Three outstanding Rotary meetings this month

Terri Kimble

Terri Kimble

Norm Noble

On Tuesday, July 7 Dr. Elliot Mufson from Barrow’s Neurological Institute, specializing in Alzheimer’s disease, will present the topic, “Looking back to see the future.” Dr. Mufson is a pioneer in the application of single cell gene array technology to study the genetic signature of neurons during the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. He has published 257 peer-reviewed articles and more than 40 book chapters. In 2010, the Information Sciences Institute recognized Dr. Mufson as one of the 100 most highly cited researchers in neuroscience.

Dr. Mufson received his doctorate in biological psychology from Downstate Medical Center, New York and was a postdoctoral fellow and an assistant professor in neuroscience in the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School. While there, he produced a series of classic papers on the connectivity and chemistry of the central holinergic system in the forebrain and brainstem, a crucial brain region involved in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

On Tuesday, July 14 Darren Julian from Arizona Fish and Game will be talking about living with urban wildlife. As the summer weather warms up and animals such as coyotes and javelina become more active, Arizona Game and Fish Department officials remind everyone to avoid the temptation to feed wildlife. Feeding wildlife is a bad practice that can lead to nuisance problems or potentially dangerous encounters between animals and humans. Recent calls to Game and Fish offices around the state have included people having problems with coyotes, skunks, javelina, raccoons, foxes, bobcats and mountain lions. “Many people mistakenly think that feeding wildlife is a nice thing to do, either out of a belief they are helping them, or because they like to see rabbits or javelina spend time around their homes,” says Julian. “But what really happens is that the animals can become habituated to people and conditioned to receiving food from them, increasing the chance for human-wildlife conflicts. Feeding smaller animals can attract larger, predatory ones, such as coyotes and mountain lions, which can cause property damage, eat pets and become aggressive toward people.”

In 2006, the Arizona Legislature passed a law making it illegal to feed wildlife (except birds and tree squirrels) in Maricopa and Pima counties. On Tuesday, July 28 Terri Kimble, CEO and President of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, will share what’s new in Chandler. Terri has been in chamber work for the last 19 years and started her career in Michigan. Terri graduated from Oakland University with a degree in Communications and graduated from the University of Notre Dame, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management.

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes meets for breakfast every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the Oakwood Country Club Ballroom. The meetings start at 7:00 a.m. and end promptly at 8:00 a.m. The cost of breakfast is $12. To make reservations for any meeting contact Rotarian Don Prestin at 480-802-0439.