Meeting Notes July 17

President Rowney

Our First Art Fair Meeting, July 17, 2019

President Rosemarie clanged the opening bell for the second time in her presidency. After our singing The Star-Spangled Banner, James Corey read Teddy Roosevelt’s inspirational piece, “The Man in the Arena”, which tells us that the man we should praise is the man who’s out there fighting the big battles, even if those battles end in defeat.  Downs Herold lightened the mood by updating two songs.  He made “The Good Old Summer Time” gender-neutral.  He fitted “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” to the current date in what should become an Ann Arbor Rotary tradition:

Take me out to the Art Fairs, take me out to the Crowds,

Buy me some jewl-rey and pot-ter-ry,

I will yell if I ever get towed!!  Let me buy,

Buy, buy from the artists,

If they don’t win … its the rain.

For its two, three, four, days … then gone …

At the old art fairs.

After the applause died down President Rosemary thanked the people who make the program run so smoothly.  Today was a birthday of note for Joanne Pierson, who has never before had a Rotary Meeting on her birthday because we haven’t met during Art Fair week when we met at the Union.  Other birthdays later in the week were also celebrated.

President Rosemarie conducted her first Board Meeting.  She inspired the Board to hit the ground running by gifting them Rotary socks.  Budgets for both operating and charitable giving were adopted.  President Rosemarie reviewed the recent very saddening news that a wild strain of polio had resulted in 37 new cases in Pakistan and 10 in Afghanistan.  This outbreak is in a remote region of the border between the two countries and a call to redouble our efforts to eradicate this cruel disease.  On October 23 we will host a major fundraiser that will be open to the public. Our speaker will be Ann Lee Hussey, herself a polio survivor and now an inspirational public speaker and volunteer team leader for polio eradication campaigns through Rotary International.  Incoming President Joanne Pierson will be organizing this event.

Dan Romanchik, Carol Senneff, Dennis Powers, and Mary Avrokatos—all Michigan Theater members—have an informal group called “Rotary Goes to the Movies.” The idea behind the group is simply to meet once or twice (or more)  per month and see a movie together. A mailing list, RotaryGoestotheMovies, has been set up to coordinate the movie-going activities. To get on the mailing list, go to or email Dan at for an invite.

Past President Ashish urged us to sign up for the Golf and Tennis Outing dinner on September 9 if we want to go.  There are a lot of golfers (good!) whose registration includes dinner and space is limited, so signing up now ensures a spot.  John U. Bacon will review his new book:  Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football.  Sponsorships and auction items are also being sought. The cost of the dinner is $85.00 per person.  The goal for this year is $55,000. Click onto the Club website, or visit or GTO website directly at

A very effervescent Norma Sarkar is excited about the success of the new RCAA Satellite meeting, both because it was fun and introduced our Club to new people.  The Satellite is an alternative meeting time for people who cannot come to the noon meetings.

Norma Sarkar

It will be held every other Tuesday at various pubs around Ann Arbor.  This meeting at Arbor Brewing Company had 15 Rotarians and four guests.  Jeanette Powers has already signed on to become a New Member.  As word of the Satellite gets around, some lapsed Members may find their way back to us.  The next meeting will be July 30, 6:00 – 7:30, at Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor.


Notes from the Program

Our Speaker, Dr. Brent Williams, addressed us on the topic of Interprofessional Care and Interprofessional Education.  He is is the medical director of the University of Michigan Complex Care Management (CCMP) program and a professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.  He is an Internist with practices in primary care, geriatric medicine, psychosocial medicine, and health screening.

Dr. Williams cited the 1981 appearance concentrations of unusual health issues that became AIDS as the beginning of understanding that chronic health conditions need jointly planned, coordinated team care from all practitioners who will treat a patient.  The disciplines include the doctor, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and home health aides – all the people involved in the care of a patient – including the patient.  Dynamic changes in society have caused similar chronic illnesses to prevail.  The current physician-based, fee for service model delivered from a brick and mortar facility is not necessary in today’s interconnected world. Education of all health professionals about the skills and competencies of other professionals is necessary to break down the silos that prevail today.

Interprofessional Care became a source of study and practice in the mid-2000s.  The concept became more prominent around 2010 as students began to learn about, from, and with each other.  Resistance to this change is stiff and the practice of medicine is still guild driven.  The Interprofessional Education Center that Dr. Williams heads is struggling.  Dr. Williams’ time ran out before he was able to expand on his observation that the classroom is no place to learn and practice this cooperation but all of us who have been on a team, whether sports or on a project, understand.