Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Halcyon House, Iowa MOST, RAGBRAI

Thanks to Eric Turner, a Rotarian, for inviting Chris Marshall and Susan Wellington (also Rotarians) to give an update on the $10 million expansion and renovation project at Halcyon House.

Eric Turner - A Rotarian
Past District Governor, Don Patterson, presented Club President, Tsalika Rich with the District Governor Citation for Washington Rotary. Our club again met the best practises set out by DG Loring Miller!
Don Patterson and Tsalika Rich

Thanks to chef Cory Evans from the United Presbyterian Home for catering lunch for Rotary this month!
Cory Evans
Chris Marshall and Susan Wellington from Wesley Halcyon House


Washington Rotary is expanding. Current club President, Tsalika Rich, President-Elect-Elect Michelle Redlinger, and Club Secretary Kiersten Peck are all expecting in the next few months. That has to be some kind of record.

Dr. Ann Harris was the first female member of Washington Rotary, the first female club President, and the first pregnant Rotarian in the club. She a trailblazer and a big supporter of these community leading women.

Michelle Redlinger, Kiersten Peck, Tsalika Rich, and Dr. Ann Harris

Iowa MOST (Miles Of Smiles Team)

Thanks to John Winga for having Deb Dunkhase come speak about District 6000's Iowa MOST (Miles Of Smiles Team) and our partnership with the Rotary Club of Huehuetenango in Guatemala to bring healing for children and adults who need cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries.

In addition to being a club leader at Iowa City Rotary Club, Deb is the Executive Director at the Iowa Children's Museum at the Coral Ridge Mall.

Deb Dunkhase

Iowa MOST  is part of the Humanitarian and Educational Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit formed by District 6000.

If you're interested in participating in the annual trip to Guatemala, check out the medical and non-medical job descriptions for volunteers.

Want to help support District 600's Annual Cleft Lip and Palate surgical mission to Guatemala? ORDER SALMON! You can also make a tax-deductible donation by writing a check to Rotary D6000 HEF, Inc., with "Iowa MOST" on the memo line.

RAGBRAI - Friday, July 29th 2016

Don't forget to bookmark the RAGBRAI Washington web site,  You can also find them on FaceBookTwitter, and Instagram. Use the hashtag #washrag

ORDER RAGBRAI SHIRTS: Order on-line at or purchase them at Dodici Shop, Coffee Corner, or the Chamber of Commerce.

HOST A RIDER(S): The Washington RAGBRAI Housing Committee is looking for volunteers to provide parking for motor homes, space for tents, floor space, beds, and/or bathroom facilities. Hosts are not required to transport or feed the riders, and are not allowed to charge for accommodations.

Hosts are expected to provide riders with a place to sleep, access to a bathroom and shower and possibly somwhere to fill water bottles. They are not required to entertain guests or provide them with amenities such as towels, soap or shampoo.
Sign Up to host some riders !!


April 28: Club Forum!
May 5: Kathy Salazar - TBA
May 12: Dick Colby - TBA
May 19: TBA - Kirkwood Business Partners Training

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Rotary Getting' Piggy With It - RAGBRAI Washington

Thanks to Teri Hartzler for inviting Jeff Vetter to speak about RAGBRAI coming to Washington on July 29th.

Teri Hartzler
Jeff Vetter, publicity committee for Ragbrai Washington, updated the Club on how planning is progressing for the Friday, July 29th event. There are many opportunities for volunteering to help with the planning and with event day activities!
Jeff Vetter
The Washington RAGBRAI web site is almost ready to be unveiled. Until then, check out these on-line RAGBRAI resources!

District 6000 Conference - Leon, IA

It sounds like it has been a great Rotary District 6000 Conference in Leon, Iowa last week. District Governor Loring Miller reported it a great success with good attendance and participation. 

To see more pictures and news, check out the Rotary District 6000 Conference FaceBook page.

Andrés Bravo, our exchange student from Ecuador, attended to be a part of the celebration, and to show off his snazzy jacket and pins.

Becky Patterson and Andrés Bravo at District 6000 Conference
Next years District 6000 Conference will be in the Iowa City area hosted by District Governor Elect, Chris Knapp.


April 7: Chris Marshall - Halcyon House Construction update
April 14: Eric Turner - Lynn Fisher of Washington County Public Health
April 21: John Winga - Iowa MOST
April 28: CLUB FORUM!
RAGBRAI Washington - Gettin' Piggy With It
Wondering what Gettin' Piggy With It is all about? Check out Will Smith's video for his 90s hit "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It." Yeah, that is how cool Washington is.