Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AGENDA – Sunday, February 22, 2015 (Latest Lyme News is below)

Meetings are normally held on the fourth Sunday of each month near the Hillside Mall. Contact for address and directions. There is pay parking around the back of the building.  
Coffee and tea are provided free of charge.  Snacks to share are always appreciated.  We ask that you not wear any fragrances for those who are sensitive.
Please try your best to be on time so we can start right away.  

Let us know if there is anything you would like us to add to the agenda (news, discussion topic, etc) by emailing us at

PRESENTATIONS:  1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Dr Patrick Callas, ND, will give a presentation on new information about diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease from the recent ILADS course for physicians in Banff.
This part of our meetings is for introductions, sharing, and asking questions.  
NEW ITEMS and UPDATES:  3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m.
For Discussion
1.  Victoria Health Show  - report and discussion about our recent awareness event.
2.  Lyme Month Awareness Event - planning for our annual May event
3.  Armin Labs in Germany - is there interest in setting up a once a month blood draw to share the cost of shipping?
4.  Future Presentations - your ideas are welcome  

1.  "Let's Talk About Lyme" T-shirts.  We have men's and women's t-shirts for sale.  $10 each.
2.  Group Library.  Our group purchases and loans out books and DVDs on Lyme and co-infections.  Cost to join our library is $10.  Items can be borrowed for one month.  Please be courteous and return borrowed books on time.  Book donations are always appreciated.  Please let us know if there are any books/DVDs that you would like us to order.  *Two copies of Stephen Buhner's newest book on Anaplasma, Babesia, and Ehrlichia are on order and  will arrive by March 4th. 

3.  Facebook Group.  Our Facebook group for people with Lyme disease on Vancouver Island is a great way to keep up to date on news and connect with others.  Log into Facebook, search for the Vancouver Island Lyme Group, and ask to join. The group is private – others can see who the members are, but only members can post and read posts, invite, and approve new members.   
4. Tick Test Kits from Janet Sperling.  Due to the new costs involved in tick identification ($30) and testing for ticks ($35) fromveterinarians, Janet Sperling has sent us some more tick collection vials, complete with prepaid envelopes to mail live ticks.  She is doing research on ticks in Canada and would be happy to receive live ticks that you find on your dog, in the environment, or crawling on you (ticks cannot be feeding on you - those must go to the BC CDC).  Please pick up a few kits for your veterinarian.
5.  Group Financial Report 

NEXT MEETING:  Sunday, March 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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