The Rotary Club of      Hamilton AM

"Making a Difference"

Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
William's Fresh Cafe
47 Discovery Drive
Hamilton, ON  L8L 8K4
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January 2018 Member Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting
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Desk 1
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Meeting
Greeter
Saying
Grace
 
Introduce 
Speaker
Sergeant
at Arms
January
3
John
Dalgleish
Tim
Dickins
Kim
G-C
Ruth
Greenspan
Don
Grennan
Sandy
Marincic
January
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Dave 
Gruggen
Cheryl
Gzik
Joe
Hamilton
Bruce 
Horsley
Michael
Howes
Ruth
Liebersbach
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Ashi
Jain
Cathy
Jeske
Martina
J-M
Mark 
Ewer
Dora
Lomax
John 
Mokrycke
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Al
Lutchin
Joanne
McCallum
Tim
McClemont
Janet
McNaught
Dan
Millar
John
Janisse
January
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Angelo
Misale
Cameron
Nolan
Sheryel
Raymes
Dave 
Gruggen
Shikha
Sareen
 
 
Recent Breakfast Speakers and Activities
Our guest speaker on January 3, 2018, was Dez Miklos, a former member of the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM.  Dez was born in Hungary and escaped that country’s revolution into Austria in 1956 as a political refugee.  He travelled through England, Scotland and Ireland to land in Toronto Easter Sunday 1956.  As an immigrant he has lived in Cornwall, Brockville, and Hamilton.  He is a graduate of Westdale and Ryerson Polytechnical institute (now university).  He first managed hotels in Ontario, and conducted business as a member of the Rotary clubs of Hamilton, Kirkland Lake, and Hamilton AM.

He spoke to us on the topic of senior driver’s care, which because of family circumstances became an item of convenience for him.  He decided that he needed to improve on the teaching field of safe driving and started his own company.  He has written articles on safe driving, sold beginners driving curricula in both English and French, and hosted the radio show ‘Say Dez!’ at McMaster University’s CFMU radio station.  In addition to having taught A-F, B, C, D, E and F licensing programmes, he also trains truck drivers.  Dez is now semi-retired and focuses his attention on seniors and their associated driving problems, which was the topic of his talk January 3. 

He describes the situation around seniors driving and training as ‘not a pretty picture’ as there are several issues he has dealt with surrounding the mental and physical aspects of aging.  The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) is recommending that everyone, including seniors, now be tested for their abilities every five years.  Dez mentioned to our club that the driver fatality rate increases significantly for those over sixty years, and most especially for those over the age of eighty five.  He also mentioned that twenty percent of seniors indicate that they plan to drive into their nineties as driving for the elderly is seen as a big step towards their independence.

Dez mentioned that all seniors must take a group education session which is a ten minute two-part test in which the senior draws a clock and labels the hands at ten past eleven.  This is a test for dementia.  The second test is one in which the test taker strikes out all the H’s from a multiple row presentation of mostly random letters.  If the senior fails either test, then the license is downgraded to a G1, which means that the senior must drive with a fully licensed driver in the car at all times.  The alternative to this condition is that the senior take public transit.

Dez mentioned that club members can administer a simple yet specific mini cognitive test for Alzheimer disease and Dementia to senior family members or seniors in the community.  If the senior to whom the test is applied fails this test, then the senior may see a family physician for further remedy.  The club member first names three objects and asks the senior to repeat what has been said.  The senior is then asked to do the clock test mentioned above and at the end of the test is asked to repeat the names of the three objects first asked by the club member.   If the senior fails any part of this test, he/she is advised to visit their family physician.  Dez also mentioned that club and family members should be on the lookout of Depression in elderly family members and seniors in the community. 
Many thanks to the Rotary Club of Waterdown for hosting a most excellent Trivia Night on December 9, 2017.   Our own "Trebek's Turkeys" took home the $300 first prize which is being donated to Polio Plus to be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  www.endpolio.org.  Winning turkeys pictured here: rear left to right:   John Blums, Tim MccLemont, Cathy Jeske, Wilmar Jeske, front left to right:  Anne Bermingham, Marta Stiteler, Jane Blums and Ronnie Rubin.
Last year, the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM through its World Community Services Committee selected three important projects in the world to donate to.  Here is a summary what we did.  
Drinking Fountains in Mexico
The drinking fountain project of the Rotary Club of Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico, (Club Rotario Valladolid Pueblo Magico) will provide safe, clean drinking water to thousands of primary school children in Valladolid and the surrounding villages. Thanks to the donation of the Hamilton AM Rotary Club, two of the 45 elementary schools identified by the Club Rotario Valladolid will receive drinking fountains.
Salama Shield
The Salama SHIELD Foundation (SSF) has benefited from an ongoing partnership with the Rotary Hamilton AM club. The impact of its intervention support for vulnerable persons and communities in Uganda cannot be overstated. SS is currently advancing a comprehensive youth program that offers a variety of educational, income-generating, and skills-based training experiences.
 
We had a Dental Camp this past weekend in Lyantonde.  Six dentists from San Francisco came to Lyantonde and operated on the many persons who showed up.  This young girl shown in the picture had black teeth a few days ago!  They spent 8 hours making her smile again.  She had been reclusive, shunned, and ignored in the community.  She is clearly changed as a result of this intervention. 
 
Haiti Water For Life Program, Artibonite Valley Haiti
Since its beginning 22 years ago the Haiti Water For Life Program has provided clean water to over 200,000 people located in the Artibonite Valley in Central Haiti.  The current well total is approximately 265. New wells are drilled on a planned basis, approximately one every couple of months depending upon the difficulty and location.  Each well averages about $5000 US in cost.  Water projects are placed in school yards, community squares and other secure areas where the local communities have access to the water. In addition, the program has provided training to local plumbers who take the responsibility to maintain the wells which includes annual checks for quality and operation.  Due to the local management and every well that has been drilled continues to provide water to the local communities. In recent years the program was expanded to include the building of latrines in areas of the valley to help protect the ground water.  To date approximately 1000 latrines of various sizes have been completed.
 
 
 
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