Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Iowa Speedway

Last week, Denise and Kevin presented their experience driving at the Iowa Speedway!

Denise and Kevin were able to go to Newton and do the Iowa Speedway experience.  The Iowa Speedway is a 7/8 mile oval track.  Cars on race day reach speeds up to 150 mph or more.  Denise claimed there were no odometers in the cars she and Kevin drove so she wasn't sure what her top speed was!

They both had to participate in a 3 hour course before stepping in a car.  This was to review safety practices, where to keep the car in the actual track and other items for them to get the most out of their experience!
Thank you for sharing about this awesome experience! 

We also briefly discussed the upcoming Turkey Dinner in September.  Several signs are being posted in high traffic areas in town this year to help promote this event.  This is the first year we have used these signs.

Upcoming Events:
29 - Jaron Rosien
5 - Turkey Dinner Program
9 - Turkey Dinner!
12 - No Meeting (Turkey Dinner Week)
19 - Laura Bombei

Rocking at Rotary

Thursday August 15th, Matt Greiner and Joe Nichols were our presentation at Rotary!  They are members of both James Crossroads and Aces and Eights and we had the pleasure of hearing about playing guitar and all their equipment they use at their shows!

Matt reviewed guitar basics with us.

After reviewing guitar basics, Matt and Joe played "name that tune".  We split up into two groups and tried to name that tune as they played the opening of songs.

Thank you for a great presentation!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ambassador Kenneth M Quinn

Last week we had a really special guest for our weekly Rotary meeting!  Jim Gorham arranged for Ambassador Kenneth M Quinn to join us for lunch and to speak to our group about his time with the World Food Prize!
Jim Gorham introducing Ambassador Kenneth M Quinn
Ambassador Quinn assumed presidency of the World Food Prize Foundation in 2000.  The past 20 years he has been working to make the World Food Prize the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture" and has traveled all over the world.  Ambassador Kenneth has Iowa roots, and hails from Dubuque; attending Dubuque Whalart for High School and Loras Collage for his undergraduate.  He shared how he moved from his first job in Dubuque to 10 years later being employed in Washington DC at the White House!
Dr. Norman E. Borlaug developed a"miracle"wheat in Mexico through the 1940s and 1950s.  This new wheat was developed and able to grow in a variety of different growing conditions and changed agriculture in Mexico and later in Asia and all of Latin America.  In 1970, Dr. Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize for his lifetime work and his achievements in agriculture. The World Food Prize was founded by Dr. Norman Borlaug in 1986. 
Ambassador Quinn
The World Food Prize has had 2 dreams in the past 20 years with Ambassador Quinn as president;
1. Make the World Food Prize the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture"
2. Make Central Iowa the Food and Agriculture Capital of America
The World Food Prize holds an annual symposium in October in Des Moines where international leaders, farmers and experts come together to discuss global food security and nutrition. 
Thank you Ambassador Quinn for attending our weekly meeting and presenting all this wonderful information on the World Food Prize!