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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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Marshalltown Rotary partnered with Tuesday Musical Club to present a $500 scholarship in honor of Arlene Selby to a Marshalltown High School freshman, Uriel Campos Padilla, to attend a music camp this summer.  Selby and Mary Giese presented the award to Campos Padilla at the student-run May 2nd  Rotary meeting.  Campos Padilla entertained the group, playing a Bach selection on his violin.
Congratulations to Gretchen Benscoter, the 2018 recipient of the Norris Scholarship.  This award, which has been presented annually since 1973 to an outstanding Student Rotarian, is given in honor of Nick Norris, a 1957 graduate of Marshalltown High School who died in the Vietnam conflict.  Congratulations, Gretchen!
Program chairs for May are Charissa Bassett and Dan Vellinga, and for June are Erin McGregor and Doug Beals.  Thanks!
Thanks to Carrie Barr, Jerry Stephens, and Bettie Bolar for ordering, picking up, sorting, and distributing 150 red oak trees in response to Rotary International President Ian Riseley's request that Rotary clubs worldwide plant one tree for each member.  
With great sadness, we report the death of Tommy Thompson on April 24, 2018.  Tommy was a 39-year member of Marshalltown Rotary.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tommy's family.
Students Teaching and Empowering Philanthropy (STEP) sponsored a meal packaging work day at the Marshalltown High School on Wednesday, April 3rd.  One of our Student Rotarians announced the event to our club, and nine Rotarians signed up to participate.  Thousands of high protein meals were packaged by dozens of student and adult volunteers in just two hours.  The packaged meals will be distributed to families in need through the Emergency Food Box, Salvation Army, and House of Compassion.  Thanks to all who participated.
For the second year, Rotary will be well represented among the 18 chefs who will be participating in an Orpheum Theater fundraiser.  Chris Duree, Bill Fitzgerald, Bob Moore, David Rierson, Gary Schaudt, Bob Untiedt, and Dustin Wright will be demonstrating their culinary skills at the Saturday, April 21st event.  Tickets are $35.  Call 641-844-5920 for the details.
Rotary International President Ian H. S. Riseley has challenged Rotarians to plant 1.2 million trees this year, one for every member of Rotary.  In response, Carrie Barr has ordered 150 red oak trees from the Iowa State Forest Nursery.  She will pick them up on Monday, April 23rd.  Tentative planting dates will be April 28th and 29th.  Stay tuned for more details!
Our last group of Student Rotarians for this Rotary year will join us for the month of April.  Olivia Arneson, Gretchen Benscoter, and Tatum Younkin, seniors, and Stella Roseburrough, junior, all attend Marshalltown High School.  These young women will join the rest of this year's Student Rotarians to run our May 1st Rotary meeting.
Jacque Wyant and some of this year's Student Rotarians are going to start an Interact Club at Marshalltown High School.  Interact, for students ages 12-18, seeks to develop leadership skills, encourages students to take action to make a difference in the school and community, and promotes international understanding.  There are currently more than 20,000 Interact Clubs in 159 countries around the world.  If you have a child, grandchild, niece, or nephew who is currently in 9th grade in Marshalltown and who might be interested in learning more, please give his or her contact information to Jacque Wyant  (
Do you have a child or grandchild who will be a senior at Marshalltown High School or an area high school who is interested in being a Student Rotarian in the 2018-2019 school year?  Please provide the student's name, mailing address, phone number, and school to Kathy Baker by April 15th (  Jacque Wyant will be compiling next year's list before school is out this year.
Paulla Hartman, sponsored by Bonnie Lowry, will be inducted into Marshalltown Rotary on March 6, 2018.  Paulla, the sales manager for Best Western Regency Inn, was a member of Marshalltown Rotary from June 2000 till April 2005.  Her mother, Pauline Hartman, along with Julia Messersmith, Martha Ellen Tye, and Dr. Beverly Nelson, was one of the first women to join Marshalltown Rotary in 1987.  Please welcome Paulla back into our club.
Hey, all you super cultured Rotarians!  We have an opportunity under our noses -- our wonderful, personable, friendly, smart, funny Brazillian foreign exchange student, Daniel Campos, has just a few short months left in Marshalltown.  Will you be taking a day trip somewhere fun?  A weekend trip?  Do you have an extra ticket to an event?  How about just having him over for dinner?
Let's show Daniel our best Midwest hospitality.  Let's be thinking of ways to include Daniel in our lives.  We will give him an even better experience, and each of us can make a new friend at the same time!
If you have an interest in hosting a student through the Youth Exchange program, please contact Carrie Barr.  We have all enjoyed getting to know Daniel Campos, who has lived with the Dragers this year.  Carrie is looking for one to three families for next school year.
Haley Bell, Joshua Arment, and Jill Podhajsky, seniors, and Olivia Stone, junior, will be our Student Rotarians for the month of March.  Please welcome these students when you see them at our March meetings.
Incoming Rotary International President Barry Rassin has announced the theme for his 2018-2019 year:  "Be the Inspiration."  President Rassin is a member of the East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas club.  
Program co-chairs for April are Larry Raymon and Robert Thomas.  Thanks to all of our monthly chairs for working to make our meetings interesting and informative.
Victoria Johnson, Lucas Thiessen, and Jacqueline Wahl, seniors, and Jane Ragland, junior, all from Marshalltown High School, will join us for the month of February.  Please welcome these students when you meet them.
For the tenth consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation (Rotary International) has received the highest rating -- four stars -- from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.  Only 1% of charities have received ten consecutive four star evaluations.
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.
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