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THIS WEEK'S MEETING: 
Michael Caldarazzo - Chief, Boulder Fire and Rescue - "
Dialing 911 is no Longer Enough--How the Community of the Future Helps Save its Own"
 
Join us for an update on Boulder Fire-Rescue's master plan soon to come before City Council. Chief Calderazzo will focus on patient outcome goals for emergency medical care.
 

THIS WEEK'S MENU:
Bread Service  |  Salad Bar  |  Potato Leek Soup  |  Chicken Tikka Masala  |  Curry Roasted Cauliflower with Crispy Chickpeas  |  Basmati Rice  |  Cookie Bars

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Meetings


Jan 24 - Ben Miller - National Subject Matter Expert on Behavioral Health
Jan 31 - Kathleen Mayer - Program Director for Flight for Life Colorado


Saturday, February 8th, 2020
BRC Signature Event


Please mark your calendars for this year’s Signature Event on Saturday, February 8th starting at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa put on by our Foundation.  Tickets are $125 per person through December 31st so don’t be late!  (They will increase in price beginning January 1st.) 

Contact Nancy Chin Wagner at Nancy@nancychinwagner.com to purchase tickets.  We are encouraging you to invite your non Rotarian friends who would love to support a great cause and all tickets purchased include a tax deduction.
 
Sponsorships are available at several levels!  Please contact Christina Lui at toates@eskimo.com for more information and to support this event.
 
For all other questions (including a great auction item donation) please contact Kitty deKieffer at kittydekieffer@gmail.com.  Thank you in advance for supporting our club so generously!
 

Help Stop a Tragedy Before It Happens

 

(Click the image above to download the full invitation.)

 

COMMITTEE BRIEFS:

 

Rotary in Australia

 

In the last few weeks Australia has been devastated by wild fire. Twenty four people have died, millions of animals have died, thousand of homes have been destroyed and more than 15.6 million acres of bush, forest and parks have burned. 

Rotary Australia’s World Community Service section is appealing for help to provide support for all those in need because of the fires. You can learn more or donate by clicking HERE to go to the Rotary Australia Disaster web site. https://rawcs.org.au/disasters/

MEMBERSHIP BRIEFS:

 

Birthdays


Jan 14 - Mike Kercheval
Jan 18 - Cynda Collins Arsenault and TC North

Your birthday is a great time to share the joy by supporting the BRC Scholarship Program by making a gift of $1 for every one of your years, or more, during the month of your birthday. Put Birthday Scholarships on the memo line of your check and mail to Boulder Rotary Club Foundation, 2995 Baseline Road, Suite 310, Boulder, CO 80303-2318.


Proposed for Membership

 

Leonard J. McCreary


Paul Jerde is proposing Leonard McCreary for Membership. This is the second week of publication. 

Leonard is the Founder, President, and CEO of Figure Engineering, located on the flight line at Ft. Belvoir in Fairfax, Virginia. Figure was born in 2005 in a one-bedroom apartment as a manufacturer of aftermarket car parts. Today Figure develops aircraft and ship maintenance, repair, and overhaul technologies for the Air Force and Navy. 

Leonard founded Figure Engineering while an Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office in the automotive suspension, control, and safety systems art unit. Prior to the USPTO, Leonard worked at GE Power Systems in Steam Turbine and Valve Final Assembly as a member of GE's renowned Edison Engineering Program.

Leonard graduated from the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Leadership. He was in the Regimental Band and Ranger Company, and a key member of the competitive Formula SAE racecar team.

Leonard currently volunteers as a coach at Thrive, guiding the unemployed and underemployed towards economic self-sufficiency and stability by gaining, maintaining, and advancing in meaningful employment. 

Leonard and his lovely wife, Heather, with their two beautiful daughters Maple (5) and Aspen (3), moved to Boulder two years ago and now reside in Longmont, where they're enjoying raising heritage chickens.
 

Member Transition: Red Badge to Blue

 

LeeAnn Marshall


LeeAnn moved from Edwards, in the Vail Valley, at the beginning of the year. She and her boyfriend, Reid, live in Lafayette. She is part of the sales team at Husky Creative. They are a powerful sign and graphics company, right here in Boulder.

Growing up, her family moved ten times before she graduated high school in Evergreen. That’s probably the reason she’s not what you’d call shy!  She then moved to Snowbird, UT where she honed her powder skills in the 70’s! From there, she’s lived all over the west, and as far away as St. Croix USVI, coming back to Colorado in 2010.

LeeAnn loves the outdoors (who doesn’t?). She and Reid enjoy all that this area has to offer: hiking, biking, paddle boarding, rafting, and most of all skiing! She’s learning more about the area and has enjoyed being a part of Rotary again. As a member of the Edwards club, she loved the fellowship and ability to be a real part of the community. She enjoyed the Edwards’ club annual river clean-up and selling ducks every year! 

LeeAnn has enjoyed her first six months of Boulder Rotary and has joined the Journaling program and is looking forward to training to do the “read to children” literacy project as well. We’re so glad you’re a Boulder Rotarian LeeAnn!  
 
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Program Recap:

 

Christian Gardner-Wood Lizbeth Parker, “You did What to your mother?” Boulder District Attorney’s Office: Tips to Avoid Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation
 

Christian Gardner-Wood, Director of Community Protection Boulder District Attorney’s Office, Chair of Colorado Human Trafficking Council, and  Lizbeth Parker, Consumer Specialist, Community Protection Division at the DA’s Office spoke about ways to avoid elder abuse at Boulder Rotary Club on Friday. The DA’s Office has made protection of vulnerable people within our community a priority- focusing on both prevention and prosecution of offenders.
 

The first question is, “what is elder abuse?” In Colorado, our laws talk about “elder abuse.”  The term “elder abuse” encompasses conduct that is criminal as well as other behavior that, while not criminal, is harmful to an older adult, (like self-neglect.) This includes “at-risk” adults, age 70 and above or adults with developmental disabilities. Crimes against “at-risk” adults carry more severe penalties than crimes against the general population. This law is to focus on the exploitation of vulnerable people- it increases the penalties for those that target elders and other vulnerable populations.

 

This type of crime is often a “scam.” Something that is targeted through telephone contact, internet contact, social security scams and even scams that involve the census.

 

Gardner-Wood talked about some statistics gathered by the National Council on Elder Abuse. He said that about  in 10 Americans above the age of 60 report having experienced some form of elder abuse which is made worse by the fact that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities. He said there are some factors that account for the vulnerability and also the lack of reporting. Those are, social isolation and physical, cognitive and (or) mental impairment. He said that nearly half of people with some form of dementia experience abuse.

 

Looking at Boulder, Gardern-Wood said Boulder had 741 victims above the age of 55 or older. He broke it down to 77 traffic cases, 32 juvenile cases, 231 misdemeanor cases, and 401 felony cases.

 

Parker said, sadly, it is often the people close to the older person that perpetrate the abuse. She said that in over 75% of incidents, the perpetrator is a family member. Others that, statistically, commit elder abuse include; caregivers, and staff at nursing homes and other facilities. (These statistics come from the National Association of Adult Protective Services.)

 

The effects of abuse go beyond the immediate abuse Parker said. The actual incident of abuse, whether financial or physical, have serious and long term repercussions for the victims. Parker said that victims of abuse are three times as likely to die prematurely; three times more likely to be admitted to the hospital and four times more likely to be admitted to a nursing home than those who have not been the victim of abuse. (These statistics are from the National Council on Aging.) For example, the victims of financial fraud may no longer have the resources to take care of themselves or age in place.

 

Parker said there are often warning signs that an elder person is being exploited. You might see; abrupt changes to financial documents; unusual banking or financial activity; uncharacteristic gifts by older adults; unexplained or unusual excitement over financial windfall or prize; and (or) the appearance of a new person in the older adult’s life, making claims to money, possessions or financial affairs. These are things that the older adult’s friends and family should take seriously. It does not mean, Parker stressed, that the older person is being exploited or “scammed” but it may be a signal that something untoward is happening in the older person’s life. It is something that those who care for the older adult may want to watch for and if they see these types of behaviors, at least have a discussion with the older adult about the changes.

 

What does this look like in real life? Parker said it may be that the older adult is giving large cash gifts or luxury items to a care giver or a new person in their lives. It may be that bills are not being paid, when there should be the means to do so. Again, Parker said, it may be nothing other than a moment of gratitude for work done or something else, but those in the older adult’s circle should “trust their instincts” and have a conversation about what may be going on.

 

The Boulder District Attorney’s Office is a resource for those who may have questions about what may be happening to an older adult in their lives. Parker said she talks to people every day about situations that may or may not be a crime. The DA’s Office is a resource, a stepping off place for next steps. (Liz Parker: lparker@bouldercounty.org 303-441-1664.)

 

Parker also wanted to give some real world examples of how older adults might be scammed. Older adults are subject to scams via the phone, the internet, texts, social media, through the mail and in person. Older adults are scammed out of three billion dollars in the first three quarters of 2019. Parker said that older adults may not be targeted by scammers but they are much more likely than younger people to be drawn into scams and when drawn in, they are much more likely to lose more money than younger people. Why does this happen? It may be that older people trust that people who call them on the phone or contact them by email are who they say they are. Parker said that she tells all members of the public, not just older adults, that they must be careful not to give out personal information over email or phone or texts. Information like a person’s social security number or their Medicare number are key ways criminals gain access to a person’s financial resources.

 

Parker shared that we should always be aware of contacts from people that play on emotion. Those emotions can be the need to help a family member (like an email saying a grandchild is stuck in a foreign country and needs money) or that the older adult has not paid a bill or not paid a tax (the scammer would impersonate a business or the government.) There is often, according to Parker, an immediacy to the request. The scammer may give the message that the target must act now or something bad will happen. She said it may be a positive emotion too- some scammers say that the target has won some big prize, they just need to pay some money to secure the big check.

 

Both Parker and Gardner-Wood stressed that just knowing these scams exist is the first step in preventing a loss by scamming. The other major factor is for people to report a scam or even the suspicion of a scam. Those agencies, like the DA’s Office cannot act if they don’t know what has happened. Even suspicion or concern can alert agencies to the potential of a scam.

 

If you have questions or need to report a situation regarding an older adult or someone in a vulnerable situation, you can contact either Christian Gardner-Wood or Liz Parker at the Boulder District Attorney’s Community Protection Division by phone or email. Christian Gardner-Wood’s email is cgardner-wood@bouldercounty.org and phone number is 720-564-2826. Liz Parker’s email is lparker@bouldercounty.org and her phone number is 303-441-1664.
 

You can learn more at the Boulder DA’s Community Protection Division’s website which can be reached by clicking HERE.

 

If you missed the program on Friday, you can see the whole thing by clicking HERE.

 

You can see the rest of Friday’s meeting by clicking HERE.



You  can see our other programs and meetings in the BRC Program Archive. Click on the TV icon below, which will take you to the BRC Program Archive on our website. Please feel free to binge watch.

 



This article is a synopsis of the program presented to Boulder Rotary Club. The views and opinions expressed by the presenter do not necessarily reflect the opinions of, policy or position of the Boulder Rotary Club and its members. 
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