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Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 11:30 AM

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

320 Collins Rd. NE.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-3119
United States

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Posted by Christoph Trappe

Aaron Loan, a benefits advisor at acumen, is our fourth candidate for the two open board positions. Find out more about him below.

 

I love Cedar Rapids. Nothing beats our desires to be innovative while staying well-rooted. Our no-quit attitudes are always laced with positive determination. Our education system is envied around the world. And whether it’s on our own, or with our families, churches, businesses, or non-profit  organizations we have an innate desire to help others succeed. So when my wife and I were living in Philadelphia and our daughter was born six years ago we made the decision to come back home to raise our family. We moved back the first week of June 2008. Most of  you know what happened to Cedar Rapids the very next week…

When I share that story with people their first reaction tends to be, “Oh… I’m so sorry to hear that.” While I appreciate their sentiment, I’m actually thrilled we moved here when we did. I believe it was not coincidence we arrived the week before. Since that fateful week I’ve attempted to devote as much of my time and energy as I can in helping to not just rebuild our community, but make it something even better. 

For work I spent the next three years helping my parents rebuild their business (both their business and their house were directly hit by the flood). Once their business was back on its feet (and doing even better than it was pre-flood) I went back into my old industry where I still am today. As a benefits advisor my purpose is to advise employers on their benefit plans in order to attract and retain talented people to the Cedar Rapids area. I feel this completely intertwines with my desire to see Cedar Rapids continue to flourish in every way possible.

Outside of my career I’ve worked with both my church and with Block by Block to help rebuild homes.  At Campbell Steele Art Gallery I’ve “guest bartended” at Music in the Mud where I donated my tips to the rebuilding efforts. I currently serve on the board of Murals and More because I believe their efforts  to bring art into the outdoor spaces around the downtown area is a phenomenal idea and serves as a catalyst to the positive energy the downtown is really just beginning to experience. I joined Rotary because I loved the service above self attitude of those involved and I haven’t been disappointed since. 

Between the projects I’ve been a part of, hearing about all the projects others are doing, and seeing  what our Rotary club collectively can do to give back to our local and worldwide community has been inspiring. 

Needless to say, I would be THRILLED to serve on our board and continue the great work Metro North has done to serve! I sincerely hope that you will consider me for your vote.

Thank you!

Aaron

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Posted by Christoph Trappe

We have volunteered to clean up the stretch of Hwy 100 between 1st Ave and East Post Rd.  Our name is on the Adopt-a-Highway sign and we take pride in how this stretch of road looks.  Put on your jeans and working boots and let’s get it done!  The more volunteers the quicker it goes!  Vests and trash bags provided – 2hrs max.
When: Saturday April 26th 9AM-11AM
Where: Meet at Slumberland parking lot
What to bring: Gloves and “clean-up” clothes.  Bags and vests provided.

Contact Ryan Koenig to sign up
Posted by Christoph Trappe

Jody Donaldson is running for one of the two open board positions. Find out more about her below:

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

It is with great enthusiasm that I submit my interest in a board position within Metro North Rotary. I have been a proud member since January 2012. While I have truly enjoyed serving as a general member and as co-chair of the Community Relations team, I am anxious to take my leadership skills to the board level. I would like to be a part of the team that continues to support a successful division of rotary, sustain the membership, and fuel the energy. 

I am such an advocate for volunteerism and philanthropy; I have made it my life career and  passion. I'm employed at Kirkwood Community College as the Scholarship & Alumni Officer. I have been in my role in the Development Office since 2005. I work attentively with donors to raise funds and steward the gifts through the scholarship program. In 2013-2014, we were able to support students with $2.6 million dollars in scholarship support. I don’t take my position lightly  as each and every day I work tirelessly to simply make a difference in the life of a student. I also have the privilege of reconnecting with our 70,000 alumni who live all over the world. 

Imagine the energy and creativity I get to expand upon in building those relationships – it’s a very gratifying position. 

I am a graduate of Kirkwood Community College and Upper Iowa University with a degree  in Business Administration and Marketing, and a certificate in Volunteer Management. I am currently working on my Masters of Science Degree in Higher Education. Along with my love for Rotary and serving others above self, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Freedom Festival, Advisory Board Member with Options of Linn County, Board Member for Economic Alliance Youth Leadership for Five Seasons, Board Member for ARC of East Central Iowa, and Advisory Council Member for CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education). I also serve on various committees within the college. I am a VERY proud mother of a Prairie High School sophomore, who keeps me busy fishing, skiing, boating and worrying. 

I aspire to take on a leadership role within Metro North Rotary and continue my aspirations to live a purposeful life.

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Posted by Christoph Trappe

Sandi Lafferty, an account manager at J.W.Morton & Associates is running for one of the two open board positions. You can find out more about her below.

To give you a little information about myself I should start by saying that the Cedar  Rapids area is home to me. I grew up in Fairfax and after high school attended Central College graduating with a Communication major and Business minor. 

Life  and opportunities took me to Texas and Illinois before returning home to work and  finish raising my family. I have three children who are now out of the house and in various stages from college to one who recently got married. 

My job background ranges from sales, to account management in advertising and marketing. With communications interests I have worked in marketing at a  shopping mall and department store, along with sales and management positions at  a radio station, shopper, newspaper, yellow pages, leasing services and as regional account manager for a national B2B magazine. My recent work as Account Manager at an advertising agency, JWMorton & Associates, seems to pull all my experiences  together and I enjoy the interaction with clients and the creative environment.

During my children’s busy middle/school and high school years, I taught religious education classes and then became Director of my church’s high school education
program, and was middle school and high school Youth Director starting up and creating a thriving youth program where there originally was none. The desire to make a difference also led me to do course work towards my masters degree in Counseling from Drake, which I have all but completed.

Helping and feeling called to service is something I have always felt was important. I am happy to have joined this vibrant rotary group and proud to say that I’ve met many wonderful people who bring a positive energy and desire to give back.

With more time in my life for additional endeavors, it would be an honor to be elected to our rotary board. I have varied experiences and would look forward to stretching my wings, learning more from those who have graciously led and striving to bring what I have to offer to this great group. Thank you. Sandi


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Posted by Christoph Trappe

The Boys and Girls Clubs are looking for volunteers to help scan tickets during the Kernels home games this year which in turn will help the Boys & Girls Clubs earn some extra money.  Games do start this week, but we will need help throughout the season.  
For this week, we are looking for 5 people at the following times:
Thursday, 5 - 8:30pm
Friday, 5 - 8:30pm
Saturday, 1 - 4:30pm
Sunday, 1 - 4:30pm
Next Monday 5 – 8:30pm
There are five slots available each day and anyone who can help would be scanning tickets at the door.

Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4FAEAB2CA4F49-april

(No clean-up opportunities in April.)


Posted by Christoph Trappe

Paige is running for one of the open seats on the board. You can learn more about here here:

I am a full time registered representative and administrative assistant to the CEO at Berthel Fisher & Co. Financial Services.  I grew up in Cedar Rapids prior to attending the University of Iowa, graduating with a marketing degree and certificate in international business in 2002.  Prior to moving back to Cedar Rapids in 2008, I lived in Des Moines for six years.  I am married with three girls ages eight and one and enjoy cheering on the Hawkeyes.  While moving back to Cedar Rapids was a little scary after the floods, being a part of the rebuilding process and seeing this city come back in the way it has makes me proud to live here.  

I believe the best way to help make our country, and world, a better place is to be active in your community and charitable organizations.  I was thrilled to get introduced to Metro North Rotary and have enjoyed getting to know such great people and being involved with the fundraising committee.  In addition to being involved in Rotary, I volunteer as a backup facilitator at Young Parents Network to teach parent groups.  I enjoyed being the day of event co-chair for the Zombie Prom last year and look forward to taking that event to another level.  I would be honored to be on the Metro North Rotary board as I enjoy leadership roles and would love the opportunity to be more involved with the group. Thank you for the consideration. 

 

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Posted by Christoph Trappe

Two exciting job changes:

Wade Hiner has accepted the Director of Business Development position with Knutson Construction.  He will start the new position next week, will stay in the area and plan to remain a member of Metro North Rotary. He will send the group all his new contact information next week. Wade's cell number remains the same 319-533-5713.

Also, Christoph Trappe will join MedTouch as senior client relationship manager next month. He'll work with hospitals on digital strategies. Christoph's cell number also remains the same (319-804-9853). He also plans on remaining a member and will continue to share the Tweets of God during his news segments.

If you have a career change to share with the group email ctrappe@gmail.com.
Posted by Christoph Trappe

Please follow us at @MNRotary.

Posted by Christoph Trappe

Elections will be in April. 

The two open board positions for next year are:
Fundraising and community service - Boys and Girls Clubs

Email your bio to Christoph Trappe at ctrappe@gmail.com to enter the race.

Posted by Tabatha Janak

We are looking for individuals who would like to attend the Boys and Girls Club Gala.  

Posted by Christoph Trappe

Please contact Wade Hiner.

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Posted by Keith Hindman on Jan 18, 2014


 
Frosty Fiesta
Check out all the fun, view the Photo Album upper left.

 

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Posted by Keith Hindman on Nov 07, 2013

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This is just part of the group that had a great time at the November Third Place Thursday. 

Posted by Christoph Trappe

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Posted by Christoph Trappe on Sep 12, 2013

On Sept. 12, 2013, we were joined by area mayors at our meeting: Mayor Bouska - Marion, Mayor Corbett - Cedar Rapids, Mayor Cullis - Robins, Mayor Theis - Hiawatha.  

 

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Posted by Christoph Trappe on Sep 05, 2013

The board met with John Bender, our district governor, on Sept. 5.

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Posted by Malorie Hepner on Aug 08, 2013

Thanks so all of the sponsors of the 2013 Golf Outing! This years sponsors included Van Meter, Hawkeye Electric, Bradley Riley, ESP International, Shelter Insurance, Skogman Commercial Real Estate, Allsteel, OPN Architectects, Guaranty Bank, Winner Lynk, Brost Architects, Securian Financial, Destinations Unlimited, Principal Financial, and CIPCO.

We had a perfect day for the event and a great location. Thanks so all the participants for taking time to attend the event! 

Don't forget to check out our photo album of some of the day's activities.

Posted by Keith Hindman on Jul 12, 2013

Everyone had a great time at our 10th Anniversary Party. Thanks so much to The Past Presidents for the beer and wine and to all that help set up the event.

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See all the photos from the party, click here "10th Anniversary Party" 

Posted by Keith Hindman on Jun 04, 2013

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A standing ovation was given to our Metro North Rotary Club for the wonderful breakfast  today. Thanks everyone who helped out...  the teachers were truly grateful.


Posted by Keith Hindman on May 30, 2013

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Ryan Koenig accepted the Governor's Excellence Award and the International Presidential Citation today, on behalf of our rotary group. Congrats to all who have worked so hard this year!

Posted by Keith Hindman on Apr 21, 2013

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Metro North Rotary braved the very cold day to provide water to the Marathon runners... fun was had by all  most.

Posted by Keith Hindman on Mar 07, 2013

Chuck Carpenter, hard at work before being served at Parlor City Pub.

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