The monthly meeting of the Organ Transplant Recipients of SWFL Inc. was called to order at 11:46 a.m. on October 4, 2018 at The Sanctuary located at 8960 Colonial Center Drive in Ft. Myers by President, Shamie Kelly.
- Anniversaries: Melissa Tuff- Kidney (10/7/2005) Paul Lewis-Kidney (10/26/2008)
- Visitors: Elle Funk visiting from our LifeLink group. Elle received a kidney/pancreas transplant at Tampa General and mostly volunteers in that area.
- Member Updates: Treasurer David Weinstein had back surgery this week. Recovery has been a rollercoaster as he is in a lot of pain. Visitors are welcome at Lee Memorial on Cleveland Avenue. A card is going around, please send David your well wishes. Secretary Melissa Tuff underwent a Parathyroidectomy last month and is recovering well. Mike Terry is recovering from a bone infection, please keep his recovery in your thoughts.
Melissa Tuff, Secretary was unable to attend last month’s meeting due to her surgery so there was no Secretary Report available. No Fletcher Fund report. Treasures report shows a previous balance of $10,703.54 with contributions of $5.00 in membership dues, $28.00 deposit from the 50/50 and $55.00 from Pitch for Life resulting in $88.00 in deposits. $150.00 was paid for food (bowling social?) and an additional $51.85 was paid for meeting food leaving an ending balance of $10,562.39
We have a date for our next Comedy for a Cause fundraiser and it is Thursday November 8th! Flyers are available, and an event will be created on Facebook so please share it once it is available. Let’s pack the house again! Our group recently had a table at the Walk like MADD 5k. Shamie, and Melissa manned the table with Frank and Mariann next to us with the LifeLink table. It was an interesting setup being behind the gates this year and we felt it was beneficial as we did make some connections. December 8th is the Heart Walk at Centennial Park. Members are encouraged to bring events like this to the groups attention so that we can participate. Not all of our members are just kidney recipients, so we should be supporting ALL organ walks and awareness events. Melissa Tuff will set the group up as a team and more details will be available at next month’s meeting. Walk festivities begin at 8am and the walk starts at 9am. Please see Melissa after the meeting for additional details. Next, we will be looking into purchasing merchandise with our group name on it to hand out at events. This will differentiate us from LifeLink and help to get our name out into the community. New business cards will have a blank line for members to fill their own name in and some additional items we will be reviewing are reusable shopping bags, sunblock, paper fans with our logo on them and possibly pins. The Facebook page will be getting an update and will include a donate button so that members can create fundraisers with our group as the beneficiary. Amazon Smile is still active so don’t forget to utilize this when shopping online. We will be doing a big push for Amazon Smile usage with Cyber Monday and the Holidays coming up. PayPal setup is almost complete, we just need the bank connection and that will be done. We are improving our technology use going forward and getting up to speed with groups like ours. We will have the ability to check out at Night for Life using both Square and PayPal accounts which should greatly reduce the confusion that has taken place in the past. Subcommittees will be contacted and expected to report at the next meeting. We are going to try and be more of a “support” group and less of a “fundraising” group since that is what some previous members have felt that was what we had become. Night for Life and other fundraising meetings will begin to take place separately from our monthly meeting. Paul Lewis suggests we take a census regarding availability for these meetings in advance so that they are scheduled at times when all interested members can attend. Possibly create a Survey Monkey to take a poll. Night for Life plans are moving forward. Melissa spoke with 41 South via Facebook and they have offered to donate their $300 sound engineer fee back to the group so long as we provide them with food at the event. Norma Marlin Martin has offered her place once again to gather for our preparation meetings. Sponsorship paperwork should be available in the coming weeks. Tickets will be available online this year in addition to phone and in person. The new paperwork will also have an area in which sponsors can state whether they will be using their tickets or not so we can lessen the confusion that we had last year.
The 2019 National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk is scheduled for March 24th at Lakes Park in Fort Myers. Sponsorship is $500 for non-profits and we are considering having a table for this event. David Weinstein made the motion for the group to pay for an additional social event, his suggestion was Putt-Putt however considering David is recovering from back surgery Mariann Jefferson voted we table the discussion until David returns. Paul Lewis seconded the motion, motion carries. LifeLink’s next meeting is a travel meeting scheduled for Oct. 25th to the Lions Eye Bank. Sunday November 4th is the Service of Remembrance so keep an eye on your email for volunteer opportunities. Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon is December 14th at the Edison again. Melissa Tuff proposed we hold at least one meeting a quarter, either in place of or in addition to our regularly monthly meeting for those who have scheduling conflicts and have been unable to make it to Thursday midday meetings. The meeting could be held in the conference room of a restaurant or at the Center for Spiritual Living in Cape Coral where Melissa is a member and has access to their facilities. We are looking at January as to give people time to make plans to attend. The Ruddy’s also have a club house in their neighborhood that they could use for meetings if need be. It was also discussed that we could hold another Jason’s Deli type fundraiser to inform the community of the additional evening/weekend meeting. A request has been sent to the downtown Fort Myers library to reserve their meeting rooms for our Holiday Party on December 6th. We plan to do a potluck style dinner again with the group providing the meat and members bringing side dishes and desserts. Carleen will be putting together baskets for raffle as she did last year, and Melissa will be raffling off some awareness jewelry. All proceeds will return to the group fund. Also, LifeLink is being reached out to in regard to doing another group meeting. 50/50 was $32 so the group gets $16.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:40 p.m. by President, Shamie Kelly.. The next general meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. on November 1, 2018, at The Sanctuary located at 8960 Colonial Center Drive in Ft. Myers.
Minutes submitted by: Melissa Tuff, Secretary