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Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Indian Creek Country Club
2401 Indian Creek Road
Marion, IA 52302
United States of America
5th Tuesday!
May 31, 2022
Jun 07, 2022
Cecilia Rokusek, President and CEO
Jun 14, 2022
National Czech and Slovak Museum
Thomas L Cardella, Founder & CEO of TLC Associates
Jun 21, 2022
Off Site!! (3735 Queens Court, Cedar Rapids)
No Meeting
Jun 28, 2022
Dr. Coyle
Jul 05, 2022
Embracing Difficult Times
Upcoming Events
Community Events and Information

Welcome to Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary

Cedar Rapids Traffic Engineer, John Witt is our guest speaker on May 24 at noon at Indian Creek Country Club in Marion. It is construction season and Cedar Rapids has full slate of projects going or being designed. John will give us an update. If you would like to join us and reserve a meal, contact Cindy by 9 AM on Monday the 23rd. 
On May 10 our Club hosted students, parents and Marion City and school district officials to recognize students who have worked to create a safe and drug free school environment at Linn-Mar, Marion Independent and St. Joseph schools. Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary has represented the community in honoring some very accomplished and busy students for 27 years. Pictured is the 2022 class honored as well as Mayor AbouAssaly presenting a recognition plaque to the daughter of Marion-East CR Rotarian Mark Ahlers, Anna.
When the sirens sounds be reminded it is Siren WednesdayHOWEVER we will meet on Thursday, June 2 at the Edison.  During May, June, July and August we will meet on Thursday instead of Wednesday. We will reassess for September to see if Wednesday or Thursdays work best for folks. The Edison Pub and Eatery, 475 Northland Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids is our normal gathering spot however from time to time this may change so watch The Wheel for updates. Stop by after 5 PM and have conversation, a beverage and if you like, a meal. Bring family and friends since the more the merrier. This is purely a social time.  We look forward to seeing you at Siren Wednesday on Thursday.
Erik Miles
The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary has again been awarded the Club Excellence Award from Rotary District 5970 at its conference on April 23 in Coralville. The Conference was the first joint conference in Iowa since 1947. Pictured are Club President Jeff Selfridge and District Governor Jeff Hassman.  
On April 18 the stainless-steel sphere representing the Echo satellite was re-installed on a cold and blustery day. The Marion Parks Department removed the sphere late last Fall with high winds forecast and winter coming on and stored it in their building at Lowe. Tom Barnes and Harrison McDonald took the opportunity to bring it back to Tom's shop to reinforce the sphere on April 7. Harry did an excellent job welding the stainless gussets and used his trusty dump truck to transport the sphere to the shop and back to Lowe Park with a police escort finishing the trip. The Parks Department helped us unload and install "satellite" in its original location. The fallen granite tablet will be installed later this Spring with Echo Hill Station better than new.
April 9, the MECR Rotary Club planted new trees at Prospect Meadows as a service project.  Weather cooperated for a hardy crew to plant several trees as guided by Prospect Meadows staff who had the trees spaced out and set up where they would like the trees to be planted.  
March 16, 2022
As of Tuesday afternoon (3-15-2022) the MECR Golf cart has crashed through the ice, caused a small tsunami in the shallow end, and is at the bottom of the pool's deep-end.  
The question on everyone's mind is, what is the Official Time as calibrated by Tom Barnes with the nuclear clock in Boulder Colorado?  The 4-Way Test (and the 5th too) was consulted and we have a winner.  Cindy Shipley had purchased the time which is the same as her Birthday (2/22) and closets to the winning time is 2:23. 
Congratulations Cindy.  The total amount raised by the Club was $1,215.00.  So her part was $600.00.
The cool thing is she is donating the winnings back to MECR and our philanthropic efforts.  
We will review the success of the fundraiser and bring it back next year with a few minor changes.  It was a success!  Thank you Tom Barnes for your efforts in making this happen.
Next and rescue of the cart by the Marion Fire Department.
Thanks to everyone that participated!
Jeff Selfridge, President
On March 8, 2022 the Marion-Est Cedar Rapids Rotary Club honored Harrison McDonald with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Harry has been right there helping on projects and in many cases doing the heavy lifting so to speak. Projects Harry has helped with are Echo Hill Station, Polar Plunge golf cart preparation, enlisting other students and friends when many hands are needed and other jobs that need some quick help. Harry is the grandson of Rotarian Tom Barnes. 
The Marion-East CR Rotary had a social event at the Cedar Rapids Roughrider game on Saturday, Jan. 29. They were treated to a close overtime and shoot-out 3-2 victory by the Chicago Steel over the Roughriders. Lots of good conversation, some food and beverages and enhanced friendships were had at this family event. Also:
Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary’s own Steve James on behalf of Prospect Meadows was presented a “Difference Maker in the Community” recognition at the Cedar Rapids Roughrider game.  Congratulations Steve and Prospect Meadows.
We will be Zooming meetings during the winter through March 2022.   Zoom also allows us to hear from speakers anywhere in the world and we want to take advantage of that availability whenever we can.  Let Erik know if you have questions or comments concerning streaming our meetings.
President Jeff  welcomes KCRG's Chief Meteorologist Joe Winters as our speaker at our noon meeting on January 4. Joe, knowledgeable about all things weather and how to deliver that information to Eastern Iowa, told about how the derecho of 2020 set up as well as other questions from the group.
On December 21, the Club voted for Officers and Directors to fill spots for the 2022-23 Rotary year beginning July 1, 2022. Those elected are 
  • President - Bob Butschi
  • Treasurer - Cindy Shipley
  • Secretary - Jeff Selfridge
  • Board Members - Steve James and Kyle Low
Thank you to all who are running. This may be the first time both a father and son have served as President of the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids. Congratulations Bob and your service to the Club is very much appreciated.
Bob Barnes has been a tremendous help to the Club, many times on short notice. Bob, the son of Tom Barnes has helped all kinds of ways most notably buildingnthe grill trailer we use at the Fly-in, Drive-in Breakfast and other cooking opportunities as well as technical and physical help at Echo Hill Station. At our Club meeting on November 30, President Jeff presented Bob with a plaque as one way to thank Bob for his help. And. Bob should not be surprised if we continue to call him for the use of his talents. 
Our November 16 our Club met at the new Marion Fire Station #1 located at Irish Drive and Tower Terrace Road. Chief Deb Krebill gave us a tour of the station which provides public safety facilities for well into the future and an environment which supports fire fighters and their support staff.  
On September 30 at Indian Creek Country Club, golfers may wonder, "What is going on?" There were hockey sticks, sledge hammers, hoses, corn and pumpkins and exploding golf balls. It was just the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club having a golf tournament and living up to the Fifth tenet of the Four-Way-Test, "Is it Fun?".
Thanks to all the organizers of the event and the hole sponsors and their creativity!
On Saturday, October16 Metro Rotarians walked around Cedar Lake and cleaned up all sorts of debris. It was a great day and about 25 Rotarians with their families including Marion-East Rotarian Megan Crawford and her sons picked up several bags of trash.  
On August 10, 2021, the 1 year anniversary of the derecho that hit Iowa, another wind storm hit the Marion area with strong winds. An unusual burst of wind took aim at the Echo Hill Station monument knocking over the center tablet. City Parks notified us on Wednesday morning and by Friday a solution was identified after meeting with the City of Marion, Marion Parks, Marion-East CR Rotary and Novak Brannon Monument Company. While it will take a while for a new granite tablet to be shipped and fabricated, Echo Hill Station will brought back better than ever. With the pandemic, the monument industry has not been immune. Everything has been ridiculously slow.   We are honestly looking at spring or summer installation.
On September 7, the undamaged tablets and bases were stabilized by adding mortar, leveling, adding pins securing the bases to the foundation and pins securing the tablets to the bases. This was done by Novak Brannon Monuments and masons under their direction. We had special assistance from Bob Barnes whose own masonry skills helped develop the project plan and worked the project. Coonrod Wrecker moved all of the bases and tablets for the enhancements to be made.
A successful Fly-in/Drive in Pancake Breakfast was held on June 27. Thanks to Chairperson, Bob Butschi, the committee, Club Member volunteers with their families and our Scout Troop 360 for all the work that made it happen! 
The Town Clock provided by the Marion-East CR Rotary to the Marion community has provided a "way-finding" point commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Club. Located in City Square Park Uptown Marion, it also helps to make the community aware of the Club as a partner in making Marion a great place to live and work. This project could not have been accomplished without the leadership of Tom Barnes and contributors who are now listed on the base of the clock. 
The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club's Echo Hill Station project was dedicated on May 4, 2021 at the site at Lowe Park.  This has been a major undertaking for the Club. This was a truly community project with support from the Marion Parks Department and some funding from the Marion Hotel/Motel Tax Grant as well as the vast majority of support from businesses and individuals financially and in-kind.   David Nieuwsma, President of Collins Aerospace Avionics Business Unit spoke on the importance of the legacy of accomplishments employees and suppliers of Collins Radio and successors have provided to today's technology in space and how students today can carry on that legacy with education and career choices.  Mayor Nick AbouAssaly congratulated the Club on this addition to the community and the Lowe Park Art trail as did Parks Director Seth Staashelm. We  appreciate the support provided by our Club. The core committee of Don Stulken of the Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association, Tom Barnes and Erik Miles of the Club provided technical and historical guidance, physical fabrication and installation and project management for Echo Hill Station.   
We received several positive comments for our work as well as personal remembrances such as 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"
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Board Member
Endowment Chair
Youth Protection Officer