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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 

Club Presidency Power Point Presentation:  click here

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

IC Noon Rotary Stories
The following members are proposed for membership, if you have feedback, it is required by Feb. 2:
Riley Larson (Sponsors: Usha Balakrishnan & Verne Folkmann) Financial Services: Advisor
Jessica Andersen (Sponsor: Curt Heidemann) Education: Junior Achievement
Michael Carberry (Sponsor: Jody Braverman) Community Activism: Environment
Jon Brown (Sponsor: Usha Balakrishnan) Financial Services: Tax Agent
The following announcements were made:
President Usha asked Club Rotarians to contact Tom Cilek, our Club’s Program Chair, regarding announcement requests during programs on Jan. 26, Feb. 2, and Feb. 9 when she is away in India.
Recognition of Rtn. Herb Wilson’s role in being the driving force and for founding RAG4Clubfoot was presented by Past District Governors and RAG4Clubfoot Co-Chairs John Ockenfels / Jill Olsen. John described the work that Herb has accomplished while in this role. “Herb has taken many trips to Rotary International meeting with vice presidents and directors. He has dedicated both time and money for the satisfaction of knowing that children around the world will not suffer the impact of clubfoot.” Our March 2 program is about RAG4Clubfoot with 45 special guests joining us from this year’s Leadership Iowa class (thanks to sponsorship by Curt Heideman, John Ockenfels, and Usha Balakrishnan). Herb spoke about the “why” behind his work. When Herb learned of Dr. Ponseti’s work he wanted to increase the speed of treatment. He determined that connecting Dr. Ponseti’s work and Rotary was a perfect marriage that has resulted in this great endeavor to train physicians around the world in the non-surgical, non-invasive method to treat Clubfoot. Herb expects this RAG4Clubfoot will be working diligently for the next 10-15 years to get this wonderful treatment to all children around the world. You can read more about this Rotarian Action Group at and support this noble cause in which so many Rotarians around the world, including many of our Club Rotarians are passionately involved.
Rtn. Roger Simpson, Rtn. Linda Muston, and Rtn. Curt Heideman joined President Usha in presenting the late Rtn. Stan Barber’s badge (Badge #22 which was next to President Usha’s Badge #23 in our Club’s Badge Bin!) to his daughter Ann Doyle. Stan, who transferred to our Club from the Wellman Rotary Club, passed away a year ago. Roger shared that Stan was endearingly known at “Mr. Rotary” in Wellman, and enjoyed a100% attendance record!
Induction assistance by Past President (1993-94) Linda Muston, the first female president of our Rotary Club, after serving as First Lady given Ray’s District Governorship in 1982-83: Linda provided the following message to the new inductees: “Focus on what is good about Rotary; whether that is programing, fellowship, social affairs that your family may enjoy, pride to be associated with other professionals. If it moves you to be involved in national understanding, or if  Rotary helps you to be the best Rotarian possible, that is even better!”
The following members were inducted into membership today:
Chad Johnson (Sponsor: Usha Balakrishnan)
Joan Kjaer (Sponsor: Janice Wilson)
The Club heard for under 3 minutes each—but with enthusiastic interest—from the following Goat-Riders:
Rtn. Resmiye Oral
Rtn. Justin Bishop
Rtn. Ronald Ettinger
Program Speakers: Curt Heideman and Renda Greene-Fishman, co-chairs of the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties Campaign for the Common Good
Curt Heideman, market president for US Bank in Iowa City described some of the work that helps to launch the annual United Way campaign. The Co-Chairs form a campaign cabinet and then meet with several business leaders to promote the annual campaign. The theme of the current campaign is, “The Power of U.” The goal for 2017 is $2.3 million dollars which Curt believes is reachable through engagement. Curt spoke of the 31 United Way partner agencies who provide a powerful impact for the communities they serve. “We need to uncover the issues that sometimes hide in our great award-winning community,” admits Curt. Curt and Renda also shared powerful videos that featured the impact of Handicare, one of the United Way agencies; and the priority of improving early literacy.
By connecting resources to needs, United Way critically connects partner agencies with those who have needs. Curt passionately concluded the program with, “United Way of Johnson and Washington Couties creates opportunities for inviduals to give, advocate and volunteer. It is important to continue to give for a number of reasons. What if any one of the 31 important agencies ran out of resources? We must not become complacent. Thank you and live United!”
 President Usha asked Club Rotarians to generously contribute to United Way’s campaign. Thanking Curt, Renda, and Katie Knight for all their tireless efforts on behalf of our community, President Usha asked them to join her with the recitation of Rotary’s Four-Way Test at the program’s conclusion.
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Mandela Fellows

July 21, 2016 with RI Past-President and young entrepreneurs from Africa.

Missie Forbes [w Past Prez Bill Bywater presiding]
Jan 26, 2017
Domestic Violence Intervention Project / Intro by Christina Kimerle
Chris Buresh [w Past Prez Pete Wallace presiding]
Feb 09, 2017
Community Health Initiative's US-Haiti collaborations / Intro by Dimy Doresca, Annie Vander Werff
Herb Wilson and Ed Cranston
Feb 16, 2017
Building schools in Pasrur, Pakistan; and Perspectives on PolioPlus Campaign
John Kenyon, Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature
Feb 23, 2017
Book Festivals, Community Engagement in Creative Cities Network
Jill Olsen & John Ockenfels-RAG4Clubfoot Co-Chairs
Mar 02, 2017
Herb Wilson, Founder, Ponseti Method-Partnership with Ponseti Intl Assoc (PIA)
Ana Merino / Intro by Horacio Olivo
Mar 09, 2017
The Spanish Creative Literacy Project
Aaron Warner
Mar 16, 2017
Cybersecurity issues and startup ProCircular
Andre Perry
Mar 23, 2017
Arts, Innovation, and Community Partnerships
Reserved - TBD
Mar 30, 2017
Reserved -TBD
Deb Dunkhase, Deb Kacmarynski, John Stamler
Apr 06, 2017
Iowa M.O.S.T. Rotary Project: Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate Surgery and Cataract Surgery in Guatemala
Susie Poulton, ICCSD / Intro by Ann Parker
Apr 13, 2017
School-Based Health Clinics

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