Lisa was invited as guest speaker to the Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore meeting which was held at the Stanmore Golf Club on 3rd January 2018.

The purpose of the meeting was for Lisa to talk briefly about DCUK and to also give Rotary members the opportunity to ask questions. This was also the opportunity for the Rotary members to give their final decision for the Rotary club to work in association with DCUK.

Lisa attended the meeting with Mark a DCUK Trustee. We were unable to stay longer than 30 minutes as Lisa had to get back to start the first DCUK session at the Finchley Memorial Hospital.

The meeting went well and the Rotary President and all members were happy to confirm for their Rotary club to proceed and join with DCUK. The first Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore session is on 21st March 2018.

A photo was taken with the Rotary Club President Danielle, Rotarian Dr Nandini, and Rotarian Selwyn

Dr Nandini Varma Community Chair, Danielle Benson Club President, Cllr Lisa Rutter and Selwyn Foreman Club Secretary
Dr Nandini Varma Community Chair, Danielle Benson Club President, Cllr Lisa Rutter and Selwyn Foreman Club Secretary

Lisa is delighted to announce that the presentation she delivered to the City of London Corporation Pensioners Association Conference on the 5th October 2016 has now been recently published as a booklet by the Association. This has already received some positive feedback from their pensioners which they have found helpful.

A copy of the transcript of the presentation can be found under Publications in the main menu above or Click Here.

We had about 50 members at our last session for this year. It was a very busy session. Thankfully I had Mark to help me during the session and as usual many of the Carers including Jenny also helped with the teas.

Mr Jack Dowler from The Borough of Barnet Trading Standards came to talk to members today about keeping safe at home and also introduced a Call Blocker device that would help in getting rid some of those unwanted calls. Mr Dowler also informed members that they had a number of these devices that could be fitted free if members wanted one. Members were very interested and thanked Mr Dowler.

Jack Dowler from The Borough of Barnet Trading Standards
Jack Dowler from The Borough of Barnet Trading Standards
James had prepared a quiz on London Underground stations which was challenging but fun
James had prepared a quiz on London Underground stations which was challenging but fun

We also had a Birthday to celebrate as it was Melia’s birthday yesterday. Melia brought a large cake and the birthday was celebrated in the usual way and all members sang Happy Birthday.

Melia's Birthday at last session of Dementia Club UK 2017
Melia's Birthday at last session of Dementia Club UK 2017

The session then followed with Tai Chi exercise with James which everyone really finds hard work but really enjoy it as it works their whole body. This was unfortunately James last session. He will be missed.

Lisa then continued the session with some singing and dancing and one of the members also wanted to sing solo. Everyone had a really wonderful time.

My thanks to all my volunteers for all their help during the year and also the Carers for helping out. Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. We start on the 3rd January 2018 at the Finchley Memorial Hospital at 2pm.

PICTURES TO FOLLOW

The Stephens House and Gardens session was cancelled on the 11th December because of snow. Thank goodness the snow melted in time for our session today at the Finchley Memorial Hospital.

Many members arrived for the Christmas party. We had Moshe who entertained members with his variety of music in different languages. Everyone enjoyed singing and dancing the Congo line with Helen one of the Carers leading.

Thank you to all our volunteers Dr Angela, Melvyn and it was a pleasure to welcome Annette who also helped in the session. Thank you also to Mark one of our Trustees who helped setting up the tables and decorations and also helped during the session.

PICTURES TO FOLLOW.

This session today was run by Eleanor one of my experienced volunteers.

The Rotary Club of Barnet visited today to pick up the rest of the round tables for the church. Victor Kaye one of the Rotarians stayed for most of the session so that he could observe.

Kevin one of our volunteers did his usual Family Fortunes quiz with the members and I also assisted. Members love having Kevin as they enjoy his jokes. The session then followed with Richard with his Chair Yoga exercises which everyone looks forward to and finally Eleanor did a music quiz.