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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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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 (marshalltown.rotary@gmail.com).  The committee also wishes to thank all of you who have already donated, about $3700 as of today.  
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. 
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.  
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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.   
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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.
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With sadness, we report the unexpected death of Rotarian Steve Sincox on July 9, 2018.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sincox family.
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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.
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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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The first well ever drilled in South Sudan by South Sudanese citizens is now producing water!  Donations from Hy-Vee, area churches, and WellSpring Missions and matching grants from District 6000 and Rotary International provided funding to purchase and transport well kits to Old Fangkak.  Crews have been trained to do the drilling and maintenance, and more wells are in progress.  After several frustrating years, the initial phase of this project has finally come to fruition.  
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President Drager summarized his year in office and thanked many people including outgoing directors Bill Fitzgerald, Val Ruff, and Bruce Wirin before turning the gavel over to the incoming president, Matt Garber.  Thank you, President Drager for your leadership this past year.  
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Linda Havelka, proposed by John Fink, is the new director of Child Abuse Prevention Services, having taken over following Jana Enfield's retirement.  Havelka has lived in the Marshalltown area all of her life.  She graduated from Green Mountain High School and UNI.  She has served as a board member of the GMG school district and as a volunteer for CAP and in various capacities at her church.  She is a member of "100 Women Who Care."  You have the normal ten days to consider this membership request.
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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!  
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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.  
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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.
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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 markmcandrews@msn.com.
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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.
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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.
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