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Posted by Shawn Reineke on Oct 20, 2017
Karen Seda has been proposed for Club membership.
Consulting: Business Development / Sponsored by Usha Balakrishnan
Please express concerns by Oct. 30, 2017
 
Dr. Christopher Peters has been proposed for Club membership
Medical: Venous Disease / Sponsored by Joe Barry
Please express concerns by Nov. 3rd, 2017
 
President Mike addressed the assembly with regard to the following announcements:
 
1) Rtn. Sherry McKay is stepping down from the new member committee, Rtn. Jon Brown will take over this role.
 
2) Rtn. Gene Fisher is taking over the classification committee chair for Rtn. Dave Siebert
 
3) Liberty High School has been approved for an Interact Club. Rtn. Joe Vens has been working with the high school to coordinate the club.
 
4) The grant request for a new park bench in the University Heights area has been approved for $3,750. Many have worked on this project.
 
Rtn.  Jim Conard introduced our speaker, Jessica Pray Patel. Jessica is an opera singer with a Bachelor of Music in  Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Voice (Opera) from Yale School of Music. Jessica has performed in Europe and will be singing and performing in New York  and Europe in the months ahead. 
 
Jessica began her address to the members by singing an aria.
 
Jessica thanked all in attendance and indicated that she is happy to be living in Iowa City. While growing up in Urbandale, it is no surprise that she chose music as a career since her Mom was a music director at Church and both her brother and sister were musical as well. While in college, Jessica questioned the earning potential of a musican and discussed this with her father who was a lawyer. Jessica compared the earning potential of high perfoming professional basketball players at $300,000 per game compared to the earning of the most popular opera singer, Renee Fleming who earns $15,000 per performance. Jessica’s father encouraged her to not give up on music. Jessica encouraged those in attendance to support music by attending performances, playing or singing in a choir or taking lessons. She provided many benefits for including music in your life. Music is helpful to brain development, and language acquitision, to name a few. Jessica made a special plea to help keep musicians in Iowa. If Jessica could be an Ambassador of Music in Iowa, she would work to support music teachers and resoures and help to educate on the scientific benefits found in music. Jessica has an upcoming performance at the UI Recital Hall on Monday, October 30th at 7:30p.
 
The meeting ended, timely at 1:00 pm, as President Mike led us in reciting the Four (4) Way Test.
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New Member Induction –
 
Travis Brockett
Classification: Finance: Banking
(Sponsor Christina Kimerle)
 
Matt Steele, Publisher, Little Village
Fellow Rotarian Tom Cilek introduced Matt Steele for today’s program on Little Village.
 
Little Village is an independent, community-supported news and culture publication from Iowa City. The paper was founded in 2001 by members of Icon, the alt-weekly that served Iowa City from 1993-2001. The Little Village events calendar is among the area’s largest and most relied upon, connecting readers with critical cultural opportunities – some locally grown. For breaking event information, install their Best of IC app and/or follow Little Village on Facebook for the latest updates.  Little Village is published twice monthly on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Circulation is at 10,000 with 55,000 views per issue. Over the 15 year history, 400 local writers have been featured in the publication. The publication is always free and they are always seeking submissions of letters to the editor, original writing and artwork from the public.
 
Little Village moved into street level office space at 623 S. Dubuque St. six months ago. Because of its success Little Village has created 13 staff jobs that help support all of their endeavors and further their mission to be relevant to many different demographics. New offerings include Little Village Tickets, Little Village Creative Services and the Feeder app. Connect with LV Tickets to sell tickets to your events. LV ticketing partners pay no fees, and save money with half-price advertising and free custom websites for their venues or events. LV Creative Services partners with local businesses to assist them with custom publications, photography and website development. The new Feeder app is an off campus meal plan. The app will allow parents of students or student athletes to load money onto the app to ensure that the money is indeed spent on food and not on other items.
 
For more information or to submit a letter or essay, please visit: http://littlevillagemag.com/.          
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on May 19, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
New Member Induction –
 
Patricia Smith
Classification: Social Services: Salvation Army
(Sponsor Tom Cilek)
 
Katharine Marshall
Classification: Foundation: University Foundation
(Sponsor Lynette Marshall)
 
Steve Dolezal, Chief Deputy, and Jessica Peckover, Jail Alternatives Coordinator, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
President Thais introduced Steve Dolezal and Jessica Peckover for today’s program on Crisis Intervention Team Training.
 
Johnson County officials have been hard at work trying to find alternatives to the Johnson County Jail while giving their officers the tools to deal with people who are suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues. Instead of putting these individuals in jail they are looking at alternative solutions for these people who need special treatment but do not belong in our criminal justice system.
 
Options are limited with mental illness calls but jail or the emergency room are not the best place to provide service to affected individuals. Johnson County has worked to keep those with mental illness out of jail for nine years. It has a program that identifies mental illness in those who have been arrested and directs them to the proper care. Most officers receive no training for dealing with a person with a mental illness, and there has not been a lot of collaboration with other service providers. Johnson County took tips from a successful CIT program in San Antonio, Texas. By sending deputies and other city officials to CIT, the department wanted to find a way to address the core issues. The 40 hour course helps officers learn to deal with these situations in a non-violent way while saving time and taxpayer money. CIT trained officers are dispatched in plain clothes to calmly talk to the individual, to de-escalate the situation, and to refer them to the appropriate services in the community. Plans are being made for a local campus style option to help address issues related to mental health and substance abuse. Services could include: residential detoxification, a sober unit, a low barrier shelter, outpatient substance abuse treatment program, counseling services and an in-house recovery program.
 
National CIT statistics show the number of officer injuries and hands on incidents have gone down after law enforcement members have gone through this training. March 20, 2017 will mark the first CIT Training Program to be held in Johnson County. The goal is ultimately to serve citizens better—addressing the root problems, collaborating with other agencies and lowering the cost of each response—and to keep the officers and the community safe.
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on May 12, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-05-13 05:00:00Z 0
Ann Wright, Veterans for Peace
Longtime Iowa Citian Ed Flaherty introduced Ann Wright for today’s program.
 
“Ignorance is a menace to peace.” – Paul Harris
 
Veterans for Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using their experiences and lifting their voices. They inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Their network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars. To achieve their goals, members of Veterans for Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.
 
Ann Wright won the State Department Award for Heroism for her assistance in helping thousands of refugees escape the civil war in Sierra Leone, though she resigned from the State Department, after serving 16 years as a U.S. Diplomat, in protest over the U.S. invasion of Iraq. She has been a long time peace activist and was aboard Challenger 1 as part of the Gaza Flotilla. Raised in Arkansas, she received a masters and law degree from the University of Arkansas and later was awarded a Master's Degree from the U.S. Naval War College. Wright was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from 1982 to 1984. Wright went on to serve 13 years in active duty and 16 years in the Army Reserves, rising to the rank of colonel.  Wright is a member of Veterans For Peace, and is on the Veterans for Peace Advisory Board.
 
Wright believes that our country is on a path of too much war. She has traveled extensively to places around the world where U.S. policies have had an impact. Recent trips to Greece and Germany were highlighted in a slide show during our meeting. Currently, there are 1 million refugees in Germany alone. Middle class families have been forced to sell their homes and possessions in order to raise money to pay smugglers to assist them in escaping the violence in their home countries. Many volunteers are constantly needed to help in the refugee camps in a variety of capacities such as serving meals, sorting clothing and shoes, playing with kids to give their parents a break and trying to bring a semblance of normal life in these trying times. Many organizations are assisting in these efforts including Doctors Without Borders, Hot Meals Idomeni, and Lutheran & Catholic Relief Services.
 
She strongly believes that we must open our doors….not close our doors to refugees who need to be taken into the United States.
 
For more information, please visit: http://www.veteransforpeace.org/.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on May 5, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
New Member Induction –
 
Aaron Warner
Classification: Business Services: Information Technology
(Sponsor Mark Nolte)
 
Chuck Swanson, Executive Director, Hancher Auditorium
Fellow Rotarian Steve West introduced Chuck Swanson  for today’s program on Hancher Auditorium.
 
“The arts are alive in the Greater Iowa City area.”
 
Many are watching the progress of the new Hancher Auditorium on the banks of the Iowa River. For the past eight years, Chuck and his staff have been homeless and have been hosting events at multiple venues throughout the Corridor. Hancher is an icon of the university and the first impression of campus when visitors approach Iowa City. The building originally opened 38 years ago and the new building will showcase technological advancements that were not available when it was first constructed such as digital technology and other modern features to bring the audience closer to performances. New Haven, Connecticut – based Pelli Clarke Pelli has been overseeing the design of the new building since the firm’s selection was announced by UI officials in 2010.
 
Pelli Clarke Pelli is known for its design of performing arts centers so they were a natural choice for the project. The flood of 2008 gave the university a chance to re-define Hancher. The 144,770 square foot, $125 million building will be impressive from a design perspective and will be functional as well. In addition, Hancher will now connect visually to the UI campus, arts campus, to the Iowa River and the community with the back of the house on the Park Road side of the building. Michell Hirsch, Principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli was on hand today to provide a construction update to our members. His PowerPoint provided an overview of the design process and renderings of the new building. Mr. Hirsch commented that Iowa City is an amazing, collaborative, supportive community and the vision is starting to become very real on the banks of the Iowa River.
 
Chuck, his staff and the UI community are so pleased with the new facility that they are hosting a Ribbon-cutting Ceremony and Open House on Friday, September 9 at 3:00 p.m. and another Open House on Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m.. The events are free and open to the public. This will be a unique opportunity to stand on the stage, go back stage and see the most intimate setting of 1,800 seats, 2 tiers, balconies, and galleries in the main performance space. The season kicks off with a free concert outside on Hancher Green on Friday, September 16 at 7:30 with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band opened the original Hancher Auditorium in 1972, and it’s only right that the band heralds the opening of the new Hancher Auditorium. Other highlights of the season are Steve Martin and Martin Short; Broadway shows such as The Book of Mormon, The Sound of Music and Mamma Mia!; Classical music with Renee Fleming;  the brand new Nutcracker performed by The Joffrey Ballet in their 60th anniversary year and more.

For more information and upcoming events, please visit: http://hancher.uiowa.edu/.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on April 28, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-04-28 05:00:00Z 0
Judy Joyce, Executive Director, Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO)
President Elect Usha Balakrishnan introduced Judy Joyce for today’s program on TAKO.
 
“Nature is not only elsewhere, it is everywhere.”
 
TAKO’s mission is to immerse participants in enjoyable activities to develop an attitude of joy, wonder, love, and respect for our natural world. Based in Fayette County, Take A Kid Outdoors began hosting events in 2006 and currently schedules outdoor events on a monthly basis with an emphasis on free-play and exploration for both children, their parents and people of all ages. The events are free, open to the public and held locally in Johnson County as well. Pre-registration is not required and a light lunch or snack is typically provided to the participants.  Some of the scheduled activities include Planting Days, Ice Fishing, Sledding, Archery, Maize Maze, River Weaving and Rockin Rocks. Because of their results and reputation, they were awarded the 2009 Governor’s Volunteer Award and the Iowa DNR has chosen their organization to lead the states outdoor outreach efforts.
 
The TAKO program would not be possible without numerous partnerships, sponsors, grants and donations. Ms. Joyce’s next focus is raising money to add a shelter to our local Rotary Camp off of Camp Cardinal Road in Coralville. City of Coralville has already committed to covering some of the costs to build the shelter but more money is needed to make this shelter a reality. Joyce mentioned that 40% of their events are cancelled due to cold and/or rain. This shelter would provide a space out of the rain, a stone fireplace to provide warmth during the event, and the opportunity to host more events year round.
 
For more information and upcoming events, please visit: http://takeakidoutdoors.org/ or contact Judy Joyce directly at: judy@takeakidoutdoors.org
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on April 21, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
Reminder: It is our policy to have all members silence their cell phones before the meeting and refrain from answering their cell phones during the meeting out of respect to the speaker and fellow members.
 
New Member Induction -
 
Taylor Artz
Classification: Financial Services: Planning
(Sponsor Casey Kidwell)
 
Julie Brinegar
Classification: Medicine: Administration
(Sponsor Jerald Forrester)
 
Jeremy Reynolds
Classification: Finance: Banking
(Sponsor President Thais Winkleblack)
 
Jennifer Van Noy
Classification: Medicine: Veterinary
(Sponsor Christina Kimerle)
 
Marten Roorda, CEO, ACT
Fellow Rotarian Nancy Quellhorst introduced Marten Roorda for today’s program on ACT.
 
Marten Roorda joined ACT as CEO in October 2015. He previously served as CEO of Cito, an international, not-for-profit assessment organization in the Netherlands. During his 13 years at Cito, Marten led the 600-employee organization to international recognition for its work in learning analytics and adaptive testing. Marten holds a master’s degree in Dutch language and literature from Utrecht University. He resides in Iowa City with his wife and five young children under the age of 7.
 
ACT was founded in 1959 by E.F. Linquist, a University of Iowa education professor, who launched the forerunner to the ACT assessment, now known as the ACT college readiness assessment. Lindquist broke new ground, focusing not on cognitive reasoning, but instead on the information taught in schools. Lindquist’s trailblazing assessment sparked a long history of ACT innovation which Marten plans to continue in his role at the company. Marten believes that the ACT mission aligns well with his personal mission – to improve the success of people in education and in the workforce. “I am constantly thinking about the ACT mission and what a difference we can really make in society, closing the skills and achievement gaps, and creating equal chances for all,” Marten said.
 
For more information, please visit: http://www.act.org/.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on April 14, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
Ron Corbett, President, Engage Iowa
Fellow Rotarian Josh Schamberger introduced Mayor Ron Corbett, a member of the Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary and a Paul Harris fellow, for today’s program on Engage Iowa.
 
Mr. Corbett graduated from Newton High School and then from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, before moving to Cedar Rapids. From there, he built a storied career in public and private leadership positions including being elected in 1986 to the Iowa House of Representatives serving seven terms, at 34 became the youngest Speaker of the House in Iowa history, in 1999 became President and CEO of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce leading the organization for six years, an insurance agent for The Equitable Co., led special projects for CRST International and finally being recruited back into public service following the Flood of 2008 and was elected mayor of Cedar Rapids in 2009.
 
Engage Iowa is a private, non-profit, conservative, freedom-focused think tank and policy incubator formed just last year by Mr. Corbett. Created by Iowans for Iowa, Engage Iowa is bringing together the brightest minds and leaders from across our state to start a statewide debate about some of Iowa’s most serious problem. It exists to craft research based, pragmatic, common sense solutions that will move our state forward by bringing rural and urban Iowans together to modernize the tax code, build great schools and protect our environment.
 
For more information or to make a donation, please visit: http://engageiowa.org/.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on April 7, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
Simeon Talley, Co-founder, Iowa Fashion Project.
Fellow Rotarian Joe Vens introduced Simeon Talley for today’s program on the Fly Over Fashion Fest on May 6-7, 2016 in downtown Iowa City.
 
Simeon Talley is a Columbus, Ohio native who moved to Iowa City to finish his degree after working in politics in the first Barack Obama campaign. He thought he would finish his degree at the University of Iowa and then leave Iowa to pursue his dreams elsewhere. Instead, Simeon decided to stay put and bring the fashion industry in Iowa to the forefront of fashion. There is a large amount of talent here in Iowa so he started a clothing line and began searching for outlets to showcase this talent in order to help fashion entrepreneurs in Iowa.
 
Last year, the Iowa Fashion Project held a fashion show during Entrefest. This year, the Iowa Fashion Project, in partnership with the Iowa City Downtown District, is hosting a new two-day Fashion, Music and Ideas festival in downtown Iowa City. The festival has two primary goals: provide a platform to showcase fashion talent and to connect those interested in fashion and working in fashion. The festival boasts 23 different events to be held at various downtown venues and includes fashion shows, live music, stand alone musical performances, and ideas/innovation sharing. It is time to position ourselves in this way in order to get the top fashion designers in the country to support and cultivate fashion in Iowa.
 
For more information, please visit: http://flyoverfashionfest.com/ or contact Simeon Talley directly at: simeontalley@gmail.com.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on March 31, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
Bruce Harreld, President, University of Iowa
Fellow Rotarian Lynette Marshall introduced President Bruce Harreld for today’s program on his vision for the University of Iowa.
 
Bruce Harreld became the 21st president of the University of Iowa on November 2, 2015. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. President Harreld has served in several corporate leadership positions. He is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and book chapters in journals and magazines as well as the recipient of several awards, including the Accenture Award for best business article of the year, the Distinguished Industrial Engineer and Distinguished Engineering Awards from Purdue University.
 
Since President Harreld’s arrival to our campus last November he has been a devoted student learning about our community, our university and our state. He has been introduced to colleagues and elected officials in Des Moines as well meeting friends and donors across the country.
 
Our members were treated to a glimpse into his values and vision during his time at the podium. His eagerness to lead our university was apparent when he stated that he is willing to take the heat in order to do the right thing for the University of Iowa. We must exploit the past and explore the future so we can reach his goal of being in the top 10 public research institutions during his tenure. President Harreld will continue to fight every day for more funding for the University of Iowa, but he also wants the University to be prepared to leverage resources in the ways that will produce the best results and focus on its strengths.  
 
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on March 24, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
New Member Induction –
 
John Stamler
Classification: Medicine: Opthalmology
(Sponsor Jody Braverman)
 
Dr. Resmiye Oral, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and the Director of Child Protection Program at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
Fellow Rotarian Art Spisak introduced Dr. Resmiye Oral for today’s program on the UI Adverse Childhood Experiences Program.
 
Dr. Oral was born in Izmir, Turkey, where she received her primary, high school, and college educations. She completed her Residency in Pediatrics at Long Island College Hospital, New York, NY and her Fellowship in Child Abuse and Neglect at Columbus Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH. Dr. Oral has several original articles, case presentations, review articles, book chapters, books, training kits, and course materials printed in both the English and Turkish languages. She gives 50-60 lectures a year nationally and internationally on child abuse and neglect and has received many awards and honors for her continued role in many programs regarding childhealth, child abuse, and neglect.
 
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can last a lifetime, but they don’t have to. The first years of a child’s life can have a profound impact on future learning, behavior and overall well-being. The Central Iowa ACEs 360 Steering Committee has led efforts to research how childhood experiences (ACEs) impact the health and well-being of Iowans throughout a lifetime. The goal of this project is to increase awareness and understanding among the public, policymakers and professionals on the prevalence of ACEs, related chronic conditions and health risk behaviors in Iowa. Armed with this knowledge, we can begin to look at policy and practice changes that mitigate the impact of ACEs on children and build compassion for those who have experiences ACEs. Iowa is one of 19 states measuring ACE data.
 
As the number of ACEs increases so does the level of risk for health issues. Moving forward, we must ask “What happened to you?” not “What’s wrong with you?” Becoming trauma-informed is vital to understanding people and providing the appropriate services and support to those in need.
 
For more information, please visit: http://www.iowaaces360.org/index.html.
 
FUTURE PROGRAMS
March 24                     Bruce Harreld, President, University of Iowa
March 31                     Simeon Talley, 2016 Iowa Fashion Project
April 7                         Ron Corbett, Engage Iowa
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on March 17, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
Kelly Lamb, Manager, Russell and Ann Gerdin American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
Fellow Rotarian Jim Lane introduced Kelly Lamb for today’s program on the Hope Lodge.  
 
The fundraising for the Hope Lodge began in 2006 with many Rotarians involved in the process. The construction was a community effort with a $4 million donation from Russell and Ann Gerdin. The land was provided by the University of Iowa. They broke ground in 2007 and welcomed their first guests in 2008 and became the 28th Hope Lodge nationally and the 1st Hope Lodge in Iowa. Kelly joined the staff in 2009 and is grateful that she was selected to manage this facility where she sees magic every day!
 
The Russell and Ann Gerdin American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Iowa City offers a private room for the comfort of its guests and their caregiver. Fostering a home-like environment, the Hope Lodge is equipped with a community dining room, kitchen, family, library, exercise area and laundry facilities. There are no TV’s in the rooms to help create a support system among the guests where everybody has the same thing in common. The Lodge also offers guests a wide variety of cancer programs and services free of charge that provide information, resources, and support to ease the cancer journey for adults undergoing active treatment at one of the area hospitals:  UIHC, the VA Hospital or Mercy Hospital, who live at least 40 miles outside of Iowa City. 
 
A majority of their guests come from Polk, Black Hawk and Scott counties in Iowa. The average length of stay is 42 days. Guests receive more than lodging during their stay through the varied programs in art therapy, pet therapy, music, bingo, game nights, movie nights and potluck dinners. Iowa City is such a giving community and volunteers are essential to help things run smoothly and to ensure that all guests enjoy their stay.
 
For more information, please visit:
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on March 10, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-03-13 06:00:00Z 0
Marsha Grady, Volunteer State Chair of the Distinguished Young Women of Iowa:
The Distinguished Young Women of Iowa, formerly known as Iowa Young Miss, were guests at Rotary. 19 high school seniors were selected to compete in the state competition and have been working on a program to present at the Coralville Performing Arts Center on March 4th. Distinguished Young Women is a national program that offers college scholarships and “inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments.” Each of the young women have been staying with host families in the Iowa City area. Last year the Iowa chapter gave $2 million in cash scholarships providing educational opportunities for many.
 
Special Music:
Fellow Rotarian Doris Preucil and former Iowa City Noon Rotarian and current member of the Mt. Vernon/Lisbon Rotary Club John Schultz performed a duet by Shostakovich – Praeludium, Gavotte, and Waltz. They were accompanied by Barbara Michaelson.
 
DIY Rotary:
President Thais led the program this week. With a voluntary membership, it’s up to club members to share information through programs, the club web site, the weekly newsletter, and Facebook. Program Chair Tom Cilek gives preference to members’ requests for specific programs so if you have a suggestion please share with Tom. Casey Kidwell is in charge of the weekly power point/slide show that is emailed to you before meetings, and is shown at the club while members are arriving. Mike Schmitz is our web site guru and Co-Secretary Kristin Reynolds is responsible for the weekly newsletter. Contact these individuals as necessary. Thais encouraged members to ‘like us” on our Rotary Facebook page. Posting information and photos is a great way to share our story about the neat things we are doing throughout our community and the world.
 
Membership Secretary Sean McIntyre shared a new member proposal form that can be found on the club website. Hard copies are also available at club meetings. When proposing a new member, please fill out the form as completely as possible and return to Sean. The forms will be reviewed by the Membership Committee, then passed to the Classification Committee. Once through, they will be invited to attend an orientation meeting. Upon signing a membership form, their names are shared with the membership, and barring any issues, the new member will be scheduled for induction shortly thereafter.
 
President Thais quickly reviewed the procedure for logging on to the ‘members only’ section of the club web site. This is the area to access the club directory and committee listings amongst other things. You can easily reset your password at the login using the email address at which you receive this newsletter and other club communication.  If you have questions, please contact Thais or Mike Schmitz.
 
President Thais noted that the club is looking for a Greeter Coordinator and a piano player to assist with music. We’re also looking for individuals to be a part of the web site/social media committee. If interested, please contact Thais.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on March 3, 2016 Ann Parker 2016-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Major Donor Recognition:
 
Rotarian Chet Woodman and his spouse, Joanne, were recognized by President Thais for achieving Major Donor status with the Rotary Foundation.    
 
Teresa Mangum, Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa
President Thais Winkleblack introduced Teresa Mangum for today’s program on the University of Iowa’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.  
 
Teresa Mangum is a Professor in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and was appointed as Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies in 2010. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the ways that nineteenth-century British novels shaped readers’ understanding of women, of late life, and of connections between humans and other animals. She also publishes on current issues: publicly engaged pedagogy, the place of service in an academic career, and graduate student placement.
 
In her role as Director, Teresa helps to support The Obermann Center for Advance Studies mission of serving the research mission of the University of Iowa. The Center is a convening space dedicated to debate and discovery. Their grants for University of Iowa artists and researchers support imaginative collaborations and multi-disciplinary exploration. Their programming connects scholars across campus and engages the larger public in the amibitious, illuminating, and transformative works of the artists and scholars they serve. The Center hosts a number of public programs including a major annual humanities conference, small group collaborations, lectures, workshops, working groups, and performances as well as an intensive seminar for graduate students. For more information, please visit: http://obermann.uiowa.edu/.
 
Rotarians are welcome to attend any of the 10th Anniversary Celebrations of the Obermann Graduate Institute next week. Here is a link to the schedule: https://gradinstitute10.wordpress.com/.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on February 25, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
Pam Ries, Director, UI REACH
Fellow Rotarian Ted Pacha introduced Pam Ries for today’s program on the University of Iowa’s REACH Program.  
 
The University of Iowa REACH program is a two-year, transition certificate program for students 18-25 years old with multiple intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities. UI REACH provides a campus experience to empower young adults to become independent, engaged members of the community. Courses, campus life, and career preparation assist students in reaching their full potential. UI REACH strives to maintain periodic contact with alumni to encourage them to become independent adults by utilizing the independent living and career-related skills they learned in the program.
 
The program was founded in 2008 by the Honorable Sally J. Pederson (former Lieutenant Governor of Iowa) and welcomed the first students that fall. Dr. Pam Ries, a native Iowan, became the director three years ago after 30 years of educational teaching. What is unique about the program is that students live on campus in Stanley Hall among traditionally admitted students and have the opportunity to experience a college experience on a Big 10 university campus while interacting with traditionally admitted students in all classes. Experienced teachers, advisors, and counselors support each student during their coursework while specially trained Resident Assistants (RA’s) oversee the dorm living and enforce the curfew nightly.
 
Cost of the program is approximately $26,000 per year and rates stay the same while the student is enrolled in the program. UI REACH offers generous scholarships for Iowa residents and for non-residents.
With 24/7 support for these students who might not have had the opportunity to leave home and attend college the program is currently attracting students from 20 different states. Dr. Ries noted that one of the biggest compliments is that other universities and colleges frequently contact her to model a program after this award winning program.
 
For more information, please visit http://www.education.uiowa.edu/services/reach/home or call 319-384-2127.
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on February 18, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
New Member Induction –
 
Katie Knight
Classification: Associations: Management
(Sponsor Jeff Disterhoft)
 
Kristie Fortmann-Doser, Executive Director, Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP).
Fellow Rotarian Mike McKay introduced Kristie Fortmann-Doser for today’s program on DVIP.
 
The mission of DVIP is to provide comprehensive support and advocacy services to victim/survivors, focusing on immediate long-term safety, empowerment, dignity, and hope. In collaboration with the community and 4,000 annual volunteer hours, DVIP strives to end domestic abuse through education, accountability, and social justice. In one year, they answer approximately 18,000 crisis phone calls and provide more than 8,000 nights of safe shelter.
 
In 2013, Iowa went through a significant transition in funding for services for victims of violent crime. With the support of the Iowa Legislature and state level victims services coalitions, six regions were developed in Iowa and funding was shifted to focus equally on sexual assault services, domestic abuse comprehensive services and emergency sheltering, DVIP was awarded funds and their service area expanded from four to eight counties. Currently, DVIP serves Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Johnson, Lee, Van Buren & Washington counties with a staff of 35.  
 
The question posed to our members was “what would you need to do to keep yourself safe from that one person who knows everything about you?” A person who has access to your home, your kids, your income, your place of employment, mistakes you have made, information about you and your resources, and continually berates you with emotional and/or physical abuse. These are the barriers that victims encounter on a daily basis. The staff consider themselves “problem solvers” as they attempt to help battered individuals feel safe and secure thru a variety of services.
 
For more information and a donation wish list, please visit: http://www.dvipiowa.org/ or call 1-800-373-1043.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on February 11, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
David Gier, Professor & Director, UI School of Music
Fellow Rotarian Steve West introduced David Gier for today’s program on the new School of Music.
 
Trombonist David Gier is Professor and Collegiate Scholar at the University of Iowa, where he teaches trombone and brass chamber music and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet. He is currently the director of the School of Music and has been in the position for six years. Before moving to Iowa, Gier served for six years on the faculty of Baylor University. Gier is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Yale University, where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1992.
 
Since the flood of 2008, the School of Music has been operating in multiple locations. In late 2009, a new location for The Voxman Music Building was announced in downtown Iowa City on the corner of Clinton and Burlington Streets. In August of this year, the entire music program will be run out of one location! The new building, designed by LMN Architects from Seattle, will be 6 levels and contain a 700-seat concert hall, a 200-seat recital hall, large practice studios, faculty studios, classrooms, a one-of-a-kind organ built in Germany,  and a student commons area in the base of the building. The central building material is glass, chosen in part to make it more open to the public and highlight the building’s location. 
  
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on February 4, 2016 Kristin Reynolds 2016-02-04 06:00:00Z 0
Katie Knight, President & CEO, United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties
Fellow Rotarian Kevin Monson, who is co-chair with his wife Julie of the 2016 United Way’s Campaign for the Common Good, introduced Katie Knight.
 
Katie Knight is new to our community but not to the United Way. She has 25 years of experience in United Way leadership positions. Most recently, she was in Sarasota, Florida. The United Way of Johnson County is a local, non-profit organization that has been serving Iowa City since 1919 and partners with 31 organizations to help our community by working to improve education, income levels and the health of our friends, family members, and neighbors who are in need.
 
We have low unemployment, a well educated work force, offer a safe place to live and work and have seen a 25% increase in the 65 and older demographic but still see 33% of our student body qualifying for free & reduced lunch, 23% of our student body still struggling on their reading proficiency by 4th grade and a large % of our households considered cost-burdened households. A household is considered housing cost-burdened when 30% or more of its monthly gross income is dedicated to housing.  
 
The 2016-2016 campaign goal is $2,200,000. There is still time left to make a donation before the campaign wraps up at the end of February. The organization relies on its donations and large pool of volunteers to make an impact in our community and improve lives. Together we can do so much more!
 
“Live United. It’s a credo. A mission. A goal. A constant reminder that we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We build the strength of our neighborhoods. We bolster the health of our communities. And we change the lives of those who walk by us ever day.” 
 
For more information, please visit: http://www.unitedwayjwc.org/.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on January 14, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2016-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
New Member Induction –
 
Patricia Roberts
Classification: Nursing
(Sponsor Usha Balakrishnan)
 
Amy Boelk
Classification: Personal Services: Health & Wellness
(Sponsor Joe Hughes)
 
Vanessa McDonald
Classification: Business Services: Consulting
(Sponsor Tom Cilek)
 
Jeffrey Collier, CEO and Tim Hankewich, Music Director, Orchestra Iowa
Steve West introduced Jeff Collier and Tim Hankewich.
 
Orchestra Iowa was founded in 1921 and is widely recognized as the state’s premier symphony orchestra. The Orchestra’s mission is to foster enjoyment of, and support for fine symphonic music through quality performances, education and community involvement. Under the direction of Timothy Hankewich, who is in his 10th year as music director, its 68 professional musicians perform more than 180 public performances throughout the year at various Cultural Corridor venues including the Paramount Theatre, the Englert Theatre, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts and soon at the new Hancher Auditorium later this year. Both Mr. Collier and Mr. Hankewich are passionate about classical music and know that having an active orchestra in the area helps to improve the quality of life for community members, promotes a deeper understanding of different cultures and fosters community pride. Three new faces include Pat Hanick of Iowa City on their Board of Directors; Dawn Gingrich, Concert Master, on the violin; and Laura Usiskin, Christian & Patti Tiemeyer Chair, on the cello.
 
In addition to its array of performances, Orchestra Iowa is also focused on community education and involvement. Mr. Hankewich noted that “youth concerts are our future”. In Iowa City, Orchestra Iowa has partnered with West Music and the Iowa City Community School District to provide music in every elementary school in our community. This outreach has also taken shape in Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha. Looking ahead, Orchestra Iowa would like to have an annual presence in Iowa City’s summer festival culture by providing free outdoor concerts. Iowa has a small population so please partner to help the orchestra continue to flourish by purchasing a ticket or tickets to an upcoming performance. An extensive list of programming can be found on their website.   
 
For additional information, please visit: http://www.artsiowa.com/orchestra.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on January 7, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2016-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
Iowa City Noon Rotary Awards – The following members were recognized by our club:
 
Bart Floyd                   Paul Harris Fellow +1
Don Heineking            Paul Harris Fellow +1
Dr. Charles Hesse        Paul Harris Fellow +1
Jimmy Pinkham           Paul Harris Fellow +1
Larry Morgan              Paul Harris Fellow +1
Michael Jensen            Paul Harris Fellow +1
Clyde Seery                 Paul Harris Fellow +2
Linda Dasher               Paul Harris Fellow +5
Verne Folkmann          Sponsor, Silver Level
 
Ronald K. McMullen, United States Ambassador-In-Residence
President Thais introduced Ronald K. McMullen to our club. Ronald McMullen is an American foreign service officer, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, has over 30 years of diplomatic experience and has lived, worked, or traveled in 91 countries. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Eritrea from 2007-2010. McMullen was born in Northwood, Iowa, and received a bachelor’s degree from Drake University, a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and his doctorate in political science from the University of Iowa where he wrote his dissertation on economic consequences of African coups d’etat. Currently, he is a Visiting Associate Professor at the the University of Iowa. Over his career, McMullen has received numerous awards and recognitions including being elected as the 2015 Honors Professor of the Year at the University of Iowa. His students say that he his the best professor they have ever had due to his incredible knowledge on people to people issues. McMullen engaged our members with a comprehensive and timely presentation on the “History of Bethlehem” through the eyes of a foreign service officer and a Lutheran.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary on December 17, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-12-17 06:00:00Z 0
New Member Induction –
 
Dale Roberts
Classification: Medicine: Plastic Surgery (retired)
(Sponsor Steve Wolken)
 
Chet Woodman
Classification: Manufacturing: Robotic Welding Systems (retired)
(Transfer - Chagrin Valley District 6630)
 
Representative Dave Jacoby & Representative Bobby Kaufmann, Iowa Political Update
Nancy Quellhorst introduced Rep. Dave Jacoby & Rep. Bobby Kaufmann.
 
Mr. Jacoby (District 74), was born and raised in Marion, is a UNI graduate, is in his 7th year in the house, and serves on many boards and committees. Dave was elected to two terms on the Coralville City Council, where he was a leader in developing policy. His service on the Concil has been an asset in the Legislature in understanding the challenges of local government. In addition, Dave is honored to partner with the University of Iowa and State Hygienic Lab to promote STEM for ALL of our students as their STEM Coordinator.
 
Mr. Kaufmann (District 73) grew up in Wilton, has a business degree from the University of Iowa, is serving his 2nd term in the house, is an 8th generation farmer along side his brothers and his father, and gives his service to many organizations in his area. In addition, Bobby is a crop and livestock farmer who also owns and operates a steel hauling, construction and demolition business in Cedar County.
 
Even though Rep. Jacoby is a Democrat and Rep. Kaufmann is a Republican they work and collaborate well together across the aisle. Both focus on what politics can be, what politics are and what politics should be and have achieved numerous accomplishments during their partnership. Their collaborative efforts will continue on January 11 during the first day of the 2016 Iowa Legislative Session.
 
For additional information, please visit: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on December 10, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
 
Michael Schultz PhD, Chief Science Officer, Viewpoint Molecular Targeting LLC
President Thais introduced Mike Schultz who she has known for many years. Dr. Schultz is a founding member and Chief Science Office of Viewpoint Molecular Targeting LLC as well as an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. His degrees in Russian and Oceanography reflect his strong intellectual curiosity. Dr. Schultz specializes in molecular targeting for diagnostic imaging and cancer therapy and is primary and co-inventor of Viewpoint IP.
 
Dr. Schultz’ current focus is on Metastatic Melanoma. Skin cancer is the fastest growing cancer incidence in the United States and is the #1 diagnosed cancer in young adults under the age of 30. This type of Melanoma is very lethal and the five-year survival rate is <20%. Viewpoint develops pharmaceutical drugs and image-guided radiation therapy to aid in localizing treatment areas in tumors with low side effects thus optimizing patient care. Viewpoint is teaming up with numerous world-class companies and academic centers across the country to bring this novel and innovative product line of theranostic agents to personalized patient care for Metastatic Melanoma. Their efforts are funded by grants and donations. Zev Sunleaf and David Conrad from the University of Iowa have been instrumental in developing new investment funds to further this research.
 
Thankfully, their treatment protocol is highly adaptable for other “tumor” cancers.
 
For additional information, please visit: http://viewpointmt.com/
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on December 3, 2015-Update Kristin Reynolds 2015-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Michael Schultz PhD, Chief Science Officer, Viewpoint Molecular Targeting LLC
President Thais introduced Mike Schultz who she has known for many years. Dr. Schultz is a founding member and Chief Science Office of Viewpoint Molecular Targeting LLC as well as an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. His degrees in Russian and Oceanography reflect his strong intellectual curiosity. Dr. Schultz specializes in molecular targeting for diagnostic imaging and cancer therapy and is primary and co-inventor of Viewpoint IP.
 
Dr. Schultz’ current focus is on Metastatic Melanoma. Skin cancer is the fastest growing cancer incidence in the United States and is the #1 diagnosed cancer in young adults under the age of 30. This type of Melanoma is very lethal and the five-year survival rate is <20%. Viewpoint develops pharmaceutical drugs and image-guided radiation therapy to aid in localizing treatment areas in tumors with low side effects thus optimizing patient care. Viewpoint is teaming up with numerous world-class companies and academic centers across the country to bring this novel and innovative product line of theranostic agents to personalized patient care for Metastatic Melanoma. Their efforts are funded by grants and donations. Zev Sunleaf and David Conrad from the University of Iowa have been instrumental in developing new investment funds to further this research.
 
Thankfully, their treatment protocol is highly adaptable for other “tumor” cancers.
 
For additional information, please visit: http://viewpointmt.com/
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on December 3, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
New Member
President Thais welcomed Gordon Fischer as a new club member.  Brenda LaMarche who couldn’t attend sponsored Gordon and so Anna Moyers Stone introduced him.
 
Rotary Honors  
President Thais presented Usha Balakrishnan, Brianna Wills and Linda Farkas with awards for recruiting new members to the club. Jeff Disterhoft and Steve West received Paul Harris Fellows awards, and Verne Folkmann received a Major Donor award.
 
Xicotepec Club Recognizes 100th Anniversary
President Thais read plaque recognition from our sister Rotary Club in Xicotepec, Mexico, honoring our club’s 100th Anniversary.
 
Dave Westphal, CEO of D3Consulting
Shawn Hedlund introduced Dave Westphal to speak about achieving food security in Africa. Westphal addressed the issues of food security from his perspective of having served in senior executive positions with Holden Foundation Seed, L.L.C., Monsanto-Johannesburg S.A., and Seed Product Line Africa for Cargill, Inc.
 
Westphal spoke on the themes:  Food availability, Food access, and Food use.  He believes that food security rests on sufficient quantities of corn, soybeans and wheat grown regionally.  He has led efforts focused on addressing the challenges of the lack of trained crop breeders, poor quality seed and poor storage.  The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa for Africa Seed Systems is enabling advanced training at the graduate level in seed breeding, providing demonstrations in villages so local farmers can see the value of improved seeds and production systems, and training agricultural dealers to be able to consult with local farmers.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on November 19, 2015 Steve Schomberg 2015-11-23 06:00:00Z 0
New Member Induction –
 
M. Theresa Schaefer (Sponsor Usha Balakrishnan)
Joe Vens (Sponsor Verne Folkmann)
 
Paul Trombino III, Iowa DOT Director
Nancy Quellhorst introduced Paul Trombino III. Paul Trombino III was appointed director of the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) May 9, 2011, and confirmed by the Iowa State Senate June 28, 2011.  Trombino holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Iowa and Wisconsin.
 
Corporate culture has been a large part of his focus since taking over his role with the IDOT. He established a leadership program to help grow leaders within the organization. 500 employees from across the IDOT recently attended their 2nd Annual Leadership Conference. Trombino is willing to take risks knowing that not all risks will work but the 30% that do will be really great and keep Iowa moving in the right direction. He also knows the importance of bringing in fresh perspective. When he started with the department they had 5 interns. Over the last 3 years he has built their internship program into a strong and robust initiative and in 2015 they had 110 interns across their organization.
 
Technology is in the forefront since their work is constantly changing through a fusion of information in and around transportation and how they collect and share their data. Fully automated vehicles are closer to becoming a reality in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor on Interstate 380. They are partnering with the University of Iowa to develop an environment that will be able to sustain this technology. Road Way Mapping is one of the ways that the state of Iowa is ahead of other states which will help in keeping our state ahead of the technology curve.
 
Freight movement is another critical piece of the puzzle and the largest issue for our state. Iowa’s multimodal transportation is unique, in part because of our state’s geographical location at the center of the nation. Iowa serves as a crossroads for our country’s surface transportation system as we move commodities across our state, nation and to approximately 50-60 countries as well. The IDOT is working closely with Debi Durham, director, of the Iowa Economic Development Authority to find a way to engage with businesses to help them save in their freight costs by re-designing their commodity movement.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on November 12, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Iowa City Noon Rotary Awards – The following members were recognized by our club:
 
Herb Wilson                Sponsor, Level 2
Jody Braverman          Sponsor, Level 4
 
Update on Club Projects
Tom Cilek introduced the program on club projects that our club has done locally to help our community, our state, our nation and the world.
 
The Xicotepec Project (Chris Catney): The dynamic work of many hearts, minds and hands that has involved 841 participants to date in Xicotepec, Mexico since 2002. The goal is to serve community-minded projects through hard work, strong values and the commitment to develop young people through humanitarian efforts and address the most urgent needs including contruction, dental and medical care, education and more during the annual visits to Xicotepec. The project is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Xicotepec and Rotary District 6000, which includes 64 Rotary Clubs in roughly the southern half of Iowa. The application period is open until November 18. To apply for the March 2016 trip visit: www.xicoproject.org.
 
Find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/xicoproj.
 
IowaMOST (Gary Pacha & Deb Dunkhase): The Miles of Smiles Team has been making annual trips to Guatemala since 2006. The group works to bring hope and healing to children and adults living in the region who need cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries. Their partners at the hospital in Hueheutenango work side by side with them each year. 1 in 600 children are born with cleft defects each year in Guatemala. Due to the extreme poverty it is very hard for these children to receive the corrective surgery. Through their efforts many of these affected children in this impoverished area will no longer be ostracized by their community. The next trip will take place from February 4-February 14 in 2016. Doctors, dentists, nurses, medical students, Rotarians and many other volunteers are needed to make the next trip a success. 
 
For more information visit: www.iowamost.org.
 
Rag4Clubfoot (Herb Wilson): The mission is to support activities to assure timely treatment and appropriate care for children born with clubfoot deformity worldwide. Ponseti Method is a low cost, low-tech, non-surgical, highly effective treatment for correcting clubfoot deformity. Rotarians are helping by: recruiting fellow Rotarians to join Rag4Clubfoot; raising awareness that “Clubfoot is treatable”; assisting to educate the general public, health professionals at all levels, and government officials about Ponseti Method; assisting to care for clubfoot patients in their local medical facilities/communities and more. Every 3 minutes a child is born with clubfoot. That is 200,000 children each year. Hundreds of thousands of these children will live with a deformity that will limit their mobility and greatly affect their future. We can not eliminate clubfoot but we can fix it!
 
For more information visit: www.rag4clubfoot.org.
 
FAMSCO (John Ockenfels): A 501(c)3 organization, staffed 100% with volunteer Rotarians, whose purpose is to send humanitarian shipments of fire, medical, and other equipment and supplies to global communities. This is accomplished through partnerships with Rotarians in the communities of need. Iowa District 6000 Rotarians have shipped more than 75 vehicles and 250 tons of equipment over the past 25 years. Currently, the organization is looking for 5,000-6,000 square feet locally to store their equipment. If you have space you would like to donate you can contact the organization at: info@famsco.org.  
 
For more information visit: http://famsco.org/
 
CALENDAR
November 17    Program Committee Meeting at 7:45 a.m. at 122 South Linn (Bob Downer's Office)   
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on November 5, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
New Member Induction –
 
Dr. Debra Schwinn (Sponsor Usha Balakrishnan)
 
David Walker, Former United States Comptroller General
Chris Atchison introduced David Walker, former Comptroller General for three U.S. Presidents (Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton) from 1998 to 2008 and is Founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative. Mr. Walker is a Rotarian in Bridgeport, Connecticut and stressed that Rotary understands stewardship and the importance of leaving things better positioned for the future. He has authored three books, with the last one entitled “Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility (2010) which is a national bestseller. Walker is a frequent speaker, Congressional witness, writer and media commentator.
 
The U.S. debt is a ticking time bomb. The federal government is too big, has promised too much and desperately needs to be re-structured. Our focus shouldn’t be on deficits but on debt as a percentage of the economy. The American people are smarter than the politician’s think and we need to end the continued gridlock.  The next president needs to be a true leader, to tell the people the truth, have executive leadership experience, some government experience and a proven track record on getting things done. Current or past governors are best positioned to handle the job. We need to get over the idea of balancing the federal budget (because it will never happen) and work on inflation, unemployment and under employment. His belief is so strong that in the fall of 2012, the Comeback America Initiative led a campaign called the “10 Million a Minute” Bus Tour. The tour covered about 10,000 miles and stopped at universities, technical colleges, and businesses in over a dozen states. The tour’s goal was to bring national attention to the economic and fiscal challenges that face our nation and various nonpartisan solutions that should be able to gain bipartisan support.  Mr. Walker believes that the future is going to be better than the past.  It is not too late to make investments in our future and become more fiscally responsible.
 
CALENDAR
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union at 6 p.m.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on October 29, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Luke Eustice, Hawkeye Wrestling Club & Coach Dan Gable, Olympic Wrestling Trials
Josh Schamberger introduced Luke Eustice, Director of Operations, for the University of Iowa wrestling program. Luke is a former 125 lb. Iowa wrestler and a 2002 NCAA finalist at Iowa who oversees the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. Since 1973, the Hawkeye Wrestling Club has played a vital role in the continued success of not only the Iowa Wrestling program but also their athletes’ quest to become World and Olympic Champions. Currently the club consists of 5 post-collegiate Iowa wrestlers who continue to train and workout with the team while providing mentoring opportunities to the current college wrestlers and recruiting efforts to secure future athletes. Iowa Wrestling will be hosting a marquee matchup “Grapple On The Gridiron” versus Oklahoma State before the Iowa/Minnesota football game on November 14th at 11:00 a.m.  So far 29,000 tickets have been sold with a goal of 52,000.  Please consider buying a $10 ticket to be part of this historic event at Kinnick Stadium.
 
Josh Schamberger introduced Coach Dan Gable who was instrumental in securing Iowa City as the host city for the 2012 Olympic Trials. Iowa City will also have the opportunity to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials which will take place on April 8-10 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena next year. The Olympic Trials will have Men’s Grecco and Men & Women’s Freestyling competitions as well as a Fan Fest that will be held in downtown Iowa City. This is a chance to see athletes compete and give the fans a piece of something to follow at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Coach Gable is still enthusiastic about the program and is already looking ahead to the 2020 Olympics in Japan and the possibility of Los Angeles hosting the 2024 Olympics. When Coach Gable first arrived at Iowa former Athletic Director Bump Elliott gave him a Hawkeye billed cap. Under the bill were the words “Show Up! Dominate! Go Home!” and Coach Gable has been following Bump’s orders ever since.
 
Go Hawks!
 
For more information on the Hawkeye Wrestling Club visit: http://www.hawkeyewrestlingclub.com/
 
For more information on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials visit: http://www.iowacitytorio.com/
 
CALENDAR
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union at 6 p.m.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on October 22, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
Charlie Funk & Susan Brennan, Run for Schools
Charlie Funk discussed his love of running and reported that he has qualified and run the Boston Marathon (the pinnacle of marathons) four times. Charlie, an engaged community banker, was able to combine his two passions (education and running) to help raise funds for local schools and improve our community. MidWestOne became the title sponsor in 2001 and has remained the title sponsor since that time. $500,000 has been given to the Iowa City Community School District and the Regina Catholic Education Center over the history of this annual race.
 
Charlie introduced Susan Brennan, Executive Director of the Iowa City Community School District Foundation, who shared race photos, an inspiring video and an overview of the race. The race will take place this Sunday, October 18 starting at 8:00 a.m. This “cool community event” hosts ½ mile, 1 mile, 5K, 10K and half marathon races. There are 13,000 kids across 25 buildings in the district. The money raised from the event helps to fund and support field trips outside the classroom to give students hands on experiences through showing and doing.
 
For more information on the race visit: http://www.runfortheschools.com/
 
For more information on the ICCSD Foundation or to make a donation visit: http://iccsdfoundation.org/
 
CALENDAR
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union at 6 p.m.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on October 15, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
 
Jim Conard & Marv Cook, University of Iowa Homecoming and Football Program
Tom Cilek introduced Jim Conard, President of West Bank and a huge Hawkeye fan. Jim reminded our members that the I-club is now hosting luncheons and pep rallies every Friday before home games. Please consider joining Jim and other Hawkey fans at these events. Our members were also treated to a trivia game with Hayden Fry bobble heads as prizes. Here is a sample of the questions:
 
What is the average weight of Hawkeye football players? …….232 lbs.
 
What Iowa City Noon Rotarian was an All American at Michigan in 1947? ……. Bump Elliott
 
Jim Conard introduced Marv Cook, Des Moines Register High School Player of the Year at West Branch, Des Moines Register High School Coach of the Year at Regina, and one of the greatest Hawkeyes of all times. After Iowa, Marv played seven seasons in the NFL and was selected to the Pro Bowl twice. He has won 77 of 78 games and five straight state championshiops during his tenure at Regina.
 
Marv credits Coach Hayden Fry (and his 3rd grade teacher & 8th grade teacher/coach) for helping to make him a better person, man, coach, husband and father. His passion for Hawkeye football continues as he enjoys seeing his son, Drew, #18, suit up as a freshman for Iowa games. 
 
Here are some of Marv’s words of wisdom:
 
*No matter what the final score is and what is in the record books – you will never lose as long as you give it everything you have.
 
*Coaches are smart. We steal from everyone.
 
*Don’t let the win define you. Go on and do greater things!
 
GO HAWKS!
 
CALENDAR
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union at 6 p.m.
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on October 8, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
John Kenyon, Executive Director, UNESCO City of Literature
John offered a refresher on the significance of UNESCO and the City of Literature during his opening remarks.
 
UNESCO is an international organization which stands for:

United
Nations
Educational
Scientific and
Cultural
Organization
 
Iowa City applied to be a City of Literature in 2008 under the direction of Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Iowa City was the 3rd city deemed a City of Literature after Edinburgh and Melbourne. There are now 11 total cities that share this distinction. UNESCO seeks applications on a yearly basis and makes the final determination on who can join this esteemed list of cities. Iowa City was selected because of our amazing writing programs, great libraries and outstanding local book stores. John and his staff are responsible for managing the designation, advocating for our local literary resources, networking and programming.
 
The next program offered is the Iowa City Book Festival which will be held on Oct. 1-5, 2015. It is a free event that runs for four days and will feature 50+ events and 100+ authors/presenters at local venues. The three highlights that were noted were “An Evening with Jonathan Katz: Life, Death and Public Health After the Haiti Earthquake” through a partnership with UI College of Public Health; the Paul Engle Prize Presentation to Chicago-based mystery author, Sara Paretsky; and Bryan Stevenson on “American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference”.
 
For a full schedule of events, visit www.iowacityfestival.org.
 
John Kenyon introduced Mallory Hellman, director of the Iowa Youth Writing Project. The Iowa Youth Writing Project was founded by University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010. Ms. Hellman is a graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and oversees this non-profit organization which provides service and outreach to underserved K-12 children in our district. The programming is at little or no cost and enables our students to be empowered with what our city has to offer and get them excited about creative writing through one-of-a-kind writing, publishing and creative learning opportunities. Schools and community centers are selected based on need.  The program is funded through grants and donations from the community and is supported through IYWP volunteers, partnerships with local organizations and institutions, and the generosity of community members.
 
For more information, visit www.iywp.org
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 1 – Joint Service Club Luncheon @ University Club
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on September 24, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
 
New Member Induction –
 
Rabbi Jeff Portman (Sponsor Jody Braverman)
 
Marty Lenss, Director of the Eastern Iowa Airport
Tom Markus introduced Marty Lenss, who was named the new Airport Director in November 2014. Prior to this position, Lenns was Executive Director for the Rochester Airport Company in Rochester, Minnesota, and Airport Director for the Outgamie County Regional Airport in Appleton, Wisconsin.  He touched on many points during his informative airport update including the airport commission, airport partnerships, economic development and air service on a national and regional landscape.
 
Sustainability has been an important focus for the airport. Partnerships have been formed with both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. The U of I Biomass Fuel Project currently operates on 64 acres of land near the airport to provide fuel for power plants. 68 acres have been designated for the ISU Strips Project which offers controlled and uncontrolled sections to improve water quality in our area. The importance of economic development is also an important focus as 2,695 jobs are tied to the airport which equates to $94.7 million in annual payroll and $224 million in annual economic output. 
 
CID offers 12 non-stop flights during peak seasons and has outpaced the national average in traffic growth. Allegiant and Frontier are the biggest part of the growth with a 144% increase in passengers daily.  Frontier continues to evolve and Allegiant offers the best potential for continued leisure market growth due to their low cost options. Pilot shortage is greatly impacting the industry. In August 2013 the FAA regulations raised the required number of flight experience hours to 1,500 hours from 250 hours. The pipeline of pilots can no longer keep up with the demand as we are exporting the talent we are creating as the new students are going overseas to gain their flying experience.
 
The airport is run without the benefit of general tax dollars. The majority of their operating revenue (26.9%) is generated by the parking lot and the $50 million terminal modernization project will be done without bonds which is almost unheard of in this industry. In June, 2015 the airport was declared debt free! In closing, Lenss reiterated the importance of using your local airport to keep Iowa dollars flowing through Iowa infrastructure.
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 1 – Joint Service Club Luncheon @ University Club
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on September 17, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
 
New Member Induction –
 
Dimy Doresca, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Sponsor Usha Balakrishnan)
 
Devin van Holsteijn, University of Iowa Foundation (Sponsor Lynette Marshall)
 
Kingsley Botchway II, Iowa City Community School District (Sponsor Joe Hughes)
 
Justyn Miller, CEO, South Slope Communications on Drones
Tom Cilek introduced Justyn Miller, who has been working on and flying radio-controlled ground and aircraft since he was a kid. About six years ago, he started making his own drones from parts. He is fully engaged in the sport now to the point where three RC manufacturers actually send him their new models to test and/or review. Being able to view things from a different perspective really interests him. Currently, Miller donates his time for educational purposes, writes a blog about drones and has worked with many different entities on aerial photography projects using drones. He doesn’t accept payment for all of the projects he has worked on but instead asks for a donation be made to the University of Iowa’s Children’s Hospital in lieu of payment.
 
Drone Technology has out paced legislation over the past several years. Anyone can buy a drone at a local retailer so safety and security are a big issue. Thankfully, new technology has been designed that prohibits the general public from launching a drone near an airport. Besides great pictures, providing a tool for teaching and learning, and time lapse capabilities to capture a construction project from start to finish,  drones are now being widely used in the area of agriculture for crop inspection. Miller is passionate about this technology and his enthusiasm was evident today at our meeting. After the meeting, he made himself available to answer questions and demonstrate a drone for interested members.
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 1 – Joint Service Club Luncheon @ University Club
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club Meeting on September 10, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
Jan Jensen, Associate Coach, Iowa Women’s Basketball
Jeff Disterhoft introduced Jan Jensen who completed her 15th season with the Iowa women’s basketball staff in 2015, her 12th as an associate head coach. Ms. Jensen serves as the recruiting coordinator, works with post players and has helped lead the Hawkeyes to 14 post season appearances. In addition, Ms. Jensen completed her 26th season in women’s college basketball as a player (Drake University) and coach this year. Jeff referred to her as “the finest leader I have ever met” and commended Ms. Jensen on her high level of humility and accomplishment over her long career.
 
The team’s mission statement is: “Work hard, with integrity, no excuses” (WIN).This statement is an important benchmark for the program and all of the coaches encourage the players to “get it done”. The privilege of coaching women is that they are not chasing a pro contract rather they are doing it for themselves, the rest of their team and for the love of the game. A sense of pride, respect and integrity are common themes during the wrap-ups after the games in the locker room.  Iowa’s program continues to be recognized in the Big Ten and nationally both on and off the court. Thank you for all of your support and we will see you at Carver-Hawkeye Arena soon. Go Hawks!
 
For more information and a complete season schedule, visit: http://www.hawkeyesports.com/sports/w-baskbl/iowa-w-baskbl-body.html
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 1 – Joint Service Club Luncheon @ University Club
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club Meeting on September 3, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristin Reynolds on Aug 27, 2015
 
Kelly Hayworth, Josh Schamberger & Allie Boenish, FRYfest 2015
Kelly Hayworth introduced Josh Schamberger who gave an overview of the history of FRYfest. The festival began 7 years ago to celebrate “All That Is Hawkeye”, recognize Coach Hayden Fry and kickoff the University of Iowa Football season. It was in 1985 when Hayden Fry introduced ANF, and on September 4th FRYfest will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Amercia Needs Farmers, the day before the UI Hawkeyes take on Illinois State in Kinnick Stadium.
 
Allie Boenish provided a comprehensive schedule of events. The festival is held in the Exhibit Hall at the Coralville Marriott in Iowa River Landing. The FRYfest Blood Drive, organized by UI DeGowin Blood Center, kicks off the celebration at 9:00 a.m. and the event culminates with a performance by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts at 8:30 p.m. It’s a full day of activities with special guests, panel discussions, BAGGO tournament, beverage garden, Governor Branstad’s proclamation of  “Hayden Fry Day”, a visit from the new UI President, a pep rally with the entire UI marching band and the outdoor concert with The Rumours an all-female rock band from Waterloo followed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
 
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit: http://fryfest.com/
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 1 – Joint Service Club Luncheon @ University Club
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club Meeting on August 27, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristin Reynolds on Aug 21, 2015
 
Proposed New Members –
 
This posting is effective August 21. Members have until September 1 to express concerns in writing to the Club President. Four people recently met with the Information/Orientation Committee: Devin van Holsteijn (transfer from Cedar Rapids North) proposed by Lynette Marshall in Foundation: Giving; Kingsley Botchway proposed by Joe Hughes in Education: Diversity Administration; Dimy Doresca (transfer from Bettendorf Rotary) proposed by Usha Balakrishnan in Education: International Business; Rabbi Jeff Portman proposed by Jody Braverman in Religion: Clergy (Retired).
 
New Member Induction –
 
Tim Heisdorffer (Sponsor Usha Balakrishnan)
 
William “Bryan” Watson (Sponsor Chuck Skaugstad, Jr.)
 
Lynette Jacoby, Social Services Coordinator, Johnson County
Terry Neuzil introduced Lynette Jacoby who has been the Social Services Coordinator for the past 4 years and who has been working tirelessly to ensure the investments made in social services are making a difference in the county. Previously, Ms. Jacoby spent 21 years with United Action for Youth spearheading programs for teens and homeless teens and the experience helped to fuel her passions in youth development, hunger initiatives and affordable housing.
 
The mission of department is to work collaboratively in response to the social services needs of persons living in Johnson County whether through services and programs offered by Johnson County directly, or through cooperative agreements and funding partnerships. Johnson County Social Services provides a wide array of help to families, youth, and individuals residing in the county. It is important to note that 1 out of 4 residents have accessed their services and 70% of the requests they receive are for rental requests. Hunger and affordable housing continue to be a struggle for our residents and that is the area she would focus additional funds were they available.
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 1 – Joint Service Club Luncheon @ University Club
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Member Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club Meeting on August 20, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristin Reynolds on Aug 21, 2015
 
New Member Induction –
 
Tim Heisdorffer (Sponsor Usha Balakrishnan)
 
William “Bryan” Watson (Sponsor Chuck Skaugstad, Jr.)
 
Lynette Jacoby, Social Services Coordinator, Johnson County
Terry Neuzil introduced Lynette Jacoby who has been the Social Services Coordinator for the past 4 years and who has been working tirelessly to ensure the investments made in social services are making a difference in the county. Previously, Ms. Jacoby spent 21 years with United Action for Youth spearheading programs for teens and homeless teens and the experience helped to fuel her passions in youth development, hunger initiatives and affordable housing.
 
The mission of department is to work collaboratively in response to the social services needs of persons living in Johnson County whether through services and programs offered by Johnson County directly, or through cooperative agreements and funding partnerships. Johnson County Social Services provides a wide array of help to families, youth, and individuals residing in the county. It is important to note that 1 out of 4 residents have accessed their services and 70% of the requests they receive are for rental requests. Hunger and affordable housing continue to be a struggle for our residents and that is the area she would focus additional funds were they available.
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 1 – Joint Service Club Luncheon @ University Club
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club Meeting on August 20, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristin Reynolds on Aug 14, 2015
 
New Member Induction –
 
Scott Maiers (Sponsor Brianna Wills)
 
John Lee (Sponsor Gary Pacha)
 
Emily Schoerning (Sponsor Jody Braverman)
 
Paul Weller (Sponsor Linda Farkas)
 
Iowa City Noon Rotary Awards – The following members were recognized by our club:
 
Bruce Kout            Sponsor, Blue Level
Steve Quigley        Sponsor, Bronze Level
Scott Enyart          Paul Harris Fellow
Jeff Disterhoft      Paul Harris Fellow +3
Tim Terry              Paul Harris Fellow +3
Mike McKay           Paul Harris Fellow +4
Steve West            Paul Harris Fellow +8
Charlie Funk          Paul Harris Fellow +8
 
District Governor Loring Miller, Rotary District 6000
District Governor, Loring Miller, is a third generation Rotarian. His grandfather founded the Rotary Club in Leon, Iowa where Loring and his wife Phyllis currently reside. The Millers are warm, generous and authentic and bring these wonderful characteristics to their 2015-2016 term. During the first 6 months of this Rotary year, the Miller’s plan to visit all 64 of the district’s clubs.

DG Miller’s message “Be a Gift to the World” resonated throughout his remarks at the meeting. He highlighted three areas of district goals: The Foundation, membership and youth service. He talked about how crucial all three of these are to the ongoing vibrancy of Rotary.
 
DG Miller also noted that he enjoyed meeting with the Club’s Board ahead of Rotary and noted that he is very impressed with our club’s involvement in aiding the community. He told members that he feels that the best community project in District 6000’s history was the “Operation Warm Coat” initiative. The district had 100% participation and Rotary was able to provide over 9,000 coats to needy children in our area.
 
Global grants are also a passion of Loring Miller’s. He was surprised to learn that 200,000 children are born annually with Clubfoot. This is the international focus for his year as District Governor and DG Miller is working to bring awareness to all of the clubs in District 6000 and encouraging all clubs to have a fundraising event this year for the RAG4Clubfoot to purchase braces.  DG Miller would like to be able to give a box of braces to each doctor trained in the Ponseti Method. 100% of all of the money generated will go to help doctors get access to these braces. Sent BRACE contributions to:
 
Chet Bredman
401 SE 3rd Street
Leon, IA 50144
 
To conclude the meeting, Loring Miller led us in the singing of the Four-Way Test.
 
For more information, visit http://www.rotary6000.org/
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 1 –  Joint Service Club Luncheon @ University Club
Nov. 5 –  Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club Meeting on August 13, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristin Reynolds on Aug 07, 2015
Margaret Hoover, great grand-daughter of Herbert Hoover
Jerry Fleagle introduced Margaret Hoover. Ms. Hoover gave an engaging and informative overview of the new exhibit at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. The new exhibit “The Making of the Great Humanitarian: Herbert Hoover and World War I” is open daily from 9-5 p.m. through October 25. Visitors can view letters, drawings, mementos, educational materials and interactive displays.
 
World War I was only a few days old when 40 year old Herbert Hoover then living in London traded his role as an engineer for that of a humanitarian. Thousands of Americans were stranded abroad with worthless currencies, letters of credit not honored by the fallen banks and tickets issued on German steamship lines. They fled to London where Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou Henry set up a volunteer effort in the lobby of the Savoy Hotel.
 
Hoover invested one million dollars of his own money to secure safe passage home to approximately 120,000 American tourists. Remarkably all but $350 was returned to him after the Americans returned home. Hoover was also instrumental in feeding seven million Belgians who faced certain starvation when Belgium was blockaded by the British when occupied by the German Army. This humble and orphaned son of Iowa fed millions of people during two world wars in more than 57 nations. “Each of us, no matter how humble our origins, no matter how limited our resources, can make a difference!” That is the message and legacy of Herbert Hoover.
 
Ms. Hoover also extended a special invitation to hear Doris Kearns Goodwin, renowned presidential historian and author, at a banquet on Oct. 23 at the Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids. Tickets can be secured online by clicking the “Register For Event” banner at: HooverPresidentialFoundation.org.
 
For more information, visit: http://www.hoover.archives.gov/
 
RYLA and World Affairs Students
Aaron Schaefer introduced the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) attendees and their family members.  He explained that RYLA is a week-long intensive leadership program sponsored by Rotary and that we send a total of 7 students from the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club as well as collaborating with other area clubs to send an additional 8 (7 from noon, 5 from AM, 2 from Downtown and 1 from Coralville).  Then he introduced two students, Kasey Baller and Esme Rummelhart, who talked about their RYLA experience and how impactful it was for them, and thanked the Club for the opportunity to attend.
 
Next, Linda Farkas introduced the World Affairs attendees and their family members.  She explained that World Affairs is an annual event held in Wisconsin with students from all over the world, and that we sent a total of 5 students (AM Rotary sent 2 more for a total of 7). Then she introduced two students, Noah Tiegs and Nick Schnoebelen, who talked about their experience at the seminar which focused on “Global Energy – Who Got the Power”.  Both students were grateful that they had the opportunity to attend the week-long event in Waukesha, WI and gain a larger world view. 
Summary August 6th Noon Rotary Meeting Kristin Reynolds 2015-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristin Reynolds on Aug 06, 2015
 
Margaret Hoover, great grand-daughter of Herbert Hoover
Jerry Fleagle introduced Margaret Hoover. Ms. Hoover gave an engaging and informative overview of the new exhibit at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. The new exhibit “The Making of the Great Humanitarian: Herbert Hoover and World War I” is open daily from 9-5 p.m. through October 25. Visitors can view letters, drawings, mementos, educational materials and interactive displays.
 
World War I was only a few days old when 40 year old Herbert Hoover then living in London traded his role as an engineer for that of a humanitarian. Thousands of Americans were stranded abroad with worthless currencies, letters of credit not honored by the fallen banks and tickets issued on German steamship lines. They fled to London where Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou Henry set up a volunteer effort in the lobby of the Savoy Hotel.
 
Hoover invested one million dollars of his own money to secure safe passage home to approximately 120,000 American tourists. Remarkably all but $350 was returned to him after the Americans returned home. Hoover was also instrumental in feeding seven million Belgians who faced certain starvation when Belgium was blockaded by the British when occupied by the German Army. This humble and orphaned son of Iowa fed millions of people during two world wars in more than 57 nations. “Each of us, no matter how humble our origins, no matter how limited our resources, can make a difference!” That is the message and legacy of Herbert Hoover.
 
Ms. Hoover also extended a special invitation to hear Doris Kearns Goodwin, renowned presidential historian and author, at a banquet on Oct. 23 at the Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids. Tickets can be secured online by clicking the “Register For Event” banner at: HooverPresidentialFoundation.org.
 
For more information, visit: http://www.hoover.archives.gov/
 
RYLA and World Affairs Students
Aaron Schaefer introduced the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) attendees and their family members.  He explained that RYLA is a week-long intensive leadership program sponsored by Rotary and that we send a total of 7 students from the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club as well as collaborating with other area clubs to send an additional 8 (7 from noon, 5 from AM, 2 from Downtown and 1 from Coralville).  Then he introduced two students, Kasey Baller and Esme Rummelhart, who talked about their RYLA experience and how impactful it was for them, and thanked the Club for the opportunity to attend.
 
Next, Linda Farkas introduced the World Affairs attendees and their family members.  She explained that World Affairs is an annual event held in Wisconsin with students from all over the world, and that we sent a total of 5 students (AM Rotary sent 2 more for a total of 7). Then she introduced two students, Noah Tiegs and Nick Schnoebelen, who talked about their experience at the seminar which focused on “Global Energy – Who Got the Power”.  Both students were grateful that they had the opportunity to attend the week-long event in Waukesha, WI and gain a larger world view. 
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 1 – Joint Service Club Luncheon @ University Club
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Copy of Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club Meeting on August 6, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristin Reynolds on Aug 06, 2015
 
Margaret Hoover, great grand-daughter of Herbert Hoover
Jerry Fleagle introduced Margaret Hoover. Ms. Hoover gave an engaging and informative overview of the new exhibit at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. The new exhibit “The Making of the Great Humanitarian: Herbert Hoover and World War I” is open daily from 9-5 p.m. through October 25. Visitors can view letters, drawings, mementos, educational materials and interactive displays.
 
World War I was only a few days old when 40 year old Herbert Hoover then living in London traded his role as an engineer for that of a humanitarian. Thousands of Americans were stranded abroad with worthless currencies, letters of credit not honored by the fallen banks and tickets issued on German steamship lines. They fled to London where Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou Henry set up a volunteer effort in the lobby of the Savoy Hotel.
 
Hoover invested one million dollars of his own money to secure safe passage home to approximately 120,000 American tourists. Remarkably all but $350 was returned to him after the Americans returned home. Hoover was also instrumental in feeding seven million Belgians who faced certain starvation when Belgium was blockaded by the British when occupied by the German Army. This humble and orphaned son of Iowa fed millions of people during two world wars in more than 57 nations. “Each of us, no matter how humble our origins, no matter how limited our resources, can make a difference!” That is the message and legacy of Herbert Hoover.
 
Ms. Hoover also extended a special invitation to hear Doris Kearns Goodwin, renowned presidential historian and author, at a banquet on Oct. 23 at the Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids. Tickets can be secured online by clicking the “Register For Event” banner at: HooverPresidentialFoundation.org.
 
For more information, visit: http://www.hoover.archives.gov/
 
RYLA and World Affairs Students
Aaron Schaefer introduced the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) attendees and their family members.  He explained that RYLA is a week-long intensive leadership program sponsored by Rotary and that we send a total of 7 students from the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club as well as collaborating with other area clubs to send an additional 8 (7 from noon, 5 from AM, 2 from Downtown and 1 from Coralville).  Then he introduced two students, Kasey Baller and Esme Rummelhart, who talked about their RYLA experience and how impactful it was for them, and thanked the Club for the opportunity to attend.
 
Next, Linda Farkas introduced the World Affairs attendees and their family members.  She explained that World Affairs is an annual event held in Wisconsin with students from all over the world, and that we sent a total of 5 students (AM Rotary sent 2 more for a total of 7). Then she introduced two students, Noah Tiegs and Nick Schnoebelen, who talked about their experience at the seminar which focused on “Global Energy – Who Got the Power”.  Both students were grateful that they had the opportunity to attend the week-long event in Waukesha, WI and gain a larger world view. 
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 1 – Joint Service Club Luncheon @ University Club
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club Meeting on August 6, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristin Reynolds on Jul 31, 2015
New Member Induction –
 
Dorothy Maher: Rotarian Mace Braverman introduced Dorothy who he has known since high school. She is a life-long Iowa City resident and is a registered nurse and practicing attorney.
 
Mary Westbrook: Rotarian Herb Wilson introduced Mary who moved to Iowa City in 1988 and spent most of her career at Pearson until her retirement in 2008. She has served on boards of many organizations over the years and most recently was the interim president for United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties.
 
Christina Kimerle: Rotarian Verne Folkmann introduced Christina who has worked in the animal industry for 14 years after graduating from a college in Virginia with both a business and animal husbandry degree. She moved to Iowa City in January of 2015 and is responsible for raising money to support the Animal Center through the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation.
 
Sally Scott:  Rotarian Jody Braverman introduced Sally who he met through the Rabbi Search Committee at their synagogue where Sally has helped with focus groups and surveys. She is also passionate about finding ways to provide affordable housing in our area.
 
Mike Stoffregen, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Johnson County
Maggie Elliott introduced Mike Stoffregen, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Johnson County. The Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds, manages resources and distributes grants to local nonprofit organizations. Since founding in 2000, CFJC has raised $20 million in endowed and charitable-giving assets, and nearly $6 million in bequests. In their 15 history with Mike at the helm, CFJC has distributed more than $8.02 million in grants, serving more than 150 nonprofit organizations, individuals and donor-advised funds at a cost of less than 2 percent. CFJC relies heavily on their 35 community member grant review committee to sort through the thousands of asks they receive each year and to determine who will receive grants from the foundation.
 
At the Community Foundation, they encourage giving for the greater good of the community. Mike highlighted the special flood relief fund that was created in 2008 to accept gifts from those who wished to support Johnson County communities and nonprofit organizations and help them recover from flood-related damages not covered by insurance or other resources. CFJC raised $630,936 and awarded grants addressing widespread floods in the region. Most recently, CFJC partnered with the United Way in 2015 to create the Summership Scholarship program. The vision of this partnership is to send kids to camp that would not be able to attend on their own. By selling 84 Herky statues and putting the proceeds in an endowed fund they were able to provide 84 scholarships this year.
 
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 1 – Joint Service Club Luncheon @ University Club
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club Meeting on July 30, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sean McIntyre on Jul 24, 2015
Proposed New Members –
 
This posting is effective July 24. Members have until August 3 to express concerns in writing to the Club President. Four people recently met with the Information/Orientation Committee: Scott Maiers, Community Relations Manager of the Legacy Senior Living Community, proposed by Brianna Wills, in Marketing/Public Relations; Paul Weller, Retired Professor at the University of Iowa, proposed by Linda Farkas, in Education: Retired; Emily Schoerning, Director of Research, National Center for Science Education, proposed by Jody Braverman, in Organizations: Science Ed. Research; William “Bryan” Watson, Project Manager at Mortenson Construction, proposed by Chuck Skaugstad, Jr., in Construction Services: Management.
 
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Posted by Kristin Reynolds on Jul 24, 2015
David Gould, University of Iowa’s first Obermann Center Public Scholar
Andre Perry introduced David Gould, the University of Iowa’s first Obermann Center Public Scholar, a member of its adjunct faculty and an accomplished filmmaker. Mr. Gould recently returned from spending 14 months working with the Downtown Project; a Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh led organization dedicated to transforming downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. During his tenure with the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Mr. Gould organized a Faculty Institute, designed to help faculty connect their teaching and research with the social challenges facing the modern city. He was also instrumental in developing the University of Iowa’s Interdepartmental Studies: Engaged Social Innovation major.
 
Through his speech entitled “Don’t Put Your Hand Down” Mr. Gould provided insight on the importance of engaging twenty-somethings. There are 50 million-somethings in the U.S. today who need to in addition to finding well-paying jobs and professional careers look for things that make them come alive and trust in those things in order to be remarkable in today’s society. Through his teachings at the University of Iowa he helps students understand their passions, coaches students on how to answer the fundamental question, “Why am I here?” and stresses that work has to have meaning. In the words of Howard Thurman, author, philosopher, theologian, educator, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
 
For more information, visit http://myweb.uiowa.edu/dlgould/lifeclas/
 
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 1 – Joint Service Club Luncheon @ University Club
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
 
Summary of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club Meeting on July 23, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 10, 2015
Scott Hansen and Jill Kromminga on Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Johnson County
Steve Quigley introduced speaker Scott Hansen, Executive Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Johnson County who shared a recap of his three year mentoring relationship with a student at Mark Twain Elementary. The organization provides 5 great ways to make a lasting difference through volunteering by providing Community-Based Mentoring, School-Based Mentoring, Sports Buddies, Brothers Achieving Manhood and Power Hour+ programs for youth in our area. Scott introduced Jill Kromminga who spoke on how the organization has changed over the years and how it has adapted to what is needed in the community. The mentoring has proven to help children improve their grades, help children avoid drugs, alcohol and fights and to build better relationships with their peers.The one thing that has never changed is the importance of creating a bond and helping a child reach his or her potential.  Become part of something BIG! For more information visit http://www.bbbsjc.org/#!
 
Announcements
Barb Thomas presented an update on sponsors for the Centennial celebration.
 
President Thais had the following announcements:
 
  • Welcomed Sean McIntyre and Kristin Reynolds into “more formal roles” Sean’s volunteer duties primariy focus on membership while Kristin’s primarily focus on the weekly meetings and the newsletter.
  • The next “Come Paddle with Friends” is on Saturday, July 18th on the Iowa River starting at 10 a.m. Naturalists will be along to talk about river life. While there is no cost, registration is requested at jdchris36@gmail.com. See www.iowariverfriends.com for more information. John Gross was available at the bar to answer questions after the meeting.
  • Raffle tickets will be at the back bar at every meeting if members have questions, need to turn in money or require additional tickets.
  • A reminder that there will be New Member Committee meetings after the July 16 and July 23 Rotary meetings.
 
Steve Quigley reminded members that membership dues are now due.
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 1 – Joint Service Club Luncheon at the University Club
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on July 9, 2015 Kristin Reynolds 2015-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Take a look at our Club’s sharp looking 100th Anniversary logo on the top of the bulletin and on our website homepage.  Rotarian Robyn Hepker donated her time and talent to create the logo to help us celebrate our 100th year.  Thank you, Robyn!  
 
John Weih on the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa
Eric Weiler introduced speaker John Weih, director of the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa. The center will open this fall on the UI Research Park, and will serve high school students with accelerated and trade-related programming that provides college credit. This is in addition to the existing Iowa City campus for Kirkwood Community College. Weih said that new job demands, community sustainability, expanded programming opportunities, local industry partnerships and tuition savings all are reasons to open the center. This is Kirkwood’s fourth such center, after centers in Jones, Linn, and Washington counties. About 350 students have signed up for the fall, selecting one of more than a dozen “career academy” courses. Students are drawn from the Iowa City, Clear Creek Amana, Regina, Solon, Tipton, and West Branch districts. For more information visit www.kirkwood.edu/johnsonregional
 
CALENDAR
June 28 -- FAMSCO workday is scheduled beginning at noon to sort and load supplies as the
                 current warehouse space needs to be vacated.
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on June 18, 2015 2015-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Kenyon on Jun 15, 2015
Jean Robillard on UI Health Care and Presidential Search
Bob Downer introduced speaker Jean Robillard, vice president for Medical Affairs and current interim President at the University of Iowa. Robillard shared faces about UI Health Care’s size and scope, including that it is a $3.7 billion operation that integrates UI Hospitals, the Carver College of Medicine and UI Physicians. He cited several awards and honors earned by UIHC, discussed major projects like the new Children’s Hospital (to open in 2016), and addressed challenges. These include finding ways to fund the $30 million in new operating costs when the Children’s Hospital opens, which will come from finding efficiencies in other areas. He also shared details of the search to replace retiring UI President Sally Mason. Robillard leads the 21-person search committee, will select 3-4 candidates in August for campus visits, and will make recommendations to the Board of Regents in September, with a hiring decision expected soon thereafter. For more information or to comment on the process, visit president.uiowa.edu/ui-president-search.
 
ROTARY DUES INVOICE -- Our new Rotary year is almost upon us which means our dues are now due.  Member nvoices for 2015-16 Rotary dues are being sent in a separate email message. If there are questions, please contact Steve Quigley at squigley@uiccu.org or 319/341-3075.
 
CALENDAR
June 14 -- FAMSCO workday is scheduled beginning at noon to sort and load supplies as the
                 current warehouse space needs to be vacated.
June 18 -- Salvation Army Bell-Ringers Committee will meet on June 18th at 11 A.M. prior to the
                 Noon Rotary meeting
June 28 -- FAMSCO workday is scheduled beginning at noon to sort and load supplies as the
                 current warehouse space needs to be vacated.
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on June 11, 2015 John Kenyon 2015-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 08, 2015
Iowa City Noon Rotary 100th Anniversary & Raffle
Linda Farkas and Jody Braverman encouraged every Rotarian to sell raffle tickets for a 2015 Toyota Highlander SUV to support the celebration of the Iowa City Noon Rotary 100th anniversary. Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Net proceeds will benefit the Coralville Public Library, the Iowa City Public Library, the North Liberty Community Library, and   projects/programs of Iowa City Noon Rotary. Jody reminded Rotarians that raffle tickets are classified as gambling in Iowa and as such are not a tax-deductible donation. Each Rotarian was given an opportunity to sign-out a packet with tickets to sell. Please contact Jody Braverman for additional details -- 319/631-0416 or <jtbraverman@yahoo.com>
 
Rotary Social on July 2nd
The Thursday Noon Rotary meeting on July 2nd will be an evening social.  Anna Moyers Stone invited all Rotarians and their families to club Rotary social to be held at the University Club on July 2, 2015, 4:30 – 6:30 P.M. There will be no Thursday noon meeting.  The pool will be open and available for Rotarians and guests; Club secretary Eleanor McClelland’s retirement will be celebrated.  RSVP to help plan for food—email how many will attend in your party to twinkleblack@midwestone.com.
 
Hancher Construction Update
Rotarian Chuck Swanson introduced members of the Hancher construction team to provide an update with pictures of the construction.  Mitch Hirsch, the design architect with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, showed pictures of how this one of its kind piece of architecture reflects the setting near the Iowa River.  Kim Zwald with Mortenson Construction provided a time-lapse yearlong overview of construction and Dan Thies with OPN of Cedar Rapids provided an overview of the challenges in managing a project of this scale and complexity.
 
CALENDAR
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
June 14 -- FAMSCO workday is scheduled beginning at noon to sort and load supplies as the
                 current warehouse space needs to be vacated.
June 18 -- Salvation Army Bell-Ringers Committee will meet on June 18th at 11 A.M. prior to the
                 Noon Rotary meeting
June 28 -- FAMSCO workday is scheduled beginning at noon to sort and load supplies as the
                 current warehouse space needs to be vacated.
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on June 4, 2015 2015-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
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Noon Club is on Facebook
See https://www.facebook.com/IowaCityNoonRotary for a highlight on Roy Justis’s bittersweet Rotary Moment as he relocates to Cedar Falls. The more “clicks” the more we reach our friends to let them know about our Rotary. Thank you Linda Muston!
 
New Member Introductions
New members Scott Enyart, George Eichaeker, Mark Koch and Bill Windauer took their allotted three minutes to introduce themselves to the Club. 
 
Rotary Moment – A Farewell
Roy Justis served up another of his brilliant and thought-provoking Rotary Moments. It was a bittersweet moment for Iowa City Rotarians as Roy announced that after 45 years in Iowa City and 33 as a Rotarian, he was moving to Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Roy reminded everyone that ROTARY spells “good moments” and he has them at Rotary every week. See https://www.facebook.com/IowaCityNoonRotary
 
Flag Exchange and Greeting
Rotarian Swaran Singh from the Salem West Rotary Club, India, brought his welcome to Iowa City Rotarians and exchanged flags with President Bruce. He shared a brief overview of how special his town is in industrial India and what a special role Rotary plays in his life.
 
CALENDAR
May 31 -- FAMSCO workday is scheduled beginning at noon to sort and load supplies as the
                 current warehouse space needs to be vacated.
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
June 14 -- FAMSCO workday is scheduled beginning at noon to sort and load supplies as the
                 current warehouse space needs to be vacated.
June 18 -- Salvation Army Bell-Ringers Committee will meet on June 18th at 10:45 prior to the
                 Noon Rotary meeting
June 28 -- FAMSCO workday is scheduled beginning at noon to sort and load supplies as the
                 current warehouse space needs to be vacated.
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on May 28, 2015 2015-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Schomberg on May 21, 2015
Students Participating in Summer Rotary Programs.
Linda Farkas shared the picture below of the 23 area students participating in either the Rotary Leadership Award Program or the World Affairs Seminar; Noon Rotary is supporting 8 of the RYLA students and 5 of the World Affairs students
 
Community Accessibility for those with Disabilities
Jeffery Ford shared his story about the challenges that remain in our community for those with disabilities for access to restaurants, stores, housing, and public buildings around the Iowa City-Coralville area. Spouse and Rotarian Lynette Marshall introduced Ford.  Ford experienced septic shock while visiting in the San Francisco area; as a result he lost both legs below the knees and most of the fingers to the fist knuckle. It was a huge eye-opener to how much our community still has to do to be accessible and he is the first to acknowledge that he was unaware of the extent of our challenge.  Ford said that he has learned that the able bodied live in another world and discount the difficulty for the disabled.   
 
CALENDAR
June 26 -- World Clubfoot Day
May 31 -- FAMSCO workday is scheduled beginning at noon to sort and load supplies as the current warehouse space needs to be vacated.
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
June 14 -- FAMSCO workday is scheduled beginning at noon to sort and load supplies as the current warehouse space needs to be vacated.
June 18 -- Salvation Army Bell-Ringers Committee will meet on June 18th at 10:45 prior to the Noon Rotary meeting
June 28 -- FAMSCO workday is scheduled beginning at noon to sort and load supplies as the current warehouse space needs to be vacated.
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on May 21, 2015 Steve Schomberg 2015-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
RAGBRAI is coming
Josh Schamberger and Kelly Hayworth shared details about the Coralville stop on this year’s RAGBRAI bike ride before turning the program over to RABGRAI director T. J. Juskiewicz. They shared that this will be the fifth time Coralville has hosted an overnight stop, with 1995 being the first. That means 20,000 people will be here on Friday, July 24. They hope to have 500 volunteers, as well as several people willing to host riders at their homes. Visit www.CoralvilleRAGBRAI.org for more information. Juskiewicz then shared some history and details of this year’s ride. The ride began in 1973 with 144 riders, and this will be the 43rd year. RAGBRA is the oldest, longest and largest recreational bicycle tour in the world.  When the ride stops in our area, it will include a ride past Kinnick Stadium before riders stop in the Iowa River Landing area for events and S.T. Morrison Park to camp. On Saturday, July 25, they will roll through downtown Iowa City for breakfast before heading to West Liberty and on to Davenport for the end of the ride.
 
CALENDAR
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on May 14, 2015 John Kenyon 2015-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Kenyon on May 10, 2015
University of Iowa MBA program
Kelley Drowne introduced a group from the UI MBA program who shared details about the three facets of the program. Dave Deyak, assistant dean of the Full-Time MBA program shared numbers, including that 100 students are in the executive program (an accelerated version), while 800 are in the PM (professionals and managers, which meets in evenings and on weekends), and 120 in the full-time program. The latter has three tracks: finance, marketing, and, starting next fall, analytics. Then three students – one in each of the three versions of the program, spoke. Club member Adam Pretorius spoke about the executive program, while Kyle Wehr, a first year student, spoke about the full-time program. Jodi Schafer, a student in the PM program who currently works at CIVCO, spoke about her experience.
 
CALENDAR
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on May 7, 2015 John Kenyon 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Parker on Apr 29, 2015
Amanda West and Andy Stoll: EntreFEST
Tom Cilek introduced familiar guest speakers Amanda West and Andy Stoll who are hosting EntreFEST May 20 - 22, Downtown Iowa City. Entrefest is a conference to bring resources, people and support together to assist entrepreneurs with bringing something new to the world. Individuals attending will meet others and gain knowledge to help bring their ideas to fruition. 100 speakers from Iowa and the United States will share their experiences and celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurialism. Rotarians David Gott, Mark Nolte, Jim Conard and Brenda LaMarche will be part of the program. The conference will have four individual tracks: Business Owners; Community & Ecosystem Champions; Innovators Inside Existing Organizations; and Startup Founders. Two special themes will feature talks on "Workplace Culture" and "Ag Innovation". To register, go to entrefest.com/register. Cost is $299 for individuals. Team packages are also available.
 
CALENDAR
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on April 30, 2015 Ann Parker 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 22, 2015
Feed My Starving Children’s mission is shared
Janice Baldes introduced Heather Hecht, who works with the organization Feed My Starving Children in Minnesota. The two shared details about the group, which packs meals to be sent to people in need around the world. The group has packed more than 1 billion meals in the 25 years since its founding, including 229 million in 2014. It holds mobile pack events around the country – 240 alone in 2014 – where local organizations and volunteers pack meals over a two-day period. The first mobile pack in Iowa City was held in 2013. At that time, 500 volunteers packed about 100,000 meals. In 2014, the Iowa City mobile pack packed 200,000 meals with 1,000 volunteers. This year, the mobile pack will be held on June 5 and 6 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Organizers seek 1,360 volunteers to pack 275,000 meals. They also hope to raise $60,000 to pay for the food that will be packed. For more information or to register, visit www.icmobilepack.org.
 
CALENDAR
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on April 23, 2015 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 20, 2015
Miriam Kashia shares news of the Great March for Climate Action
Mel Schlachter introduced Miriam Kashia, an environmentalist who participated in the Great March for Climate Action last year. The 3,000-mile walk drew 50 marchers who spent eight months walking from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to spread word about the need to combat climate change. Kashia shared stories of the walk, including highlights at a few stops along the way. She also shared information about the effort to oppose the planned Bakken Pipeline, which would build an oil pipeline that would transverse Iowa diagonally from northwest to southeast.
 
CALENDAR
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on April 16, 2015 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2015
President Starcevich’s Update on Kirkwood Community College
Eric Weiler introduced Cedar Rapids Rotarian Mick Starcevich, President of Kirkwood Community College.  President Starcevich started by promoting the soon to open regional center in the U of I Research Park.  One of the first programs will serve high schools students seeking college-level instruction.  He continued to share current enrollment, program and services information about the college.
 
CALENDAR
April 15 -- Outbound Rotary Scholarships applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are
        due April 15th. Applications and additional information may be obtained at
        www.iowacitynoonrotary.org or by contacting Gene Wandling (319-351-1776 Ext 301).
        Email: gene@lrgusa.com.
April 16-18 – Rotary District 6000 100th Conferences: Celebrating Youth
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on April 9, 2015 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Schomberg on Apr 01, 2015
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Pictured (l-r) are John McNutt of Latta, Harris & Penningroth, Alison Monroe, Kelsey Beasley and Bruce Kout, Rotary Club President.
 
McNutt/4-H Rotary Leadership Awards
Club member and ISU Extension Regional Director Gene Mohling introduced John McNutt who shared how important 4-H and Rotary were to his father Paul who served  as District Governor, and his mother Mary. The Iowa City Noon Rotary Club presented the McNutt 4-H Rotary Leadership Award to two outstanding Johnson County 4-H youth on April 2.  The recipients are Alison Monroe and Kelsey Beasley, both students at West High School. Alison Monroe is the daughter of Mike and Linda Monroe.  She has served as a Junior 4-H camp counselor and attended the CWF trip to Washington D.C.  She has been involved with Student Senate, 1440 Interact Service Club, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Alison plans to attend the University of Iowa in the fall to study pre-medicine and major in biology. Kelsey Beasley is the daughter of John and Ronda Beasley. She is the president of the 4-H County Youth Council.  She has been involved with Mini Dance Marathon, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), and National Honor Society. Kelsey plans to attend Iowa State University and major in Elementary Education.
 
Tippie College of Business is a “catalyst for transformation!”
PP Nancy Quellhorst introduced Dean Sarah Gardial.  Dean Gardial reported on the strengths of the college in the “numbers:”  enrollments, entrepreneurial programs , placement rates and national and international rankings.  She also shared the strategic planning vision, emerging initiatives and examples of the CEO/COO alums in Iowa, national and international corporations. 
 
CALENDAR
April 15 -- Outbound Rotary Scholarships applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are due April 15th. Applications and additional information may be obtained at www.iowacitynoonrotary.org or by contacting Gene Wandling (319-351-1776 Ext 301).  Email: gene@lrgusa.com.
April 16-18 – Rotary District 6000 100th Conferences: Celebrating Youth
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on April 2, 2015 Steve Schomberg 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bruce Kout on Mar 28, 2015

PROSPECTIVE NEW MEMBERS:

Two persons recently met with the Information/Orientation Committee:  Andre Perry (Executive Director, Englert Theatre) proposed by Usha Balakrishnan and Bill Windauer (UI Foundation, Retired) proposed by Art Nowak. NOTE: Members have ten days from date of publication to express any concerns in writing to the club president.

 
Prospective New Members Bruce Kout 2015-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 25, 2015
Faith Academy in second year of serving needy students
Jeff Disterhoft shared how Faith Academy is combining education and faith to provide a school experience for at-risk children in the Iowa City area.  Faith Academy grew out of the work of the SPOT afterschool programming sponsored by Parkview Church .  See website http://www.faithacademyiowa.org/ for more information.
 
CALENDAR
April 15 -- Outbound Rotary Scholarships applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are
        due April 15th. Applications and additional information may be obtained at
        www.iowacitynoonrotary.org or by contacting Gene Wandling (319-351-1776 Ext 301).
        Email: gene@lrgusa.com.
April 16-18 – Rotary District 6000 100th Conferences: Celebrating Youth
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on March 26, 2015 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Distinguished Young Women program shared
Marsha Grady, wife of Rotarian David Grady, shared a program about the Distinguished Young Women of Iowa program. The program, part of a national effort formerly known as America’s Junior Miss, was founded in Alabama in the 1950s. It is a scholarship program for high school senior girls. They are judged in five categories, and the winners receive scholarships and the chance to move ahead to a national competition. The Iowa event is in Iowa City this weekend, and 19 girls from around the state are participating. They visited the club and introduced themselves, and are staying with host families that include Rotarians. The Grady’s daughter, Alex, was the Distinguished Young Woman for Iowa in 2014, and the West High graduate is now a freshman at the University of Alabama.
 
FUTURE PROGRAMS
March 19 – New Hospice Association
March 26 – Jeff Disterhoft: Faith Academy
April 2 -  Sarah Gardial: Dean of Tippie College of Business
 
CALENDAR
April 16-18 – Rotary District 6000 100th Conferences: Celebrating Youth
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
 
Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting Highlights -- March 12th John Kenyon 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Parker on Mar 04, 2015
100+ Women/100+ Men Who Care: Hawkeye Chapters
Vanessa McDonald and Leighton Smith, founders and chairs of the 100+ Women/Men Who Care, spoke about the program which was started in Michigan in 2006. They are a group of 250 men and 250 women who meet quarterly and make a commitment to donate a total of $400 per member per year to various local 501(C)3 organizations. At each of the 4 meetings, three names are drawn from those in attendance, and those three individuals have 3 minutes to present why a particular group is deserving of the group's donation. Members vote on the three presentations and the winner receives that quarterly donation of $25,000. Iowa City Hospice, Pathways, Table to Table and HACAP have all been recipients to date. There are approximately 200 clubs worldwide, and with a goal to increase the number of clubs by 100. The local clubs would like to increase their memberships to 500.
 
FUTURE PROGRAMS
March 12 -- Distinguished Young Women – Marsha Grady
March 19 – New Hospice Association
March 26 -- Faith Academy - Jeff Disterhoft
 
CALENDAR
April 16-18 – Rotary District 6000 100th Conferences: Celebrating Youth
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Summary of Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting on March 5, 2015 Ann Parker 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Contact Sean McIntyre For Items Needing Secretary's Attention Steve Schomberg 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotarian Tim Krumm introduced united Way Campaign Chair Eadie Fawcett Weaver and Interim Executive Director Mary Westbrook.  Weaver thanked Rotarians for their support of the United Way campaign and reported on the progress to the goal. With only 4 weeks left the $2.1M goal is within reach but there is still work that needs to be done. Westbrook spoke about the new Summerships program to help disadvantaged kids in our neighborhood to have summer opportunities.  The endowed fund was jump-started with the proceeds from the sale of the Herkies last year.  It is a partnership with the Community Foundation.
United Way of Johnson and Washington County Nears Its Goal! Steve Schomberg 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Kenyon
 
Dance Marathon raises money for children with cancer
Lynette Marshall introduced the program about the University of Iowa Dance Marathon, a student group that has raised more than $14.5 million for children with cancer over the past 20 years. The group’s 21st dance will be Feb. 6. Erin Larsen, executive director, and Katharine Marshall, sponsorship director, shared details about the event. There are 2,475 students registered this year to date. Students are asked to raise $400 to participate. Visit http://dancemarathon.uiowa.edu for more information or to donate.
 
FUTURE PROGRAMS
Jan. 29 -- Eadie Fawcett Weaver, United Way
Feb. 5  -- Iowa City Charter Review Commission
Feb. 12 – Joe Clarke, filmmaker
 
CALENDAR
April 16 – 18 – Save the Date!  Rotary District 6000 100th Conferences:  Celebrating Youth
June 8  -- Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
Iowa City Noon Rotary Meeting Highlights -- January 22nd John Kenyon 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bruce Kout on Jan 27, 2015

The following prospective member met with the Orientation Committee and are proposed for Club membership. Steven Lamer, proposed by Graciela Coffman  Members have ten days from date of publication to express any concerns in writing to the Club President.

 

 

 

 

Prospective New Members Bruce Kout 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Schomberg on Aug 17, 2014

Program: Tom Cilek; Sunshine: Ann Parker; Attendance: Nancy Droll; Greeters: Aug. 21 – Pat Collins and Mike Walsh; Aug. 28 – Brad Baldes and Maggie Butler; Sept. 4 -- Bud Strub and John Culshaw; Sept. 11 – Dick McKeen and Bump Elliott; Sept. 18 – Jerry Waddilove and Karen DeGroot; Sept. 25 – Nanci Droll and Mike Walsh; Oct. 2 – Patrick Donnelly and Maggie Butler.

 


 

 



Who is Doing What for Weekly Club Meeting Steve Schomberg 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Schomberg on Aug 11, 2014
Gene Fisher; location Iowa City A. M. Club on June 24. 
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Posted by John Kenyon on Feb 19, 2014
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President Jody introduced District Governor Jacque Andrew, who spoke about our club attaining the rare achievement of becoming a 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow club. A member becomes a Paul Harris Fellow when he or she has given at least $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. After that, each dollar earns a member points that can be credited to others; because of the generosity of those in our club, we had additional points available that were used to make all members Paul Harris Fellows. DG Andrew said these funds are used to change lives through a number of projects that promote things like potable water, eradication of disease and the pursuit of peace.

Our club is notable for a number of reasons. It is the largest club in District 6000. With this achievement, it comes the 11th club in the district to become 100 percent Paul Harris Fellows. Our club also is among the 100 largest in the world. Of more than 34,000 clubs in the world, there are 42 that have more than 300 members. Of those, just three others – Columbus, Ga.; Long Beach, Calif.; and Charlotte, N.C. – are 100 percent Paul Harris fellows.

“This is a wonderful, momentous occasion,” she said. “I couldn’t be prouder of this club. You are a beacon for the district.”

Initial Paul Harris Fellowships then were awarded to the following club members through a combination of their own giving and the contributions of points: Amy LaGrange, Greg Black, Barry Butler, Christine Ciasto, Reginald Cooper, Ryan Doehrmann, Patrick Eads, Dennis Farrell, Renda Greene-Fishman, Curt Heideman, Kenneth Kates, Stephen Murley, Arthur Nowak, Amy O'Deen, Jean Robillard, David, Siebert, Michael, Walsh, Mark Abbott, Jerry Arganbright, Pamela Ballard, Byron Bork, Tricia Brown, Wallace Chappell, Susan Craig, Karen DeGroot, Joseph Dobrian, Patrick Donnelly, Kelley Drowne, Jeff Edberg, Linda Farkas, Jerry Fleagle, Kyle Galloway, Chris Gnade, David Grady, Robyn Hepker, Marcia Holley, Diane Huber, Joe Hughes, Eric Jacobsen, John Kenyon, Charles Krogmeier, Brenda LaMarche, Rod Lehnertz, Jane McCune, Sean McIntyre, Jim Merchant, Gene Mohling, Horacio Olivo, Steven Quigley, Terry Riley, Kristin Roberts, Tom Salm, John Schultz, Rebecca Schultz, Walter Sparks, Art Spisak, Jerry Waddilove, Anthony Weiler, Terrence Neuzil, Moe Ajam, Alan Arzu, Joe Barry, Mike Broadston, Gregory Carmichael, Christine Catney, James Clark, Graciela Coffman, Patricia Collins, Jim Conard, Robert Cremer Jr., Boyd Crosby, Sue Curry, Colleen Davis, Julie Decker, Jim Dreusicke, Timothy Dwight, Ann Feldmann, Mick Fletcher, Jeff Gilmore, Scott Hansche, John Holmes, Ryder Houston, Helen Jameson, David Johnsen, Frank Judisch, Norman Kallaus, Jeff Kellbach, Tracy Klein, Roger Lusala, Vincent Maurer, Michael McEleney, Mitchell Meis, Glen Meisner, John Montgomery, Earle Murphy, John Murphy, Jeff Nock, Mark Nolte, A. Jacob Odgaard, Michelle Payne, Dave Picray, Michel Pontarelli, Mike Pugh, Thomas Ray, Chad Reimers, Steve Roe, Lynn Rowat, Christine Scheetz, Gregg Shoultz, Dale Simon, Lanny Van Daele, Dennis Visser, Shawn Wax, Casey White, Thais Winkleblack, John Yeomans.

In addition, Rotarians who recently had achieved additional levels as Paul Harris Fellows through their own giving were recognized. They were: Chris Atchison, Kevin Monson (Paul Harris Fellows);  John Fraser, Roy Justis, Bruce Kout, Tom Markus, Steve Bowers (PHF +1); Mike McKay, Steve Schomberg (PHF + 2); Lynette Marshall (PHF + 3); Jody Braverman  (PHF + 4); Dick Larew (PHF + 5); Vern Folkmann (PHF + 6); and Bill Bywater (PHF + 8).

Those not present at the ceremony may contact Bruce Guither to receive their certificate.

DG Andrew noted that Bruce Guither, with assistance from Maggie Mowery, deserved recognition for the paperwork involved in the effort, while President Jody noted that the idea orginated with Herb Wilson.

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A 100 Percent Paul Harris Fellow Club! John Kenyon 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Schomberg on Mar 18, 2012
The Club's webteam has replaced the Clubrunner format with a new one.  If you have any difficulties with it opening or displaying on your computer screen please let me know.  Steve Schomberg
New Version of the Clubrunner! Steve Schomberg 2012-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
www.icnoonrotary.us Steve Schomberg 2011-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Schomberg on Dec 19, 2010

Thank you to Mike McKay and Keystone IT for helping sponsor our Club’s website. Keystone IT is our first sponsor.  Other companies are urged to consider this way of getting their services and products before Rotarians. Contact Richard Bird at rotary@rivesaudio.com  In the documents section of our Club website, you will find the guidelines for web advertizing.  Richard Bird will help with graphics for free with a 6 month commitment to sponsor. 

 

To see the Keystone IT sponsorship look on the left-hand side of our Clubrunner bulletin located after the News and on the website just below the calendar.  Click on the center and you will see the ad.  Thanks again Mike for your leadership!

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Posted by Steve Schomberg on Jun 21, 2010
Just a reminder that the contact information in the Club Directory is for Rotary purposes. Please do not use the contact list for mass communications and personal/company gain.
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