Club Notes July 16, 2020
The weekly invocation was delivered by Bill Grantham and focused upon the Covid 19 virus and the impact on those infected and their caregivers.  He concluded with thoughts for solidarity in our response and support of one another. 
Announcements by President Charlotte:
Happy Dollars was resumed with several club members participating.  Don’t forget you can include your Happy Dollars with your dues payments. 
Charlotte announced a reminder that J.P. is selling Jim Click raffle tickets.  J.P. reported that 55 tickets have been sold with 45 more to be sold to reach our goal of 100 tickets.   The date of the drawing is December 11.  Let J.P. know if you want to purchase tickets.  All proceeds for our ticket sales will be donated to St. Andrew’s Clinic.
District 5500 is considering hosting their own podcast.  Details will be announced as they become available.
Arizona Rotary Water Summit will be held on August 1 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon through virtual participation.  There is no cost to attend.  For additional details and to register go to Rotary5500.org.
Chuck Wunder informed club members that no positive Covid 19 cases have been diagnosed in members of the Green Valley Fire Department.   All firefighters have returned to Green Valley after assisting other fire departments in putting out blazes in surrounding areas. 
The first Jazz in the Desert meeting for the event scheduled for March 6, 2021 will be held on Friday, July 17.  If you are interested in being part of the Committee, contact Jim Rusk.
The Board is considering adding the President-elect Nominee to the Board of Directors and will announce the final decision in the near future.
Chris Ashcroft of Community Performing Arts Center will be our program guest speaker on July 23.
 
 
Program:
Program guest speakers from the Alzheimer’s Association were Morgen Hartford, Southern Arizona Regional Director, and Nadine Hanson, professional fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.   The theme of their presentation was twofold:  Together We Can End Alzheimer’s and You Are Not Alone. 
The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way by promoting and supporting global research, promoting risk reduction and early detection and intervention. Their efforts in turn maximize quality of care. 
Today we learned that more than five million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  If unheeded, it is estimated by 2050 that number will increase to 14 million.  With the fastest growth rate, Arizona is the epicenter of the disease.   Alzheimer’s is recognized as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death in Arizona.
The Covid 19 pandemic has affected every aspect of life.  And for those with Alzheimer’s or suffering from other forms of dementia the isolation brought on by the pandemic is particularly difficult.  Through the You Are Not Alone campaign, the Alzheimer’s Association has created programs and services that specifically address these concerns expressed by families and caregivers.
On October 31, the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held in more than 600 communities nationwide.  The Walk is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  There is no fee to register for the Walk.   Unlike years past, there will be no large gathering and kick-off for the walk.  Participants will be solo walkers who will walk anywhere they choose. 
The Vallee Verde Rotary Club as a sponsor of the Walk in Green Valley and Sauhaurita will sponsor a team.    Dust off your walking shoes if they have not seen the light of day in a while.  Ask your friends and family to support your walk with their financial donations.  Further details will be forthcoming. 
For a complete understanding of the Alzheimer’s Association and the services provided, please visit their website at Alz.org. 
One piece of advice given to stave off Alzheimer’s disease:  learn something new.
 
-Michele Lewis