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Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston

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July 28th, 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.
Jul 21, 2020 7:00 AM
The Cognitive Effects of Aging
Jul 28, 2020 7:00 AM
Toastmasters - What We're All About
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Virtual Meeting Report July 21st, 2020


Visiting Rotarian - Reagan Gale, Whitehorse
Guests: None this week
Friends of Rotary:

Member Sharing


Fun Master -

Martin based the fun on what we knew or didn’t know about Canada Day.  It was originally Dominion Day and celebrated the confederation of Upper and Lower Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.  It was renamed Canada Day in 1982, with the repatriation of our constitution.  Canada Day celebrates our non-revolutionary independence.  Our coming of age.

Happy/Sad Bucks

Martin and Kathy drove to Napanee for a Covid 19 test and had the results the next day.  He is thankful that everyone can get it in Canada whereas in the USA some people cannot afford it.  Martin’s daughter and her husband are going to be returning to Canada from San Francisco and will be working in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  Martin was sad to report that he was injured playing golf (but has recovered).  Last week they were haying and he took out one of their gates.  They installed a new gate yesterday and after having a great deal of difficulty, realized that it had been installed upside down.  Greg paid a buck just for hearing these interesting stories from Martin.  Martin went on to say that shortly after Trump was inaugurated, he attended a protest in Toronto with his daughter and four-year-old granddaughter.  His granddaughter became tired of carrying the sign she had made, so he carried it for her.  He wondered why he was receiving so many smiles from women, as he looked rather scruffy at the time.  Later he realized that it was because of his sign “Donald Trump Be Nice”, was done in a four year old’s style.
Ed Thomson is happy to have finished his Covid 19 project – a work bench, and Elizabeth finished a quilt for one of her grandsons.  Bill Egnatoff was pleased when a pharmacy called him to say that the auction gift certificate was ready.  Bill and Joan bought a butterfly bush from Potters Nursery, as Joan is working on a butterfly garden.  Bill offered to take over this business for an auction donation.
John Gale had a complaint buck for the length of time it took him to drive to his cottage.  Google Maps said that a route through Toronto would be faster, but sadly it doesn’t account for traffic jams.  John is also disappointed that the launch needed for his sailboat at their camp had been washed out.  Greg had a worse story to tell about a long drive during which he almost ran out of gas due to slow traffic, and he almost lost his boat off of the trailer.  Martin refused a sympathy buck for all the cottage woes.
Heather Kembel was sad and happy.  Evelyn put an offer in on a house but there were 15 offers so hers was unsuccessful, however it means that Heather probably dodged a bullet with a house that needed a lot of work.
Doug Hicks got a Covid 19 test in downtown Kingston and had to chase the results.  He had it done in order to be able to see Terry, his dad, and take him for a drive.  Terry remembered every single turn to get to Frontenac Provincial Park.  They passed the Scouts camp and it brought back a lot of memories for both of them.
Greg is building a deck and a neighbour offered to help carry supplies down the hill.  It seemed to be a bit of a precarious situation, and Greg’s son let him know that the neighbour was his responsibility.  John Farrow is going to get out for a round of golf this week.  He has been avoiding his bike but finally got that out and went to Kingston Mills Lock and back…about 9 km. 
Martin let everyone know that if you go to Napanee for your Covid 19 test that you can book an appointment and stay in the car.  He also entertained us with a joke about a dentist that is a bit risqué to print here.


Ana had a picnic lunch on the waterfront with On’A’Got’Tay.  He would really like to be on the National Committee and is offering a painting in lieu of dues as a Friend of Rotary.  Ana suggested that he become a full member.
The Rotary Club of Cornwall has postponed Adventure in the Environment until 2021.
Members will be receiving a committee commitment form to return to Ana who is chair of membership.
Members also need to indicate meeting duties that they prefer or not prefer.
Elsabie Faulkson sent information about an Easter Seals event that will take place on July 25th at the Kingston Yacht Club.  Details will be circulated.
The Covid 19 Food Project served 250 families this week, and there are sufficient funds to run the program until September 7th.  Whether it continues after that will depend upon what the upcoming school year will look like.  Masks are still being sold and some donations have been received through the mask project.
Robinson Gardens is up and running and on August 8th from 8 – 11, they are looking for Rotarian volunteers for harvesting.  Family and friends can be included.  Food will be donated to the Covid 19 project.  Media will be there.
John has sent an email to members asking for questions in advance of the presentation on Toastmasters so that the answers may be included in the talk.  John also has learned that Greta was president of a chapter while she lived in South Africa.
John, as chair of Foundation Committee, presented Bill Egnatoff with a Paul Harris +2 pin.  Ana will deliver this to his home.
Auction:  Greg reminded everyone that time is short, and donors are expecting us now.  There have already been some commitments that resulted from the email blast to previous donors.  Members should not just assume that businesses will have difficulty participating.

President's Announcements

None this week - members did all the talking :)

Chase the Ace!

The Draw:  As Rick does not yet have a new deck of cards, we held a normal 50:50 draw that was won by Ed Thomson.
No one volunteered to go out and help Martin fix his upside-down gate.
Meeting notes by Elizabeth Cohoe
Speaker, July 21st - Reagan Gale - The Cognitive Effects of Aging
John Gale introduced his daughter Reagan Gale whose topic was about changes in thinking as we age. 
Reagan received her PhD from the University of Windsor with a focus in Clinical Neuropsychology.  She is the founding president of the Psychological Society of the Yukon and President-Elect of the College of Alberta Psychologists. Reagan is the Director of Clinical Psychology for the Yukon Department of Health and Social Services, where she has been formally recognized as one of the emerging leaders within the public service.  She has practiced privately providing neuropsychological, psychological, and psycho-vocational assessment in Whitehorse. Reagan’s practice focuses largely on the areas of aging, cognition, and brain injury.
Reagan was a Rotary Exchange student to the Philippines, hosted by the Rotary Club of Kingston and the Islands, and is a current member of the Rotary Club of Whitehorse.  She has two young sons, a highly neurotic dog, and enjoys running (slowly) in her spare time.
“Forget About It”
As we age, some things slow down and some things become stronger, and it’s normal for thinking to change as we get older.  Cognitive processing slows and reaction time slows.  Speech is harder to hear and understand.  Novel problems are harder to solve, and there are small changes in working, or short-term memory.  Most older adults believe that memory will decline with age, so are primed for it and look for it.  The use of memory strategies can improve our ability to learn and remember new information.  Examples of strategies are writing lists, and using phone reminders about things to do.
Some things improve with age, like memory for words and concepts.  Emotion and logic are integrated in our reasoning.  Older adults have an increased acceptance of ambiguity and uncertainty.  Unexpected and challenging changes would be in thinking, social behaviour, personality and self care.  Some changes do merit attention.  It’s normal to forget names of people, but forgetting names of close family and friends or recent events, and asking for the same information over and over is not.  It’s normal to misplace items but putting objects in unusual places, such as putting keys in the microwave are concerning.
It can be normal to pick up a pill bottle and wonder, “Did I already take this?”  Unfortunately, although this is normal, some older adults worry that this is a sign of dementia.  Everyone has memory lapses and it’s usually unnecessary to worry about it.
It would be abnormal if one is very confused and not just slower.  It is normal to find multitasking more difficult but it’s not normal if it is really hard to concentrate and pay attention.  It’s normal to make a bad decision sometimes, but not normal to frequently show poor judgment in dealing with money or assessing risk.  Everyone makes occasional mistakes in dealing with their own finances, but not normal if a person can’t keep track of monthly bills.
Regarding language, it’s normal to have difficulty finding a word, but not normal if this is frequent or if someone begins to refer to really common objects as “that thing”.  It’s normal to lose the thread of a conversation especially if distracted or if many are speaking at the same time.  To regularly lose the thread of what someone is saying is not.
Stress can increase these challenges.  We tend to remember things that we pay attention to.  You can’t remember what you didn’t learn, or in other words put into your memory, if your attention is elsewhere at the time.  Low mood and high anxiety both impair memory and if that is the case, these should be addressed.
Usually people don’t have a problem with orientation (that is knowing who, where and when you are).  It is not normal to lose track of the date, the season or the passage of time.  Getting lost or not knowing where you are in a familiar place is troubling. 
Most adults do not get dementia, but many people worry about it, and this can lead to thinking that normal lapses are a symptom.  Depression related cognitive dysfunction leads to a quicker onset of dementia, whereas it could otherwise take as much as fifteen years.  Vagueness, memory loss and slowed speech can be a sign of dementia and these can go into remission with effective treatments.
Adults today are under pressure to age perfectly.  You are told that if you just do enough to keep fit, eat a healthy diet, and do things to stimulate cognition, you can do this.  There is an industry in selling products to look young and this is especially aimed at women.  You cannot prevent normal changes, but you can learn to be gentle with yourself and have fun.
There is some truth in crosswords and similar pursuits being helpful.  What can be more protective is doing NEW things that are both cognitive and physical, such as learning to play a new musical instrument.  It is important to maintain social relationships.  This can be a challenge in retirement, and you need to be intentional.  Rotary can play an important role.
Is a decline as the day progresses a sign of impending dementia?  No.  It could just be normal fatigue.  In dementia there is a term “sundowning”.  Many people with dementia evidence increased agitation and confusion as the day progresses.
If anyone would like to ask Reagan a question, she would be available by email at reagan.gale@gmail.com.
Heather Nogrady offered our thanks, and as a loaf of bread was out of the question, Reagan said she would go and make herself some toast and peanut butter for breakfast.
Reagan's presentation can be viewed at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/1091/Documents/en-us/1363f16e-bd43-4853-975b-66ad1cce1ac7/1/
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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


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