GFWC Athena Club of Gardner met on Wed, March 20, 2013 at the library. Our special guest was Angela Pelger from the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging who gave a program on Elder Abuse: How to Recognize and Report. We learned that in the last decade the number of persons over age 65 in Johnson County increased by 25% and that the advancing age of the “Baby Boomers” will greatly increase that number. She defined a Vulnerable Adult as “one who is at risk of harm due to physical, emotional or mental impairments that severely limit their ability to manage their home, person, or financial affairs and begins at the age of 18 and up.” Angela talked about the risk factors for abuse and general signs of abuse which include depression, increasing anxiety, suspicious injuries, or a reluctance to talk in front of caregivers. She identified the types of abuse as physical, psychological, sexual, exploitation and neglect (physical and medical). She encouraged Club members to report suspected adult or elder abuse to the Adult Protective Services HOTLINE at 1-800-922-5330 (for community dwelling older adults) or if you suspect abuse of someone in a care facility call 1-800-842-0078. The Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) main office number is (913)715-8800 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15 will be World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and club members were encouraged to check out the activities planned for Johnson County. Angela gave each member a purple ribbon to wear to support the cause. It was a very informative and interesting program that the GFWC Athena Club would recommend to other groups.
We had no other guests and there were 17 Club members in attendance. Secretary Norma Voigts read the minutes of our last meeting and were approved with corrections. Linda Loyd gave a report on the Art Festival results of March 16, 2013. There were over 200 entries with students from Gardner, Edgerton, Antioch, Paola, and Oswatomie participating. The Best of Show award went to Matt McSpaden of GEHS, and several area students received blue ribbons to go on to the State Art Contest, which will be April 12 and 13th in Wichita, Kan. I would like to thank Linda for all your help with the festival. Several members were able to report on our club educational tour to the classroom of Dan Hermon in Basheor, Kan. Members had a great time spending time in the classroom and eating lunch with the students.
Juanita Rothaus reported on the State Music Festival in Lindsborg on March 9, 2013. Our GEHS student Cooper See McGuire participated in Men’s Voice won the first place award and $500 scholarship along with a gold ribbon.
Club member Ruth Hermon gave a quiz on Parliamentary procedures. One item learned is that in the absence of the President and Vice-President the Secretary takes over as Chairperson; which is false. A Pro-tem chair must be elected from the attending body. Club members found this Quiz to be both fun and informative.
We elected Doris Smith and Mary Pritchard, GFWC Athena Club members to be our delegates to the upcoming Spring Convention in Wichita, Kan. Also planning on attending will be Kathy Baker, Ruth Hermon, and Juanita Rothaus as Second District Committee chairs.
The next meeting for the Athena Club will be held on April 17, 2013 at the Johnson County Library. If you would be interested in coming as a guest to learn more about GFWC and community service in our area we invite you to contact Juanita Rothaus at (913)980-4104.