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Iowa City Noon Rotary Club

Service Above Self 

We meet Thursdays at 12:00pm
University Athletic Club
1360 Melrose Ave.
Iowa City, IA 52246

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Usha R. Balakrishnan

Usha R. Balakrishnan
2016-17 Club President

Club Presidency Year Aspirations: click here 

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Club Presidency Year Theme:
Make Rotary a favored Third Place for professionals (active and retired) in the Iowa City area!

IC Noon Rotary Stories
Tropical Storm Earl left at least 29 dead on its way through the Sierra Norte de Puebla. Destruction to roads and housing has been enormous. Landslides have caused a large portion of the damages. Huauchinango seems to be the hardest hit, but there is also a lot of damage in Xicotepec and in Tlaola. The Xicotepec Rotaract Club is using the Cruz Roja as a donation center. There is no municipal water in Xicotepec; the water main was damaged by a landslide. Please be generous during this hour of need faced by many many friends in the Xicotepec area. You can contribute by writing a check to:
"Rotary District 6000 HEF - Xicotepec Project Sub-account” and mailing the check to:
Phil Peterson, Treasurer
Rotary District 6000 HEF
330 Butternut Lane
Iowa City, IA 52246
Online donations can be made at Funds donated in the next 30 days will be considered to be intended for disaster relief.
The Orientation/Information Committee has met with the following prospective members.
Members have ten days to express any concerns in writing to the Club President.
David Bright – is employed by Simmons Perrine Meyer Bergman in Coralville. His sponsor is Jody Braverman. Classification - Law: General Practice.  
Christopher Loftus - is employed by Simmons-Perrine in Cedar Rapids. His sponsor is Jody Braverman. Classification - Law: Banking & Finance.  
Assata Caldwell – self employed as a technical illustrator in the STEM fields. Her sponsor is Usha Balakrishnan. Classification - Business Services: Technical Illustration
Kathryn Moreland – is employed by ICAD (Iowa City Area Development Group). Her sponsor is Tom Cilek. Classification - Business Services:  Economic Development
Ryan Bell – Franchise Owner of Locals Love Us-Iowa City. He is a Transfer from Bettendorf and is being sponsored by Verne Folkmann. Classification - Business Services: Marketing.  
Richard Campagna – retired lawyer. His sponsor is Joseph Dobrian.  Classification - Attorney: Law Professor (Retired)
Rotarian Joe Hughes made the following announcement: The Salvation Army Committee is looking for 5 volunteers to serve an evening meal and clean up afterwards: On Tuesday, Aug. 30, 4:15 to 6:30 pm at Salvation Army, 1116 S. Gilbert Court, Iowa City.
President Usha made the following announcements:
This month—which is Rotary Membership Month—is going to be quite momentous for our Club since we are poised to become the largest Club in the State of Iowa in terms of its membership size when we hit the magic number of 340 later this month!
President Usha acknowledged the special role of our physical space and the hospitality accorded to each of us by the staff of the University Club. Bobbi Houselog (the manager of the University Club) and her staff Krasi Tsonev, and Johanna Roberto have been most diligent and consistently pleasant in their interactions about so many scheduling details for our Club gatherings here. Thank you, Bobbi, Krasi, Johanna, and all the University Club staff for your dedication to making our Rotary experience routinely special!!!
President Usha acknowledged and recognized the significant volunteer leadership roles of many Club Rotarians, past and present—whose contributions, compassion, and wisdom have shaped our 101-year-old Club.  Engaged members continue to tirelessly help advance our Rotary Club, our Rotary organization, and our Rotary Foundation. Thank you, Rotarians, for your service and contributions to our community!
District 6000 Governor Chris Knapp and his wife, First Lady Vernette: District Governor Knapp acknowledged that our club is where he was introduced to Rotary, where his father belonged. He commended our super human efforts to complete the projects we do year after year, leading the charge in District 6000. Past President Thais Winkleblack was presented with a Presidential Citation (Bronze level) award. As The Rotary Foundation celebrates the 100th Anniversary, The Foundation will be challenged to meet the needs of all upcoming grant requests. DG, Chris reminded us that our service to humanity is our gift to the world. He encouraged all Rotarians to attend the International Convention held in Atlanta June 10-14, 2017. The International Convention is an opportunity to learn and see what Paul Harris started in 1905. “Do Attend!” District Governor Knapp covered the 6 Goals for the coming year.
  1. Polio Eradication. There have been 2 cases of polio found in Nigeria just last week and this must be stamped out. With known cases in Pakistan and Afganistan and now Africa, we must have the will and gather resources to eradicate Polio: As Rotarians, we must live up to our promise and pledge!
  2. Foundation. This is the engine that allows Rotarians to do their work. Give to the Foundation and give to the world. District Governor Knapp and his wife, Vernette, will be hosting a Legacy Dinner on May 24th, and will recognize individuals for their legacy gift of $10,000 to the Foundation.
  3. Vision. We must have the long term vision to plan and know where we are going.
  4. Leadership Succession. Like any business we have a product and a cucstomer. Our product is service and our customer is humanity. We must bring young people into services and provide leadership opportunity.
  5. Engagement. Members must be engaged and we must work to engage our members.
  6. Service to Youth. The District Governor thanked Linda Farkas for her work with Interact, Rotaract and youth exchange programs. He encouraged us to focus our membership efforts on the parents of participating youth.
In summary, District Governor Knapp gave the charge of constant improvement. We must be better to ensure we are not an organization of the past.
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ShelterBox and Rotary clubs take action following earthquake in Italy
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, killing more than 120 people and trapping an unknown number beneath rubble. Tremors were felt as far away as Rome, 100 km (65 miles) southwest of the quake's epicenter. International disaster relief agency and Rotary International project partner ShelterBox is sending a response team from its headquarters in the United Kingdom to the remote mountainous area of Italy where the destruction is most severe. The response team will arrive Friday, 26 August, to assess the area's needs. Luca Della Volta, president of ShelterBox Italia,...
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
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July 21, 2016 with RI Past-President and young entrepreneurs from Africa.

Aug 25, 2016
Jim Throgmorton
Iowa City Mayor
Sep 01, 2016
Linda Harrar, WGBH-Boston/NOVA
Emmy-winning documentary producer in Iowa City to celebrate CARTHA's 10th anniversary!
Sep 08, 2016
Christopher Merrill
International Writing Program
Sep 15, 2016
Chuck Swanson, Hancher Auditorium!
Visit to Club by District Governor-Elect Mike Ruby and his wife Jo Anne
Sep 22, 2016
Sep 29, 2016
Gary Dolphin
Voice of the Hawkeyes
Oct 06, 2016
University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld
Joint Service Clubs Luncheon
Oct 13, 2016
Raj Rajagopal
Award-Winning Study Abroad "INDIA WINTERIM" Program
Oct 20, 2016
Michael D. Voigt with introduction by Alan Reed
Liver Disease Awareness Month
Oct 27, 2016
Mark Nolte
Iowa City Area Development Group
Nov 03, 2016
Verne Folkmann, Past DG Jacque Andrew, others
The Rotary Foundation: Doing 100 Years of Good Around the World!
Nov 10, 2016
Vonda Birchmier
The Challenge of Human Trafficking Issues in Iowa
Nov 17, 2016
Alex Taylor

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