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. 


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ROTARY WEEK VOL 3 NO 33


MORE LATER IN WEEK...CHECK BACK.    GET READY FOR A HEAT SPELL THIS
WEEKEND.,

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ROTARY WEEK VOL 3 NO 32


IT IS JUNE DAIRY MONTH...



AND JUNE IS THE TIME FOR THE ROTARY ICE CREAM SOCIAL...
















Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ROTARY WEEK VOL 3 NO 31


HAVE A HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!
THE MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM WILL
BE MONDAY AT 10:30 A.M. AT THE
MAQUOKETA MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM.















Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ROTARY WEEK VOL 3 NO 30


SALLY DAVIES WAS PRESENT TODAY FOR MAY 18TH MEETING.
SHE WILL NOT BE PRESENT AT THE NEXT TWO MEETINGS.
SHE WILL BE ON VACATION IN ALASKA, VISITING A FRIEND.
IN THE MEANTIME, ROTARY WILL SURVIVE. 

THE PROGRAM TODAY WAS ABOUT THE MAQUOKETA HOSPITAL, DONE BY
PRESIDENT OF THE HOSPITAL BOARD, KEVIN BURNS....
THINGS TALKED ABOUT...,.
THE HOSPITAL IS OLD, SINCE 1950, AND NEEDS REMODELING.
IT IS  NOW TOO BIG, OVER 150,000 SQUARE FEET.
IT WAS IN EARLY YEARS, AN IN-PATIENT HOSPITAL WITH MANY BEDS.
NOW AN OUT-PATIENT HOSPITAL, WITH FEW BEDS AND FEW OVERNIGHT
PATIENTS.    
IT IS BUSY AND MAKING MONEY.
THE TWO MAJOR QUESTIONS!
REMODEL EXISTING?
BUILD NEW?
A NEW COULD BE HALF THE SIZE.
THERE IS OVER $15-MILLION ON RESERVE FOR A NEW HOSPITAL.
A NEW ONE WOULD PROBABLY COST TWICE THAT...MORE OR LESS.
A NEW ONE, DOING EVEN MORE BUSINESS THAN NOW, MIGHT EVENTUALLY
LOWER OR END THE NEARLY $1,000,000 SUBSIDY FROM THE COUNTY.
THE OLD ONE COULD BE SOLD AND USED FOR?  APARTMENTS?   OR 
MIGHT HAVE TO BE TORN DOWN?
A NEW ONE WOULD REQUIRE LAND AT A NEW LOCATION.
WHERE?   WOULD PROBABLY REQUIRE A STUDY BY THE BOARD AND
COMMUNITY.
THE OLD, OR A NEW ONE, COULD BE SOLD.
MAYBE LEASED.
AND MANAGEMENT OPTIONS WILL PRESENT PROS AND CONS TO BE
CONSIDERED.
WHATEVER...DECISIONS SOON, THIS YEAR,  WOULD BE GOOD.
FACT:  ANAMOSA BUILDT A NEW HOSPITAL A FEW YEARS AGO AND
IS DOING VERY WELL, GROWING, AND JUST THIS SPRING HAD A  GRAND OPENING OF A NEW ADDITION.       
KEVIN HAS BEEN ON BOARD SINCE 2001.    FELLOW ROTARIAN DWAIN
TRENKAMP HAS BEEN ON EVEN LONGER.    THEY WILL WELCOME 
IDEAS FROM THE ROTARY MEMBERS.     
FACT:   THE MAQUOKETA ROTARY PURCHASED THE LAND THE PRESENT
HOSPITAL STANDS ON, BACK IN THE  LATE 40'S.    THE MAQUOKETA ROTARY
HAS HAD AN INTEREST IN A LOCAL HOSPITAL A LONG TIME.



THE MAQUOKETA ROTARY PRESENTED AT THE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY THIS
MORNING, FOUR  SCHOLARSHIPS.      REPRESENTING ROTARY WERE
ROGER STEWART IN SUIT AND BEHIND HIM, PARTIALLY HIDDEN, PRESIDENT SALLY DAVIES.    THE STUDENTS, LEFT TO RIGHT:    TAYLOR FISHWILD,
($500 SCHOLARSHIP)...BAILY LENZ ($500)....JACKSON ROLLING ($1,000) AND
BROOKE LAPKE ($1,000).
OVER $400,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS WERE PESENTED TODAY.

KEN WRIGHT, SALLY DAVIES, AND JIM ENGLAND (NOT SURE WHO ELSE) 
DID ANOTHER  HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP LAST SATURDAY, ON BEHALF OF
ROTARY.    

THE ANNUAL ROTARY SENIOR CITIZENS ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND BAND CONCERT IS SCHEDULED FOR THE LAST WEDNESDAY IN JUNE.  
THE FIRST ONE WAS IN 1976 AND WE HAVE NEVER MISSED A YEAR.

















Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ROTARY WEEK VOL 3 NO 29


IT WAS ANOTHER GOOD SCHOLARSHIP DINNER MAY 4TH.....

THE ROTARY PROGRAM FOR WEDNESDAY MAY 18TH  (GUEST OF NANCY MOORE) WILL BE GIVEN BY KEVIN BURNS, PRESIDENT OF THE MAQUOKETA STATE BANK AND PRESIDENT OF THE MAQUOKETA HOSPITAL BOARD.   HE WILL TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE HOSPITAL.   WILL WE REMODEL OR
BUILD NEW?    SOME MEMBERS MAY NOT REALIZE THAT THE GROUND WHERE THE CURRENT HOSPITAL STANDS WAS PURCHASED AND GIVEN
BY THE MAQUOKETA ROTARY CLUB TO THE COUNTY BACK IN 1948 OR 1949 TO USE FOR THE NEW HOSPITAL WHICH OPENED IN 1950.

THE PROGRAM TODAY, MAY 11TH, WAS JACKSON
COUNTY DEPUTY CHAD GRUVER FROM PRESTON,
THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT K-9 OFFICER.   
HE STARTED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHEN 19....BEEN IN IT FOR OVER 25 YEARS.   IN THE PAST,
WAS ON SABULA AND PRESTON POLICE DEPARTMENTS, AND WORKED FOR A TIME AT THE
LAW CENTER IN CLINTON AND  HAS BEEN A 

JACKSON COUNTY DEPUTY FOR 8 YEARS.  THIS
IS THE 2ND TIME HE IS A K-9 OFFICER.
HIS K-9 DOG IS HONDO, AND UNABLE TO COME TO
THE MEETING TODAY BECAUSE OF AN ACL INJURY.
HIS VET SAYS HE HAS TO STAY HOME FOR 3 WEEKS.    HE IS 7 YEARS OLD AND CAME FROM
A K-9 SCHOOL IN HUMBOLDT.   HE IS NEEDED FOR AN ASSIGMENT AN AVERAGE OF ONCE A WEEK.
GRUVER IS THE ONLY DEPUTY HE WILL WORK 
FOR.   HE LIVES IN HIS ON KENNELL IN GRUVER'S
YARD.

 ROTARY DUCK RACE....SOUND FAMILIAR?