IC Noon Rotary 8.8.19

Posted by Tara Minetos on Aug 13, 2019
The club was greeted by Rtn. H.D. Hoover.
Our Meeting was called to order by President Jim Conard.
Rtn. Sara Sedlacek, of CommUnity announced the final numbers in the Rotary Food Fight:
Coralville North Corridor: 785 pounds
Downtown: 5,345 pounds
Iowa City Noon: 24,030
Iowa City AM: 32,374
While the AM Club was the clear winner of the trophy, CommUnity is very grateful to Rotary – the local clubs collected enough donations to stock the shelves of the food pantry for 7 weeks!
Rtn. Gary Pacha thanked the group for their assistance last week when he asked for donations for Open Heartland to provide school supplies to the underprivileged in the community.  Our Club raise $301 and between all local clubs, $1,000 was collected.
Rtn. Linda Farkas, Chair of the RYLA and World Affairs committee, introduced the young guests attending today’s meeting.  Ten years ago, when Linda returned to Iowa and was asked to chair this committee, our Club was able to sponsor two students – one for each program.  This year, our club paid for 17 students to attend RYLA and 18 to attend the World Affairs Seminar.  Linda thanked the sponsors, committee members, and the parents for their support.  The Club was given 10 minutes to interact with the RYLA and World Affairs participants sitting at each table.  The students described their experiences and answered Rotarians’ questions.  RYLA students did team building exercises and developed their leadership skills at Grinnell College.  They’re prohibited from telling younger students exactly what they did to keep the experience and activities unique year after year.  The topic at this year’s World Affairs seminar was social media, and students from around the world gathered in Wisconsin and shared their challenges, experiences, and ideas on the subject.
Rtn. Sarah Richardson, of the Rotary Youth Leadership Programs committee, introduced today’s speaker, John Bacon.  John is the Principal of Iowa City High School.  In addition to supporting the youth programs, John has helped improve outreach to under-represented students in the RYLA and World Affairs programs.
John thanked Rotararians for their impact on the entire community in a variety of ways.  There are about 1,600 students at City High and their motto is “the school that leads.”  The school encourages leadership and for students to lift up others around them.  Rotary’s investment in these students attending RYLA and World Affairs show them that we believe in them and their leadership skills.   Students return with a sense of confidence and take the lessons they learned and bring them to life at their schools.
The program ended with each student in attendance introducing themselves to the Club.
The meeting ended at 12:50 pm as President-Elect Barb Thomas led the assembly in reciting The Four Way Test.
Singing: America the Beautiful was lead by Rtn. Bob Crane.
Rtn. H.D. Hoover announced visiting Rotarians Jerry Meis (Coralville North Corridor); Vicki Struzynski Olson (Coralville North Corridor); Peggy George (Iowa City AM); Mark Ruggeberg (Downtown Iowa City)
Guests of Rotarians: Joan Cook (Tom Cook); Austin Muellen (Steve Bowers); Mark Butland (Eric Weiler); Megan Alter (Joe Barry).
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.