• UMW - UMM Fall Brunch September 9, 2017

  • Health Care presentation with Oscar Diaz - March 4, 2017

UMM

The United Methodist Men is open to all men and guests who meet regularly for breakfast, fellowship, and service to others following the principles of Methodism founder Charles Wesley. Bring a friend and join us for these informative programs! From September through May the United Methodist Men meet on the first Saturday of each month for breakfast and presentation by a guest speaker. Programs are engaging and thought provoking such as diversity of Tucson history including Mormon pioneers & refugees status in Our current America, affordable housing,  impact of pharmaceutical science, astronomy in Tucson and current affairs.

Next meeting will be Saturday November 4, with Edmund Marquez, Jr. who is a member of the Rio Neuvo board.

Learning what is happening in our ‘Rejuvenated’ Downtown!

One of the many bonsai plants that Ray Noseck brought from his collection.   Some of the plants and roots are nearly 60 years old.

Upcoming fall 2017 & Early 2018 programs

Our May 6 Program featured Nancy Petersen, a Climate Reality Leader and Catalina Member, talking on Climate Change – What’s Up?

Oscar Diaz gave a very interesting overview of Health Care Trends for 2017-2018 on March 4, 2017.   Discussion on the Pluses and Minuses for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with insights on the political arena and what needs to be  on the table for discussion.   It is a very complicated picture and a frank discussion about the many profit centers within the healthcare industry and in particular how employers are caught in a vice of increasing costs for healthcare for their employees!   Due to the tax free nature of health care benefits take home pay has not increased because healthcare premiums are gobbling up employee compensation costs.   No matter which political party is in power this challenge for Americans will have to be addressed as the current trend is not sustainable in the long run!

Our speaker  February 4, 2017 was Dr. Diana Sammataro a world expert on apiary (bees) culture, economics.  This is $29 Billion dollar industry.   There are huge challenges from tracheal mites to insecticides and fungicides which disturb the microbiome of the bees stomaches!    Not dissimilar to the problem in humans with  C. difficle and wide spread antibiotic uses.   In the U. S. there has been a 25% drop or colony collapse.   This is a very serious problem for many industries.  Also we as consumers like symmetrical apples so if only one side of the blossom is pollinated the apple  will be misshapen.   Hence, those go to apple juice!  Same for cucumbers.   Cost to growers is rising! So expect higher prices.   Thank you for this enlightening presentation!

January 7, 2017 Sudhanshu Singh, Product Manager, Mining Trucks for Caterpillar was our presenter!  Caterpillar is a world wide leader with products from Siberia to Australia.  One scoop shovel can lift 100 tons of ore!   Lead time from decision to order a haul truck to actual production in the mine ranges from 5 months to 8 or 9 months.  Every week there are visitors to Caterpillar in Tucson that brings revenue for hotels, restaurants, and airlines.  There will be a very strong impact to Tucson.