Christmas Gifts for Metro High School Sarah Hoeger 2024-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

2023/2024 President Ash Wagel

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Ash Wagel is our 2023-2024 Metro North Rotary President. Ash is the Business Manager for KGAN-TV Iowa’s News Now, the CBS and FOX affiliates for Eastern Iowa. He has been a member of MNR for 8 years. Ash is a Michigan alum and fan who found his way to Iowa almost 20 years ago and has grown to love it here. Ash is officially an empty nester as his youngest daughter just got married and he is now looking forward to spoiling his granddaughter!
2023/2024 President Ash Wagel Sarah Hoeger 2023-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Metro High School Book Donation

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Our Rotary Club recently visited Metro High School to deliver a donation of books for their library to honor all of the speakers that come to our meetings and present to our Club.
Metro High School Book Donation Sarah Hoeger 2023-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Kyle Boardman

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Metro North Rotary welcomes Kyle Boardman as President for the 2021/2022 Rotary year! Kyle is an Accounting Manager at Honkamp Krueger where he specializes in corporate and individual tax preparation and consulting, strategic and financial planning, and business consulting. He joined Metro North Rotary in October, 2018.
Welcome Kyle Boardman Sarah Hoeger 2021-07-22 05:00:00Z 0 Boardman,President

4th Annual Lager Lympics

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The 4th Annual Lager ‘Lympics event planned for Saturday, August 29th has been canceled due to the Governor's latest proclamation closing all bars through September 20th.
4th Annual Lager Lympics Sarah Hoeger 2020-07-07 05:00:00Z 0

Youth of the Year at Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids

The competition was steep on Friday, February 1st at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids' annual Youth of the Year Competition! Three of our Rotarians; Cheri Monahan, Joe Schmit and Laura Seyfer; had the tough job of choosing the best competitor to represent Cedar Rapids for 2019!
Youth of the Year at Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids Sarah Hoeger 2019-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
Future Hiawatha Dog Park cleanup begun Scott Johnson 2018-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Boys & Girls Clubs Sarah Hoeger 2018-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Outbound Student Isabel Hogg T.J. Meiners 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

Metro North 15th Anniversary

We've been around for 15 years! Come celebrate and because we hit our membership goal this year, the first $500 in drinks are on the exec committee! Here are the details,

June 21, 2018
4:30 to 6:30 PM
The “Program” portion will run from 5:15 – 5:45. It will include:
Where we’ve been
Where we’re going
Recognition and Awards

Shores Event Center
700 16th Street NE, Suite L100
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402

LJ's will be catering a picnic style Tropical Patio Luau!
Metro North 15th Anniversary T.J. Meiners 2018-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

Metro High School Christmas Giving

Thank you to that helped shop and wrap for the Metro High School students! It was another huge success! Along with the presents the Club shopped for they will also have access to necessities and food for a Christmas meal! Thank you to the Giacolleto Foundation for the grant to make this happen and all the Members that pulled together this year in short notice to make this a success. The kids so appreciate it!
Metro High School Christmas Giving Cheri Monahan 2017-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

An Update From Our Outbound Exchange Student

Please enjoy this update from our outbound exchange student, Chloe:
I first want to start off by saying thank you! Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity! I have been loving a single second of my exchange so far! I am so happy to be in Turin, Italy! 
I first want to start off by saying that I love Turin! It has been very interesting living in a bigger city, there are about one million people living in Turin. It is very easy to get around with public transportation like buses and the subway. There are so many things to do here, whether shopping, going to museums, or going to see different monuments around the city! 
School has been going very well! It's starting to become easier to understand the teachers in class. I am also taking Italian as a Second Language at school, which has helped me a lot with grammar and speaking Italian correctly. All of the students are all really nice at my school too! They make me feel very welcomed and they are patient with me when I try to speak Italian but also correct me when I make mistakes to help me learn! I have also gotten involved in a couple of clubs at school!
I love my host family! They are so kind to me and I have felt loved since the moment they picked me up from the airport! I help out around the house as much as I can, but my favourite things to do are cook and help my younger host siblings with English. It is interesting seeing students here learn English and and how the foreign language classes are structured differently in the United States and Italy. I also love learning how to cook Italian food! It's really fun to help my host mom cook dinner every night so I can learn new recipes! My favourite foods here are pasta alla pesto (pesto pasta), risotto giallo (literally "Yellow Risotto" but its a rice dish with saffron, onions, and zucchini), gelato, and coffee! 
I am thankful because I have gotten to travel a lot! Last month I went down to Calabria, a region in southern Italy, for Orientation. I have been all around Piedmont (my region in Italy), and to Liguria, the region south of Piedmont. Next weekend I am so excited because my host Rotary District is taking all of the Inbound students to Geneva, Switzerland for Rotary Day at the United Nations. We are going to discuss the importance of cross-cultural education opportunities (like exchange years and study abroad programs in college) and how they contribute to international peace and cooperation! 
Again, thank you so much for giving me this opportunity! I am so thankful that I get to spend the next year of my life here! 
Chloe Clemenson 
An Update From Our Outbound Exchange Student 2017-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Open Coffee

Posted by T.J. Meiners
Need to do some rotary makeups, here is a opportunity!  Be sure to let Don Homan know you did a makeup.

Rotary Open Coffee started in 2016 as a way to get Rotarians together with new or prospective Rotarians to discuss community engagement and ways to get involved.

We will meet monthly in 2017 and all are welcome. 

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Rotary Open Coffee is a way to get this conversation happening more often in our communities. 

Join us.  More information here,

Rotary Open Coffee T.J. Meiners 2017-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

Outbound Student Chloe Update

Posted by T.J. Meiners
We got an update from our outbound exchange student.  Check it out below!
Hi all,
I wanted to thank you for allowing me to come to Metro North to present my presentation over the similarities and differences between the United States and Italy. Again, thank you so much for allowing me this amazing opportunity, I can’t express how grateful I am!
Here is a link to my website! I’ve worked super hard on it and I hope you enjoy it!
Thanks again and I hope to see you soon!
Outbound Student Chloe Update T.J. Meiners 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

1st Annual Lager ‘Lympics Bottle Cap Drop

Posted by Keith Hindman on Jun 03, 2017
Our first Lager Lympics was a success. This years raffle "bottle cap Drop" winners were 1st. place, Don Homan, 2nd place, Keith Hindman, 3rd place, Tricia Schutterly  A fun time was had by all. 

1st Annual Lager ‘Lympics Bottle Cap Drop Keith Hindman 2017-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

MNR Accepting Applications for RYLA and Young RYLA

Posted by Lindsay Cooper on Apr 03, 2017
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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.
MNR Accepting Applications for RYLA and Young RYLA Lindsay Cooper 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

An Update From Our Outbound Exchange Student

Posted by Lindsay Cooper on Mar 16, 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,  
An Update From Our Outbound Exchange Student Lindsay Cooper 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Did You Know There's A Mobile App Version of ClubRunner?

Posted by Lindsay Cooper on Feb 24, 2017
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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. 
Did You Know There's A Mobile App Version of ClubRunner? Lindsay Cooper 2017-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Adopt A Boys & Girls Club Family for the Holidays

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids are gearing up for the holiday season with their annual Adopt-A-Family program! There is no better time to give back and bring holiday cheer to those families in our community who really need our help!
With 76 families available to adopt this year, their number of families has almost doubled from last year. If you, your family or coworkers would like to help the Club's kids and their families, here is the link to sign up – directions are explained in the link!
Wishing you all the best this holiday season!
Adopt A Boys & Girls Club Family for the Holidays Sarah Hoeger 2016-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

An Update From Our Outbound Exchange Student, Regan

Posted by Lindsay Cooper on Nov 17, 2016
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!!
An Update From Our Outbound Exchange Student, Regan Lindsay Cooper 2016-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary At The Rink Rescheduled For Jan. 13

Posted by Lindsay Cooper on Nov 17, 2016
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:
Rotary At The Rink Rescheduled For Jan. 13 Lindsay Cooper 2016-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

Corridor Women Connect to Host Resilient Business Leader Workshop

Posted by Lindsay Cooper on Oct 17, 2016
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.
Corridor Women Connect to Host Resilient Business Leader Workshop Lindsay Cooper 2016-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Applications Due By Oct. 22

Posted by Lindsay Cooper on Oct 07, 2016
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
Rotary Youth Exchange Applications Due By Oct. 22 Lindsay Cooper 2016-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

MNR Implements a New Grant Process

Posted by Lindsay Cooper on Sep 20, 2016
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 
MNR Implements a New Grant Process Lindsay Cooper 2016-09-20 05:00:00Z 0

Cycle For Heart, Chris Figureida

Posted by Keith Hindman on Sep 16, 2016
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: 
Cycle For Heart, Chris Figureida Keith Hindman 2016-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

MNR Members Contribute to a Successful Summer Blood Drive! 

Posted by Lindsay Cooper on Sep 08, 2016
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
MNR Members Contribute to a Successful Summer Blood Drive!  Lindsay Cooper 2016-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

Market After Dark Beer Tent

Posted by Keith Hindman on Aug 31, 2016
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.  
Market After Dark Beer Tent Keith Hindman 2016-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

Sign Up to Help MNR Compete in the Summer Blood Drive Challenge

Posted by Lindsay Cooper on Aug 16, 2016
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.
Sign Up to Help MNR Compete in the Summer Blood Drive Challenge Lindsay Cooper 2016-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
No Meeting August 4th 2016-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

Change of meeting time

A reminder to all that our meeting on June 2nd will be held at METRO NORTH HIGH SCHOOL AT 12:30
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P.A. student Trisha Hinke will be traveling to Xicotepec, Mexico on a graduate-level medical mission

Posted by Brooke Lentz on Feb 18, 2016
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.
P.A. student Trisha Hinke will be traveling to Xicotepec, Mexico on a graduate-level medical mission Brooke Lentz 2016-02-18 06:00:00Z 0

Metro High School Media Room Complete

Posted by Keith Hindman on Feb 01, 2016
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!
Metro High School Media Room Complete Keith Hindman 2016-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
Painting Completed at Metro High School Keith Hindman 2015-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Zombie Prom Success

Posted by Keith Hindman on Oct 30, 2015
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"
Zombie Prom Success Keith Hindman 2015-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

MNR International Trip, November

Posted by Patti Kunz on Oct 08, 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!!
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Welcome Maki

Posted by Patti Kunz on Sep 21, 2015
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. 
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Golf Outing Huge Success!

Posted by Ron Maxa on Sep 14, 2015
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!
Golf Outing Huge Success! Ron Maxa 2015-09-14 05:00:00Z 0

Service Committee Update

Posted by Kayla Phelan on Aug 31, 2015
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.
Service Committee Update Kayla Phelan 2015-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

Foundation - Why give?

Posted by Cheri Popp on Jul 30, 2015
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
Foundation - Why give? Cheri Popp 2015-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

International Committee

Posted by Brian Rosteck on Jun 12, 2015
Our committee has two main areas of oversight, The Exchange Student Program and also the International Projects Program.

For the Exchange Student Program, we are excited to learn that we have another student lined up for next year.  Our student is from Japan and we are in the process of securing host families.  We have one host family at this time, the school district will be Linn Mar.  It is critical that we line up our host families in the near future.  The project we are working on involves connecting with entities outside of Rotary to source the host families.  As the host family does not need to be involved in Rotary, we are reaching out to other groups to plant the seed and hopefully garner support for the program.  We would ask that each MNR member think of a group they belong to outside of Rotary, who the best contact may be for that group, and then pass it along to a committee member so that we can connect with them.
For the International Project side of the committee.  Jack Hardin would like to go to Senegal later this year to continue his good work and he has made the initial contact overseas to start the process.  He will let us know what we can do to support this effort.  Patti also has a project in Nicaragua that we could team up with Habitat for Humanity on.  Our area of focus right now is understanding the Rotary Global Grant.  Patti & Brian are currently researching the Rotary Global Grant as an additional level support for our projects.  As a club, we have never applied for the Global Grant.  With a grant levels starting at $30,000, we could support a much larger project than in the past.  
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Speaker Committee Update

Posted by Amy Thuente on Jun 09, 2015
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.
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Community Service Update

Posted by Wade Hiner on May 28, 2015
Right now, we’re in the middle of planning our club’s signature project for 2015 (the Metro High School Library).  
We have met with the staff at Metro High School, and they have identified and prioritized the list of tasks that our Rotary Group will lead, including:
•         Brightening up the Commons/Library with a fresh coat of paint.
•         Creating a “think tank” space within the commons area.
•         Adding new furniture.  
We are in the process of putting all of the bids together and are hopeful we can accomplish the majority of the project within our allotted budget.  Once that is complete and approved by the board, we’ll be looking for volunteers from the club for the remodel.  More updates to come!
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Teacher Appreciation Lunch

Posted by Keith Hindman on May 08, 2015
Thanks to all the MNR members that helped with food and/or volunteering to serve the Metro High teachers.
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Ronald McDonald House

Posted by Keith Hindman on Feb 15, 2015
MNR members put on Ronald McDonald noses in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois.
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Serving Thanksgiving for Boys and Girls Club

Posted by Keith Hindman on Nov 19, 2014

The Metro North Rotary crew has a lot of fun serving Thanksgiving to the Boys & Girls Club.
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Frist Year Paul Harris Fellows

Posted on Jun 25, 2014


22 individuals were recognized as “1st Timers”
Cheri Popp                              Scott Johnson                          Paige Schwartzendruber
Janice Novick                          Tabatha Janak                         Wade Hiner
Jody Donaldson                       Kari Cooling                             Shannon Hanson
  John Osako                             Linda Kirsch                            Katie Johnson
  Amy Thuentes                         Joe Schmitt                             Laurie Wahlert
  Ryan Koenig                            Alissa Dietz                             Brian Rosteck
  Tara Troester                           Chuck Carpenter                     Heather Fleming
  Brad Holub

2nd Time Paul Harris Fellows
  Dr. Jeannie Collins                  Dave Reisner                            Dave Carlson

Multiple Paul Harris Fellows
 Jim Angstman
 Mark Shelton

Paul Harris Society 
 Sam Hammes


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Frosty Fiesta

Posted by Keith Hindman on Jan 17, 2014

Frosty Fiesta
Check out all the fun, view the Photo Album upper left.


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Third Place Thursday

Posted by Keith Hindman on Nov 06, 2013

This is just part of the group that had a great time at the November Third Place Thursday. 

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Mayors' Panel

Posted by Christoph Trappe on Sep 11, 2013

On Sept. 12, 2013, we were joined by area mayors at our meeting: Mayor Bouska - Marion, Mayor Corbett - Cedar Rapids, Mayor Cullis - Robins, Mayor Theis - Hiawatha.  



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Thanks for a great day of golfing, Metro North Rotarians!

Posted by Malorie Hepner on Aug 07, 2013

Thanks so all of the sponsors of the 2013 Golf Outing! This years sponsors included Van Meter, Hawkeye Electric, Bradley Riley, ESP International, Shelter Insurance, Skogman Commercial Real Estate, Allsteel, OPN Architectects, Guaranty Bank, Winner Lynk, Brost Architects, Securian Financial, Destinations Unlimited, Principal Financial, and CIPCO.

We had a perfect day for the event and a great location. Thanks so all the participants for taking time to attend the event! 

Don't forget to check out our photo album of some of the day's activities.

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10th Anniversary Party

Posted by Keith Hindman on Jul 11, 2013

Everyone had a great time at our 10th Anniversary Party. Thanks so much to The Past Presidents for the beer and wine and to all that help set up the event.

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See all the photos from the party, click here "10th Anniversary Party" 

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Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Posted by Keith Hindman on Jun 03, 2013








A standing ovation was given to our Metro North Rotary Club for the wonderful breakfast  today. Thanks everyone who helped out...  the teachers were truly grateful.

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Serve And Be Served

Posted by Keith Hindman on Mar 06, 2013

Chuck Carpenter, hard at work before being served at Parlor City Pub.


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Zombie Prom

Posted by Keith Hindman

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October 18th begainning at 8p.m. at NewBo City Market with presenting sponsor Cellsite Solutions. 

So many great things are happening that night including:

  • DJ CJ will be spinning hits from the 80's and now!
  • Zombie King and Queen crowned
  • Tricky treats for attendees
  • Zombie artist will be on hand to help with makeup
  • Photogs there to capture that crazy 80's zombie gear
  • ​Ghoulish games and freaky fun all night long

​Tickets for the event include access to event, some totally rad freebies, and Zombie potion drink. Must be 21 and over to attend

Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

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RYLA Scholarship Recipients Announced

Posted by Christoph Trappe

Congratulations to Metro North Rotary’s two RYLA Scholarship Recipients Allison Cahill of Linn-Mar, and Marcus Robinson of Metro High School!  Allison and Marcus have shown us they will be great leaders, and a wonderful addition to this year’s RYLA Leadership Conference.  For more information on RYLA visit the district website

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New Board Members

Posted by Christoph Trappe

Congratulations to our new Board Members: Jody Donaldson and Aaron Loan! There were four fantastic candidates.

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Zombie Prom Sponsors Announced

Posted by Christoph Trappe

Welcoming Cellsite Solutions as our Presenting Sponsor for the Zombie Prom, which raises funds to help local children have brighter futures.

Thank you Junge Auto Group, Summit Consulting & Project Management, & CIPCO who are also sponsors.


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Board candidate: Aaron Loan

Posted by Christoph Trappe

Aaron Loan, a benefits advisor at acumen, is our fourth candidate for the two open board positions. Find out more about him below.


I love Cedar Rapids. Nothing beats our desires to be innovative while staying well-rooted. Our no-quit attitudes are always laced with positive determination. Our education system is envied around the world. And whether it’s on our own, or with our families, churches, businesses, or non-profit  organizations we have an innate desire to help others succeed. So when my wife and I were living in Philadelphia and our daughter was born six years ago we made the decision to come back home to raise our family. We moved back the first week of June 2008. Most of  you know what happened to Cedar Rapids the very next week…

When I share that story with people their first reaction tends to be, “Oh… I’m so sorry to hear that.” While I appreciate their sentiment, I’m actually thrilled we moved here when we did. I believe it was not coincidence we arrived the week before. Since that fateful week I’ve attempted to devote as much of my time and energy as I can in helping to not just rebuild our community, but make it something even better. 

For work I spent the next three years helping my parents rebuild their business (both their business and their house were directly hit by the flood). Once their business was back on its feet (and doing even better than it was pre-flood) I went back into my old industry where I still am today. As a benefits advisor my purpose is to advise employers on their benefit plans in order to attract and retain talented people to the Cedar Rapids area. I feel this completely intertwines with my desire to see Cedar Rapids continue to flourish in every way possible.

Outside of my career I’ve worked with both my church and with Block by Block to help rebuild homes.  At Campbell Steele Art Gallery I’ve “guest bartended” at Music in the Mud where I donated my tips to the rebuilding efforts. I currently serve on the board of Murals and More because I believe their efforts  to bring art into the outdoor spaces around the downtown area is a phenomenal idea and serves as a catalyst to the positive energy the downtown is really just beginning to experience. I joined Rotary because I loved the service above self attitude of those involved and I haven’t been disappointed since. 

Between the projects I’ve been a part of, hearing about all the projects others are doing, and seeing  what our Rotary club collectively can do to give back to our local and worldwide community has been inspiring. 

Needless to say, I would be THRILLED to serve on our board and continue the great work Metro North has done to serve! I sincerely hope that you will consider me for your vote.

Thank you!



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Volunteer with us on April 26

Posted by Christoph Trappe
We have volunteered to clean up the stretch of Hwy 100 between 1st Ave and East Post Rd.  Our name is on the Adopt-a-Highway sign and we take pride in how this stretch of road looks.  Put on your jeans and working boots and let’s get it done!  The more volunteers the quicker it goes!  Vests and trash bags provided – 2hrs max.
When: Saturday April 26th 9AM-11AM
Where: Meet at Slumberland parking lot
What to bring: Gloves and “clean-up” clothes.  Bags and vests provided.

Contact Ryan Koenig to sign up
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Board candidate: Jody Donaldson

Posted by Christoph Trappe

Jody Donaldson is running for one of the two open board positions. Find out more about her below:

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

It is with great enthusiasm that I submit my interest in a board position within Metro North Rotary. I have been a proud member since January 2012. While I have truly enjoyed serving as a general member and as co-chair of the Community Relations team, I am anxious to take my leadership skills to the board level. I would like to be a part of the team that continues to support a successful division of rotary, sustain the membership, and fuel the energy. 

I am such an advocate for volunteerism and philanthropy; I have made it my life career and  passion. I'm employed at Kirkwood Community College as the Scholarship & Alumni Officer. I have been in my role in the Development Office since 2005. I work attentively with donors to raise funds and steward the gifts through the scholarship program. In 2013-2014, we were able to support students with $2.6 million dollars in scholarship support. I don’t take my position lightly  as each and every day I work tirelessly to simply make a difference in the life of a student. I also have the privilege of reconnecting with our 70,000 alumni who live all over the world. 

Imagine the energy and creativity I get to expand upon in building those relationships – it’s a very gratifying position. 

I am a graduate of Kirkwood Community College and Upper Iowa University with a degree  in Business Administration and Marketing, and a certificate in Volunteer Management. I am currently working on my Masters of Science Degree in Higher Education. Along with my love for Rotary and serving others above self, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Freedom Festival, Advisory Board Member with Options of Linn County, Board Member for Economic Alliance Youth Leadership for Five Seasons, Board Member for ARC of East Central Iowa, and Advisory Council Member for CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education). I also serve on various committees within the college. I am a VERY proud mother of a Prairie High School sophomore, who keeps me busy fishing, skiing, boating and worrying. 

I aspire to take on a leadership role within Metro North Rotary and continue my aspirations to live a purposeful life.


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Board candidate: Sandi Lafferty

Posted by Christoph Trappe
Sandi Lafferty, an account manager at J.W.Morton & Associates is running for one of the two open board positions. You can find out more about her below.

To give you a little information about myself I should start by saying that the Cedar  Rapids area is home to me. I grew up in Fairfax and after high school attended Central College graduating with a Communication major and Business minor. 

Life  and opportunities took me to Texas and Illinois before returning home to work and  finish raising my family. I have three children who are now out of the house and in various stages from college to one who recently got married. 

My job background ranges from sales, to account management in advertising and marketing. With communications interests I have worked in marketing at a  shopping mall and department store, along with sales and management positions at  a radio station, shopper, newspaper, yellow pages, leasing services and as regional account manager for a national B2B magazine. My recent work as Account Manager at an advertising agency, JWMorton & Associates, seems to pull all my experiences  together and I enjoy the interaction with clients and the creative environment.

During my children’s busy middle/school and high school years, I taught religious education classes and then became Director of my church’s high school education
program, and was middle school and high school Youth Director starting up and creating a thriving youth program where there originally was none. The desire to make a difference also led me to do course work towards my masters degree in Counseling from Drake, which I have all but completed.

Helping and feeling called to service is something I have always felt was important. I am happy to have joined this vibrant rotary group and proud to say that I’ve met many wonderful people who bring a positive energy and desire to give back.

With more time in my life for additional endeavors, it would be an honor to be elected to our rotary board. I have varied experiences and would look forward to stretching my wings, learning more from those who have graciously led and striving to bring what I have to offer to this great group. Thank you. Sandi

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Baseball Season is Here: Volunteer with Boys and Girls Clubs

Posted by Christoph Trappe

The Boys and Girls Clubs are looking for volunteers to help scan tickets during the Kernels home games this year which in turn will help the Boys & Girls Clubs earn some extra money.  Games do start this week, but we will need help throughout the season.  
For this week, we are looking for 5 people at the following times:
Thursday, 5 - 8:30pm
Friday, 5 - 8:30pm
Saturday, 1 - 4:30pm
Sunday, 1 - 4:30pm
Next Monday 5 – 8:30pm
There are five slots available each day and anyone who can help would be scanning tickets at the door.

Sign up here:

(No clean-up opportunities in April.)

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Board candidate:Paige Swartzendruber

Posted by Christoph Trappe

Paige is running for one of the open seats on the board. You can learn more about here here:

I am a full time registered representative and administrative assistant to the CEO at Berthel Fisher & Co. Financial Services.  I grew up in Cedar Rapids prior to attending the University of Iowa, graduating with a marketing degree and certificate in international business in 2002.  Prior to moving back to Cedar Rapids in 2008, I lived in Des Moines for six years.  I am married with three girls ages eight and one and enjoy cheering on the Hawkeyes.  While moving back to Cedar Rapids was a little scary after the floods, being a part of the rebuilding process and seeing this city come back in the way it has makes me proud to live here.  

I believe the best way to help make our country, and world, a better place is to be active in your community and charitable organizations.  I was thrilled to get introduced to Metro North Rotary and have enjoyed getting to know such great people and being involved with the fundraising committee.  In addition to being involved in Rotary, I volunteer as a backup facilitator at Young Parents Network to teach parent groups.  I enjoyed being the day of event co-chair for the Zombie Prom last year and look forward to taking that event to another level.  I would be honored to be on the Metro North Rotary board as I enjoy leadership roles and would love the opportunity to be more involved with the group. Thank you for the consideration. 


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Exciting job changes

Posted by Christoph Trappe
Two exciting job changes:

Wade Hiner has accepted the Director of Business Development position with Knutson Construction.  He will start the new position next week, will stay in the area and plan to remain a member of Metro North Rotary. He will send the group all his new contact information next week. Wade's cell number remains the same 319-533-5713.

Also, Christoph Trappe will join MedTouch as senior client relationship manager next month. He'll work with hospitals on digital strategies. Christoph's cell number also remains the same (319-804-9853). He also plans on remaining a member and will continue to share the Tweets of God during his news segments.

If you have a career change to share with the group email
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Board elections coming up

Posted by Christoph Trappe

Elections will be in April. 

The two open board positions for next year are:
Fundraising and community service - Boys and Girls Clubs

Email your bio to Christoph Trappe at to enter the race.

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Former NFL Player Jimmie Bell Visits Cedar Rapids

Posted by Christoph Trappe

Sports World, Inc is a nationally known nonprofit located in Indianapolis, Indiana. They send former professional athletes across the US to share their personal life experiences and to encourage students to make positive choices while challenging each student with a message of Hope.





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