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Kelly Hayworth, Josh Schamberger & Allie Boenish, FRYfest 2015
Kelly Hayworth introduced Josh Schamberger who gave an overview of the history of FRYfest. The festival began 7 years ago to celebrate “All That Is Hawkeye”, recognize Coach Hayden Fry and kickoff the University of Iowa Football season. It was in 1985 when Hayden Fry introduced ANF, and on September 4th FRYfest will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Amercia Needs Farmers, the day before the UI Hawkeyes take on Illinois State in Kinnick Stadium.
Allie Boenish provided a comprehensive schedule of events. The festival is held in the Exhibit Hall at the Coralville Marriott in Iowa River Landing. The FRYfest Blood Drive, organized by UI DeGowin Blood Center, kicks off the celebration at 9:00 a.m. and the event culminates with a performance by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts at 8:30 p.m. It’s a full day of activities with special guests, panel discussions, BAGGO tournament, beverage garden, Governor Branstad’s proclamation of  “Hayden Fry Day”, a visit from the new UI President, a pep rally with the entire UI marching band and the outdoor concert with The Rumours an all-female rock band from Waterloo followed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit:
Oct. 1 – Joint Service Club Luncheon @ University Club
Nov. 5 – Noon Rotary Centennial Celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union
Singing:  Bob Crane led the singing of America the Beautiful and Smile with Jim Conard on the piano.
President Thais had the following announcements:
  • A new general email has been established for the secretary position. All administrative questions can be directed to:
  • Casey Kidwell is assisting with the weekly pre-meeting PowerPoint. Please forward Rotary-related news, events and photos to Casey at
  • Tom Robinson left a “Save the Date” card on all of the tables outlining the upcoming Johnson County I-Club Luncheons & Pep Rallies.
  • Steve Quigley wanted to remind the group that membership dues are now past due. Please plan to pay your dues at your earliest convenience.
Centennial Celebration Raffle Ticket Update: The raffle corner will be at the back bar after every meeting if members have questions, need to turn in money or require additional tickets. There will be additional opportunities to sell raffle tickets at other community events. Please consider signing up to sell raffle tickets during our Centennial Year to support our Club projects as well as our local libraries in Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty! Just a reminder, the REV UP FOR ROTARY car will be on display at FRYfest on Sept. 4.
Joint Service Club Luncheon: Anna Moyers Stone announced that she and Margaret Reese will be available to sell tickets to the annual Joint Service Club Luncheon on Thursday, October 1 before and after meetings for the next six weeks. Tickets are $15 and are required to attend the Oct. 1 meeting. The luncheon is an opportunity to bring area service clubs together to hear speaker, Dr. Jean E. Robillard, the university’s vice president for medical affairs and interim president of the University of Iowa.
Literacy Champions Party: Brenda LaMarche announced the Rotary Literacy Champions Party on Thursday, Sept. 17th at 5:30 p.m. at Sherry & Mike McKay’s historic home at 1105 Keokuk St. $25 donation requested.
Blood Drive: Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Iowa City Library in Meeting Room A. Individuals interested in donating can contact Chris Ciasto at 563-349-1608 or email her at
Centennial Committee Update: The committee has been hard at work planning our November dinner celebration, but we need your help! We are collecting stories of “Memorable Rotary Moments” to include in our 100 years of Rotary memories! This might include a fun evening at the annual picnics held at Bill Olin’s, or participating in a special Rotary activity or trip such as Xicotepec, attending an international convention, assisting with a special project such as sorting FAMSCO supplies or running the water tent at RAGBRAI, a particular meeting with a specific speaker that made an impact on you, or another Rotarian that has assisted you These can be personal or they can be of historical value to the club as a whole. Please take a moment to email your special memories to Ann Parker by Friday, Sept. 11 at: You may also give written notes to Ann at the next two meetings.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Joe Hughes introduced Visiting Rotarians Devin van Holsteijn (CR Metro North), Dimy Doresca (Bettendorf), Brian Adamec (Iowa City AM) and Carolyn Wanet (Iowa City AM); as well as guests Shawn Eyestone (Mark Pries), Gordon Fischer (Brenda LaMarche), Brent Gage (Chuck Coulter), Evan Evans (Wally Chappell), Todd Fanning (Pete Wallace), Jamie Jensen (LaShonda Kennedy), and Allie Boenish (Josh Schamberger).

Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll; Greeters: September 3 - Angela Villhauer and Sherry McKay, September 10 – Mark Abbott and Brad Johnson and September 17- Josh Schamberger and Greg Bell.