Iowa City Noon Rotary

Feed My Starving Children’s mission is shared
Janice Baldes introduced Heather Hecht, who works with the organization Feed My Starving Children in Minnesota. The two shared details about the group, which packs meals to be sent to people in need around the world. The group has packed more than 1 billion meals in the 25 years since its founding, including 229 million in 2014. It holds mobile pack events around the country – 240 alone in 2014 – where local organizations and volunteers pack meals over a two-day period. The first mobile pack in Iowa City was held in 2013. At that time, 500 volunteers packed about 100,000 meals. In 2014, the Iowa City mobile pack packed 200,000 meals with 1,000 volunteers. This year, the mobile pack will be held on June 5 and 6 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Organizers seek 1,360 volunteers to pack 275,000 meals. They also hope to raise $60,000 to pay for the food that will be packed. For more information or to register, visit
June 8 – Ronald McDonald House Golf Outing
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Singing:  Bob Crane with Jim Conard on the piano led the singing of America the Beautiful and Vive Le Rotary.
  • Usha Balakrishnan’s guest, Kevin Tholen, shared that there will be a young professionals gathering from 6-8 p.m. on May 7 at Gus’ in Coralville.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Kristin Reynolds introduced guests Kevin Tholen (Usha Balakrishnan), Kay Weiler (Tony Weiler), Ed and Jaye Grattan (Jody Braverman), Jeff Dancer (Brenda LaMarche), Paul Weller (Linda Farkas), Sue Hecker, Heather Hecht, Cindy Vonderhaar, Maryray Meyer and Margy Towers (Janice Baldes), LaShonda Kennedy (Bruce Kout), John Lee (Gary Pacha). There were no visiting Rotarians.
Usha Balakrishnan, Janice Baldes, Brad Baldes, Ed Barker, Jody Braverman, Chris Catney, Tom Cilek, Tom Conard, Tom Cook, Bernie Cremers, Linda Farkas, Verne Folkmann, John Gross, Kelly Hayworth, Roy Justis, Bruce Kout, Jose Morcuende, Steve Murley, Earle Murphy, John Murphy, Linda Muston, Ray Muston, Bill Oglesby, Bill Olin, Gary Pacha, Doug Parsons, Doris Preucil, Margaret Reese, Mike Schmitz, Art Spisak, LaDonna Wicklund, Herb Wilson, Janice Wilson, Thais Winkleblack (District Annual Conference)
There were more than 280 that attended the Friday All Club Luncheon to see the Rotary Youth Exchange Flag Ceremony and listen to Keynote speaker Bob Bowlsby, Commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, and more than 260 attended the Saturday Youth Luncheon with Priyanka Rao, Xicotepec Project alumni and former Rotary Scholar.
Winners of the Raffle prizes included our own Steve Wolken, who won a weekend retreat in McGregor. Past District Governor Don Patterson, won the auction of the "Dove in the Window" quilt.
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll; Greeters: April 30 -- Russ Schmeiser and Chuck Traw, May 7 – Bryan Lawler and Shawn Reineke, May 14 – HD Hoover and Josh Schamberger, May 21 – Carlin Parish and Kathleen Jacobs, May 28 – Don Koch and Adam Pretorius