Recap from the Oct. 2, 2023 Meeting.
Meeting Run by: President- Megan Francis
Thought of the Day: Marc Hines
Welcome to our members participating in our meeting through Zoom: Dawn Sturms Dodds, Barth Donald, Jim Stein, and Melanie Alexander.
Welcome Guests: Sue Johannson, Krista Regennitter, and Gretchen Nollman
New Member: Final Reading for potential membership for Monica Koekhle from ServiceMaster. First Reading for Emily Shore from Geneva.
Volunteer Recap: Almost Friday Fest was a success. After a busy first hour with $200 in sales, the event's second half was slower. It was a beautiful evening and a nice exposure for Rotary.
Please use the Amazon wish list for Sleep in Heavenly Peace to donate supplies to further the mission to provide a bed for every child in Muscatine.
Invoices will go out today, and this quarter includes the Paul Harris donation.
Happy News/Announcements:  All Happy News funds go towards our scholarship awards.
Megan Francis- Crossroads will host a professional light display in Weed Park for a nightly drive-through from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. Looking for sponsorships. 
Holly Peterson- Closed her BNB at 506 W. 2nd Street during Covid but has since reopened.
Club News:  
DEI Action Team-
Claudia is the Founder, President, and CEO of Schabel Solutions, a full-service strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consulting firm helping organizations normalize inclusive behaviors, operationalize equity, and build the skills, confidence, and plans needed to achieve and sustain successful workforces, workplaces and marketplace/community outcomes.
Born and raised in Brazil, Claudia lived and worked in Japan for five years prior to moving to the United States and earning a BA in International Relations from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Claudia has been on a 20-plus-year mission to raise awareness and consciousness about social justice. Her approach as a sought-after DEI consultant combines over 20 years of DEI and human resources practitioner experience, largely with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, with her international, multicultural background. Her expertise and background position the firm to offer impactful consulting, training, and coaching services in the areas of DEI and cultural competency.
Claudia was a commissioner on the City of Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission and now serves on the Iowa Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) State Council as the Director of Diversity. She also serves on the Business Record’s Racial Equity Advisory Board as well as the boards of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Science Center of Iowa, and Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
Her many years of leadership within the community led to honors and recognition such as Business Record – Iowa State University Ivy College of Business Woman Business Owner of the Year Award (2023), CITYVIEW Business Journal’s 22 from 2022 Award, Business Record ‘Forty Under 40’ Honoree (2008), State of Iowa’s Robert D. Ray Iowa Latino Ambassador Award (2010), and the Iowa International Center Passport to Prosperity Award (2014).
Claudia has made Des Moines her home with her spouse and Chief Operating Officer, Brad Schabel, and their always playful English Golden Retriever, Stormy.
Carolyn Levine is on the DEI Action Team on behalf of our club. 
The DEI action team's focus is to lay a strong foundation for DEI in our district. They offer guidance to all clubs on developing a vision and framework.
The action team will help connect to keynote speakers/webinars and connect to RI’s DEI tools.
Claudia provided an overview of the Rotary commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
Rotary International adopted a DEI code of conduct. DEI does not need to be complicated. Start with using respectful language, being supportive, fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment, and celebrating diversity.
Upcoming Meetings- October 9th- State of the Housing Market; October 16th- Beyond Behavior- Autism, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Therapy Services; October 23rd- Offsite MCC facility tour
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