Iowa City Noon Rotary

John Kenyon, Executive Director, UNESCO City of Literature
John offered a refresher on the significance of UNESCO and the City of Literature during his opening remarks.
UNESCO is an international organization which stands for:

Scientific and
Iowa City applied to be a City of Literature in 2008 under the direction of Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Iowa City was the 3rd city deemed a City of Literature after Edinburgh and Melbourne. There are now 11 total cities that share this distinction. UNESCO seeks applications on a yearly basis and makes the final determination on who can join this esteemed list of cities. Iowa City was selected because of our amazing writing programs, great libraries and outstanding local book stores. John and his staff are responsible for managing the designation, advocating for our local literary resources, networking and programming.
The next program offered is the Iowa City Book Festival which will be held on Oct. 1-5, 2015. It is a free event that runs for four days and will feature 50+ events and 100+ authors/presenters at local venues. The three highlights that were noted were “An Evening with Jonathan Katz: Life, Death and Public Health After the Haiti Earthquake” through a partnership with UI College of Public Health; the Paul Engle Prize Presentation to Chicago-based mystery author, Sara Paretsky; and Bryan Stevenson on “American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference”.
For a full schedule of events, visit
John Kenyon introduced Mallory Hellman, director of the Iowa Youth Writing Project. The Iowa Youth Writing Project was founded by University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010. Ms. Hellman is a graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and oversees this non-profit organization which provides service and outreach to underserved K-12 children in our district. The programming is at little or no cost and enables our students to be empowered with what our city has to offer and get them excited about creative writing through one-of-a-kind writing, publishing and creative learning opportunities. Schools and community centers are selected based on need.  The program is funded through grants and donations from the community and is supported through IYWP volunteers, partnerships with local organizations and institutions, and the generosity of community members.
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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 Jim Conard on the piano.
Gary Pacha: was recognized for membership recruitment with the RI membership recruitment pin.
Rotary Literacy Champions Party: LaDonna Wicklund announced that the annual party was a huge success at Sherry & Mike McKay’s historic home last Thursday night. There were 35 Rotarians in attendance as well as donations from several members who could not attend the gathering. $2,224 was raised at the party which equates to 951 Kindergarten children served! Please consider attending the party in 2016.
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.
RYLA: Brian Adamec from the Iowa City AM Club announced that their club’s fundraising efforts through Select Fundraising to send more high school students to RYLA is continuing with the sale of gourmet nuts, chocolates and popcorn. Brian had samples and order forms on hand after the meeting.
Raffle Corner: Please buy or help sell Raffle Tickets. The net proceeds support our Club’s projects as well as the three public libraries in our area. The raffle corner will be at the back bar after every meeting if members have questions, need to turn in money or require additional tickets.
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Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Rives Bird introduced Visiting Rotarians Brian Adamec (Iowa City AM), Wally Wolanin (Washington), Chief Ken Stanley and Kim Schilling (Iowa City Downtown), as well as guests M. Theresa Schaefer and Gordon Fischer (Usha Balakrishnan), Messiah Tutson (Joe Hughes), Joe Vens (Verne Folkmann).
Program: Tom Cilek; Attendance: Nancy Droll; Greeters: October 1 - Art Spisak and Janice Baldes,
October 8 – Christine Catney and John Bay, and October 15- Renda Greene-Fishman and Susan Brennan.