Posted by Shawn Reineke on May 15, 2017
Moment of Silence: In honor and memory of Don Patterson, Past District Governor for our Rotary District 6000 in 2011-12. Don passed away on May 3.
Proposed for membership: Jay Horton. Expressed feedback is required by May 22nd.
District Governor Chris Knapp summarized the 2017 District Conference held during the past weekend and Governor’s Service Awards. DG Chris reviewed some of our Club’s most notable and highly-regarded international service projects within Rotary circles: Iowa MOST, Xicopetec Project and RAG4Clubfoot. He spoke of our reputation for changing lives. With 356 other Districts in Rotary International, many look up to us and try to emulate our work. Rotarians from our club were recognized and awarded for their extraordinary service work by DG Chris:
  1. Rtn. Tom Cook for living the motto; Service Above Self through all of his work with Clubs in District 6000 and the world, raising greater awareness for the Ponseti Clubfoot Treatment Method.
  2. Rtn. Verne Folkmann is recognized for his critical work raising money for The Rotary Foundation. Foundation fundraising is necessary so we can do so much important work.
DG Chris also shared that Rtn. Herb Wilson was recognized as a most distinguished individual Rotarian by Rotary International. Herb passionately encourages each of us to maximize our potential and help make and keep Rotary and our Club strong and vibrant! Congratulations, Herb!!!
President Usha thanked DG Chris and First Lady Vernette for a very well-organized and well-executed conference last week, and shared a photo of the recently-installed Rotary bike parking racks located in downtown Iowa City—prominently featured during Rotary International Vice President Jennifer Jones’ visit to Iowa City on May 1. President Usha thanked DG Chris for the District’s match funding support that helped in making this project a reality, and everyone in our Club as well as in the City of Iowa City who worked at it!
Rtn. Christina Kimerle, co-chair of the Rotarians Supporting Women Committee announced the celebratory event that will take place on June 1, from 5 to 7 pm at Kirkwood Regional Center on Oakdale Campus in Coralville. Christina spoke about a staggering statistic: 48% of women in an abusive relationship will not leave for fear of their pet’s safety. The Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) has recognized that astonishing statistic and is taking action. They are building cat and dog kennels in their safe house. Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues; one of those issues is saving women and children. The Rotarians Supporting Women Committee is supporting this kennel project called Cooper’s House. The goal is to raise $3000 to help the project. The June 1st celebration will double as a fundraiser for this project. The committee has pledged to match the first $500 donated to support Cooper’s House. Please come and be generous! PE Mike McKay reiterated the need. Both men and women are invited to attend this celebration with wine and treats! Please rsvp to LaShonda Kennedy or Christina Kimerle.
President Elect Mike McKay noted that our club has a need for a backup pianist and singer as well as a slide deck preparer for each week. Those interested should note their interest on sign up forms which are available at the meeting.
Rtn. Katharine Marshall announced the following event: Fore the House Golf Outing on June 5 in support of the Ronald McDonald House. Golfers are encouraged to sign up. The event also is in need of volunteers, talk to Katharine or Heather Wilson if interested.
Rtn. Tom Cook announced the following local event which celebrates the birthday of Dr. Ignacio V. Ponseti on June 3. World Club Foot Day will be celebrated in Coralville with a Triathalon for kids. Please visit Clubfootsolutions.org for more info or to volunteer.
Our Club heard from 1 Goat-Rider today: Jon Brown
Today’s speaker was introduced by Rtn. Bruce Guither.
PROGRAM: Rives Bird, Chief Executive Officer of Voxello-UI Lab to Commercialization Experience.
Communicative devices to improve patient care.
Rives clarified that although the perception of successful entrepreneurship can be one of wine and roses, his focus as the CEO of Voxello is to raise money to keep the business running. Today's focus is o a new medical device that is giving a voice to patients who can not speak.
Voxello's mission is to provide an effective and universal means to overcome communication barriers faced by hospitalized and long-term care patients. All hospitalized and long-term care patients should have an effective means to communicate with their caregiver in order to improve patient satisfaction and prevent costly complications in hospitals. In the U.S. alone it is estimated that at any given time 33% of inpatients in the ICU and 9% of all others are physically unable to use a standard nurse call switch. Many of these patients are also unable to speak due to ventilation and paralysis.
Voxello President and Chief Scientific Officer, Richard Hurtig’s brain child is a communication device called Noddle that addresses this problem. Noddle allows the patient to communicate through tongue clicks, eye or head movements, providing valuable information to healthcare providers. Rives shared their patient and clinical trial milestones. Rives also shared impressive revenue projections. There are several unique benefits to Noddle, one of which reduces expense of preventanble adverse effects.
Rives mentioned the need to improve our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Rives is working with ICAD to launch a Corridor Angels Network to help support entrepreneurs; charter membership is an annual fee of $300. To learn more, visit www.corridorangels.com.
President Usha thanked today’s speaker, Rives Bird for his excellent presentation and information shared with us today.
President Usha led us with the recitation of ROTARY’s FOUR WAY TEST.  The meeting was adjourned with the ringing of the bell, promptly at 1:00 pm.
Singing:  Bob Crane led us in song with America the Beautiful and R-O-T-A-R-Y with Doris Preucil on the piano.
Please forward any newsworthy items and/or photos to President Usha to include in the weekly slide decks emailed to members prior to each meeting and shown just before Rotary meetings at the Club. You can send information to: usha.iowa@gmail.com The pre-meeting PowerPoint is a great way to reach fellow Rotarians who may not be at the weekly meeting. 
For questions related to Club administration, please contact us at secretary@iowacitynoonrotary.org.
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.
Greeter, Sarah Richardson announced the visiting Rotarians, District Governor Chris Knapp IC AM, Vernette Knapp. IC AM;  Brian Adamec, IC AM
Guests of Rotarians: Karen Seda (Usha Balakrishnan); Parker Reineke (Shawn Reineke); Connie Bauer (Bob Crane)
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll