|Dr. Abdul Omari||Mar 28, 2017||
Leadership and Communication
Outstanding speaker at Camp Enterprise!
Dr. Abdul M. Omari holds a B.A. in global studies, a master’s of public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a PhD in comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota.
For several years, he has taught leadership courses for undergraduate students. Abdul is the founder of AMO Enterprise, which helps people better connect in individual and team settings.
Abdul is devoted to civic and public service. He is an elected member of the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota, serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA Greater Twin Cities, AchieveMpls, and Civic Eagle. Abdul was featured in Minnesota Business Magazine's "Young Entrepreneurs" August 2016 issue. Omari is a proud native of Minneapolis, Minnesota with immigrant parents from Kenya and Jordan.
|Irene Kelly||Apr 04, 2017||
|Anita Raymond||Apr 11, 2017||
Volunteers of America
Anita Raymond is a licensed independent social worker and certified care manager with Volunteers of America Protective Services program and also provides Care Management and Consultation services through Volunteers of America Minnesota. Anita earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the UW-Whitewater and her Masters in Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and has over 25 years of professional experience in geriatric social work. Anita is committed to quality and strives to make a real connection with her clients and their support systems to ensure the best possible outcomes. Anita is a strong advocate for ethical practice and is passionate about serving the most vulnerable of citizens: frail, cognitively impaired, and at-risk older adults.
Anita is an active member of the Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship (MAGiC), and has served on the Executive Board in various positions including President, Conference and Journal Chairs; she currently serves on the Board and is the Communications Standards Chair. Additionally, Anita is a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. Anita has completed Gunderson Lutheran Medical Foundation’s Respecting Choices course and qualifies as an Advance Care Planning Facilitator.
Anita is a frequent presenter to community and professional groups on topics including: guardianship and conservatorship, alternatives to guardianship and conservatorship, vulnerable adults and maltreatment, client autonomy and self-determination, planning for incapacity, advance directives, and more.
|Katey Taylor and Sam Carolus, Abbey's Hope||Apr 18, 2017||
Abbey's Hope Water Safety Mission
Katey Taylor is president and co-founder of the Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation. Katey had been a "typical" stay-at-home mom until June 29, 2007. It was on that summer evening that one of her four daughters, 6-year-old Abbey, was disemboweled by a faulty drain in a wading pool. Over the next nine months Abbey would endure 16 surgeries and a triple-organ transplant, before finally losing her battle in March 2008.
Abbey's hope was that what happened to her would never happen to another child. In her name, the Taylors formed Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation in July 2008. To fulfill Abbey's legacy, Katey and her husband, Scott, work to advocate for children and to educate parents, community leaders and others of the dangers in and around pools.
Katey has a Bachelor of Science degree in family education, child protection and public health from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. In December 2008, Katey received her Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO) certification from the National Swimming Pool Foundation. She serves on the Advisory Board of Minnesota SafeKids, is a member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, and a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
Sam Carolus is the Program Manager for the Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation where she assists in the day to day operations of the organization. Sam has enjoyed working in the non-profit sector in Minnesota. Before joining AHCF, Sam was the Minnesota Public Affairs Manager for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and part of a coalition that worked with the Minnesota legislature to pass legislation banning the toxic chemical BPA from all children's sippy cups and bottles. Sam has also worked with the YMCA of Minneapolis and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.
As a new mother, Sam in honored to be working for an organization focused on child safety. She is a graduate of Indiana University.
|Congressman Erik Paulsen||Apr 25, 2017||
Remarks by Congressman Erik Paulsen
|Lexi Reed Holtum||May 02, 2017||
Steve Rummler Hope Foundation
The Steve Rummler Hope Foundation was founded in 2011 by Bill and Judy Rummler. Their son, Steve Rummler, died that year of an accidental opioid overdose after struggling with addiction brought on by efforts to manage his chronic pain.
In 1996, Steve suffered a life-changing back injury and began a journey that would end tragically in 2011. He sought help from many medical and mental health professionals; however, he never received a treatable diagnosis for his back injury. Steve became depressed and was treated with anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications (benzodiazepines). In 2005, he was prescribed the narcotic painkiller OxyContin which finally offered him some pain relief. By 2009, Steve had become addicted to his pain medications and his doctor encouraged him to get help. Steve decided to go to the Pain Rehabilitation Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in January 2010, where he was tapered off of the painkillers and taught other tools for the management of his pain. However, by 2011, Steve had relapsed. Steve sought and found a doctor who prescribed narcotics and benzodiazepines in the quantities Steve requested. In April 2011 Steve agreed to go to the Hazelden Betty Ford Clinic in Center City, Minnesota to receive treatment for his addiction.
While Steve was at Hazelden, the doctor who in 2011 began prescribing his narcotic painkillers and diazepam (Valium) was under investigation by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. In May, 2011, the Board took disciplinary action against this doctor’s license for “unprofessional and unethical conduct” and for “prescribing a drug for other than medically accepted purposes.” The doctor surrendered his medical license and the Board agreed to “close its files in this matter.”
Steve relapsed shortly after returning home from Hazelden Betty Ford. He was able to pick up two months of refills for his Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) prescription, but eventually he ran out, had no doctor to go to, and became desperate for relief. For the first and only time in his life, he sought out and purchased heroin. He used heroin one time; it killed him on July 1, 2011. His death certificate shows that the “immediate” cause of his death was “mixed drug toxicity (opiates and benzodiazepines)”. The real cause of his death, however, was the disease of addiction. After his death his family established The Steve Rummler Hope Foundation with the goal of helping others who suffer from chronic pain and the disease of addiction.
|Ilse Akbar & Kelly Streit||May 09, 2017||
Rotary Quiz Bowl!
|Paula Schwartz||May 16, 2017||
Activities in Philippines and Tanzania
|Ilse Akbar||May 23, 2017||
|No meeting||May 30, 2017||
Day after Memorial Day
|Jan Turner||Jun 06, 2017||
Finding Inspirations in the Trials of Life
In 1989, Jan was stricken with pneumococcal pneumonia, the same disease that killed Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppets, in 1990. First she started experiencing flu-like symptoms, but knew it was more serious when her fingers began to ache and the pain began to move through her body. She was taken via helicopter to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis where she was put on full life support. Her family was told that she would not survive. She was in a deep coma for one week and, since her spleen had been removed earlier, her resistance to infection was lowered. Due to lack of blood circulation, her limbs developed gangrene and needed to be amputated. Throughout the ordeal, Jan never considered giving up. The first eight month of 1990 were spent at Sister Kenny Institute where she learned how to use her prosthetic arms and legs. When she returned to Willmar, she continued her rehabilitation at Rice Hospital as an outpatient. Jan was a music teacher at the Willmar Community Christian School before her life-changing illness. She continued teaching music for two years, but since she was unable to play the piano, trumpet and guitar with prosthetics, she decided to return to college and earn a degree in speech communications. She also became an ordained minister for interdenominational churches.
|363 Sandwich Making||Jun 13, 2017||
At Edina Senior Center
|Judy Johnson||Jun 20, 2017||
Feminine Hygiene Kits
|Tom Gump & Jenn Glass||Jun 27, 2017||