Friday, January 11, 2013

Amy Martin talks Diabetes

Amy Martin, diabetes specialist at the Washington County Hospital & Clinics, gave a great overview of  the growing occurrence of diabetes in our community, Iowa, and the nation.
WCHC's Amy Martin and unidentified Rotarian
Amy gave us some stats:
  • 42% of adults in Iowa have pre-diabetes or diabetes.
  • 7.9% of adults in Washington County have diabetes (no current data on pre-diabetes)
  • 28% of adults are obese

To get some info on the symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, look at the American Diabetes Association.  Most pre-diabetes and full blown diabetes goes undiagnosed - people don't even know they have it, but it can cause some serious health problems.

Amy spoke about programs that the Washington County Hospital & Clinics are providing in order to help people live with their diabetes, or to reduce their likelihood of getting diabetes. Click here for more info.

Thanks to Steve Slaubaugh for a great program!


Hey, don't forget to attend Rotary's first Alive After 5 on Tuesday, January 15 from 5:00-7:00pm at Cafe Dodici in downtown Washington.

  • Bring your Spouse or S.O.
  • Invite a colleague
  • Invite that person that you invited to other special Rotary lunches
  • Have a nice time and mingle with people. Is that so hard?

Thanks to all the "planners" that helped to make this event happen, and to the Chamber.

Upcoming Programs

January 15 - Alive After 5, 5-7pm @ Cafe Dodici
January 17 - No meeting
January 24 - Club Forum!!!
January 31 - Bob Kennedy: Bob McKennedy's recent trip to Ireland

Thanks again the the Applewood Bistro at Halcyon House for a great lunch. Nice buns.

Rotary Exchange Student Host Families Needed for 2013-14

Hey, Don Patterson still needs 2 families to host an exchange student for 4 months during the 2013-14 school year. What a great opportunity! Don and Becky are taking the first 4 months so the student will be broken in...

Volunteer for Iowa Public Television (IPTV), Tuesday March 5

On Tuesday evening, March 5, 2013, 26-30 Rotarians are needed to answer phones and accept pledges during Iowa Public Television's FESTIVAL week.  The approximate time of the shift that we need volunteers for is 5:30 p.m. to midnight.  If you are interested in working the entire time (they don't permit partial shifts) please contact Carolyn at the Rotary District office 877-976-8279 or by email.

Rotary Friendship Exchange Trip to South Africa - April 18 to May 8

District 6000 Rotary Friendship Exchange invites you to take a trip of a lifetime to South Africa for 21 days.  The dates will be April 18 to May 8, 2013.  Includes tours of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, and 6 days in Kruger National Park. Group size will be 14 people.  Overnights will be mostly in the homes of Rotarians in Districts 9400, 9350 CPT, and 9350 GRJ.  Approximate cost will under $5000 per person which includes the airfare.  To request further information please contact Blair Lawson, or call him at 515-961-2284 (Indianola).