Iowa City Noon Rotary

Posted by Andrea Rhoades on Nov 12, 2019
The meeting was called to order by President-Elect Barb Thomas.
Reminder: There will be no Rotary Club meeting on November 14th.
Rtn. LaDonna Wicklund announced that the North Corridor Rotary is having a joint luncheon meeting the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 27th at the Antique Car Museum. All are welcome to attend.
Rtn. Christina Kimerle, Co-Chair of Rotarians Supporting Women announced that this past weekend they did a supply drive at North Dodge Hy-Vee for the United Action for Youth Teen Program and were able in 4 hours to stuff their van full of baby supplies which will help about 100 young families in our community.
Rtn. Mary Ellen Louis, Rotarian Youth Exchange Officer is asking for a host family for March, April and May for the current youth exchange student from Germany. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Mary Ellen.
Rtn. Janice Baldes, Chair for the Feed My Starving Children Mobile event announced they will be packing 116,000 meals at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  This is being sponsored by Rotarians Verne Folkman and Sean McIntyre. On Tuesday, the 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. shift is short 65 volunteers. If you are available please contact Janice.
Rtn Devin van Holsteijn, Program Coordinator gave a sneak preview of the March 5th upcoming event, Flight Around the World focused on raising money for polio. Keep watching the calendar.
Shelly Maharry, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Johnson County gave information on the first day of the Great Give Day campaign which is Nov. 13th.  Shelly encouraged donors to support their favorite Johnson County nonprofit organizations by making gifts through the Community Foundation on Nov. 13th.  The Community Foundation will be acting as a fiscal agent with donations coming to them. All donations will be collected and distributed to the nonprofit organizations that the gift was intended to support, and that is without any administrative fee or credit card processing fees. The Community Foundation will be matching up to $25,000 in donations made.  Please give to this very important drive.
Dave Brown was inducted today. Dave Brown is the Manager of Landscape Services at the University of Iowa. He stepped into the position in June. Prior to this he was the Campus Planner at Texas A&M in College Station Texas, and prior to that he oversaw the landscape design team within Landscape Services at his alma mater, Oklahoma State University. Before moving into the world of higher education, Dave owned and operated a landscape design/build company in Oklahoma. Dave got his degree in Landscape Architecture with an emphasis in Horticulture. Dave celebrated 20 years of marriage with his wife. They have two children, 18 and 16. Dave’s grandmother came from Vinton, Iowa so they definitely have Iowa ties.
Program: Safety and Sustainability in Agriculture presented by Brandi Janssen, PhD at the University of Iowa in the Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. Brandi shared the following statistics; ~21/100,000: rate of fatal farming injuries per year with about 30% of occupational fatalities in Iowa being related to farming and over 100 lost-work-time injuries per day. Injuries fall under the categories of equipment, livestock, grain engulfment and manure pits and injuries in youth. Solutions for prevention include tractor roll-over protection, animal handling equipment, grain bin entry procedures, air quality testing and safe play areas. The Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health promotes farm safety through seasonal campaigns, making standards relevant to farmers and convening statewide partners. If you have questions or want to connect with Brandi, send her an email at or visit their website at
The meeting ended at 1:00 pm as President-Elect Barb Thomas led the assembly in reciting The Four Way Test.
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 or Jon Brown at
The Club enjoyed singing America the Beautiful, led by Rtn. Bob Crane.
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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.  
Guests of Rotarians:  Brandi Janssen (Devin Van Holsteijn); Bob Young; Charles Buck (Jim Merchant); Sherri Proud (Kelly Hayworth); and David Brown (Ryan Bell).
There were no visiting Rotarians today.
Program: Devin van Holsteijn; Attendance: Nancy Droll