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July 4, 2010

July 2010: Des Moines Sertoma hears from City View, top Economic Development official

Happy New Year, Sertomans!

Yes, it is a new Sertoma year. The club nationwide starts its fiscal year July 1. Club President Oliver Knuth steps up to Chairman, while past president Craig Randall steps in for a second term as club President. Minda Barr will be our Vice President of Attendance, putting her in line for the club Presidency in July 2011.

Dick Henry has stepped up to join the board. Jeri Le Henry, who is stepping down from the Chairmanship, will join David Beery, John Badger, Rick Howe and Will Canine on the club Board of Directors, while Treasurer Ron Mountsier, Vice-President of Attendance Bob Simons, and Secretary Joe Kristan will keep their positions for another year. Be sure to thank those who are stepping up for this important work.

We will start the Sertoma year with a July 6 visit from Shane Goodman, publisher of the provocative weekly free paper Cityview. Find out more how they keep this piece of the old media hip, edgy and outrageous. Note the venue change for this meeting. The usual Ruan Center location of the club is closed July 6, so the meeting will be held at the Embassy Club, 41st floor of 801 Grand.

Our July 20 meeting will feature Brett Mills, Director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Brett Mills took the reins of this troubled department after his predecessor resigned in the Film Tax Credit scandal. This is your chance to find out how the key agency in Iowa's economic development efforts is dealing with the double trouble of a poor economy and a debilitating scandal. We return to our usual Ruan Center, 34th floor, location for this meeting.

Social Meetings!

Since the club switched to its two-meetings-per-month schedule, some of our members have had a hole in their schedules on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. No More! We will try have social-only meetings of the Des Moines Sertoma Club on the second and fourth Tuesdays this month, July 13 and July 27.

We will reserve a table at the Ruan Center location of the Des Moines Club, and members who wish to socialize should just show up and ask for the Sertoma table at the 34th floor reception desk. Lunches will be charged at the same low $15 per-member rate as the club charges (including tip and tax) and the charges will appear as extra billings on the quarterly bills of members who come to the social meetings. We hope this turns out to be popular; we'll keep it going as long as we have members who show up for it.

What Sertoma was up to in June

The tears came easily at the end of this year's Fantasy Baseball Camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing youth. The 12th camp was the last for the club, as bureaucratic obstacles to reaching kids and changes in youth interest have made it too difficult to attract participants, so the club will redirect its efforts in hearing education to programs that can have a wider impact. Thanks to all the Sertomans, community volunteers and Iowa Cubs personnel who have made this such a great program over the years.

Service to Mankind is what we do year-around at the Des Moines Sertoma Club. We also get to hear first-hand from key business and civic leaders at our luncheons -- and we have a great time doing it. Join today!

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