Sunday, March 16, 2014

Where does your Rotary money go?

It was a great day at Rotary with two guests visiting our club.

Kieren Johnson, guest of Rotarian Emily Johnson.

Katie Lujan, guest of Rotarian Craig Davis. Obviously, Katie and Craig are two very different kinds of attorneys. 

Thanks to Pres.-Elect, Susan Wellington for spearheading the daffodil sales fundraiser with the American Cancer Society. Susan told the club that we made about $3,500 and the club splits the funds with ACS.

Thanks to ACS coordinator and Rotarian, Ed Rustioni for giving every Rotarian a nice gift of a water gauge. A snow meter would have been more practical, but in a few more months this will be handy too.

There were a few extra bunches of daffodils available for purchase at our club meeting. Nice.

Sue Basten gave an update on RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Grinnell College will host the combined Districts 6000 & 5970 RYLA from July 13-18. She said the club is hoping to send one student each year, but that this year there were no Rotarian kids the right age. Instead the club is offering a scholarship to Kayla Schindler, daughter of Dawn and Greg Schindler. The Schindler's are the third and final host family for Rotary exchange student Hannah Purner.

Susan Wellington gave New Member packets to new Ed Rustioni and Gene Driscoll. Gene has been a Rotarian years ago and we're glad he's back again. Here is a bit of info they told us about themselves.

Ed Rustioni
  • Lives near Keota.
  • Is not from Keota. He's from London, UK.
  • Taught English in (South) Korea and met his wife Abby and settled back here in Washington County. 
  • He's the community relations representative for the American Cancer Society covering Washington, Louisa, Johnson and maybe another county or two.
  • Sometimes it is difficult to understand what Londoners mean by what they say. This will help.

Gene Driscoll
  • From up around Tipton
  • Taught high school for a decade
  • Spent time in the Navy
  • Married Judy and moved to Washington and has been a part of Marshall Furniture for a long long time.

Cheryl Kurtz led our singing while John Thorne, PhD played the piano. We sang to Rotarians with birthdays and anniversarys, including Dick Colby who is celebrating 61 (sixty-one) years of wedded bliss with Betty. Congrats, Betty.

Tsalika Drown (left), of Cafe Dodici and CBJ 40 Under 40 2013, told the club she and some other young professionals were teaching Junior Achievement at Washington Middle School. Great training for future entrepreneurs and business people.

Where does your Rotary money go?

Past President, Terry Engleken gave a informative presentation about opportunities in Rotary, including Foundation information about where our money goes in Rotary.
A highlight slide from Engelken's presentation 

Take a look at Terry's presentation on-line. It is a really interesting look at the global Rotary International organization.
You can also check out Rotary Foundation's Annual Report for 2012-13. A PDF version is also available.


March 20, 7:00am: Rotary Board meeting @ WCHC
March 20:  Club Forum!
March 27: Kathy Salazar
April 3:  John Winga

P.S. Welcome back Gary Murphy.
After a 2 month adventure, Gary was back at Rotary. The takeaway?

  • Frozen pipes in his house
  • Lost his phone on the train
  • His goat died