This Week’s Meeting (Dec 4, 2018)
- On Tuesday, December 4, we will meet at 6:00 p.m. at the community center. Jim Peterson (Iowa City A.M. Club) and Jennifer Blair will make a presentation about a water project in Tanzania. Jennifer will talk about her experiences as a Rotary Ambassador.
- Food: if anyone would like to have a meal from Jeff’s Market, please place your order with Anna Hanson by 5:00 p.m. on Monday evening. 641-799-1303 or email@example.com.
Last Meeting (Nov 27, 2018)
- During the business part of our meeting, we discussed Cocoa & Carols, Meals on Wheels, the Christmas Box project, Literacy Night at the ELC, t-shirt/polos, and Tom Barr’s email about donations to prevent human trafficking. Marian told about a man who recently came to FCU wearing his daughter’s coat that he had borrowed because he didn’t have one; he was thrilled to receive one of our Operation Warm coats.
- The program last week was a presentation by Dana Nelson about the fundraising project for repair and improvement of facilities at the community center.
- Literacy Night at the Early Learning Center (ELC) will take place on December 10. Our club will provide a light meal for the event. We plan to serve brats, chips and fruit from 5:30 – 5:50. Marian will bring the food; we need a couple more volunteers to help serve.
Christmas Box Project
- Items needed: beef or chicken broth, fruit cocktail, canned chili beans, chunky soups, flour, sugar, soup crackers, pinto beans, rice, canned tuna, canned salmon, bathroom tissue, toothpaste, cereal (including oatmeal), jello, pudding, cake/cookie/cornbread mixes.
- Wednesday, December 12: assemble boxes (6:00 p.m.) at First Church United (FCU)
- Friday, December 14: carry boxes to cars (5:30-8:00). Bring a two-wheel cart if you have one.
- Saturday, December 15: finish distribution of boxes
If you have any questions, contact Marian Hart: 563-299-4678 (cell), 319-627-3375 (work), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Here is the most recent message from Evren Sasmazer:
Date: Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 3:18 AM
Subject: November Report for Evren Sasmazer
Hey, it’s been a minute. So November is almost over, as weird as that sounds reading it in my head. It’s getting pretty cold out here, colder than I expected given how hot the end of summer was. Nothing we don’t get in Iowa though. All the bundling up certainly reminds me of home. Sometimes you can smell that same brisk air. It’s strangely comforting. The Matsuzakis are still as “genki” as ever, even with the dropping temperatures. Things are starting to slow down as the holidays are setting in, but everyone is still working hard. Most schools from what I understand just finished up their 2nd trimesters, so everyone’s been studying, just waiting for the Winter Break. Things are really starting to feel like home. Sometimes I completely forget that I’m in a foreign country and I don’t look like anyone else. My Japanese is getting a little better, but it’s taking time. At this point, I’ve pretty much mastered two of the three Japanese writing scripts, and can read and write somewhat decently. My knowledge of Spanish has been on the backburner for so long though that I’m having trouble gauging how much I still know. Like, I was in class once and was trying to put together a sentence in Spanish and my brain just would not make it happen. I might have to stop telling people here I speak Spanish. It’s supposed to start snowing here pretty soon, and based on the stories I’ve heard about last year, it doesn’t sound that far off from Iowa winter. On Japanese streets they have these water pipes that run underneath the middle of the road, with sprinklers that come up to wash away the snow and ice. The city has been testing those recently so I get the feeling like we’re about to get hit any day now. Everyone’s wearing scarves and eating soup curry to stay warm, there’s a great coziness to it all. November has been a pretty great transitional month and I’m pretty excited to experience Japanese winter, however bothersome it may turn out to be. There’s a good chance I might play a solo acoustic show at a Christmas party and I’ll be changing host families right before Christmas, so December will be pretty busy. Things are looking up.
Photo: Not really sure how this best describes the report. Just me at a shop. (sorry)
Polio Eradication Update
- Click on the following link for the most recent Polio Eradication Update from Terry Ziegler:
|Programs & Events|
|Nov 17||8:30 a.m. Kimberly Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with WL Parks and Recreation Department.|
|Nov 20||No meeting due to Thanksgiving holiday|
|Nov 27||Noon meeting. Dana Nelson and Jodi Kelly will present about the new and exciting things happening at the WL Community Center. Steve H. will lead meeting.|
|December||Meals on Wheels delivery throughout the month of December (Mon, Wed & Fri)|
|Dec 4||Jennifer Blair (past Rotary Ambassador) and Jim Peterson present about Tanzania water project.|
|Dec 9||2:00 p.m. Cocoa & Carols at WLHS. Each Rotarian provides 2-dozen cookies or contributes $10 for cookies and punch. Pay Jodi Kelly. If you have questions, contact Marian Mart.|
|Dec 11||Brief club meeting followed by Board meeting.|
|Dec 12||6:00 p.m. Pack food into Christmas boxes at First Church United (FCU).|
|Dec 14||5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Assist with carrying Christmas boxes to vehicles at FCU. Bring 2-wheel carts.|
|Dec 15||8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Assist with carrying Christmas boxes to vehicles at FCU. Bring 2-wheel carts.|
|Dec 18||No meeting. Your Own Service On Your Own Time|
|Dec 25||HOLIDAY. No Meeting|
|Jan 1||HOLIDAY. No Meeting|
|Jan 8||Brief club meeting; Board meeting follows|
|Jan 15||Program: Interact or Your Own Service On Your Own Time?|
|Jan 22||SOCIAL at Jodi Kelly’s house; co-hosted by Gretchen and Jodi.|
|Jan 29||Noon meeting. Jeni Laughlin, Principal at WL Elementary School, will present about literacy projects. Anna Hanson leading meeting.|