Iowa City Noon Rotary

Our Meeting was called to order by President Eric Weiler
America the Beautiful was sung followed by the Pledge of Allegiance
President Wieler Anyone bringing a guest for the next 3 months the club will pay for their lunch.
Rotary annual dues are due June 15th.
We are in need of Notetakers – Help us record the meeting minutes.  As an incentive, we’ll buy you lunch the week you’re taking notes.  Contact Tara Minetos at
We are in need of people for the Music Committee – Do you like to sing or play piano?  Help us perform America the Beautiful and Smile at our meetings.  Contact Jim Conard at      
Rtn. Linda Farkas: June 6 is the Ronald McDonald Golf Outing. We have 4.5 foursomes still open and really need more volunteers. Visit to sign up. For more information contact Brad at
Rtn. Tara Minetos: This coming Saturday, May 21, our Rotary club will participate in a Build Day for Habitat for Humanity.  Rotarians from any area club are welcome to participate.  There are two shifts:  8am–noon and 1-5pm.  You can sign up at
Rtn. Usha Balakrishnan:  June 11 – there is a new Rotary Music Park at Camp Courageous and we are hosting a pop-up Singing Nook. We are also scheduling people to perform at Willow Creek Park Singing Nook. Contact her after June 8 if anyone would like to perform at the Singing Noon at Willow Creek Park.
Goat Rider Russ Ganim. Dean of International Programs at UI. Has been zooming in, so this is his first in person Rotary meeting. Born in St. Louis. Went to Grinnell College where he graduated in 1983. Then went to U of Virginia to pursue his Ph. D. he is a French professor. Lives with his wife who runs a local nonprofit. His daughter is in her 3rd year at University of Chicago.
Rtn. Jerry Fleagal introduced Charlie Becker from Camp Courageous presenting Camp Courageous Update and Recent Ukraine Visit.
Ukraine: Four weeks ago Charlie and his son flew to the Ukraine via Poland to deliver medical equipment. Had made arrangements to serve in the largest medical hospital in Ukraine. They delivered hundreds of pounds of food for the front lines.
The Polish people are an incredible group who have opened their arms and homes to take in Ukrainian refugees. From their Polish hosts house, they drove into Lviv, Ukraine.  On entering the country they noticed that while millions of people passed that way escaping the warzone, not one piece of trash could be seen.
When they arrived at the Military hospital, it was in mandatory lock down and they could not enter. From there they went to the nearest public hospital. Without the needed paperwork, they were offered to be sent to Kiev, which they declined.
Watch the video for the full story – it is fascinating!
Camp Courageous: Camp not only brings kids out for camp activities, but gives people the opportunity to connect with others who have the same diagnosis as themselves. Programs include nation wide trips as well as the camp in Monticello Iowa.
They installed solar power, reducing electric bills by 90%. They instilled a new zipline.
This is done without government assistance and no paid fundraising staff.
Join them at A Pop-Up Singing Nook: Cartha-Rotary Musical Program and tour of Camp Courageous at 11 am on June 11. Rotary Music Park opened last year and is in constant use. This is the first activity of its kind.
Camp Courageous offers student internships over the summer that provide training and certification for students.
The meeting ended at 1:01 PM as President Eric Weiler led the assembly in reciting The Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Rtn. Bob Downer brought his wife Jane Downer (they are celebrating their 55th Wedding Anniversary)
                Rtn. Ryan Bell brought Alec Sindelar
                Rtn. Verne Folkmann brought Ian Carlson
Program: Devin van Holsteijn; Attendance: Nancy Droll
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