Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Iowa Donor Network

The big highlight of February 5th's Club Forum was Laura Bombei becoming a corporate member from Wolf Floral. Welcome Laura!
Laura Bombei
 Last week, we had a number of guests. Welcome to Rotary!

Guest, Tera Pickens & Kierstan Peck

Fuzzy Fiance and Amber Scott (also fuzzy)

Elisa Coffman & guest Mary

Welcome back, Tsalika Drown!


Thanks to Gary Murphy for arranging for Skylar Ferentz of the Iowa Donor Network for giving a wonderful presentation about the need and opportunity to donate organs.

Make sure your family knows your wishes to donate your organs!

Skylar Ferentz


There were plenty of volunteers helping out with the annual Blood Drive. Thanks to Paul Horak for coordinating this event.
Hostess With the Mostest

Brent Hinson before the needle

John Thorne

John Winga checks in the donors

Ed Raber smiles through the agony


February 19: 7:00am Rotary Board Meeting @ WCHC
February 19: Denise Erpelding - High School Art teacher Mrs. Pisarik
February 26: Craig Davis - Mike Wyatt IA Bicycle Coalition

Friday, February 6, 2015

In Memory of Steve Slaubaugh, 1967-2015

Steve Slaubaugh
Steven Douglas Slaubaugh was born December 27, 1967 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of Doug and Leslie (Hogendorn) Slaubaugh. He graduated from Mid-Prairie High School in 1986, attended Indian Hills Community College and graduated from University of Iowa in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. On May 24, 1992 Steve was united in marriage to Kari Luke at the First Lutheran Church in Ottumwa. Steve lived in the Wellman community all of his life. 

Steve was the branch manager of US Bank in Washington. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Wellman and a member of the Washington Rotary Club. In 2014, Steve became a Paul Harris Fellow for his generosity to the Rotary International Foundation. He served on the Wellman City Council and the YMCA board in Washington. Steve enjoyed golfing, softball, baseball, trivia, playing cards with his friends, coaching and watching his kids in their sporting events. He was a loyal fan of the Oakland Raiders and Iowa Hawkeyes. 

Steve passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City at the age of 47 after a courageous battle with Cystic Fibrosis.

Steve is survived by his wife Kari, three children; Ryan, Emma and Aaron Slaubaugh of Wellman, his parents Doug and Leslie Slaubaugh of Wellman, two brothers; Scott (Nicole) Slaubaugh of Wellman, Tom (Kate) Slaubaugh of Kalona, a sister Julie (Chris) Frye of Ankeny, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Carl and Bertilla Hogendorn and Urie and Elsie Slaubaugh.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 am Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Parkside Activity Center in Wellman. Rev. David Brownfield Phd, and Rev. Nick Adam will officiate. Burial will be in the Wellman Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 to 8:00 pm at the Parkside Activity Center in Wellman. 

An education memorial fund has been established for Ryan, Emma and Aaron Slaubaugh. The Powell Funeral Home in Wellman is in charge of the arrangements. Messages may be sent to the family at

A fund raising soup supper was planned for Sunday, March 1 from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. See the FaceBook page for updated information.

A MealTrain had been set up for Steve's family to help with meals for the past weeks and the future.

Steve Slaubaugh was a kind and generous Rotarian, businessman, public official, sportsman, husband, father, and friend. We will all miss him and will think of him often.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Blood Drive and Rotary History

We'll be meeting at the YMCA again on Thursday for our first Club Forum of 2015. Susan will lead a great discussion, so be sure to attend.


Two weeks ago, it was a good blood-drive planning meeting led by Paul Horak. Our goal is 93 pints. Or is it gallons? 

The Rotary sponsored blood drive will be Thursday, February 12 at the United Presbyterian Church from 1:30pm to 6:30pm. The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will conduct the blood drive.

Paul Horak wants your Blood

Thanks to Rotarians for signing up to volunteer on February 12th, and for signing up to donate blood!


Although he wasn't at Paul Harris' first lunch gathering in 1905 that became Rotary, Bob Kennedy knows a lot of Rotary history. 

Thanks, Bob, for sharing and passing that history on for club members last week!

Bob Kennedy talks Rotary history
If you are itching to test out your Rotary history trivia, try this quiz.

Thanks to Halcyon House for hosting Rotary for the past two weeks. We appreciate it!


February 5: CLUB FORUM! at the YMCA
February 12: Gary Murphy - Alliant Energy
February 12: Blood Drive, UP Church, 1:30-6:30pm
February 19: Denise Erpelding - WHS Art Teacher Mrs. Pisarik
February 26: Craig Davis - TBA