IC Noon Meeting Summary, Nov. 15, 2018

Posted by Sara Sedlacek on Nov 21, 2018
Our Meeting was called to order by President Steve Quigley.
 
Announcements:
 
Rtn. Christina Kimerle announced that the Rotarians Supporting Women Committee is hosting a supply drive for the Teen Parent Program at UAY. The drive will take place on November 17th from 9:30a to 2:30p at Hy-Vee on N. Dodge Street. Please help teen parents by donating the following items: formula, diapers, baby wipes, baby soap, baby food, Vaseline, or baby hygiene products. The committee will be accepting donated supplies at the meetings leading up to the drive at Hy-Vee. 
 
Rtn. Anna Moyers Stone reminded everyone that the Joint Service Club Luncheon will be Thursday, December 6th at our regular meeting time and location.  To attend, you must purchase a $20 ticket from Anna.
 
Rtn. Verne Folkmann,  announced that November is Foundation month. Rtn. Cindy Cryder was recognized for her level of giving, at the Paul Harris Society +7 level.
 
Rtn. Joe Hughes announced that the Salvation Army Committee needs volunteers to help with bell ringing. They’ll be ringing bells on Dec. 7 at the Coralville Hy-Vee and Dec. 15 at the North Dodge Hy-Vee. Don’t forget to sign up to ring the bell!
 
President Steve Quigley announced that since our club holds no meeting on Thanksgiving Day, we are all invited to attend the Coralville-North Corridor Rotary Club on Wednesday, Nov 21, at Noon at the Antique Car Museum in Coralville. Lunch will be $12. At our meeting next week, we will indicate if we will attend as their guests or we may rsvp to vstruzynski@hotmail.com or 319-621-3030.
PROGRAM:
 
Rtn. Lynette Marshall introduced Rtn. Steve Schomberg. Steve is farmer and retired University of Iowa professor. He is also the secretary of the Bur Oak Land Trust.
 
Steve grew up farming and he and his sister inherited two farms in Muscatine County. Together they have 1,300 acres. Instead of farming just corn and soybeans, though, Steve farms miscanthus and has prairie on several acres.
 
Why prairie? Prairie provides habitat, restores the land to the pre-settlement landscape, and makes good use of soil and spaces. Since fire is the most important tool you have to grow prairie, Steve became certified in fire management. Fire controls the invasive plants, trees, and cool season grasses, and stimulates prairie seed germination. It also provides cover crops.
 
Why miscanthus? The University of Iowa is using miscanthus as part of their biofuels program, so there’s a market for it. It’s also a perennial crop and environmentally friendly. The UI uses it in conjunction with coal but there are other emerging markets. It is also being used to make filter socks for construction materials, biofuel to heat livestock facilities, garden mulch, livestock bedding, and bio-plastics.
 
Steve said if there wasn’t a market for it, he wouldn’t grow miscanthus. The other plus is that he currently gets to set the price because the market is so new.
 
The meeting ended at 1:00 pm as President Steve led the assembly in reciting The Four Way Test.
 
The Club enjoyed singing Smile, led by Rtn. Bob Crane and Rtn. James Conard on piano.
 
MEETING:
 
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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.
 
Our Greeter Scott Finlayson, announced there were no visiting Rotarians.
 
Guests of Rotarians: Erin Hazen, Dan Black (Steve Schomberg); Austin Miller (Mike Walsh)
 
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll