Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Have "The Conversation"

Turkey Dinner Thank Yous

Thank you to all Rotarians and their family members helping to make our annual Rotary Turkey Dinner a success.  Reports were that everyone had fun and with the exception of the baked beans we had plenty of food.  I appreciate all members assuming the same jobs as in the past and for folks stepping up and doing whatever needed to be done to prepare and deliver and clean-up after the dinner.  

Thanks to Cheryl and Craig for taking responsibility for the day and night shifts.  

At the Club Forum on November 21 the financial report from the dinner will be shared with the club.  Thank you!  

-Nancy Rash  

Hannah Purner has two dollars to donate to celebrate
1) The Washington Demons football team is headed to the State Tournament!
2) Hannah has been in Washington for 3 months!

Have "The Conversation"

Marcie Durian
Marcie Durian, Community Outreach Specialist & Regional Marketing Director for Midwest Geriatric Management, spoke about the importance of having "The Conversation" with your family and spouse about your wishes in the event of a a health crisis. 

Midwest Geriatric Management owns and operates a number of nursing homes in Iowa, including Parkview Manor in Wellman. Marcie also does a wide variety of Senior Wellness Seminars in the area.

Marcie talked about the Vial of Life Project, a charity sponsored by the American Senior Safety Agency. The Vial of Life has downloadable and printable forms for documenting your wishes in case of a medical emergency. You put the documents on your refrigerator.

Hospice of Washington County also had a documents folder, called a S.A.F.E. folder that Marcie praised as a useful and comprehensive checklist of emergency information. These folders are free and can be picked up at Hospice on East 11th St. in Washington.

Thank you Marcie for a very thought provoking program!


November 21:  7:00am Rotary Board Meeting, WCHC
November 21:  CLUB FORUM! - lots to discuss, please make an effort to attend!
November 28:  THANKSGIVING - no club meeting
December 5:  Craig Davis - Pictures of Craig from the 1980s

Monday, November 11, 2013

PDG Cal Litwiller talks Rotary Foundation's "Future Vision"

Thanks, Cheryl Kurtz, for lining up PDG Cal Litwiller to speak to the club today. And thanks for playing the piano. We have it so much better than the Noon Kiwanis club.
Cheryl Kurtz (left) and Myron Graber (right)


WHS Senior, Katie Wellington gave the club an update on the upcoming Dance Marathon on Saturday, November 16 from 5:00 -7:30pm. Pulled pork dinner & variety show at the WHS Commons.

Cost is $5 for adults and kids over 5. To-go dinners are also available...

WHS is trying to raise $10,000 this year. Last year they raised $7,526 and were the 3rd best fundraising school in Iowa. The big Dance Marathon at the University of Iowa raised $1,529,650 last winter!  The money raised goes to:
  • emotional and financial support for children with cancer at the UI Hospitals
  • support for nearly 400 families that are currently or were previously affected by cancer.

Katie Wellington likes to have her picture taken


Not every PDG is a big singer.
Rachel and (PDG) Cal Litwiller, with (PDG) Don Patterson

Two New Rotary Associate Members!

It is wonderful to welcome two new Associate Members to Washington Rotary. Thanks to John Moenck for reeling in these big fish.

Gene Driscoll was the longtime owner of Marshall Furniture, and is now semi-retired doing  several volunteer and business things that fill his time.

Dr. John Thorne is retired from Syngenta Seeds (he would say Northup King) where he worked on plant genetics. John is a longtime City Planning & Zoning Commission member and is active in numerous other volunteer activities in town.

New Assoc. Member, Gene Driscoll (left)
Old "Senior Active" Rotarian, John Moenck (center)
New Assoc. Member, Dr. John Thorne (right)
Also, it was great to have Colin Drown back helping Tsalika to prepare, serve and eat lunch today.
Colin Drown - Tsalika's Dad and Kitchen Assistant

Recognizing Club Milestones

As we recognized the club members that have joined in Novembers past, there were three that have maybe earned some special recognition.

Bob Kennedy - Rotarian since 1966 (47 years!)

Dick Colby - Rotarian since 1965 (48 years!)

Dr. Ann Harris (left) - Rotarian since 1990 (23 years!)
FIRST WOMAN in Washington Rotary
FIRST PREGNANT WOMAN in Washington Rotary


PDG Cal Litwiller from the Mt. Pleasant Noon club, gave a great presentation about how the Rotary Foundation works, and how our club and District 6000 have been contributing.

PDG Cal Litwiller croons about Rotary Foundation
There was a lot of great info about Rotary Foundation in his presentation. To view (or download) a PDF of his presentation, click here.

Some highlights:

  • 100% of RF contributions go to grants and programs, 0% goes to administration
  • Over the years, Rotary District 6000 has contributed about $15M to RF!
  • District 6000 members contributed over $535k last year
  • Washington Rotary members have contributed over $22k in the past 3 years. That much money can accomplish this through Rotary Foundation:
    • Inoculate 37,220 children against polio
    • Fund a "Global Grant" project that can sponsor $106,912 worth of "Doing Good in the World."
    • Fund FOUR Community Service Grants worth $40,000
  • Rotary Foundation's main programs include Polio PlusGlobal Grants, District/Community Service GrantsRotary Peace Fellows and others.

Click on the image below to view (or download) Cal's presentation. Great stuff.


November 14:  Gary Murphy - TBA
November 21:  7:00am Rotary Board Meeting @ WCHC
November 21:  CLUB FORUM !!

PDG = "Past District Governor" in case you were wondering.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Happy Septaquintaquinquecentennial !

Today's meeting fell on Halloween and Rotarians really got into the "spirit" on the holiday.

Cowgirl Michelle Redlinger reads the newspaper during Rotary.
Someone dressed as Unknown Rotarian in the foreground.

Pirate Ed Lins

Kent Dallmeyer is amused by what is probably Gary Murphy

Washington's Septaquintaquinquecentennial

The Washington Chamber is spearheading  the community planning effort for the Washington 175th Anniversary celebration on June 1-8, 2014. Millie Youngquist and Diane Gallagher are volunteer leaders of this effort. Rotarian, Kierstan Peck is also a volunteer leader.

Check out the Chamber's web site with day by day info on the big event.

Millie Youngquist talks about plans for the upcoming 
Millie is also the Director of the Community Foundation of Washington County, and a retired vocal music teacher at WACO.


Back in October, this newsletter reported that it could not verify the claim that Ray Poe made at Rotary that he plays on a seniors softball team that recently won a national championship or something. Poe has recently provided a link to a Naperville Sun newspaper article on his team, the Challengers 65, winning a "gold medal."

That is great, until you read the last line of the article which states the disclaimer that it was "submitted by a member of the community." Hardly the kind of journalistic integrity that goes with sports coverage of national championships.

Way to go, Ray. Congrats on the "gold medal."


November 7:  Cheryl Kurtz - PDG Cal Litwiller on Rotary "Future Vision"
November 14:  Gary Murphy
November 21:  Club Forum !!
November 28:  THANKSGIVING - no club meeting