Metro North Rotary

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568 Boyson Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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Kick off your summer by savoring some of the best local and regional craft beers at the inaugural Lager ‘Lympics, presented by the members of Metro North Rotary.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
NewBo City Market Yard  -  Cedar Rapids       Lager Lympics Logo 
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
This outdoor beer tasting event takes place in the heart of Cedar Rapids’ trendy and bustling NewBo district. With 4 hours to sip on a variety of craft beers poured directly from the brewers, enjoy your favorites while discovering new and seasonal brews. Live music, a pretzel necklace, a 14 oz. souvenir mug and jumbo yard games add to the fun.  Plus, where there is beer, there must be food. Select NewBo City Market food merchants will have local fare available for purchase.
  • Advance Ticket Price:  $25 (before May 15)  
  • Order Your Tickets NOW!
  • General Admission Ticket Price:  $30
  • DD Ticket Price:  $5 (Perfect for those not interested in sampling the beer. Does not include pretzel necklace or souvenir mug.)
We are looking for several volunteers the day of Lager 'Lympics. We know you will want to enjoy the fun, so
the time slots have made it so you are able to do that! If you'd like to volunteer, you can sign up here!
Besides great beer, you also don’t want to miss the MNR Bottle Cap Drop for your chance to win a Corridor Craft Brew iBus Tour for you and up to 9 friends, and other great prizes! Numbered bottle caps will be dropped from a bucket truck into a beer stein.  1st Bottle cap in wins the Craft Brew iBus Tour. Additional prizes will be given for 2nd and 3rd place. The drop will be held onsite at 3:30pm. Need not be present to win.
Raffle ticket pricing for the bottle cap drop is as follows and can be purchased through Metro North Rotary members or up until 3:00pm at the event:
  • 1 raffle ticket = $5
  • A Six Pack:  $20 (6 raffle tickets)
  • A Case: $50 (24 raffle tickets)
Craft Brews for a Cause!
All proceeds from ticket and bottle cap drop raffle help support Metro North Rotary’s local service projects including Metro High School and the Boys & Girls Club. Please consider helping us reach our goal of $27,000.
What’s Brewing?
Participating Brewers:
Wilson's Orchard
Iowa Brewing Company
Lion Bridge
Toppling Goliath
Single Speed
No Coast
Beer Nuts
Quarter Barrel
*Must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID to redeem. All sales final. Unused ticket may not be returned or redeemed for cash back. 
Ruth Nebergall
My interest in banking spans nearly 25 years.   I have enjoyed 10 years with Guaranty Bank, Vice President/ Commercial Lending, 7 years as Vice President, Commercial Lender with Heritage Bank in Broomfield/ Lafayette, Colorado and 7 years as Branch Manager for Citizens Saving Bank, Tipton.
Since I have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren, I moved to Cedar Rapids from Denver, 10 years ago, to allow me to be closer to the grandkids.
My community service includes:  Meth-Wick - Board Member, RMA (Risk Management Association) Past President & Board Member and a 10 year membership with Metro North Rotary.  I have served as President of the Chamber of Commerce in Lafayette, Colorado and President of the Tipton United Way and Chamber of Commerce.  I am a volunteer with the Eastern Iowa Alzheimer’s Association and Mount Mercy Scholarshare Business Campaign.  I am a Graduate of the Broomfield, Colorado Leadership Program and a Graduate of the ABA National Commercial Lending School / Southern Methodist University.
Volunteering is my way to give back to the community in which I live. Various Metro North Rotary projects have been important to me, such as, serving the Thanksgiving meal and reading books at the Boys and Girls Club, Metro North High School – Clothing Drive, Lager ‘Lympics float, and “Clean Up”  along Highway 100.  I try to give my all, front and center.  My parents instilled in me the values of honesty, respect, and hard work.    
I am guided by the principals of the Rotary 4-way test. Is it the truth, Is it fair to all, Will it build good will & better friendships, and Will it be beneficial to all concern?  When I apply these to my personal and business life, I experience success.
Using my past experiences that I have previously mentioned, I feel confident that I will be a good addition to the Rotary Board.
Ash Wagel
Hi! I’m Ash Wagel and I would like to be on the Metro North Rotary Board.
A little about myself – I’ve been a member for about 2 years.  Right now I am on the correspondence, Prayer & Pledge, and Rotary Youth Exchange Committees.  The Youth Exchange Committee is very interesting.  Meeting all these great young future leaders of our community is great.  We are fortunate to have Begona as our inbound student this year and Chloe as our outbound student this fall.  I am at most all of the meetings, so far for 2017 I have 100% attendance.  I want to make a difference in my community and MNR is great at doing that – the projects at Metro High School, the meal making project were really fun to do.  Polio eradication is an issue close to me – my mom had polio when she was a kid, and still has effects to this day.  So the sooner polio leaves the planet the better.  My dad is a Rotarian in Michigan, a Past President of his chapter and a Paul Harris Fellow.  Someday I would like to follow in his footsteps.  Outside of Rotary I work at TaxAct as a Tax Analyst, working on the Federal part of our program to make sure it is as easy to use as possible.  I stay active with CrossFit and Masters Swimming and Pickleball and trying to keep up with two teenage daughters still in the house.
John Brightwell
Married 36+ years.  Wife Annette, realtor at Ruhl and Ruhl.  Two daughters – Haley Brightwell, assistant volleyball coach, University of Missouri St. Louis.  Shelby Brightwell Patterson, pre school teacher, Alburnett School District.  Shelby and her husband Nic have given us 2 granddaughters – Adalyn age 3 and Emersyn will be 1 in June.
I graduated from the Iowa Business School in 1980, worked as a lumber yard estimator and then as a territory manager for a wholesale millwork company.  In 1999 I started my own business, a Furniture Medic franchise which I operated for 5 years.  BRIGHTWELL ENTERPRISES LLC was started at that time and although I still do some furniture repair I have 3 companies that I do contract service work for, and that coupled with other side jobs keeps me busy.
I am a charter member of Metro North Rotary.  While attending a Rotary West social function with Annette, who was in line to be president of that club, I spoke with the then district governor about a new club that was forming on the northeast side.  A few months later I got a call to attend an informational meeting at El Kahire Shrine regarding the new club.  After the club chartered, I made a suggestion to the president and he said “that’s a great idea!  We’ll make you chairman of the Social Committee!”  So that’s how I first served on the board of Metro North.  I look forward to serving the needs of the club however I can.
Metro North Rotary is funding one RYLA participant and two Young RYLA participants in 2017. 
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program for youth in which leadership skills and principles are taught in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The purpose of both RYLA and Young RYLA is to assist potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership. The goal is to help participants develop confidence! Many participants have said, "It was the best week of my life!"
RYLA is available to high school sophomores and juniors (classes of 2019 and 2018). Generally, applicants selected have excelled in one or more areas of high school involvement, have proven leadership experience, or have shown leadership potential. Applicants must be able to stay for all six days of the conference. RYLA will be held July 16-21, 2017 at Grinnell College. You can find an application for RYLA here.
Young RYLA is available to current 7th and 8th graders. Generally, applicants selected have been involved in school or community activities and shown leadership potential. Applicants must be able to stay for all six days of the conference. YRYLA will be held July 23-28, 2017 at Grinnell College. You can find an application for YRYLA here.
Registration closes April 30, 2017.
Please enjoy the latest update from our outbound exchange student, Regan, who is in Mexico:
I'm doing great--I just have been really busy lately! We just celebrated Carnaval here at the end of February. There were two parades in all of the Malecón, which is like a board walk for I think about 12 miles. They also had a lot of concerts and festivals every night for 4 nights. My favorite night was when they shot off fireworks and I went to my friend's house to watch them. We sat on her patio because her house is on the top of a hill and it was one of the most magically things I've ever seen. Then the following weekend I went to Guadalajara with a few of the other exchange students from my city. We stayed with the other exchange students there. We got to see their school and we also went to the center and museums. This Friday I will be going to Mexico City with my host mom for a week because they have an apartment there. I will also be able to hang out with my host sister that goes to college there! Then the following week my parents are coming to visit me. I am very excited to see them and to show them my home! :)
I have loved my second family and I will be going to my third family on the 9th of April. The chairman of my district named Martin recently recieved an award for having the best district for exchange in the world. All of the exchange students and I are going to surprise him with a cake and dinner sometime this week. We still continue to do a lot of things with Rotary. We ate breakfast with our club and talked about our experience. We also went to a Rotary event called Cuenta Cuentos. My second host family is part of Rotary, so almost every Sunday they have breakfast or a meal together with a few of the rotary families and I also go.
I can´t believe that my exchange is almost over! It has gone by SO fast and I still can´t believe that I´m living here. In April we will have two weeks of vacation for Semana Santa and Semana Pascua. Then at the end of April our end of the year trip begins for one month. When I come back I will have graduation on the 17th of June and I will return to the US on the 25th. Thank you again for this amazing experience. I can´t wait to share my experience and all of my pictures with the club when I get back!!
Te envio el calor,  
Did you know there's a mobile app version of our ClubRunner?  The ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to your ClubRunner website anytime, anywhere!
Completely free to download and use, this app will allow you to access the key info you need while you're on-the-go. Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile App allows you to to view your member directory, contact your members and executives, read the latest articles posted to your website, and even learn more about your upcoming events and speakers, right from your smartphone or tablet! 
To download the app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, simply type in 'ClubRunner' in the search bar. The app is compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch sets that have iOS 8.0 or later and with versions of Anrdoid that are 4.0.3 or newer. 
As our Foundation celebrates 100 years of Doing Good in the World, we are especially grateful for donors like you, who empower Rotarians to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people in need.
Do you want to see how your gift makes a difference? Watch this.    
Thank you for serving humanity through Rotary.
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Please enjoy this update from our outbound exchange student, Regan, who is enjoying her time in Mexico:
Hola!! :)
I'm doing great and everything is perfect!
At the end of October I went to a town called Los Mochis with my host mom and little sister. It was the birthday of both of her parents and everyone came back to celebrate. My host mom has 8 brothers and sisters and I am so happy that I got to meet them all! They were all so welcoming and loving. 
I had the amazing opportunity to experience Día de Los Muertos here on November 1st and 2nd. On November 1st I went to Plaza Marchado with all the other exchange students. Everyone painted their faces like The Catrina and there was a parade in the street. On November 2nd we didn't have school because it is the actual day of Día de Los Muertos so I got to go to the cemetary with my family. There we put flowers on their family's graves. The whole cemetary was covered with decorations and people. I have never seen dealth look so beautiful. Here death is a celebration and I hope that when I am gone my family will celebrate my life like this. 
This past weekend we had a Rotary event. All of the exchange students went to a school on Sunday. There they had dentists, doctors, hairstylists, house hold items for sale and food for the people that don't have a lot. I enjoyed this day because it reminded me that I need to help others and I fell in love with all of the children there. I also got to speak to Kindergardners about the USA!!
Thank you for allowing me to follow my dreams :) 
p.s. I can't wait to hear all about the future outbounds!!
Rotary at the Rink has been rescheduled for January 13th. (Disregard the dates on the flyer below.)
You can purchase tickets here using the password Rotary2016
There is also a Facebook group for the event:
Corridor Women Connect will host a workshop on the keys to being a resilient business leader. This interactive workshop utilizes positive psychology, resilience research, and business leadership principles that equip women to prepare for, cope with, and grow through today’s most pressing challenges. This workshop delivers practical applications to support your growth in the office and beyond!
Participants will learn how to grow resilience and leadership skills with Dr. Mollie Marti, resilience researcher, author, and founding director of the National Resilience Institute. 
The workshop will take place from 8 a.m. to Noon on October 25, 2016. Find out more and register here.
Rotary Youth Exchange applications for the 2017-18 year are due by Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.
The Rotary Clubs of greater Cedar Rapids invite high school students to apply for a Rotary scholarship to study abroad for one year. This is an opportunity for students to learn a second language, experience a foreign culture, and make new friends. This experience could help a student in future endeavors such as obtaining acceptance into college and an interesting job upon graduation. 
Free room and board are included while overseas, along with a small monthly stipend. The recipient will be hosted in homes of Rotary members in that country and will receive support from local Rotarians. Applicants must be enrolled in a high school in the Greater Cedar Rapids/Linn County area and 15-18 years old. Exchange can take place in the junior, senior, or post-senior year. Candidates must have at least two years of foreign language study prior to their exchange. 
The application can be found at here. Four copies of the application should be submitted directly to:
Jim Halverson
HR Green
8710 Earhart Lane SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Metro North Rotary has established the following objectives for its giving guidelines:
  • Serve disadvantaged children in our community and/or internationally
  • Demonstrates "service above self"
  • Demonstrates the Rotary four-way test
    • Is it the truth? 
    • Is it fair to all concerned?
    • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
    • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Groups or individuals are required to submit a completed grant application by October 31. The application is to be no longer than two double-spaced pages typed and requests are to be no more than $1,000. Groups or individuals may only request funding once per calendar year. Applicants will be notified of the results via email. 
The grant application can be accessed under the contact and about pages of
Please send questions and grant applications to 
Chris Figureida, Cycle for Heart 
Since 2005, Chris Figureida has cycled over 31,000 miles across the globe promoting healthy heart awareness. He has worked with schools to increase health, education and community development programs to help improve the future of our children. Cycle for Heart inspires both children and adults alike to take control of their lives and know they can do anything they put their mind to.  Chris makes regular stops on his biking trips to speak at Rotary and has also spoken to over 60,000 kids.
Chris is on day 48 of a 100-day bike ride across the US.  The current ride will cover 5,100 miles and end in New York around Thanksgiving.  He averages 75 miles a day at 15mph on his Trek 520 bike. You can follow Chris's trek across America here: 
The Summer Blood Drive Challenge was a success! The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center was able to collect 17 units of whole blood, which will serve 68 area patients. Daybreak Rotary won the challenge, but only beat Metro North Rotary by three people! Thank you to the Metro North superheroes who donated:
Mark Blough
Sandi Lafferty
Erin Mendez       
Joe Schmitt
Geri Schmitt
Jackie Oliver
Thanks to all that helped with the Beer Tent during the Market After Dark. We all had such a great time and of the five beer tents, the Metro North Rotary beer tent was the second highest grossing right after the tent closest to the stage! Woohoo!
The Market After Dark will be held Saturday, August 22 in Downtown Cedar Rapids from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  
It’s time to give some blood, Metro North! We are in competition with Marion East and Daybreak Rotaries. Last December, Daybreak lost to Marion East on their turf at the American Legion in Marion. Now it's our turn to compete!
Each unit has the potential to help 4 patients here in our local hospitals. Summer is traditionally the most difficult time of year to maintain a steady blood supply and we need volunteer donors to step up to ensure we meet the needs of our local hospitals. LET'S SAVE SOME LIVES!
The challenge will take place on Wednesday, August 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Artisan's Sanctuary in the front gallery. Please bring your photo ID and remember to eat and drink before donating. 
For more information, contact Sarah Oldag at or click here to sign up online.
MNR hosts an annual Zombie Prom Halloween Party to raise money for disadvantaged youth both locally and globally. The event has produced more than $60,000 and has provided the opportunity for MNR to renovate several spaces at Metro High School to enhance learning.
Dr. Carlos Grant, Metro High School Principal said, “The area in the library where the Incubator Lab now sits was an awkward and inefficient use of space.  When MNR approached us to see if there was a project they could tackle for us, we saw this as an opportunity to redesign that space to uniquely meet several learning needs for both teachers and students.” 
The Incubator Lab’s design facilitates a variety of functional needs for the school including: classes, meeting space and an area for seniors to relax before classes begin.
Jon Brightwell, MNR member, led the building effort. “The space before was really underutilized and not user friendly.  This was a fun project to work on with our own club members as well as other local businesses,” said Jon.
Craig Galassi, Project Manager for Septagon Construction and MNR member, volunteered his expertise and time to complete the initial demo work. Through his leadership, Galassi organized Septagon employees, as well as some of their suppliers, to tackle the construction aspect, which saved a significant amount of time and money. “We were happy to step in,” Galassi said.  “It was really an opportunity for Septagon to get a better understanding of what is going on at Metro High School and have a better appreciation for it.”
Tabby Janak of OPN Architects and MNR member collaborated and worked with Dr. Grant and school faculty to design the space to meet the students’ needs. As educational technology has moved away from large desktop computers to more mobile laptops and tablets, the design takes advantage of that mobility and breaks from the industrial seating paradigm to a setting better designed for comprehension and learning.  The room uses non-traditional furniture that, according to Dr. Grant, research has found to reduce anxiety of traditional classrooms.  The more relaxed setting fosters better focus on subject matter for longer periods of time. “This was a great way for us to show the students and teachers how much we value them by making it an awesome space,” said Janak.
Future enhancements for the room will include repainting walls with white board paint to allow for better communication when students work on group projects as well as a projector with scrolling announcements on the outside of the room.
Dr. Grant would eventually like to see all the classrooms in the school have the type of flexibility for non-traditional settings like the new Incubator Lab does.
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.
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  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
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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  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.  LIKE US ON FACEBOOK – Rotary District 5970 Youth Exchange. 
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 ( 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:
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.
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!  
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! or 319-213-5915
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 ( 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.
Upcoming Events
  • Lager "Lympics
    NewBo City Market Yard
    Jun 03, 2017
    12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Stan Pfoff - Nelson Electric
Jun 01, 2017
Chloe Clemenson and Begona Ruiz Quintana
Jun 08, 2017
Rotary Youth Exchange Presentation
Patrick and Courtney Axline - LearningRx
Jun 15, 2017
Brain Training
Jenny Bosking - Family Room Manager at St. Lukes
Jun 22, 2017
Ronald McDonald Family Room
Joe Lock & Nancy Craig - Eastern IA Health Center
Jul 06, 2017
Services provided to Cedar Rapids residents
Club Executives & Directors
Past Pres.
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