Rotary Club of Iowa City A.M.


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Iowa City A.M.

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Kirkwood Room
515 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA  52240
United States
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Lee Holmes from RC of Waukee talked about the impact of District 6000 Rotarians in South Africa. 
         Information has been posted about how you can participate in the Iowa MOST mission to Huehuetenango, Guatemala, in February 2016. Applications are due mid-September.
Today's speakers were Cassandra Eltin and Braeden Jones from the Antelope Lending Library.
The August 11 meeting featured students from the City High Interact Club who participated in the 2015 Xicotepec work week.
The August 4 meeting featured young people from City and West High Schools who attended RYLA or the World Affairs Seminar in July.
Gregorio Sanchez, visiting scholar from Xicotepec, Mexico, read the following letter of thanks to AM Rotary at the July 28 meeting.
Erin Probst talked about her Youth Exchange year in Chile and the Mustons from the IC Noon club video taped our club members wishing the Noon Club a happy 100th birthday.  Gregorio Sanchez said goodbye to the members of AM Rotary as he is headed back to Mexico.
Speaker for July 21 meeting was Kris Ockenfels who gave tips and tricks of traveling successfully around the world.
  Tom Novak introduces Nicole Novak and Misty Rebik for program on the new Johnson County ID program and the work of the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa.
President, Myrene Hoover led a business meeting to discuss results of a member survey done in May and to get feedback on some areas of concern.
The AM Rotary Club met at North Ridge Pavilion in Coralville for an evening meeting to celebrate our Year Ender.  Mark Patton, gave his farewell presentation as the Club's President and then turned the gavel over to Myrene Hoover.
The June 23 speakers were John and Deb Ockenfels who described their trip to the RI Conference in Sao Paulo and their tour of parts of Brazil and Argentina.
The June 16 speaker was John Funderburk, Director of Advocacy Alzheimer's for the Alzheimer's Association, Washington DC.

Peggy Doerge Dawn Wiand and Jean Knepper

The Speaker was Dawn Oliver Wiand, Executive Director of the Iowa Women's Foundation.

Our speaker was our own Dave Parsons who discussed his cultural exchange trip to Cuba last January.



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.


This meeting featured presentations by our exchange student, Sophie Horstmann, from Germany and the student hosted by IC Noon Club, Eleonora Cherubini.


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.


This week's meeting featured a presentation by independent agronomist, John McGillicuddy, on the Ukraine.


Speaker for the week was Jason Egli, Epo Energy, speaking about use of solar energy in Iowa.


The Speaker at this Rotary meeting was Janet Schlapkohl, a local playwright and director of a non-profit theater called Combined Efforts Theater.


Deb Dunkhase spoke about Iowa MOST at this Rotary meeting.


At the meeting on March 31 our speakers were Jenifer Secrist and Emma Guthart who talked about the One Nation Education foundation Jenifer started following the earthquake disaster in Haiti and the trips they have taken subsequently with many supporters to help rebuild homes and schools, provide safe water, and give children a faith--based summer camp experience.


At the March 24 meeting we introduced our three newest AM Rotarians:  Bree Neyland, Amanda McFadden, and Ryan Dye.  Casey Cook presented a long term plan for funding many of our grant and other charitable projects by endowing AM Rotary through contributions to the Johnson County Community Fund.  We also held a brief Club Assembly to gather information about the committees and activities that each member would like to participate in for the 2015/16 Rotary year.


Announcements:  Thanks to all those involved in planning our Community Grants event last week, it was our best ever!

World in a minute – Jack Tank spoke about Grenada, which has just one Rotary club. Grenada is an island country consisting of Grenada itself and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Grenada is also known as the "Island of Spice" because of the production of nutmeg and mace crops of which it is one of the world's largest exporters. Its size is 344 square kilometres (133 sq mi), with an estimated population of 110,000. Its capital is St. George's. The national bird of Grenada is the critically endangered Grenada dove.

District conference is just six weeks away, and members are encouraged to sign up for at least one of the three major dining events.  We prefer you sign up manually (print out and mail in the registration form) instead of digitally due to the extra processing expense, but please do one or the other.  Friday’s lunch will feature Bob Bowlsby, Saturday’s lunch will showcases kids and Friday evening’s dinner will feature Aaron Thomas.  Please volunteer to help out if you can.

Here’s a link with more details:

There will be a board meeting this Thursday at 6:45 at Waterfront Hy-Vee.

45 people from all over the district attended a grant management seminar last week.

Program: Our six Interactors (three from City High and three from West) were unable to attend due to the morning ice storm, but Nancy Pacha filled in with help from Casey Cook.

Interact gives students ages 12-18 the chance to make a real difference while having fun. Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding.

Clubs meet at least twice a month and are sponsored by their local Rotary club.  Interact helps young people:

•connect with community leaders

•develop leadership skills

•make international connections

•discover more opportunities to connect with Rotary, including Rotaract, RYLA, and Youth Exchange

On March 29 at West High School will be the third annual Iowa MOST benefit fundraiser.  Casey said there is some remarkable talent on display there.  Iowan Frank Canady (son of lead surgeon John Canady) will be one of the speakers.

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) was also discussed in some depth.  Rotary clubs in Districts 5970 and 6000, throughout Iowa sponsor students to participate in this 6-day leadership conference.

RYLA is a life-changing leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect.  The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership.  Many past RYLArians from around the country have said, “It was the best week of my life!”

The RYLA Conference for 2015 will be held July 26-31, 2015 at Grinnell College.  Registration for 2015 Iowa RYLA begins December 1, 2014 and closes April 30, 2015.




Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the...
Member spotlight: Peak performer scales Kilimanjaro
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian When Carole Kimutai was growing up in Nairobi, family members were always coming for long stays – a grandparent one month, a cousin the next. "Anyone who needed school fees would come to Nairobi, and my parents would assist," she says. "Or if my grandmother was sick, she would come to live with us until she was better. It was natural to help others." Years later, Kimutai was invited to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Nairobi-East, where she instantly felt at home. "I grew up seeing my parents help relatives, and now I am seeing people help quote-...
Convention: Hear the music
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian Chances are, you’ve heard of Psy and his signature song, “Gangnam Style.” He’s the Korean pop star with dark sunglasses and a distinctive galloping horse dance who was everywhere a few years ago, including on a This Close ad for End Polio Now. But what you might not know is that Psy is merely the tip of the colossal iceberg known as K-pop, short for Korean pop. If you plan to attend the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul from 28 May to 1 June, you won’t have to search for K-pop – you’ll hear it in the streets, in cafes, in taxis, and on...
Member interview: Jay Cook helps young people through Rotary Youth Exchange
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian A Rotarian for nearly three decades, Jay Cook has helped hundreds of young people broaden their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. Recently, while working for the nonprofit Water Missions International, he’s turned his attention to bringing safe water and sanitation solutions to developing countries and disaster-stricken areas. Cook is a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston Breakfast and the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group. THE ROTARIAN: How did you become involved with Rotary Youth Exchange? COOK: My club was hosting a young...
Technology: To please in a pod(cast)
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian When I was a college student in Wisconsin in the 1970s, those of us who worked at the 10-watt radio station hoped our signal would reach not only the 1,500 students on the Beloit College campus and the 35,000 residents of the town of Beloit but also the people in the cars and trucks passing by on the interstate 3 miles to the east – and possibly, late at night, the 150,000 who lived in the bustling metropolis of Rockford, Ill., 20 miles to the south. Some of us hoped to get jobs in radio after we graduated, and there was even talk about starting...


Sep 01, 2015
Mark Patton
Whose Affordable Housing?
Sep 08, 2015
Sep 15, 2015
Sep 22, 2015
Sep 29, 2015
Mike Stoffegren and Sheila Boyd
Community Foundation
Oct 06, 2015
Margaret Reese, Director
Mercy Foundation
Oct 13, 2015
Rebecca and John Schultz
Biking Across the USA
Oct 20, 2015
Oct 27, 2015
Loring Miller, District Governor
District 6000 Update