Thursday, October 3, 2019

Turkey Dinner 2019!

This year our annual Turkey Dinner was held at UP Church in Washington on 9/9/2019.
We served a total of 530 meals with 189 guests dinning in, 341 taking carry out meals and 33 walk in the day of.

We had a great day and wonderful turn out!  Thank you all who helped make this annual dinner a success!

Safe Haven Act

At our 8/29/2019 meeting we had the pleasure of having Melissa Westphal at our meeting to share her story with the Safe Haven Act.  Melissa attended as Jaron's guest speaker.
The Safe Haven act has had 37 children declared in Iowa since the law was enacted in 2002. Melissa reports that nationally there has been over 3,500 children declared through the Safe Haven Act.

Melissa speaks to our group about the Safe Haven Act
The Safe Haven Act is a law that allows a parent to leave an infant up to 30 days old at a health care facility without fear of prosecution.  They are also allowed to call 911 to relinquish parental rights and to confirm someone knows the location of an infant who was left at the health care facility.  The act allows the parent to give medical information about the infant but does not require it.  It also requires the health care facility to contact DHS and report the infant has been taken under the Safe Haven Act.
Thank you Melissa for sharing your families experience and bringing your very special guest with you!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Iowa Speedway

Last week, Denise and Kevin presented their experience driving at the Iowa Speedway!

Denise and Kevin were able to go to Newton and do the Iowa Speedway experience.  The Iowa Speedway is a 7/8 mile oval track.  Cars on race day reach speeds up to 150 mph or more.  Denise claimed there were no odometers in the cars she and Kevin drove so she wasn't sure what her top speed was!

They both had to participate in a 3 hour course before stepping in a car.  This was to review safety practices, where to keep the car in the actual track and other items for them to get the most out of their experience!
Thank you for sharing about this awesome experience! 

We also briefly discussed the upcoming Turkey Dinner in September.  Several signs are being posted in high traffic areas in town this year to help promote this event.  This is the first year we have used these signs.

Upcoming Events:
29 - Jaron Rosien
5 - Turkey Dinner Program
9 - Turkey Dinner!
12 - No Meeting (Turkey Dinner Week)
19 - Laura Bombei

Rocking at Rotary

Thursday August 15th, Matt Greiner and Joe Nichols were our presentation at Rotary!  They are members of both James Crossroads and Aces and Eights and we had the pleasure of hearing about playing guitar and all their equipment they use at their shows!

Matt reviewed guitar basics with us.

After reviewing guitar basics, Matt and Joe played "name that tune".  We split up into two groups and tried to name that tune as they played the opening of songs.

Thank you for a great presentation!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ambassador Kenneth M Quinn

Last week we had a really special guest for our weekly Rotary meeting!  Jim Gorham arranged for Ambassador Kenneth M Quinn to join us for lunch and to speak to our group about his time with the World Food Prize!
Jim Gorham introducing Ambassador Kenneth M Quinn
Ambassador Quinn assumed presidency of the World Food Prize Foundation in 2000.  The past 20 years he has been working to make the World Food Prize the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture" and has traveled all over the world.  Ambassador Kenneth has Iowa roots, and hails from Dubuque; attending Dubuque Whalart for High School and Loras Collage for his undergraduate.  He shared how he moved from his first job in Dubuque to 10 years later being employed in Washington DC at the White House!
Dr. Norman E. Borlaug developed a"miracle"wheat in Mexico through the 1940s and 1950s.  This new wheat was developed and able to grow in a variety of different growing conditions and changed agriculture in Mexico and later in Asia and all of Latin America.  In 1970, Dr. Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize for his lifetime work and his achievements in agriculture. The World Food Prize was founded by Dr. Norman Borlaug in 1986. 
Ambassador Quinn
The World Food Prize has had 2 dreams in the past 20 years with Ambassador Quinn as president;
1. Make the World Food Prize the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture"
2. Make Central Iowa the Food and Agriculture Capital of America
The World Food Prize holds an annual symposium in October in Des Moines where international leaders, farmers and experts come together to discuss global food security and nutrition. 
Thank you Ambassador Quinn for attending our weekly meeting and presenting all this wonderful information on the World Food Prize!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Reminder! 7/25/19 Program!

Just a reminder!  This weeks program will be Ambassador Kenneth M Quinn.  Kenneth M Quinn assumed the presidency for the World Food Prize Foundation in 2000 and we would like to have a great turn out for him this week!  Please mark this weeks meeting on your calendar and bring a guest who may be interested in hearing him speak.

See you Thursday at Noon at the YMCA downtown!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Annual Banquet 2019

June 26th 2019 we had our Annual Awards Dinner.  Great food, conversation and great attendance for this years dinner!

Congratulations to all our scholarship winners this year!

Gwen Flannery - Rotary Scholarship

Molly Sparks - Rotary Scholarship 

Claire Horak - John Prochaska Service Award and Rotary Youth Leadership Award 
Congratulations to Keith Lazar who received the Bill Sitler Rotary Community Service Award!
Keith Lazar - Bill Sitler Rotary Community Service Award
 And Congratulations to Ed Lins for receiving the Rotarian of the Year award presented by President Lynn Koch!

Lynn Koch passed the gavel (or two!) to Kurt Sorenson.  Thank you Lynn for your service as Rotary President!

Thank you for all who were able to attend, and a HUGE thank you to the annual awards dinner committee members (Cheryl Kurtz and Ann Harris) for organizing a great event and thank you and to Tsalika for the wonderful meal!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Washington Community School District Foundation

Last week Susan Wellington's guest was Jeff Cuddeback who spoke to us about the Washington Community School District Foundation.
Jeff is currently president for the Washington CSD Foundation and wanted to bring awareness to the foundation.  Founded in 1994, the Washington CSD Foundation seeks to bridge the gap between what taxes and other public funds provide and what the school and it's students are still needing to receive the finest education possible.  The Washington CSD Foundation works independently from the school district and board.  Currently the Foundation is providing scholarships to graduating students ranging from Ag to Music Scholarships.

Jeff Cuddeback and Susan Wellington
Jeff would love to see the Foundation and it's ability to impact the Washington CSD students grow. 
Jeff discussing his involvement with the Washington CSD Foundation.
Thank you , Jeff , for presenting all this great information to our group!

Upcoming Events:
20: TBA
26: Awards Dinner @ Country Club - 6pm
27: No Meeting!
4: No Meeting - Independence Day
11: Kurt Sorenson
18: Sue Basten

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Purple Martins

This past week we had a great presentation about purple martins by Randy Fehr's guest, Adam Todd.  Adam is a Washington High School grad (class of 2017) and is currently working for the Department of Natural Resources at Lake Darling.  He is also currently taking classes at Des Moines Community College.
Adam shared with us that the purple martin is the largest member of the swallow family.  They are also 100% dependent on humans for housing.  Adam helps maintain and monitor the purple martin houses at Lake Darling and his grandfathers house!  Purple martins are a popular bird that people encourage to their properties because they eat so many insects. 
Adam Todd presenting on the purple martins
Purple martins typically return to Iowa in March/April and leave around late July/early August.  Even though they are only here for a short time, they have many fans in Iowa!
Adam Todd and Randy Fehr
Upcoming Events:
13: Ed Lins
20: TBA
26: Awards Dinner @ Country Club - 6pm
27: No Meeting
4: Independence Day - No Meeting
11: Kurt Sorenson

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Village Community

This past week we had a great presentation from Todd Kurtz on The Village Community.  Todd is Cheryl Kurtz's son and is one of the founding families for The Village Community outside of Iowa City.  The Village Community is a place that provides services and support for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  The Village was started in 2013 and has provided excellent day therapy and after school care for several individuals and families for the past 6 years.  They have also received outstanding remarks on any review of their services and even CARF Accreditation.
Todd and Cheryl Kurtz
Todd gave us a great overview and it was wonderful to hear all the great things The Village Community is doing!
Todd Kurtz speaking on The Village Community
We also have to give a HUGE thank you to Gary Murphy for volunteering for Family Day last weekend for Ridiculous Days!  Thank you, Gary, for supervising the pony rides and representing our club last week!  Also, thank you to Michelle Redlinger for the great photo!
Gary supervising the pony rides for Ridiculous Days 2019 
Upcoming Events:
6: Randy Fehr
13: Ed Lins
26: Awards Dinner @ Country Club
27: No Meeting