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First Friday, May 7th at Laguinitas Beer loft

Golf Tournament May 27


Newsletter for April 28, 2010
Gordon reporting..Jerrie editing..Todd shooting
Next speakers:
5/5    Ben Stone, Exec. Dir. Sonoma County Economic Development Board              ~(EDB): Economic Development in Sonoma County and Petaluma  
5/12    Robert Pope    ~ Giant Steps   
5/19    "Alan Fitch, Videographer
             ~1996-2001 PVR Lip Sync show highlights;
                  Preserving family video/photo/slide history.
5/26    Dark..Golf Tourney tomorrow!      

President Pozzi opens the meeting.
Forrest leads the flag pledge.
Quote of the Day: Rickie reminds us of the Four Way Test-
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to All Concerned?
Will it Build Goodwill and Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?

Greg Freitas, Sunrise Rotary.
Dr. Matt Carter, Jennifer's husband.
Remi Gross, The Buck Institute, speaker.
Susie McGavin, Libby's guest,SAY (Social Advocates for Youth), and whose mom is a long time Rotarian and club president.

Derek Stefan, former PVR president, is graduating from jenUSF, Dominican, or SRJC?!  He's in all three!  Send him some love.

Jennifer announces PVR First Friday, 
May 7th at Laguinitas Beer loft then Garden.

Jennifer also announces that Laquinitas Brewery could use our help again with their Freak Show fundraiser on Sunday, May 16th for exittraffic control.  Tickets to the show if you want, with or without costume.  She said it is "interesting."

Paulie reads a thank you note from Rotary scholarship winner, Lindsay Wright.

Greg: the GSE team from Punjab, India will be here soon.  The three club welcome is going to be on May 8, Saturday, 6:30 pm at Shelly Moller's house at 355 Ely Rd North, Petaluma (789-9563).  It's potluck so bring some eats to meet the GSE team whose occupations include the high tech industry, and oral surgery.  We also still need a host family for one GSE person for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nite so if you or know one who can help,  contact Greg Freitas.

Reminder: PVR Jerry Besses will be the GSE team leader next year to Japan.

richardRichard: The Petaluma Leadership class is sponsoring the second annual Petaluma Film Festival this Saturday.  It will feature 26 films in three showings all for $25 day pass with many filmmakers speaking on their films.  Rich auctioned off two tickets to winner Jennifer.

The PVR board has formed an audit committee to review our community funding commitments.  As they make adjusments, if you know of any worthy community organizations that we might help in the future, contact the PVR board.
Jim O'Grady on PVR Million Dollar Golf Classic
Last week's Tigger goal cards has Pamela T. reaching her goal (she wasn't here today).  Next time anyone who reaches a goal will be able to draw for wine, See's candy, or a putt for $20.  We had 58 golfers in the goal cards, let's get them to commit!  The Silent Auction so far has 28 items worth about $3000, but we need more items like wine and restaurant items so if you know any establishments that might donate, please ask them.
Julie R. celebrates her wedding anniversary with bowling!
 (And gives Pres. Poz a wine corker from her recent Hawaiian trip.)

In abstentia, we wish Connie Tuck a happy birthday.

Libby celebrates her 9th anniversary with a party and dancing after Butter and Eggs.

Paul does his 15th anniversary by going to see Oceans.  BTW, he and his wife are both looking for work in the retail or sales fields respectively so keep your ears open for opportunties.

What no otter (Pres. Poz forgot the animals)?!  Liz scoops up a bottle of wine.
Remy Gross, PhD, Director of Business Development, The Buck Institute   
Mr. Gross graduated from Loyola in Los Angeles with a B.A. in chemistry and holds a Masters in Technology.  His job at the Buck Center of Aging and Research is to take its inventions and to turn them into innovations.

One hundred years ago the average life span was 46 years old.  In the years from 1900 to 2000, that span has almost remydoubled.  Unfortunately these baby boomers whose lifespan has doubled have not shown a corresponding increase in their health span. In fact, their health span has flat-lined.  The Buck Center studies long-lived groups worldwide such as women, Maori, and Scandinavians- researching their diet, stress and lifestyles to gain insight as to why they live longer and healthier.  Historically, when lifespans were shorter, the health care system primarily dealt with acute disease conditions.  Now that lifespans are long, chronic diseases such as Altzheimiers and cancer have not been adequately accomodated in the present acute care health system.  The research effort at Buck seeks to ameliorate that situation.

The Buck Institute has seventeen principal investigators looking into a variety of scientific issues on aging or geroscience.  Collaborating with, but unlike Stanford researchers, Buck researchers often work together in overlapping fields of interest and the Institute is one of the top fifteen research centers in the U.S. to work at and enjoys an international reputation.  A new building has been recently built with a CERN grant.  Notably. only twenty percent of Buck's annual funding comes from the Buck Trust itself, the rest comes from outside grants, private bequests, and other forms of scientific funding.

On Aging:
Aging has no one genetic marker.  Even one tiny genetic alteration can cause premature aging signs.  Each DNA blueprint has six billion four nucleic acid sequences which cause genetic variation between individuals.  It may take thousands of different nucleic acids to code one simple function such as lung cell division.  One area of current interest is the idea of health span expansion- pushing back disease processes  further  in time.  In one experiment, 180 known key genes were sampled and read from muscle tissue from a young group and a older group.  Then the older cohort did muscle resistance exercises for six months and their DNA was re-read.  Their DNA changed towards the young group.  In fact, it was better than in a sedentary young group!  Amazing- EXERCISING CAN CHANGE DNA SEQUENCING!  Exercise and diet can affect everything.  Aging is not inevitable nor invariable.  You can change it, so think sensibly about your lifestyle choices.

Thanks for tossing us old guys and gals a life-ring Remy!