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Rotary Club of Palm Springs Meeting of March 28, 2018
 

 

 

Nadine kicked off this week's meeting with a little help from her friends Carole Rogers and Barbara Lippert. Visitors this week haled from Folsom Lake, Chico and (likely one of our last from north of the border for a while) Lac La Biche AB.

 
Judy thanked everyone who participated in this year's Angel View Prom and acknowledged that this year the DHS Interact Club also participated with our PSHS club. The night was a huge success...thanks to Judy and her merry band (aka "the prom committee) of party makers! Judy also noted that this year KMIR conducted an interview about the prom and posted it as part of their KMIR Cares segment. You can see the segment here...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyxDnRj0zKU.
 
The Celebration of Life for Barbara Stanford will be on Saturday, April 7 at 11:30
Location: Los Compadres Club, 1849 El Cielo Rd, Palm Springs
Barb's sister Debbie needs help with set up, so if you are interested in helping that day please let Nadine or Jacque Wach's know and plan to be there at 10:00am. 
 
Nadine reminded everyone that the District Conference will be held May 17-20 at the Hilton Doubletree Resort in Cathedral City, and we will have a Hospitality Room. See Bob Allan to sign up to assist with the preparation.
 

Additionally our club will be planning a clean-up of our storage unit at Angel View in Palm Springs.  It will most likely be within the next two weeks so let Nadine know if  you are interested in helping. 

Lastly, on April 28th we are planning a "Rotary Work Day" at the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs.  We are hoping to make this a joint affair with the Sun-up & Evening Star Rotary Clubs ending with lunch.  More information to come at our next meeting.

SADLY it is that time of the year when our Canadian sojourner members return home to Canada. We truly enjoy these club members and their involvement while they are here. The time always seems too short but we wish you safe travels and look forward to seeing you next year!


PROGRAM
Our speaker this week was Ellen Weiner who leads the local chapter of Compassionate Friends
 

When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

The Compassionate Friends was founded over 40 years ago when a chaplain at the Warwickshire Hospital in England brought together two sets of grieving parents and realized that the support they gave each other was better than anything he, as a chaplain, could ever say or provide. Meeting around a kitchen table, the Lawleys and the Hendersons were joined by a bereaved mother and the chaplain, Simon Stephens, and The Society of the Compassionate Friends was born.

The Compassionate Friends jumped across the ocean and was established in the United States and incorporated in 1978 in Illinois.

Each chapter, along with the supporting National Office, is committed to helping every bereaved parent, sibling, or grandparent who may contact them.

Today TCF has nearly 700 chapters serving all 50 states plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam, that offer friendship, understanding, and hope during the natural grieving process after a child has died. Around the world more than 30 countries have a Compassionate Friends presence, encircling the globe with support so desperately needed when the worst has happened.

Ellen became involved with the local chapter as a participant and eventually she was asked to lead the local group. She emphasized that the grieving process is different for everyone and shared that people in this situation often feel remorse, guilt, anguish and withdrawal along with the intense grief from their loss. She shared that some people find the support helpful almost immediately after a loss and others need time before reaching out.

When asked about the right thing to say or do when speaking with, or wanting to support, someone who suffers such a loss, Ellen stressed that "authentic kindness" of any sort is most appropriate and best received. Sending a card of acknowledgment, initiating a phone call ,or just offering sympathy and offering assistance are all appropriate and appreciated.

The local chapter of Compassionate Friends holds monthly meetings in Palm Desert. To learn more you can visit their website at https://www.compassionatefriends.org/chapter/tcf-of-the-coachella-valley/


RECOGNITION
 
Tim Ellis was this week's finemaster and quizzed members on "This Day in History". Failing to recall the importance of March 28 in history were David Alderman, Charlie House, Chris Seidel, Carole Rogers, Jamey Canfield, Sue Ward and Roger Mickalco.
 
HAPPY $$

Apparently there was a lot of pent up happiness in the crowd with Carole Rogers, Frank Peabody, Ed McBride, Helene Kalfuss (on behalf of Patti Park), Bob Elsner, Linda Holmes, Jim McInerny, Kathy Weyer, Sue Ward (who wants to sleep in her own bed again), Margie Taft, Nandy Kruger (the Birthday Girl!!), and Roger Mickalko (who apparently used up all of his golf rounds and has to return to Canada).

DRAWING 

The weekly drawing was for $32 and was won by Barbara Lippert, but she missed the black marble which was worth $268 (Judy is still stunned someone else won)!   

This week's editor: Jim Dunn

 
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