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Gladbrook Women’s Club

November 8, 2012
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The Gladbrook Women’s Club met October 11, 2012, at Independent Living with 24 members present, plus our guest speaker. Hostesses were Barb Luethje, Joan Raum, and Karen Pieper. Pat Clausen introduced the guest speaker Dennis Bachman, MMSC Emergency and Safety Officer from Marshalltown. Mr. Bachman has 42 years experience with the last 35 years at MMSC. He spoke mainly about rules and regulations governing both volunteers and paid ambulance services. Paramedics have extensive training as well as a on-going education. This also applies to our volunteer ambulance crews and first responders, mostly at their own expense. With many rules and regulations, both state and national, to follow concerning taking ambulance calls to the nearest trauma center, patient wishes may have to be denied. For example, phone calls to several places to get confirmation to transport to Waterloo rather than to Marshalltown or Grundy Center from Gladbrook can result in added time. A Gladbrook nearest trauma center is Marshalltown and our ambulances must go there. They may be 5 to 10 miles toward Marshalltown before confirmation elsewhere is confirmed. Paramedics have levels of training and hours of personal commitment, therefore it is very hard to get volunteers to serve. Our community owes these dedicated people who do serve and volunteer a great deal. This was very informative and thought provoking program and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Sandy Raum, secretary pro-tem read the minutes from the September meeting. They were approved as read. The treasurer’s report was presented and approved as read. This report will be filed with the minutes. There was no correspondence. Old Business: Holiday Happening tickets and posters were handed out to members. Posters are being put up in several nearby communities. Pauline Flamme donated the cost incurred making these posters. Members of the prize committee were reminded to pay Shirley Miell $12.00. Set-up will be later in the afternoon of Sunday, November 21. Any bills should be turned into Shirley Miell as they are received. New Business: Kids Christmas Shopping Day is December 8, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. members are encouraged to come and help all or part of the time. There will be a sign-up sheet. Shirley Miell made the motion to make gift tags following the November meeting. Seconded by Mary Lynn Bearden, motion carried. The annual Gift Mart sponsored by the Junior League of Greater Des Moines will be at Veterans Auditorium this year. A sign-up sheet was passed around for those wishing to car pool and attend on Friday. The dates are November 15-17. Dennis Bachman shared the portable defibrillator used to shock hearts and explained its use. Gladbrook is very proud to have one. The cost for one is $1500 and it does have a five-year battery. Mr. Bachman also explained the University of Iowa was one of the beginning developers of this unit. Kudos to Iowans! Do Not Resuscitate forms were passed out. If these are your wishes you should have one on file with health care providers, your lawyer, and keep a copy with you when traveling. You should have one with you at home in case of an ambulance call or a medical identifier. Birthdays and Anniversaries were announced. The next meeting will be November 8, 2012, at Independent Living at 1:30 p.m. Program to be announced. Hostesses will be JoAnne Sash, Sherry Delfs, and March Knaack. President Handorf closed the meeting by reading “Halloween Treats”. A delicious lunch was served by the hostesses.


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