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Rotary Club of Hyannis Raffle Drawing Grand Prize $1000, 2nd Prize $500, 3rd Prize $250 & 4th Prize Husqvarna 7021p push mower
Guest speaker introduced by Sharon Hawkins . Anne Van Vleck, Executive Director of Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP).
The group was formed in 2005 with 12 people at their first meeting and began to grow like wildfire. They obtained a 501C3.
In 2010 with 350 members, they hired an Executive Director. In 2013 they have 800 active members.
The group’s goal is to:
- Connect with the Cape Cod emerging workforce and future leaders.
- Engage this group in our community and support their efforts to
- Advance their lives, both professional and personal, on the Cape.
The group does this by:
- Networking and special events.
- Career connect with scholarships, internships, and membership.
- Membership perks for sponsors.
- Civic engagement.
The 2010 census reports that in the last ten year period there was a 26% decline in Barnstable County Residents in the 25 to 44 age group.
The group is working with the Dukakis Group at Northeastern University in discovering what the factors are that make people leave the Cape and what does it take to stay here.
And what are the solutions and approaches that will reverse the trend.
They began an on-line survey to help Shape the Cape. They need 4000 participants and have already reached 2500.
The group supports their scholarship program through the CC Charitable Event – Last Gasp. Last year they helped with $25,000 in scholarships to help young professionals stay on the Cape for their careers.
Our membership can help shape the Cape by:
- Engage and support Shape the Cape.
- Connect our businesses and social networks.
- Advance the dialogue.
- Be part of the solution.
John Terry introduced our guest speaker--Ed Merrigan is the Director of the Barnstable District Veterans Services
-- Ed oversees services to veterans and their families in the Town of Barnstable working with 5 other district offices on Cape Cod.
--Ed helped secure 10.5 million dollars in federal grants to assist veterans and their families on Cape Cod.
--There are 25,000 veterans currently living on Cape Cod
--Ed focused on the veterans from the Vietnam war. He spoke of the impact of Agent Orange on the health of these Vietnam
vets. He felt the veterans from the Vietnam War never got the recognition they deserved. This Veterans Day, November 11th
Ed is organizing a "Welcome Home" ceremony for Vietnam Vets to be recognized on the Village Green after the Veterans Day
Parade on Main Street in Hyannis on the 11ths. Featured speaker will be Sargent Debbie Siavie. The BHS band and chorale will perform
John Terry introduced our speaker, Vicki Goldsmith from Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity has been on the Cape for 25 years and 14 of those years Vicki has been the executive director. Habitat has 10 has built or in process 10 houses this year and hopefully an additional 20 in 2014. The 81st home was dedicated this year. Vicki shared the recent home builders blitz build through a time lapsed photography presentation. The house was built in one week for a family of four.
Over 200 companies provided supplies and 120 builders were involve with the build. A traditional habitat build takes about 8 months and the new homeowner is to contribute 250 hours of sweat equity.
The purpose of the blitz was to spotlight the relationship between Habitat and Homebuilders and the need to affordable housing for those young families working on the Cape. The Cape has seen a 26.8% decrease in the 25-44 year olds. It takes about $120,000 in cash for a home to be built.
Habitat works with towns and individual donors to purchase land. Habitat also uses the profits from the expanding Restore on White’s Path to raise cash for the builds Vicki thanked Rotarians for their participation in Habitat builds.
Steve Cahill introduced good friend and today’s speaker, Dr. Craig Cornwall, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Cape Cod Hospital. Dr. Cornwall’s topic was the expansion/renovation project at Cape Cod Hospital and the growth of Cape Cod Healthcare. He’s been at the hospital for many years and helped spearhead the fund raising effort to expand the E.R.
A few facts regarding the ER & the Cape Cod Healthcare:
- Employs 4600 people
- 400 physicians
- For several years in a row the E.R. has been in the top 2-5% in customer service amongst ERs in the US
- The two CCH ERs were built to handle 80,000 patients per year but served 133,000 patients in 2012
The renovation is adding 25,000 square feet to the foot print making it a total of 54,000 square feet. The budget is $21MM and they hope to be completed in October, 2015. A Falmouth expansion will grow that ER to 41,000 square feet.
John Curtis introduced Captain Ray Kane, of Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance. He is a lifelong fisherman, and is now a fishery advocate. Cape Cod Hook Fishermen renamed the organization on June 25 this year. They are now more inclusive, and cover towns beyond Harwich and Chatham and all the fisheries pertaining to Nantucket Sound. Formed in 1991 and now nationally recognized, they are run by fishermen for fishermen. Focus is day boat fisheries. They have worked to improve fishing regulations, create research programs, conduct educational outreach and run economic development projects in our communities.
Skate is now the primary fish for gilnetters. Skate wings are shipped overseas. At 1$ per lb.
Dogfish and lobsters are taking off on the backside of the Cape. Ground fish no longer eating the lobsters. As the ground fish stock is depleted: scallop, cod, haddock. Cod has dramatically dropped. National fisheries pooled all their catch sectors and created one for the cape, and it is the best managed sector for Cape fishers. Sustainable dogfish monkfish skate sea scallops are now being marketed to increase the viability of fishing for a living. We have mostly small boats out of Cape Cod. Bigger boats out of New Bedford have a bigger impact on the ocean floor by dredging.
Small schooling fish are critical food to other species. Cape Cod fisheries trust has received money to purchase permits and allocations for fishing quotas. This has helped retain our historical fishery. The Hookers Ball, a major fundraiser for the organization, is now THE summer event on Cape Cod. (Your log editor can attest to that having attended this summer!)
Seats are open on their board. John Pappalardo is the CEO and would love to talk to you, if you have subject matter expertise (fishing) or are passionate about this topic.
Meet the Fleet occurs the last Tuesday each month. Fish harvesters speak to the public and discuss menus. Next topic is razor clams in October and then sea clams on Dec 3 (date changed due to holidays.) The CC Fisherman’s Alliance is serving at Wellfleet Oyster Fest for first time next weekend, (also a really big event and lots of fun!) The group moved 3 years ago to the old sea captains house at 1566 Main St. Chatham. Check them out at Www.capecodfishermen.org.
President Steve called upon John Butler to introduce the program. John proceeded promptly to introduce his wife Karen who introduced us to "Challenge Day at Barnstable High." Karen was assisted by BHS students Meghan Lawton, Morgan Bentivegna, and Tess Dooley.
Karen is a teacher at B.H.S. and has been associated with this 10 year old program for her six years at the school. Basically, Challenge Days are powerful high-energy programs in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning processes. designed to increase personal power and self esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support, and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence, and all forms of oppression.
Karen invited our participation for this years program which will be held on the first four days of the week of Sep. 30. Volunteers are asked to be at school by 6:45 for morning coffee and familiarizaton and to stay for the full program which will last till 2:30.
Thank you, John, for bringing Challenge Day to our attention and for having the door open to our participating in a meaningful youth service project.
Peter Audino introduced Ann Bearse, executive director of Katelynn's Closet. This charity helps needy children on the Cape by providing new and good quality used clothing, footwear and basics. Ann lives in Yarmouth and is one of the founder of this non-profit. A foster child's desperate need for clothing created the idea for Katelynn's Closet. The name comes from Ann's daughter who died at age 9 waiting for a heart transplant. Ann and her husband became involved in raising funds for national associations in honor of their daughter, but grew frustrated lack of results in the local community. So they embarked on an effort to help local children. Working with other human service agencies, they put together a week’s worth of clothing and a book which is then delivered to the agency for a child whose need has been assessed by the agency. Katelynn's mom remembered how even when her daughter was sick and weak, she could have a good day with a great outfit. The children are always anonymous. Clothing in kids’ sizes 4t up to 7 is in highest demand. Smaller sizes are available at A Baby Center. CapeAbilities helps them package the clothing. 116 orders were filled in August vs. 25 order in the same time last year. Cash or clothing donations accepted at the Geo. Davis Building offices in South Yarmouth from 8 to 4. The non-profit is growing slowly but the need is great. Clothing must be gently used, not stained or smelly, zippers working. Shoes are always purchased new before donating. For more info visit Katelynnscloset.org or call 508-367-2587 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The non-profit is located at 45 commercial St. S. Yarmouth, MA.
Bonnie Smith Sylvester introduce today’s speaker, John Allen, Director of Development and Administration at the JFK Museum in Hyannis. Having had two previous careers, John is looking forward to his third career. He admitted to having been a member of another service club, beginning with a K, but mentioned that in his brief history here he worked/met with Warren, Sharon, Wendy, Kathy and Carl Riedell. On May 27, 2013, the Hyannis Chamber transferred the Museum to the JFK Museum Foundation.
John and his board have ambitious plans for the Museum. Of immediate interest is the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination this year. The plans include a program based on “Letters to Jackie” which will be read by notables not yet announced. In November, there will be events based on Martin Sandler’s book, “Letters of JFK”. Visitations are up 10% which translates into about 65,000 so far this year. Other plans include Youth Speakers Series, education of students and seniors, more volunteers and docents. To paraphrase John’ words, the JFK Museum is the JFK story through the lens of Cape Cod. If you haven’t visited the Museum, go. If you have, go again.
Welcome to the Rotary Year 2013/2014!
First of all, I would like to congratulate and thank all new Club Presidents for having taken on the leadership of their Club in our District 7950. I am very much looking forward to working with you and to be a resource to help implementing your visions and the aspirations of your Clubs for your communities, the region, and across our borders internationally.
Rotary is one of the most diverse service organizations one can be a member of. Drawing on leaders in each community where they are organized, Rotary Clubs, through those leaders, are engaged in local, regional and international service projects. These projects address real needs within the community, the region, and internationally.
The fact that most larger towns harbor Rotary Clubs in their midst benefits an entire region as many Clubs cooperate and may also take on regional projects.
Being thus represented and active through some 34000 clubs in some 200 countries and regions throughout the world, Rotary’s impact to contribute towards peace and understanding and contributing towards addressing major issues and needs is second to no other service organization.
Through Rotary’s areas of focus, which include:
- Peace and conflict prevention/resolution,
- Disease prevention and treatment,
- Water and sanitation,
- Maternal and child health,
- Basic education and literacy,
- Economic and community development,
District Governor – District 7950
ENGAGE ROTARIANS – GROW CLUBS
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Dick Casper introduced Michael Lauf, president and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare. Cape Cod Healthcare link http://www.capecodhealth.org . Michael has been the CEO of CCHC since December of 2010 and just prior to that time was the number 2 person for the corporation. He, his wife and two children live in Sandwich.
Michael reviewed the mission statement, vision statement and values statement, all of which follow:
To coordinate and deliver the highest quality, accessible health services, which enhance the health of all Cape Cod residents and visitors.
We will be the health service provider of choice for Cape Cod residents by achieving and maintaining the highest standards in health care delivery and service quality. To do so, we will partner with other health and human service providers as well as invest in needed medical technologies, human resources and clinical services. Above all, we will help identify and respond to the needs of our community.
To be compassionate, respectful and professional in the way we deliver care. To be relentless in pursuing the highest standard of quality through continuous improvement, emphasizing the power of teamwork. To be honest, ethical and open in all our relationships. To be responsible stewards of the community`s resources by working efficiently and cost effectively. To serve all without regard to sex, race, creed, residence, national origin, sexual orientation or ability to pay.
Cape Cod Healthcare has been recognized as more than once as the top performers in quality and patient care in the country. They carry a strategic partnership with Partners and locally have developed a regional cancer network allowing patients to receive quality and consistent care close to their homes. CCHC is an accountable care organization combing the effective and efficient practices of doctors and healthcare works into a continuum of care so people her on Cape Cod received the best possible care.
In 2012 CCHC had a “profit” of $42 million, and over the last five years has turned its $130 million “profit” back in to the community. CCHC has 4800 employees and 600 doctors as part of the system, with an average salary of $70,000 well above the $39,000 in the local economy. CCHC is in the process of building a new emergency room to provide services to the 93,000 who use the busiest emergency room in Massachusetts during the months June through September. It will include a purple zone for people who are mentally ill. The intensive care unit will also have renovations. As the Cape has an older population, CCHC receives 67% of its reimbursement for care from Medicare/Medicaid. Healthcare reform has been difficult.
Mr. Lauf also talked extensively about the health care reform with the major strong point being the information systems. At this time, healthcare represents 18% of GDP, which is unsustainable. He gave the example that in 2020, if the cost continue to rise, an individual with a salary of $90,000, will have family coverage with costs approaching 50% of the salary, a staggering amount.
Several other examples where provided of where health care reform needed more work.
Thank you, Michael, for a great presentation. Log Editor: Lois André
John Reed introduced our student speaker: Kinza whose family originated from Pakistan. A senior at BHS, she wants to pursue a law career She was born on Cape Cod - has sand in her shoes. Has 2 sisters and one brother and the whole family recently visited Pakistan to visit family.
Dick Casper introduced today’s speaker, Tom Lynch, Town Manager for Barnstable. Dick referenced a low-stress; few-hours type of job was not how you would characterize the Town Manager’s. Lynch took this post in June 2012, prior to which he had been assistant TM since 2007. Prior to this, Lynch was executive director of Barnstable Housing Authority for 17 years and served 4 terms in House of Rep. He lives in Centerville, is a BC grad, and received his Masters from Syracuse University.
Lynch explained that he trained to help emotionally and disturbed children, which has helped his career in public service greatly! He had helped presidential and congressional campaigns, served at the State House then in the Assembly of Delegates and has been slowly working his way down the ladder!
Lynch suggested that the current trend is to get people thinking outside the box. He figures there are now so many people there, that he is thinking about going back into the box where some sound and tried-and true-ideas reside. Here is what can be found in the four corners of his box:
1. Talented individuals - to challenge conventional thinking, but then march to the same drum for the good of the community. He inherited good people from John Klimm and has promoted Mark Ells to Assistant Town Manager and is seeking to fill the Supt'd of DPW now.
2. One who is socially responsible and fiscally conservative. He believes in balancing competing interests but finds this is always a challenge.
3. Theory of management books: taking the theory and putting into practice has to result in a product we can be proud of. He showed us some of the books including the Ten Year Fiscal Forecast (the town charter requires this – in a time when Feds can't predict fiscal health 3 months out.) T he Capital Plan for FY 13 - this started with Warren Rutherford, so the town could plan appropriately for needs and figure out funding. The new plan soon out will call for $5 to 7 million in capital needs for school and municipal projects. The Annual Budget – which can be found on the town's website. Look up your pet topic (e.g. crime - and see the funding for street crimes prevention.)
4. Leadership – is different from management, and includes working with town council and a variety of folks to see the vision of your town is put into place. The town has 42 boards and commissions to help the work of the town. Face to face meetings are good -but the 21st century demands new tools. & nbsp; Citizen input and transparency has been promoted via various channels - including pushing info out to citizens to figure out on their own (and not depend on the bloggers.) Inside Barnstable Town Government and Police Academy - multi-week academies are utilized as well as the monthly Barnstable Bulletin which is mailed or emailed. Weekly e-news is sent to 3000+ folks with news from the Town Manager's office. The town has a daily cable TV show on the town's own station which airs 7 to 8 AM and is repeated from 8 to 9 AM. Sarah Colvin is the host. They have a 10 minute daily called Barnstable Today – with meetings of the past day reported out in a succinct way. Barnstable iForum – go to www.town.barnstable.ma.us to sign up. Here are daily posts to ask questions on issues (hard and soft.) Barnstable is the only town in MA using this forum - which can generate points for users and you can win things (like lunch with Tom!)
Today, it was announced that Barnstable has chosen to work with city of Boston on a mobile app. Buy it at the Apple App Store (Commonwealth connect) and using this you can report any issues or problems (e.g. potholes or signs down.) These are ways to help people talk with the town vs. the few that go to Council meetings for public comment.
When asked about the Governor's plan to raise income tax and lower sales tax - Lynch indicated that he thought the legislature would be reluctant to cut what is there (as much is earmarked for key use). He has great confidence in Senate President Murray and knows they will look at cuts vs. increases.
When asked about the proposal to create 6 regions for housing authorities – He said this could actually help the Cape by spreading best practices and evening out distribution of low income housing- but he likes the local control system existing now.
Medical marijuana - Dept. of Health has not issued regs for dispensaries - but 35 are to be established in first year. Barnstable tried to be proactive to identify a medical marijuana district which would halt any grandfathered claims. The Planning Board is holding a hearing on the 27th on this topic. Other issues include where the plant is grown.
Bonnie Smith Sylvester introduced Sebastian Sanchez, our exchange student from Lima, Peru. We received an informative and entertaining presentation about Peru, Sebastian and the stature of Rotary in other countries. Sebastian is 15, loves dogs, is/was very active in Interact in Lima. His Interact club has delivered wheelchairs to the Middle East, books to the convents in Peru. He is very appreciative the Cahill’s hospitality, where he is staying. Sebastian is a please to listen to. After President Bob gave Sebastian the hook, but invited him to come back