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Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Service above Self
Fridays at 7:30 AM
Golf Club of Avon
160 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001
United States of America
(860) 760-6364
In person starting July 9, 2021. Zoom will also be available for those unable to attend in person.
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March 19, 2021
Autism Families CONNECTicut
Maria Mascoli
Executive Director
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from the Club.
We are now using a recurring ID, etc.
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
Participants: 35
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Mike Waterbury, speaker
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
Fines: None today.
3/14/21 Sean Blacker was absent [Ed. Note - We hope you're doing well Sean!!!]
3/15/21 Ike Eichenhorst: Ike's been a Rotarian for >30 years and has served as Sgt-at-Arms, and as president, and is perhaps the only person who went directly from the former to the latter, without having served a term as secretary, which he doesn't mind at all. Ike emphasized we also need speakers. All thanked Ike for his efforts over many years, and then we sang [Ed Note - If you can call what we did, "singing!" Good grief!]
Happy Moments - More valuable when they are shared...
Chris LaMadrid, filling in for Alicia, noted it was 1-year ago today that the pandemic began, and since then our Club has hardly missed a beat in our activities. While many Clubs were completely shut down, we soldiered on virtually throughout, performing Service-Above-Self however and whenever we could. Bravo Rotarians!
Scott Nardozzi, having seen our president Alicia Canning just the day before, reported she is in amazing spirits despite having more pain than after her prior surgery. They shared a joke about the "Lady Gaga variety" of Oreo cookies. He'll visit her again today. There's a lot of love around her and she's very grateful for the Rotary meal train many of our members have participated in.
Lisa Wright welcomed Kim Perez, CFO of Avon Golf Club and a close friend, as her guest today. Kim was participating by audio, while she dropped her kids at their schools.
Phil Ferrari had his second Covid shot at Rentschler Field yesterday, with no adverse reaction so far. He noted there was less of a wait as compared to his first visit. Larry Sullivan quipped that Rollie Sterrett has at least two "shots" every day, to which Rollie replied "it's actually 4." [Ed Note- Not sure they were talking about the same kind of shot!]
Rollie Sterrett has been in touch with Linda Pendergast, who had her final chemotherapy treatment last week. Linda is looking forward to a full recovery and returning to full Rotary activity. We can't wait to welcome her back with open arms!
Gary Miller noted that yesterday was his last of 4 continuous days of skiing, having traveled to Chester, Vermont, and out of state, for the first time in a year. Following skiing on successive days, first at Okemo and then at Mt. Snow, Gary returned to work as a member of the ski patrol at Ski Sundown on the subsequent day. He arrived to find them celebrating the so called skier's "silly season", defined as spring skiing in very limited attire. Some shirtless men and near shirtless women, were seen skiing in air far warmer than has been recently enjoyed. The weather was beautiful and all the places were mobbed, with the skiing in Vermont scored as outstanding!
Josh Gilloolly announced that his wife recently enjoyed a birthday, and also noted that the next TOTV planning meeting is very soon. We are already at ten vendors confirmed and 80 attendance tickets have been sold as well. Tables of 8 are available. The event will be held Saturday May 15th, with the VIP reception at 6 PM and the main event will start at 7 PM. Tickets can be ordered online.
March 30, 2021 - Rotary Global Grants presentation session. Contact Eileen Rau for details.
May 15, 2021 - Taste of the Valley Event - Plans are going well, and there should be at least 100 allowed inside, with up to 200 outside. The allowable number may go up. Members are asked to donate wine and liquor.
June 18, 2021 - President's Installation Dinner (at the Golf Club of Avon)
Awards, Grants, Honors
None today.
"One System at a Time"
Michael Waterbury, CEO,
Chris LaMadrid introduced Michael Waterbury, CEO of Goodroot, a company dedicated to optimizing efficiency within the health industry.
Mr. Waterbury and his family have been Avon residents for 10 years, and he also serves as president of the Golf Club of Avon. He has a background in health care and prescription pharmaceutical cost control and is passionate about reducing medical care costs to patients and families. Growing up in Newtown, Mr. Waterbury  started his career with Oxford Healthcare before striking out on his own with his own innovative approach and ideas regarding cost controls. His company is based in the historic Collins Company Axe Factory in Collinsville, about which he noted the storied history of the Collins company, and how Elisha Root invented die casting in his very building [Ed Note - Learn more, here:
Goodroot seeks to assist startups that attempt to provide lower costs to consumers, patients and families at a broad variety of points within the medical care industry. One such aspect is medical debt, and in addressing that, they created a foundation, Scholar Scripts, which in turn supports the Cancer-to-College program, assisting kids who must overcome both health challenges and medical debt to attend college.
Mr. Waterbury defined "PBM", pharmacy benefits management, as one of the aspects of health care costs he seeks to address. Three such firms exist in the US.
Payment for medicine is complicated by the involvement of so many levels of administration, and most people do not understand the various entities involved. Each level adds costs, costs that provide no benefit to patients or families.
Mr. Waterbury went on to describe the various companies he's fostered in the effort to reduce costs at multiple points in the process by which payment for medical care occurs. He has identified 5 systems that need to be fixed, and created 5 separate companies to address each one of these. He believes there are at least 15 more such systems ripe for solutions. So far his efforts have reduced medical costs by $525 million dollars, and he believes there is $5 billion more in expenses that also can be eliminated.
The 5 companies are: AlignRx, which optimizes medication costs to pharmacies, Famulus, which works to reduce drug ingredient costs, RemedyOne, which provides formulary optimization to companies, Penstock, which reduces inappropriate fees found on medical and pharmaceutical claims and finally, Coeorx a pharmacy benefits manager consulting company, which serves employers.
Goodroot has also established "Scholar Script", a charitable foundation focused on assisting various other health related charities, particularly Cancer-to-College, and others that serve young people with medical challenges. Learn more at:
For companies interested in reducing their health care costs, their CFO's should be asking certain questions of their health plan administrators:
To learn more about Goodroot, contact Mr. Waterbury:
Questions asked included:
Q: Arnie Goldman: Have you heard of Dr. Prashant Krishnan's and his advocacy  for "Free Market Healthcare?", and do you have an opinion on reducing government's involvement in medicine? A: Haven't heard of him, but please do note there are many involved in trying to identify solutions.
Q: Kershwin Singh: Since 80% of health costs go to doctors, hospitals and other providers, and 20% to administrators, and you are addressing that 20%, what about the 80%? How will you tackle that larger pool of expenses that these current programs do not address?
A: Mr. Waterbury responded that the 80% can also be improved if we fix how medicine is paid for. Drug costs have increased due to the involvement of various "middlemen" as in, PBMs. Mr. Waterbury continued,  "if we're successful in reducing PBM costs, it will benefit the 80%.
as well."
Q: Rollie Sterrett noted how costs can be adjusted seemingly arbitrarily, for example with GoodRX verses ordinary insurance or with AARP or through the VA. The seemingly arbitrary cost variation is bewildering, Rollie noted. A: Mr. Waterbury responded that these entities operate in very different ways and make their profit differently and it is difficult to compare or explain this thoroughly.
Q: Arnie Goldman, noted that pursuing maximal transparency in the industry will foster cost competition that consumers can see and understand, and also that less inhibition to introduction of competing drugs, will inevitably reduce the cost of the first entries to any given disease treatment market space. A: Mr. Waterbury agreed.
Special Announcements
None this week.
Mail Bag
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Photo Credits
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Technology Credits
Zoom platform management expertise by Mike Mezheritskiy.
Editor's Notes
Submission Deadline: Members are kindly encouraged to submit all materials for each week's Early Riser as early as possible. Please note that some editions may be published and distributed as early as the Saturday following our meetings, and during those weeks further contributions to the Early Riser will be included in the subsequent week's edition.
Jayden's Good Wishes!
"Have a great weekend, everyone!" - Jayden Kaplan
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