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|Porta-Rota-Call May 8, 2013|
by Hall, Mary
Submitted by: Mary Hall
Meeting called to order by President Buffy at 12:15 p.m.
We sang " America"
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
The Prayer was led by Mike Simon
Dan Jaqua introduced our visiting guests Brian Kaufman, Nasim Ansari and Christy Kline.
Joe Hollander introduced our guest today as Kenneth Fisher M.D. Doctor Fisher graduated from Tufts University in chemical engineering in the under graduate program and then went on to medical school at GWU in 1968 deciding to pursue internal medicine. After practicing his internship at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City Dr. Fisher did a nephrology fellowship at Yale University ending up with a career in academic medicine. Dr. Fisher started the program using the Scorpion Sting as an example of how hospitals mark up their products and services. Markups can be as high as 10000 percent using profits for administrative advantages. Some of the underlying causes for health care is wage control which during WWII health insurance was a benefit, the IRS Ruling, an employer pays with pre-tax dollars and the individual pays with after tax dollars, failure of command, economies-price control, and last, central planning. Reason and Results are 50 million people are uninsured, there is no funding for pre existing conditions, there is increasing costs in healthcare and insurance waste along with federal spending spinning out of control. Major problems in the individual market is foreseen with no attempt at tort reform. Two states that exhibit reform are Indiana and Massachusetts, with Indiana banning bureaucracy and decreasing costs versus exploring costs and solving the Medicaid problem versus worsening of the program. The HSA's and the HDHP define coverage as part of the solutions, while the ACA chose Massachusetts being the prisoners of ideology. Many questions and concerns from our members were left unanswered for lack of time and a possible re-appearance for Dr. Fisher could possibly be in the making. Handouts placed on our tables today by Dr. Fisher inform the members of upcoming events along with a detailed explanation of the Scorpion Sting. Just a quick wrap up, the confusion and chaos of our health care system is a subject of great proportions and today's program was a great introduction into the underlying issues that surround our society.
Announcements: President Buffy stated a golf outing meeting being held today at the Moors at 5:00. If anyone is interested in working with the committee or just helping out please contact Bonnie.
Dick Hewitt placed some flyers for the plant and flower sale fund raiser for the Kalamazoo County Master Gardners. The sale takes place on Friday May 10 & May 11th. Contact Dick with any questions and all customers get free carry out on all purchases!
Bill Crown exclaimed with delight the Rotary Social Event will take place on June 7th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The barn has been reserved at 6024 Texas Dr., tickets are 10.00 a piece and a great menu is planned. See Bill or Virgie for ticket purchases or questions. Mark your calendars!!
Bill also pointed out to everyone in attendance today the bucket garden event. Help is needed drilling holes in buckets and planting. Many tomato plants along with soil has been donated. The event takes place on June 1st at 9:00 a.m. at the Community Center. Come and dig in!
Jim Pearson announced the President Buffy jump benefiting the Boy Scouts. A collection can making the rounds among members for the upcoming jump off a 15 story building was an exciting way to help out.
Birthdays: Mike Simon
No Anniversaries Today
Happy Bucks: Jeanine, Shirley and Hasim.
We did not have a 50/50 or a Ace of Spades drawing. Our role of tickets has mysteriously disappeared.
Next Week's Program: Eric Holdorf has guests coming from Greece as part of the GSE.
Meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.
Happy Mother's Day!!
|Porta-Rota-Call May 1, 2013|
by Hall, Mary
Meeting called to order by President Buffy at 12:17 p.m.
We sang" America".
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
The Prayer was led by Bob Small.
Coby introduced the visiting Rotarians today as Chad Schuring from the Portage Rotary A.M. Club. No other guests were in attendance today.
Our program today was led by Paul Carlson, chairman of our scholarship committee. Paul giving a quick run down on the history of the Portage Rotary Awards Luncheon for our newest members indicated that this was our 21st awards luncheon with a 14,500.00 budget. A few requirements are considered for each applicant and any scholarship awarded is paid directly to the school. So far the club has awarded an amazing 230,000.00! Our participants today included Mariah Johnson, a pre-nursing student at WMU who also was the recipient of the George Laure scholarship promoting careers in the science and medical field. Other scholarship recipients were Alexia Hamlett, Amanda Mills, Sarah Nemire, Claire Piper, Emily Piper, Jeremy Renda who received the Ken Schuring Scholarship for outstanding volunteerism, Carly Silco, Christopher Watts and the last recipient was Skyler Mills. A big applause went to all the kids today! Paul also mentioned special Thank-You's to Shirley Johnson for table flowers, Melanie at Jaqua Realty for brochure production and the committee members: Tom Eddy, Dan Jaqua, Bob McGraw and Jim Martin. A Big Thank You to all members for their time and energy to make scholarships possible for our applicants, without all of you, none of this would be possible.
Announcements: Eric Holder is in need of a host family, please contact Eric if able to help out. Jim Pearson is helping with a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts, and the best part of all is to place a pledge for President Buffy to jump off a building! Not really but on those lines. Shirley placed a brochure on each table today on behalf of her daughter Kaitlyn. Briefly, it provided information on Featured Speaker Information and the visionary and story of Community Builders.
No Song Today.
Birthdays: Kim Ferris
Anniversaries: Bob McGraw and Kim Ferris.
Latecomers: Mr. and Mrs. Bob Small and Christine Barro.
Happy Bucks: Jim Martin, Roy, Chad Schuring, David Mills, Jeanine, Shirley, Marymarie, Bob McGraw, Paul Wartner, Tom Eddy, Tim, Joe H., Kathleen Small, Paul Carlson, Bill K., John Crandle, Mike Marshburn.
50/50 today was $11.00 and Jim Pearson was our lucky winner.
$158.00 was our Jackpot today and again Jim Pearson DID NOT draw the Ace of Spades.
Meeting adjourned at 1:05 p.m.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!
Submitted by Mary Hall