Posted by Bob Rymarchuk on Nov 27, 2017
Our guests this morning were Holly Flinkman and Julie Wolfe, representing a newly-formed support group for community caregivers in Lake Country.
The group has been in existence for only three months and was formed to help caregivers who are supporting people with Bi-Polar disorders and chronic illnesses.  The group currently meets at the District of Lake Country offices and receive from funding from the Lake Country Health Planning Society but are seeking other sources of funding to create a sustainable program.
A survey conducted in 2012 confirmed that about 2,200 Lake Country residents are regular care givers for people with chronic health problems.  Moreover, at least 400 of these caregivers provide 10 hours or more per week, and only 12 percent of these receive any financial support.  The time commitment and other pressures created by care giving commitments create very high stress levels for the involved individuals and families.
Given that the 2016 Census population of Lake Country was 12,900, the need for additional support programs for community caregivers seems obvious.  This is a cause that your Club Executive believes deserves further consideration for potential Rotary support, after gathering additional information about what services are currently being offered in the community. 
Other News
  • Welcome back world traveller, and home sitter – Tom Roth and our effervescent Past- President, Monika Speitelsbach.
  • Tom was the Sheriff, and did his usual really bad puns. He also managed to remember the 4-way test to close the meeting.
  • Dan Sigal announced that any Rotarians that would like to book accommodations at Holiday Park during the evening of our Christmas party, on December 8, would receive a discount.  Please contact Dan or the Holiday Park office for more information.
  • The Lake Country Big Band is performing their Christmas concert, in support of the Lake Country Food Bank, on December 9.  Our very own Jim Taylor will be the MC 😊
  • Our AGM will be December 14 - important meeting for the club.
  • Our Christmas Party, on December 8, will be in our normal meeting room at Holiday Park.  Trish is co-ordinating; and Cory will MC.  L'Isola Bella will cater main course (Lasagna). Rotarians bringing appies and desserts. BYOB and don’t forget to bring along a long-forgotten treasure for our wacky gift exchange.
  • We are trying to plan a type of Beans & Jeans night at the OK Centre Hall on January 27 or February 3..  Need an organizer - talk to Margaret Brown.