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Ripples from the Rapids - April 16, 2012

ROTARY CLUB OF CEDAR RAPIDS

RIPPLES FROM THE RAPIDS


MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

Editor: Larry H. Christy * Telephone: (319) 363-6301 * E-Mail: crrotary@mchsi.com * Web Site: www.rotaryclubofcedarrapids.org * District 5970 * Club 2185 * Chartered June 1, 1914

 

ripples this week  

Dan Biechler, Director, Linn County Conservation Board,  New Member Introduced,  Rotary Breakouts Set Record Attendance, Orientation Meeting May 14 and Weekly Meeting Statistics.

THE FRONT PAGE 

 

DAN BIECHLER, DIRECTOR, LINN COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD

    
In 1955, the Iowa Legislature passed a law allowing counties to establish conservation boards.  All 99 Iowa Counties now have a board.  Every county’s programs are different.  Since being established by a vote of the people of Linn County in 1958, the Linn County Conservation Board has acquired a total of 28 areas and 7,015 acres as places to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy recreation in the outdoors. 

The Linn County Conservation Board, located on County Home Road and Highway 13 in Marion, maintains District Offices at Wickiup Hill Learning Center (Toddville), Wapsipinicon Park District (Central City), South Cedar Park District (Marion) and North Cedar District (Palo).

The Vision of the Linn County Conservation Board is to improve community through people, parks, trails and open space.  The board provides general oversight and makes policy decisions to direct the Linn County conservation program.  Board members are appointed by the Linn County Board of Supervisors to staggered five-year terms.  The Board establishes policy and provides long-term planning for meeting the outdoor recreational needs of the public  

The Executive Director of the Linn County Conservation Board reports directly to the board.  He has a full-time staff of 32 to operate and maintain the system’s programs.  The board is active in meeting the growing demand for preservation of open spaces and the protection of our native resources.  The Conservation Board partners with many other government entities and non-profits in the sponsorship of many events related to the mission of the programs of the board.

Direct economic benefits of the work of the Linn County Conservation Board include increased tourism revenue, increased real estate values, attracting people and jobs to the area, contributing to business development and expanding retail sales of food, lodging  and supplies and reducing health care costs.

The county’s conservation program is supported by a property tax levy through the Board of Supervisors.  In addition, user fees, state and federal grants and private gifts and donations are used to supplement the budget.  The 7,015 acres in the 28 areas controlled by the board are used for parks, natural areas, preserves and outdoor recreational opportunities.  Major Linn County recreation areas include Pinicon Ridge Park, Morgan Creek Park, Squaw Creek Park, Wikiup Hill Learning Area and the historic Matsell Bridge Natural Area.

In addition there are 600 campsites in 24 campgrounds, 5 enclosed lodges for corporate outings, family reunions and weddings, camping cabins, open shelters, shooting ranges, boat ramps, an observation tower, an arboretum, a wildlife exhibit and over 108 miles of trails for hiking, biking or walking enthusiasts. 

Biechler reviewed four current projects of the board: (1) construction of the Mary Lundby Trail Bridge to connect the 2 sides of Pinicon Ridge Park and offer an additional way to enter Central City (2) expanding the Education Center at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center (3) paving the Cedar Valley Nature Trail to allow for more use (4) extending the Hoover Trail into Johnson County.

 

          MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

THE SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE

BRIAN GARDNER, LINN COUNTY SHERIFF

WE REQUEST YOU BE THROUGH THE FOODLINE AND SEATED NO LATER THAN 12:15 PM

 

UPCOMING RCOFCR PROGRAMS & EVENTS


April 30, 2012 - Stephanie Neff & Pramod Dwivedi, Linn County Public Health.
May 7, 2012 - Robyn Rieckhoff, New Freedom Festival Executive Director.
May 14, 2012 - Chris Kivet-Berry, Executive Director, Linn County Earl;y Childhood Iowa.
May 21, 2012 - John Wasta - Rotary RYLA Program and Students.
May 28, 2012 - NO ROTARY IN OBSERVANCE OF THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY. 
 

 

 

 

CLUB NEWS

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF NEW MEMBER!

 

NANCY CRAIG

 

CLUB NAME: NANCY

 


Vice President, Resource Development
United Way of East Central Iowa
Telephone: 319-398-5317
Fax: 319-398-5381
E-mail:
ncraig@uweci.org
Sponsor: Cathy Gullikcson


Nancy is a Wisconsin Badger, growing up in Madison and attending the University of Wisconsin and the University of Utah (better skiing), and earning her undergraduate degree in Recreation Resource Management and Recreation Therapy. She also completed a masters program in Organizational Leadership.


Nancy has put both of her degrees to work. She has held positions at Rockwell Collins in Community Relations and at the Rockwell Rec Center, where she still teaches weight classes two mornings a week.  Nancy has worked in Communications at Alliant Energy and in Resource Development at both Kirkwood Community College Foundation and the United Way of East Central Iowa.


Nancy chairs the Youth Leadership for Five Seasons Board, is VP for Programming for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is a member of the Mercy Auxiliary Board, the Linn County Trails Association Board, and is a member of the Volunteer Committee for RAGBRAI. This last position illustrates a good deal of courage and fortitude, as 


Nancy is married to her husband Paul, and they have three sons, Matthew, Alex, and Adam, each with a Rotary connection. Matthew was an Ambassadorial Scholar to Bogotá, Columbia; Alex won a Youth Exchange Award and spent a year in Brazil; and Adam, Matthew and Nancy participated in several Rotary service projects in Mexico.


Nancy loves hiking, biking, running, reading, college sports, and adventure vacations. She has rafted the Grand Canyon, hiked Machu Piccu, safaried South Africa and explored the Amazon rain forest.
 
Residence:
226 Revere Ct NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
Telephone: 319-377-0551

 

 

 

 

APRIL 9TH CLUB BREEAKOUT SETS ATTENDANCE RECORD

 

We want to offer an enormous Thank You to the 26 businesses and organizations that hosted Breakouts last Monday.  The Breakouts appear to have been a great success – 233 club members and visitors attended, an all-time club record for attendance at Breakouts.


Thank you to: BankIowa, Bankers Trust, Cedar Rapids Habitat for Humanity, Cedar Rapids Public Library, Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors, Diamond V Mills, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Horizons; A Family Service Alliance, ITC Investment, KCRG-TV (SourceMedia), Kennedy High School (Dennis Goettel), King’s Material, Inc., Kirkwood Community College, Legion Arts, Mercy Medical Center, Neighborhood Transportation Services, Ohnward Bank, REC Bob, Ruffalo CODY, Strategic Financial Solutions, Tallgrass Business Solutions,  Theatre Cedar Rapids, Trees Forever, TrueNorth, US Bank and Vernon Research. 


Once again, a sincere Thank You to all of you.  The event would not have been possible without the participation of these hosts.

 

 

MAY 2012 ORIENTATION SESSION 

 

An orientation session for new members will be held Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:50 A.M. at the Cedar Rapids Scottish Rite Temple.  The meeting will be held in the Temple Board Room or Library (to be determined).  New members who have not attended an orientation session are invited.  However, any club member is welcome to attend and will find the material interesting.  The session will immediately precede the regular club meeting.  Attendance at an orientation session is required in order to satisfy a new member’s probationary membership.  New members must attend an orientation session within fifteen months of their induction.

 

 

 

 

  ODDS & ENDS    
 

THE 4,646th MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF CEDAR RAPIDS 04/16/12

Presiding: President-Elect Lois Buntz.  Secretary/Treasurer: Larry Christy.  Sergeant-at-Arms: Nick Gearhart.   Attendance: Mike Shive.  Badges: Steve Heyer.  Greeters: Hillary Hughes and Allen Witt.  Invocation: Steven Knudson.  Guests and Visiting Rotarians: Ann Poe.   Music: Jason Wright.  April Program Chairs: Lu Barron and Linda Langston.  Speaker’s Gift: Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center. 

ATTENDANCE REPORT
TOTAL MEMBER COUNT 360 (36 HONORARY)
NUMBER USED FOR ATTENDANCE – 256 (EXCLUDES 104 HONORARY & EXEMPT MEMBERS)
MEMBERS PRESENT – 148 (5 HONORARY AND 20 EXEMPT)
GUESTS PRESENT - 6
MAKE-UPS APPLIED TO THIS MEETING – 0
PERCENTAGE FOR THIS MEETING – 48.05%
PERCENTAGE FOR APRIL 2012 (3 MEETINGS) –  60.37%
PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2011-2012 (36 MEETINGS) – 53.72%
PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2010-2011 – 57.72%
PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2009-2010 – 61.59%
PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2008-2009 – 59.63%
PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2007-2008 – 60.72%
PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2006-2007 – 65.64%
PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2005-2006 –65.04%
PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2004-2005 – 64.96%
PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2003-2004 – 67.56%

MAKE UPS LOCAL 
CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 01/06//12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 01/13//12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 01/20//12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 02/03//12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 02/10//12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 02/17//12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 02/24//12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 03/02//12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 03/09//12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 03/16//12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 03/23//12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS WEST, 03/28/12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 03/30//12: No Report Received to Date.  MARION/EAST CEDAR RAPIDS, 04/03/12: Maxwell Grant .  CEDAR RAPIDS WEST, 04/04/12: No Report Received to Date.   CEDAR RAPIDS SUNRISE, 04/05/12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS METRO NORTH, 04/05/12:No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 04/06//12: No Report Received to Date.  MARION/EAST CEDAR RAPIDS, 04/10/12: Howard Ohsman.  CEDAR RAPIDS WEST, 04/11/12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS SUNRISE, 04/12/12: No Report Received to Date. CEDAR RAPIDS METRO NORTH, 04/12/12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 04/13//12: No Report Received to Date.

MAKE UPS – OUT OF TOWN
John Wasta (Iowa City).

MAKE UPS – ECLUB ONE & WASHINGTON INTERACT
None.

ROTARIAN GUESTS
John Michaelson (Des Moines).

GUESTS OF MEMBERS
Jay Bergman (Langston) and Kelly McDonald (Leighton Smith).
 
 OTHER GUESTS
 Dennis Goemaat and Kari Lammer (Linn County Conservation)..


 
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APRIL 27-28, 2012

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ROTARY CLUB OF CEDAR RAPIDS

OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

JULY 1, 2011 TO JUNE 30, 2012

Presiden Theodore E. Townsend (369-7204)(townsete@crstlukes.com)
President-Elect Lois A. Buntz (398-5372)(lbuntz@uweci.org)
Past President Douglas D. Laird (247-5000) (dlaird@skogman.com)
Director Christopher R. L. Blake (368-6464)(cblake@mtmercy.edu)

Director Robert E. Carlson (366-6421)(carlson@cmetroymca.org)

Director Arvind J. Dandekar (294-6664)(ajdandekar@aol.com)

Director Richard L. Heft (365-0107)(rheft1@imonmail.com)

Director Elizabeth Hladky (368-8520)(
elizabeth.hladky@gazcomm.com)


Director Salma Igram (393-3600)(sigram@cedargraphicsinc.com)

Director John F. Lohman (887-2251)(johnl@corridorbiznews.com)

Director John L. Wasta (364-8148)(jwasta@tallgrassbiz.com)

Director Allen Witt (362-9548)(allen@halleng.com)

Secretary/Treasurer Larry H. Christy (363-6301) (crrotary@mchsi.com)
Sergeant-at-Arms Nicholas C. Gearhart (364-6567) (nickgearhart@hotmail.com)