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Military Neurosurgery in Afghanistan
Nov 22, 2018
No Meeting
Nov 26, 2018
Downtown Rotary Presents Lifetime Impact of a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship
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Joining Downtown Rotary on November 26 for Wooj Byun
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Metro North Rotary Notes:
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Prayer & Pledge: Jenifer Hanson
Guests & Visitors:  Bas, Exchange Student
  • Jokes of the day: A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store for Thanksgiving Day, but couldn't find one big enough for her family.  She asked the stock boy, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?" "No, ma'am.  They're dead."
  • Metro HS Thanksgiving help - 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 the week after Thanksgiving we will not have a meeting on Thursday but instead join Downtown Rotary to hear Wooj Byun.  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:
  • Tyler is looking for volunteers to help clean-up land behind Dave Wright Nissan and along the Hiawatha Trail.  This will be turned into a dog park.  Help is needed November 17 from 9:00am - noon and November 18 from 1:00 - 4:00pm. Contact Tyler to sign up.
  • New member reading:  1st reading for Laura Seyfer from Iowa Big.
  • 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:
    • 11/15/2018 - Dr. Liu - Military Neurosurgery in Afghanistan
    • 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 #1: Bas

Bas shared a powerpoint with great pictures and facts from his homeland, The Netherlands.  Bas is from an area in the Rotterdam region, where the population is about 73,000.  The overall population of Amsterdam is 17,084,719, of which approximately 20% is foreign.

Other key points:

  • Eagle is the national mascot
  • Shared a cool picture of the windmill on his farm
  • Bikes are everywhere (more bikes than people)
    • 21,474 miles of bike lanes
  • Farmers wear wooden shoes in winter so feet don't get wet
  • Tulips are a stereotype
  • Dutch are the tallest people in the world with an average height of 5'11"
  • Bas doesn't like licorice but everyone else does and 32M kilos is consumed
  • Amsterdam is built on large poles
Speaker #2:  Scott Johnson
November is Rotary Foundation month.  Our club has 14 Paul Harris Fellows and 6 Paul Harris Fellows Plus.  However we are low in the number of members giving to Foundation this year.  Our goal is 100% participation whether you give $1 or $1,000.
Our club seeks Foundation gifts to support our international programs.  Money given today and participation impacts the money we receive back in the form of these grants.
Rotary Foundation supports the following causes:
  1. Promote Peace
  2. Fighting Disease
  3. Providing Clean Water
  4. Saving Mothers and Children
  5. Supporting Education
  6. Growing Local Economies
You can complete a paper pledge and return to Scott or give online at Rotary/org/give or clicking the link on the Metro North website.
Make a difference and Donate to Foundation today!


Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Notes prepared by: Steve Dolezal