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  • Joanne Schriver
    Roger Schriver
    August 14
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  • Chuck Reuwsaat
    August 6, 1993
    29 years
  • Darcy Rosales
    August 12, 2017
    5 years
  • Jim Rosales
    August 16, 2017
    5 years
  • Arletta Schuh
    August 26, 2009
    13 years
  • Dean Linquist
    August 26, 2017
    5 years
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Rapid City Cosmopolitan Club Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Rapid City Cosmopolitan Club will be Monday, August 22, 2022 at Thirsty's.  There will be no Monday Meeting on August 6th because of the Sturgis Bike Rally, and no meeting on August 15th because we have our picnic at Duffield's on the 14th.
If you are interested in what the Club does and would like to attend the meeting, you are more than welcome to attend the meeting and we will buy your lunch. If you are reading this and find the following phrase on our website, "the best" please send me an email to: rgunn@rap.midco.net. If you find it and are the first to find it, we will buy your next lunch at one of our meetings at Thirsty's
Rapid City Cosmopolitan Club
                       What is a Cosmopolitan Club
Cosmopolitan International is a chartered not-for-profit civic service organization that was founded in 1918.  It consists of some 65 clubs with a membership of approximately 1800 in the United States and Canada.  The International organization consists of six federations. Cosmopolitan International represents all the Clubs in the United States and Canada and is involved in organizing many service projects.  The major project is Diabetes Research.  There is an annual meeting each July hosted by a different city, where members exchange ideas and learn the latest advance in diabetes research.
The Rapid City Cosmopolitan Club was founded in 1929.  It is presently the second largest club in the organization with approximately 100 members.  Rapid City is part of the North Central Federation with approximately 200 members in four clubs.
 What's a COSMO?
 (1) A person with a passion to raise awareness for diabetes. 
 (2) An organization that has given $5 million+ toward a cure                   . 
 (3) A Cosmo is a friend!


 Our Focus as an Organization

Cosmopolitan International has donated millions of dollars to diabetes research and treatment since adopting diabetes as our International focus.  While Cosmopolitan's principal effort is directed at the fight against diabetes, its member clubs also support community service projects and charitable causes in the communities where they are located.
 The Rapid City Club has assisted in donating to programs dealing with diabetes both nationally and internationally.  This coming fiscal year the club is sponsoring the Diabetes Inc. "KAMP FOR KIDS".  The camp is held in August, at the Outlaw Ranch at Custer, South Dakota


The Rapid City Club meets each Monday at Thirsty's at noon.  Thirsty's is located at 819 Main Street in Rapid City.  The fourth Monday of the month is scheduled as a Mingle Monday event. Club members visit a local business or organization When there is a fifth Monday in a month, we hold an evening social for members and prospective members. 

Rapid City Cosmopolitan Board of Managers

The Board of Managers usually meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Creekside Office complex on Jackson Boulevard.  The address is 2650 Jackson Blvd and is opposite the Storybook Island attraction.
2022 Distribution of Funds Recipients
2022 Distribution of Fund Recipients
Paws Saving Lives
International V.P. Fundraising
For easy understanding and branding purposes, the "Smooch a Pooch" program is now known as the "Paws Saving Lives" program.  This program is being led by our own Rick Swansboro.
Design & Implement an International Activity (DAD)
Develop a Sustainable Plan Promoting Forms of Giving to CI
Develop Fundraising Resource Material
CI and CDF Alignment
Paws Saving Lives Program
•Paws Saving Lives program offers supplemental assistance to those in need
•Candidates must complete an application form for review by the Cosmopolitan International
Paws Saving Lives committee
•Prospective candidates must present a brief the best narrative describing how a diabetic alert dog would improve the individual’s quality of life
Who Qualifies for Paws Saving Lives? Program?
•Physician’s written documentation calling for a diabetic alert dog
•Children & adults
•Type 1 & 2 diabetics
•Those with frequent night reactions
•Those with hypoglycemic insensitivity
International Fundraising
Develop Fundraising Resource Material
Develop Revenue Channels
Target Private and Commercial Options
Develop a Compelling Case
Incremental to Current Donations
Diabetic Alert Dogs

black labrador dog

Alert dogs have become more and more popular over the past few years, especially with people who have hypoglycemia unawareness, the inability to sense that a low is happening. A dog won’t replace a blood glucose meter and continuous glucose monitor, but it provides another layer of security as well as a friendly and watchful presence for better peace of mind.

The downside: Finding an alert dog can be a long, expensive process. As with any other valuable purchase, it’s necessary for buyers to beware. Not all alert animals are equal, so a little up-front investigation is important before you make a commitment to a service dog provider.

Many companies across the United States and around the world provide highly trained dogs with proven abilities to detect blood glucose changes. Because hypoglycemia alert dogs are also service dogs, they wear service-dog vests when working and accompany their owners during all activities and in all locations—classrooms, workplaces, medical offices, malls, airports, and more. No matter the situation, the dog should be capable of performing the job while staying as inconspicuous as possible. To get to that level, dogs undergo months, if not years, of full-time training. The time commitment required for training, as well as the price of food and veterinary care, drives the cost of alert dogs. The average fully trained alert dog comes with a price tag in the $20,000s.

There are two types of alert dog providers: not-for-profit organizations and for-profit organizations. Not-for-profit organizations provide dogs at a very low cost, sometimes for free. They are able to do this by offsetting the cost of training through their own fund-raising efforts. The waiting lists for a dog at most not-for-profits are generally long: two to five years. For-profit companies price dogs based on the hours of training required and generally have much shorter wait times. Some for-profits provide fund-raising help and guidance, but for the most part, raising the funds to purchase a dog is the client’s responsibility.

There’s always a risk that some providers will cut corners to maximize profit. That may include hiring inexperienced trainers who may not have previously trained dogs for scent detection in particular. Currently, there are no standardized training methods, so success depends on many factors that are unique to both scent-based work and diabetes. What’s more, without a full understanding of Americans With Disabilities Act laws and requirements for service dog public etiquette, organizations may underestimate the standards of behavior required.

Here are a few guidelines about alert dogs to help you become an informed consumer:

A dog’s age matters.

Puppies may be able to learn the basics of scent-based alerting, but becoming a service dog takes months of full-time training, socialization, and exposure to a variety of situations. Like humans, puppies go through adolescence, during which they may develop behaviors that can be problematic or even dangerous for public access.

Reputable organizations remove from their program dogs whose temperaments are inappropriate for public access and, instead, place them as pets. Some unscrupulous trainers, however, place animals as young as 6 months—or even younger—as service dogs. But as dogs mature, their behavior requires expert monitoring, and their training may need adjustments.

Even if an organization says it will continue training at a client’s home, trainers can’t predict a puppy’s behavior; there are no reliable tests to determine which puppies will develop service-quality behavior and which ones won’t. Beware of any organization offering a service dog younger than 1 1/2 years.

The type of alert is crucial.

Most organizations train dogs to nudge, scratch, or bring an object as a clear indicator that a critical change in blood glucose has occurred. The dogs should not be trained to perform a behavior that can be problematic when out in public (barking, for example) or an action easily confused with normal dog behavior, such as rubbing against a leg. An even bigger problem is when an organization untruthfully claims that a dog’s physiology will naturally change as an indicator. A dog’s nose, for instance, will not become either warmer or colder depending on a person’s blood glucose levels.

Ongoing assessment is essential.

No matter how well trained, a dog is a living creature that experiences changes in emotions and motivations during its life. For the training to transfer to home placement, most organizations spend a few days to a few weeks teaching the client how to communicate with the dog and how to reinforce the training. In addition, any reputable organization will provide follow-up for at least the first six months to a year after the placement as part of the initial cost and will be available for any retraining throughout the dog’s life. A reputable organization also will provide references from past clients.

When all goes well, living and working with an alert dog can be a life-changing experience. Dogs provide early alert, but they also offer emotional support. Most service dog organizations the best are run by caring professionals and are dedicated to providing quality dogs. Just like in any other industry, however, there are individuals who—for lack of knowledge, experience, or ethics—are willing to take shortcuts. Educating yourself so you know what to look for and what to avoid will help you find and have a successful placement with a hard-working diabetes alert dog.

Dogged Search

Diabetes Forecast suggests searching online to find out more about these and other diabetes alert dog–training organizations. Consider the principles from this article and apply common sense before making a purchase.

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