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Rotary Hears About Hospice Volunteer Opportunities

April 19, 2016       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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Dee Ann Bliss
Dee Ann Bliss, Volunteer Coordinator for SouthernCare Hospice, spoke to Rotary about volunteer opportunities with her organization. Southern Care of Saginaw is an affiliate of Curo Health Services. They offer hospice care, with clinical excellence to patients and families in fourteen states.

SouthernCare's stated goal is to "enrich the quality of life as life?s journey nears its completion. Through supportive, loving, comfort care we offer patients and their families comfort for body, mind and spirit."

Volunteers are a significant part of SouthernCare's services. Medicare provides hospice as a service to anyone needing it. Medicare mandates require 5% of services be provided by volunteers.

All volunteers are trained by SouthernCare. This includes CPR training. As a rule, volunteers provide no health care to patients. Rather, they provide the human touch that everyone needs at the end of life. Some patients have family to provide this contact, volunteers are available to others.

Volunteers generally provide just a few hours a week and are usually assigned to one patient at a time. Other volunteers fulfill larger roles to more patients.

Volunteer services vary widely. They can include just visiting, or reading. Some do various activities including things like sewing and knitting. Dee gave the example of a patient who enjoyed singing in church choir. A volunteer with a similar interest was selected and sang with the patient.

Dee said that volunteers are always needed and that serving in this capacity is a reward for both the patient and the volunteer.

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Rotary ROCKS!
REMEMBER... "Birds Of A Feather", the 2016 Rotary Rocks concert is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, 6:30pm, at the State Theatre. Admission is only $10. It should be a great night for everyone.

The next Rotary Night Out is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, 6:30pm, at Old City Hall. The cost will be $21.99 plus tax and tips for a full dinner (prime rib or artichoke chicken) and a cash bar. Sign up now for a great night of food and fellowship. There's a limit of 50 people so reservations are required.

The club has, again, been asked to prepare a Club Auction Basket for the district conference. Cindy Luczak is putting this together again. If you have Bay City items, bring them to a meeting for Cindy to use.

Following the Rotary Rocks concert, attention will turn to the Golf Outing. The event is June 16, 2016, at Maple Leaf Golf Course. Registration is at 7:30am with a shotgun start at 9:00am. Cost is $75 per person with net proceeds going to technology upgrades for Bay City Public Schools.

Bob Chadwick announced that the Community Grants committee received over $19,000 in applications for the $5,050 that was available. The committee met to distribute the funds. Recipients have been notified and letters were sent to the others with an invitation to apply for the next grant cycle.

Rob Clark
Lee Newton announced that friends of Rob Clark will be-be holding a "send off" for Rob next Tuesday evening, April 26, at the Doubletree from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Everyone is invited to join the party and honor Rob and thank him for all the contributions to this community over the years. Rob will be relocating to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

President Brenda noted that students are being selected for the RYLA: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. These students will attend the RYLA camp this summer. If you have suggestions, be sure to see Brenda.

Members are encouraged to make their annual contributions to the Rotary Foundation now for the District challenge "Every Rotarian Every Year".

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters MAY be available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below. These are not always updated, but it's worth trying.


April 26 Farewell reception for Rob Clark. 6:30pm to 9:00pm at the Doubletree.

April 28 Rotary Rocks Concert State Theatre.

May 20-21 District Conference Alpena

Wednesday, May 25, 6:30pm Rotary Night Out - Old City Hall

June 16th, Thursday, Annual Golf Outing - Maple Leaf Golf Course, 9:00 a.m. start.
Full details are on the club web site.

Upcoming Programs

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May 03, 2016 Nancy Cusick will talk about her experiences administering the POLIO VACCINE on her recent trip to India.

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.

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