Thursday, November 29, 2012

POW!

It was great to hear from Pasoari Widiastuti, a foreign exchange student at WHS from Indonesia. She gave a great presentation about her homeland. Fortunately, she goes by "Pow" because pronouncing her real name is "challenging."

Pow is active in the community and is earning a lot of Silver Cord hours. Recently, she was an elf in the Main Street Washington lighted parade...

Pow is staying with Lori and Roger Adams in Washington. Thanks for setting up this program, Sue Basten.
Lori Adams and Pasoari Widiastuti (Pow)

Upcoming Programs

December 6Brent Hinson, program will be WHS students talking the annual Dance Marathon.
December 13Jim Gorham, program will be UI Provost Barry Butler
December 27 - Ed Lins, program will be Samantha Ellingson talking about the recent honor flight for area WWII veterans
January 15 (Tuesday) - Rotary Alive After 5! Chamber event at Tsalika Drown's Cafe Dodici. 5-7pm
January 17 (Thursday) - No Rotary Club meeting (Alive After 5 this week)

New Members!

It was great to have these new Rotarians attending our club meeting this week!

Michelle Peiffer, new Associate Rotary Member and Chamber of Commerce Director, announced that she is engaged to Shawn Redlinger! What a great Thanksgiving holiday.

Ryan Walker, new Associate Rotary Member, was introduced glowingly by his grandfather, Rotarian Harvey Holden. Ryan walks on water and is starting a new Syngenta Seed sales company in Washington.

Caleb Wilson, new Corporate Rotary Member from Reliant Long Term Care Pharmacy. Caleb, a CPA, is the Accounting & Finance Dir. at Reliant. He used to work for several really big companies. 

Bring Food Items for HACAP

Thanks for all the food donations this week!  Don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item(s) to Rotary on Dec 6 and Dec 13. The food items will be donated to the  HACAP Food Reservoir which supplies emergency food boxes directly and through a number of food pantries around the county.

Tour of Homes

Hey, don't forget to attend the Chamber's Tour of Homes this Saturday and Sunday (Dec 1-2) from 4:30-8:00pm. All the proceeds go to maintaining the great silhouette holiday lights around the buildings downtown. Ed & Ericka Raber's house is on the tour this year.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rotarians! Bring some food on Thursday!

Upcoming Rotary Programs

November 29—Sue Basten, speaker will be Pasoari Widiastuti speaking about her native Indonesia. She a current foreign exchange student at WHS.

December 6 - Brent Hinson, program will be Brent talking about what's up with the City. Bring your awkward questions.


Bring Food Items for HACAP

Don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item(s) to Rotary on Nov. 29, Dec 6 and Dec 13. The food items will be donated to the  HACAP Food Reservoir which supplies emergency food boxes directly and through a number of food pantries around the county.


Here is a list of HACAP's most needed food items. Pick a few and bring them to our club meeting on Thursday.

Protein Items:
  • Tuna
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Meat
  • Chili
  • Beef Stew
  • Chunky Soups
Grains and Cereals: (whole grain items)
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Cake Mix
  • Cereal
Fruits and Vegetables:
  • Applesauce
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Juices (100% fruit juice or fruit in their own juice)
  • Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Corn
Paper Products:
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Kleenex
Personal Care:
  • Hand Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
Miscellaneous Items:
  • Can openers
  • Boxes
  • Laundry detergent
  • 1/2 pint containers
NO GLASS CONTAINERS OR PERISHABLES! 
For more information about the HACAP Food Reservoir, contact Amanda Pieper at the HACAP corporate office, 319-393-7811

Monday, November 19, 2012

Consumer & Market Profile of Washington

It was great to have Jim Thompson from Main Street Iowa (part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority) talk to us about the Consumer Profile and Retail Sales trends around Washington.

Jim Thompson & unidentified vegan Rotarian head
The data Jim presented were centered on downtown Washington, and five, ten and twenty minute drive times from downtown. The data painted a picture of a growing community that is a hub for retail, commercial and services. The state purchases these data sets from ESRI, a GIS company that marries data with geospatial maps.

If you'd like to take a closer look at the data and information that Jim presented, download it HERE or more from the WEDG website datasource page.

It was great to hear that Jim was a longtime Rotarian too!

Jim was a guest speaker hosted by Main Street Washington's Business Improvement committee. Don't forget new Main Street director Sarah Sadrakula is a potential Rotarian!...

Bring food items for HACAP


Don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item(s) to Rotary on Nov. 29, Dec 6 and Dec 13. The food items will be donated to HACAP which supplies emergency food boxes directly and through a number of food pantries around the county.

Things that they could really use are proteins - think peanut butter or canned tuna.


Upcoming Rotary Programs


November 29—Sue Basten, speaker will be Pasoari Widiastuti speaking about her native Indonesia. She a current foreign exchange student at WHS.
December 6 - Brent Hinson, program will be Brent talking about what's up with the City. Bring your awkward questions.

Rotarians helping with Hurricane Sandy Relief


November 2012

To all District 6000 Rotarians,
Home: 641-446-6576 Cell: 641-442-5559 Email: tlgeiger@grm.net

Our friends on the east coast are suffering greatly from the effects of Hurricane Sandy and now more recently, another storm that has complicated the matter. I have been in touch with some of the District Governors in the areas affected by the Hurricane Sandy disaster and there are many things they need.

For now, we are appealing for financial help that will be distributed among about six Rotary Districts in the affected area. When Iowa suffered from our devastating floods in 2008, our Rotary friends from around the world supported us with a lot of financial assistance so let's do the same for them.

Individual and Club donations can be made to the District 6000 Humanitarian and Educational Foundation. These donations will be transferred to a special fund set up for the specific needs associated with this hurricane. Individuals who make contributions to the District 6000 Humanitarian and Educational Foundation will be eligible to receive tax credit for their donation as this is our 501 3C account.

Make checks payable to:
District 6000 H.E.F. and indicate on the subject line of the check – "Hurricane Sandy Relief"

Send to:
Sandy Pickup, Treasurer 818 Third Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52245
Phone) 319-337-9727 Email) spickup3@mchsi.com

I would like to thank you in advance for your support to help the people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Terry Geiger
Terry L. Geiger
District Governor 2012-13 Service Above Self 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Rotary update on Middle School & Tele-Pharmacy

Curt Mayer' Presentation

Thanks to Curt Mayer, Principal at the Washington Middle School for giving a great presentation on Nov. 1st on updates this summer to the 1918 school building and its transformation into a grade 6-8 Middle School. He also had good information on new academic programs and initiatives at the Middle School.

Upcoming Programs

November 8Bob Wollenberg, speaker will be Pedro Lujano talking about his new stained glass at the Library.
November 15Dennis Hunger, speaker will be Dennis Hunger and Amy Martin speaking about health care trends.
November 22 — THANKSGIVING — no meeting.
November 29Sue Basten, speaker will be Pasoari Widiastuti speaking about her native Indonesia, she a current foreign exchange student at WHS.

Thompson's TelePharm Technology Grand Opening in Victor, IA

Our program from Business & Industry Appreciation Day was Jon Thompson and Todd Thompson (and their partners) talking about their innovative Reliant Long Term Care Pharmacy, and their ground-breaking Tele-pharmacy business they were about to open in Victor, Iowa at a pharmacy that they owned. (Jon Thompson also owns Bean's Pharmacy in Washington.)

On Friday, they had their Grand Opening, and Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds were the special guests. The HLV 4th and 5th grade classes attended, along with about 80 area community people, the IMS economics class, many family members, and Washington Rotarians Terry Engelken, Craig Davis, and Ed Raber.

The innovative software to make this business possible was written by Roby Miller, co-founder of TelePharmTechnologies (along with Jon and Todd Thompson), and graduate of IMS, University of Iowa, and Stanford University.

This was a neat and historic event to attend, and Victor, Iowa was very excited about keeping their local drug store open. This could be a big deal business in Washington, Iowa.



Todd Thompson & Roby Miller cut the ribbon with the Gov. 

Unidentified Person Testing the Tele-Pharmacy system

Terry Engelken Tries the Way-Back Machine in Victor, IA

Xicotepec Project Application DUE THIS WEEK!

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: http://sites.google.com/site/xicoproj/