Debra Morrow, executive director of Middle Way House, will speak in the Frangipani Room. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in criminal justice. Prior to her appointment as executive director last year, she served as community service coordinator at Middle Way House for seven years. She previously worked with incarcerated women at New Leaf-New Life.
This Week’s News
Four Paul Harris Fellows inducted
President Mike Baker, at right, recognized four new Paul Harris Fellows for their community service and financial support to Rotary. Honored for their “investment into the ideal of goodwill, peace and understanding” were, from left, David Meyer, Rex Hillery, Martha Foster, and Earon Davis.
President-elect Loren Snyder has been recognized by On Wall Street’s “Top 40 Advisors under 40,” an annual listing sponsored by the Investments and Wealth Institute. He was listed as No. 23. The third-generation Rotarian was twice president of Franklin Rotary and will serve as the president of our club during 2018-19.
Rotary Scholar update
Before the start of this week’s luncheon, Carla Basore, the mother of former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Matt Basore, stopped by to share news with Jim Bright.
In March 2017, Matt joined the Mayo Clinic as a graphic designer. Before that he worked as a graphic designer in Taiwan and in the Boston area.
After graduating from IU in 2011, Matt applied for and received a $25,000 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study one year at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. His mother said Matt remains grateful for the opportunity Rotarians made possible.
The Jan. 23 program
Michael Shermis introduced our speaker, Dayna Thompson, shown above with John Sander, who works in Alzheimer’s resource service for IU Health Bloomington. Her presentation was informative, energetic and above all, realistic.
She noted the widespread reach of Alzheimer’s: 1,759 people in Monroe County; 110,000 in Indiana; 5.3 million in the United States. She talked about how a diagnosis of the disease affects the entire family and has major impact on caregivers. She noted caregivers for these patients have the same psychosocial biomedical risk factors as cigarette smokers, and that 30 to 40 percent of caregivers die before their patients.
She explained that dementia is an umbrella term for diseases of the brain, and that Alzheimer’s falls under this umbrella. Half of those who receive a dementia diagnosis have Alzheimer’s.
She explained how the disease progresses during the typical two-to-20 year cycle. It affects the frontal lobe, which controls organization, judgment and impulse control; the left and right temporal lobes, which are centers for language but for also storing what she called “forbidden language” such as swearing; the occipital lobe, which involves vision; the hippocampus, where the disease starts; and the amygdala, which includes the fright, flight or fright reaction. The progression adds up to this, she said: the changes lead to actions that are out of character for the person before the disease began to take hold.
She said no one really knows what causes Alzheimer’s. There is a hereditary component that makes getting the disease more likely but doesn’t represent a one-to-one correlation. Medicines can “freeze” patients in a particular condition, but nothing can truly slow down the disease from progressing.
Our Jan. 23 Meeting
President Mike Baker led the meeting. Susie Graham was our greeter, and Glenda Murray led the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the reflection. Glenda summarized what she’d learned about the 100 presidents of our club – 99 past presidents and Mike Baker. Among the facts was that 13 of the 50 charter members served as president, the last being Walter Woodburn in 1956-57.
David Meyer introduced four guests: Matthew Stephens and Melissa Stone were guests of Jim Bright; John Sander was the guest of Tim Jessen; and Jim Capshew was the guest of Kyla Cox Deckard.
Sally Gaskill, Jan. 22.
Bob Gutmann, Jan. 26.
Leslie Green, Jan. 27.
Bob Zaltsberg, Reporter
Charlie Osborne, Photographer