Posted by Joe Quinn on Sep 30, 2019
      President Bill Potter marched into the room to some really regal music, and one clueless music critic joked that it was from “Pomp and Happenstance”.   No, actually, Bill revealed it was the theme from one of his favorite movies:  “Caddy Shack”.
      Bill called upon Andrew Kruse who delivered his usual Inspirational Rotary Moment.  Jan Gee then led us in the Pledge to our flag.
      President Bill must have been looking forward to his Roast as he said the monthly Pot Roast lunch was to celebrate completion of his first quarter in office.  Only ¾ to go!
      Bill thanked the entire Setup crew, whether they were working today or not.  Hardest working committee every week.  Steve Enquist presented LR Jim Weinand with another Paul Harris Award for his gifts to the Rotary Foundation. I believe Steve said it is Jim’s fifth Paul Harris.  In that regard, it was reported that $427 was contributed to the RI PH fund this week.  Not bad folks.
      Bob Zawilski was taking photos and Joe Quinn is the scribe today.
Barlow Buescher, who was serving as Sergeant-at-Arms and selling raffle tickets, reported that there were no Visiting Rotarians.  Guests included Ellen Mazoff, lovely wife of Steve Mazoff.
John Forkenbrock noted there was no Sunshine news so that is good.
Bill Potter said the Board is looking around for restaurants where the Board might hold its monthly meeting.  Several members had ideas such as Bruno’s and Carr’s.  I heard Burs Restaurant mentioned too.
      Bill said credit card payments for lunch are now being processed through Tacoma Country and Golf Club and not directly through Rotary.  There is a 50 cent charge for using a card and only 25 cents if all you have is coffee. 
      It was announced that Rose Stevens and Mark Blanchard attended RI District 5020 Grant Training.
      President Bill said there is a Clover Park Kiwanis work party this Saturday to help them build the playground over near the Skate Park just off Bridgeport near Steilacoom Boulevard.  A lot of Lakewood Rotarians are signed up to help the Kiwanians, who have supported our fundraisers over the years.  More on this Project below.
      On October 12, 2019 there will also be a work party for the South Sound Wildlife Area.  I think it was added that this Clover Park Rotary project will include some pressure washing, so we saw a gleam in John Lowney’s eye (it is well documented that John pressure washes for fun).
      District 5020 has just begun “Give 5”, a Polio Plus program designed to get us to give just five more dollars than usual to Polio Plus (each month?).  The District is also now producing a new online magazine of highlighted activities in 5020.  It will be chock full of information about District doings.  I was able to find it by searching for the District 5020 web site.    The magazine is called “Unite District 5020”.
      A new Rotary Club in Pierce County is being formed in the Graham-Kapowsin-Eatonville area, with about 28 prospective members.  You need a minimum of 20 now to start a new club.
The Major Projects Committee will meet here at the country club next Friday at 11 a.m. before the meeting starts.
      Don’t forget the Putt- Putt golf event at Harkness Furniture, sponsored by Tacoma South Rotary.  That will be Friday night October 25, 2019, starting at 5:00 p.m. with cocktails, 6:00 p.m. dinner and tee off at 7:00 p.m.  Always fun and Rick Selden has formed one team already.  We can do more. Cost is $75.00 per person everything included.  An annual fun event and Tacoma South’s main fundraiser annually.
Bank Deposits:
      Don Daniels and I both noticed that the flag positions were reversed—a rare slipup by Setup Committee.  The U.S. flag goes on the left as you face the podium.  One wag offered up $20 Canadian to pay for this tiny error. 
      Jim Sharp became a grandfather three weeks ago so he coughed up $50.
      The Enquists spent 2 weeks in New York doing grandparent babysitting duty but followed that up with a visit to the Amalfi Coast, Naples, Athens and other great Greek venues but then had to come home and face the music.  Steve made a huge deposit and then Anne added the last $8 in her wallet after this expensive boondoggle.   Don’t forget Santorini and Ephesus at night.
      Chris Kimball paid $20 for having to attend another county lawyers’ bar association convention at the Alderbrook on Hood Canal.  He made some crack about the 99% of lawyers who give the other 1% a bad name, but my bad math skills and early dementia meant I could not understand the joke,  so I was not seen laughing.   At least I think that was the reason but it could have been something else, like dementia.
      PROGRAM:  Anne Enquist introduced her law school colleague, friend, musician, lead singer and guitarist of the Righteous Mothers, Professor Lisa Brodoff.  (Obviously, Lisa is not some one-dimensional lawyer or academic type!  She is a card-carrying member of that 1%.)  Professor Brodoff is also the Director of the Law Clinic at the Seattle University School of Law.  Anne said Lisa is the “most fun” law professor but she has also been honored by the Society of American Law Teachers with a 2019 National Award, as the Law Professor of the Year.   She is an expert on Elder Law and has done pioneering work on Advance Medical Directives.
      Professor Brodoff spoke about dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.  She thanked Anne and Sally Smith for inviting her to speak.  She said she resides in Lacey and when she retires and has more time, Lakewood Rotary should come calling on her. 
      Lisa asked us to raise our hands if dementia or Alzheimer’s has affected any of our families or friends and, not unexpectedly, almost all hands went up.   She told us the statistics on these two mental conditions and they are chilling.  By 2025, there will be 7 million people with these conditions in America.  In Washington, about 110,000 now suffer from Alzheimer’s and in 5 years it is estimated there will be 140,000 more.
      One large theme of her talk was that most of us, including attorneys, think of wills, living wills, and durable powers of attorney when we think of planning for the issues faced in later life (and death) situations.  But Professor Brodoff noted that all of these documents address only the very end of life and do not deal at all with the process and issues to be faced between the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s and our final demise.  The rest of her talk centered around that lack of attention and presented a means of dealing with that shortcoming of attention, because the issues are very real to the family.
      Professor Brodoff’s new tool—her pioneering innovation—is called a Mental Health Advance Directive.  It addresses such issues as you, while still of sound mind, would like addressed later should you experience the symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s as you advance in age.  Such issues include:  the nature and cost of care, when you should stop driving, what if you become violent or combative, and the delicate issue of intimate relationships in the future for your spouse.  It is far better to deal with these issues up front that when immediately faced with actions such as involuntary commitment, for example.
      As part of a law review article, Professor Brodoff drafted up her own Mental Health Advance Directive, dealing in depth with these issues and more.  The document included a Personal History and Core Values Statement.   She reasoned that, since a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia is no longer really the same person as when healthy, it is good to put down a description of who you are and what is important to you.  In her section on Combative Behaviors, Lisa said you could include a consent to voluntary commitment to avoid the guilt and other problems inherent in involuntary commitment. 
     Our speaker also discussed the mundane but very real issue of the high cost of long term care and of nursing homes of quality.  She said that on occasion it has been necessary to recommend the drastic step of divorce to avoid financial disaster.  Medicaid is often the only recourse as assets are exhausted by the cost of long term care.  Some facilities can cost $10,000 to $14,000 per month for quality care!
Above: Professor Lisa Brodoff
As part of her work, Professor Brodoff developed an online Form and Instructions for anyone to use.  Let’s see if we got down the link correctly and if the photo of the screen helped:
Check it out.  The link worked for me just now.
The Drawing:  Unfortunately, the scribe had to run out to herd 16 cats at the Rotary Golf Outing.   I missed the drawing so who won $5 (or more?).  
The Golf Outing was successful and fun, at least for Chuck Hellar who won low gross.  This scribe got long drive by a few yards over Chuck.  Low gross for the women was won by Kris Quinn, but Rondi Johnson got both “KP in 2” (closest to the pin on #6 in two shots) and long drive for the women.  A sign of our declining golf skills was that none of the men hit the green in one shot on #6 so there was no winner of the men’s KP.  LOL.  A good time was had by all, as pizza and pasta was enjoyed by the hardy souls that remained.  We had 16 golfers including LR Rotarians and guests and the pizza party afterwards was graced with the presence of Storey Jin Quinn (23 days old), Eric Quinn and his wife Johanah Kang and her parents.
In other “after the meeting” news, perhaps a score of Rotarians helped the Clover Park Kiwanis in their efforts on Saturday to build the playground aforementioned.   This scribe worked the afternoon shift along with Chuck Hellar and Scott Buser.   Many familiar faces from Lions Club and Kiwanis were there along with many students from the local high schools.  We got a lot done, and it was evident that the morning crew of many LR Rotarians and others, which probably had some rain to deal with, got a mighty good start on the swings, the zip line structure and the slide platform that our group finished in the afternoon.  Great teamwork by the service clubs of Lakewood.