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Welcome to your Thursday Rotary Check-in!
As we go about our lives let's keep in mind The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Thought: Visit our Facebook page Rotary Club of Council Bluffs: Noon Club and watch Carol Horner's video reminding us to BE THE GOOD.
Song: Peace Train, Cat Stevens
Next Rotary Zoom meeting: Thursday, June 18 at 12 PM.
Program: Student & Teacher Awards
Thought & Song: TBA
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Meeting ID: 858 2781 0838
Password: 713584
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/k17bl9zez
We have some exciting news!! We heard back from College View Elementary and before they closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, the 5th graders were able to raise $1,127.31!!!! Now it's our turn to match it. Let Wendy know if you would like to make a donation to Polio Plus in honor of these generous young people. We will be collecting through June 20. Recognition of these students is in the works.
Rotary Board Zoom Meeting will be Mon., June 15 at 12:30 PM. Let Wendy know if you'd like to join.
Sorry for the repeats, we want to make sure you're informed:
Dues statements were emailed May 18 and are due June 18.  The club will accept monthly EFT payments. If you'd like to pay this way, please email Wendy to request the form.
The Club will align our in-person meetings with the policies and guidelines of the YMCA Healthy Living Center when it re-opens and allows groups like ours.
The end of the Rotary Year is quickly approaching - June 30. We are still working toward our goal of 100% member participation in donating to The Rotary Foundation. If you haven't given yet, please consider giving something. If you would like, call Wendy with your credit card information and she will help you make a donation on the Rotary.org website.
Member Donations to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) 2019-20
Goal: $9,800 - Actual: $10,825 - 110% of goal
Goal: 100% member participation - Actual: 72/91 - 79% of goal 
Thank you to the following members who have made contributions:
April-June - Sustaining ($100 or more): Donna Barry, Andy Brown, Steve Chamley, Bruce Chubick, John Cool, Kate Cutler, John Davis, Mark Hanwright, Lolli Haws, Jason James, Dan Kinney, Patricia LaBounty, Shalimar Mazetis, Vicki Murillo, Linda Primmer, Kathy Rieger, Samantha Roth, Dolores Silkworth, Tara Slevin, Ron Tekippe, Bill Wypyski; Other: Susan Enewold, Charlie Johnson, Barb Morrison, Jenny Schroeder
July: None
August (at District Conference): Ramon Calzada, Steve Chamley, Carol Horner, Kimberly Kolakowski, Mick McKinley, Brenda Moran, Carol Wood
September - Sustaining: Paul Bass
October - Sustaining: Donna Barry, Mark Hanwright, Justin James, Justin Schultz
November - Sustaining: Deb Bass, Chris Blum, Dick Christie, Nicole Fries, Stan Grote, Scott Hartman, Carl Heinrich, Carol Horner, Mike Hoy, Glennay Jundt, Cindi Keithley, Kimberly Kolakowski, Rick Killion, Kimberly Kolakowski, Phil Meyer, Donna Miller, Barb Murphy, Cindy Schmader, Jay Simms, Jeanie Waters, Sharon White, Tom Whitson; Other: Ramon Calzada, Nancy Schulze, Emmet Tinley
December - Sustaining: Rick Guill, Abby Jares, Chris LaFerla, Jill Orton, Marsha Williams; Other: Leo McIntosh
January - Sustaining: Donna Barry, Scott Belt, Doug Drummey, Tom Emmett, Rick Killion, Chris Olson, Donna Pritchard, Scott Reelfs, Pete Tulipana, Carol Wood; Other: Mark Eckman
February - Sustaining: Mitch Kay
March - Sustaining: Cara Cool-Trede
April: None.
May: Other: Marcia Antworth, Sheryl Garst, Tim German, Erin Johnson, Keith Jones, Mark Stanley
This week's clippings from The Daily Nonpareil:
  • Farmers Market Council Bluffs opens today (Sheryl Garst, 712 Initiative) 4:30-7:30 PM in Bayliss Park
  • NeighborWorks Home Solutions creating affordable housing in Bluffs (David Hazlewood) NeighborWorks Week is June 6-13. #NWWeek
  • Council Bluffs Public Library's "Chalk Your Walk" Challenge is running through June 14 (Kathy Rieger) Chalk pick-up can be arranged by calling the library at 712-323-7553 x114.
  • Local arts and culture organizations receive much needed grants (Tom Emmett, General Dodge House; Patricia LaBounty, UP Museum)
  • Pottawattamie County Community Foundation awards $54,750 in Community Impact Grants (Donna Dostal)
  • Iowa Western Community College ramps up presidential search (Dan Kinney) (Kathy Rieger, Presidential Search Committee)
  • (Blake) Johnson tapped as new Habitat for Humanity Director (Erin Johnson, Jenny Schroeder)
  • Summer fun: Union Pacific Railroad Museum to host virtual First Friday (Patricia LaBounty) Event was held 6/5/20.
* I apologize if I missed your clipping. If I did, let me know and I'll put it in next week.
Good News: 
The Salvation Army is having a retirement open house for Donna Miller on June 18, 4-6 PM at the Salvation Army, Lakin Campus. Congratulations Donna!!
Marsha Williams encourages you to show your commitment to ending Alzheimer's Disease during Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month by showing the power of purple June 15-20.
  • Light your building purple during the month of June
  • Cut out and hang purple flowers in your windows
  • Wear purple
  • Share your purple activities on social media by tagging @alziowa and #endalz
That's it for this week!
I look forward to seeing all of your faces at next week's Zoom meeting - Student & Teacher Awards!
Wendy Chubick
​Executive Director
Rotary Club of Council Bluffs
​P.O. Box 673 
​Council Bluffs, IA 51502
​(712) 326-9368
Welcome to your Thursday Rotary Check-in! 
As we go about our lives let's keep in mind The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Thought for the week: "Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend." - The Beatles, We Can Work It Out, Rubber Soul, 1965
Song for the week: Bruce and I watched the movie "Yesterday," yesterday.  ;-) 
In the movie a struggling singer/songwriter is in a freak accident during a global blackout and wakes up to discover that the Beatles have never existed. He becomes an overnight sensation performing Beatles songs to a world that's never heard of them. I'm not a big Beatles fan but they have some fantastic songs! So... The song for the week is all of the Beatles songs. Pick your favorites, listen to them, and have a dance party in your living room!!  Or, chill on the sofa in your comfy clothes with a glass of wine. Kinda depends on the song.
Next Rotary Zoom meeting: Thursday, May 21 at 12 PM.
Program: Self-Care by Ilona Holland from Life Dimensions
Thought & Song: Rick Killion
Meeting ID: 857 2685 0777
Password: 666892
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbd48NQ5SD
Thank you to the following Rotarians who volunteered for CleanSweep:
Deb Bass
Wendy & Milla Chubick
Tim German
Carol Horner
Keith Jones
Mick McKinley
Kathy Rieger
Jenny Schroeder
Tom Whitson
We picked up 20 pounds of litter and the recycling center said the area looks great! 
District Grant Applications for the 2020-21 Rotary year are due May 31. Carol Wood and Nancy Schulze have attended the Grant Management Seminar and are ready to work through the process. The Board would like to know:
  1. What need do you see in our community that our club could help with for $5,000.
  2. What type of hands-on project would make you want to get involved?
Please contact Wendy or Jenny with your responses. The Club Board will meet via Zoom on Monday, May 18 at noon.
This week's clippings from The Daily Nonpareil:
  • May 4-8 was Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week. If you haven't yet, be sure to thank teachers, admin., cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, etc. They go above and beyond to take care of our kids! Thank you John Cool, Chris LaFerla, Dan Kinney, Lolli Haws,Vickie Murillo, and Mark Stanley! We usually have Student and Teacher Awards during May. We are in communication with the schools on what our celebration will look like this year. We'll get back to you.
  • This week, May 10-16, is National Police Week. Please be sure to thank a public safety officer. They keep us all safe! Thank you Andy Brown & Justin James! We usually have Police, Fire & Sheriff Awards during May. At the request of the public safety departments, we are postponing this until we can meet in person again because it will be more meaningful to the recipients. We will keep you advised.
  • Schools adjust schedules, plans to fit circumstances - CBCSD will end its year May 28. District officials are working on a Return to Learn plan. The district will provide an update by the end of June. (Vicki Murillo)
  • Pott. County expects higher-than-normal primary vote totals - In late April, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate sent requests for absentee ballots to every active registered voter in Iowa. Residents need to send in their request for an absentee ballot by May 22 to ensure they'll receive their ballot in time to send it back to have their vote counted. (Andy Brown & Mitch Kay)
  • Dodge Connection - Celebrating 100 Years of Suffrage: Amelia Jenks Bloomer fought for the women's vote - Great article by club member Tom Emmett!
  • Axne speaks with 3rd District mayors about COVID-19 relief  (Matt Walsh - color photo - no charge) ;-)
  • Purple flock will again raise money for Alzheimer's - Bethany Lutheran Health Services' (Samantha Roth) purple flamingos are ready to flock the city to raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer's (Marsha Williams). Those interested in "flocking" someone, please use the attached form and mail check and form to Bethany Lutheran Home, 11 Elliott St. Council Bluffs, IA 51503; or visit: Team Bethany Lutheran Health Services
* I apologize if I missed your clipping. If I did, let me know and I'll put it in next week's clippings.
Good News:  No one sent me any. That's sad. I'm sure there's something good going on out there. Don't be shy. Please have your good news ready for our Zoom meeting next Thursday. We want to celebrate with you!
That's it for this week!
I look forward to seeing all of your faces at next week's Zoom meeting!

Wendy Chubick
​Executive Director
Rotary Club of Council Bluffs
​P.O. Box 673 
​Council Bluffs, IA 51502
​(712) 326-9368

This pretty much sums up this situation for me...
On that note, welcome to your THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020 Check-in!  It is sometime in the afternoon.
As we go about our lives let's keep in mind The Four-Way Test Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Thank you to Carol Horner for our thought and song for the week!
"The sun isn't risen but it's coming soon; And the sky is a brighter blue" from the song: Brighter Blue by Kris Angelis
Rotary meetings are cancelled at least through the end of April. In light of the fact that social distancing has been extended longer than any of us hoped, the board will be discussing the possibility of having online meetings beginning sometime in May. I will keep you advised of any new meeting information.
In the mean time, if you are missing Rotary meetings, you can join Suburban Rotary meetings every Thursday at noon via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/169934377; Meeting ID: 169 934 377.
Thank you to Marsha Williams for posting regularly on our club's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/CBnoonclub/. Go check it out!!
Good News:
Even though we are not meeting, I've been clipping!! Here are some of the headlines:
  • CBCSD students improve in Math & Reading
  • CB Schools to provide food for students, pay for staff during closure
  • Council Bluffs Community Schools to get boost in state aid
  • Council Bluffs District middle schools receive IB accreditation
  • Council Bluffs Community Schools recognized for music education     (Murillo - all of the above)
  • Iowa West awards nearly $8M in grants & initiatives (Tulipana)
  • IWF, PCCF & CBSF join forces in response to COVID-19 needs (Tulipana, Dostal, LaFerla)
  • First round of SW Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund grants announced (Tulipana, Dostal)
  • After 48 years, Children's Square CEO Carol Wood retires
  • SIRE is making hand sanitizer - SIREtizer! (Schultz)
  • Some change but no interruption of service at Council Bluffs Water Works (Drummey)
  • Council Bluffs Water Works plans public hearings about local projects (Drummey)
  • Iowa Western men's and women's basketball are moving to Division II (Kinney)
  • Search for new IWCC president postponed - Kinney to remain on through Dec. 31
  • Hospitals seek home away from home for health care workers and find a temporary home in the Reiver Tower dorms (Slevin, Jares, Kinney)
  • CHI Health staff can now buy hospital food to go (Jares)
  • Shoe recycling drive to keep thousands of shoes out of landfill (Garst)
  • Council Bluffs Recycling Center open for business - Museum, library and farmers market plan tentative May, June openings (LaBounty, Rieger, Garst)
  • Nonpareil seeks nominations for "Faces of the Community" series (Leu)
This is just a short list of the many headlines. I apologize if I missed yours. Please share next week. Don't worry, we won't fine you!
Good News from our Members:
Donna Dostal was quoted in theApril 22 Nonpareil article "Individual donations to COVID-19 Response Fund 'trickling in'": This community has the heart to give and help. This is a great way to do it. We would love to get individual gifts of $25, $50, $75. For more information visit: https://www.ourpccf.org/funds/covid-unmet-needs
Major Donna Miller from the Salvation Army: I am retiring in this area at the end of June and in the process of purchasing a home in Malvern. It was built in 1882 and has a wraparound porch perfect for my rocking chair!  ;-)
Paul Hamilton's good news is actually good news: The 15th is past, but got extended to 7-15. The weather has turned great. Clients have gotten PPP loans. There will be another round of them for those that didn’t apply or SBA money ran out. And Eric is happy that he hasn’t seen me for over 1 week.
I don't know if this is good news or not (my daughter Milla said it was GREAT until she realized she had to do online learning)... "School's Out for Summer!" (imagine Alice Cooper singing)
That's it for this week!
Take deep breaths and keep on keepin' on.
Good afternoon and welcome to your Thursday Check-in!  It's snowing!!
Let's always keep in mind The Four-Way Test Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Thank you to Cindi Keithley for providing our thought and song for the week!
The thought for the week: No one can help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Reach out to our Rotary members and other friends/family/community members to stay in touch while we all are socially distanced. Small caring gestures can mean a lot.
The song for the week: "You've Got a Friend" by Carole King & James Taylor
4/13/20 Board Meeting Results:
The Club normally bills for dues April 1. In consideration of members' finances during this COVID-19 crisis, Rotary dues will not be billed until May 15.
Jennie Edmundson and Mercy Hospital requested and have been approved for a 2019-20 Emergency District Grant in the amount of $5,000 to support their hospitals through the COVID-19 crisis. Our Club’s share is $2,500 and is funded by poker tournament fundraiser proceeds.
Paul Hamilton will submit a Board Resolution and application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) o/b/o the Club to provide for the Executive Director’s salary for 3 months.
Thank you to Carol Wood and Nancy Schulze for attending the District Grant Management seminar on April 14. The deadline to apply for a 2020-21 District Grant is May 31. If your organization is interested in applying, please visit the District's grant page to see if you qualify: https://rotarydistrict5650.org/sitepage/grants.
The online District 5650 Annual Meeting/Budget Approval is set for May 19. Thank you to the following electors for serving: Kathy Rieger, Nancy Schulze, Carol Wood and Steve Chamley.
Several events were in the works for the next few months. Here's what we know right now:
  • RYLA retreat scheduled for April 17-19 was cancelled. The retreat may be rescheduled for the fall depending on the availability of the campgrounds, registered students and presenters.
  • 5th Grade Career Fair normally held in the spring will be rescheduled as a 6th Grade Career Fair in Oct. 2020.
  • Student, Teacher, Police/Fire/Sheriff Awards were originally scheduled for May 7, 21, 28. They will be rescheduled at the convenience of the schools and public safety departments.
  • Member Recruiting Event set for April 23 was cancelled. The tentative new date is June 18.
  • The Club was assigned the 100 Block for Clean Sweep on May 12. We are looking into the status of this event.
  • Purple Pinkies College View Fundraiser may be rescheduled if school resumes in May.
  • It is unknown if the Around the World Flight to End Polio is going forward. The club planned to sponsor at the Captain Sponsor level - 749.
Rotary meetings are cancelled through the end of April. We hope to be able to have our first meeting May 7. I will keep you updated. In the mean time, if you are missing Rotary meetings, you can join Suburban Rotary meetings every Thursday at noon via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/169934377; Meeting ID: 169 934 377.
Marsha Williams has graciously volunteered to post regularly on our club's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/CBnoonclub/  . Go check it out!!
Nine RI Districts, including ours, are working together to form a new cause-based, Rotary e-club with the purpose of Ending Human Trafficking. 20 members are needed to form the club which translates into just over two members per district.  Please contact me if you know of someone in the community who would be interested in becoming a Charter Member of this club. The funds available to start this club are only available until the end of this Rotary year, June 30th. For reference please visit: https://rotaryendht.org/
Good News:
From Kathy Rieger: If you missed the “Happy Hour Zoom CB Noon Rotary Club Meeting” last Thursday, you missed a good one! A good time was had by all! Nine members attended: Carol Wood, Carol Horner, Rick Guill, Mick McKinley, Carl Heinrich, Cindi Keithley, Kathy Rieger, Steve Chamley, and Ron Tekippe. We even had a guest, Roxy Orr, District Governor-Elect and member of Suburban Rotary. We conducted a little business, told a joke or two, and toasted our fellow Rotarians. If another “Happy Hour Zoom” meeting gets scheduled, hope you can join!
Chris Blum would like to remind business owners to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help keep employees on the payroll. Contact your bank to apply. If anyone needs assistance with this they can contact Chris directly at cblum@msbna.com for additional information. Applications are being accepted now.
Chris Blum also has a GREAT piece of news - her son Ryan was recently named the Area Boys Player of the Year!!
From Patricia LaBounty: While the UP Museum is closed to the public through the end of April, we are still providing content and information through our online channels! There are virtual First Friday events on Facebook for everyone to follow. https://www.facebook.com/events/662608454564328/. They will also be conducting online Zoom workshops on a variety of topics! They are free of charge and might be a great distraction.You can find them on Facebook as well - https://www.facebook.com/events/659374834858578/.
From Eric Hamilton: Today is April 16th and not the 15th which is good news as far as I am concerned! Additionally, if Paul Hamilton asks anyone, the stay at home recommendation has been extended permanently. On a related note, the new office environment at Hamilton Associates is amazing! 
That's it for this week!  Keep sending in your good news!
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We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
YMCA Healthy Living Center
714 S. Main Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503-6576
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