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Ripples from the Rapids - April 23, 2012

ROTARY CLUB OF CEDAR RAPIDS

RIPPLES FROM THE RAPIDS


MONDAY, APRIL 23, 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  

Brian Gardner, Linn County Sheriff  New Members Introduced, OPT OUT CAMPAIGN RESULTS, Orientation Meeting May 14 and Weekly Meeting Statistics.

THE FRONT PAGE 

 

BRIAN GARDNER, LINN COUNTY SHERIFF

    
Linn County is the second largest Sheriff’s Office in Iowa.  It has 172 full-time employees (116 sworn) and an annual budget of $13.9 million.  It is operated very much like a police department, but also operates the county jail, prisoner transportation functions and performs civil duties.  The Sheriff’s Office includes seven areas of public service; Patrol, Criminal, Communications, General Services, Budget & Finance, Civil and Correctional Center

Patrol is the most visible of the divisions.  It provides uniformed law enforcement protection for the unincorporated areas of Linn County.  It also provides contractual law enforcement services for 11 Linn County towns.  It patrols the major thoroughfares in Linn County and over 1,200 miles of secondary roadway.  Last year the Patrol logged 750 thousand miles and responded to 33.5 thousand calls.  It investigated 750 crashes and made 900 arrests.  It issued 4 thousand citations and the same number of warnings.  The Patrol includes specialty units for accident investigation, bomb squad, school resource officer, SWAT, K-9 (both narcotics and explosives detection) and Rescue 57 (paramedic rescue service). 

The Criminal Division conducts crime scene processing activities, follow-up investigations on initial crime reports and initiates narcotics and vice investigations.  The Division works around 1,000 cases a year including burglaries, robberies, thefts, frauds, assaults, harassments, larceny of stolen vehicles and sexual abuse.  It is responsible for the Sex Offender Registry and processing and issuance of handgun purchases and carry permits.  There are currently 294 sex offenders registered in Linn County.

The Communications Division has responsibility for communications operations for the Sheriff’s Office as well as 4 police departments, 4 ambulance services and 20 fire departments serving Linn County.  The Center makes over 190 thousand inquiries into the Iowa and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and receives over 58 thousand calls for service.

The General Services Division is responsible for employee training and other support services including equipment purchasing, building maintenance and the vehicle maintenance garage.  The Division also oversees the “Special Deputy” program of 30 reserve officers who volunteer their time to the department for $1 per year.

The Budget and Finance Division is responsible for the financial activities of the Sheriff’s Office.  Estimated revenues for 2012 are $5.8 million, which include $2.5 million for the holding of Federal inmates.  Approximately $325 thousand is collected for room and board fees of non-Federal inmates.  Approximately $880 thousand is collected for civil services, $650 thousand for past due fines, $260 thousand for contractual law enforcement services and $175 thousand for issuing of handgun  purchase/carry permits.  Expenses above the $5.8 million in fees are financed through property taxes.

The Civil Division is responsible for serving various legal notices including original notices, subpoenas, garnishments, writs and court orders.

The Linn County Correctional Center is a 401-bed facility and is the only jail in Linn County.  The Center houses inmates awaiting trial and serving time for state, county and municipal offenses.  It also houses overflow inmates for other jurisdictions and federal prisoners awaiting trail.  All inmates pay Linn County on a per day basis.  The average daily inmate population is 355.  Flood mitigation at the Center has included moving all critical infrastructure components out of the flood path to at least the second floor.


 

          MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

THE SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE

PRAMOD DWIVEDI & STEPHANIE NEFF

LINN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

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 MEMBERS

 

JULIE KNAKE TOW

 

CLUB NAME: JULIE

 


President
Comfort Care Medicare
4027 Glass Road NE

Telephone: 294-3527
Fax: 294-3531
E-mail:
jtow@comfortcareia.com
Sponsor: Ian Cullis

 

Julie was born and raised in Cedar Rapids.  She attended Washington High School and the University of Iowa and received her AND degree from Kirkwood Community College.  She worked for 13 years at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the NICU before founding Comfort Care.


Julie is the owner and administrator of Comfort Care Medicare, INC., A Medicare certified agency and Comfort Care, Inc., a private company.  She started the business in 1996 with 2 employees.  She now employees over 225 employees, ranging from nurses, therapists, home health care aides and support staff.  Comfort Care is one of the largest women employed companies and in the Top 12 of women led companies in the Corridor.


Julie is a board member of the Iowa Alliance in Home Care.  She is an active member of St. Elizabeth Anne Seaton Church.  She spends lots of time in Des Moines advocating to the legislators the importance of cost saving in Medicare/Medicaid dollars when using home care instead of institutions.


Julie and her husband of 20 years, Len Tow, have three children (college graduate, college freshman and high school junior), 5 horses, 3 dogs and multiplying barn cats.


Residence:
3588 Alice Road
Toddville, Iowa 52341
Telephone: 721-7578

 


 
MARY KLINGER

 

CLUB NAME: MARY

Director, Major Gifts/Planned Giving
St. Luke’s Health Care Foundation
855 A Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

Telephone: 369-7771
Fax:
E-mail:
klinger@crstlukes.com
Sponsor: Ted Townsend


Mary was raised and graduated from high school in Independence.  She is a graduate of the Major Gifts and Planned Gifts Institute and Leadership for Five Seasons.  She is currently enrolled in the Mount Mercy University Advance Program achieving her undergraduate work in Marketing and Communications.


Mary is a well-known and seasoned fund raiser with over 20 years of development experience in our community.  She is currently the Director of Major Gifts/Planned Giving for St. Luke’s Health Care Foundation.  Prior to St. Luke’s, Mary was Vice President of Resource Development for 23 years with the United Way of East Central Iowa.


Her current board memberships include Executive Leadership for Five Seasons, Kirkwood Community College Alumni Leadership Council, Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation Board Secretary, HACAP Advisory Council and Vice Chair, Optimists.  She volunteers for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Lunch Buddy Program.  She was formerly a member of Daybreak Rotary.


Mary has three daughters, ages 19, 17 and 13.  In her free time she enjoys raising and participating in their school and sporting activities.
 
Residence:
3919 Riverside Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52211    
Telephone: 319-929-2192

 


 

 

 CLUB MEMBERS “OPT-IN” TO FOUNDATION CAMPAIGN

 

Although it appeared at times that more members were “opting-out” of contributing this year than last to the club’s Annual Foundation Campaign; the final result is about the same.

The annual campaign is financed through contributions of $100 to the Rotary Foundation’s “Every Rotarian/Every Year” objective.  The club billing reflects a $100 contribution from each member, but the member has the option of deducting the charge from their January billing if they do not wish to contribute to the work of The Foundation. $20,036.30 was raised in 2010-2011 and so far $19,052.50 has been raised in 2011-2012 with the potential of an additional $1,000 still pending. 


Total overall contributions (including the “Opt-Out campaign) to the Rotary Foundation for 2011-2012 amount to $30,387.50 compared to total contributions of $30,233.80 for 2010-2011.


Overall Per Capita contributions to the Annual Program Fund of the Rotary Foundation amount to $93.50 (not final) for 2011-2012 compared to $92.40 for 2010-2011.


Our current club membership consists of 111 Paul Harris Fellows (contributions of at least $1,000 to the Foundation) and 214 Sustainers (members with at least $100 in PHF credit at the Foundation).  No current club member has given less than $100 to the Foundation.  All-time giving from the members of The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids to The Rotary Foundation amounts to $600,038.89.


The generosity of our membership shows they realize that annual giving is the cornerstone of the Rotary Foundation's funding effort.  The Foundation seeks to establish regular patterns of giving, in addition to major outright and/or deferred gifts.  Our Foundation Campaign results are  a wonderful indication our members understand what ROTARY is really all about!

 


 

 

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 4,647th MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF CEDAR RAPIDS 04/23/12

Presiding: President Ted Townsend.  Secretary/Treasurer: Larry Christy.  Sergeant-at-Arms: Nick Gearhart.   Attendance: Dennis Wangeman .  Badges: Kelly Baier.  Greeters: Bob Carlson and Dick Heft.  Invocation: Michael Sjogren.  Guests and Visiting Rotarians: Ann Poe.   Music: Brad Fritz.  April Program Chairs: Lu Barron and Linda Langston.  Speaker’s Gift: Linn County Jail Chaplaincy Program. 

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 – 52.16%
PERCENTAGE FOR APRIL 2012 (4 MEETINGS) –  58.71%
PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2011-2012 (37 MEETINGS) – 53.73%
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 ROTAR.Y 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.  CEDAR RAPIDS WEST, 04/04/12: None.   CEDAR RAPIDS SUNRISE, 04/05/12: None.  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: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS WEST, 04/11/12: None.  CEDAR RAPIDS SUNRISE, 04/12/12: None. CEDAR RAPIDS METRO NORTH, 04/12/12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 04/13//12: No Report Received to Date.  MARION/EAST CEDAR RAPIDS, 04/17/12: No Downtown Make-ups for the First Time in 11 years.  CEDAR RAPIDS WEST, 04/18/12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS SUNRISE, 04/19/12: Julie Coppock and Casey Prince. CEDAR RAPIDS METRO NORTH, 04/19/12: No Report Received to Date.  CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 04/20//12: No Report Received to Date.

MAKE UPS – OUT OF TOWN
Dale Moore (Downers Grove, Illinois – 2) and Travis Christopher (Iowa City)

MAKE UPS – ECLUB ONE & WASHINGTON INTERACT
None.

ROTARIAN GUESTS
Kim Kudej and Penny Olson (West).

GUESTS OF MEMBERS
Barb Randall (Gary Peterson), Lindsey Burton and Tamie Clark (Tow), Promod Dwnedi and Stephanie Neff (Langston), and Sharon Goucher and Theresa Ann Taylor. (Dan Rogers),    
 


 
THE BACK PAGE
  

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)