Posted by Keith Reed
Co-Chair Barb conducted the meeting starting at 12:15. Thought of the day was given by Bob Sanfilippo who gave us some philosophical sayings including one from Adam Smith. There were 15 members present but no one on Zoom. Heidi was the Greeter and reported that there were no guests present. There were no birthdays celebrated but Club anniversaries recognized were Pat O’Day (44 yrs.), Keith Reed (10 yrs.), Wes Baumann (38 yrs.) and Kelly Tess (1 yr.).
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Members were reminded of the Installation dinner for our new officers, especially for Bob Baker, our new President, a position he has held several times in the past. We will also be honoring outgoing Co-chairs Patti and Barb for a job “well done”.
  • Installation will be the Happ Inn in Northfield at 6:00 to about 8:30 PM but you need to call in your reservation register online by end of day, June 15 from the email invitation or details and registration can be done on our Club website or from the email sent June 8th.
  • It is also important to note that our next Club meeting on June 15th will be at the North Shore Senior Center, 161Northfield Road in Northfield, in the Jacoby Room at our usual time 12:15. The Honeycomb Restaurant will be catering lunch and the NSSC will be providing speakers about the NSSC’s many programs and on their “memory care” programs and taking our members on a tour of their premises.
HAPPY BUCKS: Moha gave some HB due to a very nice trip he recently took to an oceanside resort with plenty of warm weather and enjoyable ocean activities. David Grant gave a HB but only to warn members of the problem his 31 year daughter had a few days ago while walking downtown Chicago near the Sears Tower during lunchtime when she was accosted by a man who demanded her cellphone—when she resisted, a gentleman close by stepped in to stop the activity and to push away the attacker at which time the attacker knocked the gentleman down on the sidewalk and ran away before the police could arrive to administer aid to the injured gentleman. David’s daughter wasn’t hurt in this confrontation and managed to keep control of her cellphone, but David thought it important to report this type of activity to our members who frequent downtown Chicago.
DIG N GRIN: Fred was in charge with a list of Zen comments that he had received 7 years ago from an old friend he has known for over 80 years.
GUEST SPEAKER EMILY MYSEL: SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER OF FAMILY SERVICE of GLENCOE SPEAKING ON THE BASICS OF DEMENTIA: Emily was originally from the Glencoe area but spent much of her youth in Central Illinois and then graduated from Miami of Ohio. She has spent 21 of her 40 years working in the “family service area, primarily on the North Shore in developing and administering Glencoe’s very successful “Dementia Friendly Program”. She defined dementia as a loss of cognitive functioning in thinking, remembering, keeping track of personal items, missing appointments, wandering away from home, or even fading visual perception. The different kinds of dementia are Alzheimer’s, Vascular, Lewy Body and Frontotemporal. Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but work is being done on research to treat and prevent it from developing. It is the 6th leading cause of deaths in the U.S. with close to 6 million Americans having some form of it. Illinois is considered a very “friendly dementia state” with several community-based services and many corporations developing programs to study and treat those suffering from the disease. For example: Glencoe trains its employees and safety personnel how to handle people who seem to be suffering from dementia—the Village encourages residents to fill out a health form to be kept in an accessible place in the home (like a freezer) to list the medications and any other dementia signs of the resident so that safety or police officers know how to handle a dementia problem if called to that home. Glencoe offers dementia “consultation” services to those residents suffering from the condition. The state of Illinois is not only considered to be “dementia friendly” but it has as many as 26 Illinois communities with extensive programs to recognize those persons with the condition and helping them get proper attention and treatment. Emily told of her Father’s experience with dementia and Alzheimer’s before he died at age 69. She suggested that we can all help those with this dreaded condition by educating ourselves on the disease and symptoms/treatments therefore; check in with those you know who are suffering from the disease or have family members affected; and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you or a loved one show signs of the disease. Emily had a very informative power point which she is willing to email to you upon request. She can be reached at 847-461-1668 or by email at Our regular meeting ended at about 1:30 with the reciting of Rotary’s 4-way test.