Lunch meeting 24 January 2017

President:  Patrick Staines
Duty Host:   
Cashiers: Tim Willis & Jeremy Knight
Members: 24
Guests:  Kim Dunne, Sue Amor, Jo Hughes

Non apologies: 1 but also 1 extra

Presidents introduction

Welcome to Guests:  Kim Dunne (Pershore Twilight Club); Jo Hughes (Alzheimer’s Society), Sue Amor (Evesham Dementia Action Alliance).

Greeting from other clubs:  John M brought greetings from 24 Rotary Clubs that he met on his recent cruise on the Queen Mary. Carole brought greetings from Tim & the members of Tewkesbury Rotary Club.

Members welfare:  

 Good to see Trevor at todays meeting.

Today’s speakers:  Jo Hughes (Alzheimer’s Society), Sue Amor (Evesham Dementia Action Alliance).

Next meeting:  Tuesday 31st January. Please note that this is a lunchtime meeting & not an evening meeting with partners.

Social Club events:

Foundation celebration Dinner at Raphael’s Restaurant. Friday 17th February 2017 @ 7pm. £16.50 per head.
Skittles match against Tewksbury @ Blue Bell Inn near Tewksbury on Thursday 26th January 2017. Joyce will be hosting this event & all correspondence should be sent to her.

Birthdays: Tim Willis (28th)


 Charity Night: This will be on Friday 3rd February this year at the Evesham Rowing Club, to raise awareness of the charities being funded this year from the club out of mainly the TOL fund raising. The cost for members will be £15 per head. 7pm for a 7.30 meal. This year’s fund was almost as much as Last year. Well done!

Sri Lankan Cultural Evening:  To support a project supplying clean water to 7 schools. This will be on Saturday 25th March @7pm in Pershore High School. £15 per ticket to include a 2 course Sri Lankan meal (vegetarian option if requested beforehand), Sri Lankan Entertainment, Raffle & Bar, Fun Quiz. Tickets from or .

Rotary Club Lapel Badges: Any members wanting these let me know. I have a small supply available at £2 each.


Speakers:   Jo Hughes (Alzheimer’s Society), Sue Amor (Evesham Dementia Action Alliance).


Jo Hughes mentioned that there are around 800,000 known people living with Dementia in the UK & around 9,000 in the Worcestershire area. The Alzheimer’s Society runs the Side by Side project which is focused upon enabling people with Dementia to continue with a normal healthy life style, coping with the changing aspects of life, including the complexity introduced by technology.  An important new development is the Dementia Action Alliance working with local businesses & communities to make them more Dementia aware & friendly.

Sue Amor then ran a practical session to help us all understand better the issues & problems faced by those living with Dementia & Alzheimer’s. The 5 key points are:

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain
Dementia is not just about losing your memory – it can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks
There is more to a person than the Dementia
It is possible to live well with Dementia

The session provided a good understanding of what interactions mean for people with Dementia. A positive interaction might be forgotten quickly but the positive emotional impact lasts. We can all contribute a little bit and make Evesham more Dementia Friendly. Several members are now becoming a ‘Dementia Friend’ and join the UK’s biggest initiative to change the way people think, act and talk about Dementia.

Meeting ended at 14.15pm