The Every Rotarian, Every Year effort encourages Rotarians worldwide to participate fully in their Rotary Foundation. Endorsed by the Foundation's Trustees and the Rotary International Board of Directors, the purpose of the Every Rotarian, Every Year initiative is twofold. First, encourage every Rotarian to participate in a Foundation humanitarian or educational project that truly makes a difference in the world, every year. Second, encourage every Rotarian to contribute to the Foundation's Annual Programs Fund, every year.
The annual Rotary Clubs of Alturas and Surprise Valley Speech and Music Contest is here once again and this years field of competition appears to be bigger and better than last year. High School Students (grades 9 - 12), or Home-Schooled Students, age 14 - 18 compete for a chance to advance to the area competition on March 18, 2014. The community is highly recommended to attend and support our kids. The finalist will then move on to the Rotary District 5190 Contest on May 17, 2014 at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks, Nevada.
Alturas Noon and Sunrise Club Competition:
• February 13, 2014 at 4:30PM Niles Theatre in Alturas
Surprise Valley Club Competition:
• February 19, 2014 at 6:00PM Community Church in Cedarville
Thursday Meeting Highlights - January 23, 2014
The Marble Game
Dr. Tom Krauel's lucky ticket was drawn for a chance at 1/2 the marble game money, but when he reached into the depth's of the marble bag he could only recover a dark marble. So sad Tom, but the jackpot keeps growing for some lucky winner to maybe strike it rich next week!!
Rotarian Doc Martin was his own program this Thursday morning and what another great eye-opener it was for those in attendance. Doc talked about the importance for men, especially over the age of 50, to start having annual PSA test to check for prostrate cancer. Doc witnessed first hand over 5 years ago when he was diagnosed with prostrate cancer. It started out as a simple physical, including a blood draw, at the Surprise Valley Hospital. After the results came back it was determined that his PSA level had spiked from 1.7 to a dangerous 4.2 level. To be more conclusive, the doctor took several (12 total) biopsy's of tissue from his prostrate and submitted them for further testing, which eventually came back positive for cancer.
His ordeal, just like thousands of other men experience throughout the United States annually, caused him some real concern about how he was going to approach this devastating disease. His choices were many, but after consulting with several professional healthcare doctors, and even from personal friends that had also experienced the same disease, he decided to see a highly recommended Urologist in Hope, California.
Doc said that the surgery he went through was not as evasive as some men have experienced and his recovery was much quicker. He continues to have prostrate checkup's every six-month and the results are coming back with a clean-bill-of-health. Doc highly recommends men over the age of 50 to get annual PSA checks to determine if their prostrate is healthy. If left undetected for a long period of time, the cancer could eventually spread to the outside of the prostrate and into the bone and blood stream. Thank you Doc for this informative and important bit of information this morning.
Happy to be a Rotarian
Rotarian Bill Hall - January 16, 2014
Rotarian Willy Hagge - January 16, 2014
Quote of the Week
"If you don't change direction, you may end up where you are heading"........Lao Tzu
Recently, the Rotary Club of Alturas Sunrise INTERACT Club held their annual election of Officers. Our INTERACT Club is growing with a total membership of eleven students with a half-a-dozen more interested in joining. Thanks to Rotarian Bill Hall and Modoc High School Advisor Tim MacDonnell, students are realizing how important INTERACT is to our community and how it builds leadership in our young adults. For more information click here.