Iowa City Noon Rotary

David Gier, Professor & Director, UI School of Music
Fellow Rotarian Steve West introduced David Gier for today’s program on the new School of Music.
Trombonist David Gier is Professor and Collegiate Scholar at the University of Iowa, where he teaches trombone and brass chamber music and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet. He is currently the director of the School of Music and has been in the position for six years. Before moving to Iowa, Gier served for six years on the faculty of Baylor University. Gier is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Yale University, where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1992.
Since the flood of 2008, the School of Music has been operating in multiple locations. In late 2009, a new location for The Voxman Music Building was announced in downtown Iowa City on the corner of Clinton and Burlington Streets. In August of this year, the entire music program will be run out of one location! The new building, designed by LMN Architects from Seattle, will be 6 levels and contain a 700-seat concert hall, a 200-seat recital hall, large practice studios, faculty studios, classrooms, a one-of-a-kind organ built in Germany,  and a student commons area in the base of the building. The central building material is glass, chosen in part to make it more open to the public and highlight the building’s location. 
Singing:  Bob Crane led singing of America the Beautiful and Vive Le Rotary! with Jim Conard on the piano.
Ride the Goat: The club heard from a goat rider, Jeffrey Dancer.
Rotary Moment: Susan Brennan on engaged Rotarian Lynette Marshall. Lynette joined Rotary in 1989 in Savoy Illinois which is a suburb to Champaign Urbana.  She was a charter member of this rotary group upon the recommendation by a professor of Agricultural Law, Don Uchtmann, at the University of Illinois where Lynette went to school and started her professional career in fundraising. 
The Rotary experience that had the most impact on Lynette was the International Group Study Exchange Program which is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business professionals.  In 2000, Lynette participated in a group study exchange in Germany.  This dynamic program is an exceptional educational experience designed to develop professional and leadership skills so that the participants can help address the needs of their communities and an increasingly global workplace.  Lynette and Jeffery, in turn, hosted a Rotarian from Belgium for a four month visit – and she did that while pregnant with Kathryn!  These friendships formed through Rotary have had a tremendous impact on their life and something Lynette really values as a benefit of being a Rotarian.
Preisdent Thais had the following announcement:
The members all stood for a moment of silence for Long-time Rotarian Peter Schoderbek who passed away recently.
Mitch Meis had the following announcement:
Updated information regarding the 2016-17 Outbound Rotary Scholarships have been posted to the club website.  If possible, please include a note in the next several newsletters advising our members that new applications for the 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.
The primary requirements are that applicants must be graduates of a Johnson County high school, be at least a sophomore in college, and have at least one parent whose legal residence is within the area served by the IC Noon Rotary Club.  Family members of Rotarians are eligible.  Rotarians are encouraged to refer potential applicants.
Questions may be directed to Gene Wandling  at
John Culshaw and Ann Parker gave a special presentation on Club Flags:
As part of the Centennial project all of our 800 club flags have been archived. Members can view our flag collection on the home page of our website. There is a link “click to view collection” that will bring up a map of the world. From there, you are able to click on specific dots on the map to reveal a photograph of the corresponding flag. A search function in the upper left hand corner can also be used to navigate the flag collection. To view the collection, use the following link:
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
Casey Kidwell has graciously taken over the pre-meeting PowerPoint for our club. Please forward any newsworthy items and/or photos to him 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
Bill Windauer introduced Visiting Rotarians Todd Baldridge (Mt. Pleasant), Rob Clark (Bay City, Michigan), as well as guests Aaron Warner & Jeremy Reynolds (Thais Winkleblack); Isabelle teDorts (Joe Hughes); Martin Arnett (Maggie Mowery); Katharine Marshall (Lynette Marshall);  Jenn Van Noy (Christina Kimmerle).
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll; Greeters: February 11 – Don Koch and George Eichacker,  February 18 – Steve Conklin and Steven Lamer,  and February 25 – Steve Quigley and Erica Hach.