NO MEETING OCT 15 due to Golf OCT 17

Our FIRST Annual Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club golf outing is Thursday October 17, 2019 at 3 pm.  

We have cancelled the regular Tuesday meeting on October 15th and are having a Rotarian (friends/family/acquaintance/someone I can stand being around) 9 holes of golf.  It does not matter if you are Arnold Palmer or Happy Gilmour we want you there!

I do need you to sign up, and let me know the names of any other hackers that want to join you.  Also if you want to be on a team with someone I need to know that as well (we are doing 2-person best shot).  Cut off is Monday 10-14-19 at 5 pm central time.

We want this to be fun, and there is no gambling allowed at Bushwood, thank you very much. If you are not golfing, come out anyhow and watch at 3:00. Or, stop by at 5:00 for food and fellowship.

Currently we have the following hole sponsors; Towneplace Suites, Classic Tax, and Carpetland USA have signed up.  

Any other questions please feel free to call-email-smoke signals-morse code whichever is your preferred communication method.

Thank you,

Jeff Selfridge

Pledge Representative to the Golf Committee

Club Golf Outing, Oct 17 Jeff Selfridge 2019-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Guest Serving at Ramsey's, October 7 2019-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
The 30th Anniversary of the Marion Swamp Fox Festival was held of Saturday, September 28. A good crew of Marion-East CR Rotarians walked with our signature parade float truck owned by Tom Barnes. As the truck and its little sibling golf cart round the new round-about at 15th St. and 6th Ave. The weather cooperated nicely and kids who like candy, were not disappointed.
Swamp Fox Parade 2019 2019-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Enjoy Food, Drinks and Atmosphere. Served by Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotarians at Ramsey's Wine Bistro, 1120 Seventh Ave. in Marion. 100% of tips and donations go to support our Christmas Giving. You can help make this a successful night by helping to serve at Ramsey's. You can sign-up at THIS LINK. A little training is involved so please show-up about 5:30 for your 6:00 PM shift.
Guest Serving Night Oct. 7 2019-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Fellow Rotarians, I know many of you have been clamoring for a chance to drive  in a real live, no kidding race, not one of those driving "experiences".  Well, you can have your chance on November 2, 2019.  And as a triple bonus all the proceeds go to the Marion-East CR's charities (including "Shoes for Kids") and Polio Plus.

Where-Hawkeye Downs Speedway

When-Saturday November 2, 2019 at high noon

What-the track has been putting on 200 lap endurance races (called an Enduro) where all cars are started (last time we had 37 entries) and the race runs without a stoppage unless there is a track blockage, or emergency vehicles are needed.  This is a great way to try it out, about half the field were rookies or inexperienced drivers last time. 

The cars are front wheel drive 4 or 6 cylinder stock cars with basic safety rules.  I have a 2001 Chevy Cavalier that will be ready to race for whomever wins the bid.  I will provide the helmets-driving suits-gloves-truck-trailer-crew-extra wheels/tires and have everything ready to go.  Just show up and race.   The race takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to run, in case you were wondering. 

Can more than one person drive?  YES!  I think we will limit it to a 3 person team if that's what you want to do.  So if you and a couple friends, coworkers, family members want to divide the driving up, no problem, we will make it happen.

How-Have your bid to the PO box, or to me by October 15, and I will let you know if you win on October 16.  Make your payment to MECR by October 22 and we will get all the details worked out.  The minimum bid is $500.00.  Entry Form

Why-Why NOT? It will be something to check off your bucket list, there is no cost to the club, so 100% of the proceeds go to MECR and Polio Plus.  Even if you don't have the wining bid come out and cheer the #50 #rotaryrocks (with #flatpaulharris on board) car on!  The race runs rain-snow-sunshine and the grandstands are covered.

I will be the announcer for the race so we will get a lot of publicity!  It will classify as our #5 of the 4 Way Test! 

Thank you for your time and attention, any further questions you can always call me (319) 310-5665. 


Jeff Selfridge 

2019 Enduro Race Auction Jeff Selfridge 2019-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
The 30th Anniversary 2019 edition of the Swamp Fox Parade is Saturday, September 28. Our Club has participated for many of those 30 years. Again this year we need walkers, candy passer outers and kids to ride and walk. It is always a fun time and kids get to be in a parade. The parade is at 9:30 so show up at Marion High School before 9 AM where staging takes place. 
Of course we need to prepare this year's float which will take place at Tom Barnes' garage on Wednesday evening the 25th at 5:30. There is a little cleaning and polishing to do however it is a pizza party as well. Tom's address is 920 Williams Drive, in Marion just south of Lowe Park. If you plan to help Wednesday and as Tom says, "that makes you an official Rotarian,"  let Tom know by emailing him at this link if you have not already signed up. 
Swamp Fox Parade 2019 2019-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

On September 24th we will be having our regularly scheduled meeting at LimoLink to check out their new office space and hear about the services they provide. Since this will be an off site visit we will not be at Indian Creek.

LimoLink is located at the corner of Armar Drive and Marion Blvd., the previous KTOS Center or for those who have been around a long time, the old Barlow's store. That is across from Carlos O'Kelly's.  

You can still plan to attend on the 24th if you have not made a reservation for a lunch. There may be a few extras ordered or the event itself will be worthwhile. 

LimoLink - Sep 24 Kesha Billings 2019-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
Metro Rotary Clubs Project 2019-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
Dine Out For Our Schools Erin Steffen 2019-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
At the August 27th meeting of the Club, District 5970 Foundation Committee member, John Wasta presented a District Grant check for $5000 to President-elect Kesha Billings and Committee Chair Erik Miles. This Foundation check provides a foundation along with $5000 from Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary  for our Lowe Park Echo Hill Station project which memorializes the role our community played in the space program and to inspire youth in science, technology, engineering and math. Thank you to the District Foundation Committee and The Rotary Foundation for this support.   
Echo Hill Station Receives District Grant 2019-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
When the sirens sound be reminded it is Siren Wednesday. This is a time for fellowship at The Edison Pub and Eatery, 475 Northland Ave. NE at Blairs Ferry.  We are trying out various spots as a home for siren Wednesday.   Join fellow Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotarians and friends on November 6, 2019 for a beverage and visiting starting around 5:00 PM.  Happy Hour is 3:00 to 6:00 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.
Siren Wednesday 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
A Rotary Raid of The Marion Chocolate Shop happened Tuesday, August 20.  After lunch at Indian Creek Country Club as usual with our normal routines and announcements were completed and members finish eating, the "raid" started.  Instead of a speaker, members left and went to The Marion Chocolate Shop at 1244 7th Ave.  There members "raided" the business by purchasing chocolate and other sweets.  This is a way for Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotarians to support an Uptown Business on their way back to work or home.
It was a good time and delicious!
Rotary Raid on Tuesday - Don't be Afraid! 2019-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
Foundation Chair, Jeff Selfridge presented Paul Harris Fellowship Awards at our August 13th meeting. A Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) is awarded when a member contributes $1000 to The Rotary Foundation through direct contributions, Club matching funds and/or points gained by the Club or from other members. Jeff gave a presentation about the work of The Rotary Foundation which makes it one of the best and effective philanthropic organizations in the world. Receiving his first PHF was Bob Butschi, third from the left. Others receiving recognition for additional PHFs to their previous awards were Bob Butschi Sr, between Jeff Selfridge and Bob Butschi, Tracey Koenig, Sarah Pinion, Jacob Wittrock, Joe Lenz and Jim Affeldt. Quite and accomplished bunch who share their success through the Foundation. 
Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded 2019-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
Please welcome our newest member, Janelle Brouwer. Janelle is Superintendent of Schools for Marion Independent School District. She has been with the District before her appointment so has hit the ground running. She will be a great addition to our Club especially as we continue our primary focus of help youth in our community and the world. Past President Jeff Selfridge inducted Janelle at our August 13 m33ting with President Tracey looking on.
New Member, Janelle Brouwer 2019-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
Our Club is strong when each member brings their own skills and interests to address the various activities of the Club. A good way to do that is to sign up to be on a committee to help plan these activities. When an activity is planned, any Marion Rotarian is encouraged to step up and help. Now is the time to sign up for a committee this Rotary Year which lasts from July 1 2019 through June 30 2020. You can sign up here to join one or more committees. Thank You for your willingness help!
Committee Sign-up Time 2019-07-22 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids celebrated its 50th Birthday with the Marion community at the Marion Chamber's Uptown Getdown at Marion Square Park on August 1. The regular Thursday night event featured the band, The Flaming Camaros on a beautiful summer evening. Our Club served birthday cake from the Kettle House that night. Rotarians wore their Rotary paraphernalia and served well over 600 pieces of cake to the crowd who became much better acquainted with our Club. MECR Rotarian and District Governor Michelle Bell presented Club President Tracey Koenig with a congratulatory resolution for our 50th Anniversat. Charter members Bob Butschi and Greg Hapgood attended as well. We also used our new canopy tent which we will display whenever we are out in the community providing service in a multitude of ways.
MECR Birthday Party Aug. 1 at Uptown Getdown! 2019-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
The July 23 meeting of Marion-East CR Rotary was held at Lowe Park. The Club hosted a Groundbreaking for our Foundation Project, "Echo Hill Station." The date coincides with the landing on the moon by Apollo 11 and its safe return to earth 50 years ago. Our Club also is 50 Years old, 1969 was quite a year!
Echo Hill Station Groundbreaking 2019-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
On July 2 Chelsea Campbell  was inducted by Past President Jeff Selfridge into the Marion-East CR Rotary. Chelsea has been hard at work opening the new TownPlace Suites by Marriott in Marion and is already supporting the Club in various ways. Please welcome Chelsea as she begins her Rotary affiliation.
Welcome Chelsea Campbell to MECR Rotary 2019-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
Michelle Bell became the fourth member of the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club to be inducted as the 2019-20 Rotary District 5970 Governor. 2018-19 Governor Neil Fell administers the oath of office at the ceremony held at the Lowe Park Arts and Environmental Center on Thursday June 30. Of special note is that at nearly the very moment Michelle was being sworn in, she became a grandmother with new grandson, Grayson. District Governor Fell also presented MECR President Tracey Koenig with the banner designating the Home Club of the Dist. Governor.  
Michelle Bell 2019-2020 District Governor 2019-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
With the beginning of a new Rotary year, the President's gavel has passed from Sarah Hughes to Tracey Koenig. Thank you Sarah for the hard work and time you put into the many activities the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids accomplished in the past year. There were a bunch. We welcome Tracey and will support her as she provides leadership in the 2019-2020 Rotary Year. The official exchange of the gavel took place at our Year End Celebration on Thursday, June 20 at the Lowe Park Arts and Environmental Center.  Sarah thanked her Board and Craig Novak presented Sarah with a plaque commemorating her year. He also presented a number of perfect attendance awards. 
Highlights of the evening were the presentation of the Club's special awards. The "Rotarian of the Year" was presented to Cindy Shipley for stepping up to help and lead in a number of projects throughout the year not least of which was the Waffle Breakfast. The "Jack Hotchkiss Award" which honors persons who represent the soul of Rotary was given to Greg Hapgood who is a Charter Member of the Club, Past President, Past District Governor and who has had Perfect Attendance since the beginning of the Club. A Rotarian who can match that example is truly special.
Welcome Tracey, Thanks Sarah 2019-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Marion Rotary Charter Member Greg Hapgood received special recognition at the Marion Independent School Foundation and Alumni Association's Hearts of Gold event on June 14. Greg was presented the award by Doug and Kent Neighbor of Farmers State Bank. Greg is not only a Charter Member of our Club but founded the Foundation in 1988 at the request of then Supt. Harold Hulleman. This successful organization has helped countless MISD students and teachers better their educational experience. Congratulations Greg!
Hapgood Receives Special MISD Foundation Recognition 2019-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
Linn-Mar Superintendent of Schools, Shannon Bisgard, was inducted into the  Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids by Past President Jeff Selfridge at our meeting on June 18 as President Sarah Hughes looks on. Shannon has been an Administrator at Linn-Mar for several years and took the reins last school year. Please welcome Shannon and you will find how fortunate our Club is for him to join us in all things Rotary.
Welcome Shannon Bisgard, our Newest Member 2019-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kesha Billings
The Marion - East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club will be holding our Year End Celebration at Lowe Park on Thursday, June 20th , beginning at 5:30pm. This is the time of year where we get together outside of our regular Club meeting to enjoy each others company and look back at what we have accomplished in the past year and look forward to the year to come. 
This event is free for club members to attend, spouses/significant others are also very welcome to attend... kids too! If you have not already signed up at the regular club meeting, please let me know if you plan to attend to ensure we are able to plan food accordingly.
Year End Celebration June 20 Kesha Billings 2019-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
An event several of or members attend is the Annual Phlat Erth Meeting and Seminar. It will be held June 26, after 5:00 PM at Hannah Park in Marion again. Tom Barnes and Erik Miles have badges available for you to attend. $15 gets you a steak, sides and beverages not to mention an education and conversations with friends new and old. This is the 40th annual meeting so time for a refresher or an introduction.
Phlat Erth , June 26 2019-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
Echo Hill Station, Rotary Project at Lowe Park Erik Miles 2019-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erik Miles
2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the landing on the moon.  This also is the 50th Birthday for the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club.  To commemorate these milestones, the Club wanted to do something to memorialize both accomplishments.  Inspired by the work of the Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association to capture the local history of the space program, as well as the work of Arthur Collins and Collins employees, we wanted to create a tribute in their honor.
One significant milestone in this journey was the Echo Satellite program and the Collins Radio antennas located near Marion on Echo Hill Road.  After consulting with the Marion Parks and Recreation Department and the Marion Arts Council, an idea was formed; to create an interactive art piece influenced by the Echo antennas and have it integrated near the new Lowe Park Inclusive Playground.  The project began with a ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 with a completion date by June 2020.
Echo Hill Station, Lowe Park Marion Rotary Project Erik Miles 2019-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
While rain kept the numbers of airplanes and pancake customers down, many Rotarians and Scouts were ready to serve. It is always worthwhile serving with other Club members. Those who did venture out were treated to a great breakfast and some state of the art aircraft. KGAN/KFXA had a nice story on the event. Click here to see it.
2019 Fly-In Drive-In Breakfast 2019-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
The Marion Fly-In Pancake Breakfast is coming up on Sunday, June 23. Again, this is an "all hands on deck" volunteer effort and our largest fundraiser. There are plenty of shifts still open from setting-up on Saturday and to serving on Sunday. We are beginning to schedule our workers. You can sign up for a shift here. Clean-up is especially helpful.  Thank you for your help!!!
Marion Fly-In Pancake Breakfast Volunteers 2019-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
During May members voted on some by-law changes. The result was a positive vote on the changes. The document will be found under "Club Documents" on our web site by logging in under the "Member Access" tab on the Home Page.Let Erik Miles know if you have any problems logging into the member portion of the web site.
By-Law Changes Pass 2019-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
The opening ceremony and ribbon cutting was held Thursday, May 23 at the new Prospect Meadows baseball facility. Our Club and the other metro clubs have donated to the project to provide a "Rotary Wall" which welcomes visitors and provides a backdrop for pictures of  winners and other participants in games. Following the ceremony the ballpark had an open house with exhibition games following. The Rotary wall still has opportunities for contributions to purchase one of the red, white or blue baseballs. Some of the Rotarians at the unveiling of the wall are pictured below. 
Prospect Meadows Rotary Wall Unveiled 2019-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Bell Inauguration 2019-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Marion-East CR Rotarian, Kesha Billings whois also the palanner and trails coordinator for the City of Marion, has been named one of 10 fellows to the 2019 Iowa Walking College, a program facilitated by the Healthiest State Initiative and the Iowa Department of Public Health. 
The Iowa Walking College is a six month program where fellows will explore ways to improve walkability in their communities. 
Kesha Billings Named to Iowa Walking College 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
Our May 7 meeting recognized outstanding students, along with the Marion Safe and Drug Free Schools Coalition, who have proven to be leaders and mentors at Linn-Mar and Marion Independent High Schools. City and school officials as well as parents joined us at our meeting. Mayor Nick AbouAssaly addressed the students encouraging them and inviting them to think about fulfilling their careers near home.  
Student Recognition by Marion Safe and Drug Free Schools 2019-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
Rowan William Thompson was born on April 10th at 6:04pm, weighing in at 7 lbs 3 oz and 20 inches long. Rowan is the first child to new member Seth Thompson (wife, Kelly). Everyone's doing great... other than being a little sleep deprived.
Introducing Rowan Thompson 2019-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
It is time to start the ticket distribution for our Waffle Breakfast on May 19!.
Ten waffle breakfast tickets will be distributed to each of our members and the cost of the tickets, $7.00 each ($70.00)  will be added to monthly bills.  (Tickets will cost $8.00 at the door)
Prior to ticket distribution, each member has the opportunity to opt out of  getting any tickets. We will be distributing tickets starting Tuesday, April 23, 2019.  Please contact  Cindy Shipley – ASAP if  your preference is to opt out.      
Waffle Tickets 2019-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Waffle Breakfast & Silent Auction May 18 2019-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
The Cedar Rapids Jaycees represented by Ariel Moore and Sarah Buehler presented the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary with a check for $2300 toward the Club's signature project, "Shoes for Kids." The Jaycees raise funds at its "Festival of Trees" event where Christmas trees are decorated and auctioned to support worthy projects in the area. Receiving the check at its April 23 meeting was former MECR President Jeff Selfridge. 
Festival of Trees Awards Marion-East CR Rotary 2019-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
On Monday, March 25th a number of MECR Rotarians served patrons at Ramsey's Wine Bistro (and a number of other Rotarians enjoyed being their customers) to raise funds for the local veterans being served by the VA hospital in Iowa City. The MECR Club was able to raise over $400 to be used towards gas/food cards for those veterans in need of assistance getting to and from their appointments at the VA. Much thanks to all who volunteered, attended, invited others, or shared the story on Facebook. Together we can make a difference. 
MECR Raises over $400 for VA 2019-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
At the Club's meeting on March19, Foundation Chair Jeff Selfridge recognized several Club members who have received their first or next Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF). Pictured are Jeff Selfridge, who received his next PHF,  Sarah Hughes, Cindy Shipley and Roger Flink. Others recognized that day but not able to attend were Bob Mollman (3rd Picture), Jan Boland (2nd Picture), Jacob Wittrock and Sarah Pinion.  A Paul Harris Fellowship recognizes the support individuals directly or honored by Rotary have provided Rotary, their community or humanity in making life better. Thank you to this group of honorees as well as the many Paul Harris Fellows who are members of Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary.
New Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions 2019-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
5 Members of the Marion- East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club (evening and daytime) attended the North Central Presidents-elect Training Seminar (NCPETS) in Ames from March 14th to the 16th. (Pictured left to right: Jill Olsen, Kesha Billings, Jacob Wittrock, Tracey Koenig, Michelle Bell ). Jill Olsen was the Chair of the event, with countless hours of behind the scenes work before the event even began and was a familiar face throughout the event. Michelle Bell, as the incoming 5970 District Governor, lead the District Presidents-elect through some resourceful training and Club planning activities as they plan their year as President of their Club and was also a familiar face throughout the Seminar. Jacob Wittrock serves as one of 12 Assistant Governors in our district and oversees and coordinates efforts in our Metro area. Tracey Koenig is the President-elect for Marion-East Cedar Rapids CLub so this Seminar helped ready her for the transition to Presidency and gain insight to how she wants to lead the Club during her term in 2019-2020. Kesha Billings was also in attendance as the President-elect Nominee for the Club and gained insight as to what it is to lead a club and how to start preparing ones self for that role. In all, hundreds of Rotarians joined together for two days of fellowship and understanding that our Clubs may all be different, but we are united together as Rotarians to do good in the World. 
5 from MECR Attend NCPETS 2019-03-18 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome Seth Thompson to Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary. Seth is returning to Marion after living in North Liberty. He is a second generation Rotarian who works from his home with Time Payment Commercial Finance Co., an asset based leasing company.
Welcome Seth Thompson, Newest Member 2019-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
2019 District Conference - Clear Lake 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Enjoy Food, Drinks and Atmosphere 2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erik Miles
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!
6468 Pairs of Shoes Provided to Local Kids Erik Miles 2019-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Mr. Waffle is excited about our upcoming spring fundraisers. The first is our Waffle Breakfast with the first annual Waffle Eating Contest.  The contestants are chosen and in training. This is the first of two dates where "all hands on deck" are needed and it is time to volunteer for a shift to provide service to guests at Vernon Middle School. There is a sign-up sheet that has been circulating at our meetings. Part of the Waffle Breakfast is to obtain items for our silent auction. It is requested of our members to obtain a Silent Auction item from contacts you may have or can obtain a contact and past donor from the Waffle Breakfast Committee.  The Waffle Breakfast is on May 18
The second fundraiser is the Marion Fly-in and Pancake Breakfast. It is on Sunday June 23. You will be hearing more about it in the near future.
These events require some help from everyone to be successful and not overburden other Club members. There will be more information in the near future however we hope this helps you to plan ahead.
Dates for Your Calendar 2019-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
District Governor-elect and Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary member Michelle Bell is on an immunization trip to New Delhi, India to protect children there from polio through the Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus Fund. This important worked shared by millions of Rotarians world-wide is nearing the eradication of this devastating disease. This hands-on effort by Rotarians is an important part of the work. We look forward to learning more about her trip upon her return.
Bell On Immunization Trip to India 2019-02-03 06:00:00Z 0
Join us at the Community Life Center of the Marion Stewart Baxter at 1000 13th St on February 13th for our regular Evening Club Rotary meeting.  We will discuss member spotlights, one of your Rotary club member benefits, and how to leverage them.  We will have light snacks and drinks, networking then the program. Hope to see you there. 
5:30-6:00 pm snacks and networking
6:00-6:30 pm program 
Member Spotlight-Evening Club 2019-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
Marci Stumpf and Michelle Simoneau spoke to the Board on January 17, 2019 about Scout Troop 560. They informed the Board that in February, Troop 560 would begin accepting girls as a linked Troop, Girls Troop 560. They will organize as separate groups of boys and girls however, many activities will be able to be done the same way or together. The Marion East-Cedar Rapids Club was a chartering sponsor of Troop 560, even before our Rotary Club had its own Rotary International Charter. They asked the Board approval of chartering Girls Troop 560 as part of Scouts- BSA. This was approved and the new Troop will be one of the first Girls Troops linked to an existing BSA-Scouts Troop. 
Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Charters Girls Troop 560 BSA-Scouts 2019-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
The Marion East-Cedar Rapids Club will be collecting any receipts you may have from any HyVee, HyVee Drug, or HyVee Gas Station in Linn County. Please bring your receipts to the regular Tuesday meetings where we will collect them and pass them on to HyVee. For every $200 in receipts, HyVee will donate $1 to LinnMar or Marion Independent Schools, we will have the money split evenly between the two.
MECR Collecting HyVee Receipts for Schools Kesha Billings 2019-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
Congratulate John Bender as the newest recipient of the Grandparent Cane upon the birth of grandson, Max. He was presented the cane by the previous possessor, Jill Olsen at the January 8 meeting. 
Bender is Newest Grandparent Cane Recipient 2019-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday January 23rd, Evening Rotary met at HACAP.  Food insufficiency is one of our priority areas for this year. It is estimated that 1 in 8 individuals in HACAP's service area go to bed hungry. Following our brief meeting,we had a tour and then began our service project activity, assisting with "Operation Backpack" assembling food items in backpacks for local school children
Evening Club Meeting- HACAP Service Project 2019-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Selfridge
Beginning January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 the following BONUS opportunities will be available
Make a $50.00 donation to the Foundation,  PLUS the CLUB match of $50.00=100 points X 2=200 points
Make a $100.00 donation to the Foundation, PLUS the CLUB match of $100.00=200 points X 2=400 points
ACH (Rotary Direct) Bonus
Sign up for a recurring monthly ACH (minimum $10.00 or a quarterly ACH of $30.00) through Rotary Direct, receive a BONUS of 100 points
Recruit a NEW member and once they complete the RED RIBBON REQUIREMENT you are eligible to get a BONUS of 200 points
Foundation Bonus Opportunity Jeff Selfridge 2019-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
On Tuesday January 8, the Club elected Officers and Directors for the 2019-20 Rotary year.  Kesha Billings was elected President-elect and Ali Limbert and Bob Butschi were elected Directors with terms expiring June 30, 2022.
Marion-East Cedar Rapids is made up of people who have shown leadership in their occupations and community. Your leadership is always welcome and needed to make our Club a vital part of our community as well as global impact. If you would be willing to step forward and volunteer your skills, please contact an Officer or Director of the Club or a Past-President. Currently there are vacancies for 2 Directors filling unexpired terms and President-elect Nominee who would follow Kesha Billings as President.
Annual Meeting and Election Jan. 8 2019-01-06 06:00:00Z 0
The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary would like to wish you, your family and friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  The Club enjoyed the Season's festivities with a great meal, music and fellowship. Chester out did himself. Diane Beach played Christmas music and accompanied the First United Methodist Church Quick Choir singing Christmas songs as well as a sing along with the Club. We are a blessed Club and look forward to 2019 where we will make a difference in our community.
Seasons Greetings!! 2018-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
As our last regular meeting until after the New Year, we are celebrating the Season with a special meal, special friends, special guests and special music provided by the Marion First United Methodist Church "Quick Choir." Be sure to join us in this annual festivity. 
December 18 Festivities 2018-12-16 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary 101: Get to Know YOUR Club
Wednesday, January 9th 5:30-7:30pm
Indian Creek Country Club
Who's Paul Harris? Where do our dues go? What service projects are there? How does this Rotary structure work? Can I visit other clubs? Get your questions answered at this Rotary orientation, especially beneficial for new members but fun for all! Join for a social hour at 5:30pm with appetizers provided and a cash bar. The program will begin at 6:30pm. 
So we can get an estimate for food, please sign up using Sign Up Genius.
Erin Steffen
Executive Director
Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association
319-377-4691 x1110
"Get to Know Your Club" - January 9 Erin Steffen 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
The Evening Rotary Club invites everyone to attend a social during their regularly scheduled meeting time on Wednesday 12 December at Bistro 3 Nineteen in Marion.
This is a fun, casual evening where we celebrate 2018 and chat about 2019.
5:30pm- 7pm. You may stay after for a full meal and more fellowship.
Evening Rotary Social 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Please welcome the newest member of the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary, Marci Dahl. She was inducted on December 4 by Jeff Selfridge as President Sarah looks on. Marci is a Business Banker and Kerndt Brothers Bank. 
Marci Dahl, Our Newest Member 2018-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
On December 11, the Club noon meeting was at the Marion Police Station, 6315 Highway 151, with a presentation from the Police Department on Computer Crimes with a comprehensive tour of the facility following. 
Marion can be proud of the support this facility provides the community through its officers and the training and support available there.
December 11 Meeting at Marion PD 2018-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
Again this year the Marion-East CR Rotary is providing more Christmas cheer  by giving presents to families who may be having a harder time financially this year. The Duck has been passed at meeting and will continue to fly. Club members can also ask Treasurer Cindy to bill you for your gift. 
MECR Helps Bring Christmas Cheer 2018-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
It is the time of year the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is underway to assist persons in need during the Christmas Holidays. The Marion-East CR Rotary has volunteered several hours to bell ring at the Marion Hy-Vee. Assisting again this year was the Linn-Mar Interact club sponsored by the Club. Bob Butschi has fun with his "Christmas Vacation" movie sweater and Bob Mollman just has fun. Please support this campaign as you can this year. Our community would be less if not for the Salvation Army and the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary.  
Bell Ringing for Salvation Army 2018-11-11 06:00:00Z 0
For several years the Marion-East CR Rotary has welcomed visitors from eastern Europe through the local Friendship Force's program through the "Open World" program of the Library of Congress.  This year's exchange was with five experts from Ukraine who were studying and observing various aspects of the United States election process. The luncheon discussion centered on the Ukrainian electoral process which is quite different with over 300 parties who organize into coalitions to form a government and elect a Prime Minister. The group's aim is to further educate Ukrainians on their own election process and bring more openness to it. We want to thank the Friendship Force for bringing this opportunity to our Club.
Timely Visit for Ukraine Visitors 2018-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

November is Rotary Foundation Month and we hope you’ve made plans in your club to promote the good work of the Foundation and to implement your fundraising plan to support that good work.   We just celebrated World Polio Day. Our challenge is before us. Let’s keep our “Countdown To History” going and end polio now. Thank you for your gifts to the PolioPlus Fund. It remains the Foundation’s top priority!
Remember November - Rotary Foundation Month 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Please join us on Wednesday November 14th at 5:30pm

Stewart Baxter Community Life Center
1000 13th Street
Marion, IA  52302


Unraveling White Privilege

In this presentation, participants will discuss the definition of White privilege, and the way it manifests itself in the lives of White Americans.  The goal is to engage in productive discourse and to leave with a better understanding of how privilege can be used to support and build up people groups who do not share the same privilege.  Additionally, we will discuss ways this conversation can be happening in schools, and how this conversation builds compassion in students.

Presented by:

Leigh Ann Erickson has taught in New York City and Chicago Public Schools. She is currently the Director of Student Support at Mt. Vernon High School where she works to implement curriculum that promotes equity and social justice in Mt. Vernon and across the state of Iowa.

Evening Club - Unraveling White Privilege 2018-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
On Monday , December 3rd, the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club served food and beverages at Ramsey's Wine Bistro to raise funds for our Christmas Giving Project. Tips for the night neared $350! Thanks to all who attended to raise funds for local families this holiday season. 
Rotary Servers at Ramsey's Kesha Billings 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

This all Metro Meeting was held at the Double Tree in Cedar Rapids featuring Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Wooj Byun. His topic was "My Rotary Journey" where he told about a number of ways Rotary made it possible for him to provide "Service Above Self."

Wooj Byun's story highlights his life in Korea, before coming to Minnesota to attend law school through a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Wooj eventually settled in Edina, MN as a lawyer, and settled in to a life of service with Rotary by joining the Rotary Club of Edina, and paying back in his own way that scholarship that helped shape his life. Wooj has written a book, "My Rotary Journey: A Memoir of a Rotary International Ambassador."

Metro Foundation Meeting Nov. 26 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday night, Sept. 26, the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Evening and Daytime Clubs made sack lunches for the kids in the Marion Cares program and got to hear how Marion Cares for our under-served. Thanks everyone who came and donated. #togetherwecan #rotary#marioncares
Marion Cares Continues to Serve with "Trunk or Treat"
Trunk-or-Treat this year wishes to provide 135 coats and boots for our kids at Marion Village and Squaw Creek mobile home communities.
Anything you or your business can do to assist would be greatly appreciated.  
Each child will receive a new coat and new pair of snow boots. In addition to these items, we need: 
  • Hats, Mittens / Gloves, Scarves,
  • Socks and Underwear
  • Bedding and Blankets
  • Toiletries and Hygiene Products
  • Candy
  • Other donations are accepted for Trunk - or -Treat including financial contributions
All items must be new. Handmade items are also welcome!

You may drop off these items at the First Presbyterian Church office Oct 17th - 24th during office hours.
If you have question you can contact Marion Cares at:
1050 McGowan Blvd
Marion, IA 52302
Rotary Helps Marion Cares Kids 2018-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
While weather was threatening and workers were few, Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary and its "Shoes for Kids" project was again represented in the 2018 Swamp Fox Festival Parade in Marion. Thanks to the families and kids who helped make this possible. With all the candy along the parade route, there are a number of kiddos who should consider skipping Trick or Treating this year.
Swamp Fox 2018 Erik Miles 2018-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
September 26th - 5:30-7:00 pm - at Marion Public Library 
 Join us for a night of service to Marion Cares. We will prepare sack lunches for kids in the program at the library. The library will store the lunches for us and distribute the next day. We will write personal notes in all the bags.
5:30-6 pm Networking and set up
6-7 pm prepare sack lunches and hear from Marion Cares
We need these items to make our lunches - what will you bring?
Brown paper bags (30)
Napkins (30) (Christa)
Juice Box (30)
Snack (trail mix, granola bar, fruit snacks(Erin) or cookies) (30)
Sandwich (fixing PB&J or Turkey & Cheese) (15 of each)
-Bread (60 slices)
- Jar of Creamy Peanut Butter (2 small or 1 large)
- Jar of Jelly (2 small or 1 large) (Susan)
- Turkey Slices (enough for 15 sandwiches * ask deli quantities)
- Cheese Slices (15 slices)
- Sandwich size Zip lock bags (30) (Kristi)
Chips (30 small bags)
Apple (15)
Cutie (15)
Rubber gloves for sandwich makers (10 pairs) (Jacob)
Knife to borrow to make sandwiches with (6) (Christa)
Paper Towel for prepping stations (1 roll) (Christa)
Clorox Wipes to clean prep area (1) (Christa)
Rotary Note Cards - We are looking for hand written notes on Rotary note cards from you. Please write words that will brighten their day when they open their sack lunch. Something as simple as "have a super day" "you are great - I can tell" "your smile can brighten any day!" You can find quotes online or ask if you need help. (Contact Christa or Jacob for a note card if you don't have one. If you want to fill out a card but can't make it we can collect those as well. Let us know. Christa & Jacob will bring cards to the meeting.) Sharpies (Christa will bring these)
Keep up to date with events on our Facebook page.  
I hope to see you soon.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  
Thanks, Christa
Marion Cares Sack Lunch Project Christa Nelson 2018-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Marion-East Çedar Rapids Rotary was represented for the Honor Flight on Tuesday, September 18. Rotarian John Bender served as a Guardian to assist veterans as they traveled to Washington DC to view the many memorials and monuments thanking the veterans for their service. The Eastern Iowa Airport hosted a large crowd welcoming home the group from a long but rewarding experience.
Rotarians Support Honor Flights  2018-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Friday September 28 through Sunday September 30 is the Marion Swamp Fox Festival. Many events planned make the weekend a great family friendly place to be. The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary has been an active participant for many years and 2018 is no exception. Again this year the Club will have a float in the parade. It is a great way to feature our Club and our signature project, "Shoes for Kids." 
To get ready for the parade, Club members, guests and family meet at Tom Barnes garage at 5:30 on Tuesday, Sept. 25 to get the truck and golf cart parade ready. We will meet at 920 Williams Drive, Marion to have some pizza, beverages, have fellowship and even get a little work done. 
Then on Saturday, Sept. 29 we meet at Marion High School for the Parade (we are number 124 in the line-up). Kids and Club members are welcome to ride and/or walk with the float. The Parade starts at 9:30 AM so if you are there by 9:00 to be ready to support your Club and have some fun. The more the merrier.
Swamp Fox Parade Time 2018 2018-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Selfridge
At this past Tuesday's meeting we announced that our Interact Club would again offer the Great Pie Making of 2018.  
While a couple members showed interest in helping with this, I am officially inviting all of our Club members to participate with the kids.
We are meeting on Tuesdays in the Culinary Arts department which is right by the North entrance (Pride Rock) which is on the stadium side of the school.  I can be at the appropriate doors to shepherd along anyone that wants to join us.  
We need to be there promptly at 7:30 and wrapped up by 8:30 when the first class begins.  
Please let me know if you wish to help, we will be doing this for many Tuesdays in a row.  Any questions, ask away. My cell number is 319-310-5665 if you need it.  Thanks!
Yours in all things Apples,
Jeff Selfridge
Opportunity to Help Make Pies Jeff Selfridge 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Skip the kitchen and join Marion Independent & Linn-Mar for a community-wide Dine Out For Our Schools event on Thursday, September 13th. Dining options to choose from all day, and includes dine-in, takeout and delivery!
10% - 25% of your total bill will be donated back to the schools. Proceeds will be directed to the Linn-Mar and Marion School Foundations which benefit K-12 students in the two school districts. 
Mention the event or have the flyer available on your phone to show your server or cashier before you order:
Dine Out for our Schools Erin Steffen 2018-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
The Start School Right event was started by a Marion teacher 3 years ago to help kids from low-income families look forward to the start of school. Marion Independent School District students from Pre-K through 12th grade can receive school supplies, clothing, bedding, food, hygiene products, haircuts and more thanks to community partners. Free dental, vision and hearing screening are also available. This year, Rotary donated over 200 pairs of shoes. A special thank you to Sarah Hughes, Cindy Shipley, Greg & Nancy Hapgood, Jeff Selfridge, Susan Pfeiler-Todd, Craig Novak and Christa Nelson for volunteering their time and Joe Lenz for donating dental supplies. More photos can be found in the photo Album tab of the web site.
2018 "Start School Right" Success Erin Steffen 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotarians and friends raised about $600 for the Club's signature project, "Shoes for Kids." Rotarian bartenders served drinks and food at Ramseys Wine Bistro on Monday, September 10th. Thanks to those bartenders and all the patrons who made this fun event a success.
Rotary Server Night at Ramseys 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
In full glory at the Fly-In Breakfast, the Rotary grill trailer made its debute to cook up the full menu. The grill involves four grilling surfaces with a center storage area, all with the mobility of a trailer. This project was the invention and work of Tom Barnes and son Bob, now complete with a storage cover too! Looks great, we can't wait for next year. 
Rotary Grill 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Mark your calendars for a chance to strengthen and grow Rotary. On Wednesday, October 24th. One Rotary Summit will be coming to the Indian Creek Country Club with dinner beginning at 5:30pm and program beginning at 6pm ($15/person). If you are interested in changing Rotary for the better, please RSVP 
One Rotary Summit 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome new Member Ali Limbert to Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary. She was inducted by past President Jeff Selfridge who was emphasizing the red ribbon new member requirement. Ali is a Vice President of Business Banking at BankIowa and Marion native. 
New Member Ali Limbert 2018-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Roll up your sleeves Rotarians!
We're coming together to help save lives! Our next blood drive challenge is timed to help support the local blood supply before the long Labor Day weekend. Sign up with Lisa Sparrow or click the link below. 
Rotary Blood Drive Challenge
Thursday, 08/30/2018  
2:00 - 6:00pm
Cedar Rapids Lindale Crossing Donor Center 
4828 1st Ave. NE
Our blood drive will provide a critical resource that helps save lives at hospitals in Linn County. All donors will get a shirt of their choice, so we will look good when we beat Metro North Rotary!
Thank you for your support, and I hope to see you at the blood drive.
Lisa Sparrow
Rotary Blood Drive Challenge August 30th 2018-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Selfridge
I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to my fellow Marion-East CR Rotarians for your generous support of RYLA and Young RYLA. Not only am I lucky to be a member of such a great CLUB, have made great friends and business associates, but over the years you have sent my three girls to a RYLA camp.
I picked up the YRYLA kids this afternoon and it really hit home how powerful and life-changing these camps are.  We truly empowered these particular girls, made them better stronger people, and I believe changed their respective lives forever.  Both girls had kind of a tough middle school year last year, and this was exactly what they needed.  New friends and they truly know they are not alone in their struggles, and in this world that is so important.
So I really wanted to tell the Club how thankful and grateful we are, that we have the resources to afford the kids this once in a lifetime opportunity.
The RYLA kids will be presenting on August 7th, and funny thig, they were discussing their presentation even before they left to go.  This is important to us and them.
Thank you Marion-East Cedar Rapids! Jeff Selfridge 2018-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Marion Public Library Community Volunteer/Service Project on July 25.
Our July service project was at the Marion Public Library. We served as library volunteers helping to tidy up the books on the shelves. Together we can support literacy and learning in our community.

Evening Rotary - Service Project 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Neil Fell at August 14 Meeting
District Governor Neil Fell will be visited our Club on Tuesday, August 14 as he meets with clubs all over District 5970. He brought his thoughts about Rotary and goals for this Rotary Year especially reminding many and informing members about the history of Rotary. Following is a message from District Governor Neil.


Each year the incoming President of Rotary International selects a theme to guide the 1,200,000 plus Rotarian's in 35,000 plus local Clubs, located in over 180 countries throughout the world.

This year, incoming Rotary International President Barry Rassin, selected “Be the Inspiration” as our Rotary Theme. What an appropriate choice!
This group of past and present people, called Rotary, has inspired their communities and the world since its start in 1905 by our founder, Paul Harris, a University of Iowa Law School graduate. We have inspired the world to take on the challenge of eradicating polio, preventing disease & treatment, improving water & sanitation in developing countries...the list goes on and on.
We have inspired and bettered our communities through all of our volunteer service projects and living up to the ethical standards of the 4-Way Test.
Most importantly….we inspire each other.  Thanks to all of you for the inspiration you provide and giving me the opportunity to help support, strengthen and maybe even inspire the Clubs of District 5970.
Neil Fell, 2018-19 District Governor 2018-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
With the beginning of a new Rotary year, Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotarian, Michelle Bell is one year closer to her term as District Governor (2019-2020). Michelle has been busy with District business as Foundation Chair for several years and will soon take the helm as District Governor. Please support Michelle as she prepares and serves the District in this important role.  
Michelle Bell, District Governor-elect 2018-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Clock has been installed. Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotarians, joined by the Chamber Ambassadors, City Officials and community members, dedicated the clock with a ribbon cutting celebration and blessing.  The Clock commemorates the Clubs 50th Anniversary in 2019. The ribbon cutting took place on Tuesday July 17th on the south side of City Square Park in Uptown Marion.
Clock Ribbon Cutting 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0

Metro Rotary clubs participated in a metro area food drive challenge raising $335.00 and 514 pounds of food which equates to 1,824.16 meals.  The Marion-East Cedar Rapids club won the coveted “We Kicked Their Can” trophy in the inaugural year raising $165.00 and 312 lbs.of food which equates to 947.5 meals.  

"This is a fabulous first time event. Just shining the light on hunger in our community and the need to help nourish the most in our neighborhoods is tremendous! Every pound of food helps in the fight against hunger. Each year we distribute over 6.3 million of food to our 126 fantastic partner agencies – this is not possible without community supporters such as the Rotary!” shared Linda Gorkow, of HACAP Food Reservoir Director. “Thank you to everyone who made this possible and for all their generosity!  You all are truly The Hunger Heroes!!!!”


"Always great when we all come together to help others, this is what Rotary is all about. Service above Self.   What a great first year and we look forward to continuing this challenge for years to come.” Sarah Hughes, Marion-East Cedar Rapids Club President.  On being the Metro winners, Hughes shared, “No matter who takes the trophy from the challenge home, the true winners are the underserved and hungry who live right here in our community. Together we can help fight hunger.”

Rotary Food Drive Results! 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Following the ribbon cutting for the Rotary Clock please join us at Marion City Hall for a trails presentation from Kesha Billings. Catered box lunch will be provided for those that requested a meal. 
July 17th Club Mtg. at City Hall 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Sarah Hughes begins her term as President of the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary as of July 1, 2018. She and the Board are off and running developing goals and committees to accomplish those goals. She shared the goals at last Tuesday's meeting.
Sarah Hughes, President 2018-19 2018-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
The Waffle Breakfast and the Pancake Breakfast at the Marion Fly-In are fund raising events which require all of our members to participate in one way or another. The results of our two primary fundraisers are in as presented by President Sarah Hughes at last Tuesday's Rotary Meeting. The Waffle Breakfast and Silent Auction raised $6739 ( $3945 for waffles and $2794 for silent auction items). While meals served, 283 were off considerably from other years, net income to the Club was in line with previous years. The Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast served 1212 meals and the Club earned $8374.  The weather cooperated very well for both events. Thank you to all who made these events a success furthering the capability of the Club to make a positive difference in our community. 
Fund Raiser Results are In 2018-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you 2017-2018 President Tom Barnes for your service as President of Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary. Much of the credit for a successful year was due to your commitment to the Club and your big heart in promoting those things that helped kids, made our Club more visible to the community and the care you had for our members. We look forward to gain from your experience and friendship.  
Thank You Past President Tom 2018-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
No Meeting July 3 - No Siren Wednesday July 4 2018-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Also at the Year End Celebration, District Governor Nominee, Michelle Bell awards Heather Morris her Paul Harris Fellowship +1 for her support of The Rotary Foundation. Support of the Foundation enables Rotary world-wide and locally to solve problems and make our communities better places to live. Thank you Heather and all who regularly contribute.
Morris Receives PHF +1 2018-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary celebrated the close of the 2017-18 Rotary year at the Butcher Block Restaurant on June 14. It is a time when the gavel is passed from President Tom Barnes after receiving in from previous Club Presidents to Sarah Hughes, the incoming President who officially takes office on July 1, 2018, the beginning of the new Rotary Year. Awards and recognitions thanking  Club members for their exceptional service to the Club were presented. Jacob Wittrock was selected the 2017-18 "Rotarian of the Year."  
Year End Celebration 2018 2018-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
A beautiful day at the Marion Airport brought many aviation enthusiasts out to enjoy airplanes and pancakes. A steady manageable flow of customers were served by many Marion-East CR Rotarians.  
Flight Breakfast 2018 2018-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
On Tuesday, June 19 we welcomed our kids, grandkids and other guest kiddos for lunch with the highlight being a magic show. About 15 kiddos saw the presentation and dined on chicken fingers. The kids weren't the only ones having a good time.
Kiddos Loved the Magic Show 2018-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
Fly-In Breakfast June 24, 2018 2018-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
At the Governors Installation on June 12th in Clear Lake, Michelle Bell was honored with an Appreciation Plaque for her service as the District Foundation Chair. Michelle is the prime example of an individual that has all the qualities of a true Rotarian. Congratulations Michelle!
Bell Honored with Appreciation Plaque Kesha Billings 2018-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
President Tom's year as President of the Marion Club is wrapping up. On Thursday, June 14, the Club meets for it's Year End Celebration. This is a time when the 2017-18 year accomplishments are celebrated and members are recognized for their contributions to its success. This year it will be held at the Buthcher Block, 568 Boyson Rd NE at 5:30. The cost is included in your dues and this event is good time to have a relaxing time to gather with Club members and their guests.
The other event is on Tuesday, June 19 when we welcome our kids, grandkids and other guest kiddos to for lunch with the highlight being a magic show. Please let President Tom know of you and your special guests' availability to attend. 
Two Important June Dates 2018-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Hughes
June 23 and June 24, 2018 is the time to prepare for and serve the Marion Drive-In Fly-in Breakfast at the Marion Airport that Sunday morning. We are looking for all hands on deck and needing everyone to help with this large fundraiser. It takes all of us to pull off this great event to help serve over 1600 people.We are needing a lot of Volunteer Spots to be filled still. Please let Sarah Hughes know when you are available and she will get you added to the sheet.
Saturday, June 23rd at the Marion Airport
Needing Help with Set up
12:30-2:00 – 2 more people
Sunday, June 24th at the Marion Airport
Set-Up / Drink Making / Serve Volunteers
5am to 7am
2 spots
Need Help with Ticket Sales / Clearing Tables
3 spots
9am – 11am
3 Spots
3 Spots
Clean Up / Tear Down
12pm -2pm
4 Spots Needed
Thank You!!!!
Marion Flight Breakfast Sarah Hughes 2018-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
The 50th Anniversary Rotary Clock has been installed with many thanks to President Tom Barnes who ramrodded this project to completion. It has received several positive social media comments and the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary is providing an on-going service as well as commemorating the Club's 50th anniversary in 2019. A dedication of the clock on 6th Avenue will take place at a later date. Thanks to all who have helped to make this happen.
The Clock is Installed 2018-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
Charter Member Greg Hapgood leads the Club in "Happy Birthday" celebrating our 49th year at the May 15th meeting. Although the Club does not look a day over 35, almost half a century has gone by since it was chartered.  In honor of the day the Club also had a picnic barbeque with burgers and brats to celebrate and kick back.
Marion Rotary is 49 2018-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
Please welcome the Marion Rotary's newest member, Colt DeWitt. Colt is shown being inducted by Past President Jeff Selfridge. Colt is a Doctor of Chiropractic at Wickwire Chiropractic and Wellness Center. 
Welcome New Member Colt DeWitt 2018-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
We are excited to host our official grand opening - ribbon cutting event. Please stop by, meet the team and see our co-working space. The Marion Chamber, MEDCO and red coats will be here to cut the ribbon and we would love it if you would join us in lighting the spark. The event will be held in the bus depot/parking lot area in front of our building on Marion Square. When you see the tent, banner and balloons you will know you are in the right place. Those who are able to navigate the stairs will have a guided tour of the office. We look forward to seeing you. Please RSVP so we are sure to have enough swag, give aways, snacks and drink.
Friday, May 25 at 4 PM - 6 PM
MEDCO Loft Coworking
700 11th Street #201
Marion, IA
Invitation from Christa and epiphany 2018-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
Blood Drive May 31 2018-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Together on May 15th we will be celebrating the Club's birthday with a barbecue luncheon in place of our traditional meeting and presentation. Please come and celebrate the good work we have done and will continue to do through our Rotary Club.
Club Birthday Barbecue May 15th 2018-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Just a reminder that beginning May 8th we will be having a 'Lighter Lunch' on the second and fourth Tuesdays during the summer, transitioning to one Tuesday a month the rest of the year. 
Lighter Lunch Begins May 8th 2018-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
2018 Waffle Breakfast - May 19 2018-04-22 05:00:00Z 0
At the April 10th Marion East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club meeting Past District Governor, Jim Coloff was in attendance to  present Past Club President, Bob Mollman with a 2016-2017 Presidential Citation that recognizes the Club for meeting goals that strengthen Rotary. The Marion East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club is part of 11 percent of Rotary clubs within the district to receive this citation for the 2016-2017 year.
Together we strengthen Rotary!
2016-2017 Presidential Citation! 2018-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kesha Billings
Welcome our newest member, Cheryl Wheeler (in the center in this picture). Cheryl was inducted by Past President, Jeff Selfridge (left) and joined by current President Tom Barnes (right). Cheryl was introduced to the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club by sponsor Brent Harstad.  Together with Cheryl, we will work and enjoy our relationships as we provide service.
New Member, Cheryl Wheeler Kesha Billings 2018-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Together we make a statement as we continue towards the installation of a Rotary clock. On Friday, April 13th the highly anticipated Rotary clock was delivered to Barnes Manufacturing to await its final placement within the City of Marion. Pictured is Tom Barnes next to the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Anniversary Pole Clock which is an electric powered clock, equipped with auto snynchronization. 
The Clock is HERE! 2018-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Together with other District 5970 Clubs (Algona, Mason City, Humboldt, Mason City River Sunrise, Garner, Bancroft, Cedar Valley), the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary with the District itself and through a Rotary Foundation Global Grant joined with other Districts and Clubs to provide a well to Pignon, Haiti replacing 27 dysfunctional wells. The Rotary Pignon Sustainable Clean Water Access Project will serve the community plus other communities in the area. Our Club provided $1800 when combined with so many other partners accomplished a $722,000 project, a history making Rotary gift in Haiti according to our fellow Club member and Foundation District Committee Chair, Michelle Bell. Rotary's can do spirit makes big things as well as small service projects happen.  
Dist 5970 Rotarians Aid Haiti Water Projects 2018-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shawn DeVries
We are having our Spring Highway Clean up on Wednesday, May 9th from 5:30 PM until 7:30.  This will be a joint venture with the Evening Club.  We’ve had requests for doing an evening highway cleanup we have just never tried it before. Parking is at the Linn County REC building on REC Drive at Highway 13. They have asked us to park in South lot behind the building as there are more spots there.
Thanks to all who have signed up and the more the merrier as many hands do a better job and more quickly. Conversations in the ditch are great for getting to know each other better.
Spring Highway Clean-up, May 9 Evening Shawn DeVries 2018-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
The Marion East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club members are now able to start selling waffle breakfast tickets! Ten waffle breakfast tickets will be distributed to each of our members at the cost of $7.00 each (Tickets will cost $8.00 at the door). If you did not attend the April 3rd Club Meeting, be sure to get in touch with Sarah Hughes to get your tickets! Additional information regarding volunteer opportunities and silent auction donations will be forthcoming.
Mark your calendars! May 19th, from 7:30-10:30am at Vernon Middle School is the place to be.
Waffle Tickets!! 2018-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Hughes
The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat Waffle Breakfast & Silent Auction during the Marion Arts Festival on Saturday, May 19th. Proceeds benefit the Shoes for Kids program which provides footwear to local kids in need as well as other projects locally and internationally. Breakfast is available 7:30-10:30am at Vernon Middle School. Tickets can be purchased for $7 in advance from a Rotary member or $8 at the door. Kids 5 and under eat free! This year the University of Iowa Community Credit Union is sponsoring the event meaning all proceeds go toward the work of the Club.
The same as last year, we are lining up some spectacular items for the silent auction that will happen during the breakfast.
Waffle Breakfast Sarah Hughes 2018-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome our newest member, Matt Carlisle (on the left in this picture. Matt was inducted by Past President, Jeff Selfridge with Matt's Sponsor, Tom Barnes. Matt is the Branch Manager or Cedar Rapids Band and Trust in Marion. Together with Matt, we will work and enjoy our relationships as we provide service.
New Member, Matt Carlisle Erik Miles 2018-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Bell
Wednesday March 28th at 5:30- 7:00pm
310 5th St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1601
Family Promise of Linn County Executive Director John Derryberry will speak to us at First Presbyterian Church to hear more about the non-profit, their mission and to do a service activity.

Family Promise of Linn County (FPLC) is a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through compassionate care, hospitality and professional support. An affiliate of the national organization, FPLC was founded out of a need for shelter for the increasing number of local children facing homelessness. The organization began serving families in January of 2013. After a two year break to restructure the organization, FPLC is proud to once again be serving local families in 2018. The program re-opened its doors on February 11, 2018. At the core of Family Promise is the belief that families should stay together—not be separated—during the most difficult times in their lives. Families are hosted at local places of worship each night and spend their days at the day center, where they have access to showers, laundry and a place to look for jobs and permanent housing.  
Evening Club March 28 Michelle Bell 2018-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
Together we let the community know about the work of the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary. One way we do this is at parades and Saturday, March 17 was St. Patrick's Day. We built the float at Tom Barnes' garage which was a a great opportunity for the evening Club to work along side Tuesday noon members.  The second is to walk or ride in the parade on Saturday. Erin go bragh. 
Happy St. Patrick's Day 2018 2018-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
One thing that keeps Rotary Clubs healthy is to have programs and speakers that members enjoy. I am compiling a list of speakers, programs or areas of interest that can be given to Program Chairpersons to arrange for speakers or programs to meet those requests. No idea is too large or small. We can work that out later. We want your ideas. All you have to do is reply to "The Wheel" email and it will get to me. This should also make volunteering for a month to be Program Chair easier with more confidence that the speaker will have the interest of Club members.
Program/Speaker Ideas Erik Miles 2018-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Together we work to make our community a better place to live and work. The ImagiNEXT process of the Marion Chamber has been working to reduce over 3000 suggestions down to 70 more developed ideas on which it is asking the community to vote.  By clicking the ImagiNEXT logo or this link, you are encouraged to make your input known. This will help the selection committee develop a few ideas to actively accomplish. Ideas not making the final cut will still be analyzed for some group (like Rotary), business or other entity to develop. Please vote starting February 19 and the following two weeks.
ImagiNEXT Voting Begins Erik Miles 2018-02-18 06:00:00Z 0
Together we support the good works of the Rotary Foundation. Club Member and District Governor Nominee, Michelle Bell Presents Kesha Billings with her first Paul Harris Fellowship. Kesha's generosity and dedication to Rotary, exemplify "Service Above Self." Congratulations Kesha. 
Billings is Newest Paul Harris Fellow 2018-02-17 06:00:00Z 0
Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary 
    50th Anniversary Pole Clock
To celebrate the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club's 50th Anniversary in 2019, the Club will locate a pole town clock in a prominent location in the City of Marion. Funds from a District Grant from Rotary District 5970 will match funds raised by the Club. This new city landmark will provide citizens and visitors a place making location as well as recognize the Club's service to Marion as well as projects throughout the globe. If you would like to donate to the project, you can mail a check to:
MECR Rotary
PO Box 1183
Marion, IA 52302 
A donation of $500 will place your name on a bronze plaque on a side of the clock. This project will help make people aware of the support the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club provides our community.
The Clock is being fabricated
MECR 50th Anniversary Pole Clock 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick McAllister
We are looking for members to sign up for a month to find speakers for our weekly meetings.  Currently the months of May through August are open, so if you are willing to volunteer for this, please email Rick McAllister at Following are two links to assist you in finding Speakers and then to provide confirmed speakers what to expect when they speak.
Also, we are looking for members to sign up to give a member moment talk during our weekly meetings.  Dates available are: 2/20, 3/20, 5/1, 6/5, and 6/19.  Please email Rick McAllister at to sign up.
Speaker and Member Moment Signup  Rick McAllister 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Our January 23rd Club meeting will be used as a Club Assembly, but this one will be slightly different than the assemblies we have been used to. Following our regular Club business, our Assembly will be used to present each committee's projects, progress, or requests of the Club. This Assembly will NOT be used as a meeting time for the committees', but rather a reporting opportunity for each committee. As with all assemblies, please sit with your committee when you arrive.
Club Assembly for Jan. 23 Kesha Billings 2018-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
Club Assembly Tomorrow Kesha Billings 2018-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jacob Wittrock
Evening Rotary will gather in Czech Village on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Rina Jensen will join us to lead a discussion on Gratitude and its Effect on Business.
Gratitude is the core of everything needed for personal and business development, yet we do not give gratitude the same weight as marketing or strategy. It is not the piece we see as fundamentally important in the success of our companies, culture or employees. Mostly because we are not responsible for the happiness of others. We are – however – responsible for the culture we create and the success we foster.
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
White Lion Treasures – Lower Level Conference Room
87 16th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
All Rotarians and their guests are welcome.
Anyone interested in the work of Rotary is also welcome!
Evening Rotary Meets January 10 Jacob Wittrock 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
The Cedar Rapids Jaycees supports community projects through its "Festival of Trees" project held at Hawkeye Downs. The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary's "Shoes for Kids" program is one of the charities that receives donations from this project, last year $2000. This year we decorated a tree again and had lots of fun doing it. Thanks to everyone who was able to help and to the Jaycees for supporting our signature project.
Festival of Trees Time 2017-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
The Cedar Rapids Jaycees supports The Marion Rotary's Shoes for Kids program.  Shawn DeVries on behalf of the Marion East Cedar Rapids Rotary club accepted a donation of $2,000 from their Festival of Trees fundraiser. Many thanks to the Jaycees as together we hope to make kids' more successful as they grow up.
Festival of Trees Helps "Shoes for Kids" 2017-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
Together the Club enjoyed great food. music and fellowship at the last meeting of calendar 2017. We all hope your Holidays are joyful and your 2018 a success. Many thanks to Chester, the Marion High School Choir and the Rotarians and guests who planned and enjoyed this event.
Merry Christmas 2017 2017-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jacob Wittrock on Dec 13, 2017
Evening Rotary will gather on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, for a Holiday Social.  Join us from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. at Brehemia in NewBo (1202 2rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401). This will be a relaxed, informal time for networking and share in some holiday cheer. Spouse, significant others, and guests are especially welcome!
Please let Jacob Wittrock know at if you are coming so we can plan for some light appetizers. Food is being sponsored by Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services. Cash bar for drinks.
Holiday Social with Evening Rotary Jacob Wittrock 2017-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
The Club will be meeting at the Marion Library on Tuesday December 12 due to a scheduling conflict at Indian Creek Country Club that Day. Please let Tom Barnes know if you will attend that day so he can order the correct number of lunches.  
Meeting at Marion Library Dec. 12 2017-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
The only November meeting for the Cedar Rapids-Marion Evening Rotary is this Wednesday, November 8, 2017.  Teri Studer of Awaken Vitality Holistic Healing will be our guest. She will be sharing techniques for managing stress.  As the holidays are quickly approaching, these tips will be good to hear!
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Indian Creek Country Club
2401 Indian Creek Road
Marion, Iowa 52302
Evening Rotary - November 8 2017-11-05 05:00:00Z 0
We, Michelle Bell and I, attended the ChiZone 17 Leadership Development Summit in Chicago this past weekend. Michelle as a Future District Governor and I as a Future Leader.
The theme was Past, Present and Future of Rotary.  The first day we celebrated the history of Rotary, the people who paved the way and the accomplishments Rotarians had made.  The second day was all about the present, what we are doing now and how we can empower our current members and clubs.  The third day was all about the future, where Rotary is going, what we want to accomplish and how we will get there.  I participated in the Future Leaders track, Michelle attended the District Governor track for the more season Rotarians who were stepping into leadership roles in the near future  We had keynote speakers and then break out sessions during the day.  In the evening we had fellowship and fun!  I recorded a few daily video recaps for you on our Facebook page and took lots of photos.  I came home with tons of ideas that we may want to explore utilized with our club.  Most importantly, I learned that this organization is full of like minded people who just want to make the world a better place.  Thank you so much for sending me to ChiZone.  Please reach out personally if you would like more information.  I would love to sit down over coffee and discuss. 
With my sincere thanks, Christa
Nelson and Bell Attend Zone Leadership Conference Christa Nelson 2017-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Together we are solving inadequate shoe problems for students. The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary received a $1500 grant from "Theisen's More for Your Community Corporate Giving Grant Program." A presentation took place Tuesday, November 14 at 11:30 at Theisen's NE side store, 1800 51st St. NE, Cedar Rapids. Thanks to Erin Steffen for writing the successful application and President Tom Barnes for bringing it to our attention. Erin and Brenda Neuendorf were on hand to receive the check from store Manager Jon Avenius. $20,000 in grants were provided through the northeast Cedar Rapids store this year with Theisens providing $300,000 company-wide. Thanks to Theisens for their support of communities they serve.
"Shoes for Kids" Receives $1500 Grant from Theisen's 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Super Hero Rotarians gathered for a special Halloween meeting on Tuesday as they worked to personalize donor letters, address envelopes, and assemble the annual mailing for our signature project, Shoes for Kids. Support from our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers is vital to the project. Each year we provide hundreds of pair of brand new shoes to kids in area schools and we are thankful for the many donors who help us make a difference.
Super Heroes Help "Shoes for Kids" 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
The Metro Chili Cook-Off os over and Metro Rotary Clubs raised significant donations from the Chili Cook-Off held at the Shriners' facility in Hiawatha. We'd like to thank Sarah Pinion and Indian Creek Manager/Chef Chester Boothe for entering delicious chili for the first time event. 
Thanks Sarah and Chester - Chili Cook-off 2017-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shawn DeVries
For 20+ years the Marion Independent School District has participated in the Holiday Giving Project helping residents in our community with financial struggles to help provide a Christmas to their families. Over the last two years, Marion Independent has helped adopt over 140 families covering more almost 600 individuals in each of those years.
Marion East-CR Rotary Club has been a valuable partner in this quest by continually increasing the amount of families that we supported, helping to adopt 10 families covering approximately 40 individuals in our community last Holiday Season. There are more families than ever to help; this email is to gather information on how much we can offer as a club.
As a club we budget $500 toward this project, anything additional comes directly from our members. We can help in 3 ways.
1)      Financial donation
a.   We are budgeting approximately $50 for each individual that we adopt. The clubs budget covers 10 children. Would you like to help increase our ability to adopt?
2)       Donate your time
a.      Shop for gifts for children using the funds we have raised as a club.
b.     Volunteer to help wrap gifts at 5 PM on December 18th at Indian Creek Country Club. The bar will be open so take advantage of this fellowship opportunity.
c.     We will be delivering gifts purchased during school days on December 19th 20th and 21st.     
3)      Spread the word
a.       Last year UICCU and State Farm adopted family's with the help of Sarah Hughes and Shawn DeVries. Kudo’s for this effort, maybe more employers in the area would like to help with the cause.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP FINANCIALLY, OR IF YOUR BUSINESS WOULD LIKE TO HELP, please let me know within the next two weeks as this will help us communicate to Marion Independent School District how many individuals that we can adopt.
I'm very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of such an important project in our community. Any help you can provide is much appreciated not only by our group but especially by the families who are impacted as a result. Feel free to send any questions or concerns my direction as the project gets underway. Happy Holidays!
Holiday Giving 2017 Shawn DeVries 2017-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
Super Hero Meeting October 31 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
District 5970 's Executive Secretary (DES) is retiring on June 30th 2018. In preparation, we will be hiring a DES to allow time for the new person to learn the job.  Please find in the link attached the job description for this position.
If you or someone you know are interested in applying for this position please send a cover letter and resume to District Governor Elect Neil Fell at .
Applications will be open until 10 November at 5:00pm Central Time. Interviews will be held on November 17th in Waterloo,  Iowa.
Yours in Service,
Michelle Bell
District 5970 Governor Nominee- Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club
Job Descripion:
District Executive Secretary Position Applications Sought Michelle Bell 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
The next meeting of the Cedar Rapids-Marion Evening Rotary will feature Corridor Urbanism leader, Ben Kaplan.  This advocacy group's goals include encouraging city-wide walkability, neighborhood connectivity, increased sense of place, and sustainability initiatives.
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Indian Creek Country Club
2401 Indian Creek Road
Marion, Iowa 52302
A cash bar will be available. 
Evening Rotary - October 11, 2017 2017-10-04 05:00:00Z 0

On Tuesday, October 10, you can learn at One Rotary Summit with fellow Rotarians, guided by experienced trainers who will focus on ideas and techniques to grow our club and make it healthier and stronger. Topics include:

  • Increasing/enhancing membership.
  • Telling our community about the good works done by our club.
  • Expanding our understanding of the good done by The Rotary Foundation in the world and in our community.

Register here.

We look forward to seeing you at a One Rotary Summit October 10 or other dates that may fit your schedule. These three-hour meetings are scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in Garner and Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Marion. Cost is $15, including dinner.

One Rotary Summit October 10 in Marion Michelle Bell 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
"Michelle Bell is passionate about the Rotary Foundation," is an understatement. On Tuesday Sept. 26 she received her Paul Harris Fellowship +8. Besides donations to the Foundation she has led the District as well as our Club in obtaining and using Foundation funds to support projects locally and globally. PDG John Bender and President Barnes present this recognition to the future District 5970 Governor. Thanks Michelle for this all you do to support the Foundation. 
Bell Receives Another PHF 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0



Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary again participates in the Marion Swamp Fox Parade, September 30, 2017 with the float featuring their Shoes for Kids program. Over 5600 pairs of shoes have been provided, primarily through school nurses to kids who were footwear challenged. It was a beautiful day as Rotarians and their families handed out candy to a large crowd of parade watchers. MORE PHOTOS

2017 Swamp Fox Festival Parade 2017-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erik Miles
A new section highlighting community events has been added to the web site. It is on the lower right side of the Home page where you can find links to events and information in the area through "Iowa's Creative Corridor" or other timely happenings. 
Community Events Section Added Erik Miles 2017-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary annually awards the "Jack Hotchkiss Service Above Self Award" in memory of Jack Hotchkiss who while a member a relatively short time, served the needs of the Club and humanity in an exemplary way. On September 19, his wife and supporter, Juanita passed away. Her funeral is Saturday, September 23 at First United Methodist Church in Marion with visitation on Friday at Murdoch Funeral Home. Her obituary may be found in the Gazette or the Murdoch web site.
Juanita Hotchkiss, Friend of the Club, Passes 2017-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Padley
Together the Marion-East CR Rotary Club and our Linn-Mar Interact  Club rang bells for the Salvation Army at the Marion Fareway, on Saturday, November 18th, and at the Marion Hy-Vee, Saturday, December 2nd. The patrons of these stores were very generous making Christmas and the work of the Salvation Army possible especially considering the natural disaster faced from huricanes this year. The weather cooperated. Hy-Vee customers also received a Mollman special harmonica fanfare when they donated. 
The Salvation Army is hosting its 2nd annual Red Kettle Competition for the Rotary Clubs of Linn County.  The Rotary Club that brings in the most money while bell ringing will receive a traveling award.  Our Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club won this award last year!  So far this year, Rotary West, Sunrise Rotary, and our club are signed up to participate in the contest.   

Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2017 Tom Padley 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Float Preparation
The Cedar Rapids-Marion Evening Rotary and the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids will join forces on Wednesday, September 27th for fun and fellowship.  The evening project will be to prepare the Shoes for Kids Truck for the Swamp Fox Festival Parade.  Everyone is invited to meet from 5-7 p.m. at Tom Barnes’ garage located behind his home at 920 Williams Drive in Marion. Tom will have pizza and beverages so please let him know if you are coming.
The Parade Itself
Rotarians are needed on Saturday, September 30th to walk in Marion’s Swamp Fox Festival Parade with our Shoes for Kids Truck.  This is a great way to celebrate community and build awareness for Rotary and our Shoes for Kids program.  You also get to hand out candy and make people happy! Meet at the Marion High School parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Our parade slot is #43. The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Please keep in mind that the large high school parking lot is for parade entries only so you will have to find parking in another lot or on a side street. Remember to wear a Rotary shirt, if you have one.
Swamp Fox Parade September 30, 2017 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0

At the Sept. 19 meeting, Derrick Dolezal and Ciera Hanson did a presentation about their experience at RYLA this past summer at Grinnell College to the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club. They thanked the Rotarians for sending them and both are considering going back to RYLA as counselors to help continue this great program. The told of their experiences at the summer leadership week and the Club asked many great questions. They were supported by Interact members Harrison McDonald and Marianne Selfridge.

We look forward to sending more students this coming summer to this prestigious Leadership Conference put on by Rotary Districts 5970 and 6000!

Thank you again Marion-East Cedar Rapids for sponsoring members of the Linn-Mar Interact Club!

2017 RYLA Participants Tell Their Experiences 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
At the September 19th meeting, member Jill Olsen shared the story of a Rotary friendship begun at the 2008 Rotary District Conference where her son, Drew Virlee, and his (then) fiancée ,Renee, became impromptu evening hosts of the incoming GSE team from Italy. In 2009 Marco Masselli, one of the team members and his Rotoract group hosted Drew and Renee at the beginning  and end of their Mediterranean honeymoon cruise. They met again when Marco lead a GSE team to Illinois. And they met again this past weekend as they hosted  Marco on their farm. Marco flew to Iowa from the Italian Entrepreneurs Group Conference housed in San Francisco. They and Marco now have young children : Marco and his wife Gabriella have a young son and Drew and Renee a newborn daughter. Plans were made to meet again soon. Jill presented our club with a banner from Marco's Conference. She concluded that this was an example of the connections made through Rotary--friendships across the world to last a lifetime.
International Rotary Friendships Last a Lifetime 2017-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
For several years, Marion-East Cedar Rapids has been able to host an international group for lunch through the Open World Leadership Center with the Library of Congress. They are hosted by the Friendship Force of Cedar Rapids/Iowa City. Vic Klopfenstein presented the group of information management professionals who spoke about Kosovo and exchanged questions with Club members to better understand this newly established country and their impressions about the United States. Facilitator Lejla Selimi coordinated the group who stayed with various local Friendship Force members. Kosovo was part of the former Yugoslavia and the US has supported recognition of Kosovo by world political bodies. These opportunities provide Club members with experiences with persons from all over the world.  
Visitors from Kosovo Visit Iowa and our Club 2017-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
Evening Rotary will meet at the Indian Creek Country Club at 5:15. This is an opportunity for those who have had trouble lately making noon meetings, other Metro Rotarians and prospective members who may find this time more convenient for their schedules.
Our speak will be Michelle Cole with the Especially for You Breast Cancer Walk.
Evening Rotary, Wednesday September 13 2017-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Linn County, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Director, RaeAnn Barnhart was inducted into the Marion Rotary Club on September 5 by Past President Jeff Selfridge. Her background running service organizations and enthusiasm will make you want to welcome her into our Club family. 
Welcome RaeAnn Barnhart as a New Member 2017-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
A call for help at the September 5 meeting of the Club had many Club members responding in order to lift an 1899 steam antique car into the Marion Heritage Center for an upcoming display, "Good Roads - Bicycles, Motorcycles and Automobiles on the Transcontinental Highway  1878 to 1919." This exhibit will open September 30 and will be well worth visiting the Center. Many thanks to Tom Barnes for making the arrangements to get the automobile into the Center as well as Club members Selfridge, Miles, Colton, Bolton, Hapgood, and Harstad who provided lifting power, supervision and encouragement for a vehicle heavier than it looked as well as volunteer help from several other community members.
Rotarians Respond to Lifting Antique Car 2017-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Waldorf University in Forest City is offering the Rotaract Scholarship at Waldorf. It is a leadership scholarship and can be of value up to $40,000. It is for students looking to be involved with service learning while in college. Rotarians can nominate a student who would be involved in the Rotarct Club. Nomination sheets and promotional flyers are available. More information is available through the Admissions Department contacting Rachel Anderson, at or (641) 585-8534.
Waldorf University Scholarship 2017-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Marion-East CR Rotary is working with the City of Marion to place a town clock at a place yet to be finally determined. This project has been approved to received District Grant Funds to be matched by the Club for this project. By happen-stance, President Tom Barnes ran into the clock company's booth at the State Fair.
Marion Town Clock Project Approved 2017-08-15 05:00:00Z 0


District Governor, Ralph Smith

Rotary District 5970 Governor Ralph Smith spoke at our meeting on August 8. Ralph is from Charles City and shared his thoughts and goals for the District and update us on Rotary's work in the world. After our regular meeting at Indian Creek Country Club, District Governor Smith met with the Board of Directors and Officers. He was very complimentary to the efforts and accomplishments of our Club. One way this is evident is the District Governors our Club has provided the District. We caught Greg Hapgood and John Bender along with President Tom Barnes for a picture. Jill Olsen was also at the meeting. Michelle Bell is also in line to fill this important post.  
District Governor Smith Visit August 8 2017-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
One of our newer members, Christa Nelson, has agreed to coordinate Speakers for the next several months while Brad Colton is fulfilling some other obligations. Speakers are lined up for August and September however Monthly Program Chairpersons are needed for the months following. Please let Christa know if you would be willing to take a month to help her out. Also, if you can think of a program that you would like to hear about or have contacts that could be followed up on by a Monthly Chair, that help would be appreciated as well. 
2017-18 Monthly Program Chair Persons Needed 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Evening Rotary Begins August 9 Jacob Wittrock 2017-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
August had a Club goal that all members have updated their profile on the Club web site, By doing this club members can best get to know each other and able to contact members as events and projects take place during the Rotary year. at the end of August we had 14 members who had never logged in and 10 who have not logged in for 1 year or more. We will be following up to make sure basic information is still correct from those who have not logged in for a while. By logging-in and updating your profile, this follow-up will most effectively be handled.  It only takes a few minutes and is easy to do. Just log-in by clicking the "Member Area" in the upper right corner of the home page using your email address as your username.
If you have forgotten your password you can reset it at this point or you can contact Erik Miles and he will help you to log-in. When you have logged-in. you can edit your profile by clicking the "Edit My Profile" under the "My Club Runner" heading. 
Just hit "Edit" and update the fields you feel comfortable sharing with other Club Members. For example if you do not want to share a birth date year just put 1900 or 2017. Birth years are not shown to other members but can help update demographic information reports for the Club. You can also upload your picture or Erik can take one and upload it for you. While you are in the web site, look around, click on items and you will see information you may find useful. When Erik has the laptop at a Rotary meeting he will be happy to get you started. Thank you for your help.  
Update Your Profile on the Club Web Site 2017-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrate the Freedom Festival at the Marion Airport with affordable airplane rides for all ages and breakfast on Sunday June 25th in one of our new hangars. This year the fly-in will be better than ever.

The pricing for the breakfast is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for Children 12 or under. 

-Airplane Rides
-Model Cars
-Face Paint
-Infaltable Obstacle Course
-Pancakes, Eggs, Juice, Coffee, Sausage Breakfast
-Learn about Flight Training Opportunities
-Antique and Homebuilt Aircraft On Display

Sponsored by: LuxAir Aviation LLC, P and N Flight and Charter



2017 Drive-In Fly-In Breakfast 2017-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
This past Christmas season, The Salvation Army started a Rotary Red Kettle Challenge for all Rotary clubs in Linn County.  The Rotary that raises the most money during their time ringing the bell at the kettles receives a traveling award.  We are pleased to announce that this year's winner is the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club!  Marion Rotary raised over $1000 for The Salvation Army during their Red Kettle volunteer days at Marion Hy-Vee and Marion Fareway. Jenna Salzbrenner of the Salvation Army presented the award to President Bob Mollman at the May 30 meeting of the Club. Thanks to Don Zierath for organizing the project with Tom Padley who will oragnize the 2017 effort. 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Award 2017-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
As anticipation turns into joy, we welcome two new Rotary Cousins as members of Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary's family.
Charlotte Evelyn Hughes was born on May 26 to Sarah Hughes. Charlotte was 20 inches long and weighed 6 lbs and 12 ounces. 
Bennett William Billings was born to Kesha Billings on May 28. He was 20-3/4 inches and weighed 7 lbs 4.2 ounces. 
Chad Hughes and Darin Billings as new fathers have new top priorities taking care of the new moms and kids. We are looking forward to meeting Charlotte and Bennett in person one of these days. 
Welcome Charlotte and Bennett as new Rotary Cousins 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
The 2017 Waffle Breakfast is in the books and although rain put a damper on the Marion Arts Festival, all was bright at Vernon Middle School where 432 waffle breakfasts were served, the most in the last 5 years and second overall.  Great silent auction gifts were purchased as well making total income over $7000. It was a pleasure to see members of the Marion Fire Department join us as well as a group of future Rotarians enjoying their breakfast. What a great way to start the day.
2017 Waffle Breakfast Showered with Success 2017-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
Marion Cares Introduces Rotary Readers 2017-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
Another great Fundraiser that we will be promoting in May and June will be our Raffle.  We have 3 awesome prizes.  Sparkling Image car wash has donated 1 year’s worth of premium car washes with a value of over $950 as our main prize.  Second prize is $250 Cash and Third prize is a Gift basket form Hills bank with a value of over $100.  Tickets are on sale now from Rotary members.  If you or friends are thinking  dirty cars you need to buy some tickets.  
2017 Club Raffle 2017-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
On May 3, 2017, the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids was awarded $20,200 from the 100+ Who Care Cedar Rapids Metro organization for the "Shoes for Kids" program.  This amazing award will help the Rotary club provide new shoes to area school children.  Since 2003, the club has provided over 5,500 pairs of shoes.  100+ Who Care is an organization that supports the growth of our local community by pooling resources to make focused, effective contributions to local charities.  Each quarter a different organization is selected to receive this generous gift.  This amount will help the Rotary club give over 1,000 pairs of shoes to kids in need.  The club also promotes several events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness of Rotary’s local service projects.
100+ Who Care Generously Funds "Shoes for Kids" 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary’s highest honor recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award is internationally competitive and is granted to no more than 150 Rotarians worldwide, and no more than one from each district, each year. To deserve consideration for the Service Above Self Award, a Rotarian must have performed continuing humanitarian service in any form. This award is intended to recognize especially those who actively help others through Rotary. It is not awarded solely in recognition of one’s performance in an elected or appointed Rotary assignment, and financial contributions to The Rotary Foundation or specific projects will not be considered.
It was certainly a surprise to Jill Olsen when she was recognized while at the 2017 District 5970 District Conference for a ton of dedication to Rotary service and humanity. Of course it's no surprise to her fellow Marion club members. Maybe the award is a surprise but not how deserving she is. Past Club President, District Governor, traveling for National Immunization Days for polio, Foundation giving and other committees, tasks and assignments. Congratulations Jill!
Jill Olsen District 5970 "Service Above Self Award" Recipient 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
President Bob Mollman displays the District Governor's Citation awarded at the 2017 District Conference in Cedar Falls on April 28-29, 2017. The Club's banner is getting full showing the years the Club has won this recognition, not because it is easy but because members have stepped up in many ways to meet the goals this recognition represents. Good job Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary!
Marion-East CR Rotary Earns District Governor's Citation Again in 2017 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Saturday April 22 which also happened to be Earth Day, a diligent crew of Marion-East CR Rotarians walked the Highway 13 ditches from Highway 151 to just south of the Linn County Landfill. You never know what you'll find but the day was beautiful and the conversations in the ditch made closer friends of all who took their Saturday morning to make our community even more outstanding. Check out the albums on the web site to see Marion-East CR Rotarians at work and play.
Highway Clean-up 2017 2017-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
The first meeting of the Past Presidents Council met on April 20, 2017. It is established to act as an advisory group to the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids Board of Directors. It includes all past presidents that are current members of the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids. Members must have served a term as president of the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids. The past presidents will counsel the Board and serve the membership on any issue related to the club. Particularly, provide guidance where precedent, rationale and intent of previous actions, and lessons learned from past events are important considerations in the decision making process for current issues. The council will also provide advice and guidance to the President on recruitment of candidates for the office of President and candidates for the Board of Directors. Additionally, the council will work to ensure a seamless transition of power between presidents. 
The decisions and recommendations of the Past Presidents Council are non-binding and only serve in an advisory capacity.
Past Presidents Council First Meeting 2017-04-21 05:00:00Z 0
The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat Waffle Breakfast & Silent Auction during the Marion Arts Festival on Saturday, May 20th. Proceeds benefit the Shoes for Kids program which provides footwear to local kids in need as well as other projects locally and internationally. Breakfast is available 7:30-10:30am at Vernon Middle School. Tickets can be purchased for $7 in advance from a Rotary member or $8 at the door. Kids 5 and under eat free! This year the University of Iowa Community Credit Union is sponsoring the event meaning all proceeds go toward the work of the Club.
The silent auction has some great items already.  There is a nice set of “Thirty One” bags to put in our silent auction.  Hills Bank has donated a basket worth over $150. There are tickets to Iowa State Football, UNI football, Iowa Cubs, Cedar Rapids Kernels, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals.  Casey’s has donated a $50 gift card.  Theatre Cedar Rapids has donated a ticket to one of their performances, and Perfect Game has donated their Diamond suite for a Kernels game that includes tickets for up to 20 guests.  Lots of great stuff already here and lot’s more to come.
Besides a GREAT breakfast, there are GREAT auction items to start a BUSY day in Marion. 
Waffle Breakfast 2017 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
2017 is turning out to be a very exciting year for the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary with the addition of new born children to our members affectionately designated as "Rotary Cousins." The first births have arrived and we would like to introduce the Class of 2017 to our members. Members who have new arrivals are:
Brian Doyle 
Elizabeth Emily Doyle was born January 31, was 7 lbs 10 oz 19.5 inches 
Dixie Albertson
Charlie Alexander Albertson born March 13, 8 lbs 5 oz, 20.5 inches.
Lisa Sparrow
Ethan Leo Sparrow born March 13, 8 lbs 1 oz, 20.5 inches.
Welcome Rotary Cousins, Class of 2017 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
One of Marion - East CR Rotary's sure signs of Spring is the SaPaDaPaSo St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Cedar Rapids. It all starts with the float building party at Tom Barnes' garage on Wednesday March 15. Then the Parade itself was Friday when St. Patrick lead it off. We were near the front. Here are some early pictures and we will add more to an album on the web site.
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Join in the celebration at this year's district conference, to be held in Cedar Falls on April 28 & 29.
Attached is the schedule of events and information on how you can register to attend this event.  We have some great speakers, excellent entertainment and plenty of social time to meet other Rotarians from the district.
Or, go to for more information.
District Conference April 28 & 29 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
A special effort is being made to keep the calendar on the Club's web site up to date. You can use it as a resource for items that involve you or committees that you are on. Some items are "all hands on deck" events where we need as many Rotarians as possible to make the event successful such as the Waffle Breakfast or the Marion Fly-in. You can get those dates on your personal calendar early when a date is known. Speakers, Board Meetings, District events and other dates are included. The Calendar can be found on the ribbon near the top of the Club's Home Page. Use it as a resource so you are in the loop. is your key to much Club information so you are in the know.  
Rotary Calendar 2017-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
It is always a special milestone when a member of the Club is recognized for their support of the Rotary Foundation.  At recent meetings Frank Fowler received his Paul Harris +1 presented by Foundation chair Michelle Bell. Roger Flink received his first Paul Harris Fellowship . Brent Harstad also was recognized for his Paul Harris +5 and Cindy Preussner received her PHF +2 recognition reminding us that once we are part of the Paul Harris Fellowship, the work of the Foundation continues as does its need for support. Congratulations Roger and Brent!
Paul Harris Recognition 2017-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
While we set goals for the future it is also time to vote for Club President-Nominee and one more Board member for next year.  LaNisha Cassell has agreed to be nominated for this Officer Post making her President for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year. This would open her Board position and Kesha Billings has agreed to be nominated for that Board term ending June 30, 2019. As in past years nominations will be accepted from the floor however the person being nominated should agree to serve. 
President-Elect Nominee and Board Member Election, Jan 4 2016-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Doyle
Christmas is approaching and that means that we are approaching the end of the Holiday Giving Program for this year.  Funds have been raised, and we've had great help shopping for the families this year. A big thank you to all who have contributed/donated your time.  If you would still like to help, you have more opportunities!
We will be wrapping gifts at the Marion Independent High School in the boardroom on Monday evening the 19th from 5pm until we are done. Historically it wrapping has taken 1-2 hours.  We would gladly accept any boxes, tape, or wrapping paper if anyone has any leftover.  The boardroom in the High School is at the main entrance from the South Parking lot.
Deliveries will go out the following morning on the 20th to those families we have adopted. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Please Help Wrap Christmas Presents Brian Doyle 2016-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Sparrow
Give at the Rotary Challenge Blood Drive.
Tuesday, December 20th 
American Legion Post 298
625 31st St. Marion
Schedule your appointment by emailing Lisa Sparrow or on the sign-up sheet at Rotary. 
Giving blood is a safe simple and procedure that takes about 45 minutes and helps 4 patients in need. Pregnant Rotarians are not allowed to donate. Please give if you can!
Rotary Challenge Blood Drive Lisa Sparrow 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dixie Albertson on Nov 20, 2016
In the efforts to raise money for several area non-profit programs (including our very own Shoes for Kids) the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary brought a beautiful wine-themed entry to the Festival of Trees this year. This tall spruce featured an array of carefully crafted hand-made ornaments and décor, many of which incorporated wine corks, wire and beading in a number of creative ways. The tree went on display along with 57 others this past weekend for an estimated crowd of over 9,000 on-lookers. A live auction took place Sunday evening at the conclusion of the event where the tree could be purchased and given a place of permanent residence for the holidays. Some of the proceeds of the auction were presented to the Club by Nikki Schaul of the Jaycees who organized the event.
Congratulations and a beautiful job to all who were involved in the creation of this tree.
Rotary Showing Holiday Spirit with Festival of Trees Entry Dixie Albertson 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0

Join us for our first "Wine for the Wheel" Event. Proceeds to benefit the Rotary Foundation on their 100th year Anniversary!

Tickets are $30 each or two for $50.

Wine for the Wheel - November 10 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
MECR Rotary Club Cooler to Help Flood Needs 2016-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, September 22nd at 5:30pm we will be decorating the float for the upcoming Swamp Fox Parade.  Please join us at Tom Barnes garage for this fun event.  Pizza will be provided.
Swamp Fox float preparation 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
eBay Live Auctions in September benefit Rotary 2016-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Remember we will NOT be meeting at Indian Creek on Tuesday, September 13th.  Instead we will gathering at Roland Wilbert Burial Vault at 1210 Blairs Ferry Road in Marion.  Box lunch will be catered by LJ’s. 
Special Tour - Meeting at Roland-Wilbert 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary Foundation makes grants for global scholarships for from one to four years with a minimum of $30,000. Do you know of a candidate?
Service above self is the foundation of Rotary, and living their lives with this mindset for more than 100 years, Rotarians, and Rotary are on the doorstep of eradicating polio. It all began with a big idea about what could happen in the future.
Looking toward the future, Rotary has its sights set on doing good globally in six areas of focus: 1) peace and conflict prevention/resolution, 2) disease prevention and treatment, 3) water and sanitation, 4) maternal and child health, 5) basic education and literacy, or 6) economic and community development.
District 5970 is sending Kristina McLaughlin to Trinity College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland for the 2016-2017 academic year to do research on how to commemorate historical events while keeping the peace and not creating future issues between differing sectors. We are looking for leaders who have in mind a career in one of the six areas of focus, and are interested in studying internationally to earn a graduate-level degree that assists them in achieving their desired career.
Global scholarships are available to students who are not Rotarians, or related to Rotarians, for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarship is a minimum of $30,000 for one to four years of graduate study or research. If you know of a college graduate who wants to pursue a life supporting one of the six areas of focus, please go to for more information regarding the Global Scholarship process.
Rotary Foundation Global Scholars 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0

The winner of this year’s Jack Hotchkiss Service Above Self Award is Jill Olsen. She has been a true leader for Rotary. For many people in our club and beyond, it would be difficult to think of Rotary and not think of her.  She truly has devoted her life to Service Above Self and believes with all of her heart and soul in the four way test.  She is a wealth of knowledge and a mentor for those crazy middle of the night type of questions.  Her leadership here at our club provided her a springboard to serve our district and now our zone. She has traveled the world doing good. Just the other day I told someone she goes to places that most people would never set foot in.  Her work has even been on the front lines of the polio eradication efforts and now as direct leadership with club foot organization.
Jill Olsen Presented Jack Hotchkiss Award Jacob Wittrock 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club website. Chartered in 1969, our growing club is currently made up of over 50 men and women that are actively involved in serving our local community as well as internationally. We have opportunities to be involved in almost any area that you are passionate about!
The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self” and I am honored to work with fellow club members who volunteer to help others.
Our goals for this year include continuing to support programs such as our Shoes for Kids project, as well as Rotary International’s humanitarian efforts which includes world Polio eradication. Currently there are only two countries in the world (Pakistan and Afghanistan) which have cases of polio.  We are very optimistic that complete eradication is very close to happening.
Within our community our club supports Boy Scouts activities and Interact Clubs (Interact gives students ages 12-18 the chance to make a real difference while having fun!) and we hold several fundraising events during the year, which include our Marion-East Cedar Rapids Annual Waffle Breakfast, the Rotary Concert in the Park and the Marion Airport Fly In – Drive In Breakfast.
Experience firsthand the “goodwill and better friendships” shared by our members.
We meet every week for an interesting program, a delicious lunch and enjoyable fellowship.   
Visitors are encouraged and welcome!
Meetings are held each Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.
The Marion East-Cedar Rapids Rotary Club is The BEST place to be on a Tuesday in Marion, Iowa!
Bob Mollman
President 2016-2017
President's Message Bob Mollman 2016-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
On July 1 of each year, the gavel of President of Rotary Clubs throughout the world passes to new leadership. President Jacob initiated a new tradition by asking past Presidents attending Recognition Night to line up in order of their service and pass from hand to hand the gavel and club bell from Greg Hapgood who was President the longest time ago to current President Jacob Wittrock who handed them to new 2016-17 President Bob Mollman.
President Bob then recognized Jacob and thanked him for his service and the many accomplishments that he and his Board did as they led the Club. We look forward to President Bob's leadership in the coming year.
Bob Mollman Installed as President for 2016-17 Erik Miles 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday night, June 30, the Club held it's annual Recognition Night. It was a time to look back at accomplishments such as 684 shoes provided to area students, new members, fundraisers to support the "Shoes for Kids" project, "Rollin' with Rotary," a new Club banner design, fellowship at the Giving Tree Theater, leadership development mentoring from the Club, new meeting location and another member of our Club elcted as a future District Governor.
Attendance awards were given out highlighted by charter member, past district Governor and past Club President Greg Hapgood with 46 years of perfect attendance.
Rotarian of the Year Award selected by President Jacob this year was Dixie Albertson who as a new member provided her time and expertise on a number of projects.
Recognition Night 2016 Erik Miles 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
With another Rotary Year behind us, the Club provided shoes to area youth who found themselves in need of adequate footwear. 684 pairs of shoes were purchased with cards provided by the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids during 2015-16 year.  So far 4867 pairs of shoes have been provided through the Club's signature project, "Shoes for Kids" as of June 2016. If you would like to help support this project, you can send donations to:
Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary, PO Box 1183, Marion, IA 52302.
"Shoes for Kids" Continues to Help Students Erik Miles 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Zone 28-29 Young Professionals Summit 
What do you get when 40 Rotarians, Rotary Alumni and Rotaractors under the age of 40 from across Zones 28 & 29 join together for two days on a journey to re-think the way we do Rotary?  We’re not sure but this fall we are about to find out!
We're on a mission to tackle membership, mentoring and how Rotary can change the world, one person at a time. We’re looking for individuals who are committed to Rotary and eager to connect with others who feel the same way. People who lead by doing, regardless of what Rotary title they hold. We want to find inspiring and motivating young professionals under the age of 40 who know that problems are just an opportunity in disguise.
Does that describe you? If so, we want you to join us at the Zone 28-29 Young Professionals Summit September 29 - October 1 at the Legacy Zone in Cleveland, Ohio. Go to to fill out a short application, then fire up your video cam and tell us in 3 minutes or less why YOU are one of the 40 Rotarians, Rotaractors, Rotary Alumni under the age of 40 in Zones 28 and 29 that we should select to attend our Summit. Don't fret - this video can be done on your cell phone and don't require fancy graphics or editing! And the good news is, if you’re selected for the Young Professionals Summit, the cost for registration and lodging are on us! You must apply by June 30, 2016 so get your application and video in as soon as possible! We can’t wait to connect with you!
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Young Professionals Summit 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
You are encouraged to attend the installation of Jim Coloff as District Governor 2016-2017 on Tuesday, June 21st from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm.  
The Cedar Falls Rotary Club will host a picnic at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls for the event, including brats, burgers, sides, water, pop, beer and wine.  There will also be kids activities so bring the kids and grand kids.  Cost is just $10 for dinner.  Pre-register at now.  You can pay for dinner on-line when you register or at the event when you arrive.
All district Rotarians and families are invited to attend. We will have a balloon artist for the kids.  And, there is a play area in the park that kids love. We are charging five dollars for kids if they are eating. If you bring very young kids there will be no charge for age five and under.
Jim Coloff District Governor Installation 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0

Bring Your Kids to the Club on June 21st @ Noon

The Magic & Illusions of
Eric Michaels
Eric Michaels has been performing magic since he was a child. Starting with a little ring and a piece of string from his very first magic set, Eric began his journey into the magical world of mystery and excitement. 12 years later Eric's show has developed into a one-of-a-kind class act that is jam packed with puzzling magic, audience participation, comedy, live animals, and his beautiful assistant! Come see what everyone is talking about, it's not just a magic show, it's an experience!
(kid friendly lunch available)
Bring Kids to the Club on June 21 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Doyle
Hats off to this crew for donating their precious gift of time Saturday morning. Took about 90 minutes to get through all of the bags we had available. Weather started off fairly brisk, but warmed up quickly as the conversation started flowing.
Pictured left to right:
Shawn DeVries
Roger Flink
Chris Dyer
Al & Diane Beach
Bob Mollman
2016 Highway Clean-up Brian Doyle 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
May Member Minute presenters are:
May 3 - None due to special event
May 10 - Dixie Albertson
May 17 - Don Zierath
May 24 - Joe Lenz
May 31 - Al Beach
If you have not signed up for your Member Minute, see Kim Jass-Ramirez to sign up.
May Member Minute 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
On Tuesday May 3, 2016, the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club with the Marion Safe and Drug Free Schools Consortium will recognize students who have been leaders in mentoring younger students and promote substance-free, alcohol-free, and drug-free choices. The sit down luncheon starts at noon so please be at the Longbranch by that time. 
May 3 - Special Meeting Recognizing Students 2016-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Effective Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids will begin meeting at Indian Creek County Club, 2401 Indian Creek Road in Marion. And on a side note of change, we will try-out ending the meetings at 12:55 p.m.  This will allow extra travel time for some of our members and regular guests.
Meeting Location Change - Indian Creek Country Club Jacob Wittrock 2016-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Meet up with fellow Rotarians from all around the district on May 6-7 in Waterloo. This is the opportunity to see Rotary on a bigger stage by learning about other clubs, hearing from top-notch speakers, and networking with new and old friends.  For more information go to
2016 District Celebration 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Three concerts in April are planned by the Mt.Vernon-Lisbon Rotary Club.  The funds raised will be applied to Club Projects. John Schultz and Julia Andrews West are virtuosos with strings. John spoke to our Marion-East CR Club earlier in the year. Events are in Lisbon, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.
Lets support other area Rotary Clubs for their fine work as we hope they will support our events.
Mt. Vernon Rotary Promote Concerts 2016-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
It was a historic day when the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary met with the Marion Noon Lions Club. The occasion was to hear about the Iowa Lions Eye Bank which the Iowa Lions support and to which we all can donate services and tissue and from which we all can benefit. Kristie Chipira from the eye bank presented to the clubs on the Eye Bank and its services. This comes close to home for our Club in that one of our members has been a recipient of cornea transplants enabling continued vision thanks to the eye bank and the gifted medical team it supports. No one can remember if the Lions and Rotarians had ever had a joint meeting and everyone enjoyed each other's company and learned something besides. To learn more about the Iowa Lions Eye Bank you can use the following link: 
Historic Joint Meeting with Marion Lions 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary is ready for the March 17 parade in Cedar Rapids showcasing "Shoes for Kids." Decorating the Float always a fun event at the Barnes garage.
More Pictures in the Photo Album!
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016 2016-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
President-Elect Training Seminars (PETS) are held every year to provide incoming Club Presidents and leadership with information they need and time to think about goals for their terms beginning July 1. The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary (MECR) has been very active in District 5970 and Zone leadership as witnessed here by Michelle Bell, District Foundation Chair and Jill Olsen, Past District Governor. This year PETS was held in Rochester, MN and Rotary Club and District leaders from the north central USA and Canada were able to work together and learn from each other. MECR steps up to help brighten Rotary's future. 
PETS Success Aided by MECR Leaders 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Waffle Breakfast 2016 - May 21 2016-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Starting this Tuesday at our weekly meetings, we will be distributing Waffle Breakfast  tickets to our membership  (10 tickets each).
After you sell your first 10, please ask for more as we need ticket sales!
Along with providing great waffles,  a couple of key parts to this fund raiser are:
-the silent auction,  the more people we have viewing the items, the more we sell at higher bids. (and we can always use more auction items!...If you are able to supply items for the auction, please contact Shawn DeVries.)
-community involvement, the more we have attending and interacting, the more opportunities we have to talk about who and what Rotary is!
Ad material will be available soon
Waffle Breakfast Tickets Bob Mollman 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Just because a Rotarian has a Paul Harris Fellowship,  our members believe in the work of the Rotary Foundation and continue to support that good work. Mike Tiernan, a Past President of the Club received his third increment of PHF recognition (PHF+2) on March 1, 2016. Thank you Mike for helping to support many projects around the world and locally.
Mike Tiernan another PHF 2016-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
When the sirens sound be reminded it is Siren Wednesday.  That is a time for fellowship at Cibo's.  Join fellow Rotarians and friends for a beverage and visiting starting around 5:00 on Wednesday, March 2nd.  This counts as a meeting make-up and is an enjoyable way to pass some time.
Siren Wednesday 2016-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
March Member Minute presenters are:
March 1 - Erik Miles
March 8 - Craig Novak
March 15 - Brent Harstad
March 22 - Rick McAllister
March 29 - Cindy Preussner
If you have not signed up for your Member Minute, see Kim Jass-Ramirez to sign up.
March Member Minute 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Join your fellow Rotarians for this important day of community service on Saturday, May 14th from 10 a.m. until around noon. We will gather in the Linn County REC parking lot to form teams and receive supplies.  Please remember to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for walking in the ditches and picking up the treasures we might find.
Join your fellow Rotarians for this important day of community service. We will gather at the REC parking lot to gather into teams and receive supplies.  Please remember to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for walking in the ditches.  - See more at:
Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup Day 2016-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
At New Member Night, Feb. 25, one of our newer members (although not new to Rotary), Tracey Koenig received her Paul Harris Fellowship recognition for her support to the Rotary Foundation. The Foundation is among the most effective providers of assistance on earth from eliminating polio to providing bike racks in Marion, IA. We welcome Tracey among many PHF recipient members of the Marion-East CR Rotary.
Tracey Koenig Newest Paul Harris Fellow 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 19, 2016
It is with sadness that we mourn the passing of longtime member, Duane St. John on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Duane joined our Club in June of 1996 and was a past President, Treasurer and Director of the Club. He was active in many Club projects over the years and was a friend and mentor to many of us. We extend our sympathies to Duane's wife Deb, children Stacie, Patrick and Cara and their families. 
"Duane was a Certified Public Accountant and worked in Cedar Rapids since 1976.  Duane enjoyed working with and assisting his many clients.  Duane was a member of the AICPA and ISCPA (Life Member) and a past board member of the ISCPA’s.  Duane was active in the Cedar Rapids community including past President of the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club, past President of the Linn-Mar School Foundation, board member of the Marion YMCA and many years serving on various boards of his church, First Congregational United Church of Christ.  Duane also served in the US Army from 1968-1970. 
Duane loved athletics, both participate and as a spectator. He was a diehard Hawkeye fan (making it to every Big 10 football stadium, except Rutgers).  He enjoyed the opportunity to “coach” his children in their sporting endeavors and other youth sports.  Duane enjoyed most following his children and grandchildren in their sporting, music and other activities.  Duane considered himself fortunate to be recognized as a first team all metro and first team all conference his senior year of basketball at East Waterloo and to participate in the 1965 state basketball tournament.  He was a member of the basketball teams at both Iowa Wesleyan College and UNI."
Duane will be missed.
Duane St. John Erik Miles 2016-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
When the sirens sound be reminded it is Siren Wednesday.  That is a time for fellowship at Cibo's.  Join fellow Rotarians and friends for a beverage and visiting starting around 5:00 on Wednesday, February 3rd.  This counts as a meeting make-up and is an enjoyable way to pass some time.
Siren Wednesday 2016-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
The League of Women Voters and the Rotary Club of Marion East-Cedar Rapids is again hosting the State of the City Address by Mayor Nick AbouAssaly on January 26, 2016 beginning at 11:45. While the League sells tickets to this event, it is included in the Club's regular dues. Just sign in as usual with Craig. Other members of your organization should buy tickets from the League ( - 319-377-0889) but you do not need to unless you want to directly support the League of Women Voters. Rotarians from other Clubs should check in with Craig to get a make-up. The meal is a sit down meal and not a buffet and it starts promptly at noon so we encourage you to be at the Longbranch around 11:30 to be seated by 11:45. This is usually a well attended event using all of the Longbranch ballroom facility. 
Marion State of the City - January 26, 2016 Erik Miles 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Kim Jass-Ramirez kicked off the Member Minute event at our last meeting.  Those signed up for the rest of January are:
Jan 12 - Patty Webster
Jan 19 - Jacob Wittrock
Jan 26 - State of the City Address (no Member Minute)
If you have not signed up for your Member Minute, see Kim Jass-Ramirez to sign up.
January Member Minute 2016-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
New Member Night
Are you new to the club? Or maybe you are interested in joining.  New Member Night is a great way to learn more about the great opportunity of Rotary.  This is a chance to network with current members, learn about our service to the community and have some fun too. All club members are encouraged to attend. Food and drink provided.
5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2016
Marion Heritage Center
590 10th Street
Marion, Iowa
Event Chair: Kim Jass-Ramirez
New Member Night 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
When the sirens sound be reminded it is Siren Wednesday.  That is a time for fellowship at Cibo's.  Join fellow Rotarians and friends for a beverage and visiting starting around 5:00 on Wednesday, January 6th.  This counts as a meeting make-up and is an enjoyable way to pass some time.
Siren Wednesday 2016-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
The election of Officers and Board for 2016-17 was held at the December 22nd meeting of the Club. Those elected were:
President - Bob Mollman
President-Elect - Tom Barnes
President-Elect Nominee - Sarah Hughes
Treasurer - Spencer Stephens
Secretary - Craig Novak
Board Members - LaNisha Cassell, Roger Flink, Tracey Koenig 
Previously Elected  Board Members:
Past President - Jacob Wittrock (2017)
Foundation Chair - Michelle Bell (2017)
Board Members - Queen Githaiga-Burt (2018), Kim Jass-Ramirez (2018), Patty Webster (2018)
The December 22nd meeting was also a celebration of the holidays. Some pictures can be viewed in the Photos section of the web site.
2016-2017 Board Elected 2015-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Doyle
Thank you again goes to everyone this year who helped make this years support of the Holiday Giving Program another success!
Overall there were 129 families/537 individuals adopted through various organizations this year volunteering to purchase gifts and food for the Holiday Season. As a club we sponsored 11 of those families adopting more individuals than are active in our club. (Pretty amazing when you think about it!)  To help give you a visual of the service, the below stick figure families represent each family that will have a warm Christmas due to the generosity of our club.
Holiday Giving Program - 2015 Brian Doyle 2015-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Sparrow
Rotary Blood Drive Challenge
December 22nd 1:30-6:30pm
I hope to see you at the 1st Annual Rotary Blood Drive Challenge on Tuesday!
Marion-East Cedar Rapids and Daybreak are challenging each other to see which club can provide the most blood donors.
December is a busy month. That’s why donations drop by as much as 20% during the holidays, but hospitals never slow down and patients need blood every day.
I’ll see you at lunch on Tuesday. I’ll be happy to answer any questions about the donation process or schedule your appointment to give.
Rotary Blood Drive Challenge Lisa Sparrow 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary family and friends gathered for a performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at Giving Tree Theater in Marion.  Hills Bank & Trust has helped us buy the whole house for a private showing of this wonderful story. Pictures are available under the "Photos" tab of the Home Page.

Join your family and Rotary friends for a performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at Giving Tree Theater in Marion.  Hills Bank & Trust has helped us buy the whole house for a private showing of this wonderful story.

General Admission Tickets are $25/each.  Proceeds will support Shoes for Kids and other club projects.

Contact Rotarians Bob Mollman or Sarah Hughes today for your tickets! They will go fast!

- See more at:

Join your family and Rotary friends for a performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at Giving Tree Theater in Marion.  Hills Bank & Trust has helped us buy the whole house for a private showing of this wonderful story.

General Admission Tickets are $25/each.  Proceeds will support Shoes for Kids and other club projects.

Contact Rotarians Bob Mollman or Sarah Hughes today for your tickets! They will go fast!

- See more at:

Join your family and Rotary friends for a performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at Giving Tree Theater in Marion.  Hills Bank & Trust has helped us buy the whole house for a private showing of this wonderful story.

General Admission Tickets are $25/each.  Proceeds will support Shoes for Kids and other club projects.

Contact Rotarians Bob Mollman or Sarah Hughes today for your tickets! They will go fast!

- See more at:

Join your family and Rotary friends for a performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at Giving Tree Theater in Marion.  Hills Bank & Trust has helped us buy the whole house for a private showing of this wonderful story.

General Admission Tickets are $25/each.  Proceeds will support Shoes for Kids and other club projects.

Contact Rotarians Bob Mollman or Sarah Hughes today for your tickets! They will go fast!

- See more at:

Join your family and Rotary friends for a performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at Giving Tree Theater in Marion.  Hills Bank & Trust has helped us buy the whole house for a private showing of this wonderful story.

General Admission Tickets are $25/each.  Proceeds will support Shoes for Kids and other club projects.

Contact Rotarians Bob Mollman or Sarah Hughes today for your tickets! They will go fast!

- See more at:
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Jacob Wittrock 2015-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
    Please join us with your spouse/significant other for an evening of fellowship and a viewing party on Polio Eradication on Friday evening, October 23rd, from 5:15 pm -7 pm at the Marion Heritage Center & Museum, 590 10th Street, Marion, Iowa.
    We will have beverages, (adult and all ages appropriate) and appetizers. Come and learn more about Polio and the progress Rotary International has made towards eradication of this crippling disease in the world.
    Watch this video to learn more:
    Livestream from Rotary International begins at 5:30 pm
    Please RSVP so we can provide food and drink for all.
World Polio Day Evening of Fellowship Michelle Bell 2015-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
The 2015 Swamp Fox Festival and the parade has come and gone but the Marion-East CR Rotary was there highlighting the Club's "Shoes for Kids" program. The weather was ideal and thousands saw the parade and knows just a little more about the Club. Thanks to all the volunteers who made our entry a success. We didn't get an award this year however we have in the past so we'll share.
Swamp Fox Parade 2015 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jacob Wittrock
Our friends at the Marion Heritage Center have put together a wonderful display highlighting the history of the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club and the other service clubs and organizations of Marion.
The exhibit tells the story of a dozen clubs or organizations serving in the area for 100 years or more including the American Legion, the Masons, Rotary, DAR, Kiwanis, US Circle, Quota, Lions, OOP, Optimists, the County Extension Service, the Marion Chamber of Commerce, and the Friends of Oak Shade Cemetery. You witness a lot of history in 100 years, and these clubs have some fascinating stories to tell. One is the oldest women's club west of the Mississippi River; one rechickenized France after World War I, gave us our State flag and has played a leading role in preserving Iowa history for 100 years. Another is on the verge of eradicating polio from the planet. One helped feed over 200 Marion families during the Great Depression; one continues that work today; another helps put shoes on our children's feet. Marion and Iowa, indeed the world, would look much different today without them, for the men and women of these clubs have truly served with distinction
Marion Heritage Center Service Club Displays Jacob Wittrock 2015-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Join us on Saturday 26 September for the annual Swamp Fox Parade.  Come have a great time, fellowship and show our Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary spirit. Walkers and riders welcome. We have candy for the kids and it looks like it will be a beautiful day. Kids wanted to ride on the float and wave to the crowd!
Please meet on 15th Street at spot number 25 at 8:45 am.  Thanks to Tom Barnes and Emily McDonald for such an early spot in the parade!
Swamp Fox Parade 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
RAGBRAI comes rolling through the Cedar Rapids and Linn County. Marion Rotary steps up to provide PB & J sandwiches, beverages and fruit.  
We also raised a little money for our "Shoe for Kids" program. Riders couldn't miss the "Shoes for Kids Truck" thanks to Tom Barnes.   
Also thanks to Brian Doyle who provided a great location and all the MECR Rotarians who got up early exemplifying service above self.  
RAGBRAI Rides Through Linn County 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
How to create My Rotary account 2015-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Rollin' With Rotary comes to the Cedar Rapids area on Saturday, August 8th and needs you to help spread the message of Rotary through small random acts of kindness across the city.  The day is the grand finale of the nine day Rollin' With Rotary tour that includes Past District Governor Kathy Fahy and other young professionals as they make their way through cities from State College, PA to Cedar Rapids. 
We will be given all the materials needed to promote our random acts of kindness and ideas on where to go and how to successfully blanket the city with true service above self. 
Here's the schedule for the day:
9:00 am Meet at Newbo City Market in Cedar Rapids
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Random Acts of Kindness Blanket the Community (we’ll have lists of assignments on areas where people can go to)
1:30 pm Gather back together to celebrate the Rollin’ with Rotary tour and have some fellowship amongst our clubs
Families are definitely welcome.  And wear your Rotary shirt too!

Rollin' With Rotary comes to the Cedar Rapids area on Saturday, August 8th and needs you to help spread the message of Rotary through small random acts of kindness across the city.  The day is the grand finale of the nine day Rollin' With Rotary tour that includes Past District Governor Kathy Fahy and other young professionals as they make their way through cities from State College, PA to Cedar Rapids. 

We will be given all the materials needed to promote our random acts of kindness and ideas on where to go and how to successfully blanket the city with true service above self. 

Here's the schedule for the day:

9:00 am Meet at Newbo City Market in Cedar Rapids

10:00 am – 1:00 pm Random Acts of Kindness Blanket the Community (we’ll have lists of assignments are areas where people can go to)

1:30 pm Gather back together to celebrate the Rollin’ with Rotary tour and have some fellowship amongst our clubs

Families are definitely welcome.  And wear your Rotary shirt too!

- See more at:
Rollin' With Rotary Jacob Wittrock 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to new Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotarians Tracey Koenig and Sheri Novak. Tracey is a veteran Rotarian who moved to Marion from Spencer, Iowa with Collins Community Credit Union. Tracey has been President of the Spencer Rotary. Dr. Sheri Novak is a chiropractor with Health Source. Originally from the Quad Cities she wants to be involved in the community. Both Tracey and Sheri have been active already with the Marathon. Welcome Tracey and Sheri. When we have a picture we will introduce you to Brenda Neuendorf, another new member of the Club. 
Welcome New Members Koenig and Novak 2015-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Marathon Pictures Erik Miles 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erik Miles
It wa time to celebrate a successful year for the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club. On June 25th members and their guests joined President Sarah Pinion at the Lowe Park Arts and Education Center.  A highlight of the evening included several songs by the Harmony Hawks.  Perfect Attendance Awards were presented by Secretary Craig.  Sarah Hughes was selected as Rotarian of the Year. Erik Miles received the Jack Hotchkiss Service Above Self Award. The gavel was passed from President Sarah to Jacob Wittrock who presented Sarah with a plaque of appreciation for her service as President as well as a donation to the Rotary Foundation in her name.    
End of Year Celebration 2015 Erik Miles 2015-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
The MISD-Interact group had a fun year!  The club joined us for a meeting at the Marion Public Library, volunteered their time in our community at Waypoint Services and donated money from a school dance for school supplies internationally through UNI.  We had a great group of leaders from Vernon Middle School.  Below are a couple of pictures from our time at Waypoint cleaning donated supplies and organizing the food pantry.  
MISD Interact Group 2015-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our newest member, Rick Dusil. Rick is new to our Club but not Rotary. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and has been a member of Metro North making up at our Club from time to time. He was also a member of Dubuque Rotary and High Point Rotary Club in North Carolina. Rick is manager or the Guaranty Bank Branch in Marion. Welcome Rick to Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary.
Welcome Rick Dusil to Marion Rotary 2015-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Register for District Conference today!
Light Up Rotary is not just our theme for the year – it is a call for each of us to take action and make our clubs and Rotary as a whole stronger. We have planned a great hands-on and interactive conference for you to gain valuable tools to help strengthen your club in terms of membership, service and fundraising. Come to hear great ideas - you don't need to be a club officer to attend, ALL Rotarians are welcome! A few highlights of the conference this year:
  • Meet our District Youth Exchange Students and learn about their experiences
  • Listen to Rotarian Ward Budweg speak about making making friends worldwide through Rotary
  • Gain valuable (and usable) tools and ideas in breakout sessions on service, membership and fundraising led by Rotarians from around the U.S. who attended the inaugural Rotary Young Professionals Summit in Chicago last September (click here to learn more about the summit.
  • Hear from former Ambassadorial Scholar Wooj Byun from Korea and how Rotary has changed his life.
  • Plus interact with Rotarians from various clubs around the district!
REGISTER TODAY at or contact DG Kathy Fahy for more information. Hope to see you there!
Rotary District 5970 Conference - April 17-18 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
After a successful Parade Float Decorating Party last Thursday, we are ready for the big day and we would love as much participation from our Club and their families as possible. Here are the details.
  • Our Entry Number is “12”

  • Our Staging Area is “A”, on 4th Ave, between 5th and 6th Street

  • The Parade starts at 1:00 pm,  With our low number we will be moving immediately.

  • People that are going to walk in the Parade should show up between 12:00 noon and 12:15

  • Tom plans to be at the Staging area around 11:15,Iit would be nice if one or two people could meet him at that time.

This is a fun event and if you can participate you can have fun too. 

St. Patrick's Day Parade Information 2015 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Polo Shirt Order Forms Al Beach 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion
Marion East Cedar Rapids Rotary is seeking young leaders who are high school sophomores or juniors, to attend the RYLA conference at Grinnell College during the last week of July. Contact Brandon Stascak or Michelle Bell if you know of someone who would be interested.
RYLA Sarah Pinion 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
When the sirens sound be reminded it is Siren Wednesday.  That is a time for fellowship at Cibo's.  Join fellow Rotarians and friends for a beverage and visiting starting around 5:00 on Wednesday, March 4.  This counts as a meeting make-up and is an enjoyable way to pass some time.
Siren Wednesday 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion
It is time to get ready for our parade entry.  We will meet at the home of Tom Barnes on Thursday, March 12 at approximately 5:30 p.m. to prep the truck, golf cart, and enjoy some pizza.  Come join the fun, fellowship, and earn credit for a meeting make-up.  Also remember there is a saying that you aren't a full-fledged member of the club until you have helped prep our "shoe" vehicles for a parade.
Prep for St. Patty's Day Parade Sarah Pinion 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion
February 23, 2015 - Marks a significant milestone for Rotary.  This is the 110th anniversary of Rotary.  Take some time to consider all that Rotary has accomplished.  The campaign to eradicate polio started 30 years ago and we are almost there.  Our club's "Shoes for Kids" program in place since 2003 has distributed over 4,000 shoe cards.  Anything that is accomplished at the International, District and Local levels happens due to committed individuals contributing to the vision and goals of Rotary.  Thank you for the part each and every Marion - East Cedar Rapids Rotarian plays in living "Service Above Self." 
110th Anniversary of Rotary Sarah Pinion 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
This February the Marion-East Cedar Rotary Club has provided 4045 shoe cards to children who are in need of proper footwear in the Linn County area through school nurses and other organizations who interact with youth in our communities. The program began eleven years ago this month through our Club with 81 cards redeemed in the first year. So far this Rotary year which began last July, 650 cards have been redeemed.
Over 4000 Shoe Cards Used 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Due to remodeling at the Longbranch, please use the East or South entrances for our meetings for the next few months.
Longbranch Remodel Rick McAllister 2015-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 08, 2015
With Spencer Stephens taking over the roll of Treasurer in July, it would be more convenient to have a Post Office Box and Mailing Address in Marion. We now have a new PO Box for our mailing address:
Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids
PO Box 1183 
Marion IA 52302-1082.
This transition will occur over the next several months however any new publications and any new places that need our address can now start using the new address and should. 
New PO Box 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 03, 2015
Rotarians looking for make-ups or if just interested, you are invited to join Sunrise Rotary for a favorite program, at one of these 4 locations during February.

Sunrise's Home Page is

Sunrise Rotary February Programs will be OFF-SITE as Elmcrest CC will be closed. 7am Thursday starts at the four locations:
  • Feb  5  Tour the new Linn-Mar High School Aquatic Center (behind the L-M High School)
  • Feb 12  Meet at Habitat ReStore (350 6th Ave SE near Pepsi Bottling plant) - Hosted by Joe Hennager
  • Feb 19  Visit Young Parents Network (420 6th St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401) - Hosted by Brian Stutzman
  • Feb 26  Tour Horizons Family Services - Meals on Wheels and other programs (819 5th Street SE, Cedar Rapids.  Use front entrance on 5th.  Free parking around the building.). This is Downtown President Karl Cassell's organization!
Sunrise Rotary February Make-ups - You may be interested. 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Bell
Please join us February 16th from 6-8pm at Ramsey's Metro Market in Marion.  Our own Rotarians, Jacob Wittrock and Michelle Bell will be guest bartenders.  100% of the tips will go to help fund 6 stall bike racks at Lininger, Thomas (2), Hanna and Marion Square (2) parks
Fundraiser for Marion Parks Bike Racks Michelle Bell 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion
Please be sure to read through the suggested by-law changes in anticipation of a vote on the changes at our February 3rd meeting.  Also don't forget that there will also be Siren Wednesday and time after work to socialize at Cibo.
February 3rd Meeting Sarah Pinion 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion
Our meeting location for February 10 will be at the Marion Public Library.  The meal will be a box lunch provided through Horizons.  Our purchase of these box lunches will provide financial support to Horizons and the programs provided to the metro area.  Since we will be ordering these lunch boxes, it is necessary for members to sign up in advance that they will be attending.  Sign-up sheets will be available at our next two meetings.
February 10th Meeting Sarah Pinion 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion
A New Member Orientation event will be held on Thursday, February 26 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Lowe Park.  This is a great time for new and seasoned members as well as our significant others to learn more about Rotary, each other, and our common interest in making the world a better place.  Food and beverages will be provided by the club and there are bound to be plenty of smiles and laughs throughout the evening.  We look forward to seeing you on the 26th.  You are welcome to bring potential new members to the event as a way for them to learn more about our club and Rotary.  
New Member Orientation Sarah Pinion 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
The League of Women Voters and the Rotary Club of Marion East-Cedar Rapids is again hosting the State of the City Address by Mayor Snooks Bouska on January 27, 2015 beginning at 11:45. While the League sells tickets to this event, it is included in the Club's regular dues. Just sign in as usual with Craig. Other members of your organization should buy tickets from the League ( - 319-377-0889) but you do not need to unless you want to directly support the League of Women Voters. Rotarians from other Clubs should check in with Craig to get a make-up. The meal is a sit down meal and not a buffet and it starts promptly at noon so we encourage you to be at the Longbranch around 11:30 to be seated by 11:45. This is usually a well attended event using all of the Longbranch ballroom facility. 
Marion State of the City - January 27, 2015 Erik Miles 2015-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Another successful Holiday Giving season.  Club members provided assistance to some of the 118 families on the list.  Members contributed to this project by shopping, purchasing, wrapping and delivering gifts.  Brian Doyle was our coordinator and involved almost every member of our club in some aspect of this service project.  
Holiday Giving for Families in Need 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Don Zierath for organizing our Salvation Army Bell Ringing this year.  Members braved the cold, stood on carpet squares. smiled, rang bells, wished givers and grinches "Merry Christmas," and helped the community.  The efforts of our members produced a total of $1,628 for the Salvation Army.
There is still a need as the following letter tells:
As I'm sure you're well aware, today marks one short week until Christmas Eve. That means there is only one week left to sign-up to help by ringing the bell! Last weekend, we had a ton of great volunteers out at the kettles and we're hoping to have an even greater turnout this final Saturday, 12/20. To this date, we are 59% of the way to our goal. We need to raise an additional $294,283 by next week to meet our goal of $715,000. Please considering donating a couple hours of your time this week. The money raised stays in our community, supporting year-round services such as youth activities, food pantry, emergency disaster services, community meals, sending kids to camp, and so much more.
This Saturday is our "Frozen" themed day. This year at the Red Kettles, we are encouraging you to have a little more fun by dressing up! On the designated days, dress up and post a #selfie to our Facebook Page. The post with the most likes for the day will win a gift card to a local business.
If you are able to help out this weekend or anytime over the next week, please use our volunteer website to get signed-up.. This link, along with additional information, can also be found on the volunteer tab of our homepage, To use this feature, you will need to create a volunteer profile with us. If you have an existing profile and need your log-in credentials, please contact Kristen Weaverling. As always, please feel free to contact me by replying to this message or calling the number listed below for any assistance with the sign-up process.
Thank you!
We couldn’t do what we do without YOU!

Kristen Weaverling
Volunteer & Recreation Manager
Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z 0

After a year of hard work and community service, the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club celebrated the Holidays at its December 16th meeting. Rotarians Barry, John and Tom festively wear their Christmas ties. The Marion Home School Strings played holiday music. and accompanist extraordinaire Diane Beach lead us in song and we even sounded pretty good for a club that does not regularly sing. Thank you to Kim Jass-Ramirez for organizing our holiday program.  
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season with friends and loved ones.  Continue to count the many blessings for which each of us can be thankful.  It is in looking at all we have and putting into perspective the needs of others that we are continually motivated to "Service Above Self."  The Club will not meet the last two weeks of December but will be back at it January 6, 2015 with many things planned for the second half of the Rotary Year that ends June 30.
Holiday Party 2014 Erik Miles 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z 0

December 6 gave Rotarians a break as they rang bells for the Salvation Army as opposed to last month and last year. The good weather helped to bring out the generosity and Christmas Spirit of the shoppers at the Marion Hy-Vee and it is reported that donors were treated to a duet by a couple Club members. Thank you to Don Zierath and the all the ringers of the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary.
December 6 Salvation Army Bell Ringing Erik Miles 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

Please welcome Thomas Saluri as the the newest member of the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club. Tom is a retired automobile salesman and was looking for ways to serve the community. He found our Club on the web site and we look forward to working with Tom on our many service opportunities. Here President Sarah welcomes Tom to the Club.
Welcome Thomas Saluri to the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0

This Wednesday is Siren Wednesday. It's a time you can join other MECR Rotarians and their guests for fellowship in a relaxing atmosphere at Cibo Fusion, 685 Marion Blvd. from 5:00 until 7:00ish. Enjoy getting to know each other better, catch up on things and you can do this over a cocktail and something to eat if you like.  Hope to see you the day the sirens sound.
Siren Wednesday!!! 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
We are scheduled to ring bells again for the Salvation Army on December 6th in front of the Marion Hy-Vee.
 10am to Noon LaNisha Cassell and Patty Webster
 Noon to 2pm Nick Glew and Cindy Preussner
2pm to 4pm Joe Lenz and Lisa Sparrow
4pm to 6pm Mike Tiernan and Erik Miles
6pm to 8pm Roger Flink and Tom Saluri
The process is that the kettle will be hanging on the stand, locked to the stand and in place.  Aprons with a bell in the pocket will be hanging on the stand. Jeff Selfridge is providing a piece of carpet for you to stand on to help keep your tootsies warm. Somebody from the Salvation Army will pick the kettle up after 8 pm.  The instructions we’ve received say, because it is locked to the stand you may leave even if no one has picked it.  During the day please don’t leave until the next ringer has reported for duty.  If they don’t show or if you have any other problems or questions during the day, call Don Zierath at 319-721-3190.
Don would especially like to congratulate the following members of the Marion Rotary club for meritorious recognition for ringing the bell and inviting customers of the Collins Road Hy Vee to contribute funds to the Salvation Army during temperatures in the 20's; Jill Olsen, Pat Quinn, Bob Mollman, Brian Doyle, Shaun Barry, Shawn DeVries, Jeff Selfridge, Paul Newman and Tom Padley.  In addition a sincere thank you should be extended to Hannah Selfridge from the Linn-Mar Interact Club.  
So you December "Ringers," if the weather is in the 20's or below you too will have meritorious recognition and if it is warmer, congratulations on selecting a balmy December day to help our community.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing December 6th Erik Miles 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erik Miles
At the November Board meeting the Board approved raising the monthly Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club dues from $62 to $65 beginning with January billings. After discussion by the Administration Committee and information on current costs were identified,  it was determined that an increase would be advisable. Club dues have not been raised since before 2002. Club dues include meals which were $8.34 per meal in 2002 and cost $13 today. Rotary International dues have increased from $17.50 for six months to $30.69 for our last six month billing. District dues have increased from $19 to $22 per member per year since 2002. "The Rotarian" magazine has actually decreased from $7.50 for six months to $6.00 over the past 12+ years. 
The increase will be seen in the January bills. Several members pay their dues ahead three months, six months or 12 months. The $65/month billing will take effect upon the next billing for those members.
Nobody likes to see increases however this increase is needed to cover basic costs for our Club. Our fundraising from the Marathon, Waffle Breakfast and Silent Auction and other events cover our philanthropic work as do personal donations for the Foundation and activities of the Club. Our events also make Rotary and our Club known to our community as well as a great way for us to work together and get to know each other better. "Our little Club does big things" and your active participation has significant impact on those who need our help.
Board Approves $3 Dues Increase Erik Miles 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erik Miles
On occasion a member needs to purchase items from their own funds to support an activity of the Club. An expense report form is now available to itemize and submit those expenses for reimbursement. The form "Personal Expense Reimbursement Form" can be found under "Home Page Download Files" at the bottom of the right column of the website Home Page as a MS Word document to download to your computer. You can give the completed form to Erik as an email or printed with any supporting material such as receipts. Please total the amount to be reimbursed. Hopefully this will assist in documenting our Club expenditures and identify an account to assign costs. Thank you for your assistance.   
Expense Report Now Available Erik Miles 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

Barbara Greene with the Better Business Bureau in Cedar Rapids shared information at the Nov. 11 meeting about the BBB and stories of the various scams that are now circulating in various ways in our community. Bobby Hansen, Membership and Community Development with the State BBB also provided his insights as the BBB serves each of us as we do business and employ services.
Better Business Bureau Warns of Scams 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

On Veterans Day, the Marion-East CR Rotary Club recognized its members who have served in the Armed Forces and were at the meeting. Shown from Left to Right are: Jerry Nixon (past member), Jim Affeldt, Erik Miles, Don Zierath, Tom Barnes, Ben Blackstock and Tom Wilkinson.  
Marion-East Recognizes Club Vets 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Sarah Netolicky as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids. She is VP and Branch Manager of Kerndt Brothers Bank at 600 Boyson Rd. NE. She was sponsored by Shawn DeVries and is welcomed here by Past District Gov. Jill and President Sarah.
Welcome Sarah Netolicky to the Marion East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club Erik Miles 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
We are scheduled to ring bells for the Salvation Army on November 20th in front of (probably the west door) the Collins Rd Hy Vee.
 10am to Noon Jill Olsen and Pat Quinn
 Noon to 2pm Bob Mollman and Brian Doyle
2pm to 4pm Shaun Barry and Shawn DeVeries
4pm to 6pm Jeff Sefridge and a member of the Interact club
6pm to 8pm Paul Newman an open spot
If the process works as in past, the kettle will be hanging on the stand, locked to the stand and in place.  Aprons with a bell in the pocket will be hanging on the stand.  Somebody from the Salvation Army will pick the kettle up after 8 pm.  The instructions we’ve received say, because it is locked to the stand you may leave even if no one has picked it.  During the day please don’t leave until the next ringer has reported for duty.  If they don’t show or if you have any other problems or questions during the day, call Don Zierath at 319-721-3190.
As the above list indicates, we need someone to work with Paul from 6 pm to 8 pm.  If you can, please let Don know or call at 364-9196.
Jeff Selfridge is providing a piece of carpet for you to stand on to help keep your tootsies warm.  He said to just leave it there at the end of the day.  Also, I have made special arrangements.  If the temperature is below 60 degrees you will receive make up credit and if it is over 60 you still get credit and have lucked out.
Bell Ringing Don Zierath 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Bell
Last week  PDG Dr. Jill Olsen will talked about the Peace Scholar Program. This week we finish Foundation month with Foundation Chair Michelle Bell explaining Rotary Foundation Grants.
November is Foundation Month Michelle Bell 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0

The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club is all in to "End Polio Now." We are "This Much" away as members of the Club show at their November 4 meeting. The Club hosted the "Polio Promise" event at the Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center which raised $17,000 for the Rotary Foundation and when matched two for one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations will provide 100's of thousands of doses of polio vaccine to finally eradicate polio from the last three countries with active polio cases, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria but staying vigilant for any new outbreaks. Congratulations to event Chair Persons Michelle Bell and Sarah Hughes.
"Polio Promise Event" Raises $17,000 Erik Miles 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion
Our speaker at our noon Longbranch meeting on Tuesday, October 28 will be Allison Antes.  She will be sharing information on the "Stay Here" program for employment.
Thank you to Michelle Bell and Sarah Hughes for the organizational skills they utilized to create the enjoyable and beneficial evening event on October 23 for the Polio Plus event.  Through their work, funds were raised to increase the footprint Rotary has in the battle to eliminate polio in the world.  Pause in your day today and realize how blessed we are to have health and the ability to support Rotary endeavors.  Through Rotary we can impact the world!   
Tuesday, October 28 Sarah Pinion 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan on Jul 22, 2013
Join us to welcome Iowa State Auditor, Mary Mosiman.  Ms. Mosiman was named to her positon by Governor Brandstad on May 13, 2013.  ” A lifelong Iowan, Mary was born and raised on a farm in Hubbard. She moved to Ames in 1980 and is a graduate of Iowa State University. Prior to becoming Story County auditor, Mary owned and operated a daycare business for more than five years. She also served as an accounting assistant for five years at ALMACO, a company that manufactures agricultural research equipment.
Speaker July 23rd Iowa State Auditor, Mary Mosiman Mike Tiernan 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
March District Newsletter Nick Glew 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Glew on Jul 07, 2012
The Rotary Celebration featuring the installation of Doug Laird as District Rotary Foundation Chair and Dr. Jill Olsen as District Governor is this Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at beautiful Mount Mercy University Doors will open at 11am. Lunch will be available at 11:45. The Program will run from 12-1pm.
There are a very few seats available on a first come first serve basis.  Please contact Michelle Bell at or 319-431-2755.
Installation of District 5970 Governor Elect Jill Olsen Nick Glew 2012-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Glew on Jul 01, 2012
District Governor Jim Patton presented the 2011-12 Rotary International Presidential Citations to two 5970 District Clubs for their outstanding goals and accomplishments..Each club held a club awards and recognition event on June 26, where they toasted their Rotarian of the Year, Service Above Self awardee, as well as attendance and longevity of membership.These two clubs are among the elite 3% of clubs across the world being recognized. Accepting on behalf of their clubs are Forest City President Nancy Olson and Marion-East Cedar Rapids President Nick Glew
Marion Rotary Receives Presidential Citation Nick Glew 2012-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Glew on Jun 25, 2012
Just a reminder that tonight is our year end celebration. It takes place at Indian Creek Country Club, 2401 Indian Creek Road in Marion.

Cash bar begins at 5:30
Sit down dinner at 6:30
Program begins at 7:15

We have a crowd of 56 individuals signed up to attend. Be sure and welcome our special guests, District Governor Jim Patton and his wife Diane. Look forward to seeing everyone tonight!
Year End Celebration TONIGHT Nick Glew 2012-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Glew on May 23, 2012

The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club is financially supporting Nathalie Folkerts (2011 Linn-Mar graduate)  as she takes part in Rotary Youth Exchange. Youth Exchange is an international student exchange program sponsored by Rotary Clubs around the world. In an effort to keep our club informed on her experiences in France, she will provide us with periodic newsletters.










Nathalie's April Newsletter Now Available Nick Glew 2012-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Glew on May 14, 2012
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect.  The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership. 
RYLA Applications Still Being Accepted Nick Glew 2012-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Glew on May 10, 2012
Cedar Rapids Daybreak Rotary is renewing a community-wide, family-friendly, affordable, fun and unique event designed to benefit Eastern Iowa organizations that focus on helping children and families. The third annual “Great Eastern Iowa Duck Race”, patterned after a successful duck race held in Cedar Rapids during the 1990’s, will benefit Four Oaks, and the Boys and Girls Club. 
Adopt a Duck for Daybreak Rotary Nick Glew 2012-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erik Miles on May 06, 2012

A big thank-you to everyone who helped clean-up our section of Highway 13 on Saturday, May 6th. In a record 90 minutes, the road was spotless. Thanks to Highway Clean-up Chair, Dave Thielen who did a great job coordinating this effort.

Another Successful Highway Cleanup Erik Miles 2012-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Glew on Mar 19, 2012
The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club, in partnership with the Emmetsburg Rotary Club, the Rio Claro Cidad Azul Rotary Club in Brazil, and the Caracas Rotary Club in Venzuela will be providing a new utility van for a charity institution names "Nosso Lar" (Our Home) in Rio Claro, Brazil. The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club's Service Committee, with full approval from the Board of Directors, has approved a $500 contribution to this project. 
Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club Partners to Purchase Van for Childrens' Home in Brazil Nick Glew 2012-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan on Nov 13, 2011
The Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids will again ring bells for the Salvation Army. Sign up for either Nov. 26, Dec. 2 or Dec. 6.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Mike Tiernan 2011-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Glew on Jun 20, 2011
As of today, our club remains at 93% of it's current annual goal to the Rotary Foundation's Annual Programs Fund. It will take just $255 to reach our goal. If you have not contributed in this Rotary year, I promise this will be my last plea to consider donating to the Foundation. 

Donations can be made online at

You may also email Erik Miles at and he will invoice you for your donation. The Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club will match your contribution up to $100 each year.


Among the many positive things that Rotary International funds is the effort to end polio worldwide. The attached photo shows our very own Jill olsen, who had the opportunity to take part in an immunization day.

“We are this Close”

For a great look at what this looks like please see the tube presentation attached.

Help us end Polio:       WWW.ROTARY.ORG/ENDPOLIO

ONE Week Left in Rotary Year Nick Glew 2011-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Glew on May 17, 2011

Eastern Iowa Senior Olympics Volunteers:

THANK YOU for helping to make the Eastern Iowa Senior Olympics a success!  With over 700 event registrations, we could not have pulled off this event without your help.  Many of the athletes who participated commented on the great volunteers and how smoothly everything ran.  They were impressed that all the “orange shirts” were so helpful and pleasant!  We had a photographer taking pictures during the events and as soon as I get the pictures from her, you will be able to check them out on our website –

Thanks from Aging Services Nick Glew 2011-05-17 16:47:30Z 0
Thanks for Volunteering for the Eastern Iowa Senior Olympics Nick Glew 2011-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Glew on May 09, 2011

Thank you to everyone who helped cleanup the highway last weekend. A big thank to Cody Crawford for organizing the event. A photo of the crew can be found HERE.
Highway Cleanup a Success Nick Glew 2011-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Doyle
  1. Good Afternoon Fellow Rotarians!

For 20+ years the Marion Independent School District has participated in the Holiday Giving Project helping residents in our community with financial struggles to help provide a Christmas to their families. Over the last two years, Marion Independent has helped adopt over 140 families covering more almost 600 individuals in each of those years.

Marion East-CR Rotary Club has been a valuable partner in this quest by continually increasing the amount of families that we supported, helping to adopt 12 families covering approximately 50 individuals in our community last Holiday Season. There are more families than ever to help; this email is to gather information on how much we can offer as a club.

As a club we budget $500 toward this project, anything additional comes directly from our members. We can help in 3 ways.

1)      Financial donation

a.   We are budgeting approximately $40 for each individual that we adopt. The clubs budget covers 12 children. Would you like to help increase our ability to adopt?

2)       Donate your time

a.     We will be delivering gifts purchased during the school day in the 2nd and 3rd week of December.

b.     Volunteer to help wrap gifts which will most likely be scheduled for an evening at the Marion High School in the 2nd week of December.

c.     Shop for gifts for children using the funds we have raised as a club.  

3)      Spread the word

a.       Last year UICCU and State Farm adopted family's with the help of Sarah Hughes and Shawn DeVries. Kudo’s for this effort, maybe more employers in the area would like to help with the cause.


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Posted by Sarah Pinion

October's speakers have been relating to various aspects of vocational services and training.  Our speaker on Tuesday, October 21 will be Jill Ackerman, President of the Marion Chamber of Commerce.    Jill will be sharing information about the Chamber's role in supporting the business community and vocational needs. 

10/20/2014 Sarah Pinion 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion

Today our Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club meeting will be held at the Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center.  The address in case you want to utilize GPS is 1770 Boyson Rd. Hiawatha.  Join me in looking forward to our speaker as well as the tour of the facilities.

An opportunity will also be available today to contribute to the Foundation via a $5 donation towards "Every Rotarion Every Year."   Please consider bringing $5 to participate in the surprise drawing. 

Sarah Pinion
Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids

10/14/2014 Sarah Pinion 0
Posted by Michelle Bell

"Polio eradication is our promise to the children of the world", Past District Governor Jill Olsen.

Polio is a crippling disease that we know how to prevent.  Rotary has been working towards a Polio free world and reduced the number of cases by 99% since beginning this journey in 1985.
Please join us for dinner, drinks, a silent auction, fellowship and a wonderful program on perseverance and life as a polio survivor.  I promise Doug Oberman will touch your heart.

With the match from the Gates foundation and the match from our club your $50 tax deductible donation will vaccinate over 2300 children!Please help us keep our promise to the children of the world.



Polio Promise Signature Event Michelle Bell 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion

Tuesday, October 7, our speaker will be Jeff Kueter, President and CEO of the University of Iowa Alumni Association.

Remember our meeting on October 14 will be at the Linn County Regional Center in Hiawatha instead of The Longbranch.  Our meal willl be a sandwich type box lunch (similar to what was provided at the Marion Police Department).  The lunches are catered and must be per-ordered so it is important to have an accurate count of attendees.  Please be sure to sign-up in advance.

Be sure to get your tickets for the Foundation event on October 23.  The funds raised will help reach our Rotary goal of eliminating Polio.  World Polio Day is October 24 so the timing is pefect and with Sarah Hughes and Michelle Bell's planning, it will be wonderful.  This is bound to be an event no one should miss.     

Sign up will be starting for Salvation Army Bell Ringing.  Don Zierath has lined up November 20 from 10-8 at Collins Road Hy-Vee and December 6 from 10-8 at Marion Hy-Vee for our club to provide this service.  Please look at your calendars and determine time you would be available to stand on carpet squares provided by Jeff Selfridge (helps keep those toes warm) and get into the holiday spirit.  It is a fun time and because we do it with a fellow member, we get to know one another better.  This is a great opportunity to get meeting make-up credit as well. 

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Posted by Sarah Pinion


Join me in welcoming our Rotary District Governor, Kathy Fahy, to our meeting on Tuesday, September 23.  She will be providing the program which promises to be enlightening. 


Reminder - Our October 14 meeting will be held at the Linn County Regional Center in Hiawatha.  This will need to be an advance sign-up event due to the catered box lunches being ordered from LJ's.  

Tuesday, September 23 Sarah Pinion 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion

Barry Buelow will be the speaker September 16, 2014 at the Marion - East Cedar Rapids Rotary meeting.  Barry is involved in Drone Technology and is recommended by fellow rotarians as a great speaker.  He will share about a technology that our grandparents could not imagine as possible. 


Reminder - Our October 14 meeting will be held at the Linn County Regional Center in Hiawatha.  More details and sign-up will be forthcoming.  This will need to be an advance sign-up event due to the catered box lunches being ordered from LJ's.  

9/16/2014 Sarah Pinion 0
Posted by Michelle Bell

Barry Buelow from Rockwell Collins will join us to explain rapidly expanding drone technologies that are shaping our world.

Speaker for September 16 Michelle Bell 0
Posted by Michelle Bell

Please plan to help get ready for the Swamp Fox parade and our Shoes for Kids truck entry.  Everyone (family members included) is welcome and encouraged to be at Tom Barnes house (really the shop area behind his house) on Wednesday, September 3 starting at 5:00 - 5:30. Stop over whenever you are able. Our tasks which include pizza for supper, usually are completed within 2 hours or less.  As Tom would say - you aren't really a Marion - East Cedar Rapids Rotary member until you have worked on getting the truck ready!  Plan to join the fun on Wednesday.  

Swamp Fox Decorating Party Michelle Bell 0
Posted by Michelle Bell

The speaker at our meeting on Tuesday, September 2 will be Steve Cooper.  He is with the City of Marion and deals with the Storm Water Department.  Rotary International works on access to clean water in countries needing that assistance.  Steve will provide information about the work of the city in protecting our water supply.

We need to have one more "Duckinator" collection for Swamp Fox candy. Last Tuesday $91 was collected and we typically spend $150.  Your help will be greatly appreciated.  Remember there is nothing better than seeing children smile!

Program for September 2nd Michelle Bell 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion

Our Shoes for Kids truck and happy Rotarians will be in the parade.  Part of the happiness comes from the smiling faces on the children along the parade route as candy and trinkets are distributed to them by our club members.  In order to help fund the purchase of the items being distributed, the "Duckinator" will be present on Tuesday, August 26.  Please consider putting a few extra bills in your wallet or purse to place in the duck as it is passed around at Tuesday's meeting.  Join me in looking forward to that quack, quack, quack!

The Swamp Fox Parade is coming! Sarah Pinion 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion

Our speaker on Tuesday will be Bob Bruce.  We have all heard him on the radio and know this speaker is bound to be entertaining.  He will be providing us with updates on what is "New & Improved at Hawkeye Downs & Events Center. 


Plan ahead for August 19.  Our meeting will be held at the Marion Police Department east of town on highway 151.

Speaker Tuesday Sarah Pinion 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion

Participate in an activity to help our club reach the goal of EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year). Club members and visitor will have the opportunity to be entered is a drawing with a minimum $5 donation. Club members will receive credit for the $5 donation towards their Paul Harris as well as helping our club reach our EREY. The contributing member whose name is drawn will receive a prize worth more than $5. Please be supportive of the Foundation, Paul Harris and goals of our club by participation in the drawing.


EREY Sarah Pinion 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion

Join us today when our own club member, Michelle Bell, will be our speaker. She will be providing information from her recent attendance at the International Convention in Sydney Australia

Tuesday, July 29 Sarah Pinion 0
Posted by Michelle Bell



This summer marks the fourth year of District 5970’s RYLA Conference, and we are sponsoring four students; as many as the previous three years combined! Our conferees this year are: Griffin Lorenz, Jacob Wheaton, Samuel Gavin, and Brock Lukefahr. All are students at Linn-Mar High School.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference is an opportunity for Rotary Clubs to recognize proven or potential young leaders in their community and provide them with this unique leadership building experience. The purpose of the RYLA conference is to create a drive in these young people to affect change in their community and world and give them the confidence in their ability to cause action. After all the speakers, activities, and thoughtful discussion in an environment constantly focused on compassion and empowering themselves; many students look at their week at RYLA as a life-changing experience.

The RYLA Conference is planned at led by a volunteer youth staff, made up of exceptional leaders selected from previous years’ RYLA conferees. Each team of conferees is led by their youth counselor, and supervised by a volunteer Rotarian. Volunteering as a Rotarian staff member for RYLA is an extremely rewarding opportunity. As a Rotarian, you are able to see the transformation first-hand of a group of young people who overcome their personal reservations as the week starts and then begin to engage fully in the activities. Soon, the pride becomes inspiration as you see these students commit to personal plans for action. “Service above self” is a message that these young leaders may have never known before but will soon accept as a passion, much like us as Rotarians. As our four sponsored students return this year, it will be exciting to learn what impact they see their lives having in the future, and what role our Club and Rotary in general has played or will play in helping

RYLA 2014 Michelle Bell 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion

The Marion - East Cedar Rapids speaker at the meeting on Tuesday, July 22 will be Mary Lou Erlacher.  She will be sharing information about Workplace Learning Connections which provides opportunities for students in Middle and High School to learn more about careers. Come hear about the business and industry partnerships of this program.

Tuesday, July 22 speaker Sarah Pinion 0
Rotary Family Fun Day Erik Miles 0
Posted by Sarah Pinion

Congratulations to these July membership anniversaries.  We are fortunate to have each of these Rotarians as members of our club -

Brent Harstad

Jim Affeldt

Paul Newman

Rich Loy 

Congratulations Sarah Pinion 0
Posted by Shaun Barry

Be sure to join us for our July 15th meeting.  Our speaker will be State Senator Rob Hogg.  His topic will be an update on legislation enacted during the 2014 session of the legislature.  Thank you to Jim Affeldt for lining up this speaker for us.

July 15th meeting Shaun Barry 0
Officer Tom Daubs, Marion Police Department joins us Tuesday Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Erik Miles

Kathy Fahy is following our own John Bender as Governor of District 5970. She is a member of the Rotary Club of the Iowa Great Lakes. Her installation will take place at Lake Okaboji on June 26 at 5 PM. Here is a link to that Club's website where you can register.

Also, as you may know, our fellow member Tom Barnes also has a lake home and would like to invite you to a Dock Party. Image

A great opportunity for fun at Iowa's premier resort area.

Kathy Fahy, 2014-15 District Governor Installation Erik Miles 0
Posted by Thomas Barnes

Kind of a long story. Probably the best orchestrated event I have been involved with.

About an hour of Prep time.

  • Strip to your under wear
  • Remove all jewelry
  • Put on jump suit coveralls, they zip up the back, no pockets, thus no pissing off the bridge
  • Everything goes in a locker, money, billfold, camera, jewelry, cell phone, you have nothing but your teeth, socks, shoes, undies, eye glasses.
  • Then everything is tethered, eye glasses are crockeyed, and the crokeye tethered
  • Furnished handkerchief, snot rag, tethered
  • Base ball hat tethered
  • Fleece hoodie, tethered
  • Gloves - tethered
  • Then safety belt
  • Then fleece bag / pouch is snapped on, then tethered, tail of fleece is sewn to bag, thus tethered.
  • Then radio head set, tethered
  • Then radio goes in back pouch of safety belt, velcroed in, then tethered.
  • Then you snap on to safety cable and climb for the next 2 hours
  • We did the discovery climb thru the middle of the bridge.
  • Ended up next to a Rotarian, from Florida a Structural engineer, so by the time we were done we had the bridge all torn apart, (mentally), and put back together. The tour guide picked up on this so he had us give a quick lesson to the group, in ”structural load paths”.

Absolute ball, plus the best vistas of all of Sydney

They took the pictures.


More stories later,


The Bridge Climb in Sydney Thomas Barnes 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

Katie Mullholland has been superintendent at Linn-Mar since July 2003. Her bachelor's degree is in art education, masters degree in special education. She recieved her doctorate in educational administration with research on the teacher evaluation process and principal leadership. All three degrees were earned from the University of Northern Iowa.

Katie and her husband Ed are the parents of four adult children and grandparents to seven: 3 grandsons and 4 granddaughters who range in age from 5 months to 18 years old.

Dr.Katie Mullholland joins us Tuesday.

Dr. Katie Mullholland reports on Linn Mar Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

Founded May 26th, 1969 Marion-East CR Rotary continues a rich tradition of community service and involvement.  Started as a "make up" club, our visitors are always welcome and we hope enjoy the club's sense of humor and pride of accomplishment.

Special congratulations to PDG Hap Hapgood, for being such a special part of our club for all forty-five years!

Happy Anniversary Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids! Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

Joins us as we celebrate another year of fellowship, action and service. This year's event catered by LJ's is scheduled Wednesday, June 18th, 5:30-7:30 at Lowe Park. If you haven't had a chance, you are welcome to send your RSVP by noon on Monday, June 16th emailing or calling 294-6760.

Thanks to Jacob for lining up our food, Shawn and Shaun, our bartenders.

Mike Tiernan
Marion-East CR Rotary



Marion-East Rotary Year End Celebration scheduled June 18th Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

Memorial Day is a time to come together to remember those who have sacrificed their lives on behalf of our country.  We sincerely appreciate their dedication to the call of duty. As a nation, we are fortunate because we have freedom of choice and action. This is a precious gift. This Memorial Day, please take time to honor the brave Americans who died in the service of this country.


Memorial Day, a time to remember Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan



Teamwork and organization. Another Waffle Breakfast is in the books.  This may have been our smoothest run event, and probably the most financial successful.  Details to follow. Thanks so much Waffle Committee Chairs Shawn, Bob, Erik and Lisa, along with all of our Marion-East Rotary volunteers.

Shoes for Kids, Marion Cares, Interact, RYLA, Princess Victoria project in Brazil,  Feed Iowa First, Trees Forever, Marion High science class,  Holiday Giving, Boy Scout Troup 560, Tanager Place Girls on Track and many other important causes will benefit.

Hey and check it out, it was fun!

Yours in Rotary,

Mike Tiernan
Marion East-CR Rotary




Eighth Annual Marion East-CR Waffle Breakfast a success! Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

Over the last six years, Linn County Family Treatment Court has been working to improve the welfare of children by educating and empowering parents battling substance abuse. This outstanding year-long program functions with the aid of the Linn County Juvenile Court, Iowa Children’s Justice, Linn County Decat, and a partnership of area organizations. Parents work through four phases before graduating with renewed parenting skills and sober self-confidence.


Ellen Ramsey-Kacena speaks about Linn County Family Treatment Court Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Shaun Barry

Waffle Breakfast & Silent Auction

When: Saturday May 17th

Time: 7:30 am till 10:30 am

Where: Vernon middle school in Marion IA.

If you have any questions about how you can help, please contact Shawn DeVries or Bob Mollman.   


Waffle Breakfast & Silent Auction Shaun Barry 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

Laurie M. Hamen, J.D., is a higher education veteran with nearly 30 years of experience in student affairs, enrollment management, athletics, academics and grant procurement.  President Hamen joins us Tuesday.


President Laurie Hamen, Mt Mercy University Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

Al, Barry, LaNisha, Sarah and Jacob.  With a very special thanks to Cindy Preussner, our District Committee Chair and to DG John and Cindy Bender along with our Treasurer, Erik Miles.  Thanks Jeff, our Interact groups and Youth Exchange team who conducted the Flag Ceremony. They then moved on to enjoy lunch and a lot of conversation led by Jeff and Taylor Nelson.  Thanks Michelle for overseeing auctions raising almost $8,000 to benefit The Rotary Foundation, and Saturday's emcee Nick who then helped lead an interesting panel.  Our House of Friendship display is impressive, thanks Tom.

District Governor Bender adds, "thank you to all our members from Cindy Preussner and I for all that helped plan the conference, attend the conference, and help with set up, greeting, speaking, joining a panel discussion, joining one of the break-outs, and just all efforts to make the conference a success.  I have heard nothing but just great comments! Congrats to the Marion East Rotary for again winning the Presidential Citation, the Governors award, and sponsoring two interact clubs, that both won the Presidential Citation from Ron Burton. Congratulations also to Michelle who was honored with Avenues of Service Citation, a very special recognition".

As these things go, it is a team of many who made Rotary District 5970 Conference an overwhelming success! 

Thanks to our Conference Committee and volunteers from Marion-East Rotary Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

The Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids has the privileged of once again hosting 5970 Annual District Conference, this year scheduled along 3rd Street in Downtown Cedar Rapids.  Events start at the Doubletree, moving to NewBo for a special Welcome Reception Thursday evening.  Friday morning breakfast at US Bank, then on to events at Theatre Cedar Rapids.  Our own Past President Nick Glew will call the sessions to order.  The afternoon kicks off with the Annual Foundation Lunch at Doubletree with Foundation Speaker Dr. Jim Blessman, and from the University of Iowa, Director of Athletics, Gary Barta.   

Friday's Reception and Dinner with Keynote Speaker, Kent Stock along with several other awards and presentations.  5970's annual event moves on thru Saturday.  Speakers include Ken Rizer and Chuck Long.  Join us for a live performance by the improv troupe from Theatre CR.  The morning ends with special panel discussions, a District update and closing of the Conference by DG John Bender.

Saturday, another Rotary evening as the Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids (Downtown Club) stays at the Doubletree and celebrates their 100th Anniversary.  In 1969, theirs is the club that started Marion-East CR. All area Rotarians are welcome to attend this special event.  Check out the entire Conference and Anniversary agenda on our web page, with a special invitation from DG Bender.

No meeting at the Long Branch April 22nd.  See you Thursday evening instead as we kick off District 5970's Annual Conference, hosted by the Rotary Club of Marion-East CR!      



Meeting this week- Rotary District Conference, Thursday thru Saturday! Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

Tom Barnes mentioned during the event that the Marathon happens with a lot of volunteers who are not members of our club.  We have truly started a community wide event.  A very special thank you and congratulations goes to the leadership team of Rotarians Webster, Glew, Crawford, Pinion, Jass-Ramirez, Hughes, Miles, and Bell.  Of course, our entire club membership pitched in with time, effort and support.  A great day for "Shoes for Kids" and the Rotary Club of Marion-East!    

Yours in Rotary,

Mike Tiernan

Marion Rotary Marathon a big success! Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

Sally Mason became the 20th President of the University of Iowa on August 1, 2007. Trained as a cell developmental biologist, she also holds a full professorship in the Department of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Under President Mason’s leadership, the UI has successfully met the country’s recent economic challenges through careful planning, strategic prioritization, and increased efficiency. Other major accomplishments during President Mason’s tenure have been a student success initiative that has led to increased enrollment and student retention, as well as an expansion of partnership agreements with Iowa’s community colleges in order to offer UI degrees to students throughout the state through on-site and distance learning programs. President Mason successfully advocated for a tuition freeze for resident undergraduate students for the 2013–2014 academic year, the first tuition freeze in thirty years.

President Mason joins us Tuesday!  

University of Iowa President Sally Mason Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Erik Miles

Wednesday April 2 is the last day for discounted registration for the District Conference! We really need an excellent participation from our Club as we host Rotarians from all over District 5970. Since we are not meeting earlier that week, April 22, attendees at the Conference will receive a $13 make-up credit. You can register on-line and pay by credit card or if you like select "Pay by Check" and Erik can bill you. The District Conference is a great way to learn more about the wider activity of Rotary.

Early Conference Registration Ends April 2, 2014 Erik Miles 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Go the Distance for Crime Victims 5k - 9:00 at Thomas Park
Packet Pick-up - 10:00-7:00 at Vernon Middle School 
The MAC Health & Fitness Expo - 10:00-5:00 at Vernon Middle School
Marion Cares Pasta Dinner - 4:00-7:00 at Vernon Middle School
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Marion Rotary Marathon for Shoes, UICCU Half Marathon, Marathon Relay - 7:00 
Linn Mar Stadium


Marion Rotary Marathon Schedule of Events! Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

CREATE. MEANING. TOGETHER.  We're architects, landscape architects, engineers, artists and planners with a passion for design, and a drive to make a difference. Beyond creating a space you love, we want you to enjoy the process of getting there. 

With the help of RDG Planning and Design, Lowe Park have been transformed into a celebration garden, play spaces for children, and a community arts and environment center. The Arts and Environment Center will serve tourism purposes while also supporting both environmental and arts education. Lowe Park creates a building that is sympathetic to the environment with a level of sustainability that decreases, as much as possible, its dependency on electricity and natural gas. Corporate offices for the nonprofit organization Trees Forever are a part of the center, which together with the surrounding parkland, is also used for the organization’s research and demonstration purposes. The Lowe Park Discovery Garden promotes a play experience that relies on natural elements including water, stone, native planting and unique play structures to create an environment that is unique in playground design.

Mike Bell of RDG Planning & Design Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Kim Jass-Ramirez

We're so proud to be supporting our community through our grant program!  Two recent grants were approved by the Community Service Committee and Board of Directors.  One was for Feed Iowa First, a local nonprofit which supports food banks and local farmers.  Our $1,500 gift will hopefully be matched by the Rotary Foundation, and will help the organization purchase hand-washing stations, walk-in coolers, harvesting tools & containers, and other items.  In addition, Feed Iowa First will recognize our club with Rotary logos on these items.

The second grant was for the Marion High School Science Department, to help them purchase $1,000 of items including scientific calculators, a field camera & GPS unit, and an anemometer for measuring wind speed.

Two new grants Kim Jass-Ramirez 0
District 5970 District Conference "Rotary on 3rd" Erik Miles 0
Posted by LaNisha Cassell

Wendy has a BA in history from the University of Iowa and was head teacher/trainer in a language school in Japan where she organized and coordinated ESL and Spanish classes for nearly six years.  Wendy earned a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) diploma from the International Learning Centres in 1997.  She also completed a training course of “The Orton-Gillingham Method of Teaching Reading” in 2007 to teach student with learning difficulties.  Wendy was a volunteer tutor at CMC before her hire in May of 2006.

Wendy Arnold-Rodriguez, Education Program Manager LaNisha Cassell 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan
Buckets of candy and lots of fun.  Another great way to share "Shoes for Kids" and The Marion Rotary Marathon.  Thanks to all who helped by preparing Tom's truck and handing out candy to the kiddos.  Special thanks to Tom for sharing and showing off Dad's truck.  Our entry in the parade was a huge hit!
St Patricks Day Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Will Norton and Kevin Hahn have become what they never had themselves: male elementary classroom teachers.  In grade school, "my only male teacher was the principal who was filling in as the PE teacher until somebody else came along," said Hahn, 32, a fifth-grade teacher at Francis Marion Intermediate School in Marion.  Neither Hahn nor Norton, 25, who teaches second grade at Wilson Middle School in Cedar Rapids, see their jobs as masculine or feminine. Both said they get support from friends, family and colleagues at school, and being in the minority isn't a problem. 

Fifth-grade teacher Kevin Hahn joins us Tuesday. Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Erik Miles

On March 4, our Rotary Club hosted city and county officials from Russia as part of a Library of Congress's program to exchange information and build understanding. Friendship Force's Vic Klopfenstein has led several of these opportunities and our Club has had the opportunity to have them for lunch and to discuss American and Russian life. Pictured are from left to right: Yvgenity Grinenko, Naida Ismatulayeva, Antonina Skvortsova and Aleksandr Bryukhanov.

Russian Local Gov't Officials Visit Marion-East CR Rotary Erik Miles 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

Update from Nancy Alderdyce, RN Marion District Nurse:

We received 100 cards that have been dispersed throughout the district to nurses offices and counselors.  We have given out cards to replace shoes that have had holes, too small, too big, etc.  I know of one case that the boy did not have boots and I actually used two cards to be able to purchase boots for his size.  I am finding that we sometimes have to use 2 cards to be able to get the bigger sizes for kids now.

"this program has been a huge help to our families" Mike Tiernan 0
Lisa Carrara, volunteer with "Dogs Forever" Lisa Sparrow 0
Posted by Michelle Bell
ImagePaul P. Harris, an attorney, wanted to create a professional group with the same friendly spirit he felt in the small towns of his youth. On 23 February 1905, Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting. They decided to call the new club “Rotary” after the practice of rotating meeting locations.

Within five years clubs had formed across the country, from San Francisco to New York.

In August 1910, Rotarians held their first convention in Chicago. The 16 clubs that existed at that time united to form the National Association of Rotary Clubs.

The First Four Rotarians Michelle Bell 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan

After the loss of Past District Governor Don Melichar, PDG Bill Jacobson reminded the members of the West Rotary Club, that Don was their club president in 1991-92 and District Governor in 2002-03.  "During his year as president Don started our Interact Club, the first Interact in the District!  Throughout all his years in West Rotary, Don was a passionate advocate for the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus.  Many recall receiving their first Paul Harris Fellow award from Don as a very special day!"  Don is the person responsible for bringing the idea of Shoes for Kids to Marion East-Cedar Rapids. 

Tuesday, Dr. Jacobson and Rotary West President Rochelle Naylor join us with a special memorial.


We remember Past District Governor Don Melichar Mike Tiernan 0
Volunteer Sign up is now open! Michelle Bell 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan
Lydia is a dynamic executive experienced in leading and motivating individuals and organizations in a variety of business and not-for-profit environments. She has launched two professional service organizations where she has developed key relationships and has been recognized for award winning growth. Lydia and her husband, Mike, have three children and reside in Cedar Rapids.  She joins us to present a portrait of how Iowa is faring with women-owned businesses.  
Lydia Brown visits Marion East CR Rotary! Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan
Devon McDonald, CEO of Sports World presentated to our club during his visit to the Metro area introducing his organization's efforts to positively influence kids.  Sports World will be back in the area talking with students in April.  Special day for the Irish and Notre Dame grads Devon McDonald and our own Jim Affeldt.
Sports World's Devon McDonald with Jim Affeldt Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan
For the twentieth year the Rotary Club of Marion East sponsored the League of Woman Voters State of the City address.  Mayor Snooks made special mention of new artwork at Lowe Park constructed by Barnes Manufacturing.     
Mayor's highlight includes work by Rotarian Barnes Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Michelle Bell

 ImageOn the cold, snowy night of January 20th our own Rotarians, Jacob Wittrock and Michelle Bell were guest bartenders at Ramsey's Metro Market.  This event was help to help get us to our goal for the Princess Victoria project in Brazil. this project will serve over 650 children and young adults per year in the Sao Paulo, Brazil area in the following areas of need; physically disabled, disability sensorineural hearing loss, deafness, low vision, blindness, deaf-blindness, multiple disabilities, developmental delay, cleft lip and palate, congenital malformation, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, progressive disease, hemophilia, pervasive developmental disorders and at-risk infants.

We are very pleased to announce that we raised $400 that evening.  We are within $600 of fully funding this project. This project, if approved, will receive $16,050 from the Rotary Foundation, $6,700 in District Designated funds from District 5970 and $5000 from District 4590.

Your donations to the Rotary foundation make these matching grants possible.  To date, our club has given nearly $100,000.  We hope you continue this generous support for both local and international projects in the future.

With Rotary, you make a difference!


Princess Victoria Fundraiser Michelle Bell 0
Posted by Mike Tiernan
Rotary Club of Marion East CR host the Marion State of the City Luncheon. Marion Mayor Snooks Bouska will review the city's accomplishments of the past year and look at the trends in 2014 and beyond. Members of the audience are encouraged to ask the mayor questions immediately following the speech.  Marion East Rotarians, no need to make reservations as this is a regular club meeting.  Meeting will begin at 11:45!  
Join us Tuesday for the Marion State of the City Luncheon, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m Mike Tiernan 0
Posted by Michelle Bell

Join us on Tuesday as Kyle Martin speaks to us about DeMolay is an organization dedicated to preparing young men