Monday, November 12, 2018

District Governor Tom Narak Visits Rotary

This week we were joined by Tom Narak, the District 6000 Rotary Governor. His wife Carol, also joined him on this visit. Tom and Carol entertained us with their story of how they came to be involved in Rotary. Tom initially joined Rotary during his time teaching in Schuyler Nebraska in 1979. Tom and Carol are both retirees of the education system. Because of their careers in education, the Naraks have a passion for helping underserved children. Their focus for Rotary is to push for improved literacy for young children, as well as preventing child abuse, and, of course, ending polio world-wide. They encouraged all Rotarians to "Be the Inspiration" by sharing stories of those involved with Iowa MOST, helping to fix cleft palate in third world countries, and RAG for club foot deformities. Their message was clear, that they hope to inspire everyone to do good in the world, even in the smallest ways, by getting involved in the community.
Tom encouraged the club to think outside the box, to come up with new ways to increase membership, new projects to get involved with, and new ways to organize club events. He wants every club to be individualized to mean the most to its members. One way to go about this is beginning a RotarAct program, to get younger community members involved in service projects even if they aren't Rotarians. Tom would like to see more involvement with Social Media to spread the news of Rotary, so that more people can Be the Inspiration.

Thanks for visiting, Tom and Carol!

You can read Tom and Carol's full biography at

Rotary 6000 District Governor Tom Narak and his wife Carol

Assistant Governor Bob Freeman joined the club this week to hear Tom and Carol's message.
Bob Freeman, Carol and Tom Narak, and Lynn Kock
 Dick Colby brought Mary Oviatt to Rotary.

 Michelle Redlinger brought Alicia Maurer to Rotary.

Lynn Koch presented Carol with a plaque and gift card as a Thank You for all the work she does as the District Governor's wife.

Last week's Rotary presentation was given by club member Bob Kennedy. 

Upcoming Programs
November 15: Jim Mostek
November 29: Brett Pierson
December 1: LJ Roth Corporation
December 13: Ryan Walker

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Business and Industry Day

Rotarians were educated on the benefits of Fiber network during last Thursday's Business & Industry Day. Kalona Cooperative Technology Company (KCTC) gave an informative program about the history of their company (originally called Kalona Swtichboard around 100 years ago) and how they are addressing today's technology needs. The fiber technology is the highest standard in the industry and offers great bandwidth and speed. After adding fiber to 100% of Kalona, they have been expanding services in Washington over the past 5 years. KCTC was the first business to build in the new Business Park south of town and is excited to offer internet, telephone, and television services to Washington.  KCTC also operates iTech in downtown Washington. The retail location offers mobile phones and computer/cell repair. 

In addition to the technology services that KCTC offers the community, they are actively involved in our communities. They offer classes on technology, host membership events in the community, and give back to various organizations. For more information about how KCTC is impacting Washington, please visit

KCTC's General Manager Casey Peck and Marketing Director Rory White
Rotary was fortunate to have several guests attend Rotary to hear about KCTC as well. Thank you to all of the guests that attended!

Upcoming Programs
November 1: Bob Kennedy
November 8: District Governor Tom Narak
November 15: Jim Mostek
November 29: Brett Pierson

Friday, October 12, 2018

Thank You, Christiaan!

We had an interesting week at Rotary! The guest at Rotary this week ended up giving our presentation. Anne Harris brought Christiaan Bates, who is a medical student studying for his board exams. His wife is the new owner of Harris Dental. Christiaan is studying to be a psychiatrist and gave a brief presentation on his schooling and how he chose this career path. Thanks for filling in, Christiaan!

We also got an update from Ray Poe on the Rotary Foundation. He told a story about one doctor's experience with a patient he treated for cleft palate, to remind us of the impact that Rotary has in the world.

Business and Industry Day is next week, so bring a guest! We will possibly be hearing from Brava Roof Tile or KCTC.

Upcoming Events:
October 18th: Michelle Redlinger - Business and Industry Day - Bring a guest!
October 25th: Jim Mostek
November 1st: Becky Patterson
November 8th: Jim Gorham
November 15th:Dennis Hunger