Rotary Club of East Polk County

 
 
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Welcome to East Polk County Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Prairie Meadows
1 Prairie Meadows Dr.
A.J's Steakhouse
Altoona, IA  50009
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May 17th - Marti Kline
May 24th - Brad Miller
May 31st - Linda Harris 
June 7th - Steve Hall
June 14th - Adam Kline
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
May 17th - Mike Hamilton
May 24th - Committees
May 31st - Bruce Mason
June 7th - Norma Bettis
June 14th - Pam Donahue
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was covered by our President Darrell Hanson.
 
The Rotarian of the Day was Eric Borseth who introduced Randy Wehofer, Broadcaster and Media Relations for the Iowa Cubs. Randy talked about the Iowa Cubs and the exciting opportunities available at Principal Park. Randy informed the club about how the Iowa Cubs give back to the community and provide a family friendly atmosphere. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Marti Kline and our Rotarian of the Day is Mike Hamilton.
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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May 24th - Brad Miller
May 31st - Linda Harris 
June 7th - Steve Hall
June 14th - Adam Kline
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
May 24th - Committees
May 31st - Bruce Mason
June 7th - Norma Bettis
June 14th - Pam Donahue
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Marti Kline who switched it up and had us do jumble trivia.
 
The Rotarian of the Day was Mike Hamilton who introduced Jayne Armstrong, with the Small Business Administration (SBA). Jayne talked to our club about the SBA and their role in helping small businesses starting up. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Brad Miller and we will be meeting in our committees.
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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April 26th - Dirk Halupnik
May 3rd - Larry Wilson
May 10th - Mark Rork-Watson
May 17th - Marti Kline
May 24th - Brad Miller
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
April 26th - Committees
May 3rd - Adam Kline
May 10th - Eric Borseth
May 17th - Mike Hamilton
May 24th - Committees
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Clay Willey who tested our knowledge on the Kentucky Derby.
 
The Rotarian of the Day was Marti Kline who introduced Drake University Point Guard Caitlin Ingle. Caitlin talked about playing basketball and her commitment to the game. Caitlin also talked about her future in basketball and her plans to play overseas. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Dirk Halupnik and we will be meeting in our committees.
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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April 12th - Steve Mather
April 19th - Clay Wiley
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
April 12th - Brad Miller
April 19th - Marti Kline 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Tom Downs who tested our knowledge on the United States Citizenship quiz.
 
The Rotarian of the Day was Linda Harris who introduced Peggy Doane who talked about her adventures to the North and South Poles. Peggy talked about the Polar Bears and the sites they saw while traveling the world. Peggy provided a slide show and took questions from Rotarians about her travels. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Steve Mather and Brad Miller will be our Rotarian of the Day.
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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April 5th - Tom Downs
April 12th - Steve Mather
April 19th - Clay Wiley
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
April 5th - Linda Harris 
April 12th - Brad Miller
April 19th - Adam Kline 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Bruce Mason who tested our knowledge on Baseball since opening day is finally upon us!
 
The Rotarian of the Day was President Elect Bruce Mason who talked a little about some ideas he will be bringing forward when he takes over as President. Bruce talked about membership and some ideas to look at bringing some new members, and also getting our club out into the Community. Bruce will be talking more about these ideas in the next couple months. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Tom Downs and Linda Harris will be our Rotarian of the Day and will introduce Peggy Diane who traveled to the North Pole and the South Poles last year. 
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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March 29th -  Bruce Mason
April 5th - Tom Downs
April 12th - Steve Mather
April 19th - Clay Wiley
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
March 29th - Bruce Mason
April 5th - Eric Borseth
April 12th - Brad Miller
April 19th - Adam Kline 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Paul Cornelius who tested our knowledge on the NCAA March madness trivia.
 
For our meeting we met in our Committee. Report outs are as follows:
 
Club Service: Possible game night, looking at ideas.
 
Membership: Continue to look for ideas for new members
 
International: Talked about fundraising and discussion about Columbia trip. 
 
Youth and Family: Reminder about Community Service for Grant hours. 
 
Community Service: May 13th Root Beer Float day at Hy-Vee. 
 
Vocational: Bowling Bash was a success. Talking about next year and a report out from Kirby form South East Polk Schools.
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Bruce Mason and Bruce will be our Rotarian of the Day a well.
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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March 22nd - Paul Cornelius
March 29th -  Bruce Mason
April 5th - Tom Downs
April 12th - Steve Mather
April 19th - Clay Wiley
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
March 22nd - Committees
March 29th - Bruce Mason
April 5th - Eric Borseth
April 12th - Brad Miller
April 19th - Adam Kline 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Pam Donahue who tested our knowledge on all things Saint Patricks Day.
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Corinne Lambert, who introduced Sue Tew-Warming who is the President of the Heartland Wellbeing Institute. Sue talked about finding a healthy balance between work, home, and life. Sue gave Rotarians some tips on how to balance stress in our everyday lives. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Paul Cornelius and we will be meeting in our committees. 
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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March 15th - Pam Donahue
March 22nd - Paul Cornelius
March 29th -  TBD
April 5th - TBD
April 12th - Steve Mather
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
March 15th - Corinne Lambert
March 22nd - Committees
March 29th - Bruce Mason
April 5th - Eric Borseth
April 12th - Brad Miller
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Norma Bettis who tested our knowledge on all things that happened in March.
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Ned Looney, who talked about Caring Hands Food Pantry and Clothing.  Ned informed our club more about the pantry and what they do. Caring Hands does a lot for our community and continues to be involved in helping out as much as possible with the needs of the community. Ned also talked about ways for us as a Rotary club to help the pantry. 
 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Pam Donahue and our Rotarian of the Day will be Corinne Lambert who will introduce Sue Tew-Warming, who's program will be titled: work, home, and life. Finding a healthy balance.   
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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March 1st - Mike Hamilton
March 8th - Norma Bettis 
March 15th - Pam Donahue
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
March 1st - Ryan Edsen 
March 8th - Ned Looney
March 15th - Corinne Lambert
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Ryan Edsen who tested our knowledge with trivia.
 
For our meeting we met in our Committees. Report outs will follow soon. We also prepared for our Bowling Bash which was on Friday, February 25th. Pictures and more info to come soon!
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Mike Hamilton and our Rotarian of the Day will be Ryan Edsen.   
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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March 8th - Norma Bettis 
March 15th - Pam Donahue
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
 
March 8th - Ned Looney
March 15th - Corinne Lambert
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Mike Hamilton who tested our knowledge with trivia.
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Ryan Edsen, who introduced DMACC President Rob Denson who talked about the continued growth and success DMACC has and with their campus providing education to people of all ages. Rob also talked about the success DMACC has had in partnering with other agencies in the community. DMACC has been really impressive in their accomplishment and is known nationwide for they education they provide their students. 
 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Norma Bettis and our Rotarian of the Day will be Ned Looney.   
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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February 22nd - Ryan Edsen
March 1st - Mike Hamilton
March 8th - Norma Bettis 
March 15th - Pam Donahue
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
February 22nd - Committees 
March 1st - Ryan Edsen 
March 8th - Ned Looney
March 15th - Corinne Lambert
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Darrell Hanson who tested our knowledge on bees, beetles, or valentines trivia.
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Gregg Lynes , who introduced us to Colonel Shawn Ford who talked about his experience as a Commander Pilot. It was an honor to hear Colonel Ford talk and interesting to hear about all of his accomplishments. Rotarians asked some good questions to the Colonel. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Ryan Edsen and we will be meeting in our committees.   
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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February 15th - Darrell Hanson
February 22nd - Ryan Edsen
March 1st - Mike Hamilton
March 8th - Norma Bettis 
March 15th - Pam Donahue
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
 
February 8th - Kim Byers
February 15th - Gregg Lynes
February 22nd - Committees 
March 1st - Ryan Edsen 
March 8th - Ned Looney
March 15th - Corinne Lambert
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Mike Hartwig who tested our knowledge on chocolate trivia.
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Kim Byers, who introduced us to Mike Ferjack, who talked to us about Human Trafficing. Mike had a conversation with Rotrians talking about what trafficking is, how it happens, and we we can do as the public to be observant to trafficking in our community. Mike gave us a number to call if you see anything of interest. That number i 1-888-373-7888.
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Darrell Hanson  and our Rotarian of the Day will be Gregg Lynes.   
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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February 8th - Mike Hartwig
February 15th - Darrell Hanson
February 22nd - Ryan Edsen
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
 
February 8th - Kim Byers
February 15th - Gregg Lynes
February 22nd - Committees 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Kim Byers, who tested our knowledge on February 1st.
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Mike Hartwig, who talked to us about the stock market and the fear of getting out of the market. Mike talked to us about using strategies with your money and making wise decisions before acting on fear. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Mike Hartwig  and our Rotarian of the Day will be Kim Byers.   
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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January 25th - Gregg Lynes
February 1st - Kim Byers
February 8th - Mike Hartwig
February 15th - Darrell Hanson
February 22nd - Ryan Edsen
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
January 25th - Committees
February 1st - Mike Hartwig 
February 8th - Kim Byers
February 15th - Gregg Lynes
February 22nd - Committees 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Gregg Lynes, who tested our knowledge our Paul Harris knowledge.
 
This week we met in our committees. Reports are as followed:
 
Youth and Family: working on grant hours. We currently have 67 hours left for our grant. Also working on youth for RYLA. 
 
International: working on contacts for their next trip over seas. More information to come soon. 
 
Vocational Service: continue to work on bowling bash. Norma will be selling the raffle tickets. 
 
Club Service: Finalizing numbers from the winter get together. Thanks to all that attended. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Kim Byers and our Rotarian of the Day will be Mike Hartwig.   
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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January 25th - Gregg Lynes
February 1st - Kim Byers
February 8th - Mike Hartwig
February 15th - Darrell Hanson
February 22nd - Ryan Edsen
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
January 25th - Committees
February 1st - Kim Byers
February 8th - Gregg Lynes?
February 15th - Ryan Edsen
February 22nd - Committees 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Judy Johnson, who tested our knowledge on different True/False questions.
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Tom Downs who introduced Pat Hoberg who is a Major League Baseball Umpire. Pat talked about his journey to becoming a MLB Ump and how it has been a very exciting journey. Pat also told us some stories where he made good calls at the plate and times where he also missed calls. It was exciting to see Pat's enthusiasm. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Gregg Lynes and we will be meeting in our Committees.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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January 18th - Kim Byers 
January 25th - Gregg Lynes
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
January 18th - Tom Downs (don't forget our Winter get together 6 pm)
January 25th - Committees
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Steve Hall, who tested our knowledge on Iowa trivia.
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Steve Mather who introduced Dr. Bob Bender who talked to us about Alzheimer's disease and  prevention measures. Dr. Bender continues to be focused on how we can reverse the effects of Alzheimer's and prevent some of the effects.   
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Kim Byers and Tom Downs will be our Rotarian of the Day and will be introducing a Major League Umpire to talk to our club.
 
Also, don't forget our winter get together January 18th at 6 pm at Toad Valley Golf Course for supper.   
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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January 4th - Ned Looney
January 11th - Steve Hall
January 18th - Kim Byers 
January 25th - Gregg Lynes
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
January 4th - Brad Miller
January 11th - Steve Mather
January 18th - Tom Downs
January 25th - Committees
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Eric Borseth, who tested our knowledge on Iraq.
 
For our meeting we met in our Committee's. Report outs are as follows:
 
Club Service: January 18th will be our holiday dinner. Start time of 6 pm with dinner to follow at 6:30 pm. 
 
Youth and Family: Discussed hours to donate with our Grant Match. Tom Downs also spoke to the Interact Club. 
 
International: Will be speaking about the recent trip to Iraq next week. Planning next trip to Columbia. 
 
Vocational: Working on the Bowling Bash set for February 24th, 2pm until 5 pm.  More info to come soon. 
 
Community Service: Working on fund raising ideas for the bowling bash. More details to come to the club soon. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Ned Looney and Brad Miller will be discussing his recent trip to Iraq with fellow Rotarian Eric Borseth. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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January 11th - Steve Hall
January 18th - Kim Byers 
January 25th - Gregg Lynes
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
January 11th - Steve Mather
January 18th - Tom Downs (don't forget our Winter get together 6 pm)
January 25th - Committees
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Ned Looney, who tested our knowledge on random trivia.
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Eric Borseth who spent time talking with Brad Miller about their recent trip to Iraq. Eric and Brad talked about their experience in Iraq and how they focused on providing food and delivering Christmas cards to the Iraq people. Both Eric and Brad also spent time focusing on relationships with the Iraq people.  
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Steve Hall and Steve Mather will be our Rotarian of the Day.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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December 28th - Eric Borseth
January 4th - Ned Looney
January 11th - Steve Hall
January 18th - Kim Byers 
January 25th - Gregg Lynes
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
December 28th - Committees
January 4th - Steve Hall
January 11th - Steve Mather
January 18th - Tom Downs
January 25th - Committees
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Linda Harris, who tested our knowledge on basic trivia.
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Eric Borseth filling in for Shannon DeLouis who introduced Dr. Blessman from Blessman Ministries. Dr. Blessman thanked our club for our continued efforts to help those in 3rd world countries who are less fortunate and need assistance with basic needs. Dr. Blessman is always looking for Rotarians willing to make the trip to South Africa and get our "handy dirty" to help the cause.
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Eric Borseth and we will be meeting in our committees.
 
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! 
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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November 23rd -  Clay Willey
November 30th - Mary Work-Watson
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
  
November 23rd - Committees
November 30th - Bruce Mason
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Dirk Halupnik who tested our knowledge on South East Polk trivia.   
 
At our last Rotary meeting our own Gregg Lynes who introduced Ed Arnold to talk about Rotary night at Iowa Energy. Ed talked about polio eradication and how close we are to eradicating this disease. Kyle Davey also talked about the Iowa Energy team and some of the exciting new players in the league this year. 
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arm is Clay Willey and we will be meeting in our Committees. 
 
Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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November 16th - Dirk Halupnik
November 23rd -  Larry Wilson
November 30th - Mary Work-Watson
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
  
November 16th - Gregg Lynes
November 23rd - Committees
November 30th - Bruce Mason
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Paul Cornelius filling in for Bruce Mason who tested our knowledge on American trivia.   
 
At our last Rotary meeting our own Judy Johnson who introduced Gretchen Shelman and the Interact Students from South East Polk University.  Each of the students introduced themselves and talked a little about their involvement. It was great to see students getting involved!   
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Dirk Halupnik and our Rotarian of the Day will be Gregg Lynes, who will introduce Ed Arnold with Rotary and Kyle Davey with Iowa Energy to talk about the upcoming Iowa Energy/Rotary game coming up. 
 
Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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November 9th - Bruce Mason 
November 16th - Dirk Halupnik
November 23rd -  Larry Wilson
November 30th - Mary Work-Watson
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
  
November 9th - Judy Johnson
November 16th - Gregg Lynes
November 23rd - Committees
November 30th - Bruce Mason
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Clay Willey who tested our knowledge on Bob Dylan trivia.  
 
At our last Rotary meeting our own Kim Byers was the Rotarian of the Day who talked to us about her profession, Real Estate. Kim talked to us about recent trends in the area and opened our eyes to the Altoona area and the housing market.  
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Bruce Mason and our Rotarian of the Day will be Judy Johnson. 
 
Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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November 2nd - Clay Willey
November 9th - Bruce Mason 
November 16th - Dirk Halupnik
November 23rd -  Larry Wilson
November 30th - Mary Work-Watson
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
  
November 2nd - Kim Byers
November 9th - Judy Johnson
November 16th - Gregg Lynes
November 23rd - Committees
November 30th - Bruce Mason
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Paul Cornelius who tested our knowledge on American trivia.  
 
At our last Rotary meeting we met in our Committees. Report outs are as follows:
 
International Committee: discussed the trip to Iraq
Community Service: nothing to report
Vocational Services:  nothing to report 
Youth/Family: Volunteer to meet our grant requirements at Freedom for Youth. See Shannon for more details. 
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Clay Willey and our Rotarian of the Day will be Kim Byers. 
 
Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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October 26th - Paul Cornelius
November 2nd - Clay Willey
November 9th - Bruce Mason 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
  
October 26th - Committees
November 2nd - Kim Byers
November 9th - Judy Johnson
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Steve Mather who tested our knowledge on Chicago Cubs trivia.  
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Clay Willey who will introduced Jeff Mark who is a City Administrator for Altoona. Jeff talked to our group about the exciting changes coming to our City. 
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Paul Cornelius and we will be meeting in our committees.
 
Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
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October 12th - Ryan Edsen
October 19th - Paul Cornelius 
October 26th - Steve Mather
November 2nd - Clay Willey
November 9th - Bruce Mason 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
  
October 12th - Mary Rork-Watson
October 19th - Larry Wilson
October 26th - Committees
November 2nd - Kim Byers
November 9th - Judy Johnson
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Tom Downs who tested our knowledge on Polio trivia.  
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Linda Harris, who will introduce Alex Payne. Alex spoke about the history of Altoona. Alex talked about our city, which in 1868 had 2 train line and made Altoona a popular destination due to numerous banks and hotels in town. 
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Ryan Edsen and our Rotarian of the Day is Mary Rork-Watson who will introduce Chad Michael Cox, author and owner of Yellow Suit Publishing.
 
Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
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