Iowa City Noon Rotary

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Barbara Thomas 
2020-21 Club President

We meet Thursdays at 12:00pm

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(until further notice) 

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Our Meeting was called to order by President Barbara Thomas
President Barbara Thomas asked that we stop and reflect for Mike O’Deen, husband of Rtn. Amy O’Deen. Mike passed away suddenly this week. No services are planned. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Boys & Girls Club of the Corridor and UI Steadfast Children’s Hospital. Visit for condolences.
Rtn. Tara Minetos, Chair for Rotarians Supporting Women, encouraged anyone interested in joining this committee to connect with her.
The Rotary moment of positivity and gratitude was given by Rtn. Dan McGivern.
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Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas
Rtn. Devin van Hosteijn welcomed Club members and guests and provided Zoom tips.
President Barb Thomas gave special thanks to Rtn. Aaron Schaefer for his musical performance at last week’s meeting.
Rtn. Verne Folkmann, chair of the Rotary Foundation, congratulated two Rotarians for their contributions. Rtn. David Bywater recently become a Paul Harris Fellow plus two.  Rtn. Jim Down is now a Paul Harris Fellow plus seven.
The Rotary Moment of Gratitude and Positivity was delivered by Rtn. Gene Wandling.  Gene joined us from South Florida, where it is 75 degrees and sunny.  He is grateful for Zoom so he can attend these meetings, even when he’s in Florida.  Gene is most grateful for all the Rotarians that make our Club so great and so special.  Our large size allows us to take on many big and important projects, we are also a diverse club, especially the leadership and service of our women members, and the involvement, leadership, and energy provided by our younger members is unique.  As Rotarians, we value our Four Way Test and subscribe to service above self, and our nation would be in a much better place with more Rotarians leading our government.  Gene also shared a small-world football story about Nate Kaeding and Nick Novack.
Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas.
President Barb Thomas asked for a moment of silence to reflect on our loved ones that have been lost over the past year.
The Rotary Moment of Gratitude and Positivity was delivered by Rtn. David Bywater.  He said that 2020 was not a complete bust.  He is grateful for healthcare workers, essential workers – all of those that allowed us to continue and find a way.  So many rose to the occasion.  He is thankful for Rotary leadership and successfully adjusting to a new way of conducting our meetings.  David toasted to 2020 and the lessons we learned about hope, peace, and faith, and that we are all essential.  We had to slow down and appreciate our family and work family.  Happy New Year in 2021!
Our Meeting was called to order by President-Elect Eric Weiler.
President-Elect Eric Weiler announced that Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn and his wife and children welcomed  twin girls last Thursday – Eloise and Chloe – a beautiful photo was shared.  Congratulations Devin!
Rtn. Kelly Drowne welcomed Club members and guests and provided Zoom tips.
Rtn. Joe Hughes provided an update on our Salvation Army.  Thank you to the three Rotarians who volunteered as bell ringers.  You can still donate to our Club’s virtual kettle:
Rtn. Vern Folkmann, Chairman of our Club’s Rotary Foundation, encouraged Rotarians to make year end donations to the Foundation.  He explained the levels of giving, during life, or through you last will and testament.
Rtn. Linda Farkas, Chair of the RYLA & World Affairs Committee, announced that all interviews were completed (via Zoom) for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  In total, 30 students have been selected to attend the conference in Wisconsin, and our Club is providing funding for 25 students.  She wants to thank our donors and the Committee.  She also expressed appreciation for the Downtown Rotary Club as well as the AM Rotary Club.  She read a wonderful thank you note from a guidance counselor at North Liberty High School. 
Rtn. Kim Casko announced Project Better Together’s Adopt a Health Care Worker campaign.  Currently there are 565 healthcare nominees and 420 adopters.  Please sign up to send a card or small gift to a worker here (bonus points for shopping local):
Guest Bob Untiedt, President of the Board of TRAIL of Johnson County gave his thanks for the $5,000 grant from our Club.  He explained that residents 65+ are the fastest growing age group in Johnson County and TRAIL provides support for seniors to enhance their lives and independence.
The Rotary Moment of Gratitude and Positivity was delivered by Rtn. Tita Coffman.  She is grateful for her son and her family all over the world and being able to share successes and happy moments on video chat.  She is expecially grateful for her friends, who have become like family.  She has been able to attend virtual religious services here and abroad, which have helped her with this challenging year.  The literary and performance arts have also given her peace and entertainment.  She is grateful for our democracy and being a citizen of the United States.  She wished us all a very happy new year.
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