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Meeting Highlights - April 19, 2018

We were  happy to present our Student of the Month Award to Jesse Stewart, an outstanding senior at Patrick Henry High School. Doug Grosmark welcomed Jesse, her mom, dad and sister, along with PHHS Principal Listy Gillingham. Ms. Gillingham shared with us how impressed she and her staff are with Jesse. Jesse is a “quiet force” who plays an important supportive role to help “get it done”, whether it is as a class member, member of LINK Crew, Environmental Club or for any other task that comes her way. She is also involved with the STEM Program. Working with fifth graders, she is a great role model, demonstrating that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are exciting career options for girls as well as boys. Jesse is also a volunteer with the Girl Scouts and even finds time to help out at the San Carlos Library. We learned Jesse plans on pursuing a career in environmental management. Doug presented Jesse with an award certificate along with a gift card to Hooley's Public House. It is inspiring for all of us to meet students like Jesse and we know she has a bright future ahead of her!

Our Kiwanian of the Day was Mickey Zeichick. She ran a fun question and answer segment and then introduced our guest speaker, Mark Mahigian. Mark retired from the New York State Office of the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau in 2013. Mark and his wife then moved to San Diego. They decided that the our temperate climate would be good for Mark because in 2010 he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It took awhile for Mark to accept his MS diagnosis, and his research into the disease led him to the National MS Society, Pacific South Coast. Mark went on to become an active member and eventually a trustee, ambassador, recruiter, event coordinator and supervisor.

Mark shared with us a video that explained the causes, symptoms and treatment of this neurological disease. It is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. This results in a wide range of symptoms, depending on the location and severity of the nerve damage. The cause of MS is still unknown – scientists believe the disease is triggered by an as-yet-unidentified environmental factor in a person who is genetically predisposed to respond.  Luckily, researchers have made great strides in treating symptoms, although a cure has remained elusive. In addition to offering help and support to MS patients and their families, Mark’s organization also helps raise research funds in the hunt for a cure. We appreciate Mark taking the time to visit with us to share his story and the important role the National Multiple Sclerosis Association plays in our community.

                           
                                              Congratulations Jesse Stewart, our Student of the Month!

                            
                                    Mark Mahigian and Mickey Zeichick ran a fun and informative meeting!