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Twenty-eight members were in attendance.  There were two guests, visiting Rotarian Tom Trapp from Northbrook and, Akkara Srauy an Administrative Fellow at Rush Hospital who accompanied our speaker Peter Butler.


David Birkenstein announced that there would be a meeting of the membership committee on Thursday, August 30 at 11:00 a.m. in the conference room on the second floor of the Community House.  All members are invited to attend and contribute their ideas on how to increase our membership.


Heidi Sibert told the club members to mark March 12th on their calendars as the day our club will be packing food for the Kids Against Hunger program.  More announcements will be forthcoming, as she and her committee will be soliciting sponsors and workers for this annual event.


Our club celebrated the birthdays of David Birkenstein and Randy Reeves as well as the Rotary anniversaries of Sam Badger and Kristen Leahy who celebrated their 2nd year as members of our club.


John Stone brought back an old tradition of a quiz for Dig ‘n Grin.  He gave clubs to the team name for all of the NFL teams.  There were only a couple of teams that gave the members some pause.


The speaker for the day was Peter Butler who spent his youth in Winnetka.  He is the current President and CEO for the Rush University Medical Center.  He has been at Rush for over 10 years and he has spent over 30 years in hospital administration and is a nationally recognized health care administrator.  He has served on a presidential advisory committee dealing with the impact of the Affordable Care Act.


Peter showed several charts that traced health care costs.  He pointed out that these costs were 7% of the nation’s GDP in 1972 and they rose to 17% in 2012.  We were told that health care costs have plateaued and may have slightly declined in recent years.  Peter pointed out that in 1970 it took 4.5 workers to support each recipient of Medicare and that number will likely drop to 2.5 workers per Medicare recipient by 2050.  


The Affordable Care Act has reduced the pool of uninsured Americans by one-third as 17 million more persons have insurance today.  Approximately half of the newly insured are due to the newly establish health exchanges and half are due to Medicaid expansion.  Employer-based insurance programs cover about one-third of the insured.  In Illinois Medicaid covers one-fourth of the population.


Peter said that the system is working reasonably well as hospitals cannot charge as much as they did previously but that loss is made up by the fact that more hospital patients are covered by insurance so the hospital have fewer non-paying patients.  He also said that there is a system of penalties and bonuses based on the hospitals performance.  More readmissions result in penalties, reduction in payments.   Overall Peter feels that most hospitals are agreeable to the new system.  He also said that it is highly unlikely that any future congress will be able to repeal the ACA.



Wes Baumann and Keith Reed are looking for one or two more members to share with the writing of the weekly Meeting Recaps.  With three or four persons handling this responsibility the task becomes far less onerous. If you are willing to become a scribe for our Rotary Club please contact Wes Baumann at or Keith Reed at


Thanks to all of our club members, Rotarians from other local clubs and over 400 service minded local citizens, we successfully completed our 5th annual Kids Against Hunger event on March 21. 100,000 highly nutritious meals are on the way to Nicaragua.  Great job by all who contributed time and funding to make this Community & International Service project a success.

Our Club's foundation board has recently approved all allocations for our annual Community Grants for 2015. Fifteen organizations received grants this year, representing a total of $28,000. Recipients will attend our Grants Program lunch on March 12 to receive their checks and share information about their programs.
Club members have the opportunity to designate additional funds to any of these organizations. These funds will be matched, dollar for dollar by the club's foundation, up to the limit of our annual budget. Those additional funds will be added to the organization's allocation, and organizations will be notified of the member's donation. Members interested in contributing matching funds should make checks out to WNRCF and note the organization's name. 
Here are our grantees for 2015, and their club sponsor:
Angles (formerly LINKS)                       Van Cleave
Blues Kids Foundation                          Lalley
Erika's Lighthouse                                Leahy
Good News Partners                            Tubekis
​Hadley School for the Blind                   Willian
​Jewish Council for Youth Services         E. Birkenstein
​Lawrence Hall Youth Services               Van Cleave
Literature for All of Us                           Van Cleave
Midwest CareCenter                              Holland
North Shore Center/Performing Arts       E. Birkenstein
​Operation North Pole                            Lalley
​Right to be Free                                   Lalley
​Samaritan Counseling Center                Tubekis
​Volunteer Center                                  Sich
Winnetka Youth Organization                Thomas
Foundation board members:
Bob Baker, Connie Berman, David Birkenstein, Eric Birkenstein, Tony Kambich, Rich Lalley, Tim McCabe, Rodger Morris, Brooke Peppey,Patti Van Cleave


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Last year, our club helped fund a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant program supporting a Rotary Club sponsored prosthesis clinic in Bolivia.  Our club's funds were matched with funds from The Rotary Foundation; $2.50 for each $1 we contributed.  Take a look at the impact this program has had on one gentleman!

Our club was able to participate in the matching grant program because our members contribute each year the the Annual Programs Fund of The Rotary Foundation.  You can make a contribution via PayPal by clicking here.


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