Meeting of 9/22/16: ‘Home Connection Companions’

Screen shot 2016-07-22 at 3.33.12 PMMeeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
September 22, 2016

Members Attending (12): Debbie Rodriguez, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Bill Dowd, Ray Hannan, David Taylor, Dick Drumm, Phil Kellerman, Stewart Wagner, Julius Frankel, Charlie Foote.

Guests (1): Lauren Carpenter.

PROGRAM: “Home Connection Companions”

Lauren Carpenter

Our speaker was Lauren Carpenter, business development and community relations liaison with Home Connection Companions.

The company, which is under the Baptist Health umbrella, provides non-medical service companions to clients in a private residence, senior living complex, assisted living facility or nursing home. It covers six counties in the greater Capital Region, with a heavy presence in Rensselaer County.

Lauren said the services vary depending on the needs of the client. They can include such things as running errands, providing transportation, light housekeeping, reading, general companionship, and giving caregivers a respite. The service is for a minimum of three hours per visit and can go to 24, using more than one person. The fee is $22 per hour.

She said the process for obtaining services begins with her visiting the home or facility to ask and answer basic questions about needs, and to be sure the venue is safe for both the client and the companion. She said a criminal background check is made of anyone applying to be a screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-12-36-37-pmcompanion, and that they are fully bonded and insured.

Although Lauren has been with Home Connection Companions for only about a year, the company was created in 2007. In addition to “walk-in” requests and referrals from other organizations, it also works with the Eddy Alzheimer’s service. Further details are available online or by calling 453-5446.


OPENING — Jim Leyhane, as part of the invocation, asked for a moment of silence in memory of member Burke Adams’ daughter, Jamie, who passed away this week.

EXCHANGE STUDENT NEWS — Jim also reported that Rafella, our Brazilian exchange student, is in need of a physical exam for her track team signup. He noted that visiting students are not covered by any medical insurance, so obtaining medical and dental care often is a problem because of payment problems.

NOMINATOR — President Debbie Rodriguez announced that Bill Dowd has been named to the District Governor Nominating Committee for District 7190. He previously served on the Interview Committee screening DG candidates, and also is a member of the District Public Relations Committee.

THANKS — Jim McHugh, who is recovering from surgery and chemotherapy at home, sent the club a note of thanks for the dish garden and card sent by Sunshine Committee lead April Dowd.

RLI logoRLI WORKSHOPS — Registration is open for the October 22 Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) workshop at Siena College. Debbie urged members to consider enrolling; the club will pay the $105 fee for anyone who is interested. Workshops will be offered at Levels 1, 2 and 3, and Graduate. Debbie and Bill both are enrolling in Level 3. Details and a link to the online registration form are on the club website.

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-12-53-16-pmSAVE THE DATES — The annual District Foundation Dunner, this year marking the centennial year of the Rotary Foundation, will be held on Thursday, November 17, at the Saratoga National Golf Club. … The organization Girls on the Run will hold its 2nd annual 5K Run Celebration at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, at the Corning Preserve in Albany. Earlybird registration is $25 for adults, $15 for youth. After November 1, prices go to $30 and $20, and on race day to $35 and $25. … The Schenectady Rotary Club will host speaker Marie Josette Placide of the Haiti Water Project at a noon luncheon on Thursday, October 13, at the Stockade Inn on North Church Street in Schenectady. Reservations, which are required, may be made online by October 7.

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-12-19-38-pmGOLF & BOCCE — Our golfing foursome of Jim Leyhane, Murray Forth, Terry Brewer and Mike Dewey participated in the annual District 7190 Gift of Life Golf & Bocce Tournament on Wednesday. Bill Dowd reminded members who would like to participate in a bocce-only event that the Shen Rotary Club is holding a buffet dinner and bocce tournament on Monday at the Italian American Community Center in Albany. Deadline for registration is this Friday. Details are available on the club website.

NEXT MEETING — 6:15 p.m. Thursday, September 29, at Quigley’s. The speaker will be Dr. Ron Carroll on the topic of “Science & Culture Shape Individuals.”


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