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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 Liz Nichols, lizdnichols@gmail.com for zoom link. Currently testing out potential new meeting sites.
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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. 
 
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.
 
 
Karen Franklin introduced Timothy Massawe, Assistant District Governor form Tanzania.  He is a charter member of his club and an attorney.   He presentation today was on "Empowering the Vulnerable Through Education.  Timothy talked about the poverty in his country and how this affects the learning opportunities for children.  Timothy was born in a hut and was very poor. Rotary President Elect Jennifer Jones sponsored Neema and now she is a nurse.  Sponsorship for one year is $1,000.  There are currently 51 students in the program and the program has had 200 students.
The students are chosen through a government agency. After college the students are encouraged to return to the community to volunteer to do go in the community.  They are also encouraged to become Rotarians.   If you are interested in more information or wish to sponsor a student, Timothy email is:  massawe178@gmail.com.
 
 
Mark Patton went to Kentucky with the Mennonite Disaster Service in January. The tornado killed over 90 people in the Dec10-2021.  This is a story of dramatic climatic change.  This tornado exceeded 200 miles thru Mayfield Kentucky.  The tornado was an EF$ with 155-200 MPH winds. It destroyed very substantial structure as homes, churches, courthouse and many others. Dawson Springm KY population 2430, 13 killed. Mayfield population 10,073.  24 people killed at the Candle Factory. 
The phases that people will go through:  Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. 
Mark showed many very sad pictures.  All of us should feel very lucky that we have our homes, health and not this horrible devastation. 
 
Casey Cook spoke today on Solar Energy Pros and Cons.  He wants to try new things and better for the environment.  Casey started this project as an Economic Benefit with solar panels on:  Quality Care, Casey's office building, Good Will, Human Serivces, and an Indian Tribe in Nevada. 
Why do this?  To save money, take advantage of various tax credit, invest some of his future welfare, and diversified as not sure of the stock market. 
Case Study Mall Drive:  Size 20 KWH $50,000 Tax savings $27,000, electric savings of $2,300 per year. The units typically have 5 years of production.  It all depends on the sunlight. 
On home you may get 25 years.   The benefits, environmental, federal and state incentives, saves energy and there are ecological rewards. 
These projects must be monitor weekly, cheapest is not the best.  CA is less expensive.  You must expect challenges and tenacity is required.
 
 
 
 
 
Casey Cook, Program Coordinator, for February introduced Carolyn Brown speaking on Literacy.  She is the found of Foundation in Learning.  She talked about teaching children how to read   Carolyn said that children struggle with dsylexia, limited language skills, difficulty spelling, high frustration and low self-esteem, difficulty retaining and retrieving information, cannot generalize across words or content.  If is important to focus on the capacity of learning. How do we measure it and how is it best learned?  It is important to vary tasks, content, and provide lots of practice. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peggy Doerge introduced Dr.  Chris Peters member of the Rotary Club of Iowa City.  Chris is a member of "Braver Angels" joining in 2018.  He talked about student political leaders at Graceland college one from each party and how they can be friends trying to understand their differences through Braver Angels. He showed a video showing all the political differences in the world today.  "We are in a New Civil War about What Exactly"   Abraham Lincoln quoted " I don't like him, therefore I must get to know him better".   Braver Angels tries to help people understand accurate disagreements to have mutual understanding.  Make I statement's rather we statements.   There are currently 3,100 members across the country. There is a reuniting documentary on U Tube.  Braver Angels is part of District 6000 Peace and Conflict Resolutions Team.  Ron Heideman from The Rotary Club of Indianola is the team chair.  To contact Chris:  chris@docpeters.org.  319-400-3051
 
 
Pam Ehly introduced Rick Hillis, Bird Club.  Rick is very passionate about birds.  He spoke on some of the birds in Iowa:  Mouring Dove, Copper's Hawk, Red Headed Woodpecker, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Purple Finch, Red and White Breasted Nutatch, House Sparrow, Eurasian Sparow, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco.  He talked about many Bird books:  Sibley Birds, National Geographic.  He talked about many different kinds of feeders.  He emphasized the need for a good pair of binoculars to see the birds at your feeders.  Be sure to have a camera or phone to take pictures.  He talked about the advantages of different types of bird seeds for different types of birds. He like hulled sunflower seeds the best.  The water must be clean and kept heated.  
For more information go to these websites. 
Attracting Birds to Yard:  Birds and Feeders
Rick Hollis
xiboia@earthlink.net     319-665-3141
 
Iowa Ornithologists’ Union
iowabirds.org     and    https://iowabirds.org/Birds/Docs/FieldChecklist.pdf   gives 2 page list of birds
 
Cornell Lab      allaboutbirds.org
 
Iowa City Bird Club   newsletter, meetings, field trips
iowacitybirdclub.org
 
Friends of Johnson County Conservation
 
Pam Ehly, Program Coordinator for January, introduced Tom Cook speaking on The Rotary Action Group (RAG) for Club Foot. Tom is at the University of Iowa in Occupational Health. Tom showed a video showing people that have club foot.  Club Foot affects males more than females.  India is the highest country for Club Foot at 150 cases per hour.  Dr. Ponseti discovered a non-surgical method of gentle manipulation and plaster casting along with braces to worn at night so that a person can lead a normal productive life. The process usually takes 4-6 weeks and then several years of braces to correct the foot. PDG Herb Wilson was the founder of The RAG for Club Foot.  There are Vocational Training Teams through Global Grants that have gone to the following countries to train doctors:  Brazil-2016, Mexico-2017, Bolivia-18, Dominican Repbublic-2019, Argentina-2021.
Dr. Jose Morcuende from the University of Iowa does the training for the doctors. 
Karen Franklin introduced Anne Spencer, Co-President of League of Women's Voter.  Anne has been a teacher in the Iowa City School System.  The League of Women's Voter begam in 1920 during Womens Suffrage.  The League of Women's Voter's has been an important part of democracy.  The state and national league has empowered voters by informing participation in government.  The League has developed a workshop on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  The Goal of the workshop is to recognize racism in society and the role of privilege.  Anne showed a video that gave examples of the role of privilege. 
There are three one-hour sessions in the workshop.  1.  Privilege:  Urban and Rural, 2.  White Procedure 101, 3.  Process and Planning.
Today was a sharing of stories of Pat Schnack who passed away December 26, 2021.  She was loved by all.  She was a teacher who inspired the lives of many children. 
She helped the club's "Reading Partners Program".  This involved reading books with school age children.  She was diagnosed with Lung Cancer about 10 years ago.  She kept on going.  She lived life to the fullest by touring many countries.  She took her grandchildren on many international trips.  She traveled to Pakistan and to Xiotopec.  She was thrilled that she and Ron's four sons would be here for Christmas. Travel was involved from Japan and Austria.  She had hoped in January to go to Mexico for a few months.  
She will be greatly missed by everyone.  Visitation will be Thursday December 30, 4:00-7:00 pm at Lensing Funeral Home.  
Pam Ehly introduced Jenny Seylar and Lisa Steiledger from Mercy Hospital.  Jenny is President Elect. She has been a Rotarian for four years.  She is involved in West High 1440 Interact Club with Nancy Pacha and Margy Winkler.  She is the Chaplin for Mercy Hospital.  Lisa is the Communications and Foundation person for Mercy.  Jenny talked about the impact of the pandemic.  She gives spiritual care to families as they go thru sickness and death of loved ones.  Elective surgeries were stopped during the height of the pandemic. The staff worked very hard at rationing the PPE so that they would not run out. There were times when the dying could not have loved ones.  Jenny would be with the patient and communicate with the families. Babies were born that could bring some joy.  It was and is very important to celebrate the "Successes".  She thanked the community and the school children for all the cards, letters and food provided during these trying times.  Jenny said that everyone is very Tired.  It is important to continue to find the JOY in life to maintain a healthy life physically, mentally, and spiritually.  
Taylor Wherheim, Program Coordinator, for December introduced today's speaker:   Jeff Capps, Director for the Iowa's Children Museum.  Jeff worked for Habitat for Humanity beginning in 2009 then joining the Children's Museum when Deb Dunkhase retired.   The Children's Museum has been in its current location since 1999 serving over 2 million children with active learning experience.  The museum has s strong foundation and leadership.  "It's a happy talent to know How to Play", Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Jeff asked?  What is a childhood experience that you still hold dear?  Answers ranged from laugher, joy, dolls, ice skating, bubbles, planting corn, and spending days at the lake. Iowa Children's Museum has five key education initiatives:  Literacy Financials, Arts and Culture, Science Technology Education and Math:  STEM, Life and social skills, and Healthy Kids School Readers.
During the pandemic, the staff at the museum developed virtual learning, ICM to go, Play Parks for hands on learning at home.  The Iowa Children's Museum is a very important part of the Corridor community. 
  
Pam Ehly, Program Coordinator for December, introduced Marty Lenss, CID Airport Director. The CID airport is represented by a 5-member commission and has 4 core lines of business—Air Service (80%), Cargo, General/Corporate Aviation, and Property Development. There have been forty closures in the last year of carriers existing smaller markets, including Delta exiting Peoria, but CID has 5 airlines, which continue to invest in its market, and overall seats are up 11%. They just announced non-stop service to Sarasota and it is important we continue to use the airport. Phase 3 of the terminal modernization was completed with an outdoor patio, a Java House kiosk opened, and there is a mural highlighting the Iowa wave. Phase 4 is the last phase--the phases were designed so they could stop after each phase. Phase 4 has an eighteen-month design process then they will decide about more construction. They see more growth in air cargo, they are the 68th largest cargo carrier in the country (Des Moines is #91). General Corporate Aviation is working with Kirkwood on an aviation maintenance technician program to address many job openings, including internships. Iowa employers have a 7% disadvantage (compared to states with sales tax exemptions) because they pay sales tax on “parts, equipment, and materials installed on aircraft.” Iowa needs 1) the right work force and 2) a sales tax exemption for better economic development and so companies don’t move aviation maintenance work to states with a sales tax exemption. CID considers land use and works on sustainability initiatives. CID launched Wings2Water.org, a 501(c)(3) to improve water quality. In response to a question from John Ockenfels, Marty said CID’s $21 million operating budget revenues include ticket sales, parking fees, rental cars, etc. and that if you have never flown, you haven’t paid for CID. President Liz Nichols, Pam and the members thanked Marty. Brian Adamec asked about cargo security. Marty replied that TSA does baggage screening, and on international flights, you must be on the plane before your baggage goes on the plane.
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