Iowa City Noon Rotary

Distinguished Young Women program shared
Marsha Grady, wife of Rotarian David Grady, shared a program about the Distinguished Young Women of Iowa program. The program, part of a national effort formerly known as America’s Junior Miss, was founded in Alabama in the 1950s. It is a scholarship program for high school senior girls. They are judged in five categories, and the winners receive scholarships and the chance to move ahead to a national competition. The Iowa event is in Iowa City this weekend, and 19 girls from around the state are participating. They visited the club and introduced themselves, and are staying with host families that include Rotarians. The Grady’s daughter, Alex, was the Distinguished Young Woman for Iowa in 2014, and the West High graduate is now a freshman at the University of Alabama.
March 19 – New Hospice Association
March 26 – Jeff Disterhoft: Faith Academy
April 2 -  Sarah Gardial: Dean of Tippie College of Business
April 16-18 – Rotary District 6000 100th Conferences: Celebrating Youth
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Singing: Bob Crane with Maggie Mowery led the singing of America the Beautiful and R-O-T-A-R-Y.
  • President Bruce mentioned the Xicotepec trip, which includes 69 people including several Rotarians.
  • Sean McIntyre shared a committee list with members and asked them to review and revise as needed.
  • Pete Wallace shared that the third annual Iowa MOST benefit held by West High students will be at 6 p.m. on March 29. Past events have raised $10,000 annually, and this year Herb and Janice Wilson have pledged to match ticket proceeds. Tickets are $10 and will be available at meetings.
  • Kelly Drowne shared that the Women in Business group at the UI’s Tippie College of Business seeks mentors for a March 25 program.
Goat Rider
Rives Bird rode the goat for the second time. He left the club a few years ago when he changed jobs and started commuting back and forth to Dallas. The change came when he left the audio industry after the financial crash and joined the medical industry. Frustrated by the long commute – top frequent flyer status isn’t worth it, he says – he moved back to the area. He now works with Iowa Adaptive, a company that helps paralyzed patients communicate with caregivers.
New Members
The club inducted four new members at the meeting. They are Mary Ellen Lewis (proposed by Usha Balakrishnan), an immigration attorney; Yasmine Rezai, a Realtor at Lepic-Kroeger (proposed by Usha Balakrishnan); Melissa Schooley with Great Western Bank (proposed by Bart Floyd); and Mark Koch, who is in the trust department at Hills Bank (proposed by Mitch Meis).
Guests and Visiting RotariansScott Wilson introduced visiting Rotarians Brian Adamec (Iowa City AM) and Wade Hiner (Marion Metro North), as well as guests Nat Beede  (Tony Weiler), Ashley Levitt (Kristin Reynolds), Christina Kimerle (Kelly Drowne), Casey Kidwell (Steve Quigley), Tatiana Guerschman (Tom Cook), Kristi Theil (Rives Bird).
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll; Greeters: Mar. 19 – Nancy Kohl and Paul Pressler, Mar. 26 – Brenda LaMarche and David Davis.