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As part of the Longboat Key Chamber’s Freedom Fest, the Rotary Club of Longboat Key hosts the Hot Diggity Dog Parade & Contest! Here is our July 4th, 2019 recap of the event.
Say hello to our new Rotary of Longboat Key President Nancy Rozance (far right)! What a wonderful Passing of the Gavel event last evening as we enter our 5th year of ‘Service Above Self”.
Expecting an exciting year ahead! Thank you to our past President, Susan McGuire, for keeping us moving forward.
Thank you from all the community and all of us!
The Longboat Key Paradise Center for Healthy Living was recently formed as the result of the merger between the thriving Paradise Resource Center (formerly “Aging in Paradise”) and the Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living, an organization founded several years ago with the help of the Longboat Key Community Foundation to bring healthcare providers to the island. The new entity is partnering with Stratum Health System, the parent company of Tidewell Hospice, to develop a continuum of care for Longboat Key residents. With Stratum’s recent purchase of the commercial building at 540 Bay Isles Road (the former Northern Trust location), the new entity is poised to deliver on its vision for a year-round all-inclusive wellness, medical, and social center, according to the organization’s Executive Director, Suzy Brenner. Brenner addressed the Rotary Club of Longboat Key at its April 16th meeting; she is pictured (right) with Rotary President Susan McGuire.
Brenner elaborated on the mission of the organization: “To enhance the quality of life on Longboat Key by promoting year-round accessible healthcare and providing lifestyle enrichment programs.”
Classes, workshops, and seminars that have been offered by the Paradise Resource Center will continue on an enhanced basis, encompassing wellness, stress relief, maintenance of brain health, financial planning, hands-on technology (ie. smartphone usage, Facebook navigation), and informative lectures from important local resources such as Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Selby Gardens, Longboat Key Turtle Watch and others. Brenner explained, “We’ve got lots of needs, just like any other community. Loneliness and isolation are a huge epidemic in our aging population.” She added, “Feeling like you have a purpose outside yourself is very important.” She also stressed the importance of providing support for caregivers.
Fitness Quest Physical Therapy and the Center for Brain Health that is currently based in the Centre Shops on Longboat Key will relocate to the new facility. JFCS (Jewish Family & Children’s Services) will offer counseling services. In addition to establishing a primary care practice in collaboration with Stratum Health, the Longboat Key Paradise Center for Healthy Living is currently searching for service providers specializing in hearing and balance issues, dermatology, podiatry, and orthopedics with a goal of incorporating their services at the new center through a fully-outfitted medical suite approach with shared reception and conference room facilities in the secure WIFI building.
The new headquarters has approximately 8000 square feet of usable space. Plans for renovation are currently underway, and Brenner is optimistic that The Longboat Key Paradise Center for Healthy Living will be up and running at 540 Bay Isles Road later in 2019. For more information, visit http://www.theparadisecenter.org
“We come to you, wherever ‘home’ is … We give comfort and care to the sick and to the family as a
whole,” stated Nafi Cunningham, Community Relations Representative with Tidewell Hospice, in her
presentation to the Rotary Club of Longboat Key at its February 5 th meeting. She is pictured (right) with
Rotary Club member, Philippe Koenig, who related how kind and helpful Tidewell personnel and
volunteers were three years ago during the last days of his wife’s life. Tidewell Hospice has served the
area for almost 40 years, working to fulfill the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people with
advanced illnesses, bringing services to private residences, assisted-living or long-term care
communities, hospitals, and Tidewell Hospice Houses.
Cunningham joined Tidewell in April 2016, managing multiple facets of the campaign to build a new
Hospice House in Lakewood Ranch which will be accepting its first patients next month. The eight
Hospice Houses in the Sarasota-Bradenton area include a total of 72 beds in a home-like atmosphere
with 24-hour care. The professional staff and volunteers of the local not-for-profit organization furnish
services to approximately 1100 patients with life-limiting illnesses each year in Sarasota, Manatee,
Charlotte and DeSoto Counties, providing comfort and care and pain management to patients whose
conditions have declined to the point where they and their physicians have concluded that curative
treatment is no longer effective and that death is likely to ensue within six months. Cunningham
reported that the organization also provided grief assistance to 9000 family members last year, stressing
that Tidewell Hospice is part of the community and its mission is to serve the family as a whole.
Kindness and compassion are the attributes of the 1100 “very special people” who serve as volunteers
for the organization, according to Cunningham. While she reported that Medicare, Medicaid, and
private insurance cover the expenses of most who require hospice care, she asserted, “We never turn
anyone away.” More than $4.7 million is raised each year to cover the expenses of Tidewell’s “Wish
Fund” and the many complimentary services and programs provided by the organization’s
interdisciplinary team. “We try to make the pain go away and to make good memories in the process,”
Cunningham concluded. To learn more about the programs, services, and volunteer opportunities
available through Tidewell Hospice, visit www.tidewell.org. To learn more about the Rotary Club of
Longboat Key, visit www.longboatkeyrotary.org.
From Myakka to Michigan – Giving Migrant Students a Chance to Succeed
Harold Medina has dedicated his professional life to working with migrant and immigrant students. A
first-generation Dominican born in New York City, he is currently the Coordinator of the Migrant
Education Program for the School District of Manatee County. Medina is pictured with Judy Achre,
Program Director of the Rotary Club of Longboat Key at the Club’s January 29th meeting where he was
the guest speaker. Medina clarified that a “migrant” is a person who moves from one area to another
within the country due to economic necessity, usually pursuing work in agriculture or in the fishing
industry; an immigrant, on the other hand, is one who migrates from one country to another. (more…)
Susan McGuire addresses an attentive group of 4th graders, as they consider the importance of building a strong vocabulary.
The team of Rotarians who presented 141 dictionaries to every 4th grade student at Sarasota’s Tuttle Elementary School (from left: Carol Erker, Susan McGuire, Janet Shapiro, Jack Rozance, Sherri Mills)
Sherri Mills leads an animated discussion about how students can apply Rotary’s “Four Way Test” in their relationships.