Club Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Wakefield, Rhode Island
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Place & Time:
Arturo Joe's
140 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI  02882
Meets Thursday @ Noon (except Thursday after 2nd Wednesday & holidays)
Photos:  Sandy Cutting!!
Pledge and 4-Way Test: Pam Ancheta
Prayer: Harv Whitley
Song:  Marion Humphrey
About the meeting program:  The bell will be rung at 12:15PM to help the staff with food service timing and a final attendance count.  Also, a subtle "two minute warning" reminder before the end of the meeting will be signaled to help the program end promptly at 1:30PM. 
Russ Bertrand did the honors of today's guest introductions.  Regina Donald, non-Rotarian and resident of Pawtucket learned about today's guest speaker from a listing in the Providence Journal.  Michelle Bailey accompanied today's speaker and is physician/representative for South County Hospital.
For all the latest details concerning club related meetings and events click on the Upcoming Events section in the right column.
Please note:  Mid-Year President-Elect Training Seminars for officers & chairs (Pre-Pets) on Feb. 10th & February Fellowship on Thursday - Feb. 15th at The ChopHouse Grille.  No club meeting next week.
And The Raffle Winner Is.....
Glen Zibolis efficiently raffled-off the $100 gift card Cardi's Furniture mailed to the club in response to a sponsorship request for the Balloon Festival.  Bidding, once started, went briskly & Val Szlatenyi found herself with another good excuse to be at a furniture store (she also just moved to her new home) and owing our club $80.
Club Assembly - March 1
Club assembly is scheduled for Thursday, March 1st.   At a club assembly there is typically a review of the budget; the standing committees; any ad-hoc committees; and any proposed initiatives.  There will be no guest speaker presentation.
While there were no formal committee reports; balloon fest committee & Rotary Foundation announcements from last week are still relevant:
Balloon Fest Committee:  Your Sponsorship Help Made Easy
Judy Fortier announced that the promotions team (fellow Rotarians, by the way) hired to help develop the Balloon Fest this year are very eager to get your business or organization contacts to request festival sponsorship opportunities.  Just get the details to Tarah by email or phone and SHE'LL TAKE IT FROM THERE & DO ALL THE WORK:
TMW Productions
Tarah M. Warner, President & CEO
phone: 401-589-1321
[if you're old fashioned:  P.O. Box 1052, East Greenwich, RI  02818]
Paul Harris Awards nomination Deadline - February 22
Again, Deb Casey & Fran Alexakos set out the application forms for Paul Harris Award nominations of those individuals within our community who demonstrate "Service Above Self".  Rotarians are not excluded from nomination.  The application form is also available as a pdf download on Wakefield Rotary's homepage under Downloadable Files. Again, deadline to submit nominations:  the last meeting of this month, February 22.
Rotary Foundation - EREY Contribution
Co-Chairs Deb Casey and Fran Alexakos are still in the process of collecting a $10 or more contribution from members for the "Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY)" program.  The goal is that our membership have 100% participation in this EREY donation.  Please contact Deb Casey <> for further info.
number of members present:   30   /number of visiting Rotarians:  0   /number of guests:   3   
Gene gave fines to:  Chris Hart and Spencer Seitz got late fines.
Betsy Wisehart and Dave Kring have birthdays this month.
...And just before the ending bell was struck, Prez Pam was reminded that Betsy deserved to hear her fellow Rotarians sing her a "proper" Happy Birthday song.
Pam Ancheta -- offered to pay for Dave Kring's birthday....with quarters
Betsy Wisehart --  paid for her birthday; looked on the bright side of the New England Pat's 10th appearance at last weekend's Super Bowl; and was grateful to her doctor daughter who told Betsy that with the history of heart disease for women in their family getting a calcium screen test would  be prudent.  Her daughter's recommendation proved to be wise for Betsy; she learned from this scan that her predisposition to heart attacks might mean an more imminent event than previous prognosis.  We're all grateful to Betsy's daughter for helping her health conscious mother to be even more aware and grateful to Betsy for sharing this new information with membership.
Fran Alexakos --  her husband Brit is till away so when a friend invited her to  spend 4 days at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida, she said yes.
Beth Leconte -- excited to soon get new Golden Retriever pup;  announced that URI/Rotaract is gearing up for activities for this second semester and they will be looking into service projects that can be done jointly with our Wakefield Club -- yeah!  Also our Rotaracters are nominated for a URI service award!
Gene Corl --  thanked Ben Bardo for doing bank deposits after meetings
Dick Pike -- announced that the Peace Dale Shooting Preserve's newly constructed indoor gun range has been operating for  a while now.  He's a member of the preserve and invites fellow Rotarians to check out the facilities; perhaps even become members.  Mary Roda said that she's done target shooting at the range and really enjoyed it....maybe that should be a location to plan a social for our club in the future.
PRESENTATION  -  Interdisciplinary Approach to Cancer Care
Tina Rizack, PD, MPH hematologist and oncologist  - South County Health
Dr. Tina Rizack presented some examples in answer to the question "How does an 'Interdisciplinary' approach to patient care affect outcomes?" An essential part of support in patient care is encouraging healthy eating and exercise to help cancer patients with strength and stamina so their bodies tolerate various chemotherapies and other intensive cancer treatments.  Such a regimen helps patient to maintain their weight throughout the process.  Dr. Rizack says it is more typical to gain weight, not lose it, during cancer therapies. 
Dr. Rizack mentioned how cannabis prescriptions have been clinically shown to help with symptoms of pain from the disease itself as well as relief from side effects of treatments.  The main emphasis of the presentation was about how South County Hospital's new developed and designed cancer care unit is able to sufficiently address the cancer needs of our community and region. 
Rhode Island has among the highest rates of cancer in the nation probably due to elderly population and former remnants of toxic waste left behind by decades of past 20th-century industry and manufacturing.   Below is the Q&A infomation sheet on Dr. Rizack and cancer care at South County Hospital.
Next Social Event:  Thursday, February 15 @ The ChopHouse Grille
Next Meeting:  Thursday, February 22!
Upcoming Events
Feb 13, 2018
Feb 15, 2018
February Fellowship on Thursday*
ChopHouse Grille
Feb 15, 2018
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
RESCHEDULED - Balloon Fest Committee Meeting
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Feb 20, 2018
Board of Directors Meeting
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Feb 28, 2018 5:30 PM
Water and Sanitation Month
Mar 01, 2018
Balloon Festival Committee
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 15, 2018
North East PETS
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
Mar 15, 2018 – Mar 17, 2018
Board of Directors Meeting
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Mar 28, 2018 5:30 PM
Feb 22, 2018
What is Rhode Island Doing to Prepare for Climate Change?
Mar 01, 2018
Committee Presentations & Other Updates
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Thank You Notes
OLLI @ URI - received January 2018
Kingston Chamber Music Fest - received January 2018
Medical Center/U.S. Depart. of Veterans Affairs - Dec. 2017
Girl Scouts of Southern New England - Dec 2017
Easter Seals Rhode Island - Oct. 2017
Jonnycake Center - received October 2017
Welcome House
Habitat for Humanity
Jonnycake Center - July 5, 2017
Galilee Mission
Bulletin Editor
Pam Ancheta
Russell Hampton
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