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Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston

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May 26th, 2020
We meet every Tuesday 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Please join us at Odd Fellows Hall, 218 Concession Street, Kingston ON.

The Rotary Four Way Test

Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned

Rotary Reflection

For food in a world where many walk in hunger
For peace in a world where many walk in fear
For friends in a world where many walk alone
And for the opportunity to serve others through Rotary,
May we be truly thankful!

The Loyal Toast 

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Queen of Canada!

Acknowledgement of Territory

We are gathered on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory. we are grateful to be able to join together in Rotary Fellowship on these lands.
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Virtual Meeting Report May 19th, 2020


17 Participants this morning
Visiting Rotarians: Greg Podmore, Rotary Club of Grand Prairie Alberta: our guest speaker May 26 on his club’s Guatemala Literacy Project. He has been in Grand Prairie for 30 years. Grand children here, golf course across the street. His club currently has about 80 members. Generally, it has over 100. The community is a centre for oil and gas, farming, and forestry. Club seems strong. Dream Home Lottery, good chunk to food bank this year. 
Guests: Sean Goodall, soon to be member
Guest Speaker: Laura Tamblyn Watts

Member Sharing

Ana welcomed all of the members in attendance this morning to our 4th Zoom meeting. The meeting started with the acknowledgement of territory, And Rick sold virtual tickets for the 50/50 draw.  

Fun Master - John Richards

$1 for John Richards, since he did read his agenda, unlike last time!
He offered us a Double C: the COVID Challenge.
Q1: Who named the virus? A: (Heather) WHO
Q2: What was the date that they confirmed COVID-19?
A: (Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec) Feb 20th
Q3: Where did it start? A: Wuhan, China
How do you spell Wuhan? John Gale responded correctly.
Q4: What is the full name?
A: (Bill Egnatoff) Corona virus 2019

Happy/Sad Bucks

Jim Rymerson $2. Got cheque for $25 from his Rotary cash calendar. Celebrated his 47th Wedding Anniversary.
Elizabeth Cohoe. 1. Made her day to get email from Bill Egnatoff thanking her for being scribe. 2. Gaye Grieves is home with pace maker, gradually increasing her activity. 3. Tomorrow 55th anniversary of graduation from Toronto School of Nursing. Grads will meet on Zoom
John Gale: Happy and sad. Last week dropped new computer on floor; it broke. Was able to get his old dinosaur  portable computer working in order to attend our meeting.
John Farrow: 1. Dying laptop battery, got new one. Video that said changing your laptop battery was easy, it lied. His computer guru came to his aid. 2. Member of household that really needs a haircut has an appointment for today (the dog)!
Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec: Sunburn yesterday. Early departure for work meeting. Happy buck for Brit Smith’s 100th birthday last Wednesday.
Lots of chat about haircuts!


May is Youth Services Month. Greg Mumford is preparing for RYLA. (Editor’s note: Paul Elsley reported that the approximately 50 RYLA registrants are already active online.)
Rick Fiedorec: Please get renewal cheques for $250 in to him, post-dated to July 2, 2020
Robert Reid: National Meeting Thursday May 21, 8 am.
John Gale: FAR project. Madras Chenna Patna will send its contribution today, which will make the project fully funded by the end of the month. Ana Sutherland: Next mentor training sessions for that project are May 24th, May 28th, and June 4th. John Gale: There are now well over 20 mentors in preparation.

President's Announcements

Ana displayed material for masks and bandanas, with the Rotary logo. Two thousand masks are being stitched. 2 Sewers have their tasks for masks and bandanas. The first distribution is for all members who asked for them. Let Ana know if you have not placed your order. A mask will be provided for all parents of children whose families are receiving the food hampers. We are considering a reorder beyond the 2000.
The Board Meeting will be rescheduled to accommodate mentor training. Date and time TBA.
On June 1, the Ottawa Metro guest speaker is from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, dealing with telephone fraud. Guests need to email  the club to get the password rotaryottawametro@gmail.com
Bernie Allard is attending a lot of Francine’s meetings. She is living with them and working from home, helping Bernie and Sheila, who recovered from a recent fall. Ana shared club greetings with them.
Lots of work is going on with the four-club COVID-19 project and about our Rotary identity in the coming centennial year.


Upcoming events
Please note all upcoming events are subject to cancellation or postponment

Sept 19, 2020 - Tree Planting - Rotary Park - Rotarians to assist in planting 100 trees
Oct 16 & 17, 2020 - District Conference at Ottawa
June 25th, 2021 - Rotary Anniversary Gala, St. Lawrence College
Chase the Ace!
John Farrow won the draw, but no joy - the Ace of Clubs is still in the deck.  The pot is now close to $750.
Meeting notes by Elizabeth Cohoe
Laura Tamblyn Watts - Seniors in Isolation
John Farrow introduced our guest speaker, remarking that Queen’s University is a great source of speakers for our club. The recent Alumni magazine had a feature article on Laura. A 1994 grad, she is a recognized expert in elder law an elder issues. Laura has started a program through Queen’s and also started a national seniors’ advocacy organization, CanAge
Please see the speaker’s slides: Rotary Club May 19 Social Isolation
Laura: (It's still dark here in British Columbia.) Thank you for the invitation. I have been connected to Rotary for many years. Our family has hosted two Rotary Youth Exchange students.
Kingston is about as COVID free as anywhere in the country, so stay there!
CanAge is a national not-for-profit which collaborates with Queen’s, government, and a variety of other agencies. It’s mission “is to advance the rights and well-being of Canadians as we age.” Its vision, “for older Canadians to live vibrant and connected lives,” is for the polar opposite of social isolation.
As a senior, if you’re well connected and don’t smoke, you’re probably doing pretty well. Laura shared some of her personal experience in dealing with COVID-19. Her parents are Queen’s grads and her son has finished first year at Queen’s. Her parents, 83 years old, have great social networks and are active and healthy. It took a while for them to get used to the COVID-19 situation. She had to tell them starkly that if they got sick, they were going to die and nobody would give them medical services. It was the first time in their lives that they had experienced social isolation and the first time that they had to ask for help, including for grocery shopping.
CanAge creates seniors' projects through partnerships. A most recent one links Queen’s students and senior alumni. In planning this, when Laura approached the V-P of Advancement, Laura told her that she hoped Queen’s was not asking elders for money at this time. Thankfully, it was not. Instead, the Office of Advancement collaborated in creating a friendship program. Laura asked the United Way for help, as she did with Canadian Frailty Network and Elder Abuse Prevention (ON). They had the program up and running within 1 1/2 weeks. Organizations are working together in a way she’s never seen in 25 years of work, launching new programs very quickly.
Laura gave us some background on social isolation and how bad it is for our health. One study out of Harvard compared the impact of social isolation to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. People need about 3 to 4 good relationships, including intergenerational relationships. It is very challenging to raise money for programs for seniors. But this one time, since all people have experienced some form of isolation, it has been easier. A phone call two to three times a week to a senior can have a huge impact on physical and mental health. Social isolation and loneliness are not the same thing. Social isolation is the idea that you really don’t have people to reach out to if you wanted. A recent study in Holland measured all the health indicators when a program for 4-year-olds was moved into a long-tern care centre. The functionality of residents increased remarkably.
Laura shared some statistics on social isolation among Canadians before COVID-19. Sixty-two percent or seniors would like more time with friends and family. During COVID-19, 54% of Canadians report feeling lonely.
Laura also shared info about abuse and neglect. No government has given any money to address this during the Covid Crisis. About one in five seniors experienced abuse and neglect before COVID-19, now the figure is possibly one in three. Two-thirds of this is propagated by family and friends. Financial abuse is also very high. Laura and the organizations with which she works are trying to figure out how to address this problem. COVID-19 frauds and scams came out very quickly.
The Queen’s program matches students with older people. Queen’s found about 6,000 Queen’s alumni across Canada who might have been at risk. Training for the students starts with various myths and ensures that they have a good understanding of who they’ll be contacting.  Only 8% of seniors will ever be in a nursing home. All are vulnerable to the virus, but many may not be otherwise vulnerable. It’s important not to treat seniors like children. About half of people over 80 have some cognitive impairment. Mild impairment starts showing up about 10 years before diagnosis of serious dementia. Families don’t necessarily take care of their senior parents, as many are physically distant from them. Often the older person is the one supporting the younger. Hearing loss is very common, so students need to take that into account in their conversations. Reading lips of people with masks is impossible, so this is a problem for those who rely on lip-reading.  Laura's mother can no longer read (some) people’s lips.
The program started early in the COVID-19 situation, and had 50 volunteers very quickly. Then Alumni Associations started participating. The program has been running for about three weeks and is already being much appreciated. Communities are being built. The United Way guidelines on communication are being followed.
Twitter: @ltamblynwatts
John Gale: How are you able to measure elder abuse?
Laura: It’s too early for absolute numbers. The Elder Mistreatment Survey, the largest of its kind, gives detailed background. Abuse takes many forms. We’re currently looking at agency response numbers, including from the police and seniors’ help lines. Call volumes are up about 10 times what they were in pre-COVID-19 times. Usually elder abuse is significantly under-reported.
John Farrow: Laura, first, I feel for you in dealing with your parents. It took my wife and her two sisters two weeks to convince her parents to return from Florida. What finally convinced them was that they couldn’t be guaranteed their health insurance coverage would hold if they got sick. Second, as an initiative of the Southern Frontenac Community Services, whose Grace Centre is closed, a group of volunteers led by its Executive Director David Townsend, are calling every senior they service once or twice a week.
Laura: I live in B.C. and Toronto. In Toronto, I’m seeing people checking in or their neighbours. Faith communities and others are doing a lot of work. Current restrictions limit support from family care-givers.
Robert Reid: Will your son stay in BC with Queen’s going online?
A: It depends on whether the community wants him back! He loves Kingston and Queen’s. “What would you like to do?” “I’d like to go back to Kingston.” The loss to students is big. They’re learning a lot about resilience.
Laura: It is interesting to hear stories about influenza pandemic and other past events. I really want to hear stories from our community. Please send them to me.
Ana Sutherland thanked Laura, explaining that we would normally give her a loaf of bread.
Laura pointed us two a major reference on elder abuse: Into the Light: National Survey on the Mistreatment of Older Canadians 2015 (NICE National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly. Dr. Lynn McDonald (University of Toronto), Principal Investigator/Author)
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Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston
Guests are Welcome
Odd Fellows Hall - 218 Concession Street, Kingston, Ont 7:00 am
Registration and Greeting
Hall and Kitchen setup:
Hall and Kitchen clean up:
7:15 Call to Order and Welcome Ana Sutherland
7:16 Rotary Invocation and Toast to the Queen
7:17 Breakfast Parade
7:35 Welcoming of Guests and Visiting Rotarians
7:38 Announcements and Board Positions
7:43 Fun Master
7:55 Speaker Intro
8:00 Speaker "
8:18 Draw
8:19 Adjournment Ana Sutherland
Piano: Terry Hicks


July 19th, 2020 - Rotary Centennial Birthday Party at Rotary Park
Sept 19, 2020 - Tree Planting - Rotary Park - Rotarians to assist in planting 100 trees
June 25th, 2021 - Rotary Anniversary Gala, St. Lawrence College