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FixFurLife: spay-neuter program in Gillespie County (south central), TX


 Hill Country SPCA, 2981 S Highway 16, Fredericksburg / south-central TX.

The Hill Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HCSPCA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new low-cost spay/neuter/vaccinate program called FixFürLife. FixFürLife will open for business on November 13 & will offer low-cost services for owned pets & donation-based services for community cats (including ferals, strays, barn cats & porch cats).

Thanks to local, caring veterinarians & concerned citizens, FixFürLife’s low-cost spay/neuter/vaccination program offers humane solutions to Gillespie County’s problem of pet overpopulation.

Getting your pet fixed is now easy & cost-effective. Residents of Fredericksburg & Gillespie County can simply request an appointment for their family pets & community cats at the HCSPCA or online at

HCSPCA Executive Director, Elizabeth Loggie commented, “We at HCSPCA are really excited about FixFürLife and are dedicated to its success. As Fredericksburg grows, the need for low-cost spay & neuter services is imperative. With the amount of animal dumping due to unwanted litters in our community, FixFürLife will be the front line to tackle pet overpopulation. This program’s success will directly impact our sheltering system & the health of our community.”

Loggie continued, “We want to thank members of the PAWS Board of Directors for helping us bring this community need to realization.”

To find out more about FixFurLife’s mission and services, to make an appointment for your pet(s) or feral cat colony, to volunteer, or to donate, go to


Spay/Neuter: Good for your pet, good for you & good for our community.


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Dealing with grief: & more

As many years as I’ve been in the health field, it’s never been easy to lose someone, whether personally or professionally. Although it’s something many people avoid talking about, death & the grief that follows it are unavoidable.

I was reminded of this recently after losing a lifelong friend who lost her battle with cancer. We knew some months ago that we would lose her… but it didn’t make it any easier. My grief is something I’m still dealing with (& know I will continue to deal with). I’ve been doing a lot of research for Public Health Corps on this topic lately in an effort to help any of our readers who may be going through a similar difficult time, & I thought I would share some of my findings with you, as well.

Laid to Rest at Home: How to Plan a Home Memorial Service for Your Departed Loved One

The New Stages of Grief: 5 Tasks, No Timeline

Final Logistics: A Step-by-Step Guide to Handling a Loved One’s Belongings After Their Death:

Supporting a Child When Someone Dies:

Coping with a Child’s Illness While You’re in Recovery: Learn Coping Methods While Going Through this Difficult Time:

Dementia Patients and Grief:

The Guide to Pet Bereavement: What to Expect After the Loss of a Loved One:

When Grief Becomes a Mental Health Issue:   340 S Lemon Ave #5780 | Walnut, CA 91789

Transformational power of the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA, USA

Transformational power* of the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA, USA!

INSPIRING remarks from

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s attorney daughter, I drew this conclusion:  humans have a choice:  peace or extinction.  She received a prolonged, standing ovation.

Bill Gates:  When The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new pledge of millions more in “$2-for-$1 matching” dollars to End Polio Now, Bill said that as important as the dollars are (to end polio), the most important assets are the Rotarians & friends of Rotarians who go into & throughout the most dangerous countries to administer the vaccine & thus prevent a crippling, potentially life-diminishing, preventable disease.  A photo of an almost completely covered Pakistani woman was displayed at that point.  The photo could also have been of our beloved Judy & John Hutcherson.

The CEO of Coca-Cola mentioned Coke’s three international priorities:  water, women & communities.  Water:  because Coca-Cola uses so much of it, so they’re ever watchful to be thoughtful stewards of the resource;  women:  because women who are encouraged to become entrepreneurs can change the world for the better; & communities – to help them thrive … which also helps Coca-Cola financially prosper as well.   As a direct result of his presentation, today I actually passed over “my” drink-of-choice:  diet Mt. Dew & purchased a diet Coke instead.

Andrew Young — as wise as he was humorous.  He marched next to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King during the 1960s & concluded that much of the civil rights progress in the US was in direct response to businesses’ understanding the financial importance of our brothers & sisters of color. — & that the more they prospered, the more everyone prospered.  Although Young was trained to be humble, he chuckled that it’s hard to be humble when Atlanta named a street in his honor.

PERSONAL THRILLS:  I met a PDG who is in the hometown of my best friend (he just doesn’t yet know it) Dr. Pol – the naturally hilarious, kind, 70-ish-year-old  veterinarian in a National Geographic TV network series.  She promised to give my business card to him & to tell him “Hi” from his ardent “fan:”  me.  He’s an Honorary Rotarian in Mt. Pleasant, MI; a Paul Harris Fellow & regularly invited speaker at Rotary clubs & other Rotary events).

I got to see a woman from India donate $1M to End Polio Now.  What I was sputtering about her generosity, someone said that this is the 5th time she’s donated $1M!

I accidentally got seated next to an incoming trustee for The Rotary Foundation.  After everyone at the table introduced ourselves, she said, “Do you remember that we already know each other?”  Oh, my:  I was clueless & embarrassed not to have recognized her.  She was the RI President’s Representative who came to FBG when we dedicated the Skate Park & inducted 5 new members – the stunning visitor who wore a straw hat.  And there she was again … serendipitously seated next to me.  As you may know, during her time in our Rotary district, she & incoming DG Carol Holmes became best friends.

In the AKS lounge (a quiet, light-refreshment area for donors of $250,000 & more), I met a new friend from Kansas City, KS.  We both vividly remembered the year (1962) when my Wichita (KS) East High School won the state basketball championship by having defeated his Wyandotte High School, the almost perpetual state basketball champion.  Small world.  Also, my “true love” boyfriend & I broke up that night. <sigh>

I met in person, the wonderful Rotarian in India whose project our club just donated $2.5K to – the artificial limb project.  He was so excited & grateful to hear about our donation.  And I got to meet both the leader & his brother – who oversee the girls’ toilet blocks project in India — we just donated $2.5K to.  Not only is the project helping girls AND boys stay in school (“prosperity insurance,” as I see it), they are helping families with sustainable, entrepreneurial projects & teaching hygiene / cleanliness habits to families.  Bottom line:  the project is growing & expanding.

I met a Rotarian from WI who told me about “at large” Peace Scholars (maybe that was the status of our Peace scholar Ghada & her connection with our district – not sure).  Anyway club(s) &/or district(s) may annually request (from The Rotary Foundation) an at large Peace Scholar at no charge to our club.  It would be the role of someone within our club to mentor the prospective scholar through the application process:  “easy if the applicant is proficient in English … more time-consuming if the student isn’t quite so proficient.”  If our board is interested, I’d be glad to share her contact information with the our club’s designee — for further information.

*  my transformational vision:  I eternally compound my exponential relevance … in fulfillment of Eternal Divine Light’s Highest Destiny purposes for ALL.


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Lizelle Van Wyk, Chief Executive Officer, Cape Town Society for the Blind      27 21 448 4302 / 27 79 575 0793 & www.CTSB.Co.ZA      You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream – C S Lewis

5- & 6-figure grants, money for college/university, peace fellowships & more: &


  1. Apply for Peace &


  1. Find out about $30K master’s-degree-level, scholarships for advanced study in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus:*


  1. Learn more about Rotary’s 5- & 6-figure global grants … endless opportunities for service-, community- & faith-based & internationally focused folks; also for life-long students; current, former & retired faculty, staff, researchers & administrators at universities, colleges, experts throughout public health** & economic-development fields, too:

*Rotary’s six areas of focus for global grants:  [1] fighting disease, [2] providing clean water, [3] saving mothers & children, [4] supporting education, [5] promoting peace & [6] growing local economies  — via [a] humanitarian grants, [b] vocational training teams** & [c] scholarships.  Rotary’s six areas of focus build international relationships, improve lives & create a better world to support peace efforts & end polio forever.

**  Public health, healthcare experts &/or researchers, economic-development & other subject-matter-experts are needed by Rotarians & their community partners – for the planning & implementation of The Rotary Foundation’s five- & six-figure global grants.

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Health / medical / dental services of The Good Samaritan Center in Fredericksburg, TX

How much The Good Samaritan Center means to the uninsured families of our community!  The need continues to grow because nearly 90% of the Center’s patients DO NOT qualify for the federal health plan because they don’t earn enough to reach the poverty level.  The Center benefits us all because it takes a very significant load off the HCMH emergency room thereby keeping the hospital’s overall costs down.

Last year The Good Samaritan Center had 2,500+ medical appointments;  1,300 dental & hygiene appointments, dispensed nearly $400K medications at no charge; expanded the Medical Assistance Program to cover 500+ patients who received $1+M worth of medications donated by pharmaceutical companies.  The Center now has a full-time medical director,  who sees patients three days each week; a nurse practitioner who sees patients each Monday; & a Community Health Worker, who reaches hundreds of people outside the Center at health screenings, churches & through in-home visits.

All this is done through private donors who contribute 70+% of the Center’s $900K budget.  No public money, state, federal or municipal funds are accepted.  The Center’s quarterly newsletters  are the principal engine for maintaining contact with donors.

Spay-neuter vouchers for lower-cost spay-neuter of your / your adopted, feral or neighborhood cat(s) &/or dog(s) through the Humane Society of West Texas: & 806-239-2841

Contact & 806-239-2841 to purchase a Humane Society of West Texas (Lubbock, NW, Texas area) low-cost, spay-neuter voucher to have your adopted, neighborhood &/or feral cat(s) &/or dog(s) neutered.  HSWT’s free-roaming cat voucher is $67 & will cover spay/neuter, rabies & ear-tip.*

*  Ear-tipping is to make sure there is a noticeable feature to let animal services or others know that the cat has been spayed or neutered.  It protects the cat in case someone is trapping free-roaming cats & taking them to the pound.

The Lubbock-area veterinarians whom the Humane Society of W. TX works with are really amazing & do a lot to help needy animals in West Texas.  If you are adamant that the ear-tipping be different, you will have to contact the one of the vets & work something out with them; however, if the ears are not tipped in an obvious way, the kitty may be at risk.

Beth Howard, Office Manager, 806-239-2841

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limited number of scholarships for the upcoming McKenzie Conference of Addiction, Recovery & Families. &

Dealing with death



Helping Your Child Deal With Death


Overcoming the Loss of a Child Without Drugs or Alcohol: A Parent’s Guide


How Grief Can Make You Sick


Advice for surviving the death of a spouse or partner at a young age


How to Help an Elderly Parent Deal With the Death of a Spouse


How to Avoid Family Conflicts after the Death of a Parent


Coping With the Death of Your Pet

Keep your brain vibrant & clear: 3 all-natural, dementia-fighting habits & more!

3 all-natural, dementia-fighting habits:  [1] learn 1 new word a day in a foreign language; [2] play a musical instrument for 5 minutes a day; & [3] make 1 small change to your diet:  Unbreakable Brain:  Shield your brain from cognitive decline for life!  by Will Mitchell, DOM, LAs, MS Nutrition

Diet & vitamins can reverse symptoms of dementia:    avoid sugar; add MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) = most potent coconut oil; fish oil; B2, B6 & B12 vitamins, chicken salad, eggs, argula; music, socializing regularly.  “CogniForce” & & & & & & & & & & & & &      DISCLAIMER   This website is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice and treatment from your personal physician. Visitors are advised to consult their own doctors or other qualified health professional regarding the treatment of medical conditions. The author shall not be held liable or responsible for any misunderstanding or misuse of the information contained on this site or for any loss, damage, or injury caused, or alleged to be caused, directly or indirectly by any treatment, action, or application of any food or food source discussed in this website. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have not evaluated the statements on this website. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Honor Military Veterans Now

Honors Military Veterans Now: & & 830-992-3375 & 830-767-0003; 103 Industrial Loop, Suite 1050; Fredericksburg, TX  78624

Eliminating hunger in military veterans’ lives while preserving their dignity, honor & respect.  $5 puts a hot meal into the waiting hands of a hungry veteran in TX.

Noon meals in 28 TX counties to 300 veterans, previously ignored because they were under age 60.

Rotary Foundation “World’s Outstanding” in 2016

Rotary Foundation Named World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016 – Press – AFP

Rotary Foundation Named World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016

November 15, 2016 

CONTACT: Michael Nilsen, Vice President, Public Affairs, (425) 241-4675

(Arlington, VA)  The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary—a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world—has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

From its first contribution of $26.50 almost a century ago, The Rotary Foundation’s assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.

The Rotary Foundation’s top priority is the global eradication of polio. Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985, and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Since then, Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than two billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. The Foundation’s advocacy efforts also have resulted in another $9 billion from world governments and foundations, increasing its impact.

Today, polio is on the verge of becoming only the second human disease ever to be eliminated, after smallpox, with a 99.9 percent decrease in cases since the initiative began.

To mark the Foundation’s centennial year, Rotary members aim to raise $300 million by July 2017. “We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which give us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” said Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children, and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace.  We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”

Rotary clubs have long embraced the call for peace at the grassroots level by addressing the underlying causes of conflict and violence, such as hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy. In 2002, the Rotary Foundation took a direct approach by providing future leaders the tools to become catalysts for peace in their communities. Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of Rotary’s Peace Centers

in partnership with universities around the world. Today, more than 1,000 peace fellow alumni serve as leaders in national governments, nongovernmental organizations, the military, law enforcement, and international institutions such as the United Nations and World Bank.

“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much an impact Rotary and the Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” said AFP President and CEO Jason Lee. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”

The Rotary Foundation will receive its award at AFP’s 2017 International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco, April 30 – May 2, 2017.

More information about The Rotary Foundation, along with the National Philanthropy Day Honors, can be obtained by contacting Michael Nilsen at (425) 241 – 4675 or