5/11/2020– Patrice Harris, MD, MA – President, American Medical Association

Fellow Rotarians: We hope that you’ve been enjoying the virtual Rotary meetings over the last two weeks. We thank the program committee for their great planning of our speakers. Our board has invested in a month to month license for GoToWebinar since it seems to be going smoothly with a few small kinks that are usually user error (mine!). Of course, we hope that one day soon it will be safe for us to meet again in person. We’ll keep you posted as we hear anything and as our Board makes decisions about the health and welfare of our membership. 

On May 11th, we will have our third virtual meeting. We are excited to be able to bring you the President of the American Medical Association, a West Virginia native, Dr. Patrice Harris. Dr. Harris will discuss“COVID-19:  Physician Leadership During Times of Crisis.”

You will receive an email from Deb Coffman with instructions to register for this meeting. Please register quickly so that you are sure you have a “seat”! 

Please review Dr. Harris’s bio below and join in our excitement in welcoming her to our Rotary meeting. 

Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, became the 174th president of the American Medical Association in June 2019, and the organization’s first African-American woman to hold this position. Dr. Harris has diverse experience as a private practicing physician, public health administrator, patient advocate and medical society lobbyist.

Dr. Harris currently spearheads the AMA’s efforts to end the opioid epidemic and has been chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force since its inception in 2014.During her presidency, Dr. Harris will continue to lead the task force as it works across every state to eliminate barriers to treatment, provide patients with access to affordable, non-opioid pain care, and fight the stigma faced by those with substance use-disorders.

Having served on the AMA Board of Trustees since 2011, and as chair from 2016 to 2017, she has long been a mentor, a role model and an advocate. Prior to serving on the board, Dr. Harris honed her broad knowledge and deep understanding of health care issues through various leadership roles. At the AMA these included having served for many years on the AMA Council on Legislation, including a term as chair, and on multiple AMA task forces on topics such as health information technology, payment and delivery reform, and private contracting. Beyond the AMA she has held positions of leadership with the American Psychiatric Association, the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association, the Medical Association of Georgia, and The Big Cities Health Coalition, where she chaired this forum composed of leaders from America’s largest metropolitan health departments.

Growing up in Bluefield, West Virginia, Dr. Harris dreamt of entering medicine at a time when few women of color were encouraged to become physicians. Dr.Harris spent her formative years at West Virginia University, earning a BA in psychology, an MA in counseling psychology and ultimately, a medical degree in 1992. It was during this time that her passion for helping children emerged,and she completed her psychiatry residency and fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Two themes that govern Dr. Harris’s professional life are a passion to improve the lives of children and service to others. A recognized expert in children’s mental health and childhood trauma, Dr. Harris has led efforts on both local and national levels to integrate public health, behavioral health and primary care services with supports for employment, housing and education.

A distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Harris continues in private practice and currently consults with both public and private organizations on health service delivery and emerging trends in practice and health policy. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and an adjunct clinical assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Please be sure to join us on May 11th at noon! We’ll “see” you then! 

5/18/2020– David Elliott, PharmD., FASCP, FCCP, AGSF, BCGP – Director, WV Geriatric Education Center

5/25/2020Memorial Day – No Meeting

Birthday Greetings

Dill Battle – May 12th

Mike Moore – May 13th


5 Years   Angie Settle   Join Date: May 11, 2015

New Proposed Member:

New Members:

Deceased Member:

Greeter/Prayer for May

Please contact Mike Fidler at 304-546-8156 or mofidler@suddenlink.net

Through the month of May we will not have Greeter’s 


The Program Committee, they meet weekly at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, directly after the regular scheduled meeting. Parking is free just let the parking attendant know you are with the Rotary Club of Charleston.

Putnam Rotary Club Meeting begins at 12:00 noon at the First State Bank Community Room
3754 Teays Valley Road
Hurricane, WV 25526   

Vandalia Club meets at Edgewood Country Club. Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 – last Wednesday of month is a social or service project.

Meeting begins 12:00 noon St. Albans Rotary Club at their new meeting location is City National Bank 560 4th Street  Saint Albans, WV 25177

Other Ways to Make-up a Meeting:
1. The board unanimously approved another avenue to get additional credit for attendance. In addition to attending a committee meeting, doing an online make-up, or visiting another Rotary Club you can now get one meeting credit for every new member prospect/guest you bring to a regular Monday meeting. The credit will apply during the same quarter in which you bring the potential member/guest. This is a great way to both make up attendance and recruit new members into our club. Contact Paul White with questions.

2. To do a make-up meeting on-line, click the link below: Rotary Club Online make-up location: http://www.rotaryeclubone.org/The on-line system is set up to provide a written confirmation of the make-up to the person who actually did the make-up. The Member is then responsible for providing the confirmation to their Rotary Club Administrator. Please forward a copy of your confirmation letter to me debcoffman@suddenlink.net to receive proper credit, also check the weekly newsletter to see if I have listed your make up and name, if not this indicates that I did not receive your make-up notice.

Attendance Monday, May 4, 2020
Virtual Meeting Attendance: 
Number of Members attended: Active: 44   Exempt: 15
Number of Guests: 4
Visiting Rotarians: 0
Total Members Attended: 63

Online Make-up: None