Iowa City Noon Rotary

Jan Jensen, Associate Coach, Iowa Women’s Basketball
Jeff Disterhoft introduced Jan Jensen who completed her 15th season with the Iowa women’s basketball staff in 2015, her 12th as an associate head coach. Ms. Jensen serves as the recruiting coordinator, works with post players and has helped lead the Hawkeyes to 14 post season appearances. In addition, Ms. Jensen completed her 26th season in women’s college basketball as a player (Drake University) and coach this year. Jeff referred to her as “the finest leader I have ever met” and commended Ms. Jensen on her high level of humility and accomplishment over her long career.
The team’s mission statement is: “Work hard, with integrity, no excuses” (WIN).This statement is an important benchmark for the program and all of the coaches encourage the players to “get it done”. The privilege of coaching women is that they are not chasing a pro contract rather they are doing it for themselves, the rest of their team and for the love of the game. A sense of pride, respect and integrity are common themes during the wrap-ups after the games in the locker room.  Iowa’s program continues to be recognized in the Big Ten and nationally both on and off the court. Thank you for all of your support and we will see you at Carver-Hawkeye Arena soon. Go Hawks!
For more information and a complete season schedule, 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 Vive Le Rotary! with Jim Conard on the piano.
Ride the Goat: New member Brianna Wills gave an overview of her life which began in Alabama. At 4 years old she moved to Saudia Arabia and lived there until she was 16. Her parents returned to Alabama and Brianna went on to attend a boarding school in Michigan for her high school years. She married her high school sweetheart and traveled with him while he finished his schooling to become an orthopedic surgeon. Brianna managed to have 4 children in 5 years and the family settled in Iowa City 4 years ago. She is proud to be a community volunteer, wife and mother.
Past President Bruce had the following announcements:
  • The members all stood for a moment of silence for Ed Wilson who passed away recently. No information regarding his service was available at the time of the meeting.
  • A reminder that membership dues are now past due. Please plan to pay your dues at your earliest convenience.
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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!
Centennial Celebration Sponsor Update: Barb Thomas announced that there are still sponsorships available for the celebration. Please contact Barb and she will help you get on the list. Current sponsors were noted on a tent card on each table at the meeting.

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: LaDonna Wicklund 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. Tickets will be on sale before and after Rotary for the next 2 weeks. The party raises money for the “I Can Read” dvds which are distributed to Kindergarten families in our school district. 10,000 dvds have been distributed over the last five years.
Miles of Smiles Update: Gary & Nancy Pacha and Deb Dunkhase recently returned from a trip to Guatemala. Deb has graciously offered to take over the project on behalf of participating clubs. Miles of Smiles has been involved in cleft palate and lip repair missions and has assisted 700 children over the past several years. This is now a district-wide initiative.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Angela Villhauer introduced guests Devin van Holsteijn (Lynette Marshall), Yu Yu (Jeff Dancer), Connie Champion (Mace Braverman), Paul Roesler (Brianna Wills), Phil Young and Amy Boelk (Joe Hughes) Jan Jensen (Jeff Disterhoft), Joe Vens (Eric Weiler), Kristin Pedersen and Chace Ramey (Susan Brennan), MJ Kennedy (LaShonda Kennedy).

Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll; Greeters: September 10 – Mark Abbott and Brad Johnson,  September 17- Josh Schamberger and Greg Bell, and September 24 – Tricia Brown and Rives Bird.