Program Report: Dr. Eugene Washington – Duke University Health System

Back in the early 80’s Durham proclaimed itself the City of Medicine largely based on the presence of Duke University’s hospital, research and medical school. This was promoted successfully by the Chamber of Commerce. As the community has grown and established itself as one of the more desirable places in the country to live, the use of this designation has faded. Even at the time, there was a school of thought that this might have been a little off key.  If you’re a doctor, your association with the word “medicine” was your vocation, the noble practice of curing the sick. For others the immediate association is something, often unpleasant, that you take when you are sick.

On Monday our speaker was Dr. Eugene Washington, who succeeded Victor Dzau as Duke University Chancellor for Health Affairs and president and CEO of Duke University Health System. Dr. Washington is an internationally renowned clinical researcher and health policy scholar and came to Duke from a similar position at UCLA.

Dr. Washington was introduced by Past President MaryAnn Black, who works closely with him as an Associate Vice President for Community Affairs at the Health System. Her two-page introduction was playfully cut off by Dr. Washington who complained to her that she was cutting into his time. He also joked about being a PK (preacher’s kid) before he launched into the explanation for why the emphasis is changing from Duke Medicine to Duke Health.

The challenge in this country that he outlined is that our country has the highest costs and below average health measures in the developed world. Unfortunately, medicine is only one factor in determining health and not a very big one at that…about 10% according to Dr. Washington. He elicited thoughts from his audience on what the other factors might be. At the top of the list is behavior, then social and economic conditions, the environment and, of course, genetics.

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New Member

Please introduce yourself and welcome new member Bryan Piccirillo. Bryan was sponsored by Marge Nordstrom.

As an Edward Jones financial advisor, what matters most to me is understanding what is important to you. Working closely with you, your CPA, your attorney and other professionals, we use an established process to help determine what is most important to you and how we can achieve your goals.

Prior to Edward Jones, I worked for Duke University Hospital as the perioperative pharmacy manager. My responsibilities included project management/implementation, budgeting, strategy and planning, and employee management. My passion to help individuals in bettering their health also led me to see that many individuals also need help in bettering their financial understanding. This passion to help families now translates into helping families implement wealth accumulation, wealth protection, and wealth transfer strategies.

I graduated from Ohio Northern University with a doctorate of pharmacy and from Franklin University with a master’s in business administration.

Paul Harris Fellow Award: Emilee Collins

Andy Esser awards Emilee Collins herPaul Harris Fellowship pin. Emilee is now Plus 2. Emilee also is the current Club Secretary and President designee.

Paul Harris Fellow Award: Carver Weaver

Carver Weaver, last year’s Rotarian of the Year, receives her new Paul Harris Fellowship pin for entering the Plus 5 level. Foundation Chair Andy Esser makes the award. Congratulations Carver.


Mobile DACdb

Frustrated trying to find the phone number or email address of one of your Rotary buddies?

Turns out there is a mobile site that puts the directory at your fingertips on your smart phone. The mobile site is It WILL ask for your user name (usually your email address,) your password and the Club number (6099.) Once you log in for the first time you can save those setting and get into it quickly. That’s one of my cats, Lily helping me try it out. This is NOT an app on the phone so you have to use the browser and remember the URL (

Don’t remember your password? We can’t access it but we can give you a new one.  Use the Contact Form (in the Contact tab at the top of the page) to request a new one. You can request what you would like to use and if it isn’t something profane we will honor your request.

If you travel a lot and like to visit other clubs when you do, there is a Rotary Club Locator app that can reside on your smart phone. Search for it at the app store on your phone. It’s free.


Program Report: Non-Profits Working Against Child Abuse


As school kids, we tried to ace our tests, thanks in large part to homes where we felt safe and loved without condition.

As adults, at club lunch on Monday, we learned a more alarming use of the word – as an acronym for “Adverse Childhood Experience,” or child abuse. In professional parlance, “ACE” stems from a national research study that documents links between adverse childhood experiences and adult health and social problems.

Four leaders at Triangle-based non-profit organizations working to mitigate child abuse locally and across North Carolina, in a joint appearance, described the enormous human, social and economic costs of unchecked child abuse and ways we can help. Providing the updates to underscore April’s designation as National Child Abuse Prevention Month were fellow Rotarians Kevin Spears and Rachel Galanter, both at the helm of two non-profits. Joining them were Wanda Boone, a visiting presenter, and Muffy Grant, another visiting presenter standing in for Rotarian Sharon Hirsch.

Spears, director of development at The Center for Child and Family Health, said more than 20 percent of homes in North Carolina report having teenagers who have described experiencing three or more adverse childhood experiences.

ACEs includes abuse physically, emotionally or sexually; neglect in physical or emotional forms; and household problems including parental divorce, incarceration, substance abuse, mental illness or mothers who are being treated violently. ACE victims are more prone to obesity, smoking, heart disease and sexually transmitted disease. “The more ACEs someone experiences, the more likely these outcomes are,” Spears said, noting that the costs to Durham County alone are estimated to range from $41 million to more than double that in a given year.

Galanter, executive director at Exchange Family Center, said the organization works to inform families, create support groups, build social connections, encourage resilience and help entire families understand how environment affects the development of a child’s social and emotional skills.

Grant, representing Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, the statewide chapter of the national organization, encouraged members to provide financial support, take part of community events to raise funds and awareness and to watch “Resilience,” a documentary film now in current circulation that showcases the problem, the consequences and efforts to mitigate ACEs.

Brown, director of Together for Resilient Youth, said her organization works as a “coalition of coalitions” to coordinate wide-ranging efforts to help abused children and to build emotional resilience.  “We are more than anything that ever happens to us,” Brown said.

With good forces in fight against child abuse, Rotarians spent several minutes in questions-and-answers discussing ways the organizations can coordinate their specific missions with each other.

Submitted by Mark Lazenby