Iowa City Noon Rotary

Posted on Jan 05, 2023
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Our Meeting was called to order by President Ryan Bell
The attendees sang “America the Beautiful” and “Happy Birthday”, led by Rtn. Aaron Schaefer accompanied by Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn on the mandolin
A moment of silence was recognized for the following individuals who recently passed away:
Pat Davis (wife of longtime Rotarian Tom Davis)
Norm Bailey (club member from 1988-2016) 
The mother of Mark Ruggaberg, Assistant District Governor
President Ryan Bell reminded the club that a survey link was provided to all members on Monday. Please take the time to complete the survey to help us shape our club into the future. Paper copies are available at the club meetings as well.
Rtn. Mark Pries reminded the club that he performed CPR on his daughter at age 3, and in light of Damar Hamlin’s sudden cardiac arrest during the Monday night football game, he wanted to remind the club of the efforts of the Rotary Kerber Heartsafe Initiative. Damar was saved not only by CPR, but by the use of an AED. Mark demonstrated the simplicity of using an AED. The Rotary Kerber Heartsafe Initiative has provided 45 AEDs have been distributed to nonprofits and some to local businesses as well. Please check your local church, mosque, synagogue, business, etc and see if they have an AED. And please be trained in CPR. The Initiative has raised over $150,000 and spent every penny to help save lives. Please consider making a gift to the Initiative’s fund at the Community Foundation of Johnson County.
Rtn. Richard Campagna announced the winners of the Rotar-oke trivia contest from last week. The co-winners, Steve West and Mayor Bruce Teague, received trophies.
Rtn. Verne Folkmann presented a Paul Harris Fellow award to Rtn. Ron Ettinger.
Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn introduced Paula Duve is a physical therapist and program director at On With Life, where she began 3 years ago in the Ankeny facility and moved to Eastern Iowa to help open the Coralville clinic in 2020.
On With Life (OWL) began in the late 1980s when 8 families of brain injury survivors who came together to target the needs of these individuals. It is a nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on brain injury, stroke, and neuro injuries and includes rehab facilities, long-term skilled care for youth and younger adults, supported community living, an independent living facilities, and now an outpatient clinic in Coralville in 2020. The continuum of care is person-centered in all cases.
The comprehensive team includes: physical therapy (mobility focused), occupational therapy (re-training physical activities), speech therapy, counseling, and neuoropsychology services. OWL serves persons with brain injury, stroke, concussion, Parkinson’s Disease, and other neuro. Some of their programs include: healthy aging, support groups, wellness groups, and return to drive group.
Upcoming events include an ongoing in-person Parkinson’s Support Group every 4th Thursday of the month from 5-6:30pm at the OWL clinic. Fundraising event next June to help fund a driving simulator. You can help them by spreading the word about the existence of OWL and they are hiring therapists for their offices.
Please contact Paula at:
The meeting ended at 1pm with President Ryan Bell leading the assembly in reciting The Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: None.
Guests: Marc Hall (LaDonna Wicklund); Jim Jackson (Heather Croskrey); Tad Hulst (Heather Croskrey); Marianne Casas (Sarah Richarson); Justin Thomas (Barb Thomas); David LaMere and his daughter Kayla (Verne Folkmann)
Program: Devin van Holsteijn; Attendance: Nancy Droll
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