Monday, April 27, 2015

Club Forum!

Rotary District 6000 2015 Conference

The annual District conference is always a great way to learn about Rotary and what is going on in the District, youth exchanges, our internal and outreach programs, as well as Rotary International and Rotary Foundation initiatives.

It was great to see a big group of Washington Rotarians attend the keynote lunch presentation on Friday, April 17 at the Coralville Marriott. This was a great show of support for Rotary and for District Governor John Ockenfels.

Washington Rotarians attend District 6000 Conference luncheon
Club Forum!

Club President, Susan Wellington couldn't be here for the meeting, but we had a great club forum anyway. 

We got a few updates:

Annual Dinner, June 24
Wednesday, June 24 is the Club's Annual Dinner at Marr Park
Presentations at the Club Forum will include

  • Bill Sitler Community Service Award - receives $100 to donate to charity of their choice
  • Rotarian of the Year
  • 2 scholarships for $800 to WHS seniors
  • John Prochaska Rotary Service award to a WHS senior for $200
For a list of previous award winners check out our Awards & Scholarships page on the website.

Turkey Dinner, Sept. 13
Monday, September 13, 4-7pm Rotary Turkey Dinner. Sell tickets, make cole slaw, organize deserts, etc.
Last summer, the club received a Riverboat Foundation minigrant for $800 for new equipment to use at our Turkey Dinner.
Thanks to Dennis Purcel, we also received an $800 grant from Walmart toward food supplies for last Fall's event. We are hoping to get another grant toward our food supplies for this year.

Terry Engelken reminded the club we have reserved $5,000 of the club's money to go toward the Auditorium project at WHS. We are planning on a $5,000 District Community Grant for a total contribution to the Auditorium of $10,000.

Ed Lins was also looking for more volunteers for a team to compete at the Hospice Trivia Night!

Don Patterson awards Tsalica Drown for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow
for her donations to the Rotary Foundation 
Welcome back, John Moenck. Congrats on earning a pin for recruiting a new member - Amber Scott!
Welcome Lynn Koch, guest of Myron Graber. Koch is a new lender at Federation Bank.
Photobomb by Dick Colby.
Thanks to these Rotarians for attending Wellman Rotary for their 75th club anniversary dinner!
By height: Becky Patterson, Nancy Rash, Emily Johnson, Don Patterson
April 30: A great Rotary program
May 7: A great Rotary program
May 14: A great Rotary program
May 21: A great Rotary program
May 28: A great Rotary program
June 24: Rotary Annual Dinner at Marr Park

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ag Day & Wowie


It was great to have a lot of guests for Ag Day. Thanks to Don Vittetoe for coordinating this annual event.

Dick Colby (R) & daughter Ann Haden (L)
Laura & Steve Bombei
John Winga & Dave Birney
Kurt Hora & Paul Horak
Tyler Friese & Ed Lins
Jeff & Dawn Ledger
Farm Bureau Chairperson, Rachel Fishback & Michelle Redlinger
Denise Erpelding & Aimee Reed

Thanks to Brad Johnson for the interesting presentation on Pfister Seeds.

Pfister's Brad Johnson & Eric Manz

Pfister presentation


It was a pleasure to hear WOWIE board member, Debbie Stanton and Stewart Elementary principal, Adam Miller present about the proposed expansion of Stewart Elementary to include new preschool and early childhood classrooms.

The School District would operate 4 of the new preschool classrooms and the other 2 by partner preschool programs. The early childhood classroom would be operated by the Washington YMCA.

The WOWIE (Women Of Washington Iowa Endowment) has made a significant donation to the School District toward the project.

There will be a referendum on Tuesday, June 30, by the School District for bonding for $2.3 million to complete the expansion project.

Washington YMCA's Becky Harkema & Amy Schulte
Congratulations to Emory and Phylis VanGerpen on 65 years or so of blissful marriage. 
Emory VanGerpen & Dr. Ann Harris (contemplating being married 65 years)

Stewart Elementary Principal, Adam Miller & Debbie Stanton
Stewart EarlyChildcare Addition 2015

April 17: District 6000 Conference Luncheon @ Coralville Marriott, 11:30-1:00
April 23: Club Forum!
May 2: Kalona Rotary Omelet breakfast, Methodist Church, 6:30a-11:00a

Our thoughts are with Barry Johnson! Hang in there, Barry.