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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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Great news!  The well kits and fuel have finally arrived in Old Fangkak, training is underway, and drilling has begun.  As of last Tuesday, the first bore was at 175 feet and was ready for casings.  This well is the first water well drilled in South Sudan by Sudanese, ever!  
You are cordially invited to a going away party for Daniel Campos on Saturday, June 16th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dragers' home, 2659 250th St., Marshalltown.  Daniel has finished his school year and will be returning to Brazil.  
Rotary's commitment to eradicating polio worldwide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, a global citizens' movement to tackle the world's most important issues.  The campaign is an initiative of PeaceJam Foundation, led by fourteen Nobel Laureates for Peace including the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, with the ambitious goal of inspiring one billion acts of peace by 2020.
Kya Naughton and Mia Barajas will be attending Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) at Grinnell College July 15-20.  RYLA is a six-day training program for youth where leadership skills are taught in an atmosphere of trust and respect.  We look forward to hearing from Kya and Mia later this year.  If you are interested in volunteering to help at the camp, contact Mark McAndrews at
Abigail Pelzer, sponsored by Mike Schlesinger, is requesting to transfer her Rotary membership from Newton to Marshalltown.  Pelzer is the new publisher of the Marshalltown Times-Republican, taking over for Schlesinger when he retired.  She previously was the editor of the T-R and the Newton Daily News.  She has participated in MEDIC, CBD, Not in Our  Town, Red Cross, and Young Professionals in Marshalltown.  She currently lives near Kellogg but will be moving in June.  You have the normal ten days for consideration of this candidate.
As President Elect for the 2018-2019 Rotary year, Jim Goodman will coordinate the next twelve months of programs.  His program chairs for July are Dylan Does and Mike Schlesinger.  Thanks to Jim and all of you who have agreed to serve to make our weekly meetings interesting.
The Rotary International Council on Legislation approved changes to allow local clubs more flexibility in structuring membership requirements.  The Marshalltown Rotary Club board has voted to allow a test of one of the new options...corporate memberships.  Membership will still be in the name of one person, an executive of the business, but additional named employees will be allowed (and encouraged) to attend meetings when the primary member is unable to attend.  We will charge $250 per quarter for dues and meals with an additional meal fee if more than one person attends a given meeting.  If this trial run is deemed successful, an amendment to the bylaws will be proposed for approval by the general membership.  Look for our first member candidate in this category in the near future.
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.
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