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Dec 15, 2020
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Meeting Notes from December 8, 2020
The Light for December 8, 2020
 
By Kathy Tate-Bradish
 
President Chris Joyce led the Zoom meeting in “Why We Are Rotarians,” and Ann Searles’ Thought for the Day came from her nephew’s father, Anthony Abbott, member of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. She read his most recent poem, written just before he died in October:
 
Do Not Forget This
 
Each morning when you awake, kneel down and place your forehead on the floor, the ground, the carpet, wherever you are,
 
Give thanks for the life of your wife.
 
Give thanks for your sons.
 
Say their names one at a time each morning.
 
Do not ask for anything.
 
Do not hope.
 
That for which you hope will not occur.
 
Be thankful for the gift of life and the small birds who drink from the pool outside your window
 
Then rise and start your day.
 
Announcements
 
Bruce Baumberger reported the exciting news that we have booked $45,745 into the system, including $6,000 in donations. for our Holiday Sale. The profit so far is roughly $26,000. There are still products to sell, though some are going into sold-out status. Saturday distribution will be at Evanston Subaru, from 9 a.m. to noon. People with small orders are asked to wait until 10 a.m. to pick up to allow for the large orders to get in and out. People with both food and floral items to pick up should pick up food first, then go to Clesen’s for floral. Marisa Naujokas is coordinating volunteers and a few are still needed.
 
Please wear your masks (properly) at pickup. Dress warmly if you are volunteering. Runners to the cars are needed. Only shift volunteers will be allowed into the dealership. Hand trucks are needed.
 
Donated hams are handled separately and will be brought directly to the agencies on Friday.
 
Joan Borg reported on behalf of Club Service Chair Katherine Peterson that there are just a few spots left at the bonfire event – please let Lesley Peters or Katherine know if you’d like to attend. Friday, Dec. 18 at 5:15 is our virtual holiday happy hour, please plan to attend. It's on Zoom. as usual.
 
Ann Weatherhead, Housing Committee Chair, reported that a lot is happening right now. Connections for the Homeless held a successful virtual celebration of stories of staff, volunteers, and those placed in housing. There are still sixty-five people at the Margarita Inn, where they receive wrap-around services. One hundred people have been placed in stable housing this year. Once placed, they continue to receive services. Reba Place Development Corp. held a friend fundraiser, and Executive Director Keith Banks moderated a panel that included Linda Gerber. Nearly 6,000 units of affordable housing are needed in Evanston/Skokie. The government defines affordable as no more than 30 percent of someone’s income, but Joining Forces for Affordable Housing defines it as housing that leaves enough money to meet your basic needs.
 
Roasts & Boasts
 
Chris boasted Bruce Baumberger for, on top of all of his and the committee’s work on the Holiday Sale, also getting the new bylaws changes up to date. Thanks, Bruce!
 
Bruce boasted Kristin Brown for having the best holiday background on her Zoom screen. Kristin reports it was a photo of her 2016 Christmas tree.
 
New Member Installation
 
President Chris installed our newest member, Troy Perkins. Steve Steiber sponsored Troy, who is a “COVID neighbor” met while out walking, a stalwart straight shooter, and a nice person who will be an asset to our club. Steve Goranson will be Troy’s mentor. Thanks, Steve and Steve, and welcome Troy!
 
Troy Perkins
 
Program
 
Topic: Arts, the Brain, and Body
 
Speaker: Jenni Rook, Executive Director of the Institute for Therapy Through the Arts (ITA)
 
Bryant Wallace introduced Jenni Rook, a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with more than 13 years of clinical experience. Her expertise includes using music in speech rehabilitation and in counseling for children and adults coping with trauma, anxiety, and depression. She also has extensive experience working with children diagnosed with autism and intellectual disabilities, and is the author of Music Therapy Social Skills Assessment and Documentation Manual (MTSSA). She is a member of the Mental Health Subcommittee of the Evanston Mayor’s COVID-19 Taskforce.
 
Jenni’s favorite topic is how the arts can play a role in our health, and when our health isn’t optimal, how they can play a role in therapy, helping people heal and grow. The Creative Arts Therapies offered at ITA are music, art, dance movement, and drama. These actually encompass four distinct professions; the clinicians must first have a Master’s degree in one of the four disciplines, then become certified along one of the training paths.
 
Jenni told us a little about the hows and whys of using each of the four art therapies. Visual art includes sculpting, painting, and drawing. One example she gave was of a therapist asking the client to draw a bridge going from some place to another place. Then draw yourself on the bridge. The use of the bridge as metaphor deepens the discussion – what are you leaving behind? What are you going toward? How stable is the bridge? . . . The therapist doesn’t interpret the art,  but guides the client. Working in metaphor allows people to get at what might be subconscious. Art can be a tool for communication, and now during COVID, therapists are also holding telehealth therapy sessions. It externalizes what’s inside of you when you make art, create songs, etc., and puts something out there in front of the therapist.
 
Dance movement therapy is not always about the arts. Sometimes it’s about dancing, sometimes just about moving. It connects the mind to the body through movement. Jenni gave an example of a young man who incorporated a Jewish song that was meaningful to him into his choreography of a dance, and used it to seek connectiveness and acceptance when he performed at an ITA fundraiser.
 
Drama therapy – Jenni did a short guided story with volunteer Marisa Naujokas using a story template. These are sometimes used in intake to see if drama therapy would be a good fit for the client’s sessions. Stories and role-playing can help someone distance themselves from something that happens or that they anticipate might happen.
 
Music therapy broadens the scope. The other three replace psychotherapy. Music therapy also focuses on neurological development, speech, and cognition. Jenni gave an example of the many ways that using a specific instrument, like the cabasa, can be therapeutic, even improving muscle tone.
 
How did we learn our ABCs, she asks. With a song, of course! Songs are a powerful way to help us store information in our brains. Jenni referred to “The Tango Brain” to see how almost the entire brain is activated when listening to music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9EcsYTEcg8
 
Jenni helps people regain their speech after a stroke using Melodic Intonation Therapy. She gave us the example of singing “I need my glasses” using natural inflection in the phrase. There is an extensive protocol involved, and eventually the therapist takes the music away and the client can speak the words. The brain is very plastic and music can optimize the process of teaching the brain to do something that another part of the brain can no longer do. It makes lasting change.
 
ITA is located at 2130 Green Bay Rd. on the second floor above the Social Security office. Last year they served 2,600 clients, with needs including psychiatric, developmental disabilities, dementia, autism, and substance abuse. One program, “Musical Bridges to Memory,” trains caregivers how to employ music themselves with their clients or loved ones.
 
She advised us to stay creative and active, especially this winter when we will be seeing fewer people. Creating is a powerful way to keep our brains healthy, gives a sense of purpose, integrates the left and right brains, and increases dopamine levels. Don’t just listen and look, but really engage, which combats cognitive decline. Dance and move, rewrite the song’s lyrics, physically engage and alleviate tension.
 
Find out more at jrook@itachicago.org
 
Jenni Rook
 
Guests and Milestones
 
Guests
 
Jenni Rook, speaker
 
Birthdays
 
Pramugdha Chakraborty, Dec. 10
Chip Uchtman, Dec. 12
 
 
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