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Millbrook Rotary
Service Above Self
We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
2571 US Route 44, Washington Hollow
Salt Point, NY  12578
United States
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Grammy Awards
Maura's Kitchen
May 30, 2018 5:30 PM
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Schaghticoke First Nations
Sachem Robert Hawk Storm Birch and Valerie LaRobardier from the Schaghticoke First Nations came to speak about the history and future of the Schaghticoke First Nations (SFN).
Sachem Robert Hawk Storm Birch and Valerie LaRobardier from the Schaghticoke First Nations came to speak about the history and future of the Schaghticoke First Nations (SFN). Sachem is a direct descendent and the current chief of the SFNs and works with the UN. They were established in 1676 after the King Phillips War treaty was signed in New York between Dover and Kent. The treaty was between the Schaghticoke, several other tribes, refugees and the NYS Governor, Edmund Andros. The Witenagenot oak tree where the treaty was signed is an historic site for the SFN and its conservation is very important to them. The Dover Stone Church was a refuge for them during the war. So the area holds significant historical importance to the tribe. The Schaghticoke are made up of three factions, the Schaghticoke First Nations, the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation and the Schaghticoke Indian Reservation. They have about 800 diverse members in total from a mixed group of Mohicans the Abenaki, Cahoo, Pennacook, Wampanoag, Narraganset, Sokoki, Nipmuc and others. The SFN is the largest faction with 347 members. Their diversity is represented in the tribal council.
The mission of the SFN is Community and Service, Sustainability, Cultural Heritage and healthy living. The SFN has no interest in pursuing gaming or gambling.  Instead, in harmony with their mission statement and historical roots, they wish to establish a cultural center in the Dover area. The center would have a museum, representative village, agriculture, trails, sports, classes, conferences and retail stores. They hope to teach the ways of the tribe to build bridges instead of being secretive of their ways. They plan to model the center after the medicine wheel.
They will be hosting their first annual Intertribal Unity Gathering on June 3-5, 2016. For more information, you can visit their web site at
Brain Surgery Saves a Rotarian after a Fall
About 10 years ago, Les Rollins discovered he had heart problems.  Every time he went to the doctor, he said the same thing.  His blood pressure was bad; he was put on medication which caused some dizziness.  After passing out several times, Les went to clinic at Vassar.  He felt with high blood pressure and bad heart, he had to get fixed.  On a nighttime trip to the bathroom, Les slammed into a wall which knocked him down, but he got up and went back to bed.  He was banged up with a black eye and then began to drag his left foot.  A month later, he couldn’t walk at all.  He went to many different doctors; there was no improvement.  Les started to lose the use of his arm – he finally went to the emergency room at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital where they diagnosed bleeding on the brain which was from the fall a month earlier.  Dr. Cho (neurosurgeon) was in the emergency room at the time.  There was big discussion between Dr. Cho and Les’ cardiologist (who was also in the ER), but Les had no choice.  The cardiologist was afraid Les would die if he had brain surgery, but the neurosurgeon was sure that he would die if he did not have it. He had immediate surgery that night.  He could not be put completely out because of his heart condition.  His head was shaved, scalp cut, and Les passed out.  When he came to, he said, “What the hell are you doing?”  The sound he heard was staples being placed.  The surgery was so much an emergency that Les’ clothes (and even shoes) were not taken off. Les speaks very highly of Dr. Cho and of the physical therapy he received following surgery.  Les had to learn to walk; he couldn’t speak for weeks.  Seventeen days were spent in the hospital. 
Warning Signs for Stroke
Dr. Alison Nohara is a brain surgeon who is the head of neurointerventional surgery at Vassar Hospital. Dr. Nohara came to the Hudson Valley because she learned that there was not special unit for treating strokes anywhere nearby, Her new facility at Vassar Hospital opened last year. Her group handles treatment of brain, spine, carotid arteries, nosebleeds, and—the subject of her talk—strokes.
Warning Signs for Stroke  
(Dr. Alison Nohara)
There are three types of disease that are termed strokes:
Ischemic strokes are caused by blood clots in the brain or other important parts of the nervous system (these are the most common type);
  • hemorrhagic stokes are caused by blood flooding a part of the brain;
  • transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), which are small ischemic strokes that last for a short period (typically 20 minutes) and leave the person with no lasting symptoms—although they are warning signs of trouble and need to be dealt with by physicians. A TIA is a “shot across the bow” and a person experiencing one should come to the hospital.
There are some conditions that predispose a person toward strokes: atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat), PFO (a hole in the heart), or hypercoagulable state (a blood-clotting disorder).
Survivors of ischemic or hemorrhagic strokes usually have lasting damage—about 31% need help with living in some way; 20% need help walking; and 71% have some disability that interferes with work. 
The best ways to prevent strokes are mostly the same as the ways to prevent heart attacks, such as keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels low, maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise.
Until recently the main treatment for ischemic stroke was TPA, a medicine that dissolves clots.  However, recent studies have shown that thrombectomy, or physical removal of the clot, is more effective. TPA worked in about 1 out of 5 patients, but thrombectomy was more effective in 3 out of 5. In either case, speed in trying to resolve the problem is essential.  TPA only works during the first  three or four hours after a stroke and every minute that blood is cut off, 10,000 neurons die in the area deprived of blood.
Since 90% of strokes are ischemic, her unit uses a catheter equipped with a cage at the end to capture the blood clot and remove it, although this may only work in larger blood vessels.
Unlike a heart attack, an ischemic stroke does not cause pain—instead it is common for the person experience the stroke to go to sleep and not be able to speak to saying about what the problem is. People with a hemorrhagic stroke may experience a powerful headache.
  • Facial drooping.  Ask the person to smile. If a stroke, the smile is often asymmetrical.
  • Arm weakness or inability to move arm.
  • Speech difficulty, including inability to understand speech as well as difficulty in selecting the correct words.
History of Millbrook Rotary
David Brinkerhoff's History of the Millbrook Rotary
David is a charter member of the Millbrook Rotary.  Dave joined Rotary when it was an all male organization.  The first female president was Mary Lou Murphy.  Dave was the 4th president of the Millbrook Rotary Club.
David Brinkerhoff's History of the Millbrook Rotary
It was originally called the Central Dutchess Rotary Club, and it met at the Cottonwood Inn.  The Cottonwood had a tree (now a stump) that was located in the exact center of Dutchess County.  The club sought members in 1972 and became a club in 1973.
Dave is from Sullivan County but lived in the Midwest for a number of years.  He moved back East in 1971 for a job with Abbott Smith.  While in the Midwest he was part of the Exchange Club, which is somewhat similar to Rotary.  Also, Dave received a $250 scholarship from Rotary in his younger years,
Dave spoke highly of Abbott Smith, whose company he eventually bought.  Abbott loved to speak and was the consummate salesman, writing seven books during his career.  Abbott also had many friends and connections throughout the county.  Cal Smith of the Pleasant Valley Auction Hall called Dave one day and asked him to come to the Cottonwood for a meeting because they were thinking of starting a Rotary club.  The way it worked was you had to have met with enough members for a year before you were approved, and the club had to be started by another club.  The Central Dutchess club was started by the Rotary Club of Hyde Park when Bill Nichols was president.
Dave had a few pieces of memorabilia to share with us.  One was a book that was published with the names of the club members, their birthdates, occupations, and other personal information.  The other item was a program from the charter meeting of the club.
The Cottonwood meetings were well attended.  If you missed two meetings you would receive a letter as a gentle prompt.  If you missed two more you would be visited by membership.  The club was represented by a good cross section of occupations from accountants to ministers.  Dave said there were three common threads among the members: 1) you have to very community oriented, 2) you had to like and be good at golf, and 3) you had to like to party.  Among others, Dave remembered Charter Night Parties and Summer Parties.  A toga party was held in the woods at the IES, and an Oktoberfest at the Pleasant Valley Auction Hall. 
The activities of the early club included manning a taco cart for Community Day, presenting scholarships, and many good deeds associated with local community members in need.  They started a big yard sale, which became a craft fair, and then an antiques fair, and along the way the idea for the Directory was born.  Our club was responsible for starting three other clubs, Pleasant Valley, East Fishkill, and LaGrange.  Our club has a huge territory.  Our meetings started at the Cottonwood, moved to Copperfield’s, the Town House, Marcello's, Milanese, the Millbrook Cafe, and now back to Copperfield's.
Dave remembered Charlie Pierce who had perfect attendance, as well as our Scott Meyers, who had good attendance.
Tom Stroup remembered the Getaway Trip, where an evening-long raffle was held and the winner would leave the next morning for a trip.  (You had to come dressed to leave from the party to get to the airport.) 
As our conversation wound down, Tom Lynch mentioned that the bell which is rung during our meetings is inscribed “Central Dutchess Rotary Club”.
Recycling in Dutchess County
Cathy Lan & Camille Marcotte from Cornell Cooperative Extension on
Recycling and Composting
Dutchess County has single stream recycling. Which means that you do not have to separate your recycling items.  In Dutchess County everyone is required to recycle, it's the law. In Dutchess County our recycling is brought to the Materials Recovery Facility in Beacon.
Cathy Lan & Camille Marcotte from Cornell Cooperative Extension on
Recycling and Composting
Dutchess County has single stream recycling. Which means that you do not have to separate your recycling items.  In Dutchess County everyone is required to recycle, it's the law. In Dutchess County our recycling is brought to the Materials Recovery Facility in Beacon.
You can recycle...
-#1, #2,#4,#5 and #7 plastic food and beverage containers
-including bottles, jars, jugs and other rigid plastic containers
- newspaper, magazines and brochures
-corrugated cardboard and paper bags
- paper towel rolls
- paper back books
- cartons
- greeting cards, regular and junk mail
- cardboard beverage containers
- phone books
-dry food cartons
-aluminum and metal cans
-loose metal jar lids
- glass bottles and jars
-glass food containers
-glass beverage containers
Do Not Place in Recycling Bins
- no flimsy plastic bags
-no materials in flimsy plastic bags
-no shredded paper
-no scrap metal
-no hazardous waste
-no diapers or bio-hazardous waste
-no non recyclable plastics
-no flatted containers
-no caps/lids ON glass bottles or jars
-no liquids
-no ceramics or non recyclable glass
-no frozen food containers