Sixty people came to our July 9 meeting, mainly to participate in our two very good programs which are described briefly below the announcements.
Elva Roy opened the meeting with a few short announcements:
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Our first program at the July 9 meeting was carried out by Melissa Roseboro (shown at the mic above), a nutritionist, and other team members from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service who presented their "Dinner Tonight" program. The purpose of their program is to encourage people to cook and eat "in" instead of eating "out," because it's usually healthier when you control your recipes and know exactly what ingredients went into a certain dish. Saves money too, even when cooking for only one or two people. They prepared and served each Ambassador samples of a summer salad, a turkey sausage brown rice casserole entre, a cauliflower/parsnip/sweet potato side dish, and a rich, chocolate cake for dessert. Delicioso! They gave each attendee a printed cookbook containing recipes for all of the sampled food and lots more interesting and inexpensive recipes (great color glossy photos of each recipe). Thanks to Aldo Fritz, CEO of Downtown Arlington Management Corporation for making the introduction to the AgriLife Extension Service personnel.
[As an aside, Elva attended a different AgriLife Extension program last week in Dallas on the subject of bed bugs. Three hours! I expected to leave early but sat in my chair mesmerized. The A&M entomologist who spoke was very interesting, as well as two pest control persons, and an attorney from Legal Aid. I learned why bed bugs have become such a problem since 2000 and what to do about it. Thank goodness I haven't had any bed bugs (knock on wood), but I will follow the advice of the entomologist to never put luggage on a hotel bed or on the floor. Instead put luggage in the hotel bath tub or at least on the metal folding luggage rack. More to come. I intend to ask him to speak at a future Ambassadors meeting.]
Our second speaker, Mary Ann Contreras, R.N., and her sidekick Sheryl (also a trauma nurse), from John Peter Smith Health Network, put us to work--learning. Using the principles developed in the national "Stop the Bleed" program, Mary Ann taught us how to save the life of a person should we ever find ourselves involved in a traumatic injury situation with no emergency personnel readily available. She taught us what to do before the emergency personnel arrive to stop a person from "bleeding out" unnecessarily. She also handed out Stop the Bleed kits so we could learn how to use various tourniquets and other supplies. She taught us how to make our own emergency kits to carry in our cars, just in case the unthinkable happens.
Last Words from Elva:
Remember our next meeting will be Monday, August 13, 1:00-3:00 pm, at our usual location of 700 E. Abram St., Arlington. A short reminder email will be sent out the week before. We have some good speakers lined up!
Elva Roy is the Founder of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.