NEXT MEETING 21 OCTOBER – Ben Massey – St Tropez and Club Assembly.
ATTENDANCE 37 including guest speakers Alister and Sharlene Robertson, Ngaire Holford, Barbara Randal, Karin Riley, Dorothy Jopling, Jane Townsend, Kevin Ryan (friend of Geoff Gage) and Richard and Louise Jopling (Roger and Dorothy’s family)
SERGEANT’S SESSION: $73.10
TWO MINUTE TALK – Brin Haward covered a range of things that happened to come to mind on his morning walk including the Rotary Exchange Students Grove at Keirunga Gardens, the need to service the hot water anode in his caravan, the health hazards of filling a jug with hot water and his blocked gully trap caused by fat.
SPEAKER Alister Robertson – Living with Dementia.
Alister resides in Napier with his wife Charlene. Alister was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s in 2014, aged 60. Alister cared for his father who was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his 60’s.
Alister graduated from Lincoln University, in 1978 with Bachelor Agricultural Commerce. He spent the following 30+ years in rural finance providing financial services to the primary sector. After retiring from banking, Alister owned a Motel business in Taupo for 4 years and retail business in Napier for 4 years, which has since been relinquished.
Following Alister’s diagnosis, he is fortunate enough to attend a day programme run by Dementia Hawkes Bay, two days a week. Alister has become an active member and advocate for raising awareness and living well with Dementia. He was invited to join the Advisory Group for Alzheimer’s New Zealand in 2017.
Alister joined Dementia Alliance International in 2016 and participates in the various activities provided by Dementia Alliance International. He joined the Dementia Alliance International and Alzheimer’s NZ boards in 2018.
Alister talked about his journey through the diagnosis of his illness and as there is no cure he is maintaining a healthy living lifestyle and although unable to drive he still cycles and has entered in the K2 race in Coromandel and the around Lake Taupo race.
Alister used PowerPoint to illustrate the following aspects;
Dementia is an umbrella term for different types including
Alzheimers, vascular, Lewy body and frontotemporal lobe dementias.
He spoke about how to reduce your risks by looking after your heart health, have a good diet, find ways to challenge your brain and enjoy social and physical activity.
He covered the 10 warning signs of dementia:
1 Recent memory loss that affects daily life
2 Difficulty performing regular tasks
3 Problems with language
4 Disorientation of time and place
5 Decreased or poor judgement
6 Problems with abstract thinking
7 Misplacing things
8 Changes in mood and behaviour
9 Changes in personality
10 Loss of initiative.
People with dementia want
– people to understand dementia, respect and include them in their lives
– time, information and support to make their own decisions
– support for their care partners so they can continue to care through caring for themselves
– support through difficult times like diagnosis, dementia progression, and transition to residential care
– more health and support services tailored to their diverse needs, which they can get when they need them.
Alister finished his talk by encouraging us to go on line, become a Dementia Friend https://www.alzheimers.org.nz/ and make a Dementia Declaration as all dementia sufferers want to be seen, valued,appreciated and loved for who they are.
28 October – No meeting – Labour Day
4 November – TBA
11 November – TBA
CLUB NOTICES AND DUTIES
The number of guests attending or apologies must reach Ian Ellengold phone 878 8652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before 10 pm Sunday. Please also note that if you’re bringing a partner or other guest you also need to notify the attendance officer, to enable our caterers to prepare the correct number of meals.
Please note these arrangements: If you are rostered on for duty but find you are unavailable it is your responsibility to arrange a replacement for yourself. Once this is done, email Stephen Randal at email@example.com and advise him of the change. Note: most duties require attendance at 5.30pm. Your duty may involve the use of equipment; you must put it away at the end of the meeting.
|DATE||21 October||28 October||4 November|
|Event||Ben Massey & Club assembly||Labour Day||TBA|
|Visitor Reception, Badges and Grace||Randal||no||Henderson|
|Speakers Orderly/Intro||Ben will introduce himself!||McArdle|
|Vote of Thanks||Townsend||required||Fergus|
BIRTHDAYS 15 – 21 October
ANNIVERSARIES 15 – 21 October
A memorial service for Garth Thornton will be held at St Francis Co-operating Church, Ferry Road, Clive at 2.00 pm on Saturday 19 October.
David Smith has the Trailer raffle roster ready. Selling starts in 3 days time. Check the roster and offer your help.
Scott Henderson said that past member David Ward has suffered a couple of strokes and is now in Atawhai/ Oceania Hospital/Rest home, Gloucester Street, Taradale. Although his memory has been affected, Scott still thinks he would like visits from members.
Our club is involved with a very worthwhile programme Grandparent Reading at Lucknow School. This programme needs more people to be involved. It is held at Lucknow School Library from 8.50 am until 9.30 am on a Friday morning. If you can offer your help please contact Jessica.
Communities all over the country are hosting gatherings to help brighten the lives of those who have been affected by a disaster. As you dine, you’ll be raising money to provide emergency shelter for families affected. When disasters strike and power lines go down, families are left vulnerable, wrenched away from comfort and light. This is why our Shelter Box aid often includes solar lanterns that bring light and comfort to those who have lost everything in the blink of an eye – bringing light to families during their hours of darkness.
The Taradale Rotary Club invites you to a Two Course (and tea/coffee) Candlelit Dinner to support Shelter Box New Zealand on Thursday 17 October at 5.30 pm at the Taradale Town Hall, Gloucester St, Taradale
Guest Speaker; Jimmy Griffith – ShelterBox Response Team Member, Nelson. $30.00 Per Person. A cash bar will be available. Bring your coins for raffles and games. Numbers are limited. Book early!
RSVP; No later than; 14 October
Ph; 027-5777 174 or Email; Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about Shelter Box, visit:
Please Donate now – Direct Deposit. Please remember to add a ‘Reference’ (Taradale Shine Dinner) so we know that you have donated.
Thank you for your support.
Our Bank: Westpac Bank Account Title: Shelter Box New Zealand Charitable Trust
Account No: 03-1749-0416598-00 Bank Address: PO Box 44, Te Anau.
The opinions expressed in this bulletin are not necessarily those of the President or Directors or of members of the Rotary Club of Havelock North Inc.