A New Rotary Action Group

The human body is a miracle. Muscles move us, bones support us, the brain and nervous system process information, and organs work behind the scenes to keep us going. With luck, we live decades without giving our bodies much thought.

Sometimes we’re not so lucky,

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimate that within the six counties that comprise Rotary District 5130, approximately 19% of the population aged 65 and over have chronic kidney disease (CKD). And that’s only within the older population.

Rotary International has recently established a Blood Donation & Organ Transplant Rotary Action Group (RAGBD) to help promote the importance of donating blood and organs. Most people have two kidneys, but they can function fine with one.

Although my partner’s ongoing need for a donated kidney sparked my interest in this area, I’ve discovered that this problem is much larger than I’d imagined. Rotary, with its million-plus members and worldwide reach, has the potential to play a significant role.

Please let me know if you want to discuss promoting organ donation in District 5130.

Michael D. Fels, Ph.D.
Past President RC East Los Angeles (1997-98)
Group Study Exchange Group Leader – Lebanon (2000)
Secretary, RC Sebastopol Sunrise (2012-2023)
Chair, Environmental Sustainability RC Sebastopol Sunrise (2023- present)
President Nominee, RC Sebastopol Sunrise (2025-26)