Iowa City Noon Rotary

Iowa City Noon Rotary Awards – The following members were recognized by our club:
Herb Wilson                Sponsor, Level 2
Jody Braverman          Sponsor, Level 4
Update on Club Projects
Tom Cilek introduced the program on club projects that our club has done locally to help our community, our state, our nation and the world.
The Xicotepec Project (Chris Catney): The dynamic work of many hearts, minds and hands that has involved 841 participants to date in Xicotepec, Mexico since 2002. The goal is to serve community-minded projects through hard work, strong values and the commitment to develop young people through humanitarian efforts and address the most urgent needs including contruction, dental and medical care, education and more during the annual visits to Xicotepec. The project is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Xicotepec and Rotary District 6000, which includes 64 Rotary Clubs in roughly the southern half of Iowa. The application period is open until November 18. To apply for the March 2016 trip visit:
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IowaMOST (Gary Pacha & Deb Dunkhase): The Miles of Smiles Team has been making annual trips to Guatemala since 2006. The group works to bring hope and healing to children and adults living in the region who need cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries. Their partners at the hospital in Hueheutenango work side by side with them each year. 1 in 600 children are born with cleft defects each year in Guatemala. Due to the extreme poverty it is very hard for these children to receive the corrective surgery. Through their efforts many of these affected children in this impoverished area will no longer be ostracized by their community. The next trip will take place from February 4-February 14 in 2016. Doctors, dentists, nurses, medical students, Rotarians and many other volunteers are needed to make the next trip a success. 
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Rag4Clubfoot (Herb Wilson): The mission is to support activities to assure timely treatment and appropriate care for children born with clubfoot deformity worldwide. Ponseti Method is a low cost, low-tech, non-surgical, highly effective treatment for correcting clubfoot deformity. Rotarians are helping by: recruiting fellow Rotarians to join Rag4Clubfoot; raising awareness that “Clubfoot is treatable”; assisting to educate the general public, health professionals at all levels, and government officials about Ponseti Method; assisting to care for clubfoot patients in their local medical facilities/communities and more. Every 3 minutes a child is born with clubfoot. That is 200,000 children each year. Hundreds of thousands of these children will live with a deformity that will limit their mobility and greatly affect their future. We can not eliminate clubfoot but we can fix it!
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FAMSCO (John Ockenfels): A 501(c)3 organization, staffed 100% with volunteer Rotarians, whose purpose is to send humanitarian shipments of fire, medical, and other equipment and supplies to global communities. This is accomplished through partnerships with Rotarians in the communities of need. Iowa District 6000 Rotarians have shipped more than 75 vehicles and 250 tons of equipment over the past 25 years. Currently, the organization is looking for 5,000-6,000 square feet locally to store their equipment. If you have space you would like to donate you can contact the organization at:  
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November 17    Program Committee Meeting at 7:45 a.m. at 122 South Linn (Bob Downer's Office)   
Singing:  Aaron Schaefer led the singing of America the Beautiful and Happy Birthday Iowa City Noon Rotary with Jim Conard on the piano.
Rotary Moment: Sarah Richardson on engaged Rotarian (and father-in-law) Ed Barker. The Rotary experience that had the most impact on Ed was difficult for him to pinpoint after 30 years of involvement. But, when he and Arleigh Clemens volunteered to co-chair the Foundation Committee, the Noon Rotary members were averaging $30 per member in donations to the Rotary Foundation. So, Ed wrote some funny skits and jingles where were performed by the Rotary Foundation Boys—Ed and Arleigh each month, and they reached a goal of $100 in donations per member in less than two years. The president would announce them each time by saying—“The Rotary Foundation Boys are back in town!”
President Thais had the following announcement:
Raffle Corner: “Last Call” at the back bar to turn in money for raffle tickets after today’s meeting. The winners of the raffle will be announced at tonight’s celebration dinner.
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.
Membership and Every Rotarian Every Year dues need to be paid as soon as possible. Payments were due July 1st – we want all members in good standing. Contact Steve Quigley with questions at: .
For questions related to Club administration, please contact us at
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Ron Zieglowsky introduced Visiting Rotarians Chet Woodman (Chagrin Valley District 6630), Jim Scott (Park City Sunrise), Deb Dunkhase (Iowa City AM), Nancy Pacha (Iowa City AM) as well as guests Cartha Alene Mahoney (Usha Balakrishnan), Kayle McKay (Sherry McKay), Todd Becker (Jeff Nock), Connie Champion (Mace Braverman), Amy Boelk (Joe Hughes), Gordon Fischer (Brenda LaMarche).
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll; Greeters: November 12 – Kelley Drowne and Jeffrey Kueter, November 19 – Tony Weiler and Sarah Richardson, December 3 – Nanci Kohl and Brianna Wills.