Iowa City Noon Rotary

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Barbara Thomas 
2020-21 Club President

We meet Thursdays at 12:00pm

Meeting through Zoom
(until further notice) 

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Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas, who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn shared Zoom tips.
President Barb shared that we will be starting live in-person meetings again at The Highlander in July. There will continue to be an option to join via Zoom. Rtns. Ryan Bell & Eric Weiler were live at The Highlander today to begin testing technology for the hybrid meetings.
President Barb announced Kelly Stobb had a baby girl on April 19 and shared some adorable photos.
Rtn. Brad Baldes gave updates on the Fore The Families golf event on June 7. We are also looking for volunteers; please sign up on the Sign-up Genius link: They are down to just two tee times remaining. Please consider sponsoring this event. Fore the House Sponsorship and Golfer Registration Sign-up Link:
Also, you can donate to Adopt A House, to contribute towards our Rotary effort for the Ronald McDonald House.
President Barb shared survey results. 96% of our Rotarians who participated in the survey have completed their vaccine. 54% want to begin meeting again now. 72% are willing to order meals in advance. We will be requiring Rotarians to order their meals in advance to help The Highlander kitchen staff prepare for us. 23% of participants were willing to help run technology for the meetings. Please let President Barb know if you can help; we will rotate through different individuals.
Rtn. Trisha Smith shared her thanks for our Rotary club’s support of The United Way with the “I Am United” award. She invited all of us to join the United Way’s 2020-21 Community Celebration, which will be virtual on Wednesday, June 2nd at 5pm. To receive a link to  “An Invitation to Laugh” please have each guest register
Rtn. Kim Casko of Iowa City Area Business Partnership shared that the Community Leadership Program is celebrating its 30th year with a CLP Day of Service & Celebration: Applications for this fall’s CLP class are open and due June 18th. Also, Project Better Together is having a celebration event at the Xtream Arena on June 16th:
Rtn. Bill Bywater shared a moment of positivity and gratitude. He recalled early experiences in Rotary after he was inducted in 1964. He became president of the Rotary club when he was 29 years old. He remembers Rotary trips and memories, which have exceeded his expectations.
Rtn. Kim Casko introduced the program. She also identified that a lack of available employees in the workforce is the most common problem that local businesses are reporting.
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Our Meeting was called to order by President Barbara Thomas
President Barbara Thomas reminded everyone it is time to renew dues by July 1, 2021.  If you are set up with ACH auto deducts you do not need to do anything. Also, please complete the survey about returning to in-person meetings.  Please complete by noon on Friday, May 21, 2021. 
Rtn. Eric Weiler reported the top three areas of importance for the weekly in-person meetings were accessibility, consistency in the same room each week, and affordable lunch. The board looked at 30 locations and landed on the in-person meetings will be held at The Highlander on North Dodge Street. The hope is in-person meetings will begin in July and will continue to have the Zoom option.
Rtn. Tricia Smith from the United Way of Johnson and Washington County announced that our club has been selected to receive an award and will be presented at the June 2nd event at 5pm which will be a completely virtual event. Register:
Rtn. Linda Farkas – Youth Leadership committee met last Tuesday to celebrate two rough years.
The Rotary moment of positivity and gratitude was given by Rtn. Susan Brennan.
Watch today's meeting here:
Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas
Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn provided Zoom reminders.
President Barb Thomas reminded everyone that it’s time to pay annual dues.  If you have done quarterly ACH payments in the past, you do not need to take any action to renew. 
Rtn. Linda Farkas announced that June 7th is the Fore the Families Golf Outing.  Only six foursome spots are available as of today.  You can register at:  You can also sponsor a hole by contacting Verne Folkmann at: 319-331-0974 or  Volunteers are still needed, you can sign up at:  There is also an opportunity to Adopt a Program if you’re not a golfer, at: you can sponsor a toy, meals, or a weeklong stay at the House.
Rtn. LaDonna Wicklund announced that she and Tara Minetos attended the Ames Rotary meeting on Wednesday morning to listen to Rotary International President Elect, Shekhar Mehta, who joined the meeting from India.  LaDonna reminded the Club that we are all involved in an amazing international organization that does great things all over the world.
A former speaker, Jennifer Blair, shared an example of the “Miracle of Rotary.”  She provided an update on the water project in Tanzania.  The Bukoba Club is 6 hours away from the remote village of Kumwambu and has adopted the project.  Progress is under way thanks to the fundraising efforts in Iowa.  Local clubs raised $63,000, which was matched by the District, and then on the International level to fund this important project.
Rtn. Barb Thomas also let the Club know that a survey will be arriving in your inbox soon regarding your willingness to return to in-person meetings, as well as some other housekeeping items regarding future meetings.  Please complete the survey by next Friday, May 21st.
The Rotary Moment of Gratitude and Positivity was delivered by Rtn. Tracy Tritle.  It’s been 103 days since Tracy left Iowa in a vintage VW camper van.  She has been traveling and working from the road for the past 3 months, which has been an experience in grace and gratitude.  She has learned that what she thought would be a solo journey has become an opportunity to connect with others.
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