Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rotary Clubs pack meals for Kids Against Hunger

For the 3rd year, the Rotary Clubs of Kalona, Washington, and Wellman worked side by side with employee volunteers from Riverside Casino & Golf Resort to pack over 11,000 meal packets for Kids Against Hunger! The Rotary clubs donated $1,250 and the Casino donated $1,500 to make this happen. — at Riverside Casino and Golf Resort.

This is a great Rotary International Service project (because the meal packets go all over the world, and in the US  and Iowa).

Oh yeah, Rotarians also helped out on the 6th Annual Downtown Clean-Up on Saturday, April 26th. A big impact in this Community Service project.
Jim Mostek rocks a hairnet with a bluetool headset

Becky Patterson & Don

PDG Don Patterson finds a one-armed job flattening meal packets

John Thorne & Bill Kinneer

Terry Engelken packs 36 meal packets per box

Bob Kennedy, John Moenck, & Steve Slaubaugh

Paul Horak & John Moenck

Gary Murphy supervises

Kids Against Hunger packet

Rotarians for Kids Against Hunger
Thanks to these Washington Rotarians for volunteering for service projects:

Kids Against Hunger meal packing on April 30, 2014

Bob Kennedy
John Moenck
Terry Engelken
Paul Horak
Ed Raber
Don & Becky Patterson
John Thorne
Jim & Lori Mostek

Gary & Karen Murphy

Downtown Clean-up on April 26, 2014

Craig & Jane Davis
Ed, Ericka, Meredith and Henry Raber
Mark Kendall
Kyle Basten
Gary Murphy
Don & Becky Patterson
Terry & Mark Engelken
John Thorne
Don & Aaron Vittetoe
Bob Wollenberg
Dick Colby
John Moenck
Ray Poe


May 1st:  John Moenck - Main Street Iowa, Downtown Market Analysis
May 8th:  Kierstan Peck
May 15th:  Club Forum!
May 22nd:  Dick Colby
May 29th:  Bob Ruppert 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Something happened at Rotary this Week

Thanks Myron Graber for the great program last week at Rotary! We all learned a lot.


Rotary International's mottoSERVICE ABOVE SELFembodies our humanitarian spirit. Rotary’s Avenues of Service guide our activities through...
  • Club Servicewe have fun, build lasting friendships, and make sure that our club runs well.
  • Vocational Servicewe volunteer our professional skills to serve others and promote integrity in everything we do.
  • Community Servicewe address local needs and work with our community to bring lasting improvements.
  • International Servicewe meet humanitarian needs around the globe and promote world understanding and peace.
  • New Generations Servicewe work with young people to help them become the next generation of leaders, visionaries, and peacemakers
Here are two excellent opportunities to work on meaningful service projects:

Community Service -- Downtown Clean-Up day, Saturday, April 26th, from 8am-10am. We will meet at the Central Park Bandshell on the Square. Please wear your Rotary T-Shirts and bring gloves, broom, rake etc. There will be a sign up sheet at Rotary Thursday or you can e-mail Craig Davis if you can come or if you have any questions. This Rotary project can be used for a club make-up!
Joe McConnell (L) and Craig Davis (R)

International Service -- Kids Against Hunger, Wednesday, April 30th from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Riverside Casino in the Washington-Wellman Room in the Event Center. This project is partnered with the Casino employees, Kalona Rotary Club, Wellman Rotary Club and our club. We package meals to be sent wherever food is needed which is usually another country or our own if needed. A sign up sheet will be at the meeting Thursday or you can e-mail Susan Wellington at if you can come or if you have any questions. This can also be used as a make-up so sign in. Also, please wear your Rotary shirts. It would be great if you would wash your Rotary shirt after the trash pick-up project on the 26th...

For our service projects we encourage you to bring your family members and let them see the projects we are involved in.

Thanks to everyone for all your help in making our club one of the best!! 


April 24:  Ed Lins - YMCA Future Plans
April 26:  8-10am  Downtown Clean-Up Day - meet at the Central Park Bandshell on the Square
April 30:  2-4pm KIDS AGAINST HUNGER meal packing at Riverside Casino
May 1:  John Moenck
May 1-3: District 6000 Conference in Ames
May 8: Kierstan Peck

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Midwest Military Outreach

Thanks to Gary Murphy for bringing around his brother, Tom from Miles, IA to Rotary this week. Hard to believe they are related.
Tom Murphy and Gary Murphy.

The Better Sibling

Midwest Military Outreach

Bob Kennedy introduced John Mikelson of Midwest Military Outreach. Mikelson has a long history at the National Guard in Washington.

First though, Bob introduced Lonnie Milligan, who is also active in local military organizations, and who is an active AM Kiwanis Club member... Lonnie said he raises several acres of pumpkins on some land just south of F Troop museum. This year, Lonnie needs someone with a large tiller to help out... If that is you, give Lonnie a call!

Bob Kennedy

John Mikelson said that Midwest Military Outreach is a non-profit based in Cedar Rapids whose mission is to empower and retain the talent of our Service Members, Veterans and their families as they transition to productive civilian life. MMO connects Service Members, Veterans and their families to the resources they need. MMO provides support in the critical life areas of; family, employment, education, financial education and health.

John Mikelson

One of their upcoming events the 2nd annual Hoggin for Heros on July 19 which will start in Anamosa this year.

Mikelson also brought SFC Gary (Don) Stockton, Readiness NCO for the 294th Medical Company in Washington. The 294th is part of the Iowa Army National Guard.

Lonnie Milligan, SFC Don Stockton, John Mikelson, Bob Kennedy

Bob Wollenberg has his own way of paying attention to the program - Little Boxes

Don't forget about the Wednesday, April 30th Kids Against Hunger meal packing project from 2-4pm at Riverside Casino's event center (and an RI International Service opportunity for club members - do we get a patch for that?).


April 17: Myron Graber
April 24: Ed Lins - Will Raber repeat as ROTY?
April 30: 2-4pm - Kids Against Hunger @ Riverside Casino ***
May 1: John Moenck
May 1: District 6000 Conference in Ames

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

11th Hour Auditorium update

Thanks to John Winga for reminding us that Michigan State is in the Sweet 16. That's great.

John Winga


Congratulations to US Bank's Steve Slaubaugh on becoming a Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations also to Emory Van Gerpen and Lending Hands' Susan Wellington on becoming a two-time Paul Harris Fellow.


New Auditorium Committee Co-Chair, Bob Youngquist gave us some great information about the proposed new $7 million auditorium that is being planned at the new Washington High School.

It is fabulous to see that on April 1st, 68.6% of voters approved a bond referendum of $1.1 million toward that $7 million project. That goes along with the $2.4 million raised in private donations, and a $2.5 million grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation. The Committee has an application for $1.4 million in to the state's Vision Iowa board of directors.

Here is the (unofficial) voter results for Washington:


April 3: John Winga
April 10: Bob Kennedy
April 17: Myron Graber
April 30: 2-4pm - Kids Against Hunger @ Riverside Casino ***