Posted by Norma Bettis on Sep 10, 2018
Last week Larry Wilson invited Keith Hyland to speak on the rules for applying for Medicare and information on some of the supplemental insurance plans that go with it.  For those approaching 65, it is very important to know that you have a short window of time to apply for Medicare without incurring a penalty.   Thanks Larry for hosting Keith, and thanks to Keith for providing this vital information.
 
This was the week of the wild hog hunt in Centerville, Texas and from the photos provided by Eric, we can see that it was very successful.  Eric Borseth, Mike Hartwig, Gregg Lynes, Brad Miller and Kevin Jasa all made the 13-hour trip and came back with more than enough meat to supply the Caring Hands Community Picnic on September 30.  Eric reported that they harvested nine pigs at over 1,400 pounds of pork on the hoof.  We will get a full report and the photos on this tomorrow at Rotary.  (I'm sorry, but I haven't been able to copy over Eric's pictures which give you a better idea of what this is all about.)
 
We are also looking forward to the program tomorrow by Corinne Lambert and Paul Cornelius as they work on completing a poverty simulation.  This will coordinate well with out Caring Hands project.
 
Sergeant-At-Arms - Marti Kline
 
Upcoming in September - Caring Hands Hunger Run/Community Picnic - September 30  
 
 
 
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                    ​      
September 19 - Adam Kline
September 26 - Kevin Jasa
 
October 3 - Tom Downs
October 10 - Anthony Harbaugh
October 17 - Darrell Hanson
October 24 - Mike Hamilton
October 31 - Dirk Halupnik
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
September 19 - Mary Rork-Watson
September 26 - Committees/Network Meeting
 
October 3 - District Governor
October 10 - Bruce Mason
October 17 - Gregg Lynes     (Board Meeting)
October 24 - Ned Looney
October 31 - Committees/Network Meeting
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Norma Bettis 2018-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Norma Bettis on Aug 07, 2018
My program speaker tomorrow is Kevin Foley, Executive Director of the Des Moines International Airport.  He will bring us up to date on what's going on out there.
 
 
Sergeant-At-Arms - Steve Mather
 
Last week we welcomed Chris Knapp, Rotary Foundation Chair, as our speaker.  
 
Upcoming in September - Texas Hog Hunt - September 6-9
 
 
 
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
August 8 - Steve Mather
August 15 - Bruce Mason
August 22 - Gregg Lynes
August 29 - Ned Looney 
September 5 - Corinne Lambert
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
August 8 - Norma Bettis
August 15 - Clay Willey
August 22 - Committees
August 29 - Birthday/Auction 
September 5 - Larry Wilson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
Norma Bettis Norma Bettis 2018-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jul 23, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
August 1 - Brad Miller
August 8 - Steve Mather
August 15 - Bruce Mason
August 22 - Gregg Lynes
August 29 - Ned Looney 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
 
August 1 - Foundation Chair
August 8 - Norma Bettis
August 15 - Paul Cornelius
August 22 - Committees
August 29 - Birthday/Auction 
 
 
 
At our last meeting we enjoyed a picnic and miniature golf at Toad Valley.  We had a great time and enjoyed the beautiful weather.
 
Information for all Golf Cart Drivers:
 
1. Stop by Centennial Elementary this Wednesday between 4 and 6 PM to pick up your free Altoona 150 t-shirt
 
2. Arrive at Sam Wise Park and proceed to the North End, where the golf carts will be parked, 10 minutes before your shift begins
 
3. Make sure there is some green folding money in your tip jar, it helps people visualize their purpose
 
4. You will be driving around the parking lot, picking up people and delivering them SAFELY to the main entrance (at the ball fields)
 
5. If people ask, you are assisting the East Polk Rotary Club raise funds for Caring Hands!
 
6. Be really nice, helpful, smiling etc
 
7. At the end of your shift return to the North End of the Sam Wise Complex and pass your cart to the next person. 
 
8. If the tip jar is getting overly full, i.e. more than half, find the Rotarian on your shift and have him or her collect and store excess for the clubs treasurer
 
9. Thank you!, Thank you!, Thank You!
 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Mary Rork-Watson.
 
We will be meeting in our Committees.
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on May 15, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
May 16th - Eric Borseth
May 23rd - Marti Kline
May 30th - Kim Byers 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
 
May 16th - Norma Bettis 
May 23rd - Committees
May 30th - Mike Hamilton 
 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Bruce Mason who tested our knowledge on trivia.
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Mike Hartwig who introduced his sister, Barb Blink. Barb was visiting and talked a little about her life and some funny life stories and her history growing up. Barb lives by the motto, "find something to make you laugh". 
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Eric Borseth and our Rotarian of the Day will be Norma Bettis. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on May 08, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
May 9th - Bruce Mason
May 16th - Eric Borseth
May 23rd - Marti Kline
May 30th - Kim Byers 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
 
May 9th - Mike Hamilton
May 16th - Norma Bettis 
May 23rd - Committees
May 30th - Mike Hartwig 
 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Linda Harris who tested our knowledge on trivia.
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Eric Borseth who introduced award winning Author Elaine Marie Cooper. Elaine is the Author of Fields of the Fatherless, Bethany's Calendar, and Deer Run Saga. 
Her passions are her faith, her family, and the history of the American Revolution. 
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Bruce Mason and our Rotarian of the Day will be Mike Hamilton. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Apr 30, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
May 2nd - Linda Harris 
May 9th - Bruce Mason
May 16th - Eric Borseth
May 23rd - Marti Kline
May 30th - Kim Byers 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
May 2nd - Eric Borseth
May 9th - Mike Hamilton
May 16th - Norma Bettis 
May 23rd - Committees
May 30th - Mike Hartwig 
April 25th - Committees 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Mike Hartwig who tested our knowledge on trivia.
 
At our last meeting we met in our Committees. Report out as followed:
 
Club Service: Working on the year end banquet, which will be June 28th. 
 
Youth and Family: working on finding RYLA participants. 
 
Vocational: Industrial Tech Expo is coming up, working on details and finding judges. 
 
Membership: Rotary event coming up at Shive Hattery and also working on some ideas. 
 
Community Service: Root beer Floats is coming up soon.
 
International: Working with other committees Sept 30th for 60 Hospital beds overseas.  
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Linda Harris and our Rotarian of the Day will be Eric Borseth. We will also be joined by District Governor Elect Tom Narak and his wife Carol.     
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Apr 16, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
April 18th -  Brad Miller
April 25th -  Mike Hartwig 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
April 18th -  Adam Kline 
April 25th - Committees 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Dirk Halupnik who tested our knowledge on the month of April.   
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Bruce Mason who introduced Alex Payne to talk about the Altoona 150 year celebration. Alex is on the planning committee and talked to the club about the history of Altoona and how our City came about. Alex is very knowledgeable about our City's history, and has some great ideas for the celebration coming up. More info to come on that soon. 
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Brad Miller and our Rotarian of the Day will be Adam Kline.    
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Apr 09, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
April 11th - Dirk Halupnik 
April 18th -  Brad Miller
April 25th -  Mike Hartwig 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
April 11th - Bruce Mason
April 18th -  Adam Kline 
April 25th - Committees 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Ned Looney who tested our knowledge on trivia.  
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Marti Kline who talked about some of her recent travel endeavors. Marti had the whole club laughing about some of her stories. Thanks Marti for making it a fun morning!  
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Dirk Halupnik and our Rotarian of the Day will be Bruce Mason.    
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Mar 26, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
March 28th - Corinne Lambert 
April 4th -  Dirk Halupnik
April 11th - Ned Looney 
April 18th -  Brad Miller
April 25th -  Mike Hartwig 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
March 28th - Committees
April 4th -  Marti Kline
April 11th - Bruce Mason
April 18th -  Adam Kline 
April 25th - Committees 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Steve Hall who tested our knowledge on trivia.  
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Adam Kline who talked about some ideas from the International Committee has been working on. The Committee is working on multiple ideas to help out Colombia in areas such as solar panels and electricity.  
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Corinne Lambert and we will be meeting in our Committees.   
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Mar 19, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
March 21st - Steve Hall 
March 28th - Corinne Lambert 
April 4th -  Dirk Halupnik
April 11th - Ned Looney 
April 18th -  Brad Miller
April 25th -  Mike Hartwig 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
March 21st - Brad Miller 
March 28th - Committees
April 4th -  Marti Kline
April 11th - Bruce Mason
April 18th -  Adam Kline 
April 25th - Committees 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Darrell Hanson who tested our knowledge on trivia.  
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Linda Harris, who introduced Bob Kirby and Phi Pease who spent time working in the Navy as Submarine techs. Both talked about their experience and entertained questions from Rotarians. 
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Steve Hall and our Rotarian of the Day is Brad Miller.   
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary  Paul Cornelius 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Mar 12, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
March 14th - Darrell Hanson
March 21st - Steve Hall 
March 28th - Corinne Lambert 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
March 14th - Linda Harris 
March 21st - Brad Miller 
March 28th - Committees
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Tom Downs who tested our knowledge on College Basketball trivia. 
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Kim Byers, who introduced Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa. Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa offers programs that focus on helping inmates read books to their children while in custody. This program is focused on relationship building for families to connect and begin forming a relationship between inmate and child. 
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Darrell Hanson and our Rotarian of the Day is Linda Harris.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Mar 05, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
March 7th -  Larry Wilson
March 14th - Gregg Lynes
March 21st - Steve Hall 
March 28th - Corinne Lambert 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
March 7th - Kim Byers
March 14th - Linda Harris 
March 21st - Brad Miller 
March 28th - Committees
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Clay Willey. 
 
At our last meeting we met in our Committees.  Report outs are as follows:
 
International : Working on some ideas, more to come soon. 
Membership: Thinking about some ideas taboos membership. 
Youth and Family: Talking with Interact Club in Bondurant. Seems to be going well. 
Club Service: Planning has begun for our Spring picnic. Working on details. 
Vocational: Bowling Bash was a success, thanks to all who participated.
Community Service: Working on ideas for a project. More to come soon. 
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Larry Wilson and our Rotarian of the Day is Kim Byers.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Feb 26, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
 Feb 28th - Clay Willey
March 7th -  Larry Wilson
March 14th - Gregg Lynes
March 21st - Steve Hall 
March 28th - Corinne Lambert 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
Feb 28th -  Committees
March 7th - Kim Byers
March 14th - Linda Harris 
March 21st - Brad Miller 
March 28th - Committees
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Tom Downs. 
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Bruce Mason, who introduced Jeff Mark, City of Altoona Administrator.  Jeff provided information to our Club about the upcoming Local Option Sales Tax vote scheduled for Polk County on March 6th. Jeff told us about the positives and negatives of the vote and some of the ideas the City of Altoona have to use the income.  
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Clay Willey and we will be meeting in our committees. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Feb 19, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
Feb 14th-  Steve Mather
Feb 21st -  Tom Downs
 Feb 28th - Clay Willey
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
        
Feb 14th - Ned Looney
Feb 21st - Corinne Lambert
Feb 28th -  Committees
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Steve Mather. 
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Ned Looney who talked to our Club about Caring Hands. Ned talked about the needs of Caring Hands, and also some of the new things that are in the works at Caring Hands. 
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Tom Downs and our Rotarian of the Day will be Corinne Lambert. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Feb 12, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
Feb 14th-  Steve Mather
Feb 21st -  Tom Downs
 Feb 28th - Clay Willey
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
        
Feb 14th - Ned Looney
Feb 21st - Corinne Lambert
Feb 28th -  Committees
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Paul Cornelius who tested our knowledge on February trivia. 
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Ryan Edsen who introduced his speaker Jimmy Becker, who works as Property Manager at Blackbird Investments. Jimmy talked about Blackbird Investments and their projects they are working on at this time. One project is renovating Fort Des Moines buildings on the south side of Des Moines. 
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Steve Mather and our Rotarian of the Day will be Ned Looney. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 22, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
January 24th - Norma Bettis 
January 31st - Pam Donahue 
 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
        
January 24th - Committees
January 31st - Mike Hartwig 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Mike Hamilton who tested our knowledge on winter trivia. 
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Gregg Lynes who introduced his speaker Jaki Livingston who works as Assistant County Attorney at the Polk County Attorneys Office.  Jaki talked to us about her life who she ended up at the County Attorneys Office. Jaki told us about her cases and how she makes some difficult decisions in her line of work. 
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Norma Bettis and we will be meeting in our Committees. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary  Paul Cornelius 2018-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 15, 2018
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
January 17th - Mike Hamilton
January 24th - Norma Bettis 
January 31st - Pam Donahue 
 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
       
January 17th - Gregg Lynes 
January 24th - Committees
January 31st - Mike Hartwig 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Judy Johnson who tested our knowledge on Winter trivia. 
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Darrell Hanson who introduced his speaker Paul Gibbons from the Iowa State Extension Office here in Altoona.  Paul talked to us about his role at Iowa State Extension Office and one of the services they provide  to our area. 
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Mike Hamilton and our Rotarian of the Day will be Gregg Lynes,  who will introduce Jaki Livingston who works at the County Attorneys Office as an Assistant County Attorney. Jaki will talk about her role and how she got to her position.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 02, 2018
 
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                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
January 10th - Judy Johnson
January 17th - Mike Hamilton
January 24th - Norma Bettis 
January 31st - Pam Donahue 
 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
       
January 10th - Darrell Hanson
January 17th - Gregg Lynes 
January 24th - Committees
January 31st - Mike Hartwig 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Adam Kline who tested our knowledge on Urban Dictionary terms. 
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Steve Hall who introduced his speaker David Burrier from Hope Ministries.  David talked to us about his role at Hope Ministries, and about his personal mission statement, "May your days be filled with good health, happiness, and abundance of hope".
 
At our meeting Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms will be Judy Johnson and our Rotarian of the Day will be Darrell Hanson,  who will introduce Paul Gibbins, Executive Director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Polk County.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 02, 2018
 
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                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
January 3rd - Adam Kline
January 10th - Judy Johnson
January 17th - Mike Hamilton
January 24th - Norma Bettis 
January 31st - Pam Donahue 
 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
       
January 3rd - Steve Hall
January 10th - Darrell Hanson
January 17th - Gregg Lynes 
January 24th - Committees
January 31st - Mike Hartwig 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Kim Byers who stumped Rotarians with New Years Ever Trivia. 
 
Last week we met in our Committees. Report out is as follows:
 
Club Service: Working on a winter party. More details to come, but thinking of a progressive supper plan. Looking at a Sunday evening. 
 
Vocational  Services: Working on the bowling bash, date set at Feb 23rd.
 
Youth Services:  Bondurant Roteract Club has started. Looking forward to hearing more about how the club is doing.
 
Community Service: Looking for a project at this time. 
 
International: Working on a few things, more info to come soon.   
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is  Adam Kline and our Rotarian of the Day is Steve Hall.    
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2018-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Dec 26, 2017
 
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                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
December 27th -  Kim Byers
 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
       
December 27th -   Committees 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Marti Kline who tested our knowledge on Christmas Movies. 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was tom Downs,  who introduced Randy Sherpa, who is a Us Army Vet. Randy talked about his war poems from inside the wire.
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Kim Byers and we will be meeting in our committees.    
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-12-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Dec 18, 2017
 
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                                                                                                                                                                     ​     
December 20th -  Marti Kline 
December 27th -  Kim Byers
 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
       
December 20th -  Tom Downs
December 27th -   Committees 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Eric Borseth who tested our knowledge on "A Christmas Carrol" by Charles Dickens.  
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Larry Wilson who introduced Carly Nelson, from Life Serve Blood Center. Carly talked about Life Serve and the gift of giving blood. It was interesting to learn about the process that goes into taking blood, and getting it to the hospitals.
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Marti Kline and our Rotarian of the Day is Tom Downs, who will introduce Randy Sherpa. who is a US Army Vet. Please bring a vet to Rotary to enjoy his stories!   
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Dec 11, 2017
 
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                                                                                                                                                                     ​    
December 13th -  Eric Borseth 
December 20th -  Marti Kline 
December 27th -  Kim Byers
 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
       
December 13th -  Larry Wilson
December 20th -  Tom Downs
December 27th -   Committees 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Bruce Mason who tested our knowledge on Iowa and Iowa State bowl game trivia.  
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Norma Bettis who introduced Mary Anne Sims who is an experienced vocal music teacher with Des MoinesPublic Schools. It was great to hear Mary's story and the importance of music in today's world.
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Eric Borseth and our Rotarian of the Day is Larry Wilson.   
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-12-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Dec 04, 2017
 
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December 6th -  Bruce Mason 
December 13th -  Eric Borseth 
December 20th -  Marti Kline 
December 27th -  Kim Byers
 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
       
December 6th -  Norma Bettis 
December 13th -  Larry Wilson
December 20th -  Tom Downs
December 27th -   Committees 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Darrell Hanson who tested our knowledge on cell phone usage.  
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Mike Hartwig who introduced former District Governor Terry Geiger. Terry talked to us about the Rotary fund and Global grants. Terry informed our club about where the money goes and talked about some of the help that our club has provided. It was impressive to say the least! 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Bruce Mason and our Rotarian of the Day is Norma Bettis, who will introduce Mary Ann Sims. Mary is the Executive Director at City Voices and will be talking to our club about her experience as a vocal music teacher.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Nov 20, 2017
 
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November 22nd - Brad Miller
November 29th - Darrell Hanson
December 6th -  Bruce Mason 
December 13th -  Eric Borseth 
December 20th -  Marti Kline 
December 27th -  Kim Byers
 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
      
November 22nd - Committees
November 29th - Mike Hartwig 
December 6th -  Norma Bettis 
December 13th -  Larry Wilson
December 20th -  Tom Downs
December 27th -   Committees 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Mike Hartwig who tested our knowledge on trivia.  
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was our District Governor Mike Ruby. Mike talked about some of his goals and was very interested in learning about our Club. He was impressed to say the least! 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Brad Miller and we will be meeting in our committees. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Nov 06, 2017
 
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November 8th -  Linda Harris 
November 15th - Mike Hartwig 
November 22nd - Brad Miller 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
      
November 8th - Mike Hamilton
November 15th - District Governor 
November 22nd - Committees 
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms last week was Ned Looney who tested our knowledge on trivia.  
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Adam Kline, who introduced Christina Moffatt from Creme Cupcake + Dessert. Christina also serves as the Regional Director for the Iowa Small Business Development Center. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Linda Harris and and our Rotarian of the Day is Mike Hamilton who will introduce Ed Arnold and Kyle Davey who will be talking about the Iowa Wolves Polio Plus event. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 30, 2017
 
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November 1st - Ned Looney 
November 8th -  Linda Harris 
November 15th - Mike Hartwig 
November 22nd - Brad Miller 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
      
November 1st - Adam Kline
November 8th - Mike Hamilton
November 15th - District Governor 
November 22nd - Committees 
 
 
Corinne Lambert was our Sergeant at Arms who tested our knowledge on Autism trivia.   
 
We met in our Committees this week.
 
International - Looking for international projects. 
 
Vocational - talking of raising the bowling bash to 70 bucks per bowler. 
 
Community Service - looking for ideas for community service.
 
Club Service - Working on the holiday party. 
 
Youth and Family - Talk about RYLA student from Bondurant who wants to start an interact club. 
 
Membership - Working on Community Support. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Ned Looney and and our Rotarian of the Day is Adam Kline. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 23, 2017
 
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October 25th - Corinne Lambert 
November 1st - Ned Looney 
November 8th -  Linda Harris 
November 15th - Mike Hartwig 
November 22nd - Brad Miller 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
      
October 25th - Committees 
November 1st - Adam Kline
November 8th - Mike Hamilton
November 15th - District Governor 
November 22nd - Committees 
 
 
Steve Hall was our Sergeant at Arms who tested our knowledge on corn trivia.   
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Eric Borseth, who introduced Jason Christensen, wrestling coach at South East Polk. Jason talked about his program and how they focus on much more than just wrestling. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Corinne Lambert and we will be meeting in our Committees. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 16, 2017
 
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October 18th - Steve Hall 
October 25th - Corinne Lambert 
November 1st - Ned Looney 
November 8th -  Linda Harris 
November 15th - Mike Hartwig 
November 22nd - Brad Miller 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
      
October 18th - Eric Borseth
October 25th - Committees 
November 1st - Adam Kline
November 8th - Mike Hamilton
November 15th - District Governor 
November 22nd - Committees 
 
 
Dirk Halupnik was our Sergeant at Arms who tested our knowledge on songs released on October 11th.  
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Marti Kline. Marti read us a fun story about the troubles of dieting. The story made all Rotarians giggle as everyone was able to relate. 
 
Marti also passed the microphone around and all rotarians talked about favorite travel destinations. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Steve Hall and  our Rotarian of the Day is Eric Borseth, who will introduce South East Polk wrestling coach Jason Christensen.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 09, 2017
 
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October 11th - Dirk Halupnik 
October 18th - Steve Hall 
October 25th - Corinne Lambert 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
      
October 11th - Marti Kline
October 18th - Adam Kline
October 25th - Committees 
 
 
Gregg Lynes was our Sergeant at Arms who stumped us with trivia.  
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Mike Hartwig.
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Dirk Halupnik and  our Rotarian of the Day is Marti Kline.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 02, 2017
 
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October 4th - Gregg Lynes
October 11th - Dirk Halupnik 
October 18th - Steve Hall 
October 25th - Corinne Lambert 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
     
October 4th - Mike Hartwig 
October 11th - Marti Kline
October 18th - Adam Kline
October 25th - Committees 
 
 
Larry Wilson was our Sergeant at Arms who stumped us with trivia.  
 
At our last meeting we met in our Committees and talked about what each committee has going on. More info to come soon on report outs. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Gregg Lynes and  our Rotarian of the Day is Mike Hartwig.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Sep 26, 2017
 
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September 27th - Ryan Edsen 
October 4th - Gregg Lynes
October 11th - Dirk Halupnik 
October 18th - Steve Hall 
October 25th - Corinne Lambert 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
     
September 27th - Committees
October 4th - Brad Miller
October 11th - Marti Kline
October 18th - Adam Kline
October 25th - Committees 
 
 
Clay Willey was our Sergeant at Arms who talked about being a leader and leadership. 
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Linda Harris who talked about her trip to Colorado. Linda had a good time with friends and family, and said it was hard to come back to Iowa. We are glad Linda had a good time and it was fun o hear about her fun time in Colorado. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Ryan Edsen and we will be meeting in our committees this week. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Aug 28, 2017
 
 
 
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August 30th - Ryan Edsen
September 6th - Tom Downs
September 13th - Steve Mather
September 20th - Clay Willey  
September 27th - Larry Wilson 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
August 30th - Mike Hartwig 
September 6th - Kim Byers
September 13th - Bruce Mason
September 20th - Linda Harris 
September 27th - Committees
 
 
Paul Cornelius was our Sergeant at Arms who with Deb's help had us make cards for her Niece Hannah in the military who is over seas. These letters will be sent over to Hannah thanking her for her service. 
 
At our last meeting we met in our committees. Report outs are as follows:
 
Youth and Family: Looking at projects happening at Serve Our Youth and working on some new ideas. 
 
Club Service: Working on party ideas and a possible game night
 
Community Service: Working on helping with the Bowling Bash
 
International: Exploring ideas for a trivia night. More info to come soon.  
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Ryan Edsen and our Rotarian of the Day is Mike Hartwig.   
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Aug 21, 2017
 
 
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August 23rd - Paul Cornelius
August 30th - Ryan Edsen
September 6th - Tom Downs  
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
August 23rd - Committees 
August 30th - Mike Hartwig 
September 6th - Kim Byers
 
 
Pam Donahue was our Rotarian of the Day and tested our knowledge on homeless trivia in the United States. 
 
Ned Looney was our Rotarian of the Day who talked to us about Caring Hands Outreach Center. Caring Hands continues to help the less fortunate in the East Polk County area. Ned talked about some goals of Caring Hands and explained about the services provided to people in our area.  
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Paul Cornelius and we will be meeting in our committees.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Aug 14, 2017
 
 
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August 16th - Pam Donahue 
August 23rd - Paul Cornelius
August 30th - Ryan Edsen
September 6th - Tom Downs  
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
August 16th - Corinne Lambert
August 23rd - Committees 
August 30th - Mike Hartwig 
September 6th - Kim Byers
 
 
We look forward to seeing you this week at Rotary! Our Sergeant at Arms will be Pam Donahue and our Rotarian of the Day is Corinne Lambert.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jul 31, 2017
 
 
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August 2nd - Mike Hamilton
August 9th - Norma Bettis
August 16th - Pam Donahue 
August 23rd - Paul Cornelius 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
August 2nd - Ryan Edsen
August 9th - Ned Looney
August 16th - Corinne Lambert
August 23rd - Committees 
 
 
We look forward to seeing you this week at Rotary! Our Sergeant at Arms will be Mike Hamilton and our Rotarian of the Day is Ryan Edsen.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jul 17, 2017
 
 
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July 19th - No Meeting
July 26th - Judy Johnson
August 2nd - Mike Hamilton
August 9th - Norma Bettis
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
July 19th - No Meeting
July 26th - Committees
August 2nd - Ryan Edsen
August 9th - Ned Looney
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Adam Kline who tested our knowledge on soccer trivia. 
 
At our meeting the Rotarian of the Day was Darrell Hanson, who talked to use about Renewable Energy: Hope vs Reality.  Darrell talked about the advantages of renewable energy in today's world. Darrell provides some stats about where we are now with renewable energy. Ask Darrell about the "duck curve". 
 
Don't forget our annual picnic on July 19th! Reminder there is NO MEETING this Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jul 10, 2017
 
 
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July 12 - Adam Kline
July 19th - No Meeting
July 26th - Judy Johnson
August 2nd - Mike Hamilton
August 9th - Norma Bettis
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
July 12th - Darrell Hanson
July 19th - No Meeting
July 26th - Committees
August 2nd - Ryan Edsen
August 9th - Ned Looney
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Kim Byers who did 4th of July trivia. 
 
At our meeting the Rotarian of the Day was Brad Miller, who talked to use about social media and how it affects all of us. Brad had us work at our tables and talk about all of the social media platforms we all are involved with in today's world. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Adam Kline and our Rotarian of the Day will be Darrell Hanson.
 
Don't forget our annual picnic on July 19th! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jun 19, 2017
 
 
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June 21st - Steve Hall
June 28th - NO MEETING 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
June 21st - Tom Downs
June 28th - NO MEETING
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Adam Kline. 
 
At our meeting the Rotarian of the Day was Pam Donahue, who introduced Jim Dunn who talked about his career becoming a professional musician. Jim talked about his struggles and how it all paid off in the end. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Steve Hall and our Rotarian of the Day will be Tom Downs, who will introduce Susan Herrick, who is a past Rotary District Governor AND Chair of District 6000 Polio Plus Committee. Please join us to give her a big East Polk Rotary welcome!  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's what's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jun 12, 2017
 
 
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June 14th - Adam Kline
June 21st - Steve Hall
June 28th - NO MEETING 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
June 14th - Pam Donahue
June 21st - Tom Downs
June 28th - NO MEETING
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Shannon DeLouis who completed 80's trivia for the club. 
 
At our meeting the Rotarian of the Day was Norma Bettis, who introduced Allysa Ballantini who is the Registered Dietitian at Hy-Vee in Altoona. Allysa talked to us about the different plans they offer to help the public understand things like portion size, healthy eating, and shopping assistance to make better selections for your grocery list. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Adam Kline and our Rotarian of the Day will be Pam Donahue. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's what's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jun 05, 2017
 
 
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June 7th - Steve Hall
June 14th - Adam Kline
June 21st - Shannon Delouis
June 28th - NO MEETING 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
June 7th - Norma Bettis
June 14th - Pam Donahue
June 21st - Tom Downs
June 28th - NO MEETING
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Linda Harris who completed trivia on Jim Blaney. Happy Birthday Jim!
 
At our meeting the Rotarian of the Day was Bruce Mason, who introduced a Industrial Tech Expo scholarship winner Ryan Mortale  who spoke to us about his "carburetor" he made via 3D printing. Ryan showed us the complexity and hardwork he put into his project which was very impressive. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Steve Hall and our Rotarian of the Day is Norma Bettis who will introduce Allysa Ballantini, RD, LD, is the Altoona Hy-Vee Dietitian. Allysa received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health and Human Physiology from the University of Iowa in 2013 and Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from Iowa State University (ISU) in 2015. She completed her dietetic internship through ISU in Burlington, Iowa.

 Allysa offers a wide range of services for wellness, including weight management and healthy lifestyle programs, personal health assessments, personal shopping assistance, kids' cooking club, healthy recipe demonstration and nutrition consultations specific to individual dietary needs. She is very passionate about nutrition related to diabetes self management. Allysa believes the supermarket setting is a great learning environment for teaching nutrition to individuals of all ages!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on May 22, 2017
 
 
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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 31st - Bruce Mason
June 7th - Norma Bettis
June 14th - Pam Donahue
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Brad Miller who completed trivia on the East Mediterranean.
 
At our meeting we met in our Committees. 
 
Club Service: July 19th is the rotary picnic and June 29th is our "changing of the guard" party at Prairie Meadows. More info to come soon. 
 
Community Service: Tech Expo went well
 
International: working on some ideas, more info to come soon
 
Youth and Family: Don't forget the community service hours at Freedom of Youth for our Grant
 
Membership: working on some ideas, more info coming soon
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Linda Harris and our Rotarian of the Day is Bruce Mason
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary  Paul Cornelius 2017-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on May 22, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's what's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on May 15, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Apr 24, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Apr 10, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Apr 03, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Mar 27, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Mar 21, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Mar 13, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Mar 06, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Feb 27, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Feb 20, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Feb 13, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Feb 06, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 30, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 23, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 15, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 08, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 01, 2017
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2017-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Dec 26, 2016
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Nov 20, 2016
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Nov 13, 2016
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Nov 07, 2016
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 29, 2016
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 24, 2016
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 16, 2016
 
 
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October 19th - Steve Mather
October 26th - Paul Cornelius
November 2nd - Clay Willey
November 9th - Bruce Mason 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
  
October 19th - Clay Willey
October 26th - Committees
November 2nd - Kim Byers
November 9th - Judy Johnson
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Ryan Edsen who tested our knowledge on Chicago Cubs trivia.  
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Mary Rork-Watson who will introduced Chad Michael Cox who is a local author and publisher. Chad talked to our group about partnering with Plot Twist Bookstore and local artists. 
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Steve Mather and our Rotarian of the Day is Clay Willey who will introduce Jeff Mark, who will let us know about whats happening in Altoona.
 
Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 09, 2016
 
 
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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
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 03, 2016
 
 
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October 5th - Tom Downs
October 12th - Ryan Edsen
October 19th - Paul Cornelius  
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
  
October 5th - Linda Harris
October 12th - Mary Rork-Watson
October 19th - Larry Wilson
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Pam Donahue who tested our knowledge on Presidential trivia questions.  
 
On Wednesday we met in our committees. Report outs are as follows:
 
Club Service: Working on ideas for our winter party, which will be in January again.
 
Membership: Thinking about developing a survey for former members to take with 3 questions about why they left. 
 
Vocational: Working on trivia night and prizes and drawings. More to come soon. 
 
International: Brad worked on some fundraising for the Iraq trip coming up.
 
Youth and Family: Campus event on Oct 8th. also the Freedom for Youth halloween event will be coming up soon.  
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Tom Downs and our Rotarian of the day is Linda Harris, who will introduce Alex Payne.
 
Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
Here's What;s Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Sep 25, 2016
 
 
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September 28th - Pam Donahue
October 5th - Tom Downs
October 12th - Ryan Edsen
October 19th - Paul Cornelius  
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
September 28th - Committees 
October 5th - Linda Harris
October 12th - Mary Rork-Watson
October 19th - Larry Wilson
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Norma Bettis who tested our knowledge on America trivia questions.  
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was our own Marti Kline who introduced Tom Downs, Mike Hamilton, and Dr. Dirk Halupnik to talk about transportation in the South East Polk School District. All talked about roles they played with transportation, and the important decisions that go into planning buses and student safety. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Pam Donahue and we will be meeting in our committees. 
 
Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary  Paul Cornelius 2016-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Sep 17, 2016
 
 
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September 21st - Norma Bettis
September 28th - Pam Donahue
October 5th - Paul Cornelius
October 12th - Ryan Edsen
October 19th - Tom Downs  
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
September 21st - Marti Kline
September 28th - Committees 
October 5th - Linda Harris
October 12th - Mary Rork-Watson
October 19th - Larry Wilson
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Mike Hamilton who tested our knowledge on famous quotes. 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was our own Adam Kline who introduced Jeff Cook who talked about the Chichaqua Valley Trail. The trial totals 26 miles and has future plans for expansion.  
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Norma Bettis and our Rotarian of the Day is Marti Kline, who will introduce Dan Schultz, Transportation Director for South East Polk Schools. Dan will talk to us about transportation related issues in the South East Polk School District.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary  Paul Cornelius 2016-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Sep 05, 2016
 
 
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September 7th - Trent Frohock 
September 14th - Mike Hamilton
September 21st - Norma Bettis
September 28th - Pam Donahue 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
September 7th - Brad Miller
September 14th - Marti Kline
September 21st - Adam Kline
September 28th - Committees 
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Darrell Hanson. 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Bruce Mason, who introduced our own Corinne Lambert who talked about "Healing Touch."  She explained the program and asked for a volunteer for her to demonstrate.  Marti was selected and got to enjoy the benefits.  It isn't massage or chiropracty, but is in the energy touch field.  The program is used in hospitals and with doctors to aid patients to allow the body to heal itself after surgery or treatment.  
 
Corinne asked for volunteers to practice on as part of her work toward certification in the program.
 
Complete explanation can be found on the internet under "Healing Touch Program."
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Trent Frohock and our Rotarian of the Day is Brad Miller. 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary  Paul Cornelius 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Aug 28, 2016
 
 
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August 31st - Darrell Hanson
September 7th - Trent Frohock 
September 14th - Mike Hamilton
September 21st - Norma Bettis
September 28th - Pam Donahue 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
August 31st - Bruce Mason
September 7th - Brad Miller
September 14th - Marti Kline
September 21st - Adam Kline
September 28th - Committees 
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Mike Hartwig who tested our knowledge on Marshmallows! 
 
We met in our committees for our meeting last Wednesday. Report outs are as follows:
 
Youth and Family: Committee is working on fulfilling the requirement for the grant, and would like help from our fellow members on October 8th from 2-5 at the Altoona Campus working with youth. More information to come about this event soon. 
 
Club Service: Working on the Christmas party, and possibly the Boone Train ride. Also exploring ideas for a game night. 
 
​​​​​​​Community Service: Has decided to sponsor the Caring Hands family run event, more information to come about this soon. Also an idea is being formed on volunteering to usher at Prairie Meadows for fundraising. 
 
Membership: Focused on a mission to get new members, and possibly learn from the members that left the club. 
 
Vocational: Looking at a trivia night and also expo ideas. 
 
​​​​​​​International: Upcoming trip to Iraq in the fall is a 4 person team. Will be providing more information soon. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Darrell Hanson and our Rotarian of the Day is President Elect Bruce Mason. 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary  Paul Cornelius 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Aug 14, 2016
 
 
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August 24th - Mike Hartwig
August 31st - Darrell Hanson 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
August 24th - Committees
August 31st - Bruce Mason 
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Judy Johnson who welcomed us to our meeting! 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Eric Borseth who welcomed our two recipients of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA). Ben Nelson and Nick Currant shared their experiences from a week summer RYLA conference. Ben will be a 12th grader at Dowling and Nick will be an 11th grader at Bondurant.
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Mike Hartwig and we will meet in our committees. 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
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Posted by Paul Cornelius on Aug 14, 2016
 
 
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August 17th - Judy Johnson
August 24th - Mike Hartwig
August 31st - Darrell Hanson 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
August 17th - Eric Borseth
August 24th - Committees
August 31st - Bruce Mason 
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Gregg Lynes who quizzed us on tool trivia. 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Mike Hartwig who introduced Gene from Tools for Opportunity, a 501.c.3 non profit company to improve the lives of working craftsmen and their families in some of the poorest areas of the world. Carpenters around the world see a 39% increase in their salary once they receive training from Tools for Opportunity.  
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Judy Johnson and our Rotarian of the Day is Eric Borsht who will introduce our RYLA youth to talk about what they learned from Ryla.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Aug 07, 2016
 
 
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August 10th - Gregg Lynes
August 17th - Judy Johnson  
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
August 10th - Mike Hartwig 
August 17th - Eric Borseth
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Paul Cornelius who covered for Shannon DeLouis and quizzed us on random trivia. 
 
Our District Governor Chris Knapp was with us last week and talked about his plans for the next year. It was very informative and interesting to listen to the Governor talk about his plans for the year. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Gregg Lynes and our Rotarian of the Day is Mike Hartwig.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jul 31, 2016
 
 
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August 3rd - Shannon DeLouis
August 10th - Gregg Lynes
August 17th - Judy Johnson  
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
August 3rd - District Gov
August 10th - Linda Harris
August 17th - Eric Borseth
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Adam Kline who quizzed us on Olympic trivia. 
 
Last week we met in our Committees. It was voted on during this meeting to return to our old structure of committees, as the new structure seemed to cause overlap. At this time if someone is interested in moving to a new committee, they can start to engage in the area they feel drawn to. It was also decided to delay electing a chair and vice chair for the committees until next month so Rotarians can find the committee that works best for them. 
 
Report outs are as follows:
 
Club Service: beginning discussion on Christmas party, also talking about other activities like a Boone Valley train ride. 
 
Youth and Family: on August 17th the RYLA youth will be joining us and provide the program on what they have learned.
 
International Committee: Working on a brochure for a trip for Rotarians to Iraq in 2018 and possibly starting a Rotary chapter.  
 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Shannon DeLouis and our District Governor will be joining us to discuss his plans for the year..  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jul 23, 2016
 
 
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July 27th - Adam Kline
August 3rd - Shannon DeLouis
August 10th - Gregg Lynes
August 17th - Judy Johnson  
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
July 27th - Committees
August 3rd - District Gov
August 10th - Linda Harris
August 17th - Eric Borseth
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Kim Byers who surprised us with Ragbrai trivia. 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Bruce Mason who introduced Stephanie Shepard, who is the Director of Kids Klub. Kids Klub is the before and after school program that also supervises children during the summer. Stephanie talked about some of the fun activities Kids Klub does with our kids. We are lucky to have Kids Klub in our community!  
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Adam Kline and we will be meeting in our committee's at this time.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jul 17, 2016
 
 
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July 20th - Kim Byers
July 27th - Adam Kline
August 3rd - Shannon DeLouis
August 10th - Gregg Lynes
August 17th - Judy Johnson  
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
July 20th - Corinne Lambert
July 27th - Committees
August 3rd - District Gov
August 10th - Linda Harris
August 17th - Eric Borseth
 
Last week we had our Summer picnic at Thomas Mitchell Park! Special thanks to all that attended and to Pam, Marti, Larry, Linda, and Paul for helping set everything up. We also enjoyed fruit smoothies that were made by our friend Trent. A good time was had by all. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Kim Byers and our Rotarian of the Day is Corinne Lambert.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jul 10, 2016
 
 
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July 13th - NO MEETING DUE TO PICNIC
July 20th - Kim Byers
July 27th - Adam Kline 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
July 13th - NO MEETING DUE TO PICNIC
July 20th - Corinne Lambert
July 27th - Committees
 
Last week our Sergeant at Arms was Paul Cornelius, who quizzed us on 4th of July trivia. 
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Ned Looney, who introduced our own Brad Miller to discuss his recent travels. Brad arrived back in Des Moines around 3 am and talked about his recent trip to Ethiopia. Brad had a great time and shared some funny stories with us about his encounters.  
 
Reminder there is no meeting Wednesday July 13th. Please join us for our Summer picnic at Thomas Mitchell Park! f you are not signed up and plan to attend please let Paul Cornelius or Marti Kline know so we can add you to the list. We will have fun games and plenty of food to go around!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jun 26, 2016
 
 
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July 13th - NO MEETING DUE TO PICNIC
July 20th - Kim Byers
July 27th - Adam Kline 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
July 13th - NO MEETING DUE TO PICNIC
July 20th - Corinne Lambert
July 27th - Committees
 
Last week we had our end of the year banquet where we passed the torch from Corinne Lambert to Darrell Hanson. We had a great time and want to thank Corinne for her year as president. 
 
Wednesday we have Paul Cornelius as Sergeant at Arms and Ned Looney as out Rotarian of the Day who will introduce our own Brad Miller to give us an update on his travels.
 
 
Reminder there is no meeting Wednesday July 13th. Please join us for our Summer picnic!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
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Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jun 26, 2016
 
 
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June 29th -  NO MEETING DUE TO END OF YEAR BANQUET
July 6th - Steve Hall
July 13th - NO MEETING DUE TO PICNIC
July 20th - Kim Byers
July 27th - Adam Kline 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
June 29th -  NO MEETING DUE TO END OF YEAR BANQUET
July 6th - Ned Looney
July 13th - NO MEETING DUE TO PICNIC
July 20th - Corinne Lambert
July 27th - Committees
 
On Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms was Darrell Hanson, who tested our knowledge on stupid quotes from sports figures or sports figures. 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Mike Hartwig, who introduced our own Mayor Skip Conkling who talked about the changes coming to Altoona
 
Wednesday we have Darrell Hanson as Sergeant at Arms and Mike Hamilton as out Rotarian of the Day who will introduce our Mayor Skip Conkling, who talked about the City of Altoona and the growth in the area. Skip talked about how things have changed over the years, and how excited he is to live in our town. It was a great talk and informative about growth coming to our area.  
 
 
Reminder there is no meeting Wednesday. Please join us for our end of the year banquet at Prairie Meadows in the Rose room starting at 5:30 pm.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jun 12, 2016
 
 
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June 15th -  Clay Willey
June 22nd - Golf Challenge
June 29th - Tom Downs
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
June 15th - Tom Downs
June 22nd - Committees
June 29th - Darrell Hanson 
 
Wednesday we have Clay Willey as Sergeant at Arms and Tom Downs as out Rotarian of the Dat who will introduce our speaker Judy Downs, Director of Events and Sales at Living History Farms.
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jun 06, 2016
 
 
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June 15th -  Clay Willey
June 22nd - Golf Challenge
June 29th - Tom Downs
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
June 15th - Tom Downs
June 22nd - Committees
June 29th - Darrel Hanson 
 
Wednesday we have Clay Willey as Sergeant at Arms and Tom Downs who will introduce our speaker Judy Downs, Director of Events and Sales at Living History Farms as our Rotarian of the Day.
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
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Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jun 06, 2016
 
 
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June 8th - Mike Hamilton
June 15th -  Clay Willey
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
June 8th - Mark Rork-Watson
June 15th - more info to come  
 
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Brad Miller.  
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Mike Hartwig, who introduced Emily Baker from Simply Floored. At Simply Floored by Baker, our goal is to help you become the person you aspire to be. Traditional or Boho? Gothic or Art Deco? We’ll guide you through the decisions, providing fresh options and then stand back while you choose your favorites. We pull it all together into a home or office design that is beautiful, functional and uniquely yours. Simply Floored by Baker supervises the entire project to finish.
 
Wednesday we have Mike Hamilton as Sergeant at Arms and Mary Rork-Watson as our Rotarian of the Day.
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on May 30, 2016
 
 
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June 1st - Brad Miller
June 8th - Mike Hamilton
June 15th -  Clay Willey
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
June 1st - Mike Hartwig
June 8th - Mary Rork-Watson
June 15th - more info to come  
 
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Corinne Lambert who tested our knowledge on "floats" related trivia due to last Saturday's Root Beer Float for Special Olympics service project at Hy-Vee. 
 
On Wednesday we met in our Committees to discuss events coming up. Report outs are as follows:
 
Club Administration: Working on June end of year party, also starting to talk about the summer picnic, which is usually in July. 
 
Service - Working on the grant related information and should have more information coming soon. Talked about trivia night and possibly challenging other clubs (lions club for example) to be part of this. 
 
Wednesday we have Brad Miller as Sergeant at Arms and Mike Hartwig as our Rotarian of the Day.
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on May 15, 2016
 
 
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May 25th - Golf Challenge
June 1st - Brad Miller
June 8th - Mike Hamilton
June 15th -  Clay Willey
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
May 25th - Committees
June 1st - Mary Rork- Watson
June 8th - more info to come
June 15th - more info to come  
 
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Shannon DeLouis who tested our knowledge on fun kids trivia. 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Gregg Lynes who introduced his Niece, Kristin Brekelmans who works at Woodward Community Based Services. Kristen talked about being employed at Woodward Community Based Services, a division of Sequel Youth and Family Services, that was founded in response to the growing need to serve children, adolescents, and their families in their home community. Woodward Community Based Services began operation July 2006. All programs are predicated on the firm conviction that every youth and family we serve has the potential for greatness; that undreamed success at home, at school and at work are eminently achievable. We recognize that the people we serve often find themselves in difficult circumstances, but not always of their own making. We are committed to helping them transcend these conditions and make fundamental and permanent behavioral/cognitive changes, thereby achieving their dreams.
 
 
Wednesday we have Norma Bettis as Sergeant at Arms and Bruce Mason as our Rotarian of the Day.
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on May 08, 2016
 
 
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May 18th - Norma Bettis
May 25th - Golf Challenge
June 1st - Brad Miller
June 8th - Mike Hamilton
June 15th -  Clay Willey
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
May 18th - Bruce Mason 
May 25th - Committees
June 1st - Mary Rork- Watson
June 8th - more info to come
June 15th - more info to come  
 
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Pam Donahue who tested our knowledge on the Drake Relays. 
 
The first part of our program Eric Borseth presented Nick Currant, a RYLA youth our club will be supporting this year to tell us a little about himself. Nick is excited to attend RYLA and has a bright future ahead of him. 
 
The second part of our program was Ned Looney who completed his discussion about Depression and how it affects the mind. Ned also talked about healthy ways to prevent Depression. 
 
Wednesday we have Shannon DeLouis as Sergeant at Arms and Gregg Lynes as our Rotarian of the Day.
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on May 01, 2016
 
 
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May 11th - Shannon DeLouis
May 18th - Pam Donahue
May 25th - Golf Challenge
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
May 11th - Gregg Lyons
May 18th - Bruce Mason 
May 25th - Committees 
 
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was our own President Corinne Lambert, who quizzed us on weather trivia.
 
At Wednesday's meeting we met in our committee's. Report outs are as follows:
 
Vocational Committee - Discussed a new RYLA youth applicant from Bondurant. 
 
Service Committee - Root Beer Floats date is May 21st at Hy-Vee.
 
International Committee - They will be supporting Rotarian Brad Miller and his travels to Africa and India this year. 
 
Club Administration - Looking at the Banquet at the end of June for the changing of the President for our club.
 
Membership Committee - Continuing to look at ideas for new members to the club. 
 
Wednesday we have Corinne Lambert as a Sergeant at Arms and Ned Looney as our Rotarian of the Day, who will introduce the RYLA youth East Polk Rotary will be sponsor.
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Apr 24, 2016
 
 
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May 4th - Corinne Lambert
May 11th - Shannon DeLouis
May 18th - Pam Donahue
May 25th - Golf Challenge
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
May 4th - Gregg Lyons
May 11th - Ned Looney
May 18th - Bruce Mason 
May 25th - Committees 
 
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Ned Looney, who quizzed us on tax season since it will be coming to a close. 
 
Dirk Halupnik was our Rotarian of the Day and introduced Phil Cronin, who spoke about the Industrial Tech Expo held at South East Polk High School. Phil has been heading up the expo for years, and will be retiring after this year. Phil was given an award from East Polk Rotary for his service leading the Industrial Tech Expo. He will surely be missed. 
 
Wednesday we have the Golf Challenge and will also be meeting in our committees. 
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Apr 17, 2016
 
 
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April 27th -  Golf Challenge
May 4th - Corinne Lambert
May 11th - Shannon DeLouis
May 18th - Pam Donahue
May 25th - Golf Challenge
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
April 27th -  Committees​​​​​
May 4th - Greg Lyons
May 11th - Ned Looney
May 18th - Bruce Mason 
May 25th - Committees 
 
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Linda Harris, who gave each table pictures related to tax season and had us come up with captions for each picture. 
 
Norma Bettis was our Rotarians of the Day and introduced Cyndi Fisher, who spoke about Education Drives our Greater Economy, or EDGE for short. Economic success in Central Iowa has long been tied to the cultivation of the state’s most valuable resource: its human capital. Today, the Human Capital implementation council takes that vision one step further, seeking a Cradle through Career approach that includes elementary, secondary, and higher education as well as adult re-skilling. This initiative has been named “Education Drives Our Great Economy” or EDGE.
 
Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Ned Looney and our Rotarian of the Day is Dirk Halupnik who will introduce Phil Cronin to talk about the Industrial Expo at South East Polk. 
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Apr 11, 2016
 
 
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April 20th -  Ned Looney
April 27th -  Golf Challenge
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
April 20th - Dirk Halupnik
April 27th -  Committees
 
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Norma Bettis, who quizzed us on Rotary trivia.
 
Mike Hamilton and Shannon DeLouis were our Rotarians of the Day. Mike informed us of the community grant we received and what we as a Rotary club are working on with the money received. Shannon talked about Freedom for Youth and some of the needs they currently have and how the grant funds could be used to assist in their many needs. 
 
Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Linda Harris and our Rotarian of the Day is Norma Bettis who will introduce Cyndi Fisher to talk about Education Drives our Greater Economy or EDGE to the group. 
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
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Posted by Paul Cornelius on Mar 27, 2016
 
 
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March 30th - Dirk Halupnik
April 6th - Norma Bettis
Apri 13th -  Linda Harris
April 20th -  Ned Looney
April 27th -  Golf Challenge
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
March 30th - Darrell Hanson
April 6th -  Shannon DeLouis
April 13th - Norma Bettis
April 20th - Carl Feilmann
April 27th -  Committees
 
 
At our last meeting we completed our Golf Challenge, and met in our committees. If you are not part of a committee, please let Corinne know so we can find a committee to fit your skills. East Polk Rotary has some good ideas in the hopper, and we can always use your ideas to improve our committees! Each committee is working on a simple budget for the year so as a whole we can figure out what is our overall budget looks like. 
 
Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Dirk Halupnik, and our Rotarian of the Day is Darrell Hanson. 
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Mar 13, 2016
 
 
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March 23rd - Golf Challenge​
March 30th - Dirk Halupnik 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
March 23rd - Committees
March 30th - Darrell Hanson 
 
At our last meeting Ryan Swalwell was our Sergeant at Arms who tested our knowledge on the month of March trivia. 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was also Ryan Swalwell, who introduced Michaela Devaney, the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.  and work mostly through donations. She also showed up pictures of the new ARL state of the art facility in Des Moines. It was a very informative talk and comforting to know animals in our area are treated well.
 
Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Bruce Mason, and our Rotarian of the Day is Eric Borseth who plans to inform us about his trip to South Africa. 
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Mar 06, 2016
 
 
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March 16th - Bruce Mason
March 23rd - Gold Challenge​
March 30th - Dirk Halupnik 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
March 16th - Eric Borseth
March 23rd - Committees
March 30th - Darrell Hanson 
 
At our last meeting Paul Cornelius was our Sergeant at Arms who tested our knowledge on Adult beverages. Rotarians did not disappoint! 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Mike Hamilton, who introduced our own Judy Johnson as the speaker. Judy educated us on Estate Planning and the importance of planning ahead. Judy provided us handouts and did a great job answering questions from our fellow Rotarians.  
 
Wednesday our Sergeant AND Rotarian of the Day is Ryan Swalwell.
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
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Posted by Paul Cornelius on Feb 29, 2016
 
 
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March 2nd - Paul Cornelius​​​​​​
March 9th - Ryan Swalwell
March 16th - Bruce Mason
March 23rd - Gold Challenge​
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
March 2nd - Mike Hamilton
March 9th - Ryan Swalwell
March 16th - Eric Borseth
March 23rd - Committees
 
At our last meeting Corinne Lambert  was our Sergeant at Arms.
 
At our last meeting we met in our committees to discuss what each group was up to. More info will be coming on group activities this week with updates. 
 
Wednesday our Sergeant is Paul Cornelius and our Rotarian of the day is Mike Hamilton who will introduce our own Judy Johnson. 
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Feb 14, 2016
 
 
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February 24th - Golf Challenge
March 2nd - Paul Cornelius​​​​​​
March 9th - Kirk Duer
March 16th - Bruce Mason
March 23rd - Gold Challenge​
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
February 24th - Committees
March 2nd - Mike Hamilton
March 9th - Ryan Swalwell
March 16th - Eric Borseth
March 23rd - Committees
 
At our last meeting Adam Kline was our Sergeant at Arms and tested us on World War II trivia.
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Mike Hartwig who introduced Seth Thomas from Black Tie Beats. Black Tie Beats is a Professional DJ and Emcee from Altoona who covers the Des Moines area. At Black Tie Beats, they offer guaranteed service and satisfaction for your event. Their team of professionals knows how to work the crowd and play all the hits, keeping your guests entertained and the dance floor hopping. They meet with you ahead of time to coordinate all the details and special moments to ensure everything runs smoothly and your day is absolutely perfect. Also their emcees know how to make your event fun while offering the highest quality of service and equipment.
 
Seth also did some "pub trivia" with the Rotarians which was a lot of fun. 
 
Wednesday is our Golf Challenge and we will meet in our Committees. 
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
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Posted by Paul Cornelius on Feb 14, 2016
 
 
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Februay 17th - Adam Kline
February 24th - Golf Challenge
March 2nd - Paul Cornelius
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
February 17th - Judy Johnson
February 24th - Committees
March 2nd - Mike Hamilton
 
At our last meeting Darrell Hanson was our Sergeant at Arms and tested us on Super Bowl trivia.
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Larry Wilson who introduced Jessica and Megan from Freedom for Youth. They talked about the 8 week courses offered to Junior High and High School students, which are "The way I am wired" for Junior High and "Future U" for High School. It was a great talk and was very interesting to hear about how involved Freedom for Youth are with youth. 
 
Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Adam Kline, and our Rotarian of the Day is Judy Johnson. 
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Feb 07, 2016
 
 
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February 10th - Darrell Hanson
Februay 17th - Adam Kline
February 24th - Golf Challenge
March 2nd - Paul Cornelius
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
February 10th - Larry Wilson
February 17th - Judy Johnson
February 24th - Committees
March 2nd - Mike Hamilton
 
At our last meeting Corinne collected fees and each table discussed the Caucus and what they took away from it. Some Rotarians shared fun experiences they had while Caucusing. Our Rotarian of the day was Ned Looney, who talked to us about Depression and how it affects us. Ned gave a very interesting talk which was informative. 
 
Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Darrell Hanson, and our Rotarian of the Day is Larry Wilson. 
 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 31, 2016
 
 
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February 3rd - Ned Looney
February 10th - Darrell Hanson
Frebruay 17th - Adam Kline
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
February 3rd - Kim Byers
February 10th - Larry Wilson
February 17th - Judy Johnson
 
At our last meeting Linda and Ned completed the Golf Challenge (hint: aim to the left).
 
Wednesday we met in our committees. The Service committee discussed the bowling bash and talked about plans for silent auction. Also discussed was a fishing derby and making plans for a trivia night. More information to come soon.   
 
Membership committee discusses the Roteract and being able to donate. More information to come. 
 
International committee discussed a fundraiser Eric put on to bless children in South Africa, which Eric will be traveling to in 2 weeks. Eric was looking for donations of Soccer Balls and Jump Ropes. 
 
This Wednesday Ned Looney is our Sergeant at Arms, and our Rotarian of the Day is Kim Byers.
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 24, 2016
 
 
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January 27th - Golf Challenge
February 3rd - Ned Looney
February 10th - Darrell Hanson
Frebruay 17th - Adam Kline
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
January 27th - Committees
February 3rd - Kim Byers
February 10th - Larry Wilson
February 17th - Judy Johnson
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Tom Downs who tested our knowledge on famous mothers.
 
Marti Kline was our Rotarian of the Day who introduced Andrew Downs, who talked about working in iHeart media and in radio. Andrew shared fun stories about his behind the scenes role and how much fun comes with his job. It was great to hear more about who happens behind the scenes in radio. Also Andrew answered questions from our Rotarians about his role. Andrew made for a great speaker!  
 
This Wednesday we meet in our committees and will complete our Golf Challenge.
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
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Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 17, 2016
REMINDER: WE WILL BE BACK ON THE FIRST FLOOR IN THE BUFFET AREA THIS WEEK. 
 
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January 20th - Tom Downs
January 27th - Golf Challenge
February 3rd - Ned Looney
February 10th - Darrell Hanson
Frebruay 17th - Adam Kline
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
January 20th - Marti Kline
January 27th - Committees
February 3rd - Kim Byers
February 10th - Larry Wilson
February 17th - Judy Johnson
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Paul Cornelius who stepped it down a notch by introducing useless trivia.
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Bruce Mason, who introduced Larry O'Connor, director of the Caring Hands Food Pantry in Altoona, talked about the extensive need for the food pantry's services in the Southeast Polk and Bondurant areas. He distributed a chart that showed 3,200 families were served in 2015 (6,201 adults and 3,796 children); 3,145 food vouchers given out; $9,842 in utility assistance; $10, 296 in rent assistance; and 93,587 pounds of food distributed. The Clothes Hanger also served nearly 2,000 families.
 
Larry explained that they get support from Fareway, Hy-Vee, Walmart and Starbucks, among others in Altoona, and each year they get a truckload of donations from the Townsend Foundation. They also receive items from the Food Bank of Iowa. The pantry also purchases food from the local grocery stores. 
 
The food pantry and the Clothes Hanger are open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m., and on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. They will take deliveries of items after 2 p.m. on Mondays, from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesdays, and from 9 a.m.-noon on Fridays. 
 
Larry thanked East Polk Rotary for its continued support of the food pantry program.
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Tom Downs and our Rotarian of the Day is Marti Kline.
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
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Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 10, 2016
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
 
 
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January 13th - Paul Cornelius
January 20th - Tom Downs
January 27th - Golf Challenge
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
January 13th - Bruce Mason
January 20th - Marti Kline
January 27th - Committees
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Tom Downs who tested our knowledge on symbols representing the State of Iowa. 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Tom Downs, who introduced Iowa State House Rep. Zach Nunn who shared his views on the important issues facing the state legislature this coming season. Check out our Facebook page for pictures of Zach with your fellow Rotarians.  
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Paul Cornelius, and our Rotarian of the Day is Bruce Mason.
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
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Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jan 03, 2016
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
 
Don't forget our Winter gathering this Friday January 8th At Toad Valley Golf Course! The fun starts at 6 pm, with the meal beginning at 6:45 pm. We have a fun night planned after dinner! 
 
 
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​January 6th -    It's a SURPRISE! 
January 13th - Paul Cornelius
January 20th - Tom Downs
January 27th - Golf Challenge
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
January 6th - Tom Downs
January 13th - Bruce Mason
January 20th - Marti Kline
January 27th - Committees
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Eric Borseth who tried to pin us with some Wrestling trivia. 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Brad Miller who informed us of his excursions in IRAQ. We were glad to hear Brad made it home safe and appreciated all the work he has done overseas. 
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is a surprise, and our Rotarian of the Day is Tom Downs who will introduce our speaker, Zack Nunn.
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2016-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Dec 27, 2015
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
 
 
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December 30th - Eric Borseth
​January 6th - Open
January 13th - Paul Cornelius
January 20th - Tom Downs
January 27th - Golf Challenge
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
December 30th - Darrell Hanson
January 6th - Tom Downs
January 13th - Bruce Mason
January 20th - Marti Kline
January 27th - Committees
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Corinne, who stumped us with some Winter trivia. It was apparently just in time for the snow!
 
Before meeting in Committees, Dr. Blessman joined us and introduced Jacqueline, who is a 16 year old foreign exchange student from South Africa. She is attending school in Winterset and is excited about the opportunity. 
 
Ryan from the Community Foundation also joined us and talked about starting an Endowment Fund with the Community Foundation,  which is a 501.c.3 and would allow our donors to get tax credit when donating money to Rotary.  This was voted on by the Club, and passed to start an Endowment Fund. 
 
Due to these events, we were not able to get much time in Committees. Reminder of the bowling bash coming up, and also our Winter Party in January. More information to come soon. 
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Eric Borseth, and our Rotarian of the Day is Darrell Hanson.
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
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Posted by Paul Cornelius on Dec 21, 2015
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
 
 
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December 30th - Eric Borseth
​January 6th - Walt Mozdzer
January 13th - Tom Downs 
January 20th - Paul Cornelius
January 27th - Golf Challenge
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
December 30th - Darrell Hanson
January 6th - Tom Downs
January 13th - Bruce Mason
January 20th - Marti Kline
January 27th - Committees
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Steve Mather who tested our knowledge on the history of the Rose Bowl. Our Rotarian of the day was Linda Harris, who introduced our own Darrell Hanson who talked about the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. This lead to the pinning of our own Vietnam Vets. It was a nice ceremony with pictures to come soon!
 
A few stats about the Vietnam war:
 
61% of the men killed in Vietnam were 21 or younger
Polk County had 98 soldiers not return from Vietnam
Over 9 million served in Vietnam, and 700,000 of them were women. 
 
This Wednesday we have our golf Challenge and will be meeting in our Committees. 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
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Posted by Paul Cornelius on Dec 13, 2015
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
 
 
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December 23rd- Golf Challenge 
December 30th - Eric Borseth
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
December 23rd - Committees
December 30th - Darrell Hanson
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Steve Hall who tested our knowledge on the Iowa Hawkeyes and their visits to the Rose Bowl. Our Rotarian of the day was Steve Mather, who talked about the Good Friday Agreement or the Belfast Agreement. This was a major political development in the Northern Ireland peace process of the 1990's. Steve is well educated in this development, and also resided in Ireland for some time. Steve had great pictures of his time there. It was an interesting discussion. 
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Steve Mather and our Rotarian of the Day is Linda Harris, who will be presenting Vietnam Veteran pins for our vets. 
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
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Posted by Paul Cornelius on Dec 06, 2015
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
 
 
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December 16th - Steve Mather
December 23rd- Golf Challenge 
December 30th - Eric Borseth
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
December 16th - Linda Harris 
December 23rd - Committees
December 30th - Darrell Hanson
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Judy Johnson who tested our knowledge with trivia. Our Rotarian of the day was Ryan Edsen, who introduced John Pollak, who is currently retired and worked with the Legislative Service Bureau and talked about his role in the Legislative process. It was an interesting discussion. John also knew some of our Rotarians, Corinne is a personal friend and John also knew Darrell Hanson from previous work encounters. 
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Steve Hall and our Rotarian of the Day is Steve Mather. See you Wednesday!
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Nov 29, 2015
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
 
 
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December 9th - Steve Hall 
December 16th - Steve Mather
December 23rd- Golf Challenge 
December 30th - Eric Borseth
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
December 9th - Steve Mather
December 16th - Linda Harris 
December 23rd - Committees
December 30th - Darrell Hanson
 
At our last meeting the Golf Challenge continued and we met in our committees to work on our specific areas. 
 
Club Service - Club will have its winter gathering on Friday, January 8, at Toad Valley. Will have dinner for sure - and still working on plans for what to do after dinner. More to come soon. 
 
Community Service - Bruce Mason will let us know what the desired item for the Food Pantry will be.
 
International - This committee continues to work with Blessman Ministries on the South Africa project, and plans to send a club contingent to Bogota, Colombia, in 2017 to work on a new project with an orphanage there. Pastor Brad Miller was welcomed back from his journey to Africa and the Middle East. He showed a gorgeous, authentic Persian, double-hand-woven rug that he brought home (along with five others); the committee wants to find buyers for these rugs as a potential fund-raiser. 
This Wednesday is our Sergeant at Arms is Judy Johnson and our Rotarian of the day is Ryan Edsen, who will introduce John Pollak, who is currently retired and worked with the Legislative Service Bureau and will talk a little about his role in the process.
 
Look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Nov 22, 2015
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
 
 
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December 2nd - Judy Johnson
December 9th - Steve Hall 
December 16th - Steve Mather 
December 30th - Eric Borseth
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
December 2nd - Steve Mather
December 9th - Ryan Edsen
December 16th - Linda Harris 
December 23rd - Committees
December 30th - Darrell Hanson
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant was Ryan Swalwell who had us help him study for a Financial Management test he was taking later that day. Rotarians did a good job with the questions, we are confident Ryan did well on his test! 
 
Tom Downs was our Rotarian of the day who introduced our newest Rotarian, Dr. Dirk Halupnik, who gave us a little background about himself, his family, and his career with South East Polk. It was great to get to know Dirk and learn more about him. Ned Looney also presented Dirk with his certificate and Rotary pin welcoming him into the club. Welcome to our club Dirk! 
 
This Wednesday is our Golf Challenge and we will be meeting in committees.  Hope to see you Wednesday! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Nov 16, 2015
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
 
Pins were given out for their outstanding efforts in donating to the Paul Harris fund. 
 
Linda Harris received a +3 Paul Harris pin
 
Corrine Lambert received a +2 Paul Harris pin
 
Please congratulate your fellow Rotarians on their outstanding efforts in donating to the Paul Harris fund! 
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     
November 25th - Golf Challenge
December 2nd - Judy Johnson
December 9th - Steve Hall 
December 16th - Steve Mather 
December 30th - Eric Borseth
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
November 25th - Committees 
December 2nd - Steve Mather
December 9th - Ryan Edsen
December 16th - Pam Donahue
December 23rd - Committees
December 30th - Darrell Hanson
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant was Mary Rork-Watson who quizzed our knowledge with Veteran trivia. 
 
The Bowling Bash committee asked the club to think about raising the Bowling Bash pricing by $5.00 for this year due to the bowling alley raising prices. A motion was presented to the club and approved. 
 
Steve Hall was our Rotarian of the day who introduced Jake Gruber, who is the Commander of Veteran Affairs. Jake talked about the importance of Veterans Day and how its also important to remember the families of veterans, as they have also sacrificed during wars. Jake gave a great talk and took questions from our Rotarians.  
 
This Wednesday is our our Sergeant at Arms is Ryan Swalwell and our Rotarian of the Day is Tom Downs, who will introduce our newest Rotarian Dr. Dirk Halupnik who will tell us more about himself. Hope to see you Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Nov 08, 2015
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     
November 11th - Mary Rork-Watson 
November 18th - Ryan Swalwell
November 25th - Golf Challenge
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
November 11th - Steve Hall
November 18th - Tom Downs
November 25th - Committees 
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant was Ned Looney who quized our knowledge with basic trivia. 
 
The Bowling Bash committee asked the club to think about raising the Bowling Bash pricing by $5.00 for this year due to the bowling alley raising prices. Please be thinking about this, we will be voting during our meeting Wednesday.   
 
Eric Borseth was our Rotarian of the day who introduced Dr. Blessman who spoke to us about the water project our club helped fund overseas.  Our club donated $11,000 for this project and Dr. Blessman was very thankful for our continued efforts. It is always a pleasure to have Dr. Blessman talk to us about the good work he does overseas. 
 
This Wednesday is our our Sergeant at Arms is Mary Rork-Watson and our Rotarian of the Day is Steve Hall. Hope to see you Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Nov 01, 2015
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     
November 11th - Mary Rork-Watson 
November 18th - Ryan Swalwell
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
November 11th - Steve Hall
November 18th - Tom Downs
 
At our last meeting we decided to focus more on our committees instead of the golf challenge.  
 
We met in our committees to brainstorm ideas. Each committee had time to discuss plans for their each area. It was voted and decided to have the Christmas party in January to have more options for dates/times. More information to come out on that later. Also the Bowling Bash was discussed and more information will come out soon. 
 
This Wednesday is our our Sergeant at Arms is Mike Hartwig and we will have Dr. Blessman join us. Hope to see you Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 25, 2015
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     
November 4th - Mike Hartwig
November 11th - Mary Rork-Watson 
November 18th - Ryan Swalwell
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
November 4th - Kirk Duer
November 11th - Steve Hall
November 18th - Tom Downs
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Marti Kline who prepped us with some Halloween jokes to spook our trick or treaters! 
 
Our Rotarian of the day was our District Governor who reminded us to be a gift to the world. Loring talked to us about some Foundation goals, which consisted of Utilizing grants and continued support of Polio plus. Also membership goals which consisted of working on increasing membership. Youth services goals consisted of student involvement in RYLA, and also working with schools in our areas on needs. The Governor also introduced a new way to sign the 4 way test, which was a nice change! 
 
This Wednesday is our Golf Challenge and we will be meeting in our committees. Hope to see you Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 17, 2015
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     
October 29th - Golf Challenge
November 4th - Mike Hartwig
November 11th - Mary Rork-Watson 
November 18th - Ryan Swalwell
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
October 29th - Committees
November 4th - Kirk Duer
November 11th - Steve Hall
November 18th - Tom Downs
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Marti Kline who prepped us with some Halloween jokes to spook our trick or treaters! 
 
Our Rotarian of the day was our District Governor who reminded us to be a gift to the world. Loring talked to us about some Foundation goals, which consisted of Utilizing grants and continued support of Polio plus. Also membership goals which consisted of working on increasing membership. Youth services goals consisted of student involvement in RYLA, and also working with schools in our areas on needs. The Governor also introduced a new way to sign the 4 way test, which was a nice change! 
 
This Wednesday is our Golf Challenge and we will be meeting in our committees. Hope to see you Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 11, 2015
REMINDER: WE WILL BE IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE ROOM ON THE 4TH FLOOR  THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OUR MEETING.
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     
October 14th -  Tom Downs
October 21st - Mary Rork-Watson (District Governor visit)
October 29th - Golf Challenge
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
October 14th - Walt Mozdzer
​October 21st - Ryan Edsen (District Governor visit)
October 29th - Committees
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Larry Wilson who showed up with a smile and some fun trivia.  
 
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Paul Cornelius who introduced Elizabeth Cole, who is the Dietitian at Hy-Vee in Altoona. Elizabeth talked about different services provided by Hy-vee including meal planning, catering, and classes like wine tasting. 
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Tom Down, and our Rotarian of the day is Walt Mozdzer who will introduce Stephanie Kitchen, past RYLA participant, current Rotarian, and current wind power analyst from Mid-American Energy.  She will be discussing the future of wind power in Iowa.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Oct 03, 2015
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     
 
October  7th -   Larry Wilson
October 14th -  Tom Downs
October 21st - Mary Rork-Watson (District Governor visit)
October 29th - Golf Challenge
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
October 7th - Paul Cornelius
October 14th - Walt Mozdzer
​October 21st - Ryan Edsen (District Governor visit)
October 29th - Committees
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Mike Hamilton, who tested our Presidential knowledge. It was good to see how many Rotarians know our Presidents! 
 
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Darrell Hanson who introduced Ed Arnold, who talked to us about the battle against Polio and how the fight continues. From Ed's report, it seems we are gaining some ground. Ed also talked to us about the upcoming Iowa Energy game, which will continue to be $16.00 a ticket with $8.00 coming back to Rotary. More information to come on the game, and possible t-shirt sales to help raise money. 
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Larry Wilson, and our Rotarian of the day is Paul Cornelius who will introduce Elizabeth Cole, who is the Dietitian at Hy-Vee in Altoona and will talk about the programs Hy-vee offers in our community. Hope to see you Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Sep 27, 2015
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     
September 30th - Mike Hamilton
October  7th -   Larry Wilson
October 14th -  Tom Downs
October 21st - Mary Rork-Watson (District Governor visit)
Rotarian of the Day 
 
September 30th - Darrell Hanson
October 7th - Paul Cornelius
October 14th - Walt Mozdzer
​October 21st - Ryan Edsen (District Governor visit)
 
Announcements:
 
The Caring Hands Hunger Run/Walk is Sunday October 4th. How about a Rotary team support this special event? Check your schedule and let Eric Borseth know if available. 
 
At our last meeting we had our golf challenge. It should be noted that Darrell sunk 2 puts! 
 
We met in our committees last Wednesday and each committee reported to the group future plans. It was exciting to see so much going on within our club!
 
Club Admin/Public Relations - talking about the Christmas party and making some plans. Looks for ideas on entertainment and foo. More to come soon!
 
Foundation - Foundation dinner is coming up, and we voted to send one Rotarian to the dinner to represent our club. We are sending Brad Miller. 
 
Membership - continue to invite members and think about community members who would be interested in joining. 
 
Service - Starting to think about the Bowling Bash and also possibly a trivia night. More to come soon on those topics. 
 
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Mike Hamilton, and our Rotarian of the day is Darrell Hanson Hope to see you Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Sep 13, 2015
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                 
September 16th - Gary Palmer
September 23rd- Golf Challenge                                                     
September 30th - Mike Hamilton
Rotarian of the Day 
 
September 16th - Marti Kline 
September 23rd - Committees 
September 30th - Darrell Hanson
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms was Greg Lynes who brought some fun trivia for the big Iowa vs ISU football game. Darrell Provided our trivia questions for the day. Adam Kline was our Rotarian of the Day who introduced Brandt Jelken, who is a Certified Master Arborist. It was a great program that was very informative!
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Gary Palmer and our Rotarian of the Day is Marti Kline who has some fun games planned for Rotarians. Hope to see you Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Sep 07, 2015
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                 
September 16th - Mike Hamilton
September 23rd- Golf Challenge                                                     
September 30th - Gary Palmer
Rotarian of the Day 
 
September 16th - Marti Kline 
September 23rd - Committees 
September 30th - Darrell Hanson
 
At our last meeting Carl was our Sergeant at Arms and Darrell Provided our trivia questions for the day. Brad Miller was our Rotarian of the Day and spoke about ISIS and the status of the refugee camps. It was an interesting discussion with plenty of questions from our fellow Rotarians.
 
This Wednesday our Sergeant at Arms is Greg Lynes and our Rotarian of the Day is Adam Kline who will be introducing Brandt Jelken, who is a Certified Master Arborist and will talk about the safety of our trees in Iowa.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Aug 24, 2015
Upcoming                                                                         
 
September 2nd - Carl Feilmann                                                      
September 9th - Gregg Lynes                                                              
September 16th - Mike Hamilton                                                      
 
Rotarian of the Day 
September 2nd - Brad Miller
September 9th - Marti Kline
September 16th - Adam Kline 
 
 
Announcements: Kim will be casting a FINAL CALL vote for our committee skits from last year for $1.00 per vote. Winner takes all for the charity donation of their choice. 
 
 
Root Beer Float Day to benefit the Special Olympics on August 22nd at Hy-Vee was a huge success! Thanks to all who assisted with this wonderful event. 
 
At our last meeting Kim Byers was our "over the phone" Sergeant at Arms. Kim brought some good Iowa questions for the group.
 
Eric Borseth was our Rotarian of the Day who had RYLA student Megan from Bondurant High School discuss her RYLA experience. Megan talked about her RYLA experience consisting of team work, leadership, and accountability. We enjoyed hearing about "RYLAterians", which is the term used to call the RYLA youth on track to become rotarians.  Megan is excited to spread the word to friends and students in her community about the fun times she had at RYLA on the Grinnell Campus.  
 
Wednesday brings us Rotary Information day hosted by our own President Corinne Lambert. Hope to see you Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Aug 10, 2015
Upcoming Sergeant at Arms /Rotarian of the Day: 
 
August 19th is our Rotary Information Day/Rotarian of the Day being President Corinne Lambert.
 
August 25th  Sergeant at Arms - Kim Byers
                      Rotarian of the Day - Eric Borseth
 
Announcements: Kim will be casting a vote for our committee skits from last year for $1.00 per vote. Winner takes all for the charity donation of their choice. 
 
Root Beer Float Day to benefit the Special Olympics is set for August 22nd from 11 am until 3 pm outside Hy-Vee. A sign up sheet has been passed around and an email sent out. Please plan an hour to volunteer for this wonderful cause. 
 
At our last meeting Greg was our Sergeant at Arms and provided trivia on the Marine Corps.
 
Linda Harris was our Rotarian of the Day and introduced Melissa Wilder who works at Facebook here in Altoona. Melissa talked about grants offered by Facebook to the community, and also talked about the Facebook campus in Altoona. Melissa fielded some good questions form our fellow Rotarians.   
 
Our Sergeant of Arms this week is Judy Johnson, and our Rotarian of the Day is Gary Palmer. We look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday morning!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jul 26, 2015
Upcoming Sergeant at Arms /Rotarian of the Day 
 
July 29th Sergeant at Arms - Joe Nelson
                 Rotarian of the Day - Darrell Hanson
 
August 5th Sergeant at Arms - Paul Cornelius
                    Rotarian of the Day - Linda Harris 
 
August 12th Sergeant of Arms - Judy Johnson
                      Rotarian of the Day - Gary Palmer
 
At our last meeting we had our picnic at Pam's house. A great time was had by all!
 
Announcements: Kim will be casting a vote for our committee skits from last year for $1.00 per vote. Winner takes all for the charity donation of their choice. 
 
Root Beer Float Day to benefit the Special Olympics is set for August 22nd from 11 am until 3 pm outside Hy-Vee. A sign up sheet will be passed around at our next meeting. Please plan an hour to volunteer for this wonderful cause. 
 
Our Sergeant of Arms this week is Joe Nelson, and our Rotarian of the day is Darrell Hanson. We look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday morning!
 
Yours in Service,
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Cornelius on Jul 19, 2015
Upcoming Sergeant at Arms /Rotarian of the Day 
 
July 22nd NO MEETING DUE TO PICNIC (if you have questions about the picnic please contact Corinne for more information)
 
July 29th Sergeant at Arms - Joe Nelson
              Rotarian of the Day - Darrell Hanson
 
August 5th Sergeant at Arms - Paul Cornelius
                    Rotarian of the Day - Linda Harris 
 
At our last meeting our Sergeant at Arms Darrell Hanson checked our Independence knowledge with some interesting trivia.
 
Announcements at the meeting: Kim will be casting a vote for our committee skits from last year for $1.00 per vote. Winner takes all for the charity donation of their choice. 
 
Root Beer Float Day to benefit the Special Olympics is set for August 22nd from 11 am until 3 pm outside Hy-Vee. A sign up sheet will be passed around at our next meeting. Please plan an hour to volunteer for this wonderful cause. 
 
Corinne Lambert was our Rotarian of the Day who introduced guest speaker Sheila Kinman from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. She spoke about what the Community Foundation does and about elements of a strategic plan to raise funds for matching our grants. Sheila held an interactive discussion about our club and ideas for fund raising.
 
See you at the picnic Wednesday evening!
 
Yours in Service,
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Paul Cornelius 2015-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Jun 29, 2015
 
At our last Wednesday meeting of the Rotary fiscal year, we were honored to have as our guest speaker Chuck Long, legendary Iowa Hawkeye football quarterback from the 1980s, and runner-up one year to eventual Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson.  These days Chuck is Executive Director of the Iowa Games and spoke briefly about his role guiding that organization which includes the Senior Games and other offshoots.  Chuck spoke mostly about his experience as the Hawkeye football quarterback, his time playing in the NFL, and the time he worked as a college coach.  He peppered his talk with self-deprecating humor and wit and had many admirers among our tight knit group.  Among his family he mentioned he'd been married 28 years and has five children.
 
Tomorrow we witness a changing of the guard as Corinne Lambert assumes the role of President of East Polk Rotary and Paul Cornelius takes over as club secretary.  We didn't get an email from Larry O'Connor for our food pantry item, but peanut butter and canned tuna always work well.  Cash collections are always an option as well.  Have a great Tuesday and we'll see everyone in the AM!
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Apr 06, 2015
 
Good Morning Rotarians!
 
At last week's meeting, our Rotarian of the Day Eric Borseth introduced us to Scott Sailor, the Director of Community Relations for the Iowa Cubs.  Scott provided us with insight into the Cubs organization including an overview of the Chicago Cubs and their farm team system.  He clearly explained the differences among the various levels of baseball's farm system and how they contribute to the parent team's success.  One of the more interesting parts of his talk was how there is a new clock as part of the game.  A pitcher now has only 20 seconds to get a pitch off to the batter.  If he fails and the clock runs out, it will be called a ball.  If it's the batter's fault, it will be called a strike.  Scott said that major league baseball has ordered an experiment with the new clock in an effort to speed up the game.  Another requirement is that there will only be allowed 2:25 between innings.  Scott pointed out that surveys have not revealed a major gripe with the length of games among fans and he doesn't think it's needed.  But they plan to follow through with the request to see what impact it will have.  Opening day for the I-Cubs is April 17th.  
 
Our good friend Dr. Jim Blessman was also in attendance at last week's meeting and thanked our club for the cumulative (including matching grants) $161,000 raised for new water wells in South Africa. East Polk contributed a block of that money which was added to money raised by other area clubs and then multiplied by the grant process including a Rotary International grant.  Dr. Blessman said the money will supply 10 fresh water wells in rural schools where there is a chronic lack of fresh clean water among the local residents and students.
 
In other news, Eric reported that we now have as many as eight students identified for the upcoming RYLA camp this summer.  This, of course, is a huge improvement over previous years and is reflective of Eric's ground level work within his committee and with Carol Von Tersch, his counterpart at Southeast Polk High School.  Please take a moment to thank Eric for his persistence in this important area of the club's commitment.  The challenge now is to find money to allow all these candidates a chance to attend if they wish.  
 
Looking ahead to this week, Corinne Lambert is our Rotarian of the Day and Tom Downs is the Sergeant at Arms.  We'll see everyone in the morning.
 
 
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Mar 30, 2015
 
Good Morning Rotarians,
 
Last Wednesday we worked in our respective committees and presented reports that focused on initiatives for the remainder of the Rotary calendar year as well as the normal calendar year.  We have Southeast Polk's Iowa Industrial Technology Exposition still to come on May 8th and will be needing judges to volunteer for that.  Also, the Community Service Committee is working on ordering new polo shirts for club members, but there is quite a bit of red tape surrounding the official Rotary wheel symbol.  They are working through that.  
 
Also in the last week we've learned that we have identified a number of students to attend this summer's RYLA event.  Eric Borseth has been leading that effort and although it's early, it appears that this could be one of our best years for placing local students in RYLA's summer camp.  Gary Welch is again heading the District's RYLA leadership and needs more volunteers to help.  If you are interested, please email Gary at gwelch3002@msn.com.  He will provide more details.
 
Tomorrow Eric Borseth is our Rotarian of the Day and will be bringing Scott Sailor.  Scott is the Director of the Consumer Experience for the Iowa Cubs, which is very close to kicking off their 2015 season.  Since the Iowa Cubs have generously supported our prior Fall fundraisers with a sky box donation, let's show up tomorrow to support him and show appreciation.  Tomorrow's Sergeant at Arms is Paul Cornelius. 
 
Finally, tomorrow is Food Pantry Day.  Since we don't have an official "item" to bring, we know that they can always use canned tuna, so let's make that our official food item for April 1st.  Hunger doesn't take a day off for April Fool's or warm weather so let's continue our support as aligned with our sunnier dispositions.  We'll see everyone at 7:00.  
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Mar 23, 2015
 
Hello Rotarians!
 
At last week's meeting current Assistant District Governor Steve Weineke introduced our own Tom Downs as next year's Asisstant District Governor for Area 5, District 6000.  His service to the District will begin July 1 and last through June 30, 2016.  Be sure to congratulate Tom on this honor and recognition of loyal service.  After a boozy quiz on wine production during Adam Kline's Sergeant at Arms segment, we spent a good share of the rest of our meeting listening to Gregg Lynes give his induction talk as our newest member.  Gregg pointed out that this was not his first trip to the Rotary ranch and has already made some good suggestions for club improvement.  Gregg spent a good share of his career as a U.S. Marine and passed around some photos of himself in uniform at various stages of his career.  Thank you Gregg for sharing your story and for already making most of us think you've been a club member for much longer than you have.
 
Other notes and notables:  May 15 and 16 are the dates for the District 6000 Conference in Coralville.  We already have two club members who plan to attend although all members are encouraged to attend.  If you wish to attend, see Tom or Corinne.  On March 28th, the District will hold their annual training seminar for incoming club officers at the DMACC campus in Newton.  See Walt if you need more information.  Also during the Board Meeting it was revealed that we were able to parlay our $11,000 gift towards digging water wells in Africa to $150,000 by combining our contribution with similar contributions from other area clubs such as Ankeny and Waukee, plus matching grants.  At that rate of multiplication (13.6X), who needs casinos?  Er, I mean, other than a place to hold our meeting. 
 
Tomorrow we will conduct the business of our respective committees and watch the next group perform their Four-Way Test skit for our song and dance competition.  We hope to see everyone tomorrow!
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Mar 09, 2015
 
Last week we were honored by our own Ned Looney as Rotarian of the Day and speaker of the day.  Ned had some things on his mind--specifically how the press has been reporting on vaccinations for measles, influenza, and polio.  There had been quite a bit of recent press about the measles outbreak in California and the pros and cons of vaccinations for children.  Of course, in recent years there have been some high level celebrities who have come out publicly against vaccines, saying they can cause autism.  Ned gave an even-tempered presentation on this issue and pointed out that you can actually contract measles from the vaccine.  However, he also mentioned that there has not been a single death from measles in over 10 years.  
 
Next he tackled influenza, or the flu, and told everyone that this year's flu vaccine was only 24% effective.  In fact, for those over age 65 it's only 10% effective.  In reality, only 20% of patients who are diagnosed with the flu actually had the flu.  Ned also mentioned that if you get a flu shot every year, it makes the vaccine less effective.  Who knew?
 
Finally, Mr. Looney got very focused and told us something rather startling.  He said for every country that we cross off the list as hosting cases of polio, we run a high risk of creating more cases of polio.  In fact he said there can be an increasing number of vaccine-induced polio cases or polio-like symptoms in local populations, especially among those people displaced by war and conflict.  As they cross borders and flee homelands, often people are given the oral vaccine, whether they have already had the vaccine.  Often that information is difficult or impossible to obtain.  He cautioned against getting too myopic in the race for eradication and not to get caught up in the hype.  This road to eradication will be long and difficult.  Keep a cool head about the task ahead and don't become too discouraged as cases pop up in areas that were previously polio-free.  Human nature, poverty and war are major contributors to polio-sustenance.
 
Tomorrow features Darrell Hanson as Sergeant at Arms and Ryan Swalwell as Rotarian of the Day.  We look forward to seeing everyone at 7:00 AM.
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Feb 16, 2015
 
Greetings Rotarians,
 
At last week's meeting, our Rotarian of the Day Larry Wilson introduced us to Tamara Garza from the St. Gregory Retreat Center, an addiction rehab center in Des Moines.  St. Gregory's was founded in 2007 because of the unnecessary death of a close family member.  St. Gregory's is empowerment-based and is not founded on the idea that alcoholism is a disease.  Instead their approach focuses on the root causes of the addiction and examines the life situations are causing the addiction to take place.  They seek to replace old "faulty" thinking with productive healthy thinking.  Their success rate has been 70% if the participants follow their plan.
 
Keep in mind that the Bowling Bash fundraiser is less than two weeks away on the 27th of February.  Teams are forming and the activity level seems to be picking up.  Our club typically thrives on the pressure of pulling together to make an event a success.  Let's continue to get bowlers to come, assembling teams and ultimately bidders on the silent auction baskets.  We'll get the latest from Ryan Swalwell.  Also Tom Downs will have a brief report on the Iowa Energy game from a few weeks ago.
 
Tomorrow, Daron Lewis is the Sergeant at Arms and Todd Ross was slated to be Rotarian of the Day, but he is no longer a member.  I believe President Byers has a plan for our speaker tomorrow.
 
Bundle up on the way in tomorrow.  Winter still has a grip on the area as it appears that crazy groundhog was right again when he declared six more weeks of winter.  We'll see you all tomorrow.
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Feb 09, 2015
 
Greetings Rotarians!
 
Last week we witnessed the induction of Shannon DeLouis--one of our newest members.  Gregg Lynes, our other newest member, was on vacation last Wednesday and was not able to attend. Shannon, who is the director of the Mitchellville Freedom for Youth Center, gave a heartfelt talk about herself.  She discussed the challenges she faced growing up in a family that didn't always provide the necessary tools for success.  She courageously and emotionally aligned her position at Freedom for Youth with her goal of helping families break the cycle of poverty and dysfunction.  We welcome Shannon to East Polk Rotary and encourage her to grow personally and professionally by plugging into the club's committees and service projects.  (Shannon:  the fear of public speaking will diminish the more you do it!  I've been there.)
 
Last Saturday night was the Iowa Energy PolioPlus game, so we look forward to a report on that event.  Keep in mind that as you think about PolioPlus quarters, half the money you spent on the Iowa Energy tickets can be counted towards your $30/year PolioPlus commitment.  So if you bought two tickets for $32, you can count $16 towards your $30 annual goal.  Let's keep those quarters (or paper money) coming in.  The Bowling Bash is just over two weeks away so keep working on team registrations, lane sponsors and silent auction baskets.  See Mary or Ryan for additional information.  This week Norma has volunteered to be the Sergeant at Arms in the absence of Scott Short and Larry Wilson is our Rotarian of the Day.  We'll see everyone tomorrow.
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
At last week's meeting, our Rotarian of the Day Darrell Hanson introduced our own Brad Miller who took us on a journey, figuratively, to Israel.  Brad discussed his latest adventures with Israeli cab drivers and several of the sites where he visited.  He also gave each table flashlights of various strength and dimension which was a very nice gesture on his part.  The flashlights were supposed to be the 'illuminating' part of the presentation.  
 
Tomorrow we discuss committee work so no speaker will present.  As you all know by know the Bowling Bash is scheduled for the last Friday February 27th from 2 to 5.  Continue to sign up your teams, sponsor lanes or contact businesses as possible lane sponsors.  Checks should be payable to East Polk Rotary and given to Linda Harris.  Remember that Mary does not have the luxury of printing lane sponsor signs at the last minute.  This means that lane sponsors will have to be identified and brought to her prior to February 16th.  Also, look for the sign up sheet to bring a silent auction basket to the event. Remember that the more people we have at the event, even if just bowlers, the more people that potentially will bid up the basket prices.  Thanks for your support in making this a fun event.
 
We'll see many of you tomorrow!
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
 
At last week's meeting, our Rotarian of the Day, Steve Mather, introduced us to the fascinating world of NFL referees.  Scott Halverson spoke to the club about his career as an NFL ref, including two Super Bowls.  He spoke about their system of grading and how each week the refs' calls are scrutinized on film and then each ref around the league is graded and ranked.  That scoring system helps determine which ones go on to work the playoffs and Super Bowl.  There were many questions about his work, how they are evaluated, the politics of the NFL and their compensation structure.  This was truly a presentation that captured everyone's attention and interest.  Okay, maybe the ladies were a little less interested than the guys.  We'll just go ahead and admit that.  
 
Last Friday the club member gathered at Toad Valley for the annual Christmas party and we are expecting a report tomorrow.  President Kim Byers will be absent tomorrow so President Elect Lambert will be filling in.  Seargeant at Arms tomorrow is Ryan Swallwell and the Rotarian of the Day is Ryan Edsen.  A quick reminder that the club has voted to not meet on Christmas Eve day or New Years Eve day.  
 
We hope to see everyone at 7:00 tomorrow.
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 24, 2014
 
Last week our Rotarian of the Day Tom Downs reintroduced us to Ed Arnold of the Northwest Rotary Club of Des Moines and we met for the first time Kyle Davey, VP of Ticket Sales for the Iowa Energy. Ed has a passion for Rotary's effort in the PolioPlus arena and spoke about how $55,000 has been raised leading to 100,000 immunizations since the Iowa Energy partnership with Rotary.  This is the seventh year the game has been hosted for this polio eradication effort.  Again this year, tickets for the game on Saturday February 7, 2015 will be discounted to $16 each (normally $20), and will come with access to $2 beer and "The Amazing Slodick" halftime show.  Club members are encouraged to purchase as many tickets as they wish, but at least two tickets per member.  Whatever the club members don't purchase, the club will kick in to make sure that at least 100 tickets are purchased.  If you don't plan to use your tickets, you may donate them back to the Iowa Energy who will make sure that local youth groups are able to use them.  
 
Tomorrow is our monthly business meeting, so no speakers are slated, although it would appear that the next group is at bat for the Dramatic Four Way Test skit.  President Byers will be actively filming the effort so that club members may vote at the end of the year on their favorite.
 
With the short work week, on behalf of East Polk Rotary, we wish all club members safe passage to and from their final Thanksgiving destinations and hope that you use the time to eat and drink (not too much), spend quality time with friends and family, and recharge for the final push to the end of 2014.  In the meantime, we'll see many of you tomorrow morning.    
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Nov 17, 2014
At our last gathering Eric Borseth as Rotarian of the Day introduced us to Mark Nelson and Shannon Delouis of the non-profit Freedom for Youth.  Mark is the founder and Director and Shannon oversees the Mitchellville center.  Freedom for Youth is a mission outreach for inner city kids from age 5 to 22.  Mark took us on a journey from the very beginning of the organization to a heartfelt story of one girl who he discovered living outside on the streets, and through ministry and mentoring helped to not only get off the streets and drugs, but he also witnessed her own transition to a married woman with two kids of her own.  Freedom for Youth has grown exponentially through Iowa and now has a group home for boys and another one for girls and is now beginning down the road of vocational training.  The hope is that they can break the cycle of poverty that many of these kids find encircles them.  We wish Mark and his staff the best in continuing their good works.
 
Tomorrow Tom Downs will be serving as Rotarian of the Day as part of a switch with Melissa Horton.  Tom is planning a presentation on Polio Plus with Ed Arnold and Kyle Davy, VP of Ticket Sales for the Iowa Energy.  Mike Hartwig will take his place as Sergeant at Arms tomorrow.
 
Also, last Saturday about 10 members of the club participated in a session on strategic planning (visioning) for the club and Marti Kline may be sharing some thoughts about that meeting.  Otherwise, keep your Snuggies handy as the cold weather appears to be sticking around for a while.  It's a good thing natural gas prices are still near record low prices.  That should help our winter heating costs stay reasonable.  We'll see everyone tomorrow at 7:00.
 
 
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2014
Hello Rotarians,
 
In Rotary's version of "Old Home Week" four former presidents of East Polk Rotary took the stage and reminisced about our club's history, the past fundraisers, and the international focus on mission projects ranging from Medicine for Mali to supporting Blessman Ministries, and our future involvement with orphanages in India.  Our distinguished panel consisted of Eric Borseth, Marti Kline, Linda Harris and Norma Bettis and they were moderated by Corinne Lambert, president elect.  Eric told us how detached he was from Rotary in the early days of his membership and actually had a charter member swing by his office to pick him up to make sure he went to meetings.  That was a light moment.  He succinctly stated that a member's Rotary experience is largely driven by the engagement level of the individual Rotarian.  Overall, the program was a unique insight into Rotary membership by those members formers occupying the crow's nest.  
 
Tomorrow's Rotarian of the Day is Steve Hall who will be introducing Valerie Ashley a real estate agent with Keller Williams.  Valerie will be speaking in the first half of our hour together due to a prior commitment at 8:30.  She will need to leave by 7:30, after which we will conduct our normal club business.  Singing might be on the chopping block.  Not my call.  However, it would help if everyone were in their seats by 7:10.  The program will address an effort to end homelessness among veterans by 2020.  
 
Our Sergeant at Arms is Ryan Edsen and tomorrow is Food Pantry Day.  Items requested include cans of pumpkin, boxes of turkey dressing and instant potatoes.  
 
Remember to invite others to our club meetings.  Anyone who has a longing for community service is a potential member.  Rotary no longer has just a vocation-based membership.  So please bring a guest and we'll make him/her feel welcome!  Spouses are especially welcome.  Thanks for all you do.  We hope to see everyone in the AM.  
Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Sep 29, 2014

Greetings Rotarians!

On this second Wednesday of the Fall season, we gather to once again celebrate what we've learned, acknowledge our progress, and map out a course for the future.  Last Wednesday, we did the work of our committees and each committee chair reported on their committee's work.  It was decided that the Membership Committee will fold into the Community Service Committee since interest in serving on the Membership Committee was waning and there has been some membership attrition.  

One of the strongest initiatives from Community Service was that of the District 6000 Coat Drive.  Each member contributed $20 in the last meeting and openly challenged the other committees to step up and also contribute $20 individually to the coat drive.  The organizers at District 6000 wished that all funds be remunerated by October 3rd.  The goal is for each District 6000 Rotarian to give $16.11 which would result in meeting the 4,000 coats goal.  Also, coats would be distributed in a pro-rata fashion to each district.  

This week Mike Hamilton is the Sergent at Arms and Walt Mozdzer is the Rotarian of the Day.  Walt will be introducing Terri Henkels from the Healthy. Altoona Partnership.  Finally, tomorrow is Food Pantry Day and our item of need is Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix.  Thanks for all you do!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Sep 22, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

Last week it seemed half our club members were on vacation.  In one of our smaller outings, our Rotarian of the Day, Paul Cornelius, hosted our speaker Jeff Esseck, owner/operator of Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping in Altoona.  Paul said he personally went through the program and brought Jeff in to tell his story.  It turns out that Jeff and his wife have also graduated from Farrell's and I recall that all of Farrell's franchise owners have done the same.  The idea is that they know what the participants are going through as they journey towards their fitness goals.  Jeff passed around a "Before" photo of himself when he weighed 240 pounds and was denied for life insurance.  He said that was a wake-up call and decided to change his life.  

Jeff spoke about the program which is six days a week for 45 minutes a day.  He said not only is it challenging for all fitness levels but the instructors hold you accountable for no-shows and even for guilty late-night runs to the drive-up window of your favorite fast food joint.  The normal cost for a 10 week program is $399, but Jeff was offering the program for just $299 to interested members.  

This week we are back to conducting the work of our various committees, along with President Kim Byers' "Four Way Test with Intrigue."  It appears that the golf challenge has run its course.  So join us tomorrow morning for the usual fun and folly.    

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Sep 15, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

It's a great time to be a Rotarian as we hurtle towards Fall.  The temps are cooling off, giving us a chance to turn off the A/C and open the windows for a change of pace.  Before long we'll be raking the leaves and looking forward to harvest activities and the distinctly Iowa Beggars Night planning and participation.  Last time we met, Mary Rork-Watson served as our Rotarian of the Day.  She took the stage and told us that the end of September marks Banned Book Week.  Each table received a quiz that tested our knowledge on books that were controversial and therefore, perhaps, illuminated Mary's point that many books once banned or outlawed by schools and/or libraries are now widely read and accepted.

This week we feature Norma Bettis as the Sergeant at Arms and Paul Cornelius as Rotarian of the Day.  We'll see everyone tomorrow.

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Sep 08, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

Last week Gary Palmer, a.k.a. Clay Willey, was our Rotarian of the Day and introduced us to Hector Morales, Director of Table Games at Prairie Meadows.  We learned that Hector was born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico and has been in the gambling business for a whopping 43 years.  Hector's work history spans the cruise industry out of the Bahamas and Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.  

In 2006, Hector became disillusioned with the Las Vegas lifestyle and moved his family to Iowa to work at Prairie Meadows and is in the process of building a home in Altoona.  He heads a staff of 175, which includes dealers, assistant managers, managers and executive directors.  He spoke for several minutes about those who count cards and how card counters try to use their knowledge of black jack to improve their odds of winning.  Interestingly, there is nothing illegal about counting cards, but if done well, it can "stack the deck" -- no pun intended -- against the casino.  Those folks are politely encouraged to play the slots instead.  

This week our Sergeant at Arms is Carl Feilmann and the Rotarian of the Day is Adam Kline.  Also, last week we raised $105 in cash for the Caring Hands Food Pantry in addition to the tangible food donations.  There were some odds and ends from the prior week such as the club voted to support The Altoona Campus's Family Fun night for $100, Carol Von Tersch will remain on as the liaison for the Interact Club at SE Polk High School, the club Christmas Party will be December 5th from about 6 to 9, and new club shirts are forthcoming.

See everyone tomorrow!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Aug 25, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

As part of the announcements last week, Kim announced that the HyVee Rootbeer Float fundraiser at HyVee on August 16th raised $289.  Ned Looney made a motion that the club match that amount.  Mike Hamilton quickly seconded the motion and the club voted in the affirmative.  So, a total of $578 is headed in the direction of the Special Olympics.  Many thanks to the participants and Todd Ross for coordinating the event.

Last week Adam Kline, acting as Rotarian of the Day, introduced our speaker Rich Powers, the Superintendent of Bondurant/Farrar Schools.  We learned from Rich that the district is the second fastest growing in the state, behind Waukee.  One new initiative this year is that all new students get an Apple Macbook Pro laptop.  Not bad.  He also spoke about how education is evolving--less rote memorization and more skill building for critical thinking and problem solving.  Rich touched on both the short-term and long-term challenges of managing the school district.  Fortunately, some of the financial burden for capital improvements has fallen on the shoulders of local lottery winners Brian and Nancy Lohse, who have been quite generous with the district.

Coming up, in a week, we return to Food Pantry Day and the items requested are cereal and boxed macaroni.  Remember to bring those items to our September 3rd meeting.  Tomorrow features our business meeting with a new twist.  President Byers is jettisoning the golf challenge for a new mysterious activity.  However, you have to be present to win. . .er, participate.  Hopefully, we'll see everyone tomorrow.

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Aug 18, 2014

Hello Rotarians,

Last time we met we heard from John Rasmussen, owner of the Altoona Bike Shop on 8th Street SW.  He spoke about his upbringing as the child of a bike store owner along with his brother.  In 1986 he and his brother bought out their dad for $30,000.  Today their combined store annual revenue is $2.5 million including the store his brother owns in West Des Moines.  

John spoke about the satisfying but exhausting long days he has spent fixing bikes on RAGBRAI and how one year he rode in the event without fixing a single bike.  Most of the bikes he offers for sale are in the $500 - $1,000 range and you generally get the feeling that there isn't much John hasn't seen in the bike world.  We are fortunate to have him as a resource in our town.  

Looking ahead to this week, Judy Johnson is our Sergeant at Arms and Mary Rork-Watson is the Rotarian of the Day.  We'll see everyone in the morning.   

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Aug 11, 2014

Hello Rotarians,

I just uploaded the 2014 Root Beer Float Fundraiser Schedule to the ClubRunner home page.  You do not have to log in to view or download the file, so if you need to recall which shift you signed up for, it's all there if you can access the internet.  Also, we only have two people per shift, and Todd Ross requested a third person to help run interference for things like additional cups, root beer, or ice cream from the HyVee managers.  As in the past, this Saturday August 16th, just show up at the table set up just inside the door of the Altoona HyVee and the tasks will be self-evident.  The first shift begins at 11 and the last shift ends at 4.  If you'd like to volunteer to set up, tear down, or count and collect the money, please contact Todd.  

Last week Rotarian of the Day Clay Willey introduced Lance Riedl, who is an all-around hotel and banquet maestro for Prairie Meadows Hotel and Casino.  Lance told his fascinating story about working in large West Coast hotels and resorts, followed by a souring economy in 2008, and finally the events that brought him to the Des Moines metro area and Altoona.  He used humor in describing how one of his first thoughts upon arrival here was to develop a scheme to leave.  But the welcoming people of Iowa helped to change his mind and he's now put down roots.  His talk developed lots of questions from club members about hotel services and what guests look for in a hotel stay.  He was well received and many would welcome a return visit to learn more.

Tomorrow's Sergeant at Arms is Joe Nelson and the Rotarian of the Day is Linda Harris who will be introducing John Rasmussen of Rasmussen Bike Shop in Altoona.  Southeast Polk schools start up next week, so keep your eyes peeled and your speed down for the kiddos walking to bus stops and crossing the street.  We'll see everyone in the AM.  

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Aug 04, 2014

Hello Rotarians,

It has been a busy couple of weeks, but we're back on track for tomorrow's meeting.  Last week we hosted Emily Knuth and Anna Fogerty, both students at Bondurant-Farrar High School.  They participated in this summer's RYLA camp.  RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadershop Awards and this summer's camp was held at Grinnell College from July 13-18th.  Emily and Anna both shared their experience, from applying and waiting to hear if they were accepted, to their first impressions upon arrival, to the song version of the four-way test.  Animated, poised, and charming, these young women embraced their experiences and seemed to grasp the underlying leadership purpose of the RYLA camp.  The search is now on for next year's candidates.

Although Steve Hall was not present last week, he sent in the totals for the "Feed the Hungry through Rotary" initiative where he and fellow East Polk Rotarian Scott Short helped package food for the underserved on July 16th.  Several food pantries around the area received proceeds and the Altoona Caring Hands Food Pantry received 19 boxes containing 216 meals per box, or a total of 4,104 meals.  Great job guys!

Tomorrow's Sergeant at Arms is Todd Ross while the Rotarian of the Day is Clay Willey.  He will be introducting Lance Riedl as his speaker.  Let's also not forget that tomorrow is Food Pantry Day and Larry O'Connor has requested egg noodles and peanut butter.

We'll see everyone tomorrow!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Jul 14, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

Fresh off the pool party at Pam Donahue's house last Wednesday, we are back at it this Wednesday at the usual stomping ground.  Although this member wasn't able to be at the picnic-a-la-Donahue, I'm confident that those in attendance enjoyed themselves and the respite from the normal Wednesday morning routine.  We all should THANK Pam for her hospitality last week.

This week Ned Looney is Rotarian of the Day, after switching with Tom Downs.  However, with the resignation of Trent Frohock as a member of the club, Tom has stepped up to serve as Sargent at Arms this week.

One follow up item from recent announcements involves the Hunger Free for Rotary event this Wednesday afternoon at the Outreach Warehouse, 7401 HWY 69 South, Des Moines.  Our contact for this meal packaging event is Steve Hall so if you'd like to volunteer, please reach out to Steve at shall@westbankstrong.com.

We hope to see everyone in the morning!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Jul 07, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

Last week we welcomed our new President Kim Byers who took control of the club on her first day and made several announcements.  On July 16th the event Huger Free for Rotary will take place at the Outreach, Inc. warehouse located at 7401 Highway 69 South, near the Southridge Mall.  There are two shifts--1:00 and 3:00.  Volunteers will be bagging prepackaged meals in a similar fashion to other meal-packaging efforts made popular by Meals from the Heartland.  The club gave $500 towards this effort.

Tom Downs was our Rotarian of the Day and introduced Chad Quick, the Altoona City Planner for the last 13 years.  He said Altoona now has a population of 16,500.  He spoke about the 300,000 square foot high end outlet mall going in by the Bass Pro Shop next year.  The movie theater project moved locations and now will be built near Culvers on Adventureland Drive.  There will also be a new Hampton Inn & Suites built west of the Holiday Inn Express and just west and south a new commercial building is being constructed for the Iowa Donor Network which is moving its administrative offices from Johnston.  It will be about 17,000 square feet.  None of this even includes Phase 2 of the Facebook project going on just north of the Bass Pro location on the other side of Interstate 80.  Chad said that building is designed to withstand a direct hit from an EF4 tornado.  Evidently there is a lot of steel and concrete involved.

Tomorrow this is no AM meeting and instead we are meeting for a picnic and pool party at Pam Donahue's house in Granger.  The address is 10652 NW 107th Street and it is the third house on the left.  The festivities begin at 6PM and will include fun at her pool, yard games and plenty of food.

We hope to see you there.

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Jun 30, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

It's a brand new Rotarian year, and our longtime member Kim Byers has taken the helm as President of East Polk Rotary with the exchange of the gavel at last week's club banquet in the Prairie Rose Room at Prairie Meadows.  Thanks to Clay Willey and his team we all enjoyed tasty appetizers as well as a delicious dinner buffet.  We also want to acknowledge Corinne Lambert as our new President Elect, while Linda Harris remains as club treasurer and yours truly remains on as club secretary.  Tomorrow's meeting will feature Tom Downs as Rotarian of the Day.  He will be bringing in Chad Quick, City Planner for Altoona.  Our Sergeant at Arms is Darrell Hanson who volunteered when he noticed a gap in the new schedule.  Speaking of the new schedule, it can be downloaded right from the club's home page found here.  It is the first on the right under the heading DOWNLOADS.  You don't even have to log in to get it.  Please print a copy for yourself.  You are responsible for knowing when your name is up.

We'll see everyone in the AM.  Enjoy the short workweek.

 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Jun 09, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

Although not officially Summer yet, our community is truly in the throes of summer.  The community pools are open, school is out and everyone is looking forward to fireworks and the 4th of July.  Last week was food pantry day and we raised $70 in cash in addition to the many bars of soap that members brought in.  Also there was an announcement that Saturday August 16th is Root Beer Float Day at HyVee in Altoona, an effort to raise money for Special Olympics.  Be thinking about your level of involvement  again this year.

Carl Feilmann was our Rotarian of the Day and he introduced our own Steve Mather to present an update on concussions.  There's been a great deal of press on the subject since several high profile NFL football players have committed suicide in recent years and others like former Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre have admitted to struggling with memory issues.  Steve pointed out that coaches, staff and players at all levels are key to this conversation around traumatic brain injuries caused by concussions.

An estimated 3.8 million sports-related brain injuries occur in the U.S. at all age levels each year.  Up to 23% of veterans have reported concussion-like experiences.  So the problem is widespread and is now getting the attention it deserves but as some in the room pointed out, properly fitting sports equipment like helmets on high school athletes is still a compromise.  Finally, Steve pointed out that current treatment options are symptom-based, not on how much time has elapsed since the injury occurred.

Tomorrow features Steve Pettit as Sargent at Arms and Marti Kline offering us a few laughs as Rotarian of the Day.  If you saw Marti's email, please come prepared to share a funny, embarrassing moment or story that will give us something to chuckle over.

We'll see everyone in the AM!

 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Jun 02, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

Last week we conducted our important monthly business meeting and at the top of the meeting we voted to approve our board's recommendation to give $500 towards area Rotary clubs' effort to package 100,000 meals during the upcoming event here in the Metro.  In addition, Steve Hall reminded club members of Naomi Tutu's upcoming speaking event at Drake on June 20th in the morning.  Those interested should check with Steve on how to gain admission.

Then we went down the line and visited with each committee head on progress in their respective committees.  Here's what we heard:

Club Service - The Club Banquet will take place at Prairie Meadows on June 25th at 6:00 where the gavel will change hands from Steve Hall to Kim Byers.  In addition, Corinne Lambert will slide into the President-Elect seat.  July 9th will feature our club picnic at Pam Donohue's house (details to follow) and there will be no club meeting on either day.

Community Service - Norma has been working with the Enabling Gardens to see if we can get a permanent reminder of our yet-to-be-given cash gift, but we seem to have become stuck on the particulars.  They don't want to give us a permanent sign, so we are reluctant to give them any money.

International Service - Adam reported that the committee chair Casey Hansen is rumored to be leaving town for a new job in Eastern Iowa.  So they will probably need a new chairperson to take the reigns.

Vocational Service - Mike Hamilton reported that Phil Cronin, Director of the Iowa Tech Expo, will be able to make his pitch to manufacturing employers at the annual Association of Business and Industry Statewide Conference in Cedar Rapids next week.  He'll be sharing the value of sponsorships at the Iowa Tech Expo at the Elevate Iowa booth, which is pushing to elevate advanced manufacturing careers in the state.

Youth & Family - About 20 volunteers are still needed for the carnival part of the Kids Cafe, a local grassroots effort to feed the kids in the community while school is out for the summer.  The event takes place in early July.  See Eric Borseth for more information.  

Membership - Trent continues to explore a spinoff of the club to meet at a different time, such as Thursday or Friday at noon in a different place like the Altoona HyVee Club Room.  We will also pursue a connection with the Healthy Altoona Partnership, a community-based effort to promote wellness among our citizens.  It could be an avenue to raise club awareness in the community while also helping others.  New members could also follow.

Corinne Lambert spoke up about efforts to conduct some strategic planning for the club and threw out a few dates, but many had conflicts so she was going to pursue a date in September that might be more available.  Finally, Larry O'Connor needs bar soap for our Food Pantry item tomorrow.  Thanks for all you do.

See everyone in the AM!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on May 19, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

Before we got started with our speaker last week, we got a report on the Iowa Tech Expo which was held the previous Friday at Southeast Polk High School.  This annual event supported by our club was another success.  Skillfully guided by Phil Cronin, the event led to $2,500 awarded in college scholarships to deserving students.  We look forward to next year's Tech Expo.

Then our own Trent Frohock took the stage as both the Rotarian of the Day and the morning's program.  The story behind the scenes is that Steve Hall, upon learning that an outside speaker was not available, encouraged Trent to tell his own story since he was "an interesting guy."  He did not disappoint.  Trent told a string of personal stories tied to his work, family and his experience as a pilot.  Everyone was amused.  Boredom was never a concern as Trent entertained the club members quite vividly for 7:30 AM.  Next we'll be looking for a PowerPoint to illustrate some of his points.

In other news, Ryan Edsen is not able to serve as tomorrow's Sargent of Arms so we are looking for a last minute substitute.  If you would like to step in for Ryan, please bring your trivia tomorrow morning.  Also, there will be no music tomorrow or May 28th as Marti will not be in attendance.  Mike Hamilton may have to sing solo, or perhaps we all sing acapela.  Tomorrow's Rotarian of the Day is Norma Bettis and her speaker will be Sherrie Colbert from the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge.

Stay safe out there and we'll see you in the AM!

 

 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on May 05, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

Last week it was Rotary Information Day as we held our fifth meeting of April.  Todd Wheeler of the Des Moines Noon Rotary club provided a presentation on Feed the Hungry Day. Similar to Meals from the Heartland it is a collaborative effort of the Des Moines area Rotarians who will be packaging 100,000 meals in 2 – two hour shifts on Wednesday, July 16.  At least 380 volunteers are needed….cash donations are welcome….and Steve Hall  will be attending the monthly meetings between now and then and will be asking for East Polk’s full support of the event.

Remember that this Friday we support the Iowa Tech Expo at Southeast Polk High School.  The day begins at 8:30 AM with coffee and donuts (continental breakfast), a 9:00 instructional meeting and at 10:00 judging begins, concluding at about noon.  Parking is provided in the east parking lot and thank  you to those who have volunteered to serve as judges this year.

Tomorrow Darrell Hanson is our Rotarian of the Day and has asked Mike Hartwig to provide the program.  You may recall that Mike is a former East Polk Rotarian who has expressed interest in rejoining our club, so please make him feel welcome.  Carl Feilmann is serving as Sargent at Arms.  In addition, Jennifer Chittenden, Executive Director of the Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce will be announcing a collaborative Rotary event on June 20th featuring Naomi Tutu.

Tomorrow is Food Pantry Day and Larry O'Connor has asked for canned potatoes.  We'll see everyone in the morning!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Apr 21, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

At last week's meeting, we had effectively two presentations to enjoy.  The first was a guest of Joe Nelson, East Polk Rotary member and principal of Mitchellville Elementary School.  He introduced Emily Lauters, a 5th grader who has been selected to attend the Junior National Young Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.  Emily walked us through a PowerPoint presentation on the conference itself and how it shapes our nation's future leaders.  In passing she mentioned she'd like to attend Harvard or Yale for her post-high school education.  Many in the crowd noted her lofty and admirable goals.  Emily was speaking primarily to raise awareness of her educational trajectory as well as to raise $2,000 for her trip.  The club has yet to vote on whether to extend financial support. 

The second speaker, introducted by Larry Wilson, Rotarian of the Day, was Jeannie Conkling, the Director of Dress for Success Des Moines.  She is also the spouse of Skip Conkling, mayor of Altoona.  Jeannie was there to talk about her involvement with Dress for Success (DFS), a non-profit organization which was started in 1997 and now has 130 affiliates in 13 countries.  The Des Moines office is a 1/2 block from the former Younkers building.  Access is now impaired because of the fire to that building and the related fallout.  However, that has not stopped operations from continuing.  In fact, Jeannie told us that there are three primary ways that Dress for Success has an impact:  1.  suiting, 2.  classes, and 3.  partner agencies. 

The primary mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to seek improved employment by way of appropriate professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools that will help drive their economic independence.  The women come to DFS by way of other agencies, such as Hope Ministries, Children and Families of Iowa, etc.  Since 2011, the Des Moines chapter of DFS has suited over 450 women who are mothers to over 500 kids.  Jeannie mentioned that more men are needed to volunteer to help women with their interviewing skills training. 

Tomorrow is our monthly business meeting and golf challenge.  We will also be passing the hat for donations to support FFA member Nettie Payne's outreach program to feed the hungry in the SEP School District.  You may remember her from a few weeks ago presenting her project called Kids Care, centered around a package of six servings of macaroni and cheese.  She was seeking to raise $5,000 which was enough to serve 25,000 meals.  She is currently at the $2,000 mark.

We'll see everyone in the morning!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Apr 07, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

I must begin this week's journal entry by admitting that I'm not entirely familiar with the correct spelling of several of our speaker guests last week.  So I'm going to give it my best effort while I seek advance forgiveness for any erroneous entries.  Here we go.  Southeast Polk Ag teacher Matt Eddy and several of his FFA students were in our presence last Wednesday and informed us with a three-pronged presentation. 

First, Nettie Payne spoke and she discussed how she recognized in the SEP District what the political pundits call "food insecurity" which is nothing but a sugar-coated term for "hunger".  Nettie noodled on this gap in our community's supply of food with those in need.  She came up with Kids Care, which is a program that raises money towards acquiring macaroni and cheese six-packs.  Each packet has a shelf life of three years and offers six servings.  Her goal is to raise $5,000 which will purchase 25,000 meals and she is 40% of the way there with $2,000 raised.  Ultimately the mac and cheese will head over to the food pantry and be distributed to locals who don't have enough to eat. 

Next Sammie Craig stood before us and recited from memory the FFA creed.  She was appropriately theatrical in her delivery and didn't skip a beat for a rather lengthy recital.  Nice job Sammie.  Finally, three other students presented a PowerPoint about events and activities that they were involved with during their time as FFA students/members.  We didn't capture all the particulars in this forum, but it clearly spelled out a fair amount of commitment by these students in both giving to FFA as well as putting together their presentations. 

Keep in mind that Friday May 9th is the Iowa Industrial Tech Expo and if you haven't signed up as a judge, and would like to volunteer, contact Mike Hamilton or Phil Cronin at phillip.cronin@southeastpolk.org

Tomorrow Tom Downs is the Sargent at Arms and Ryan Swalwell is the Rotarian of the Day.  I will be heading to Baltimore for a few days so Norma has agreed to serve in my absence at tomorrow's meeting.  Please be nice to Norma or she won't mark you present.  Thanks!

 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Mar 31, 2014

Hello Rotarians,

Last time we met, it was committee meeting day so there was no formal speaker.  However, we anchored our meeting on the presence of Phil Cronin, who is a long-time friend of the club and the driving force behind the Iowa Tech Expo at Southeast Polk High School each and every year.  Phil implicitly spoke to the importance of extending the event for another generation and he answered questions around the types of exhibits on hand, the high mileage contest, and that fact that volunteer judges will get fed and watered not once, but twice during the event.  Both breakfast and lunch are included.  Not bad.  It seemed to generate a bit of interest.

On a related note, a few of the club members are working with The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) to secure a no-cost or low-cost booth space at their annual statewide conference in Cedar Rapids in June.  We feel it's important to the continuation and expansion of the expo to get visibility with Iowa manufacturers, many of whom are in attendance.  In addition, Mike Rowe (former host of the TV show Dirty Jobs, and current Ford Motor spokesman) will be the headline speaker this year, and he is expected to showcase Iowa advanced manufacturing as an example of what's right with the world.  Rowe has been a strong proponent of manufacturing and middle-skill jobs and there's plenty of evidence that the so-called skills gap in our state is real and persistent.  We believe the Tech Expo can be a bridge between students and future employment opportunities with Iowa-based employers.

In other news, Mary Rork-Watson has agreed to rejoin the club, after a brief absence, so that is cause for celebration.  Please welcome Mary back.  Tomorrow's program will be presented by Southeast Polk ag teacher Matt Eddy and a collection of his students.  The Sargent at Arms is Daron Lewis. 

Finally, tomorrow is Food Pantry Day, so remember to bring l10-1/2 oz. cans of Cream of Mushroom soup and Cream of Chicken soup.  I thought about an April Fools joke here, but decided against it.  Humor can be a tricky subject.  Thanks for all you do, and we'll see you at 7:00 AM!

 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Mar 24, 2014

Hello Rotarians,

Well, Spring is finally here, but with snow flurries in the air yesterday and even some this morning (near Lutheran Hospital) the prospect of warm and sunny days still seems a little dubious to me.  Fortunately we conduct our meetings inside and last week we heard from Jason Truman, the general manager of Altoona's Bass Pro Shop.  Jason initially spoke about Bass Pro's history and how its founder Johnny Morris started the company.  Today Bass Pro Shops have 770 stores nationwide and plan to add 50% more in the next three years. 

Each store is unique and reflects the local outdoor scene, whether its emphasis is on hunting, fishing, etc.  The store sizes range from 20,000 square feet to 300,000 square feet (which, by the way, is three times the size of the average Super Walmart).  The Altoona store's footprint is 145,000 square feet and employs 250 associates, swelling to over 300 during the holidays.  Jason spoke about the challenges in building right before the Great Recession and how virtually all of the land south of the store is still undeveloped.  However, he believes that it will change in the near future, and that the traffic flow to the Altoona store will increase with customers visiting other retailers. 

Tomorrow is our monthly business meeting and golf challenge.  We are still one week away from Food Pantry Day, but if you're out shopping this week, the desired items are canned cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soups.  Regular sized cans work best, not the 'family size.'  Thanks.

We'll see everyone in the morning!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Mar 17, 2014
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Good Morning Rotarians,

At our last gathering, Adam Kline, serving as Rotarian of the Day, introduced Corbin Van White who is the manager of the new Bondurant grocery store (Brick Street Market and Cafe).  Corbin shared his history in retail, government and economic development.  He told our group how he knew Brian and Mary Lohse prior to their winning the Power Ball jackpot a couple years ago.  The Lohse's agreed with Corbin that the one thing Bondurant really needed was a grocery store.  So a plan was hatched to build one for the community. 

Corbin said that the new store will be just off the main highway and will include a bakery and a separate high quality meat counter.  They are finalizing some licensing agreements and fixing a problem with the store cash registers.  Still they expect to open within a few weeks.  The issue of price competitiveness came up and Corbin said they will be buying from a co-op that supplies goods to 2,000 independent stores nationwide.  Buying power will not be a problem. 

Someone asked when they expect to be profitable and Corbin said that it's in their plan to be profitable within three to five years.  It would certainly seem that operating capital would not be a problem with the local lottery winners backing up the enterprise.  We appreciate the opportunity to hear from Corbin and the latest economic development in Bondurant. 

Thanks to Clay Willey for bringing PolioPlus quarters last week.  Tomorrow's Sgt. at Arms is Judy Johnson and our Rotarian of the Day is Mike Hamilton.  We'll see everyone in the AM. 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Mar 10, 2014

Last week Eric Borseth was the Rotarian of the Day and the speaker.  Fresh off his trip to the Blessman Ministries camp he shared photos and stories of the good work being done by Rotarians and Central Iowans in South Africa.  There were 21 in the team that traveled to the Dark Continent and of particular interest was the shoe project spearheaded by former District Governor Terry Geiger.  Dozens of new shoes were passed out to barefooted kids and were only place on their feet after a ceremonial foot-washing took place. 

Eric also shared pictures of a solar-powered well (bore hole) that was funded by HyVee.  It turns out that HyVee is heavily into water projects in Africa.   

Tomorrow's Sgt. at Arms is Corrine Lambert and Bruce Mason will be the Rotarian of the Day.  We'll see everyone in the morning. 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Mar 03, 2014

Hello Rotarians,

Once again we find ourselves on the cusp of a weekly meeting, and although the bulletins have been a bit spotty of late, there has been lots of activity just behind the curtain.  Last Friday the club held its annual Bowling Bash at Premiere Bowling in Pleasant Hill.  There were bowlers aplenty and, while not every team featured the next Earl Anthony, there was one member of Mather's Maulers that certainly would qualify.  I personally witnessed a score sheet with a game of 280.  The word "impressive" does not adequately capture THAT feat. 

Thank you to Norma who took attendance and filled in for me last week during our committee meetings.  Here are Norma's abbreviated notes:

Youth & Family - still looking for a student for RYLA this summer

Club Service - picnic this summer at Pam's house in July; they also want more emphasis on the programs on the 5th Wednesdays

International Service - donating a basket to the Bowling Bash; open to suggestions to replace the Fall Fundraiser

Vocational Service - update on Bowling Bash:  14 baskets and 16 teams

Community Service - Motion by Norma to donate $35 to the Friends of the Mitchellville Library.  Seconded by Eric.  Motion carried.  They are also still investigating a donation request from the Enabling Gardens Committee.  We received some ideas from them and are going back to them with some ideas of our own.  They will report back when they have more information. 

Tomorrow's Rotarian of the Day is Eric Borseth and the Sgt. at Arms is Darrell Hanson.  Also, tomorrow is Caring Hands Food Pantry Day and the requested item is applesauce.  Larry didn't specify the types of containers, but I think he wants the small snack pack size cups.  Please pick some up on your way home tonight or plan for a cash donation in the morning. 

Finally, I acquired a new projector for the club last week and will be bringing it to replace the 30-year old boat anchor we've been using to this point.  If you happen to need a projector for your business or house of worship, I highly recommend www.projectorpeople.com as they employ people who know what they're doing and can answer all your questions on projectors.  Good prices too. 

We'll see everyone in the morning!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Feb 10, 2014

Hello Rotarians!

Last time we met Mike O'Connor spoke to the few hearty souls that came out on a bitterly cold Wednesday morning.  It turns out he was the District Director of the Boy Scouts for the local region.  So, if a Boy Scout leader couldn't make it to Rotary due to the weather, a cancellation might have been in order.  Fortunately, he DID make it and he shared his insights of the organization in terms of its structure.  As some of you may know, our own Trent Frohock has asked the club to be a charter organization for a new scout troop based in Altoona.  Mike was there to help everyone understand what that means. 

Mike told us that a charter organization--which often is a church--is responsible for providing meeting facilities, adequate leadership, and appointing a representative to coordinate all scouting unit operations.  He left some material behind which showed that dozens of Rotary chapters have become and serve as charter organizations.  There were questions about club liability and Mike said that, yes there is always ongoing litigation within the national organization of Boy Scouts, but that an entire floor at national headquarters is filled with attorneys to fend off lawsuits and defend their charter organziations.  Put another way, litigation is inescapable, but the mothership organization does all it can to protect the innocent. 

In Mike's district known as the Hawkeye District, there are 20-25,000 boys in scouting in 24 counties in Iowa, and along with that there are 5,000 volunteers serving those scouts.  The board will take up the decision whether to offer our club as a charter organziation at a future date.

In other news, $53 was donated for the Caring Hands Food Pantry along with a supply of chili beans, so thank you to those who participated.  Tomorrow's program is offered up by Mary Rork-Watson who will bring in John Shaw from the City of Altoona.  He will share what he knows about the Envision Altoona project.  Ned Looney is our Sgt. at Arms.

We'll see you all in the AM.

 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Feb 03, 2014

Good Evening Rotarians,

On the last Wednesday of the month of January, Mike Hamilton presented us with speaker Joe Solem(sic) of the American Red Cross.  Joe spoke about his work as a government liaison in the Des Moines chapter.  His work focuses on coordinating the Red Cross response to disasters with the official government response.  We learned there are 80 counties in the Iowa region of the Red Cross. 

Mostly he responds to fires but disasters also include floods in Iowa as well.  Some fast facts that he shared:  last year the Iowa region of the Red Cross responded to over 440 disasters, trained over 15,000 people in disaster preparedness, and mobilized over 1,500 volunteers.  He also mentioned that they are currently taking nominations for their Heroes of the Heartland award.  We have an upload on our website for those with a name in mind.

Tomorrow Clay Willey serves as Sgt. at Arms and Steve Pettit is the Rotarian of the Day.  Tomorrow is also Food Pantry Day and Larry O'Connor has requested that our club supply chili beans.  If you forget, Bruce Mason will pass the collection basket for cash donations. 

Finally, if you haven't signed up to be a lane sponsor, volunteered to bring a gift basket or registered a team, you still have opportunties to do so.  As of last week, we only had two teams registered.  On a personal note, if anyone wants to split a Kitchen Collage basket (retail value ~$200), see me.  Most items were purchased on deep discount, so your 1/2 would be in the neighborhood of $60.  Or three club members could ante up around $40 apiece. 

Don't let a little snow stop you.  See everyone at 7:00 AM sharp!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Jan 27, 2014

Good Morning Rotarians,

The meeting of January 22nd, the fourth Wednesday of the month, we held our committee meetings to discuss the work of Rotary.  Here's a quick summary:

Vocational Committee

The Iowa Tech Expo, which will be held in the Spring, will offer three levels of corporate sponsorship through our affilication with the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI).  The levels are $500, $1,500, and $2,500, with increasing exposure to the attendees with each level.

International Service Committee

The International Service Committee will offer a gift basket for the upcoming Bowling Bash.  There was some discussion as to whether it will include monkey lights or not.

Community Service Committee

They are examining whether to commit a certain dollar amount towards the Altoona Enabling Garden in exchange for recognition on a plaque.  They will have a recommendation for the board.

Youth & Family Service Committee

Joe Nelson called and wanted everyone in the club to know how much the family we supported for Christmas appreciated the generosity. 

Club Service Committee

There will be a picnic planned again for this summer.  They are also working on things to make the meetings more interactive and fun.

Membership Committee

We emphasized that our goal is to be +1 member for this year and we are still down one member.  So we talked about ways to leverage our membership with the Altoona Chamber of Commerce. 

This week is Food Pantry Week and the item Larry requested this week is canned chili beans.  Also, Saturday February 8th is the Iowa Energy game spotlighting PolioPlus efforts.  Please coordinate your two (2) ticket commitment through Tom Downs if you haven't already done so. 

Finally, the Bowling Bash is coming up fast--February 28th.  Flyers are available for download on the club website and we still need lane sponsorships and teams to sign up.  This year we'll have three games available along with the food and drink tickets as before.  Also, keep working on your basket ideas.  Deadlines for lane sponsor money is February 19th and for baskets February 26th.  Walk-in baskets are always welcome however. 

Keep warm out there.  Hopefully no one is using propane to heat their house.  Prices have nearly tripled.  Keep that in mind when the less fortunate in our community get their heating bills soon.  We'll see everyone in the AM.

 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Jan 06, 2014

Greetings Rotarians!

Last time you received a weekly bulletin, it was waaaaayyyyyyy back in 2013.  Yes, even Christmas is now a distant memory and we're rapidly closing in on the halfway point of January.  I learned today it was National Soup Month so that says a lot about our current cravings for comfort food and the phenomenon known as cacooning--a term coined about 12 years ago when Americans were spending a lot of time at home following the terror attacks.  Of course, when it's -5 outside, the desire to stay indoors might actually be stronger. 

We want to acknowledge Casey Hansen as our last Rotarian of the Day on December 18th.  He brought us speaker Rick Ramsey of the Iowa Donor Network.  Rick is a licensed funeral director and spoke about his work performing organ recoveries and tissue recoveries.  His enterprise has two locations:  Johnston and North Liberty.  He said the Iowa Donor Network covers all 99 counties and currently does not operate outside the State of Iowa.  He also mentioned that 74% of licensed drivers are registered organ donors.  A good share of the presentation involved answering questions about the Iowa Donor Network.

For tomorrow's meeting, expect a sign up sheet to continue circulating for the Bowling Bash gift baskets.  We are about seven weeks from hosting that event.

The Sgt at Arms is slated to be Kirk Duer and the Rotarian of the Day is Joe Nelson.  We'll see everyone in the AM.

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Dec 09, 2013

Hello Rotarians,

Last week we hosted Ed Arnold, Chair of PolioPlus for District 6000, who was the guest of Tom Downs.  Ed spoke about the ongoing challenges for polio eradication around the world as new cases have sprung up across Syria, Somolia, Kenya, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.  Countries that were polio-free for the last couple years are suddenly beset with new cases, we think because the virus has been found in water sources.  Ed also told us that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $350,000,000--a 2:1 match for what Rotary International is pledging over five years--$175,000,000. 

This year (2014) is the sixth year that the Iowa Energy has teamed up with Rotary clubs in the area to offer discounted tickets at $16, of which they willl give back $8 to Rotary for polio eradication.  Normal ticket prices are $20.  They also have relationships with numerous area organizations for disadvantaged youth and offered that if Rotarians can't use their tickets, they can donate them back to the Iowa Energy and know that they will get used by a deserving child.  In addition, the Iowa Energy is offering $2 beer for the February 8th game and the halftime show is Chicago Boyz, an acrobatic act. 

The club passed a motion to commit to at least 100 tickets and a sign-up sheet was circulated for requested ticket amounts.  Tom Downs is once again our representative for this fundraising effort.

This may be the final week for bringing a pair of child-sized mittens, so if you still desire to contribute please bring them to tomorrow's meeting.  Also, we heard from Bruce Mason that our $500 club commitment to a deserving family in Mitchellville will be well appreciated according to Joe Nelson, principal at the Mitchellville Elementary School. 

Finally, tomorrow our Sgt. at Arms is Larry Wilson and our Rotarian of the Day is former member [Layne Brown].  Obviously this will be a substitute person. 

Light snow is expected in the morning, so be careful out there.

See everyone in the AM!

 

 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Dec 02, 2013

Hello Rotarians,

Last week club members were engaged in the important work of committee meetings.  Our two guests, Leisa Fox of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) and Phil Cronin, the Vo-Tech instructor at SE Polk High School were there to help facilitate the work of the Vocational Service committee.  After the golf challenge, members met and then presented some updates.  Here is a quick summary:

Community Service:  The club will adopt a family for the holidays and the club will raise/contribute up to $500 to ensure that the family has a Merry Christmas.  The committee/club will work through Joe Nelson to find a family in Mitchellville. 

Youth and Family:  The Interact Club will be raising money to purchase Sherrif Woody dolls which will be transported to the Blessman Ministries campus in South Africa for the boys.  It was observed on Eric's prior visit that the girls had toys but the boys had nothing. 

Vocational Service:  The Bowling Bash is the next major event and it will be held on February 28, 2014.  Today is the Dollars for Scholars Soup and Sandwich Supper at SE Polk High School.  This is a joint effort among our club, Altoona Lions, and Altoona Kiwanis and several club members have signed up to volunteer in some capacity. 

International Service:  We recently sent $22,000 to overseas projects as a result of our last two fundraising efforts.  Eric Borseth is taking four former district governors on his trip back to South Africa in January.  Someone recommended that the club help underwrite the cost of his trip to the tune of $2,500 but it was unclear if that was approved.  It is probably something the Board will take up at its next meeting.

Club Service:  Our club Christmas Party is to be held this Friday December 6th at Sommerset Winery. 

Membership:  The ongoing challenging work of attracting new members is backlit by the District's and RI's current year goal of adding just one new member.  We are currently -1, so everyone needs to be on the lookout for new prospective members and invite guests when appropriate. 

Eric Borseth is tomorrow's Sgt at Arms and Walt Mozdzer is the Rotarian of the Day.  Tomorrow's speaker will be Ed Arnold, Rotary District 6000 Polio+ Committe Chair.   

Please remember to purchase a new pair of mittens and bring to tomorrow's club meeting.

We'll see everyone in the morning!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Nov 25, 2013

Hello Rotarians!

Last week featured our own Brad Miller as Rotarian of the Day.  Brad spoke about his travels to Kenya and India, working with planted Lutheran churches in those countries as well as an orphanage.  Many of us were fascinated to learn that Brad carries an extensive Boy Scout knapsack with him on these adventure trips.  As expected, Brad delivered a message which pivots across the Rotary four-way test and is a tangible example of how he lives his life as a pastor and a Rotarian.  Thanks for your enlightening talk, Brad.

Prior to Brad's talk, he took the time to welcome our newest member Daron Lewis to the club and presented him with the Rotary pin and other "Welcome Aboard" items.  Daron took a few minutes to share a bit about himself and his newly opened chiropractic clinic in Altoona. 

This week is our Golf Challenge and Business Meeting, so come prepared to discuss topics of interest to your committee. 

Keep in mind that December 6th is our club Christmas Party and Mike Hamilton will be bringing a sign-up sheet for help needed with the Dollars for Scholars Soup and Sandwich Supper on Tuesday December 3rd at SE Polk High School from 4-7:30.  Prairie Meadows is providing the potato soup, but volunteers are needed to serve.   

We'll see everyone tomorrow!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Nov 18, 2013

Hello Rotarians,

Last week our club's Rotarian of the Day was Clay Willey (filling in for Gary Palmer).  Clay invited Prairie Meadows Director of Security Clint Pursley to give us an insider's view of what it takes to keep the patrons and staff at Prairie Meadows safe during hours of operation.  (Writer's NoteSince I had to leave a bit early, I was not able to hear Clint's talk)

This week Bruce Mason will serve as Sgt at Arms and Brad Miller will serve as our Rotarian of the Day.  Brad will be serving as his own speaker, and will bring us up to date on his 2013 world travels--photos included. 

Looking ahead to our next Food Pantry Day, Larry O'Connor has requested that we each purchase a set of mittens for children in lieu of food.  The Clothes Hanger (next to the food pantry) is doing a toy giveaway on December 14th.  They are also giving away hats, scarves and mittens.  They have plenty of scarves and hats, but not enough mittens.  So, please consider purchasing a new set of mittens for a boy or girl and bringing them to the meeting on December 4th.  Larry did not specify ages.

We'll see everyone in the morning. 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Nov 11, 2013

Last week East Polk Rotary hosted Eric Albrecht, the Vocational Director of The Homestead and its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  The Homestead was opened in 1994 and offers employment and housing to 24 autistic adults.  The adults, supervised by Homestead staffers, perform functions related to the horticulture of dozens of fruits and vegetables on a four-acre parcel.  Eric said the Homestead has 177 acres in total and rents some out for traditional farming.  The Homestead sells a CSA "share" to local residents during the growing season and will also offer a double share.  Then, once a week, the share owners can pick up their produce either from The Homestead or one of the drop off locations around the metro. 

All of the produce is grown using chemical-free methods and is all picked as close to the delivery/pick up date as possible.  They even grown greens year-round in their greenhouse and sell it through Campbells and Gateway Market.  The service to autistic individuals spans a three-pronged approach.  Some is campus-based, some is community-based and some is clinic-based.  All together, The Homestead serves over 250 autistic adults and youth.  Thanks to Eric for an informative and educational presentation.

Tomorrow, Norma Bettis is our Sgt. at Arms and Gary Palmer is the Rotarian of the Day.  We'll see everyone the AM!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Nov 04, 2013

Last week our club brought back Gary Welch from the Ankeny club to speak about RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  Gary has been the local face of RYLA for several years now, and it's safe to say that nobody has a passion for these students like Gary does.  He brought slides with him that served to illuminate the transformation that the attendees experience during that week.  We've all witnessed first-hand stories that the youth share about their personal growth and development as individuals, but which took place during the team exercises.

Next year RYLA will be held at Grinnell College in Grinnell Iowa and it promises to be even more impactful, with better facilities and more centrally-located to the entire state.  We owe Gary Welch a huge THANK YOU for his tireless work in this fascinating and meaningful facet of Rotary.

This week's Rotarian of the Day is Kirk Duer, but Kirk is unable to join us, so we've found a speaker in Eric Armbrecht, who is the Vocational Director at The Homestead, just across from Southeast Polk High School.  The Sgt. at Arms is Kim Byers. 

East Polk Rotary would also like to welcome Daron Lewis as our latest member.  If you haven't introduced yourself yet, please take a moment and welcome Daron to the club.

Lastly, this week's Caring Hands Food Pantry item is canned pears.  Please bring a healthy supply or be prepared to offer cash in lieu of the pantry item. 

We'll see everyone at 7:00 AM!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Oct 28, 2013

Last week we held committee meetings and our monthly golf challenge.  Here are some of the updates:

Youth and Family:  Eric contacted Carol Von Tersch at Southeast Polk about potential students for RYLA next summer but has not heard back yet.  Eric also said that Joe Nelson is working to find a family in Mitchellville for our club to sponsor for Christmas. 

International:  Adam reported a successful Africa Night event despite reduced ticket sales and revenues compared to the last couple of years.  It was moved and approved that the club will pay $22,500 to Blessman Ministries to support their work with orphanages and self-sustenance.  This money was from club fundraising efforts for the last two years.

Club Service:  Marti reported that the Christmas party is slated for Somerset Winery on December 6th.  No other activity reported.

Membership:  No committee members were present.

Vocational:  Mike Hamilton is working on a state grant towards the Tech Expo.  Leisa Fox from ABI will be meeting with school board members.  Ryan Swalwell is now the chairman of the Vocational Committee.

Tomorrow Gary Welch returns to speak about RYLA and Eric is the Sgt. at Arms.  See everyone in the AM!

 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Oct 14, 2013

Hello Rotarians,

Last week was a very busy week for club members.  On Wednesday, we hosted an active meeting with world-renowned opera singer Simon Estes in attendance as a guest.  Simon spoke about his new CD and his upcoming concert at Hilton Colliseum in Ames on December 15th.  The goal is to raise money to buy mosquito nets for African children who often succumb to malaria without a simple $5 net for sleeping.  The goal is to raise $4,500,000 and his efforts have also caught the attention of the United Nations who have expressed interest in his outreach efforts.  Today, his CD is being sent to high schools around the state that have offered to contribute and multiply his efforts in distributing the CD.

The program last week was prepared and delivered by members of the Southeast Polk School Board, led by School Superintendent Craig Menozzi.  He and his team spoke about the new mission statement and vision for the school district.  There are seven (7) new core values and a new set of priorities.  We learned that the school district budget is in the black for the first time in several years.  Given our club's strong ties to Southeast Polk, it was meaningful to learn of the new direction.

Then, on Thursday October 10th, East Polk Rotary hosted our Third Annual Rotary Night for Africa at the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine in Altoona.  The event featured a number of silent auction items, live auction items, delicious food from a local caterer, beer and wine samples and speeches from Simon Estes and Dr. Jim Blessman from Blessman Ministries.  It even included several "paddle calls" which allowed attendees a chance to contribute to causes like the local food pantry and Simon's mosquito net program.  Final financial results aren't in yet, but they will be shared with the club when calculated.

An enormous amount of effort went into the evening and we must send out a huge "Thank You" to Adam Kline and the International Service Committee for organizing and executing the fundraising event.  It was an All Hands on Deck enterprise, and the leadership exhibited by the ISC did not go unnoticed.

Tomorrow, we feature Trent Frohock as Sgt. at Arms and (no rest for the weary) Adam Kline as Rotarian of the Day.  By the way, for those of you wondering when your turn is up for either role, you can now view the schedule for the rest of the year on the clubrunner website.  We'll see everyone tomorrow! 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Oct 07, 2013

Last week East Polk Rotary featured Mike "soft pitch" Hamilton as Sgt. at Arms who asked members to answer his questions with relative ease.  It seemed everyone rather enjoyed a round of correct guesses for a change as the traditional "I'm gonna stump you before 8:00" approach took a one-week leave of absence.  In fact some members were observed answering in the affirmative while not even bothering to look up from their breakfast plates.

Paul Cornelius was the Rotarian of the Day and introduced Leisa Fox from the Association of Business and Industry.  She gave an inspired and impassioned talk about the skills gap that plagues ABI's members--many manufacturers around the state.  Leisa spoke about how many companies battle the now-incorrect assumption among the public that manufacturing jobs are scarce, or undesirable or offer low pay and weak benefits.  The reality, we learned, is that most of these "middle skill" jobs pay $60,000 to $80,000 with little more than an 18-month certificate in welding or other field from a community college.  Leisa also spotlighted a new website and state-wide initiative known as Elevate Iowa (www.elevateiowa.com) that intends to raise awareness of manufacturing opportunities within the state. 

However, the most exiting news for the club is that she is a tremendous connector between ABI, their member companies, East Polk and the Iowa Tech Expo held each Spring at SE Polk High School.  At the end of her talk Mike Hamilton suggested a couple of ways that ABI could get in front of school administrators to spread the message of work opportunities and further strengthen the state's labor force for the future.  We deeply appreciate her willingness to speak to our club.

We'll see everyone tomorrow morning.

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Sep 30, 2013

Last week we held committee meetings and worked on goals related to each committee.  Our big event right around the corner is the Rotary Night for Africa fundraiser to be held on October 10th from 6-9 PM at the Za Ga Zig shrine in Altoona.  Everyone is encouraged to sell tickets, find sponsors, solicit auction items for the live and silent auctions, and most importantly, ATTEND.  Encourage a friend to come as well.  The more bidders we have, the better.  Here's an idea:  Print the flyer that Marti created (and is uploaded on our website) and tape it to the inside of elevators in your building, or in stairwells, or even place them under windshield wipers in your parking lot. 

Tomorrow's Sgt at Arms is Mike Hamilton and Rotarian of the Day is Paul Cornelius.  Don't forget to bring pancake syrup for the Caring Hands Food Pantry.  Otherwise you can also make a free will donation.  See everyone tomorrow!

 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Sep 23, 2013

At our last meeting Linda Harris was Rotarian of the Day and invited Altoona Mayor Skip Conkling to update us on happenings around our city.  He spoke about the Facebook construction project taking place just north of I-80 across from Bass Pro Shop.  He talked about how most of Facebook's employees are young and that the company treats them very well, and how some weren't happy about the 20-year property tax abatement.  He also said there will be no stress on the city's infrastructure.  Mayor Conkling also spoke of the new continuous care retirement community going in across from Clay Elementary School on 1st Street.  He said most of the city's land was being developed for housing and that the Altoona population had grown to around 15,000, for those keeping track.  .

For the Rotary Night for Africa event on October 10th, live and silent auction baskets are still needed as well as sponsors of tables of eight.  Ticket sales are crucial to make this event a success, as the more people that come and bid on items, the more fundraising that will occur.  This week a sign-up sheet will be circulated for auction baskets. 

Marti also said that the Christmas party venue and caterer are now booked.  For those of you looking ahead to our first October meeting, Larry O'Connor has asked that we bring pancake syrup. 

A big thank you to Norma who stood in for me while in Virginia last week.  See you all tomorrow!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Sep 15, 2013

 

At our last gathering, Marti Kline mentioned that our Christmas Party will be held at Sommerset Winery and that spouses will be welcome.  So please mark the date December 6th on your calendars. 

Corinne Lambert was our Rotarian of the Day and she introduced us to Shirley Burgess of The United Way.  Shirley is the Volunteer Engagement Officer and she spoke about volunteerism around the country, the state of Iowa, and our local community.  Shirley mentioned that 38.4% of Iowans have volunteered in the last year and that 40% of Des Moines residents do volunteer work.  She mentioned that one of the events coming up is the Graduation Walk this Saturday September 21st from 9 to 12.  It involves targeting and visiting homes of teens who have not returned to school this school year.  Shirley said the stark reality is that those kids are often working to support their households. 

At the end of the meeting, Steve Hall brought up a request that the Altoona Campus was asking for $100 for a community project during their Family Fun Night on October 12th.  Mike Hamilton made a motion and Marti Kline seconded the motion.  We voted as a club to approve the funding.

I will not be in attendance this week, but Norma Bettis has agreed to step in and serve as Secretary.  Mary Rork-Watson is the Sgt. at Arms and Linda Harris is Rotarian of the Day.  Have a great week and a great meeting on Wednesday.

 

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Sep 09, 2013

Greetings Rotarians,

Since we sent out an extensive update on Wednesday last week after the club meeting, there is no additional update in today's Bulletin.

Tomorrow's Sgt. at Arms is Marti Kline and the Rotarian of the Day is Corinne Lambert.

See you all tomorrow!

Here's What's Happening at East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Sep 03, 2013

During the meeting held today September 3rd, Melissa Horton served as Sgt. at Arms and quizzed our knowledge on Fall football trivia.  Even though she did not provide multiple choice answers, and restricted the questions to the NFL, it appeared that our members were well-versed in football minutia and conquered most of her questions. 

 

Here's What's Happening At East Polk Rotary Walt Mozdzer 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer on Sep 02, 2013

On August 30, 2013 East Polk Rotarians Walt Mozdzer, Ryan Swalwell, and Mike Hamilton met with representatives of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, a trade group committed to closing the "skills gap" between Iowa employers and potential employees. 

The meeting was scheduled in hopes that the Iowa Industrial Technology Exposition, held annually at Southeast Polk High School, could become a platform for identifying the next generation of middle skill employees.

East Polk Rotary Facilitates Meeting with ABI Walt Mozdzer 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
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East Polk Rotary News for July 3, 2013 Walt Mozdzer 2013-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Rork-Watson on Jan 06, 2013

All the funds raised from Happy Bucks are used to support the efforts of Blessman Ministries.

 

June 19

Linda attended a poetry convention but was disappointed that there didn’t seem to be as many words as advertised.

Paul and his wife celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary.

Ryan Swalwell’s recent purchase will  assist him in scaring away roosting crows.

Doc’s son-in-law received a naval aviator medal for performing complicated maneuvers with a helicopter.

Norma reported on the celebration of life that honored in her daughter.

Ned said the recent international subcommittee meeting was a success.

 

 

 

Happy News June 2013 Mary Rork-Watson 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walt Mozdzer

Hello Rotarians,

Tomorrow is the last official meeting to be administered by outgoing President Steve Hall.  There is no AM meeting and instead everyone (who registered) will gather at the Prairie Rose Room inside Prairie Meadows.  The banquet will begin at 6:00 with drinks and hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner and a short presentation by Steve and Kim Byers, the incoming President for the 2014-2015 Rotary year.  The evening will end upon the natural conclusion of the event's activities.

We hope to see you there!

 

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