Event Types

Haiti Rural Development Group -- A Progress Report

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

Cheri Lane and Bethany Volz, both residents of Decorah, will be updating our club about the recent work of the Haiti Rural Development Group, a local non-profit organization formed for community development in rural Haiti. This group has been partnering with community developers/pastors in six remote Haitian villages. They are making great progress in clean water, education, and faith-based projects, as well helping their respective communities access electricity, passable roadways, and other basic needs that are often lacking in rural Haiti. Bethany just returned from a trip to Haiti where she had the thrill of being a part of the startup of one of the water projects.

Cheri has supported community development in Haiti since 2010. She has maintained a fascinating historical account of her experiences, intertwined with other personal, inspirational reflections, on her blog. You can find it at the following link: http://cherry-shake.blogspot.com/?view=magazine.

May 01, 2018

Machaca Summer Camp Program in Belize

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

Decorah Rotary Club member and Magpie Coffeehouse owner Kathleen Ritner will be providing our club with insights into a Machaca Summer Camp experience in Punta Gorda, Belize and other information describing the region. Punta Gorda is the southermost town in Belize, and the capital of the Toledo District. Originally founded as Peini by the Garifuna it is today home to over 5,000 people from the many different ethnic groups found in the area.

The Machaca Summer Camp Program, under the auspices of Kabod International, has been hosting camp for over thirty years. The Program ministers to campers from ages 7 - 20, as well as children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. 

For more information about the organization or to make a charitable donation please see this link: Kabod International

May 08, 2018

"Peace Be the Journey" Awareness Bike Ride

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

A representative from the National Alliance of Mental Illness Iowa (NAMI), Alicia Trout, and Decorah residents Mike and Amanda Peterson will talk about the "Peace Be the Journey" awareness raising bike ride in October in Decorah. We'll learn about the local NAMI support group and other projects and services.

NAMI Iowa is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy. They advocate at the county, state and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing , education and employment for people with mental illness. They educate the public about mental illness, advocate for a comprehensive mental health system that provides effective and timely services for those struggling with mental health, and provide support to those with mental illness, their loved ones and providers.

You can learn more about NAMI Iowa using this link: National Alliance of Mental Illness Iowa

May 15, 2018

"Marieke" - A Film Biography

DRC Sponsor: Alan Lerstrom

Decorah Rotary Club members will remember Dr. Thomas C. Johnson, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Luther College, from his presentation of the story behind his film "Ironhead" last year. He joins us again to talk about his most recent work, a profile of Marieke Penterman, a woman born and raised in The Netherlands who now makes award winning Gouda cheese at her state-of-the-art facility in Thorp, Wisconsin.  The film, "Marieke," is on the schedule for showing at the 2018 Oneota Film Festival and has been chosen as an official selection by eighteen film festivals (and counting).  Dr. Johnson produced his first documentary film while studying as an undergraduate. He became more involved in film work during his junior and senior years at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. From there, he worked with various video production companies, as well as BBC-Wales and PBS. During his time at Luther College, Dr. Johnson has produced a series of noteworthy biographical films.

May 22, 2018

Mosaic: A Life of Possibilities

DRC Sponsor: Samantha Scholtes

Mosaic in Northern Iowa is a Lutheran, faith-based organization that provides a life of possibilities to people with intellectual disabilities by creating a meaningful life, in a caring community, and giving a voice to the needs and dreams of the people they support. Providing services for more than 40 years, Mosaic in Northern Iowa is committed to providing personalized services in Forest City, Wright County, Waukon, and Decorah. Jenifer Bauer, the Executive Director of Mosaic, will be offer our members additional and informative insights into the organization and its operations.

To learn more about Mosaic and opportunites for service please check out their website: Mosaic in Northern Iowa

Jun 05, 2018

Decorah Rotary Club Youth Exchange Program

DRC Sponsor: Jeni Grouws

DRC members Ward Budweg and Jeni Grouws, along with Iowa Rotary Youth Exchange Director, Elizabeth Daly of Cedar Rapids, will talk about the forward movement of our club's implementation of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. They will provide details on the opportunities available to students in our area through this program, the costs associated for our own chapter and give a timeline on our involvement. They will also answer questions, note concerns and suggest ways in which each Rotarian can support this important aspect of Rotary and its inclusion in Decorah.

For more information on the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program please visit this link: Rotary Youth Exchange

Jun 12, 2018

“Chuck Long: Destined for Greatness” -- A Biography

DRC Sponsor: Kelly Reagan

The Decorah Rotary Club is pleased and honored to host Chuck Long, former Iowa Hawkeye quarterback standout and one of the most renowned players in the history of the University of Iowa football program.

Author Aaron Putze, a fellow Rotarian from Waukee, has written the biography “Chuck Long: Destined for Greatness,” which captures the life and career of one of the greatest Hawkeyes of all time and the resurgence of the Iowa football team under the guidance of Coach Hayden Fry. Chuck will share memories of taking the field in five college bowl games, claiming a last-second win over No. 2 ranked Michigan in 1985, finishing runner-up to Bo Jackson for the Heisman Trophy, and being selected in the first-round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Chuck will offer addiitonal time for Q&A and photos. Copies of the book will be available for sale (softcover $18) and our speaker will be available to personalize/sign copies for the attendees as desired.

 

Jun 19, 2018

The Rehabilitation Campus at Wellington Place Assisted Living

DRC Sponsor: Alan Lerstrom

Scott Marnin, the Administrator at Wellington Place Assisted Living located in Freeport, will be providing our members with insights into their recently added Nursing and Rehabilitation Campus. Their Rehab to Home program provides residents with personalized access to quality physical, occupational and speech therapists. The skilled rehabilitation unit offers private suites with private bathrooms and comfortable accommodations. Regular care conferences are held with the resident and their family to evaluate rehabilitation progress and keep the family abreast of resources available for the transition home once therapies are completed.

Jun 26, 2018

NICC Workforce Development and Continuing Education Programs

DRC Sponsor: Shannon Duncan

Wendy Mihm-Herold, Ph.D., Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Vice President of Business and Community Solutions, will offer our club highlights of the customized training, workforce development and continuing education programs offerred at NICC. Mihm-Herold has more than 25 years of experience as an executive officer in public and private nonprofit sectors. She has extensive experience in fundraising, grant writing and administration, legislative advocacy and building innovative partnerships and public relations.

NICC offers more than 67 programs of study, including online programs, evening options, and career pathway certificates for those wanting specific training to support immediate entry into the workforce. Programs are offered in a variety of degrees and within multiple areas of study. For more information feel free to visit the NICC website here: Northeast Iowa Community College

Jul 10, 2018

New Hybrid Schedule at Decorah High School

DRC Sponsor: Steve Chambliss

Mark Rhodes and Jason Rausch will provide our members with insights into the new hybrid schedule that will be implemented at the start of the fall semester at Decorah High School. The hybrid schedule incorporates extended periods of time for learning as well as flex time inserted two times per week, allowing students to work directly with teachers and reduce class time missed for activities. Hybrid schedules are often credited with providing better service to students by improving post-high school outcomes, additional time to aid students in laying the groundwork for college and career plans, and more opportunities for elective courses.

Jul 17, 2018

New Archaeology Project in Caesarea, Israel

DRC Sponsor: Shannon Duncan

Professor Dan Davis, Head of the Classics Department at Luther College, teaches courses in the archaeology of ancient Rome and ancient Greece, Greek, and Latin mythology and classical history. He received his BA Degree from the University of Iowa, his Master's Degree from Texas A&M University, and his Doctoral Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. An active scholar and leader of archaeological projects, Professor Davis is the author of many peer-reviewed articles and is currently writing two books. His research interests focus on marine archaeology, ship technology, ancient harbors, classical archaeology, maritime trade and seafaring.

Professor Davis will speak to our club about his new, multi-year archaeology project located in Caesarea, Israel. The Roman port town of Caesarea was built by Herod the Great in the 1st Century B.C.

Jul 24, 2018

National History Day Contestants

Program Sponsor: Lorraine Borowski

Pat Lien, accompanied by student from St. Benedict School, will be on hand to share information with our club regarding local participation in the 2018 National History Day Contest.

National History Day is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes the teaching and learning of history in middle and high schools around the world through a variety of programs for teachers and students. The largest program is the National History Day Contest. Established in 1974, the National History Day Contest encourages more than half a million middle and high school students around the world to conduct original research on historical topics of interest. Students present projects at the local and affiliate levels. The top two projects from every category are invited to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Aug 07, 2018

Advances in Immunotherepy

DRC Sponsor: Lorraine Borowski

Inspired by the suggestion of our friend and T-Bock's hostess Penny Bockman and her recent cancer treatment experience, our club will be visited by Dr. Kurt Oettel, MD, a board certified hematologist specializing in cancer and blood disorders and medical oncology at the Gundersen Heath System's La Crosse Campus. Dr. Oettel will be describing the use of imunotherepy in the context of his extensive background in the field.

Immunotherapy is treatment that uses certain parts of a person’s immune system to fight diseases such as cancer. It describes the stimulation of one's own immune system to work harder or smarter to attack cancer cells. Its definition also extends to the application of immune system components, such as man-made immune system proteins, as treatment. In the last few decades immunotherapy has become an important part of treating some types of cancer. Newer types of immune treatments are now being studied, and they will likely impact how we treat cancer in the future.

Dr. Oettel attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and performed his residency at Fletcher Allen Health Care (now known as the University of Vermont Medical Center) in Burlington, Vermont. He also completed a Fellowship in Medical Oncology at the University of Wisconsin. He presently serves as Chairman of the Gundersen Health System's Board of Oncology.

Aug 14, 2018
Aug 21, 2018
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Northeast Iowa Community College - President's Update

DRC Sponsor: Jim Iversen

DRC member and Northeast Iowa Community College President Dr. Liang Chee Wee will provide our club with an update on the programs and plans associated with the college. Dr. Wee has served as NICC President since 2012 and prior as the Calmar Campus Provost starting in 2007. Before his arrival at NICC, he worked at Luther College for 15 years, first teaching in the Department of Economics and Business, then serving as Chair of the department.  In 2001, he accepted the position of Associate Dean for Advising and Special Programs and Registrar. Dr. Wee holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in management information systems, a Master's of business administration, and a Ph.D. in business administration, all from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Aug 28, 2018

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