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Rosie Holmes was a guest of club member Dean Holmes. Our speaker Carey Dickerson was a guest of the club. Van Van Jepmond (R.C. of Lacey, WA) and prospective member Larry Wight were visiting Rotarians as were Art Hergatt and Bob Dolsen. Last week, speaker Tina Miller was a club guest and Martha McNair of Apache Junction was a visitor. Larry Wight was a visiting Rotarian from the Valley Center Rotary Club (CA).
1. Bob Homann presented President Ed Shockley with Ed's Paul Harris + 1 pin and noted that Ed exemplifies all the ideals that the Paul Harris pin stands for. Bob Crow, our Foundation Chair, arranged for the pin and provided some recognition points to reach the $1,000 threshold.
2. AJ Chamber of Commerce Executive Larry Johnson showed off the new business map of Apache Junction. Our club is one of the map's sponsors and is recognized as such in the box that Larry is pointing to.
3. Len LaFlesch circulated via email a picture of the sponsor sign at the new Flatiron Park in Apache Junction. The club made a $10,000 contribution toward the Splash Pad in the park
4. Ed Shockley will be starting PT this afternoon following the Board meeting. He will have to miss a number of weeks but has made arrangements for past presidents to fill in for him.
5. Ed welcomed Bob Dolsen back to our fellowship after a stint in the hospital.
6. Aaron McDermid served as our Sargeant-at-Arms and raised fines "for the children".
7. Ed Shockley mentioned that today is the anniversary of the bombing of the Murraugh Federal building in Oklahoma City. Ed lost some good friends in that terrible event.
8. Len LaFlesch won the drawing and $10 but missed the joker. The pot was worth $116.50.
Our speaker today was Carey Dickerson, a volunteer with Hospice of the Valley who has been on their community speakers' bureau for 5 years.
Hospice of the Valley has been in existence since 1977. It is a non-profit type of hospice - many of the others are for-profit organizations. They have a larger number of staff with national certification than most hospice providers.
To be eligible for Hospice Palliative Care programs, the patient and family and doctor have previously agreed to stop trying curative treatments and the doctor has estimated that the patient has less than 6 months to live. Under these conditions, Medicare will pay for hospice palliative care at home that seeks to alleviate painful suffering and to provide for the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the patient and the patient's family. Hospice of the Valley can provide prescription medicines and medical equipment like hospital beds for home use and walkers and wheel chairs. HOV offers 24/7 telephone support to talk with a live nurse or social worker for advice and directions.
Another program offered is Arizona Palliative Health Care which is for people with a chronic health care condition but who are expected to live two years or more. It is similar to the 6-month program but it is not paid for by Medicare. One type of care is for people with Alzheimer's disease.
How does one get approved for services from Hospice of the Valley? 1. Call them at 602-530-6900 2. Have an informational visit in your home 3. Get your doctor's approval to place you in hospice care.
Bryant Powell - April 21
Jay and Carol Jones - April 13, 51 years
Jared and Brandy Gibbs - April 22, 10 years
CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
Michael Cowan - April 26, 4 years
Jacquie Smith - April 30, 3 years
April 26 - Warren Salinger - Globalization
May 3 - Michelle Reagan - Arizona Secretary of State
May 10 - Todd Kopcha - Special Agent, FBI Phoenix
May 17 - Mark Lamb - Pinal County Sheriff
May 24 - Jeff Downing - GCUMC Food Bank
June 11-14 - Rotary International Conference - Atlanta
June 23-24 - District Conference - Flagstaff, AZ
September 14-26 - Rotary Trip to South Africa (Blessman)