Interesting speakers started 2013 off 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 and 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: a child dies from hunger-related causes every 13 seconds; most of the 20,000-plus child deaths every day are 100 percent preventable; around the world, 925 million people are hungry; the poor spend most of their money on food; and these kids' lives can be saved.
Included in the statistics were six "hunger hotspots around the world" where hunger exists. In order, starting with number one, they are Afghanistan, Burundi, Haiti, Kenya, United States and Zimbabwe. It came as a surprise to have the U.S. included. Anyone wishing further information may call WACS.
Introduced by her mother, Rotarian Adele Harrington, Mackenzi described ways to counteract worldwide hunger.
Greg Krauza, Development director for Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, talked about the effects of the Affordable Care Act in his presentation Health Care After 2014.
Introduced by Rotarian John Rawlinson, Krauza said 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 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.