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E61: Dean Rohrs: Present at the first successful heart transplant!

May 25, 2021

Former VP of Rotary, Dean Rohrs is interviewed by Michael Angelo Caruso on how the world is getting smaller and talks about what it was like to witness the first successful #heart transplant.

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Dean left secondary education at age 15 and entered university and graduated at age 19 with a Bachelor or Science in bio-chemistry. She entered the field of nursing and eventually became a trustee for the Rotary Foundation, one of the world's best run organizations, according to Charity Navigator.

Dean says she likes to challenge herself every ten years with a big goal:

- At age 30, she married and raised a family
- At 40, Dean got a BA in fine arts with honors in sculpture  
- At 50, she emigrated from Africa to Canada
- At 60, Dean earned a degree in Nature Conservation & Wildlife Mgt

Dean was working in South Africa at Groote Schuur Hospital in Capetown, South Africa when she was called in to assist in what turned out to be the world's first successful human-to-human heart transplant performed by Dr, Christiaan Barnard.

Highlights: 3:00 Dean's bio and background 6:00 Carole King's doesn't have the only "Tapestry" 7:05 Her connection to Rotary (she joined in 1989) 10:30 How the world's injustice motivated Dean and others 13:00 Growing Rotary in Russia (they're not used to volunteering) 19:00 The Russians name for Dean is "baba yaga" (sp) 19:45 The first successful heart transplant w Dr. Christian Barnard 28:00 Sitting with Presidents of countries

Thanks for all you do, Dean!

Rotary International is the largest and best international service organization in the world. Its stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political, non-religious organization open to all people regardless of race, color, religion, gender, or political preference.

There are 35,000+ member clubs worldwide and 1.2 million Rotarians. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has partnered with Rotary to eradicate polio. We’re “this close” to getting the job done and it will mark only the second time in history that a disease has been kicked off planet Earth.

Rotary clubs usually gather weekly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to fulfill their first guiding principle to develop friendships as an opportunity for service. The Rotarian's primary motto is "Service Above Self. Rotarians also believe that "One Profits Most Who Serves Best."

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Michael Angelo Caruso is a lifetime Rotarian. He currently belongs to the Troy Rotary Club of Michigan in District 6380. Michael’s first experience with Rotary was through a Group Study Exchange (GSE) to South Africa in 1995. The GSE program is now known as Vocational Training Teams (VTT).

He was club President in 2013-14 and served as District Governor in 2016-17 and Zone 29 Public Image Chair in 2019-21. 

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