Rotary Thursday Check-In 5/14/20

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
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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

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Rotary Meeting Cancellations

Dear Rotarians,
IWCC, which we model our cancellation policy after, will postpone face-to-face classroom environments until Monday, April 13, a change from the original date of March 30. Therefore, all Rotary meetings and events are also cancelled until that time. This means our first meeting back may be April 16. An announcement will be made should that time be extended.
In the meantime, if you still have income and feel comfortable doing so, please consider using the meeting fees and fines your are saving to help family, friends, neighbors, small businesses, and organizations in need.
Additionally, members have been provided with the club contact list. Let's look out for each other. Please take a moment each day to call/text a couple of club members and check in on them. We could all use a few nice words from a friend right now.
I am thinking of you all and missing you. Be well and take care of yourselves and each other.
Wendy Chubick
​Executive Director
Rotary Club of Council Bluffs
​P.O. Box 673 
​Council Bluffs, IA 51502

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Member Recruiting Event – Thur., April 23, 4-6 PM, Full Fledged Brewery. Attending member and their guest(s) will each receive a drink ticket for one free drink. No regular meeting that day. 2 attendance credits.
Club will participate in Clean Sweep – Tue., May 12. The club will do the 100 Block. Free picnic food in Bayliss Park after. 2 attendance credits.
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THIS WEEK - March 12, 2020

Program: Jamie Rupert & Stu Wilson, CB Public Library - Teen Central
Lunch: Lasagna, Mixed Steamed Veggies, Garlic Bread
Greeter: Erin Johnson
Song Leader: Rosalie Shepherd
Clipper: Doug Drummey
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: If IWCC closes, our regular meeting will be canceled.
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Rotary Soup Lunch Report

As of Oct. 17, the Rotary Soup Luncheon has raised $2,666. $2,500 of the proceeds will go the Rotary 5th Grade Career Fair. The remainder will go to other club projects and programs. Each member is required to purchase/sell 7 tickets at $5/ticket ($35). 33 members owe for tickets – this is $1,155 in outstanding proceeds. Members who have not paid by the Oct. 24 meeting will be billed via email.
In addition to member ticket sales, the total raised to date includes tickets purchased at the door $65 ($10 less than last year) and Split-the-Pot $293 ($85 more than last year). Thank you to Rick Killion for donating his Split-the-Pot winnings back to the club!  Thank you to Keith Jones for selling raffle tickets and doing drawings.
343 tickets were taken (68 more than last year): 330 from member sales (70 more than last year), 13 from tickets purchased at the door (2 less than last year). Thank you to Steve Chamley for having the highest ticket sales - 28 ($140)! Thank you to Jon Leu for posting an announcement in The Daily Nonpareil "Community Calendar."
The only expense was $350 for the Masonic Temple rental. Everything else was donated. Main Event Catering (Barb Murphy) donated salad and salad dressing. Hy-Vee donated soup crackers, rolls and butter. IWCC (Dan Kinney) donated silverware, plates, bowls, cups and napkins. HGM (Ron Tekippe, Jared Olson) donated flyers, signs and tickets. Northcrest Living Center (Steve Chamley) donated coffee and tea. Thank you to these generous donors!
Thank you to the members who donated soup! Nicole Fries, Sheryl Garst, Mick McKinley, Brenda Moran, and Nancy Schulze brought homemade soups. Donna Barry, Scott Hartman, Justin James, Rick Killion, and Cindi Keithley all donated toward the purchase of 4 roasters from Hy-Vee.
53 Rotarians attended, worked the luncheon, sponsored, made or purchased soup and/or donated desserts (57% of members).  Two attendance credits will be awarded to volunteers and donors.  Thank you to everyone who helped. We couldn’t have done it without you!
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11th Annual Rotary Poker Tournament Fundraiser Report

The tournament was held this past Saturday, February 23rd at the Elks Lodge. Despite the pending blizzard, we had a great turnout! Once all member sponsorship payments are received, the tournament will have raised $8,295 gross, $5,009.54 net (estimate).
Expenses were: 2-year gaming license, $2,000 in prizes, Club's 10% admin. fee, and gaming tax estimate. Thank you to Jason James for donating the lodge rental and 20+ pizzas! 
The tournament benefited the Rotary Foundation Council Bluffs. The funds have not been designated for donation yet.
80 people played (18 more than last year)! 50 of those were members or sponsored by a member. 53% of 94 members participated.
The winner was Gerard Pogge (sponsored by Erin Johnson). He won a Samsung 85 in. Ultra High Definition TV. Other winners will be reported at a later date.
Thank you to the following people for helping at the tournament: David Andersen, Isaiah Andersen, Jon Gibbs, Donna Pritchard and Wendy Chubick; and, to Keith Jones for bringing 7 players!
A special THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to JASON JAMES for almost single-handedly making this event great again this year!! This year’s event raised more than $1,000 over what was raised at tournaments the past 4 years!
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Omaha North - 12 PM, Eppley Airfield Conference Center, 4501 Abbott Dr
Bellevue/Papillion - 12 PM, DJ's Dugout, 10308 S 23rd St
Millard - 12 PM, German American Society, 3717 S 120th St
Omaha Morning - 7 AM, Happy Hollow Country Club, 1701 S 105th St
Omaha Northwest - 12 PM, Champions Run, 13800 Eagle Run Dr
Omaha Night - 5:30 PM (1st, 3rd & 5th Tue.), DJ's Dugout, 17666 Welch Plaza
Omaha Downtown - 12 PM, Field Club, 3615 Woolworth Ave
Council Bluffs Centennial - 7 AM (1st & 3rd Wed.), Hy-Vee Community Room, 1745 Madison Ave
Glenwood - 6:30 PM, The Connection Church
Omaha Suburban - 12 PM, Anthony's 7220 F St
Western Douglas County (Elkhorn) - 7 AM, Common Ground Community Center, 1701 Veterans Dr
West - 12 PM, Champions Run, 13800 Eagle Run Dr
Rotary International
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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