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:
Our Meeting was called to order by President-Elect Eric Weiler.
Rtn. Kelley Drowne shared Zoom tips.
President-Elect Eric Weiler shared that Rtn. Dick McKeen was removed from life support yesterday. He has been a long time member, please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Rtn. Ryan Bell shared that the Busineess Partnership is hosting a speed networking event next Wednesday, March 10th at 4 pm. This is an opportunity to leverage our Business Partnership membership and talk about how great IC Noon Rotary is as well as a chance to meet and talk with others in our community! Please also join the Membership 101 session happening right before Speed Networking at 3:00 pm, you will learn about the value and opportunities available through membership.
Rtn. Ron Ettinger shared that we are involved in giving out dictionaries to 4th graders at Horn, Weber, Alexander, Kirkwood and Wickham. . If you are interested in volunteering, please call Ron Ettinger at home except Tuesday and Thursdays during the day (the No. is 338-6778). You will set up a time to come to his house to pick up the dictionaries (the address is 230 Magowan Ave.); and we will need you to unpack the dictionaries and put a nameplate in each dictionary and call the principal of the school to set up a date to deliver the dictionaries, it will not be necessary to go into the fourth grade classroom.
Rtn. Trisha Smith invited you to join United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties, UIHC, and Johnson County Public Health on Thursday, March 11 at 11:00 am as they present a panel discussion on the COVID-19 vaccination. You can register and submit your questions ahead of time at
President- Elect Eric Weiler shared that Rtn. Chuck Hesse has his 85th birthday today!
President-Elect Eric Weiler inducted our newest member, Rtn. Jeffrey Dancer, who was introduced and is sponosered by Rtn. Ryan Bell.
Rtn. Dimy Doresca shared a moment of gratitude and positivity.
Watch today's meeting here:
Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas
Rtn. Kelley Drowne welcomed Club members and guests and provided Zoom tips.
Guest Joe Briddle, a student at Tippie College, shared his story about his recent battle with cancer. He is on the finance committee for the UI Dance Marathon, which raises money for research and support of children battling cancer, as well as their families. In the event anyone wishes to donate to Joe’s campaign, the link is provided here: You can also search for another student to support their fundraising efforts.
Rtn. Ryan Bell announced that the Iowa City Area Business Partnership is presenting a Speed Networking event. As Rotarians, we are members of the Partnership and are welcome to attend on March 10th at 4PM. It will be presented via Zoom and participants will be sorted into breakout rooms and will have an opportunity to meet everyone at the event. Register here:
President Barb Thomas announced that Rtn. Pete Wallace let us know that Towncrest Pharmacy is accepting appointments this Friday and Saturday only if you are over age 65. You must register ahead of time:
President Barb Thomas also announced changes to the Board of Directors.  Rtn. Neil Quellhorst, our long time, devoted Treasurer is resigning as Treasurer and we thank him for his service.  Rtn. Madaline Windauer has volunteered to serve as Treasurer for a 3 year term, a non-elected position.  Her spot on the Board will be opening, and it will be filled by the next runner-up in our recent elections, Rtn. Kelley Drowne.  With Rtn. Ryan Bell moving into the President-Elect position, the last year of his Board term will be filled by Rtn. Tara Minetos, the next runner up in the elections.  Kelley and Tara will start on the Board in July. 
Rtn. Tara Minetos announced that the Rotarians Supporting Women Committee is seeking candidates for their annual scholarship. Strong preference will be given to a woman in our community who is seeking a non-traditional educational path. Please share this with anyone who may qualify. The link to the application is available here:
The Rotary Moment of Gratitude and Positivity was delivered by Rtn. Trisha Smith. Trisha shared a story, “Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee Beans.” A daughter told her father that she was so tired of struggling and wanted to give up. Her father, a trained chef, filled 3 pots with water. Once they began to boil, he put each  item in its own pot. After 20 minutes, he turned off the heat and placed each item into serving dishes and asked his water what she saw, and asked her to touch each item – the potatoes were soft, she cracked the egg shell and learned it was hard inside, and she sipped the delicious coffee – but she still didn’t understand his message. He explained that each item has faced the exact same adversity, but each of them reacted differently.  The potatoes were hard and unrelenting and with boiling, became soft. The eggs were soft and fragile, but they’re now hard. The coffee beans exposed themselves, changed the water, and created something new.  Which are you – the potatoes, the eggs, or the ground coffee beans? We’re all facing our own and our shared adversity, but each day we can choose to lay in a heap, to find growth and opportunity in this experience, and be the coffee beans!
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