Tuesday, March 31, 2015

LaDonna Wicklund spoke about Rotary Literacy initiatives

Don't forget to bring a guest to Rotary Ag Appreciation Day on April 2nd! Don Vittetoe's speakers will be Eric Manz & Brad Johnson.

Thanks to Don Patterson for having LaDonna Wicklund of the Iowa City Rotary Club to speak about the District 6000 "Legacy of Literacy" initiative. LaDonna is also active in the Rotary District 6000 Xicotepec Project

LaDonna is also an entrepreneur that founded I Can Read Songs.

April 2: Don Vittetoe - AG DAY - Bring a guest!
April 9: Some kind of Rotary program
April 16: NO ROTARY club meeting
April 17: Friday District 6000 Conference Lunch, 11:30am Coralville Marriott

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Climate Change heats up Rotary

Phil Rabinowitz
Phil Rabinowitz informed the club that he has accepted an engineering position at an company on the east coast. This isn't his last Rotary club meeting in Washington, but close. Thanks for being a great part of Washington Rotary, Phil!


Thanks to Ray Poe for having Washington High School science teacher, Joe Pisarik come to speak about climate change.

Here is a link to the national wind map that Pisarik referenced. Its kind of mesmerizing.

Jim Gorham & Joe Pisarik


Tsalika Drown attended the 2015 PETS conference in Rochester, MN. "PETS" stands for North Central President Elect Training Seminar.

She got to network with Rotary International leaders like 2015-16 RI President Elect, Ravi Ravindran of Sri Lanka.

RI PE K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran & Tsalika Drown at PETS 2015


March 19: Tsalika Drown - Trip to Thailand
March 26: 7am Rotary Board Mtg. @ WCHC
March 26: Don Patterson - LaDonna Wicklund, Rotary Literacy Promotion Committee
April 2: Don Vittetoe - AG DAY - Bring a guest!
April 17: Friday District 6000 Conference Lunch, 11:30am Coralville Marriott

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Camp Courageous and Iowa Bicycle Coalition

March means spring and also the Rotary District 6000 Annual Conference, which this year is Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 18 at the Coralville Marriott.  Earlybird registration for the event ends March 13, so register! The Club will pick up Earlybird registrations, so no excuses.

Please consider attending the Friday, April 17th Rotary Lunch from 11:45-1:10 at the Marriott. The keynote speaker will be Big-12 Conference Commissioner, Bob Bowlsby.

You can find the Conference Schedule and the 1-page Registration Form in the lower left hand corner of the Conference web site. Lots of good stuff and great sessions.

We've had a number of guests the last few weeks. Welcome!

guest Mary Petermeier & new corporate member, Laura Bombei of Wolf Floral

Tsalika Drown practicing to be Club President

Brent Hinson & Washington City Attorney Kevin Olson

Thanks to Ed Lins for having Charlie Becker give a wonderful presentation on Camp Courageous on March 5th. Charlie has dedicated his life to the camp and is a leader in the region and especially Jones County.

Camp Courageous of Iowa is a year-round respite care and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The camp was established in 1972 with the first 211 campers attending in the summer of 1974.  Today, Camp Courageous serves nearly 7,000 individuals with disabilities are served in a year-round program.

The mission of Camp Courageous is to provide exceptional year-round recreational and respite care opportunities for individuals with special needs and their families. The camp is run primarily on donations, giving all individuals the opportunity to give through gifts of time, materials, money, and other means that support the camp. 

You can also "like" Camp Courageous on their FaceBook page to follow their activities. You can also check out their 4-minute camp overview on YouTube.

Charlie Becker from Camp Courageous & Ed Lins

Ed Lins
Here is a closer look at the birthday announcement that Ed Lins is holding.
Happy 7-0, Ed! You haven't changed a bit!

Iowa Bicycle Coalition

Thanks to Craig Davis for inviting Mark Wyatt of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, based in Iowa City. 

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is a 501c(3) non-profit that builds partnerships, educates Iowans, and helps to establish safe and enjoyable bicycle transportation and recreation networks throughout Iowa. You can join his organization here.

Mark Wyatt, Iowa Bicycle Coalition

March 12: A great Rotary program
March 14: Steve Slaubaugh Soup Supper/Family Fundraiser, 4-8pm, Wellman Parkside Activities Center
March 19: Another great Rotary program