Iowa City Noon Rotary

New Member Induction –
Rabbi Jeff Portman (Sponsor Jody Braverman)
Marty Lenss, Director of the Eastern Iowa Airport
Tom Markus introduced Marty Lenss, who was named the new Airport Director in November 2014. Prior to this position, Lenns was Executive Director for the Rochester Airport Company in Rochester, Minnesota, and Airport Director for the Outgamie County Regional Airport in Appleton, Wisconsin.  He touched on many points during his informative airport update including the airport commission, airport partnerships, economic development and air service on a national and regional landscape.
Sustainability has been an important focus for the airport. Partnerships have been formed with both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. The U of I Biomass Fuel Project currently operates on 64 acres of land near the airport to provide fuel for power plants. 68 acres have been designated for the ISU Strips Project which offers controlled and uncontrolled sections to improve water quality in our area. The importance of economic development is also an important focus as 2,695 jobs are tied to the airport which equates to $94.7 million in annual payroll and $224 million in annual economic output. 
CID offers 12 non-stop flights during peak seasons and has outpaced the national average in traffic growth. Allegiant and Frontier are the biggest part of the growth with a 144% increase in passengers daily.  Frontier continues to evolve and Allegiant offers the best potential for continued leisure market growth due to their low cost options. Pilot shortage is greatly impacting the industry. In August 2013 the FAA regulations raised the required number of flight experience hours to 1,500 hours from 250 hours. The pipeline of pilots can no longer keep up with the demand as we are exporting the talent we are creating as the new students are going overseas to gain their flying experience.
The airport is run without the benefit of general tax dollars. The majority of their operating revenue (26.9%) is generated by the parking lot and the $50 million terminal modernization project will be done without bonds which is almost unheard of in this industry. In June, 2015 the airport was declared debt free! In closing, Lenss reiterated the importance of using your local airport to keep Iowa dollars flowing through Iowa infrastructure.
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 Smile with Maggie Mowery on the piano.
Fireside Chats: Usha Balakrishnan announced that she will be starting monthly fireside chats for our club on the last Thursday of the month as part of new member induction. The first one will be held at 11 a.m. next Thursday, Sept. 24 prior to our regular club meeting.
Joint Service Club Luncheon: Anna Moyers Stone reminded members about the annual Joint Service Club Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 1. 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 Robillard, UI Interim President and Vice President for Medical Affairs.
Rotary Literacy Champions Party: LaDonna Wicklund announced that the party will be held this evening from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Sherry & Mike McKay’s historic home at 1105 Keokuk St. $25 donation requested. 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.
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Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Greg Bell introduced Visiting Rotarians Hazel Seaba (Iowa City AM) and Nenu Piragine  (Iowa City AM), as well as guests Jody Thomas (Sherry McKay), Mark Arnold (Usha Balakrishnan), M. Theresa Schaefer (Aaron Schaefer and Usha Balakrishnan), Joe Campanelli (Maggie Mowery).
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll; Greeters: September 24 – Josh Schamberger and Rives Bird,  October 1 – Art Spisak and Janice Baldes, and October 8 – Christine Catney and John Bay