Club Information

Fort Wayne

"Service Above Self"

We meet In Person
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Parkview Field, Second Floor, Suite Level
1301 Ewing at Brackenridge
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
United States of America
Phone:
(260) 341-1600
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Do you have any questions or comments about our Rotary Club? Programs?  Meetings? Projects? Web Site? Spin Newsletter? Please Contact David Bennett (Click Here) Thanks for your feedback!
 
Speakers
Tony Hudson
Aug 10, 2020
Blue Jacket
Steve Zacher, The Zacher Company
Aug 17, 2020
The effects of COVID on real estate and office space use and trends for companies; and an update on
John Holloway, Maplecrest Mattress
Aug 24, 2020
The Importance of Healthy Sleeping Habits
Stephen Jarrell
Aug 31, 2020
Headwaters Counseling
August 2020
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Club Executives & Directors
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Immediate Past President
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MONDAY MEETINGS at Parkview Field

11:30 AM – NETWORKING. 
 
12:00 - 1:00 PM MEETING
 
DON'T MISS THIS!
 
August 10
 
Blue Jacket  
Presented by Tony Hudson, Executive Director
 
Not able to join the meeting in person -- join us via Zoom:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7145544439
 
GREETERS: Get Nichols
INSPIRATION: Mark Westerhausen
ROTARY IS….Rena Shown
SPIN AUTHOR:  Bruce Haines
HOUSE: Evan Hyndman
Web Master & AV: TBA
PROGRAM: Tony Hudson, executive director, Blue Jacket
MENU: Soups, Garden Salad, Assorted Pizzas, Bread Sticks, Cookies
 
Programs coming up…. Remember to invite guests to hear our great programs!
August 17: Steve Zacher, The Zacher Company: The effects of COVID on real estate and office space use and trends for companies; and an update on new significant downtown developments.
August 24: John Holloway, Maplecrest Mattress: The importance of healthy sleeping habits.
August 31: Stephen Jarrell, Executive Director, Headwaters Counseling
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE August 3, 2020 MEETING:
Spin Author - Bruce Haines
 
Moment of Inspiration
 
Barb Wachtman provided this week's Moment of Inspiration:
During this time of COVID 19 when we are kept away from one another as never before, please help us to reach out in virtual and effective ways to be of service to those who are close and those who are in other places of world. Through our yearning for service, may we find new, creative ways to reach and serve. 
 
“Rotary Is” Moment
 
David Dyer
Today’s Rotary Is is about the annual Rotary Golf Outing.  Lori Stinson and I are co-chairing the event and looking to bring alot of excitement to this years outing.  You all should have received an email poll asking if you would prefer a 9 hole or 18 hole event.  Our intent is to have the weekly meeting at Autumn Ridge with the outing to follow immediately after, this will take place either the first or second Monday in October.  Golf Committee will be receiving an email this week setting our first meeting to organize the event.  We are planning on adding al ot of games this year - and last year there was a team that did birdie dances that we may require of all teams this year.  That being said - Mark Hisey is an excellent leader of the birdie dance, so I would recommend recruiting him for your team!
 
If you would like more information regarding the Golf Outing, please contact Dave or Lori.  Here is the link to the Doodle Poll:  https://doodle.com/poll/yvns6gerrb5v4cfn
 
If you would like to share a moment of inspiration at a meeting, please contact Invocation Committee Chair Ron VerLee.
 
Thank You to Sharon Pohly
 
A big thank you to Rotarian Sharon Pohly, chief executive director of the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana, for the generous donation of 36 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to Washington Elementary School. The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne adopted Washington Elementary in 2004, and Rotarians continue to tutor students and offer a wide range of program and financial support to the school.
Thanks, Sharon, for the tasty treat for school staff members, who are preparing for the start of school next week.
 
Member Update
 
Our friend and Rotarian Bill Gabbard is having dialysis three times per week and and has moved into Golden Years Assisted Living in town. Please send cards to him to show your love and appreciation. Bill's address is 3136 Goeglein Road, Room 5C, 46815. 
 
Single Payer Health Insurance System Considerations
 
Club member Stephen Smith led a thoughtful discussion on the “myths, misrepresentations and lies” regarding a single payer health insurance system. Steve, who served 24 years as CEO at Allied Physicians, reminded Rotarians that 45% of Americans are covered presently by a government run medical coverage plan (Medicare, Medicaid, CHAMPAS, VA) with the other 55% covered by an employer plan or through the Affordable Care Act. It was noted that despite spending more on healthcare than comparable countries, the U.S. has the lowest life expectancy and performs poorly on a variety of health outcomes. Thus, our complex network of insurance plans is wasteful — in large part due to high administrative costs and lack of price control. Overall expenses and wasteful spending could be better controlled through cost control and lower administrative costs, as evidenced in other countries. Furthermore, a single payer system has more incentive to direct healthcare spending toward public health measures. The major obstacles to adopting a single payer system are political, including stakeholders who stand to lose — such as health insurers, organized medicine, and pharmaceutical companies — represent a powerful opposition lobby. Public opinion needs to be redirected to focus on how the net benefits of a single payer system outweigh the tradeoffs discussed above. (Reference used for this summary: Single payer healthcare: Pluses, minuses, and what it means for you; Harvard Health Blog, Harvard Medical School, June 23, 2020)