Friday, March 15, 2019

National Agriculture Day

The Washington Rotary club was joined by several guests at last weeks Rotary meeting to celebrate Ag Day, which was March 14th. Don Vittetoe brought in guest speaker Aaron Putze from the Iowa Soybean Association to speak to the group about some important issues the American soybean farmer is currently facing.
Aaron grew up on a farm in West Bend, IA. He has a degree in public communications from UNI, and is currently employed as the Director of Communications & External Relations for the Iowa Soybean Association.
Aaron reminded us of the importance of Agriculture in not only feeding the world, but also providing all sorts of other material products, as well as renewable energy sources. Only 4% of the world's surface is usable in producing food. Iowa is one of the Nation's largest agricultural states, with 86% of our ground being farmed ground. The United States produced over 500 million bushels of soybeans last year, with Iowa being the number 2 producing state (second to Illinois, Iowa has been number 1 in past years. The recent drop is due to an increase in hog production).
America is currently the largest producer of soybeans world wide, while China is the largest consumer of soybeans worldwide. In fact, China uses approximately 97% of the soybean crop grown world-wide in a given year. This is scary for American farmers currently, due to the trade war that has begun between China and the United States in recent months. With taxes and tariffs on our products on the rise, China has significantly decreased its import of American soybeans. This has caused soybean prices to drop nationwide, and leads to an uncertain future for our farmers.
Aaron is visiting China at the end of March to meet with people there to learn more about the issues at hand, to discuss the future of trade between the two nations, and how this might affect the American farmer.
As it 3.14 is also National Pie Day, Aaron asked for crowd participation with a price of mini pies! Thank you to everyone who brought guests for the presentation; it was wonderful to have such a large crowd.

 Becky Patterson with guest Gary Kos

 Ed Lins with guest Jim Cuddeback

 Jim Gorham with guest Larry Marek

 Craig Davis with guest Eric Schmitt

 Bob Kennedy with guest Bill Edwards

 Amber Trettin with guest Josh Trettin

 Kurt Sorensen with guest Amand Russell

 Cheryl Kurtz with guest Heather Marek

 Don Vittetoe with guest Alicia Vittetoe and Guest Speaker Aaron Putze

Matt Greiner with guest Rachel Fishback

Sue Basten with guests Pat and Jared Gent

 Michelle Redlinger with guest Jill Venden

Paul Horak with guest Ron Farrier

Gary Murphy with guest Andy McCall

 Don introduces the program

Aaron Putze with the Iowa Soybean Association speaks to Washington Rotarians

Last Week, Brent Hinson presented to the Rotary club about changes coming to the Washington community regarding the recycling process in the city limits.

Upcoming Events:
March 21: Amy Schulte
March 28: Sean Cortum
April 4: Connie Larson
April 11: Willie Stone
April 18: Emory Van Gerpen (Holy Week)
April 25: Bob Lamb

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

JET PT: Healthy Living Link

Last week, Brandi Hemsley introduced Audrianne Timmer to speak to Rotary about Healthy Living Link. Audrianne is the Health Coach at JET Physical Therapy. She began working there about a year ago, and launched a new program last fall called Healthy Living Link. This program is designed as a link between the medical treatments that patients receive, both at JET and with their other medical providers, and living a healthy lifestyle. The program can help patients in all stages of life, whether the goal is weight loss, moderating disease processes such as diabetes or heart disease, or just wanting to live healthier to feel better with less pain and more energy. The program is 16 weeks long, with 7 group meetings (small groups of about 5-7 people participate at a time), and weekly one-on-one meetings with Audrianne to discuss things such as meal planning, obstacles from the past week and how to work past them, and instruction in a personalized exercise plan. Audrianne has had 1 group of 5, plus 2 other individuals complete the program so far with great results, and saw similar results in her previous employment working for St. Luke's Weight Management Center.
Audrianne plans to begin a new group of individuals with the program within the next month. If you would like more information about the program, please contact JET Physical Therapy at 653-5494.

Audrianne Timmer speaks about Healthy Living Link

Upcoming Events:
March 7: Brent Hinson
March 14: Don Vittetoe - Ag Day
March 21: Amy Schulte
March 28: Sean Cortum
April 4: Connie Larson

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Transcendental Meditation

Tsalika Rich presented to Rotarians this week about transcendental meditation (TM). 
Tsalika is part owner of Do Dici Cafe in Washington, and she estimates that about 75% of her customers are members of the Maharishi population from Fairfield. This is a group of followers of the Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. They came to Fairfield from California in the 1960s, and this is now one of the largest populations of Maharishi followers in the world. The group is not a cult or religion, but rather a group of people who live in a community together to practice this technique of deep relaxation and finding inner peace. In Fairfield, there is K-12 school, as well as a University, with special dwellings for practicing TM. TM can be taught in groups or in one on one sessions, and involves the use of a mantra (word or sound used to help with concentration) to help you achieve a deep state of relaxation. The benefits of TM are widespread, being use for such things as helping drug addicts tame their addiction and helping kids with ADHD calm down and focus.
There are many famous people in America who practice TM, ranging from the Beatles to Clint Eastwood, to Oprah.

Upcoming Events:
February 21: Craig Davis
February 28: Brandi Hemsley
March 7: Brent Hinson
March 14: Don Vittetoe - Ag Day
March 21: Connie Larson
March 28: Sean Cortum