Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from GaryWoebkenberg of Hoxworth Blood Center.

He shared about an upcoming blood drive at Landmark Church on Monday, June 18 from 2-8p. In order to donate, a person must be 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and generally feel healthy and well.

They take a unit of red blood cells and break it into various blood components. Because of this, one gift of blood during a blood drive can help multiple people. Blood contains about 55% plasma, less than 1% white blood cells and almost 45% red blood cells. When a person donates they fill a bag which is then separated at Hoxworth in the following ways...

-Red cells (transport oxygen in the body) settle to the bottom,
-Plasma (a volume expander primarily needed by burn patients) rises to the top and can be stored for 1 year. Plasma is the liquid part of the blood, in which the red cells, white cells and platelets are suspended.
-Platelets are needed for blood to clot properly and can only be stored for 5 days

The separated products are used to made specialty products such as Cryoprecipitate which is made from frozen plasma and used in the treatment of von-Willebrand's disease and to replace fibrinogen.

The following are the percentages of the four main blood types within the general population.
O 45% A 40%
B 11% AB 4%

How will blood be used in certain instances?
-In severe auto accidents 50 units are typically used
-In heart surgery 6 units of blood and 6 units of platelets are typically used
-In organ transplants 40 units of blood, 30 units of platelets, 20 units of cryoprecipitate and 35 units of frozen plasma are typically used

It is very interesting to note that there is NO artificial blood and therefore blood donations are always  greatly needed.

Next week we will hear from Raphaelle Schmitz who is our exchange student at Batavia High School.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Sharon Kennedy who is a Supreme Court Judge candidate. The Ohio Supreme Court is made up of 7 individuals (anyone with a law degree) voted upon by citizens of the state of Ohio. Sharon shared a speech based upon Rotary's Four Way Test of the things Rotarians think, say and do.

Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Our founding fathers contemplated this as they broke free from England's tyranny. They believed all men are created equal by their Creator. The bill of rights was created to limit the role of government in our lives so that we might enjoy our freedoms. Even balance of powers was instituted to ensure fairness to all concerned.

Will it build good will and better friendships?
The Constitution and Bill of Rights are two great documents which ensure this is possible. Our representative government allows the people to have a voice as we cast ballots, choose candidates or help them promote their campaigns. All of this is based on the idea that “my rights do not exceed another person's rights”.

Is it fair to all concerned?
The balance of powers provided by the constitution ensures fairness to all concerned. Judges are required to be fair, to exercise due process to all and to judge according to the law rather than personal opinion. Equal protection ensures fairness in the law so that no person or class of person is denied fairness.

Is it the truth?
Judges take the facts which are true and weigh them against the law that is true. Truth is used to advance fairness, good will, better friendships and benefit to all.

Next week we will hear from Gary Woebkenberg of Hoxworth Blood Center.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Randy Overbeck who has been a school superintendent in a couple of school districts. He came today representing “Heroic Teachers Press” to share a presentation called “Heroic Teachers”. The mission of Heroic Teacher Press is to raise the status of teachers in America.

Randy discussed how we are running the risk of being unable to attract quality teachers. Why? Because too often our culture points children to such “heroes” as sports stars, elected officials or those who are considered “beautiful people” such as movie and television stars. Teachers are sadly not looked upon by children in the same light as the people they see in the media.

Randy proposed we need to work hard to modify the definition of “hero” to include those who make a difference everyday, often on much smaller scales.

One such teacher-hero was a school teacher named Shannon Wright. In 14.5 years her husband had never heard Shannon say a bad word about any of her students. This included the two who took her life in an ambush. Students said she was always kind, caring and looking out for the students. She always thought the best of her students no matter what.

Another teacher-hero was a school teacher from North Carolina named Jane Smith. Her actions define generosity and devotion to her students. After encouraging a student to “pull up his baggy pants”, Jane discovered she had a student who needed a kidney. Jane ended up being a match and donated one to him.

A third teacher-hero was a gym teacher in Reno, Nevada named Jencie Fagan. Sadly, millions of students would never receive a hug unless it was from a teacher. One day, a student brought a gun to gym class and Jencie immediately walked over to the student, hugged him and said, “I'm not going to let the policemen hurt you today”. Her action diffused the situation.

Next week we will hear from Warren Walker of Duke Energy.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from WendyLorenz of CityLink Center 

1 out of 4 in Cincinnati live in poverty. Some live in “situational poverty” as a result of some kind of life tragedy. Others live in what is called “generational poverty” which often occurs because children grow up in homes where parents are not involved in their lives for various reasons.
According to their website, “CityLink is a city-wide initiative started by a group of social service agencies who recognized the need for integrated services. The founding partners reached out to the faith-based community for support in realizing their vision. CityLink will leverage the strengths of various social service agencies in Cincinnati and looks forward to support from a broad base of faith-based, corporate, foundation and individual supporters.”
City Link plans to launch this fall and will be like one stop shopping for those in need where over 250 volunteers per week serve those in need. Rather than going from door to door to get necessary services, people can get the help they need in one location to get their life on track. City Link works by providing relationships which walk alongside those in need to provide encouragement and accountability. Their tag line is, “Changing lives 2 at a time”.
Getting out of poverty can be incredibly difficult due to such things as transportation, education and job readiness. City Link has spent many years researching the concept of poverty and a “bundled approach” to helping people in need. They give people a holistic plan by working together with existing entities in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Some of their partners include Cincinnati Works (job readiness), Smart Money (financial education and planning), Cincinnati Public Schools (GED preparation), Cincinnati State (College preparation), Changing Gears (transportation).

Next week we will have our teacher recognition.