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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Speakers for the June 21 meeting were West High Interactors, Kasey and Kelsey Baller, who spoke about their experience in Xicotepec this spring.  They were introduced by Nancy Pacha.
 
 
 
Jody Braverman and his step-daughter, Rachel Gomez, spoke at the June 14 meeting concerning their trip last February to participate in the India NID.
Jody Braverman and Rachel Gomez draped in India NID banner.
 
 
 
Deb Dunkhase presented a report about "Next Year" for AM Rotary.
 
 
 
Our May 31 speaker was Jim Blessman of Blessman Ministries who talked about his South African ministries and various projects including a water project that was done partially with a Rotary Global Grant. Picture:  Sarah Aikin, Jim Blessman, Beth Blessman all of Blessman Ministries
 
 
 
 
Louis and Hannah Doerge gave a program on the film they produced and filmed in Iowa City and how the experience of filming an independent film in Iowa City compares to making films elsewhere.
 
Hannah and Louis Doerge
 
 
 
Today's program featured a panel lead by John Ockenfels of those who have attended at least one Rotary Leadership Institute session.
 
 
 
Today's meeting featured induction of two new members, Susie Poulton and Josh Brewster and a "What Jazzes You Up" moderated by Casey Cook to find out more about our newest members.
Pictured:  Deb Dunkhase (sponsor of Susie), Susie Poulton, Josh Brewster and Mike Messier (sponsor of Josh)
 
 
 
Deb Dunkhase was the May 3 presenter.  She discussed the Play to Read project.
 
 
 
Today's program was on Crisis Intervention Training and the speakers were Major Steve Dolezal, Johnson County Sheriff Department and Jessica Peckover, LISW, the Alternative Coordinator of the Program.
 
 
 
City Circle Acting Company, the resident company for the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts performed at the April 12th meeting.
 
 
 
About 24 players representing AM and Downtown Rotary Clubs putted their way to a great time at Colonial Lanes Mini-Golf Course in the First Annual AM Rotary Mini-Golf Tournament. This event substituted for our April Month Opener.
 
The Hat Lady Team: Nancy Pacha, Kris
Ockenfels, Amy Nicholson
 
 
 
We welcomed District Governor, Loring Miller and Past DG Terry Geiger and also prepared dictionaries to distribute to fourth graders.
 
Joan Garrity showing 4th Grade Dictionaries
 
 
 
Kris Ockenfels gave a presentation on "Fraudsters and Oldsters" based on her work in financial fraud detection at UICCU.
 
 
 
Today's speaker was Steven Beck, CEO and President of Santos Human, Inc. a company that specializes in digital human modeling.
 
 
 
Our speaker on Feb 9 was Doug Fern who talked about the Faith Academy located in SE Iowa City at 1030 Cross Park Ave.
 
 
 
The February 2 meeting featured a presentation by John Schultz about the history of the violin, or "400 Years of History in 20 Minutes or Less."  He and Lara Celeghin also started out by playing a violin duet.
 
 
 
Our speaker was Dr. Resiyme Oral, Director of the ACES 360 Program at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics who talked about how adverse experiences in childhood impact lifetime health and well-being.
 
 
 
The December 22 meeting featured an activity led by December Program Chair, Deb Pullen-VanAucken.
 
 
 
At the December 15 meeting the speaker was Nancy Keon, Vice President, Coaching Services, Advancement Resources who spoke on "The Gift of Gratitude."  Her introducer was Deb Pullen-Van Aucken.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                   Nancy Keon and Deb Pullen-VanAucken
 
 
 
December 8 speaker was Jane Dohrmann, Iowa City Hospice, who talked about the "Honoring Your Wishes" program.
 
  Deb Pullen-VanAucken and Jane Dohrmann
 
 
 
Today's meeting featured a presentation by Lara Celeghin, AM Rotary's exchange student from Udine, Italy.
 
 
 
This week the Speaker was Marty Lenss, Director of the Eastern Iowa Airport.  His presentation was on current trends in commercial aviation and at the Eastern Iowa Airport.
 
 
 
Casey Cook led a "What Jazzes You Up" session about Rotary Foundation with Jim Peterson and John Ockenfels for the Nov. 10 AM Rotary program.
 
Casey Cook, Jim Peterson and John Ockenfels
 
 
 
The Speaker for November 3 was Susan Craig, Iowa City Public Library Director who talked about ongoing library programs and some newer ventures for the Library.
 
 
 
District Governor Loring Miller sent the following letter to the AM Club following his visit on the morning of October 27, 2015.  Shown in the picture are Loring and Phyllis Miller:
 
 
 
 
 
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Member Spotlight: The book on Brad Rubini
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian When Brad Rubini was reading a bedtime story to his seven-year-old daughter, Claire, she asked him why he was reading the words wrong. “I’m dyslexic, so I thought I was reading the words right,” recalls Rubini, a past president of the Rotary Club of Toledo, Ohio. After he explained his problem, she began to read to him on most nights instead. “She was a voracious reader and storyteller. She was always telling stories, even when she was a toddler,” he says. Three years later, while Claire was away at summer camp, she died unexpectedly as a result of a...
Health: Survival of the Fitbittest
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian In the seven days from 7 through 13 March, I took precisely 84,250 steps. This amounted to 39.85 miles. I also climbed 288 floors and burned 22,055 calories. I’m fairly certain that you, gentle readers, could not care less about those statistics. Unless, of course, you’re one of the millions of gentle readers who have joined America’s fitness self-surveillance movement by strapping a tracking device to your wrist. In which case, you are probably pretty darned impressed by my stats. I should therefore add a few crucial caveats. Caveat No. 1: That week...
John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special...
Cynthia Salim: Former Rotary Scholar makes clothing with a conscience
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian The way Cynthia Salim sees it, the fashion industry doesn't have much to offer a young, socially conscious woman like her when it comes to work clothes. "The fashion industry often does 'sexy' or 'fun' or 'hip,' and things that encourage frequent purchases," the 29-year-old says. "It's very rare that the design community will design something that will make a young woman look credible and influential as well as timeless." Add "and is ethically made" to that list, and it becomes a tall order that Salim became increasingly frustrated trying to fill when...
Member Interview: Susan Davis uses social entrepreneurship to fight poverty
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Susan Davis has devoted the past three decades to using social entrepreneurship and microfinance to address extreme poverty, particularly in Bangladesh. A Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship in the early 1980s allowed her to study international relations at the University of Oxford. A decade ago, she co-founded BRAC USA (previously the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee) to help the world’s poor through self-empowerment. She is co-author, with journalist David Bornstein, of the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to...