SPOKES VOL. LXIII NO. 37                                                                                 March 28, 2017
We were greeted by Jean Stein and Scott Mark.
We opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Art Ayers’ invocation.
Our guests this morning included our speaker Tara Gillette
Jim Davis got to be our music leader again this week and he had the privilege of leading us in “On Moonlight Bay”, a 1912 hit that was later the lead song in the 1951 movie of the same name and was sung by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae.  We followed that with “Oh, You Beautiful Doll”.  Written in 1911, this ragtime hit was recorded many times, the most interesting probably the version done by John Serry Sr. and his accordion ensemble in 1954.  We stepped it up big time with our finishing song, “Smile, Sing a Song”.
  • Don’t forget the District Conference on May 13th.  Our own Marty Graber will receive his national award at that time and we are hoping for a nice turnout of local Rotarians.  Our Rotary Hero will be honored the previous evening.  Both events are in Battle Creek.
  • We will be taking up a collection to help pay for Marty’s trip from Kenya to accept his award at the meeting next week.  If you are writing a check, please make it out to: Grand Rapids Lions-District 11-C1 and, on the memo line, write c/o Kenya Project.
  • Buy your tickets:  The South Haven Future dinner supporting LMC Scholarships and the SHPS Foundation is set for April 29th at Lakeshore Caio.
  • Don’t forget the Speakers Series presentation Thursday evening at LMC.
  • Robert Herrera and Jerry Portman have applied for membership.  Anyone with concerns should contact President Ayers.  Winning the 50/50 twice in three weeks is not a legitimate concern.
Don Hodgman had the lucky ticket but for the first time in five weeks, we did not have a winner as Don drew the Ace – even though it was surrounded by the four and the two.  Paul Hix was the lucky winner today, walking off with $2.
  • Nick Tuit was glad to return after a trip to Spain, Portugal and other European destinations.
  • There was a tribute to summer, at least as far as Bell’s Oberon is concerned, as it was released for the summer this week.
  • Deb Davidson is pleased that she won her NCAA Bracket competition already with three games to go.
  • Many Happy Bucks but no birthdays or anniversaries this week.
President Ayers introduced our speaker, Tara Gillette, from the Region IV Agency on Aging.
Tara had folders full of information about the Agency on Aging.Included was the main phone number of the agency’s Info-Line 800-654-2810.She said calling this number will allow the agency to connect people with all of the services that they offer and even direct them to services other agencies offer that are helpful.
She said the mission of the agency is to provide people with choices for independent living.They serve Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties and are located in St. Joe.They serve those with disabilities who are over 18 and senior citizens.They can even provide direction for those who are financially stable but need help.
They offer classes for caregivers, have a “back in the workforce” program for folks who have been out of the workforce for a while and need help getting back to work.
Their most used program is their home care program which includes tons of other accociated programs all directed by a personalized “Care Management Team” set up for each individual client.Many clients of this program get into it through “MI Choice” which is an at home program with a high level of care plus low income.
Another popular program is their connection to various adult day care homes.
President Ayers thanked Tara for her informative presentation and provided her with our speaker’s gift.
We closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
Next week’s program: Club Assembly
Next week’s Greeters:  Dorothy Lockwood and Art Ayers
Editarian:  Dene Hadden