NEXT MEETING: September 27, 2013
Bay Delta Conservation Plan & the Proposed Twin Tunnels
Tim Stroshane, Senior Research Associate, joined the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) in 2008. A Bay Area urban planner since 1988, Tim is editor of SPILLWAY (http://www.spillwaynews.net/), a newsletter that addresses California water and development issues, including CalFED and Delta water politics, court decisions on water, and water markets. He brings to C-WIN his extensive knowledge of California water history, law and politics, and his organizational skills in order to help build the Network at a critical time.
MEETING OF September 20, 2013
Happy and Sad Dollars
Every year, St. Peter conducted a tour down on earth. “This year,” he told the Virgin Mary, “I’m going to survey all your shrines and compare them to the shrines I’ve seen in previous years.” He took his tour and visited shrines around the world before he came back to heaven and reported to Mary, “I’ve got great news! There are more people at your shrines than anyone else’s. But I noticed one thing–every single statue portrayed you with a sad expression on your face. Why is that?” And Mary said, “Well, you see, Peter … I really wanted a girl.”
Welcoming Dentists From Russia
Dan Tanita introduced the Russian delegation and said they were here to learn about dental practices. Dan talked about the Rotary Four-Way Test and its application to dental practices and to our lives. As Dan pointed out, Rotarians around the world strive to share those values.
After each of the visiting dentists introduced themselves through a translator, Dan opened the meeting for questions.
The first question had to do with what the Russians are learning on their visit here. They were all very grateful for the many insights and good suggestions that they’ve been exposed to about American dental business practices. They thanked all Rotary Club members for the hospitality and Dan Tanita for organizing the experience.
Lillian asked if there were any dental practices that are much different here than in Russia. The main difference is the way the dental offices are set up. In America, one or two dentists form an office and hire dental hygienists. In Russia, it is not uncommon to have 12-15 dentists in one office and each have different views on dentistry. In America, the dentists have more control to run their practice.
Alan Blavins recalled that, when he was about 18 years old, he got into a fight and had five teeth knocked out. In England, he was able to go to a dentistry hospital and get them repaired by dentists in training. It took over a year to complete the work and it was all free. Alan asked if they have the same type of thing in Russia. All the visiting dentists nodded yes.
What are the costs for dental school in Russia? If you are the strongest student applying for dental school, the tuition is free. Depending on the area you want to go to school, the costs can vary but the average cost is about US$4,000.
Marina, a past visiting Russian dentist, was so motivated by her previous visit and meeting Rotarians that she went back to St. Petersburg and started a Rotary Club. Marina’s son applied to be a part of the next dental delegation and will be visiting with the next group.
Henry Moe, Rotating Scribe