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Rotary Club of Iowa City A.M.

Welcome to our club!

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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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.
Amanda McFadden displayed art work that our Youth Exchange Student Cristina had made.  She wanted to share with the AM Rotary members.
Jennifer Skarda became the newest member of The Rotary Club of Iowa City AM.  Randy Willman announced there were several members in the District Newsletter.
Ann Romanowski was thanked for her hosting of the Year Ender.  Hazel sent around a sign up sheet for Programs for the upcoming year.
John Ockenfels was awarded the Henry Ford car award for organizing our can sorting.  The process saves us about 3 hours each time we sort cans.
Deb Ockenfels announced that the annual food fight will begin July l. 
Please keep Amy Nicholson in your thoughts and prayers.
Many People were happy today.
 
Speakers:  Youth Exchange Students:  Pauline LeBlanc and Cristina Cinatto
Antelope Lending Library will have a sale the weekend of Memorial Day Weekend at Cassie's house.
June 15,2019 Ride Fundraiser, also to include Walkers being hosted by all four Iowa City Clubs
Karin Franklin reported that the 20 hours of sweat equity has been completed on the District Grant of the Bicycle Trailer.  The rack was built by Mark Patton and Jim Peterson .  Thanks to the riders that rode with the kids.
Mike Messier thanked all the volunteers that will help May 20, 2019 that will help at the Golf Tournament.  The Tournament usually raises $45,000.  The monies go to the operation and endowment funds for Community Foundation.
She has diagnostic tests to confirm what the spot on her lung is.  She and her son will keep her Rotary family informed. Amy will need us all for support in the next few months.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Program: One Rotary Summit Video
May is Youth Service Month
Hats off  to the Can Crew on Wednesday.  The event was rained out twice .
The cans this time brought in $750
Mike Messier is asking for one volunteer from 11:00-12:45 am for the Golf Outing May 20, 2019
The Bike Ride Fundraiser will be held June 15, 2019 at Terry True Blood.  We are encouraging walkers for a 2 mile walk.
PDG John Ockenfels will be embarking on a 7 week plane ride fundraiser from March thru May 2020 going around the world. He will doing this with Peter Teahan from Cedar Rapids.  His goal is to raise $100,000 for The Rotary Foundation.
At District Conference in West Des Moines, Kris Ockenfels received a Rotary Foundation award for helping clubs and members understand District Grants and how to complete them.
The Rotary Club of Iowa City AM was awarded an award for having 54% Woman.
Chris and Vernette Knapp each received a Foundation Award for visiting all 66 clubs for Foundation presentation .
There were many happy bucks today. 
 
Speaker:  Peter Damiano
President Huber called the meeting to order at 7:10
Two new members were inducted today Seth Talbot: sponsored by Jean Knepper and Alta Medea-Peters: sponsored by Deb Ockenfels. Seth is a Financial Advisor, lives in Kalona.He brings to our club communication skills, public speaking and an enthusiastic volunteer.  Alta brings to our club leadership skills being involved with Domestic Violence Program  staff, past BOD for Key Longfellow B & A school programs.  "Welcome to both members"
June 15, 2019 Bike Ride Fundraiser at Terry True Blood 9:00 am through 1:00 p.m.  Walkers and Dogs are welcome.  Dick has invited the Cedar Rapids Clubs.
The $1100.00 has now been raised for Antelope Lending Library.  Karen Franklin announced still looking for volunteers to build the shelves for the Bike Trailer.
Casey thanked all the volunteers for the Golf Tournament being held May 20, 2019.
Deb Dunkhase announced that Dr. Dan Jorgensen will be at District Conference on Thursday May 2.  He will be talking about his auction item that is a opportunity for two people to spend 5 days on his fishing boat in Alaska.  Transportation at your own cost. Deb and Dan will be taking orders for salmon to be delivered at a later date.  The item will be auctioned off Saturday night at the conference.
Jim Peterson announced that Xicotepec students will be giving their talk about their trip over spring break.
 President Hazel Seaba announced her plans for a District Grant for the 19-20 year.  Her Grant is title:  RIGHT=Rotarian's Intervening in Geographic Human Trafficking.  Right is a grant to directly benefit victims of human labor and sexual trafficking by aiding a local support agency, Domestic Violence Intervention Program, in its efforts to improve victim identification, extraction and healing at a September 19-20, 2019, conference to educate intervention-professionals and increase inter-agency  communication and cooperation in Iowa.  Grant funding will support regional and national speakers; attendance at the conference. The dollar we are asking from the District is $5,000.  The board has approved the grant.  The $5,000 club contribution, the Rotary Club of Iowa City has pledged $5,000 and the Rotary Club of Iowa City Downtown has pledged $5,000.  This conference will mark D.V.I.P. 40th year celebration.
Speaker:  Cornelia Lang
President Huber presented Nenu with her Paul Harris +2. Karen Franklin thanked everyone that is signed up to volunteer to ride bike with the students.  She asked for another volunteer to help Jim Peterson build a rack for the bike trailer. We have 20 hours of sweat equity that has to be prior submitting the next grant that is due June 1, 2019.
Pat Schnack spoke about District Governor Tom Narak has dedicated his focus on Promotion of Literacy and Child Abuse Prevention. He has suggested clubs accomplish this by having fundraising and monetary donations. The recent fundraiser Trivia Night $500 after expenses to the Antelope Lending Library.  The goal is $1,000 and this will be accomplished by the next few weeks Happy Bucks. President Dick and Jenny Saylor each contributed checks for the Library cause.
Another idea may be to take books to DVIP.
The Bike Ride Fundraiser is June 15 at Terry True Blood from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The Community Golf Outing is May 20th.  Mike thought that he had enough volunteers. An email will be coming our soon to all volunteers.
Brian Adamac is looking for the Polio Epidemic book that he loaned out last year.  Please return so others can read. Brian also had an Umbrella that can be purchased from Foils of Honor.  The money goes for Fallen Soldiers.
Jim Peterson announced the students will be giving a talk on Xicotepec at the U Of I April 30, 2019
The Rotary Club of Boone will celebrate their 100th Anniversary May 1. District Conference will be May 2-4 at the Sheraton in West Des Moines.
Chris Knapp spoke about the importance of giving to the Rotary Foundation.  The funds that come  back three years later are what allows our club to do District and Global grants.
 
 
Speaker Christopher Merrill-International Writers Program
President Elect Hazel Seaba conducted the meeting beginning at 7:05 am.
Guests: David Johnson-Iowa City Club, Ryan Bell-Iowa City Club, Christopher Merrill-Speaker
 
Kate Sojka reminded everyone that Trivia night is April 5th.  She encouraged more people to sign up. Mark Patton reported that  Jenny Saylor was the winner of the mini golf tournament. Dan Kramer won the door prize of a hat.  There is a traveling plaque for the winner.  Mark is asking previous winners to get their names to him for the plaque.
May 20, is the Iowa City Community Foundation Golf Tournament. There are many volunteer opportunities.  June 15 is The Bike Ride Fundraiser.
Deb Ockenfels announced that the branding of the cooler at the Crisis Cente that was a grant from Iowa City Downtown club and our club will be around 10:20 at the Crisis Center
Kris Ockenfels announced that all the G.M.S. are over.  Now she waits for the grant applications to come in.
The deadline is June 1,2019.
 
 
Speaker, Nancy A. Slach
Announcements:  4-1-19 Min. Golf Fundraiser, 4-1-19, Trivia, Community Foundation Golf Tournament-Many opportunities to volunteer.
Deb Dunkhase gave a report on the Iowa Most (Miles of Smiles) trip to Guatemala. Thanks goes out Amy Nicholson, Tom Novak , Deb Ockenfels for going on the trip and all their work on the mission.  A thanks to Elaine Shalla for all the travel arrangements each year, Liz Loeb  for the blankets that were made and Karin for all the miscellaneous tasks that she has completed on the many missions.  The mission helped 72 patients.  Deb stated  thanked the Rotary Club of Huehuentenango for developing the relationship and partnership over the years that has made the missions successful!
Jim Peterson and Phil Peterson had just returned from Xicotopec.   Both Rotarian's said that the mission went  very well.
 
 
Speaker:  Mary Westbrook, 5224Good .
President Dick announced that President Elect Hazel would had out ballots to vote for two-three term directors.
Guests were PDG Herb Wilson, Linda Farkas.
Announcements:  Mark announced the Mini-Golf Fundraiser will be held April 1, 2019 at Colonial Lanes beginning at 5:30 pm The cost is $20.00 per person.  Kate announced that Trivia Night will be  held April 5, 2019 at the Clarion and Casey will be the MC.  The University of Iowa Credit Union was recognized for their sponsorship.  The 2nd Annual Bike Ride will be June 15 2019  9am-1:00pm.  will be looking for sponsors and volunteers.  The Community Golf Fundraiser will be held May 20, 2019.  Volunteers will be needed.
Hats off to the can sorters from Friday, March 1, 2019.  We set a record of 54 bag and collected $600.
 
Shelter House book sale is coming up the end of March.  Karen Franklin will be collecting books up  to March 26, 2019.  Linda Farkas wanted to thank the club for their willingness to work together to help interview and select the RYLA and and the International Affairs students.
Jim Peterson announced there were 40 people going to Xiocotepec and this is the 16th year of this project.
Dick will be gone the next two weeks.  President-Elect Hazel Seaba will conducting the meetings.
President Dick announced  very sad news  that Randy Wilman's son had passed away on February 18, 2019.
A moment of silence was observed.
Speaker-Dan Kolander    Topic:  Water to Thrive
The Iowa Most Team was welcomed back. This week is National Engineer Week, Act of Kindness Week and Today is Best Friends Day.  Casey Cook was welcomed back!
The 30 Anniversary Celebration will be held Thursday Feb. 21, 2019 at the Kirkwood Room form 5:30 pm-7:00 pm.  April 1, 2019 will be the annual miniature golf tournament fundraiser. Shelter House Book Sale March 30th.
Karen Franklin will be collecting books at the club the next several Tuesdays.
Hazel ask for suggestions for a grant that can be written for the 2019-2020 year.
Casey and Kate are moving to a condo.  Next Tuesday will be a volunteer effort to help pack books at their home. Casey announced that the Community Foundation Gold Tournament is May 20.
Happy Bucks:  Tom Novak shared that the Iowa Most Team worked to solve and problems that arise.
Mark Patton is happy to be in Bowl for Kids Sake Bowl Athon.  He would greatly accept pledges.
Chris Knapp spoke about 
the GMS at West Liberty and how we are dealing with losing membership and lack of funds. There are aprx. 13 clubs not giving to the Foundation.  Jim Peterson reminded everyone that the deadline for District Grants is June1, 2019.  The grants should be turned in sooner, in case there needs to be additional information added to the application.
 
 
 
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