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Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Indian Creek Country Club
2401 Indian Creek Road
Marion, IA 52302
United States of America
Kyle Steele, Amur Equipment Finance
Apr 13, 2021
PPP Loan Program's Impact on Small Business
Ben Marion
Apr 20, 2021
My Life in Advertising
Marion Safe & Drug Free Schools
May 11, 2021
Student Recognition
Community Events and Information

Welcome to Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary

Kyle Steele of Amur Equipment Finance will be our speaker for our April 13 meeting. He will tell us about the PPP Loan Program and it impact on small business. You can join us in person at Indian Creek Country Club and let Cindy know whether you would like to reserve a lunch by Monday noon or you can join us by Zoom using the following link: 

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On March 30th our regular club meeting time was spent completing a service project which includes making tie blankets and creating care baskets for residents at the Willow Gardens Care Center. Our friends in care facilities always are grateful for remembering them and they enjoy surprises.
When the sirens sound be reminded it is Siren Wednesday. We will meet on Thursday may 6 at The Edison Pub and Eatery, 475 Northland Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. This is due partly due to the fact that I have golf on Wednesdays during the summer and the group said to have Siren Wednesday on Thursday. It may also provide allow folks with Wednesday conflicts to join us. We will try this through August.  Please keep an eye on our web site, The Wheel and/or reminder emails.   Join fellow Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotarians and friends for a beverage and visiting starting around 5:00 PM.  If you chose, please stay for dinner as the evening continues. This counts as a meeting make-up and is an enjoyable way to relax and pass some time. Watch this location for more information.
Our Club's Echo Hill Station is wrapping up. We are scheduling a dedication ceremony at 11 AM on May 4, 2021 at the site at Lowe Park with our regular Rotary luncheon at noon at Indian Creek Country Club. This has been a major undertaking for the Club with a visible community impact for our efforts. We received the following comments from Cynthia Stretch appreciating our work:
"I just learned about the Lowe Park Echo Hill Station project today.  I read on your site that the donation period has ended.  However, I would still like to make a contribution." 
"My motivation for this is very personal.  My father worked at Collins Radio from 1955-1968.  Without question, it was the highlight of his working life.  Even as a child, I felt his excitement and enthusiasm about what he and the company were accomplishing together.  The words "Echo,"  "radio wave propogation," "ionospheric forward scattering," and many more such terms I really didn't understand, were a part of my childhood.  I remember the electric mood as we watched the moon landing together in the basement of our Cedar Rapids home." 
"There are three stone markers at the Lowe Park Site.  One of them is entitled "Legacy".  There are two pictures beneath the title.  I believe the one on the left must be of Art Collins.  The one on the right includes a group of men.  The man on the right side of the photo nearest to the camera is Clifford Beamer, my father.  I am so moved to see him there, and ecstatic to think that the work he was so devoted to is still valued today."
"Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this project, from initial concept to completion.  It means more to me than you could know.
Very Sincerely,
Cynthia Stretch"
Put this minor change in times on your calendar for the May 4th meeting. "May the 4th be with you."
Kent and Gene Neighbor of Farmers State Bank present Echo Hill Station committee chair Erik Miles with a check for $2500 which completes fundraising including many other generous donors supporting Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary's Echo Hill Station project. April will bring some of the finishing touches to the project ahead of a May dedication. The project located along the Art walk of Lowe Park recognizes the science and innovative achievements of friends, neighbors and family members in our community helping to make space exploration possible. It also demonstrates some of the technology that underlies these advancements to inspire youth to develop skills to carry on this Legacy. Thank you to everyone who contributed and supported this effort commemorating major historic milestones including the 50th anniversary of humans landing on the moon; the 60th anniversary of scientists at Echo Hill Station in Marion reflecting a radio signal with image from Marion to Richardson, Texas; and the 50th anniversary of the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club.  
In the aftermath of the 2020 Derecho that ripped through Linn County, devastating countless homes and businesses, some went above and beyond restoring their own neighborhoods to helping throughout the community. On February 16th, 2021 the Marion – East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club presented Brooke Prouty with a Paul Harris Fellow Award for her dedication and selflessness immediately following the storm. Her careful and thoughtful acts of assistance in the days and weeks following the storm vastly improved the circumstances for countless residents in Marion. “Brooke is the example of ‘Service above Self’ which is the cornerstone of Rotary itself” said Kesha Billings, President of the Marion – East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club.
Jeff Selfridge has been elected to be Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary President next Rotary Year, beginning July 1, 2021. This is the second time Jeff will serve a President. He now serves as Secretary so his service to our Club is exceptional.
Results of the annual election for our Club held in December are:
Jeff Selfridge: President (2021-2022)
Bob Butcshi: President (2022-2023)
Grace Kelly: Board Member (2021-2024)
Jeff Selfridge: Secretary
ByLaw Amendment: Approved
Thank you to all who voted. Have a happy and safe new years!
Jeff Selfridge stopped by the Marion Iowa McDonald's (Highways 13 & 151) to present them with a recognition plaque on Dec. 10. The Club wanted to thank them for their generous donation of utensils, butter, and syrup for the Community breakfast in September to help Derecho victims and volunteers.   
Our Echo Hill Station is well under way. We have obtained two 8' in diameter Andrew parabolic dishes to be purposed as "whisper dishes" which can be used by children of all ages and abilities. Barnes Manufacturing has been instrumental in acquiring the dishes. The Linn-Mar Design, Engineering and Materials Department will be involved in this transformation. After a safety meeting, students mounted one dish on a steel post in order to test the dishes. Another dish was mounted on a fork lift and yes, you could whisper and hear someone 50' away in the building.  Later in the year the dishes were placed 100' apart and they worked very well by listening and by electronic measurement. The precise focal point of the dishes was also identified. The dishes were brought to the park on Dec. 4 and will be transferred to their permanent location in the near future, On Nov. 14 the Echo Satellite was installed. It is a 6' diameter stainless steel sphere. many thanks to the Marion Parks Dept. who helped us install the large orb. You cannot miss it at the Park. Novak and Brannon Monument Company has fabricated the granite tablets for the monument portion and is ready to install them since plaza concrete work is finished. The foundation for the tablets was poured October 30 and the granite is planned to be installed on Nov. 17. The Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association has reviewed wording and graphics for scientific and historical accuracy.
Of course fundraising is still underway. The project estimated to cost about $50,000 has over $42,000 committed to date so we still welcome contributions from companies and individuals who relate to the history, education and economic development this activity has brought to our area. See Erik Miles for more information at  This project highlighting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills is scheduled for Fall construction and Spring dedication.
Our October 6 meeting hosted Senator Charles Grassley as our speaker at the Legacy Manufacturing auditorium. Senator Grassley is one of the most influential persons in our government and is dealing with of some of the most consequential issues of our time. He is third in line to the Presidency. Rotarian Bob Mollman arranged for the Senator to speak and greeted him with a fist bump.  Rotarians, Legacy employees and friends and the press were in attendance. 
The Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids put on a community drive-thru breakfast on Saturday, September 19.  Pancakes, sausage and a drink were provided free of charge to those who drove in, especially aimed at people affected by the derecho of August 10 and those helping with the clean-up. Meals were also delivered to others who were in need or unable to attend the Pancake Drive-Thru. 
We are People Of Action. This is being made possible from donations from our fellow Rotarians in our district, District 6000 and MECR.
The Marion-East CR Rotary Club responded to community needs after the devastating Derecho of  August 10 thanks to Rotarian Tom Barnes getting the Marion Rotary cooler we use for our annual pancake breakfast at the Marion Airport Fly-in going and relocated. Many people continue to be without power and cooling for various items is a necessity. The immediate need was for the Red Cross needing refrigeration for 1000 meals. Tom also got help from granddaughter Sophie. Tom has involved his whole family in many ways to Rotary activities. Nick Glew from MEDCO and Jeff Witter from the airport helped make this possible.
"We would like to express our thanks for sponsoring Jacob on the youth exchange a few years ago and provide you with an update on Jacob’s accomplishments.  Much of this is due to his involvement in RYLA, Interact and the exchange program itself," writes Renee Wheaton who was our teacher sponsor of Linn-Mar Interact Club and mother of Jacob Wheaton. Jacob is graduating from Iowa State University as Outstanding Senior in materials engineering this year. ( He has shown leadership skills and confidence which to which Rotary can contribute, Jacob being a great example of that. Congratulations Jacob and  best wishes in your future endeavors.
Kids go to school every day with footwear that is failing them, no longer fits or that their family cannot afford. That is the reason the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary has been providing shoe cards since to families, primarily through school nurses in Linn County. Through February 4, 2018, 6468 shoe cards have been turned in for shoes since 2004 to assist those kids and their families. 2017-2018 Rotary Year was the most active year for shoe cards being used with 893 cards redeemed. The Marion Club has raised money directly or through fundraisers to provide this needed service. Many of us in Linn County do not realize the need locally, however reports from school nurses emphasize that need. Many thanks to everyone who has donated or worked to make this project possible!
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