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Posted by Shawn Reineke on Feb 20, 2017
President Usha, back from her trip to India, announced that she missed Rotarians (but only on every Thursday that she was away)! She was very glad to hear that the meetings during her absence had gone quite smoothly! She expressed her gratitude to Program Chair Tom Cilek, and past Presidents Bill Bywater, Nancy Quellhorst, and Pete Wallace for having subbed in her absence at our Rotary programs; and to President-Elect Mike McKay for having subbed on her behalf at our Club’s Board meeting.
To share belated sentiments for Valentine’s Day this week, Rtn. Riley Larson shared with us the really sweet poem, Your Catfish Friend, that was read at her wedding last May! (Thank you, Riley!)
President Usha congratulated Nancy and Neil Quellhorst on the birth of their first grandchild, baby Neil!
Rtn. Dorothy Paul announced an upcoming event, “Night of a 1000 Dinners,” a community celebration of International Women’s Day, an event that is sponsored in part by our Club: an international dinner, provided by local restaurants and groups, followed by a program on Refugee Women and Their Futures; Educating Generation of Refugee Girls and Boys. The event takes place on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6p at Old Brick, 20 E. Market Street, Iowa City. Purchase tickets only at www.iuowauna.org or contact Jim Olson (email@example.com).
Rtn. Christina Kimerle introduced the 2017 Distinguished Young Women of Iowa who were present at our Club today and acknowledged all the Club Rotarians who have helped with this program by serving on the Board (Christina Kimerle, LaShonda Kennedy, Brianna Wills, Kate Moreland) as well as home-hosts (Mary-Ellen Lewis and Patty Roberts).
- Jessica Phipps, Norwalk High School, Norwalk
- MaKayla Lindemann, Solon High School, Solon
- Cassidy Slater-Scott, Iowa City High School, Iowa City
- Grace Williamson, Iowa City High School, Iowa City
- Michaela Rader, Roland-Storey High School, Jewell
- Aastha Chandra, Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls
- Makenzi Marek, Washington High School, Riverside
- Hannah Mandell, Davenport Central High School, Davenport
- Emily Dirks, North High School, Sioux City
- Emma Garrett, Waukee High School, Waukee
- Savannah David, Woodward-Granger High School, Granger
- Samantha West, Keokuk High School, Keokuk
- Samina Abdullah, Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf
- Riley Hubbart, Clinton High School, Clinton
- Elizabeth Fuller, Southwest Valley High School, Corning
- Emma Williams, Osage High School, Osage
- Colby Williams, Herbert Hoover High School, Des Moines
- Maycie Stanbro, Oskaloosa High School, Oskaloosa
Past President Thais Winkleblack shared a brief update from her participation in the Rotary Iowa MOST trip in Guatemala and presented the banner from the Rotary Club in Huehuetenango. Thais acknowledeged several Rotarians who have helped to get the Iowa MOST trip started: Bill Olin, Pete Wallace, Gary Pacha and others. Thais indicated the significance of this trip in helping her to better understand the power of Rotary at the international level. She spent 10 days building cohesive relationships with doctors, nurses, families and children who put their faith in strangers. She described this experience as a beautiful time to see lives changed. She thanked Rotary for this experience and encouraged all club members to take advantage of international opportunities in Rotary.
Inductions: Mike Carberry / Sponsor: Jody Braverman
Rtn. Herb Wilson introduced our program speakers for today.
PROGRAM: Ed and Jane Cranston described the results of their work over the last 10 years raising funds for the Schools in the Pasrur region of Pakistan. The Pasrur Christian Girls School is one of many schools run by the Presbyterian Educaton Board (PEB) in Pakistan in conjunction with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Pasrur School has a proven record of excellence going back over 100 years. First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City builds many new classrooms and facilities for the school, which has given it a chance to grow and flourish. About 70% of the students enrolled are Muslim and 30% are Christian. Ed shared a video which summarized the project. The Friends of Pasrur was established in 2007 after the First Presbyterin Church build a dormitory so that Christian girls from rural villages could attend school. The group’s mission was to fund 100 scholarships for impoverished Christian girls. Donors sponsor specific girls and receive pictures, updates, and a thank you note from the girl they sponsor. Ed announced the next project is fundraising for the next school to serve boys since the local law there requires boys and girls be in separate schools after grade 5. He acknowledged the Wilson Family Foundation has donated $100,000 of the $200,000 needed.
Rtn. Herb Wilson added further perspectives and concluded with an enthusiastic plea for help in this endeavor. The students in this region of Pakistan LOVE the chance to be educated. We have successfully helped in so many other causes, we can be successful in this cause as well. At the conclusion of this program, Herb Wilson and Ed Cranston joined President Usha in leading the recitation of Rotary’s Four-Way Test.
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