Iowa City Noon Rotary

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Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas
Rtn. Kelley Drowne welcomed Club members and guests and provided Zoom tips.
District Governor Steve Dakin announced that his first grandchild will arrive on July 1st.  He also announced that Rotary Magazine mentioned District 6000 (again!) in its April issue for its Ride to End Polio.  Whoever raises the most funds will get to give Steve a pie in the face at the District Conference on April 24th.
President Barb Thomas reminded everyone that our Club is a member of the Iowa City Area Business Partnership.  All members are welcome to attend all Business Parntership events.
Rtn. Ryan Bell reminded the Club of the Ride to End Polio, which ends April 10th.  This weekend will be a great time to get outside for a bike, walk, run, or other activity.  Please pledge $30 or more to the District for our polio eradication efforts.  Please make checks payable to Rotary District 6000 put “Iowa City Noon Rotary” in the memo line so our Club gets credit.  Mail checks to: Susan Herrrick, 703 14th St., Boone, IA 50036.
Rtn. Chris Atchison announced that our Club is seeking applications for good community projects, which can receive up to $10,000 of funding from District 6000 Community Service Grants.  Please contact Chris or Rtn. Tracy Tritle with any questions.
Rtn John Culshaw is a member of the LGBT Fellowship of Rotary.  John announced that yesterday, March 31st was International Transgender Day of Visibility.  John thanked all the Rotarians in the community who are supporting transgender individuals.  Please check out: for additional information.
Rtn. Dave Brown reminded the Club that we have two Earth Day events on Saturday, April 24th.  A tree planting will take place at Court Hill Park at 9AM.  Please bring a shovel if you can.  At 10AM, we will be doing a clean up along our adopted highway, just south of Terry Trueblood. Please bring gloves if you have them.  Please email Dave if you plan on attending either or both event at
Rtn. Eric Weiler reminded the Club that our District Conference will take place on April 24th.  Our Rotary Board will pay for up to 20 members to attend virtually.  Please register at and forward your receipt to Treasurer Neil Quellhorst for reimbursement.
President Barb Thomas announced that today is Dine Out for Education today.  Please consider ordering from a participating restaurant – 10% of the proceeds will support Iowa City Public schools.  Rtn. Susan Brennan shared the list of restaurant partners:
The Rotary Moment of Gratitude and Positivity was delivered by Rtn. John Kenyon.  Thinking over the past 12 months, he highlighted some of the experiences he has been most grateful for.  He’s healthier than he’s been in years – exercising and eating better.  His children are reaching middle school age and they’ve been forced to spend time with their parents.  He hopes their bond remains strong as they continue to grow up.  His neighbors are looking out for each other more.  John believes that community and society has in many ways changed for the better.
New Member Induction: Brent Carstensen
Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn (and Eloise and Chloe) introduced our speakers, Paula Duven and Kate Thompson. Devin’s friend and band-mate greatly benefited from the services he received at On With Life, which helped him recover his neurological function after a severe illness.
On With Life started in the late 1980s by families who had members with brain injuries.  The organization lives  their mission of putting people first.  They treat brain injury, stroke, concussion, Parkinson’s, and complex neurological diagnoses.  They provide a continuum of inpatient rehabilitation, long-term skilled care, home and community based, independent living, and outpatient therapy services.  An outpatient clinic was opened in Coralville in 2020.
On With Life has a transdisciplinary approach that combines all the appropriate therapies to achieve the best positive outcomes.  The organization has also engaged with the local community in Coralville through activities including an open house, virtual fitness classes, free educational seminars, and a helmet drive.  You can learn more at:
The meeting ended at 1 PM as President Barb Thomas led the assembly in reciting The Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians included: Gary Wicklund (Vail, CO); DG Steve Dakin
Guests of Rotarians: Brent Carstensen (Nancy Quellhorst); Matt Degner (Susan Brennan); Christina Schmidt (Ryan Bell/Barb Thomas); Paula Duve (Devin van Holsteijn); Kate Thompson (Devin van Holsteijn)
Program: Devin van Holsteijn; Attendance: Nancy Droll
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