Speaker Date Topic
Thanksgiving Holiday Nov 22, 2018
No Meeting
Wooj Byun Rotarian student, lawyer, global citizen Nov 26, 2018
Downtown Rotary Presents Lifetime Impact of a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship

In 1990, Rotarians from Busan, Korea, gave Wooj Byun a new life. 

Their gift? A Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship. With this simple gesture, they created a path for Byun to become an American student, lawyer, global citizen—and Rotarian.

No Meeting Plan to Attend Downtown on November 26 Nov 29, 2018
Joining Downtown Rotary on November 26 for Wooj Byun
Joe Schmitt Facilitator Dec 06, 2018 11:30 AM
Get to Know Your Fellow Rotary Members (Modified Speed Dating-Gettin' Schmitty Style)
Pat Airy & Star Rupe Goodwill Dec 13, 2018 11:30 AM
The work of Goodwill of the Heartland and NE Iowa

Pat Airy is a dedicated, passionate, visionary leader who has devoted her career to Goodwill of the Heartland. She has been told that she “bleeds Goodwill blue”. She began her Goodwill career in 1985 as a Job Placement Specialist, providing job seeking skills training, job placement and follow-up services to individuals with barriers to independence. Pat served as the organization’s first Human Resources Director and was responsible for setting up the HR systems for the organization, including the hiring system, new employee orientation, the performance appraisal and compensation system. Pat was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources and Cedar Rapids Operations in 2004. She led the organization’s facility contracts team to ISO certification, a prestigious quality management certification. Under Pat’s leadership, the organization developed the Walgreens community-based retail program. In 2012, Pat was promoted to the position of President and CEO. Under Pat’s leadership over the past five years, the organization increased revenues by 21%, grew the number of services to people with barriers to independence by over 100% and grew community job placements by 65%. Goodwill of the Heartland was recently named one of the Best Workplaces in Iowa.


Pat successfully graduated from Goodwill Industries International’s Executive Development Program, a two-year program to prepare future Goodwill CEOs. Pat believes strongly in community involvement. She has served on the Board of Directors of Trees Forever and the Parent Education Consortium, and has served on the United Way of East Central Iowa’s Community Investment Committee. She chaired a capital campaign for her church building project, raising $3.4 million, and has volunteered in many roles in her church. She has taught Junior Achievement classes, tutored at the Catherine McAuley Center, is a Boy Scout merit badge counselor and a member of the Downtown Cedar Rapids Rotary Club.


Pat received her Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Iowa State University.

Christmas Holiday Dec 27, 2018
No Meeting
Dr. Lori Sundberg New President of Kirkwood CC Jan 03, 2019 11:30 AM
Kirkwood Community College Update

Dr. Sundberg is a well-recognized higher education professional with decades of experience as both an educator and administrator. She has several years of experience at the senior administrative level and served as President of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois, prior to joining Kirkwood.

Originally involved in institutional research, her professional background also includes experience in marketing, grant writing, human resources, negotiations and academic affairs.

Dr. Sundberg is a former first-generation college graduate and the first female to hold the position of president at Kirkwood.

OFFSITE Dr. Ryan Sundermann Jan 10, 2019 11:30 AM
SOKO Outfitters and Rock Climbing at 41 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Andew Juhl "Andrews Bar Exam - Traveling Trivia " Jan 17, 2019 11:30 AM
Iowa Trivia Competition
Jenny Shulz- Founder Kids First Iowa Law Center Jan 24, 2019 11:30 AM
Kids First of Iowa Law Center

Jenny is the executive director and founder of Kids First Law Center. Jenny has been practicing in the area of family law since she received her law degree with High Distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1998. Jenny previously worked as an attorney at Bread for the City in Washington, DC and at Iowa Legal Aid in Cedar Rapids. In 2005, she opened Kids First to help make children’s voices heard.

Jenny is an active member of the Linn County Bar Association (LCBA) and the ISBA Family and Juvenile Law Section. She currently serves as a member of Iowa’s Family Law Case Processing Reform Task Force Steering Committee, the Sixth Judicial District nominating commission, and the Nonprofit Network Advisory Committee of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

In her free time, Jenny loves hiking and camping in the mountains, playing the piano, and swimming.

Dave Blankenship Feb 14, 2019 11:30 AM
Pathfinder Outdoor Education Center

David is Founder and Executive Director of the Pathfinder Outdoor Education Center. The Center is a not-for-profit focused on providing outdoor and experiential educational venues for youth. Programming includes topics in wilderness medicine and outdoor adventure.  The Center also operates the W0VCK radio station and trains students in the Olympic Shooting Sports.

He is also Program Chair for the pioneering youth leadership and employment program known as Growing Futures. Based on successful programs in many cities, including San Francisco, Atlanta and Indianapolis, the program addresses generational poverty and workforce development needs.

Prior to his current activities, David completed a 39-year career with AEGON/Transamerica where he directed a variety of asset management activities in the Americas, serving as President of AEGON USA Investment Management, AEGON USA Realty Advisors and numerous subsidiaries. In addition to broad responsibilities in the fixed income arenas, his real estate practice areas included extensive consulting, workout and restructuring activities for both affiliated and unaffiliated institutional clients. During his career, he participated in the evaluation and assimilation of numerous strategic acquisitions.

David is a member of the Executive Board of the Hawkeye Area Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Board and Vice-Chair of Trees Forever and has been active in numerous not-for- profit agencies working with and mentoring young people.

He was awarded a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration degree from Marquette University. 


Glen Schwartz-Prairie States Mushroom Club Apr 04, 2019 11:30 AM
Scientific and educational activities related to fungi and appreciation of wild mushrooms