Sunday, October 20, 2013

Business & Industry Day with EBD

Welcome to a dozen guests for Rotary Business & Industry Appreciation Day. We're glad you shared our club's lunch and meeting. Get out there and join a service club! (preferably Rotary)

Before today's program, Tsalika Drown took an opportunity to finish her program from last week by listing her Top 5 Things that Bug Me About Ed Raber. Sadly, space limitations keep us from reprinting them here. Oh, snap!
Michelle Redlinger claps after Tsalika Drown ambushes
Ed Raber, 2013 Rotarian of the Year

Order new Rotary Shirts!

Denise Erpelding is coordinating our Rotary shirt orders. Orders are due by the end of October (Halloween). Thanks to those that have already placed their order. We'll all look fab at the County Fair in new Blue Sapphire colored Nike Golf shirts. They're about $45.

E-mail Denise or give her a call at Horak Insurance at 653-2116 by Halloween!

Men's Rotary Shirt info

Ladies Rotary Shirt info

Engineered Building Design

Thanks to Ed Raber for scrambling to find a replacement program for Business & Industry Appreciation Day. Its great that Sue Basten had already invited Dave Mitchell of Engineered Building Design because he was the fill-in guy. Gerald Edson and Billibob Boor of new industry BravaTile will present on another day.
Raber tries to focus while making some point about
something as he introduces Dave Mitchell.
Dave Mitchell has been the general manager at Engineered Building Design (EBD) since it opened in Washington in 1995. He has helped guide the company through several growth and contraction cycles in the past 18 years.

They started with 10 employees (including Dave) in 1995 and got as high as 75 in 2007. Today, EBD has over 55 employees (including Dave Mitchell and Rotarian Matt Miller). EBD's traditional product is roof trusses for homes in Eastern Iowa. In recent years, they have moved into other market areas after competitors have faltered and closed, including the Quad Cities and Chicago. EBD has also moved in to new product lines, including floor trusses and wall panels.
Dave Mitchell of Engineered Building Design
never took his hands out of his pockets during his talk.

Tsalika Drown a Forty Under 40 honoree

The Corridor Business Journal recently announce that Tsalika Drown was one of 40 young professionals making a difference in the Corridor as part of their Forty Under 40 class of 2013. There is a glitzy awards dinner to honor the winners on October 24th at the Riverside Casino.
Tsalika Drown is carried away after learning
the she is a 40U40 honoree in the Corridor.

Recent speaker at Rotary, Roby Miller, is also honored this year too. Roby founded TelePharm, a cool technology company that works closely with Reliant Long Term Care Pharmacy based in Washington (with Rotarians Caleb Wilson and Jon Thompson).

Washington Rotary has a long list of young members that have won the prestigious Forty Under 40 award from the Corridor Business Journal since it started in 2005.
  • Barrett Gady (2006)
  • Ed Raber (2006)
  • Sue Basten (2007)
  • Patrick Finney (2009)
  • Adam Mangold (2010)
  • Eric Turner (2011)
Congrats to Tsalika Drown for contributing so much to the Washington community and the Corridor through Cafe Dodici and your other volunteer efforts!

(Other non-Rotarian past winners from the Washington area include Wendy Gady, Dave Patterson, Amy Vetter, and Todd Patterson.)


October 24:  Steve Olson - Tim Dwight
October 31:  Michelle Redlinger - Washington's 175th Anniversary
November 7:  Cheryl Kurtz - PDG Cal Littwiller on Future Vision
November 14:  Gary Murphy