Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Student trip to Xicotepec & 175th

Thanks to Dick Colby for inviting Katy Wellington and Ashtin Walker to talk about their recent Rotary District 6000 trip to Xicotepec, Mexico. Our club helped to send these high school students to Xicotepec for a trip to deliver medical services and other community development projects.

Ashtin Walker (L) and Katy Wellington (R)

Don't forget to "like" the Xicotepec Project FaceBook page. This is a project of the Rotary Club of Xicotepec de Ju├írez (Puebla, Mexico) and Rotary District 6000.

WASHINGTON 175th CELEBRATION - June 1-8, 2014

Thanks to Erin Rugg of JET Physical Therapy for encouraging us all to participate in the upcoming Washington 175th celebration week. Erin is particularly encouraging us to participate in "Family Health & Fitness Day" on Friday, June 6th.  Click the link to check it out!

This day includes family fun activities, free swimming, a throwback uniform baseball game vs. Keokuk, a Southeast Iowa Symphony concert at the Fairgrounds, and fireworks!
Erin Rugg (L) and Michelle Redlinger (tilted head taking a pic) 
For more bone crushing action, remember to get your tickets before June 6th for the Alumni Football Game vs. Mt. Pleasant. If you buy them in advance, the School District gets a cut of the ticket price! Get your $10 tickets at the Chamber, Jet Physical Therapy, or Washington High School.

The best place to keep up with the planned events is on FaceBook - https://www.facebook.com/175thWashingtonIowa


Thanks to these Rotarians for making Rotary an important part of each week in April!

Dick Colby,Terry Engelken, Jim Gorham, Bob Kennedy, Cheryl Kurtz, Jim Mostek, Gary Murphy, Don Patterson, Becky Patterson, Kierstan Peck, Ray Poe, Nancy Rash, John Thorne, Don Vittetoe


The Rotary District 6000 conference was May 1-3. Becky Patterson and the other attendees were thrilled that our club received several awards for our work and focus on Rotary and district initiatives!

For a great overview and perspective of the conference, check out exchange student Hannah Purner's blog post.

Membership Growth Award - we had 13%!

Presidential Citation - for actively working to Engage Rotary, Change Lives

Club Builder Award to President, Becky Patterson!

Presidential Citation! (Only about 5 were awarded in District 6000)


May 29: Bob Ruppert
June 5: Some Program
June 12: Dennis Purcell
June 19: Hannah Purner!
June 25: WEDNESDAY - ROTARY AWARDS DINNER @ Marr Park, 6-8pm

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Parting words from Father Troy

It was great to see PDG Roger Borup from Wellman at our club meeting. Welcome back, Roger!
Gary Murphy (L) and PDG Roger Borup (R)
The Dude abides
A hearty welcome-back-to-Iowa, to Bob Ruppert.


Welcome to Washington Rotary, Ryan Koller! Thanks to sponsor Steve Olson for inviting Ryan Koller to join Rotary. Steve and Ryan are now corporate members from West Chester Savings Bank/Central State Bank
Ryan Koller tells a little about himself,
and gets his membership papers from Susan Wellington
Last week's update had this picture but without a caption... so...

...Please welcome Associate Member, Danielle Gibbs of Hawkeye Area Council Boy Scouts of America. Danielle is the District Executive of the Old Capitol Valley District.
Danielle Gibbs


Thanks to Kierstan Peck for inviting Father Troy Richmond of St. James Church to regale us with his parting thoughts on Washington, St. James Church, and his ministries in the community.

In Father Troy's time at St. James Church, a church building expansion was completed, and significant modernizations and renovations were made to the sanctuary.

At the end of June, Fr. Troy will leave for a call in Muscatine.
Fr Troy Richmond


Being a Rotarian isn't just about coming to the weekly club meeting on Thursdays. Its about serving. And we've been busy with all sort of service opportunities. Last Saturday, a gaggle of Rotarians helped the Washington Tree Committee with planting trees around the Washington County Hospital and at All American Care on Polk Street, as well as helping with the annual tree giveaway on the Square. 

Thanks to Scott Lujan, John Thorne, Dick Colby, Paul Horak, Jim Mostek, Ed Raber, Ed Lins, Craig Davis, and maybe a few more.
Supervising - Part II
Unsafe At Any Speed


May 15, 7am Rotary Board Meeting
May 15 - Club Forum!
May 22 - Dick Colby
May 29 - Bob Ruppert

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Downtown Market Analysis & Rotary D6000 Conference

Happy 97th Birthday, Harvey Holden! (standing)
Thanks to Don Kline (left) for the great program on Main Street Washington's Downtown Market Analysis. That was really interesting information. Download or view the report here!

Also, welcome visiting Rotarian Royce Phillips of Tiffin (center). Royce is the former Mayor of Tiffin, IA, as well as being Club President of the North Corridor Rotary Club in Coralville. He is also a Republican Candidate for State Senate District 39.


Rotary District 6000 Conference in Ames

The District Conference was a great way to learn more about what is going on with Rotary International, PolioPlus, District 6000, and

For some folks, the highlight was the Welcome to Ames talk we got from The Mayor.

For some faithful others, the highlight was watching District Gov. Jacque Andrew dancing the night away with the kids. In between the Mayor and the dancing was a lot of great info.

Hannah Purner spent a lot of time wearing this blue blazer which was weighed down by a lot of pins and buttons. A very fun part of the annual conference is hearing from all the exchange students.

Next years District 6000 conference is at the Coralville Marriott.


May 8th - Kierstan Peck, Parting shots from Father Troy Richmond of St. James Church
May 10th, 8am - Tree Give Away in Central Park, followed by tree planting @ Hospital
May 15th - CLUB FORUM!
May 22nd - Dick Colby
May 27th - Bob Ruppert