Wednesday, October 7, 2020

 Riverside Casino & Golf Resorts General Manager Dan Franz and Facilities Manager Brett DeWolf updated the club Oct. 1 on how the casino is coping with COVID-19. They said the casino's gaming business and golf course are doing well, but the restaurant and hotel businesses have a ways to go.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020


A big thanks to Rotarians Don Vittetoe and Terry Engelken for serving our meals at each week's meeting.

Rotarians Amy Schulte and Teri Hartzler updated the club Sept. 24 on the Washington YMCA's Virtual Fitness offerings, proving a variety of classes in your own home with your favorite instructors. Several of our members have already downloaded the Y's new phone app for easy in-house class registration and virtual class viewing.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

 Zoom program with Iowan Wesleyan University President Chris Plunkett

Thanks to arrangements by former Washington Rotarian Adam McLaughlin, we enjoyed a virtual update on IWU on Sept. 10 from President Chris Plunkett. She said that after plans to merge with St. Leo University fell through, a partnership with Southeastern Community College at West Burlington shows promise and enrollment and retention rates are improving.

Our own Brian Overy gave an outstanding program on cattle ranching in his home state of Wyoming on Sept. 17, however your newsletter editor was so fascinated he forgot to take a photo. Maybe Brian will share one from his slide show.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Catching up since meetings resumed July 3.

Thanks for all Rotarians who turned out to help at the Kewash Half-Marathon on Aug. 29. Thanks also to Rotarian Sue Basten for sharing photos.
President Paul Horak presents a check for $10,000 on behalf of the Washington Rotary Club to to Rotarian and YMCA Director Amy Schulte. The donation will go to help equip the Community Room at the new Y.

Rotarian and Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson updated the club on city projects at our Aug. 5 meeting.
Rotary District 6000 Governor Steven Dakin and wife Lesley were guests Aug. 13.
Rotarian and Washington Community School District Superintendent Willy Stone modeled a COVID-19 face shield available for staff during his Aug. 20 program on back-to-school plans for the district.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Washington Community Schools

On January 30th, we had a very nice presentation from Willie Stone about Washington Community School District and how the district is preparing the students for success throughout their whole career at school.
Willie shared with us that Washington is using a MTSS or Multi-Tiered System of Support for every student in the district.  This system is based on three tiers of support. 
Tier 1 = Core Classroom Instruction
                This is the base of the system and each student receives core instruction
Tier 2 = Targeted Small Group Instruction
                This the middle of the system, and focus on children who may need some additional support and could benefit from more intensive group work on a certain subject
Tier 3 = Intensive Individual Instruction
                This is the top tier and is for students who would benefit from one on one instruction or guidance

This system provides a framework to help screen and support students and provides a chance to implement real time support.  This is implemented at all levels within the school district (primary to high school).
The next item Willie explained to us was the concept of the “Profile of a Graduate”.  This was presented as the hopes and dreams for our students, what skills do they need to achieve these dreams and how to transfer this to classroom work.  This concept was presented to the district and 6 core qualities for each student became the focus for graduates from Washington Community School.
1.       Communicate
2.       Contribute
3.       Collaborate
4.       Innovate
5.       Persevere
6.       Think Critically
Thank you, Willie, for all your hard work and preparing our students for whatever their next chapter in life may be!

Upcoming Events:
-          Daffodil Days Sales; sales sheets are out and orders are due back the week of March 5th
-          Annual Rotary sponsored Blood Drive; Feb 13th @ UP Church 1:30 – 6:30pm
-          Kewash Trail Half Marathon   April 18th, 2020
Upcoming Programs:
-          2/6/2020   Craig Davis
-          2/13/2020 BLOOD DRIVE DAY
-          2/20/2020 Brent Hinson
-          2/27/2020 Emory Styron