Posted on Sep 14, 2018

Upcoming Service Saturday Events

October 13 —Fish Park salmon viewing stand
November 10—Poulsbo Cemetery cleanup 
 

Featured Speaker—Dr. Seth DeCamp

Featured Speaker—Dr. Seth DeCampDr. DeCamp is a vascular surgeon who strives to provide competent state of the art surgical techniques, He grew up in a small, economically depressed Texas town, far from any population center. He worked on the farm, played sports, and served as a volunteer 911 paramedic. His county had no hospital, nor did the surrounding counties. He was in EMT school and was one of the youngest paramedics in Texas. He carried a dispatch radio all the time and responded to emergency calls, sometimes driving patients 90 minutes in the back of his pickup to a hospital or clinic.
 
Seth impressed the medical director of the paramedic program with the questions he asked about the procedures and treatment protocols. The doctor arranged for him to take the MCAT, and Seth did well enough to get several college offers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine where he gravitated toward the trauma department. He worked at Methodist Hospital in Dallas for 5 years taking general surgery and then spent 2 years in Michigan doing vascular surgery before going out on his own.
 
Vascular surgery is a rare specialty which treats all of the circulatory system except the heart. Dr. DeCamp does mostly minimally invasive procedures. A doctor in residency does many kinds of surgery, and initially he had no interest in vascular surgery. But he started working with 2 young vascular surgeons who were fun, good mentors, and active in the community. They introduced him to minimally invasive procedures that improved outcomes and shortened hospital stays. So vascular surgery stuck with him. He was a pioneer in an innovative prototype of an endograft that reduced treating aneurysms from large incisions in the belly to a minimally invasive procedure where several stents can be introduced through an entry in the groin to reduce pressure on the aneurysm. 

He believes we should encourage our youth—you never know what that kid is capable of and what he or she may become with the right encouragement. 
 

John Waller Classification Talk 

John Waller Classification Talk Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. John grew up in a small eastern Oregon town and attended Oregon State. He became a teacher, and his 1st job was in NK schools. He’s been here 28 years: 14 as an agriculture teacher then 8 as assistant principal. He recently became Assistant Director of Assistive Technology (and other duties as assigned). His oldest son, Trevor, is a CKHS grad now working as a game warden. His younger son Evan is in the environmental program at WWU. His wife Christy is a pharmacist at Central Market. 
 
 
 

Check Presentation

Dr. Paul Kremer receives checkDonna Pledger presented Dr. Paul Kremer with a check for $2,000 from the International Committee. Dr. Kremer is a corneal surgeon in Silverdale who has worked at a medical clinic in the Dominican Republic performing surgery and providing medical care for immigrants, the poor, and adults and children in need of care. The check from Rotary will go toward the purchase of spectacles to give to children.