Sunday, June 30, 2013

Rotary has a change of gavel, and a RI Foundation update

Congratulations to 2012-2013 Club President, Terry Engelken for a very successful year. Thank you for your service to the Club.

Terry handed over the gavel to new 2013-14 Club President, Becky Patterson. Becky has been a great volunteer and club leader for several years and we are looking forward to your Presidency!
Becky Patterson and Terry Engelken

Thank you to Kent Dallmeyer, a longtime RI Foundation supporter, for an update on how our contributions work, and what is done with them in District 6000 and around the World!

Thanks to all the Club members that are Paul Harris Sustaining Members, and to the Paul Harris Fellows!

Kent Dallmeyer

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to support the efforts of Rotarians as they strive to assist Rotary International in the fulfillment of the Object of Rotary and Rotary's mission.  That mission is the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national and international humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs.

The Rotary Foundation was started in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph.  The first donation was $26.50, the profit from the International Convention held in Kansas City, Missouri. The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Rotary Foundation consists of three funds, which accept contributions from Rotarians; The Annual Programs Fund, The Permanent Fund, and The Restricted Gifts Fund.

Click here to get a Rotarian Commitment Form to sign up to contribute regularly. Its important.


July 4:  NO PROGRAM - its Independence Day
July 11:  10:30am Rotary Board Meeting w/ Gov. Andrew @ Y
July 11:  Rotary District Governor Jacque Andrew!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Raber gives creepy update on tracking Rotarians every move

Thanks to Bob Ruppert for having Rotarian of the Year, Ed Raber give what turned out to be a creepy presentation about how he maintains and tracks web traffic to the Club web site, coupled with tracking which Rotarians open the weekly e-mails, how many times, and what they click on in each message.

Raber said that he registered the web domain name, He said that the weekly e-mails that are sent out are actually updates to the blog that are on the web site, so they persist as long as the web site is up and can be searched. He said this is a good thing if people would like to learn more about Rotary and our Club.

Raber says he uses the free Google "Blogger" online website development tool. He uses the free e-mail marketing online program, MailChimp to send out the regular weekly e-mails via RSS. He said that he took some time to set up the look of the web site and the MailChimp e-mails so that they look similar, and that they have good information about the Club and Rotary International.

He noted sadly that he doesn't cross-post the updates to social media since "like only 4 Rotarians are on FaceBook."

Raber showed how MailChimp allows you to track who has opened the e-mails that are sent, how often, and when. He also showed that MailChimp can track how many clicks there are on individual links in the e-mails and by whom.

Click here for Sport Illustrated Swimsuit Issue web site
Click here for a Benny Hill episode
Click here for "One Toke Over the Line" from the Lawrence Welk Show

The Raber's - Ed, Meredith, Ericka, and Henry

Rotary International Convention NEWS - END POLIO NOW

An announcement at the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, set the stage for a bold new chapter in the partnership between Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the campaign for polio eradication.  
“Going forward, the Gates Foundation will match two-to-one, up to US$35 million per year, every dollar Rotary commits to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication through 2018. If fully realized, the value of this new partnership with Rotary is more than $500 million. In this way, your contributions to polio will work twice as hard.”  said Jeff Raikes, the foundation’s CEO, in a prerecorded video address shown during the convention’s plenary session on 25 June. 
 Click here for more info about this END POLIO NOW announcement.


June 27:  Kent Dallmeyer - Rotary Foundation
July 4:  No Club Meeting - Celebrate Independence Day
July 11:  10:30am Rotary Board Meeting w/ Gov. Andrew @ Y
July 11:  Rotary District Governor Jacque Andrew!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Rotary hears about Children's Miracle Network

Thanks to Sarah Brumwell and Mackenzie Petty for your presentation about Children's Miracle Network (CMN).  CMN treats 17 million children per year.  They work locally with the Washington High School Dance Marathon and Wal-Mart for fundraising.  The Washington Wal-Mart raised over $16,000 last year for CMN! Congrats to Rotarian and Wal-Mart Manager, Dennis Purcell!

The University of Iowa Hospital is the regional CMN hospital.  The U of I Children's Hospital ranks in the top nationwide for 7 specialties, ranking was done by doctors who were asked where they would send their sickest patients.  The U of I Children's Hospital had 7224 pediatric appointments from kids from Washington County last year.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is celebrating its 30-year anniversary! Since 1983, the organization has raised more than $4.7 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

The U of I is currently in the process of building a new Children's Hospital so everything for Pediatrics is under one roof.  Right now pediatric services are spread throughout the hospital complex.  They plan to open this new facility in 2016.


June 20:  7:00am Rotary Board Meeting @ WCHC
June 20:  Bob Ruppert - Ed Raber on some website stuff
June 27:  Kent Dallmeyer - Rotary Foundation
July 4:  No Club Meeting - Celebrate Independence Day
July 11:  Rotary District Governor Jacque Andrew!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A great night at the Rotary Awards Dinner

It was a wonderful evening dinner Rotary Awards dinner on June 6th at the County's Marr Park Education Center.

It was a large crowd or Rotarians, spouses, and guests.

Rotary Foundation advocate, Kent Dallmeyer announced new Paul Harris Fellows
(L to R)  Kent Dallmeyer, Karen Murphy, John WInga, Jim Mostek 

Kent Dallmeyer announced new multiple level Paul Harris Fellows for
Cheryl Kurtz and Don Patterson 

Dr. Ann Harris announced the prestigious Washington Rotary scholarship award winners 

Incoming Club President, Becky Patterson, gives her sincere thanks and an
award to outgoing Club President, Terry Engelken. Thanks from everyone, Terry! 

Rotary Scholarship winners Johannah Vittetoe, Lauren Kimball, with Terry Engelken.
Samantha Ellingson was unable to attend

Carl Dallmeyer won Rotary's Citizen of the Year award.
He's pictured here with his family (left to right)
Russ & Dae Underwood, Carl & Helen Dallmeyer, Kent & Jane Dallmeyer

Terry Engelken awards the Rotarian of the Year to a surprised Ed Raber


June 13:  Dennis Purcell - Children's Miracle Network
June 20:  Bob Ruppert - TBA
June 27:  Kent Dallmeyer - TBA
July 4:  NO MEETING - Happy Independence Day
July 11:  Don Patterson - District Governor 
July 18:  Steve Olson - TBA
July 25:  Club Forum!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

New members recognized with District Gov Geiger

It is always nice to have the District Governor show up at your meeting. Thanks Terry Geiger for a great year leading District 6000!

Washington Rotary Club's Membership Committee won an award for implementing innovative and successful recruiting ideas. Way to go Becky and Kierstan! 

Gov Terry Geiger, outgoing club Pres Terry Engelken, Jon Thompson, incoming club Pres Becky Patterson, Caleb Wilson, Michelle Peiffer, Ryan Walker

Becky talks to the new club members.

Ryan Walker, Syngenta Seeds distributor, gets his induction papers from the District Gov. and the incoming and outgoing club Presidents! You can tell he's honored because he put his shades up on his forehead.


June 6:  No Lunch Meeting
June 6:  Rotary Awards Dinner, 6:00pm @ Marr Park Education Center
June 13:  Dennis Purcell - TBA