IC Noon Rotary Mtg Summary 8.1.19

Posted by Shawn Reineke on Aug 01, 2019
President Elect Barb Thomas welcomed our club, and announced she is recently back from attending her son’s successful quarter final baseball game. Congrats West High!
Rtn. Christina Kimerle, chair of Rotarians Supporting Women Committee asked those who received an email survey regarding meeting date and time preference to please respond. Meeting participation is needed to have discussions and make decisions. If you no longer want to be on this committee, please let Christina or Tara know so we can remove you from the listserv. Thanks.
Rtn. Sara Sedlacek provided a status update regarding the annual Food Fight between area Rotary clubs to provide food for food banks in the summer. We are currently behind the am club, we are at 21,268 lbs. vs 21,560 lbs. from the AM club. Sara expressed her sincere appreciation for contributions so far, and will extend the deadline to donate until Friday, August 2nd.
Rtn. Gary Pacha announced a group called Open Heartland who help families in need with school supplies. Gary & Sara collected donations for this organization today after our meeting.
Student Yajatra Kuckarni, shared information about his experience in Germany, which our club helped to sponsor. While there he was able to attend the Rotary International Convention, where he built relationships. Yajatra looks forward to helping to organize future Rotary events which serve students. Yajatra presented our Club with a Flag from Dresden, Germany. Rtn. Mary Ellen Lewis announced that our club will be hosting a student from Germany during the upcoming school year.
Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn introduced Chuck Swanson, Director of Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa.
Chuck expressed his appreciation to Big Grove for providing a great atmosphere of camaraderie for our club meeting space.
Chuck helped to answer, “what goes into putting together a Hancher Season?” This will be Hancher’s 47th Season. The process is completed with a small staff of 24 full time staff members, and 5 of those are custodians. A team of 200 students, make up the necessary ushers, box office staff and stagehands. University Catering takes care of all food service. Local 690 fulfill stagehand needs. Programming Director, Paul Brohan oversees putting a season together.
Since 1972, Hancher’s programming goal is to provide a broad range of programming, from dance, to world music and theater. The most important factor when selecting a show is quality. “We want the finest. From well-known legends to unknown acts, Chuck encourages us to take a chance on unknown artists, you never know who you may be catching before they are well known. For instance, Hancher audiences were introduced to Chinese American cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, early in his career.
For many, Hancher is their entrée into the University of Iowa. Chuck describes Hancher is the largest classroom on campus. The staff at Hancher takes their academic role seriously. Hancher provides artists a chance to create work. The Joeffrey Ballet was here for 3 weeks, treating Hancher as a laboratory for research & discovery.
Hancher's programming is financially self-supported. Ticket revenue covers 50-60% of the overall budget. Grant writing, endowments and donors supplement what is needed to make Hancher operate. An event to attract students to Hancher is called Hancher is for Hawkeyes. This is an open house and ticket sale for UI students on Thursday, August 29 from 10a to 7p.


Chuck concluded that he is proud that Hancher makes a difference in the lives of people.
The meeting ended at 1:00 pm as President Elect Barb Thomas led the assembly in reciting The Four Way Test.
The Club enjoyed singing America the Beautiful, led by Rtn. Bob Crane.
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, Devin Inman announced visiting Rotarians, Mark Ahlers (Marion East) and Lois Buntz, (past president Cedar Rapids Club).
Guests of Rotarians: Mark Butland, Eric Weiler;  Yajatra Kuckarni, Mary Ellen Lewis; Diane Johnson & Alexandra Hernandez-Pardo, Kelley Drowne; Kelly Stobb, Tara Minetos; Doug Green, Melissa Schooly; Shaner Magalhaes, Verne Folkmann.
Program: Devin van Holstjein; Attendance: Nancy Droll