Guests at the Tuesday meeting of the Marshalltown Rotary club included Iowa River Hospice Executive Director Tammy Lichtenberg, Carmen Willmore of MidWestOne Bank, Villa Del Sol Administrator Chad Wahrman and David Bajaras, CEO of the newly formed Marshalltown Regional Partnership.
A number of student Rotarians where on hand as well. Larry McKibben got the meeting started with a prayer which included thoughts for the family of Rotarian Steve Fritz who passed away the previous week. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, President Jeff Vance described the upcoming leadership conference for which the club will be sponsoring two students to attend.
Student Rotarians for the month of May are Sharissa Stansberry, Wynn Tan, Abigail Snyder, and Adam Willman.
Vance also read a word of thanks from Cynthia Ragland of the Roundhouse Renovation committee for the $15,000 gift recently received from the Marshalltown Rotary Club. After a colorful news report from Conrad Dejardin, Bonnie Lowery introduced Jeff Wisnieski who, along with his wife Jonna, owns the Home Instead Senior Care office in Marshalltown.
Home Instead is dedicated exclusively to helping seniors stay in their homes as they age. The Wisnieski's also operate offices in Newton, Pella and Oskaloosa. Wisnieski described the kinds of things his services provide to help with activities and to ensure home safety.
His message centered around the issues we need to be concerned with as we, and our family members, go through the aging process, pointing out the impact of extended life expectancies on financial resources. Being an adult child caregiver can be both rewarding and stressful. A majority of folks simply have not done any research into the resources available for this process.
Wisnieski stressed the importance of starting these discussions and gave some guidance on how to get the discussions started. Although they may be tough discussions to have, it is important that siblings are on the same page. Before ending to take questions, Wisnieski described his free review of residences to identify potential hazards.
Rotary International has six areas of focus: disease prevention and treatment, peace and conflict prevention/resolution, basic education and literacy, water and sanitation, maternal and child health and economic and community development.