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.