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Dr. George Kikano
Dr. George Kikano, President of the Central Michigan University (CMU) Medical School spoke to Rotary about the state of the school, its growth, programs, and objectives.

Citing the expected shortage of physicians in the next decade, Kikano said that CMU is focusing on Michigan students with the hope that graduates of the program will make their home and build their practices in the state. Many schools brag about the number of out-state students they attract. CMU focuses on and brags about its in-state students.

There are 141 medical schools in the United States, and many of those are clustered in certain areas. In his introduction, Matt Felan noted how significant it is that one of those schools is located in Mid-Michigan. For fifty years there were three medical schools in the state. Now there are three more in the state.

Educating a doctor takes eleven to twelve years and cost anywhere from $45,000 to $95,000. Even with those challenges, the CMU school has 4,000 applications for about 104 positions.

Kikano also noted that the US spends 18% of GDP on health care. But compared to other countries, our public health does a terrible job.

When the CMU school was in the planning stage the decision was made to do it without public funds. Dr. Kikano said he was not sure that model will work. It's certainly not the plan you find with the majority of schools. He noted that it's the right vision, but might be the wrong business plan. Time will tell if this works.

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The board meets this week
October 11 at 11:00 before the regular meeting.
Everyone is welcomed.

Do you feel a little haunted? You might if you attended the second annual "Running Dead" fundraiser last Saturday.

Runners came out in droves for the early morning event. The day was cool and bright, which was just what hardcore runners like. Volunteers who were not running tended to bundle up a little.

This run was unusual because on the south end the course wound through the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy "Sugar Trails", an area donated and supported by Monitor Sugar, among others. The trails gave the feel of an enchanted forest and were an unexpected treat for most runners.

Frank Janca and Best Real Estate brought in an entire "Two Men and a Truck" truckload of pumpkins that were given free to all comers. Tables were spread with paints, decorations and everything needed for kids to decorate their pumpkins any way they wanted.

Members of the "Face the FX" makeup club arrived before sunup to provide ZOMBIE makeup. The line started early and never ended. It was a long day for this crew since they had to be at the historic Masonic Temple by 4:00pm to do makeup for the 2nd night of the four weekend Haunted Temple run.

Lee Newton reminded members of the World Polio Day live stream event at the Monday evening, October 24, at the State Theatre. Lee also added some weekly "Polio 101" facts. Remember, our club is in a good natured competition with the morning club to see which club can raise the most money per member by October 24. Our club goal is $1,000, which we are well on the way to.

Vocational Day is November 1. 160 students have signed up so far. If you can help be sure to contact Matt or Trevor Keyes right away.

The club is still collecting gently used children's books to be shipped to the Philippines where schools and their libraries were devastated by a hurricane. If you don't have books, dollars will be accepted and used to purchase books.

The Dictionary and Thesaurus order is in, labeled and ready for delivery. A signup sheet will be available at meetings or you can contact Ed Clements or Andrea if you've already signed up or if you need to sign up.

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.


Board Meeting - October 11 - 11:00 am before regular meeting. - Everyone invited.
October 24, 2016 World Polio Day. Live feed of the RI program will be shown at the State Theatre.

November 1, 2016 Vocational Day. Seven area schools will participate.

June 10-14, 2017 Rotary International Convention - Atlanta, Georgia, USA OR
Dee Dee Wacksman, District Chair

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at )

Oct 11, 2016 Gerald Schloff will talk about plans to build eight tennis courts at 325 Park Ave., site of the former Thomas Jefferson School.

Oct 18, 2016 Misty Janks, Executive Director, will discuss the 125th birthday of the YWCA and the events surrounding the anniversary.

Oct 25, 2016 Mike Murray will host the club at an off-site program at the Delta College Planetarium.

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.

Get connected with ROTARY on Facebook.
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Remember! Check attendance sheets at the front desk.

District 6310 Web Site District Dispatch Archive
Rotary International Make-up On-Line at
The Rotary Global History Fellowship
Rotary Global History.

Frank Janca was one of the first to get made up.

It's a family affair!

Just your average elf and her protector.

Rotary President Andrea Hales shows that ZOMBIES aren't that scarry.

Runners prepare for the start.

The pack of runners head south for the Sugar Trails

Chuck Cusick was one of the monitors in the Trails.

The Trails were almost like an enchanted forest.

ZOMBIES were on-hand in packs to "urge" runners to keep going!

As the last runner passed, ZOMBIES became crew and cleaned up the course.

Back at the pavilion runners found pumpkins ready to decorate.

Artists filled the rows of tables to get that pumpkin just right.

Yes, it was a little heavy. A helper showed up quickly to tote it to the car.

The artistic vision is obvious.

Whatever it takes, everyone loves to paint a pumpkin!

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