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Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Elmwood Country Club
1734 Country Club Lane
Marshalltown, IA  50158
United States
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Gary Schaudt has been appointed to serve on the Marshalltown Rotary Foundation board to complete the term of Tim Wilson, who has moved to Cedar Rapids.  Schaudt joins Jeff Vance, Bonnie Lowry, Bettie Bolar, Bill Fitzgerald, Laura Lasack, Karn Gregoire, Jim Kidd, Curt Hoff, and Dennis Drager on the foundation board.  Three directors must be past presidents of Marshalltown Rotary, three are elected from the general membership by the Marshalltown Rotary board, and three are elected by the general membership, with each director serving a three-year term.  The tenth member of the Foundation board is the current Marshalltown Rotary president, who serves during his or her year in office.  Donations to the Marshalltown Rotary Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, are used primarily to fund scholarships for Marshall County students attending college in Iowa, and are always welcome.  
To be granted "Senior Excused" status, you must meet all three of the following:  1)  Your age plus years in Rotary must total 85 or more; 2) You must have been in Rotary at least 15 years; and 3) You must submit a written or e-mail request to the board requesting Senior Excused status, and the board must approve your request.  Senior Excused members pay dues, but only pay for meals eaten, rather than thirteen meals per quarter.  Senior Excused members maintain all rights and privileges of membership.
See the Christmas lights from Santa's view!  Marshalltown Aviation is excited to offer plane rides over Marshalltown during the holiday season.  Visit them on the evenings of December 20th and 21st any time between 4 and 9 p.m.  The route will take passengers on a loop around the city.  Price for adults is $15, under 18 is $10, and under 2 is free.  All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Marshalltown Rotary Club.
Congratulations to Bettie Bolar, recipient of the 2017 Kenneth Brintnall Award, the highest Rotary honor bestowed on a member of our club.  Bettie joins an elite group who have been thus recognized for a lifetime of Service Above Self.
The Annual Meeting of Marshalltown Rotary was held November 21, 2017.  Roger Groteluschen reviewed June 30, 2017 financials; supporting documents are available on our Clubrunner website.
The following officers were elected for the 2018-2019 Rotary year:  Matt Garber, President; Jim Goodman, President Elect; Mary Giese, President Elect Nominee; Kathy Baker, Secretary; and Roger Groteluschen, Treasurer.  Directors elected for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2018, are Robert Moore, David Rierson, and Steve Valbracht.  In addition to those elected, three members will also serve on the board for the 2018-2019 year:  Dennis Drager, Past President, and Kris Naughton and Dawnett Willis who were elected as directors last year for 2017-2019.  Mike Tupper will be Sergeant-at-Arms for the 2018-2019 year.  Two directors were elected to serve on the Marshalltown Rotary Foundation board:  Karn Gregoire for a 3-year term 2018-2021, and Jim Kidd to fill a vacant position, present to June 30, 2020.   
Updated club bylaws were approved unanimously and will go into effect January 1, 2018.  The new bylaws incorporate required and suggested changes to bring us into compliance with current Rotary International bylaws. 
With great sadness, we report the death of Bill Gross on November 14, 2017.  Bill was a 42-year member of Rotary.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bill's family.

The Annual Meeting of Marshalltown Rotary Club will be Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at 12:05 p.m. at Elmwood Country Club.  Officers for the 2018-2019 club year, three directors for the 2018-2020 club years, a Sergeant-at-Arms, one director for a three-year term on the Marshalltown Rotary Foundation Board and one director to complete a vacated term on the foundation board will be elected at that meeting. 

The nominating committee has submitted the following slate for your consideration:  President, Matt Garber; President Elect, Jim Goodman; President Elect Nominee, Mary Giese; Secretary, Kathy Baker; Treasurer, Roger Groteluschen; directors for 2018-2020 Robert Moore, David Rierson, and Steven Valbracht; directors for 2017-2018 Robert Moore and David Rierson; and Marshalltown Rotary Foundation directors, Karn Gregoire (2018-2021) and Jim Kidd (present-2021).

Additional nominations may be submitted to President Drager for any of the above positions.  Nominations must be received by Saturday, November 18, 2017, and must be signed by five members and be accompanied by a statement that the nominee agrees to serve if elected.

In addition to electing officers and directors, we will vote to accept or reject revisions to Marshalltown Rotary Bylaws. 

Thanks to Gary Schaudt for all his work on the 2017 Holiday Party held December 5th at Elmwood.  With beautiful decorations, delicious hors d'oeuvres and dinner, pre-dinner music by Arlene Selby on the piano, and great dance music by Dave's Little Big Band, the whole evening was a wonderful way for almost 100 Rotarians and guests to celebrate the season.  Great party, Gary!
President Drager has received word that Marshalltown Rotary will receive a grant to help pay for safety signs to be used in Marshalltown near schools and in other areas used by children.  The grant, provided by District 6000, is from District Designated Funds, money that is returned to the district from Rotary International based on the district's Annual Fund giving.  
The deadline for donating to this year's Warm Coats project is October 21st.  You can send your check, payable to Rotary, to PO Box 64.  Thanks to Kim Jass-Ramirez, Todd Steinkamp, and Steve Valbracht for chairing this project.
Student Rotarians for January are McKenna Major, Luke Pedersen, and Tyler Reeder, seniors at MHS, and Tate Kuehner, a junior at MHS.  Please welcome these students at our January meetings.
Co-chairs for January programs are Jacque Goodman and Jessica Kinser.
Thanks to Scott Neff for chairing a very successful Rural Urban breakfast on August 30th.  About 150 Rotarians, Farm Bureau members, and Chamber members gathered at Central Iowa Farm Store for good food and conversation before hearing Ryan Bergman, Program Director for the Department of Ag and Biosystems Engineering at ISU, tell us how drones are impacting farming practices.  
Do you know that the sign at the entrance of the Nicholson-Ford Park at the east end of Marion Street shows Rotary as a financial sponsor of the park?  Because of our name being on the sign, Bill Fitzgerald received a call asking why no one was picking up litter there.  Fitzgerald asked for volunteers, and a small group showed up on August 23rd to pick up trash, run weedeaters, and trim bushes.  In just a couple hours, we more than filled Dragers' dump truck with brush and weeds and filled trash bags with litter.  Thanks to Fitzgerald, Denny Baker, Dennis and Heidi Drager, Jim Heddens, Terry Kluck, Jerry Stephens, and Youth Exchange Student Daniel Campos for your work.
The Rotary Foundation has set up a disaster relief fund for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Don Mebus of the Rotary Club of Arlington, Texas, says, "The power of Rotary is in the foundation's ability to pull help from around the world while local clubs provide immediate relief in their own communities."  To give online, go to  The account name is Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund and the account number is 608.
With great sadness, we report the death of Rex Ryden on August 29th.  Rex was a 56-year member of Rotary.  He served as president in the 1972-1973 year and was winner of the Brintnall Award in 1991.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nan and the Ryden family.
Student Rotarians for September are Zoe Beals, Regan Mazour, and Nate Vance, seniors, and David Brintnall, junior, all attending Marshalltown High School.  
For the first time in several years, Marshalltown Rotary will host a youth exchange student.  Daniel, a high school senior from Brazil, will be living with the Dragers and will attend MHS.  We look forward to meeting him.
District Governor Mike Ruby is asking the 65 clubs in our district to partner with World Bicycle Relief (WBR) to provide specially designed, locally assembled, heavy duty "buffalo bikes" to students, healthcare workers, and entrepreneurs in rural Africa.  Each bike costs $147 including shipping.  For the month of July, WBR was matching donations 1:1, so every $147 provided two bicycles.  President Drager committed our club to 30 bikes, times 2, providing 60 families with transportation.  As of today, our members have donated about three-fourths of the total needed.  If you would like to make a contribution of any amount, make your check payable to Rotary and give it to Kathy Baker or mail it to PO Box 64, Marshalltown.
Mark Osmundson, Mike Schlesinger, and Mike Tupper presented Crime Stopper information at the August 1st Rotary meeting, telling club members about the local group, their successful anonymous tip program, and their next project which is to install safety cameras throughout the community.  Modeled after a similar program in Dubuque, the initial infrastructure and cameras will cost $60,000.  The City of Marshalltown and the Marshall County Sheriff's office will each contribute $20,000, leaving $20,000 to be funded by community members.  At the end of their presentation, three checks ($1000 from Marshalltown Rotary, $1000 from Alliant Energy, and $2000 from Lennox Industries) were given to Chief Tupper, and Osmundson announced an additional $1000 anonymous gift.  Members who wish to contribute individually can do so online at or by mailing a check to Marshall County Crime Stoppers, 112 W. Church Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158.  Nine of the twelve Crime Stoppers directors are Rotarians.  Joel Greer, Tami Lichtenberg, Carol Hibbs, Ellen Bergman, Todd Steinkamp, Miguel Gutierrez, and Larry Raymon serve on the board with Osmundson, Schlesinger, and Tupper.    
In just a few weeks, we will welcome our first group of student Rotarians for this school year.  Again this year, we will have four students per month for the months of September, October, November, January, February, March, and April.  Something new this year is that we are including one high school junior each month instead of having all seniors.  The juniors will be invited back their senior year.  Jacque Wyant suggested this as a way of providing better continuity in this program, and the board wholeheartedly agreed with her.  
The Marshalltown Rotary Board is pledging $1000 to Marshall County Conservation to be used for construction of the Leonard Grimes Amphitheater at Grimes Farm.  We are asking any members who wish to contribute to this project to send your donations to Rotary, P.O. Box 64, Marshalltown.  The club will supplement member donations if necessary to bring us up to the $1000 commitment.
Our Rural-Urban meeting will be a breakfast this year.  Join your friends from Rotary, Marshall County Farm Bureau, and the Chamber at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30th at the Central Iowa Farm Store on Iowa Avenue West.  Bring your spouse or other guests for $10.50 per person.  There will be no Tuesday meeting that week.  Please sign up at a Rotary meeting or e-mail if you plan to attend. 
Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of the general membership will be held immediately preceding the regular Rotary meeting on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  The purpose of this meeting is to elect a director to the Marshalltown Rotary Foundation board.  Curt Hoff has been nominated by the Marshalltown Rotary Board to serve in this position.  Hoff's first three-year term on the Foundation board expired June 30, 2017, and he is eligible for a second three-year term.  Additional nominations may be submitted to Dennis Drager; they must be in writing, signed by five Rotary members, and must include a statement from the nominee that he or she is willing to serve in this capacity.
Finally, after being stored for months in Juba, South Sudan, the well drilling equipment which was shipped from Marshalltown has arrived in Old Fangak.  The next step in this frustratingly slow process is securing signatures to complete the grant application for funds from District 6000 and Rotary International which will be used to finish the project.  Well drilling teams in Old Fangak will be trained and the drilling will begin.  These wells are even more critical to the  health and survival of South Sudanese citizens now than they were when we first started this project.  Drought and continued fighting between the Dinka and Nuer tribes have combined to cause the population of Old Fangak to grow exponentially, and clean, safe water is in very short supply.  Thanks to Dennis Drager and Greg Brown for their tenacity in overseeing this project. 
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