Rotarian Marty Richman introduced Rebecca Ternes, deputy commissioner at the North Dakota Insurance Department, at last week's Rotary meeting.
Ternes has been in this position since November 2005 and is responsible for managing 45 staff with a budget of about $14 million. She works directly with all the divisions within the department enforcing fair insurance regulations, encouraging positive consumer protection insurance and managing the department's special funds. Ternes began by sending greetings from Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm who is a Jamestown native.
Ternes handed out a timeline for implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Most people know this as the "health care bill."
The Aug. 17 meeting was presided over by President Rick Pfeiffer. Mike Smyth gave the invocation, Gail Martin and Bev Kennison led the group in music, and Mike Smyth also collected numerous "Happy Dollars" for Rotary projects.
Martin handed out Rotary tickets for the annual rose sale and Rotarians will be selling them throughout the community.
Andrea Boerger gave a report on her experience at RYLA Camp. She and Mitch Smyth were representatives from the Jamestown Rotary Club. She said it was a life-changing experience.
The RYLA Camp takes students from all over the Rotary district and groups them into houses. Those houses become countries where Rotary has representation and then the individuals meet in a group and learn about that country, the people and their challenges.
Taylor Barnes stopped by the meeting with a brochure on art classes for making jewelry at the Arts Center and asked members to share this information with their families, friends and co-workers.
Guest at the meeting was Ricki Ramlo from Jamestown Hospital, a guest of Marty Richman. The group welcomed new Rotary member Eric Monson who is the new CEO at the Anne Carlsen Center.
Tom Boerger is in charge of the Rotary program for Tuesday's meeting and a spokesman from the Devils Lake Area Water Commission will speak on some of the challenges with the rising Devils Lake. Gary Riffe will be the music leader and Dina Laskowski will be sergeant at arms.