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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
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States of America
Most meetings will have hybrid options for those who cannot attend in person. Contact President Jenny Seylar at jenny.seylar@iaumc..net for the link. Breakfast is served at the 7 am morning meetings. Members supplement the meals for guest. Join us!
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Casey Cook did "What Jazzes You Up" with Margy Winkler.  Margy said she was not sleeping worrying about Nancy Pacha and Sophia her granddaughter.  What made Margy happy was the beautiful sunrise today!  She is happy she is able to do so many things.  Attitude is the key to Happiness.  She loves reading a good book, playing French horn, piano, golf and tennis.  When she was getting her master's degree, she did some fencing.   Casey and Margy did a very comical program today.
Deb Dunkhase introduced Kate Moreland and Cady Gerlach from the Iowa City Area Development Group.  Kate is the President and CEO of the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD), working to help our community for 23 years.  Cady is the Executive Director of Better Together.  She moved to Iowa City in 2013 to join the firm of Meardon, Sueppel, and Downer PLC and practiced in nonprofit corporations, municipal law, and trust and estate litigation for before joining the Shelter House staff as the Director of Strategic Operations and Resource Management.  The topic of today is" Better Together 2030" a shared future for Johnson County.  They looked at the What:  Community wide initiative to help the community to recover from the pandemic. Why:  To build a transformed future with economic diversity.  How:  Short-term target actions turning to long term. Who:  Led by four community economic organizations, guided by steering committee across various sectors and executed by coalition of community wide network volunteers. 
President Jenny had the vision to have a service project once a quarter.  The project today was House into Homes.
28 members attended the service project.  Some of the tasks were:  Steaming furniture, building shelves, painting various items, moving art items and many others. 
The service project at 8:00 am.
Alta Medea-Peters was our speaker today.  Alta spoke on DVIP "Update and Happenings.  Alta is the Director of Community Innovative Program at DVIP.  In 1979 there was comprehensive support and advocacy.  The First Shelter was built in Johnson County.  In 1991 Cedar and Washington was added.  Jones County from 1994-1997.  The CDC says 1 in 3 Women are impacted by domestic violence and 1 in 4 men are impacted by domestic violence.  There are 20 people per minute physically abused. DVIP is a non-judgmental free and confidential space. DVIP is open 24 hours a day.  DVIP is able to accommodate pets.  In 1993 the shelter grew to 40 beds.  Since May 2020, DVIP has seen a 28% increase.  Volunteers needed to transport victims.  There is an intense training program for the volunteers. 
 
Ways to Help:  Ask to speak to organizations.  Donations of $35-$45 provide a night for a victim. 
 
Hot Line Number 1-800-373-1043.
Karin Franklin introduced David Gould.  UI Public Policy Center "Power of the Chorus Creating a World of Change Makers".  David talked about making higher education more meaningful.  He receives over 100 reflections per week.  "Handle all with Care".  David's personal goal as an instructor, is to slow down the education for students and allow them to capture the world.  He sees students fatigued, burned out, much anxiety, overwhelmed, and depressed.  
In 2017 he invited Amanda Gorman Now, National Youth Poet Laureate.  He talked about running for your life from fire, you become angry, bring a buck of water, a cup or teaspoon to help with your issues. 
Pay attention to our youth.  It is ok if when they graduate from high school, that they do not know about the future.  There is time!  
Karin Franklin introduced the speaker Michael Brogan speaking on The American Society-Road to Recovery. Michael graduated from Waterloo High School in 1971.  He has 40 years as a Tech experience.  He is a cancer survivor. There 1.9 Millon cases of cancer a year and 600,000 deaths.  Adults have a 70% survival rate, children 90% survival rate. There have been 27 grants with $27.6 million dollars in the state of Iowa. Michael was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.  He was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma.  He had 2 years of radiation. There are two things he is working on.  "Real Men wear Pink" raised $50 Million.  Hope Lodge serves 28 people.  Road to Recovery is a program that a person can be trained to be able to drive cancer patients to and from appointments. 
Today we had the honor of having the World Affairs Students and RYLA students and their parents as our guests. Nancy Pacha interviewed all the students.  The World Affairs students talked about the great speakers they had.  Heidi was inspired by one Dr. and now she is going to Medical School. They were impressed to meet so many students from around the world.  They learned about Global Health and ways to solve problems.  They learned ways to better communicate to have better connections with people.
The RYLA students had many leadership activities.   They learn to interact and solve problems.  Some of the terms used to describe both events were Eye opening, inspiring, wonderful, impactful, emotional, everyone can be a leader.
Next Year's Theme will be Climate Change.
 
President Jenny introduced District Governor Steve.  Governor Steve talked about "Get to Know the Weineke's.   They have been married 2 years and are both members of the Ankeny Satellite.  They love the beach, and their Save the Card says it all. Steve said Rotary is 117 years old and we have our 1st Woman President.   The theme "Imagine means:  
The Circle is the connection to one another.  The Dots represent people and the 7 areas of Focus.  The dots and circle become our guiding light.  The solid line is the digging stick representing hard work. Purple for Polio eradication, green for the environment, and white for peace our core value. Rotary Vision Statement:  Together we see a world where People unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe in our communities and in ourselves. 
Create Community will be held Sept. 11-17 to have the four organizations do a project together, Rotary, Optimist, Lions and Kiwans.
 
Andreas Soemadi was our speaker today.  Andreas professional life is focused on facilitating student learning in math and physics at collegiate level.  Currently he is an instruct of physics at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa.  He uses Mathematic in facilitating the learning of physics I also write Mathematics codes for all pieces in all my artwork.  To each curve (line for example) one can associate a mathematical equation.  Each mathematical equation is then encoded using Wolfram Mathematica.  The codes are then executed to show the corresponding curves which are ultimately printed on paper to produce the desired picture.  He uses Graphics BezierCurve with difference numbers to create a piece of art.  Andreas had several pieces of art and note cards for sale.  He donated 50% of the costs to the Rotary Club of Iowa City AM.
Dick Huber, graphic designer, of RTHgraphics received the well-deserved All District Conference National Logo Award and a 2022 Award of Excellence Communicator Award from The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA) in the highly competitive Corporate Identity-Logo-Non-Profit category for "Iowa Rotary celebrate getting back together again Celebration with hugs*pats on the back*high 5's" and citing "fellowship" and "fun" and "Iowa Rotary Club." The Communicator Awards attracts thousands of entries each year and provides international recognition to award recipients. The Award of Excellence is its "highest honor" and provides peer recognition of achievement. To view the award winning design, see   https://www.communicatorawards.com/winners/winners-gallery/
 
Casey Cook introduced this week's speaker, John Moyers, MD, Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa Department of Anesthesia. In a fascinating presentation, Dr. Moyers shared slides of his January trip to Antarctica. To reach Antarctica, he flew first to Buenos Aires and then made his way to Tierra del Fuego. The crossing was over rough seas. His pictures included Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city; a map showing Antarctica; a cruise ship; and a Zodiac boat that took people, including tourists, naturalists, and photographers, from ship to shore. Dr. Moyers shared the red parka visitors wear to identify themselves with the attendees. He wore gloves that Alaskan fisherman used so he could take photographs. The temperature, around 10 below, felt more like 40 below with the wind chill. There were thousands of penguins present, and he showed pictures of different species of penguins (including Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Adelie), many penguins facing the same direction, and sea lions. Everything must be taken to Antarctica because it is so remote. He also shared pictures of an old Norwegian Whaling Station in Whaler's Bay inside a caldera; sailboats from Sydney, Australia; a seal napping; the inside of a station left over from World War II; and a Chilean research station. In addition to penguins, pictures of birds included Antarctic terns and blue eyed shags (cormorants). One of the final slides was the impressively massive ice covered wall of Antarctica. During the question and answer period, Dave Parsons, who had also been to Antarctica commented on the smell of the penguins, and John Ockenfels, who had been there with Deb Ockenfels, at the same time of year; commented there was no snow the year they went. In response to a question, Dr. Moyers noted that one person fell in the water and got pulled out right away.
President Jenny played Imagine by John Lennon.  Imagine is the R. I. Theme for President Jennifer Jones.   Jenny talked about her Rotary Year.  
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR LEADERSHIP 2022-23.  President Jenny Seylar
 
 
The IMPACT that we make when we seek to do good in our community.
EXPANDING our opportunity for YOUTH.
FINALLY, make ways to adapt to the changing climate and world.
She hopes that she and the club can:  Explore ways to support and grow the PM Satellite Club, Provide Visioning and Strategic planning session, Winter 2023, continue the work with the Literacy Program, Provide Pop Ups and social opportunities outside of the club. investigate the Armark  fundraising opportunity, Create position for public image, especially social media. 
She showed the Leadership that also included Jim Peterson, Brian Adamec, and PM Satellite member being added to the board and all the board members. Her career included being a teacher for many years.  She has two grandchildren. She played clarinet in the Hawkey Marching Band the year early on we went to the Rose Bowl.  
She like salmon to be on someone else plate.   She lost her husband to a heart attack while being on a bike ride. 
She has gratitude and joy daily in every life. 
 
 
Karin Frankline introduced John Engebrecht and Travis Kraus as the speakers today on Public Space 1.  John is an artist, art organized, educator and Executive Director of Public Space One (PS1).  John joined PSI in 2009.  Under his tenure the organization has grown from a small local Iowa City Hub arts hub in rented space to a nationally Space One owns, occupies and program three historic buildings in downtown Iowa City with Major projects including the Iowa City Press Co-0p, the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, and the Media Arts Co-op.  Travis serves as Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Planning and Public Affairs, where he teaches Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities, initiative works with community partners and UI faculty, staff and students to facilitate engaged-learning project that promote economic development, social justice, and sustainability. He also serves as PSI co-treasurer.
Who Are We?  PS1 is an artist led, community driven contemporary art center. 
2020 by the Numbers:  112 member artists' work presented, 139 workshop participants (virtual and in person),18 hours curated radio programming, 32 hours of curated video programming, 225+ plant varieties grown on site, 60 number of paid artists, $17,000 paid to artists (not including art workers/staff), $76,000 supported in grant support
400 individuals, orgs, and businesses that support us. 
 
President Liz introduced Salina McCarty talking Houses into Homes.   At this time House into Homes have 4 part time employees and 1 full time employee.  They collect Beds, sofas, lamps, tables, cookware, dishes and silverware.   Funds collected from donation will buy mattresses.   Houses into Homes began in 2017 and is located 401 16th Ave. Coralville.  They will pick or you can deliver items. Salina said there are 350 school children that are homeless.   It has been quoted by many receivers a house being turned into a home, that "They enjoyed being able to sit in a chair, drink coffee and look out the window.  The value is being able to give a person comfortable place to live.  Today they serve 800 households and 2500 individuals.  Houses into Homes is always looking for volunteers to pick, drop off items, clean, repair and refurbish furniture
The mission is to help people feel the comfort of a home, with unconditional regard. 
Pam Ehly spoke on The District Grant Save the Children.  This was with the Rotary Club of Iowa City.  The total grant was $10,000. Pam grew up in Fort Worth Texas and is the Secretary for the Rag for Club Foot.  Open Heartland is the community partner.  This grant will target children up to five years of age and their parents.  Our community provides libraries, free books to children, Pam talked about how music is used in this program. 
She talked about the importance of: Introduce, Repeat, Vary. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Casey Cook introduced the speaker Judy Trepka to speak about her extensive travels.   Judy moved to Iowa City from St. Paul MN. to be closer to her children and grandchildren who live in Iowa Citty and became neighbors of Casey and Kate Cook.  She has been to 7 continents and to 101 countries and over the years has traveled with Global Volunteers, Elder Hostels, Overseas Adventure Travel. She began her travels in 1984 when her husband got a NATO scholarship in Munich.  He later went to work for 3 M Company in England.   She has traveled to South Korea, DMZ North Korea.  In 1991 went to Moscow.  Hawaii, Vietnam and South Africa. Croatia.  She has also been to Prague.
Karin Franklin, Program Director introduce Dr. Bob Littlehale who is a retired anesthesiologist.  He moved from Iowa City from Utah four years ago.  He married Laura Young, artist, in December 2021.  He is originally from Ohio, has a resume rich in geographical diversity from Harvard and Mass. General Hospital in Boston to the Four Corners of New Mexico.  He also served as an anesthesiologist in U.S. Amry Hospitals, including in Vietnan where he received the Bronze Star.  He is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a Diplomate of the American Board of anesthesiology.  The free lunch program began in 1982 a 501c3.  It originally was held in the Wesley House.  It is now housed in the 1105 Project on Gilbert St.  There are 35 groups, 900 volunteers serving over 28,000 meals in a year.  The meals are served with carbs, protein, vegetarian, fruits and vegetables.   There are two coordinators for the facility.  They are trained in the area of Conflict Resolution. The Free Lunch program accepts cash donations and most of the food that is served is donated. The program serves about 100 people per day.  The volunteers are from religious organizations, U Way, City of Iowa City, Community Foundation.  In the winter, they welcome hats, gloves, socks, and blankets.  Lunch is served Monday thru Saturday and Holidays.  No service on Sunday.  
Karin Franklin introduced Kate Gfeller speaker for today.  Kate grew up on a farm in central Iowa.  She works with Cochlear Implants and research department.  She is in the Department of Otolaryngology, and head and neck surgery.  Kate has lectured in 28 International Countries.  She focuses on music perception enjoyment.  Music is commonly head in daily life.  She played several music videos. She showed how music can bring back many memories and take you back in time. 
She talked about how music can be too loud and ruin your hearing.  Football games, loud receptions, concerts can all be damaging to you hearing.  Take breaks, walk away if necessary. 
She showed how the word MUSIC can help
M-Turn your MP3 down.
U-use regular breaks
S-Stand back from the speaker
I-Invest noise control
C-Carry ear plugs
There are the inexpensive foam plugs, not very good.  Customer fit museum ear Plugs$120-$200, and filtered ear plug $20-$60.
Hearing aids are not the silver bullet. 
 
Deb Galbraith, May Program Coordinator, introduced Joan Kjaer, Director of Communications and Relations for International Program at the University of Iowa.  She is in charge of daily management of internal and external communications, alumni relations, event management, internal delegation visits, media relations and public engagement.  Joan will speak on "International Programs:  Connecting Iowa with the World and the World with Iowa. If International Programs has one purpose, it is to open the minds and hearts of our community to the reality that the world is a stronger and better place when we celebrate the humanity in every individual and in every nation.  We cannot learn to live together if we do not live to learn from each other.  Dean Russell Ganim
The Goals of the International Program are:  Provide students with transformational experiences in global education.  Support collaborative research between the UI and International partners.   Internationalize the UI campus.  Enhance the lived experience in Iowa for international students and scholars who come to our campus. Share the rich resources of the UI with our fellow Iowans so that we all become more globally aware.
 
Deb Galbraith, May Program Coordinator, introduced Maureen "Micki" McCue, MD & PhD, who is on the advisory board of the UI Center for Human Rights, and who spoke in person at the Kirkwood Room to the hybrid meeting on the topic "Now is the Time for Nuclear Disarmament: Perspectives from Rotary International and PSR." Dr. McCue is a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). She stated it is important to raise awareness that Rotarians are instrumental in working across the world on nuclear disarmament. Dr. McCue's second PowerPoint slide included that "The Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGFP) [https://rotaryactiongroupforpeace.org/ragfp-partner-resources/] indorsed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in 2018." When the cold war ended, historians thought things would get better; however, now there are "weakened treaty regimes." Dr. McCue stated that the vast majorities of nuclear warheads are in the U.S. and Russia. Dr. McCue pointed out that while the bombs have gotten stronger, the language about nuclear weapons has been dumbed down to downplay their risk. On February 24, 2022, Russian invaded the Ukraine. Nuclear weapons, if used, would result in devastating climate change, millions of fatalities, and ultimately the end of the world. There is no safe number of nukes--prevention is the answer. The Rotary perspective is to eliminate nuclear weapons world-wide. What can we do? Action we can take includes telling the government not to use nuclear weapons, ensuring no single person has the power to launch nuclear weapons, and take the country off of hair trigger alert.
 
An attendee asked--How do you prevent other countries from getting access to nuclear weapons? The answer was that it is a complex process to develop nuclear weapons. The real problem is that Russian and the U.S. are continuing to develop nuclear weapons. There is a civil society movement in India and Pakistan to shut down nuclear weapons. Dr. McCue made the point that building nuclear weapons is not making us safer and has done nothing to stop wars, including in Afghanistan and Europe. What can we do? The answer was that education is critical to understanding the problems, and again, there should be no hair trigger alert. Many organizations are committed to abolishing nuclear weapons, including the International Red Cross and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
Mark Patton, Program Coordinator for April introduce Pat Heiden talking about "A Life Well Lived in The Community".  Pat is the former Executive Director of Oaknoll retiring after 37 years of service.  She then became Johnson County Supervisor.  She talked about her life with four brothers on a Dairy farm in Dennison Iowa.  She talked about milking cows, doing chores, bailing hay, walking beans and detasseling corn.  Her father died at home one morning at 45 years old of a massive heart attack.   Her mother was left to raise five children and run a dairy farm along with a hired man.   Lessons learned from working on the farm:  Hard work, courage, discipline, conflict resolution.   When she began at Oaknoll part time she had a BA in General Studies and thought she could conquer the world.  She began work at Oaknoll and then Executive Director Felica Hope was retiring.  She then assumed this roll.  Felicia was her mentor.  It took a while for Pat to develop her own style and be accepted for her style.  The first year did not come without challenges. 
She became divorced with two little girls 2 and 5.  She was a single mom with a very new important career.  She learned that you could accept the help of others and that you are not a failure.   
Deb Galbraith, May Program Coordinator introduced Dr. Ludwig Guttmann.  Dr. Guttmann was born in Frankfurt Germany, attended Princeton and got his medical degree from Columbia.  He has written over 184 articles and prefers to ride his bike as his mode of transportation.  He talked about the similarities between Polio and Covid.  Both involving a vaccine that some people did not believe in.  "Doctors are much better at preventing than treating disease".  During the Polio Epidemic there were signs at businesses that said, "Touch It, It is Yours".  Wash you hands was in all bathrooms and other places.   During Covid, we were not to touch things as the virus could spread and hands became raw from so much handwashing.  Polio is a virus that derives from human waste and dirty water.  Covid is respiratory and is very contagious.  Kids under 5 were much more likely to attract Polio. 
In 1985 when Rotary took on the campaign to fight Polio there were 350,000 cases.  Jonas Salk a non- live vaccine was developed vaccine in 1955.  The Sabin a live vaccine developed a few years later and was less expensive.    Dr. Gutmann read one of his stores about The Girl in the Rocking Chair, which was an Iron Lung. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Taylor Wertheim introduced Viktor Soloivov and Olga Dubney speakers talking about the Ukraine view of the War. Viktor has a B. A. National Academy Affairs, PhD in National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine.  Viktor has more than 12 years of progressive experience in Civil service as well as three years as state coordinator of NATO Building Integrity program in security and defense sector.  
He spoke about the devastation and genocide continually happing in Ukraine.
On April 19, 2022, Mark Patton introduced Mark Rummel, the City of Iowa City’s Associate Director of Transportation, who spoke to Iowa City's AM Rotary Club about Iowa City transit’s new electric bus initiative, which is funded by a combination of state and federal grants in conjunction with a partnership with MidAmerican. Mr. Rummel posed the question “Why Electric Buses?” The reasons included, but were not limited to, “reduce Iowa City’s carbon emissions” and electric buses are quieter than Iowa City’s existing diesel buses. Mr. Rummel spoke of the challenges, including making sure the electric buses can fit in Iowa City’s existing bus facility and under the Iowa Avenue railroad bridge (yes, but very slowly). However, Iowa City bus routes have recently been redesigned, and many routes no longer require buses to go under this railroad bridge. Mr. Rummel said that electric buses will be charged at two charging stations (this number is expected to increase). Iowa City’s electric buses were built in California and have a new colorful design. The expected battery life is about twelve years. There are four buses now, and Iowa City expects up to twenty-five. Iowa City will have a bus bash for the public in two weeks [Friday, May 6] by Big Grove at the Riverfront Crossings Park.
Karin Franklin, Program Coordinator, for March introduced Cameron Schrog.  Cameron's presentation today is on Bitcoin.  What is Bitcoin?  Bitcoin is a digital currency which operates free of any central control or the oversight of banks or governments.
 Instead, it relies on peer-to peer software and cryptography.  A public ledger records all bitcoin transactions and copies are held on servers around the world.  Cameron talked about the evolution of money from early times of bartering to current Bitcoin.  He talked about the six characteristics of money: Flexible, portable, divisible, difficult to counterfeit, limited supply and durable.  NFT (Non-Fungible Token) came on the scene in 2016-2017.  "Token" means that it can be transferred on a blockchain.   Essentially, NFT's are assets that carry a unique digital identity and can be traded and can be traded on a public blockchain. 
Currency is backed bank notes.  Internet money arrived on the scene in 2008-2009.   The advantage of Bitcoin is you can use it 24-7.
 
   
Karin Franklin, Program Coordinator, for March introduced Tom Cook. Tom is the author of a children's book "Happy Feet" about a young man in Africa with Club Foot. Tom is Professor Emeritus in Public Health and Physical Therapy Rehabilitation at the University of Iowa.  Tom Spoke on Dr. Ignacio Ponseti who was born in Menorca Spain. in 1914 and died in 2009.  Tom also wrote the book "RAG for Club Foot" "The Life and Global Impact of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti.  Tom talked about the impact of 1918 flu epidemic.  Dr. Ponseti was 4 years at the time. During his adolescence from 1920-1930 he lived in Barcelona.  In 1930 he attended the University of Barcelon where he was lucky to finish an exam two weeks before the Spanish Civil War.  In 1938 the city of Barcelona was bombed.  Dr. Ponseti had the opportunity to escape to Mexico City from July 14, 1939 arriving July 27, 1939.
 
 
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