Meeting of March 8, 2012

Attendance (16): Jim Leyhane, Murray Forth, Russ Edberg, Terry Brewer, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Ron Annis, Dan Annis, Doris Calamaras, Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Rommel Tollentino, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Debbie Rodriguez.

Guests (1): Megan Rodriguez.


• A club award for creative marketing was presented to Doris Calamaras (left) for her initiative and efforts in event themes and fundraising.

• President Jim announced that we would resume the summer series of informal meetings at various members’ homes this year, and circulated a sign-up sheet for hosting.

• Reminders were made of upcoming events — a 9 a.m. CPR training session at Maple Hill High School on Saturday, March 24 (contact Ron Annis if you wish to attend); a 6 p.m. “Rotary Home Cooking” dinner at the Forth residence the same day (corned beef and cabbage; contact Murray if you wish to attend).

• The annual Rotary Run will be held this year on Sunday, May 20, and is in the planning stages. Ron Annis will send marketing information to runner publications.

Program: Megan Rodriguez on financial planning

Debbie Rodriguez introduced her daughter, Megan Rodriguez (right), an estate and financial planner.

Megan, who is with First Investors where she is a money manager, explained how she works with clients and  about the various retirement vehicles we can use.  Among numerous topics, Megan spoke about how and when to use various retirement investments. She discussed long term care insurance,  gifting to one’s children to protect assets, and what an ILIT (irrevocable life insurance trust) can do for us. She encouraged us to think about estate planning even into retirement. Megan encouraged questions from the group and many responded. Her interesting and lively talk was much appreciated.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, March 15, Holiday Inn Express. Speaker will be Dr. Rodger Ellis, a veterinarian who spent time abroad.

Go here for the Events Calendar.


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