IC Noon Rotary Mtg Summary 3.28.19

Posted by Shawn Reineke on Mar 31, 2019
Our Meeting was called to order by President Steve Quigley.
Rtn. Brianna Wills, announced that the International Scholarship deadline is April 15th. $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to two college age students to contribute to international understanding through study and travel abroad by outstanding students. The students selected should have enough maturity to gain an understanding of the culture in which the students will be living and have the ability to convey knowledge and understanding of the United States to the individuals with whom they come in contact. The scholarships are limited to those nations that have Rotary clubs. Please share this information! For more info: https://www.iowacitynoonrotary.org/page/club-projects-international-scholarships
Rtn. Christina Kimerle announced Fore the Families Golf Outing, supporting the Ronald McDonald House is approaching on June 3rd. Your $150 golf registration provides fresh fruits and veggies to the House for one week. The team level of $600 pays for 1 family to stay at the Ronald McDonald House for one week, please support and register, as we expect this golfing event will sell out.
Rtn. Christine Catney announced the results our annual trip organized by our club to perform various tasks with our Rotarian partners in Xicotepec, Mexico. Project teams traveled to Xicotepec over Spring Break and completed work including:  building new classrooms, rehabilitating playground equipment, providing medical consultations, providing dental care and more.
Rtn. Eric Weiler with the Rotary Community Service Grants announced the committee is accepting grant requests that align the Rotary Foundation’s mission (improve health, support education, alleviate poverty) and have Rotarian involvement. Recently funded projects include the Bird House Hospice outdoor improvements and downtown bicycle racks. The maximum request is $5,000, and our club matches these funds one to one. If interested, please email a project description, including the benefit to the community and needed Rotarian involvement with the budget to eweiler@kirkwood.edu by April 19th. The Rotary Board will select one project at their April 23 meeting. The Committee will provide guidance and endorse the project to help you write the grant due by June 1st.
Rtn. John Kenyon presented the club with a flag from the Paducah, Kentucky Rotary Club
Rtn. Verne Folkmann recognized Rtn. Aaron Schaefer as Paul Harris +1 ($1000 giving level) Verne also mentioned the Golf Committee is looking for sponsors of $500 - $10,000 or you may sponsor wine.
Goat Rider: Rtn. Tracy Hightshoe was the club’s goat rider today.
Rtn. Devin Holsteijn introduced a collaboration: Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre & Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Celebrating the April 12-14 world premiere of The Grand Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius, three one-act operas commissioned by Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Opera Composers, Robert Lindsey-Nassif and Jean-Francois Charles shared their inspiration and experience working on the collaboration. This project finds a logical connection between visual art, words, and the human voice. It also acknowledges our community’s fondness for its esteemed son, Grant Wood. Composer, Robert Lindsey-Nassif described how the composers were brought to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art to look at Grant Wood artwork. Robert provided the background of the American Gothic models. The male was inspired by the dentist of Grant Wood and a gothic window in a farmhouse and his dentist’s muscular hands. Composer, Jean-Francois Charles, joined UI School of Music in 2016, and shared that when he saw a Grant Wood painting, he envisioned a musical workshop that includes farm and tool sounds.
The composers are very excited to have started rehearsals with over 60 people working on the project.
For more information and tickets, visit CR-OPERA.ORG
The meeting ended at 1:00 pm as President Steve led the assembly in reciting The Four Way Test.
The Club enjoyed singing America the Beautiful & This Land is Your Land, led by Rtn. Bob Crane with Rtn. Devin Holsteijn on piano.
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.
Our Greeter, Devon Inman announced visiting Rotarians, Chris Knapp, IC AM today.
Guests of Rotarians: Mohammed A. Bass (Azeez Butali)
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll