Shoopman presents program on Medicare fraud

The Noon Optimist Club of Marshalltown met at the Best Western Regency Inn on June 15 with President John Danielson presiding. Rev. Michael Herschberger provided the invocation and the club followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. One guest was in attendance, Nancy Park. Greg DeSaulniers presented the community calendar of events to the club. Danielson passed around a thank you letter the club recently received from the Linn Creek Arts Festival for the recent donation made towards the youth activities at the Linn Creek Arts Festival on July 15.

Danielson provided a summary of the Optimist International Junior Golf Iowa State Championship, held at Elmwood Country Club and the American Legion Memorial Golf Course on June 8. He noted there were three golfers from Marshalltown who have qualified for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship, held at the PGA National Resort & Spa in West Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in July 2017. Tate Carlson (Boys 16-18 division), Grant Greazel (Boys 12-13 division) and Colin Schmit (Boys 12-13 division) are the three golfers from Marshalltown.

Danielson gave a wrap-up of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Fishing Derby, held June 13. The derby had between 25-30 kids and 25-30 Big Brothers, Big Sisters plus a few Noon Optimist Club members were in attendance. Everyone had a great time and there were plenty of fish caught, ranging from small to large sizes. Pam Knox mentioned a special thanks to everyone who helped provide the food and refreshments as well as to Brian and Chanda Yordy for grilling the hot dogs and hamburgers.

The Flag Day holiday was rained out and will be rescheduled for Columbus Day on Oct. 9. Volunteer spots have been filled for the Independence Day holiday. Volunteer spots are still open for the Labor Day, Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day holidays; contact Randy Bishop, Herschberger or Danielson for information regarding signing up to volunteer at one of the remaining holidays during the year 2017.

Larry Park introduced the Club’s guest speaker, Debra Shoopman, Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol representative. Debra gave a presentation to the club on Medicare fraud examples, including the key factors to look out for when dealing with Medicare fraud. Shoopman noted millions of dollars are lost to Medicare fraud each year in the state of Iowa, therefore the issue is a large problem. Shoopman travels around her territory giving presentations on Medicare fraud, but noted she cannot possibly reach every city in her territory. She is always looking for volunteers to help spread the Medicare fraud information, so if you are interested in learning more or volunteering to present on the issue contact the Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol.

The meeting concluded with the Optimist Creed. Join us and find out how you can help enrich the youth in the community. Guests are always welcomed. Lunch meetings take place every Thursday at noon at the Best Western Regency Inn. Visit the club website at www.noonoptimist.org.