Organ Transplant Recipients of Southwest Florida
Meeting Minutes February 4, 2016
The meeting was called to order by Shamie Kelly, president at 11:30. The meeting was held at Lee Memorial Hospital outpatient facility at the Sanctuary.
New visitors: Barbara Flat was a new visitor. She received a liver one year ago. Member updates: Donna Williamson is now back in Indianapolis due to complications. She is optimistic about her outcome. Gabe Caplin, who is a liver recipient is hospitalized due to his Leukemia. Please keep these members in your thoughts and prayers.
Anniversaries: Julio Cordero received his kidney in January 2012, Carolyn Moore received her son’s kidney February 1, 2012 and Jeff Jansen received his liver 14 years ago.
Reports: Secretaries report was approved.
The treasurer reported a balance in our account of $990.91.
Fletcher Foundation now has new board members: Jenniene Moran and Carlene Brennan. The fletcher fund awards $1000.00 grants, twice a year to individuals who are members of the Organ Transplant group, who are in need.
Membership: no report
Fundraising: Night For Life: Jenniene and Janet reported that they are receiving donations for the event and need help from the members to get more donations. All are encouraged to participate in the meetings to help with this event.
There will be an awareness day at Edison Mall in April. We may have a table to have shoppers sign up to be organ donors. The others participating will be One Blood, Lee Memorial Hospital and Life Link.
The Burger 21 event was successful. Thank you to B.J. Odom for his commercial promoting this event.
Two new directors for the board are Jeff Jansen and Madelyn Chrone.
Jenniene Moran and Carlene Brennan are the two new members of the Fletcher Foundation.
Paracords sale: Paul explained the advantage for selling the survivor bracelets for raising funds for the group. It was decided that this was not feasible at this time after a vote by the group.
April 23rd event. “Be a Miracle, Become an organ Donor”. This event involves selling tickets for the Miracles game to benefit our group. Tickets are $9.00. They will be sold online. Instructions will be sent via the blast to help members with ticket sales. A portion of the sale goes to benefit our group. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. at Hammond Stadium. There will be a table for members to promote organ donation. Set up begins at 5:30.
Tee shirt sales were discussed. It is necessary to have 50 shirts ordered to get a decent price. Name tags were also discussed.
Kidney Walk is March 6th at lakes Park. Volunteers also needed to man tables.
Organ Awareness recruitment event in April is being planned.
There will be a new social worker from the transplant Center who will possibly be our next speaker.
We hope to have members share their stories at future meetings.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
The next meeting will be held at the Sanctuary on March 4th at 11:30