The Club’s going upscale—valet parking tonight; outside, another perfect evening.
Prez-for-a-day Andy Campbell opened the meeting on the dot of 6:15. Mike McDonough gave a thoughtful invocation; Terry Rousselot led the salute to the Flag; Bill Davies was out in front for the 4-Way Test; Richard Oberreiter conducted “Take me out to the ballgame.”
Guests included Roman Darmer, Joanne Holman, and Rebecca Armato all membership candidates. Also introduced and reconsidering membership was Robb Livingston, a Club member for many years—years ago. Robb is back in the area permanently and looking forward to renewing friendships
After dinner, Lauren Reeves recalled fond memories from the recent Rotary Int’l Convention in Sydney, Australia. Terrific would be an understatement. Even the Prime Minister of AUS, Tony Abbott, attended. Lauren hosted a party on our behalf.
Steve Speer reminded all of the Club’s 75th Anniversary bash at the Club in two weeks—on 6/26. The price is $39.75 each. Come one! Come all! For anyone with a drop of Rotarian blood or appreciation, it’s a “must do.” Steve then launched into the role of Jokemaster—got a 50% rating from the group.
Dan Hoffmann excelled as Finemaster going first after infrequent attendees. His victims: Nate Owens $80, Tariq Shamma $80, Kwamina Botsio $80, Burt Zillgitt $40, and Marc Aarons $40. Hunter Cook who almost never misses a meeting also threw in $40. Happy fines were paid by Ed Rennie, Terry Rousselot and Dick Dickson. Our speaker Bill Parrish even threw in $5 followed by a whopping $50 from guest Rebecca Armato.
Hunter Cook introduced our speaker for the evening, Bill Parrish, who has been in the insurance industry for most of his life. While Bill’s topic was the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), Bill gave an interesting overview of the industry in general. The government began requiring employers to offer HMOs in 1973. Since then, the industry has become steadily more complicated with the ACA being the icing on the cake—20,000 pages now with many thousands of pages of rules and regs to follow.
Insurance used to be the purview of each State. ACA obviously changed all of that. Bill was very reluctant to predict the structure of health insurance in years to come. Bill noted the $95 fee or 1% of income (whichever is more) that must be paid if those who choose not to have insurance. The IRS will levy such fees. To boil things down to understandable terms, Bill used a great flower analogy—very entertaining, informative and effective—and scary.
A spirited, non-political discussion followed—yea right! Was great fun.
Lauren concluded the meeting by passing out mementos of her AUS trip to club members using raffle tickets and Justin Peister’s impartiality.
Great meeting! Good speaker! Good subject! Great participation!