Minutes of 2/26/15: Community Hospice

Picture 3Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush
February 26, 2015

Attending (17): Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Debbie Rodriguez, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Charlie Foote, Carol Orvis, A.J. Amato, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Len Leonidas, Shannon Romanowski, Ray Hannan.

Guests (2): Carol Heaney, Tom Reamon.

PROGRAM: The Community Hospice

Carol Heaney of The Community Hospice speaks to the club.
Carol Heaney of The Community Hospice speaks to the club.

Dean Calamaras introduced Carol Heaney of The Community Hospice. Carol described the many and varied services of the organization, which covers a wide swath of the Capital Region and nearby Catskills.

She gave examples of recent cases in which she was involved, as well as outlining grief counseling services offered to schools and first responders in addition to Hospice’s better-known end-of-life care.

Carol also advised us to tell anyone in need not to wait until the last minute to contact Hospice for assistance. Their counselors, nurses and volunteers can do numerous things to take the pressure off the families about to suffer a loss. She also distributed wallet-sized health care proxy forms that can be of help in an emergency situation when a larger, formal proxy cannot be located.

The Community Hospice can be contacted online or by calling 724-0242 or 800-678-0711.


ANNIVERSARY DINNER: The schedule for our 55th Charter Anniversary Dinner next Thursday is as follows — a 5:30 cocktail half-hour, 6 o’clock opening remarks, dinner at 6:10, musical entertainment after dinner, and then some special awards. We have 52 reservations for the event, including from our own District 7190 the current District Governor, Dave Hennel, Assistant District Governor Bob Van Alstine, and Past District Governor Bill Nathan, and from neighboring District 7120, Past District Governor Dr. Tamton Mustapha.

GOLF FUNDRAISER: Our final indoor simulator golf tournament of the winter is scheduled for next Saturday, March 7. Volunteers are needed. Murray Forth reported that the field is nearly full.

ROTARY HOME COOKING SERIES: The club thanked Pat Bailey for hosting “Chili On a Chilly Night” last Saturday.

CHARTER HISTORY: Dick Drumm displayed a framed program for our club’s charter dinner held in March 1960. He will bring it to the March 5 dinner where it will be put on display. It also can be seen on our club website.

NEXT MEETING: March 5 is our anniversary dinner. When we resume our regular meeting schedule on March 12, Rommel Tolentino will present an after-dinner program titled “Famous Names In Medicine.”


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