Aria Widyanto and Tom Markus

The speakers at the May 26th meeting were Tom Markus and Aria Widyanto talking about the Young Southeast Asian ambassadorial fellow program sponsored by the International City/County Management Association and the White House and Mr. Widyanto's experiences with this program.  Mr. Widyanto is from Jakarta, Indonesia.


Notes of the Rotary Club of Iowa City A.M.

Date: May 26, 2015

Guests and Visiting Rotarians:

Janet Coester, guest of Deb Galbraith

Aria Widyanto, speaker, guest of Amanda McFadden

Tom Markus, IC Noon Club

All veterans were recognized and thanked.

Announcements from President-Elect Myrene Hoover

  • Mark Patton was absent; his mother-in-law passed away and he was attending a memorial.
  • The club board meeting is this Thursday at 6:45am at Waterfront HyVee.
  • Myrene Hoover circulated a copy of Ovation and highlighted members who were featured in the book.
  • At each table, there was a sheet with a summary of evaluation of the club as well as a roster of attendance and make-ups.

Report by Sergeant at Arm: Jack Cameron

Visitors were greeted.

In the News

Jean Knepper and Ann Langenfeld.

The Habitat for Humanity trailer was on TV.                                                                                                


  • FAMSCO storage is being relocated. Volunteers are needed this weekend to help move items that will be shipped to Paraguay.
  • June 30th is the Year-Ender celebration; it is in the evening and is in place of the morning meeting. There will be a celebration and awards. Time is 6:00pm
  • RYLA and World Affairs will be coming soon; a total of 9 students will attend that are sponsored by our club; special thanks was given to Brian Adamec for coordinating the fundraising to support these students.
  • Check attendance records. Members close to 100% attendance still have a chance to get in make-ups to count toward the perfect attendance award at the Year-Ender.

Happy Bucks

19 Rotarians shared Happy Bucks.

Program: Guest Speakers Aria Widyanto and Tom Markus

ICAD has a committee to welcome international visitors; Tom Marcus made an introduction to the guest speaker, Aria Widyanto, who is from Jakarta, Indonesia. He is an international student fellow, sponsored by the State Department. He has been in IC since mid-May and will be staying for a month; he is participating in a home stay with the Markus family.

Aria spoke to the club and explained the purposes of the program:

  • to enhance relations between the US and south east Asian countries,
  • to build and sustain long lasting relationships.

Indonesia is:

  • A productive country; this is in part due to the fact that much of the population is under 35 and the economy of the country is very strong. 
  • A country with more than 300 ethnic groups,
  • Unity in Diversity is the motto of the country,
  • There are more than 250 languages spoken in the country.
  • Indonesia is a democracy and not a Muslim state (the majority religion) because of the ethnic, language and religious diversity of the country.

Club members asked questions regarding the length of his stay, languages he speaks, his area of study, transportation in the country (specifically cars).

The meeting adjourned at 8:00a.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pam Ehly