Speaker Date Topic
Aaron Hafner Oct 24, 2017
Luther College Football Program

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!

Natalie Tapscott Oct 31, 2017
Rotary Sponsored Trip to Thailand

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.

Justin Gulleckson and Chad Bird Nov 07, 2017
Perspectives on Reformation Theology

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.   

Jeff Tomlinson Nov 14, 2017
Update on the Work of the Rotary Foundation

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.

Todd Pedlar Nov 21, 2017
Luther College Participation in the Belle II Large Particle Physics Experiment

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.

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