
Today's speaker, Dr. Paul Enslinger. is nationally and internationally recognized in the field of neuropsychiatry. His topic today will bring members up to date on the latest information and progress in the field of the treatment of Alzheimer's. He has written a substantive number of respected books, authored hundreds of articles in medical journals and has spoken to academics, medical and popular audiences throughout the world and across our country. The Club should be complimented for his willingness to find time to speak to us regarding this incredibly relevant topic which is one we all care about!
Greeter: James Good
Invocation: Jeff Boswell
Club Singing: Marsha Banks
Pianist: Norma Swain
Publications: Karen Paris
Paul J. Eslinger, Ph.D. is Director, Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Clinical Neuroscience Institute. He received his B.S. in 1974 at Fordham University (Major: Psychology; Minor: Philosophy), in 1978 an M.S. from Texas Christian University (Chemistry of Behavior-Neuroscience) and in 1980 a Ph.D. from Texas Christian University (Chemistry of Behavior-Neuroscience). He is a Licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1990-present); Rhode Island (1986-90) and Iowa (1981-86).
His research interests and activities include Cognitive and neuroimaging investigation of
• Social cognition and behavior
• Cognitive Aging, Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s disease
• Frontal lobe Syndromes and Frontotemporal dementia
• Development and maturation of executive functions and decision-making capabilities
• Traumatic brain injury
Development of cognitive rehabilitation modalities and outcome-based measures for stroke, traumatic brain injury and other brain alterations in children, middle age and older adults and formulation of neurodevelopmental models of cognitive and social maturation.
Dr. Eslinger has been working in the field of Chemistry of Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology and in Specialty Diagnostic and Treatment Clinics in Memory and Cognitive Disorders, Brain injury, Cerebrovascular disease, and Dementia for many years. He has done many Web/Video/Press Interviews and printed many publications and sits on the Developmental Neuropsychology, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Board among others.
NEWS AND NOTES:
• BYLAW Changes: Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Club, a quorum being present, by a two thirds vote of all members present, provided that notice of such proposed amendment shall have been given by mail, email, or facsimile to each member at least ten (10) days before such meeting. No amendment or addition to these Bylaws can be made which is not in harmony with the Standard Club Constitution and Bylaws of Rotary International.
1. Club Administrator replaces Executive Director.
2. Article lX Membership
Sec. 1. Kinds. There are five (5) kinds of memberships, namely: Active, Active Special, Honorary, Corporate and Family.
E. Family Membership. Immediate family member of a current Harrisburg Rotarian in good standing is eligible to join the club with full benefits. In the event that the primary Rotary member should cease to be a member in good standing, the family member who has joined under the family membership would be required to join as the primary member. Immediate Family is to be defined as the spouse, significant other or child of the Rotarian. Any request outside of this definition; thus creating an expansion of the immediate family member definition, will require board approval. This benefit will be expanded to all immediate family members as defined without limitation.
• JUL-SEP dues invoices and HRF $100 contribution invoices will be sent by July 1st. Please make every effort to pay upon receipt.
• MEMBERSHIP INFO:
Announcing a great new way for all the awesome Rotarians of Club #23 (in all the world) to network and stay engaged with our Club happenings!! Please join the Membership Committee for the first of our monthly evening gatherings on Tuesday, October 17 from 4:30 until 6:30. We’ll be meeting at Susquehanna Harvest (in the Shoppes of Susquehanna at 2625 Brindle Dr., Harrisburg) for Rotary fellowship, news, and appetizers (drinks are on your own). You will get attendance credit! The Membership Committee has organized this gathering in response to member feedback, and we hope to see many of our fellow Rotarians there!! RSVP is not required, but is helpful for planning purposes.
We look forward to seeing you on October 17!
-Amy Kaunas & Angela Tatum, your Membership Committee co-chairs
• SAVE THE DATE:
1. You are invited to a special evening event on Thursday, September 28th at 6:30 PM at the Whitaker Center for Science and Arts. Popcorn and soda available. The new documentary film Dream Big is about the design and construction of huge things, from skyscrapers and bridges to the Great Wall of China and the International Space Station. It’s also about what it takes to be an engineer and why people - both men and women - choose that as a profession. Here’s a link to the
film’s website: http://www.dreambigfilm.com/ Please attend with your family and friends.
Please let Linda know if you attend so you can receive attendance credit.
2. Pancake Breakfast: October 21, 2017 from 8:00 AM- Noon at Harrisburg High School.
Please sell your tickets and sign up to volunteer.
3. Peace Garden: Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is hosting its banquet Wednesday, October 11th at the West Shore CC to raise funds/awareness for PSR and the Peace Garden. Please let President Sam or Peter Ressler know if you are interested in attending.
• Is your attendance low and you are really busy at the office? Think about doing a make-up online. https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/
• CONTRIBUTIONS DUE:
1. Harrisburg Rotary Foundation $100. Please pay by December 30.
• Have you listed your Rotary Service in your LinkedIn profile?
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• DID YOU KNOW? Contributions to The Harrisburg Rotary Foundation for memorials, birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays are always appreciated. The recipient receives an appropriate acknowledgment from the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and the contribution is also acknowledged in The Rotary Roundup. Donations are tax-deductible.
1. The weekly Governors Newsletter can viewed. Go to rotary7390.org. Across the top are all the tabs, run your cursor over “District Newsletter” and a drop down box will put out and click on the newsletter.
Last meeting 9/11/17 by Curt Stutzman
President Sam Levine called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m., and led the members in a moment of silence in honor of the 9/11 First Responders and the survivors of the tragic events in 2001. The meeting's invocation was given by Chuck Wingate, and the song for the day, "America, the Beautiful," was led by Karen Paris. She was accompanied on the piano by Norma Swain. At that point, President Sam introduced Frank Frailey to present the visiting Rotarians and guests. These were, prospective member Jason Holland, introduced by Karen Good; prospective member Katherine Naust, daughter of Chuck Wingate; Charlie Hooker of Keystone Services, introduced by Janice Black; former Exchange Student Ata from Turkey, introduced by Youth Exchange chair Ron. Ata then shared his appreciation for the club's sponsorship and for the programs available through Rotary; Belgian exchange student Sarah Duprez, introduced by Carolyn Dumaresq and a visiting Rotarian from the Mechanicsburg North club was introduced. She invited members to their club's beer and wine festival on September 23. President Sam thanked her for the invitation, but shared his belief that very few in our club drink alcoholic beverages. This was said with a straight face.
The following announcements were shared:
1. Rotary Means Business will be holding their next meeting on September 12 in Carlisle at the Hoffman Funeral Home at 6:30. Cost is $10 and you can register on the district website.
2. The Rotary Leadership Institute will be held at Central Penn College on October 14. The club will subsidize 50% of the $100 registration fee for those interested in participating from our Club.
3. President Sam shared that Rotary is all about making a difference both locally and globally. He shared about our club's involvement in the Haiti water project, and the community health initiative and health center we have been involved with for many years in the Dominican Republic. Bob Paul has served as chair of that project since 1997, and is planning to retire from that responsibility after this Rotary year. Other interested Rotarians are asked to work with Bob on the project during the transition.
4. Angela from the Membership Committee shared that there will be an Alternative Meeting held on Tuesday, October 17 fro 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Susquehanna Harvest restaurant. This will be an opportunity for those having difficulty attending all regular meetings to get together at another time. Ask anyone on the committee for more information, or just show up on October 17.
5. The club is invited, with guests, to attend the showing of the movie Dream Big on Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Whitaker center. President Sam assures us the this date has been confirmed. The event is at no charge.
6. Club member gifts to Hurricane Relief will be matched up to $5,000 by Rotarian Peggy Grove. Let Linda know if you have a contribution to make and send check made payable to Harrisburg Rotary Foundation and Memo: Hurricane Relief. All gifts will be given through Rotary's discretionary fund, and will be given to where the gifts can be of the most effective use.
Today's Program: PA Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera, "How Are Pennsylvania's Students Doing?"
Rotarian, David Volkman, Deputy Director for the Secretary of Education introduced the speaker, PA Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera (see his biography in the Rotary Roundup). Secretary Rivera shared that the Department of Education is responsible for overseeing the training of 1.8 million students in the commonwealth. He started his presentation by sharing the Four Way Test, and especially highlighting the second test question--"Is it Fair to all concerned?" He indicated that while the state of education looks positive in the aggregate, there are some challenge areas. PA is in the top quartiles in the country for per pupil spending and aggregate test scores. However, there are significant differences among demographic groups. This is a challenge the governor would like to address to make the quality of education more fair and just across the board. Admittedly, this is a challenge. He indicated that standardized testing causes teaching to the tests, rather than to gain proficiency and achievement. He would like to see us move toward tracking measures that are important for achievement and success, and help prepare students for college or career pathway readiness. He believes we should begin communicating to parents and students these goals beginning in Kindergarten.
Secretary Rivera indicated that you can't decouple the needs of the community from the needs of the school. There needs to be a partnership to assure we are working toward the same goals. Another challenge is to address the decline of teachers in the pipeline. The pipeline is only training about 63% of the number of teachers who will be needed in the future. The state is working on a program to encourage people returning from military service to become teachers.
The Secretary closed his presentation with the thought that we will only be as good as how we will serve the underserved in the population. He encourages the equitable use of resources, continued improvement in the quality of education, and community leaders who will participate in the local school experience. In response to a question about how charter schools are doing, Mr. Rivera shared that we must build a system of accountability that can address low performing public schools, whether they be charter schools or traditional schools.
President Sam presented the Secretary with a Rotary chocolate bar, and the explained our program in the Harrisburg City Schools to present 600 copies of the book Where I Live to the 3rd grade students to teach them about local geography.
Tickets are available to pick up today for the Pancake Breakfast on October 21. Volunteers are still needed to support the event's success. This is the major fundraiser for our club.
The meeting was adjourned by President Sam at 1:07 p.m.
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