Two employees at the Wright Memorial Hospital involved with palliative care presented the program at Thursday’s Trenton Rotary Club meeting. Gary Jordan was the program chairman.
Kristi Allen, the social worker at WMH, and Mary Holcomb, an RN who works with the palliative care program at WMH, spoke to members about the needs of both the patient and family when the patient is reaching the end of their life. Ms. Allen said both the patient and family have many feelings, ranging from anger, resentfulness and feeling lost and alone to clinging to hopes of a miracle cure and thoughts of missed opportunities. She said it is the mission of the palliative care program to help the patient, family and friends to deal with those emotions, as well as making the situation as comfortable for all as possible.
Ms. Holcomb spoke from a nurse’s perspective, noting that it is their duty, along with that of the social worker, to serve as the patient’s advocate, especially in their final days. She told about what is being done at Wright Memorial Hospital regarding end of life care.
During the business meeting, members were asked to consider serving on the District Scholarship Committee, which will select and mentor recipients of district and ambassador scholarships. Final plans are being made for the “Trenton’s Got Talent” youth showcase, scheduled for Saturday, March 15 in the Trenton Middle School gym. Proceeds will go to the Backpack Buddies program.
Next week’s program chairman is John Anthony. Wayne Kleinschmidt and Ron McCullough will present information on veterans benefits and PTSD.
North Central Missouri College President Dr. Neil Nuttall presented the program at Thursday’s meeting of the Trenton Rotary Club.
Dr. Nuttall talked about the Missouri Community College Association, which represents the 13 community colleges located in Missouri. He noted that community colleges in Missouri serve more Missouri students than all four-year colleges and universities in the state combined. He said funding for community colleges represents just 15 percent of funding provided to all higher education institutions in Missouri, even though they educate 40 percent of all full-time students attending college.
Dr. Nuttall explained that the MCCA sets up its legislative agenda in June, with input from both the Presidents/Chancellors Council as well as community college trustees. Once the information is compiled, a written handout is put together and sent to legislators in July. Trustees also get a list of legislators to talk with prior to the beginning of the legislative session.
MCCA also has a “Week at the Capitol” program where each community college takes one week out of the legislative session, sending representatives to Jefferson City to talk about community college priorities. After the week is over, the responsible community college compiles a report that is shared with the other schools so that they know what is going on and what to look for when it is their turn to be at the capitol.
Dr. Nuttall talked about priorities addressed by MCCA, including the funding formula, financial aid, bonding for capital projects, retirement and jobs programs. He said that the legislature seems to be particularly interested in some type of bonding program that would either allow colleges money for buildings they already have or to leverage college money with state money for new building projects. If approved in either case, Dr. Nuttall said NCMC would qualify for state money.
During the business meeting, an update was given on the “Trenton’s Got Talent” youth showcase the club will be sponsoring on Saturday, March 15 at the middle school gymnasium. Tickets were distributed and members were asked to sign up to bring items for the dessert bar that will be served at intermission. Tickets are $5 and can be obtained at Hoffman-Reed, Hometown Pharmacy, Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri, the Republican-Times or from any Rotary Club member.
Next week’s program chairman is Gary Jordan.
Bill Homan, director of administration and compliance for Murphy-Brown of Missouri, presented the Ag Day program on Thursday at the Trenton Rotary Club meeting. Phil Hoffman was the program chairman.
Homan talked about changes in the company, which is formerly known as Premium Standard Farms. PSF was purchased by Smithfield Fields in 2007 and has become part of the company’s pig growing division, known as Murphy-Brown. Smithfield Foods was recently bought by an independent company located in China, Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. However, as part of the purchase agreement, all Smithfield operations, staff and management were maintained and Homan said there has been very little change seen, calling it “business as usual.”
MBM, as the local company is known, finishes 1.9 million hogs per year at the Farmland processing plant in Milan. There are 116,000 sows on farms in Mercer, Putnam, Sullivan, Daviess and Gentry counties that produce those pigs. MBM has a workforce of 2,450, including around 1,400 who work at the Milan facility.
Homan talked about how the local company was impacted earlier this year by the virus, PEDV, which makes sows sick for three to four days before getting better, however, it does affect the piglets, who are born with scour. Those piglets are euthanized and the scour is fed back to the sow, which then makes the piglets more immune from the disease. There is no vaccine for this virus, which he said has basically been eliminated from the farms in north Missouri.
He also presented an economic impact report done in 2011, which showed that MBM and the Milan facility have a $1.1 billion impact on the Missouri economy and pays $3.6 million in property taxes. The company also purchases 16 million bushes of corn annually as well as 130,000 tons of soybeans, of which 49 percent is purchased locally.
Homan gave examples of improvements being made to the business, including feed mills, the transportation fleet and various farm facilities. He talked about employee training and certification as well as a recent project in which MBM is teaming with a St. Louis company to development compressed natural gas from hog waste. That project is anticipated to begin in the spring.
He finished by thanking the community of Trenton for its support over the years, stating it is much appreciated by the business.
During the business meeting, Becky Albrecht announced there are 21 talent acts lined up for the Trenton’s Got Talent show on March 15. The Rotary-sponsored event includes music, dance, instrumental and miscellaneous entertainment from elementary, middle school, high school and college students. A dessert bar is also planned. The cost for the night is $5, with proceeds going to the Backpack Buddies program.
Next week’s program chairman is Dr. Neil Nuttall.
Teresa Cross, Director of Development at North Central Missouri College presented the program on the history of Valentine’s Day at Thursday’s meeting of the Trenton Rotary Club.
In keeping with the holiday theme, Mrs. Cross discussed the support given to the North Central Missouri College Foundation and recapped the recent activities of the foundation. She announced that over $312,700 had been raised in the “Gifts In Action Scholarship Drive” and with the recent gift from the estate of the late Frederick and Franklin Bosley, the goal of $2 million has now been reached.
She highlighted the recently established named scholarships and announced that many of those have been awarded for the first time. These included the scholarships established in honor of or by the Cross, Rose, Hurt, Steele and Anthony families. She also announced the development of allied health scholarships by the Cameron Regional Medical Center.
Additional remarks of Mrs. Cross included mention of the Development Office Holiday Open House, High School Holiday Hoops, the College Gala, the dedication at the Barton Farm Campus and the second annual Foundation Golf Tournament. She announced the 2014 golf tournament will be held on Aug. 29 at the Green Hills Golf Club in Chillicothe.
Plans are under way to begin the restoration of Geyer Hall and she acknowledged a recent gift from Harry and Alice Bratton along with monies from the Bosley estate to kick off the campaign.
She thanked the Rotarians for their support of the above efforts to the NCMC Foundation Office. Door prizes were presented following the program.
In other business, Becky Albrecht announced the first “Trenton’s Got Talent” program to be held on March 15 in the Trenton Middle School Gym. The program will feature local student talent and a dessert bar. Tickets are available from any Rotarian.
The Trenton Rotary Club will celebrate Ag Day next week and members are encouraged to bring an agricultural guest. Phil Hoffman is the program chairman with Bill Homan of Murphy-Brown of Missouri as the guest speaker.
The North 65 Center was the topic of a program presented during Thursday’s meeting of the Trenton Rotary Club. Debbie Carman was the program chairman.
North 65 Center Administrator Connie Reed gave a history of the senior center, which began in the late 1960s as a “senior citizens club” that was organized and met at the Grundy County-Jewett Norris Library. In 1971, Susanne Walden helped establish a not-for-profit organization so that a meal program could be added. The Jaycees served as sponsor. In 1984, a formal senior center was established and was located next to the Fair Drug before moving to another building on Main Street. In 1998, the current location was purchased and since that time has undergone extensive renovations.
Mrs. Reed said there are many activities that take place at the center, which opens each day at 6 a.m. when the cooks arrive to prepare meals. Among the activities are pool, card playing, puzzles, line dancing, exercising and health screenings. There is also an activity night on Tuesday’s and Bingo is held on Thursday nights.
Meals are served at the center Monday through Friday, beginning at 11:15 a.m. Anyone can come for a meal. Persons ages 60 and over are asked to pay $4 per meal while those under the age of 60 are asked to pay $6.50. The center also has volunteers who deliver meals to shut-ins, with Mrs. Reed saying that not only do they deliver meals to the shut-ins, but visit with them as well.
Board President Gary Schuett noted that the center has a budget of around $250,000 and gets around $220,000 from federal funding, payment for meals, the senior tax, United Way and building rental. Other fundraisers are held to make up the difference. This year the senior center plans a community art fair/art auction on Sept. 15. A committee has been formed and is working on the event, with additional information to be announced.
During the business meeting, it was announced that Show-Me Rotary activities would be held March 28-29 in Jefferson City. Tickets for the “Trenton’s Got Talent” fundraiser for Backpack Buddies were distributed. The event will be held on March 15 in the Trenton Middle School gym and will feature youth talent performances and a dessert bar at intermission. The cost is $5. Tickets are available at Hoffman-Reed north store, Farmer’s Bank of Northern Missouri, Hometown Pharmacy and the Trenton Republican-Times.
During a meeting of the board, it was voted to make a $300 donation to both the North 65 Center and the North Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center.
Next week will be the Valentine program with Teresa Cross as program chairman.
Members of the Helping Hands 4-H Club donated items to the Trenton Kiwanis Club Christmas Wish program during its December meeting.
The Helping Hands 4-H Club met on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the First Christian Church with seven members and five leaders present.
President Wyatt Neal presided over the meeting. Anna Hines and Levi Johnson led the pledges to the U.S. and 4-H flags. Latorrie Johnson called roll with members telling what they wanted for Christmas. Members decided to do the MOVE Across Missouri program as a team. Families signed up to bring refreshments and do demonstrations in 2014. Patsy Griffin provided refreshments.
Mary Ellen Johnson read two versions of “The Night Before Christmas.” Levi Johnson was decorated as a Christmas tree and he also led the members in a roll a double game for the Christmas gift exchange.
Club members also brought toy donations for the Trenton Kiwanis Christmas Wish Program.
The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the church.
Verna Kelsey and DeAn Witt of the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center presented the program at Thursday’s Trenton Rotary Club meeting. Jackie Soptic was the program chairman.
Mrs. Kelsey, who serves as the CAC director, told the history of the center, which does interviews of youth who have suffered sexual or physical abuse, witnessed a violent crime or are living home where illegal drugs are present. Interviews, which are taped, can then be used by law enforcement personnel and other agencies in their investigations, thus reducing the interaction the child would have with the accused in a court situation. In 2013, the CAC conducted 183 interviews and has already had 19 interviews during the month of January 2014.
Mrs. Kelsey said that more than 85 percent of the youth interviewed are involved in a sexual abuse situation, with the primary ages of those children being from 0 to 7 years. Victims are primarily female while offenders are male, usually a family member or someone familiar to the victim.
Ms. Witt is the child advocate at the center and works with authorities, including prosecuting attorneys, sheriff’s departments, juvenile offices and the court system to make sure the child is safe and protected while an investigation is under way and also conducts the interviews. She said that the CAC provides a neutral environment in which both the child and parents can talk freely and not be afraid. She also works with parents about services the CAC has to offer the family as the process takes place, from the time the incident is reported until the time it is adjudicated. The CAC also offers free counseling services to the victim.
Mrs. Kelsey said that around 95 percent of the center’s funding comes from the state, however, the CAC has already been notified that this year’s funding will be $20,000 less than received a year ago. The center does do fundraising and has an event scheduled for Feb. 15. The Diamonds and Champagne dinner and dance will be held at the Chillicothe Country Club. Tickets are available at the CAC at a cost of $30 per person or $50 a couple. An auction of themed baskets will also be conducted during the evening, which will end with the give-away of a pair of diamond earrings, donated by Lauhoff Jewelry.
During the business meeting, sign-up sheets were passed around for the “Trenton’s Got Talent” program the Rotary will host on March 15. The event, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Trenton Middle School gymnasium, will feature talent presentations by local and area youth. There will be a $5 admission, which includes a dessert bar at intermission. Rotary Club members will have tickets for sale.
Next week’s program chairman is Debbie Carman, whose program will be on the North 65 Center.
Scott Roy, private land conservationist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, presented the program at Thursday’s meeting of the Trenton Rotary Club. Jacob Black was the program chairman.
Roy talked about programs available to farm owners to help with wildlife management. Many of the programs are on the federal level and are a part of the Farm Bill, which Roy said is in the process of being approved by Congress. Both the House and Senate Ag Committee have reached a compromise on most all sections of the bill, which funds several programs.
Among the federal programs are EQUIP, which is tailored for ag production and funds habitat practices that are a part of overall conservation practices. WHIP is a cost-share program that focuses on several wildlife habitat practices. There are also federal programs that protect wetlands.
But because of regulations and time-frames associated with federal programs, Roy said many farmers look for other programs to fund wildlife management practices. In Missouri, there is about $1 million available, of which $100,000 is earmarked for a 19-county area in northwest Missouri, which includes Grundy County. He said that program has been beneficial in helping match federal monies available and pay for as much as 75 percent of management programs implemented by farmers.
Persons interested in any of the programs can contact their local USDA office or their local land management biologist.
During the business meeting, it was announced the Rotary Club was organizing a program to showcase local youth and their talents. The Youth Project Committee is working on that project and met following the regular meeting.
Next week’s program chairman is Jackie Soptic, with the program being the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center.
Grundy County Relay for Life representatives Katie Kinney and Sarah Maloney were the guest speakers at Thursday’s Trenton Rotary Club meeting. Ms. Maloney was the program chairman.
The two women discussed the Grundy County Relay for Life event, which this year will be held from 2 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 in the Trenton High School/Trenton Middle School circle drive. A Hawaiian theme, “Relay for a Cure,” is being used for this year’s American Cancer Society fundraiser.
Ms. Kinney said that nearly all persons are affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly. She encouraged members to take part in the relay as either a team member, as a volunteer at the event or by making a donation. She also listed 10 things people can do to assist caregivers and patients, including picking up items at the grocery store, providing a gas card, paying hospital parking fees, mowing lawns, providing a gift card, taking care of pets, bringing in food, doing simple tasks such as window washing, providing crossword/puzzle books and writing letters of encouragement.
Ms. Maloney said that 72 percent of funds raised by the American Cancer Society are earmarked for direct program services and research, while the remaining money goes for administration and fundraising support. Among the programs ACS provides to patients and caregivers are “Look Good/Feel Good”, “Road to Recovery” and the Hope Lodge, which gives cancer patients and their caregiver a place to stay while undergoing treatment.
A special promotional activity at this year’s relay will be “Paint the Town Purple,” in which businesses will be asked to allow Relay for Life representatives to paint their windows to show support of the fight against cancer.
During the business meeting, Con Agra Foods manager Joe Box was introduced as a guest.
Following the meeting, the Youth Project Committee met to discuss an upcoming project that would showcase the talents of local youth and allow for money to be raised to support the Backpack Buddies program. Becky Albrecht is chairman of that committee.
Next week’s program chairman is Jacob Black.