Lisa was invited to speak at the Rotary London UK District 1130 conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Saturday 21st October 2017.

Lisa presenting at the Rotary London UK District 1130 conference
Lisa presenting at the Rotary London UK District 1130 conference

Lisa spoke about dementia and Dementia Club UK to 400 Rotarians who attended from different London clubs. There were other speakers during the weekend including the District Governor Mike Hodge who spoke before me so that he could introduce me as the next speaker.

Rotary District Governor Mike Hodge with Lisa
Rotary District Governor Mike Hodge with Lisa

In his speech he announced that his charity during his year was Dementia and wanted to encourage all Rotary clubs to consider setting up a dementia café especially as 2 Rotary clubs have already set up dementia cafes in partnership with Dementia Club UK.

Lisa and Valerie at the Dementia Club UK stand
Lisa and Valerie at the Dementia Club UK stand

Lisa was very pleased at the end of my speech she had a number of people who approached the DCUK Stand and wanted to know how to go about setting up a dementia café in partnership with Dementia Club UK.

Today we all had interesting conversations about 'scams'. One of the carers has recently had a phone call pretending they were from the inland revenue informing the member they were being investigated for fraud and needed information from him. Luckily our member had good sense and put the phone down.

This led to a conversation where members described similar situations, Lisa passed on further safety tips from the Safer Neighbourhood Police team who reported new scams about car key fobs and their weaknesses. Eleanor showed members her RFID blocking wallet/case that prevents data being stolen from credit cards. Lisa also gave further safety tips ready for the Christmas season holiday.

We had a visitor from Ashford Place in Brent, Gabby Horecka, a Dementia Cafe coordinator who wanted to see how we run the club as she has had instructions to open more clubs in Brent.

The session continued with yoga exercise with Richard, some quizzes, singing and games.

All members enjoyed this informative session.

We want to thank Ionian Clarinet Choir who are giving a concert in aid of Dementia Club UK. The concert will be at St Andrews Church, Chase Side, Southgate, N14 5PP.

There will be refreshments provided by the church in the interval.

Ionian Clarinet Choir at St Andrews Church, Southgate.
Ionian Clarinet Choir at St Andrews Church, Southgate.

We had over 40 members today. Our Doctor Angela organised with the hospital pharmacy to give members the opportunity to have their flu jab. Quite a few members were very grateful and we thank Dr Angela for organising this.

The members were pleased to welcome Kevin (one of our carers) who once a month does a quiz and plays Family Fortunes with members. Members always look forward to Kevin’s quiz and have great fun.

Kevin leads a quiz modeled on Family Fortunes
Kevin leads a quiz modeled on Family Fortunes

The session then followed with chair yoga exercises with Richard which everyone really enjoys and then Lisa introduced the lyrics of a new song which everyone read and then sang. More singing then followed and the session ended with Lisa reading some jokes and everyone leaving with smiles.

Happy Birthday to Miltis
Happy Birthday to Miltis

Thank you to our volunteers Eleanor, Melvyn and Dr Angela.

We welcomed 4 new members today. 2 had come under their own steam. Time for refreshments and a quiz. After the sandwiches and cakes Sara started the exercises. It was great to see so many join in.

Dr Rebecca is getting to know the members and had time to circulate and chat to people.

We caught our breath, welcomed the fruit juice as we listened to Clare. A range of songs to tap our feet to the gradually most got up and joined in the dancing. We ended with Knees up Mother Brown and the Okey Cokey finishing with Show Me The Way to Go Home. Beryl and John won the quiz.

We practised our smiles and we had much to smile about before the session ended. Thank you to Yvonne for the lovely table decorations. That brightened up the hall.

Written by session leader Pat Strack

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