Deb Galbraith led "What Jazzes You Up" to interview new members Roxie Mitchell, Phil Jordan and Cole Lavarias.
Deb Galbraith with Roxie Mitchell, Phil Jordan and Cole Lavarias
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Nese Gok--Dokuz Eylul RC, Turkey
Mark Patton substituted for Deb Dunkhase at this morning's meeting. 
Liz Nichols announced that Rotary pins are available at the back table: $3 for a regular pin; $4 to replace a lost 100% attendance pin.
Kris Ockenfels indicated 2000 lbs of food has been donated to the Crisis Center after just one week of the food drive.  Bring food and dollars again next week. $1= 4 lbs of food for the "food fight" competition with the other Rotary clubs in town.
Deb Ockenfels gave a reminder to those helping out at the TAKO event at City Park next Saturday.
Roger asked for a volunteer to do set-up between 6 and 6:30 next week.
John Ockenfels mentioned that the Leadership Institute is looking for a facility with at least 3 rooms large enough for groups of 12 plus a main room suitable for lunch and initial gathering in the Iowa City area for Saturday, August 27.  The facility the Institute has been using in Iowa City is not available that date.
Mark Patton inducted Cole Lavarias with his badge, pin and welcome packet.
Rotarians in the News:  Dave Parson's latest Press Citizen article was published on the subject of kids.
Happy Bucks:  Just a sampling-- Dick Huber has announced his retirement date will be September 30 after which he will have more time to devote to Club activities.  Lots of people returned from interesting trips.  Pat Schnack has returned from Europe.  Tom Novak and family were in the Upper Peninsula.  Phil Peterson, Pam Ehly and Mike Messier were all in Chicago.  The Langenfeld's daughter, Katy, got married.  For Frank Juvan the loss of a family member led to a large family reunion with people who haven't all gotten together for 20 years.  Amanda McFadden celebrated her 29th birthday and 2nd wedding anniversary.  Amy Nicholson is on her way to see a former Belgian exchange student.
All three new members, Roxie Mitchell, Phil Jordan and Cole Lavarias, enjoy the fun and liveliness of AM Rotary.  Phil actually drives an hour each meeting day just so he can sing with us.  All three expressed interest in helping the community through Rotary projects.
Roxie Mitchell grew up in Cedar Rapids and moved to Solon during high school.  She has 3 kids and 6 grandkids while her spouse adds another 9 grandkids.  She enjoys many hobbies and travel.  Every January they stay in Puerto Vallarta at a timeshare.  As a kid she worked at the A&W in Coralville and then Henry's Hamburgers.  Now her passion is being a real estate agent. 
Phil Jordan grew up in Tuscola, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois where he obtained a degree in education.  He moved to Chicago right after college in order to accept a sales job.  Now his work combines sales and education as a member of the UI Pappajohn School of Business staff.  He lives in Central City, which is half way between his job at UI and his wife's job at UNI.
Cole Laravias spent much of his childhood moving because of his father's military duty.  He even lived in Egypt for several years.  Now Cole, who is a recent UI graduate, is a Weekend Warrior with the National Guard and will be spending nearly 4 weeks in Alaska this summer.  He is a medic in the National Guard and his career is as a Financial Planner for Principal Financial Group.