Rotary Club of Iowa City A.M.

Rotary File for November 22, 2016

 
Casey Cook interviewed our three newest club members, Rachel Marquardt, Kade Hammes and Kathy Bowers with "What Jazzes You Up?"
 
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
 
Maria Fernanda Morales Afre-- Guest of Deb Dunkhase
Cassye Dunkhase--Boulder CO RC
Tindy Mitchell-- Guest of Karin Franklin
 
Announcements
 
The annual Chili Dinner at Peggy Doerge's house is Decembr 5.  The next Fireside Chat will take place there after dinner particularly to acquaint newer members with our Rotary club.
 
Save December 10 for Salvation Army bell ringing.  This is a District-wide project.
 
December 24 we will host the gift wrapping for the whole day at the Coral Ridge Mall.  We will receive the profits for all gift wrapping activity during that day.  Sign up for a shift if you can and bring other people to help out.
 
Phil Peterson indicated that when you shop on Amazon this holiday season and hit the Smile button you can designate Rotary District 6000 HEF for a donation of a portion of your sales total.
 
Kris Ockenfels described the activities she oversaw this year as the Director in charge of Community Service.  This included the Food Fight in July and selection of 2 Community Grant recipients.  We will soon be distributing dictionaries to 4th graders from 6 area schools.
 
Jack Cameron gave a report about the Sgt-at-Arms activities.  The current project soon to be done is to move our supplies and paraphernalia to a storage space in the office next door to the Kirkwood Room.  We will need to purchase a rolling storage cabinet or dolly in order to move supplies back and forth each week.  The move is required by the Fire Marshall.
 
Nenu Paragine and Nancy Pacha reported successful interviews for RYLA and World Affairs Seminar.  They currently have funding for 12 young people and there are at least 13 who are worthy of attending.  They will look for some additional funding.  Liz Nichols reported that the District Youth Exchange Committee has interviewed 9 young people to be outbound exchange students next year including a young man from Mt. Vernon our Board has agreed we can sponsor to help out the Mt. Vernon RC from District 5970.
 
We wrapped up nut sales today.  Nancy Pacha distributed orders.  There will be a few extras available in the coming weeks for those who need more.
 
John Ockenfels and Sue Cronin each bought 1 lb. of Guatemalan coffee brought in by Deb Dunkhase's guest from that country, Maria, for $25 each.
 
There were many expressions of happiness and happy bucks.
 
Speakers
 
Casey Cook introduced new members, Rachel Marquardt, Kade Hammes and Kathy Bowers for "What Jazzes You Up?"
 
Rachel's first introduction to Rotary came through her active participation in West High 1440-Interact and her service in Xicotepec in 2003.  She attended Luther College and then went to the University of Iowa for a masters in Public Health and a law degree.  She now works for Lynch Law Firm working with banking clients.  She enjoys working with the policy and regulation issues within banking. 
 
Kade Hammes grew up on a farm near Sigourney, IA.  He graduated from Iowa State and worked as a wealth manager in the Des Moines area before he and his wife moved to Iowa City.  He met his wife, who is a nurse, through his sister.
 
Kathy Bowers is a nurse at UIHC and met Sue Cronin and Dick Huber through work.  That is how she got acquainted with Rotary.  She noticed that they both came in on Tuesday mornings pretty stoked because of their morning start with Rotary.  Kathy plans on retiring in January.  In addition to Rotary, she will fill her time with grandkids, travel, reading and a part time job.  Kathy and her husband both grew up in Montezuma where they met in grade school.