Speaker Date Topic
Terry Buenzow Feb 18, 2020
Winneshiek County Recycling

DRC Sponsor: Don Arendt

Terry Buenzow, Winneshiek County Recycling Department Manager, will provide our Cliub with information and updates on the Winneshiek County recycling program. For nearly two decades, Buenzow has been watching the recycled materials market to analyze trends in the recycling world and how to most effectively and efficiently put recycled items back into use. Since the Winneshiek County Recycling Center became a public facility on April 1, 2009, local and regional interest in the center has increased every year. The Recycling Center processes nearly 6 million pounds of materials per year and has capacity for handling more. The largest expense aside from payroll is the hauling cost for the bins at aroud $75K per year. Revenue not used to offset the expense of recycling is returned to the Winneshiek County General Fund for property tax relief.

For more information visit their website at Winneshiek County Recycling.

Sean Snyder Feb 25, 2020
Winneshiek Dispatch Center Updates

DRC Sponsor: Lorraine Borowski

Sean Snyder, Winneshiek County Emergency Management Coordinator, will offer our members with information on the newly organized Winneshiek County Dispatch Services, a partnership between the Decorah Police Department, the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office, and Winneshiek County Emergency Management.

On January 1, 2020 an intergovernmental 28E agreement started for the management of the Dispatch Services Center under the cognizance of Snyder, Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx, and Decorah Police Chief Dave Smutzler. These individuals are responsible for daily operations and personnel management decisions for the period from January 1st through July 1st, a self-proclaimed "trial run" to be used for refining processes and procedures. This shared management receives direction from the Winneshiek County Emergency Management Commission, which is comprised of all the mayors in the county, Winneshiek County Supervisor Mark Kuhn, and Sheriff Marx. The plan is for the Dispatch Services Center to be officially acquired by the Winneshiek County Emergency Management Commission on July 1st to match the start of the new fiscal year.

Heather Groth Mar 03, 2020
Struggles and Strengths LLC

DRC Sponsor: Kim Bonnet

Heather Groth is a local author, speaker, and founder of Struggles and Strengths LLC. Struggles and Strengths is a three-book memoir series on her personal struggles in life and how she has been strengthened through her faith. Examples of her struggles range from adopting three school age children sibling group to a codependent relationship and to mental health. Ms. Groth is seeking to build Struggles and Strengths into a community where people can connect to share their struggles and build each other up into their strengths. She plans to speak to our Club on her book series and the goals and objectives of Struggles and Strengths.

For more information please visit their website here: Struggles and Strengths

Jessica Lennon Mar 10, 2020
The Lennon Honey Farm

DRC Sponsor: Kim Bonnet

Jessica Lennon of the Lennon Honey Farm in Spillville will visit our Club and share her passion and insights into the beekeeping business. She and her spouse Travis began their beekeeping adventure in 2014, when they embarked on a campaign of research and mentorship under a local beekeeper followed by establishment of their own apiary. The honey is harvested once a year in the late summer and the wax is used to make their own custom line of all-natural lip balms and lotion bars. The Lennons have a passion for their bees and their important contributions to the local ecosystem.

More information is available on their Facebook Page: Lennon Honey Farm


Edith Parker Apr 14, 2020
Public Health in Iowa

DRC Sponsor: Jim Morrow

Dr. Edith Parker is a Professor of Community and Behavioral Health and Dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Her expertise includes community engagement, health promotion, and policy formation. She will update our members on current public health issues facing Iowa communities and highlight efforts by the University of Iowa College of Public Health to improve health in our state and around the world through its academic, research, and outreach programs.

A nationally recognized expert on Community-Based Participatory Research, Dr. Parker's work centers on engaging community members in the design, implementation, and evaluation of research interventions, and translating and disseminating research findings for program and policy change. She has consulted on community-academic partnerships in Alabama, California, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Canada, and has published extensively on the use and evaluation of such partnerships.

Dr. Parker holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, as well as Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She served on the faculty of the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan before joining the University of Iowa in 2010.

For more information on the U of I College of Public Health see their website at https://www.public-health.uiowa.edu


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