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By Pat Doody 

The importance of planning ahead

Rotary Club of Tehachapi


March 16, 2019

Pat Doody

On March 7, Tehachapi Rotary president Chris Naftel initiated two new members into the organization. Mindy Martindale and Annette Shepherd are shown with their sponsors Stephanie Garcia and Marian Stephens.

Sally Periman Lawrence and Andrew Atkins from Wood Family Funeral Home spoke to Tehachapi Rotary on March 6 about the importance of making your final wishes known to your loved ones before they are ever needed. Lawrence emphasized that having a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) were also a planning must. She reminded everyone how the stress of losing a loved one can cloud one's memory making it difficult to even remember the names and dates required on a Death Certificate. Wood Family provides the service of pre-planning said Lawrence, part of which is going over all options with families whether civilian or military.

Pat Doody

Rotary president Chris Naftel and Sally Periman Lawrence.

Lawrence is a 20-year resident of Tehachapi who began working for Jerry and Barbara Wood shortly after moving here. She is now Funeral Director of Wood Family Funeral Home. Andrew Atkins is new to Tehachapi and a new member of the Wood staff.

The Rotary Club of Tehachapi meets on Thursdays at noon at The Shed, 333 E. Tehachapi Blvd., if you are interested in membership you are welcome to join us any Thursday. For more information contact Tim Trujillo at (661) 821-0086.


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