Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Rotation Day - Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Oct 30, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Rotation Day - Friends of the St. Paul Public Library at the Rondo Library
Rondo Community Library
Oct 30, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Rotation Day - Northern Star Scouting at Base Camp
Northern Star Scouting at Base Camp
Oct 30, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Holiday Gala & Silent Auction - Non-Member Registration
InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront
Dec 06, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Oct 30, 2018
Nov 06, 2018
Nov 13, 2018
Nov 20, 2018
Nov 27, 2018
Dec 04, 2018
Dec 11, 2018
John Anfinson, National Park Service
Dec 18, 2018
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Sarah Kolar
October 7
Mindee Kastelic
October 10
Litton Field
October 17
V. Francis Luikart II
October 20
John Guthmann
October 21
Dion Powers
October 22
OCTOBER 23, 2018 PROGRAM: Treat Your Passwords Like Your Underwear
Join cybersecurity expert Chuck Standfuss, Protocol 46 Inc., to learn more about how you and your employees can avoid becoming cybercrime victims by promoting a culture of cybersecurity in your workplace and following a few easy tips to make you harder to catch. 
OCTOBER 16, 2018 ROTARY IN REVIEW: Dr. Robert Vince

At 12:15 pm on October 16th, President John Chandler called the meeting to order at the Doubletree Hotel. Joe Kovarik led the group with “America the Beautiful” with Bill Given at the piano. Al Zdrazil provided the inspirational minute with references to October being “Domestic Violence” month and how all of us should be concerned. He also led the group with the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Miller introduced visiting Rotarians and guests at the meeting. Susan O’Neil was the greeter and Linda Mulhern, the scribe for this meeting.

A number of announcements were made for upcoming events, including Rotation Day on October 30th at either the Boy Scout Council Office, the Epilepsy Foundation and the Friends of the St Paul Library, please register for the event. Also it was noted that the Holiday Party on December 6th is looking for everyone to register as soon as possible. It isn’t hard to do, but we need everyone to get registered for both events.

Jim Delamater introduced Dr Robert Vince. He is the Director for the Center of Drug Design at the University of Minnesota. He has a degree in Pharmacy and works on specific drug design work for various diseases and has received many commendations for the work in this field. He helped develop the drug, Ziagen, used for the treatment of AIDS/HIV. His current studies include research with Alzheimer’s disease and the potential of early diagnosis with spectral images of the retina for early diagnosis. Based on the royalties received from the development of Ziagen, the University of Minnesota received over 600 million dollars in royalties and the Center for Drug Design was set up from this infusion of money to the university. The Center is currently working on 8 research groups including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, analgesics that do not directly go to the brain and toxicology of a Tylenol overdose.
He noted that Alzheimer’s disease costs the American economy over 4 billion dollars a year and they are looking for therapies to attack the plaque that accumulates in the brain. The body creates 20 amino acids for use within the body, but when they are broken down incorrectly, the aggregates precipitate out the plaques that create Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is similar to diabetes of the brain due to the glucose oxidation and toxicity of the diacarboyls created due to the oxidation. A solution is the use of GSH, but due to its lack of stability and the blood/brain barrier, a drug needs to be created to create a passage transport to the brain, so they are developing a “pseudo GHS” drug. It has been tested on mice and found that the brain studies with the pseudo GHS use looked close to normal and mice were able to perform well in swimming tests to test their mental agility.
The Center has also used a Hyperspectral Imaging (HIS) microscope to measure aggregates via the retina of the eye. They were able to take photos and determine Alzheimer’s within 4 months with mice with the disease although asymptomatic as compared to 8 months when Alzheimer symptoms are quite noticeable. This might be a test that can be easily done on any human, and might give them 15-20 years lead time to early diagnosis and treatment.
Dr Vince was given a certificate donating money to the Read Together program at the St Paul Library for his time and presentation to the Rotary club.
Ken Crabb introduced a new member to the Club, David Wolfgram, he is an engineer with a specialty in mining. He is a manager at Terracon, and works with environmental and engineering issues along with resource allocation. He has 2 children and 3 grandchildren and loves to play rugby, including a time in England with the sport.
Jean Vukus Roberts introduced herself as a Rotary Board member. She has been with the club from 2006-2013 while with the St Paul Foundation and started again in 2016 while employed by the Hazelton/Betty Ford Foundation. She found it most rewarding as a Rotarian to set up the Centennial Scholarship. Jean is married to Scott and has 2 children. She loves to crochet and was an avid golfer prior to having her children and had a trophy to prove it.
Brianna Vujovich awarded a Paul Harris award to Chuck Whitaker and reminded the club membership that Foundation month will be in November. She hopes that everyone will consider donating to Rotary International along with the St Paul Rotary Foundation.
Chuck Standfuss will speak next week about Protocol 46 and cyber security awareness.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:14 pm with recitation of the Rotary Four Way Test.

Respectfully submitted,






Linda Mulhern

Application for Active Membership

The board of directors has approved the following for membership.

If no written objection stating reasons is received by the board from any member of the club within 10 days following publication of the name, the prospective member shall be considered to be elected to membership.


Name: Anne K. Kirchner
Title: Real Estate Agent
Organization: Coldwell Banker Burnett
Proposed by: Dana Bruce
Classification: “Real Estate - Residential” 

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