Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ROTARY WEEK VOL 3 NO 40


GUEST SPEAKER TODAY AT ROTARY WAS FRANK ELLENZ, PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR FOR CITY OF MAQUOKETA.
HE IS HAVING AN EXTREMELY BUSY YEAR BECAUSE OF HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH THE DOWNTOWN STREETSCAPE.
HE AND HIS MEN ARE ALWAYS BUSY,
EVERY YEAR, DOING MULTIPLE TASKS IN THE CITY, FROM STREET SWEEPING TO LAWN MOWING....AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. 
HE GAVE AN UPDATE ON WHAT IS COMING UP YET
THIS YEAR... AND BEYOND...AND THE LIST IS QUITE  LONG.     
AND IN THE WINTER, HE AND HIS  CREW IS BUSY WITH SNOW.    LAST YEAR FRANK SAYS THEY WERE CALLED OUT TO PLOW ONLY 5 TIMES...A VERY LOW NUMBER.    SO, TODAY HE PREDICTED A HARDER WINTER AHEAD AS THERE WILL NOT BE THE  LOW 5 CALLS TWO YEARS (OR LESS) IN A ROW.   AND THAT MEANS, MORE SNOW COMING THIS WINTER.
AND HE ALREADY HAS MADE ARRANGEMENTS FOR MORE SALT FOR THIS COMING WINTER.

 
THE CITY OF PRESTON HAS A NEW VETERANS MEMORIAL IN THE CITY DOWNTOWN PARK, ALONG HIGHWAY 64.   IT IS VERY NICE!    THE CITY CAN BE PROUD!    I (ROTARIAN VOY) TOOK THESE PHOTOS LAST WEEK:

WE SHOULD HELP START A ROTARY CLUB  IN
THAT CITY!!














































Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ROTARY WEEK VOL 3 NO 39


SCOTT WARREN ORDERED A NEW BANNER FOR THE CLUB AND EVERYONE
GOT TO SEE IT AT TODAY'S MEETING.    NICE.     YOU CAN SEE HE IS HAPPY ABOUT IT.    PRESIDENT SALLY LIKED IT TOO.   IT WILL BE USED "ON
LOCATION" AT CLUB-SPONSORED EVENTS, LIKE THE ICE CREAM SOCIAL,
SCHLOLARSHIP DINNER, REVERSE RAFFLE NIGHT, ETC.   MAYBE IN
A FAIR PARADE SOMEDAY?

SETH ARCHER GAVE THE PROGRAM TODAY, INVITED BY ROTARIAN CHUCK CURRENT.    HE JUST COMPLETED HIS THIRD YEAR WITH THE MAQUOKETA SCHOOL DISTRICT.    AT THE SCHOLARSHIP DINNER,  WHEN STUDENTS WERE ASKED TO TELL WHO THEIR FAVORITE OR MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER WAS, HIS NAME WAS MENTIONED THE MOST.    SO, CHUCK INVITED HIM TO COME TO ROTARY AND EXPLAIN HIS TEACHING STYLE.     I TRIED TO GET INFO ON THE WEB SITE TO FIND OFFICIALLY WHAT CLASS(ES) HE TEACHES BUT COULD NOT FIND HIS NAME.    AS FOR HIS PRESENTATION...
I WAS TIRED AND HE LOST ME.

CHUCK CURRENT HAPPY NEWS TODAY...WAS THAT HIS WIFE AND FAMILY, AFTER 2 YEARS, MOVES TO MAQUOKETA  NEXT WEEK.   





































Monday, July 11, 2016

ROTARY WEEK VOL 3 NO 38


LENAE SIEBERDING SPOKE AT ROTARY TODAY.    SHE LIVES SOUTH OF
BELLEVUE WITH FAMILY AND HAS BEEN WITH DAC, INC. (ESTABLISHED IN MAQUOKETA IN 1973) FOR OVER 25 YEARS, STARTING AS A TEENAGER.   SHE CURRENTLY IS SECOND IN CHARGE AT DAC.   DURING THE PAST 15 YEARS, SHE HEADED UP DAC'S RECYCLING PROGRAM.    CHANGES HAVE BEEN HAPPENING WITH DAC AND MORE ARE COMING.    SEVERAL YEARS AGO, DAC TOOK OVER COMMUNITY CARE IN DEWITT AND AS OF JULY 1ST, HAS  GROWN LARGER.    OSKLOOSA, CRESCENT AND CORNING HAVE JOINED WHAT SOMEDAY MAYBE BE A STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION, WITH THE SAME MISSION:   EVERY INDIVIDUAL HAS VALUE AND DIGNITY.   DAC  EXISTS TO ENHANCE THIS DIGNITY, SELF-ESTEEM, AND WORTH OF EACH INDIVIDUAL.     THIS LARGER GROUP NOW HAS 600 EMPLOYEES AND A $25-MILLION BUDGET.     MANAGED CARE (JOBS FOR CLIENTS) AND RECYCLING HAVE
BEEN AN IMPORTANT  PART OF DAC'S MISSION IN MAQUOKETA.   BUT THIS
MAY CHANGE.     JOBS FOR DISABLED ARE SCARCE AND MAQUOKETA IS
A TOUGH TOWN FOR RECYCLING AS ANYONE CAN DO IT AND THERE IS NO
MANDATE BY THE CITY TO RECYCLE. 
AS WITH ANY ORGANIZATION, MONEY (LACK OF ENOUGH) IS ALWAYS A CONCERN.   THEREFORE, THERE WILL BE MORE FUNDRAISING, LIKE THE ONE
BELOW.
 




























Wednesday, July 6, 2016

ROTARY WEEK VOL 3 NO 37


SALLY DAVIES AT TODAY'S JULY 6TH MEETING, STARTED HER 2ND YEAR
AS ROTARY PRESIDENT.

KERRY SCHEPERS AND MICHELLE ROLLING WERE GUEST SPEAKERS
TODAY TO TELL ABOUT THE ALZHEIMER'S WALK.


ROTARIAN JIM ENGLAND TOLD THE CLUB TODAY HE AND HIS
WIFE PAM BAHR (WHO WAS AT MEETING WITH  HIM) HAVE SOLD THEIR
BUSINESS, WOODFORM, INC.    MORE ABOUT THE SALE ON THE JULY 6TH
KMAQ DAILY REPORT.
THEY PLAN TO CONTINUE LIVING IN MAQUOKETA.












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Monday, June 27, 2016

ROTARY WEEK VOL 3 NO 36


FRESHMAN CONGRESSMAN ROB BLUM (R) OF DUBUQUE SPOKE TO THE
ROTARY TODAY, JUNE 29TH.   GOOD VOICE!   GOOD IDEAS!    AGE 61 AND RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION.      IN SHORT, TO SOLVE MANY U.S. PROBLEMS,
A MUCH STRONGER ECONOMY IS HIS ANSWER.
BLUM BROUGHT TWO STAFF MEMBERS WITH HIM AND WE ALSO HAD
5 GUESTS FROM OHNWARD BANK MAQUOKETA HEADQUARTERS....SUMMER INTERNS.   

IT IS THE WEEK FOR THE ANNUAL
MAQUOKETA ROTARY
ICE CREAM SOCIAL & BAND CONCERT
WED.   5:00 P.M.    ROTARY MEMBERS COME TO WORK TO FAIRGROUNDS
             5:30     SENIORS ARRIVE AND GO TO LINE FOR CAKE AND ICE CREAM
             6:00     BAND CONCERT WITH JAY KAHN AND COMMUNITY BAND AT 6

SARA PINION OF MAQUOKETA (RETIRED SCHOOL SUPERINTENDANT) IS
A MEMBER OF THE MARION ROTARY CLUB, AND ALSO  ATTENDS MANY OF OUR MEETINGS AND WE ARE ALWAYS GLAD TO SEE HER.    LAST WEEK, SHE
OFFERED FOR SALE, RAFFLE TICKETS FROM THE MARION CLUB.  
SEVERAL MAQUOKETA ROTARIANS PURCHASED A CHANCE LAST WEEK.
SINCE THEN, THE DRAWING WAS HELD IN MARION AND ONE OF THE WINNERS WAS MAQUOKETA ROTARIAN DENNIS VOY, WINNING FIVE $100
BILLS.   AND DURING THE "HAPPY TODAY" SEGMENT OF MEETING, HE
GAVE ONE OF THE BILLS TO THE MAQUOKETA ROTARY SCHLORSHIP FUND.

THE ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND BAND CONCERT WAS HELD WITH PERFECT WEATHER, GREAT CAKE AND ICE CREAM AND BAND MUSIC BY
JAY KAHN AND THE TIMBER CITY COMMUNITY BAND.    TURN OUT  WAS
DOWN A LITTLE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS.    THANKS TO TED MAZE FOR
AGAIN BEING CHAIRMAN FOR THE EVENT.
FOR MORE PHOTOS, GO TO THE KMAQ HOME PAGE AND CLICK-ON THE
DAILY  REPORT FOR FRIDAY.














































Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ROTARY WEEK VOL 3 NO 35

PAUL TABOR, OWNER OF "TABOR HOME WINERY" AT BALDWIN, SPOKE TO
THE ROTARY TODAY.    THIS IS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WINERY.
THE FIRST YEAR, IT PRODUCED 3,000 GALLONS OF WINE  AND THIS PAST YEAR, 11,500.    THERE WERE AROUND 20 WINERIES IN IOWA 20 YEARS AGO, AND NOW AROUND 100.    TABOR'S IS ONE OF THE 5 LARGEST.
GRAPES GROW WELL IN IOWA BUT THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH ACRES OF
GRAPES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF ALL THE WINERIES.     WINE HAS ABOUT
TWICE THE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL AS BEER DOES.     DRINK SLOWLY,
MODERATELY.      AND YES..IT IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEART.     MOST WINE
IN IOWA IS SOLD LOCALLY TO CUSTOMERS IN THE  AREA.  

NEXT WEDNESDAY....DOUBLE-DUTY DAY FOR MAQUOKETA ROTARIANS!.
MEETING AT NOON AS ALWAYS WITH CONGRESSMAN BLUM THE GUEST
SPEAKER AND THE ICE CREAM SOCIAL IN THE EVENING AT THE FAIR GROUNDS.    ROTARIANS SHOULD REPORT AT 5:00 P.M.   THE SENIORS
WILL COME AT 5:30 AND IMMEDIATELY WILL BE SERVED ICE CREAM AND
CAKE.   AND THE MAQUOKETA COMMUNITY BAND, DIRECTED BY JAY KAHN,
WILL PUT ON THE CONCERT AT 6:00 P.M.

THE ROTARY IS FUN....VISIT OUR NEXT NOON WEDNESDAY MEETING AT
THE EAGLES CLUB ON EAST PLATT....AND WHEN YOU ARE READY....
CONSIDER JOINING.   YOU WILL BE MOST WELCOME.































Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ROTARY WEEK VOL 3 NO 34


NICK HOCKENBERG WAS GUEST AT MEETING TODAY AND IS JOINING OUR CLUB.     HE IS 2ND IN COMMAND AT "JACKSON COUNTY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE" WITH OFFICES IN THE "SMILES ON MAIN" BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN
MAQUOKETA.     HE'S A ROCK CLIMBER!

PROGRAM TODAY AT ROTARY (6-15) WAS BY TOM GAFFIGAN, MANAGER OF
MAQUOKETA MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITY (MMEU).   HE HAS BEEN IN
ELECTRIC GENERANTING AND DISTRIBUTION FOR OVER 40 YEARS.
HE KNOWS HIS STUFF!    LUCKY TO HAVE HIM IN MAQUOKETA.    LOTS OF
INTERESTING THINGS GOING ON AT MMEU.   ALL GOOD AND PROFITABLE.
CHECK OUT THEIR NEW IMPROVED WEB SITE AND READ ABOUT IT.