Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Veterans Day

On November 7th, in honor of Veterans Day, Bob Kennedy gave us a wonderful presentation about WWII and specifically the WASP unit. 

Bob gave us great information on WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) from WWII.  This was a group of women who were Army Airforce pilots in WWII for noncombat military flight.  These women were typically the first to fly aircraft as they tested, ferried and trained other pilots.  Unfortunately these women were not recognized as veterans until 1977. 

Martha (Mace) Boshart was a member of WASP and we were able to find a picture of her in her gear from her days as an Airforce Pilot. 
Photo credit is from Facebook page from Martha's brother.

Bob also reminded the club that we celebrate 100 years in 2020!  He also brought a plaque from when the club celebrated its 75th year in 1995.

Visit from our District Governor

On October 31st our District Governor, Erna Morian and her husband, Steve Morain, joined up for our weekly club meeting.  Erna gave us a nice presentation on Rotary’s 2019-2020 theme of “Rotary Connects the World”. 

This was an appropriate theme for Erna’s year as district governor as Erna has a great world perspective and was able to share some of her story with us.  Erna is originally from Amsterdam but moved to Iowa (Des Moines) in 1983.  She moved to Waukee in 2004 and is a true Iowan as she has participated in Ragbrai for 15 years. 

She also shared the 2020 vision for Rotary with a few goals. 
1.       To continue to grow Rotary
2.       To see a bigger digital presence for Rotary
3.       Address food insecurity in Iowa

Lastly, she extended the invitation to attend the RD6000 Festival at Prairie Meadows (June 25-27, 2020).  This will be a memorable event as there will be an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for having the most Rotary presidents had over the gavel to the Presidents Elect this year.  Other activities include:
-          The finals of the yearlong Rotary Game
-          Conclusion of the Fighting the Hunger Feed More project
-          Many other great speakers and events all weekend long
 Thank you to Erna for taking time to meet with our group!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Business & Industry Week - Premier 1 Supplies

On October 17th we had our annual business and industry week.  David Collins invited Stan and Jean Potratz from Premier 1 Supplies here in Washington.
Stan started Premier 1 in 1979 after finding that he was not finding the equipment and supplies he wanted after farming for several years.

The current project underway at Premier 1 Supplies is the construction of a new building.  Stan is planning to use this building to continue to serve his customers and continue to ship out countless items across North America.  Currently, Premier 1 sends out 360,000 catalogs each year and employ around 55 employees.  We are fortunate to have such a successful business and employer here in Washington County!
Stan and Jean Potratz and David Collins

We were also fortunate to have so many great guests in attendance this week!