Monday, December 22, 2014

Peanut the Service Dog & A Christmas concert

Thanks to Jim Gorham for inviting Jim Goff to speak on December 11th about his new service dog and how it has brought him new freedoms, speed, and mobility. Goff has a degenerative disease that has made him legally blind in recent years.

Jim Goff and Peanut (under the table)

Rotarians know how to ring in the Christmas spirit. Look at those sweaters!

Our program on December 18th was a lovely piano duet concert at the Washington Public Library Thanks to Shelley Lawson and her friend.


December 25:  No club meeting - Merry Christmas
January 1:  No club meeting - Happy New Year
January 8:  Some kind of great Rotary program

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Relay for Life & Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Great to see associate member Wally Wolanin from the Boy Scouts

Congratulations Tsalika Drown on your engagement with Jamie Rich

Thanks to Bob Freeman for his personal story about why he Relays in Relay for Life. It was touching to hear about the fight against cancer that friends and family waged along side his step-daughter Sandy.

Bob Freeman with banner help from Past DG Don Patterson (left) and Ed Rustioni (Right)
Dr. Ann Harris won a piece of Sandy's pottery


Thanks to all the Rotarians that helped to bell ring at Hy-Vee on Sunday, December 7 for the Salvation Army. Your friendly smile helped to put people in the giving spirit!

Ray Poe, Gary Murphy, Cheryl Kurtz

John Thorne closes the deal

Tsalika Drown, Denise Erpelding, & Ed Lins

Ed Lins tries to keep Mark Kendall's fingers out of the kettle...

Ed Raber (2013 Rotarian of the Year) and Ed Lins

Emily Johnson and Club President, Susan Wellington


December 11: Jim Gorham - Jim Goff with guide dog Don't pet the dog!
December 18: Meet at Washington Library for Christmas Concert
December 25: No meeting - Christmas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

November Rotary Happenings

November was a great month for Washington Rotary. Not many updates due to the editor's home improvement project that sucked up a lot of spare time on the weekends.


Hey, there is an opportunity for a Rotarian to step up to get in line to be a future District Governor for District 6000! Just stand up, or sit down, or just hold still to volunteer. Don Patterson was DG and he lived.

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING - Sunday, December 7th at Hy-Vee

This is a reminder that Rotary will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army at HyVee on Sunday, December 7th.  We still need people at the following times:

4-5pm 1 person
5-6pm 1 person
6-7pm 1 person
7-8pm 2 people

Please let Susan Wellington know if you can help out with this project.  It is supposed to be nice on Sunday!!

Welcome Jami Gordon from Assent - Helping Women owned businesses grow 

Margie Roth of Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity and Rotarian Bob Wollenberg

Bob Roddy spoke about the Titanic and is becoming a new Rotary member!
and Linda Wenger from the Washington Evening Journal dropped by too.

Brandice Armstrong, Emergency Services Director at Washington County Hospital talked about local Ebola preparedness

Rotarian Michelle Redlinger pretends to laugh at Kiwanis club pres Shawn Ellingson's story

Rotarian Myron Graber chews next to Rob Gavin, the new Market President at US Bank

Ivan Mei of Panda Palace visited again!
maybe a new Rotary caterer and maybe a new Rotarian?


Club President, Susan Wellington drops off 80 new kids coats to HACAP's RenElla Crawford. Our Rotary Club raised over $1,100 for this Project - Operation Warm: Coats for Kids


December 4: Ed Rustoni and Bob Freeman - Relay for Life
December 7: Bell ringing at Hy-Vee for Salvation Army
December 11: Some Rotary program
December 18: Concert at the Library - sack lunch
December 25: Christmas! - no club meeting