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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 of America
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Elmwood has notified us that they will be doing sewer line repair in January.  WE WILL BE MEETING AT VAN GOGH'S, 129 E MAIN STREET IN MARSHALLTOWN, FOR OUR FOUR JANUARY MEETINGS.  Hy-Vee will cater our lunches.  I will send a reminder e-mail before each meeting.
Two Paul Harris Fellow awards were presented by Bonnie Lowry at the December 4th holiday party.  Bettie Bolar received her second award, a pin with one sapphire blue stone, and Dennis Drager received his sixth, a pin with five sapphire blue stones.  The award is named for Paul Harris, founder of Rotary, and recognizes members and non-members who have given $1000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Six other members who were not in attendance will receive their pins at a regular meeting:  Roger Groteluschen and Bea Niblock, second awards; Russ Watt, third award; Carol Hibbs, fourth award; Sarah Hesmer, fifth award; and Greg Brown, eighth award. 
Congratulations to Mark Osmundson, recipient of the 2018 Kenneth Brintnall Award, the highest Rotary honor bestowed on a member of our club.  Osmundson joins the elite group who have been thus recognized for exhibiting a lifetime dedicated to "Service above Self" to our club and the community, 

The Annual Meeting of Marshalltown Rotary Club will be Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at 12:05 p.m. at Elmwood Country Club.  Officers for the 2019-2020 club year, directors for the 2019-2021 club years, a sergeant-at-arms, and one director for a three-year term on the Marshalltown Rotary Foundation Board will be elected at that meeting. 

The nominating committee has submitted the following slate for your consideration:  President, Jim Goodman; President Elect, Mary Giese; President Elect Nominee, Tom McCoy; Secretary, Kathy Baker; Treasurer, Roger Groteluschen; directors for 2019-2021 Amanda Accola and Ric Anderson; Sergeant-at-Arms Mike Tupper; and Marshalltown Rotary Foundation director Jim Kidd.

Additional nominations may be submitted to President Garber for any of the above positions.  Nominations must be received by Thursday, November 15, 2018, and must be signed by five members and be accompanied by a statement that the nominee agrees to serve if elected.

In addition to election of officers and directors, Roger Groteluschen will present June 30, 2018 financials and we will vote to approve or reject a change to the Marshalltown Rotary Club Bylaws allowing corporate memberships.  A copy of the bylaws change was sent to you earlier.

Long-time Rotarian Cliff Wilson died at his home on November 1st.  Cliff was a past president of our club and a Paul Harris fellow.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Cliff's family.
Again this year, our Rotary club is ringing bells for the Salvation Army.  Thanks to Sarah Hesmer, Carol Hibbs, Mary Giese, Bettie Bolar, Jacque Wyant and a student, Paulla Hartman, Val Ruff, Sue Martin, Laura Lasack, Larry and Joynell Raymon, Kathy Baker, Bob Moore, and Bonnie and Pat Lowry.  For those of you who wish to make a donation, please make your check payable to "The Salvation Army" and mail it to PO Box 64, Marshalltown 50158 or give it to Kathy Baker at a meeting. 
Steve Valbracht and Tom McCoy are program chairs for December.  Thanks to all of you who are serving as program chairs this year!
We will have five Student Rotarians in November.  David Brintnall, Shakira Herrera, Luke McKibben, and Taylor Naughton, all from MHS, and Zoeie Fontanini from East Marshall will join us for our meetings this month.  Please welcome them when you see them. 
The Warm Coats committee -- Kim Jass-Ramirez, Todd Steinkamp, and Steve Valbracht -- encourage you to donate (or pledge to donate) by October 15th so they can get coats ordered and delivered before cold weather.  Their goal is to provide 400 coats and that will take about $6000.  This year, more than ever, there are families who need a little help, so send your check to PO Box 64 or an e-mail asking to be billed (  The committee also wishes to thank all of you who have already donated, about $3700 as of today.  
Save the date!  Our annual Holiday Party will be Tuesday, December 4th at Elmwood.  Thanks to Gary Schaudt who has agreed to chair the committee again this year.  Reservations will be required and can be e-mailed to or phoned in to Kathy Baker, 641-477-8680.  Details will follow!
We have now received more than $10,000 from District 6000 Rotary clubs and their members!  Our board has been carefully considering how best to use these funds to make a lasting impact on the community.  We have learned that Habitat for Humanity groups from across Iowa are planning to focus their efforts on Marshalltown beginning next spring.  We have made the decision to support them.  We don't know what all that will entail; certainly, we will be helping to pay for materials.   During the intervening months, we will develop a plan, solicit donations from our members, possibly do additional fundraising, and ask those of you with construction skills to volunteer some time.  This is a work in progress, so please, share your ideas with President Garber.  If any of you would like to take a lead role in this project, let us know. 
One of the great things about Rotary is the opportunity to hear firsthand from business and community leaders throughout the year.  In November, we'll have a Rotary style Cy-Hawk showdown, with Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, ISU President, presenting our November 6th program and Dr. Bruce Harreld, U of I President, presenting our November 13th program.  This is a perfect opportunity to invite a potential member to join you for lunch to hear the latest news from Iowa State and Iowa.  
David Wilson has reached the 50-year membership mark!  He joins Reese Gibbs (51 years), Royal Young (55 years), Bob Becker (58 years), Russ Watt (59 years), Lee Brintnall (63 years), and Pat Apgar (71 years) in reaching that milestone.  Congratulations!
Reese Gibbs, longtime secretary of Marshalltown Rotary, and his wife Marian, have recently moved to Colorado to live near their son, Kevin.  The board has approved honorary membership for Reese in recognition of his many years of service to our club.  You have the normal ten days to consider this membership.  
In cleaning out the Gibbs' home, son Kevin found and has delivered to us some Rotary mementos, including two 1917 Rotarian magazines addressed to C. Cook, one of the founding members of our club.  
We wish Reese and Marian all the best in their new home!
The annual meeting of Marshalltown Rotary Club will be Tuesday, November 20th, at 12:05 pm.  At the annual meeting, we will elect officers and directors to serve beginning July 1, 2019; we will elect a director to serve on the Marshalltown Rotary Foundation board; and Treasurer Roger Groteluschen will review financial reports for the year ending June 30, 2018.  We will also vote on a proposed amendment to the bylaws which will allow corporate memberships.  The proposed change to the bylaws would add a new Article 11 -- Corporate Membership, and change the numbering of current Articles 11 and 12 to Articles 12 and 13 respectively.  The proposed Article 11 is as follows:  Section 1 -- Approval.  A corporate entity or organization is eligible for corporate membership of the Rotary Club of Marshalltown through the existing member approval process.  Section 2 -- RI Registration.  One corporate designee will be listed as the official member of the Rotary Club of Marshalltown and will be noted in the club roster as the primary designee of the named eligible corporation.  Section 3 -- Votes and Quorum.  For general meetings, voting by the corporate member will be as an official member of the Rotary Club of Marshalltown (one vote per corporate membership).  Only the corporate designee from a corporate membership may hold an office.  Section 4 -- Financial Obligations.  The financial obligations of an eligible corporation will be as follows:  a.  RI dues:  Payable for each corporate accommodation member as stipulated in RI Bylaws 18.030., and b.  Corporate membership dues at the Rotary Club of Marshalltown corporate rate.
As of today, our club has received nearly $10,000 in cash donations from District 6000 clubs and members for tornado relief.  We gave MICA $1,000 early on to help with their weatherization efforts.   We look around us and see the progress being made day by day, but we also know that it will take a huge effort and financial commitment to persevere and make Marshalltown even better than it was before the storm.  The board is looking for the right project for us to undertake, gathering information from the city and from non-profit aid organizations, and waiting to see what level of federal aid will be available and for whom.
Student Rotarians for October are Aye Aye Khaing, Fatima Perez Negrete, Marina Rosalez, and Olivia Stone.  Please make these young people feel welcome when you see them at Rotary.  Jacque Wyant wants them to hear from you how you have provided "Service Above Self" in our community, so please feel free to share that information as you share your table.  
Join your friends from Rotary, the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce, and Marshall County Farm Bureau on August 28th at 7 a.m. for our annual Rural-Urban breakfast.  Central Iowa Farm Store on Iowa Avenue will once again host the event.  Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, will be the featured speaker.  There will be no noon meeting that day.   
Heartfelt thanks to Iowa City AM Rotary Club for spearheading an effort to raise money for tornado relief in Marshalltown.  A request went out to District 6000 clubs and club members, and to date, President Garber has received $865.  The Marshalltown Rotary board approved an initial donation of $1000 to MICA and will be looking at other ways to help going forward.
We know that many of our members have already contributed time, effort, and money to help affected families and businesses.  Just a few of many examples include Lennox Industries donating $500,000; Hy-Vee providing meals, water, and ice; The Willows of Marshalltown providing living quarters to displaced Embers residents;  and Animal Clinic - The Vet housing displaced pets.  We also know that clean up and rebuilding will take months and, in some cases, years to complete.  Thanks to Alliant Energy, United Way, Unity Point, city employees, the Times-Republican and our radio stations, and all the rest of you who have helped, are helping, and will continue to help as we go forward.
With sadness, we report the unexpected death of Rotarian Steve Sincox on July 9, 2018.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sincox family.
Linda Havelka, sponsored by John Fink, was inducted into Marshalltown Rotary on July 17, 2018.  Havelka is the Executive Director of Child Abuse Prevention Services.  She and her husband, Bill, live on a farm in rural Marshall County and have two grown children.  Welcome to Rotary, Linda!
The House of Compassion has requested that Rotarians help "Stuff the Bus" to provide basic school supplies to students in need.  In 2017, they helped approximately 800 of the 5000 students in the Marshalltown Community School District.  The Marshalltown Rotary board voted to match up to $250 of individual member donations.  If you would like to help, checks payable to House of Compassion can be given to Kathy Baker or mailed to PO Box 64, Marshalltown.
Incoming Rotary International President Barry Rassin spoke at the recent Rotary International convention in Toronto.  Rassin is from East Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas, and recently retired after serving 37 years as the president of Doctors Hospital there.  His theme for 2018-2019 is "Be the Inspiration."
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