Father Tom Early Inducted into Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on 12/12/18
Father Tom Early was inducted into the Iowa Great Lakes chapter of Rotary on December 12, 2018.  He was sponsored by Peggy Gustafson and Jack Holtzhauer
Father Tom is the reverend at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, where he became pastor in July of 2017.  Father Tom grew up in Harlan and graduated from Harlan High School.  Tom attended the University of Northern Iowa where he received a B.A. in Religious Studies.  Following graduation, he remained in Cedar Falls and worked for AmeriCorps for 2 years.  Following his service in AmeriCorps, Tom went to seminary for 3 years at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN.  Tom is married to Sarah Early, who works at the Spirit Lake Medical Center.  His interests include disc golf and walks with Ali, his golden retriever.
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Mick Wiederin Inducted into Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on December 5th. 

Mick grew up in Bedford, Iowa and attended Central College in Pella.  He has a B.S. degree in Accounting and he currently works a staff accountant at Rembrandt Enterprises.  Mick resides in the Iowa Great Lakes with his wife, Sara, who is a physical therapist.  His interests include anything outdoors including ice fishing and baseball.  Mick enjoys the YMCA where he swims and plays basketball.  Mick was sponsored by Rotarian Amy Marlow. 

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Join us on December 19th at noon for a special holiday meal. 
Guests and family members are invited to attend this fun event.  Please contact Amy Marlow or Mary Skopec to RSVP.  
Holiday Meal 2018-12-06 06:00:00Z 0
Jason Harrington, President/CEO Lakes Regional Healthcare presents exciting new plans for the Lakes Regional Family Medicine center on December 5th.  
Jason Harrington 2018-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Schedule at a Glance
We've added a new feature in our newsletter!  The schedule at a glance allows Rotarians to see planned activities for the next year all in one place.  
Upcoming Rotary Schedule 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
The Noon Meeting with be a report on the committee meetings last week (Nov 21st).  Committee Chairs will share updates with the membership.  
Noon Meeting November 28, 2018 2018-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarians -- we just wanted to share this wonderful message from our youth exchange student, Alis, to Peggy:
We just received our basketball uniform today. They are beautiful,  tomorrow we will take pictures with all the team! Thank you  very much for the uniform and all the things that you did  for me. Cross country was a extraordinary  experience for me, even if the first few practices were hard,  it was fantastic. It gives me a lot of confidence in myself, teaches me how set goals and do what it takes to achieve them!
It helps me a lot to make good friends for my first day at  school. For all that, I am very grateful to you, thanks to  you for giving me all this amazing opportunities and make  this experience unforgettable. The basketball season start  just started, our first game is tomorrow and we are all very  excited!
 Many thanks,
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The noon program on Nov 21st will be dedicated to the quarterly committee meetings.  Please take a moment to review the discussion and decisions from the last meeting in preparation for this meeting. 
Quarterly Committee Meeting 2018-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Dwight Conover presented on the History of Northwest Bank at noon on Nov 14th.  His inspirational message encouraged the students in attendance to be the next generation of leaders.   
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Dwight Conover will present "The Story of Northwest Bank" at noon on Nov 14th.  Mr. Dwight Conover served as Chief Executive Officer at Northwest Financial Corp. Mr. Conover serves as the Chairman of Northwest Financial Corp and The First National Bank in Creston.  
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Pizza Distribution 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
New Member Orientation will be held Nov 13th at 6 p.m. at the Waterfront.   New and existing members are invited to attend this social/orientation.  
New Member Orientation 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Reminder -- Pizza sales are due on Friday, Nov 5th and will be distributed on Nov 17th.  
Pizza Sales 2018-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club has been busy this past week delivering dictionaries to all Dickinson County Third Graders. 
The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.
The Dictionary Project is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that works with  local sponsors and volunteers.  The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club has been handing out dictionaries for more than 10 years.  Helping third grade children in our community improve their communication skills and literacy  makes this a very rewarding project!  
Shown above are the Terril third graders along with IGL Rotarians Janie Eick and Peggy Gustafson.
Dictionaries to 3rd graders 2018-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Virtual Reality Glasses
Rotarians got to experience life with polio on Oct 24th using virtual reality "glasses" provided by Kathy Fahy. 
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Rotary Youth Exchange Student Visit 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
A big Thank You to all who participated in the Pikes Point volunteer event on Saturday, Oct 20th!
Brisk winds provided ample challenges for the crew, but the work will be appreciated by future visitors to the Iowa Great Lakes. 
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Iowa Great Lakes Rotarians World Polio Day Social.
IGL Rotarians raised $230 for 383 polio vaccinations at our recent social held at Dry Dock.  Thanks to all who donated and showed up for a great cause!! 
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We’re approaching World Polio Day on October 24th and we are asking that you contribute to the Rotary Foundation so that we can finally eradicate this terrible disease. A Polio immunization costs $0.60, and the Gates Foundation will match all donations 2 to 1. So if you give $20, the Gates Foundation will donate $40 and you’ll have helped immunize 100 children! This will also help you earn points towards a Paul Harris Fellowship. If you have questions about the Foundation or about how to donate, please contact our Foundation Committee chair Steve Lindeberg or Brad Jungers.
World Polio Day Donation Challenge 2018-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Please stick around after the noon program on October 24th to help label 240 dictionaries for local 3rd grade students.
Many hands make light work, so the more the merrier!
Dictionary Label-athon October 24th 2018-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Neil Fell gave an inspiring presentation on the history of Rotary and the difference Rotarians can make in the world. 
District Governor Neil Fell 2018-10-08 05:00:00Z 0
The new by-laws were approved by the membership on October 3, 2018.  Thank you to Brad and the Executive Committee for working to update the by-laws!
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Rob Waterhouse was inducted into the Iowa Great Lakes chapter of Rotary on October 3rd.  His sponsor was Dan Carson. 

Rob was born and raised in the Cedar Rapids area (Marion).  He graduated from Regis High School and attended the University of Iowa where he graduated in '91 with a degree in Economics. 

His career began with the American Red Cross in Cedar Rapids with several transfers during the next 27 years:  Sioux City, Madison, WI, Birmingham, AL, and Omaha, NE.  Next were a couple of non-profit health charities that specialized in diabetes and crones disease.  Rob then ran some non-profits in Blair, NE for the next 5 years which then led to the Okoboji Foundation. Rob began as the Executive Director with the Okoboji Foundation last April 2018. 

Rob and his wife, Kathleen, have 4 children, MJ is his oldest daughter and just began her freshman year at Wayne State, Ellie is a junior at Spirit Lake High School, Mattie is a 8th grader at Spirit Lake Middle School, and Robert is a 6th grader at Spirit Lake Elementary School.

Rob's interests include all of his children's activities, golf, lake activities, and leading Boy Scouts.


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Steve Anderson shared his vast knowledge of the complex wastewater treatment system that keeps the Iowa Great Lakes clean and beautiful on Sept 26th.  The IGLSD has been in existence since the late 1930s and was formed following surveys that showed a high level of contamination in drinking water wells.  Today the system has 9,000 connections to the system, 64 lift stations, 140 pumps, 100 miles of pipe and 3400 manholes!  Water flow to the plant is an average of 2.5 million gallons per day.   
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Erin Reed was inducted into The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary club on September 26, 2018. 
Erin grew up in Trimont , MN, which is in the Farimont, MN area.  She went to college at Minnesota State (Mankato) for a time.  Erin transferred to Dunwoody Institute in the Twin Cities where she got her degree in Civil Engineering Technology and Land Surveying.  Erin was with the Jackson County Highway Department for 14 years, as an Engineer. 
In 2001 Erin and her family moved to the Lakes when her husband took a District Manager Sales position with Pure Fishing.  Erin became a board member of the Trails Association in 2006 and became the Director in 2016, which is her current position.  We enjoyed hearing about future plans for the Trails at a recent Rotary program, presented by Erin.
Erin and her husband have 2 sons:  Lance, 13, and Evan, 8 and they attend the Spirt Lake Schools.
Hobbies and outside interests include:  music concerts (will travel to attend), bicycling, fishing, and MN Sports (Vikings & Twins).
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You might ask, why should I attend a Rotary One Summit?


Participants will…
1) Be prepared to answer the question, “Why Rotary?”
2) Be inspired to build membership, enhance public image, and do humanitarian
service through The Rotary Foundation
3) Understand the value of being a Rotarian
4) Be inspired to be a part of Rotary’s Public Image campaign, People of Action
5) Be the Inspiration, living out Rotary’s theme for 2018-19
6) Take home a One Rotary Toolkit for use in your club


Still want to learn more? Please watch this welcome video from Past RI Vice President Jennifer Jones:



We are offering two sessions, one on October 9th in Mason City - Register here: Link

 and one on October 24th in Marion register here: Link

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Steve Anderson will present the History of the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District on Sept 26th. 
The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District (IGLSD) treats municipal wastewater from several communities around the Iowa Great Lakes including; Arnolds Park, Okoboji, Milford, Orleans, Spirit Lake, West Okoboji, Wahpeton and some of the unincorporated areas around the Iowa Great Lakes.
The District’s collection system includes a service area of approximately 12,000 acres. Municipal wastewater includes wastewater from homes as well as businesses and industries within the service area. The wastewater passes through several treatment processes at the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) to remove pollutants before discharge into Milford Creek. The treated WWTP effluent must meet stringent standards which are defined in the plant’s discharge permit by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The use of the receiving stream determines the level of water quality and the corresponding limitations on pollutants.
Steve Anderson Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Historic Arnolds Park 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
September 19th meeting to be held at Arnolds Park Pavilion.  The program will feature a tour and discussion of upgrades to the park. 
Arnolds Park Off Site Meeting 2018-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary club will vote on the amended by-laws at the September 26th meeting.  The board of directors approved recommending these bylaws to the general membership at their meeting on September 12th. In accordance with the current bylaws, this needs to be approved by the membership with a quorum (1/2 of the membership) present, and 2/3 of the members present voting to approve.
New By-Laws 2018-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Erin Reed will present on the activities of the Dickinson County Trails Board on September 12th at the regular noon meeting. 
Erin Reed to Present on Trails 2018-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Committee Work Begins!
Rotarians rolled up their sleeves and got to work on Sept 5th.  Committees including Social Events, Youth, Fundraising, Public Relations, Programs, Membership, and Foundation met to plan future activities.  Including committee work as part of the regular meeting schedule was an outgrowth of the recent strategic planning efforts.  Committees will meet once a quarter -- see the meeting calendar for specific dates. 
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Kiley Miller Presentation 2018-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
A meeting to amend the by-laws of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Chapter will be held on August 30th at 6:00pm in the Waterfront Board Room. 
Meeting to Amend By-Laws 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Fun night on the Diamond Lady 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Michelle Schwartz- Webb Inducted as a new Rotarian on August 15, 2018
Michelle is from Wheatland Iowa near Cedar Rapids.   A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and a chiropractor for 20 years in the lakes area.  She and her husband Mike have an 8 year old son Morgan.  Mike owns Shaw paint and glass.   Michelle sold her Chiropractic business  to focus on family.  She is now the Sales and Outreach director for Keelson Harbor.  Her hobbies include golf, boating, and developing property.
New Member Induction 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
August 22nd Social Event -- Cruise on the Diamond Lady is Sold Out!! 
We hope to see everyone tomorrow night for a fun evening of socializing with our fellow Rotarians. 
For information on the Diamond Lady visit: https://www.parksmarina.com/okoboji-boat-works/cruises/private-cruises/
Diamond Lady Tour is Full 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome Alis!
Alis is a very, very smart, social, well spoken young lady.  She is filled with excitement and eager to share her stories, photos, and experiences.  She and her family are very involved in Rotary at Bourge-en-Bresse France!
Welcome Alis 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Estherville Rotarians
Nancy Anderson and Edith Clarken of the Estherville Rotary Club were our guests today.   They shared a special project for their Rotary Club - getting food to Venezuela where hunger and illness prevail,  especially in Mothers and children. To learn more go to sendinglovevenezuela.com or email Lill.Moeding@genmills.com. Lilly is the daughter of Edith Clarken and she and her family have compassionately dove in to help with this cause helping to ship pallets of food to children's hospitals, orphanages, schools, and homeless shelters.  They work through a Rotary Club in Venezuela and not with the government.
Estherville Rotarians 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Citation
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club was awarded a certificate  "with deep appreciation in honor and recognition of Rotary Club Excellence for 2017 - 2018 " 
The certificate was signed by District Governor, Ralph Smith. 
District Governor Commendation 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Michael Schlitter - Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Treasurer
Thanks to Michael for going over the financials of our Club including our meal costs, dues, giving, fundraising and more.
Financial Update 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Dan Carson Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1
On August 8, 2018, Dan Carson became a Paul Harris Fellow, which is the highest honor for a Rotarian. The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.
Dan Carson Paul Harris Fellow 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Prime and Wine Summit 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Kathy Fahy received the Paul Harris Fellow Plus 7 Award
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 
Kathy Fahy Paul Harris Fellow Plus 7 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Lakes Regional Healthcare's Radiology Suite.
Brandon Rohrig, Director of Population and Public Health at Lakes Regional Healthcare shared the new radiology suite with Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on August 1st.  One of the new additions to the radiology clinic is 3-D Mammography, which will help improve patient care by providing clearer images and earlier detection of tumors. 
Tour of Lakes Regional Hospital 2018-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Brew Fest 2018
Despite rain early in the morning, an enthusiastic group of Rotarians battled the elements and delivered a successful 2nd annual Okoboji Brew Fest on August 4th.  Local vendors West O and Okoboji Brewing Company joined brewers from around the Midwest to delight the crowd with innovative beer flavors with even more creative names.  Thank you to all our sponsors and attendees for making this event a special day to remember.
Brewfest Success! 2018-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Lunch 4 Kids
Scott Trautman and Debra McKeever presented on Lunch 4 Kids on Wednesday, July 25th.  This innovative program helps families in need pay school lunch bills and prevents issues with "lunch shaming" students.  Community members can donate to Lunch 4 Kids at Northwest Bank locations. 
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August 22: Diamond Lady Social (no noon meeting)

August 29: monthly board meeting @ 11:00

August 30: 5:00 meeting at Okoboji Brewing Company to work on amending our Bylaws

Important Dates To Remember 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Speakers:

August 15 - Edith Clarken from the Estherville Rotary Club

                    & Mike Schlitter - Rotary Treasurer

August 22 - No Noon Meeting - Reschedule the Diamond Lady Cruise

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Thanks to President Brad Jungers as he steps into his new role involving all members and asking for our input. Topics covered included Programs, Fundraising, Leadership Roles, and Membership (new and retaining existing members). The 8:30 a.m. Strategic Planning Session was also held prior to the regular noon meeting.  Approximately eight Rotarians came to share ideas and discuss our Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities.  
As part of this session, it was decided that we should re-implement committees, with each member participating in at least one committee.  Members will receive a link to a survey in the near future to sign up for committee work.  Committees are:

-          Social

-          Youth

-          Fundraising

-          Service

-          Public Relations (Peggy Gustafson has volunteered to chair)

-          Programs

-          Membership

-          Administrative

-          Foundation (Steve Lindeberg has volunteered to chair)

Strategy Session Kick-off 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Visiting Rotarian

We were lucky to have John Norman and his son CJ visit our club this week.  John is a longstanding Rotarian from Naperville, Illinois.  He is also a generational lake resident which has him returning to his roots every year to join his large family!  Pictured is John presenting a flag from his club to our club.

Visiting Rotarian 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Ice Breaker

Under the new direction of President Jungers, Ice Breakers are back as a part of our weekly meetings.   These member spotlights help us all to get to know each other better.  As membership chair, Paula Zenor was the first to give a small five minute speech about herself.  Be ready for your turn in the spotlight! 

Paula Zenor graduated from Drake University in Sociology, Psychology, and English. She and her husband lived in Spencer where they raised their family and her husband worked as the Clay County Attorney. Paula had a career in Human Resource working for a variety of businesses and retiring with Iowa Lakes Community College.  They moved to the lake full time in 2005.  Paula's husband died 10 years. ago.  They have three grown children; Ben, Amy, and Paul.

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Paul Johnson was inducted into the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club on July 18, 2018. Originally from Manitowoc, Wi, Paul had a 33 year career with Berkley and  Company (Pure Fishing) as an engineer and working in the Research Department and forming the Golf Division. Paul has 13 US patents and served our community for 16 years as Dickinson County Supervisor where he spearheaded the drive for a new courthouse.  He and his wife Kathy have 4 children, three of which are lawyers.

Paul's sponsor is Bob Sneitzer.  Please be sure to welcome Paul when you see him!


New Member Induction 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Please join us in saying bon voyage to Seattle Sweeney, our youth exchange student!


4-6 PM on July 29th


127 Rohr Street, Arnolds Park


Going-Away Party! 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange
The Rotary Youth Exchange students gathered at the Cedar Rapids home of the district RYE director, Elizabeth Daly this past week.  The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary exchange student, Seattle Sweeney is pictured in the center -- second row from the top. 


Youth Exchange 2018-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Inducted

Congratulations to Kate Nowey of Arnolds Park.  She was inducted into the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club on July 11, 2018.  Kate owns and operated Studio Burn 360, a fitness studio that she began 3 years ago. 

Kate was born and raised in Chicago and attended the University of Iowa and University of Illinois where she obtained her kinesiology degree.  Please be sure to introduce yourself to Kate!

Welcome to the club!

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REMINDER!  Please join us for our strategic planning session on Wednesday, July 18th at 8:30 a.m.  We will meet at the Waterfront and Brad has promised plenty of coffee and donuts to power up the good ideas.  We will continue at noon with the normally scheduled meeting. 
Strategic Planning Session Mary Skopec 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

New President

Brad Jungers officially became the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary President as he was inducted this week, July 11, 2018.

Brad takes the reigns of President Tom Brodie as he completes his term.

Congratulations to Brad and a sincere thank you to Tom for his many accomplishes as he led our club this past year!

Brad Jungers Inducted as New President 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Strategic Planning Session 2018-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 09, 2018

Incoming President Brad Jungers
The New Rotary Year Begins! 
Thanks to everyone who came to be inspired by our new president.  
President Induction set for this week 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Leo Kofoot and Brad Jungers for recently  being recognized for Paul Harris Fellow level of giving to Rotary!
Thanks for your commitment and dedication! 
New Paul Harris Fellows 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Happy 4th of July! 
May everyone have a safe and happy holiday celebrating  freedom with  family and friends! 
No Meeting this week 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Diamond Lady Cruise Ship Event Now Set for August 22nd
Mother Nature had different plans for our June 20th planned event as we prepare to bring in  a new fiscal year at Rotary! 
The heavy rains threatened all outdoor activity! 
We will have a new sign up sheet at future meetings for the rescheduled date of August 22nd.  The boat leaves the dock at Okoboji Boat Works at 6 p.m. 
A great way to socialize and get to know your fellow Rotarians even better! 
New Date Set for Diamond Lady 2018-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
June 6 Program - Ruthann Burke  and Stephen Brotebeck -  Okoboji Summer Theatre 
A sure sign of summer is the opening OST! 
A big thank you to Ruthann and Stephen as they shared the great things we can expect at the Theatre this summer! The first show is Godspell and opened this week! 
Since 1958, the Okoboji Summer Theatre has presented more than 550 plays to an audience of 1.5 million. 
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   NEXT PLANNING MEETING:  7/11 - West O at 5:30:
Please join us as we plan our 2nd annual Boji Brewfest that takes place August 4.
Get involved in the planning stages!
Future Meetings are as follows:
7/25 - Okoboji Brewing at 5:30
8/1 - West O at 5:30
Every year the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club takes some time to spruce up the playground they built 17 years ago at Elinor Bedell State Park on the East side of East Lake Okoboji.  Pictured above are some of the Rotarians taking a break from clean up tasks last Wednesday, May 30. 
The playground and park is a popular spot for people of all ages.  However, the playground equipment is especially designed for younger children in memory of two year old Shelby Duis who died of child abuse in her Spirit Lake home in January of 2000. 
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club continues their commitment to the playground not only with annual clean ups but with fundraising for new equipment and improvements to the playground. The Rotary Club is preparing for their 2nd annual Boji Brew Fest which will take place on August 4th in Arnolds Park
The laid back event will run from 12 - 4 in the afternoon with general admission tickets $30 and VIP tickets $45.  For more information and to purchase online ago to :  Iowagreatlakesrotary.org and click on the link to Boji Brew Fest. 
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club is growing and always looking for new members who are dedicated to our community and believe that service above self is the best way to make our community and world a better place.  The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon at The Waterfront located at Bridges Bay Resort on East Okoboji. For membership information contact Paula Zenor at (712) 346-8135.
(Picture l-r  Kathy Fahey  Tom Fuhrman  Steve Lindeberg and  Tom Brodie)
Brewfest Updates 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
Boji Brew Fest Returns for Second Year on August 4th
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club is excited to announce the date of its second annual Boji Brew Craft Beer Festival to be held on August 4th! Twenty craft breweries from around the region, including our two local breweries - Okoboji Brewing Company and West O Beer, will participate in the beer festival.  
Proceeds from the Boji Brew Fest event will go toward renovations and improvements at Shelby’s Playground at Elinor Bedell State Park on East Lake Okoboji that are being spearheaded by the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club.  The playground was built by the local Rotary club in 2000- 2001 to honor the memory of a young Spirit Lake chlld who died from abuse. The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club with the help of other partner organizations annually plant flowers, pull weeds, prune shrubs and provide general maintenance for the playground each spring.  The money raised will go towards new equipment, benches,signage and other maintenance updates for the playground.
Tickets are on sale online now! Like last year, Boji Brew Fest will take place in Arnolds Park at the Central Park Shelter House located just south of Yesterday’s Restaurant and Arnolds Perk Coffee Shop. Art in the Park, sponsored by the Pearson Lakes Art Center, will also be that day. The Boji Brew Fest area will be secured and monitored for 21 and over attendees only. 
Tickets are limited for the craft beer festival to allow ticket holders to have a relaxing and enjoyable experience to engage in conversation with the brewers and avoiding long wait lines to sample the beers. Only 600 tickets are available online: go to Iowagreatlakesrotary.org and click on the link to Boji Beer Fest. General admission tickets are $30 and VIP tickets are $45. The event on August 4th will start at 12:00 noon for VIP ticket holders and 1:00 pm for General Admission tickets, and will run until 4 pm. VIP ticket holders will get an extra hour of sampling, in addition to some limited specialty beers the breweries will only offer during that initial hour.
Plan now to attend and support a great cause while mingling and enjoying a few brews!  For more information about the Boji Brew Fest or park project, contact Rotarian Kathy Fahy at (605) 359-7177.  
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Inbound Student Alis Collin
We are excited  for  Alis Collin from Bourge En Bresse, France to be our Rotary Youth Exchange Inbound student coming into our community for the 2018/ 2019 school year.   
Would you and your family like to be a host family? This is a very rewarding opportunity that will bring  an international experience directly into your home! If you would like to participate, please contact Tom, Peggy, or Amy! The commitment can be a minimum of 3 months which allows the student to rotate into other homes. 
Alis will be entering her Junior academic year and comes to us with a long list of achievements and is very goal driven.  Her father is a Rotarian in their community!
Tom Brodie - (712) 336-6139
Peggy Gustafson (712-320-0192
Amy Marlow (515) 341-0720
Any one of us would be happy to visit with you in detail about this opportunity!  We are here to help you and your family through the preparation process so that is is an exciting and enjoyable time for all involved! 
Local Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student 2018/2019  Seattle Sweeney - Okoboji High School
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club is pleased to announce  Okoboji high school student Seattle Sweeney has been selected as an outbound student for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program!  Seattle has gone through a rigorous  interview process with our district.  You may have met Seattle as she visits our club's meetings whenever possible.  Please be sure to say hello when you see her! 
We support  Seattle and wish her all the best as she moves forward with preparations
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Mary Mosiman - State Auditor
Don't miss Rotary this week as we welcome our State Auditor to our meeting this week! 
Mary is honored to serve as Iowa's State Auditor since May of 2013.  Mary is the first female elected State Auditor in Iowa history. Come and learn about what makes
The Hawkeye state a great place to live, work, and play! 
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Pictured: MARY MOISMAN and IGL Rotary Club President Tom Brodie
Serving as Iowa’s State Auditor since May of 2013, Mary was became the first female elected State Auditor in Iowa history. Mary explained  the fiscal responsibility of the state auditor's office as well as prevention and action on fraud in government entities.  The Iowa Auditor's office is the Taxpayers' Watchdog!  Thanks to Mary for an information filled program!  
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The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary car on Smith’s Bay has finally disappeared below the blue waters of West Lake Okoboji.  Official time was 3:17 P.M. on April 26, 2018 which is two months later than the car’s plunge in February 2017.

Our Rotary Car broke ice and settled ~7 feet to the bottom of Smiths Bay.  Our winner, Kyle Jungers from the twin cities.  Carey has contacted him with congratulations. Carey reports he was very surprised and excited.
Bob Kirschbaum removed the car the same day at 6:30 PM.  Bob's crew did all of the diving and removal...safely and to perfection.  Leo removed the clock, which worked as Leo designed.  President Brodie and Leo both verified 3:17 PM.  A picture of the clock and time can be seen on ExploreOkoboji.com
Congratulations to all of you for your participation in the this years car-drop.  We sold all 720 tickets, a record!!  With the late spring coupled with each of your efforts, we met our club goal.  All to the benefit of our community service and youth exchange program commitments.
Can't wait until next year.

And From Carey Wilkens:

The $1,000 check for the winning time will be presented to Kyle Jungers, a Quad-City resident, who purchased his ticket while visiting the Iowa Great Lakes last fall.

Iowa Great Lakes Rotary expresses their appreciation and thanks to Bob Kirshbaum and his divers for their effort in retrieving the vehicle late Thursday afternoon.

    Rotary president, Tom Brodie, praised the efforts of Rotary club members, Dry Dock, The Hutt and Okoboji Summer Theatre for their support and effort which benefit the club’s community service and youth exchange programs.                                                   

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Thanks to Rotarian Dr. Mary Scopec for a great program on the Iowa Lakeside Lab! Lunch was catered by Hy-Vee in the Dining Hall, at the north end of the campus. Mary gave us an overall of the lab and it's many programs and opportunities that help to make our Iowa Great Lakes some of the best lakes in Iowa and throughout the country.  The lab also has many ways in which to volunteer so please consider and contact Mary or the lakeside lab! 
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Posted on Apr 16, 2018
 The Next Life Foundation
Rotarian Patti Griffiths pictured above with her "Tanzania Son" Laurence are helping to improve lives in one of the most impoverished villages in Africa.   The unlikely pair initiated a vocational school less than three years ago.  The ministry located and refurbished a school building and the first tailoring class began.  A carpentry class was added which required moving to a large facility.   The first 20 tailoring students have completed a two year training and have graduated!  Many more students are eager to enter the program!The vision and hope for the future continue to grow.  Laurence and the Next Life Foundation Tanzania Board have demonstrated amazing ability to provide leadership and direction!  
Next Life Foundation is  partnering with www.mostministries.org for a mission trip to the Tanzania  site and others in northern Tanzania January 5-17, 2019.  Please contact Patti if you are interested.  
If you would like more information please visit http://nextlifefound.org/ 
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Board members present: Brodie, Carson, Gruys, Holzhauer, Marlow, Schlitter, Wilkens, Zenor.  

Board Members absent: Gustafson, Jungers.


Meeting called to order by Pres. Brodie at 11:05 am.


1. Motion to approve minutes of February 21, 2018 as presented.  Gruys/Carson.   Passed


2. Treasurer’s Report   Nate Gruys presented the club P&L through 3-21-18. General comments centered on the continuing fund-raising efforts for the Shelby Duis Playground Improvement project. Our efforts now are awaiting the outcome of our grant application to the Okoboji Foundation. In addition, we are awaiting an approved Rotary District Grant.  There was some discussion on the disbursement of 2018 Brew Fest revenue, with the possibility of dedicating some of the revenue to our exchange student initiative and the balance to the Shelby Duis project.  Kathy Fahy to present the 2018 Brew Fest budget at the April board meeting. We can also expect our gross Car Drop proceeds to be about 700 tickets vs 450 in 2017. We confirmed our club’s participation in the District Annual Conference Duck race.


Motion to approve the treasurer’s report as presented. Wilkens/Carson.  Passed

New Business

1. Michael Schlitter, our next treasurer will be working with Nate over the next couple of months during this transition time. He offered that he had been with Erpelding Voight as an accountant for about 5 yrs. now.

2. Tom Brodie spoke to the voting the club did regarding our potential move to the Waterfront for our meetings. The voting was split 14 yes, 14 nos with 9 members who voted no preference.  The total votes exceeded a 60% quorum.  The board agreed an edge for Waterfront as per a motion: Wilkens/Zenor. Passed.

Tom will announce the decision at today’s meeting.

3. Dan Carson said that there are only two open program dates left in May which have been assigned to members to fulfill. 

4. Pres. Tom remarked that we need to get cracking on getting host families for our incoming exchange student. He hoped the Okoboji School District will be able to assist.

5.  Chuck Skogerboe has elected to resign from the board.  He felt it was time for him to turn over the reins and play more golf.  The board appreciates all that Chuck has contributed.  Truly service above self.  Thanks Chuck.

There being no further business, meeting was adjourned at 11:56 am. Carson/Gruys


Respectfully submitted,

Jack Holzhauer, Sec’y.

Board Minutes for March '18 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Blain Andera
Thanks to Blain for an informational program about our Chamber of Commerce. 
 Blain is the  CEO of both the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. 
He  shared news of upcoming events as well as the  progress that is taking place at the Chamber and throughout our Iowa Great Lakes community.
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 Thanks to Pastor Clint Loveall from the First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake for speaking to us on the subject of  Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity in the United States and is second in profitability only to drugs.  A runaway in Iowa will be approached within 72 hours by a human trafficker.    
Clint participates in a 200 mile bike ride from Des Moines to Okoboji every year to help raise funds and awareness for this global problem. The OKO 200 "Stop The Traffic" ride this year will take place on June 22, 2018.  Approximatley 40 people make the trek at an aggressive 18 mph stopping just a few times along the way.   Another group of cyclists leaves Minneapolis at about the same time to end in Okoboji as well.  If you are interested in hosting some cyclists overnight, please contact Pastor Clint Loveall at the First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake.  
April 4 Program 2018-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
  Kurtis Meyer
Thank you to Kurt Meyer from St Ansgar, Iowa for enlightening us about Iowa's first 2 pulitzer prize winners! 
Energetic and engaging, he spoke about Hamland Garlund and Edna Ferber, both authors born in the late 1900's.  Meyer's pulitzer talks are supported by Humanities Iowa through libraries.  
(Apologies for last week's incorrect information in the newsletter!)
February 28 Program 2018-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Dickinson County Treasurer Kris Rowley as she had a very informative program about our taxes.  53,157,505.00 were collected for our current fiscal year. These taxes stay in the county and are distributed to several areas including our schools, etc.  Kris is the wife of Rotarian Dave Rowley 
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Congratulations Paul Harris Fellows – Six Rotarians were recognized on Fe b. 7 for reaching the next level of giving to earn their new Paul Harris lapel pin for reaching or exceeding $2,000 in giving to the Rotary Foundation.  Recipients (alphabetic order) include: TOM FUHRMAN, JACK HARDIE, DEBBIE JOHNSON, STEVE LINDEBERG (not available for picture), ROBERT SNEITZER and CAREY WILKENS.  Other recipients not listed for this year include KATHY FAHY and JUDY HAVILAND.  Congratulations to all the PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS.  Any Rotarian who would like to investigate becoming a Paul Harris Fellow by donating to the Rotary Foundation is encouraged to contact Foundation Chair, Carey Wilkens.  Phone: 712-330-9175 or wilkensinc2017@gmail.com.
Paul Harris Awards 2018-02-10 06:00:00Z 0
Juilie Siebrecht 
 TheWaterfront Restaurant located at 610 Linden Drive, Arnolds Park (at Bridges Bay on East Lake Okoboji) was the location of our meeting.
Thank you to Julie Siebrecht - Director of Homecare and Hospice - Lakes Regional Healthcare for the program. 
December 20th - Meeting at The Waterfront 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Kyle Ingwersen, PT, DPT

The above saying is one of many that Dr Ingwersen used during his presentation for our club. Physical Therapist Kyle Ingwersen  works at Okoboji Physical Therapy located at 1380 Lake Street in Spirit Lake  (East of Hy-Vee)  Ingwersenattended Iowa State University and obtained a bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology, with a minor in Psychology.  He went on to  Des Moines University, Physical Therapy program, and graduated with a Doctor in Physical Therapy degree in May 2016. Des Moines University emphasizes hands-on training strategies,  A very informational program
December 13, 2017 Program 2017-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Last Wednesday, a group of Rotarians met at the Okoboji Brewing Company for another round of Random Acts of Kindness.  Get Well Cards were made to give to Lakes Regional Hospital for distribution to patients.  We also made Reindeer Candy Canes to give away before the holidays!  Pictured are some of the participants!  Peggy, Kathy, & Kelly!  
Random Acts of Kindness Card Making 2017-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Thanks for Becoming a part of our Rotary Family Seattle! 
Local Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student 2018/2019  Seattle Sweeney - Okoboji High School
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club is pleased to announce  Okoboji high school student Seattle Sweeney has been selected as an outbound student for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program!  Seattle has gone through a rigorous  interview process with our district.  You may have met Seattle as she visits our club's meetings whenever possible.  Please be sure to say hello when you see her! 
We support  Seattle and wish her all the best as she moves forward with preparations
Inbound Student selected is from France
We are excited to announce that Alis Collin from Bourge En Bresse, France has been selected to come to our community for the 2018/2019 school year.  She will be entering her Junior academic year and comes to us with a long list of achievements and is very goal driven.  Her father is a Rotarian in their community!
We are still searching for host families for Alis!  This is a very rewarding opportunity that will bring  an international experience directly into your home! If you would like to participate, please contact Tom, Peggy, OR Amy! The committment can be a minimum of 3 months which allows the student to rotate into other homes. 
Thanks to our president, Tom Brodie for leading our club towards participating in a Foreign Exchange Student Program through Rotary International.   Amy Marlow and Peggy Gustafson are also part of the Rotary Youth Exchange team as we prepare to receive an inbound student into our community.  We welcome any ideas for host families from you too!  Here is how we can be reached: 
Tom Brodie - (712) 336-6139
Peggy Gustafson (712-320-0192
Amy Marlow (515) 341-0720

The latest on Rotary Youth Exchange 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Financial Market Update

Thanks to our own Tom Fuhrman for sharing his expertise in today's financial market!  Lots of great information! 
December 6 Program 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carey Wilkens


Have you set your goal for Rotary Foundation giving for this year?  You should have received a letter from me outlining your numbers needed to reach your personal goal of a Paul Harris Fellowship.  If not, please send me an email: careywilkens@hotmail.com or text to (712)330-9175. I will be happy to confirm your numbers. PLEASE REMEMBER:  The next level of recognition is not the #1 goal of the 100%-4-$200K.  It is participating at a level of contribution that fits your budget.  And a reminder, all contributions to the Rotary Foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.  Questions: Contact Carey.


Rotary Foundation Carey Wilkens 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
2017 New Members
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels.
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship.
Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.
Congratulations to the 2017 new IGL Rotarians: 
Joan Benz - Owner Sunset Travel - November 25
Becky Peters - Okobji Tourism Director September 27
Janie Eick Lakes News Shopper Advertising Representative, September 12 
Branden Rohrig  LRHC Director of Public Health , August 1
Kelly Schatz, Owner of Hey, Good Cookies Cafe, August 9 
Bob Kirschbaum - Executive Director of Pearson Lakes Art Center - August 9 
Allen Batschelet - Retired Army General - July 19 
Michael Schlitter  Erpelding & Voight CPA - June 20 
Thomas Rohlik Beck Engineering Civil Engineer  - May 10 
Gary Hurley - Retired Insurance Industry - May 10

Brad Jungers - NW Bank Commercial Banker - 4/11/17
Ty Adams - Realtor - 4/4/17 
Sarah Rohret - Calvary Methodist Church Pastor  Date inducted - 10/19/16
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Thank you to Vicky Matuska as she presented a very interesting program about their business which inludes Taxidermy School,  manufacturing and catalog orders of taxidermy supplies, and a studio filled with a variety of animals including exotic species from around the world!  Her husband Tom started the business in their garage over 30 years ago.   
Nov. 29 Program At Matuska Taxidermy 2017-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Support Carey Wilkens 2017-11-27 06:00:00Z 0

We have already sold more tickets this year than last year, thanks in part to our new online ticket sales option!    
With the cold wintery weather  holding on tight, it allows us more time to sell MORE tickets! 
Tickets are also available  from Iowa Great Lakes Rotarians and at The Dry Dock Lounge and The Hutt, both in Arnolds Park.  To buy online  visit iowagreatlakesrotary.org. 
A friendly reminder to everyone....
If you have sold tickets - please turn in the ticket stubs and money as soon as possible.  
  The goal is to sell 720 tickets for the 2018 event.  Thanks to all IGL Rotarians for helping to make this one of our biggest fundraisers to help support great community minded  and youth related causes. 
ROTARY CAR DROP FUND RAISER   2017-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
November 15 - Joan Benz
Joan owns and operates Sunset Travel Agency in Milford.  Thanks to Joan for becoming our newest member!
New Member Inductions 2017-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 2017-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Our Spirit Lake School District takes pride in its many achievements both athletically and academically. Spirit Lake High School Superintendent Dr. Smith & Mr. Josh Bolluyt  spoke to our club about the districts facilities, finance, learning and culture.  
November 15th Program 2017-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
March 7, 2018
February 28, 2018
December 6th - Luke Thompson, Kiana Svoboda, Izic Brouwer & Kaylee Hinshaw.  
November 8 - Okoboji High School students Ethan Tanner, Taylor Langel, Sophia Hackbarth and Taylor Hackbarth.
October 24thr Senior students from Okoboji High School t
Okoboji Student Guests 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Home Services
Dee Bouloun will be our guest speaker this week as she tells us about the many home services she provides to her customers.  Your home is your most valuable asset...Whether you're away for the winter or need assistance in a variety of ways, Dee can guide you! 
November 8 Program 2017-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
February 28, 2018
January 24, 2018 - Marisa Weeks, Haleigh Hawkins, Greta Goodlaxson, Kelsey Kannenberg
December 13, 2017:  Laura Goth, Brooklyn Ericksen, Emily Lehner
Nov.15th SL Students 
  Emily Schaefer- Okoboji Counsellor,  SLHS Stents  Pressley Cochran-Bray, Mikala Gorstill, Sage James,  Abby Tilletson & Natasha Nelson- SL 
Spirit Lake HS Students 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Pictured above our Senior students from Okoboji High School that joined us at the Pearson Lakes Art Center for our meeting this past week!   We wish them all the best as they near the end of  their High School careers
and begin new adventures!  We hope they enjoyed attending Rotary!  
Okoboji Student Guests 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
The Pearson Lakes Art Center
Rotarian and Executive Director of the art center, Bob Kirschbaum lead an informative program on site this past meeting.   Assisting him were staff professionals  Amanda Schindler and Holly Zinn.  Amanda is the director of performing arts while Holly is the director of education.  
The art center has  six galleries, a performing arts theatre, an interactive gallery, classrooms, pottery room, library, events hall , gift shop and much more!  Additions coming  in the near future will be an outdoor classroom and performance stage.  They've also recently added a relaxing patio with a beautiful view where you can enjoy a cup of coffee from Hey, Good Cookies!   
Lunch was also provided for our meeting by Hey, Good Cookies which is owned and operated by our Rotary member Kelly Schatz!  Thanks Kelly for an excellent lunch! 
October 25th Off-site Meeting at Pearson Lakes Art Center 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Spirit Lake Students Allison Schroeder and Madison Meyer; Seniors from the Spirit Lake School District who joined us October 18.
Spirit Lake Students 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
John Wills
Iowa State Representative John Wills from the 1st District was our guest speaker.  He  informed us about important topics and bills that he is concerned about for the district and the state.
Oct. 18 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
A long standing tradition for the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club is to invite Senior students from the Okoboji and Spirit Lake Government Classes to attend a meeting during the school year.   It gives them an opportunity to experience Rotary and for us to learn about them.  We ask them to introduce themselves and tell us a bit about themselves such as who their parents are, what they are studying, other activities they are involved in and what they want to do after high school!  Pictured above are the visiting students from last week from Okoboji High School:  Lindsay Kujanson, Laura Nielsen, Elle Olthoff and Ali Goehring. 
Thank you and good luck to you in your big bright future! 
Welcome Students 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club helped to mark historic progress toward a polio-free world
Members of the club participated in a livestream video on October 24, 2017 along with thousands of others world wide.  The event's goal was to raise awareness, funds and support to eradicate  polio in every country on earth.  
  Polio is  a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.  As long as it still exists, it is a threat to all.
  Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago.  The disease has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016.
 Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1. 
 Joining in the event locally and
 pictured here  l-r: Gary Hurley, Jack Parkins, Janie
 Eick, Steve Lindenberg, Chuck Skogerboe, Jack Holzhauer, Tom
 Brodie, Paula Zenor, Peggy Gustafson,Bill Carmichael.  
End Polio Now Livestream Tuesday, October 24 2017-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Megan Fuhrman
 Megan is a local businesswoman and store owner of herbal apothecary.  She became interested in clinic apothecary as she struggled with epilepsy - discovering it's healing powers and also her passion in life! 
Megan is a graduate of  Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, CSCH.  Megan & Co is located at 1711 Hill Ave, Sprit Lake.  She and her husband live on a farm near Milford.  Thanks to Megan for sharing her knowledge with us about herbal apothecary, it's history, and benefits.  
An additional thanks for the great introduction given for her by her father and our fellow Rotarian Tom Fuhrman! 
October 11 Program 2017-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Our club is very pleased to welcome Becky Peters who was officially inducted into the club recently.  Becky grew up in Le Mars , went to Drake and is currently working as the Okoboji Tourism Director. Pictured is Becky, Paula Zenor, Tom Brodie and Rosemary Sackett.   
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship.   Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.   If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining please invite them to attend one of our meetings.  We are growing and excited about the future of Rotary in our community! 
Becky Peters - New Member Induction 2017-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carey Wilkens
Rotary  Foundation Giving
  Donald Meyer, District Foundation committee person and chair of the District Grants committee gave our club a great presentation. During the introduction, Carey recognized our 17 current Paul Harris Fellows as well as one spouse from our club. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The Foundation supports worldwide as well as local causes from "End Polio Now" to Clean water, education, scholarships and much more.  Don also explained the matching points system which helps fellow Rotarians reach the Paul Harris Fellowship thorugh a point system.  To find out more, our Foundation Chair, Carey Wilkens can assist you! 
Visit the link to the  October Foundation newsletter: 
October 4, 2017 Program Carey Wilkens 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
The The Dickinson County Nature Center is open year-round and is a mecca for environmental learning and fun. There is always something to see and do, whether it be a visiting exhibit or some of our permanent displays.  Thank you to staff and volunteers as we learned about this back yard jewell in our community!  Pictured above is DCNC Volunteer Delores Maser.  
September 27 off site program at Nature Center 2017-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Local Author Mary Meinking Chambers
We were pleased to have local non fiction children's author Mary Meinking Chambers as our speaker. Mary has combined her love of facts with her passion for writing and is a published children's author of over 40 books.  She also speaks at schools and libraries throughout the midwest and has an upcoming speaking engagement in the Davenport school district.   Thanks to Mary for enlightening us on this very interesting topic!  
September 20, 2017 Program 2017-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Janie Eick joins Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club
Congratulations  to our newest Member Janie Eick.   Janie recently joined the sales staff at the Lakes News Shopper and is excited about meeting new people through Rotary !   A resident of Terril, she grew up in Kinglsey.  Janie attended Morningside College with a degree in education. Janie and her husband, Ryan, have four children.  Alexis is a sophomore and Gabe is a freshman at Okoboji High School.  They also have 18 month old twins Kyann and Brielle.  When not busy with her children and their activities, Janie is also involved as a committee member with Okoboji Pioneer Booster Club and a volunteer at Calvary United Methodist Church.  
Pictured above is  Janie's Sponsor, Peggy Gustafson, Janie, President Tom Brodie, and Membership Chair Paula Zenor.
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.
New Member Induction 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Bob Kirschbaum, Executive Director PLAC 
 IGL Rotarian Bob Kirschbaum shared some fascinating points about the Pearson Lakes Art Center! The variety of opportunities at the Pearson Lakes Art Center guarantees a place for you to enjoy, grow, learn and create.... young and old alike! Thanks to Bob for a very informative program and the bonus of a little  magic trick!   
September 13, 2017 Program 2017-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Papa Murphy's Pizza Fundraiser~
Thanks to the members who participated in selling pizzas this year!  
Only 17 Rotarians participated in Pizza sales... 39.3%.  However, along with 7 members donating monetarily( $360 ) we raised 989.23 which will go to many great causes throughout our community! 
Papa Murphy's Pizza Fundraiser! 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Jeremy Parsons  CEO/ ED Clay County Fair
The World's Greatest County Fair has begun.  Last week we were fortunate to have Jeremey Parsons  CEO/ED of the  Clay County Fair as our program.  This year marks the 100 the year of the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa! Generations of families have travelled from all over the state and beyond for the many fun things the fair  has to offer! 
 Thanks to Jeremy for a great program! 
September 6th program 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
 District Governor 5970 Ralph Smith has declared that the month of September to be declared as:   
The presence of children invigorates all Rotarians and exposes the young people to the values of Rotary that we wish our children to integrate into their lives. 
Let's see how many we can bring to our club this month!  It will be fun to see the variety of ages too!  
DECLARATION 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our Newest Member, Branden Rohrig
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club is honored to welcome Branden as one of their newest members.  He is the director of Population and Public Health for Lakes Regional Healthcare.  
Branden grew up in Owatonna, Minnesota.  He graduated with a BS in Dietetics at the University of Wisconsin, Stout at Menominee, WI. He also received his MS in exercise Physiology at Minnesota State.   
He and his wife, Rebekah are the proud new parents of one month old daughter Freya.  Branden's interests include reading, sports, working out and enjoying his new daughter! 
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.
Pictured above is Branden's sponsor Sonya Hamm, President Brodie, Branden, and Membership Chair Paula Zenor. 
New Member Induction 2017-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
A ver
A very  heartwarming presentation was given this past Wednesday, August 30th with Miss Amazing Teen Iowa, 2017,  Megan Vierkant !  Megan is from Spirit Lake andrecently won the teen division of Miss Amazing!  She went on to compete at the national level in Chicago.  Along with her mom, Nancy, the two gave a terrific program.  The Miss Amazing pageant is made up of  a community of people that invests in the strengths
of girls and women with disabilities.  Come and meet
Megan is a living testament that girls with disabilities can and do accomplish amazing things! 
August 30 Program 2017-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Ralph Smith & IGL President Tom Brodie
A hearty welcome awaited Rotary District  Governor 5970  Ralph Smith as he visited our club this week!  Ralph is a retired attorney from Charles City. Thus far he has visited 21 clubs in our very large district.  His message focussed on the benefits of what "Rotary Can Do For You".   Thanks to Ralph and all the best as he represents our Rotary district this year! 
August 23rd Meeting 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club is pleased to welcome two new members!
 Kelly Schatz, owner of Hey, Good Cookies has owned and operated this popular Spirit Lake Coffee Shop since 2014.  Kelly grew up in Fremont,Ne and was in the banking industry for 13 years.  She also started an IT consulting firm in Omaha before moving to the Lakes Area with her husband Greg.  Kelly has two adult children Kelsey and Kirstie.  Kelly enjoys community service, reading and golf.  She is the chair elect of the Chamber of Commerce member of the BOD of the Taxpayers association and is also a sailing judge for the Okoboji Yacht Club.  
Bob Kirschbaum is the Executive director of the Pearson Lakes Art Center.  Bob grew up in Defiance and played baseball at Moringside while studying his major; Political Science and Education.   Bob taught and coached at Lawton/ Bronson School district. Later he was the elementary principal in Spencer, and then executive director of the Red Cross before coming to the Iowa Great Lakes.  Bob and his wife Sharon have 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren.  He enjoys reading, sports, water activities, and magic tricks! 
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels.
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.
Picured l-r:  Peggy Gustafson - member sponsor, Kelly Schatz, Dan Carson - member sponsor, Bob Kirschbaum, Rotary President Tom Brodie, and Membership chair Paula Zenor. 
Welcome New Members 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0


Board members present: Brodie, Carson, Gruys, Gustafson, Holzhauer, Skogerboe, Wilkens, Zenor

Members present: Fahy, Marlow 

Board Meeting Minutes 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Brandon Rohrig. 
Director of Population and Public Health at Lakes Regional Healthcare, Brandon has been at his post for 3.5 months.  His position helps him to balance the factors that influence health matters in our community with public health which focusses on prevention. 
Some of the talking points were: 
West Nile Virus was detected this summer in our county.  
Flu shots for all residents are encouraged! You should not get your flu shot too early as it could wear out before the flu season ends. 
 Dickinson County is rated number 1 of the 99 Iowa Counties for Qualtiy of Life. 
August 16th Meeting 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Dan Carson who heads up our weekly programs announced at last week's meeting that if you have an idea for a program or would like to help schedule some programs for September, please get in touch with him!  Dan is doing a great job finding engaging and compelling community related topics for programs!  His ideas are endless but will still welcome a helping hand!  
September Speaker Ideas? 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Larry Adams, Curator at  The Higgens Museum of Money 
A nice number of Rotarians attended this week's meeting which was held in Okoboji at the Higgens Museum. Curator Larry Adams, was the  speaker.  He is originally from Boone  but has been a resident here since 2007. 
The museum has two Libraties and holds the largest collection of National Bank Notes on display anywhere. 
 Thank you to Kelly Schatz, owner and operator of Hey, Good Cookies for providing lunch.  The museum is located west of Kum and Go in Okoboji  at 1507 Sanborn Ave. 
August 9, Meeting at HIggins Museum of Money 2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
15 Car drop tickets have already been sold and the lake is far from frozen!  Thanks to Carey and Paula for manning a table at the Boji Brew fest to get a jumpstart on this annual fundraiser!  Be sure to thank Bob's Tow and Repair for donating $250 to our club this year for this fundraiser!  We hope to have new paint and/or signage on the car with his donation! 
Did You Know? 2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Kathy Fahy shared her many experiences at this year's  Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia in June.  As Public Image Coordinator for Zone 28 Kathy led a discussion at the convention!  "Rotarians are People of Action."  Some of her other high notes at the convention were hearing Bill Gates push to end polio, Ashton Kucher's speech to combat human trafficking.  She also listened to Jack Nicklaus, John Cena, Andrew Young and others!  With 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries, there are more countries in the world that belong to Rotary than to the United Nations! 
August 2nd Meeting 2017-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
July 26 – ROB DOYEN,
Thanks to Mr Doyen for an engaging program about his years with the Okoboji Summer Theater!  Rob has been a  fixture with the Okoboji Summer Theatre for 40 years with plenty of stories to share!  Joined by Executive Director, Ruth Ann Burke, the pair help to make our community more vibrant in the arts with their passion for carrying on the tradition of the OST!  We are grateful and appreciative of there dedication and passion. 
July 26 program 2017-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
New Member to our Club 2017-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
Bob Kirschbaum Recognition Luncheon -
For nearly 20 years, Bob  Kirschbaum of Bob's Tow and Repair has been an important part of the Lakes Area annual car drop fund raiser currently sponsored by Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club. During Rotary’s involvement with the fund raiser, he has provided the DNR approved vehicles for the event, got the vehicles on the ice and assisted in the retrieval of the vehicle once it disappeared. He has never excepted a dime for his efforts. He says, it’s my contribution to the community.
“THANK YOU – BOB KIRSCHBAUM for your service”.
July 19th Program 2017-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
Thursday July 20, Anytime after 4 p.m.
A Memorial Service will take place this Saturday for Elinor Bedell at the Park!  Memorial gifts are being designated to the Park's playground.  Our club is leading the way for improvements to the playground with the help of a local PEO Chapter. Let's show our support in helping with this very special cause that we spearheaded in 2001.   
Help Prepare Shelby Duis Playground For Memorial Service 2017-07-17 05:00:00Z 0


July 19th IGL Rotary Club 



Board members present: Brodie, Carson, Gruys, Gustafson, Holzhauer, C. Skogerboe, Wilkens, Zenor

Members present: Fahy, Marlow


Meeting called to order by Pres. Brodie at 11:05 am.


1. Minutes of June 21, 2017 approved as presented. Wilkens/Gustafson


2. Treasurer’s Report for July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 was presented by Nate Gruys. Gruys commented that the Rotary bookkeeping has been successfully transferred from the club’s laptop to the on-line system of QuickBooks. This will enable deposits and checks to be automatically posted to our on-line QuickBooks accounting module. Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented: Skogerboe/Carson


Carson noted that we had not made our yearly contribution to the Lakes Art Center for this year although it had been approved. Motion to make that $500 donation. Wilkens/Zenor Passed


Motion to ensure that all requests for donations come to the board for approval. Skogerboe/Carson Passed


3. New Member Recruitment, a lively discussion followed regarding how we might increase our membership. Several ideas were brought forth such as dividing the club membership into several small groups and having those groups be responsible for inviting members of the business community to a meeting in hopes of getting them interested in becoming Rotarians. Skogerboe and Zenor, as co-chairs of the membership committee will explore these ideas and report back at the next board meeting.


4. Club Programs, Dan Carson will continue as Program Chair but hopefully he will be able to adjust the way we are getting program suggestions. He has done the whole job himself and has accomplished it beautifully, but it’s time to get other club members involved. He will be working with Pres. Brodie as well as other members of the board to improve the overall process, including devising a set of guidelines for speakers, and to somehow open the speaker selection to more members.


  • Dan advised us that the August 9th meeting will be at the Higgins Museum of Money, and a box lunch will be provided by Hey Good Cookies. We will need to give them an idea of how many lunches will be needed.


5. It was suggested that the club could use a Project Coordinator/Organizer to keep track of our various projects and to report back to the board at regular intervals as to progress, etc. There was consensus to that effect.


6. Pres. Brodie brought up the suggestion that we should look for another time or place to hold our board meetings. Having them in the regular meeting room is not too conducive to get much accomplished what with the general hubbub that occurs as members arrive for the regular meeting. At this point it was decided to keep the start time at 11 am., but to move to another meeting room at Arrowwood. Our next meeting will be August 16th and the 23rd we’ll have our BOD meeting with the District Governor, Ralph Smith.


7. Kathy Fahy reviewed for us the progress that has been made with the plans for the Okoboji Brew Fest. So far, we have 17 brewers signed up and all the other details are on schedule. Tickets are available on line and there will be three local outlets for tickets, the Three Sons in Milford and the two local breweries.


Motion to adjourn at 12 pm. Gruys/Wilkens


All members are welcome and encouraged to attend board meetings  which take place the third Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m.


Congratulations to Kathy Fahy and Carey Wilkens for their new Paul Harris Fellowship designations! The new designations, PH+5, means each Rotarian has contributed more than $6,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Currently the club has 27 Paul Harris Fellows, and only three have higher designations, Neal Christensen, Judy Haviland and Don Wandling.


The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club was ranked 10th out of 57 District Clubs for the 2016-2017 Rotary year in giving to the Foundation. Congratulations and thanks to all members who contributed to this year’s effort.


Board of Directors Meeting 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Ann Miller - Dickinson County Veterans  Office  
Last week's program to kick off our new fiscal year was given by the director of our Dickinson County Veteran's office!  Ann  Miller spoke to the club about VA benefits and how our Sioux Fall VA is a cut above!  There is pending hope for a VA clinic in Spirit Lake which will be determined in the near future.  Thanks to Ann for a great program! 
July 12 meeting 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
New Fiscal Year At Rotary
Welcome to our new Iowa Great Lakes Rotary President Tom Brodie! 
Great leadership for us as we continue to increase our membership, provide community service, and continue to make an impact and presence throughout the Iowa Great Lakes!  
JULY 5TH MEETING 2017-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary inducted Michael Schlitter as their newest member. 
Michael was sponsored by Nate Gruys.
Michael grew up in Spring Valley, MN, just south of Rochester and
graduated high school there.  He attended Simpson College in Indianola, IA
and graduated with a BA in Accounting.  Immediately following
graduation,Michael joined Erpelding & Voight in Okoboji as a Staff

Michael has assisted with IGL Rotary’s filings and taxes.  Erpelding
& Voight encourages staff members to become involved in community
activities which is why Michael joined Rotary. Michael is
interested in all outdoor activities, sports, and travel.
Congratulations to Michael Schlitter!  Please be sure to extend a personal welcome to our newest member! 
New Member Induction 2017-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
At our recent board meeting a concern was brought up that not everyone may be receiving their quarterly statement via email.  If you did not receive your April statement in your inbox, please let our treasurer, Jack Holzhauer know! 
Quarterly Statements 2017-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
Curt Schnell of Okoboji View Golf Course.
Thanks to Curt for speaking to our club on June 21. The Schnell Brothers of Milford, Iowa purchased Okoboji View Golf course in 2005.
Curt and his wife Bennie are the club managers. Curt is the Head PGA Professional and has been a member of the PGA since 1988. He has also been named one of the top 100 teaching pros in the country, according to Golf Magazine. 
June 21 Program 2017-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
 "Dementia Education"  was the focus of this week's program given by  Der. Andrew Mueting of  Lakes Regional Healthcare.
June 14th Program 2017-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating 60 years of live theatre.


Thank you to our guests last week from the Okoboji Summer Theatre!  The OST is celebrating 60 years of wonderful summers filled with comedies, classics and musicals. Pictured is Ruth Ann Burke, Executive Director of the Summer Theater.  Along with Artistic Director  Gail Humpries Maridirosian , they gave our club a great program! We are fortunate to have such an amazing theatre in our community! 



June 7th Program 2017-06-13 05:00:00Z 0


June 28 Meeting Aboard The DIamond Lady 6 -8 pm

Presidential Bon Voyage Cruise was celebrated with our outgoing president Carey WIlkens  with  a ride on the waters of beautiful West Lake Okoboji!      

Thanks to Carey for a great year.  His dedication and commitment to Rotary helped our club in so many ways!  


June 28 Meeting 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Next Life Foundation - Trip to Tanzania last January
Thanks to our own IGL Rotarian Patti Griffiths  for sharing her experiences on her most recent trip to Africa!  
May 31 Program 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
The ride begins in downtown Rockwell City traveling north to Twin Lakes and back to Rockwell City - a 20 mile trek on paved county roads and the Twin Lakes Bike Trail. Registration time is 8 to 8:45 am in Rockwell City on the Courthouse square. The ride departs at 9 am sharp - rain or shine. Registration is $15 in advance $20 the day of the event. T-shirts and Tank Tops available through advance order online. Breakfast and planned stops are included in the registration. 9 AM REGISTER ONLINE WWW.ROCKWELLCITYROTARY.ORG
Rockwell City Rotary 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
Renew Spokesperson Chris Fontenot 
 Chris Fontenot presented a program about ReNew of Spirit Lake.  ReNew helps make affordable home improvement materials available  in our area as well as 
keeping valuable building materials out of the landfill.  Thanks To Chris for the interesting program! 
May 24 Program 2017-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Thomas Rohlik  as he was inducted as our newest member on May 17, 2017!  Thomas lives in Milford but grew up in Marshall, Mn.  A graduate of SDSU,  Thomas is a civil engineer with Beck Engineering.  Growing up on a farm, he now lives on 80 acres near Milford and and raises chickens.  His other interest include hunting, farming, and boating. Thomas is the youngest of four children.  Thomas is sponsored by Rotarian Andrew Fisher. Pictured above is Andrew, Thomas, and membership chair, Paula Zenor.  Please be sure to welcome Thomas into our Rotary Club! 
New Member Induction Thomas Rohlik 2017-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Boji Brewfest '17 in the Books!
 The first ever Brew Fest took place July 29 at the Arnold Park Central Park Shelter house  with great success! Thanks to the many Rotarians that worked in conjunction with the local PA Chapter of PEO! Attendance and fundraising numbers made this event well worth our efforts.  A special thanks to Kathy Fahy for spearheading the project and giving it wings!  
Boji Brewfest in the Books! 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Eileen Skogerboe of Dickinson County Human Services 
Eileen supervises the  Dickinson County Human Services staff that oversees application for Food assistance, Medicaid and Family assistance.  Eileen stressed the importance of these needs and the structure for which individuals and families qualify. She has been with DHS since 1990.  Thanks to Eileen (wife of Jed and daughter-in-law of Chuck) for the informative program! 
May 17th Program 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
The IGL Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Gary Hurley as their newest member.  Gary is from McClelland, Iowa, and went to University of Nebraska in Omaha majoring in business.  His career in the insurance industry started with Travelers Insurance for 7 years with specialized training.  He then moved to an independent agency in Council Bluffs called the  Silver Stones Group, where he eventually became owner and president,  with 170 employees, retiring  in 2001.
As a Rotarian for over ten years in Council Bluffs, he and his wife Beverly have 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. One of his children lives in Spirit Lake! 
His Hobbies include golf, motor home travel, and reading. 
Please be sure to extend a warm welcome to Gary Hurley! 
New Member Induction 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Sarah Rorhet.
Respite Angels is a group care program for adults that takes place every Thursday from 9-11:30 at Calvary United Methodist Church.  Sarah gave us information about the program which offers social time  with friends that care and also allows a break for the caregiver. Sarah has been the Pastor at Calvary UMC in Arnolds Park.  since 2005 and joined Rotary in December of 2016.  Thank you to Sarah for sharing her passion of making a difference in people's lives. 
May 10th Program 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0


All Rotarians and significant others are invited to a deck party at the HUTT Bar and Grill in Arnolds Park!  It is all happening Wednesday May 24 at  5 p.m. Admission only $10.00 which includes the first beverage of your choice and  your choice: a burger with all the fixing or a mouth-watering brat cooked to perfection.  There will be a sign-up sheet at the next two Wednesday meetings.  Come join the fun! BE THERE!



There is a raffle going on at Rotary!  Be the proud owner of a limited edition print of old town Spirit Lake.  Matted print was donated by past Rotarian, David Kerr.  Tickets are $3.00 each or two for $5.00.  Tickets are available at Wednesday meetings until May31st when the lucky ticket will be drawn and the winner announced.  Get your tickets, now!


ROTARY SOCIAL - May 24 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
 Our May 3rd program was Mike Hawkins, Department of Natural Resources Marine Biologist who talked to our club about ​ Lost Island Lake restoration

May 3, 2017 Program 2017-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club was presented with a certificate of appreciation for the club’s financial support of the End Polio Now campaign.  This is an ongoing campaign by Rotary International to end polio internationally.  In 2013 there were 416 reported cases of Polio, world wide.  This number was reduced to 37 cases in 2016.
The local club was one of only three clubs in the District to receive the certificate. 
The presentation was made at the Rotary Annual District Conference held this past week end in Cedar Falls.  Accepting the certificate on behalf of the Club was President Carey Wilkens.
Pictured is Carey  accepting the Certificate of Appreciation from District Governor, Jim Coloff at the District Conference in Cedar Falls last weekend. 
District Conference Award 2017-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
Thanks to drone Photographer Tom Gustafson for sharing some of the photos he's shot this past year of scenes throughout Okoboji.  Tom's lifelong fascination with photography has led to his latest passion of aerial photos with a drone.  His newly published book features hundreds of aerial photos of Okoboji in all four seasons. 
April 26 program 2017-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
Millie Tillotson - Dickinson County Public Health Nurse
Known in her professional circle as the "vaccine queen", Millie helps to protect residents of our community from potentially deadly diseases.  Not only infants and children but also adults of all ages with a variety of vaccines.  DIckinson County Public Health is in it's 50th year.  Thanks to Millie for a well informed program!
April 19 Program 2017-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
June 10 - 14 is the date for our upcoming international Convention for Rotary! 
What a great opportunity to experience global connections through Rotary! 
If you are interested in attending, please let us know!  For more detailed information on registration , speakers,  (Bill Gates, for one ! )  and lots of great activities, go to this website! 
International Convention in Atlantta 2017-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Jayne Armstrong

Small Business Administration - Iowa District Director

As the District Director of the Small Business Administration's Iowa District Office, Jayne Armstrong oversees SBA’s financial, business counseling, government contracting programs and other services throughout the state. Thank you Jayne for a great presentation that affects all of us!


March 29 Program 2017-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Welcomes New Member 
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Brad Jungers as their newest member!  
Brad received his undergraduate from UNI and his Masters in Business Administration from USD.  Brad is a Commercial Banker for Northwest Bank in Arnolds Park. He and his wife have a 10 month old daughter. He enjoys country music concerts, golf,  travel and boating in his spare time. Brad was a recent member of the Estherville Rotary Club and has transferred over.   Pictured l-r:  Jeff Ploeger (Brad's sponsor), Brad Jungers, IGL President Carey Wilkens, and IGL Membership chair Paula Zenor. 
Rotary's commitment to service is close to home as well as abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
    • Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
    • Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.
    • Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects and this Community Service presentation (PPT).
    • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
    • Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.
Please be sure to introduce yourself to Brad and welcome him to our club! 
Brad Jungers Joins Rotary 2017-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
March 22, Program 2017-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
Spring is Here! 2017-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 13, 2017
Time to Register for District Conference
Rotary District Governor Jim Coloff encourages us to  join in the celebration at this year's district conference
 to be held in Cedar Falls on April 28 & 29.
Register now for the District Conference to be held April 28 & 29 in Cedar Falls.  
Highlights  Include: 
~ 1st ever District Membership Forum on Friday, April 28 from 2pm-4pm, led by Rotary International Director, Brad Howard, from California
~ Performance of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony
~ RYLA graduate Taylor Burgart from New Hampton will tell his inspiring story
~ Hear new UNI President Mark Nook at our awards luncheon
~ Hear from a Polio survivor
Register on line at: www.rotaryseminars.org
Hope to see you in Cedar Falls later this month!
Jim Coloff
District 5970 Governor (2016-17)
Phone:  (319) 231-5003
 A special note, the block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn (host hotel for the conference) will be released soon, so make your reservation today.
Go to www.rotaryseminars.org for more information.

District 5970 Annual Conference 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Spirit Lake High School
Teacher Brad Travis 
Brad Travis of Spirit Lake School spoke on March 8th, 2017 to our club. Brad wears many hats as High School art teacher, head track coach, assistant football coach, and a J-term Instructor.  
March 8th program 2017-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
TONY CONDON, Iowa Lakes Community College Institutional Advancement Manager, expressed the school’s appreciation for Iowa Great Lakes Rotary assistance in sponsoring their June Scholarship fund raiser for Dickinson County.
As guest speaker he discussed the upcoming construction and renovation projects made possible by the bond issue approved last fall in the five counties served by the college.  Two of special interest were at the Spirit Lake and Estherville campuses.  In Spirit Lake, a portion of the existing facility will be converted to a non-credit vocational training area to help serve the work place needs of Lakes area manufacturing businesses.  Estherville’s campus will be the home of the Performing Arts Center which is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018.  The 500 seat facility will assist students who wish to major in music education, music performances, music therapy or music business.

March 1, 2017 Program 2017-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Welcomes New Member On February 22nd
Tyron "Ty" Adams was inducted into the Iowa Great Lakes ROtary Club.  Ty is the Owner of Adams
 Realty located across fro m the Fish Hatchery in Spirit Lake. He grew up in Creighton, Nebraska  and attended Wayne State College. Ty is Married with three children and enjoys fishing,
hunting, hiking, and riding his bike on the trails. Pictured with Ty is his sponsor Jed Skogerboe and Membership Chair Paula Zenor.
IGL Rotary Welcomes New Member 2017-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Thanks to our fellow Rotarian Andrew Fisher for a great program on our YMCA! 
As the new CEO, Andrew told us about his background and his passion for
the Y at a young age.  Andrew has been with the Bedell Family YMCA for 9 years.  The facility is 12 years old
 with 5,300 current members. Their biggest goal for 2016 was to refinance the debt through another bond to help take
better care of the organization. On March 17, the Bedell Family YMCA will have their Strong Kids Campaign
with a kick off at Rolling Oaks Barn. 
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Julie Scheib of Discovery House
Julie Scheib is the Executive Director of the Discovery House in Spirit lake. 
Founded in 1993, they are a non profit 9 member board funded by counties, cities, private donations, grants and fundraisers. 
The Discovery House helps homeless men and women in transition most often times recovering from addictions. 
There are 10 beds and  the residents pay $50 per week. There are also certain guidelines they have to follow in order to stay living there, however stays average 65 nights with some being only for a night or two.  91% of the people they serve are from Iowa.  From that 91% , 50% are from Dickinson County.  They are currently looking for "room sponsorhips" to help update the bedrooms.  If you would like more information please give Julie a call at 336-5340 or visit them at mydiscoveryhouse.com. 
Julie also extended an open invitation to tour the home anytime. 
Thanks to Julie for a great program. 
February 15th Program 2017-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Rylan Howe
We were pleased to have yet another interesting program last week during our weekly Rotary meeting. We welcomed Rylan Howe ofIowa Information which is based out of Sheldon.  The company publishes the NW Iowa Review and Okoboji Magazine. 
Rylan has been with the company for 10 years. He is originally from Omaha. 
He shoots photos and writes stories for Iowa Information products covering 17 school districts in five counties.
Rylan Howe 2017-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Carol Hansen from the Okoboji Summer Theatre presented a program on Wednesday, February 1 at the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary club weekly meeting. The Okoboji Summer Threatre will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary this summer with an exciting lineup of shows. The schedule is shown below so plan now to support this wonderful gen of the Iowa Great Lakes!
Carol Hansen Shares OST Schedule with Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2017-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary presented a check for support to Patti Griffiths of The New Life Foundation at its regular meeting on Wednesday, February 1. With the donation, fellow Rotarian Patti will continue her service to the impoverished people of Tanzania. Thank you for all you do Patti!
IGL Rotary Donates to The New Life Foundation Kathryn Fahy 2017-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
Please Join Us This Wednesday as we welcome Okoboji Summer Theatre Volunteer Carol Hansen. 
Do you ever wonder how the Summer Theatre has such longrunning popularity and success? 
Summer after summer audiences are entertained with wonderful comedies, mysteries, classics and musicals.  
But it takes more than actors and staff from Stephens College in Missouri.  There is a team of dedicated worker bees living in the Iowa Great Lakes year round that help in many aspects! Come and hear the behind the scenes workings of running a summer theatre from Carol Hansen! 
February 1, Program 2017-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Welcomes Jonalee DeNoble to its Membership 
  •                                                  Jonalee is the Director of Catering for Arrowwood/Minerva's She has been at her post for 2  1/2 years.  Born in Lemars, she  attended Morningside College and received a degree in Corporate Communication/Business.  She  and her husband Jared have been married for 2 years.  Jarad  works at Rembrandt Foods.  Jonalee  loves to travel, hike, fish, and spend time with family.  Please welcome Jonalee as our newest Iowa Great Lakes Rotarian! 
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New Member Induction- Jonalee DeNoble 2017-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Because the weather forecast for the next 24 hours could prove to be hazardous for travel, your club's regular meeting, tomorrow, January 25th is cancelled.  Stay Safe. Stay Warm.  Enjoy the Winter Games - remember, our club has the opportunity to market CAR DROP tickets at the Okoboji Summer Theatre Association Omelet feed from 8 to 1 pm on Saturday, January 28.  Come join in the fun of helping our club raise funds for our community projects.  Our next meeting (weather permitting), will be February 1st - Be There!
NO MEETING THIS WEEK - JANUARY 25 2017-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Tanzanian & U.S. Board members: Patti, Laurence, Lyn & Lazarocerpts 
Fellow Rotarian Patti Griffiths continues her service to the impoverished people of Tanzania.  She recently sent an email home;  Here are a few excerpts and photo from her.
 Please keep Patti and her team in your thoughts and prayers!
Our time here in Tanzania has been more than what we could have imagined. We began working on Next Life Foundation, a vocational training center, a few years ago. Students started at the school this past May. We currently have 20 young ladies learning the skill of sewing. In the next week or two a carpenter course will began. Our expectation was to be in the village of Mbuguni and ask God to show us how to reach the large Muslim population in this community. Since Lyn & I arrived, Jan 5, we've visited two different communities and approached by the chairperson (mayor) from a third community, to locate a center in their village also! We ask for your prayers as we discern what God's intention for our organization should be. 
Additional prayer requests:
- Rain! It is SO dry. Many areas have not had rain for 3 years. Livestock are dying due to lack of foliage to eat!
- Communication & understanding despite the language barrier.
- Safety & health.
- Good weather Friday & Saturday as we travel home.
- Openness & willingness to his direction.
Patti Griffiths Tanzania update 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Rebecca Peters -  Tourism Director for the Okoboji Tourism Committee of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce was our speaker on January 18.  Here are a few of the key highlights! 
  • Tourism provided $276 million in economic impact to the lakes area last year
  • Tourism represents almost 2000 jobs in the lakes area
  • provides $5 million in local tax revenue last year
  • Tourism office creates visitor profiles and targets demographics to get people to come here
  • Primary targets are moms between the age of 35-50 who live 90-250 miles away and have an median income of $75,000
  • Craft messages to appeal to demographic and entice them to come here - many grandparents bring kids and families here for vacation
  • 100,000 copies of Visitor Guide are printed each year and shipped all over U.S. (1/3 of total tourism budget)
  • Vacationokoboji.com mimics info in guide and has been revamped to be more mobile friendly.                    Thanks to Becky for a great program!
January 18 Program 2017-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Thanks to    U of O Chairperson Ryan Davelaar, Kara Mathason from the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Co Chair Greta Gruys  for presenting a great program on the upcoming Winter Games!  

The 37th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games will be held January 26-29, 2017.

Get excited for Broomball, Flag Football, Snow Softball, Bags Tournament, Chili Cook-Off, Chocolate Classic, Polar Plunge, Fireworks, Burning of the Greens, and MORE!

If you have an idea for a new event to bring to this year’s Winter Games, check out this event form due by January 13th.

Visit www.uofowintergames.com or “LIKE” the University of Okoboji Winter Games on Facebook for information, entry forms, and updates!

Winter Games Peggy Gustafson 2017-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Ron Corbett  Engage Iowa
Thanks to Ron Corbett for a great presentation on helping make our sate the best that it can be.
Ron  is the Mayor of Cedar Rapids. Corbett launched a conservative think tank called Engage Iowa. He serves as president of the non-profit organization where its first policy was an initiative on water quality and state tax reform which was introduced in November 2015.
Searching for positive ways to keep our state healthy in our land and water... and a wealthy 
economy through modernized tax codes and attracting families and jobs to Iowa. 
Engage Iowa is a conservative, freedom-focused think tank and policy incubator. Created by Iowans for Iowa, Engage Iowa is bringing together the brightest minds and leaders from across our state. 
January 4th Program Peggy Gustafson 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
 February 23, 2017 at 4:44 pm  is the official time that the  Rotary Car dropped and our fundraiser came to an end when the car sank below the icy waters of Smith's Bay.
Chris Wilken of Milford  was this year's lucky winner. His son, Alex, picked the time. The ticket was purchased at the Hut in Arnolds Park.
Crews with Bob's Tow and Repair and the Arnolds Park - Okoboji Underwater Search and Rescue retrieved the car from the lake  THursday, March 2nd. 
The warm temperatures and high winds the last few days accelerated the sinking to a record breaking day in February.  Last year was early on an afternoon of March 9th. 
Thanks to all who sold tickets and the different media outlets who helped promote the fundraiser.  A special thanks to the Dry Dock Lounge and The Hutt for also selling tickets! Our ticket sales and profit numbers will be reported soon! 
Thanks to Dan Carson for the photo of the car being pulled out! 
THE CAR HAS DROPPED! Peggy Gustafson 2016-12-26 06:00:00Z 0
Official Time To Be Determined!  
On February 23, 2017 at approximately 4:43 in the afternoon our Rotary Fundraiser came to an end when the car sank below the icy waters of Smith's Bay. However, the official winner of $1,000 will be announced when the car is brought out of the lake to see when the clock stopped ticking. The warm temperatures and high winds the last few days accelerated the sinking to a record breaking day in February.  Last year was early on an afternoon of March 9th. 
Thanks to all who sold tickets and the different media outlets who helped promote the fundraiser.  A special thanks to the Dry Dock Lounge and The Hutt for also selling tickets! Our ticket sales and profit numbers will be reported soon! 

Pictured below is last year's car sinking and being retrieved:  March 9 & 11,2016


THE CAR HAS DROPPED! Peggy Gustafson 2016-12-26 06:00:00Z 0
December 21 – 6-8 p.m.
Evening Social Gathering
No noon meeting  
 Thanks to all Rotarians who came to our evening social gathering last week!  We had a great turnout and enjoyed spending time with each other and many spouses too!
This will replace our noon meeting.

Holiday Meeting 2016-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Leopold of Lakes Regional Healthcare 
Dr. John Leupold  is an orthopedic surgeon at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. He spoke to the club about an innovative technology for robotic-assisted Orthopedic Surgery.  Lakes Regional Healthcare is the only hospital in northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota and southeast South Dakota to offer this for knee replacement surgery which helps to accurately align  and place implants. The "Mako" robotic procedure is minimally invasive and precise allowing for minimal hospitalization and rapid recovery.  
December 14 Program 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
1)    Last opportunity to sign up for the Holiday Fellowship next Wednesday, December 21 from 6 to 8 at Minerva’s.  $10 cover includes lots of good stuff to munch on while enjoying your favorite adult beverage (cash bar), holiday music in the background and fellowship with your fellow Rotarians and their guests.
2)   The $100 MINERVA’S GIFTCARD was awarded to Kiwanis member Bill Wetzeler.  There was some confusion with the drawing held at the end of last week’s meeting.  This issue has been resolved and congratulations to Bill Wetzeler on winning the card.
Notes From President Wilkens 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Misty is a sexual abuse victims advocate for  the Centers 
Against Abuse and Sexual Assault  which serves 19 counties in NW Iowa.  
Joining  her was Krista Redinius (left)  from the Family Crisis Center which serves victims of domestic violence.   Both work out of the same office building and often intertwine. 
CAASA had owned a Safe House in Spirit Lake until last year when they ran out of funds to continue it's operation.  However, advocacy tends to be more mobile and often victims need to be offered other options> There are safe houses lcated in Sioux City and Sioux Center. 
CAASA has 17 paid staff members plus many volunteers.  They are  there to inform victims of their rights, to support them throughout forensic evidence  and help them through any court process.  
Sexual Assault happens every day and victims need to know they are not alone.  Misty works with 30 - 50 clients every month.  She has also recently worked on a sex trafficking case.
The "Turn Our Community Blue" project this fall provided both CASA and the Family Crisis Center $2,000 each through the Law Enforcements request for the funds to go here where it is is needed.  These funds help to provide victims with immediate escape and rapid re-houseing.  The CAASA Hope Line is  1-877-362-4612.  The FCC is 1-800-382-5603 and available 24 hours a day. 
December 7 program 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Sarah Rohret .
Please welcome Sarah as our newest IGL Rotarian!  Sara is the Pastor at Calvary UMC in Arnolds Park.  She has been at her post since 2005.
She graduated from Spencer HS. Went to UNI and Seminary at the University of Dubuque.  
Sarah has 3 children ages 15,14, 12.  Hobbies include quilting, painting, reading  & music.   Pictured above with Sarah is Paula Zenor and Rob Kaiser.
New Member Induction 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Our Own Fellow Rotarian, Patti Griffiths gave our program last week. 
Patti Griffiths Next Life Foundation Program on 11.30.16

Patti began traveling to Tanzania Africa on a mission trip with STEM (Siouxland Tanzania Education & Medical Ministries  in June of 2012.) Patti started a vocational training in a village called Next Life Foundation to help people move forward out of poverty Hunger and malnutrition which are ongoing  issues. In May of 2014 her foundation became official and in April of 2015 it qualified for non profit status.  Next Life Foundation aims to teach young adults a trade. The trades thus far will be seamstresses and Carpenters along with entrepreneuring . Next Life Gives Hope! 
Patti said that despite the language barrier there is always a way to communicate. 
Her passion and commitment for this cause is evident as she plans her 6th trip on January 4th. 
Thanks to Patti for a great program and her commitment of service above self! 
November 30 Program 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Cedar Rapids Rotary Club - Salvation Army Bell Ringers
Every year, the Cedar Rapids Rotary Club members all sign up for shifts to be bell ringers in their community for the Salvation Army.  Picture are Kim and Larry Kudej who have visited us many times at our meetings this summer! . 
" After years of being out in blizzards and snow storms, we finally decided to go out before thanksgiving! Please wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from Larry and I. Enjoy!" 
Thanks for sharing!  We hope to see Kim and Larry and many other Rotarians while they are visiting the Iowa Great Lakes! 
Cedar Rapids Friends 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Deb Lenz as she was presented her second Paul Harris honor from our district governor elect Ralph Smith on November 16, 2016.  Deb said it was an easy task this second time around as she contributed every time she paid her quarterly membership dues. Established in 1957, A Paul Harris recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  Our Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club has a large number of Paul Harris Fellows past and present.  
Paul Harris Award 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Joined by our local Kiwanis Club, our Thanksgiving week program was filled with fellowship and Singalong!  Thanks Ron Knutson for leading the way in song!  
November 23rd Program 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Happy Thanksgiving 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Elect Ralph Smith.

The Rotary Foundation is celebrating it's 100th anniversary!  Serving a variety of terrific causes worldwide  in a very efficient manner, most dollars make it to the beneficiaries versus administrative costs. 
Ralph encouraged clubs to apply for grants from the foundation for local projects as the foundation will match those dollars! Ultimately your foundation donation goes back into your own community. 
Foundation donations are tax deductible. 

Born and raised in Charles City, Smith attended Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1973.  and the University  of Iowa Law School in 1976 . A member of the Charles City Rotary Club since  1977 .  He  led the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team to Poland in 2010, and this experience motivated him to become more involved in Rotary.Married for 41 years with two adult children. 




Nov. 16 program 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Top Five Reasons to Give to the Rotary Foundation
  1. The Rotary Foundation allows clubs like ours to have a much larger impact than we could ever have on our own.
  2. Your giving helps qualify your club to take part in global grant projects and direct your money towards projects that are meaningful to you!  Donations to the Rotary Foundation are tax deductible for US taxpayers.
  3. The impact of every dollar you give is multiplied thanks to the grant system and Rotary’s partnerships with other organizations. For instance, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches every dollar committed to polio eradication 2:1, tripling your donation.
  1. When you give to The Rotary Foundation, you know your money is in good hands. In the United States, Charity Navigator is a trusted evaluator of nonprofits, measuring charities on their financial health, accountability, and transparency. The Rotary Foundation has consistently received four stars, the highest possible rating. It does well on both financial performance (rating of 100 out of a maximum of 100) and accountability and transparency (rating of 100.00).
  1. The above four reasons spell out why giving to the Foundation is the smart thing to do. It is also the right thing, as Rotarians, to do. We are committed to making a difference in our communities and putting service above self. There is no better way to do that than by supporting our Foundation. As members of Rotary, we ought to give.
foundation 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
William Walker , Identity Theft 
Every 2 seconds, a new victim of identity  theft is struck. Walker had eye opening statistics as well as helpful hints on this subject that is growing with concern.  In 2013 there were 16.6 million cases of identity theft.  47% was through medical information, 36% through the department of motor vehicles, and 57% were data leaks from government sources. Walker advises  to never pay for credit monitoring, to freeze credit reports and social security numbers. Visit 365.pros.us for an enlightening video. 
A fascinating program Walker is a Nationally Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist  and licensed insurance agent,  who advises over 200 companies on employee security and has over 30 years of experience in this field.
In the world we live in, it is more important than ever to keep our identity safe! 
November 9th program 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Dictionaries Delivered!
Note of recognition and a hearty thank you to the Dictionary delivery persons:
Would be remiss in not expressing thanks to the Rotarians who assembled the dictionaries after a recent meeting.
 The goal of The Dictionary Project is to ensure that everyone will be able to enjoy the benefits of owning a dictionary.
DIctionary Project 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Because the President was missing in action last week, (he had the ticket jar) no drawing was held for the $100 Gift Certificate. And what this means is you all have one more chance to purchase the winning ticket. Drawing will be held at the end of this week’s meeting, guaranteed!
Mailing address for Rotarians who wish to mail their 2016 contribution for the Paul Harris Fellowship:  Michelle Bell, 240 W33rd St., Marion, IA 52302.
Rotary Foundation Fundraiser 2016-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Spirit Lake Indians Football Coach Josh Bolluyt  
A graduate of Northwestern College, Coach Bolluyt has been the Spirit Lake High School head football coach since 2008 with a record of 74 - 26 with two state championship titles ('12 & '13).  
  There are currently about 400 students in SL High and approximately half of the boys have gone out for football.  He bases these strong numbers on his slogan, "Built For Others" which emphasises the value of athletics through leadership development. 
Coach Bolluyt stated that being a leader is a responsibility not a right.  He also doesn't like comparisons in rankings, rather than being the best that each individual can be.  "Comparison is  a robber of joy." 
Thanks to Coach for the inspiring program! 
November 2 Program Peggy Gustafson 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
On October 26 our newest member, Amy Marlow was sworn in to the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club by membership chair Paula Zenor. 
Amy is  an Occupational Therapist in Spirit Lake at Okoboji Physical Therapy.  From Fenton, Iowa, Amy is a graduate of Gustavus Adolfus and St. Louis Washington. 
She and her husband farm near Lone Rock and also own a home in Arnolds Park
 Amy enjoys riding horses, reading, scrap booking, and golf.  She and her husband have 2 grown children and 2 yet in high school. Please welcome Amy to our Rotary Club! 
New Member Welcome 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
From Our District 5970 Newsletter: 
Dubuque club offers art prints
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Mississippi riverfront development, the Rotary Club of Dubuque commissioned a painting by renowned artist Gary Olson of the Port of Dubuque. The club is selling limited edition and numbered lithograph prints for $79. Proceeds will benefit its Humanitarian Grant Program, which supports area nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of others and making Dubuque a great place to raise families.Click here to learn more or purchase a print.
Rotary News from Dubuqe 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
After 10 years of service as our secretary, Judi is passing the torch. President Wilkens presented Judi a plaque in recognition of her dedication.  Judi is looking forward to participating in Rotary in many other ways.  Thank you to Judi! 
Judi Haviland Honored 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Turn Our Community Blue 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Over a dozen members of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary met to make get well and greeting cards for patients of Lakes Regional Healthcare. Over 130 handmade cards were created in an hour time period. The cards will be distributed to both inpatient and outpatient surgery patients at Lakes Regional Healthcare as part of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Random Acts of Kindness initiative. The cards were presented to Sonja Hamm, Lakes Regional Vice President of Foundation and Human Resources, at the October 12th Iowa Great Lakes Rotary meeting. Rotarians pictured are (from right to left): Kathy Fahy, Judy Haviland, Paula Zenor, Sonja Hamm, Chuck Mize and Ron Knutson. 
Get Well Card Presentation 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Stacy Newgaard, owner of APEX Shooting Range in Fostoria was the featured speaker at the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary meeting last Wednesday, October 12. Stacy shared his story of how the business was started in 2010 but due to regulations and licensing, the actual range didn't open until 2014. In addition to the shooting range, the business manufactures custom ammunition for contracts that include the states of Nevada and Tennessee and many police departments around the United States. Most of the ammunition they make is for long-range performance. Other services they offer include duracoat and color coating firearms, group and one-on-one lessons, concealed weapon classes, ladies night learning events, hunter safety courses, competition leagues, family nights, kids classes and self-defense courses. APEX is located south of Milford 
October 12 Program 2016-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 03, 2016
Emma Wolff - 17 year old Spirit Lake High School Senior and New York Model gave a great presentation to our club. Emma fell in love with New York City while visiting her older sister Hannah which led her to pursue the possibility of a modeling career.  Emma researched reputable modeling agencies and found the Americana agency which ultimately gave her a contract.   She got ahead of her credits her sophomore year so she could live in NYC February  - May of this year.   Emma  has returned home for her Senior year.  
She is now studying for her A.C.T.'s as she wants to go to college and most likely study political science.  Emma loves modeling and has got many jobs with major national companies but she doesn't foresee having it as a life long career.  
Her favorite part of the job is the people she meets and the friendships made.  Thank you to Emma and her mother for joining us at our Rotary Meeting! 

October 5th meeting  2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
This past Sunday afternoon provided perfect weather to paint the Car Drop Car that will sit on Smith's Bay this Winter. 
The car should be more recognizable to passer-byes with a fresh coat of  Rotary Blue and Gold paint!  A big thank you to  painters Jack Holzhauer, Carey Wilkens, Paula Zenor, and Peggy Gustafson! A llama and some sheep oversaw the project and watched the paint dry! 
Car Drop Fundraiser Painting Project Peggy Gustafson 2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
John Wills 
Thank you to our State Representative John H. Wills who presented a  program to our club. 
Our senate looks like it will turn republican... if 2 seats are filled there will be a tie; If 3 seats are filled the republican party will have control of both the House and Senate.  Here are some of the topics he touched upon: 
Working on budget - Economy is hurting due to farm economy   but will not have to cut programs.  Growth will happen just will be slower. 
School funding is an issue with lower enrollment statewide, however Dickinson County is doing ok. Currently each student in the state of iowa is $6,400 per student. 
Our state faces some Medicaid issues due to Managed Health care.... Service providers not being paid as quickly as needed. 
Sept. 28 Meeting 2016-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Pictured above is Robb Keizer presenting a check to 
TJ Thayer, Center Director for Upper Des Moines Area Opportunity on behalf or our Rotary Club. 
The check is in the amount of $3,000 to help area students purchase winter coats or other winter outerwear at Bomgaars. 
Coats for Kids Check Presentation 2016-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Visiting Rotarian, Tom Barnes along with his wife Vicky were our guests on Sept. 14 as Tom discussed his Rotary Club "Shoes For Kids" Project 
They distributed Shoe vouchers for every school in the county for kids in need of shoes.  This year they gave about one thousand $20 vouchers. 
To fund the project their club did a letter writing campaign and cookie dough sales. Grant requests were also available. With the help of their signature parade float,  and their passion for providing shoes to children,
this  meaningful and rewarding project has cemented friendships within the club.  It has also helped them to recruit new and younger members into the club. 
September 14 program  2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Club Historian Chuck Skogerboe
On Wednesday September 7, our own Chuck Skogerboe gave a history of The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club. He is our longest standing member having joined the club in 1972.  Our club was formed in 1938 with 18 charter members including Dr. Don Rodawig, Senior who was the president of the club.  They met every week at the Antler's Hotel.  This building still stands on the corner of Hill and 19th Street in downtown Spirt Lake. The club held their meetings at a variety of different locations over the years. In 1945, the club sponsored the local Boy Scout troop. Chuck shared the "Flag exchange" which used to be a big deal; exchanging club flags while visiting other Rotary groups. The first female joined our club in 1990; Carol Kaiser, who also is the wife of our past president Robb Kaiser! Current Member, Mary Christensen was our first female president and also the first female  Paul Harris Fellow.  Over the years, our club has sponsored and supported many fundraisers and projects to better our community. If you have a question about our club's history, it's likely Chuck will be able to answer it for you!  Thanks Chuck for the great presentation!   
September 7 Program 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Due to an increase in District  and International dues , as well as increased food expenses combined with a reduction in membership over the past year our club is experiencing a budget short fall.  For these reasons, your board of directors has unanimously approved a quarterly increase in dues of ten dollars for all club members, both active and senior active effective October 1, 2016.  The cost of meals will reman at $11. It is important that everyone is aware that currenlty our meals are $13.50 ach.  With the gratuity and sales tax added, your club pays $16.70.  per meal with a minimum guarantee of 27 meals each week.  
Dues Notice  2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Dickinson County Attorney Jon Martin 
Jon shared with our club a mentoring project he is spearheading in Dickinson County to help young men that have made bad choices and facing jail time, probation, and other related consequences for breaking the law.  He passed around a sign up sheet for those interested in mentoring.  Mentoring can be a small amount of time that can make a large impact on a young man while there is more time to turn their lives around for the better. He also spoke to us about some State Court Cases that impact us and to help us better understand how they can affect our community. Thanks to Jon for taking time to share these issues with us. 
August 31 Program  Peggy Gustafson 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
As most of you know our fellow Rotarian Jack Hardie has been on the road to recovery after being involved in a car accident leaving Rotary a couple of months ago.  Thanks to President Wilkens, we were all able to send our best wishes to him individually with get well cards provided by Carey.  Jack wanted me to pass along this message: 
To a lively bunch of IGL Rotarians. THANKS for all the thoughts and prayers and good wishes for my recovery. Your support is much appreciated!
Jack Hardie 
Jack, we continue to wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back at Rotary very soon! 
A word from Jack Hardie Peggy Gustafson 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0



Author Cris Hedgepeth 

 160 years of Iowa Great Lakes history have been compiled into a beautiful  book by author Cris Hedgepeth.   Cris needed a winter project and an Okoboji neighbor suggested writing  a history book about the lake. Her work  began work in early Octoberr. She finished writing it on March 1st to provide editing and printing time so it was ready by Memorial Day.
"I couldn't have done this without a LOT of help from the community." Stated Cris.  community. "The area would not be what it is today without the community stepping up and taking care of those needs...this included the first DNR boat and their radio system.  I hope everyone will give their time or treasures to this area.  It is what makes the lake area so special" 

Cris is contributing all her proceeds of this book, after expenses, to the Okoboji Foundation – paying it forward! Learn more at: http://www.okobojihistory.com/.  Cris is the wife of Rotarian Jim Hedgepeth.  
A very heartfelt thanks for enlightening us on this beautiful area we all are blessed to call home! 




August 24th program 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
"Pass the Hat" Offering Fundraiser For New Orleans.
A plea from our district governor asked us to reach out in our giving to New Orleans as 40,000 homes have been damaged and many lives upturned from recent flooding.  
We are proud to report that $192 was collected last Wednesday to add to our District's support for this great need.  Thanks Rotary Members!  Service above Self Shines Through! 
Rotary Help for New Orleans   2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
ACT II:  Random acts of Kindness
The previous round of get well cards  for Lakes Regional Healthcare were such a hit, that we got together again on August 25th at West O Beer in Okoboji to re-supply our hospital with more get well cards for their patients. The photo above shows a nice turnout from our club and a few visiting Rotarians!  A fun time was had by all as we created and signed approximately 80 cards to distribute. Thanks to Kathy Fahey for heading this up once again! " It is an easy way for us to do something to lift someone's spirits while in the hospital, while at the same time promoting Rotary in our community." 
Please watch for future Random Acts of Kindness.  If you have suggestions on other "Kindness" projects, please share!  We are open to suggestions! 
Random Acts of Kindness ;  Act II 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Daniel Gigstead of Shade Of The Tree Counseling
Shade of the Tree is a state licensed non-profit facility which was founded with one goal in mind, to provide Substance Abuse Services to those who need them. Daniel opened his practice in Spirit Lake five years ago to treat substance abuse.
10% of population struggles with addictions which means 1,600 people in Dickinson county are chemically dependent on drugs or alcohol. 
He  received his Bachelors degree from The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN while graduating Cum Laude with a double major in Psychology and Theology. In 2008 Daniel Graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Masters Degree in Psychology. He is currently certified in the State of Iowa as a Substance Abuse Counselor (CADC).and has experience in working in both outpatient and residential facilities. July 28, 2015 Daniel Celebrated 15 years of Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol. 
 Daniel feels he has been given a gift to share with the world offering solutions and most of all Hope. Thanks to Daniel for informing us on this very important topic. 
For more information please visit their website at myshadeofthetree.com.
 August 17 Program 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peggy Gustafson on Aug 01, 2016
In the Zagreb International Airport in Croatia last week,
Tyler Gustafson (son of yours truly) donated his leftover
Croatian Currency to their City's Rotary Club!
Connection to Croatia Peggy Gustafson 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
As of 10/18/16 we have these approximate results for our very successful fundraiser project:
Total member participants, including those making a direct contribution was 16.
Total members selling pizzas was 11. About 5 members made a donation.
Total revenue for the project is about $2800.
Cost of product sold is $1135.
Total profit for the project is $1665.
Total number of pizzas sold was 143 to a total of 62 customers.
Average profit per pizza was $5.49.
Just think what we could do if just half of our 53 membership gets involved next year!!

Jack Holzhauer, project chair
Papa Murphy's Pizza Fundraiser Peggy Gustafson 2016-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Charlie Wittenburg was our speaker on July 13.  Charlie has been at his role at HAPI (Historic Arnolds Park Inc) for one year which encompasses the 
Museum, Queen, II, The Amusement Park ,  as well as  The Green Space for concerts , and the  Roof Garden / Pavilion for Special Events  
HAPI is directed by a 9 person board and employs over 100 individuals. 
This consists of 50-55 J1 summer employees.  J1 are students from other countries,  mostly from Bulgaria.  The Park trains them in  their native language.
Arnolds Park has 26 rides and Charlie emphasized his main concern is that the park runs  safely and responsibly for both employees and it's visitors. 
The Arnolds Park Amusement Park celebrated it's 125th year last summer and thanks to generous donations and passionate people the following improvements have been made to the park just this past year: 
. Roller Coaster Renovation with new magnetic braking system
.New Landscaping and signage 
.Queen II Renovation 
.Harmony Park  -  Donated by Paul Hedberg 
.Rain Gardens near Bob's Restaurant 

HAPI has mapped out some great plans for the future of the park so that it exits for generations to come! 
July 13 program Peggy Gustafson 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0

AMY STEVENS - CLEARresults Management 
Alliant Energy Small Business Energy Assessment Program

CLEAResult helps utilities, businesses and individuals make the wise use of energy a way of life.

Amy explained to the club that every small business with an annual utility bill of less than $50,000 dollars and less than 20,000 square feet in their business can contact her to sign up for a FREE analysis on potential savings for their business.

 Our experienced energy experts tailor strategies to our clients’ specific needs and circumstances. At CLEAResult, we change the way people use energy. To learn more about our energy efficiency programs, visit clearesult.com.



June 8, 2016 Program 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Shelby Duis Playground Annual Cleanup: 
Fellow Rotarians met on Wednesday, June 1 at Shelby Duis Playground located at Elinor Bedell State Park on East Lake Okoboji. After an hour or so of pulling weeds and grooming the playground, it was  tidied  up  for the many visitors who enjoy the park! Thanks to Tom Fuhrman who organized the annual project. 
In 2001, the playground was built through fundraising efforts of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club, spearheaded by then IGL Rotarian Alex Den Herder.
The playground honors the memory of a Spirit Lake, Iowa toddler who died from abuse.  The playground is designed for younger children — like Shelby.
Pictured are some of the members who pitched in along with a park visitor, John Whitehead and his children who also joined us! 
Shelby Duis Playground Cleanup set for this Wednesday 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Our Program on Wednesday, June 1,  was Steve Moore of Okoboji Home Watch.
A personal property management business, located in the Iowa Great Lakes. Steve bought the business from Dean Luchtel where many of their clients are summer/second home owners who are in need of property management and other services.  
June 1, 2016 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Mike Hawkins - Department of Natural Resources. 
Our program on  May 25 was presented by Mike Hawkins of the DNR.  Mike is a Fisheries Management Biologist in the Iowa Great Lakes Area. 
Currently there are 760 lakes infested with Zebra Muscles.  They were first discovered in 1980 in the United States .  They "hitchhiked" over in bilge water from the St. Lawrence Seaway from the Caspian sea. 
Zebra Mussels were first  reported in the Iowa Great Lakes in 2012 in Lower Gar Lake  and by 2014 had spread throughout all of the Iowa great lakes except  far, Big Spirit and Center Lake.  So far these two lakes are not yet  infested. 
Zebra Mussels clear up the water and also makes a significant change in ecology.  Clearer water also means more pond weed of which the Iowa Great Lakes are currently experiencing. 
Zebra mussels have a 5- 6 year lifespan however can  die over the winter.  There native mussels in the Iowa Great Lakes but Mike Hawkins doesn't expect them to survive with the infestation of the invasive species of Mussels. 
May 25 Program 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Jack Parkins!

  Jack was the lucky winner of the $500 Paul Harris Foundation points! Iowa Great Lakes Rotary club was a winner of a “Duck” in the recent District 5970 gathering in Waterloo. 

Paul Harris Foundation 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Past District Governor and member of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club, Kathy Fahy has been appointed Rotary Public Image Coordinator (RPIC) for Rotary Zone 28 beginning July 1, 2017. The appointment is for a 3-year term and covers 13 districts encompassing Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois and part of Canada. The position provides enhanced information, public relation and marketing assistant to clubs and districts. Kathy will serve as a trainer, motivator, coach, counselor and resource for Rotarians to tell their stories to media, local government, communities, civic leaders and similar entities. She will also assist at Rotary Institutes, Governor-elect Training Seminars (GETS) and other Zone-level meetings. Kathy is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Coordinator for the Zone focusing on membership and club support. She is also a co-chair for the Rotary Zone 28-29 Young Professionals Summit to be held in Cleveland, Ohio in September. 
Congratulations to Kathy Fahy 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday, May 4th as Amy Pas presented a program on the future Lakes Area Dog Park. The park will be located on the South Campus of the Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp. You and your dog can socialize, exercise, play, and just relax! If you take your dog on a walk, you have to have it on a leash, right next to you at all times. At the park your dog can run free with all of the other dogs. To Learn more, please visit their website: http://ladpark.weebly.com/
May 4th program Peggy Gustafson 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Joe Simington, long time lakes area resident, shared stories of Fostoria, The Farmers Savings Bank, and historical facts of the community from the past 125 years.  Each Rotarian received a calendar with photos and historical information.  Thanks to Joe and his son Chad for joining us and presenting a very informational and interesting program!  
April 27 Program Carey Wilkens 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Iowa Lakes Corridor President and CEO Speaks to Rotary 
Kiley Miller, President & CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation was our guest speaker on April 20. An Iowa native, he previously was Executive Vice President of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance. Kiley has also been a journalist and served in the United States Army. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sewanee—The University of the South and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Kiley shared his views and goals to improve and grow our community through collaboration and out of the box thinking.  
April 20 Program 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
A big thank you to Kathy Fahey for organizing a "Random Acts of Kindness" event held at West O Brewery in West Okoboji last Thursday night!  A handful of Rotarians met for an hour or so to create get well cards for The Lakes Regional Health Care. The hospital staff will have the cards available to give to their patients on behalf of their local Rotary club! 70 cards were the result of an hours worth fun and fellowship... not to mention having  a few local craft beers together! Pictured are the Rotarians who attended along with Hospital Representative, our own Sonja Hamm. 
Random Acts of Kindness Peggy Gustafson 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Donates To The Pearson Lakes Art Center
Pictured is President Robb Keizer presenting a "check" to Brittney Hansen of The Pearson Lakes Art Center.  The check was recently given  to help support transportation for area students to the art center.  Often times funding for art education is the first to be cut or trimmed down. Transportation costs can be alleviated with generous donations such as this!  The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club is proud to help support art in education.  Brittney is also one of our newest members of our Rotary Club!
Rotary Gifting Peggy Gustafson 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to our program Speakers from Heritage Landing in Milford Iowa.  Denise Leal and Sally Anderson gave a very infomative program on Senior Living Apartments and all the services offered by the Good Samaritan Society.
April 13 Program SENIOR HOUSING WITH SERVICES 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
World Health Organization Wild Polio Virus Update Week ending 30 March
Officially reported wild poliovirus cases as of 05 Apr 2016 Total global cases in 2016: 9 (compared with 22 for the same period in 2015) Total in endemic countries in 2016: 9 (compared with 22 for the same period in 2015) Total in non-endemic countries in 2016: 0 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2015) *Pakistan: 7 cases in 2016 (compared with 21 for the same period in 2015), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 05-Mar-16 *Afghanistan: 2 cases in 2016 (compared with 1 for the same period in 2015), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 01-Feb-16 Headlines: The third Outbreak Response Assessment in Madagascar found that the surveillance system is not yet strong enough to conclude that polio transmission has been interrupted. Thirty-nine high-risk districts have been identified to receive focused attention. There is one week to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine. Learn more about the switch through this series of videos. Afghanistan: No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was reported in the past week. The more recent occurred in Nawzad district of Hilmand province, with onset of paralysis on 23 January. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 remains 2, compared to 1 reported for 2015 at this point last year. Pakistan: No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in the last week. The last was recorded in Shikarpur district of Sindh province, with onset of paralysis on 5 March. 
Polio Update Peggy Gustafson 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International has 31,000 clubs in more than 165 countries and regions which encourage high ethical standards and carry out humanitarian projects to address such issues as poverty, health, hunger, education, and the environment.   
Do you have a friend, co-worker, neighbor or know of someone who would possibly be interested in our Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club? Please invite them to a Wednesday lunch!  
Rotarians Wanted! 2016-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Our March 16 program was presented by Joanne Follon will and Brian Dalziel  of the  Iowa Lakes Corridor.  JoAnne discussed the incentives for communities and business to bring Military Veterans into their communities and workforce.  Brian told of the   5 x 5 Campaign which is to grow communities by five percent in five years and the steps toward that goal. Thanks to both of them for a very informative program! 
Wednesday, March 16 Program Peggy Gustafson 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0

For years, Jan McDonald of Spirit Lake has been intrigued by the unique environmentally

friendly car drop fund raiser on Smith's Bay.

When the event first began, about 15 years ago, it was the idea of Joe Estes of the Spirit Lake

Sunrise Kiwanis Club. The shell of a car was placed on the ice in view of traffic over the bridge

around Winter Games time and people could guess the month, day, hour and minute that the

car would fall through the once 20-30 inch thick ice. Back then, tickets were $1.00 each, or 6

for $5.00, and Jan would buy about $30 dollars worth, distributing them to family and friends.

Over the years, her family in Massachusetts would check online on the local web cam to see if

the car was still standing. Almost all had been out to Iowa to visit over the past 40 summers. "If

I ever mentioned Winter Games they would ask, is the car on the ice yet?" It was a fun connection

for them, although 1500 miles away.

Jan, a Lakes News Shopper employee, would work on ads for the event with Dee Wermersen

of Sunrise Kiwanis. She also designed and put up posters for sales at the Dry Dock Lounge.

At one point the Red Cross partnered with the Kiwanians to benefit from the fund raiser, and

the proceeds made for a lot of happy people.

Every March, or April, spectators might line up at the bridge when the car was listing and

the plunge looked inevitable. Also when the team from Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire & Rescue

and Bob Kirschbaum's tow truck would arrive to retrieve the car from the bottom of the lake

and check the dashboard clock to find the exact minute the car hit the water.

A few years ago the IGL Rotary Club, that also supports programs to enrich the area, was

asked to help sell tickets. To simplify sales, all 720 minutes in a clock day were sold so a person

would have 2 chances (a.m. or p.m.) to win and the cost was $10 for a specific minute.

"Nowadays I usually buy 12 tickets, always including a new acquaintance or an old friend -

just for the surprise factor of participating. It's a fun way to support our community" Jan said.

This year, Jan bought her tickets from co-worker and IGL Rotarian Peggy Gustafson.

Last Wednesday, during her noon lunch break, Jan took a picture of the car leaning into the

water and announced at work that it was near the end. She was excited to learn that some of her

tickets were close to that time and called relatives holding the 1:11 and 1:12 ticket to get them

excited as well, having no idea how close she really was.

"This is such a special promotion for our area, I'm sure there are still people who don't know

why that car sits out there abandoned, even though the details are advertised many times over

the season and posters are everywhere. It's like buying a lottery ticket and waiting to find out

the surprise. Next year will be someone else's turn to win $1,000. For me that time of 12:58 is

the lucky moment to help fund a trip to San Francisco to visit my son, Logan, who moved there

recently. Thank You, Mother Nature and Iowa Great Lakes Rotary!"

Car Drop Reflections by Jan McDonald 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Pictured along with Robb and Peggy is Jan McDonald, the $1,000 Cash Prize Winner for purchasing the winning ticket to our annual car drop fundraiser! On Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 12:58 PM, The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Car dropped into the icy waters of Smith's Bay!  The next afternoon, the Arnolds Park Fire and Rescue team along with Bob Kirschbaum removed the vehicle to reveal the exact lucky minute that the clock stopped. Congratulations to Jan who will be our guest this Wednesday, March 15 when she officially collects her prize!
Car Drop Winner! Peggy Gustafson 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
March 9, The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club met at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake.  A plaque was presented to the hospital in recognition of the Heli pad that was made possible by the IGL Rotary Club in 1989 to commemorate our 50th anniversary. A donation was also given for support of the ER for $250. 
March 9 Program at Lakes Regional Healthcare Peggy Gustafson 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Blue Zones Ribbon Cutting Rachelle Fratzke 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on May 22, 2012
Rod Quanbeck, Executive Director of the Okoboji-Ingham Lutheran Bible Camp spoke to Rotary on Wednesday, May 23. Rod is a Certified Camp Director and shared some details about the camp with Rotary:
  • Camp started in its current West Okoboji site in 1924 (next to Arrowhead Beach)
  • Camp has 20 year round staff
  • 75 staff during summer (from all over US and international)
  • Operate 2 camps - one in Okoboji and Ingham Lake
  • In 2011 had restoration projects - cabins and chapel
  • Chapel Service 9:30 every Sunday am
  • Campfire Ring dedication will be held in 3 weeks (look for details in paper)
  • Focus is "Restoration of Live"
  • 17 Youth camps (5-600 kids)
  • 6 Family camps
  • Summer Day Camps
  • Adult retreats
  • Elderversity (June 4-5)
  • New in 2012: paintball course, banana boats, batting cages, gaga ball, geocaching

For more information about the camp and its schedule of events, visit www.okoboji.org.

Rod Quanbeck from Okoboji Lutheran Camp Speaks to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on May 21, 2012
This year, Iowa Great Lakes Rotary is proud to award eight $500 scholarships to area high school seniors. The recipients this year are Molly Dziedzic (Spirit Lake), Connor Rowley (Spirit Lake), Elizabeth Skogerboe (Spirit Lake), Kara Prachar (Okoboji), Mikkinzie Peschong (Okoboji), Zach Jones (Okoboji), Guadalupe Tapia (Harris Lake Park), and Quinn Parker (Graettinger/Terril). Congratulations to all of these graduating seniors on their future plans.
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Awards Scholarships Kathryn Fahy 2012-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on May 15, 2012
Harold Prior, Executive Director of the Iowa Wind Energy Association, spoke to Rotary on Wednesday, May 16 to share an update on wind energy operations in Northwest Iowa. NWEA is a national leader in bringing jobs and economic development to rural areas. For example in 2007, there were only 5 manufacturers of wind turbines in the US. There are 14 now. Additional benefits of the wind industry to northwest Iowa include education opportunities, land owner benefits, energy exporting, energy jobs, infrastructure improvement, investment and property tax base. Iowa is the first state to reach 20% electricity from wind (% of all sources). Iowa exports 13% and uses 7%. There has been over $5 billion in private investments in wind energy in Iowa. The goals of the NWEA are to 1) inform the general public, 2) lobby at state and federal level, 3) represent wind energy interests in Iowa and 4) support growth of the industry.
Rotary Gets Wind Energy Update Kathryn Fahy 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on May 08, 2012
Two Iowa Supreme Court Justices spoke to Rotary on Wednesday, May 9. Justices Waterman and Mansfield (both appointed by Governor Branstad in 2011) shared the judicial process with Rotarians. The Iowa Supreme Court is in essence like a Board of Directors for the judicial branch - determining budget allocations within the branch once the legislature provides funding. The core mission of the Supreme Court is to decide appeals and provide judgements on difficult and controversial issues. One of the goals of the court is to improve pace of decision making - in 2010, the average length was 8 months. Court often has to interpret unclear legislation and decide narrow contsitutional questions. A future goal moving forward is to continue to take "court on the road" so the public can see the court in action and learn more about how the system works.
Rotary Welcomes Two IA Supreme Court Justices Kathryn Fahy 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on May 08, 2012
Spirit Lake Kiwanis members Teresa Beck and Scott Trautman recently attended an IGL Rotary meeting to recognize the acceptance of a check from Iowa Great Lakes Rotary to help their organization with their Splash Pad project at Memorial Park in Spirit Lake.  Pictured l-r is Scott Trautman, Rotary President Peter Vander Linden, and Teresa Beck.
Rotary Donates to Kiwanis Splash Pad Project Kathryn Fahy 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Apr 24, 2012
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary is proud to donate a box of bracelets to a local Girl Scout troop. The bracelets, which were puchased by Rotary were handmade in Nicaragua from wallpaper samples donated by Rotary last year. The bracelets were donated to the Girl Scout troop which plans to sell them as a fundraiser to support their community service activities. Pictured here are members of the Girl Scout troop with IGL Rotary President Peter van der Linden.
Rotary Donates to Girl Scouts Kathryn Fahy 2012-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Mar 27, 2012

We have a winner!

The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club recently wrapped up their annual raffle to help raise funds for scholarships and other civic oriented causes.  Congratulations to Christopher Furman of Estherville. Christopher could choose $1,000 cash or a trip to Las Vegas.  As a new father, Christopher chose the cash.  Pictured l-r is Rotarian Tom Furman, Christopher Furman (Tom's son and an Estherville Rotarian!) and IGL Rotary President Peter VanderLinden. 

Rotary Raffle Winner! Kathryn Fahy 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Mar 06, 2012
Mary Freiborg, President of the Okoboji Foundation, and Hannah Marsh, member of Youth in Philanthropy shared their stories about the program with the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary club on Wednesday, March 7. Mary is proud to work with 14 Community Leaders on the Board of Directors and over 350 donor members who make a vital difference in the lakes community through the Okoboji Foundation. The Youth in Philanthropy program began last year. The goal is to teach the Next Generation about the importance of community giving and the lasting impact of Okoboji Foundation Grants in the Community. Hannah shared the process for becoming part of Youth in Philantrophy as well as what she has learned about the community and organizations who rely on grants each year. 27 students from Okoboji & Spirit Lake High Schools participate in the Okoboji Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy. Youth in Philanthropy empowers and challenges youth to identify community needs and build a sense of social responsibility.  It teaches the next generation about the importance of community giving.
Youth in Philanthropy Share Story with Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2012-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Van der Linden on Feb 28, 2012
At the regular Wednesday meeting of Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on February 29, Peter van der Linden talked about several new threats to trees in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Bur Oak Blight is a fungus that attacks oak leaves in spring, causing them to gradually turn brown and then fall from the trees in mid to late summer. Some trees appear to be resistant. Susceptible trees that are attacked year after year can decline and eventually die. Homeowners can protect individual trees by hiring an arborist to treat them in spring, but this is expensive and not practical in large stands. Three other threats are not here yet, but coming: gypsy moth, emerald ash borer, and thousand cankers disease of walnut. These and other pests are spread when infected wood and nursery stock are moved from place to place. When camping it is important to buy firewood locally, not bring it with you. (Rotarians who could not attend the meeting are welcome to call Peter at (712) 337-3669 ext. 5 for more information.)
Peter van der Linden Discusses Tree Threats with IGL Rotary Peter Van der Linden 2012-02-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Feb 14, 2012

Local barber, thespian, author and entrepreneur Michael Felton shared stories with Rotary in a program on Wednesday, February 15. Michael was born and raised in Arnolds Park but moved away at the age of 17 for 21 years before returning to the area to raise his son. He has been in the barber business for 32 years – his father and grandfather were both barbers. He has been a entrepreneur in the barber business, but also a thespian for over 20 years and an author as he has penned three plays, one of which was produced off Broadway in NYC. Recently Michael also wrote a children’s book called “The Lonely Gray Square.” Michael shared stories of how he has had success in business over the years and attributes success in the lakes area to getting involved in the community. He truly has a passion for this community and says the key to running a business in this community is to open your doors to the community. Those businesses who have not succeeded in his opinion are because they have not been involved in the area and what it has to offer.

Local Entrepreneur Shares Business Stories with Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2012-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Feb 07, 2012

Pictured above are four recent recipients of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary International.  As members of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club, each have been recognized by their peers and have earned the honor because of their commitment and tireless dedication to their club. L- R:  Judi Haviland, Dave Kerr, Angie Peterson, and Greg Richards.

Four Iowa Great Lakes Rotarians Become Paul Harris Fellows Kathryn Fahy 2012-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Feb 07, 2012

Kathy Holmquist shared a program on graphology to Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on Wednesday, February 8. Graphology is the study of handwriting and is referred to as the recorded language of the unconscious. There is a long history of people who have researched graphology, calling in brain writing. The father of the IQ test, French psychologist Alfred Benet studied it extensively. Many European universities require the study of it for psychology and education degrees. The US has been slower to accept it as a science. Typically graphologists cannot tell a male and female’s handwriting apart. By fifth grade, we have often developed the form our writing will take. When we write, we are representing ourselves as we place each work on the page – each stroke, mark, dash, dot, cross, curve and shape has a meaning. Graphology looks at the overall page and placement of writing on a page, baselines, slants, pressure, speed, rhythm, spacing, letter for quality, letter shape/size, and margins. Kathy examined writing sample with the group from many Rotarians and shared each individuals traits based on their writing samples.

Kathy Holmquist Shares Graphology with Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2012-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Jan 31, 2012

Beth Samuelson, Registered Dietician, and Lynn Hughes, Certified Diabetic Educator, from Lakes Regional Healthcare spoke to Iowa Great Lakes Rotary about its new Diabetes Self-Management Training on Wednesday, February 1. The program is targeted toward those diagnosed with diabetes with 10 hours of education for patients in within the first year of diagnosis, and an additional 2 hours follow-up in the next years. The program is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many insurance companies. Lynn is nationally and state certified to do the training, which requires a hospital to have a physician, dietician, pharmacist and advisory board related to the program.  Currently, 8.7% of adults in Dickinson County have been diagnosed with diabetes (approx. 1450 people) and 27.2% of adults in Dickinson County are considered obese (4500 people). A recent survey of those diagnosed with diabetes showed the need for a program like this as only 20% follow a meal plan, 30% have an exercise plan, 60% monitor their blood sugar, and 30% had formal diabetic education. Although all 100% of patients took their medicine, only 40% knew what their medication was for. Lakes Regional Healthcare has already started implementing the training and does need to report how the training helps clients with their self-care behaviors.

Rotary Learns About New Diabetes Training Program at LRH Kathryn Fahy 2012-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Jan 17, 2012

Val Newhouse, President of Iowa Lakes Community College, shared an update with Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on Wednesday, January 18. Val is not only the first woman president of ILCC but also the first president promoted from within the college. ILCC was established in 1966 through the 15 community college system in Iowa. Over the years, enrollment has treaded up with over 100,000 students in the system statewide. ILCC  has students enrolled in over 100 technical and pre-professional programs. 68% of students are from the local five county area; 85% from Iowa; 7% from Minnesota and 8% made up from 31 states, 1 U.S. territory and 6 foreign countries. ILCC has a great retention rate, with a 51.4% graduation rate for 1st time, full time students (statewide rate is 35.8%). Many students completed prerequisite classes and transfer on to larger state universities to complete their degrees. Over 150 scholarships are available at ILCC and 65% of applicants are awarded at least one. Val also shared two new advertising commercials that will begin airing soon.

Val Newhouse Gives ILCC Update to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2012-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Jan 17, 2012

Four students from the Spirit Lake High School January LIVE Leadership Class spoke briefly to Rotary to request Rotary’s help in securing item donations for two separate  projects they are undertaking this month in class. Trevor Jensen and Drew Fowler have both selected Mission Haiti to collection donations for. They are looking for canned goods, school supplies and toiletry items to send to Haiti. Items can be dropped off at the Spirit Lake Schools, Northwest Bank, Central Bank, Bank Midwest or by calling Trevor at (712) 330-5864 for pickup.  Bryson McCabe and Sam Harms are collecting gently worn or new shoes for Shoes for Africa. Shoes can be dropped off at Spirit Lake schools, the Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake or St. Joseph’s Church in Milford, or by calling Sam at (712) 330-7629 for pickup. All four students request your donations by January 23rd.

Students Share Leadership Projects with Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2012-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Jan 03, 2012

Norm Johnson and Jason Harrington represent the Blue Zone Project and shared what that means for Spirit Lake with the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on Wednesday, January 4. Norm Johnson, Executive Director of the YMCA, and Jason Harrington, CEO of Lakes Regional Healthcare, both are part of the Power 9 Advisory Board which is working on the Spirit Lake application to become a Blue Zone Community. Last July, Governor Branstad challenged Iowans to become the healthiest state in the nation. Wellmark backed the challenge by providing grant money for communities to vie for in this challenge. Spirit Lake launched its application with the Start Somewhere Walk held last October with over 2000 participants. Since then, the community had made it to the final 58 communities who were asked to submit applications by January 4. Ten communities will be selected to share in $50 million in grant money.

The Blue Zone Project is based on the book “The Blue Zone” by Dan Buettner, who studied communities all over the world to see where the healthiest people lived. He took the top 6 communities and then compared what factors made them the healthiest. Those factors have become known as the Power 9 Principles and cover aspects of 4 categories – Move Naturally, Right Outlook, Eat Wisely and Belong. For more information about Iowa’s Blue Zone project, go to http://www.iowahealthieststate.com/blue-zones.

Rotary Learns about Blue Zone Project Kathryn Fahy 2012-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Dec 20, 2011

The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Winter Raffle to now underway. Win a Trip for Two to fabulous Las Vegas or $1000 in cash! Tickets are $10 each with only 375 available. The trip to Las Vegas consists of 3 days, two nights and includes airfare, hotel and transfers to/from hotel. The drawing will be held on Friday, March 9 live on KUOO radio. Proceeds will benefit local Rotary projects. Tickets can be purchased from any Iowa Great Lakes Rotarian.

Rotary Raffle Now Underway Kathryn Fahy 2011-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Dec 20, 2011

Boji Voices entertained Iowa Great Lakes Rotary members on Wednesday, December 21 with holiday music selections. Boji Voices is a vocal jazz ensemble from Okoboji High School that was started four years ago. The group travels to various jazz festivals and competitions in the winter and spring, as well we perform in three school concerts during the school year. Boji Voices is an auditioned group of 16 singers from the 60 member choir. The choir is directed by Erin Orness.

Boji Voices Spreads Holiday Cheer to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2011-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Nov 15, 2011

Stephanie Fisk returned to Rotary to share her overseas stories on November 16. Stephanie is a graduate of Okoboji High School and Wartburg College, Since college, she has dedicated her life to serving with various non-profits and ministries domestically and abroad. For the last year and a half, she has been working with MATTOO – an international anti-human trafficking non-profit. She currently splits her time living in Minneapolis, Spain and Romania as she focuses on raising awareness on the issue of human trafficking. One November 29, she will be returning to Spain. Stephanie shared with Rotary many stories of her mission with the club.

Stephanie Fish Shares Stories with Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Nov 15, 2011

Iowa Great Lakes Rotary inducted three new members into Rotary on Wednesday, November 16. Megan Slyman, Mark Schutt and Mary Jenson were welcomed into Rotary by Paula Zenor, IGL membership chair and Rotarian sponsors Sonja Hamm, Peter van der Linden and Paula Zenor.

IGL Rotary Inducts Three New Members Kathryn Fahy 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Nov 08, 2011

Spirit Lake High School Principal Steve Ratzlaff and Academic Dean Kari Webb spoke to Rotary on Wednesday, November 9 about a new initiative in the high school this year – January LIVE. January LIVE is a project based learning program that will span 15 days in January 2012 between first and second semesters. This academic adventure will promote critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity between students, faculty and the community. Project based learning has seven essential elements to it: publicly presented project, driving question or challenge, a need to know, inquiry and innovation, 21st century skills, student voice and choice, and feedback and revision. In addition to the January courses such as welding, song composing and leadership, sixty seniors will use their January LIVE time to intern at area businesses.

SLHS Gives Preview of Janaury LIVE Kathryn Fahy 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Nov 08, 2011

Jeff Knapp, Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Foundation chair, was pleased to award five Paul Harris Fellowship Awards at Rotary on Wednesday, November 9. Pat Knutson was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship as a Special Appreciation from her husband Rotarian Ron Knutson, who is a Paul Harris Fellow +2. Bob Sneitzer was awarded his first Paul Harris Fellowship. Louise Erbes and Chuck Skogerboe were both honored with the Paul Harris +1 recognition. And Neil Christensen was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow +3. Donors of $1,000 or more to the Rotary Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin. Congratulations to all our latest recipients!

IGL Rotary Honors Five Paul Harris Fellows Kathryn Fahy 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Nov 01, 2011

Mark Stevens, City Administrator for Spirit Lake, spoke to Rotary on Wednesday, November 2 about the upcoming vote for a new city hall. Mark shared that the current building was originally built as a fire station in 1950 and the building had a 50 year life span. The building eventually was used as the police station and now houses the city offices. It has been occupied for 61 years, 11 longer than it was expected to last. The building is now extremely deteriorated – the masonry has cracks, no electrical wires are in the walls (all exposed), water leaks in both the ceiling and basement (has already caused a small electrical fire), lack of meeting spaces, no sound system in council room (audience can’t hear when air or heat are running as furnace is in back of the room), lack of privacy in reception area for customers, no handicap accessibility, small offices with no doors, and single pane windows are just a few examples. Mark shared that the council has looked at other options including the old church building on Lake Street – but after an engineer and inspector looked at that building, the cost to fix up that building would be almost as much as constructing a new building. The best option was determined to be to construct a new building on the existing site. The issue will be on the ballot Tuesday, November 8 and the city is asking for $1.745 million to finance the project (total cost of project is $1.9 million). Mark offered to give anyone a tour of the building if they want more information on the project.

Mark Stevens Tells Spirit Lake City Hall Story to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2011-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Oct 25, 2011

Steve Schwaller, News Director at KUOO, spoke to Rotary on Wednesday, October 26 about the changes he has seen in broadcasting since the 1980s. Some of the main changes have been:

·         Switch from analog to digital – Steve shared how he used to splice actual tape when editing interviews for on-air compared to now when it’s simply a click on the computer.

·         Programming – Steve talked about how national programming would be mailed in advance to the station on tapes where now it is all via website download

·         Wire Service Data – there used to be two news agencies (AP and UPI) – it is just AP now and instead of standing next to the teletype machine receiving page after page of news printed on paper and having to cut and paste them together for a newscast, now it is all electronic on the computer resulting in a lot of paper and time savings

·         Main Control Room – when playing music on air, Steve shared using LPs and how you had to be fairly skilled to start songs without dead airtime or without it starting slow as the turntable came up to speed. Now it is all digital and most songs are pre-programmed on a play list now.

Over the years, even though there have been a lot of changes, Steve enjoys all aspects of his job and the minute-to-minute changes that can occur following news stories. He sees smart phone apps where you can listen to the radio online as the next change that will take place with radio. Steve also shared a few of his thoughts on the upcoming weather patterns with the group.

Steve Schwaller Speaks to Rotary October 26 Kathryn Fahy 2011-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Oct 04, 2011

Rotarians gathered at Elinor Bedell State Park on the afternoon of October 5 to plant a tree in memory of John Haviland, husband of fellow Rotarian Judy Haviland. The tree, a sugar maple, was planted just to the west of the Shelby Duis Playground at Elinor Bedell Park near the trail. Rotarians who helped with the planting are pictured here with the tree.  Check out more photos of the tree planting in our photo gallery.

Rotary Plants Memorial Tree Kathryn Fahy 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Oct 04, 2011

Norm Johnson with the YMCA and Jean Boone with Lakes Regional Healthcare Occupational Health spoke to Rotary on Wednesday, October 5 about their organizations’ new partnership. The new Occupational Health and Wellness program is designed to meet the needs of businesses in the area from flu shots to identifying health and safety issues to developing corporate wellness programs. Some of the services to be offered in the new program are:

·         Injury Treatment Programs

·         Workers Comp Case Management

·         On-site Nursing Services

·         Hearing Tests

·         Respiratory Protection Programs

·         Drug & Alcohol Testing

·         Wellness Programs

·         Immunizations/Flu Shots

·         Fitness Assessments

In addition, Norm spoke about a goal to become a Blue Zone Community in Iowa – be one of ten communities vying for $50 million in community funding by committing to becoming a healthier community. Norm invited everyone to join in the Start Somewhere Walk on Friday, October 7 at noon at the YMCA which is part of Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative.

New Occupation Health and Wellness Program is Topic at Rotary October 5 Kathryn Fahy 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Sep 20, 2011

Wade Weber, Youth Program Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, spoke to Rotary on September 21 about 4-H, its history and current programming. Wade covers a six county area and oversees the 4-H programs in each of the counties. 4-H is the programmatic outreach of the land grant universities through education services to young citizens in our communities. 4-H began in 1904 and started with the three H’s – head, heart and hands – and has since added the 4th H – health. The initial focus is to make youth fit for self government, self control, self help and to make them contributing citizens of character.  4-H today has become more than an agriculture club and focuses on “hands-on” learning. An example or a program recently started in Spirit Lake and Okoboji is a Robotics program built on the foundation of finding real world solutions to everyday problems.

Wade Weber Speaks to Rotary About 4-H Kathryn Fahy 2011-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Sep 06, 2011

Al Maser was recognized by the Rotary Foundation and the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow at the September 7 Rotary meeting.  Donors of $1,000 or more to the Rotary Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin. Congratulations Al!

Al Maser Presented with Paul Harris Fellow Kathryn Fahy 2011-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Aug 30, 2011

On August 31, the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Program was presented by local resident Dallas Dotson.  Dallas travelled to Haiti in May with with a group of doctors and skilled professionals through Avera in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Once the group arrived in Port au Prince they travelled to Jeremie where they worked with the Haiti Health Foundation.

Haitian Health Foundation is Topic of Rotary Program August 31 Kathryn Fahy 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Aug 30, 2011

The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club recently presented a check in the amount of $200 to the Iowa Lakes Community College Scholarship Foundation.  These funds provide opportunity to students giving them a chance for a higher education. Pictured is Jolene Rogers representing the college with Rotary President Peter Vander Linden.

Rotary Supports ILCC Scholarship Program Kathryn Fahy 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Aug 27, 2011

Congratulations to Dana Hesby from Spencer – the winner of our Polaris Youth Ranger RZR raffle drawing! Dana’s name was drawn at the conclusion of Iowa Great Lakes Rotary’s annual pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, August 28th.  

Dana Hesby Wins Rotary Fundraiser Drawing! Kathryn Fahy 2011-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Aug 23, 2011
At a recent Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Meeting, the program was dedicated to past Rotarian Dr. Phil Pugh who passed away March 6, 2009.  The club recognizes past Rotarians who have contributed their time and talents to the community through Rotary and in other ways as well.  Iowa Great Lakes Rotary gave a check in the amount of $500 to the Friends of Iowa Lakeside Lab for Water Testing in Dr. Pugh's honor.  Pictured left to right is Rotary President Peter VanderLinden, Alicia Sandre, daughter of Phil Pugh representing their family, and Joan Gronstal, president of the Friends of Iowa Lakeside Lab.  
Rotary Dedication Benefits Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Kathryn Fahy 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Aug 23, 2011

Rotary District 5970 Governor Jim Patton spoke to Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on Wednesday, August 24 at the regular noon meeting. DG Patton shared a variety of updates about Rotary International and District 5970 with the club, including membership goals, Polio Plus update, dictionary project, public image focus and ways to reach youth through RYLA camps. He also talked about the change in Rotary District Simplified Grants that will be happening next year. In the past all applications have gone to RI for administration. Moving forward, grant dollars will come back to the district for administration within the district. He also discussed the changes in the Group Study Exchange (GSE) program. Beginning in 2013, it will become a vocational study exchange and will likely include 2 Rotarians and 3 non-Rotarians each year in a specific profession. Shown here are District Governor Jim Patton, IGL President Elect Liz Sandy and IGL President Peter vanderLinden.

District Governor Jim Patton Speaks to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Aug 10, 2011

The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary is excited to announce the installation of a new electronic sign at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds. The previous sign, built in 1992 through a joint effort by Rotary and the Fairgrounds, blew down earlier this year. The new digital sign was installed last week and is programmed from an office computer in the Expo Building. It allows staff to promote and highlight numerous events at once as well as input longer messages than before.  


After a commitment from the Dickinson County Ag Society to start the sign replacement project, Iowa Great Lakes Rotary contributed $4,000 to and provided leadership in fundraising to complete the sign. A special thank you to Bank Midwest, Central Bank, Farmers Savings Bank, Libery Bank, Northwest Bank,The State Bank and United Community Bank for their contributions to the project.  Pictured here with the new sign are Rotarians Chuck Skogerboe, Kathy Fahy and Rotary President Peter vanderLinden.

Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Assists with New Electronic Sign at Fairground Kathryn Fahy 2011-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Aug 09, 2011

Joan McCulloch with the Dickinson County Endowment Fund spoke to Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on Wednesday, August 10. The fund is a non-profit, tax-exempt foundation established in 2005 with gaming dollars and private contributions. The mission of the organization is to enhance the quality of life and promote economic vitality in Dickinson County by encouraging philanthropy and providing financial assistance for projects and programs that benefit local residents. Each year, 75% of earnings are given out as grants and 25% is endowed for the future. This past year, 27 non-profits will receive grants from DCEF. For more information about the grant process, how to donate, or who grant recipients are, visit the organization’s website at www.dcefund.org.

DCEF Shares Its Story with Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2011-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Jul 26, 2011

The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary took their weekly meeting off-site on July 27 to tour and visit the Nature Center. Barb Tagami gave a brief presentation and tour of the newly completed facility. The Dickinson County Nature Center is a center for environmental learning and is open to the public year round, Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. It is located ½ mile west of the Wild Rose Inn.

Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Visits the Nature Center Kathryn Fahy 2011-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Jul 19, 2011

Ruth Ann Berkland and Elaina O’Neill with the Okoboji Summer Theatre spoke to the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on July 20. Elaina graduated last May and performed at OST last summer and is back this summer as a graduate student and Director of Public Relations for the season. She shared information about the four shows that remain for the season: (1) “Shooting Stars” about a 1960s all women basketball team, (2) “The Ladies Man” a French farce, (3) “The Glass Menagerie” a classic which is bringin back well known alumni, and (4) “Evita” a musical with a guest director. The Theatre also has two children’s shows left at the Boji Bantum Theatre – (1) “Circus Olympics” which combines Greek mythology and circus acrobats, and (2) Queenie Bee’s Pajama Lama Beach Party” written by a Stephens College student. Ruth Ann shared a little about the history of OST and is in her 13th season here. This is the 54th season of the Summer Theatre and is looking forward to a 55th Anniversary celebration next year. Stephens College is committed to the ongoing program and recently announced a new dormitory project is in the works. The original dorms were built in 1958 as non-permanent residences, which currently house 43 people a summer.

Okoboji Summer Theatre Shares Season with Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peggy Gustafson on Jul 12, 2011

On Wednesday, July 13, the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club was pleased to have th University of Iowa President Sally Mason as their guest speaker.  Sally Mason became the 20th President of The University of Iowa in 2007. She holds a full professorship with tenure in the Department of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She spoke to the club and visitors about the University's new strategic plan to enhance areas of strength.  The four areas included students success, improved knowledge and practice, new frontiers in the arts, and better life for Iowans.  This past fall the university had a record number of 4,500 enrolling Freshman and expect near that many this fall.  They also have over 500 veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq wars enrolled which is the largest in the country.  The University of Iowa has trained 80% of dentists and 50% of doctors practicing in the state of Iowa. There are 81,000 alumni currently living in Iowa. Mason also spoke about budgetary constraints and the benefit of partnering with community colleges.  Currently 13 of the 15 community colleges have agreements with the University of Iowa. Also attending the clubs meeting were 11 University of Iowa faculty members. Pictured is Iowa Great Lakes Rotary President Peter Van Der Linden with President Mason.

U of Iowa President Speaks to Rotary Peggy Gustafson 2011-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Jul 05, 2011

On Wednesday, July 6, 2012 the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club started their new fiscal year with their new president!  Pictured is Peter VanderLinden who will take the reigns from Kathy Fahy, outgoing president. The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: 

 • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

 • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

 • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;

 • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. Congratulations to Kathy for a successful and productive term and good luck to Peter as he leads the club this year! 

Rotary Passes Gavel Kathryn Fahy 2011-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Jul 05, 2011

Jim Duddleston was recognized by the Rotary Foundation and the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow at the July 6 Rotary meeting.  Donors of $1,000 or more to the Rotary Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin. Congratulations Jim!

Jim Duddleston Presented with Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Kathryn Fahy 2011-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Jul 05, 2011

Lois Hawn, Director of Operations and a nurse for over 20 years, spoke to the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on Wednesday, July 6 about the new eER and eConsult services offered at Lakes Regional Healthcare. The services are now being provided through Avera Health to a network of 35 hospitals in the region. The services are offered to create hubs designed to keep people in their own community for care if at all possible. Here is how eER works:  the physician or nurse on duty at LRH simply pushes a button in the ER to connect to a physician or specialist in Sioux Falls via live video and audio link. All staff nurses and physicians at LRH are still staffed 24/7 as they have always been. This service does not replace or downsize current staff at all. The physicians are then able to see and assist in diagnosis of the patient. This allows greater access to specialists, translators if needed, psych consults, and more physicians. The cameras are accurate enough for the physician in Sioux Falls to read small #s and see pupil sizes. eConsult works in a similar way except appointments are pre-set so the physician can be available through the video/audio link to consult with a physician about a patient.

Lakes Regional Shares Information about New eER and eConsults Kathryn Fahy 2011-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Jun 21, 2011

Snap Johnson spoke about changes in healthcare to the regular meeting of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on Wednesday, June 22. Snap has over 40 years of insurance experience and shared some of the details of the healthcare reform bill – the largest piece of legislation page-wise ever (27,000 pages). The goal is to make insurance affordable and accessible to those 34 million people today who do not have insurance. The cost of the legislation is $940 billion. Some of the changes that took place in 2010 were a surtax on tanning beds, non-dependent children can stay on health insurance to the age of 26, and amount paid by companies is now listed on W2 forms. For 2011, some of the changes to take place are that the government is establishing its own program for uninsurable individuals (34,500 people in Iowa fall in this category – only 456 signed up for the state program), preventative care is 100% covered (unless plan is grandfathered), no pre-existing conditions for children under the age of 19, no over the counter meds are covered on HSA/Medical spending accounts, and Medicare shrunk its $200 donut hole on drugs/prescriptions. Big changes coming in the future include in 2014, self-employed get chance to buy own insurance through exchanges, and in 2015, employers can go to the exchanges for insurance.

Snap Johnson Updates Rotary on Changes in Healthcare Kathryn Fahy 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Jun 14, 2011

Norm Johnson, CEO of YMCA of the Okobojis, spoke to the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary club at their regular noon meeting on Wednesday, June 15. Norm shared some of the history of the YMCA organization, which began in 1851 in Boston, MA. Camp Foster has been in the lakes area for 99 years and the Bedell Family YMCA has been here now for six years. Norm shared the philosophy of the Y – which is much more than a swimming pool or a soccer league. The Y has three main focuses – Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility – all with one goal in mind: to give everyone regardless of age or income the ability to thrive. The Y also promises to strengthen the foundation of the community. Norm then shared some of the upcoming events at the Y this summer:

·         Lavar Woods Football Camp

·         Lakes Regional Healthcare and the Y have formed a corporate partnership to promote corporate wellness

·         The Emmet county Kinship and the YMCA Kinship programs will become one together

·         Camp Foster will gear up to celebrate its 100 year anniversary next year (September 21-23) and will begin a road tour to start looking for alumni from Camp Foster over the years

·         86 young college staff are currently training at Camp Foster (all weeks of camp are filled this summer except two weeks that have a few openings left)

·         Phase II of strategic planning is underway to look at the next phase of the Y in terms of planning and programming for the future

Norm Johnson Shares the Y Story with Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2011-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Jun 07, 2011

The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary is kicking off a summer-long raffle fundraiser to benefit community projects in the Iowa Great Lakes area. A brand new Youth Ranger RZR 170 (or $1,000 cash option) will be given away to one lucky winner at the IGL Pancake Feed on August 28th at the Expo Center. Tickets are $10 each and are available from any IGL Rotary member.

IGL Rotary Kicks Off RZR Raffle Fundraiser Kathryn Fahy 2011-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Jun 07, 2011

Stacy Rosemore, Okoboji Tourism Director, and Matt Richter, University of Okoboji Cheerleader, shares the upcoming summer event schedule with the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on Wednesday, June 8. Here is a list of events they shared with the group:

·         Recap of Walleye Weekend (May 6-7_

·         Recap of Memorial Day Weekend/Great Okoboji Wing Ding (May 27-30)

·         U of O Youth Soccer Tournament (June 11-12)

·         Okoboji Foundation Weekend (June 24-26)

·         University of Okoboji Campus Ride (June 25)

·         Spirit Lake Classic Car Cruise-In (June 25)

·         July 4th Weekend events (July 1-4)

·         BRASL Bike Ride (July 9)

·         Wakefest Wakeboard Tournament (July 9)

·         Spirit Lake Days (July 9)

·         U of O Tennis (July 9-10)

·         U of O Homecoming (Triathalon, ½ Marathon, 10K – July 15-17)

·         IGL Antique & Classic Boat Show (July 30)

·         PLAC Art in the Park (Aug 6)

·         U of O Open Water Swim (Aug 6)

·         U of O Vettes in the Park (Aug 7)

·         U of O Junior Tennis Classic (Aug 12-13)

·         Old Iron Car Show (Aug 13)

·         U of O Slow Pitch Softball Tourney (Aug 20-21)

·         Labor Day Weekend (Sept 2-5)

·         U of O Couples Golf Tournament (Sept 9-11)

·         U of O Oktoberfest Bike Ride (Sept 24)

·         U of O Winter Games XXXII (Jan 27-29, 2012)


Okoboji Tourism Shares Summer Event Schedule with IGL Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2011-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on May 31, 2011

Iowa Great Lakes Rotary honored long-time Rotarian with a Paul Harris Fellowship +1 designation for his continued service and out-of-pocket donations to club activities. Through the years, Denny has provided printing services to the club without recognition and payment on numerous occasions. In his honor, the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary completed his PHF+1 designation for him. Thank you Denny for all you do!!

IGL Rotary Honors Denny Trei with PHF +1 Recognition Kathryn Fahy 2011-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on May 31, 2011

Iowa Great Lakes Rotary is once again a proud supporter of Relay for Life in Dickinson County. Shown is Relay for Life chair Di Lorenzen accepting a check from IGL Rotary President Kathy Fahy.

IGL Rotary Supports Relay for Life Kathryn Fahy 2011-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on May 31, 2011

Chris Yungbluth, a Paramedic Specialist with Lakes Regional Healthcare, spoke to the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on Wednesday, June 1st. Chris shared many little known facts about the Emergency Room and emergency services with the group, including:

·         LRH ER sees 6000-7000 patients annually (majority in summer)

·         Average 25/day or 750/month

·         Forgetting to pack medications for vacation is a common reason for visits in the summer – by Iowa law, you need a doctor’s prescription for meds and on weekends, visitors need to go to ER for script if needed

·         Additional common reasons for visits in the summer are heat exhaustion, lacerations (fish hook removal kit is used frequently in ER), swimmers itch and general trauma

·         A physician covers the ER 24/7

·         Additional services found in the ER are basic labs, EKG, Xray (room right inside ER), CT, wide boar MRI (coming soon), respiratory therapy

·         EER is coming soon – this is where physicians in the ER can consult with specialists live in Sioux Falls through TV technology

·         Over 100 physicians (including 20 specialists) practice at LRH ER

·         For special events like the 4th of July, 2 docs are scheduled in the ER (last year during U of O Homecoming, 19 calls in 3 ½ hours were covered during the triathalon) so the staff schedules accordingly when events are going on in the lakes area

·         The Ambulance crew consists of 2 full time crews with a 3rd on-call crew as needed (8 paramedic specialists and 8 casual staff)

·         First responders are also part of the team in surrounding communities – they have EMT Basic training and are usually first on site

·         The ambulance averages 1400 calls/year (75% are 911 calls, 16% are transfers, 10% refusals or cancels). Transfers average 5,000 miles/month in summer.

·         Goal of ambulance crew is to be out of door of hospital within 2 minutes of call (95% of time) and on scene in less than 8 minutes (75% of time)

IGl Rotary Learns About LRH Emergency Room Activity Kathryn Fahy 2011-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on May 17, 2011

Dr. John Leupold spoke to the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary at its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 18. His topic was “Boomeritis” – a term he calls the joining of tendonitis, bursitis and arthritis in the Baby Boomer generation. Dr. Leupold is a Spirit Lake graduate who came back in 2006 to practice orthopedics here.  There are 78 million boomers in the United States and they are the first generation staying more active in later years. Statistics have shown that health club new memberships are up 135% and sports related injuries are the #2 reason now for visiting the doctor, right behind colds and the flu. Dr. Leupold spoke about the effects of aging – muscle fibers decrease in size and number, flexibility declines, endurance falls off and balance deteriorates. By the ages of 65-84, falls account for 87% of all fractures. Common injuries are sprains and strains, tendonitis, bursitis, osteoarthritis, low back pain, shoulder impingement, and plantar fasciitis.  Risk of these injuries can be decreased through prevention. Inactivity magnifies age-related changes, so fitness routines and exercise that focus on 4 key areas – cardio, strength, flexibility and balance should be done.

Dr. Leupold Speaks to Rotary May 18 Kathryn Fahy 2011-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Cliff Hinderman Shares Oaxaca Street Children School Experiences with Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2011-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on May 10, 2011

The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club was honored to host the Group Study Exchange team from New Zealand May 5-8, 2011. The team did a variety of things during their visit including a tour of the lakes area, the Fish Hatchery, Maritime Museum, Lakes Regional Hospital, Little Swan Lake Winery, Polaris, City of Spirit Lake, Lakeside Lab and day visits to both the Spencer and Estherville Rotary clubs.  Pictured above are: Rotarian Andrew Fisher, Team Member Cheryl Ford, Rotarian Kathy Fahy, Team Member Rachel Dodd, Team Member Cath Millar, Team Leader Jim Scott, and Team Member Steve Knight.

Group Study Exchange Team Visits from New Zealand Kathryn Fahy 2011-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on May 03, 2011

On May 4th Spirit Lake middle school teacher Mrs. Peg Rick along with a group of  sixth graders attended the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary meeting and gave a presentation of their recent field trip to the Science Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.  121 students as well as 13 chaperones were able to travel by chartered bus to learn more about a topic they've been studying which was Ancient World History, Egypt and King Tut.   At the Science Center they were also able to explore other educational interests and broaden their minds with hands on exploration!  When the students returned they were required to work in groups and design a power point presentation of their trip.  The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club donated $500 to help with their travel expenses.

Pictured left to right:  Andy Wahl, Hanna DeWild, Erin Block, Mrs. Rick, Dillon Reynolds, Lauren Laven, and IGL Rotary Club President Kathy Fahy.

IGL Rotary Club Helps 6th Grade Students visit Science Center Kathryn Fahy 2011-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Apr 26, 2011

Dave Rettig, co-owner and President of Rembrandt Foods, spoke to Rotary on Wednesday, April 27 at the regular noon meeting. Dave shared the history of how the company was started and how it has grown to be one of the largest egg producers in the world. He answered many questions about the company, which is headquartered in Okoboji, and gave many factoids about eggs, such as:

·         In 1968, there were 28,000 egg producers with an average flock of 10,000 birds. In 1990, there were 500 egg producers with an average flock of 500,000 birds.

·         A hen can lay about 250-300 eggs per year.

·         One egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals for only 70 calories.

·         Today there are 60 egg-producing companies with one million birds and 12 companies with greater than five million layers in the U.S.

·         A hen must eat four pounds of feed to make a dozen eggs.

Rembrandt doesn’t sell eggs retail. They focus on egg products direct to food companies and pet food companies.

Rembrandt Foods Shares History and Company with Rotary Kathryn Fahy 2011-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Apr 26, 2011

Liz Sandy,was recently inducted into our Iowa Great Lakes Rotary membership. Liz's name was proposed by Aileen Schacherer. 

Liz Sandy was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, however spent the majority of her childhood in Ames, IA where she was raised a Cyclone! After graduating from Ames High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors degree from Iowa State University in Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Management. 

After college, Liz & her husband, Johnny Sandy, were married here at the lakes and moved to Minneapolis where Johnny finished law school and Liz worked for the Hyatt as an event planner. 

Johnny and Liz recently moved back to the Lakes at the end of last summer as Johnny joined the family law firm and the two could be closer to family. Liz decided to give up her career in the hospitality industry and found a career that fits her personality well and was also inspired by her grandmother.  Liz's grandma opened the first RE/MAX franchise in the state of Iowa 25 year ago, thus she chose to follow in her footsteps and has been with the local RE/MAX since last fall.

Congratulations to Liz as our newest member!

Rotary Welcomes New Member! Kathryn Fahy 2011-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Angie Peterson on Apr 25, 2011
May - Rosemary Sackett & Debbie Johnson
June - Andrew Fisher & Jason Carlstrom
July - Seth Vogel & Roger Kerndt
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Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Apr 19, 2011
Rotarians (with the help of local interior designers) are sending retired wallpaper sample books to Nicaragua. A group of students there are learning to make jewelry as a trade with the wallpaper. Pictured here are Rotarians Peter van der Linden, Kathy Fahy, Angie Peterson, Jason Carlstrom, Andrew Fisher and Dawn Heaton. Thank you to Aileen Schacherer for collecting all the paper!
Rotarians Send Wallpaper to Nicaragua Kathryn Fahy 2011-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Apr 12, 2011

At the April 13th meeting of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club, four members were recognized for their ongoing commitment to service by receiving second and third Paul Harris Pins. Paul Harris is the founder of Rotary International and one pin signifies a $1,000 giving to Rotary International. Pictured l-r:  Jeff Knapp, +2 Paul Harris Fellow; Kathy Fahy +1 Paul Harris Fellow; Dan Stevens + 1 Paul Harris Fellow;  and Neal Christensen , +2 Paul Harris Fellow.  Congratulations!

Four Local Rotarians Continue their Commitment to Service Kathryn Fahy 2011-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Apr 12, 2011

Kiwanis Car drop winner! Congratulations to Steve Alger, this year's winner of the annual car drop contest sponsored by Spirit Lake Kiwanis and the Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of the Red Cross.  The car went into the lake on Sunday evening April 3rd at 6:12 P.M.

The picture was taken at a recent Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club meeting. Steve (a Rotarian) is pictured receiving his $1,000 check from members of Noon Kiwanis and the American Red Cross. Left to right:  Kathy Fahey, President of the IGL Rotary Club; Connie Lange Kiwanis  Karen Powell, Kiwanis;  Steve Alger; Jan Bortscheller, Kiwanis; and Bonnie Fokken representing both Kiwanis and the Red Cross.  Not present for the picture:  Executive Director of the Iowa Great Lakes Red Cross, Cindy Voss.

Rotarian Steve Alger is Kiwanis Car Drop Winner! Kathryn Fahy 2011-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Fahy on Apr 12, 2011

Heather Simington spoke to our IGL Rotary Club on April 13.  Heather teaches English to students in Myanmar Burma, a country in Southeast Asia the size of Texas.  Burma sits between India and Thailand.  Heather taught us about the difficulty of communicating with different cultures and how important culture and relationships are. Other interesting facts about the country are: Electricity is supplied only 4-6 hours every day.  The primary religion is Folk Buddhism. Nothing is on time (schedule) except for her class and church.


Heather will be returning  to Burma in August. Thanks to Heather (cousin of our own Brad Simington) for a very informative program!

Heather Simington Speaks to Rotary April 13 Kathryn Fahy 2011-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carey Wilkens

Annette Eckert, center director with Upper Des Moines Opportunity will be our guest speaker Wednesday, October 1.  The agency's activities will be highlighted during her presentation.  If you wish to be involved with the winter wear distribution planned for October 4, plan on attending Wednesday's meeting to sign up to volunteer.

Posted by Rachelle Fratzke

Coming soon – Be sure to mark September 24th on your calendar – Program originator, Chuck Skogerboe has an excellent program planned for the club.  Not a lot of details, but title for the program is: “A portrayal of Clara Barton”.

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New Board of Directors for 2014/2015 Rachelle Fratzke 0
Dictionary Project Angie Peterson 0
IGL Rotary Inducts two new members Angie Peterson 0
Posted by Angie Peterson
Thanks to everyone for their help at the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday.  Special thanks to Greg Richards for all your work in making this fundraiser possible!
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Posted by Angie Peterson


The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary inducted three new members at recent club meeting.  Reanne Etkin is the director of catering at Arrowwood Resort. Alicia Arends is the general manager at Arrowwood Resort.  Ron Barry transferred from his club in Forrest City and is retired from Winnebago Industries.  Pictured l-r:  IGL Rotary President Chris Tobey, Reanne Etkin, Alicia Arends, memberhship chair Paula Zenor, and Ron Barry.

Please welcome our newest members!


Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Inducts New Members Angie Peterson 0
Posted by Angie Peterson

The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club is pleased to welcome a new member, Rachelle Fratzke to our membership.  Rachelle is the owner of Curves and also is the Performing Arts Director at the Pearson Lakes Art Center.  Rachelle and her husband, Randy, moved to the lakes area in 2003.

Congratulations Rachelle!

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Posted by Angie Peterson

 The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club is looking for families to host foreign exchange students for the 2012-2013 school year.  Families are asked to commit to hosting for 4-6 months as Rotary exchange students often live with multiple families during their exchange year. Exchange students are 15-18 years of age and attend a local high school.  These students come from all over the world. 

To be eligible, a family must:
1.      pass a background check
2.      go through a host family interview/host home inspection conducted by a Rotary volunteer
3.      be willing to open their homes and hearts to one of these amazing young people

 All types of families make great host families.  We have had much success with families with younger children, families with high school age children, and families without children living in the home.   The best host families include individuals who are excited to learn about another culture and share their culture with someone else.

 When a Rotary youth exchange student arrives, they not only have the support of a wonderful host family but they also have the support of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club.

 For more information please contact Chris Tobey at ctobey@hawkeyecare.com or 563-212-0718.  For more information about Rotary please visit www.rotary.org and for more information about the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club please visit www.iowagreatlakesrotary.org.

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March 7 - Lori Madsen
March 14 - Dennis Trei
March 21 - Andrew Fisher
March 28 - Dawn Heaton 

April 4 - Roger Kerndt
April 11 - Greg Richards
April 18 - Mary Kay Bates
April 25 - Chris Sorensen 

May 2 - Rosemary Sackett
May 9 - Debbie Johnson
May 16 - Seth Vogel
May 23 - Steve Lindeberg
May 30 - Donna Buell

On the week you are Program Chair, please line up a program of interest, give the introduction and invocation. 

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April is National Volunteer Week! In recognition of this, Lakes Regional Healthcare presented an informative program to our Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club. Jennifer Gustafson, VP at LRHC spoke first telling us that they employ 270 but have over 100 volunteers. These volunteers work in different capacities including Pink Ladies, Hospice, Board Volunteers, and within the newly formed Foundation. Jennifer encouraged all of us to volunteer and made available the LRHC volunteers membership cards. Long time Volunteer Bev Berquist enlightened the club by sharing many stories and hospital volunteer details. (Bev also shared with us that there are many men volunteers in this capacity but they wear blue vests!) Bev began volunteering as a pink lady before the hospital started in 1959. In general, these volunteers help people get to where they need to go. Bev is the Chairman of the Messenger Service which picks up patients in their rooms, takes them to Xray and back. Other odd jobs may also be asked of them such as supplying the hospital's kitchenettes. Because of this task, she learned that there are eight kitchenettes within LRHC. Over the years, the Pink Ladies have held many fundraisers including Pink Balls, Pink Bazaars, ad Pink Fairs. These fundraisers help to aid in their service as well as scholarships to high school seniors and to staff members. "TeleCare" is another service which assures persons and family members that someone is checking on them. However, this service has declined since the rise in assisted living options in the area. Bev ended the program with a quote from Erma Bombeck: "Volunteers don't represent civilization.... they are civilization!" Thanks to Jennifer and Bev for a great Rotary Program.
LRH Speaks to Rotary About Volunteer Program Peggy Gustafson 0
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Kathy Thee of Youthful Radiance was the presentation at the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary meeting on Wednesday, March 16. Kathy is a Laser Safety Officer and Owner of a new Laser Skin Clinic located in Spirit Lake. Youthful Radiances' goal is to help their clients project themselves positively to the world. "As we age, things affect our skin", stated Kathy. The clinic's many procedures can help to eliminate many aging skin conditions such as brown spots, wrinkles, acne scars, crows feet and more through photo rejuvenation, microdermabrasion fractional resurfacing, botox and other state regulated procedures. The NW Iowa Surgeons is a group of doctors which participate at her clinic. The state of Iowa Regulations is passing a set of standards soon to become law in order for clinics to run a laser to safeguard patients and assure quality procedures. Thanks to Kathy for this informative program.
Youthful Radiance Gives Rotary Program Peggy Gustafson 0
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Dana Kauffman with the American Cancer Society spoke to the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on Wednesday, March 9 at their regular noon meeting.
Dana Kauffman Speaks to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
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Beth Samuelson of Lakes Regional Healthcare presented a program at Rotary on Wednesday, March 2 on dietary needs and the proper reading of food labels. Beth is a Registered Dietician who stressed that labels can be misleading yet quite informative. When reading a food label, one should look at the serving size and compare it to the servings per container. The percent of daily values at bottom of label should be your guide to help you evaluate how a particular food fits into your daily meal plan. She also suggested searching for low-sodium foods and look for foods that are low in saturated fat and trans fats. Her presentation was followed up with a question and answer session. Thanks to Beth and the LRHC for the helpful program!
Dietary Needs and Food Labels are Topic at Rotary Peggy Gustafson 0
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The Humane Society of Northwest Iowa was the program for the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club on February 23, 2011. Kate Whitrock, executive director of the Humane Society has been their director for six years and her passion is evident as she spoke to our club about the various services available to ourcommunity. "It is not just a pound," explained Whitrock. Services provided include Animal adoption and Surrender, Behavior Training, Paws with a Cause Elderly Care Facility Program, Youth Programs, Impound services, as well as Cremation. Covering a 6 county area, the Humane Society gets a small percentage of their budget covered by the state and depends a lot on donations and memberships. Kate encouraged everyone to visit their website at www.humanesocietyofnwia.com for great stories, videos, and testimonials. The shelter's slogan: Adopt...until none are left. Thanks to Kate Whitrock for an informative program!
Humane Society is Program at Rotary 2/23 Peggy Gustafson 0
Heimdal Gives Water Quality Program to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
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Iowa Great Lakes Rotary is excited to welcome Shauna Donovan as its most recent member. Shauna is from Estherville and went to Clarke University in Dubuque for her BA and ISU for her masters. She worked for CVS Caremark in Scottsdale, AZ and Dallas, TX as a sales trainer for the pharmaceutical inside sales department. She moved back to the Lakes area to be closer to family. Shauna is now a Business Programmer for ILCC. Sahuna and her husband Keith have two sons, Declan age 3 and Finn 9 months. Shauna was sponsored by Rotarian Kendra Hough. Congratulations to Shauna! Pictured are Kendra, Shauna, and Membership Chair Paula Zenor.
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club Inducts New Member Peggy Gustafson 0
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The February 9 program at Iowa Great Lakes Rotary was presented by Spirit Lake Native Dennis McDonald on the benefits of eating and buying local food. Dennis compared local food with the current national food system. Three factors come into play with local food which includes environmental food safety, nutrition and health, and invigorating the local economy. 40% of fruits, 12% of vegetables, and 80% of our fish and shellfish consumed in the U.S are from other countries. The Lakes Regional Health Care partners with a group of area growers by providing a community garden. Other local emphasis from this group include selling to five area restaurants and the hospital; working with 4th graders in planting from seed to the fall harvest; local food sections in the future at area grocery stores; hoop houses to extend the growing season.

Dennis said that if half a percent of farmland in one county was designated for growing fruits and vegetables it could meet 25% of consumption in the entire state. Dennis' knowledge and expertise was evident as he shared interesting information with our club.
Dennis McDonald Talks Local Food with Rotary Peggy Gustafson 0
Posted by Peggy Gustafson
The February 9 program at Iowa Great Lakes Rotary was presented by Spirit Lake Native Dennis McDonald on the benefits of eating and buying local food. Dennis compared local food with the current national food system. Three factors come into play with local food which includes environmental food safety, nutrition and health, and invigorating the local economy. 40% of fruits, 12% of vegetables, and 80% of our fish and shellfish consumed in the U.S are from other countries. The Lakes Regional Health Care partners with a group of area growers by providing a community garden. Other local emphasis from this group include selling to five area restaurants and the hospital; working with 4th graders in planting from seed to the fall harvest; local food sections in the future at area grocery stores; hoop houses to extend the growing season.

Dennis said that if half a percent of farmland in one county was designated for growing fruits and vegetables it could meet 25% of consumption in the entire state. Dennis' knowledge and expertise was evident as he shared interesting information with our club.
Dennis McDonald Talks Local Food with Rotary Peggy Gustafson 0
LRH Shares New Screen Service with Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
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Iowa Great Lakes Rotary is excited to welcome Chris Sorenson and Jed Ellerbroek as its latest new members. They were both inducted into the club on Wednesday, February 2. Chris is a Business Banker at Northwest Bank in Okoboji and Jed is Vice President of Loans at Farmers Savings Bank in Milford. Welcome to both of our new members. Pictured are Sponsoring Rotarian Brad Simington, Jed Ellerbroek, Sponsoring Rotarian Angie Peterson, Chris Sorenson and Membership Chair Paula Zenor.
Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Welcomes Two New Members Kathryn Fahy 0
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Chris LaRue, biologist with the Department of Natural Resources, spoke to the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary club on Wetlands Restoration in our Iowa Great Lakes on Wednesday, Janaury 26.
DNR Shares Wetland Restoration with Rotary Peggy Gustafson 0
Rotarian Ron Newman Speaks to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
Camp Foster to Celebrate 100th Anniversary Kathryn Fahy 0
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Jason Harrington, CEO of Lakes Regional Healthcare gave an update on the facility plan to Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on Wednesday, January 5.
LRH Gives Update to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
Abben Cancer Center Speaks to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
Okoboji Foundation Shares Information with Rotary Angie Peterson 0
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Robyn Paulsen, Surgical Services Manager at Lakes Regional Healthcare, spoke to Rotary about colonoscopies and surgical services changes during the noon meeting on Wednesday, December 1.
LRH Talks Surgical Services with Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
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Chris Holck shared his experiences teaching English in China with the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on Wednesday, November 17. Chris works with an organization called ELIC - English Language Instruction in China - which is based in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
Chris Holck Shares China Experiences with Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
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On Wednesday, Jeff Knapp, Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Foundation Chair, presented Aileen Schacherer with her Paul Harris Plus One pin. Paul Harris Plus One signifies that Aileen has reached the milestone of giving her second $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation. Congratulations Aileen!
Congratulations Aileen on your PHF +1! Kathryn Fahy 0
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In the first of a series of programs, Lakes Regional Healthcare spoke to Rotary on Wednesday November 3. The new Physical Therapist was introduced, information about the upcoming 5K run was shared and a weight management program was discussed.
Lakes Regional Healthcare Presents to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
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Dr. David Smith, superintendent of Spirit Lake schools, spoke to Iowa Great Lakes Rotary at their regular noon meeting on Wednesday, October 27. David shared an overview of what the school has been doing with budgeting, facilities, 1 to 1 Initiative, teaching and learning, student achievement and activities.
Spirit Lake Schools Update Given to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
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This past week members of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club handed out dictionaries to every third grader in Dickinson County. This is an annual service project of the Rotary Club through The Dictionary Project. The goal of this program is to assist all students in completing the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing students with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come.Reading is the most important skill of all. It is the starting point for all the economic and social opportunities this world has to offer. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn.
IGL Rotary Club Distributes Dictionaries Kathryn Fahy 0
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Dr. Ernst van der Walt thinks of himself as a "Man for the underdog". From South Africa, van der Walt spoke to our Rotary Club about the hardships of poverty stricken people of South Africa and ways to escape from poverty to the next level through talent, training, and a learned skill. Dr. van der Walt stated that unemployment in South Africa is 59.4% and 42.9% live on less than $2 a day. The village of Genadendal, meaning the Valley of Grace is where The Kraal Gallery begins training women to weave high quality tapestries, rugs and bags. Hand weaving at its best, inspired by the warm spirt of African life, the weavers become proud breadwinners able to support their family. The products are marketed in Krall Galleries located throughout South Africa as well as on line at thekrallgallery.co.za.

Also pictured are two Rotarians from Cedar Rapids who joined Dr. van der Walt on his visit with us. They are displaying an original, hand woven, Krall Gallery tapestry.
South Africa was Rotary topic October 20th Peggy Gustafson 0
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Ann Williamsen, Speech Coordonator at Okoboji High School, accompanied six of her high school students to entertain the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club on Wednesday, October 6.
Okoboji Improv Students Entertain Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
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Linda Bisgaard, the Director of Collaboration and Advocacy for the Girl Scouts of Iowa, spoke to Rotary during its regular noon meeting on Wednesday, September 22. She spoke about the issues of bullying and relational aggression in young girls.
Linda Bisgaard Speaks to Rotary About Bullying Kathryn Fahy 0
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On Wednesday, Jeff Knapp, Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Foundation Chair, presented Jerry and Norma Schmitz with their Paul Harris Plus One pins. Paul Harris Plus One signifies that Jerry and Norma have each given their second $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation. Congratulations Jerry and Norma!
Jerry & Norma Schmitz Honors as Paul Harris +1 Kathryn Fahy 0
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Okoboji School administration attended Rotary and shared how the school has implemented Character Counts into its daily routine at the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary noon meeting on Wednesday, September 8.
Okoboji Schools Discuss Character Counts Kathryn Fahy 0
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Emily Dalen, coordinator of 37 youth at First Lutheran Church with Group Cares, spoke to the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary on September 1. The group, who participates in service projects annually, spent a week of hope in Denver, Colorado, this year.
Emily Dalen and Group Cares Speaks to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
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Jim Ladegaard shared the Raebel murder story from 1944 with the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary during its regular meeting on Wednesday, August 25. Jim, interested in local history, researched the murder of Rob and Esther Raebel in 1944. The Raebels owened and operated Raebel's Resort on West Lake Okoboji at the time, located where the Landings is now. Phillip and Henry Heincy were captured and convicted and eventually hung in Dickinson County for the murders, the only hanging known to have happened in the county. More information can be found on the murders at the Spirit Lake Library.
Jim Ladegaard Shares Raebel Murder Story Kathryn Fahy 0
Posted by Angie Peterson
All Rotarians, spouses, and guests are welcome to attend the Rotary Queen II Excursion on Wednesday, September 15.  5:30 social, arrive at your leisure, 6:30 the Queen will leave the Arnolds Park Pier on West Lake Okoboji.  Cost is $15/individual or $25/couple.  Appetizers provided and cash bar.  Please RSVP to Angie Peterson at apeterson@Bank-Northwest.com or Judy Haviland at jahaviland@earthlink.net.  There will NOT be a Rotary noon meeting on Sept 15.
Rotary Queen Excursion on September 15 Angie Peterson 0
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District Governor Roger Kueter visited a special evening meeting of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary club on August 18. Roger spoke to the group about the 2010-2011 Rotary theme - Building Communities, Bridging Continents. He congratulated Haley Smith on her upcoming youth exchange to Italy and also spoke about the importance of being an involved Rotarian. Roger also gave away two tickets to an upcoming performance at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Theatre at Uni - Andrew Fisher's fiance was the winner!
District Governor Roger Kueter Visits Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
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Ted Ven Bruggen, former chair of Biology at the University of South Dakota, shared some of his vast knowledge of the prairie and plants of our area with Rotary at the Wednesday, August 11 meeting.
Ted Van Bruggen Shares Prairie Knowledge Kathryn Fahy 0
Posted by Angie Peterson
REMINDER: The August 18 meeting will be held at 6 pm at Arrowwood instead of the noon meeting. District Governor Roger Kueter will be our guest and is excited to share his message about Rotary to all Rotarians that evening. Spouses are invited to attend. Please plan to attend!
August 18 Rotary to be Held at 6 pm! Angie Peterson 0
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Iowa Great Lakes Rotary will hold its annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Sunday, August 29 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Dickinson County Expo Center. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children age 4-10 and free for children under 4, and are available from any Rotarian. Proceeds will be used for area student scholarships.
Rotary Pancake Breakfast to be Held August 29 Kathryn Fahy 0
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John Rahn and Val Newhouse from Iowa Lakes Community College spoke to Rotary on Wednesday, August 4 about enrollment, class offerings and the upcoming Plant Fund Property Tax Levy.
ILCC Shares Update and Info on Tax Levy Kathryn Fahy 0
Norm Johnson Shares YMCA News with Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
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Rosemary Sackett was honored as the most recent Paul Harris Fellow at the July 28 regular Iowa Great Lakes Rotary meeting. Iowa Great Lakes Rotary now has 38 members who are Paul Harris Fellows.
Rosemary Sackett Honored as Paul Harris Fellow Kathryn Fahy 0
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On July 14, Jeff Knapp, Chairman of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Foundation presented Jason Carlstrom to the Club as the newest Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club has 38 of its members as Paul Harris Fellows as well as some Paul Harris "plus" fellows.
Jason Carlstrom Honored as Paul Harris Fellow Kathryn Fahy 0
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Kathy Fahy, President of Iowa Great Lakes Rotary for 2010-2011, introduced the new IGL Rotary Board Members during the regular meeting July 14. Peter van der Linden will be the President Elect. The rest of the board members are: Jason Carlstrom, Past President; David Kerr, Treasurer; Judy Haviland, Secretary; Dawn Heaton, Sargeant of Arms; Angie Pederson, Club Service; Anthony Galbraith, Community Service; Jeff Knapp, Foundation; Paula Zenor, Membership; Andrew Fisher, International Service; Bylaws, Chuck Skogerboe; Greg Richards, Fundraising; and Carey Wilkens, Publicity.
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Erik Rowley Shares Mexico Trip with Rotary July 7 Kathryn Fahy 0
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Frank Sackett, son of Rotarian Rosemary Sackett, shared his experiences as a sitcom associate producer with the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club at noon on Wednesday, June 30.
Frank Sackett Speaks to Rotary June 30 Kathryn Fahy 0
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Iowa Great Lakes Rotary hosted the District Golf Tournament on Friday, June 4 at Emerald Hills Golf Club in Okoboji. Although the turnout was small with seven teams, great fun was had by everyone on a gorgeous sunny day. For photos of all the teams and tournament winners, go to the District Golf page and the photo gallery on the Iowa Great Lakes website.
Iowa Great Lakes Hosts District Golf Tourney Kathryn Fahy 0
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Iowa Great Lakes Rotary is excited to welcome Steve Alger and Jeremy Helmers as its latest new members. They were both inducted into the club on Wednesday, May 26. Steve is the Chief Financial Officer at Lakes Regional Healthcare and Jeremy is an Insurance Representative at Bank Midwest. Welcome to both of our new members. Pictured are Rotarians Dave Rowley, Jeremy Helmers, Steve Alger, Rotarian Paula Zenor and President Jason Carlstrom.
Steve Alger and Jeremy Helmers Inducted Kathryn Fahy 0
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Heather Simington spoke to the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club at their regular noon meeting on Wednesay, June 23. She spoke about her experiences during her travels in southeast Asia.
Heather Simington Speaks to Rotary June 23 Kathryn Fahy 0
Posted by Angie Peterson


 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. on June 16th at Minerva's.

 Note Change:  There will NOT be a noon meeting on June 16.

Bring a potential member for an hour of socializing.  Dave Rowley will be providing music and Jason Carlstrom will give a brief talk about Iowa Great Lakes Rotary.  There will be appetizers, beverages, and a cash bar.   (There will not be an extra charge for your guest for the appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages.)


Please bring someone who might be interested in community or international service and would like to become an active member of our club.  If you can not think of anyone to invite, join us for an hour of fun! 

Membership Mixer Angie Peterson 0
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Iowa Great Lakes Rotary held their annual spring cleanup of Shelby Duis park on Thursday, May 27.

Rotarians trimmed shurbs, pulled weeds, raked grass and sand and did general clean-up. It was much needed and now looks really nice. Additional photos are included in the photo section of the website. Thank you to Peter van der Linden, Mary Mulder, Jason Carlstrom, Dave Rowley, Tom Fuhrman, Anthony Galbraith, Marv Logan, Brad Simington, Deb Lenz and Kathy Fahy. Thanks also to Jason and Dave also for supplying refreshments for the crew.

Shelby Duis park is located in Elinor Bedell State Park. The playground equipment was donated and constructed by Iowa Great Lakes Rotary some years ago so it is with pride that our club helps to keep the area clean each year.
Shelby Duis Park Cleanup Held May 27 Kathryn Fahy 0
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Iowa Great Lakes Rotary is proud to announce it has awarded six area high school seniors with $750 scholarships. Three were given to Okoboji students and three were awarded to Spirit Lake students.
Rotary Awards Six $750 Scholarships Kathryn Fahy 0
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The Spirit Lake Protective Associate gave an update on the Mini-Wakan shelter house project at the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary regualr meeting, Wednesday, May 19.
Rotary Gets Mini-Wakan Project Update Kathryn Fahy 0
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Rotarians came together to plant a tree in memory of Carrie Carlstrom on Tuesday, May 18. Carrie was the wife of Club President Jason Carlstrom. Rotarians present included: Deb Johnson, Paula Zenor, Ron Knudtson, Greg Richards, Judy Haviland, Peter van der Linden, Deb Lenz, Jerry Turner, Marv Logan, Angie Peterson and Jason Carlstrom. More photos of the event can be seen in the photo section of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary website.
Rotarians Plant Tree in Memory of Carrie Carlstrom Kathryn Fahy 0
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Kevin Farley, Head Soccer Coach for Iowa Lakes Community College, spoke to Rotary on Wednesday, May 12.

The Iowa Lakes Soccer Program began their Men's inaugural season in 2009 and it was a great success, with a 9-10 record.  The Women's team is now geared up to start their first season in fall of 2010.   This program is stationed in Spencer and offers excellent facilities including a brand new grass field, 500 seats, and a professional announcer at every game.

At ILCC, they believe in hard work on and off the field.  Giving their athletes the tools they need to be successful within the classroom is something they take pride in. 

Farley has approx 35 men and 25 women joining the team for the '10 season.  These students are from all over the world, including England, Brazil, Maryland, Texas and Alaska.  They also do a lot of local recruiting.  Elizabeth Hoover, a '10 Spirit Lake grad, signed her letter of intent to play with ILCC at our meeting on Wednesday.


ILCC Soccer Program Angie Peterson 0
Black Hills Energy Shares Efficiency Tips Peggy Gustafson 0
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The May 5th regular meeting of the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club will be held at Camp Foster. Andrew Fisher is the co-program chair and has shared that Norm and Josh at Camp Foster are excited to host us. See you at Camp Foster on May 5!

Directions: Please turn at the Camp Foster sign on the east side of East Lake.  Follow the road all the way down to the camp office where you can start parking.  We will be meeting in the Dining Hall which is large building located on the way to the water front. 

May 6 Meeting to be Held at Camp Foster Kathryn Fahy 0
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The Spirit Lake Jazz Band performed under the direction of Jody Ingwersen for the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club on Wednesday, April 21. The group performed three numbers that were recently played in competition.
Spirit Lake Jazz Band Performs Kathryn Fahy 0
Posted by Peggy Gustafson
Wednesday, April 14, the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club was proud to have representatives from the Boy Scouts of America presenting their program. Kerry Schmidt of the Mid America Council For Boy Scouts, Thundercloud, is based out of Omaha, Nebraska serving a 12 county area. Kerry is their Senior District Executive for six of the counties. Gary Zeman of Spirt Lake is the Scoutmaster for Troop 168. Gary has been in scouting since 1966 and has been with Troop 168 for 33 years.
Boy Scouts of America Present Program Peggy Gustafson 0
Alliant Energy Presents Program to Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
Posted by Peggy Gustafson
The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club extends a hearty congratulations to Kenny McKeen of Spirit Lake!! Kenny was the lucky winner for a 7 Day Alaskan Cruise - inside passage. The trip for two includes airfare, inside accommodations, taxes and tips. Proceeds for the Rotary Raffle go towards local service works as well as high school scholarships. Pictured is Fundraising Chair Greg Richards, Kenny McKeen, and Rotarian Denny Trei who sold the winning ticket!
And the Alaska Cruise Winner is... Peggy Gustafson 0
Lakes Area Rescue Rope Team Speaks at Rotary Kathryn Fahy 0
Posted by Peggy Gustafson
On Wednesday, March 17 Rotarian Marv Logan honored the late Mike Stineman for his many years of service with the Community Achievement Award. The club recognizes Rotarians that had dedicated much of their lives to the works of Rotary. A check for $500 was given to the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Mike's honor for their pre school art education program.
IGL Rotary Club Community Achievement Award Peggy Gustafson 0