Iowa City Noon Rotary

Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas.
Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn shared Zoom tips.
Rtn. John Fraser thanked everyone that participated in Operation Warm – we received funds of $3,673, which provided 210-220 children with a warm coat this winter. You have done a good thing team!!
President Barb Thomas gave kudos to Anna Moyer Stone for hosting last’s weeks Annual Joint Service Club Luncheon.
Rtn. Linda Farkas announced that the Youth Leadership program has started the Intro sessions, 21 students from City, 20 from Liberty and 12 from West are interested in attending. Out of the 300 students that attend World Affairs Seminar, Iowa City Rotary Clubs are able to send 30. She will keep us updated on how many are selected.
Rtn. Brad Baldes shared that due to Covid-19, they were not able to host the Ronald McDonald Golf. But due to the generosity of many, we still raised $26,970!! Thank you for your donations.
President Barb Thomas announced that our Thursday, Nov. 26 meeting is cancelled (because it is Thanksgiving), people are welcome to join a special meeting of the Coralville-North Corridor Rotary Club on Wednesday, Nov. 25th at Noon. This meeting will include Nicole Warner, General Manager of Hotel Millwright in Amana.
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She also shared that we will be having a meeting on December 31st, it will be a fun meeting!
President Barb Thomas introduced Carol Tippe, from the Bird House. She shared how Noon Rotary’s donation of the picnic shelter with the firepit has allowed people to go outside and spend time with their family members during this Covid-19 season. The funds that our Noon Rotary club donated of $2500 helped pay for supplies and damage from Derecho.  
Rtn. Ed Cranston shared a moment of gratitude and positivity.
PROGRAM: COVID-19 Preparation in Service Industries
Rtn. Ryan Bell introduced Rtn. Shawn Hedlund, Dentist & Bobby Thompson, co-owner of Thompson Co. and Table.
Shawn shared how they have pivoted their practice during Covid-19. They were shut down for 8 weeks back in March but they had good PPE to be able to start back up right way. The biggest change was how the patients enter. The office calls the patients ahead of time to ensure they were healthy. When the patient arrives, they wait in their car until the appointment time. Once the client comes into the building, temperatures are checked, hands sanitized and taken directly to their chair.
Bobby shared the salon shut down a week before everything shut down and went to work on determining best practices so that they could open again. They consulted with friends from local hospitals about their operating procedures and implemented new procedures very quickly. They did this through the screening process, checking temperatures, making masks mandatory and a place to sign off you don’t have symptoms. They invested money into gloves, masks, shields, hand sanitizer stations. They put in an air filtration system; stylists have noticed a big difference! He shared how they have made changes at the restaurant, Table, as well.
The meeting ended at 1:03 PM as President Barb Thomas led the assembly in reciting The Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians included: Gary Wicklund (Vail Rotary Club)
Guests of Rotarians: Missie Forbes, Tim Carty, Colleen Bell, guests of Rtn. Ryan Bell; T’Shailyn Harrington, guest of President Barb Thomas; Anna Barker, guest of Rtn. John Kenyon
Program: Devin van Holsteijn; Attendance: Nancy Droll
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