Iowa City Noon Rotary

Dance Marathon raises money for children with cancer
Lynette Marshall introduced the program about the University of Iowa Dance Marathon, a student group that has raised more than $14.5 million for children with cancer over the past 20 years. The group’s 21st dance will be Feb. 6. Erin Larsen, executive director, and Katharine Marshall, sponsorship director, shared details about the event. There are 2,475 students registered this year to date. Students are asked to raise $400 to participate. Visit for more information or to donate.
Jan. 29 -- Eadie Fawcett Weaver, United Way
Feb. 5  -- Iowa City Charter Review Commission
Feb. 12 – Joe Clarke, filmmaker
April 16 – 18 – Save the Date!  Rotary District 6000 100th Conferences:  Celebrating Youth
June 8  -- Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
  • The West High 1440 Club announced that members would be selling tickets for its Dance for Humanity after the meeting. The dance will raise money for Habitat for Humanity, and will be held Feb. 15 from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $10.
  • Jody Braverman mentioned that the club’s 100th anniversary is this year, and a fundraiser will be held on Nov. 5 to commemorate. Plans call for raffling a car, with proceeds to go to the Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty libraries.
  • Dayna Ballantyne shared that the Newtown Foundation, founded in honor of Charlotte Bacon, one of the children killed in the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut, will honor Willowwind School with an award. Two six-graders from Willowwind will receive the award in Newtown in February.
  • Usha Balakrishnan shared that she sold her first home listing as a new real estate agent. She called Bill Ambrisco and Nancy Droll to the lectern with her, saying their questions of encouragement helped to drive her. To celebrate, she donated $100 to the 100th anniversary effort.
Singing: Bob Crane with Jim Conard on the piano led in singing America the Beautiful and Smile, as well as Happy Birthday for January birthdays.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Renda Greene-Fishman introduced visiting Rotarian Erin Macke (Cedar Rapids  Downtown), Bill and Kay Whitmore, Joan Cook, Fidelis Amparo, and Tariq Amin (Tom Cook), Taryn Kuntz, Sheila Baldwin, Sarah Brumwell, Katharine Marshall, and Larsen (Lynette Marshall), Avery Kout, Molly Lipman, Kasey Baller (Bruce Kout), Susan Brennan (Charlie Funk)
New members were welcomed into the club. Brianna Wills, director of development and community relations for the Salvation Army (sponsored by Thais Winkleblack), Susan Brennan, executive director of the Iowa City Community School District Foundation (sponsored by Charlie Funk), Dr. Greg Bell with University of Iowa Hospitals (John Gross), and John Bay, Federal Government, Retired (Tony Weiler).
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll; Greeters: Jan 29 -- Shawn Wax and Art Nowak, Feb. 5 -- Kelley Drowne and Michael Broadston, Feb. 12 -- Mick Fletcher and Karen DeGroot, Feb. 19 -- Ron Zieglowsky and Mike Walsh, Feb. 26 -- David Grady and Maggie Butler.