Sunday, May 12, 2019

Trafficking In Iowa



This past week Dick Colby invited Chad Ellis to join us and talk about human trafficking in Southeast Iowa.  Chad is the Washington County Investigator and also speaks to groups to make communities aware of different types of human trafficking.  By doing this, Chad hopes that active members in each community have an awareness for what this may look like in their community, and would be able to recognize if a situation may be part of a larger trafficking ring.
Dick with Washington County Sergeant, Chad Ellis
Chad wanted to make sure that we were aware of labor trafficking and that this may be a situation we see in Southeast Iowa.  As defined by HumanTraffickingHotline.org, labor trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.  Labor traffickers use violence, threats, lies, and other forms of coercion to force people to work against their will in many industries.
Chad talking about trafficking to the group.
We also got an update from Paul from the District Conference held May 2nd through the 4th in Des Moines.  Paul said he attended a presentation about literacy Friday morning.  He enjoyed the lunch speaker, Suku Radia, and attended two afternoon sessions.  One was focused on Rotary membership; focusing on diversity and younger Rotary members.  The other was on club fundraising.  He was also able to sit with a Rotary group from Keokuk who is working on a publication of letters from 1931 and 1932.  Thank you, Paul, for attending this conference and representing our club!
Paul reporting back on the District Conference 

Upcoming Events:
May 16: Kathy Salazar
May 23: John Moenck
May 30: Cheryl Kurtz
June 6: Randy Fehr
June 13: Ed Lins

Friday, April 26, 2019

Kewash Marathon Update

There was no program at Rotary this week, but we had no trouble filling the time with Justice and other updates from club members.

Teri informed Rotarians on the success of the Kewash half marathon that was held last week. There were over 450 runners from 13 different states participating, which was the highest participation yet. She also brought forth an opportunity for the Rotary club to assist with the run in future years as a service opportunity. She thinks it would be a great way to introduce people to the club by having Rotarians help with things such as passing out medals or working a food tent.

Michelle Redlinger brought 2 guests to Rotary today. Ron Semler and Jean Harmston both work for Pearl Valley Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Washington. Ron is a new administrator for Pearl Valley and Jean is a Regional Staffing Manager. The facility has had some hard times in recent years, and they have a shared goal of turning the facility into a 5 star resource for residents of Washington County.



Upcoming Events:
May 2: Chris Marshall
May 9: Dick Colby
May 16: Kathy Salazar
May 23: John Moenck

May 30: Cheryl Kurtz

Friday, April 19, 2019

Holy Week

Happy Holy Week! Emory invited the new Presbyterian pastor, Reverend Erin Kaye, to speak to Rotary for the occasion. Rev. Kaye moved to Washington in January with her husband and 2 children. She spoke about Maundy Thursday, and what she derives from the meaning of the Last Supper. Maundy translates to mean commandment, and we celebrate Holy Thursday to commemorate the last supper Jesus shared with his disciples before he was crucified. The last supper was also a celebration of Passover, a tradition from Jesus's Jewish heritage. Passover is a celebration of the freedom from slavery of the Jews in Egypt. At this last supper, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, an act of intimate caring for his disciples. This ace signified Jesus's commandment to all of us to "love one another, as I have loved you." So at the last supper, Jesus and his disciples celebrated freedom from slavery, as Jesus freed us of our sins by dying for our eternal lives, while commanding us to love one another, as he loved us. Remember this as you enjoy Easter with your families!

Reverend Erin Kaye with Emory



Cheryl Kurtz update the group on a recent Rotary service project. On Wednesday, seven Washington Rotarians joined a crew from the Riverside Casino to package meals for Take Away Hunger. The group packaged 12,960 meals of a rice/bean/seasoning mixture to send across the country for those currently in need. While these meals of been used world wide in the past, all of these meals will stay in the United States this year.





Upcoming Events:
April 25: Bob Lamb
May 2: Chris Marshall
May 9: Dick Colby
May 16: Kathy Salazar
May 23: John Moenck
May 30: Cheryl Kurtz