Club President Jonna Buck welcomed everyone to the weekly club meeting on election day.  
Donald Pyeatt, executive director of Full Circle Adult Day Center provided a very informative program.    
To read more about the meeting and presentation, click on the gold-color "Recap" link above.
To watch the recorded meeting, click on this link: November 3, 2020

Club President Jonna Buck welcomed everyone to our online meeting.
She swore in our newest member Dre'Onna Adkins. Dre'Onna shared that she works at Arvest Bank--mortgage services, has a now three-year old son, volunteers when COVID allows, and enjoys her hobby of power-lifting--to the tune of a personal record of a 300 pound squat!  Welcome Dre'Onna.


Jonna reported she had a call from the Plano Rotary Club to inform us that former Sooner Rotary Club member (1993-2011) Rose Wilderom has passed away. Rose moved to Austin and then Plano, TX, with a her son, and was active in the Plano club until her health failed her in 2019. Gifts to the RI Foundation can be made in Rose's honor at this link Here's her obituary in the Norman Transcript: RIP Rose
Lynne Miller is having back surgery this week, and Mark Sandefur is having surgery, also. Speedy recovery you guys! 
We'll celebrate November birthdays at next week's meeting as Polly Christian is awaiting power restoration at her home and is working the polls today!  Go Polly!  
Mary Sallee said NPR has a report today that COVID has shut down polio immunizations initiatives in several countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. Listen to or read the story by clicking on this link: NPR Nov 3 Polio

Happy Dollars

Jane Purcell--for Election Day, one of her favorite days of the year.
Dick Pryor--for KGOU/NPR coverage 6 p.m. tonight and then at 7 p.m. on—4 hour live state election program.  

Our Program

We welcomed Donald Pyeatt, executive director of Full Circle Adult Day Center. 
The mission of the nonprofit is to provide day services that optimize the cognitive and physical abilities of seniors and adults with disabilities so they can remain as independent as possible in their homes. 20 years in nonprofits.
Donald has more than 20 years in nonprofit organizations and initiatives. He has been executive director of Full Circle since September 2017.
One of his key projects was to help the center build a new center. The clients and staff moved into the new center at 4223 28th Ave NW, Norman, OK 73069 in February 2018.  Proceeds from the local Norman Rotary clubs' Le Tour De Vin fundraiser helped fund the new center.
Full Circle celebrated it 25th year this month! Donald said 18 services in Norman began the center to fill a gap in community services. At that time there were only two adult day centers in the entire state—in OKC and Choctaw.
Full Circle Adult Day Center provides services for the participants and for the caregivers for the participants. Donals knows the value of having adults with disabilities or in their senior years cared for because he has been in the caregiver role for his parents. Having a place to provide mom and dad or other adult family members with food, activities and social connections, allows caregivers to keep their jobs, run errands, care for others in the family. 
The center is open 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Participants are provided nutritious and delicious breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon snacks. Donald said it takes lots of planning to provide services at Full Circle--planning for meals and activities--to keep things running smoothly and provide a comfortable schedule for participants.
Activities include music, art, history, light exercise, and games. Pre-COVID participants also had field trips to area stores or museums.  
Donald described the center staff as "amazing"--including one staff member who has been with the center for 18 years! The team includes certified nurses aides, one certified medical aid and one advanced certified medical aid. There is an LPN on staff and one consulting RN. A complete physical and social assessment is done for each participant, and the care plan includes input from both the family and professionals.  
The 501 (c) 3 center is licensed by several divisions of state agencies. It relies on state, federal, grant and private individual funding to provide food, services and scholarships.
Prior to COVID there were many community volunteers including students form All Saints School. The Fred Jones Museum of Art provided an art project for participants each month. 
Donald said the goal is to keep participants happy and healthy and to keep them out of the nursing home as long as possible. Prior to COVID, the center served 22-24 participants a day. During COVID it's serving 8-10 a day; however, that number is growing to 18 a day with participants between the ages of 26-88. Many previous participants are waiting to return after the pandemic risk abates. Participants are required to attend at least two days a week; but five is best, according to Donald, to get participants into a routine.  
The center is required to have a staff to participant ratio of 1:8 but usually has 1:4 or 1:5.  Club member Vicki Anderson shared that her mother-in-law attends the center, and that it is a blessing for her and the family!  
Thank you Donald for sharing with us about the great work at Full Circle Adult Day Center!