Jeff Norton called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. Lynne Megan (with help from Greg Carlson) greeted us as we arrived and led the flag pledge, followed by Jenny Hedal who offered the invocation. Joan Kallenberg introduced visiting Rotarian Jan Parker and other guests; Becky Berkus, Principal of Central Park School, Aldo Sicoli Superintendent of Roseville Area Schools, Paul Meekin and David Milton, CEO of MINNCOR, both guests of Terry Carlson.
 
General club announcements and business
 
 
Jeff presented Betty Berkus with two checks: one for our 2016 Rotary contribution to the Spark Lab for $20,000 and a separate check of $8,000 for the purchase of 3D printing equipment.
 
Greg Carlson thanked club members for participating in the annual roadside clean up.
 
Deb Nygaard, membership chair, announced our goal of attracting 10 new members by the end of the year. To this end she will be sending out weekly speaker updates and had enlisted every club member to step up their social media game to spread the word electronically, by email and through flyers that will be on the tables each week. 
 
Aldo Sicoli announced a program by the Roseville Area Schools On November 15, 2016, at 7 p.m., called Partners for the Future at the TIES Building (on the corner of Snelling Ave. and Larpenteur Ave. The district has been working with R.T. Rybak, president of The Minneapolis Foundation, to create opportunities for the community and schools to meaningfully connect through mentoring, inspiring young readers and creating career connections through business. Please come to share strategies and outline opportunities for community members to make a difference in the lives of our community’s youth.
 
Program
 
 
Jeff Norton introduced today’s speaker, Georgia Afton, Volunteer and Outreach Manager for Little Brothers - Friends of The Elderly, Minneapolis and St. Paul Chapter.
 
An Antidote For Loneliness.
 
As people age, most automatically have a support system, whether it’s a caring family or a healthy financial nest egg, or both. But those who don’t have these are at greater risk of isolation and loneliness and may slip through the cracks in getting their basic physical, social and emotional needs met.
Little Brothers - Friends of The Elderly (LBFE) identifies isolated adults in the Twin Cities age 65 years and older, providing social connectedness that fosters their independence and quality of life in the community so they may age in place. 
According to 2012 projections from the 2010 U.S. Census, approximately 30%, or 61,500 of the more than 205,000 persons age 60 and older living in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, live alone. While living alone is not the same as feeling lonely or isolated, it does put elders at greater risk. In fact, more than a third of respondents in a 2010 AARP survey described themselves as chronically lonely. 
Loneliness and isolation among our older population poses the following concerns to the community:
  • Loneliness negatively affects health.
  • Isolated elders often lack the social skills and capacity needed to form healthy relationships and community connections.
  • Isolated elders are at greater risk of all forms of abuse, including physical, emotional, financial and self-neglect.
  • Elders who are isolated are at greater health and safety risk in their homes, often requiring that they move into assisted
LBFE serves Twin Cities elders, providing personal, one-on-one contacts that demonstrate compassion and bring the gift of friendship, hope and joy. They have two core program areas:
  • Visiting and advocacy services that support isolated older adults by helping them strengthen their formal and informal support networks, reduce safety risks and increase their independence, and
  • Social engagement services that enhance elder well-being through a holistic approach that helps fulfill their physical, emotional and spiritual needs in a group or community setting.
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. It is a secular, independent 501(c)3 organization and is totally dependent on donor support.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Georgia Afton at 612.746.0732 or by email at gafton@littlebrothersmn.org
 
 
 
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