The May 5th meeting featured a number of Rotaractors from the Iowa City area who spoke about what is going on in the newly reconstituted Rotaract Club in Iowa City.  The session was moderated by Usha Balakrishnan, the District 6000 Rotaract chair and a member of the Iowa City Noon Club.


Guests and Visiting Rotarians:

Usha Balakrishnan, IC Noon Rotary (speaker)

Guests of Usha Balakrishnan:  Greta and Bill Doucette; Ali Rosenberg, LaShonda Kennedy, Julia Julstrom-Agoyo, Nadia Loeppke, Eric Pohl, Paul Trien, Uma Balakrishnan

Kermit Sheker, IC Noon Rotary

Martin Muller, guest of Carl Christensen

Eleonora Cherubini and Sophie Horstmann, Rotary Youth Exchange

Jody Braverman, IC Noon Rotary

Mary Ellen Lewis, IC Noon Rotary

La Donna Wicklund and Gary Wicklund, IC Noon Rotary

Jill VanDorpe, guest of Deb Galbraith

Gregorio Sanchez, guest of Hazel Seaba

John Lee, guest of Nancy Pacha

Vicki Struzynski-Olson, Coralville NC Rotary

President Remarks by Myrene Hoover

Can sorting went well this past weekend at the Can Shed. About a dozen Rotary Club AM (and friends) participated.

A letter was read by the International President of Rotary about the earthquake in Nepal; Rotary will assist in relief. Donations can be made to District 6000 Relief Fund. John Ockenfels described the local support, Outreach (high quality packages of food).  Later people will be asked to help replenish the food.

John Ockenfels shared the District service award to Elaine Shalla in recognition of her work in the club and District.

Thank you was given for Deb Galbraith and David Johnson for the party they held on Sunday for outbound exchange students.

Pins were given for donation supporting the Foundation

Vernette  Knapp– Paul Harris +2

Nancy Pacha – Paul Harris + 7

LaDonna Wicklund was presented a check for the I Can Read project that the club supports for literacy. She reported on the donations made to schools and local families to support literacy.

Jack Cameron reported on visitors, make-ups, and Rotaract attendees.

Rotarian in the news:

Karin Franklin is chair of the board at the UICCU.

World in a Minute:

John Schultz reported on Sri Lanka which is an island country near India, 3000 year documented history, size of W. Virginia, 22 million population. It is a growing country; there are over 61 Rotary clubs.


Jody Braverman and Vicki Struzynski-Olson were introduced.  Vicki is the current assistant district governor and Jodi is the incoming one for the clubs in our area.

Martin Muller, a former Ambassadorial Scholar who was counseled by Carl Christensen during his early years here, announced he became a naturalized citizen two months ago; he was originally from Germany.

Program: Usha Balakrishan and Iowa City Rotaract members

Usha shared information about the Rotaract club at UI. Rotaract members shared stories about their experiences and how they became involved in the club.

Happy Bucks:

Numerous Happy Bucks were shared.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00a.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pam Ehly