August 28, 2011

Des Moines Sertoma Club: September 2011

Des Moines Sertoma is keeping busy in September!!
Des Moines Sertoma Club starts our first meeting with Drake’s Football Coach, Chris Creighton Chris%20Creighton%20-%20Drake%20Coach.jpg
together with a student athlete - they will discuss the team, the upcoming schedule and the summer trip to Africa. Make sure you join us on September 6th to hear the great things happening with the Drake Football team.

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Our Inauguration Dinner will be on September 17th at the Salisbury House in the Great Room from 5pm to 9pm. We will start dinner at 5:30pm and will start our meeting at 6:30pm, there will also be tours of the Salisbury House after our meeting. Please RSVP for the dinner with Minda at mbarr@bankerstrust.com or on the signup sheet that will be distributed at our September 6th meeting – email or mark: if you will have a quest, your choice of entrée of Salmon or Sirloin and choice of drink, soft drink or coffee.
On September 20th, our speaker will be the new Executive Director of AARP of Iowa, Kent Sovern Kent%20Sovern%2C%20AARP.jpg
Kent will discuss his organization and issues of interest at AARP.

August in Review:

On August 2nd, Eric Tabor, the Chief of Staff to Attorney General Tom Miller. Spoke about the activities of the Attorney General’s Office and the many great benefits this office has brought to Iowans.

On August 16th, our speaker was Rob Schweers, Senior Communications Consultant from Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. He discussed issues of health, health care costs and health insurance.

January 5, 2009

January 2009 Newsletter


2009 - a New Year, a New Opportunity to Serve Mankind!

The Des Moines Sertoma Club looks forward to a fun year of serving the community through hearing and speech education and work with the Ruby Van Meter School.

We will start our year with a special meeting focused on boosting our membership on January 6. Bring an open mind and your thoughts on how we can get more folks involved in our good work. In these tough economic times, Sertoma is needed more than ever.


Our lunch speaker for January 13 has yet to confirm; watch this space for the latest news.

Deborah Brewer, the Executive Director of the Des Moines YWCA, visits us January 20 to bring us the latest news about what this important institution is doing for our community.


Our first evening outing for 2007 will be a trip to the Wells Fargo Arena to see the NBA D-League Iowa Energy take on Tulsa. Last year's game was a blast, and we look forward to another fun evening.

Paul Morrison recieves 2008 Service to Mankind Award


The Drake University leadership and a strong turnout of Sertomans were on hand when Drake Athletic Department Paul Morrison received the club's Service to Mankind award at our annual Christmas luncheon. Even though he is on the other side of 90 (from me, anyway), he still puts in his full days at the Drake Athletic department, preserving a rich heritage while keeping the Knapp Center tidy. On hand were, among others, Drake Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield-Clubb and President David Maxwell. We also were delighted that Earl Shostrom was there. Earl helped forge the many links between our club and Drake, and it's always a good meeting when he shows up.

In addition to a brief, pitch-perfect acceptance speech from Mr. Morrison, the luncheon featured an appearance by the Ruby Van Meter Singers and Rudy Trusheim's post-meal message.

Member News

We got the sad news of the death of longtime member Richard Noyce. Dick was a tireless Sertoman, a hard worker, and the gracious host of our annual golf outing and steak fry. We will all miss him greatly.

We have recieved resignations from members Marty Herrmann, John Frandson and Jerry Caster. We hope they have the opportunity to rejoin the club soon, and we thank them for their efforts.


Upcoming events:

Drake Mens Basketball outing: the SIU Salukis come to Knapp Center February 25 to seek revenge for their first loss in Carbondale to the Bulldogs since 1996.

Sertoma will return to Wells Fargo Center to see the American Hockey League's Iowa Chops take on the Houston Aeros on March 31.

See you on Tuesdays at noon, 801 Grand, 40th floor. And bring a guest!

November 3, 2008

Vote Sertoma!

However the elections turn out, you will win with the Des Moines Sertoma Club!

Our first November meeting happens to fall on Election Day. Our featured speaker November 4 is Mentalist Bill Mogolov, presenter of the "Magic of M" show. Maybe he knows what happened to the hanging chads...

20080901-1dms.gifWe welcome Joel Severinghaus, International Trade Analyst from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, November 11 He will talk about "The effect of today's credit markets on Iowa Ag Exports." As finance and Ag are two key industries in Iowa, this is a must-see.



Watch this space to see who our November 18 speaker is; Max Thompson is making the arrangements.

20081103dms.jpgFor our November evening meeting, we are trying a new innovation: having it in December! On Tuesday, December 2 we will watch the Drake women's basketball team take on Coppin State at the Knapp Center. We will have our first December lunch meeting that day too, so it could be somewhat confusing.

In another event of note this month, our own David Beery will help sing the national anthem for the Iowa Chops November 13! You won't want to miss this!

Mark your calendar for our December 16 Christmas lunch! Iowa Governor Steve Brown will be our speaker, and we will honor a distinguished local citizen with our Service to Mankind award.

Other upcoming Sertoma evening outings include an Iowa Energy basketball game January 27 and a Drake Men's basketball game against the mighty Salukis of Southern Illinois.

Sertoma - winner by a landslide! Contact Joe Kristan or any Sertoma member and get on the bandwagon!

June 25, 2008

July 2008 Newsletter

 

 

 

It's Fantasy Baseball Camp month for Des Moines Sertoma!  This is the tenth year of our partnership with the Iowa Cubs to provide a baseball experience for hearing-impaired youth.  We still have a few spots open, so if you know of a child - boy or girl - who is hearing-impaired and would like to work with real pro ballplayers, send an email to Paulette Taylor at taylord53@aol.com or call her at 515-224-6408.

 

Drake Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb makes a return visit to the club July 1.  It's been a very quiet year for Drake athletics, so we have no idea what she'll want to discuss.

 

On July 8 we host Kent Zimmerman, president and CEO of the Wallace House Foundation.  It's a great opportunity to get to know more about an important national historical family with deep Iowa roots.

 

July 15 will feature a pet cause of the Des Moines Sertoma club.  Dagny Fidler, Vice-Principal of the Ruby Van Meter school, will talk about the latest news at this special and important institution.

 

Our annual Golf outing is slated for July 22 at the Lake Panorama National Golf Course.  If you don't want to golf, come for the fun and the food at the Noyce house!

 

 

Mark your calendar for our booth at the Iowa State Fair!  We will post the sign-up times for manning our club's state fair booth at dmsertoma.org.  Contact Bob Simons to learn more.

 

 

Club Reorganization

 

Joe Kristan and Craig Randall attended the Iowa District Regional Leadership Conference in Fort Dodge June 22.  International Director Tim Hazel explained why the national merger of the Sertoma International and Sertoma Foundation and the consequences for the clubs.  Key Points:

 

-Our local foundation and club must prepare and operate under a unified annual budget and prepare unified financial statements.

                                                                                                           

-We will have to file quarterly activity statements with the district, on pain of being dropped from the national group tax exemption.

 

-We will be able to continue our Fantasy Baseball skybox raffle, as long as we do it on a limited basis.

 

The district also needs leadership!  If you have served as a local leader, consider stepping up to district leadership.  Why let Ft. Dodge have all the fun?

 

 

What we've been up to

 

The Des Moines Sertoma Club installed its new officers at our annual dinner June 21.  Jeri Le Henry and Diana Van Vleet stepped up to be our new presidents at the Hyperion Field Club event.  Iowa District Governor Steve Brown discussed what's going on in Iowa Sertoma.  The food was great, and the Max Wellman Trio provided excellent entertainment.  Make your plans for next year!

 

We had some outstanding programs last month.  Don Wauters had a fascinating presentation on a world new to a lot of us - amateur auto racing - on June 3.   Our own Kip Peters and his son, Sebastian, had a great program about Sebastian's own passion for racing go-carts (75 miles per hour, 3 inches off the ground?  Amazing young man, that Sebastian!). 

 

Randyl Taber, a senior vice-president at A.G. Edwards, gave an outstanding explanation of the whys and wherefores of the recent increases in energy prices.  The answer is in the Far East.

 

Membership news

 

We had no member additions or losses in June.   That means you need to BRING A GUEST IN JULY!

June 2, 2008

June 2008 Newsletter

We started May cleaning up the busiest stretch of highway in Iowa, and we ended it by helping out the kids at Ruby Van Meter school. In between we heard from the Newton Speedway and from a living legend. Oh, and Jim Zabel visited, too!

THE CLEANUP

A strong crew showed up on a chilly and windy Saturday to clean up the south side of I-235 east of 31st street. Bill Warrick, Jack Sink, Craig Randall, Will Canine, Kevin Krause, Jack Rivers, Rich Seibert and Joe Kristan took part, and former member Tony Aldridge pitched in. Do you have any idea how much junk can accumulate along a freeway?

THE PITCH TOURNAMENT

Van Seibert was denied a chance to run the tables and sweep the 2008 edition of the fund-raising Pitch Tournament for Ruby Van Meter School by the misfortune of being paired with a lame partner in the last round; he settled for a third-place finish. The title was instead claimed by the indomitable Dick Henry, followed by Jack Sink. The real winner, though were the kids at Ruby Van Meter, as they will benefit from the $500 check we will present the RVM Booster Club as a result of the tournament.

WHAT ELSE HAS SERTOMA BEEN UP TO?

Craig Armstrong, the General Manager of the Iowa Motor Speedway in Newton, gave an excellent virtual tour of the fine racing facility we have in our own backyard. Living legend Jim Zabel, who has done so much to help fund our Fantasy Baseball program, gave us his insights into the turbulent Iowa sports scened. Our own living legend Max Thompson shared his insights into the changes in the Iowa agricultural economy over the years.


THE JUNE 2008 AGENDA

June opens with Don Wauters, the owner of Priority Express, Inc., one of Iowa's largest small parcel carriers. He will keynote the June 3 luncheon meeting by telling us about his hobby as an amateur race car driver.

Randyl Taber, a Senior Vice President at A.G. Edwards, joins us on June 10 to talk about the issues behind soaring energy prices. This is a return visit for Mr. Taber; he spoke to us a few years ago about the Enron scandal.

Our own Kip Peters headlines the June 17 meeting. He will team up with his sons, Sebatian and Tristan, to talk about Kart racing. He says he'll be bringing speakers, so expect some noise!

We will celebrate another year of Service to Mankind at our annual Inaugural Dinner on June 21; we will inaugurate Jeri Le Henri and Diana Van Vleet as co-presidents for the Sertoma year begging July 1. Before-dinner entertainment will be provided by The Max Wellman Trio. Good food, good fellowship, good times. Don't miss the social event of the season!
June promises to be another great month to be a Sertoman! You know someone who should be sharing our service and friendship. Invite them to be a guest at the next meeting!

MEMBERSHIP CHANGES

We regret to learn that Jim McCaughey has been forced to give up his membership in the club for health reasons. Jim, who turns 85 in September, has been with the club since January 1979. Jim, thanks for your many years of service and friendship. We wish you and your wife the best, and we would love to have you as a guest anytime your health permits.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

June 3: Special board meeting after the regular luncheon session. meeting (the July meeting will be on July 21)
June 21: Inaugural Dinner
June 22: Iowa District leadership meeting, Ft. Dodge.
June 30: Board of Directors July 17-19: Sertoma International Convention, Denver
July 26-30: Fantasy Baseball Camp

May 1, 2008

May 2008 Newsletter

The snow is gone, the buds are greening, and it's a great month to be a Sertoman! We have a full slate planned.

The green flag goes up on the month May 6 with a visit from Craig Armstrong, general manager of the Iowa Motor Speedway in Newton.

Living legend Jim Zabel returns to the club May 13. Jim has seen a lot, and he'll have some thoughts on the singular year in sports we've just had here in Iowa.

Our own Max Thompson has the floor May 20. Max will talk about how mechanization and high tech have changed farming, and he'll discuss and some of the economic, social, and environmental effects that came with these changes.

Our annual pitch tournament is set for Calvin Manor on May 27. Registration at 5:15, play starts at 5:30 SHARP! Sign up now as a player or sponsor. You don't even have to know how to play - trust me, you'll learn in a hurry. All proceeds go to the Ruby Van Meter School, so it's good fun for a great cause.

HIGHWAY CLEANUP! Our annual cleanup of our stretch of I-235 is Saturday, May 3. Meet at the parking lot of Macedonia Baptist Church on 31st Street, just north of the freeway, at 7:45 a.m.

SPEAKING OF RUBY VAN METER: On May 1st at 1:00 PM Ruby Van Meter School will present its Spring Musical, "I Need A Vacation" in in the Ruby Van Meter School gymnasium. It is a great experience.

ALSO SPEAKING OF RUBY VAN METER: Their annual activity day is June 2, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Our club will be setting up and running the batting cage so help will be needed to set-up and tear down. It is an exciting and fun day for the students and a great way for Sertoma to stay in touch with Ruby Van Meter School.

MEMBER NEWS

At the April board meeting the club Board of Directors approved the membership nomination of John Frandson, a Managing Director at Principal Global. Be sure to give him a warm Sertoma welcome at the next meeting.

Carl Bump has taken a new position at Nationwide downtown, a move that bodes well for him making it to more lunch meetings. Congratulations, Carl!

SUMMER PICNIC

Craig Randall has made arrangements to hold our summer picnic in the air-conditioned comfort of Salisbury House August 26. We'll also get a tour of this great piece of Des Moines history.

CALL OUT FOR AUDIOLOGISTS

Bob Simons asks member contact their audiologists to see if they would be willing to serve giving hearing screenings during the fair. The fair runs from August 7th through August 17th. See Bob or a committee member with any leads or questions.

APRIL: FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES

We had a great set of meetings in September. Bill Stowe took us on a tour of the Des Moines Underworld, showing us the challenges of civil engineering, sewage disposal and road clearing in a 160-year old settlement. Police Chief Judy Bradshaw aquainted us with the problems of a different kind of underworld at our April 15 meeting. Mike Glover from the Associated Press brought us up to date on the legislature and the future of the media on April 22. He made an arresting prediction: that there will be no newspapers made with actual paper in 10 years.

FANTASY BASEBALL CAMP IS COMING UP!

We had a well-attended kick-off event for the 2008 Fantasy Baseball Camp at the Cub Club in Principal Park. Loosen the purse strings and help finance this great Sertoma event through a direct gift or by participation in the skybox raffle.

There's too much going on with the Des Moines Sertoma Club to be selfish about it. Bring a guest!

March 31, 2008

April 2008 Newsletter

Des Moines Sertoma Club Newsletter
April 1, 2008

Greetings, Sertomans! We have a great April slate of activities for the Club – you won’t want to miss a meeting! But first things first.

NEW INCOMING PRESIDENT(S)

Family health issues have forced Breck Dokken to step down from his post as Vice-President for Attendance and incoming club President. Fortunately Jeri Le Henry and Diana Van Vleet have agreed to fill the post jointly for Breck’s unexpired term and to assume the club presidency for the upcoming next year. Thank them when you see them next.

NEWSLETTER CHANGE

Carl Bump has served faithfully as our newsletter editor, but finds it necessary to yield his pen and ink. Carl promises to remain active otherwise with the club.

Until further notice, Joe Kristan will be issuing the newsletter. Rest assured: he will give up the role without a fight should someone (you, perhaps!) steps forward to handle this important role. Until then, send any information for the newsletter to Joe at jkristan@rothcpa.com, or call him at 244-0266.

THE APRIL 2008 AGENDA
We start a full slate of speakers this month with an April 1 visit by Jeff Lantz of the Iowa Cubs and Paulette Taylor, our Fantasy Baseball coordinator. Fire up for Fantasy Baseball and the I-Cubs season!

Bill Stowe, Des Moines Assistant City Manager for Public Works and Engineering, will be our guest on April 8. We can expect some insight on how his department copes with its difficult weather and political challenges.

April 15 is tax day. Be sure you finish your taxes early so you can lunch with Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw.

The legislature should have things about wrapped up by April 22, when Associated Press political reporter Mike Glover visits our club. Mike was unexpectedly called away when he was originally scheduled to visit us last month. He'll have some great perspective about what they've been up to under the big dome.

Our April evening meeting will be Tuesday, April 29, when we officially launch activities for this year's Fantasy Baseball camp at the Cub Club at Principal Park.. Social hour begins at 5:00, dinner at 6:00. This was a great outing last year, and you want to miss this edition.
April 2008: like every month, a great month to be a Sertoman! Don’t be selfish – spread the word about our great club, and bring a guest to the next meeting!

WHAT HAS SERTOMA BEEN UP TO?

The club has been busy since the last newsletter. Somehow we managed to visit the Drake Men’s Basketball team on the only game they lost this season at the Knapp Center. We did see the Drake Women pull out a gritty win over Bradley.

Stepping up a level, the club saw the NBA Development League Iowa Energy win a wild one over Fort Wayne, 133-121.

Our lunch meetings saw visits from Chuck Stull of Iowa Realty, where we got some inside scoop on the current unhappiness in the real estate market. Arvid Huisman visited us from the Salvation Army and gave a terrific account of that great organization’s current efforts.

MEMBERSHIP CHANGES

Marty Herrmann, a Vice-President with the Terrus Real Estate Group, and Diana Van Vleet of Bankers Trust recently joined the club. We approved the membership application of Jason Stone of the Davis Law Firm at our March board meeting.

We regret to announce that Dick Shaffer, Breck Dokken, Tony Aldridge and Gina Graham have resigned from the club. We thank them for their participation in the club, and we hope their circumstances enable their return soon.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

May 1-3: Great Plains Regional Convention
Ruby Van MeterPitch Tournament: May 27
Board Meeting: April 28 Inaugural Dinner: June 21
July 17-19: Sertoma International Convention, Denver
July 26-30: Fantasy Baseball Camp

November 11, 2007

DM Sertoma Newsletter for November 11, 2007

Des Moines Sertoma Club
November 11, 2007 Newsletter

Dear Sertoma Club members.

As I write this newsletter today I am on my annual quest to lose weight before Thanksgiving. I do this so I have the exact amount of room between my stomach and pants button. It started today, so I may be a little growly by Tuesday’s meeting. It amazes me each year how Thanksgiving just seems to sneak up on me after Halloween. I actually contemplated this weekend to be proactive and put up my Christmas lights outside, but after watching a couple of great football games on TV, the day dwindled away and no lights can be seen outside the Bump household. Next week, I will be sure to do it.

Anyway, enough about me. Last week, President Keith Anderson sent out an email about the Sy Gau Scholarship, but in case you lost that email here is more information. Attached is a copy of the 2008 Sy Gau $1000 Scholarship application. Please make as many copies as needed. Eligibility for the scholarship is the same as last year. The applicant must be a relative of a Sertoma member of the Great Plains Region. Theymust be a full time undergraduate student. High school seniors are also eligible. Only the 2008 application form will be accepted, prior yearsforms will not be considered. Deadline to return the application is January 31, 2008. Winners will be announced at the Great Plains Regional Convention at Brainerd in May. There will be one winner from each District in the Great Plains Region. The West Iowa District only had 3 applicants in 2004,4 applicants in 2005, 12 applicants in 2006 and 17 applicants in 2007. So please ask you’re your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandsons, granddaughters, cousins, any relative. As you look at the application you will notice there is no mention of grade point or financial need, only community service & why it is important in life. This is probably the best odds at winning a $1,000 scholarship most students will ever see. Last years winner was Tallis Henry, daughter of JeriLee Henry a member of our Club. This is not our first winner from our club, so lets get another.

The club manned a station at the Blank Park Zoo's "Night Eyes" event this year, where we provided information on preventing hearing loss to hundreds of goblins and their parents. Thanks to Craig Randell for getting this event set up. It was great exposure for the club and certainly an event to do again next year.

I also want to welcome two new members to the club this month. Diana VanVleet is a Corporate Trust Officer with Bankers Trust Company. Marty Herrmann is a Vice President with the Terrus Real Estate Group. Make sure you introduce yourself to these new members in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Speakers and Events

Des Moines Sertoma drops the sticks and gloves in November!

Charles Smithson Executive Director and Legal Counsel for the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, visits us on November 13. We'll get to hear the latest from the front lines of this important and controversial area of public policy.

Joan Wollenzien from the Iowa Donor Network is our November 20 guest speaker. The Iowa Donor Network is Iowa's Organ Procurement Organization, responsible for obtaining and placing donor organs statewide.

Our November evening outing will be a trip to the Wells Fargo Arena November 27 to watch the Iowa Stars take on American Hockey League rival Houston. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m.

Please also keep these two dates open in the month of December. We will be Bell Ringing for The Salvation Army on Monday December 10th and our annual Christmas Luncheon will be the following Day on Tuesday, December 11th. This is the meeting that we hand out our Sertoman of the Year award. So please save these dates.

As always, you can see we have an exciting schedule and it would be a perfect time to bring a guest. See you at the next Tuesday meeting.

Carl Bump

September 29, 2007

Sertoma Newsletter for September 23, 2007

Des Moines Sertoma Club
September 23, 2007 Newsletter

Dear Sertoma Club members.

Hope things are going well with the members of the club. This weekend for football fans of the teams of Iowa, certainly had a rough weekend. With the close losses of Iowa and Iowa State and also the loss for Drake, certainly made it kind of a downer weekend. Though it was a great weekend and it should be of some consolation that Drake’s loss was to UNI, who is having a great season.

Sport’s is always a good conservation starter at a Sertoma Club meeting, because we are passionate about our sports and have always followed our teams closely. So it is only fitting that the greatest sportscaster in Iowa history is going to help our club out. I know you have received a couple of emails on this already, but I do think it is worth mentioning again in our newsletter, what Jim Zabel is going to do for our very own Sertoma Club.

This past Tuesday, Craig Randal made the announcement that the proceeds from the sale of a DVD produced by Iowa Sports Weekly and hosted by Jim Zabel would go to the Sertoma Club of Des Moines. The push for the sale of the DVD will through the end of the year since it would make good holiday gifts. Today on the Jim and Jim Show on WHO Radio 1040 AM Jim announced that the DVD's would go on sale and where the proceeds were going. The cost of the DVD is $20.00 and it can be made available to us as Sertomans to sell to friends or to personally purchase one. On the show today they did say where the DVD's can be obtained. As Sertoman we will probably get the chance to buy a DVD between now and November and more than likely Jim Zabel would be willing to autograph it personally for you. You can also check out www.iowasportsweekly.com for more information as it will be on their site soon.

Sometime after the first of the year we will plan a Noon lunch program and Kim Baker one of the hosts of the Iowa Sports Weekly television show who will come and talk about what Iowa Sports Weekly is all about and present our club with a check. I think this is a great opportunity for our club and our programs. This is just another great thing for our club to get excited about, because this gives us more of an opportunity to be a club that helps the people of Des Moines.

Upcoming Speakers and Events

September 25th – Evening Meeting at Legends Bar and Grill at the corner of Mills Civic Pkwy and 50th street in W Des Moines

October 2nd - Keno Davis the new Drake basketball coach

October 9th - Drake head women’s basketball coach Amy Stephens will be the guest

October 16th – Don Roose President of US Commodities. To find out more on US Commodities go to www.uscommodities.com

October 24th – Steve Simon from Two Rivers Bank

We have an exciting schedule and as always it would be a perfect time to bring a guest. See you at the next Tuesday meeting.

Carl Bump

June 4, 2007

May 20, 2007 Newsletter

We are a week from the Memorial Day Holiday, the unofficial first week of summer. With the weather this past weekend it has me certainly thinking of summer and all the exciting things I have to look forward to, such as the Fantasy Baseball camp, Dick Noyce’s golf and cookout, Inaugural Dinner and the end of summer Sertoma Picnic. I am also looking forward to my own personal family vacation to the Black Hills in South Dakota. I am sure many of you have your own personal vacations planned during the summer, but please don’t forget the important Sertoma dates and events that are happening.

One event that is coming up that we as the Sertoma Club is being asked for help, is the Ruby Van Meter Field Day. VOLUNTEERS are needed May 25th (Friday) at 8:00 AM to help set-up, man and take down two batting cages for the Ruby Van Meter Field Day. Also if you have items for the Ruby Van Meter garage Sale on June 2nd contact John Badger if you need the item picked up. VOLUNTEERS are also needed the day of the garage sale.

Upcoming Speakers and Events

May 22nd our speaker is a name you are sure to remember it’s Rick Fredericksen. Rick was co-anchor at KCCI-TV on the 6 and 10 o’clock news casts he worked at KCCI from 1970 to 1982. He was paired with Paul Rhoades on the 6:00 News and Russ Van Dyke at 10, for several years. He was the Chief correspondent for CBS news in Bangkok and headed up their bureau. Earlier, he reported on the Viet Nam War in the Marine Corps. More recently he was the News Director of WOI Radio, and is now the Arts and Culture Reporter for newly organized Iowa Public Radio. Rick is a Des Moines native and a graduate of North High School and the Department of Defense Information School. He should have some interesting tales to tell so be thinking of questions for Rick.

May 29th we will have our evening meeting at Calvin Community for the Annual Sertoma Pitch Tournament to benefit Ruby Van Meter School. Earl and Rick will have more on this as the date nears.

June 5th Dr. Jim Wille, who is Certified in Pediatric and Adult Allergy will discuss the allergy season and things you can do and ways to make your life bearable this time of the
year.

June 12th meeting is “The Bioeconomy: Creating New Linkages Between Agriculture, Energy and the Environment” Our speaker is Jeanine Baldwin who serves as the County Extension Education Director with Iowa State University Extension in Polk County. With an annual budget of $1.3 million, Baldwin is responsible for providing extension programming to the citizens of Polk County
Prior to working for Iowa State University, Ms. Baldwin served as the Vice President of the Jasper County Alliance for Economic Development and as Corporate Secretary and Human Resources Director for the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Federation.

Ms. Baldwin holds a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University. She and her husband Tim have four children and farm near Mingo.

June 19th we will have a representative from the Iowa Cubs to talk about their organization, their commitment to the Fantasy Baseball Camp and draw the winner of the raffle for the July 20th Sky Box.

Please remember that the he June evening meeting will go into July and it will be on Saturday July 7th at the Hyperion Field Club when Keith Anderson will be inaugurated as the new club President.

The evening meeting in July is on the 31st and it is the annual trek to Lake Panorama for golf at the Panorama Country Club and Dick Noyce again will be the gracious host for steaks and all the works. It is always a fun afternoon and evening. Be ready to sign up for a tee time. I may even try to play this year.

We have an exciting schedule for the month of June and as always, would be a perfect time to bring a guest. See you at the next Tuesday meeting.

Carl Bump