2017-08-23, Buffy Johnson, Home Instead Senior Care

President Lya called the meeting to order sometime around 12:14 pm at La Posta Restaurant.  Mary Ellen McKay gave the invocation.  Lya then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Daniel Payne led us in "Home On The Range."  

We had two visiting Rotarians - Gary and Charlotte Brockway from La Grande, Oregon, joined us again and will be inducted next week.  Diane Indorf visited us from the Rio Grande Club and we had two member spouses with us – Isobel Hernandez and Franklin McKay!  Also joining us were Gonzalo Soto and Sylvia Alvila.

Everyone enjoyed the meet and greet that President Lya referred to as the “stand around and shake hands.”

Happy Bucks and Announcements:  Don’t forget the Club Potluck on August 24th from 6-9 at the Boulders on the Green Clubhouse at 2323 Sedona Hills Parkway.  Rotarians and guests are all invited.  Bill Harty announced that our Foundation is working on a grant application for the Gannett Foundation Community Action Grant Program.  The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by Gannett Co., Inc which supports non-profit activities in the communities in which Gannett does business.  The Las Cruces Sun News is part of the Gannett  Co. Inc.  Perhaps we can get some additional funding through this grant to aid in our community efforts.

John Pickett announced and is happy that we are partnering with Rio Grande and Mesilla Valley clubs in the Dress a Child program this year.  Let’s get involved!

Barry Fisher announced that the New Zealand Rotary Fellowship Exchange members will be in town September 18 – 23.  There is a dinner for fellowship on September 20 at the Picacho Hills Country Club.  The cost is $25 per person.

Mary Ellen McKay and John Hernandez added happy dollars to the pot.  Mary Ellen was happy that Franklin was with us as her driver and John was mighty glad to be here!

The Program

Buffy Johnson, fellow Rotarian in the Rio Grande Club and franchise owner/manager of Home Instead Senior Care (Las Cruces), gave the presentation for today.  Buffy purchased the Las Cruces Home Instead office in June 2016.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Professions and Health Administration and was a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for 24 years.

Buffy gave a fantastic overview of the various care options for us as we age starting with the most intensive, Hospice In-Patient Care, to least disruptive, living at home with private care givers.  The big concern, of course, is how we can age in place.  A few other choices in between are independent living complexes, assisted living centers, and nursing home care.

Her company, Home Instead, provides senior care both in a person’s home and in other facilities, as well.  Senior Care simply means care that does not involve nursing-type activities. Care givers assist elder clients with common activities of daily living like showering, cooking and companionship.  They can even help with errands, household duties and transportation.

Buffy is compassionate about providing information to anyone who calls about non-medical home care.  She likes to make a difference in our community.

After the Program

Gary Aschbacher held the winning lottery ticket, but alas drew the King of Spades.  Under the new drawing, if you hold a face card, you get to draw from a plethora of envelopes for a nifty prize.  Gary’s envelope contained a Ghirardelli chocolate bar!  That is a nifty prize.  The proceeds of the drawing went back into the pot for next week.

President Lya concluded the meeting by leading us in the 4-Way Test. 

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Guests of Rotarians



Franklin McKay

Mary Ellen McKay

Isobel Hernandez

John Hernandez

Visiting Rotarians


Home Club

Gary Brockway

La Grande, Oregon

Charlotte Brockway

La Grande, Oregon

Diane Indorf

Rio Grande

Student Guests




it's summer!



Date Club

Daniel Payne


Rio Grande

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