There were 18 Members in attendance, with guests ADG Kenn Whiteman and our guest speaker, Leanne Kopp from The Prostate Centre.
 
Two minutes of Rotary:
Kay Burgoyne – The Object of Rotary
In some areas of the world, weekly Rotary club meetings begin with all members standing and reciting the Object of Rotary. This statement, which comes from the Constitution of Rotary, is frequently seen on a wall plaque in Rotarians' offices or places of business. The Object of Rotary is "to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise." The statement then lists four areas by which this "ideal of service" is fostered: "through the development of acquaintance as the opportunity for service; the promotion of high ethical standards in business and professions; through service in one's personal, business and community life; and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace.
 
The Object of Rotary has not always been expressed in this manner. The original Constitution of 1906 had three objects: promotion of business interests, promotion of good fellowship and the advancement of the best interests of the community. By 1910, Rotary had five Objects as increased emphasis was given to expanding Rotary. By 1915, there were six Objects. In 1918, the Objects were rewritten again and reduced to four. Four years later, they had again grown to six and were revised again in 1927. Finally, at the 1935 Mexico City Convention, the six Objects were restated and reduced to four. The last major change came in 1951, when the "Objects" were streamlined and changed to a single "Object" which is manifested in four separate ways. The "ideal of service" is the key phrase in the Object of Rotary. This ideal is an attitude of being a thoughtful and helpful person in all of one's endeavors.

The Current Object of Rotary Now reads:
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH: The advancement of the international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
 
Announcements:
There was a sheet of names compiled by Kirk from the membership survey on the tables this morning. Please help fill in the gaps in contact information for potential guests/ members. Bruce would also like members to volunteer to contact each prospective member. The meeting of March 26, 2014 is set aside for inviting prospective members to the club. Give them an invitation card. Bruce is also looking for people to get up and talk passionately about what Rotary has done for them and their business.
 
Reading Buddies: PES will be in touch in next week or so. The Criminal Record Check requires letter or there is a charge. The School provided a letter, but Bruce forgot it today. The school is okay without having the criminal record checks complete as long as we are in the process.
 
DLTA is on March 29 & 30 – Kenn Whiteman, our ADG will be there. They are still looking for projects for display tables if you have any ideas. Kenn would like to introduce our members to some of his club members.
 
Letter from Sandy Herle: She fractured her knee a few weeks ago. Her letter expresses thanks for the goody basket prepared by John O’Brien on behalf of the club. Her recovery will be long, but she is improving.
 
Chicken coops at NIWRA: Bruce will keep us informed. There was a meeting scheduled for yesterday (Tuesday), but the NIWRA representative missed it.
 
Guest Speaker:
Leanne Kopp – Prostate Centre, Executive Director, based out of Victoria.
1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer (possibly 3 or 4 in our audience will be diagnosed). It is really beginning to be something that men are becoming more comfortable talking about. Over 775 men were diagnosed in BC last year. Vancouver island has a high rate due to our aging demographic. That said, it is being diagnosed at a younger age now. Leanne told a story of a 39 year old who died because it wasn’t caught early enough. Screening is very important to catch it early. Women need to get their dads, brothers and husbands in to get screened. Talk to your doctor about including the PSA blood test as part of your annual physical. The digital rectal exam is 30 seconds of discomfort that is worthwhile if it catches the disease early. If caught early there is a 90% success rate of overcoming the disease. There are many naysayers about the accuracy of the PSA test. The PSA test is not diagnostic; it just tells you if you need to follow up. The recommended age used to be 50; now it is recommended that men start PSA testing at the age of 40. When you look at your number it’s irrelevant, but what it does year-to-year is what is important (ie: if it rises).

The Prostate Centre opened in 2000. The number of men being diagnosed was on the rise at the time. Doctors just didn’t have the time to talk to men about it. Several treatments are available. It is a free service and you don’t need referral. They do not receive government or VIHA funding. Retired medical professionals work at the clinic. 1 -2 hours at a time throughout one's journey is spent with nurses and doctors. Patient and families come first.
Every September (Sept 13, 2014) there is a men’s health day in a mall in Victoria. There are 15 health assessments, all free of charge. You can come to the health fair annually instead of going to the doctor. There is a PSA test for free (normally $30 not covered by MSP). VIHA labs support by taking blood in the mall. In 2013, they tested 514 men and caught 25 men with elevated PSA that had never been tested. 3 were critical cases that would never have known.
The Cancer Agency provides an online portal for support to all cases all over the Island. Medical information is available, there’s a blog, and you can contact a nurse through email and Skype for those out in rural areas. Peer support is important, not just for men but also their families. Men feel like they need to do it alone.
The Prostate Centre is located at Fort and Richmond in Victoria. You don’t need referral. They also provide services for all other related illnesses. Awareness is key:
  1. Get tested Annually
  2. Start talking about it to everyone you know.
Discussion:
  • Nanaimo could possibly see a mini-health fair in the future.
  • All funding comes from donations from people that have utilized service. Some comes from gaming grants and fundraisers. The operating budget is about $400,000/year.
  • What would it cost to sponsor an event in Nanaimo? The brunt of cost is paying VIHA for blood collectors. The operating budget for the health fair is less than $5000. If they could find money for blood tests, they could make it work.
  • Why is it not covered by MSP? Inequality, they have been to human rights tribunal. Mammograms are free for women. Breast cancer is hormonal in women as prostate cancer is in men. It’s a political issue; they have been to the stairs of the legislative building, but it’s not going anywhere. Another roadblock is the scare tactic of hearing that PSA testing doesn’t work. There needs to be education about focusing on screening, not diagnosis. Some provinces are covered.
  • If there is a history in your family, chances increase by 50% for each family member diagnosed. You MUST tell your doctor so they can ‘check the box’ and get you in for testing under MSP.
  • Peter Hann credits his PSA test for saving his life. 1 year of hormone treatment and 6 months of radiation and NO cancer left! It works and saved his life.
  • Bob Cummings: You can go on-line with your PSA number and map it. You can access your lab results no matter what the test is for, so you can follow up with your doctor. Also, if you don’t have regular doctor like many others, it puts the information in your hands so you can follow up. You HAVE to compare annually, but if you are using a different doctor every time (like many of us) this can be missed (ie: huge point jump in one year). My Health – online service where you can get every medical record and test result for free.
John O’Brien made a motion to work with Leanne to sponsor a Wellness Day in the Oceanside area. Bob Cummings seconded. CARRIED.
  • September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month so it should be scheduled for then.
Ray Walker thanked Leanne. He went to have his PSA test done on his birthday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


50/50, birthdays, anniversaries:
Joke of the week: Bill Rawlins.
Arthur Wong’s Birthday is January 31st.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meeting adjourned 8:13AM.
 
Next weeks meeting:
Business Meeting.