Iowa City Noon Rotary

Simeon Talley, Co-founder, Iowa Fashion Project.
Fellow Rotarian Joe Vens introduced Simeon Talley for today’s program on the Fly Over Fashion Fest on May 6-7, 2016 in downtown Iowa City.
Simeon Talley is a Columbus, Ohio native who moved to Iowa City to finish his degree after working in politics in the first Barack Obama campaign. He thought he would finish his degree at the University of Iowa and then leave Iowa to pursue his dreams elsewhere. Instead, Simeon decided to stay put and bring the fashion industry in Iowa to the forefront of fashion. There is a large amount of talent here in Iowa so he started a clothing line and began searching for outlets to showcase this talent in order to help fashion entrepreneurs in Iowa.
Last year, the Iowa Fashion Project held a fashion show during Entrefest. This year, the Iowa Fashion Project, in partnership with the Iowa City Downtown District, is hosting a new two-day Fashion, Music and Ideas festival in downtown Iowa City. The festival has two primary goals: provide a platform to showcase fashion talent and to connect those interested in fashion and working in fashion. The festival boasts 23 different events to be held at various downtown venues and includes fashion shows, live music, stand alone musical performances, and ideas/innovation sharing. It is time to position ourselves in this way in order to get the top fashion designers in the country to support and cultivate fashion in Iowa.
For more information, please visit: or contact Simeon Talley directly at:
Singing:  Bob Crane led singing of America the Beautiful and Vive le Rotary! with Maggie Mowery on the piano.
Ride the Goat: The club heard from two goat riders, Joe Vens and Chuck Traw.
President Thais had the following announcement:
Our club is looking for volunteers to help out in the following areas:
  • Take photos at weekly meetings and at other related Rotary events and post them to our club’s Facebook page. It is a great way to give community members an insight into our club.
  • Assist Kristin Reynolds in writing, posting and sending the weekly newsletter to our members once a month to provide some depth and flexibility in the position.
  • Assist Sean McIntyre with the duties associated with weekly greeters at our meeting. Provide a behind the scenes function by sending emails to the upcoming greeters, giving them the when and where and following up to ensure two greeters will be available before each meeting.
For questions regarding these volunteer opportunities or to volunteer, please contact us at:
Gary Pacha had the following announcement:
Please consider supporting Rotary District 6000’s Annual Cleft Lip and Palate Surgical Mission to Guatemala (IowaMOST) by taking advantage of this unique opportunity to purchase Wild Caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmom freshly caught in the Cook Inlet as they’re headed to the Kenai River by Rotarian Dan Jorgensen. Orders must be in quantities of 25 lbs. or 50 lbs. and will be shipped FedEx directly to your door July 20th to August 10th 2016. For every pound of salmon ordered, $10 will be donated to IowaMOST. Team up with your friends to order salmon that helps bring Miles of Smiles to Guatemalan children born with cleft lip or palate defects. Orders can be placed online at
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. 
For questions related to Club administration, please contact us at
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Barb Thomas introduced Visiting Rotarian Shanti Roundtree (Cedar Rapids Daybreak) as well as guests Anamika Chandel (Usha Balakrishnan); Andre Wright (Scott Fisher); Sara Sedlecek (Eric Weiler), Betty Gallardo (Horacio Olivo); David Bright and Chris Loftus (Jody Braverman); Katharine Marshall (Lynette Marshall); Mitch Hermiston (Scott Enyart); Travis Brockett and Jenn Van Noy (Christina Kimerle); Azeez Butali (Deb Kacmaryski).
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll; April 7 – Art Nowak and John Dasher, April 14 – Michael Broadston and Linda Dasher and April 21 – Mike Walsh and Sherry McKay.