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Marshalltown

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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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.
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Student Rotarians for October are Matthew Bohan, Ciara Feldman, and Olivia Ryan, all seniors at Marshalltown High School.  Olivia was also our RYLA camper this past summer.  Please welcome these students at our October meetings.
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Save the date:  Our holiday party will be December 5th at Elmwood.  Gary Schaudt, chair of this year's committee, will share more details next month.  
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Co-chairs for October programs are Tami Lichtenberg and Steve Sincox, and for November, Todd Steinkamp and Val Ruff.
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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.  
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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.
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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 https://www.your-fundaccount.com/rotary/HowToContribute.asp.  The account name is Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund and the account number is 608.
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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.
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Student Rotarians for September are Zoe Beals, Regan Mazour, and Nate Vance, seniors, and David Brintnall, junior, all attending Marshalltown High School.  
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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.
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Robert Untiedt, proposed by Robert Moore, is the new director of the Orpheum Theater.  He was employed by the Linn County Nonprofit Resource Center before moving to Marshalltown 18 months ago.  Untiedt graduated from Coe College.  He currently serves as the secretary of the board for Marshalltown Convention & Visitor's Bureau and is a board member for the Marshalltown Public Library.  He has served on numerous nonprofit boards over the past years.  He lives at 2104 West State Street in Marshalltown.
 
Michael Ambrose, proposed by Sarah Rosenblum, is co-owner of Iowa Hometown Security.  He grew up in Florida, graduated from the University of Florida, and has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois.  He is a supporter of Friends of the Library.  He and his wife Dini live with their 9-year old twin boys at 812 Patterson Lane.
 
Douglas Beals, proposed by Larry McKibben, is a law partner at Moore, McKibben, Goodman & Lorenz LLP.  Beals grew up in Marshalltown and graduated from Buena Vista College and Creighton University Law School.  He is or has been a youth athletic coach, a mock trial coach, and an Oktemberfest volunteer, and he has been president of the Marshall County Red Cross and Oktemberfest.  He is a current Chamber Ambassador, Masonic Lodge member, and Bobcat Booster Club board member.  He and his wife Michelle live at 811 Roberts Terrace.  Doug is the brother of Rotarian Paul Beals.
  
You have the usual ten days to consider membership for these candidates.
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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.
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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 www.marshallcountycs.com 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.    
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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.  
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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.
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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 marshalltown.rotary@gmail.com if you plan to attend. 
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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.
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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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President Bill Fitzgerald, President Elect Dennis Drager, Assistant District Governor Bonnie Lowry, and incoming board member Mary Giese are all attending the Rotary International convention in Atlanta, Georgia, June 10-14.  Featured speaker for the convention is Bill Gates.  Incoming Rotary International President, Ian H.S. Riseley, is a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Austrailia.  His theme for the upcoming year is "Rotary:  Making a Difference."  
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More than 30 Rotarians and guests celebrated the 4th of July at a picnic hosted by the Dragers.  Thank you, Dennis and Heidi!
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Tommy and Evelyn Thompson recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.  Congratulations!  On his May 31st birthday, Tommy joined Pat Apgar and George Taylor in the elite group of Marshalltown Rotarians who are 90 or older.  
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May 29th will mark Pat Apgar's 70th anniversary in Rotary.  Pat joined Marshalltown Rotary in 1947 at the age of 25.  His father, Ross Apgar, was a charter member of our club.  Congratulations, Pat, on this remarkable milestone!
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On April 29th, "18 Men Who Cook," a fundraiser for the Orpheum Theater, saw nearly 250 people packed into the Orpheum's Black Box Theater to sample food, have a beverage, and listen to great music.  Six of the eighteen participant cooks were Rotarians:  David Barajas, Chris Duree, Bill Fitzgerald, Robert Moore, David Rierson, and Mike Tupper.  Thanks to Paul and Carrie Barr who hosted a pre-party for Rotarians and their guests.
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Charissa Bassett, sponsored by Katie Hibbs and recommended by the Avoca Rotary Club, has transferred her Rotary membership from Avoca to Marshalltown.  Bassett recently moved to Marshalltown, where she is the administrator for Care Initiatives:  Southridge Specialty Care.  Welcome, Charissa!
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