Posted by Tara Minetos on Oct 06, 2019
The club was greeted by Rtn. Ed Cranston.
Our Meeting was called to order by President Jim Conard.
President Jim Conard asked the Club to keep up the good attendance by members and guests enjoyed at Big Grove.  There are also a number of exciting programs in the coming weeks and there is plenty of space at Brown Deere, so don’t forget to bring guests.
Rtn. Jim Merchant thanked the 10 people who expressed an interest in becoming instructors/advocates for CPR and AED assistance through the HeartSafe Community Initiative.
President-Elect Barb Thomas announced that the Club is still looking for Board nominations by October 4th.  Please express interest to the nominating committee – Anna Moyers-Stone, Barb Thomas, and Steve Quigley.  Electronic elections will be held next week.
Rtn. Nancy Droll reminded the members to please contain signatures within their respective signature boxes when signing in and submit make-ups to her directly at meetings.
Rtn. Ryan Bell had a number of Rotary announcements:
  1. The Polio Awareness Social & Celebration will take place on October 24th at the MidWestone Bank Penthouse from 6-7:30 PM.  Please bring a $25 donation. The event is “bring your own wine.”
  2. On Saturday, October 26th at 9AM, tree maintenance will take at the Sailboat Picnic Shelter in Lake McBride State Park.  Please join the club to take care of the trees we planted a few years ago.
  3. Please grab a Rotary/Big Grove coffee mug.  There are many extras.
Rtn. Tara Minetos announced that Rtn. Doris Pruecil is this year’s Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build Honoree.  The annual Hammers & Hardhats event is coming up on Thurs., Nov 14th at 6PM at the Coralville Marriott.  There will be live music, live and silent auctions, and a chance to meet Habitat families.  Please see Tara or Doris for tickets and come out to support Doris and Habitat.
Rtn. Ron Ettinger is chairing the Dictionary Project and needs volunteers to distribute dictionaries to 4th graders at our schools: Weber, Van Allen, Wickum, and Horn.
Rtn. Anna Moyers-Stone reminded the club that the October 10th Joint Service Club Luncheon will be held at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Tickets are required and cost $25. Please reach out to Anna prior to the event, as tickets will not be sold at the door.
Rtn. Verne Folkmann told the club that Brown Deere has special rates for fall golfing after meetings.  He also reminded the club that the annual Rotary Foundation dinner will take place in Davenport on Nov 1st at the Holiday Inn & Suites at 5:30 pm.  Tickets are $55. All Rotarians are welcome to come for a delicious meal and program. Our club plans on taking a car or two.
Goat Rider: Rtn. Heather Croskrey
Rtn. Eric Weiler introduced today’s speaker, Charlie Becker.  Charlie grew up in Dubuque, Iowa and attended the University of Iowa.  He taught school in England and Southeast Iowa, then hoped to return to the Dubuque area as a teacher in 1980.  There were no teaching jobs to be found in NE Iowa, so Charlie accepted a position at Camp Courageous, thinking he would stay there until he found a teaching position.  He has been the Camp Director (and eventually CEO) for nearly 40 years. In addition to his work at the Camp, he has served on many boards, including the Hoover Presidential Library, Unity Point-St Luke’s, Jones Regional Medical Center, the Monticello School, and Airport Boards.
When Camp Courageous was founded in 1974, 211 campers attended.  Currently, the Camp serves close to 10,000 campers, aged 12 months to 105 years of age.  The Camp began with 5 buildings and just 12 staffers. The Camp has expanded exponentially in that time and now has over 100 staff members from all over the world.  The Camp is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. In addition to regular programs, they offer respite care, working with local groups and schools.  
Campers with disabilities gain confidence and new skills, and form friendships.  Campers participate in activities like swimming, canoeing, rock climbing, zip lining, skiing, bowling, and riding the train.  Recent improvements have included the addition of solar panels and the Camp is consistently one of the top 5 users of solar energy in Maquoketa.  The Camp relies entirely on private donations and receive no government funds. Donations range from pennies to entire buildings, and the average donation is just $5-10.  Any donations are appreciated and the cash, food, or donations of time go straight to the Camp.
The meeting ended at 1 PM as President Jim Conard led the assembly in reciting The Four Way Test.
Singing: America the Beautiful was lead by Rtn. Bob Crane. 
Rtn. Ed Cranston announced visiting Rotarian Brian Ad’amec (Iowa City AM).
Guests of Rotarians: Charlie Becker (Eric Weiler); Ann Meyer (Mary-Ellen Lewis); Paul McDermott (Tom Cook); Dave Brown (Ryan Bell); Linda Kerber (Jim Merchant); Dianne Atkins (Jim Merchant); Charley Buck (Jim Merchant).
Program: Devin van Holsteijn; Attendance: Nancy Droll 
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