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Monday, Sept. 18: We will award three local students with the Fred Adams Scholarships and hear about their plans for the future. Meg Durbahn will share her experience at RYLA, the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy.
We will also hear from Martina our Inbound Exchange Student from Italy and her experiences at West High. Juke Jensen has organized a potluck event September 27th in Martina's honor. Everyone in our club, and their families is invited, and we especially hope those members who are interested in being host families for Martina can make it out to this event. Click the link below to register through our website.
Upcoming opportunities to Network with Rotarians from around the Cedar Valley!  Presented by Rotary Club of the Cedar Valley Social team.
And it deserves our increased support
Yes, our foundation is a big deal—starting with $26.50 in 1913, it now has total assets of nearly $600 million. Several years ago its board of trustees decided to focus grants in six areas:
--Maternal and child health
--Water and sanitation
--Disease prevention and treatment
--Basic education and literacy
--Economic/community development, and
--Peace and conflict resolution.
If those goals sound familiar, they are very similar to those of the United Nations.
Monday, Sept 25: Tim Combs – Americans for Independent Living.
Monday, October 2: Jeff Olsen – Cedar Falls Public Safety
Monday, October 9: Molly McLaughlin – Outbound Exchange Student – Molly will share her experiences in Argentina
Monday, October 16: Megan Yturriaga, Executive Director  - Alternatives Pregnancy
Monday, October 30: District Governor Ralph Smith
President-elect Katelyn is doing a great job lining up programs, so if you have an idea or topic to suggest, send her en email.

An Unprecedented Event
"This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced."
~ Tweet from the National Weather Service
A ShelterBox Response Team is on the ground in Texas to assess the need for emergency shelter in Houston and other impacted areas.
ShelterBox is positioning tents, school kits, blankets, groundsheets and solar lights near the hurricane-devastated region as it communicates with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state agencies to determine urgent shelter and aid needs.
Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico last week and made landfall northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday. It was a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour. It then moved offshore before making landfall again, this time as a Category 3 hurricane.
Harvey brought sustained rain to some of Texas’ most populated areas. At least five people have been killed and more than a dozen injured. Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, has seen widespread destruction and devastation. The downpour has been torrential and relentless. Roads in Houston and elsewhere have been turned into raging rivers. The storm continues to saturate the region, dropping more than 50 inches of rain some areas.
ShelterBox Response Team in Texas
The Response Team includes: Bruce Heller of Allen, TX, the treasurer of the ShelterBox USA Board of Directors and a Rotary Club member; and Tim Osburn, based in Lakeway, TX, also a Rotarian and former member of the Board of Directors.
Since 2011, Heller has deployed as a Response Team member of disasters in Kenya, Peru, Iraq, Kurdistan, and the Philippines. Osburn has deployed to disaster sites in Ethiopia and Nepal and participated in the domestic deployment following the 2011 tornadoes in Arkansas.
A businessman, Heller said he’s devastated to see so much of Texas underwater. “As a Rotarian and a ShelterBox Response Team Member, I am proud to be able to respond in my home state of Texas, where so may are suffering as a result of this storm. As people of action, the best thing Rotarians can do to help in moments like these is to lend support to trusted partners, like ShelterBox, who are experienced in disaster response and who can make sure aid is being allocated appropriately, where need is greatest.”
Upon being deployed, Osburn said, “Texas is a proud state and as a native Texan it is a humble privilege to serve my fellow Texans and the countless others in 9 other countries that Shelterbox is currently conducting relief operations.”
Steve Dust joined us to talk about about trends in our area economy, in Talent, Technologies and Transformations, along with brief updates on area projects of interest.
Steve Dust is a certified economic developer who leads a team of professionals at Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber who work every day to expand and strengthen the economy of the Cedar Valley of Iowa. That team works to recruit and retain talented people in the Cedar Valley, recruit and encourage expansion of Cedar Valley businesses of all sizes, advocate for infrastructure and amenities improvements in economic area, and promote the Cedar Valley. The Alliance & Chamber also includes TechWorks Campus and Leader Valley Foundation.
With no meeting Labor Day, a service meeting September 11th and a jam-packed meeting agenda September 18th, we'll celebrate September birthdays a little early. Join us for dessert and and birthday trivia!
The I-BEST Program at Hawkeye Community College
Hawkeye Community College launched their I-BEST Program in 2015.  Community colleges in Washington State first developed the I-BEST model and now it is in use across the country.  I-BEST stands for Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training.  I-BEST students learn basic skills such as reading, math, and English language acquisition in an integrated manner while they complete college coursework in an identified area of local employer need.  This integration increases student motivation, decreases barriers to learning, and addresses the dual needs of adult learners to obtain workplace skills and basic skills.  This compresses the time traditionally needed for this instruction, which allows Hawkeye to provide better assistance in filling the region’s skilled worker shortage.
Abby Turpin is the new evening anchor at KWWL, co-anchoring the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. broadcasts with Ron Steele.

A Columbus, Ohio, native, Abby is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to KWWL, Abby was the main anchor of RFD-TV, a cable network in Nashville, Tennessee. She came to the network with experience from three local news stations in Nebraska, Ohio and Texas. She served as an anchor and producer at all three stations.

Abby's awards include anchoring awards from the Ohio Associated Press and CableFax, and being a part of the news team that received an Emmy nomination for coverage she solely produced and co-anchored of a devastating tornado in Nebraska. 
Use this list of upcoming programs to entice colleagues to have lunch with you and experience Rotary first-hand:
August 28 – Alliance & Chamber update (waiting for confirmation)
Sept 4 – No Meeting – Labor Day
Sept 11 – Club Service Day – old Foodbank location – shoebox help
Sept 18 – Fred Adams Scholarship Recipients + Martina Signore (Inbound student from Italy)
Sept 25 – Tim Combs – Americans for Independent Living
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.
Cedar Valley Hospice was founded four years after the first hospice in the United States was established. Since then, Cedar Valley Hospice has been offering care and services to individuals in our communities.
As a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization; Cedar Valley Hospice puts their patients and families at the forefront of every decision they make. The experienced and professional staff provide the highest quality, compassionate care while focusing on making each moment matter for the patient and family.
Chris Hofeldt graduated from UNI in 2012 with a degree in Marketing and Public Relations. Since graduation Chris has worked at several non-profit organizations in the Cedar Valley. Chris is now responsible for Outreach and Communication with Cedar Valley Hospice.
Laura Hoy is a connector and catalyst for holistic neighborhood development based out of the Walnut Neighborhood in Waterloo.  She has been instrumental in the founding of Link Christian Community Development, a faith-based nonprofit that acts as a hub for a growing network of friends and organizations dedicated to cultivating a community of flourishing for all involved.  Link CCD aims at being a witness to Christ's hope and healing through youth development, jobs, and neighborhood strengthening.  Youth Art Team ( and Try Pie ( are two initiatives that spawned out of Link CCD.  Link CCD is currently working within a Walnut Housing Coalition to create a model of mixed income housing and increased affordable home ownership to the neighborhood. You can learn more at .
Beautiful weather greeted 160 people including Rotarians from three clubs at the Annual Rotary Reserve Family Picnic. A small army of volunteers made sure the night went off without a hitch for the families in attendance.
Shout out to Larry Steffens, John Beecher, Dave Buck, Steve Finegan, Henry Edsil, Craig Ritland, and the cooking crew for starting at 11am to fry chicken!
Thanks to Steve Carignan and Laura Kann(CF Pres Elect) for helping set up!
Thank you Lori Bellinger & Ravenwood for donating the watermelons!!!
And of course Marcella Ericson for cooking her beans!
Cybersecurity and fraud prevention starts with YOU!  This program will provide you with basic information on how to protect your personal as well as business information and devices online and on-the-go. It will also walk you through the importance of working with your financial institution when taking a “byte” out of crime. 
Renee Smith-LaBarge is a treasury management sales director and producer for the state of Iowa at MidWestOne Bank.  She continuously evaluates new concepts and technologies ensuring that treasury management products and services are firmly grounded to meet a business customer’s needs.  

The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication.

The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate from members of his staff to go skydiving because they knew he was into adventure.

“It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Mich., of that first jump at 14,000 feet, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out if you are enjoying it or not; it’s just a sensation that happens.”

Jackson did enjoy the sensation, so much so that he agreed to do another jump, with Shiva Koushik, a Rotarian friend in nearby Windsor, Ont. 

Get ready for a wacky, zany musical that’s wholly hilarious. Several of our nuns will pay a visit to Rotary on Monday, July 10 to sing a few of the songs from the show - be sure to be on time and sit up straight!
The last meeting of our club's Rotary year honored several members and past-president Lauren passed the gavel to 2017-18 president Phil Nash.
2017-2018 officers and board members:
President Phil Nash
President-elect Katelyn Tungland
Secretary Nolan Johnson
Treasurer Brian Aronson
Sergeant at Arms Norman Ussery
2-year board members
Nolan Johnson, Steve Carignan, Megan Kugler, Donna Miller, EJ Gallagher
1-year board members
Brian Aronson, Bette Wubbena, Luke Jensen
Out-going board members
Randy Johnson, Julie Hayes, Chris Hurley, Dave Buck, Marcella Erickson, John Mallen
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