Iowa City Noon Rotary Mtg Summary, July 13, 2017

Posted by Shawn Reineke on Jul 15, 2017
A moment of silence was observed for son of Rtn. Bump Elliott, Bobby Elliott.
Sara Sedlecek, announced the Crisis Center celebrates Thanksgiving in July due to the strong need. 1000 local families every week are served by the food donations at the Crisis Center. Please participate in the 2017 Rotary Food Fight, Bring food or financial donations to any July, meeting or deliver directly to The Crisis Center (make sure to tell the volunteer that you’re with the Noon Rotary Club). Winner determined by pounds/member. $1 = 4 lbs. of food. Let’s beat the AM Rotary Club!
PROGRAM:  Mike McKay, Club President’s Annual Address
Mike announced that he gladly accepted the Rotary Presidential nomination. He is happy to step up as all Rotarians do. He is optimistic about his Presidential Year. He believes we will better engage with Rotary this year, if we know a little more about Mike.
He was born in Michigan, close to Detroit.  He met his wife, Sherry, in highschool. He was a highschool quarterback and went to Kalamazoo College for 2 years before joining the AirForce. While in the Airforce, Mike spent years analyzing radar data, becoming a radar expert. He learned how to manage people amoung other life skills from his experience in the military He was married during his enlistment. Mike went back to college at Michigan State earning a BA in business, once out of the Airforce.
Quickly, Mike and Sherry they had 2 sons. Mike was involved in the Michigan State VA Club and the Michigan State Marketing Club. Management development programs took him to Cleveland. Mike ran a few different manufacturing companies and then came to Iowa City to work at Systems Unlimited. He quickly determined that the agency was in more trouble than he realized. He worked with the staff to put in proper business controls and reporting. When Mike left Systems, staff and revenue had grown substantially. Next, Mike and his son started Keystone IT, hoping to become the IT department for small businesses. The success of this business grew mostly due to word of mouth and following the Rotary ideals found within our four-way test. Keystone IT is celebrating their 10th year of business growing from just a few customers to over 100. Mike believes the 4-way test philosophy is understood by his employees, management and is a good way to guide decision making.
Mike has worked to become more engaged in the community. He is a founding member of the Consortium on Aging, working to influence County decisions to make Iowa City a great place to age. Mike believes Iowa City is the best city he’s ever lived in due to the excellent health care, college livileness and amenities. Mike has been the Seargant of Arms for our Rotary Club and currently serves on the Board of Directors for DVIP.
Mike & Sherry celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. He is very proud of his family of 2 sons and 6 grandchildren. Both sons have BFA’s, one in art & design and and another in pottery. His son and business partner reports the link between pottery and computers is “process control”.
Mike is excited to champion “engagement” as a theme for his presidential year. His concern is that the percentage of Rotary members who give of their time and resources is small. Mike asks us all to consider if we are members or Rotarians. Rotarians are engaged “joining with others to accomplish a goal.” Mike and others will be working to plan a variety of events that will appeal to a variety of Rotarians. It is important for new members to meet and rub shoulders with more experienced Rotarians. We are encouraged to learn from those with a similar interest. Rotary has helped Mike engage through his involvement as Seargant of Arms. Mike encourages the more senior Rotarians to be energized from the younger memnbers.
One new club introduced this year is the Noon Rotary Fun Club which came out of the New Member Committee. A fun way to grab a drink with a Rotarian.
When: Beginning July 20
Location of 1st Meeting: Big Grove Brewery and Tap Room,
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm+
Day: Third Thursday Each Month.
Also join in the Rotary Summer Picnic, Everyone is welcome: Rotarians and Friends!
Sunday, August 20th from 12pm to 4pm.
Located at North Ridge Pavilion in Coralville, 2250 Holiday Rd.
Event hosted by The Iowa City Noon Rotary New Member Committee, Contact:,
Come socialize and share your favorite pot-luck dish. Bounce house and activities for children will be provided!
Mike encourages new ideas, please bring them forward. Both locally and worldwide Rotary is looking for marketing help to bring more awareness to Rotary. Revenue ideas are also welcomed so we may continue to support programs and opportunities as they become available. Mike is looking at new dues structure for older members as well as new members. Mike is looking forward to carrying on Rotary traditions and well as ways to have fun and shake things up. He looks forward to working with an engaged group of successful Rotarians.
Rtn. Gary Pascha presented President Mike with a club flag the Rotary Flag from NW India.
Singing: America the Beautiful & Vive le Rotary songs were sung by Bob Crane with Jim Conard accompanying on the piano.
Next Week at Rotary: July 20, 2017
PROGRAM SPEAKER: Rtn. Dimy Doresca
TOPIC: Mandela Washington Fellows
Please forward any newsworthy items and/or photos to Jon Brown or Janice Baldes 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: Janice Baldes or Jon Brown The pre-meeting PowerPoint is a great way to reach fellow Rotarians who may not be at the weekly 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.
Greeter, Mike Carberry announced visiting Rotarian; Greg Thomopulos, Muscatine
Guests of Rotarians: Daphney Daniel (Brenda LaMarche); David Lewis (Christina Kimerle for Aaron Shaeffer); Bill Ekington (Usha Balakrishnan) Brooke Lazano (Joe Vens)
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll