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Rotary Club of Iowa City A.M.
Welcome to our club!
Iowa City A.M.

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Kirkwood Room
515 Kirkwood Ave
(Mo. of Aug., 2021 meeting place)
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States of America
Most meetings will have hybrid options for those who cannot attend in person. Contact Liz Nichols, lizdnichols@gmail.com for zoom link. Currently testing out potential new meeting sites.
Home Page Stories
Karin Franklin, Program Coordinator, introduce Nancy Bird, Iowa City Downtown District.  Nancy spoke on the Iowa City Downtown District being a nonprofit that will celebrate its 10 year anniversary in 2022. The vision is a hub of 300 business and 150 property managers.  They have partnerships with Iowa Area Development Group and The Chamber along with the support of the Police Department. Events:  The Pride Parade in October, Mission Creek, Iowa City Arts, and the Block Party held last weekend. The Block Party was very well attended and very successful.  The Downtown District is in Covid-19 Recovery.  Shop local ethic, continued Take out, 20% of businesses failed.  10% closed right away.  
Some upcoming stores downtown:  More retail dry goods, Catering to faculty and students,  baby store, micro events.  The Union Bar is going to be a new brewery coming this fall. 
The US Bank lot will become a student house complex. 
There is a grant program to help bars improve bathrooms. 
Karin Franklin, Program Coordinator,  introduced Ashley Lindley, Human Rights Commissioner speaking on Implicit Bias. She believes in life long learning.  She talk about the fact that we "All Have Biases".  She spoke about UPR (Unconditional Positive Regard)  Treat Other as You wish to be Treated. There are no stupid questions and having a safe place. She has been working with Human Rights for two years.  This is a three year position.  She hope to continue.  Education is the key helping all of us with our personal biases. It is important to develop an understanding of people different than yourself. Read book and log into Ted Talks.  She recommended that everyone take the Harvard Implicit Assessment.
For further information contact Ashley at:  ashley.hrc@gmail.com. The Iowa City Human Rights Commissioner meet the 4th Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Karin Franklin Program Director introduced, Lisa Barnes, Executive Director, Summer of the Arts.  Lisa talked about the wonderful Jazz Festival held July 2-July 4, 2021.
Soul & Blues Festival will be held July 30, 31, 2021.  The Iowa Festival will be held August 13-15, 2021.  Summer of the Arts Holiday Thieves Market December 4,5,2021.
Friday Night Concert Series:  May 21-September 10, 2021.  Northside Concert Series June 9, 10, August 21, September 11, and September 19, 2021. Free Movie Series 2021"Friday nights May 29 thru Oct. 2.  Music on the Move:  June 9,  Kevin Burt June 23, Dave Zollo July 14, Kevin Burt July 28,  Dave Zollo Aug 4, Kevin Burt  &August 25, Dave Zollo,
Lisa shared two videos of all the action happening in Iowa City.   
President Liz called the meeting to order at Upper City Park Shelter 3 at 7:05 am. 
Rotarians in the News:  Dave Parson was mention in the Oaknoll Magazine.  His band will be playing at Oaknoll. 
Rotary Moments were shared by Jim Peterson and Nenu Piragine on Global Grants and VTT.  Currently a VTT is being work on for Argentina. We have successfully had VTT's in Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, Bolvia. We have contributed to the water projects in Tanzania.  There will be site testing for Hybrid meetings beginning at 4:00 pm Thursday July 8, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church.   The first meeting will be July 13th at Zion, July20th at St. Andrews, and July 27th at St. Marks.  Valerie distributed her menu listing.  Members can order from Val on line, pay through Venemo or bring a check.  She will give members a 20% discount.  Orders must be made 2 days in Advance. 
The District Grant Committee has met and sent dollar recommendations to R. I.   We should have approval within the next two weeks. 
 
 
President Amy talked about her goals over the last year: 18 members filled committee slots, 31 members service projects, sponsored new members, District Training and District Conference.  It was a year of Zoom and six pop-up socials.   We completed two grants Human Trafficking Bill Boards and Buddy Benches.  Chartered a Rotaract Club and continued with the Interact Clubs.  She talked about Where did the money come from?  What did our Dues fund, Where did we distribute money for and the Generous Giving. 80% of the members paid full dues during the Pandemic.  The projects she wants to continue are Can Do, working on the By-Laws, finishing a new member brochure about the Rotary and our Club.  Research potential new meeting sites and testing Hybrid before going live on July 13th. 
President Amy presented plaques to the outgoing Directors:  Amanda McFadden, Tom Langenfeld, and Mike O'Leary.  Tom and Mike were not in attendance.  Plaques will be delivered.
President Amy passed the Gavel to President Elect Liz Nichols. 
Alta Medea-Peters introduced speakers ; Julia Poska and Giselle Bruskweitz.  Presentation Field to Family.  Field to Family is a community based non profit 401c3.
The mission is to provide Food System education, enhance enviornmental economic community health through local foods, and expand access to local farms.  There is community support from Johnson County Board of Supervisors, City of Iowa City, wholesale customers, and farmer partners. What is local food within 30-100 miles.  Partners :  schools, early care, universities, retirement homes, and restaurants.  On Line market 2020-2021.  Farm to School Program history ICCSD formed 2010.
What's in the Future?  Scale up local farms, partner with school districts, works towards a more just, equitable and inclusive food system.
DVIP has connected free food in June .  What can we do?  Donate and volunteer. 
Alta Medea-Peters, June program coordinator, introduced Will Kapp todays speaker.  His topic Iowa Compassion and World Garden.  He works on food importance to all.  He graduated from City High in 2006.  Global Food Project works with local communities.  Global Food Project seeks to provide safe environment where families can share life experiences, build trust between cultures and embrace diversity.  Food Securities:  Founded  501C3 in 2016 Aymen Sharif, 2017 Garden extension.  A one acre at Johnson County Poor Farm has been developed with 38 garden plots, 287 families, 7 counties, 1 part time program manager that is himself (Will Kapp)
"Who We Are"  Provide 400 sq. foot plots with seed and plants.  Spring garden preparation with weekly irrigation, access to tools, straw, mulch, and compost. 
"Where are We Going"  Increase garden space, develop more educational resources on sustainable grocery, Provide larger plots for individuals research local markets.  Create more leadership  roles and positions for gardeners. 
"How To Help"?  At Global Food Project.  Build resilient food movement for all the community. $10-$50 resources for garden, $50-$100 larger tools and equipment $100 plus future program. 
For more information email:  will@iccompassion.org.
Alta Medea-Peters, June Program Coordinator introduced Leah Parillo today's speaker.  Leah is with DVIP.  Her presentation today was on Human Trafficking.
DVIP provides advocacy to victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking as well as providing safe sheltering for survivors of sexual assault.  Our primary focus is domestic violence but all these crimes involve interpersonal violence where one person uses power and control over another person. 
Human Trafficking defined:  Recruiting, harboring, transporting, or obtaining individuals through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of labor or commercial sexual activity.  Labor Trafficking:  Forced labor that results in involuntary servitude, debt bondage or slavery. Sex Trafficking:  Commercial Sexual Activity, Any Sex act or sexually explicit act (videos, dance clubs or show) for which anything of value is promised given or received.  Knowingly purchasing or attempting to purchase service involving commercial sexual activity.  Leah went on to talk about how the relationship are formed with victims. Traffickers may also target vulnerable populations.  She went on to explain the differences between sex trafficking and labor trafficking.  At DVIP:  The goal is to help survivors accomplish what they want to do.  A typical stay at the shelter is 45 days.  Use Language Line for translation services.  Connect survivors with Chains Interrupted, the local human trafficking-specific program. To provide safety planning and support for the goals of each survivors.
 
Jenny Seylar, Program Coordinator for May introduced the three Interact members that will be the program for today:  Fareeha Ahmad-President, Anna Verry-President Elect, and Helen Zhang.    The Title of the Program "This Year 1440 Interact Club Overcoming Challenges"  They worked out on line meeting based on when the group could meet morning or afternoons.  Helen Zhang talked about Recording and Reading Books for Open Heartland and they made handmade tie blankets for Shelter House.  Anna talked about making Thank you card for Mercy Hospital Healthcare workers and patients.  They also provided goody bags.  The first in person event was Campus Cleanup on Earth Day.  Fareeha talked about making cookies for Open Heartland, making bookmarks for school library.  Made posters for school hall and classroom.  Made cards for elderly and teachers and nurses. Raised $114 for House into Homes. Inside Out Re-entry:  Resource Center, Table to Table, Nancy Pacha sharing about Rotary, Jenny Seylar sharing about Mercy Hospital, Rotary Youth Exchange and Iowa Children's Museum. A video was shown to help uplift people for the New Year and the upcoming end of Covid.  The video consisted of Oboe playing, dancing by several young people.  The last event of the year will be Walk for Water.  A walk from West High to the River beginning at 4:30 pm on Friday May 8, 2021.
Fareeha will be graduating and attending the University of Iowa and also joining Rotaract. 
President Amy introduced Dawn Oliver Wiand our speaker today.  Dawn is President of The Iowa Women's Foundation.   She joined the foundation in 2013.  There are many barriers to economic  sustainability for Iowa women and girls.   70% of females lack affordable health care.  Employers could help is they would provide health care.  The Iowa Women's Foundation works for Child Care Availability, Affordability and sustainability.  They help provide for 35 communities across the state for child care.  Some areas"  Building community child care solutions collective.  Economic issues:  Businesses coming together to provide child care. Elected officials are willing to get child care legislation on the books that would support working families. 
Economic recovery and child care:  Goals:  Expand the network, increase awareness, increase public and private partnerships.
We must:  Get the facts, educate, assess, develop, and invest in child care for employers.
Call for action:  Share the information from today with three people.  Support the local child care coalition with time and expertise.  Encourage companies to offer child care.
For more information:  Dawn's email:  dawn@iawf.org.  Phone # 319-774-3814.
Casey Cook interviewed newest member Anne Langguth in this months "What Jazzes You Up"?  Anne went into medicine to help people and build relationships.  She attended Harvard and The University of Iowa for medical school.  She is an pediatric ophthalmologist. She was Miss Iowa in 2009.
She is married and has a 19 month old and her husband has 2 children one in college and one is high school.  She had the opportunity to got to China with the World Food Prize.  She is very plays the violin and sees Doris Preucil as one of her many mentors.  She wants to make a difference and is excited to be a member of The Rotary Club of Iowa City AM. 
Jean Knepper, Program Chair introduced Barbara Vinograde, Executive Director Free Medical Clinic.  The clinic is celebrating a 50 year anniversary.
There are 33 free medical clinics in Iowa.  The Clinic currently is located at 2440 Towncrest Drive, Iowa City.  The mission of the clinic is is to provide quality comprehensive healthy service for the uninsured and under insured in Johnson County and surrounding area.  The 2021 Budget is $642,868..  They work with United Way, Community Foundation, Communities, North Liberty,, Coralville and  Iowa City. They work through service clubs, churches, grants and fund raising events. The clinic was able to remain open during Covid.  The clinic was able to add Tele-medicine
The clinic largest fund raiser is Friday After Work.  The hope is this event may be able to be held during the fall.
Mark Patton, April Program Coordinator introduced Dr. Hauns House.  Dr. House gave us a Covid-19 update. Dr. House said that we were in the 4th wave with the Variant B117 the UK variant.  Michigan is the worst state with his thought that Florida will be next. Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines are effective for the variant B117 and less effect for the South African B1351.  The Astrazenca moderately effective n the B117 and ineffective on the B1351.  There are risk of blood clots with this vaccine.  The object is to get the Herd Immunity.  Everyone 16 and older is available for the vaccine at this time. Dr. House stated that there is reluctance from some people mainly Republicans. Some schools may require the vaccine to return to school this fall. He said that he expects a full stadium for Hawkeye Football this fall. There will most likely be a Covid season in the late fall and winter. He said domestic travel is fine but cautioned on International Travel until mid to late fall 2022.
His hope is that by mid 2022 all kids will be vaccinated.  He says there will  need to be a booster, however, time line has not been determined..
There were many great questions for Dr. House.
 
Mark Patton, April Program Coordinator, introduced Dr Liz Loeb.  Liz presentation was on NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness.  The NAMI  virtual walk will be May 22, 2021.  Liz has participated in the walk the last four years.  This year NAMI is hoping to raise $130,000 in donations from the walk. Liz spoke about stress disorders and drug abuse.  70% of the criminal justice system suffers from mental health issues.  45% of jail patients are treated for mental health issues. She said that on PBS it was said that 1000 people are shot by police annually in the U. S. There needs to be more intervention training.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Casey Cook:  "What Jazzes You Up?"  with Mary Murphy.  Mary is an attorney, instructor, and mother. Casey asked how she could balance all these professions?  She said her husband Gregg does a lot of the house keeping and share a lot of home duties.  They use to be neighbors with the Cook's. She is currently teaching Business Law to Seniors at the Tippe School of Business.   She received her undergrad at Marquette in Milwaukee and her law degree at the U of I School of Law. She grew up near Chicago. 
Pam Ehly, program coordinator for March, introduced speaker Sarah Fairchild, ICCSD Music Director-Virtual Instruction.
Sarah holds a Master and PhD.. She enjoys seeing the pride an joy that music, arts, theater and dance bring to the students. Through these studies, students have learned creative problem solving, cultural and flexible thinking. Sarah talked about before the pandemic.  There would 25-30 students participating in performances for the entire day.  March 2020 came the reality of Zoom, Face Time interaction.  Performances were done on line. The students were able to watch performances from around the world. She showed a short Video of Kids Sing 2021.  All in All the students have learned a lot from Virtual music instruction.
Pam Ehly, March Program Coordinator introduced Principe of City High, John Bacon.  His topic was Renovated City High.  John has been the principle at City High for 11 years.   He thanked the club and the members for all the work that we do.  He talked about the Historical Time from Wednesday March 11, 2020 through this time today.  The year brought many challenges.  Total lock downs, hybrid, to back to in person learning.  He showed the dashboard of the activity and tracking of the virus.   The main goal of the year was to keep staff and students safe and well.
Some things that were created was the Friday Show webinar.  The purpose of this webinar was to bring positives messages.  The Theater Program is work on a play.  Robots  team and mock trials for teaching law.  The orchestra is practicing with social distancing and also on Zoom. 
John showed a video of the newly remodeled  City High.
 
Pam Ehly, March Program Coordinator introduced Superintendent of ICCSD Matt Degner.  The program today is K-12 Education and Covid-19.  Matt spent two years as Principle at S. E. Junior High.   He has learned that "Kind is better than Right".  85% of the staff has been vaccinated in the school system.  Beginning February 15, the state mandated that schools had to be in person  70% are in person and 30% still on line.  His passion is technology.  A website was developed for Covid-19.  Dash board is showing 72 students and 9 staff with the virus. 
Jean Knepper, February Program Coordinator, introduced Jeremy Endsley and his team from Community Transportation Committee(CTC) CTC is a 501c(3) tax deductible charity founded in 2015.  The mission is to expand affordable transportation options for low-income workers in Johnson County.
Why Transportation: Access to employment access to affordable housing, access to healthy food and medical and mental health service.  What do they do:  Advocacy and Direct Service.  Advocacy:  Determine and address gaps in transit services for low income workers, educate city council member on the issues.  Encourage better coordination among Iowa City and Coralville systems. Participate in MPO passenger transportation plan.
Jean Knepper, February Program Coordinator, introduced speaker Lidja Stojanovic National Resource Director of Bur Oak Land Trust.
The priority of Bur Oak Land Trust is to protect and conserve national areas locally since 1978.  The Trust protects 176,000 acres.  Preservation of diversity and quality habitat, enhance habitat, community education and recreation outreach.  Who are they:  Funded in 1978, currently protecting 800 acres in three Iowa Counties.  They are a 501C3 funded via community support/Fed/State.  Bur Oak protects wetlands properties in the Solon area. The properties have been donated, supported by grants and donors. Big Grove
Preserves: provides shady outdoor world with community year round activities. Presents online and in person workshops, volunteer projects and youth groups.

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President Amy introduced the speaker Heather Croskey from Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Unity Point, St Lukes and U. of I Stead Children Hospital.  Heather shared a video of how important the services are for parents of sick children.  They provide housing for a long as needed, a hot meal every night, play equipment for other children of the family.  They provide parking and transportation if necessary. 
Ronald McDonald House ground breaking was 35 years ago.  May 5, 1984.  September 7, 1985 was the ground breaking for the 18,000 sq. feet and 18 rooms. 2001 was the expansion of 9,000 sq. feet and added 12 rooms for a total of 31 rooms.
Karin Franklin, Program Coordinator for January introduced Tom Barta, ICAD Director of Strategic Growth+The Greater Iowa City Workforce apprenticeships and other programs. Graduate of U of I .  He worked in Texas and California prior to moving to Iowa. .  The Goal of the Iowa City Workforce is the enhance the quality of our community by serving the business development   He talked about Future Ready Iowa.  Apprenticeships in health care, trade, manufacturing.  There a programs through Kirkwood Community College.
He spoke about ICR (Iowa City-Cedar Rapids) Talent:  a coalition, Hub, Wingman-mentor.
 
 
The speaker had to cancel.  Our great President Amy broke us into rooms and posed five questions for us .  1.  Which person would you like to have  conversation with?  Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Joe and Jill Biden, Abraham Lincoln, Steven Hopkin, Gore Vidal, and HarryTruman.  2.  If you could max out your credit card which store would it be?  Costco, Art Dealers, Amazon Smile, Travel Agency, Airline Tickets, Experience with people and animals.  3.  With your current cooking skills what would you serve a King.  John Ockenfels-Hot Dogs, Chris and Vernette Steak O'Poive, Jack, Hoppin John and Myrene, Lasagne. 4.  What skill is more important creativity or logic.  The group felt both is good but you must have logic to survive. 5.  If you could go any where in the state of Iowa where would you go?   Places along the Mississippi, Mcgregor, places where there are restaurants along the water.
A great time had by all.
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Speakers
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Aug 03, 2021 7:00 AM
Riverside Theatre
Nancy Pacha
Aug 10, 2021 7:00 AM
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Table to Table
Aug 17, 2021 7:00 AM
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