Posted by Dene Hadden on Apr 23, 2019
SPOKES VOL. LXV NO. 41                                                                               April 23, 2019
We were greeted by Nick Tuit this morning.
President Odland opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Art Ayers provided the invocation.
We welcomed Tom Fleming from sunny Florida this morning.
Our guests this morning included our speaker Denise King
Our spotlight this morning featured our own Rosalie Plechaty talking about the South Haven Sesquicentennial celebration picnic on May 10th.  They have put together a huge assortment of activities and entertainment for that afternoon/evening and they are interested in having members of Rotary acting as greeters and welcomers to the picnic.  They are expecting at least 1000 prople.
  • President Odland has updated directory sheets for new members for all members to include in their directory.
  • Our educational fundraiser dinner is scheduled for April 27th at Beeches Golf Course.  If you have not RSVP’s contact Rhonda immediately!  There will be a huge assortment of auction items and door prizes thanks to the hard work of Scott Mark.
  • Nominations for Rotarian of the Year and Citizen of the Year are being accepted now and the deadline is fast approaching.  Please get you nominations in!
  • On April 26 at 10:00 at Black River Park we will celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree.  This marks our second year doing this and hopefully this will become a tradition for our club.
  • There was an outbreak of norovirus among some of our members last week so we will make sure to have hand disinfectant available on the breakfast table each week.
  • Songs
Jim Davis had the pleasure of leading us in song this morning, beginning with the old favorite (from the early 1900’s) “Shine on Harvest Moon”.This song was recorded by “The Platters” in 1962 and Nino Tempo and April Stevens in 1963.We followed that with the 1903 barbershop quartet classic “Sweet Adeline”, accompanied by several lonely bloodhounds.We finished with one of our favorites, “Smile, Sing a Song”.
Bob Straits again had the correct ticket and had a chance to win the pot for the fourth week in a row, but alas, he goes 0 for 4.Thanks you for growing the pot!Tom Renner, using Ted Weber’s ticket, won the $2prize.
  • Nick Tuit celebrated his wife’s birthday this week.
  • Dan Liehr celebrated the birthday of his son this week.
  • Jim Bradford announced the birth of a new granddaughter in South Africa and that he and his wife will be heading there soon.
  • Jerry Gruber appears to be in hot water because of his tradition of always being in cold water on the opening day of trout season – which also happens to be Ann’s birthday this year.
  • Tom Fleming’s grandson Conner had a birthday this week.
  • Deb Davidson and her mother both celebrated their birthdays on April 15th.
  • All of our birthday celebrants were treated to a Ludington style birthday song.
  • Tom Ruesink reminded us all of the upcoming McFadden’s Car Show the first week of May.
  • Bob Copping reminded us what the true definition of a gentleman was.
  • Larry Wittkop and other MSU basketball fans in the room were pleased that Winston is back.
  • Dene Hadden announced that South Haven High School student AJ Stickler will be our representative to the World Affairs Seminar in Wakasha, Wisconsin at Carroll College.
Dan Liehr introduced Denise King, Director for Development and Fundraising for Hospice at Southwest Michigan.
Denise began her presentation with several quotes from people who work in the hospice industry and the joy they get from their jobs.
She has been working for Hospice for SWMI for about a year but had not been looking for a change when this opportunity presented itself.  She was influenced by the service her family  and her mother received from a hospice organization before and after her father’s death.
She wanted to debunk some myths about hospice:
  • Hospice does not mean “I’m giving up” but rather a time and maybe a place to make life comfortable and painless for the patient and the family.
  • It is not for the last few days of life.  It can be for as long as 6 months or even more – whatever it takes to maintain a high quality of life for everyone involved.
  • Not only for cancer patients.  Only about half of Hospice patients are suffering from cancer.
  • It is not expensive.  The cost is often covered by insurance, Medicare/Medicade or non-profit organizations.
  • It is not limited to six months.  Care can last as long as necessary and sometimes people who are in Hospice actually recover and are able to leave Hospice care.
  • Hospice care continues for the family after death to help with the grieving process.
There are many types of Hospice programs, some for-profit and some non-profit. And even non-profit organizations like Hospice of SWMI offer different programs and services that other non-profit groups might offer.
Hospice of SWMI has existed for 38 years, offering a number of unique services.  Denise was especially proud of their “Life Story” recordings that trained workers and volunteers help assemble for the families.  They also offer support programs for children to help them grieve when they have lost a loved one.
Hospice of SWMI runs two homes, Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo and Glenn Arbor in Battle Creek.
They are always looking for help and you can go to their web page to volunteer or take part in one of their fundraisers, including a golf outing in May.
President Odland thanked Denise for her very informative program and presented her with our speaker’s pen.
President Odland closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
Next week’s program: Steve Larsen and Dr. Marty Graber with a Kenya update.
January 8th Greeters:  Tom Rummel and Dene Hadden
Editarian:  Dene Hadden