Our Lifestyle Columnists For Our Larimer County Editions
Amanda Duhon is a Deputy District Attorney for Larimer County and head of the elder abuse unit. She writes our monthly column on elder abuse issues. Amanda can be reached at 970-498-7246. Susan Baker is an audiologist, hearing specialist, and owner at Advanced Hearing Services in Fort Collins. Susan writes our monthly column on Do You Hear Me Now? She can be reached at 970-221-5249. Bill Beyers is an attorney in Loveland, whose practice focuses on estate planning, elder law and special needs planning. He co-writes our monthly column on Elder Law with partner Will Beyers. He is currently one of only 10 attorneys in Colorado who has achieved the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Bill can be reached at 970-669-1101 or visit his website at www.BeyersLaw.com or . Shelley Polansky is our monthly column writer for BBB Alerts & Tips. Shelley is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Better Business Bureau in Northern Colorado and Wyoming. She also sends weekly emails to all BBB members on different alerts and tips. Shelley can be contacted at . Carol Stetser is an instructor, speaker, and society researcher for Larimer County Genealogical Society in Fort Collins. She co-writes our monthly column on Genealogy Rocks! Carol can be reached at .
New Income Tax Changes
Sid Fahsholtz, CPA, of Brock and Company, presented his analysis of the recently passed 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. His high-level summary was that, for both individuals and businesses, individual circumstances will determine whether they will be winners or losers. Summary of some of the significant changes:
May 16 Program: Fraud Scams Humbug And Bs
Harry Weisner introduced our very own Bob Meroney, who gave us a very thorough description of trickery, the history and if there is any way to avoid scams. Scams date back to the early 300 B.C., using insurance fraud for boats not returning to Athens with goods â Bottomry.
In 2017 there were 16.7 million reports of fraud, identity theft or other means of deception. 70% of frauds are done with the telephone. The largest group duped by this means range in ages 20-29, but those over 70, only duped 18%, but with higher dollar amounts.
What can you do to eliminate vulnerability? Sorry, nothing. Be alert, be cautious. And donât give out information to anyone that you may have concerns about. Always hang up and call your own contacts for whoever has just called you or emailed you.
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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards History And Status
On August 15, Dave Boon, member of the Fort Collins Rotary After Work club and Past President of the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Board of Directors gave an interesting presentation on the History of RYLA/YRYLA and the current status, followed by short talks by two recent awardees.
RYLA was started in Queensland, Australia in May 1960, and brought to the Rocky Mountain region in 1987. At a formation meeting in District Governor Charlie Peterson’s house, apparently Susan Peterson, overhearing a conversation regarding who would attend said, “I think this is a fabulous idea to have a RYLA, Charlie, but you WILL allow girls!” RYLA and YRYLA have been coed since the start, and were so 1 year prior to Rotary inducting it’s first woman.
RYLA includes 11th or 12th grade students Young RYLA targets students entering the 8th grade, and RYLA+ focuses on physically challenged students. Rocky Mountain RYLA’s current $300,000 budget provides camp for 372 RYLA participants, 283 Young RYLA participants, and 9 RYLA+ participants. The three groups run 5 conferences each summer, facilitated by 143 volunteer Senior and Junior Counselors donating 20,000 + hours.
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Project Cure Strengthens Global Health Systems
Wednesday, July 11th, our speaker, a Ft Collins native is Melisa Esposito, now Director of Grants for Project C.U.R.E. This organization is the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies and equipment. My experience in medicine reminds me there is an abundance of durable, usable items from our medical system because of Federal regulations requiring disposable and single use. Multiple hospitals participate in this program including ones in Northern Colorado. Distribution is based on expert assessment of needs in locales. Specific donations were illustrated for a few of these projects-eg, OB delivery tables, hospital beds, water purification, and surgical supplies. Rotary International currently provides grants for 6 projects in this organization. Highlights with photos were shown for a few active projects. For example-
“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary… We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
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Npi Validation Check Digit Calculation
The following table explains the step by step NPI number validation process using the ISO standard Luhn algorithm.
|Start with the original NPI number, the last digit is the check digit and is not used in the calculation.|
|Step 1: Double the value of the alternate digits, beginning with the rightmost digit.|
|Step 2: Add all the doubled and unaffected individual digits from step 1 plus the constant number 24.|
|2 + 0 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 1 + 4 + 3 + 8 + 9 + 1 + 6 + 24 = 64|
|Step 3: Subtract the total obtained in step 2 from the next higher number ending in zero, the result is the check digit.|
|70 – 64 = 6||6|
The NPI number 1063734986 is valid because the calculated check digit 6 using the Luhn validation algorithm matches the last digit of the original NPI number.
May 23 Program: The 2018 Farm Bill
May 23rd, Club member Kirvin Knox was introduced by Dave Stewart. Mr. Knox informed us that no bill had been passed yet so he addressed what may likely be in the bill with some additional color of various aspects that impact the content of the bill. He informed us that there has been much analysis of the bill along with a heavy lobbying effort in support of the billâs passage. The bill is deemed a national security issue to ensure there is an adequate food supply. The Farm Bill is the primary vehicle used to address issues around food adequacy in our country.
The first food bill was the Agricultural Adjustment Act passed in 1933 and it contained provisions to pay farmers for not growing food crops. Some of the more interesting commodity food price comparisons from 1949 to 2017 are: Corn, from $1.24/bushel to $3.36/bushel cotton from $28.60/hundred weight to $67.40 milk from $.82/gallon to $3.23 and wheat from $1.88/bushel to $4.60. The point was made that global commodity markets impact our prices and government subsidies kick in when the price goes below the cost of production.
The bill will likely have 10 sections called Titles. The various titles address biofuels, conservation, wildlife habitat, NAFTA, food stamps, credit , rural development, forestry and horticulture. We import half of our food in America from overseas and 42 million Americans are âfood insecureâ, meaning their household incomes are insufficient to feed their families.
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Board Certified In Hearing Instrument Sciences
Susan has been helping people with their hearing needs since 1999 when she began working at Advanced Hearing Services. In 2004, she received her Board Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences, and her Bachelors Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 2009. In July 2010, she took over as owner of Advanced Hearing Services.
Your hearing is her biggest concern, and she will help you choose the right hearing solution to fulfill your needs. She will guide you through this process with compassion and care. As a Hearing Health Care provider, she looks forward to building a relationship with you by bringing the joy of hearing back to your daily life.
She has two passions in her life. One is teaching people about hearing and helping them regain their hearing. Her other passion is horses. She has been riding since she was 10 years old and spends most of her time away from the office riding and training her two horses, Ruby and Einstein.
About Susan D Baker Bc
Susan Baker is a provider established in Fort Collins, Colorado and her medical specialization is Hearing Instrument Specialist. The NPI number of Susan Baker is 1063734986 and was assigned on February 2010. The practitioner’s primary taxonomy code is 237700000X with license number 161 . The provider is registered as an individual and her NPI record was last updated 13 years ago.
|2001 S SHIELDS, BLDG J2 FORT COLLINS, CO 80526|
|Provider Mailing Address||2001 S SHIELDS, BLDG J2 FORT COLLINS, CO 80526|
Susan Baker is a non-participating provider of Medicare. If you are a Medicare beneficiary this means the provider can charge up to 15% more than Medicare’s approved amount for the cost of rendered services, in addition to your normal deductible and coinsurance costs. There are some states that restrict the limiting charge when you see non-participating provider. If you pay the full cost of your care up front, your non- participating provider should still submit a claim to Medicare. Afterward, you should receive reimbursement from Medicare for up 80% of the Medicare-approved amount for the services rendered.
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Audra Gageadministrative Assistant/patient Care Coordinator
Audra joined Advanced Hearing Services in May 2021. She can help you schedule an appointment, order supplies, and answer any administrative questions you might have. Audra’s upbeat personality will greet you when you call or come into the office.
Audra loves spending time with her family, especially her three grandchildren that keep her very busy when not at work. She enjoys traveling and new adventures exploring different shops, restaurants, breweries and wineries throughout Colorado. She was previously a hair stylist and enjoys helping family and friends look and feel their best!
Program June 2: Semester At Seawhat Is It And Why Is It Headquartered In Fort Collins
Loren W. Crabtree, recently the Chief Executive for Global Education for the Institute for Shipboard Education, summarized what the Semester at Sea is and does, and why it is headquartered at CSU. The Institute is a 501c3 corporation that arranges two semester-long voyages each year for some 600 students each time. Student participants earn 12 â 15 credits that are transferable, in addition to becoming better citizens of the world. A small number of âlife-long learnersâ can also participate on a credit or non-credit basis. Courses concentrate on arts and sciences and Business subjects. Each trip comprises some 104 days at sea stopping at some ten ports for on-shore activities. The average cost is $25,000. Some 97% of past student participants have indicated that it was the best experience of their undergraduate careers. Although many of the students are transformed by the experience, Dr. Crabtree suggests that the continuous up-close and personal involvement with the students might lead life-long learners who are âuptightâ to focus on other experiences.
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Last Week: State Of The University With Dr Tony Frank
Last week a large crowd heard RCFC member and 14th president of Colorado State University, Dr. Anthony A. Frank, deliver his annual “State of the University” address. After noting the many achievements of CSU , Dr. Frank chose to spend most of his address on the sanctity of free speech, the problems of hate speech, and the role of the university in developing personal responsibility.
Noting that he is a fan of the current student generation, he observed they are willing to challenge the status quo, show empathy for others, and walk in other’s shoes. Frank recounted 3 disturbing instances of religious/racial intimidation since classes started, including the story of an Islamic student being verbally attacked by a community member, fellow bus riders getting between the young woman and her attacker, and getting off with and walking the young lady safely to her destination. He then reminded us of what that young woman may have felt the next morning when she had to go back out into the community. He commented that we musts have free speech to solve the big issues not solved so far, and asked “Is speech speech, if no one listens?” Asking that we all listen more and talk less, he suggested we visibly stand with anyone targeted by hate speech, and teach by example.
Club Assembly And Trade Show
- Have a flyer or handout summarizing what each committee has been up to
- Have a laptop computer with a running loop of inspiring pictures
- Have a tri-fold poster with engaging examples and pictures of their projects
- Show anything else the committees have in mind that would raise excitement and awareness of the committee’s work
- Have members of the committee, or recipients of grants at the table to talk about their work and answer questions
- Join us and see and learn more about the wonderful projects our club supports locally and internationally!
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Our Lifestyle Columnists For All Editions
Josh Weller is a public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration in Denver. He writes our Social Security Today column each month. Josh can be reached at . Eileen Doherty, MS, is the Executive Director of the Colorado Gerontological Society in Denver. Since 2005, she has also been an adjunct instructor of sociology at Fort Hays State University, her alma mater. She serves on the City and County of Denvers Adult Protection Task Force and a variety of other senior organizations and committees. She writes our monthly column on gerontology. Eileen can be contacted at 303-333-3482 or . , Ed.D, is a retired educator and superintendant of schools, and a freelance writer with MACE Associates, LLC. She writes specialized columns in all editions and our Reflections column in the Boulder edition. Marty can be reached at Robert Larson, ASEE, MBA, author, and media consultant is our Technology Is Hip writer for all editions and writes a genealogy column bi-annually in the Larimer edition. Bob uses technology in his everyday life. He is also our Marketing Director. Bob can be contacted at . Karas Pappas is our column writer for Pets Are Family! She is the temporary Executive Director for the Larimer County Humane Society in Loveland. Kara can be contacted at .
Advanced Hearing Services Llc
Someone who is noticing they hear but dont understand. Anyone who has ringing in ears, Tinnitus.
Your cognitive hearing ability is as unique as your fingerprint. Not one hearing solution fits every hearing loss. Susan has been helping patients restore their natural hearing for the past 18 years.
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Our Lifestyle Columnists For Our Boulder County Editions
Liz Parker writes our monthly column on community legal issues. Liz is the Consumer Specialist at the Boulder District Attorneys Office. Please contact their office with any elder abuse or fraud reports at 441-3700 or on-line at Bouder DA Community Protection Office. Please visit their website for more informational tips on community protection. Dr. DAnne Rudden is a Doctor of Audiology, who is board certified by the American Board of Audiology. She was the first audiologist in Longmont, who attained this certification. DAnne writes our monthly column on Ask DAnne. She can be reached at 303-651-1178 or at . Rick Romeo is a partner with the elder Law firm of Vincent, Romeo & Rodriguez, LLC in Louisville and Denver, providing a broad array or services for the elderly and their families. Rick was named a top lawyer in Elder Law by 5280 magazine for the past 3 years. Contact the firm at 303-604-6030 or visit www.elderlawcolorado.com.
Community Grant To Teaching Tree Learning Center
On July 25th, Tim Cochran, co-owner of Horse & Dragon Brewing Company, presented an overview of the craft beer industry in the United States and Colorado as well as a brief history of his company.
Tim and his wife, after a number of years working for the Miller Brewing Co. at locations worldwide, moved to Fort Collins and founded Horse and Dragon in 2013. After a year of getting the company up and running, they produced 418 barrels in 2014, with volumes increasing every year since. Their main emphasis is on distribution to local establishments/restaurants for over-the-counter sales. The pillars of their company are: produce great and interesting beers run an ethical operation, treating people well minimize their environmental impact and be pro-active members of the community.
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Our Lifestyle Columnists For Our Weld County Editions
Michael Rourke is a a veteran prosecutor and has served both the 18th and 19th Judicial Districts as a Deputy District Attorney. Michael was hired by the 18th Judicial District in 1997, and worked there until 2004. In 2005, Michael came to Weld County as a Chief Deputy District Attorney, and was promoted to Assistant District Attorney in November, 2007. He remained in that position until his appointment as District Attorney in 2016. Michael can be reached at phone: 970-356-4010 or . Will Beyers is a partner of Beyers Law in Loveland, CO. He co-writes the column on elder law with partner Bill Beyers in our Weld County edition. Will can be reached at 970-669-1101 or visit his website at www.BeyersLaw.com or . Michael Buckley is our news contributor in Larimer and Weld counties since September 2008. He has a passion for advertising, marketing and public relations. Michael was previously a principle in an advertising and publishing company, which published a state-wide magazine and represented an independent television station. As a former Vice President of Operations for a group of radio stations, Michael often acted as station manager, was involved in administrative duties, directed the advertising sales teams and actively pursued public relations efforts on behalf of the various small and medium market AM stations. Michael can be reached at .
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