2021-2022 Rotary Year - President Ann Rusk

July 21, 2021

I hope the Delta Virus doesn't interfere with our meeting in person. Los Angeles is now requiring masks indoors again. Please get vaccinated. I honestly think this is a good citizen thing to do. Protecting your fellow community members is like a good Samaritan act.

Think about it.
Greeters for July 21
Inspiration and Pledge
Dennis Webber
Sergeant at Arms
Greg Roe
Program This Week
Dr. Joshua Tompkins is an Associate Research Professor in the Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute at City of Hope where he runs an independent biomedical research laboratory. During his post-doctoral fellowship he was a California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) scholar and was mentored by Dr Riggs, for whom the institute is now named after. They continue to work closely together. For several years, he taught Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology at California Polytechnic University, and has co-taught ethics in stem cell research classes at City of Hope. He was one of the first to derive pure human heart cells from pluripotent stem cells for cardiac regeneration, and in the course of this research he was the first to discover epigenetic “memories” that form over development. Building on this work, his research at City of Hope now spans fields in cancer biology and diabetes, epigenomics, and regenerative medicine, and involves the tailored presentation of DNA sequences in the correction of multiple human disorders. Dr. Tompkins has shared his research at several national and international medical research conferences and has authored or co-authored over 20 major biomedical research publications including works in Nature Metabolism and the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. Prior to coming to City of Hope, Dr Tompkins received his PhD from the School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University. During this time, his research described the first DNA repair proteins to be recruited to a single DNA break point and mechanisms by which cells repair DNA damage from ionizing radiation (gamma rays). Lastly, for undergraduate work and his high school days, Josh was local. A graduate of Grants Pass High School and Southern Oregon University in 2000 and 2004, respectively, Dr. Tompkins received his Bachelors of Science with honors and a minor in Chemistry.
Time: July 21, 2021 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Upcoming Programs
July 21: Biogenetic Engineering with Michaela/Josh Tomkins
July 28: Music Industry with Jeff Brandt
Fun Time For Rotary on September 22!
The Sept. 22 meeting will be canceled and in its place we are having an all clubs meeting on Sept 23rd at Wildlife Images to celebrate the completion of the Josephine County Rotary Clubs Pavilion. Families invited,
Cost is $20/person, please RSVP to Ann no later than 9/17/2021 and pay prior to the event. Fellowship & Animal encounters start at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 provided by our own Papa Terral. Beer and wine will be provided.
Polio Plus Update
D5110 PolioPlus Update as of July 14th, 2021

Wild Polio Virus - ONCE AGAIN…NO NEW CASES this last week😃.
ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-EIGHT - The number of days since the last case of the wild poliovirus Type 1 occurred in Afghanistan.
ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-ONE - The number of days since the last case of the wild poliovirus Type 1 occurred in Pakistan.
TWO - The total number of cases of the wild poliovirus Type 1 that occurred in the world since New Year’s Day.
TWENTY-THIRD WEEK IN A ROW with no new reported cases.
For the past Rotary year of 2020 – 2021, Rotarians, Clubs and our District DDF successfully raised $141k towards PolioPlus or 98% of DG Cindi O’Neil’s goal – way to go!! This is especially impressive given the circumstances and challenges during this pandemic – I am so impressed with the work and effort towards this cause. It makes me very proud to be a member of this District.
PolioPlus Society is now a global effort
A visionary concept brought forth by our very own Harriett Schloer of the Bend High Desert Rotary Club and then DG Dell Gray of the Roseburg Rotary Club created the PolioPlus Society we have today–nearly 800 District Rotarians strong today. Three other Districts in our Zones subsequently started their own PolioPlus Societies in the years since…Districts 5020, 5100 and 5240. Then this year we expanded it into our two Zones. I am excited to announce that the PolioPlus Society has now gone Worldwide, having recently received the blessing of TRF, as long as each district administers their own Society. We are definitely standing on the shoulders of Harriett and Dell, and now others are standing on our shoulders…is that exciting or what! 😃.
Respectively submitted by Nelson Maler, D5110 PolioPlus Society Chair.
District 5110 Celebration
District 5110 Website
Something To Ponder
The Ford Family Foundation has always been involved with community development. The currently are focusing on "practices" rather than strategies.
Here are the activities for practice - seems like good ideas for anyone and any organization or business.
Other clubs in the area
(for visits and makeups)
Rogue Gateway
Thursday at noon
on Zoom 
Greater Grants Pass
Fridays at 7:00 am
Tap Rock Grill 
Illinois Valley 
Tuesdays at noon
Wild River Brewing
Cave Junction 
District 5110 eClub
State of Jefferson eClub
Rotary eClub One
For most other District or Club resources, click the DACdb logo above.
If you have a new person who you think would make a good member of our club - you can download a fillable proposal form by
Once you have filled in the form you can bring it to Secretary Ron Eichorn, membership chair Dennis Webber, or President Josh Welch.
Being a Rotarian Booklet

Financial Expectations as a member of the Rotary Club of Grants Pass CLICK HERE
Rotary Leadership

Rotary International President
Shekhar Mehta

District 5110 District Governor
Gerry Kosanovic
Who doesn't procrastinate now and then?
Here's an interesting short talk about it.
Stay well and safe!
Editor Hyla Lipson  The Rotary Club of Grants Pass