Rotary Speakers Discuss Hunger, Health Care

Interesting speakers started 2013 for the Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club by presenting information about global hunger and affordable care for those concerned after President John Hamels opened the meeting for all who abide by the Rotary 4 Way Test.

Rotarians around the world adhere to the “things we think, say or do” by living the following: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

For Westfield Academy & Central School junior Mackenzi Habig, she believes in one program that is beneficial worldwide, conquering hunger. She presented “The Fight Against Global Hunger” in which 60 students from WACS, Brocton, Sherman and Chautauqua Lake schools participated in a 30-hour hunger gathering recently.

Mackenzi’s PowerPoint presentation covered five major facts about global hunger: 1) a child dies from hunger-related causes every 13 seconds; 2) most of the 20,000-plus child deaths every day are 100 percent preventable, 3) around the world, 925 million people are hungry, 4) the poor spend most of their money on food and 5) we can help save kids’ lives.

Included in the statistics were six “hunger hotspots around the world” where hunger exists – in order, starting with No. 1: Afghanistan, Burundi, Haiti, Kenya, United States, Zimbabwe. It came as a surprise to have the U.S. included. Anyone wishing further information may call WACS.

Introduced by her mother, Adele Harrington, who is a Rotarian, Mackenzi described ways to counteract worldwide hungar.

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Greg Krauza, development director for Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, talked about the Effects of the Affordable Care Act, or, better titled Health Care After 2014.

Introduced by Rotarian John Rawlinson, Krauza said that premium tax credits, available since the 2010 tax year, allow small business owners to spend less on health insurance premiums so they can grow their business and hire new employees. Noted was that businesses with fewer than 25 full-time employees who each have average wages of less than $50,000 will be eligible to receive up to a 35 percent tax credit now and 50 percent in 2014.

After presenting more details, Krauza described “how to claim the credit.” It is claimed on the businesses’ annual tax return by using the new Form 8941, and tax-exempt organizations can claim the tax credit on a revised Form 990-T.