Metro North Rotary

We meet Thursdays at 11:30 AM               
Butcher Block Steakhouse
568 Boyson Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

 
 
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Please note that we will be changing back to the room that we originally started in at Butcher Block. Please enter into the room on the far side of Riley's. You can park and enter near Riley's entrance and turn left once inside. 
 

 
 
Trisha Hinke Photo
 
 
In three weeks, P.A. student Trisha Hinke will be traveling to Xicotepec, Mexico on a graduate-level medical mission. Metro North Rotary is proud to sponsor her travel with Rotary District 5970, which is comprised of 54 clubs. Once Trisha arrives in the town near Mexico City, she will collaborate with Rotary International and work with dental teams, pharmacists, and visit children in schools to deworm them.
 
 
Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, this Iowa native has extended her experience and service well beyond the state’s borders. Trisha has studied at the University of Kentucky, traveled to Tasmania, and went on a trip to Honduras that she said had the most impact on her and her future plans to practice in global health.
Trisha is currently a student at Des Moines University and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She has one full year of school that will involve 12 rotations before she completes her education.
 
She is intrigued by different cultures and says she keeps an open mind to encourage interaction. Trisha said she strives to become a P.A. that patients feel comfortable with and connected to.
 

 
 
The Metro High School Media Room is now complete and would not have been possible without the help of Metro North Rotary members. You Rock!
 
 
 

 
 
The annual Metro North Rotary Holiday Party was held on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at Theater Cedar Rapids downtown.  We had 21 Rotarians and 12 guests join the fun that evening which included a wonderful spread consisting of veggies, dips, hummus and pita chips, meatballs, cheese, crackers, and personal pizzas, plenty of drinks, and some great tunes.  After our time at TCR was finished a dozen or so brave individuals braved the elements and toured downtown with stops at Pub 217, Quarterbarrel, and White Star Ale House.  All in all a wonderful evening and a great way to close out the holiday season.  Thanks for those that made it and hope you will consider joining us for the next Holiday Party!   
 

 
 
The painting at Metro High School was all completed by a great crew of teachers and Rotarians. 
   
 

 
 
Every year our club has successfully applied and received a grant to help make Metro High School Projects a reality. These grants are made possible through Rotary Foundation Giving in our District. Our club goal is $1 per day per Member. Please consider signing up to give annually to this great cause.
 
One of the easiest and most secure ways for us to support our Foundation is through Rotary’s recurring giving program, Rotary Direct.  Select an amount, frequency (monthly, quarterly or annually), and contribution method that is convenient for you. Enrollment is integrated with the Foundation’s secure online contribution system.
 
Efficient, convenient and secure. Enroll at www.rotary.org/give  We are Club #62433. Ask me (Cheri Popp) for your Rotary Membership ID!

The Rotary Foundation will send you one annual statement of Rotary Direct contributions for tax purposes.
 
Here are some examples of what your $100 annual contribution can help provide:
  • Three backpacks filled with school supplies for primary school children in Honduras
  • Fifty malaria diagnostic tests to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria in Mali
  • One biosand filter and water hygiene training for a family in Peru
 
Here are some examples of what your annual $1000 contributions can help provide.
  • Fourteen anti-retroviral drugs to prevent the transmission of HIV from infected mothers to their babies in Liberia
  • One bicycle to play sports for youth with disabilities in France
  • Sexual assault and domestic abuse education for young women in Texas, USA
Enroll at www.rotary.org/give
 

 
 
Zombie Prom was a great success with around 220 1/2 people attending. See all the great photos in the photo album "Zombie Prom 2015"
     
     
 

 
 
Jack Hardin is planning a trip for November around Thanksgiving time to Senegal.  Jack said, “What a great time to serve others and help the kids at the school in Tivaouane, Senegal.”  We have helped educate over 800 students at the school for the children that can’t attend the regular school system due to several reasons.  One being the lack of money so they can’t pay for the school costs.  This school is ran by volunteers and still enjoys a better graduation rate than the public system.  We have been helping now for 10 years; started in November of 2005 on Jack’s second trip there.  His goal is to buy more computers and school supplies such as notepads, pencils, sharpeners and pens.  Jack can buy paper there for their copier which our Club purchased on his last trip. Jack shared that it is such a gratifying experience to see these kids get out of the “rut” that many generations have been in due to no education. The trip is very hard and demanding, but 100’s of hugs from those kids ranging in age from 6 to 26, it makes it all worthwhile.  Every hug bring tears to his eyes!!
 

 
 
Welcome to Maki who recently arrived from Japan.  Maki is here through the Rotary International Youth Exchange program and will be here through the end of the school year and attending our meetings regularly.  She will be staying at Dave Reisner’s home for the first few months and we are in need of more host families.  Maki is attending Linn Mar High School.  
If you are interested to host please contact Tiffany Chamberlain or Kimm Harris kharris@ipciowa.com.  We would also like to send an outbound student but have not done so since Kayla.  This year Tiffany and the committee are focused on recruiting good candidates for outbound, so we hope to send a student next year.  If you know of a high school student that would like to apply for next year, please let us know. Deadline for applications to our club for outbound exchange is October 17th.  Here is a link to a brochure and more information. 
http://www.district5970.org/SitePage/youth/youth-exchange  LIKE US ON FACEBOOK – Rotary District 5970 Youth Exchange. 
 
 

 
 
After last year's washout, the MNR Social Committee nailed a hole in one with this year's golf outing.  The event was held August 6th at Hunters Ridge in Marion.  We had 61 golfers participate and thanks to a much needed assist from Mother Nature, it was a gorgeous day.  
 
The MNR Social Committee helps find fun ways to get our members together to meet and mingle and get to know our fellow Rotarians better.  Thanks to everyone's participation we were able to make a small profit which we will roll into our annual holiday party budget.
 
A big thank you to Janice Novick and Amanda Hoffman for their help in planning the event.
An extra special thanks to Don Fuller, Heather Fleming, Cheri Popp, Dave Sorg, Laurie Wahlert, Kayla Phelan, and Janice Novick for securing sponsorships from the following:
        * Shelter Insurance
        * Van Meter
        * Cipco
        * OPN
        * Olives Oil
        * Phelans
        * Allsteel
 
 
The 2016 Golf Outing is already on the calendar so make sure you save Thursday, August 4th, 2016 for another great event!
 

 
 
The service committee is working on renewing our relationship with Metro High School and we are actively searching for ways that we can engage with the school as a club and provide assistance with some of their needs. This week with the help of Lindsey Flannery, who has kindly agreed to be a co-chair for the service committee, we will be conducting a ‘focus-group’ with Metro High School’s ‘Buildinig Leadership Team,’ a collaboration of teacher leaders, to discuss the biggest needs of the students and teachers at Metro and come up with ideas for our club to become more active and physically present for the students. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for some opportunities to get involved!

Nate Weber has kindly agreed to continue the AIM efforts with the Boys & Girls Club. With school starting please try to take a look at your schedule and see if you are able to free up a Tuesday afternoon. We are looking to build an AIM Committee, if you think you are able to participate one Tuesday from 4-5pm every 1-2 months please contact Kayla Phelan (kphelan@phelansinteriors.com) to be part of the committee. It would be great to provide the kids with some consistency and familiar faces each month, if you have participated in the past, you know that sometime you get more out of it than the kids!Naturally, the service committee is always looking for help and participation so please do not hesitate to contact Kayla to get more information about getting involved.
 
 

 
 
The Year of YOU has begun and we are excited to not only get more acquainted with members but learn more about what we all do on a daily basis.  We have some great, new ideas coming up to do just that.  For instance:
 
NEWS, MEMBER, SPORTS:  
Hopefully you've been to a meeting where you have learned more about your fellow Rotarians.  We've had 7 people take the time to stand in front of our group and tell us all about themselves both personally and professionally during News, Member Sports.  We are looking forward to hearing more about EVERYONE over the next year.
 
GET TO KNOW YOUR FELLOW ROTARIANS | SPEED-DATING:ROTARY STYLE:
On September 17, we will have our first Get-to-Know-You Progressive meal.  That day we will have a three course meal where every 15 minutes we will switch tables and get to know more about each other.  If you haven't been in awhile, plan to attend that day!  
 
MEMBER COMPANY VISITS
Visiting member companies is something more than one person suggested during our "strategic planning" in January. On November 5, our meeting will be at a member business.  If you are interested in having your business spotlighted, contact Sam Hammes.  He will be coordinating that process. 
 

 
 
The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Our club applies for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects at Metro High School and our international projects. Grants received from the Foundation have to be matched with club funds, which come from our Zombie Prom fundraising efforts. These grants are vital to funding our club’s projects! 
 
The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.
 
Rotary Direct makes giving easy! Complete the Rotary Direct enrollment form or enroll by phone at +1-866-976-8279. You can give monthly, quarterly or annually and as little as $10. Last tax season I reviewed my charitable giving and decided to become a Paul Harris Society Member by giving $85 per month. There are lots of asks out there of us all. The multiplier effect of my donation was a huge factor in my decision to give to this great cause. 
 
Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have! cheri.popp@cipco.net or 319-213-5915
 
 

 
 
 
John's Demologist hard at work. With Phase one completed, all that was left was the refreshments. 
 

 
 
Sandi and Cristiane pictured in front of 2015 Metro High School book donation. This past month at our annual Metro High School Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, the Speakers Committee was pleased to donate a book in honor of each guest speaker to the Metro High School Library for the 2014-15 Rotary calendar year. The Speakers Committee is in charge of obtaining a list of books, purchasing, and labelling the books for donation. We were able to donate 33 books this year. Upon donation to the Metro High School Library, Kirstin Miller from Metro mentioned that “It’s through community groups that we receive new books each year so thank you again for your support of Metro!”
 
With the change in our Club President comes the change in Speaker’s Committee Chairs. Introducing Sam Hammes as your new Committee Chair for 2015-16. Sam is actively working on lining up speakers. We value your input and want to offer the most intriguing speaker line-up to date to continue to engage and entertain our membership. Our challenge to you, the member: Think of past speakers and topics you’ve enjoyed (or maybe haven’t enjoyed as much) and send your speaker suggestions to Sam (SHammes@truenorthcompanies.com). A big round of applause to Sandi Lafferty and Cristiane AbouAssaly for being the speaker scheduling wizards for the 2014-2015 calendar year! Your work is much appreciated.
 

 
 
 
 
Speakers
May 05, 2016
May 12, 2016
Bill Patterson
Turner Alley Brewing
May 19, 2016
Jeff Quint
Cedar Ridge Vineyards
May 26, 2016
Maki Watanabe and Regan Shey
International Exchange
Jun 02, 2016
 
 
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Past Pres.
 
 
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