Monday, September 24, 2012

Rotary stuff - Xicotepec app too

Sidewalk Games on Thursday

Our program on Thursday will be Byron Pringle, a young game software designer that started a company called Sidewalk Games.

Tito the Tiger
Sidewalk Games is a casual game developer specializing in PC and Mobile Games. The company was founded in November 2011 by Byron and Eric Pringle. The company is located in small town Washington, IA located 60 miles south of Cedar Rapids, IA. In March of 2012, Sidewalk Games went into a partnership with Big Fish Games as a distributor for there casual gaming software.

Be sure to come hear Byron tell his entrepreneurial story.

More Washington County, IA Factoids from FSA's Bill Bartenhagen's presentation last week

  • 1800 Farms
  • 1600 Producers
  • Total acres = about 300,000
  • Corn = 128,000 acres
  • Soybeans = 87,000 acres
  • CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) = 42,000 acres
  • Annual CRP Payments = $5.5 million
  • 2,800 CRP Contracts (entire State of NY has 2,826)
  • 232 miles of Waterways in CRP
  • 344 miles of Filter Strips in CRP
  • 1,800 acres of CRP will have expiring contracts in Sept 2012
  • 7,000 acres of CRP will have expiring contracts in Sept 2013
  • 1,700 farms (97%) participate in the FSA's Direct and Counter Cyclical Payment Program (DCP) which injects about $5 million annually into Washington County

Rotary Business & Industry Appreciation Day - Oct. 18

Start thinking of a future Rotarian guest you can invite for Oct. 18. We'll hear from Jon Thompson, owner of Beans Pharmacy, but also the very interesting startup company - Reliant Long Term Care Pharmacy.

Xicotepec Project Application!

The Rotary District 6000 Xicotepec Project application form for the March 2013 project team trip to Xicotepec is now available online. The deadline to submit your application and the initial $200 deposit is Nov 9, 2012. You know you want to do this.

Trip dates are March 16 – 24, 2013.  2013 will be the 11th consecutive year in which a project team from our district has traveled to Xicotepec to support the projects of the Rotary Club of Xicotepec de Ju├írez.

All the information needed in order to apply will be found at the online site, which is:


Applicants should budget +/- $1,600 (youth) to +/- $1,750 (Rotarians and adults) for total trip cost, which includes all transportation, lodging and meals (except meals "en route"). Additional costs paid by participants would include two meals in Mexico City, snacks, bottled water and souvenirs. $100-$200 in spending money is adequate for most participants.
Exact costs will be determined in early 2013 once airline, charter bus and hotel reservations have been finalized.
Past projects undertaken by Xicotepec Project Teams from our district include: numerous construction, paving, landscaping and painting projects in schools and other public places, installation of drinking water purification systems in schools, painting artistic murals in public areas, assisting U of I School of Pharmacy students in deworming school children, assisting U of I Dental School students with fluoride treatments and dental hygiene education, helping in programs to screen for diabetes and cervical cancer, enjoying recess at schools with children, playing soccer, jump rope, and basketball with the children at an orphanage plus many more . . . .
Questions or inquiries should be referred to -
Jim Peterson, Project Coordinator and District Committee Co-chair
Kay Carpenter, District Committee Co-chair