Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
September 29, 2016
Members Attending (14): Roberto Martinez, Terry Brewer, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Jim Butterworth, Dick Drumm, Phil Kellerman, Jim McHugh, Dean Calamaras, Julius Frankel, Andy Leyhane.
Guests (4): Dr. Ron Carroll, Maureen McHugh, Mary Lou Carroll, Bill Nathan.
PROGRAM: “Science & Culture Shape Individuals”
Terry Brewer introduced our speaker, Dr. Ron Carroll, MD, and displayed his self-published book “Know Thyself.”
Carroll opened his talk by stating that he brings science and nature into any discussion. His background is in oncology, and he practiced from 1967 until his retirement in 2004. He said his talk is based on information available in standard textbooks, but put into a particular format by him.
He distributed “a Model of Three Components of Human Behavior” to outline the talk, ranging from an explanation of zygote–embryo-brain, the fact that the human genome has not changed very much from the beginning of the mankind, and that all race genetic mechanisms obey the rules of physics and chemistry operative on Earth.
He explained that we inherit culture genetically as it enables us to encode memories in our brains. We acquire memories from culture, cannot think without those memories and cannot inherit cultural genetically. What is learned is culturally derived; ideas are non-material and do not obey the rules of chemistry.
Carroll continued with an explanation of “Cognition & Reproductive Behavior.” The prefrontal cortex — which controls abstract thinking and thought analysis, and also is responsible for regulating behavior — does not fully mature until the third decade of life. In what may seem an ironic practice, although the strongest decision-making skills are not in evidence until after age 25 we send 18 year olds off to college.
Carroll also discussed the beginning of our culture with the Greeks, noting that Socrates wrote “The Republic” when he was young and the “Laws & Ethics” much later in his life. Interestingly, ethics no longer is taught as science, but has been under the humanities since the 1960s.
OPENING — In the absence of President Debbie Rodriguez, President-elect Roberto Martinez and Immediate Past President Terry Brewer presided. They welcomed speaker Dr. Ron Carroll, District RLI Coordinator Bill Nathan, member Jim McHugh and wife Maureen. Jim is recovering from surgery and chemotherapy and has been away for several months.
EXCHANGE STUDENTS — Michaela Rosetti, our Rotary Youth Exchange student, has created a blog to share her adventures in Italy. The link to it is on our club website under “Recommended Links.” Meanwhile, Rafaella Leal Câncio, our student from Brazil will attend our October 13 meeting as a guest of A.J. Amato, our Youth Exchange Officer.
RYLA STUDENTS — We have expanded our sponsorship of high school juniors from the area planning to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program. We now have five students from Maple Hill High School and two from Averill Park High School. The club is paying the tuition for all of them.
FUTURE PROGRAMS — Members were reminded to check the program date assignments and, once they have acquired a speaker or decided to present their own program, contact program coordinator Roberto Martinez with the information. The assignment chart can be found, as always, on the Calendar page on our website.
RLI TRAINING — Bill Nathan, a member of the Albany Rotary Club and the District 7190 coordinator for the Rotary Leadership Institute, spoke briefly about the October 22 session scheduled for Siena College. Several of our members are again planning to participate. The club will pay the registration fee for all who would like to attend. Check the website for details.
SAVE THE DATES — (1.) The annual Foundation Dinner will be held November 17 at the Saratoga National Golf Club; (2.) The 91st Eastern Cities Fellowship Dinner will be held December 6 in Rochester, with Rotary International President John Germ giving the keynote address. (3.) The Schenectady Rotary Club will host speaker Marie Josette Placide of the Haiti Water Project at a noon luncheon on Thursday, October 13, at the Stockade Inn on North Church Street in Schenectady. Reservations, which are required, may be made online by October 7.
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, October 6, at Quigley’s. The speaker will be Laura Schweitzer on the recently renamed UAlbany Health Sciences Campus in Rensselaer, formerly called the UAlbany East Campus.