January 23, 2012 Program for Today: Muscatine Blue Zone Initiative by Mary Odell

January 23 Invocation by: Tim Nelson

Rotary Moment: Sarah Lande led us in a memory moment in honor of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement.

Rotary Announcements: Vocational Service Committee meeting today (January 16). Reminder to get Award Nomination papers from the back table for selecting the Bob Roach, Citizenship, Guardian of Integrity and Vocational Service Awards. Please get them back by the meeting on the 30th of January.

If you wish to travel to India for a Rotary inoculation trip from the 14th-22nd of February talk to Mike. Cost is $4000.

Wear your Rotary pin or pay a fine. Pins are available at the back table for $2.

Sara Ingstad shared details of a YPN partnering event at the Rendezvous on March 3,2012. Join the fun for a Murder Mystery Dinner. $15 for Rotarians and $20 for guests.

Happy News: Paul Kraushaar celebrated his grandson's first birthday!! Rose Mary Boesen smiling because fundraising is about over and your help is needed for the Community Investment Funding Selection Process!! Mary Wildermuth invited us to attend the Community Forum tonight at MHS at 6:30 P.M. to review proposed renovation ideas at MHS culminating in a $19 million dollar update. Tony Joseph celebrated Rotarians who supported his business last year. Paul Carroll is appreciative of the article in the paper about the NonProfit Center. Rick Ray is happy about the very successful Red Kettle Campaign. David Stanley sees more clearly since he has completed cataract surgery and he's happy about the Hawkeye win!!

Guests today included: Rick Gosney guest of Greg Kistler, Claudio Vitalie, new member, Reno Vitalie father of Claudio, Erika Cox potential new member and Cynthia Beaudette from the Muscatine Journal.

Help Muscatine become a Blue Zone by signing up at http://www.bluezonesproject.com/citizens/signup or texting "BZP" to 772937. Your support is STILL needed to help us secure grant funding...sign up now!! We are at 7% of of the community.

Program for Today: Sarah Lande introduced Dr. Peggy Nopoulos from the University of Iowa and her very fascinating program on the Human Brain. From birth to the first year of life a baby experiences some of the most major growth of his/her brain. At 5 a child's brain is at 95% of the adult size. Tissue type changes most for us between 5 and 30 with girls changing at 10 and boys at 12. Pruning is a process in the brain where loose synapses fall away primarily at the age of 12. We have dramatic decreases in gray matter between the ages of 10 and 18. Our brain is still maturing at the age of 25 with girls being 2 years ahead of males. Males have muchlarger brains than females and women have more gray matter than males. Males seem to more commonly have autism and ADHD which may be a factor of brain size. The membership asked for Act II of Peg's presentation since this one was so informative and was way too short.


And Welcome New Member Claudio Vitalie who was inducted and is sponsored by Jim Nepple!!