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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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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.

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.
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