Meeting Recap, 10/27/2015
Posted By Scott Jones
Happy Tuesday, Rotarians.
Please keep Scott Jones’ son Ian in your thoughts. He’s at Children’s Hospital in KC undergoing treatment for a staph infection.
Need to Know:
- It’s pecan time again. The first shipment of our pecan sales fundraiser is in at MFA with more to follow next week. A flier will be available soon. Pecans will be $10.00 per bag of either halves or pieces.
- Amy Wilkerson and the Don’t Meth with Us Committee are looking for volunteers for assisting with school presentations. If you would like to learn more about helping with this project, you may wish to observe our Don’t Meth Committee members in action. Amy and Michelle Cologna will be presenting a program at Fordland Middle School on Tuesday, November 3rd at 9:00 AM. Amy and Teresa Housholder will be doing a program at Seymour on Wednesday, November 4th at 9:30 AM. Volunteers should arrive 30 minutes before the presentation.
- Our next board meeting is scheduled for noon on Thursday, October 29th at DD Hamilton but that is subject to change due to Scott’s family medical situation.
- Upcoming presentations: We will be having a club assembly on November 3rd. On November 10th, Stella Harrison will be talking about Legal Shield.
- Go ahead and put this on your calendar now: our 3rd Annual Romance Raffle will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
- Go ahead and put this on your calendar now: the Marshfield Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016, with a rain date of March 19th.
Steve Walsh from Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler’s office visited our club today. Mr. Walsh extended the invitation to contact Vicky Hartzler’s office if we needed help in dealing with any federal government office (issues involving social security, veterans, passports, etc.).
Our speaker today was Rotarian Leslie Thomas. Leslie spoke about organ and tissue donation. Donations in our area are through Midwest Transplant Services (MTS), which does its harvesting in St. Louis. Up to fifty people can be saved or have improved lives by a single donor. There are over 100,000 patients waiting for organ donations at any given time and an average of 21 people die each day waiting for an organ. The following can be donated: heart, heart valves, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, small intestines, corneas, skin, tendons & ligaments, saphenous vein and bone. Per MTS, anyone can be a potential organ and tissue donor regardless of age, race or medical history. Registering to be an organ donor is quick any easy; just register at the DMV when renewing your driver’s license or register at www.missourigorgandonor.com. If you do want to be a donor, it is important to tell your family now so that your final wishes are carried out.
Organ and tissue donation is a deeply personal issue for Leslie. When her father, Mel Gutierrez, passed away several years ago, Leslie and her family made the decision to donate his skin, which benefited multiple burn victims. What a beautiful legacy for Mel that a part of him lives on and has improved the lives of multiple people.
“You give but little when you give your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Marshfield Rotary Club: Raising the bar through leadership, giving and education.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Kristin Grace Krebs