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October 8, 2018   

Opening  
President Sandy McIntire rang the meeting to order at 1:30 PM, wearing a hat that looked a lot like a child's sand bucket. Apparently, it is a common form of head covering in Sandy's weekly mystery country, Azerbaijan. Marty Haines, famous world traveler, was the first to shout out the correct name and was thereafter exempt from all monetary obligations for the rest of the meeting.

Announcements:

Jeff Jenkins announced that the football pools will start this weekend with UW-Oregon game, 10/13/18  Football Pool 10/13/18  (Click here for numbers)

Today, October 11, 2018 – RCOB Board of Director's Meeting at 4:30 in the conference room on the 3rd floor of the Dorothy Haggen Building on Barkley Blvd. All members are welcome to attend.

 

Del VandeKerk and Catherine Riordan reminded members of the monthly (3rd Tuesday) Happy Hour; contact her for place and time. They suggested that these and the other social events, including the Capitol Steps show, are excellent opportunities to invite prospective members.
 
Save the Dates:
 
October 15th - Bloodworks NW Blood Draw at Northwood Hall. John Moffat reminded members who haven't, to sign up to donate blood next Monday, when a bloodmobile will be in our parking lot from 9 AM to 4 PM. It can't get any more convenient to donate blood. Smelling salts and blankies will be available for those who need special  comforting; this means you, Tim Farris (former club president!!) and Jim Wakefield.  One of our inbound exchange students, Rumby, age 17, from Zimbabwe, when asked why she wanted to donate, replied: “Why shouldn't I? It doesn't cost me anything!”. Contemplate on that, Tim and Jim.....
 
October 20th - RCOB Vision Facilitation Session -   9:00am-1:00pm at the Bellingham Technical College #G102J  Contact President Sandy or Exec. Sec. Sandee to attend ASAP.  We have limited space. President Sandy announced that the Club is looking for 30-35 members to participate and would like the group to include both established and new members.  ALL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO FILL THIS OUT and return to Lynn Spence at lynnspencebc@gmail.com on or before October 14th.   Questionnaire Link
 
Note however, the Everett RLI date (see below) conflicts with our own Club’s visioning facilitation meeting the same day
 
President Sandy also made the club aware of upcoming District Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) training sessions in Chilliwack, BC this Saturday, September 20th and again in Everett on Saturday October 20th. Interested parties should contact him and the club will pay the $45 fee.
 

The Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary.  Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business, professional and community leaders who want to be more effective leaders in their vocation and Rotary club and more knowledgeable Rotarians.

Part 1 of the Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) must be completed before Part 2 and 3.  The cost to attend is $60.00 CDN or $45 USD and the club will reimburse you.

​A manual will be provided to you which will serve through all parts of RLI.  Lunch is also provided.  If you have any dietary concerns, please indicate this in the comments section of the registration page.  Register Here

October 26th - "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner".  Catherine Riordan announced this year’s rendition of that great Rotary tradition "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” to be held  on Friday, October 26.  This fun happening requires hosts and guests, so please let Nathan or Catherine- know which you want to be.  It is unfailingly one of the highlights of the Rotary year.  If you have never participated, this is the year. Join us for a wonderful evening.

November 3rd - District 5050 Foundation Dinner at Northwood Hall 5:00 pm no host social hr.  Cost $60.00 if registered by 10/26/18.  Register here.

November 4th - The Social committee will be hosting a new event, Capital Steps Performance and RCOB Social at Mt. Baker Theater.  The show will start at 3:00 and the Social will be around 5:00 ish in the Encore Room.  Bring a bottle or wine or appetizer and leave in the room prior to the performance.  Guests are welcomed and a great opportunity to bring a prospective new member.  Go to the Mt. Baker Theater  website, purchase tickets and use the Code Word "Rotary" to receive a 20% discount. You will not want to miss it.  Email Debbie Ahl at d.ahl@edgewateradvising.com to confirm you are coming and what you will be bringing.

 

Rotary Youth Exchange Committee

Monty McAllister announced that initial interviews with outbound students for next school year will be held next Sunday, October 14. If members know of other interested students, have them contact Monty prior to Sunday to be considered.
 
Guests of Rotarians:  
 
John Inglis introduced his mother-in-law Marnell Farley, Molly Visser with John L. Scott and Kristine Elliot
 
Gary Goldfogel introduced Micki Jackson and speaker Josselyn Winslow with the Alzheimer Association of Washington
 
Del VandeKerk introduced Phil Esau with Wild Bird Charities
Presentations
Starfish Backpack Weekend Food Project
Past President Del reported that the project is off to a great start, having raised $7,000 with another $1,000 pledged, which is enough to provide sufficient weekend food for the rest of the school year for 9 students. Del thanked those who have donated and urged others to follow suit to further fund this very worthy project. Donations can be made on line at our Club's website, which leads to the Wild Bird Charity website. Scroll to he bottom of the WB website and click on “Donate”. Del then introduced Phil Esau, representing Wild Bird Charity, to present him with a check for the Starfish Project. Phil thanked our club for our continued support of students in need of the basics, which allows them to fully benefit from their schooling.
 
Teri Treat Presentation
Past President Teri mentioned 2 ways that members can assure the long term success of our club:
 
1. Donate regularly to the RCOB Foundation
2. Serve in Leadership Positions in the Club, such as committee chair and board member. Teri assured members that they will find plenty of support and expertise if they accept leadership roles 
 
 
Program
Important request:  Our  "Contemplating End of Life" series continues thru October and guests are invited.  If you are planning on bringing a guest, please inform Sandee Lindhout - rcob@comcast.net.
 
Program Chair Gary Goldfogel introduced the next speaker in our continuing series of programs educating us about the many issues surrounding the end of life. Josselyn Winslow is Director of the Alzheimer Society of Whatcom County, which is part of the Alzheimer Society of Washington. Her topic was “End-of Life Planning for those with Dementia and their Caregivers”.
 
Josselyn began by stating that there are many different types of dementia, referred to as the “Dementia Umbrella”, the most common of which are Alzheimer's Disease (AD), 60-80% and Vascular Dementia (VaD), 10%. Unfortunately, Josselyn has had personal experience with both types, her mother dying of AD and her husband succumbing to VaD. Her talk consisted of a detailed chronological history of her and her husband, Frank's immediate family. This revealed that both her mother and her husband were capable, hard working people before dementia symptoms began.
 
Once signs of dementia were noted, Josselyn's chronology emphasized the following points:
  1. It is important to perform frequent Functional Assessment Staging Tests (FAST) in order to document a person's functional decline and thereby provide appropriate support for their current functional level. For Josselyn's mom, this meant home-care by family members initially, supplemented later with Adult Day Care, then finally transfer to a Memory Nursing Home. Husband Frank, on the other hand, maintained enough functioning throughout his illness so that he could be cared for at home until his death.
  2. Watching a loved one's steady functional and cognitive decline is very difficult and draining for caretakers. Therefore, in order to best help the patient and maintain their own health, caregivers must allow themselves time away.
  3. Family members often feel helpless as they watch their loved one deteriorate. This helplessness can be decreased by becoming involved in a dementia support group. Josselyn and Frank started the Alzheimer Society of Washington and Frank lobbied the state legislature successfully to adopt laws making it easier for caretakers to manage their family member's dementia.
  4. While the person with dementia is sufficiently aware, it is important to fill out and sign POLST and Advance Directive forms as well as establish a Durable Power of Attorney. This will allow family members to know and honor exactly how the patient wanted his/her life to end.
  5. Once any symptoms of dementia have appeared, the person is not eligible to participate in the Death with Dignity program. The only other option for ending life voluntarily is Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking (VSED). Frank chose this process to end his life, at a stage in his dementia where he was still capable of making that decision rationally. Josselyn's detailed description of this process, with Frank at home and the extended family by his side, reminiscing and celebrating his life, served as a beautiful example of a "good dying process"
Speakers
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Nov 26, 2018
R. I. and Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation
Dec 03, 2018
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