Event Types

DRC Sponsor: Phil Iversen

DRC members Jim and Phil Iversen will describe some of the scientific data related to climate change by focusing on carbon dioxide and temperature measurements, collected from the Greenland and Antarctica ice core samples, as well as from monitoring stations established in recent decades. While they acknowledge that there are political issues concerning climate change, their goal is to share these particular data and the science behind them with our club.

Jim and Phil Iversen
Sep 05, 2017

DRC Sponsor: Kim Bonnet

Justin Albers assumed duties as the Decorah Middle School Principal on July 1, 2017. He is a 2001 graduate of Decorah High School and has spent the last 11 years in education in the Sheldon Community School District; seven as a middle school social studies teacher, two as the 7-12 Activities Director, and two more with added responsibilities as the High School Assistant Principal. Mr. Albers is the son of Mark and Cindy Albers of Decorah. He will share his background and his ideas for the upcoming school year with our members. 

Justin Albers
Sep 12, 2017

DRC Sponsor: Ashley Klocke

District 5970 Governor Ralph Smith will visit the Decorah Rotary Club as part of his scheduled visits of all of the District clubs and share his vision and ideas for our Rotary district. Governor Smith is a native of Charles City and holds degrees from Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota and from the University of Iowa Law School. He and his spouse Ruth have two children, Karl and Rachel. His primary focus for the current Rotary year is on maximizing “participation” in the Rotary experience at the club level.

Ralph Smith
Sep 19, 2017

DRC Sponsor: Kim Bonnet

In January 2002, then Professor and now DRC member Alan Lerstrom led his first of many Luther College J-Term study abroad classes to the Canary Islands, with his course emphasizing intercultural, nonverbal behavior. Along with the rest of the class, Alan was joined by his wife Edie and current DRC member Kim Bonnet. While in the Canary Islands they encountered Silbo Gomero, which is a whistling language in which Spanish speech is transposed to whistling. Silbo Gomero was later declared a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Humanity" by UNESCO in 2009. Alan and Kim will share the details of their experience with the club in the context of traveling abroad shortly after 9/11.

Alan Lerstrom and Kim Bonnet
Sep 26, 2017

DRC Sponsor: Walt Langland

John Logsdon, Chair of the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors, will be on hand to discuss current items and issues of interest to Winneshiek County. DRC member Walt Langland will introduce the speaker and provide some historical perspective based on his experience as a supervisor. Other members of the Board of Supervisors will attend as available. The Board of Supervisors is the policy-making body of the county. It's duties include planning construction and maintenance of the secondary road system; levying taxes to raise the revenues for county purposes; appointing members to various county boards and commissions; and receiving the reports of county officials.

John Logsdon
Oct 03, 2017

DRC Sponsor: Kurt DeVore

The City of Decorah Tree Board encourages community residents to plant trees so that future generations may enjoy the benefits of reduced pollution, increased habitat for wildlife, and the conservation of energy from the natural air conditioning and wind protection that a diverse tree cover provides. Decorah City Forester Robin Sailor will speak to the club on local tree planting initiatives, likely including those shaped by local factors such as enhancement of the Trout Run Trail and the emerald ash borer infestation.

Robin Sailor
Oct 10, 2017
See the sign-up sheet at our Tuesday meetings if you wish to indicate a preference for a particular segment of the road or would like to get a early start. Otherwise, rendezvous at the Putnam Law Office along IA-9 at 8:00 am.
Oct 14, 2017
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

DRC Sponsor: Rachel Buresh

From October 8th through October 12th, the Decorah Culver's Restaurant will be closed in order to accommodate the local implementation of a corporate "re-imaging" campaign. Included in that implementation is a considerable remodeling of the restaurant interior. Decorah Culver's owner and operator Lisa Roberson will be on hand a mere four days after the restaurant reopens. She will be sharing the objectives behind the chain's re-imaging campaign and the results of the completed remodeling effort here in Decorah.

Lisa Roberson
Oct 17, 2017

DRC Sponsor: Rachel Buresh

Fifth year Luther College Head Football Coach Aaron Hafner will bring our members up-to-date with all of the happening surrounding the Luther College football program. Coach Hafner took over the Norse program after serving as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for seven years at William Penn University, where he won Midwest League championships in 2010 and 2012 and qualified for the NAIA National tournament in 2012. He was one of three coaches who shared Midwest League Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2008 and was named the sole recipient of this honor in 2010. Prior to William Penn, he enjoyed several years of success as a high school football coach in Missouri, claiming a Class 4A State Championship in 2000. He and his wife Katy have two daughters, Allie and Andie. Come prepared to ask all your questions about the new blue field!

Aaron Hafner
Oct 24, 2017

DRC Sponsor: Jim Morrow

Natalie Tapscott is a Decorah High School student who contacted the Decorah Rotary Club over a year ago seeking sponsorship of an experience trip to the Country of Thailand. She was able to complete her travel to the far east this past summer. In appreciation of the support provided by our club she is eager to share the details of her Thailand adventure with our members. Please come and see this great example of Rotary enriching the lives of our local youth.

Natalie Tapscott
Oct 31, 2017
Please join us at Rubaiyat for their Annual Beer and Wine tasting fundraiser. This year they have generously selected the Decorah Rotary Club to receive the proceeds from this awesome event.

A small admission price gets you samples of wine and beer, appetizers, and the ability to bid and win a large selection of amazing live and silent auction packages.

Please come support this fun and worthwhile event!
Nov 06, 2017
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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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