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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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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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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.
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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!
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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.  
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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