Club News

Fund Raising at the Golden Nugget Flea Market for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Flea Markets are proof positive of the old adage that "one man's junk is another man's treasure. "

Alan Agree and Dick Newbert spent Sunday morning at the Golden Nugget Flea Market in Lambertville … and it was a Golden Day!

with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

While most of the traffic are just lookers,

others were interested in specific items, with DVDs, Alaskan license plates, bear warning signs, camera tripods and even golf balls attracting the most attention.

Like all such events, buyers were looking to hagle for a better price.  However, when we mentioned that all of the monies raised were being donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and their quest to find cures and treatements for blood cancers, the vast majority actually decided to pay the asking price,

threw an extra dollar or two in our collection jar and, in the case of one incredibly generous individual whose son has multiple meyeloma, he returned and quietly handed us a $50 bill!

By thee end of the morning, we took in $360 of which $70 were donations!

Together with other efforts, and a corporate match, our 2019 collections now exceed $13,000!

However, not content to having exceeded our goal for the year, we will be attending other flea markets, participating in the Society's annual Light the Night Walk in Doylestown in October and undertaking other initiatives.

If interested in helping our Rotary Club support this important cause, please click on our Home Page

 

Semi-Annual Road Clean-up

Under the organizational leadership of Syd Baron, Club members took time out today to pick-up litter along Yardley-Langhrone Road.

Surprisingly, and on a truly positive note, less trash was found … hopefully signaling that drivers are exhibiting a greater degree of respect for the local environment and not disposing of their trash along the roadway.

 

(l to r)  Syd Baron, Alan Agree, Steve Manas, Jerry Redington, Jimmy Gay and Augie Adrid

Photographer Dick Newbert

It is worth noting that the "average" age of this dedicated crew is just shy of 80 years old!

 

Holly Tuttle, Care Manager Supervisor for the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging

We were joined this moning by Holly Tuttle, the Bucks County Area Aagency on Aging's Care Manager Supervisor

Holly, a 20-year veteran of the Agency, explained that the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (AAA), one of 52 in Pennsylvania, is responsible for the planning and implementation of a variety of services and programs to assist older adults and their families.  We are organized as the local agent of the PA Department of Aging, whose broad goal is to provide comprehensive services to help adults age 60+ maintain independence in their homes and communities.  Our priority consumers are those with the greatest needs and fewest resources.

What They Do

The AAA offers more than twenty programs covering a wide range of needs.  For those who qualify, these services may include in-home personal care and support services; family caregiver support; transportation; home-delivered meals and adult day care.  Additional services include health insurance counseling, adult protective services, legal assistance, health promotion programs and ombudsman services. 

Mnay programs offered by the AAA are funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery, unique ass its proceeds can ony be used to fund programss for older persons.  Some of its major programs include:

  • Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract of the Elderly (PACE) – helps pay for prescribed medicines for Pennsylvania residentss 65 years or age or older who meet incodm eligibility guidelines.
  • Rent and Property Tax Rebates – reimburses, up to $650 annually, personss whose income is less than $35,000 per household who are 65 years of age and over, widows and widowers over age 50, and permanently disabled persons 18 years and over.
  • Transportation – free mass transit provided inurban areas to persons age 65 and over, and reduced-fare transportation services for persons age 65 and over in both rural and urban ares.  There is also paratransit services for disabled persons.
  • Funds for Area Agencies on Aging – to provide a viariety of services and benefits to older persons.

Consumers may also call the AAA to inquire about eligibility these programs.

Among the other services the AAA can provide are:

  • Care Management Services  – Many people have heard the term "Care Management," but are not sure exactly what it means. Care Management is an integral part of Long Term Care. The need for Long Term Care can arise either gradually, as a person needs more and more assistance with their activities of daily living, or suddenly, for example, following a hip fracture or stroke.

  • In-Home Services  –  Trained aides can assist elderly clients in need with their personal care and other necessary tasks such as grocery shopping or laundry. This service may be privately obtained or may be subsidized by the Area Agency on Aging (AAA). In order to receive these services from the AAA, a person would have to be assessed by a social worker to determine the need.

  • Adult Day Care Providers  –  For those seniors who require constant supervision which their families are unable to provide, or for those seniors who need socialization opportunities but are too physically or mentally impaired to attend a senior center, Adult Day Care provides daytime supervision and activities which are geared to the abilities of the participants. This service may be obtained privately or may be subsidized by the Area Agency on Aging.

  • Nursing Facilities In Bucks County  –  Individuals age 18 or older who are requesting Medical Assistance funding for nursing home care are assessed by a social worker to determine that placement in a nursing facility is appropriate. Although every case is unique, generally speaking, nursing facility placement is indicated when the individual can no longer remain safely in their own home and 24-hour supervision is required.

  • Nursing Facility Assessment  –  Individuals age 18 or older who are requesting Medical Assistance funding for nursing home care are assessed by a social worker to determine that placement in a nursing facility is appropriate. Although every case is unique, generally speaking, nursing facility placement is indicated when the individual can no longer remain safely in their own home and 24-hour supervision is required.

  • Personal Care Facilities  –  The Bucks County Area Agency on Aging is providing a public service of maintaining a directory of licensed Personal Care Facilities in Bucks County.

  • APPRISE – Insurance Counseling  –  a free health insurance counseling program designed to help Pennsylvanians age 60 and over with health insurance concerns.   APPRISE counselors are specially trained volunteers who can answer your questions about Medicare, provide you with objective, easy-to-understand information about health insurance.  APPRISE services are free and all information is kept completely confidential.

  • Health Promotion Programs  –  PrimeTime Health is an exciting program sponsored by the PA Department of Aging and administered locally by the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging. Older Pennsylvanians are staying healthy, active and independent through activities that are fun and informative. PrimeTime Health programs cover a wide range of subjects that are important to people as they get older and are available throughout the year.

  • Nutritional Services  –  Nutritious meals are served in a group setting at least once a day, five days a week, depending on the facility – usually senior centers. A complete listing of centers is provided on this web site under the heading, "Senior Community Centers."  For those older persons who are unable to prepare meals and have no other means of obtaining a hot, nutritious meal, home delivered meals can be provided.

  • County Senior Community Centers  –  There are thirteen County Senior Community Centers located throughout Bucks County and all provide a variety of recreational and educational programs. Most also serve a hot, nutritious meal. County Senior Community Centers link older adults to community resources and help seniors maintain their wellness and independence.

  • Employment Assistance  –  The Area Agency on Aging is a partner in PA CareerLink, the one-stop resource for recruitment, hiring and finding a job.  Persons age 55 and over with limited income may also be eligible for the Title V program, which places persons in part-time positions in non-profit agencies with the goal of providing training and more permanent employment. Applicants must meet income guidelines to qualify.

  • Positively Aging Volunteer Program  –  The Bucks County Positively Aging volunteer program provides opportunities for adults age 18+ to engage in volunteer service and contribute time, experience and knowledge to others in their communities.  There are many volunteer opportunities throughout Bucks County, and the Volunteer Coordinator will make every effort to match volunteers with an assignment that best meets their interests and skills. If specific services are offered, staff will make every effort to identify an organization that is in need and can best accommodate those skills and services.

  • Elder Abuse  –  Each year, hundreds of thousands of older persons across the U.S. are abused, neglected and exploited.  Many victims are frail and vulnerable, cannot help themselves, and depend on others to meet their most basic needs.  Elder abuse can present itself in various forms – physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, financial or material exploitation, neglect and self-neglect.  If you suspect mistreatment of an older person, you should report it to your local Area Agency on Aging.  For Bucks County residents, the phone numbers are listed below.  Even if you are not sure abuse has occurred, but feel you have a reason to be concerned about the older person’s well-being, you should make the call.  All calls are confidential.  Every Area Agency on Aging you call to report suspected elder abuse has specially trained staff to deal with these situations and to investigate the report.  If you report a suspected case of elder abuse, your name will not be revealed without your permission.  The staff person will contact the older person suspected of being abused.  If abuse has occurred, steps will be taken to advise the older adult of options available, protect the victim, stop the abuse and prevent it from happening again.  If abuse has not occurred, but the older person or family appears to need assistance, the staff person may refer the family to other services available through the Area Agency on Aging or other agencies.

All clients are assigned a Client Manager.  If needed Legal Aid is available.

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Afterwards, Holly drew the winning ticket for two first row seats aat the June 26th game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.

Holly pulling the winnint ticket with Fundraising Chaaair, Irv Perlstein'

The drawing's winner was Jeff Schur of 611 Auto Connection, 246 East County Line Road in Hatboro.

The raffle nettedd a total of $500 … with $200 being dedicated to the Club's work witth the William Dick School and the balance of $300 being going toward the Club's 22019 fundraising goal fof $10,000 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (aaand we're 85% of the way toward that goal).

 

 

Presentation to John and Ruth Clough of Angel Flight East

John Clough, a pilot with Angel Flight East and his lovely wife, Ruth, joined the club for breakfast this morning.  Again this year, Angel Flight Northeast was is the recipient of the proceeds of our annual Pancake Breakfast held at and in partnership with

in Newtown, PA. 

Each year, John continues to provide additional information about this amazing organization.

Celebrating more than 23 years in service, Angel Flight Northeast is a story about the courageous men, women and children and their families with an incredible will to live.  Angel Flight Northeast flies these fine people free of charge to hospitals so they can receive critical care treatment. We have answered over 77,000 flight requests and have flown over 14 million miles since we began operation in Spring 1996.

During their busy times, we schedule between 80 to 100 flights for these courageous patients and their families ensuring they have access to medical care they need.

We have never turned away a request, and with a little help from the organization’s friends and supporters, they never will.

Inspiring Beginnings

Angel Flight Northeast was founded by Fr. Larry Camerlin, an avid pilot and priest who has dedicated his professional career to the healthcare field.  He knew he wanted to find a way to give back to the community and support those in need of accessing life-saving medical care.

After leaving the Franciscan Order, he continued his ministry in healthcare and hospice work.  Fr. Larry is a Catholic priest in the American Old Catholic Church, one of the rites of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church, whose mission is rooted in the gospels, while providing an affirming, inclusive, evangelical and sacramental presence to all in their diversity.  Fr. Larry holds a B.A. in Philosophy and M.Div in Pastoral Ministry.  He is married with four children and six grandchildren.

With pro bono counsel from attorney Nicholas Hodge at the international law firm of  K & L Gates LLP, Angel Flight NE was incorporated in March 1996 and soon thereafter the IRS granted us 501 (c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt status.  Using a small office space donated by the Beverly Flight Center, our flight operations began on May 31, 1996 with 10 volunteer pilots and two requests for flights.

Today, Angel Flight Northeast is comprised of 500+ volunteer private pilots who combine our love of flying with the spirit of grassroots volunteerism by flying patients and their families to the critical health care they need.  They provide air transportation in private aircraft by volunteer pilots so that children and adults may access life-saving medical care free of charge.  

We are also a vital mode of transportation for organs, blood and for patients awaiting organ transplants. We also make compassion flights and provide air care wherever there is a compelling human need.  Through our membership in Air Care Alliance, we can arrange flights throughout most of the country and Canada.  Angel Flight Northeast flies extensively in the Northeast portion of the country.

The Angels for Armed Forces® program provides free flights to military personnel and veterans, who need to access medical care.  It also provides flights for military family members who need to travel to visit injured service members and whose financial resources do not permit them to travel by commercial airlines.

These flights are conducted by Angel Flight Northeast volunteer pilots, many being veterans themselves, who share not only a love of flying, but also have a deep commitment to helping others. They donate their time, their airplanes, all expenses of the flight, and mostly, their hearts to serve their community and those in need.

Angel Flight Northeast entered into a memorandum of understanding with the USO in 2010 to mutually promote the Angels for Armed Forces® program.

Earth Angels is a vital partner with Angel Flight Northeast generously donate their time and vehicles to transport patients to and from the airport / medical facilities.

Fast Facts about Angel Flight Northeast

Its Passengers:

  • Range from transporting children and adults for medical care to flying people for compassion flights and other compelling needs.
  • All our flights are offered completely FREE to the passenger,their family, and travelling companions.

  • Angle Flight Northeast has never refused anyone in need!
  • We serve patients nationwide through our partnership with other air charities and airlines.
  • Approximately 40% of our patients are children, suffering from life-threatening cancer, severe burns or crippling diseases.
  • We will fly people for as long and as often as they need to travel, with no limit whatsoever to the number of flights we provide.

Our Flights and Area of Coverage:

  • Their flights are flown in private aircraft, by volunteer pilots and commercial airlines.
  • Their volunteer pilots donate their time, talent, airplane, fuel and operating expenses.
  • Their volunteer pilots have flown over 14 million miles.
  • They have scheduled more than 77,000 missions since 1996.
  • On average they coordinate 80-100 missions per week.
  • They have recruited 500+ volunteer trained pilots.
  • Over 200 “Earth Angels” donate their time and cars to drive our patients to and from the hospital and airports.
  • Each dollar donated generates on average five dollars worth of contributed services by Angel Flight NE volunteers.
  • They primary service area covers 9 states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Additionally, we can serve patients nationwide through our partnership with other air charities and airlines.

John then ran two of many on-line videos of real families whose families have been saved in part due to the incredible generosity and dedication of Angel Flight Northeast and its dedicated pilots. 

Please take a few minute to learn more about these heartwarming stories at:  http://www.angelflightne.org/news-events/videos.html?wvideo=g2mqohb83k

John fielded questions, including lots of them about his plane, logistics, and certifications. He is on his fourth plan, this one is a fast, four-seater. He has it docked at a professional airstrip not far from his home in New Holland. While he could do a lot of maintenance himself, he also has them service it. He uses the regular landing strips at all of the major airports in this area (VA to Boston). Of course, everyone was in awe of how expertly he must have to guide in his plane, given very busy airports. The air traffic controllers treat him like any other plane. (The airports also waive all fees for Angel Flight.).

John’s only allowed to fly at far lower altitudes than his commercial peers/plans. John is usually at 10,000 to a max of 13,000 ft. up in the air.

He has an FAA physical once a year (private pilots are only required to do that every 3 years!). He must also notify the FAA if he goes to the doctor and anytime he fills a prescription. There is extremely close monitoring of pilots, understandably. He must demonstrate and re-certify as a pilot annually as well. He has basic emergency equipment on board and related training, thankfully he has never had to use it.

Our club’s $1600 will go to defray some of John’s gasoline costs. John flies about once a week for Angel Flight and plans to do it, “as long as I am in fine health!” As he accepted the club’s check, he and his wife again thanked and blessed us all for our unwavering support of his efforts.

The Club was then honored to present John and Ruth with a check for $1,600.

(l to r)  Pancake Breakfast Chair and former Navy pilot Jerry Redington, Ruth and John Clough and Club President Jeff Revak

When we hve the unique opportunity to meet and work with and support folks like John, we are reminded of a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson; The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

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Tomorrow, please take a moment to remember the sacrifices made by so many American, British and Canadian soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen, estimated at 10,000, including 2,500 dead … to help secure freedom for millions across Europe.

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Finally, our sincere congratulations to our Assistant District Governor, Chris Potter, who recently received both recognition and a more expansive job within Rotary District 7450 Director for Areas 1, 2, and 3, after serving in Rotary since 1988 and a significant promothion at Kramer Insurance Center.

 

May Student-of-the-Month Nikola Hulak

Club members Augie Adrid and Fred Edelman traveled to Maple Point Middle School this afternoon to present our May Student-of-the-Month award to Nikola Hulak, who due to illness was unable to attend our May awards dinner meeting.

A Certificate of Recognition and Check for $100 was presented by Student Programs Chair Augie Adrid

Nikola's teacher, Dr. Rosemary Hasley, had wonderful praise for her "exceptional" student who aspires to become a doctor to serve and help others. 

(l to r)  Dr.Rosemary Hasley, Nikola and her proud mom Katarzyna Hulak

Amie Davidson from Amada Senior Care

Aamie Davidson, Director of Marketing and Sales

for Amada Senior Care

joined us for brekfast this orning and provided a detaield overview of her company's sernior care services and how they offered enhancements and protections that other options do not provide.

Amada offers four types of services for seniors and their families: in-home senior care, senior housing advising, home monitoring, and financial care coordination (help with long-term care insurance and other funding options for senior care, such as the veteran’s aid and attendance benefit)

Caregivers

At Amada we look for ways to make simple, everyday tasks special. Amada’s in-home caregivers not only take care of daily essentials like cooking and cleaning, they also go above and beyond to make their clients smile. Recently, one of our caregivers discovered that her client had spent his whole life farming – so she purchased some seeds before her visit and planted a garden for them to tend together. At Amada, we know in-home care isn’t just about performing tasks on a to-do list. It can be hard for seniors to accept new limitations and open their home up to a stranger. Our caregivers understand that it’s essential to show compassion and really connect with their clients to make the changes easier. Amada caregivers are trained to provide assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Meal preparation/feeding
  • Medication reminders
  • Walking/exercise assistance
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Errands/shopping
  • Toileting
  • Non-medical help

Housing Options

Assisted living communities are designed to provide help for residents with basic ADLs. Some states also allow assisted living community to offer medication assistance and/or reminders. Unlike nursing homes, though, assisted living communities do not offer complex medical services. Every senior has unique care needs and preferences when it comes to assisted living community. Amada is able to help families narrow down their options based on individual care needs, budget, location, and personal preferences.Because Amada has extensive experience with long-term care insurance, veterans’ programs, and other non-traditional payment options, we’re also able to help families figure out the best ways to pay for assisted living. You don’t have to navigate this process alone. All of Amada’s senior housing and assisted living placement services are completely free to our clients. By offering care giving and placement services, we are able to help seniors find the living arrangement that suits them best. Amada has relationships with hundreds of local senior care and assisted living communities, so we can help you quickly identify the facility that best meets your loved one’s needs. We specialize in referrals for the following types of facilities:

  • Assisted living communities
  • Large and small communities
  • Independent living communities
  • Board and care homes
  • Adult family homes
  • Senior care homes
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Alzheimer/dementia communities

Technology

The all-new BeClose with Amada system will help you take care of your loved one from anywhere. Our breakthrough technology provides information on daily activities and reports behavioral patterns to a web-based dashboard or directly via email or mobile device. Whether you are across the street or across the country you can know real-time changes in routine, so you can get help or prevent small problems from becoming larger ones. When those we love need us, we want to be close. Amada Senior Care makes that possible.

Transparent Family Web Portal: 

Amada is widely considered the industry’s first agency to build an online portal system called Transparent to help busy families keep in touch. With a personal ID and password, registered family members can log on, day and night, and see exactly what duties our staff has performed.

Financial Care Coordination

Amada Senior Care Advisors are considered by many in the medical community as experts in care coordination and navigating care financing options.

Long-Term Care Insurance

  • Professional and experienced advisors aid families in implementing and managing long-term care policies, including claims filing and management.
  • Complimentary research and long-term care insurance policy analysis.

Veterans Assistance Programs

  • Knowing what kind of government assistance is available to war-era veterans is essential to a senior’s financial future. Amada provides families with resources and education on these programs

Hannah Whitty – Our 2019 Neshaminy High School Student-of-the-Year

After sifting through many applications, Hannah Whitty was easily selected as our Rotary Club's Neshaminy High School Student-of-the-Year for 2019.  A graduating senior, Hannah plans to continue her education at Temple University.

Prior to receiving her recognition and scholarship, Hannah captivated the room with her incredibly contagious and irresistible smile.

An excellent student academically, Hannah related her in-school experiences with a Rotary Interact Club, volunteer initiatives supporting other charitable causes and work experience.  .  

I would like to thank the Shady Brook Rotary for awarding me this scholarship.  I am grateful for their generosity and contribution to my future.

To apply for this scholarship, I was asked to list my community service and work experience.  Sorry in advance for the humble brag.  All four years at Neshaminy High School, I have been an active member of a Interact Rotary Club.  So I was a every “End Polio Now’ table at the Langhorne Harvest Days, every Pink Out game for Breast Cancer Awareness and have been part of successfully sending three special needs children to Disney World with our partner, The Sunshine Foundation.  In my Sophomore year I created y own club at the school where we host fundraisers and donation drives for a local homeless shelter; it has been running for the past three years under my leadership.  Then, this past year, I was on the committee that organized our school’s dance-a-thon to fight Pediatric Cancer under a branch of Penn States’ THON.  As far as work, I have been a loyal employee for Styer’s Market for the past three school years. 

In the future, I am pursuing higher education at Temple University.  I hope to work on taking initiative to better myself as a lifelong learner, hard worker and fiscally responsible adult.

I am determined to succeed at my University, in order to achieve this goal I have already started to plan ahead.  I intend to apply for a job on campus, be a Temple Tour Guide for new students later in my freshman year, and compete to be a Resident Assistant for a dormitory floor, all in hopes to conquer the debt I will owe after the next four years.

Even though I am undeclared (sorry mom an dad), I am positive and I want to follow a humanitarian track for my future.  Everything in my life has lead me to this path.  I am excited to meet with my college counselor every month to organize an education plan that right for me.  My future entails continuing my academic journey to push me in the direction of success, so I can pursue an career where I can help those in need.

When I went to call after finding out I was to receive the Shady Brook Rotary Scholarship a song called, “Hometown” came to mind.  The lyrics go; “all I want to do is make my hometown proud”, and that is exactly what I intend to do.  I love the Neshaminy community and Rotary community with all my heart.  The way we all gather and work together for the greater good truly shows ow to put “service above self”.

I vow to take this sentiment with me through the rest of my life.  I promise I won’t disappoint!

She plans on a trip to China this summer to help at an orphanage.

Her dad Paul

and grandmother Florence Dickey

then told us a little bit about Hannah from the hearts of those who have known her most intimately. 

During her young life, Hannah has exemplified the best qualities every Rotarian strives to achieve every day … "Service Above Self" and represents the best of a generation which will become the future leadership of Rotary and our Nation!

The Club was honored to present Hannah with a Certificate of Recognition and a Scholarship check for $1,500.

(l to r)  Paul (dad), Hannah, Rachel (mom), Kathy (sister) and Florence Dickey (grandmother)with Student Program Chair, Augie Adrid 

Raven Hawkins – April Student-of-the-Month

The Rotary Club of Shady Brook welcomed its April Student-of-the-Month, and eighth-grader from Maple Point Middle School., Raven Hawkins

Raven's infectious smile enchnated the forty-plus in audience!

and her family.

As explained by Raven and her mom, Darlene,

their family relocated from South Carolina to Bucks County when Raven was in the 5th grade.  Her initial adjustment to this new environment was both extremely difficult and emotionally challenging for her.  However, over the ensuing four years Raven has blossomed … becoming engaged in a variety of extra-curricular activities both at school and in her community and achieving a straight "A" scholastic record.  Her mom described her as a very happy young woman (which was also evident form Ravens remarks), popular with her classmates, and strives to be helpful to everyone with whom she comes in contact.

Raven's exceptional family was also on display when Darlene revealed that Raven's sister had donated a kidney to her father, Gerald.

Club Chair for Student Recognition Programs Augie Adrid presented Raven with a Certificate of Recognition and a check for $100.

 

Unfortunately, the Club's May Student-of-the-Month, also a Maple Point Middle School eighth-grader, Nikola Hulak, called at the last minute indicating he was ill and unable to attend.  Plans are being made to make a formal presentaiton to Nikola in the near future.