NEXT MEETING: November 2, 2018

The Hidden Issue of Early Childhood Mental Health in Richmond

Jeff Sloan, the Executive Director of Early Childhood Mental Health, will tell us about the pervasive and often misunderstood mental health challenges that many of the children in our community experience. He will highlight the causes of early childhood mental health issues and racially disproportionate disparities in available services and resources and most especially, the powerful impact that ECMHP has on these issues in our community.

MEETING OF October 26, 2018

Welcome

Past Prez Connie Tritt welcomed all in Prez Jerry’s absence. David Brown led us in the pledge and Herb Cole offered a prayer for peace and freedom. Alan Blavins offered the following, “If love is blind why is lingerie so popular?”

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Edgar DeLeon had 3 guests John Benning, Melodie Gonsaves, and Che Al-Barri. Alan Baer’s guest was Pierre Thomson and Connie introduced Joyce Middlebrook a friend of our speaker.

Announcements

  • Pam Jones announced that is time to “Buy a Bike” for the Annual Holiday Toy and Food program. $49 buys a bike for a kid. Our Club has pledged a matching $5,000. Please use the Donate button in the right hand column to make your donation.
  • Pam also wanted to remind all that at our Annual Holiday Auction member need to bring new toys, particularly for children ages 10-12 years, on 11/30.
  • Stacey Street reminded all about the Holiday Auction on 11/30. We need to make sure that members are offering items as well as inviting friends to the Auction. We need live auction and silent auction items. An event flyer will be available soon.
  • Tamara Shiloh reminded all about the Multicultural Children’s Bookstore fundraiser on 11/2 from 6-8om at The Shops at Hilltop.

Recognitions

Happy and Sad Dollars

Norm’s Nonsense

PROGRAM

Choices at the end of our lives

Darlene Drapkin introduced out guest speaker Barbara Engdahl who is a retired medical social worker who volunteers with the Compassion & Choices organization, which deals with care and choices at the end of life. Barbara emphasized that everyone should have a direct conversation with their doctor about end of life issues and understand their “right to know” options. Everyone should have a Health Care Directive and discuss their wishes with their family and designate someone with power of attorney. In October 2015 the Aid in Dying law passed in CA which provides an option for terminal patients to end their life. Barbara discussed the role of hospice and other support services. For more information: CompassionAndChoice.org


- The Menehune, Rotating Scribe