Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DG John Ockenfels visits Washington

It was a treat to hear District 6000 District Governor, John Ockenfels of Iowa City address our club on Thursday. Ockenfels met earlier in the day with the club officers. He emphasized the accomplishments of Rotary International in combating polio worldwide, growing the Rotary Foundation, and the many ways that Rotarians can make a difference in our communities.

Great crowd on Thursday. Even Larry Fishback was on hand to listen to the DG!

Terry Engelken presents DG John Ockenfels a check for $1,000
to District 6000 HEF for Keep Kids Warm
It was great to have Past DG Roger Borup from Wellman,
and Vernette Knapp from Iowa City attend on Thursday
(DG Elect Chris Knapp not pictured)

After Rotary - WHS Water Wall Presentation

Representatives from the Rotary Club of Washington were proud to present a check for $5,000 to the Washington Community School District for the “water wall” installed in the garden atrium of the Washington High School on Thursday, September 18. The garden area is a work in progress that still needs more community support and donations, but the water wall is a tranquil and relaxing addition to the school.

(from Left to Right) WCSD’s Scott Danielson, Robin Flattery, and Tammie Schultz. Rotary District 6000’s District Governor John Ockenfels of Iowa City, Washington Rotary Club President Susan Wellington, Ed Raber, Cheryl Kurtz, Don Patterson, Becky Patterson


September 25: Emily Johnson - Life Insurance Awareness
October 2: Club Forum!
October 9: Phil Rabinowitz TBA
October 16: Business & Industry Day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

24th Annual Rotary Turkey Dinner!

District Gov. John Ockenfels visits Rotary on Thursday!

Wear a clean shirt. Donate for some coats.

The nitty-gritty results

Congratulations on a successful 24th annual fundraising event for Rotary! We served turkey dinners to 294 people dine-in and 343 carry-out for a total of 637 dinners last night!

A Message from Nancy Rash, Turkey Dinner Chairperson

"I would like to make note of everyone's contribution but do not want to forget anyone so, Thank You Rotary Members!   It takes the entire club to deliver the annual Turkey Dinner and I appreciated the great attendance from members and the willingness to take on jobs as asked.  New members participated and were impressive!  Thank you to family members that also helped on Monday.  We will ask for comments and suggestions for improvements at a later reporting date." 

Also, it was close, but Bob Ruppert again was the top seller of Turkey Dinner tickets with way over 100. For that level of ticket sales, Bob can choose a prize between an ice skating party for him and 3 friends, a hunting slingshot, or a bike helmet.

Chairperson, Nancy Rash and Terry Engelken think they have it all under control about Noon on Monday. 

Rotarians relax before the dinner begins and listen to Uncle Don Vittetoe
tell stories about the early years of the Annual Turkey Dinner.

Tsalika Drown photobombed by Sue Basten behind the dine-in serving line

Dine in customers wait a few minutes for the turkey to arrive at 4:30

Carry out customers wait patiently

Getting underway at the carry-out window

Some people brought their own baskets for hauling multiple carry-out dinners! 

Rotary Freshman, Ryan Koller, gets to bus tables...

Gene Driscoll swears it is decaf

The dish washing crew

Dick Colby takes a break

So many desserts to choose from

Tsalika Drown relaxes while former Rotarian, Bob Schlegal waits patiently for his meal.

Chris Knapp, DG-elect, gives John Moenk an ata boy for a good meal. 

The Holden table

Ione Burham and Jane Davis

Service with a smile! 2 out of 3 isn't bad

Steve and Kierstan know how to serve it in the carry-out line 

Bob Kennedy hangs out by the fan to see his beard blowin' in the wind

Rotarians sit down to dinner at the end of the evening

Clean up crew

A smartphone lesson for past-DG Don Patterson

"How many gallons of baked beans would you like, Ann Margret?"
photobombed by the Basten boys.
See all these and more pics on our website, or our FaceBook Page album


September 18: DG John & Deb Ockenfels
September 25: Emily Johnson - Life Insurance Awareness
October 2: Club Forum!
October 9: Phil Rabinowitz TBA
October 16: Business & Industry Day!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mission Mobility & Law Enforcement post 9/11

Rotary Turkey Dinner on MONDAY, September 15

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Light Up Rotary - Keep Kids Warm

District Gov. John Ockenfels has Rotary partnering with Operation Warm that will supply 4000+ coats for kids in District 6000 with our per-capita donation of $16.50 -- one coat for every Rotarian in District 6000.  Our club has committed $500 to this effort and club president Susan Wellington is asking that individual Rotarians make a contribution, even $10. Pay in cash or by check, made out to "District 6000 HEF" and put "Washington Coats" in the memo line. This project will impact Washington and Washington County.
DG Ockenfels will be in Washington on September 18 so get donating.

Mission: Mobility

Thanks to Rob Negrete for having Rick Fulton from Crawfordsville speak to the club on September 4th about Mission: Mobility, a non-profit “Connection” and “Collection” network for wheelchairs and equipment to be sent to Guatemala to transform lives through the gift of mobility. Once in Guatemala, these wheelchairs will be refurbished and given for free to disabled men, women and children.
Their project has really taken off and they have shipped many more wheelchairs than they ever expected.
Rick Fulton of Mission: Mobility
You can read more about Mission: Mobility on their web site, including signing up for their e-mail newsletter, make a donation, or volunteer! Mission: Mobility is part of the On His Path 501c(3) non-profit network established and led by John Mitchell of MD Orthopaedics in Wayland, Iowa. MD Orthopaedics makes and ships club-foot braces to families around the world for use in conjunction with the Ponseti Method for treating clubfoot syndrome.
Also, thanks to Rotarian Ryan Walker for partnering with Mission: Mobility by lending space in his warehouse for them to store equipment prior to shipping.

Greg Goodman talks 21st Century Law Enforcement

Greg Goodman talks to Rotarians

Michelle Redlinger invited Washington Police Chief, Greg Goodman to speak on September 11th about changes to local law enforcement 13 years after the "9-11" attacks in 2001.

Chief Goodman shared some sobering information about domestic terrorist threats. We appreciate the training and education that our local and area law enforcement agencies pursue in order to minimize that threat.

Alicia Harper of Workplace Learning Connection visited Rotary with Ed Raber

Gary Murphy brought visiting musical artist Kuba to Rotary before a concert that evening.
Paul Horak claimed to be Polish too.


September 15: ROTARY TURKEY DINNER @ UM Church
September 18: DG John & Deb Ockenfels
September 25: Emily Johnson - Life Insurance Awareness
October 2: Club Forum!
October 9: Phil Rabinowitz TBA
October 16: Business & Industry Day!