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:; Meeting ID: 169 934 377.
Thank you to Marsha Williams for posting regularly on our club's Facebook page - 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:
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.