Posted by Michelle Brandstadt on Apr 25, 2019
Here is what you missed at this week’s Rotary meeting!
Meeting Recap 04/25/19     
  • Joann Fornio – guest of Stephen Turnbull
  • David Hameline – member candidate
50-50 Winner: Bart Gorman
Rotarians in the News
  • Observer-Dispatch: Rick Synek, Feed Our Vets Executive Director; working with Congressman Brindisi on veteran suicides
  • Observer-Dispatch: Pam Mustee has been named Director of Development for the American Heart Association
  • LinkedIn: Heather Beebe was found promoting her new personal training and holistic mindset coaching business, Unstoppable You
  • The Quiet Givers committee is taking nominations; send nominations to Roger Breslow or let him know at a meeting
  • Please sign in and wear your name tag; see Karen Six if you need a new tag  
  • On April 19, President David Bagley and Joe Caruso presented a “check” in the amount of $2,000 to Hope House for its capital fund campaign. It was also the same day 10 Rotary Club of Utica members helped prepare and serve dinner.
  • April 30th is the last day to sign up to help out at our club’s Boilermaker (July 14) water station; see Linda Iannone or Jim Day
  • April 29th is the last day to sign up to help out with the Great American Cleanup on May 4th from 10 a.m. to noon; contact Michelle Brandstadt to volunteer
  • JoElyn Wakefield Wright announced Hope House’s inaugural awards dinner/fundraiser on June 6th at Breeze’s. The fundraiser is for Hope House’s capital fund and they are honoring Mark Wolber. Contact JoElyn for tickets ($50) or to sponsor a program ad.
  • Dana Jerrard announced that the Committee on Legislation recently finalized paperwork for Rotary International  (RI) to become a 501C3 organization;  it must be approved by the RI board. When approved, membership dues will be tax deductible.
Program: Alan Pelesic, Senior Marketplace Facilitated Enroller for Excellus, spoke on the topic of Safety Net and Individual Market Sales of health insurance. Mr. Pelesic talked about the difference between government sponsored insurance programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, and government subsidized insurance programs where the government pays part of the insurance premiums. Mr. Pelesic explained who can qualify for subsidized insurance programs and that many people don’t realize they, or someone they know, qualify. As a facilitated enroller, Mr. Pelesic can help individuals in need of insurance navigate the New York State Market to choose and enroll in the correct plan.
Next week’s program: Outstanding Educator Awards
Hope House check presentation: Joe Caruso, Hoppy Winfield (Hope House board member), President David Bagley
Hope House dinner service crew: President David Bagley, Norma Montagnino-Gemza, JoAnn Longo, Wanda Bruchis, Bob Dellecese, Joe Caruso
Speaker: Alan Pelesic