Posted by Charles Roumas on Jan 07, 2018
Club Meeting January 2, 2018
Opening and Welcome:  President Richard Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Scott Seabury gave the invocation and led the club singing of “God Bless America”.
Members Present: Dale Baker, Jackie Guzie, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Robert Lowell, Clark Mason, Don Miner, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, Jay Presser, Charles Roumas, Scott Seabury, Gordon Stagg, and Nancy Viggiano.  (18/32….56.3%).
Guests: Speaker Dr. Christina E. Fitch, DO, MPH; Visiting Rotarian Greg Madore (Burbank CA), and Greg’s wife Kim Madore.
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
-A huge thank you to all the Rotarians and Interact members who braved frigid temperatures to raise funds via a kettle drive for the Emergency Aid Association and Salvation Army. Per coordinator Ken Pascoe, the drive successfully raised approx. $1350!
-The next Rotary Board Meeting is Tuesday January 9 at 500 pm. All those with issues for board review, please submit ASAP, or let Dick know if you wish to attend. Treasurer Jack Muska informed the members that Morgan Stanley will be attending the board meeting to discuss our funds management.
-Additionally, Dick asked our visiting Rotarian Greg Madore from the Burbank Noon Rotary Club, Burbank CA to say a few words to the group. As member Don Miner’s son-in-law, Greg was already familiar with Rotary and sought out this specific club in his new home area of California due to its pro-activity in the community and having its own foundation.  Among its service projects were the decoration and then auction of Christmas trees for charity proceeds. Also, their leader Brian Volpei developed a program with the Burbank Police to procure gift cards enabling under-served kids to “holiday shop with a cop” at stores such as Target. We thank Greg for sharing these ideas.
PROGRAM: President Kisiel introduced Dr. Christina E. Fitch, DO, MPH, to educate our members on the specific field of Palliative Medical Care and how we as Rotarians can help. Christina defined palliative care as specifically focused on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, stress, of a serious illness, and to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Patients can choose concurrent treatment paths of life prolonging/curative and palliative. She strongly recommended we all have two critical documents: assignment of health care proxy and our personal medical orders/wishes for life-sustaining treatment. Because the main purpose of palliative care is to ease a patient’s suffering, the efforts of all stakeholders (chaplains, social workers, neighbors, community volunteers, etc.) are both welcomed and encouraged. Although this is not something we all think about on a regular basis, it was important to be reminded. Dr. Fitch is happy to offer any member help in  involvement in palliative care in their community.
Blue Ticket Winners: Nancy Viggiano had the winning blue ticket, with sides won by Dale Baker Jon Kozloski.
Queen of Hearts:  Ken Pascoe had the winning red ticket but did not select the Queen of Hearts. Total winning pot now stands at $35+.
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Ralph Fletcher’s birthday was acknowledged in absentia.
Adjournment: Scott Seabury closed the meeting with a very appropriate group singing of “Auld Lang Syne”.
 Minutes recorded by Charles Roumas, VP on January 2, 2018.
Next week’s meeting (January 9) will be an informative talk by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a neurosurgeon discussing his volunteer medical care trips to South America.