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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IC Noon Rotary Stories
Watch today's meeting here:  https://youtu.be/VSWHcJZaoUM
 
Just prior to noon, we went into Zoom breakout groups to be able to chat in small groups as though we were at a table with 6 or so fellow Rotarians and guests.
 
Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas.
 
Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn shared Zoom tips.
 
Announcements:
Rtn. Eric Weiler announced that One Rotary Summit is tonight at 6:30 pm. The agenda includes, opening comments on the state of rotary by DG Steve Dakin, innovative clubs, inclusion & diversity and public image. Rtn. Ryan Bell will be presenting on public image. Click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88580364476
 
Rtn. Ryan Bell shared that our first highway cleanup day was a success. He thanked everyone for coming out and gave a shoutout to Rtn. Joe Hughes’ kids, who were rockstart helpers!!!
 
Rtn. John Fraser shared that Operation Warm - Giving Coats is still receiving donations until Monday, November 30th. $20 will buy one coat, you can donate any amount online: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/operation-warm-inc/join-iowa-city-noon-rotary-to-give-coats-to-kids-in-need or checks can be made out to Operation Warm, PO Box 822431, Philadelphia, PA 19182-2431.  Please make sure to add a note that shows our club name. All donations will receive a tax receipt.
 
Rtn. Kelly Stobb announced that we will be partnering with Maggie’s Farm Wood-Fired Pizza on Saturday, October 24th, which is World Polio Day. They are donating 10% of all proceeds to Rotary’s Polio Plus Program. So get your pizza ordered for the first Hawkeyes football game!
 
President Barb Thomas announced with the new rotary year in July, dues are due. If you have not paid your dues, membership will be terminated on Monday, October 26th. please reach out to your fellow members to make sure they paid their dues. It is these dues that help us continue to do good in our community!!
 
Rtn. Anna Moyers Stone announced the United Way Power of the Purse event next Thursday, Oct 29th . Rtn. Anna Moyers Stone and Rtn. Ryan Bell will be MC’ing, you do not want to miss this. Buy a ticket and start your Holiday shopping: https://www.unitedwayjwc.org/power-purse-2020 !
 
Rtn. Patty McCarthy shared a moment of gratitude and positivity. She is grateful for words in music and books. Lately her playlist has included a lot of the Beatles,  “Let it be” and Bruce Springsteen, “The Rising.” A few books she has read lately that have given her solice and encouragement: Beer Money, a Tale of Iowa City's Beer Mafia by SC Sherman, 50-plus African American Women who Changed the World by Cheryl Willis Hudson, The Ones We've Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders will Transform America by Charlotte Alter and The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye
 
Watch today's meeting here: https://youtu.be/SQkh12IYE9o 
 
Just prior to noon, we went into Zoom breakout groups to be able to chat in small groups as though we were at a table with 8 or so fellow Rotarians and guests.
 
Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas.
 
We shared a moment of silence for Carolyn Gross, wife of Rtn. John Gross, who passed away Sunday. President Barb shared some words about Carolyn. Her obituary can be read here: https://www.thegazette.com/obituaries/carolyn-gross-20201014-0000224161-01.
 
Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn shared Zoom tips.
 
Announcements:
Rtn. Dave Brown shared that our first highway cleanup day will be this Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. We are cleaning the 1-mile stretch of Sand Road (South Gilbert) south of Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. Contact David-c-brown@uiowa.edu.
 
Rtn. Eric Weiler announced that our local club has donated $30,000 to help local charities. He introduced Tracy Tritle, who shared details about the committee and process of filtering applications with our partner, the Johnson County Community Foundation. Rtn. Chris Atchison shared the organizations that were awarded.
 
President Barb and Rtn. Eric Weiler introduced Rtn. Nancy Quellhorst, who shared her inspiration to give to Operation Warm - Giving Coats to Children in Need. Rtn. John Fraser shared a slideshow that 1 in 5 children are living below the poverty line and can use our donation to get them coats. $20 will buy one coat. You can donate any amount of money you choose online. Rtn. Deb Ockenfels shared that our district has donated 40,000 coats to date. You can give online: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/operation-warm-inc/join-iowa-city-noon-rotary-to-give-coats-to-kids-in-need or checks can be made out to Operation Warm, PO Box 822431, Philadelphia, PA 19182-2431.  Please make sure to add a note that shows our club name. All donations will receive a tax receipt. Monday, November 30 is the deadline for donations.
 
Rtn. Linda Farkas announced that World Affairs students from North Liberty wrote an article about their experience that was published here https://thelibertylivewire.com/4544/features/all-about-world-affairs/. She is looking for more volunteers to help organize the interview process with students. Contact linda.farkas@icloud.com.
 
Rtn. Kelly Stobb announced that we will be partnering with Maggie’s Farm Wood-Fired Pizza on Saturday, October 24th, which is World Polio Day. They are donating 10% of all proceeds to Rotary’s Polio Plus Program. So get your pizza ordered for the first Hawkeyes football game!
 
President Barb shared that we received a thank you note from Garner Elementary teachers for the I Can Read materials that we donated.
 
Watch today's meeting at: https://youtu.be/WWY36d7y2TY
 
Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas.
 
Announcements:
President Barb Thomas informed everyone that Carolyn Gross is dealing with liver cancer and only expected to be with us a few more weeks. She is resting comfortably in hospice care. Please keep Carolyn and John in your thoughts. If you would like to send a card the address is 4 Brickwood Knoll NE, Iowa City, IA 52240.
 
President Thomas also reminded everyone to look at the most recent Rotarian District newsletter as there are several of our members featured.  And finally, President Thomas thanked those that attended the Rotary Social.
 
Rtn. Eric Weiler announced the results of the Rotary elections. For the two open positions on the Rotary Board of Directors, they are Rtn. Madeline Windauer and Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn and the Rotary President-elect nominee who will be leading our Rotary club in 2022,  is Rtn. Ryan Bell.
 
Rtn. Dave Brown announced the Environmental Concerns Committee has been working on an activity and along with the other rotary clubs have landed on the Rotary Clubs of Iowa City Adopt a Highway. The highway is Sand Road south of Terry Blueblood Park. The date for cleanup is Oct. 17th at 10am.
 
 
The Rotary moment of positivity and gratitude was given by Rtn. Chris Atchison.
 
Rtn. Verne Folkmann gave the following awards. Paul Harris Fellow, Rtn. Janice Baldes; Paul Harris Fellow +2, Rtn. Dorothy Paul & Rtn. Tom Cilek; Paul Harris Fellow +3, Rtn. Steve Schomberg & Rtn. Madeline Windauer; Paul Harris Fellow +5, Rtn. Benny Hawkins; and Major Donor, Rtn. Steve West.
 
Watch today's general meeting (upon request, the program speaker portion was not recorded) here: https://youtu.be/rG1RyhpK730
 
Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
President Barb Thomas announced that next Tuesday, Oct. 6th, from 4:00-5:30PM, our Club will have its first virtual Rotary Social.  There will be breakout rooms, polls, and 3 “door prizes” - $50 gift cards to Bread Garden and Herteen & Stocker Jewelers and an overnight stay at the newly remodeled Highlander Bohemian Hotel. 
 
President-Elect Eric Weiler announced that there are 5 great candidates for two open Board seats and one awesome candidate for President-Elect.  Please vote by the end of the day on October 11th.  The link to the ballot is here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5APIjoEwtQTM2Gh.
 
The Rotary Moment of Gratitude and Positivity was delivered by Rtn. Mark Pries.  Mark remembers that every day in an investment in the legacy of his life and his community.  His largest gratitude is his wife of 48 years, Leslie.  The pandemic has brought them closer together.  He has lived a servant lifestyle, which is consistent with the Rotary 4 Way Test.
 
Rtn. Bill Oglesby shared a video about one of Rotary’s area’s of focus, which is the environment.
 
President Barb announced that our Environmental Affairs committee is adopting part of Terry Trueblood park.  They are scheduling a clean-up day in the near future.  Please reach out to Committee Chair Dave Brown if you are interested in joining the committee or the clean-up.
 
PROGRAM:
Rtn. Barb Thomas introduced today’s speaker, Phil Jasper.  Phil is the President of the Mission Systems Strategic Business Unit at Collins Aerospace.  A native Iowan, he has 26 years of experience in the aerospace industry and is very involved in his community.
 
Collins Aerospace has an impact on the world by keeping people safe, connected, and informed, all from Eastern Iowa.  Collins has gone through a number of changes in recent years, including an acquisition by United Technologies.  In April of 2020, Raytheon Technologies merged with United Technologies.  Collins Aerospace is one of four companies under Raytheon’s umbrella.  Collins has over 78,000 employees at 300+ sites globally, and employs more than 16,000 engineers.
 
Collins Aerospace has 6 strategic business units, serving nearly all aspects of the aviation, defense, and aerospace industry: Aerostructures (Chula Vista, CA); Avionics (Cedar Rapids, IA); Interiors (Winston-Salem, NC); Mechanical Systems (Charlotte, NC); Mission Systems (Cedar Rapids); and Power & Controls (Windsor Locks, CT).
 
There are more than 9,200 Collins Aerospace employees in Iowa.  The economic impact of having the company in Iowa is $3.2 million.  It spends over $100MM annually with in-state suppliers.  Core competencies in Eastern Iowa include: tactical communications (75% of military communications take place over Collins radios), simulation and training, precision navigation and timing, training and mission solutions, integrated avionics, cabin management systems, display systems, and missionized avionics.
 
The industry has been severely impacted by COVID-19 and resulting reductions in travel.  Collins is investing in ways to have a contactless travel experience, to protect passengers and staff.  Some innovations include solutions for check-in, bag drops, security, boarding, immigration, and even contactless lavatories.
 
The meeting ended at 12:57 PM as President Barb Thomas led the assembly in reciting The Four Way Test.
 
MEETING:
 
Visiting Rotarians included: Gary Wicklund (Vale, CO)
 
Guests of Rotarians: Casey O’Donnell (Ryan Bell); Mackenzie DeRoo (Barb Thomas); Phil Jasper (Barb Thomas), Diane Johnson (Kelley Drowne); Dee Hurst (Barb Thomas); Eran Roseman (Colleen Brown); Roni Roseman (Colleen Brown); Jen Blackhurst (Barb Thomas); Carrie Nickol (Kelly Drowne); Dawn Kluber (Barb Thomas); Ali Yildirim (Barb Thomas).
 
Program: Devin van Holsteijn; Attendance: Nancy Droll
 
Please forward any newsworthy items and/or photos to Jon Brown or Janice Baldes to include in the weekly slide decks emailed to members prior to each meeting and shown just before Rotary meetings at the Club. You can send information to: Janice Baldes janicebaldes@gmail.com or Jon Brown at mjonBrown@taxesplusiowacity.com
 
For questions related to Club administration, please contact us at secretary@iowacitynoonrotary.org.
 
It is our policy to have all members silence their cell phones before the meeting and refrain from answering their cell phones during the meeting out of respect to the speaker and fellow members.
Watch today's meeting here:  https://youtu.be/A_kg36vxYnQ
 
Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas, who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn provided Zoom user tips.
 
Announcements:
 
Rtn. Steve Schomberg announced that he was interviewed in the Press Citizen’s Community Music Column. You can read the article here: https://www.press-citizen.com/story/entertainment/2020/09/21/schomberg-relearning-music-adult-became-most-satisfying-experience/5854870002/
 
President Barb shared that Rtn. Dr. Tunji Funsho has been named in the Times’100 Most Infludential People in the World for helping achieve the iradication of polio in Africa. He is the first Rotarian member to receive this honor.
 
President-Elect Eric Weiler announced that the Annual Rotary Board Elections are coming up. Please consider applying to be on the Rotary leadership board. Just e-mail President Barb with a sentence on each of the following. 1. Information about you. 2. Your involvement in our Rotary club. 3. How you want to serve.  E-mails are due by Sept. 24th at 5 p.m.
 
President Barb announced our club will hold a virtual social in October 6th from 4:00-5:30 pm. There will be  Zoom rooms! Raffle prizes! And more! Please join via zoom and feel free to share with others. Bring your beverage of choice!
 
Please join us next week, we will hear from Phil Jasper of Collins Aerospace. He will give an overview of the history of Rockwell/Collins Aerospace and discuss the changes in the company. Invite others to join!
 
Rotary Moment of Gratitude and Positivity Rtn. Doris Precil shared her habit of giving thanks each morning. She is thankful for her family, friends and her experience playing the violin with the Suzuki method. She has used the Suzki method for years with children to nuture and develp their talent.
 
Rtn. Anna Moyer-Stone shared that our club hosts the annual Joint Service Club Luncheon.  This year’s event will happen in November, via Zoom with University President Bruce Harreld speaking. No invitation or ticket will be required. Please email Anna at astone@midwestone.com if you’re interested in helping with the Luncheon! It’s super easy and a great way to meet your fellow rotarians.  
 
Rtn. Bill Oglesby shared a short video from Rotary International.
 
Watch today's meeting here:  https://youtu.be/T2WM4BJ1uIg 
 
Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas, who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Rtn. Devon van Holsteijn provided Zoom user tips.
 
Announcements:
Rtn. Linda Farkas shared that we need help with the Youth Leadership Committee at Liberty High School. Rtn. Heather Croskey is our Rotarian taking over Liberty High. We are focusing on adding diversity this year. Please reach out to Linda or Heather if you are willing to help.
 
President Barb shared a thank you letter from Hills Elementary for the I Can Read materials (DVD and booklet) signed by two teachers. Kudos to Rtn. LaDonna Wicklund and the I Can Read committee.
 
Please consider applying to be on the Rotary leadership board. Just e-mail President Barb with a sentence on each of the following. 1. Information about you. 2. Your involvement in our Rotary club. 3. How you want to serve.  E-mails are due by Sept. 25th.
 
President Barb asked that everyone like and follow our Iowa City Noon Rotary Facebook page; and share the posts to build our reach and spread the word.
 
Rotary Moment of Gratitude and Positivity Rtn. Brad Baldes shared his top 10 list of things he is grateful for during this pandemic.
 
We went to Zoom Rooms for a few minutes, which were like virtual tables, where we could communicate in small groups.
 
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Speakers
Peter Balestrieri
Nov 05, 2020 12:00 PM
Remarkable Artistry: Introduction to the UI Libraries' Sackner Archive of Concrete & Visual Poetry
University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld
Nov 12, 2020 12:00 PM
Joint Service Club Luncheon - Updates From UI President
Anna Moyers Stone and Ryan Bell
Dec 17, 2020 12:00 PM
Service Above Self Trivia with the United Way
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