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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
(Meeting online only til January 2022)
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States of America
Most meetings will have hybrid options for those who cannot attend in person. Contact Liz Nichols, for zoom link. Currently testing out potential new meeting sites.
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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     319-665-3141
Iowa Ornithologists’ Union     and   gives 2 page list of birds
Cornell Lab
Iowa City Bird Club   newsletter, meetings, field trips
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 ow 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, 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.
Taylor Wertheim, program coordinator for November introduced Casey Cook to perform "What Jazzes You Up?".  The member show-cased today was Joan Nobiling.  Joan is from upstate New York.  She was and educator with an emphasis on Mental Health.  Joan moved to Iowa City four years ago. Joan has a master's degree in mental health.  Joan said after being ill, she learned that you must endorse yourself and enjoy yourself.  She lives at Oaknoll and is very glad to be a Rotarian. 
Taylor Wertheim, November Program Coordinator introduced District Governor Khanolkar.  Alka thanked the club for the opportunity to serve as Governor and give her Governor's address.  Alka talked about leadership, public image, The Rotary Foundation, Satellite Clubs, increasing membership and human trafficking. 
She expanded on R. I. President Sekhar Meta message To Bring a Guest to Rotary to help increase membership.   She talked about all the good that Rotary does Internationally with Global grants and the fight to end Polio in the two countries.
She talked about President Elect Training is virtual in February.  The All-Iowa District Conference will be held April 22, and 23 at the Hyatt Regency in Coralville.  This is a joint conference with 5970.  The first time the districts have held a joint conference was 75 years ago.  The International Convention will be June 4-8 in Houston. 
Mark Patton, Program Coordinator for October Dr. Jerald Schnoor, Department of Civil and Environment Engineer, University of Iowa.  The temperatures continue to get hotter each year 2016 was the hottest year on record and 2020 came in second.  Each decade continues to be hotter since 1970.  The Paris agreement was not enough.  AR6 a Code 
Red new report from UNIPCC.  There will be a conference In Glasgow November 1-12, 2021.  There will be 197 countries, 120 head of states, There needs to 45% emissions by 2030, net zero by 2050.  How Can We Do It?  By listening really listening to each other.  By changing hearts and opening minds, Cleaner healthier, fairer, more resilient, social justice and social equality.  Who suffers the most:  People of color, rural people, low income families.  We must change to survive!
Mark Patton, Program Coordinator for October, introduced Mary Mascher and Karin Franklin member of our Club.   Mary is in the 86th District of the House of Representatives. 
Karin and Mary will speak on Beyond Pallaitive ;  The option of Medical Aid in Dying. She talked about the need to talk about the quality of the end of life. Pallaitive care lessens the pain and suffering, some people choose to stop eating and drinking. Medical Aid in Dying gives the person the choice how and when to end their life with self medication prescribed by a doctor. There are only a few states that Medical Aid in Dying is legal:  Oregon, 1994, Washington, Montana, Vermont, California 2015 , Colorado, Hawaii, New Jersey, Washington D. C. and New Mexico 2021.  Mary Mascher said that this procedure requires medical action.  She said people must be educated.  This is a family affair and everyone needs to talk to their families.   She said that the House of Representatives has been trying for at least 10 years to get this procedure through the legislature.  Senator Bolkam has been working in the Senate for the same legislation.   P. E. Jenny Seylar said that both Mercy and U of I has a program "Honor you Wishes".  
Mark Patton, October program coordinator, introduced Chris Jones of U of I Hydrology.  The topic:  Update on Water Quality in Iowa City.  Chris talked about Iowa Quality information Systems and  the different glacier eras:  The pre-Illionian, Illionian, and the Wisconsin glacier and how each glacier has effected the land and climate. There used to be many wetlands, tall prairie grasses, and many forests. Today some of the issues are:  70% corn and soy beans, 13,000 sq. miles used for ethical production, 25 M hogs, 4 M cattle, 80 laying chickens, 5 M turkeys, 4 M boiler chickens, 220,000 dairy cattle.  What can be done to improve?  
Ban cropping for 2 years, Ban Fall tillage, Ban manure on snow and frozen ground, make framers adhere to ISU fertilizer guidelines, reformulate CAFO regulations. 
Mark Patton, October Program Coordinator, introduced Dr. Hans House, Covid Update.  Dr. House said that the Delta variant has peaked  in the U. S.  Iowa has not peaked.  Boosters are definitely needed.   Covid is endemic.  We need to get to the point where it is just like the flu.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel but may be an oncoming train.
Masking works if everyone where's them.  In order to protect at the highest level wear an N-95.   One of the goals is to make a
Covid vaccine part of the schools required vaccines. Europe is doing fairly good.  It will be along time before Africa will be vaccinated. Long term effects can be heart and lung damage.  Athletes who have contracted Covid have MRI's done to be sure there is not heart and lung damage.
Dr. House slides will be made available.   
Deb Dunkhase introduced Cassie Elton owner of Antelope Lending Library and Book Mobile: speaker for today.  The Book Mobile began in 2012. The mission of Open Heartland is provide full and equal access to information at no fee and no barriers.  Common barriers are:  transportation-no car, geography-living in county, language, documentation-no ID, money.  Public libraries require identification-borrowers need ID to obtain a library card.   The Book Mobile began in 2012 with a budge of $5,000.  In 2021 a second Book Mobile was purchased for $75,000.  There are five part time people and eight regular volunteers.  They serviced one day care, 9 neighborhoods serving 66 households. In 2020 home delivery began to 992 residents with 5, 230 books. Partners:  Johnson County Foundation. Iowa City Schools, North Liberty Library, Day Dreams Comics, Haunted Bookshop, Children Museum, Prairie Lights, Open Heartland, City of Iowa City, Coralville Public Library, South District, Porch Light.
2021:  Where does the money go?  5 part time staff, vehicle, driver, supplies, fuel, office space, fundraising, marketing materials, books and signage. 
For more information:  Cassie Elton phone number :  319-343-6872
Dave Cook, District Membership Chair and PDG Steve Dakin speakers for today.  Dave noted these statistics:  Current members target 2022 80/82, current 56% women vs 32%District.  13% under vs 10% under 50 .  Compelling facts I. C. Am membership has been very resilient over the past 10 years.  Significant growth 2014 + 9%, 2017 +7% and 2020 +7%.  Lost 5% 4 members due to pandemic vs. district average 7.3%.  Iowa City was at the start of the pandemic.  How to Grow Rotary:  1.  Do we accept the challenge.  2. How will the club grow to 80-82 members by June 2022.  Follow up with current  members that have not been engaged.  Newer members need to be mentored and involved. Take a meeting a perform a health check.  Dave and Steve talked about setting up a Satellite Club as am after hours or sunset club.  You can also set up a caused base club.  The club does not have to meet every week and can be 5:30 -6:30 pm as people are coming from work.  A Satellite member need to be part of the clubs Board of Directors.  Rotaractor's do not pay dues.
If they become a Rotarian then they must at least pay R. I. and District dues. Boone and Nevada have very successful setting up a satellite club. Both Dave and Steve said that Iowa City has the potential to have several satellite clubs 
Deb Dunkhase, Program Coordinator for September introduced the speaker for today:  Linda Eastman Founder Board member Casa Calibri. The Casa Colibri Literacy in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.  Local Teacher identifies a program for 40 villages. The facts:  Children do not read at grade level, start Day 1, unable to catch up.  The program they developed was outside reading with 4-6 students covering 3-4 books over a 4 month period.  They encouraged the children to think outside of the box. This was a pilot program that was highly successful. The teachers incorporated multi-learning and made a party.  This helped to improve reading one book at a time.  One book they focused on was "Jack and the Beanstalk".  This help them to learn about agriculture.  They were able to have little planting plots where they planted radishes.   They were given prizes of Interactive Solar Lamps.
There was much success with "Readers to Leaders".
Casey Cook, Program Coordinator, for August introduced the two past immediate past presidents. Amy Nicholson and Hazel Seaba.  Casey asked what were some of the things they remember most during their Presidency.  Amy said taking on projects and keeping eye on the ball.  Hazel said finding new projects , finding a champion, and moving the project forward.  What are the top three important parts of your Presidency.  Amy:  Perfected the Hybrid meetings .  Speakers from around the world.  It was a privilege to serve the Club. 
Hazel:  Decision to shift club dues,  Had to move on line with little warning.  100 percent Paul Harris.  Thanks to many club members who donated points to members.  Hazel also it was a privilege to serve the Club.    Casey felt they were both DG candidates.  He asked their opinions.  Both said an emphatic NO.   Both agreed there was a hugh time commitment.
Hazel felt it was a couples District and that you needed to be a couple in order to run for DG.  Deb Ockenfels said that Jill Olson from 5970 and Jackie Andrew both ran as District Governor on their own.  It can certainly be done. Amy talked about the advantage of attending International Conventions.   Amy said she attend her first International Convention when she was 18 years old.  She talked about the opportunity to meet people from around the world and make friends for life.  She talked about the Rotary Action Groups (RAG).  She said there were may breakout sessions that were very beneficial to all.  She also talked about the House of Friendship and how she helped in the Club Foot Booth. 
Casey Cook, Program Coordinator for August, introduced Shelley Maharry President and CEO of The Johnson County Community Foundation. What is a Community Foundation? A Community Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable nonprofit organization established to serve a specific geographic region.  Community foundations build funds that support community needs, with a focus on creating endowment funds for the long-term benefit of local charitable projects and programs. Community  foundations are trusted and valuable resources for individuals, families, businesses, nonprofit organizations and professional advisors working to build local philanthropy, and a vehicle for people of all means to make lasting difference in their community. 
Community Foundations Play Three Important Roles:  1.  Work with donors.  A community  foundation grows assets through contributions form many donors.  
Donor-advised agency and scholarship funds allow donors to make contributions to the causes they care about most.  Thee funds are invested by the community  foundation and over time grow to produce greater philanthropic good.
Casey Cook introduced the speaker for today Nicki Ross, Executive Director, and Nora Gorde of Table to Table. "Wasted Food is a Wasted Opportunity".  Table to Table partners with Scattergood School, grocery stores, Kum and Go, Hy-Vee Gas stations, Extreme Arena, Kinnick Stadium, and U of I cafeteria.  
Nicki spoke on Garden Recovery:  Table to Table connects garden produce with Hunger relief agencies. Hundreds of pounds of homegrown produce collected this summer so far.  There has been 13,300 lbs. of fresh produce recovered this season.  
A new program was produced this past year:  "GLEANING'"  Gleaning has 16 volunteers and was spear headed by Nora Gorde.  Ten percent of food grown in the U. S. is left behind in the fields.  Volunteers harvest the extra produce and donate it to relief areas.  This program was three years in the making.  Table to Table usually receives between $3,000-$10,000 annually from the Johnson County Community Foundation.  
Table to Table is currently located at 347 S. Capitol St.  September 1, they will move to 1049 Hwy. 6 in the Pepperwood Plaza.  
How can you help?  Volunteer or make a donation to Table to Table. 
Nancy Pacha introduced the RYLA and World Affairs Students.  Nancy spoke on the importance of attending both these programs to gain valuable leadership skills and Woto learn about World Peace and Understanding.  We were able to four west High Students to RYLA and Six students to World Affairs. The noon club also send six students to World Affairs.  Three students made a presentation on RYLA.  The activity "Take a Look Around was talked about.  This activity brings out the good and the bad feelings that students have.  LGDBQ was talked about. Questions:  What to Know and What to say.  At the end of the day there were rap sessions to discuss the events of the day.  There were usually 12 individuals on a RYLA  team.   Coe College has wonderful food.  RYLA is a "Life Changing Experience and you make many friends for "Life"
World Affairs was held virtually. The theme was Justice and International Bias.  Next years theme is Reenergizing Global Health.   World Affairs will continue to be virtual.
Karin Franklin, Program Coordinator, introduce Nancy Bird, Iowa City Downtown District.  Nancy spoke on the Iowa City Downtown District being a nonprofit that will celebrate its 10 year anniversary in 2022. The vision is a hub of 300 business and 150 property managers.  They have partnerships with Iowa Area Development Group and The Chamber along with the support of the Police Department. Events:  The Pride Parade in October, Mission Creek, Iowa City Arts, and the Block Party held last weekend. The Block Party was very well attended and very successful.  The Downtown District is in Covid-19 Recovery.  Shop local ethic, continued Take out, 20% of businesses failed.  10% closed right away.  
Some upcoming stores downtown:  More retail dry goods, Catering to faculty and students,  baby store, micro events.  The Union Bar is going to be a new brewery coming this fall. 
The US Bank lot will become a student house complex. 
There is a grant program to help bars improve bathrooms. 
Casey Cook, Program Coordinator for August introduced Kate Markham, current Development Director and Aaron Weiner, Administrative Assistant from Riverside Theatre.
Kate has a background in the arts and finance, joining Riverside in 2019 as Development.  Aaron first worked with Riverside Theatre as a performer in 2004, is a graduate of UI Theatre Arts program and became of a member of the staff this year. 
Kate provided a brief history of Riverside Theatre, Iowa City's only resident professional theatre company.  Riverside Theatre was founded by Ron Clark and Jodi Hovland, along with Bruce Wheaton in 1981.  The permanent location beginning in 1990 was Gilbert Street(Gilpin Paints warehouse( space.  In 1999 the outdoor stage in City Park was constructed and Riverside expanded its calendar to include summer performances in the park.  The lease on Gilbert St. expired in 2020 during the pandemic and performances shut down, the theatre was unable to come to new terms with the landlord and made the decision to leave the space. During the pandemic, they produced several virtual performances., filming, and broadcasting with Zoom.  The new space will be located in the Crescent Block redevelopment project in the space that housed the Union Bar and historically as the Montgomery Ward building. The new space will have flexible black box theatre with seating up to 150 seats, a large lobby with a view of the ped mall through floor to ceiling windows, and accessibility for both artists and patrons.   There will be increased programing and a commitment to continue to produce both new works and those have stood the test of time. 
They will take possession of the new space in October and the first production will take in January, 2022. 
Karin Franklin, Program Coordinator,  introduced Ashley Lindley, Human Rights Commissioner speaking on Implicit Bias. She believes in life long learning.  She talk about the fact that we "All Have Biases".  She spoke about UPR (Unconditional Positive Regard)  Treat Other as You wish to be Treated. There are no stupid questions and having a safe place. She has been working with Human Rights for two years.  This is a three year position.  She hope to continue.  Education is the key helping all of us with our personal biases. It is important to develop an understanding of people different than yourself. Read book and log into Ted Talks.  She recommended that everyone take the Harvard Implicit Assessment.
For further information contact Ashley at: The Iowa City Human Rights Commissioner meet the 4th Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Karin Franklin Program Director introduced, Lisa Barnes, Executive Director, Summer of the Arts.  Lisa talked about the wonderful Jazz Festival held July 2-July 4, 2021.
Soul & Blues Festival will be held July 30, 31, 2021.  The Iowa Festival will be held August 13-15, 2021.  Summer of the Arts Holiday Thieves Market December 4,5,2021.
Friday Night Concert Series:  May 21-September 10, 2021.  Northside Concert Series June 9, 10, August 21, September 11, and September 19, 2021. Free Movie Series 2021"Friday nights May 29 thru Oct. 2.  Music on the Move:  June 9,  Kevin Burt June 23, Dave Zollo July 14, Kevin Burt July 28,  Dave Zollo Aug 4, Kevin Burt  &August 25, Dave Zollo,
Lisa shared two videos of all the action happening in Iowa City.   
Jennifer Jones imagines Rotary fulfilling big dreams

Rotary International president-elect announces 2022-23 presidential theme to district governors-elect.

Rotary Projects Around the Globe January 2022

Rotary Projects Around the Globe - January 2022

Owori will become first Ugandan to head Rotary International

Business leader Samuel Owori will become first Ugandan to head Rotary

PolioPlus is engaging reluctant communities by addressing basic needs

PolioPlus is engaging reluctant communities by addressing basic

Sarah Nelson
Jan 25, 2022
Casey Cook
Feb 01, 2022 7:00 AM
Soar for Non porfits
Dr. Chris Peters
Feb 15, 2022 7:00 AM
Braver Angels Peace and conflict Resolution
Mark Patton
Feb 22, 2022 7:00 AM
Trip to help Georgians Cope with Tornado Damage.