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DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Justin Gulleckson and Chad Bird will offer some observations gleaned from their participation in a local book club review of The Theology of the Reformers  by author Timothy George. The book club in which Justin, Chad, and other Decorah Rotarians participate is ecumenical and meets Thursday mornings at T-Bock's. Their interests focus on historically significant books dealing with academic and theological subject matter, such as the works of G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis. The Reformation was the 16th-century religious, political, intellectual, and cultural upheaval that challenged papal authority on the European continent and set in place the global structures and belief systems that define much of the modern world.   

Justin Gulleckson and Chad Bird
Nov 07, 2017
 
 

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

DRC member Jeff Tomlinson will update our members about recent activities and accomplishements of the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation is the non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. The Foundation transforms those contributions into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has commited over $3 billion toward life-changing, sustainable projects.

Jeff Tomlinson
Nov 14, 2017
 
 

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

Todd Pedlar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics at Luther College, will be offering our club with fascinating insight into his collaborative work with Luther College student researchers in the Belle II Large Particle Physics Experiment. The research at Luther is part of ongoing work on experiments of the Belle Collaboration, which consists of more than 600 physicists from around the world working together on large particle physics experiments based at KEK, the national high energy physics laboratory located in Japan. Dr. Pedlar's work in elementary particle physics has been supported by four consecutive three-year grants from the National Science Foundation, funding that has allowed him and his students to make substantial contributions toward refinement and extension of our understanding of the strong nuclear interaction, one of four fundamental forces that bind matter together. His work also provides a rare opportunity for undergraduate physics students to become meaningfully involved in data analysis and contribute to the important work of operating the Belle II hardware and software systems.

Todd Pedlar
Nov 21, 2017
 
 

DRC Sponsor: Matt Burkey

World traveler, raconteur, and DRC member Ward Budweg will offer his insights into the many changes he observed in eastern Europe during his bicycle adventure in that area this past summer. Previously in this region in 2014, his bike trip this past summer took place from July 19th through September 15th. It included the countries of Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Monte Negro, Croatia, Bosnia Hersgovina, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Romania with Sophia, Bulgaria as the start and finish. Joining Ward on this adventure was his equally adventure-loving spouse Jacky; Jeff Freidhof, Russ Drenth, and Darrel Branhagen of Decorah; Joanne Snow and Mark Hughes of Madison, Wisconsin; and Frank Polari of Thunder Bay, Canada. Join us for a fascinating recap of Ward's amazing trip.

Ward Budweg
Nov 28, 2017
 
 

DRC Sponsor: Kurt DeVore

As compared to other forms of talk, humor has some unique qualities. It requires a response, its consequences can be denied; it can mean less than and more than what is being said. Humor can establish people's identities; it can define, confirm and solidify the meaning of past, present and future situations by presenting accounts or justifications for actions. It can provide a means of social control, create alternative definitions or reality, and reinterpret past events. DRC member and retired Luther College communications professor Alan Lerstrom will entertain us with examples designed to describe humor as a non-literal form of communication and its use to create amusement, and how it plays a special role in our everyday interactions.

Alan Lerstrom
Dec 05, 2017
 
 
Spouses/significant others are welcome. Advance sign-ups required.
Dec 12, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 

DRC Sponsor: Roger Huinker

Decorah resident Brian Sullivan, his spouse Jennifer, and their four children moved to the area in 2013 from the Twin Cities. Brian grew up in Cedar Rapids, received his BA in Computer Science from Mount Mercy College, followed by his MBA from the University of Saint Thomas located in St. Paul. He is presently employed as an Oracle Developer for the General Mills Corporation, Golden Valley, MN, and works remotely from his home in Decorah. Brian plans to share his unique remote work experience with our members. According to a Gallup survey released this past February, 43% of employed U.S. residents spent at least some of their time working remotely in 2016, an increase of 4% over the previous year. A recent Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs report notes 3.9 million workers, or almost 3% of the total U.S. workforce, worked from home at least half time in 2015.

Brian's wife Jennifer is owner and operator of the Beyond the Bar Bakery, located on West Water Street in Decorah.

 

Brian Sullivan
Dec 19, 2017
 
 

DRC Sponsor: Roger Huinker

Kelly Brickley is a Certified Public Accountant in the Decorah offices of Hacker, Nelson & Co., P.C. located on Water Street, having joined the organization in 1993. He is a graduate of the Universitiy of Northern Iowa and has extensive experience in individual, trust, partnership and corporate tax preparation and planning. Kelly is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants (ISCPA). He also serves as Treasurer of the Decorah Community School District Foundation. He will be on hand to speak to our club on Federal tax laws and help our members navigate and make sense of the many recent and unfolding changes.

Kelly is married to Katrina Allen-Brickley, Marketing Manager at Decorah Bank & Trust since 1999. They have 2 children.

Kelly Brickley
Dec 26, 2017
 
 

DRC Sponsor: Shannon Duncan

Landon Folkedahl, a 7th grade student in Decorah, will be speaking to our members about his trip to El Salvador in July 2017. Landon participated as part of a First United Methodist Church of Decorah delgation under the auspices of the Sister Parish organization. Sister Parish exists to foster mutual understanding and commitment to peace and justice among people in the United States and Central America. This objective is pursued through intentional linking between churches and Christian communities in the United States and in Central America. Delegations travel in both directions with home stays as an essential part of enhancing awareness and understanding and nurturing closer relationships. Landon was a recipient of Decorah Rotary Club sponsorship funding that helped make his trip possible.

Landon Folkedahl
Jan 02, 2018
 
 

DRC Sponsor: Larry Grimstad

Dr. Kevin Locke is a member of the Defense Medical Assistance Team for this region and has deployed frequently to support major events and disasters. Most recently he was assisting in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. He will be providing our members with interesting insights into his recent activities and experiences.

Dr. Locke is a graduate of the University of Iowa and completed his residency at Broadlawns Family Practice Residency in Des Moines. He presently serves as a physician in the Mayo Health System specializing in family medicine at the Winneshiek Medical Center Clinic.

Dr. Kevin Locke
Jan 09, 2018
 
 
Free will donation (suggested donation - $6)
 
Chili, hot dogs, cinnamon rolls, milk
 
Proceeds go toward Decorah Rotary Scholarship Awards
Jan 12, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 

DRC Sponsor: Shannon Duncan

Erin Golly is employed by Lynch Livestock, Inc., headquartered in Waucoma, Iowa. She will be sharing unique insights into the Lynch Livestock operations and business practices. As a family-owned agricultural business, owner Gary Lynch and his family offer over 90 years of experience in the pork industry. With the constant evolution of modern agricultural, Lynch Livestock seeks to provide exceptional customer service, the latest technologies, and highly resourceful market information to its customers. The company places value in the humane handling and care of all livestock, environmentally sound practices in its day-to-day operations, and substantial philanthropy through the Lynch Family Foundation. Lynch Livestock and its subsidiary companies employ over 600 people and include Lynch BBQ, Premium Iowa Pork, GJL Farms, PCI Advisory Services, American Farmers Insurance, Spillville Mill, Waucoma Tire Company, Wagoner Brothers Repair, Livestock Express and numerous pork marketing locations across the Midwest.

Erin Golly
Jan 16, 2018
 
 

DRC Sponsor: Cindy Schissel

Iowa State University Professor Emeritus and DRC member Jim Iversen will be speaking to our club on his experiences as a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. During his professional career Jim spent time working for both public and private enterprises. He was an Assistant Drawing Instructor (1952-1953) at Dana College, a Highway Inspector (1953) for the Iowa State Highway Commission, and an Engineering Assistant (1954, 1955) for both the Allison Transmission Corporation in Indianapolis and for Convair in Fort Worth, Texas. He worked as an Aerodynamicist for the Sandia Corp (1956) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Douglas Aircraft Company (1958) before being hired by ISU as Assistant Professor (1959-1960) of Aerospace Engineering. At ISU he was promoted to Associate Professor (1960-1969), Professor (1969-1996), and also served as Chair (1987-1990) of the department. In the midst of his teaching duties he was also briefly employed as an Aerodynamicist at the NASA Ames Research Center (1973, 1974) and also for the Boeing Company (1978). He retired from teaching and was named Professor Emeritus in 1996.

Jim's main research areas include wind tunnels, Aeolian processes, aerodynamics, and geophysical fluid dynamics. Many of his published writings deal with Aeolian processes, or wind generated geologic processes, such as the drifting of snow and sand, sand storms, and wind-generated erosion. Of particular interest were his studies of the Aeolian processes taking place on the surface of the planet Mars. He is coauthor, with Ronald Greeley, of the book Wind as a Geological Process (on Earth, Mars, Venus and Titan) (call no. QE597 .G7 1985).

James Iversen
Jan 23, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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