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MEETING INFO

We meet Thursdays at 11:45 AM
Wakonda Club
3915 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA  50321
United States

Phone:
(515) 244-6028
Fax:
(515) 244-6083
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Ben Bunge & Ryan Tousley- The Weitz Co.
Jun 21, 2018
Hilton Des Moines Downtown: Iowa Events Center Hotel
 
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Following on the heels of a mid-morning downpour, we gathered at The Wakonda Club as the skies began to clear and a great summer day greeted us.  President Jamie Boersma presided and called on Cory Kelly for some inspiration, and he shared with us an insightful and poignant reflection on death and life.  We then pledged to the flag, recited the Rotary Four-Way Test before President Jamie asked Rob Smith to stand so we would be reminded by his shirt that this was Flag Day.  President Jamie introduced special guests---Shabnam Miglani from the La Jolla, CA, Rotary Club and Rupak Das Tamrakan and his wife of the Lalitpur, Nepal, Rotary Club---and followed that with introducing our other visiting Rotarians and guests.  She then called on two from our ranks to introduce new members.  Susan Judkins introduced Mark Imerman and Cherian Koshy introduced Jason Stuyvesant, and those are covered in a story of its own in another part of this report.  Dave Kenworthy gave us an update on the RCDM Foundation fund drive, which is moving along very well in its climb toward a four-million dollar amount which will earn enough to allow us to very significantly increase our commitments for merited community projects and programs.
 
Past-president Janet Phipps Burkhead next introduced our speaker, Jerry Foxhoven, Director of the Iowa Department of Human Services.  Jerry was attracted to that position from his previous role of Professor of Law at Drake University, where his forte was in juvenile justice and children’s matters.  He is a graduate of Morningside College and the Drake Law School.  At DHS he manages a $6.5 billion budget providing services of various types to about 34% of all Iowans.  Of that $6.5 billion, about $5.7 goes to health programs.  They have kept the cost of employee salaries and benefits at about 5.4% of the budget and, in fact, have over 1,000 fewer employees now than in 2011.  The department operates six facilities, ranging from mental health institutions to juvenile detention centers to a civil commitment unit for sex offenders to traditional centers for those needing health or mental care.  .
 
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