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Santa Maria Winery
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Carroll, IA  51401
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Rotary Board Meeting July 11, 2018

Present: Phil, Deb, John, Chris, Adam, Nick

  1. Treasurer report: $25,463.72 in club account and $5,536.15 in Foundation account. John will be sending out last quarter’s billing this week.
  2. The DG will visit on 7/30/2018 in preparation we discussed his agenda. Here are some of the items we discussed: 

    1. How is your club doing on membership? Staying steady at 40+/-.

    2. How can your members be more involved in RI and District 6000?             Personal requests from members who are active.

    3. How can District 6000 help? explain training opportunities better

    4. How does your board operate? Meet regularly, share with members, but     no effective succession plan

    5. What keeps you up at night? Succession plans, 

    6. Where will you be in 3-5 years? 60 members

    7. How do members view the Foundation? 60% contribute

 3. Meeting for Vets Dinner on 7/25 at Queen Beans start at 7 am. All are               welcome.


Phil Phillips, Secretary


 In a couple of weeks, my term as your president will end, and Nick Greteman will take that role. 

I wanted to take a few moments to tell you some things that I have learned from that time. 

It has always been my goal, and my attitude in Rotary to be an involved Rotarian, to make as many of our lunches as possible, hear as many of our interesting speakers as possible, but also to get out as often as possible to our service events, fundraisers, and opportunities to volunteer. 

If you one time make a commitment to take a needy child through Bomgaars near Christmas and help them shop for their family, you want to be there every year after that. 

If you one time make a commitment to spend 30 or 45 minutes giving eager third graders dictionaries or bike helmets, you want to be there every year after that. 

If you attended our Veteran’s dinner last year, I think, like me, you want to be a part of that again. 

When I would hear our speakers or see Rotary information on our international projects, I knew I wanted to be a Paul Harris Fellow and help out in a way that I am able. 

Like anything in life, I think what you get out of Rotary depends on what you put into it. 

Serving as president for a year has allowed me to get to know our club better. It has allowed me to get to know the individual members of our club better. It has allowed me to get to know Rotary at the district 6000 level better. It has allowed me to get to know Rotary at the international level better. 

A year ago this month, knowing I would soon be club president and with the Rotary International Convention conveniently in Atlanta, I knew I did not want to pass up the opportunity to attend. Try and go sometime, you’ll never regret it, and you’ll never look at Rotary the same. The numbers and enthusiasm of Rotary members from all over the world will really make an impression on you. 

We have had some very good members who have dropped out over the years, and I think at least part of that for some of them is that they felt they were carrying too much of the load. The more members who become engaged, the more we can accomplish, but I also think we will all be more satisfied members of our Rotary. 

I read an interesting article this past year from a medical provider who has seen many people go through the dying process, and from listening to them talk to him and their families, he came up with a list about what is truly important in life. Spending time engaging with people, spending 

time in service for other people, spending time as part of a community, are the type of things on the list that he mentioned. They are the type of things you will never regret having spent extra time on. 

So I encourage every member to find one thing in Rotary, one avenue of service, that you are not currently doing, and just do it one time. Maybe it is attending the planning meeting for our Veteran’s event, any one of our service projects, becoming a Paul Harris fellow, it could be anything. Do it one time, and see if, like me, you wish to continue to be more involved. What we can accomplish is only limited by the engagement of our members. I have seen how Rotarians who put their mind to something can accomplish nearly anything they want. Thank you.

Board Meeting June 13, 2018


Present: Bob, John, Chris, Phil, Adam

  1. Treasurer report: balance in Club account is $26,969.91 and balance in Foundation account is $11,784.2. We have $29.85 on the HyVee card and John has the print from Pheasant’s Forever which we can auction at some event.
  2. John Schuttinga was approved for membership. John is an Edward Jones rep in town, his contact information will be on the website. He has attended several meetings with Brett.
  3. New Opportunities has asked for a donation for their school supplies program. Motion by Adam to give $300, 2nd by Bob all vote yes. That is the amount we gave last year.
  4. Bob brought a request for our Relay for Life team for $100. Motion by Adam 2nd by Bob all approved.
  5. For the Congregate Meals program we need to pay our Workman’s Comp policy cost is $375. Motion by Adam 2nd by Bob all vote yes.
  6. The DG requested we pay our Foundation ($1150) and Polio Plus ($100) bill prior to June 22 to meet our goal. John will make the payment.
  7. Lion’s Club asked us to participate in their Grocery Grab which benefits (someone?). We participated last year our team (Bob, Adam, Phil) overspent by about $100. We need better participants!! The event is Monday July 16 at 8 am at HyVee. Chris will send a reminder. The team (above) agreed to participate again if we can’t find better players.
  8. Reminder next week is our first meeting on the Vet dinner planning. All Rotarians are welcome to attend. There is no better way to get more out of Rotary than by volunteering and joining in the fun. Adam updated the board on the speaker possibles. We are also looking to hold the event at a business with adequate space. 
  9. Waukee has a Bar-B-Kee Bash on September 15th. All Rotarians are welcome to attend. Links (tickets and info at

Phil Phillips, secretary

Winners of $500 scholarship from Kuemper: Daniel Miller, Elizabeth Kenkel, Caleb Ludwig, and Macy Ludwig. Pictured with Bob and Chris

Rotary Board meeting May 9, 2018


Present: Bob, Chris, Phil, John, Aaron, Adam, Nick


  1. Treasurer report balance in club account is $26,562.61 and balance in the Foundation account is $12,033.38. Members are pretty much up to date.
  2. Kimmes Corporation has applied for a corporate membership. Move by Adam second by Bob all approve. Members of the corp are: Chris Van Dyke, Steve Kimmes, and Jake Kimmes. 
  3. RSVP made an annual request for support. Motion by Bob, second by Adam to give $250 (about the amount we usually give to them) all approved.
  4. American Legion Auxillary requested support. Motion by Adam second by Bob all approve $100.
  5. CHS and Kuemper scholarship was discussed. The board has in the past given money (about $2000) to each school. We had discussed doing our own scholarship rather than joining with the CHS foundation. Chris was involved with the recent decision awarding scholarships and found out: 1) we could easily award our RYLA student, 2) We are in the Foundations procedures as permanent members, 3) our president is in the selection committee and can give the award at the ceremony. For all these reasons the Board decided to remain as we have been. Bob has always given the speech and award at Kuemper. Bob moved, Aaron second giving $2000 to each school as a scholarship; all approved.
  6. We are nearing completion of an application for a $5000 grant for our helmet and dictionary project. Bob moved Adam second approving the application. Nick signed as President elect; all approved.
  7. The Board needs a president for the 2019-20 year. Any interest?? We may use a second term for someone. Stay tuned. Contact Chris or a board member if you have the desire. It is a great experience and you have an opportunity to tell all your bad jokes and people will listen.
  8. Tree planting project the RI wants all clubs to be involved with. Bob will contact Scott Parcher, we suggested NE Park in Carroll ‘Kellans Kingdom.
  9. The board would like to invite CYP members who are aging out (reaching their 40’s) to become members of Rotary. Nick suggested we partner with them on a project so the get an idea of what Rotary does. Adam will contact the CYP president. We think the dictionary/bike helmet project would be a good area.
  10. Planning for the Veterans dinner on 11/9 will begin with a meeting June 20, 2018 at 7 am at Queen Beans. Adam will contact Joni Ernst.

Phil Phillips, Secretary

Rotary Board Meeting February 14, 2018


Present: Bob, John, Phil, Chris, Jim, Adam


  1. Treasurer report: club account $23,601.47 and foundation account $14,430.24. Dues are being paid timely, John will send out follow up notice to late payers. The Super Bowl raffle grossed $2,100 and netted $1,600. (Thanks Bob!).
  2. Motion to approve the payment of dues $1,615 by Phil, second by Jim approved.
  3. Grant management training will be held 2/24 Jim and possibly Tom plan to attend. Someone must go in order to get a grant approved.
  4. TOAST was discussed. The District will have a area meeting in Carroll April 14 from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Winery. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! Registration is $49 and should be sent in. The board has an application contact one of us. We discussed having a table with our helmets and dictionaries. 
  5. March 19 Chuck Long will be our speaker, he will talk about his book “Destined for Greatness” about his years at Iowa playing football. Stone’s will print 125 tickets which is our capacity that day. The cost of the ticket is $15 and we will have them available Monday 2/19. The I-Club has been invited and Rotarians will get first chance. Invite a friend!
  6. RSVP requested a donation for the Foster Grandparent program; motion by Adam, second by Bob to approve $250.
  7. We will start planning for the November Vet’s Dinner this June. We need members to volunteer to work on the committee we will be forming. Contact Chris to volunteer.

Phil Phillips, Secretary

Rotary Board Meeting April 11, 2018


Present: Bob, Jim, Aaron, John, Chris, Phil


  1. Treasurer report: Club account balance $22,773.95, Foundation account balance $12,283.31. We discussed a member who has not been attending and not responding to us. Will send one last notice with a May 1 deadline.
  2. New Opportunity made a request for their Health and Safety Fair. We already participate with our Bouncy House and make donations for school and Christmas and so declined. Motion by Adam, second by Bob all vote yes.
  3. Grant training attended by Jim and Tom. This would allow us to put in an application this year. We can put in for helmets and dictionaries every five years and it has been over 5. We agreed to put in for them (cost about $2,000) this year. Jim and Tom will prepare the application.
  4. A letter for the Library Project was prepared. Motion by John, second by Bob the club agreed to send in the letter. This is in support of their application for funding from the state. All vote yes.
  5. TOAST event for Saturday was discussed. Bob, Tom and Phil will act as greeters starting at 10:30. Set up starts at 10:00 Bob will be there for that. We have 4 items to raffle and a table to set up. Chris is working on that, the items for the raffle have been purchased. 12 members have paid to attend.
  6. Card Tournament is 4/21 at the Country Club. We will need 3 volunteers for about an hour at 11:30 to register players. Motion by Bob second by Adam to fund up to $200 in advertising. 
  7. Planning for the Veteran event which will be held 11/9 starts in June. We are attempting to arrange for a major speaker hoping to attract 500 people. Phil will contact the Winery to reserve that night. Also he will ask about using a different caterer (because of a donation from them). If we do get a major speaker we may want to shift to a larger location, we discussed the Breda Legion which can hold 500+ people. If you want to be part of this planning committee contact Chris.

Adjourn at 7:30, Submitted by Phil Phillips, Secretary

New PH members are Dennis Molitor, John Grundmeier, and Sonia Walsh. Adding a 2nd pin are Adam Schweers and Doug Burns (not pictured). 
The club is proposing a porker tournament for March 24, all details not yet finalized. It will be at the Country Club.
Jaque Andrew from Jefferson talked about TOAST which will be hosted in Carroll April 14. All members should plan to attend, it will be at the Winery from 11:00 am until 2:30pm.

Rotary Board Meeting January 10, 2018


Present: Bob, Phil, Chris, John


This is not a quorum no votes were taken.

  1. Treasurer’s report: Club account balance is $19,389.97; Foundation account balance is $13,703.74. John will send out follow up notices to those with past due amounts.
  2. Election of a presidential nominee is needed. The other officers have all said they will continue. We need a Pres-Nominee. Does anyone want to? It is for the 2019-20 year.
  3. A report is due January 25 if the club is interested in hosting an exchange student. We haven’t done that in several years but it is a worthwhile program. Does any club member want to take this responsibility on? Please contact a board member.
  4. The board discussed our scholarship program. The past several years we have given $2000 to students at Kuemper, Public and DMACC. The board does not think we are getting the ‘bang for our buck’. We are leaning toward awarding a $1000 scholarship to each of our RYLA students. (We have two graduating this spring). Let the board know what you think, when we have a quorum we will decide.
  5. RYLA was discussed. We did not have a student last year and the deadline for paying for a student is in April, we need someone to head this program. The cost is $450/student and it is a very worthwhile program. Contact a board member if you are interested.
  6. A poker tournament/NCAA tourney event was discussed. We will have a Super Bowl sheet, the cost per square is $20, winnings of $100/quarter. Please bring your money next Monday.

Phil Phillips, Secretary

Rotary Board Meeting October 11, 2017


Present: Bob, Phil, Chris, Adam, Aaron


  1. Discussion about All Strings playing during the Vet’s Dinner. They do not want to get paid but would like a donation to ASA. Bob moved, Adam second giving $150. All vote yes.
  2. Ed Rohner will be the local veteran speaker. His talk lasts about 10 minutes. General Doug Pierce will be the main speaker, his talk lasts about 10 minutes.
  3. Our plan will be to make donations from the funds to these veteran related ideas: Puppy J, VA Clinic at the hospital, and Honor Flights.
  4. The dinner will be 11/10 starting at 6:00, dinner served at 6:30, speakers at 7:15 finish by 8:00.
  5. Historic Preservation asked for a donation to do work on the cemetery building. $100 motion by Bob, second by Adam. All vote yes.

Phil Phillips, Secretary

Rich brought samples of his excellent (I tried some) rye whiskey. Very interesting talk on the complexity of whiskey making.
Jim gave a talk on solar energy. They have a policy to buy back excess energy produced by home/business. They are also building big solar farms the first is north of Sac City. The second will be in Coon Rapids area. In addition they joined 8 other groups to sell solar equipment.
We will deliver dictionaries to Adams on 10/2. The Firemen dinner will be 11/6 with no noon meeting that day. And our annual Christmas for kids will be 12/2 at Bomgaars. 

Rotary board meeting September 13, 2017


Present: Dennis, Bob, John, Phil, Nick, Adam, Chris


  1. Treasurer report: balance in Club account is $17,879.03 and balance in Foundation is $8,933.51. Some past due amount still owed is about $500.
  2. Recognition program was presented by Dennis Molitor. A self identified recognition program has been discussed. The Application will be mailed with the billing in October 2017 and in April 2018 An awards banquet will be held along with the changing of presidents in June. This will be presented to the club prior to the first mailing.
  3. Chris will send out letters to follow up on those who attended the DG visit. This includes Young Professionals and CADC members.
  4. The Fundraiser was discussed. The names of pptential speakers were mentioned. We expect an answer this coming week. We will probalby have one main speaker talk for 15-20 minutes and perhaps one or two others for a short time. We might also have a short video. Bob purchased a teddy bear of one of the services (navy). The doll sang Anchor’s Away. Other dolls for the other services are also available. They cost $30 each. It was decided (motion by Adam second by Bob) to purchase 4 dolls, one for each branch. We may auction them or award them (not decided yet). Don Bernholz will provide his flag display and so we voted (motion by Adam, second by Bob) to give him 2 tickets. Work still needs to be done to produce tickets, mailings, booklet and ads. We will ask members to purchase tickets for 4 people including themselves.
  5. Next meeting for the fundraiser is October 4 at 7 am at Queen Beans.

Phil Phillips, Secretary

Rotary Board meeting August 9, 2017

Present: Bob, John, Phil, Chris, Deb, Adam, Nick


  1. Treasurer report: Foundation balance $10,307.011 and Club account $20,494.00. 26 members have paid their second quarter dues amount uncollected is $1,410. Past due owed is $2,040.
  2. Highway 30 Coalition has requested $150 for joining, our club joined last month. Adam will give a talk to the club on 9/11 on the status of 4 lanning highway 30. Adam reported that 2 10 mile sections will be done soon.
  3. Band Day sign up is $60 and we will need someone to pull our sign. Motion by Adam, second by Bob all approve.
  4. Congregate Meal requested $581.31 to cover salary to complete paperwork by one of the workers. Motion by Phil, second by Deb all approved.
  5. Bouncy House cost is $400, motion by Bob, second by Deb all approved.
  6. Chris would like to assign a Sgt. at Arms. Some names were dropped and will be approached. Maybe that was you?
  7. Hospice softball update. Bob has 10 teams for the 14” side and 4 for the 16” (less competitive side). 14” will start at 10 am and the other at noon. Please plan on coming, Bob still needs good ballplayers. (If there are any in Rotary).
  8. Ditch cleanup was discussed. Phil will contact Chris Trundle 563-419-4158 to line up a time (Saturday?) to get the Boy Scouts to do it. We still need to clean the KMART ditch. Bomgaars is moving in 10/1.
  9. DG will visit 8/28 and meet at the Winery 10:15 that morning.
  10. The Fundraiser was discussed at length notes will follow in a later message. The committee will next meet 8/30 at 7 am at Queen Beans. All are invited.

Phil Phillips, Secretary

District Governor visit August 28, 2017


Present: Bob, Chris, Nick, Phil, John, Adam, Deb


  1. Membership: Mike Ruby the DG and his wife Jo Anne visited with the club about several things, membership first. He suggested these tips for potential new members: 1. ask them to visit for lunch three times; 2. if/when they express interest to join aks them to a meeting with 2 Rotarians (Membership chair, president, someone else) for an hour meeting  informal, dialogue: What are you looking for in Rotary? What would you do for us? What can we do for you? Give them the district newsletter and pertinent information about the Carroll club. The induction would be the next week. Then ask them to do 5 or the 10 things you offer them to do: (greeter, do the Rotary moment, set up “my Rotary” on website; visit another Rotary club). Ask them to interview 2 Rotarians they didn’t know before meeting at Rotary.  Ask them to sit with different people each of the first four meetings they attend.
  2. Engage members: speed date idea with members. do something fun (share something from their pocket or purse) Use “Remind me” app to send out meeting reminders by text.  Use “Be our Guest cards” (available from RI)
  3. Everyone is “busy” but what they really mean when they don’t attend is they don’t see value in attending Rotary. Has anyone sat down with them and asked? He did a “Red” "Yellow" "Green" chart; what should we stop doing, do maybe but caution may want to stop and green keep doing. He also suggested a 'Rotary Moment’ which is to assign someone to bring something from Rotary magazine of the District newsletter to a meeting. He said, “Don’t water the weeds.”
  4. On fundraising: He talked about safety signs that are available from (Russell Hampton 800-877-8908) for $87.95.
  5. He asked Chris about our goals.
  6. The current RI president (Riesley?). Wants us to keep track of and report number of volunteer hours, money we spent on local projects, and report that monthly which he will use to demonstrate what Rotary worldwide to make it a better world. He suggested to Chris that he do a similar local report at the end of the year.
  7. Mike asked for our strengths: 1) Winery as a venue for meetings, 2) we have good programs, 3) we accomplish several things.
  8. During the lunch program Mike also covered these items: 
    1. Club loyalty—don’t have to come to meetings but want to come.
    2. Make Rotary visible in the community. “Service above self”
    3. Pilot new ideas. Try a night meeting 2 times a month. Invite all family members. Do a spring clean up. Meet once a month in the evening for a service project. Meet twice a month, once for a service project and once for a social.

Mike’s Goals

  1. Newsletter will be mailed to each Rotarian. He wants us to read it and share it with others. Leave it in the waiting area, give it to the school, share it with someone.
  2. District event: encourage more attendance. 3.5 hours not days long. In several locations, including Carroll on 4/14/2018. Includes a social hour, meal, guest speakers, entertaining, door prize, meet with other Rotarians in the area.
  3. Bike donation. For $167 a club or Rotarian can buy a bike that can be used in Third World countries for basic transportation.


Roman Steffes gave a talk about his life and the history of building homes in Carroll. A farm kid raised near Roselle, Roman built over 500 houses in Carroll and 65 others in the surrounding area. 
Renewable Energy Group, presentation on the biofuels they produce with 13 plants around the country.
We need volunteers for the Bouncy House on August 12, contact Katie.
We need volunteers and ball players for our softball team at the Hospice Tournament on August 13, contact Bob.
The club has decided to do 3-4 smaller fund raising events. The first one will be 11/10 to celebrate Veterans Day. We need a leader for this event. Do you want to put on a play? Get a speaker? Offer a dinner? Contact Chris with your idea.
Today's speaker was Micaela Boyce who talked about her month long trip to Europe with some other students while taking a class in Design. Visit included Rome, Berlin, Prague, Venice and many places in between. Sounds like a great trip and she learned a lot.

Board Meeting July 12, 2017


Present: Phil, John, Jim, Bob, Chris


  1. Treasurer reports club balance $20,219.57; Foundation balance $14,802.64. The only billing owed to Santa Maria is 5/15 which is now paid. We averaged 17 members meals the first quarter. We are paying for 26. Phil will talk to the Winery about reducing that to 22 and agree to make an adjustment after the quarter is over. Phil will track guest meals. We still owe $4000 for the scholarships.
  2. New Opportunity requested $300 for their beginning of school supplies. Motion by Bob second by John to approve. All vote yes.
  3. Bob reported we have the DOT approval for cleaning the ditch for 2017-19. The boy scouts will help with this Phil will get the contact’s name to Bob.
  4. Spousal membership was discussed. The board approved Theiia Polking for a spouse membership. All vote yes. 
  5. The DG will be in Carroll 8/28. He has a project for World Bicycle Relief that for $147 a bike will be purchased to be given in a third world country. In July that gift is matched. The board approved $1147 to be given. Adam and Chris have also donated $147 and all members are encouraged to do the same.
  6. Goals for 2017-18 are in new memberships have at least a +1 next year. Fundraising goal will be $15,000.
  7. The board discussed many fund raising ideas. A murder mystery play, auction and raffle, Veterans Day event with guest speaker, golf outing, and several others. Chris said his observation of our Monday discussion was that there was some enthusiasm for smaller ‘fun’ events but none for an auction or a raffle. There was quite a bit of discussion about billing for at least part of our fund raising. $25/quarter was suggested; that would raise $4000. The board decided that having 3-4 smaller events is what we should do. The board thinks an event around Veterans Day (actually the Friday 11/10) is what we should do. Do we get a speaker? A murder mystery? Something else? The board needs club input. Does anyone have a connection with someone like Joni Ernst?  We need a lead from the club.

Phil Phillips, Secretary

Our annual spouse picnic which we held at the Winery this year. Chris spoke to us about the National Rotary Convention in Atlanta which he attended. Chris is our new president.

The Club took action on these items: 1) Motion by Adam, second by Deb and all approved giving $100 to the Highway 30 Coalition. 2) Motion by Adam, second by Bob to enter a float in the Band Day parade. 3) Motion by Adam, second by Bob all approved to contribute $250 to the food competition sponsored by HyVee and Kiwanis. The competition is in mid-August during the week and we will need 3 Rotarians to be part of our team.


In addition, Shannon Landauer of the Chamber presented a program on their new website: and on some of the projects they are working on.

Randy was a long time basketball coach at the college level. He told the story of his life as an example of how not to react to life's adversities but to respond to them. It was a very powerful story, I'm sure we were all moved by it. He is a friend of the Haluska's and recruited Adam to Iowa State.

Rotary Board Meeting June 14, 2017


Present: Phil, Bob, John, and Dennis. Not enough for a quorum.


  1. Treasurer report: $21,744.95 in the Club account and $15,351.97 in the Foundation account. 10 people owe for billing total is $3,711.25.
  2. RYLA, Phil will email Clay to get update.
  3. Float application for Band Day. Phil will email Clay to see if we want to do this again in 2017.
  4. Fund Raising. The consensus is to get started. Phil will contact Chris to see what he wants to get started with. Chris is at the National Convention in Atlanta.
  5. Received a request for the Highway 30 coalition for a contribution ($100). The consensus was to approve but will take to members. Individual members can sponsor with $50 so we’ll ask at the meeting Monday.
  6. Our June 26 lunch: Dennis has talked to the Winery about offering chicken and beef and having a desert. Chris will be our speaker.
  7. What is the status of the Boy Scouts cleaning our ditch. Phil will email them.

Phil Phillips, Secretary

Ron Corbett the mayor of Cedar Rapids spoke to Rotary about "Engage Iowa" his conservative think tank. The issues he spoke on included education. He spoke against the new teacher salary formula. He suggested schools need to be innovative in paying teachers. He also spoke on the tax code which he said hinders state population growth and water quality.
Ms. Kauder presented on a program offered by Mid American to do an energy assessment on a business. (They also offer for home use). Rebates and energy savings can save money for your (home or) business and the assessment is free.
Club Executives & Directors
Rotary Foundation Chair
Membership Chair