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Metro North Rotary Notes:
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Prayer & Pledge: Ash Wagel
Guests & Visitors:  Dr. Jeannie Liu, Speaker
  • Joke of the day: A man buys a parrot, only to have it constantly insult him.  He tries everything to make the parrot stop, but nothing works.  Frustrated, the man puts the parrot in the freezer.  After a few minutes the insults stop.  The man thinks he might have killed the parrot, so he opens the freezer and takes the parrot out.  The parrot is shivering.  It stammers, "S-s-sorry for being r-r-rude.  Please f-f-forgive me."  Then after a moment, the parrot softly asks, "W-w-what exactly d-d-did the turkey do?"
  • Metro HS Thanksgiving help is November 20, you should have received a sign-up genius invite to volunteer on the food committees or with eating and clean-up.  If you didn't get it please email Patti and she will send the invite.
  • Reminder that November is foundation month.  Make your donation.
  • Reminder, no meeting on Thanksgiving!
  • Reminder that the week after Thanksgiving we will not have a meeting on Thursday but instead join Downtown Rotary to hear Wooj Byun on Monday November 26th.  Please get signed up through the link sent out or go to Downtown's website and click on the link under upcoming events for Wooj's presentation to sign up.  Sign up as a guest and put our club name in the notes:
  • New member reading:  2nd reading for Laura Seyfer from Iowa Big.  1st reading for Al Buck from Solum Lang Architects.
  • Mason City Sunrise Rotary is sponsoring a basketball tournament on Saturday 12/11/2018.  Details if you put a team in the tourney:
  • Your team will…
    • 1) Play other 5th  - 8th grade teams
    • 2) Guaranteed a minimum of 2 games
    • 3) Have an entry fee of $125 or $150 after Nov 16
    • 4) Help support the youth programs for the Mason City Sunrise Rotary Club
    • 5)  register @, email questions to John at: or call 641-512-3845
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • 11/22/2018 - Thanksgiving - No Meeting
    • 11/26/2018 - Wooj Byun - International Ambassadorial Scholarship - in conjunction with Downtown.  Email on signing up coming soon.
  • Prospect Meadows: Our club will be supporting the Rotary effort by seeking donations for the $500 baseball sponsorships. You will be receiving a call from a board member about supporting Prospect Meadows

Speaker:  Dr. Jeanette Liu

Dr. Liu is a board certified Neurosurgeon with extensive experience and expertise in diagnosing and treating nervous system disorders, including brain and spinal cord as well as peripheral nerve conditions. 

She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Brown University and medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Liu completed her residency in Neurosurgery at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She served as an active duty neurosurgeon in the United States Air Force with the rank of Major and also as the former Chief of Neurosurgery at Travis Air Force Base. There was a period during 2008 to 2009 when Dr. Liu was the only American neurosurgeon on the ground at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. 

Dr. Liu is an active member of Rotary International. She enjoys long distance running, traveling, and spending time with her Maltese dog, Picasso.

Dr. Liu gave us a unique perspective on being an active duty military medical member.  Some of the more interesting highlights were her emphasis on being a member of the military as a first generation US citizen, weapons training and the young age of patients she helped.
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Notes prepared by: T.J. Meiners