Iowa City Noon Rotary

Major Donor Recognition:
Rotarian Chet Woodman and his spouse, Joanne, were recognized by President Thais for achieving Major Donor status with the Rotary Foundation.    
Teresa Mangum, Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa
President Thais Winkleblack introduced Teresa Mangum for today’s program on the University of Iowa’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.  
Teresa Mangum is a Professor in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and was appointed as Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies in 2010. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the ways that nineteenth-century British novels shaped readers’ understanding of women, of late life, and of connections between humans and other animals. She also publishes on current issues: publicly engaged pedagogy, the place of service in an academic career, and graduate student placement.
In her role as Director, Teresa helps to support The Obermann Center for Advance Studies mission of serving the research mission of the University of Iowa. The Center is a convening space dedicated to debate and discovery. Their grants for University of Iowa artists and researchers support imaginative collaborations and multi-disciplinary exploration. Their programming connects scholars across campus and engages the larger public in the amibitious, illuminating, and transformative works of the artists and scholars they serve. The Center hosts a number of public programs including a major annual humanities conference, small group collaborations, lectures, workshops, working groups, and performances as well as an intensive seminar for graduate students. For more information, please visit:
Rotarians are welcome to attend any of the 10th Anniversary Celebrations of the Obermann Graduate Institute next week. Here is a link to the schedule:
Singing:  Bob Crane led singing of America the Beautiful and R-O-T-A-R-Y with Maggie Mowery on the piano.
Ride the Goat: The club heard from one goat rider, Scott Maiers.
President Thais had the following announcements:
The New Membership Committee will host a short meeting today at 1:00 p.m. and will meet regularly on the 4th Thursday of each month. If you are a relatively new member of the club, please feel free to attend the meeting to learn more about Rotary and find out how to engage in our club and the community. Questions should be directed to Susan Brennan at or Sherry McKay at
Just a reminder from Brianna Wills that 20 Distinguished Young Women of Iowa finalists will attend the March 3 program. Please join me in making them feel welcome at our meeting next week.
Christina Kimerle had the following announcement:
Please consider attending the UI Women in Business Speed Networking Event on Wednesday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. WIB’s mission is to encourage professional development and leadership while also promoting the importance of fostering relationships and inspiring women to reach their career goals and aspirations. For more information, please contact Christina at:
New applications for the 2016-2017 Outbound Rotary Scholarship are now available at  Our club will award two scholarships of $2,500 each for international study during the 2016-17 academic year.  If the recipient is enrolled at the University of Iowa, additional funds may be available through the Allin Dakin fund.  Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2016. Questions regarding the Outbound Scholarships may be directed to Gene Wandling  at
Effective immediately, we have a new Member Proposal Form to complete for all new members being proposed.  You will find it on the information table prior to the meeting and it is available on our website at: If you have any questions regarding the new form, please contact
Please forward any newsworthy items and/or photos to Casey Kidwell to include in the weekly presentation. You can send information to: or to: The pre-meeting PowerPoint is a great way to reach fellow Rotarians who may not be at the weekly meeting. 
Please remember that all members need to go into the ClubRunner system and update their own records in the membership directory as they have changes. We want to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information on all of our members.  Please use this link: and follow information directly from ClubRunner on how to update your individual record.
For questions related to Club administration, please contact us at
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Mark Koch introduced Visiting Rotarian Jeremy Reynolds (Somerset-Pulaski Morning) as well as guests Ashley Detterman (Usha Balakrishnan), Joanne Woodman (Chet Woodman), Teresa Mangum (Thais Winkleblack), and Cole Lavarias (Christina Kimerle).
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll; March 3 – Pat Collins and Jerald Forrester, March 10 – Brad Baldes and Nat Beebe and March 17 – Barbara Thomas and Tom Cook.