Jan Gisborne, centre, thanks Anna Byrne, left and Cathy Fisher, from Powell River Hospice Society
Cathy Fisher, president of Powell River Hospice Society was accompanied by Anna Byrne, vice-president to present the program at our October 13 meeting. 
Hospice philosophy for palliative care is to support social, emotional and spiritual well-being and does not include heroic efforts to save lives. Death is a normal part of life and not a medical emergency. Hospice volunteers don’t provide medical assistance; they listen and support people in improving their quality of living and dying. 
The society is working with Vancouver Coastal Health to finalize a four-room hospice for Powell River which is greatly needed in this community.
From a high of 80 trained people, the society is now down to 35 due to COVID, however, there is triple the number of people needing support. There are also two part-time staff and that will expand. They have still provided support over the telephone, in gardens and virtually. When someone has a life-limiting condition, all along their journey there will be someone to talk with. Anyone interested in being a hospice volunteer can participate in the training. 
More information about becoming a volunteer, society member or participating in fundraising events can be found at prhospice.org.
There was a lively discussion with comments and questions at the conclusion of their presentation.
UPCOMING PROGRAM SPEAKERS
Any Rotarians with suggestions for programs are asked to contact Anne H.
 
Oct 20 – Kelly Belanger, new member talk
 
Oct 27 – A Potluck for Polio Fundraiser, Auction of items donated by members. 
 
Nov 3 – Vanessa Sparrow, School Food Literacy program coordinator, School District 47
 
Nov 10 – Ionatan Waisgluis, Square Byte, Online visibility for business and non-profits, 10 tips for success.
 
Nov 17 – Club AGM and nomination of officers for 2022-23.
 
Nov 24 – Linda Shabin and Avi Sterberg, VIU Culinary Arts School at Birch Tree Café. 
 
Dec 1- Eagle Walz from PR Parks and Wilderness Society will give an update on the trails and huts on the Sunshine Coast Trail. 
 
 
DIRECTORS’ REPORTS
 
Foundation:
Elke reported a change for the Polio Plus fundraiser on October 27 meeting. The auction will be at Julie’s with an online component. She is asking for items from Rotarians and for a description ahead of the meeting. Dan is offering a four-hour cruise around Powell Lake on the Rainbow Fizz. Ed is providing a charcuterie board and Ross is filling the board with goodies to be included. 
 
Fundraising:
Monica reported that raffle ticket sales are now at $7,730, almost at break-even and she wants to see more tickets than last year. She says sell, sell, sell. Early Bird Draw is November 15. $75 packages are the best sellers and $25 ones are second. Town Centre Mall table is available outside the liquor store on Fridays and Saturdays from 11-4 pm. Let Deborah know when you are available to sell. Please call her at 604.458.5668 if you wish to sell there. There are 59 more days to sell tickets.
Bingo is ready to go and Monica is still looking for someone to take chair that subcommittee. 
Read To Me books have arrived and Monica has asked for help putting in bags and distributing them. 
 
Membership:
Scott reported a final new member proposal is being circulated.
 
 
Community Service Projects: 
Joyce reported that our club’s largest community service project is the Festival of the Performing Arts. First committee meeting is Monday, October 18, in the board room of the academy of music. Jill Monica reported that the district grand for Read to Me has been approved. She wants to have a committee to vote of the books to include with the bags. She is going to find out the number of students in the district so she can figure out how many books to order. Ian Grant says there is lots of money left and they district wants to receive more applications. 
 
Public Relations:
Kelly said Peter had filmed and edited a video on the Westview Viewpoint with Don, Charlie and Sean which was previewed at the meeting.