Posted by Deborah Burke on Jun 16, 2019
Here is what you missed at this week's Rotary meeting!

Meeting Recap 06-13-2019


* Sarah Stevens, American Heart Association - guest of Pam Mustee
* District Governor Marv and Janet Joslyn

Rotarians in the News:
* Dave Mathias received a Community Service Award
* The Women of Rotary of Greater Utica had a garage and bake sale at the Willowvale Firehouse to raise money for charities - wives of our Club members organized the event: Rena Giles and Wendy Humphreys
* PE Joe Caruso represented our Club at the RI Convention in Hamburg, Germany
* Jim and Stephen Turnbull participated in the CABVI Ride for Vision
* Two Rotarian businesses have been nominated for the OD Business of the Year: Heather Beebe, Unstoppable You and Nick Passalacqua's law firm.
* Dr. Roger Breslow will be attending his 60th high school reunion this weekend

* Dana Jerard announced that 14 Rotarians made contributions to Rotary Foundation in memory of Annabelle Calabrese who received a Paul Harris Fellow Award. Larry was not present at the meeting so Dana will deliver the Paul Harris Plus 1 pin to Larry.
* RYLA student Alexandria Cresci was named Valedictorian of the Notre Dame High School graduating class
* Notre Dame's Interact Club will be taken over by RYLA student Alexandria Cresci's sister Danielle.
* Central New York Conservancy's Clean Up the Park Day (Proctor Park) is this Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet by the pavilion in the back-parking lot on Ludlow Avenue where Rutger Street ends.
* The next Monthly Club Social Meet-up is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26th, at Gerber's 1933 Tavern from 5-7 p.m.; check the website calendar for directions if needed
* Changing of the Guard takes place on Thursday, June 27th at Traditions at the Links in East Syracuse from 5:30 to 8 PM. Tickets may be purchased on the District website
* The Adrean Terrace Summer Breakfast Program starts Monday, July 1st from 8 to 9 AM; details and sign-up are available on our website at
* 4th of July Parade - our Club will be helping The Genesis Group organize and will also march in the Parade this year. Bill Luley seeks volunteers and has a sign-up sheet.
* Boilermaker - Club members will be staffing a water station on Sunday, July 14th in support of the road race.
* Tour de Cure held on July 21st in Verona Beach is looking for volunteers. See Dave Bagley for details.
* Beginning July 21st there will be several Rotary Service trips to Guatemala to fight against poverty and illiteracy. There will be seven (7) trips in all throughout 2019-20. See Joe Caruso or David Bagley for more details.
* Monday, August 19th we will be assisting with Levitt Music Concert setup and cleanup at Kopernick Park. Details to follow.

Program: Rotarian Pam Mustee representing the American Heart Association (AHA).

Pam is currently employed as Development Director for the AHA - Mohawk Valley Chapter. The Chapter covers 6 counties in NY and promotes heart and brain health awareness with a goal of community impact.

Recently it has been shown that cycling as little as 30 minutes a week has a positive impact on your brain and heart health. To raise awareness of the benefits of cycling the AHA is promoting "Cycle Nation", a fundraising spinning event, on Thursday, November 7th at the Thrive Athletic Center (formerly Paragon) in New Hartford. Spinning is a cardio workout on a stationary bike set to music. Cycle Nation is specifically gear toward raising awareness of brain health. While a stroke is more common in elderly people, younger people can be at risk. The AHA goal is to educate and raise awareness with younger adults to recognize the signs of a stroke, be able to advocate for themselves and understand that the situation is preventable; not only for themselves but their loved ones. Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke in the US. One in 3 people are affected by some type of cardiovascular disease. This make research important.

The AHA is often asked if the money raised by the local Heart Run and Walk benefits our area. A portion of moneys raised here is used to promote healthy life style and education. Last year AHA - Mohawk Valley provide $290k to fund 72 grants to 43 different companies. For example: Sauquoit Schools received a grant to purchase winter equipment - snowshoes, cross country skis, etc. - to get the kids out and moving more in the winter. The local chapter also fully funds 6 summer internship programs at the Mason Medical Research Lab annually and they provide training for hands only CPR. Hands only CPR is chest compressions without providing breathes.

In 2018, $160.7 million funded 813 research projects regarding cardiovascular health but over 1,800 were not able to be funded due to lack of money. These projects would require an additional $351.4 million.

The Cycle Nation fundraiser will consist of teams of 4 people who will spin in rotating shifts for 2 hours. Jerry Krause has volunteered to organize a team(s) from our Club to participate.

Thank you, Pam, for an informative program.

Next Week's Program: Club Assembly and more! Please come join us!