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Rotary Club of Iowa City A.M.

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Iowa City A.M.

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Kirkwood Room
515 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States of America
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Karin Franklin, January Program Coordinator, introduced Rob Hogg Senator in the Iowa House since 2007.  He served in the House four prior to that time. He Represents the 33 District (Cedar Rapids). He serves on Appropriations, Ways and Means, is chair of Rebuild Iowa Committee, and is vice chair of Judiciary and Environment & Energy.  He is author or Americas Climate Century:   What climate change means for America in the 21st Century and what Americans can do about it. Robb speech was entitled:  Climate Change Actions at the Federal, State, and Local Levels
Robb spoke about solutions:  What can we do? Energy Conservation,Solar Energy, Plant Trees, crop rotation, use fuel efficient vehicles.   This is only part of what we can do.  But everyone has to be on board not just the United States, the entire world needs to come up with the solutions.
Karin Franklin, Program Coordinator for January introduced the speaker today:  Jerry Schnoor, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UI College holds the Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering.  Co-director, Center for Global & Regional  Environmental Research.  He holds a BS from Iowa State PhD University.  He returned to Iowa in 1977.
Specialities  include water quality modeling, aquatic chemistry and climate change.
He spoke on: The Science Behind Climate Changes.
Theresa Burns, December Program Coordinator for December introduced PDG John Ockenfels and Peter Teahen.  John and Peter will fly around the world For Flight to End Polio.  They will begin this journey March 24 and pla be back on May 13, 2020.  The plane is a Piper Lance single engine airplane.  As they travel to 25 different locations they will be encouraging support of ending polio forever throughout the world.
Pilots John Ockenfels (left) and Peter Teahen (right) with the Piper Lance
President Seaba called the meeting to order 7:00 am. 
Theresa Burns introduced The speaker today: Jen Loeb.  Adventures-Everest Climb
Jen climbed Mt. Everest in 2016.  She is the only woman from Iowa to succeed in climbing Mt. Everest.
     Rotarian Theresa Burns (left) and speaker Jen Loeb (right)
President Seaba called the meeting to order at 7:05 am.  She asked Peggy Doerge to stand and be thanked for the delightful Chili Super. 
Today was the election for Director for July 1, 2020-Jun 30, 2023.  The candidates were Theresa Burns, Jean Knepper, and Jenney Seylar.  The new Director is Jean Knepper.  President Seaba encouraged people to order off of Amazon Smile to give a donation to Rotary. President Seaba congratulated Tom Novak on his 14 years of being in Rotary on Dec. 15th.  She had a slide showing that form November 18, 2018-November 18, 209.  We have had 10 new members for 14% increase.
The Speaker today was December Program Coordinator Theresa Burns, Office Manager for Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity,
PDG Chris  Knapp ad Rotary Foundation Chair introduced DGE Steve Dakin.  Steve spoke on Soukup Safety Homes.  He spoke on how these homes have been sent to Haiti after devastating Earthquake of 2010.  These homes will withstand winds of 140 miles an hour.                                                                                                                                                                                                      
       
Left to right:  Past District Governor John Ockenfels, DG Elect Steve Dakin, DG Nominee Alka Khanolkar, PDGs Herb Wilson and Chris Knapp
PDG Chris Knapp Introduced Greg Probst, District 6000 Youth Exchange Chair who introduced the clubs Youth Exchange Student, Lara Nicoletti.
Lara it 16 years old from Brazil.  The wanted New York or LA but  heard she was going to Iowa.  Where is the world is Iowa.  When she got here all she saw was Corn.
She is very happy to be here.
 
PDG Chris Knapp And Foundation Chair for District 6000 spoke on The Rotary Foundation.  He spoke about Polio and Global and District Grant.  He discussed the various levels of giving from Paul Harris to Arch Klumph Society
Today's meeting was dedicated to Paul Harris Points.  President Seaba introduced Foundation Chair Chris Knapp.
Each member received a Paul Harris Point sheet.  Many members will be giving points to members that are willing to give to the Foundation and  accept Points to get them Paul Harris status.
 
Mike Messier, Program Coordinator for October introduced Nicky Beauivage, Jason Sifford, Mary Denmead from City Circle Theater Company.
Mary performed two songs, one from Annie and a villian song. Mary was accompanied on the piano by Jason Sifford.
Everyone enjoyed the great performance.
 
                                                                                        Mary Denmead, Nicky Beauivage, Rotarian Mike Messier, Jason Sifford (City Circle Board of Directors)
Casey Cook was the MC for "What Jazzes You Up".  This meeting participants were:  Newest Member Zach Payne and Eric Nurnburg.  He also called on a Charter member plus five years of being a Rotarian Roger Christian.
Eric Nurnburg Program Coordinator for September introduced speaker Angie Jordan. Angie spoke on Enhancing Quality of Life & The South District Neighborhood Association. The Goals of the program are:  Information Exchange, Resident Advocacy, Build Neighborhood, Identify and create a way to Communicate.
  Rotarian Sue Cronin and Angie Jordan
Program Coordinator Mike Messier introduced Marcie Durian, Senior Resource Specialist LivWell Seniors of Johnson County Resources .  Marcie spoke about Care Giving for Care Givers. Marcie listed some resources:  legal reps, assistant in health care- giving shots, changing dressings, Identify Professional care for occupational therapy and physical therapy appointments. 
Marcie Durian and Rotarian Mike Messier
Eric Nurnburg, Deputy Fire Chief, introduced the speaker Matt Farrey, Fireman Iowa City Fire Department.  Matt spoke on "The Fired-up About Reading Program. This program is a Literacy, mentoring, and guidance program. The Fire Department looked at the schools that have free and reduced lunch program.  The goal is for the students to be able to identify the fireman and be able to read more.
Rotarian Eric Nurnburg, Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Fighter Matt Farrey
Eric Nurnburg  Deputy Fire Chief,Program chair for September was our speaker.
His topic was "Overview of the Iowa City Fire Department".  Eric spoke on the history of the fire department and many statistics about fire calls.
 
Casey Cook introduced the speakers Eloy Barragan and Nora Garda from the Iowa Dance Festival. The Dance Festival will be downtown October 18 and October 19, 2019.   Iowa City became a UNESCO city in 2012.
Nora Garda, Casey Cook, Eloy Barragan
Speaker today was Kate Malkusak, returning Rotary Exchange Student.  She went to Spain for 10 months.She was in Elchhe Ailcante, City of Palmeas.  She had two host families.  She was able to celebrate her 18th Birthday while abroad.
Mrs. Malkusak, Kate Malkusak and Chris Knapp, Chair, District 6000 Foundation
Today's meeting was full of excitement with the presentations given by RYLA Students and World Affairs Students.
Each student spoke about how these experiences have changed their lives.
 
Left to Right: Back Row:Greg Probst, Ethan Seylar, Callie Dains, Arlene Drack, Anya Emerson, Bill Emerson, Manal Duah, Nate Nelson, Daniel Song, Gregg Schoultz, Linda Farkas  Front Row:  Liz Loeb, Nancy Pacha
Elaine Shalla introduced her Daughter Elyssa Shalla who is the Interpretive Park Ranger , Grand Canyon National Park.  The Park is celebrating their 100th Anniversary.  She is an acclaimed musician.  Her husband, Matt works with Visitor Resources.
They work and live at the Grand Canyon.
 
Elaine Shalla, Iowa City A.M. Club member, and Elyssa Shalla
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Program Chair:  Susie Poulton introduced speaker from DVIP Kristie Fortmann-Doser, Execustve Director.   Kristie spoke about he the work of DVIP and the upcoming 2020 Conference.
Exec Director Kristie Fortmann-Doser and Iowa City A.M. Rotarian Alta Medea-Peters, Director of Community Engagement, DVIP
Speaker Sara Sedlacek, Director of External Relations, CommUnity.  She spoke about Food Insecurity in Johnson County.  PDG John Ockenfels and Deb were interviewed for a video entitled Community Food Bank More than Food.  John and Deb spoke about how blessed they were and wanted to share with people to maybe not make  everything perfect for people but certainly better.
Sara Sedlacek and Hazel Seaba
Speaker:  President Hazel Seaba talked about her background and vision for 2019-2020 year.
July-New Leadership Month.   To Improve is to Change; to be perfect is to change often "Winston Churchill"
Our club was chartered in 1989.
Kate Sojka congratulated members with club anniversary from July 1-8.  Nancy Johnson 13 years, Deb Dunkhase 8 years, Jean Knepper 5 years, Kris Ockenfels 5 years, and Ann Romanowski 5 years.
Deb Ockenfels announced that she was accepting checks and food for the Strike Out Hunger for the CommUnity Food Fight.  We want the turkey back.
President Hazel had A Rotarian's Reflection from Roger Christian, Charter Member.  Roger talked about how the club began with 6 people sitting at a table at the Holiday Inn.  John Koza, Jack Kolberg and Pete Knapp were some of the starters.    Charter members present today were Roger Christian, Dave Parson, John Ockenfels, Chris Knapp.  The club met at the Holiday Inn for awhile, then moved to the Masonic Lodge-problem of parking, then moved to the Kirkwood Room. Roger said what makes us so great as a club is money, talent and dedication.
Hazel said there would be more reflections through out the year.
 
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