President Nate Dunham called the meeting to order. Larry Rankin then led the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test.
Marcia Leap introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians. Happy Dollars were collected by Ryan McKellen, who also led us in a few “happy” themed songs. Dorsey Hightower led our club in singing of “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” President Nate reminded members to sign up for district conference which was this past weekend.
Stacy Campbell-Domineck introduced our speaker Antoinette Pollard. Antoinette is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor & Yoga Instructor. She is the founder of Piece of Zen, LLC and is an expert in couples issues, anxiety & depression, adolescent issues, healing from grief/loss and stress management. Her presentation focused on the “Impact of Social Media on Youth Mental Health.”  She discussed how TikTok is the #1 social media platform for youth and that our youth spend an average of 7 hours per day on social media. Antoinette described how anxiety and depression are the two biggest things that social media causes in our teens. She then explained how there has been a major increase over the past two years in suspected suicide attempts in teenagers. Antoinette outlined three ways to help those suffering from mental illness: 1) Employer Assistance Program 2) Ask Open-Ended Questions 3)Apps to limit time online and on social media. Antoinette recommended three good mental health apps: Paylio, Breathwrk, and Happy Color. Thank you Antoinette for sharing such an important & powerful message with our club.
President Nate closed with his dad joke of the week: “If April showers bring May flowers then what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims.”
Next week’s program will address Mental Health it the LGBTQ Community.