Organ Transplant Recipients of SWFL Inc.
May 5, 2016
The monthly meeting of the Organ Transplant Recipients of SWFL Inc.was called to order at 11:49 a.m. on May 5, 2016 at The Sanctuary located at 8960 Colonial Center Drive in Ft. Myers by Shamie Kelly, President of the group.
• Anniversaries: Chelsea Bley-Kidney (5/96), John Craig (passed last year)-Heart (5/1/93), Joseph Haug Jr.-Heart (5/2/97), Michael Janiver-Kidney (5/27/02), Greg Okon-Heart (5/14/07), Wayne Ormsby-Kidney (5/30/03), Norma Waughn-Liver (5/1/02), and David & Janet Weinstein are celebrating their 9th wedding anniversary this month!
• Member Updates: Barbara Pratt is having surgery and John Hall’s hip popped out and he is currently undergoing care for that. Cards are being passed around for both of their speedy recoveries, everyone is encouraged to sign.
• Visitors: Joe (caregiver) & Joyce (stage 3 kidney disease) Rudder (sp?), Cathy (kidney recipient) & Vicki (mom/caregiver)
The Secretary’s report was unavailable. The Treasurers report shows a previous balance of $1179.87 with contributions of $35.00 from the monthly 50/50, $40.00 in membership dues collected, and $70.00 in additional donations resulting in $145.00 in deposits. $134.72 was paid to Shamie Kelly for last month’s meetings food, and $600.00 to Lucas Marketing for the website leaving an ending balance of $590.15 The Fletcher Fund is in “great shape” per Donna Williamson but we do not have a full report at this time. Donna reports that as of March 9th the fund had $183,145.00 available.
Ticket sales from the Pitch for Life event raised approximately $80 for the group, membership dues should have been paid as of January 1st so if you have not paid yours, please see David Weinstein to take care of them. Everyone also please be sure to visit the new website and recreate your login so that we can keep you up to date on all events and news related to our group.
A Night for Life IX press release is scheduled to go out next week formally thanking all of our sponsors. To those members who personally collected donations please be sure to thank your contributors! We will be having a formal Night for Life IX wrap-up meeting hopefully next month pending Jenniene Moran’s (event co-chair) return. Changes to the checkout procedure and suggestions on how to improve the event will be held for discussion until then.
Doug McGregor, an illustrator from the News-Press made a donation and has offered his services to design signage for next year’s Night for Life. The Pitch for Life event with the Fort Myers Miracle was a great success and the team pulled off the win at the very last inning. There was a lot of interaction with attendees and while most people were already registered organ donors the event was still considered a great success and we are looking at doing this annually.
Name tags are $8.00 each and will display our group name, your name, and your affiliation as a recipient, donor, caregiver, family member, etc. An email will be sent with an example once research can be done to find some that are not magnetic for members with pacemakers. Shirts will also be ordered soon for $13 each and more information on those will also be included in the same email as the name tags. Business cards for the group will be available at the next meeting, please take some and leave them at clinics, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other support groups you may attend.
Janet Milan, the new transplant social worker from Lee Memorial was able to get away to introduce herself and briefly discuss the restructuring of the kidney transplant program at the hospital. They anticipate there being two transplant surgeons, and two nephrologists on staff who will be obligated to follow transplant patients for at least 3 years post-op. They expect to have a fully functioning transplant clinic when the changeover is complete.
Janet has previous experience in the kidney field as a social worker for Davita when she lived in New York. President Shamie Kelly proposed a tour or meeting for the group, or at least the members who can attend on one of their lighter workload days so that members of the group can become affiliated with the staff at the new transplant clinic. Janet says they have a projected reopening date for July and she will also be serving on the Fletcher Fund board. The two visitors to the group this month have both decided to share their stories with us for our monthly member share. Joyce Rudder (sp?) is in stage 3 kidney failure and is attending with her caregiver husband, Joe who both moved from Pittsburgh to Cape Coral in 2000. She is doing well at stage 3 and hopes to continue to maintain her level of health to prevent her kidney disease from progressing any further. Their friends purchased the Day of Basketball with Shaquille O’Neal for them at the Night for Life IX benefit which they are really looking forward to.
They plan to take the ball included in the package and have Mr. O’Neal autograph it then they would like to re-donate it back to the group for next year’s event. Joyce also mentions that she has experience in event and party planning and she looks forward to contributing to future fundraising and awareness events with the group. Cathy, who is also new to the group moved down to Florida from Kansas with her husband in August 2011 because she needed a kidney transplant and her mother moved down not long after to help as a caregiver. Her best friend Tracy donated her kidney 2 years ago via the paired exchange program which resulted in a 6 donor chain.
The first 3 months after transplant were rough for her but now she is doing well. Cathy is very excited to be a member of the group and very willing to help out with any events we may be hosting in the future. Steve Williamson proposes having the food catered versus dragging it in every month. Further research will be done to weigh the cost effectiveness and availability of agreeable restaurants who deliver in the area. Members are asked to bring in at least one menu from a restaurant or catering service in the area surrounding The Sanctuary.
If catering is found to be too expensive or an agreement on food cannot be reached it is then asked that other members offer to step up and volunteer to pick up lunch from Publix where we currently get it. Secretary Melissa Tuff seconded the notion. Steve Williamson also won the 50/50 drawing and donated his winning back for a total of $73 coming back to the group. The medicine table is available as always, please be sure to look for any medications you can use before leaving.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:26 pm by President Shamie Kelly. The next meeting will be at 11:30 am on June 2, 2016, at The Sanctuary located at 8960 Colonial Center Drive in Ft. Myers.
Minutes submitted by: Melissa Tuff, Secretary