East Chapel Hill Rotary
February 6, 2009
Friday’s meeting of the Club started with the great humor of Rob Maitland, who entertained the group with his usual flair and creativity.
Dick Baddour conducted the installation ceremony for our newest member, Daniel Corley, who was proposed by Bill White. Daniel is a Chapel Hill native who recently returned to Chapel after being gone for several years.
We learned some interesting things about Trey Doak, who gave our Member Minute (see below).
President Bob asked club members to keep Patsy Harrison and her mother, who recently had surgery, in our prayers.
Brian Stabler introduced Adrien Lopez from Chile who was a Rotary Scholar from UNC Wilmington that we sponsored three years ago. She is now a special assistant to the President of Chile after gaining her Masters from the University of Santiago. Her father was harbormaster in Valdez, Alaska when the Exxon Valdez ran aground. Also, Beth Sutclife from the University of Durham (England), my first alma mater who is the International Studies officer and is on a recruiting visit.
The controversy among club members mentioned in last week’s email was between Don Heineman and John Frick. Don wrote a letter to the editor (for which he was fined $25 for not mentioning the club – actually, Bob said we should pay Don) saying that he was in favor of the new law regarding allowing chickens in Chapel Hill because he has foxes, not realizing that John Frick is an accomplished chicken farmer. John, in his usual conciliatory manner, sent Don a dozen eggs laid by his “Ladies.” There is no truth to the rumor that the green eggs that were included had been “doctored.” John says that he has rare breeds of chickens who lay “Easter” eggs. Don has indicated we have not heard the last of the “controversy.”
The speaker was Barney Koszalka, who previously was Division Director for Viral Diseases at GSK and Executive VP with Trimeris. He is now Chief Development Officer of Argolyn Biosciences that is researching drugs that reduce the core temperature of humans and reduce shivering. Barney introduced us to the physiology of hibernation, including the Alaska Ground Squirrel whose core temperature drops to 27 degrees during hibernation. This research is important because of new protocols for certain types of heart attacks that involve hypothermia, reducing the core temperature of the heart attack victim. This allows the body to heal itself rather than create a cascade of negative events as the body recovers from the trauma. Suddenly providing oxygen rich blood to the brain, the organ that requires the most oxygen of any in the body, is like adding gasoline to a flame and causes the brain to send out too many messages to the normal healing agents in our bodies to come to the brain, thus overburdening the systems in the brain that are trying to recover. Gradually increasing the core temperature allows the normal healing process to progress at a more reasonable rate. Shivering is a normal body function that increases the body temperature and thus is counterproductive when a doctor is trying to reduce the core temperature, which is why the research he is doing is so important. UNC has recently adopted the protocol of hypothermia for certain heart attacks because research has shown full recovery rates of 50% as compared to a recovery rate of 5% without the use of hypothermia.
This Friday’s speaker is Dr. David Ollila who will talk about Melanoma – The Silent Epidemic.
I was born and reared in Franklin, TN, 15 minutes south of Nashville and my family is still there.
Had a typical childhood of school, church, Boy Scouts, and sports.
Went to a boys boarding school where it was considered cool to go to Carolina or Virginia. UVA required two Achievement Tests (now SAT II) so I applied early decision to Carolina, which required none.
Came to Chapel Hill in 1972, and except for three years in Winston-Salem, have been here ever since.
I was a stockbroker for about a dozen years, mainly with the old E.F. Hutton firm, and have been in trust banking for seventeen years.
In the ten years between 1978 and 1988, I got married, had two sons, joined ECHR, and made some money in the stock market. I still have my wife, sons, and my Rotary membership.
My wife of 30 years, Lucy, is from Raleigh and is an active local volunteer. My older son, Hoyt, is finishing UNC medical school and is off to UCONN for five years of a urology residency. His little brother John is a senior at the University of Alabama and says he’ll be going back for at least another football season.
My hobbies include hunting, fly fishing, and photography.
I’ve been an East Chapel Hill Rotarian for 26 years, was president of the club in 2002-2003, and am a Paul Harris Fellow, which they pretty much have to give you if you serve a term as president.
I’ve seen the character of our club evolve over the years, but I still get up every Friday morning excited that it is Rotary day.
I’m at a loss to tell you anything interesting about myself that you don’t know, except that I’m a registered Democrat, and to ask if you know which two members of ECHR proposed one another for membership.