Johnston Rotary Club

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Welcome to the Johnston Rotary Club!

Johnston Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Hyperion Field Club
7390 NW Beaver Dr.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1034
Johnston, IA  50131
United States
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Tuesday, February 14, we will hear from Johnston High School Activities and Athletic Director Gary Ross, updating us on JHS students’ winter activities and athletics. 
Thursday, February 16, Johnston Rotarians will host and serve a pasta dinner to the North High basketball team, in support of North High and its great students, parents, and coaches. This is “service above self” in action. 
Thursday, February 16, Johnston Rotarians will celebrate with the Johnston Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center.
The Johnston Rotary Club will be meeting at the Johnston Community School Administration Building located at 5608 Merle Hay Road for the meetings scheduled for January 3rd, 10th and 17th.  We will be back at the Hyperion Field Club on Tuesday, January 24th.
We look for ward to see you there.
Grant Jacobson, Therapist with the Johnston Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine group discussed how sitting for lengthy periods is detrimental to one's health.  Some believe that sitting for long periods without moving can be detrimental to one's health similar to smoking and its unhealthy effects.  Grant, on the left, is joined by Johnston Rotary Club President Dave Campbell.
Brad Johnson, the Johnston Rotary Club's newest member was inducted into the Club by Membership Co-Chair Grant Jacobson.  Brad is CEO / Team Leader for Keller Williams Ankeny Metro real estate offices.  Pictured on the right is Brad Johnson with Grant Jacobson.  
At least seven million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrion, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation.  To help reduce this rate, Rotarians 
provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medicalservices, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children.   
According to the World Bank, 310 women die in Uganda for every 100,000 live births, compared with just 21 in the United States and 12 inthe United Kingdom.  
Infants fare even worse. In Uganda, 45 out of 1000 infants never reach the age of one, compared with six in the US and just four in the UK. Kenya and Tanzania’s infant and maternal mortality rates are also disturbing.  Add in the HIV/AIDS crisis, poverty and inadequate – or nonexistent – clinics 
and it’s clear that programs like these are needed more than ever in East Africa.   To address this challenge, The Rotary Foundation and AgaKhan University
are working together to provide nursing professionals the skills and education they need to improve the lives of mothers and their children in East Africa.  

Twenty-four students were given Rotary scholarships to advance their nursing education in Uganda.  They graduated with either a Registered Nurse or
Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Thanks to The Rotary Foundation these students now carry out programs to teach health care to men and women in their
communities, and are taking part in outreach programs to reduce the deaths of infants.  

Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation allowed this to happen!
Dr. Jeff Neighbors, OD, Johnston Eyecare was inducted into the Johnston Rotary Club.  Pictured with Dr. Neighbors is President Dave Campbell and Membership Committee member Scott Cooley.
The Speaker from the November 22nd meeting was our own member Wayne Johnson to discuss the Heritage Design Process with regard to financial and estate planning.  Studies have shown that 90 percent of families fail when it comes to keeping the family unity and its assets together for more than three generations.  There are many reasons for that, but the most important question that fact raises is:

If 90 percent of families fail, what do the 'successful' 10 percent do differently?

The difference is not in financial or estate planning.  The difference is that a 3rd element of planning, known as heritage design is needed.

The Heritage Design prepares heirs to receive both financial as well as their emotional inheritances.  It shapes and guides the decisions people make regarding their financial and estate planning.  Heritage design can be as simple as creating special family traditions that foster communication between family members, to the establishment of  multi-generational family governance structures.  This proven process helps people to discover and secure the future they really want. It was developed to help families and individuals to get stronger today, and to achieve their dreams across generations.

In the Heritage Design Process, families learn to:

* Identify family stories, values, life lessons and experiences, and use them as the cornerstone for all their planning.
* Communicate effectively on an adult-to-adult level.
* Prepare & equip the next generations.
* Work together, and mentor the children in the skills they'll need to succeed as individuals and as a united family.

The principles of The Heritage Process have nothing to do with money. They apply to people at all income levels because designing for the future of your money is not the same as designing for the future of your family.

Adam recently joined the City of Johnston as the Economic Development Manager.  Previously, Adam was in Fairfield and active in the Fairfield Rotary Club.  This picture was taken after Adam's induction to the Johnston Club. Beside Adam is his sponsor Jon Kallen and the Johnston Rotary Club President, Dave Campbell.  
The speaker for November 8, Election Day 2016, was Jayne Armstrong, Iowa District Director of the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA).   Ms. Armstrong addressed the Johnston Rotary Club at the invitation of Dave Berry.
She oversees financial, business counseling and government contracting operations for the SBA Iowa District Office, and has worked as District Director in many different states.   A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Jayne earned multiple degrees from West Virginia University, and was the student body president.  She has been a Rotarian for 29 years.
The SBA works with entrepreneurs, and provides primarily capital, counseling, and contracting services for their small business clients.
Capital – provides government guaranteed loans, but does not include any Grants.  For the startup businesses they serve, they will share the risk with the local bank to allow them to provide loans for fledging companies.   Loan volume for Iowa is greater than 450 loans per year, with loan volumes approaching $200 million per year, serviced from 9 locations in Iowa.
Counseling -   SBA also has various counseling services for Small Business, including specific programs for women and veterans.  These services include one-on-one counseling, training, and technical assistance.
Contracting – SBA has programs to assist companies to secure federal contracts.  Approximately 25% of federal contracts are fulfilled by small companies.
Advocacy – Representation for small business community.
SBA Disaster Program – Provide low interest, long term loans for physical disaster business loans and economic injury loans.
Priorities for the Iowa District include 1) women, minority and veteran firms, 2) increase awareness of SBA programs and services, 3) establish new relationships, and 4) concentrate on low penetration markets in less populated areas of Iowa. 
Industries they focus on are retail (Main Street), manufacturing, supply chain, and franchising.
The Rotary Club of Johnston has be granted a Community Service Grant by Rotary District 6000 and Rotary International.  Club members had voiced a desire to be part of the improvements that are underway at Terra Lake Park in Johnston.  One of the plans for the park was to have a bike repair station located near the trail head.  The club was recently notified that the grant application was approved and would be funded through funds donated from the Rotary Foundation.  The Rotary Foundation provides funds for both World Services and Community Service Grants.  The grant proceeds plus funds from the Rotary Club of Johnston will be used for the purchase and placement of a Bike Fit It Station.  The Fix It station will be located near the Crown Point building at Terra Lake Park.  Once completed the club plans to hold an event to celebrate its availability to everyone that utilizes the Johnston area bike trails and will have demonstrations on its use
Tom Rice – Director, University of Iowa Des Moines Programs addressed the Johnston Rotary Club at the invitation of Dave Austin.  He is very unique in that he has been a tenured professor at all three State universities.  He is currently in charge of the management of the development of the Fleur Drive facility recently gifted to the University of Iowa by AIB.
Despite its University of Iowa ownership, the Iowa Board of Regents has designated that it be made available for all three State institutions (University of Iowa, Iowa State and University of Northern Iowa).  The facility has numerous buildings and “plenty of room” for growth. 
Right now, there are approximately 150 students at this campus, attending classes primarily in the sociology and political science areas.  A majority of the students are “place bound” in the Des Moines area, and are an average age of 28 years old, working on finishing a college degree.  Many of the courses are in the evening, being taught by University of Iowa staff being transported from Iowa City each day.
The ultimate vision for this campus is to be similar to the University of Indiana/Purdue University relationship, where majors are “shared” – perhaps with each university having certain majors of emphasis.  For instance, UI would have Medical and Business majors, UNI would have Accounting and Real Estate, and ISU would have Engineering and Agriculture types of emphasis.  All these, of course, are merely examples of the possibilities for the campus.
At the present time University of Iowa has 300 students enrolled in their MBA program at the Pappajohn Higher Education Center at 1200 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.  Iowa State University also has a MBA program with a satellite classroom in the Capital Square building in Des Moines.
District 6000 Governor Chris Knapp and his wife, Vernette visited the membership of the Rotary Club of Johnston on Tuesday, July 19th.  Joining the Knapp's was District Assistant Governor, Tom Downs.  Chris came to inform the club membership of all the great things that are happening for Rotary both within the District and throughout the world.  The upcoming year is certainly going to be an exciting one for Rotary and some big news is hopefully going to be made.  Stay tuned!!
There are several places in the Des Moines area to make up a missed Rotary Club meeting. Click on the story tab to see the complete list. Also, if you are traveling out of town, go to the District 6000 link for locations through out Iowa or to for a listing anywhere in the world. Try it, make ups are FUN!!!
The Rotary Foundation does so many things in our own communities and throughout the World. Be part of it!!!

Below in the Download Section of the home page is a form to start or increase your current contribution to the Rotary Foundation. If you have questions about how to get started or make the change, contact Bob Wiley, Johnston Rotary Club Foundation Chair.
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