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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
(Currently meeting online only)
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.
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Dave Cook, District Membership Chair and PDG Steve Dakin speakers for today.  Dave noted these statistics:  Current members target 2022 80/82, current 56% women vs 32%District.  13% under vs 10% under 50 .  Compelling facts I. C. Am membership has been very resilient over the past 10 years.  Significant growth 2014 + 9%, 2017 +7% and 2020 +7%.  Lost 5% 4 members due to pandemic vs. district average 7.3%.  Iowa City was at the start of the pandemic.  How to Grow Rotary:  1.  Do we accept the challenge.  2. How will the club grow to 80-82 members by June 2022.  Follow up with current  members that have not been engaged.  Newer members need to be mentored and involved. Take a meeting a perform a health check.  Dave and Steve talked about setting up a Satellite Club as am after hours or sunset club.  You can also set up a caused base club.  The club does not have to meet every week and can be 5:30 -6:30 pm as people are coming from work.  A Satellite member need to be part of the clubs Board of Directors.  Rotaractor's do not pay dues.
If they become a Rotarian then they must at least pay R. I. and District dues. Boone and Nevada have very successful setting up a satellite club. Both Dave and Steve said that Iowa City has the potential to have several satellite clubs 
Deb Dunkhase, Program Coordinator for September introduced the speaker for today:  Linda Eastman Founder Board member Casa Calibri. The Casa Colibri Literacy in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.  Local Teacher identifies a program for 40 villages. The facts:  Children do not read at grade level, start Day 1, unable to catch up.  The program they developed was outside reading with 4-6 students covering 3-4 books over a 4 month period.  They encouraged the children to think outside of the box. This was a pilot program that was highly successful. The teachers incorporated multi-learning and made a party.  This helped to improve reading one book at a time.  One book they focused on was "Jack and the Beanstalk".  This help them to learn about agriculture.  They were able to have little planting plots where they planted radishes.   They were given prizes of Interactive Solar Lamps.
There was much success with "Readers to Leaders".
Casey Cook, Program Coordinator, for August introduced the two past immediate past presidents. Amy Nicholson and Hazel Seaba.  Casey asked what were some of the things they remember most during their Presidency.  Amy said taking on projects and keeping eye on the ball.  Hazel said finding new projects , finding a champion, and moving the project forward.  What are the top three important parts of your Presidency.  Amy:  Perfected the Hybrid meetings .  Speakers from around the world.  It was a privilege to serve the Club. 
Hazel:  Decision to shift club dues,  Had to move on line with little warning.  100 percent Paul Harris.  Thanks to many club members who donated points to members.  Hazel also it was a privilege to serve the Club.    Casey felt they were both DG candidates.  He asked their opinions.  Both said an emphatic NO.   Both agreed there was a hugh time commitment.
Hazel felt it was a couples District and that you needed to be a couple in order to run for DG.  Deb Ockenfels said that Jill Olson from 5970 and Jackie Andrew both ran as District Governor on their own.  It can certainly be done. Amy talked about the advantage of attending International Conventions.   Amy said she attend her first International Convention when she was 18 years old.  She talked about the opportunity to meet people from around the world and make friends for life.  She talked about the Rotary Action Groups (RAG).  She said there were may breakout sessions that were very beneficial to all.  She also talked about the House of Friendship and how she helped in the Club Foot Booth. 
Casey Cook, Program Coordinator for August, introduced Shelley Maharry President and CEO of The Johnson County Community Foundation. What is a Community Foundation? A Community Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable nonprofit organization established to serve a specific geographic region.  Community foundations build funds that support community needs, with a focus on creating endowment funds for the long-term benefit of local charitable projects and programs. Community  foundations are trusted and valuable resources for individuals, families, businesses, nonprofit organizations and professional advisors working to build local philanthropy, and a vehicle for people of all means to make lasting difference in their community. 
Community Foundations Play Three Important Roles:  1.  Work with donors.  A community  foundation grows assets through contributions form many donors.  
Donor-advised agency and scholarship funds allow donors to make contributions to the causes they care about most.  Thee funds are invested by the community  foundation and over time grow to produce greater philanthropic good.
Casey Cook introduced the speaker for today Nicki Ross, Executive Director, and Nora Gorde of Table to Table. "Wasted Food is a Wasted Opportunity".  Table to Table partners with Scattergood School, grocery stores, Kum and Go, Hy-Vee Gas stations, Extreme Arena, Kinnick Stadium, and U of I cafeteria.  
Nicki spoke on Garden Recovery:  Table to Table connects garden produce with Hunger relief agencies. Hundreds of pounds of homegrown produce collected this summer so far.  There has been 13,300 lbs. of fresh produce recovered this season.  
A new program was produced this past year:  "GLEANING'"  Gleaning has 16 volunteers and was spear headed by Nora Gorde.  Ten percent of food grown in the U. S. is left behind in the fields.  Volunteers harvest the extra produce and donate it to relief areas.  This program was three years in the making.  Table to Table usually receives between $3,000-$10,000 annually from the Johnson County Community Foundation.  
Table to Table is currently located at 347 S. Capitol St.  September 1, they will move to 1049 Hwy. 6 in the Pepperwood Plaza.  
How can you help?  Volunteer or make a donation to Table to Table. 
Nancy Pacha introduced the RYLA and World Affairs Students.  Nancy spoke on the importance of attending both these programs to gain valuable leadership skills and Woto learn about World Peace and Understanding.  We were able to four west High Students to RYLA and Six students to World Affairs. The noon club also send six students to World Affairs.  Three students made a presentation on RYLA.  The activity "Take a Look Around was talked about.  This activity brings out the good and the bad feelings that students have.  LGDBQ was talked about. Questions:  What to Know and What to say.  At the end of the day there were rap sessions to discuss the events of the day.  There were usually 12 individuals on a RYLA  team.   Coe College has wonderful food.  RYLA is a "Life Changing Experience and you make many friends for "Life"
World Affairs was held virtually. The theme was Justice and International Bias.  Next years theme is Reenergizing Global Health.   World Affairs will continue to be virtual.
 
 
 
 
 
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. 
Casey Cook, Program Coordinator for August introduced Kate Markham, current Development Director and Aaron Weiner, Administrative Assistant from Riverside Theatre.
Kate has a background in the arts and finance, joining Riverside in 2019 as Development.  Aaron first worked with Riverside Theatre as a performer in 2004, is a graduate of UI Theatre Arts program and became of a member of the staff this year. 
Kate provided a brief history of Riverside Theatre, Iowa City's only resident professional theatre company.  Riverside Theatre was founded by Ron Clark and Jodi Hovland, along with Bruce Wheaton in 1981.  The permanent location beginning in 1990 was Gilbert Street(Gilpin Paints warehouse( space.  In 1999 the outdoor stage in City Park was constructed and Riverside expanded its calendar to include summer performances in the park.  The lease on Gilbert St. expired in 2020 during the pandemic and performances shut down, the theatre was unable to come to new terms with the landlord and made the decision to leave the space. During the pandemic, they produced several virtual performances., filming, and broadcasting with Zoom.  The new space will be located in the Crescent Block redevelopment project in the space that housed the Union Bar and historically as the Montgomery Ward building. The new space will have flexible black box theatre with seating up to 150 seats, a large lobby with a view of the ped mall through floor to ceiling windows, and accessibility for both artists and patrons.   There will be increased programing and a commitment to continue to produce both new works and those have stood the test of time. 
They will take possession of the new space in October and the first production will take in January, 2022. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
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Speakers
Cassie Elton
Sep 28, 2021
"Antelope Lending Library Update"
Dr. Hans House
Oct 05, 2021 7:00 AM
Covid Update
Chris Jones
Oct 12, 2021 7:05 AM
Hydrology, update on water quality problems in Iowa City
Karin Franklin and Mary Mascher
Oct 19, 2021 7:00 AM
Beyond Paliative Care: the option of medical aid in dying
Dr. Jerry Schnoor
Oct 26, 2021 7:00 AM
Climate scientist to give us a somber report on climate change