The Rotary Club of      Hamilton AM

Hamilton A.M.

"Making a Difference"

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
William's Fresh Cafe
47 Discovery Drive
Hamilton, ON  L8L 8K4
Canada
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April 2018
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Club Executives & Directors
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Treasurer
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Public Relations
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Director
Youth Exchange Officer
RI Convention Promotion Chair
 
Upcoming Events
 
April 2018 Member Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting
Date
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Desk 1
Front
Desk  2
Meeting
Greeter
Saying
Grace
 
Introduce 
Speaker
Sergeant
at Arms
April 
4
Sheryel
Raymes
Paul 
Reardon
Shikha
Sareen
Mike 
Shea
Reeney
Stayshyn
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April 
11
Frank
Stechey
Marta
Stiteler
Brian
Tisdale
Sharon
L-C
Michelle
Austin
John 
Mokrycke
April 
18
John
Baxter
Anne 
Bermingham
Greg
Burbridge
Marvin
Cohen
Yolanda
C-B
Frank 
Stechey
April 
25
John
Dalgleish
Tim
Dickins
Judy
Dolbec
Martina 
J-M
Kim
G-C
Sandy
Marincic
 
May 2018 Member Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting
Date
Front
Desk 1
Front
Desk  2
Meeting
Greeter
Saying
Grace
 
Introduce 
Speaker
Sergeant
at Arms
May
2
Ruth
Greenspan
Don
Grennan
Dave
Gruggen
Joe
Hamilton
Michael 
Howes
John
Janisse
May
9
Ashi
Jain
John
Janisse
Catherine
Jeske
Martina
J-M
Paul 
Lakin
Norm
Geddes
May 
16
Sharon
L-C
Ruth
Liebersbach
Dora
Lomax
Al
Lutchin
Sandy 
Marincic
John
Mokrycke
May 
23
Joanne 
McCallum
Tim
McClemont
John
Mokrycke
Angelo
Misale
Dan
Millar
Ruth 
Liebersbach
May
30
Cameron
Nolan
Sheryel
Raymes
Paul 
Reardon
Shikha
Sareen
Michael
Shea
Sandy
Marincic
 
Recent Breakfast Speakers and Activities

On April 11th Yohana Otite, the Executive Director of Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion shared with the Club the vision of a united Hamilton that respects diversity, practices equity and speaks against discrimination.  She is seen receiving, from Tim McClemont, Club’s President Elect, a thank-you certificate that vaccinates 25 children against polio.

 

On February 28, 2018 Graham Crawford presented to the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM  'Revitalizing the Westdale Theatre'.  Graham received a Certificate of thanks from Club member and long time Rotarian Dave Gruggen confirming that our Club has paid for a Polio Vaccination for 25 Children in appreciation for Graham's visit.               
The Rotary Club of Hamilton AM has been advised that the second drinking fountain donated by our club was installed in December at the Jose Maria Morelos Pavon primary school in Tesoco, a village within our municipality of Valladolid, Yucatan.
 
Local Rotarian Tey Stiteler , the president and the members of the Club Rotario Valladolid Pueblo Magico attended the inauguration of the drinking fountain which was officiated by Julio Perez Tovar, the governor of our district, District 4195 of Rotary Club International.
 
Our club's contributions to purchase three drinking fountains in the village of Valladolid will provide free, safe, clean, and healthy water on a daily basis to thousands of children over the years.
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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