We have a Massage Therapist, Donna Valentine, coming to our November meeting. I hope she needs someone to demonstrate her techniques on!
We met for the final time this year at Delciello's in Ravenna. What a super time...twenty members in attendance!
Officers for next year are Vickie Takacs as president, John Bordonaro as vice president, and our new treasurer is James Dean.
We thank Betty Schwinn for her long tenure as treasurer and hope she can now relax and enjoy her time with PCOA.
I hope we are all looking forward to seeing what fills in our calendar for 2016 - 2017. Ideas being tossed around are a manufacturer's rep, a roundtable of personal product preferences along with an ice cream social. The calendar will be updated as soon as the schedule is known!
Very important March meeting coming up...
PCOA is growing and we want to keep that momentum going! Contact has been made with home health care agencies so we need to follow up! What other ideas do you have?
Meet and greet our new fall/winter members and hear their stories! Do they have problems we can help...or maybe they can help us!
End of year banquet, new officers, manufacturer representative to speak???
Come join us with your ideas! As always, refreshments will be served.
I have recently added October and November meeting topics to our calendar. Believe it or not, we have a full schedule for 2015 and are moving forward to February of 2016! If anyone has any suggestions for speakers (and they don't have to be ostomy related), please let me know. I want to keep meetings fun and relevant to members' interests.
Here we are in August already! Past time to update our meeting dates, freshen up our webpage and ask if there are any suggestions for our speaker list??
Not all of us have been idle...John has met with the Robinson Advisory Council. We'll get an update from him at the September meeting!
Hope we have a great turnout - we always have good food for sure!
We had a lot to talk about at our May meeting...
Robinson Memorial is partnering with University Hospital. Most of the details are yet to be seen: the name, will my doctor still be there, how will the hospital change? We'll have to wait, watch and see!
All of our officers and committee persons remained the same EXCEPT we now have a Vice President! Faithful attendee John Bordanaro will take on the task and we are happy to have him on board. He is always offering encouragement to new ostomates and full of ideas for PCOA.
We also have discussed how to get the word out to new ostomates about PCOA. This is one time that we don't want to be the best kept secret in Portage County. There is also a need to reach out to Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital Main Campus because many people do have surgeries there even though they may live in the Portage County area. (We do not limit our membership to Portage County ostomates and care givers.)
And one more thing, we invite all ostomates, care givers and spouses to our end of the year banquet at the Pufferbelly Restaurant in Kent on June 1st at 6:00 p.m. No reservations are needed! It's a great time to sit and chat informally, get to know some of the members...and enjoy some good food!
Our speaker for March will be the Coloplast rep, Garaka Bak. It's always informative to see what's new in the ostomy supply world! Sometimes we even get to see a preview of what's in the works.
Kathy Harris will be coming to speak about the 3MM Technique of stress reduction in April.
Let's keep our fingers crossed that Mother Nature cooperates and let's these subzero temperatures stay in February so we may resume our meetings!
Norman D. , 89 years of age, passed away Friday December 5, 2014. Born in on August 28, 1925, he was the son of Luther A. and Margaret (Whaley) Park. Norm moved with his family to Everett ( now part of Cuyahoga Valley National Park) during his adolescence. There he took every opportunity to walk the plowed fields in the hope of spotting an arrowhead, a stone ax, or a fragment of pottery. His extensive collection now testifies to his patience and keen eye. In 1943 he joined the U.S. Army proudly serving his country during World War II, where he was honorably discharged in 1946.Upon his return he obtained a degree from , where he met his future wife, Evelyn Burt , their marriage taking place on September 2, 1949.Norm is remembered by many former Crestwood students as their favorite teacher. He brought a unique enthusiasm and sensitivity to his classroom, and often accompanied lessons with examples of American Indian artifacts from his collection. His expertise in Native American flint craft. stone masonry, and vegetable gardening, among other interests, made lasting impressions of students, friends, and family members alike. After retirement from teaching, Norm was generous with his time and talents, delivering Meal-on-Wheels and volunteering at the 4C’s community food bank for several years. A longtime member of Hilltop Christian Church, he served as deacon, elder, and Sunday school teacher. His writing and speaking skills were particularly appreciated by the other groups in which he participated. He was a charter member of the Portage County Ostomy Society, the Portage County Retired Teachers Association, a charter member and former president of the Cuyahoga Valley Archaeological Society and was an avid bowler with the Crestwood Teachers Bowling League where his energy and team enthusiasm was always present. Norm is survived by his wife Evelyn at home, his children Tracy ( Ron) Stamm of , Claudia (Stephen) FitzGerald of Lakewood, Ohio, Camille ( Robert Wilson) Park of Kent, Ohio, Rachel (Raymond) Applegate of Houston, Texas, and Stuart Park of Chardon, Ohio. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, his sister Constance Conger of , his brother-in-law Andrew M. Burt of Salem, Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Miriam Josephine Crabtree and his brother Hugh Winston Park. No calling hours. A Memorial Service for Norm will be held Saturday December 13, 2014, 1100 a.m. at Hilltop Christian Church, 4572 West Prospect Street, Mantua, Ohio 44255 with Rev. Jeff Jackson officiating. Family and friends are invited to a time of fellowship at the church immediately following his service. A private family interment is being held at Hillside Cemetery, Mantua Village, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are by the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service in Mantua.
I'm a nine-year ileostomate, and the new president of PCOA in 2014. Will put my comments if you put yours!