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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.
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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.
Deb Galbraith, December Program Coordinator, introduced Casey Cook for "What Jazzes you Up"  with Pat Schnack and new member Peggy Grimmer. Members of the club wore bath robes in honor of all the service that Pat has done through the years. Pat shared her love of teaching for over 25 years at West High, City High, and South East Junior High which ended up to be her favorite place to teach.  She enjoyed the junior high students. She felt that she was able to influence critical thinking with young students.  She talked about the influence of reading books on world war II and having an individual that had been in the war talk with the students.  The interesting thing was that the Japenese always told their soldiers to "Bring Honor to your Family".  Americans said " Come Home Safe" Pat will be leaving for Florida this weekend and hopes to attend the Zoom club meeting from Sunny Warm Florida. 
Peggy Grimmer to be continued in Story Content
Deb Galbraith, December Program Coordinator, and Valerie Martin introduced Hannah Holman, famous Cellist .  Her program is: "Have Fun for the Holidays"   Her last performance was March 3, 2020 Bach Cello Suites Festival Carnegie Hall, New York City. She joined the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the beginning of 2012-2013season.  She is principal cellist of the Quad City Orchestra.    She has played all over the world. She began her career in England.  Her grandmother taught her the Cello at the  young age of five.
Deb Galbraith, December Program Coordinator, introduced Mayor Bruce Teague our speaker for today.  Mayor Teague topic was Iowa City 2020.  He joined the City Council in 2018 and was elected Mayor January 2020.  He is a West High Graduate and earned his Bachelors Degree in Basic Psychology.
He has an associate degree in Nursing.  He has a business Caring Hands.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Iowa City.
He missed the singing of Smile and Happy Bucks today.
 
 
Deb Galbraith, December Program Coordinator introduced Chuck Swanson, Executive Director of Hancher Performing Arts.
Chuck reflected on events in History that has shaped us all:  President Kennedy Assassination in Nov, 1963, 911, Sept. 11, 2001, Flood of 2008, and now Covid-19.  Chuck went on to talk about Alvin Alley.   Hancher  has created a webinar with the College of Public Health.  There were 400 participants in 43 states.  As Covid-19 hit, the Aug.-Dec. was cancelled. Jan.-March cancelled.  The rest we will see. 
Mark Patton, Program Coordinator for November, introduced Dr. Hans House, Dr. Hans House, of Emergency Medicine.  Updates on the Covid Pandemic.  Dr House went into great detail about the severity of the pandemic.  He said the third wave will be more severe than the last two waves.  He talked about Great Barrington Declaration.An infectious disease epidemiologists  and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19policies and recommend an approach we call Focus Protection. Both Sweden and Norway have controlled the pandemic very well. Some treatments are:  Oxygen vs High Flow Nasal cannela.  Dexamethasone, Rendesiver, Convalesant sivar , Bamlanivimab.
 
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Mark Patton, Program Coordinator for November introduced the speaker:  Charles Connerly of the UI School of Planning and Public Affairs"Why is Iowa So White.  Charles explained about the impact of meat packing plants throughout Iowa. T.M. Sinclair was founded in 1872 in Cedar Rapids,  John Morrel in 1883 in Ottumwa, Rath Packing in 1899 in Waterloo, Turn of the century J. E. Decker, Mason City, Tobin Packing Co., Ft. Dodge, Iowa Packing Company, Des Moines, Dubuque Packing Company, Dubuque, Cudahy, Armour, Swift, Sioux City.  Kingan, Hygrade, Storm Lake, Rath Columbus Junction.
Thursday, November 12 (noon-1 p.m.)
No cost or need to pre-register -- click on the Zoom link to attend.
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Program
 
11:45 a.m.          Zoom meeting opens
 
12:05 p.m.         Welcome (Opening remarks with introduction of University 
                           guests and service clubs) by Barb Thomas, President, Iowa
                           City Noon Rotary Club
 
12:20 p.m.         Speaker Introduction by Lynette Marshall, President & CEO, University of Iowa Center for Advancement, Member,
                          Iowa City Noon Rotary Club
 
12:25 p.m.         Keynote Speaker: Bruce Harreld, President, The University
                           of Iowa
 
12:55 p.m.        Closing Remarks by Barb Thomas, President, Iowa City
                         Noon Rotary Club
Jack Tank, October program coordinator introduced the speaker James Tutson of Neighborhoods.  James is a former Interacter and employee of Young Life. He and is wife developed Neighborhoods.  The goal is to unite the youth of the community with the other individuals in the community.  The goal is the to develop relationship while creating diversity in all activities.
Pam Ehly, Polio Survivor introduced the speaker for the All Club of Iowa City Polio Plus Fundraiser Event, PDG and Polio Plus Polio Chair Susan Herrick.  Susan talked about when Rotary took on the challenge in 1985 to eradicate Polio there were 350,00 cases, 2017 there were 22, 2018 33, 2020 there are 132 case with two countries left to eradicate Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Rotary is working the World Health Organization, CDC, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The Gates Foundation matches donations two to one.
Susan has gone an National Immunization Day to Niger.  She spoke about how meaningful it is to see the children and give them the Polio drops and know that they will not ever get the horrible disease of Polio.
 
 
Casey Cook introduced the speaker Sujit Singh, Executive Director Combined Efforts.  Combined Efforts began as a High School Adventure beginning in 2002. City Hi0gh School, our performers, our fundraiser, created an adaptation of Charles Dickens. In 2009 the events were open to the community working with people with disabilities.
Jack Tank introduced the speaker Cassie Elton, owner of Antelope Lending Library.  Cassie said tat Antelope Lending Library is a non-profit book mobile library.  The goal of the library is to provide library service to the communities in Johnson County.  They offered a Summer Book School Program to five mobile home parks. She has her husband as a volunteer and five part time employees.
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.
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Speakers
Casey Cook
Mar 16, 2021 7:05 AM
What Jazzes you UP
Gregg ShoultzICCSD Director
Mar 23, 2021 7:05 AM
ON Line Learning
Sarah Fairchild, ICCSD Music Teacher
Mar 30, 2021 7:05 AM
Virtual Instruction
Liz Loeb
Apr 06, 2021 7:05 AM
Work of NAMI
Kate Klefsad, Johnson County Social Services
Apr 13, 2021 7:05 AM
Women and Children duiring the pandemic
Barbara Vinograde FMC Executive Free Medical Clini
Apr 20, 2021 7:05 AM
50th Anniversary
Brandon Jennings, Citizens Climate Lobby
Apr 27, 2021 7:05 AM
Climate Iowa and the Energy innovation and Carbon Divided Act 0