Iowa City Noon Rotary

Jean Robillard on UI Health Care and Presidential Search
Bob Downer introduced speaker Jean Robillard, vice president for Medical Affairs and current interim President at the University of Iowa. Robillard shared faces about UI Health Care’s size and scope, including that it is a $3.7 billion operation that integrates UI Hospitals, the Carver College of Medicine and UI Physicians. He cited several awards and honors earned by UIHC, discussed major projects like the new Children’s Hospital (to open in 2016), and addressed challenges. These include finding ways to fund the $30 million in new operating costs when the Children’s Hospital opens, which will come from finding efficiencies in other areas. He also shared details of the search to replace retiring UI President Sally Mason. Robillard leads the 21-person search committee, will select 3-4 candidates in August for campus visits, and will make recommendations to the Board of Regents in September, with a hiring decision expected soon thereafter. For more information or to comment on the process, visit
ROTARY DUES INVOICE -- Our new Rotary year is almost upon us which means our dues are now due.  Member nvoices for 2015-16 Rotary dues are being sent in a separate email message. If there are questions, please contact Steve Quigley at or 319/341-3075.
June 14 -- FAMSCO workday is scheduled beginning at noon to sort and load supplies as the
                 current warehouse space needs to be vacated.
June 18 -- Salvation Army Bell-Ringers Committee will meet on June 18th at 11 A.M. prior to the
                 Noon Rotary meeting
June 28 -- FAMSCO workday is scheduled beginning at noon to sort and load supplies as the
                 current warehouse space needs to be vacated.
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 June is Busting out All Over.
  • Jody Braverman encouraged every Rotarian to sell raffle tickets for a 2015 Toyota Highlander SUV to support the celebration of the Iowa City Noon Rotary 100th anniversary. Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Net proceeds will benefit the Coralville Public Library, the Iowa City Public Library, the North Liberty Community Library, and projects/programs of Iowa City Noon Rotary. Please contact Jody Braverman for additional details – (319) 631-0416 or
  • President Bruce reminded Rotarians that the fiscal year ends June 30, so if you want to contribute to the Rotary Foundation and have it count this year, get your contribution in.
  • Bruce also shared that another successful Ronald McDonald House golf outing is in the books. Over 14 years, the event has raised more than $625,000 for the house.
  • LaDonna Wicklund shared that the Alzheimer’s Association wants the goal of ending Alzheimer’s to be shared by the next U.S. President, so an advocacy training session will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, at the Coralville Public Library to help advocates know what to say when speaking with presidential candidates.
  • Sean McIntyre shared that there still are some supplies at the Rotary office that he would like to donate in preparation for moving to a new location. If you know of someone in need, let him know.
  • Usha Balakrishnan shared that as New Membership and Fulfillment Committee chair, she is pleased to report that we are adding new members at the rate of one per week. Still, because of the attrition experienced by a club our size, that does not automatically mean growth. We have 318 members currently.
New Members
The club welcomed Jeffrey Dancer, who works in insurance (sponsored by Brenda LaMarche), and LaShonda Kennedy, who is with the Kirkwood Learning Connection (sponsored by Bruce Kout).
Goat Rider
Susan Brennan shared her story. She was born in Marshalltown and attended Iowa State University. While working at her first job in medical sales, she met her husband-to-be in Memphis. The relocated to Iowa, and now have three kids. After staying home with them, dabbling in various work projects, Susan took a job with the Iowa City Community School District Foundation, which she now leads.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Sean McIntyre introduced Visiting Rotarian John Wasta (Cedar Rapids Downtown Club), as well as guests Bryan Watson (Chuck Skaugstad), Bryan Kaskie (Chris Atchison), Sandra Nevin (Mary Ellen Lewis), Scott Maiers (Brianna Wills), Gordon Fisher (Brenda LaMarche), Ed Farkas (Linda Farkas), Emily Schoerning (Jody Braverman), Gregorio Sanchez (Horacio Olivo), Sheila Baldwin and Jackie Lewis (Lynette Marshall)
MAKE UPS:  Lou Crist (Scottsdale Sunrise Club x6), Dave Siebert (Mount Pleasant Noon)
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll; Greeters: June 18 – Pat Collins and Angela Villhauer, and June 25 – Brad Baldes and Sean McIntryre