Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ashland KS part 2

Welcome to Ryan Sempf, the new public policy director at the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce. Ryan was a guest of Ed Raber.
Ryan Sempf

It is great to see our new-ish members, like Brandi Hemsley of JET Physical Therapy at the club meeting.
Brandi Hemsley from JET Physical Therapy


Rotarian and rotating caterer, Tsalika Rich explains a time saving innovation she calls "bus your own plates over here as you leave."

Tsalika Rich

Don Patterson

Past Club President, Becky Patterson thanked the club members for their support and care in the passing of Past District Governor, Don Patterson on May 3rd.

Thanks to you Becky, for being a tremendous leader, club member, and wife to a great Rotarian. We appreciate seeing you at Rotary.
Past Club President - Becky Patterson


John Moenck said that he was looking forward to being Rotary's coordinator for staffing the gates for the Washington County Fair, from July 16-21. He said he needs another leader willing to assist during the mornings or afternoons. 

Moenck is also going to be contacting Rotarians to work at least 1 shift taking tickets at a Fair gate. This is always some fun community service each summer!

John Moenck

Taking Hay & Supplies to Ashland KS

Thanks to Carol Horning for her touching story about how a group of Washington County farmers quickly coordinated a trip to Ashland, Kansas to deliver donated hay bales to devastated cattle farmers affected by tremendous fires in March. Numerous subsequent trips with supplies and hay have followed, and she has gotten very close to the Ashland community.

Carol Horning
Carol said that the fires impacted an area the size of Delaware. There were thousands of cattle that died in the fire, which accounts for 1.3 million lost meals.

Carol also reported that so far, they have taken $80,000 worth of equipment and supplies to Ashland. She said that a fencing company in Kalona has been generous enough to sell them equipment as cost, which has made the donations stretch a lot farther.

If you would like to donate to this ongoing effort, there is an account set up at Washington State Bank to accept donations.


May 25: John Moenck - TBA
June 1: Gene Driscoll - TBA
June 8: John Thorne - TBA
June 15: Emory Van Gerpen - TBA
June 22: Susan Wellington - TBA
June 28: WEDNESDAY, Rotary Awards Dinner @ Marr Park, 6pm
June 29: No Club Meeting