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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 Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States of America
All Meetings are held on zoom until further notice.
Home Page Stories
Our Own Casey Cook does "What Jazzes You Up" with new member Taylor Wertheim and Allie Stutting.
Taylor is a former Rotary Youth Exchange Student 2013-2014 and Rotex Member 2014-2018, helping the Youth Exchange Committee train Inbound and Outbound students at training events.  She is currently employed by AmeriCorp working with low income high income students to enroll in college. 
Allie is a former RYLA student and counselor.  She is very involved with Dance Marathon.  She is employed by The University of Iowa with the Foundation.
Kate Sojka program chair for September introduced speaker Laura Elfers, Educational Engagement Director for Silos and Smokestacks Heritage Area.
"Where the American Agriculture Comes to Life" Part of a Military Landscape recognized by Congress for its unique contribution to the American Experience.  Why Agriculture?  Ranked as the greatest achievement of the 20th Century. 
"Food is the Moral Right of All who Born into the World"  Dr. Norman Borlaug for Cresco Iowa, boyhood home.  The top soil in Iowa use to be a 14-16&  grade now has dropped down to 6-8%.
Kate Sojka introduced the speaker Rick Hollis speaking on Iowa City Bird Club.  Website https://www.iowacitybirdclub.org
Rick spoke about the types of birds that he has come to his feeders in the winter months.  It is $20 to become a member of the Iowa City Bird Club.  During normal circumstances, there are meetings and each member receives a newsletter.
 
Kate Sojko, Program Coordinator for September introduced speakers Guy Courtney and Anita Laurence.  Their presentation was on Coral Reef Restoration
Guy spoke about he Under Water World. People enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling. He showed a short film by Dr. Joanie Klepas showing that 71% of the earths surface is created by the ocean.  75% of the air we breathe is produced in the ocean. "NO Matter Where You Live, The Ocean Impacts You"
The Great Barrier Reef spans 1600 miles from Green Bay Wisconsin to Miami, Florida.
District Governor Steve Dakin delivered his address to the club by Zoom. First Lady Lesley Dakin was in attendance.
D. G. Dakin talked about Rotary's International President Holger Knaack from Germany  R.  I.  President Knaack has brought Rotaract as Rotarian's   He and is his wife Susan have hosted 40 Youth Exchange Students. His signature glasses, he does not need.
Steve and Lesley met  Holger in Kansas City Zone Institute in 2019.   He immediately commented on Steve's Purple Beard for Polio.
When they went to International Assembly in San Diego in January, 2020.  R. I. President Holger immediately acknowledged Steve.
Jenny Seylar, July Program Coordinator, introduced speaker Lucy Baker.  Her presentation was on Barker Houses into Homes.  Barker Houses into Homes is a 501C3 that provides beds, bedding, and furniture to families in Johnson County.
Jenny Seylar, Program Coordinator, for July introduced Speaker Tonya Goldburn and Jason Blue.  The presentation today is:  Hospice 101 and Covid19.  Tonya and Jason are social workers at the Avalon Hospice House in Iowa City, Iowa.
WHY CHOOSE AVALON HOSPICE? 
Every Moment matters
Small Company, large layout
Care with Integrity
Compassionate, responds timely
Referral handled within three hours time frame.
Keep Top Ten Commitments
 
Mark Patton, June Program Coordinator introduced speakers, Deb Dunkhase, Theresa Burns, and Elizabeth Bernel speaking on Open Heartland.
Deb began the program giving a background on the program.  She state that Gratitude Changes Everything.   She said that we are lucky to live in a community with high quality of Education and Medical Facilities, fiends willing to help.  Rotary opens the eyes both Internationally and locally.  We celebrate a diverse community. Allison Bettine is very active with Open Heartland.  Deb continued with "It Takes A Village".  The future depends on how we raise the children.
Deb Galbraith, May Program Chair, introduced Dr Nicolosi, speaker for today. He is a graduate of the U of I Dental School.  He is an artist, film maker, coming to us from Chicago.  He worked with celebrities for the 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Iowa Dental Alum Takes a Bite Out of Hollywood.  During Covid 19, Dr. Nicolosi developed "Celebrity Talk Line".  He has a documentary focusing on Getting Through Hardships, and focusing on Goals.  He is working on filming Batman and Robin, interviewing Ed Asner,  He is also an artist.  For more information go to www.artistnicolosi.com.
Deb Galbraith, Program Coordinator for May introduced the speakers for today Nancy MacFarlane,  Artistic Director, Ethel Baker.  Nancy is from Philadelphia and found Crescendo Children's Choir. Ethel's husband was the Principle at several schools, Coon Rapids, Boon and moved to Iowa City to become the 1st principle of West High.   Nancy met Ethel through social groups.  They began talking and decided that An opera should be developed based on the book that Ethel wrote.  "For the Love of Pete"  This book is about orphan trains that existed between 1830-1926 began in New York and came to Hartfield, Iowa, The trains were in every state that was in the union as well as Canada and Mexico. Ethel found out about the orphan trains though the Iowa Historical Society.  She was fascinated  with the story of all the children and decided to write the book.
The Opera is slated to open in June 2021.
     Nancy Macfarlane, Crescendo Children's Choir
Deb Galbraith, May Program Coordinator, introduced speaker Dr. Maureen(Micki) McCue, Physicians for Social Responsibility.  Her topic:  Climate Change is Sickening.  This year is the 50th year of Earth Day, every day should be Earth Day.  Climate change also brings health concerns. Earth has been warming .02 36 degrees warmer.  Last year was the 2nd hottest year on record with 2016 being the 1st... The components:  Global Warming, Global Change , Climate Chaos or Climate Weary, Climate Stress, and Climate Hazard.Dr. McCue talked about degrees of death in a 10 year span in several countries. We have seen higher temperatures, drought, violent storms.  There is an impact on children, P.T.S.D. in adults and domestic abuse. She compared Climate change to Covid-19:  Elderly response to temperatures rising, impoverished people, poor health conditions.
Casey Cook mentioned a really great Book on Climate Change entitled "Draw Down".
  Dr. Maureen McCue
 
Deb Galbraith, Program Coordinator for May introduced the speaker  Dr. Dianne Atkins.  Dr. Atkins topic was CPR/AED Training and Awareness-Program, Rotary-Kerber  Heartsafe Community  Campaign, a project of the Rotary Club of Iowa City.  Dr. Atkins explained the difference between Cardiac Arrest and Heart Attack. Her presentation today will concentrate on Cardiac Arrest.  For More information:  Website:  iowaheartsafe.org
 
Past President Deb Dunkhase presented the program today on Iowa Most (Miles of Smiles Team 2020, Team Leader and Chair.
Deb showed a power point of many of the patients before surgery for Cleft lip and palet and after surgery.  The Iowa Most Team celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the mission in Huehuetegango, Guatemala.  The major crops are Coffee and Chocolate.  In 2005 the Iowa Most Team was formed by Bill Olin, Dr. John Canady PDG Gary and Nancy Pacha, and Dr. Pete Wallace.   Cataract surgery was added last year to the mission.  This year 102 people had cataract surgery.  In addition to the surgeries, water, health, and education have been added.  Each student was given a book of their very own.   Deb thanked many individuals that had participated over the 15 years.
Nancy Pacha, talked about how it is all about relationships, and the team. This year the mission was Jan. 17-Feb. 2.  There were 41 volunteers. PDG Gary Pacha thanked Deb Dunkhase for her leadership as the Chair and team leader of Iowa Most.
The 1st Rotary Club of Iowa City AM, Rotary Rodeo held at the back parking lot of Lensing Funeral Home,     Kirkwood Room at 7:30 am. 
The Rotary Rodeo was share by member in their moon roof, in cars, and standing far apart.
Deb Galbraith came in Rodeo Hat and The Flag of the United States.
Valerie Martin also came dress in Rotary Hat.
Guest:  Mark Ruggeburg, President of the Rotary Club of Iowa City Downtown was our "Video Miester". 
Our Song Meister, Chris Knapp led us in 3 songs.  God Bless America, April Birthdays, there was one  Carolyn Wanat and everyone's Smile.
Thanks to all that attended today Rotary Rodeo.
Next Rotary Rodeo for The Rotary Club of Iowa City Am is Tuesday April 14, 2020 at 7:30 am, same parking lot at Lensing Funeral Home.
All meetings are cancelled till further notice.
The Rotary Club of Iowa City A.M. has suspended meetings from March 17th through April 28th.  Resumption of meetings will be considered in late April.
Casey Cook, March Program Coordinator introduced our speakers:  Pilots Peter Teahen and PDG John Ockenfles.  They talked about Around the World:  Flight to End Polio.  Peter and John talked about fuel consumption, cost of fuel and explained a lot of the equipment that will be taken on the journey.Peter has experience in the mental health field.  The trip has been a year and half in the planning.  The flight was to begin March 24th and end May 9.  Due to the Coronovirus, the flight has been postponed until July 7 returning August 25th .  The club collected donations for the flight.  Deb and John will match dollar for dollar the donations made by the club's members.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match two to one.
Seth Talbot, February Program Coordinator introduced The Honorable Bruce Teague, Mayor of  Iowa City.  Bruce is graduate of West High.  He opened his
business Caring Hands and More in 2004. In 2018 he joined the  Iowa City Council .  He worked at Oaknoll and  Iowa City Hospice, where he learned the importance of elderly care. He explained that everything is a journey in life.
The Honorable Bruce Teague, Mayor of Iowa City, and Rotarian Seth Talbot
Seth Talbot, February Program Coordinator introduced speaker Judy Joyce director of TAKO (Take a Kid Outdoors). 
Judy gave an update on the TAKO program.  TAKO was founded in 2006 by Dick Jensen.  He brought together like minded people to form this a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting unstructured play in other words, old fashion "free time"   TAKO mission is to immerse  participants in enjoyable activities to develop an attitude of joy, wonder, love and respect for our natural world.
Rotarians Seth Talbot and Judy Joyce, Director of TAKO
Seth Talbot, Program Organizer for February Casey Cook, our Famous "What Jazzes You Up"  Author.
He introduced new member Lori and Mark Stanley. Mark was in the Military as a Flight Surgeon for the Navy.  Lori is an Art Teacher and artist.
They have three children ages 39, 37, and 29 years.  They have four grandchildren.  One of their favorite areas that they were stationed was the Azores.
[Photo: Rotarians Mark Stanley, Casey Cook, and Lori Stanley]
Lori said many times that " they had felt truly blessed with all their travels with the Military." 
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.
Senator Hogg and Rotarian Karin Franklin
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)
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