Program for February 4, 2013: University of Iowa-STEM Initiatives Alec Scranton


Guests on January 28, 2013 : Diana Broderson, Shane Orr, Janet Morrow, Andy Foster, Elizabeth Sturms, and Jordan Wozney.

Rotary Update: Judi Holdorf updated us on the shoe drive. She spoke to Shoe Sensation and they gave Rotary a great deal on some big girls and women's shoes. Today is the last day to donate and she asked for everyone to chip in a little bit more. Dawn Sturms-Dodds announced that on April 6th the Family Resources New Beginnings event will take place at the Geneva Country Club. Anyone who is interested in tickets can talk to her.

Happy News: Keith Porter started happy news off with thank yous to Bob Allbee and Bill Decker for helping track down a connector for the projector so Elizabeth could proceed with her program! Dawn Sturms-Dodds was happy that her son Adam made the honor roll and that her daughter's River City All Stars team won all stars at the Dells competition! Ron Yohe was happy that his church now has an associate pastor so he will be able to change his role and work more with his internet projects - Quick Start Publications and Book Store; the Pastors Club; and Breaking out of Debt. Bill Decker was happy to have a chance to brag about Liz Sturms and the students at MHS who do so much within the community. He shared that Liz is the only student that has an essay in the State Department of Education Report recently released statewide.

Program: Bret Olson introduced Elizabeth Sturms, president of Interact, to speak about the club. Elizabeth shared that Interact is a high school club open to grades 9-12 and led by students with a teacher adviser They meet every other Thursday at 8:00 am and consider themselves a young extension of Rotary. They have all enjoyed coming to our meetings and working closely with us this year.

Interact Club officers are: Dan Ramos, student adviser; Elizabeth Sturms, president; Olivia Carraseo, Vice-President; Taylor Borde, secretary; Tyler Askren and Jordan Wozney, talent show organizers. The club has been fairly inactive for the last couple of years and this year Elizabeth made it a priority to recruit and revitalize the club and they now have 32 members. Goals this year were to do one service project per month, support international service projects, host a talent show, and increase visibility within the high school. They contributed $250 to the Rotary dictionary project and delivered the dictionaries when they came in. They have gone door to door and collected over 200 pounds of food for the local food pantry. They gave the annual donation to Xicotepec o help buy uniforms in three schools there. Goals for the balance of the school year are to participate in the United Way Day of Caring; Donate to the Rotary shoe drive; throw a party at a nursing home; and host the talent show with proceeds going toward the Xicotepec donation for next year and to MCSA. Talent show date is still to be determined but they will let Rotary know when it will be held.