April 21, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

     The 3rd  Friday of the 4th month of the year found 15 members of the Huntsville Rotary Club and 3 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Tim called the meeting to order and asked Ken to return our Thanks to the Lord, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  Guests today were Carla & Mark Price, our featured program, and, Shirley Olney from the City of Moberly.

     Our Leader asked for any Old or New Business.  The Club Secretary will provide Rotary International with the 2017-2018 slate of officers.  Jerry is to become Club President for the year July 1 2018. Incoming President is Ken Rathmann, Treasurer is Mark Samp, Secretary is Richard Tregnago, followed by Dan Shepherd Foundation Chair, and Jerry Cruchfield Membership Chair.  Dan was asked for the weather report and he indicated slight chance of rain this evening then a nice weekend followed by more precipitation by the middle of next week.  There will be a Rotary-Ann fish fry at Shepherd’s Lodge on Tuesday evening, May 16th, with a head count at Club before then.  Meal to start about 6:30 p.m. and everyone to bring a covered dish.  We will host the Interact Club on May  5th.

     President Tim asked Richard to introduce today’s program.  Carla & Mark Price began their program by introducing their two-year old grandson, Zeke.  Zeke was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic condition that causes thickening of mucous especially around the lungs, making respiratory problems more severe.  Zeke takes many pills per day and also undergoes a shaking vest procedure multiple times/day to loosen up the mucous so he can cough it out. Treatments are quite expensive, running in the thousands of dollars per month, so, affordable, effective, and available healthcare is a strong need for families. The Price’s stressed the importance of having good health  insurance as many families will face bankruptcy due to the large expense of medical treatment for the life of a child with CF.  Due to research, many children may have a productive lifespan and can expect to live into their forties. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation uses almost 95% of donations in searching for better treatments and a cure for CF.

     Our Leader asked Clay for the Last Word, then we were adjourned.  It will be Phil’s turn next week for a program.

Members present today:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, and Richard Tregnago.