Longmont  Rotary Club
May 3, 2022
Longmont Rotary
Service Above Self
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
803 3rd Avenue
Longmont, CO 80501
United States of America
All our meetings are in-person and a buffet meal is provided. Lunch is served at 12pm. The actual meeting starts at 12:30 and ends at 1:30 pm.
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Program:  The Senior Surgeon:  When Should Surgery Cease?

Dr. Gene Bowles, MD retired from his career as a surgeon in 2017 at the age of 80.  He was the Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Denver Health Medical Center. Dr. Bowles addressed the question of when surgeons should retire.  Or should there be a structured time or process for surgeons to retire?   Should detailed cognitive testing and other such tests be required at a certain age? 

The Employment Act of 1967 prohibits age discrimination, however, there are some mandates of retirement for certain professions.  Congress has approved fixed retirement ages for a number of professions that impact public safety.  Those occupations include the following:  

Commercial airline pilot-- 65 years,   Air Traffic Controllers-- 56 years,  FBI agents-- 57  years,  Lighthouse operator  -- 55  years,  National Park Ranger -- 57 years, Federal Judges-- 70  years, Physicians--N/A

According to a John Hopkins study, medical errors are the third leading cause of death.   An American College of Surgeons Statement, dated Jan 2016, offered the following comments:  Surgeons should pursue a life-long approach to wellness. Surgeons experience age-related decline in physical and cognitive skills-varies among individuals. Surgeons many not recognize deterioration in skills. Recommend starting at age 65-70, voluntary & confidential assessment.  Colleagues encouraged to bring forward performance issues.

There is no doubt aging brings with it vast amounts of experience, knowledge and wisdom in the practice of medicine, both non-operative and operative.  It would be extremely beneficial if programs were developed so that aging physicians could be incorporated and utilized throughout the medical community as consultants, mentors and educators with appropriate reimbursement. 

Dr. Bowles briefly shared his extensive humanitarian work over his medical career.  He has traveled to Belize, Mexico, Albania, Cambodia, Kurdistan Iraq, China, Laos and Ethiopia. To hear more about those experiences, we invited him back to present another program. Thanks Dr. Bowles! 

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Welcome Blaise to Longmont Rotary!
President Debby Paris formally welcomed our newest member, Blaise Stephanus 
Blaise,  we look forward to serving with you!  
Dr. Jim Britton introduced our guest speaker.  
Dr. Dale Sherrod provided the Moments of Inspiration today.   He spoke about Grantland Rice, the early 20th century American sportswriter, known for his elegant prose. His writing was published in newspapers around the country and broadcast on the radio.  Dale shared is favorite quote from Grantland Rice:
When one great scorer comes to write against your name, He marks, not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.” 


President's Message
Debby Paris
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Hello All,

Thank you for granting me the opportunity to serve as the president of the Rotary club of Longmont for the 2021–2022 Rotary year.

The upcoming year will be one of continuing change as we start the process of returning to the “new normal“ of in-person meetings. The process is going to be a "crawl, walk, run" and I hope everyone will be patient. 
The theme of this rotary year is "Serve to change lives".  It will be wonderful to be able to come up with projects to follow this theme and continue to serve our community locally nationally and internationally.
While we will not be able to have in person RYLA again this year, there will be a one day virtual session. With school being in person, I am looking forward to the Young Rotarian‘s being able to start up again in the fall. Our youth are the future of rotary!
My goal this year is to grow our club by a few members and for everyone to think of younger people in the community who would make great Rotarians.
I look forward to a terrific year.
Yours in Rotary,
Debby Paris
Rotary Club of Longmont
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May 10, 2022
Denver Sports
May 17, 2022
Visit McMurdo Station- Antarctica & the Antarctic Deep Field
May 24, 2022
Relationship with the Northern Arapahoe
May 31, 2022
Animal Sanctuary
Jun 07, 2022
Jun 14, 2022
Ukraine and the Holocaust
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The Satellite Group is painting bowls for the Empty Bowls, OUR Center event.  To join in the fun, come to Crack Pots on May 19th 6-8pm.   
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Scoma, Guy      May 1st       58 Years
Paris, Debby     May 5th     24 Years
Stacey, Russ      May 7th     26 Years
Rezac, Nancy    May 16th    16 Years
Bolton, Sue       May 18th    18 Years
Walker, Josh     May 24th    11 Years
Butler, Joe        May 25th    23 Years
Phillips, Laura  May 27th     5 Years
Korringa, Jeff   May 28th   22 Years
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