Monday's program featured three perspectives from a panel exploring the City of Jacksonville’s pension plans, current financial challenges, and the future of the plans. The panel presenters included City Council President Greg Anderson, attorney and pension reform task member Bill Scheu, and City of Jacksonville General Counsel Jason Gabriel. Howard Kelley acted as moderator.
Pension reform and funding the enormous obligation of more than 2.7 billion dollars owed to pensions created by past underfunding of the city’s three pension plans is a critical issue to the financial stability and growth for the City of Jacksonville. Some progress has been made with the recent agreement between the city and the fire and police pension, but much work remains.
The presentation touched on many issues, with the presenters addressing the challenging and difficult nature of pension reform, as well as the significant potential threat pension payments pose to the economy of Jacksonville. Pension obligations now consume 15 % of the city’s budget resources. Pension reform is extremely important to the future of Jacksonville. Reporter: Teresa K. Barton, Photo by Bill Learn
The World Health Organization has announced that Nigeria is no longer polio endemic. This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the public-private partnership leading the effort to eradicate polio, called this a 'historic achievement' in global health. Nigeria has not reported a case of wild poliovirus since 24 July 2014, and all laboratory data have confirmed a full 12 months have passed without any new cases. As recently as 2012, Nigeria accounted for more than half of all polio cases worldwide.
Polio remains endemic in only two countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan. The eradication of polio globally now depends primarily on stopping the disease in these countries. As long as polio exists anywhere, it’s a threat to children everywhere.
(l/r) John and Kathy McIlvaine and Michelle and Jim Agee taking the President's Challenge.
President John Fryer has issued a President's Challenge to encourage members to get to know other members by an invitation to dinner with their spouse or partner.
Be sure to take a photo and post to our Facebook page along with a brief note about who, what, where and when.
A book is at the registration table each Monday so be sure to sign in acknowledging you have accepted and completed the President's Challenge and mark the names off in the book.
As we approach World Polio Day on October 24th, you have an opportunity to participate in supporting Rotary’s eradication program by purchasing a $100 raffle ticket (all proceeds go toward Polio). Each raffle ticket gives you an opportunity to win a luxury suite at the Jaguars vs. Falcons game on December 20th. Suite includes 20 tickets to the game, six parking passes, four additional passes for game day guests and $500 credit for game day menu and bar. Only 600 raffle tickets will be sold. Speak with your club’s Jaguar captain.
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