Iowa City Noon Rotary

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Just prior to noon, we went into Zoom breakout groups to be able to chat in small groups as though we were at a table with 8 or so fellow Rotarians and guests.
Our Meeting was called to order by President Barb Thomas.
We shared a moment of silence for Carolyn Gross, wife of Rtn. John Gross, who passed away Sunday. President Barb shared some words about Carolyn. Her obituary can be read here:
Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn shared Zoom tips.
Rtn. Dave Brown shared that our first highway cleanup day will be this Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. We are cleaning the 1-mile stretch of Sand Road (South Gilbert) south of Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. Contact
Rtn. Eric Weiler announced that our local club has donated $30,000 to help local charities. He introduced Tracy Tritle, who shared details about the committee and process of filtering applications with our partner, the Johnson County Community Foundation. Rtn. Chris Atchison shared the organizations that were awarded.
President Barb and Rtn. Eric Weiler introduced Rtn. Nancy Quellhorst, who shared her inspiration to give to Operation Warm - Giving Coats to Children in Need. Rtn. John Fraser shared a slideshow that 1 in 5 children are living below the poverty line and can use our donation to get them coats. $20 will buy one coat. You can donate any amount of money you choose online. Rtn. Deb Ockenfels shared that our district has donated 40,000 coats to date. You can give online: or checks can be made out to Operation Warm, PO Box 822431, Philadelphia, PA 19182-2431.  Please make sure to add a note that shows our club name. All donations will receive a tax receipt. Monday, November 30 is the deadline for donations.
Rtn. Linda Farkas announced that World Affairs students from North Liberty wrote an article about their experience that was published here She is looking for more volunteers to help organize the interview process with students. Contact
Rtn. Kelly Stobb announced that we will be partnering with Maggie’s Farm Wood-Fired Pizza on Saturday, October 24th, which is World Polio Day. They are donating 10% of all proceeds to Rotary’s Polio Plus Program. So get your pizza ordered for the first Hawkeyes football game!
President Barb shared that we received a thank you note from Garner Elementary teachers for the I Can Read materials that we donated.
PROGRAM: Open Heartland
Rtn. Gary Pacha introduced Deb Dunkhase, Iowa City AM member and past president. She is the team leader of the Iowa Most program in Guatemala and coordinator of Open Heartland.
Deb shared about the non-profit organization Open Heartland, which was created to serve the people of Johnson County, including immigrants and minorities. They serve, feed, clothe, shelter, and connect resources for all those in need in our community. Open Heartland, 7 Wellesley Way, Iowa City, IA 52245,
Rtn. Brianna Wills shared a moment of gratitude and positivity. Today is the 3-year anniversary of the day they transferred their son, Calder, who had cancer, from getting treatment in Minnesota to Iowa. Calder lived longer than the doctors expected with help from over 30 blood transfusions. She is thankful for all of the strangers who literally gave a piece of themselves to help her son live longer. In the idea of service above self, this is something you can do for others in our community.
The meeting ended at 1:00 PM as President Barb Thomas led the assembly in reciting The Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians included: Quite a few today, but they were not individually announced.
Guests of Rotarians: Shirley Fliehler and Ellie Moore, guests of Rtn. Shelly Maharry; Jeffery Dancer, Tim Carty, and Winona Dimeo-Ediger, guests of Rtn. Ryan Bell; Deb Ockenfels, guest of Rtn. John Fraser;  and T’Shailyn Harrington, guest of President Barb Thomas.
Program: Devin van Holsteijn; Attendance: Nancy Droll
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