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Advanced Sustainable Vehicle Technologies Presented to the DRC PDF Print E-mail

The Decorah Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker Chris Schneider from Honda Motorwerks in La Crosse to their regular meeting on December 30th.  Chris provided interesting insights into the Honda "Pathway to Sustainability" initiative that is working towards the goal of future vehicle propulsion using renewable energy sources with no emissions.  Automobile energy technologies discussed, in order of their perceived increase in benefit to society, included efficient gasoline engines, Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles, Battery Electric Vehicles, and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.  Chris also introduced the Club to the Green Drinks organization and suggested Decorah as a great candidate for hosting these sorts of events.

We thank Chris and Program Chair George Hagen for the interesting and informative presentation.

 
Annual Decorah Rotary Club Chili Supper PDF Print E-mail

The members of the Decorah Rotary Club invite you to join us for the annual Decorah Rotary Club Chili Supper. This year's Chili Supper will be hosted once again at the Decorah High School Cafeteria on Friday, January 9th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  The menu includes Chili, Hot Dogs, Cinnamon Rolls, and drink.  Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased from any Decorah Rotary Club member.

The proceeds raised at this event go toward DRC's Decorah Community Schools Foundation which supports multiple scholarship awards to deserving Decorah High School seniors each year.  The active participation in our Chili Supper by the Decorah-area community helps our Club maximize it's support of our local students.

Hope to see you there!

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Decorah Rotary Club Donates to Global Partners Nicaragua PDF Print E-mail

The Decorah Rotary Club had made a $2,500 donation to the Gundersen Health System Global Partners Nicaragua Program as a contribution toward helping those in desperate need of healthcare, eye care, education, housing, and clean drinking water.

The Global Partners Program was started in 2008 through the Gundersen Health System in order to extend their reach of healthcare beyond their typical borders.  Global Partners collaborates with Rotary Clubs, local schools, and other health systems in the Wisconsin/Iowa/Minnesota area to reach out to under-served communities.  The Program partners with three designated communities including Matagalpa, Nicaragua; Ethiopia; and a native American reservation located in South Dakota.  The Program's goal is to create sustainable relationships that help improve the quality of life in these communities.  Teams of social workers, educators, and healthcare workers travel to each of these communities several times per year for 1 to 2 weeks at a time.  The Program also provides financial resources for scholarships, literacy programs, water filters, healthcare, and healthcare education.

For more information on the Global Partners Program and the most recent trip to Nicaragua, please click on the "Read more..." link below.

 

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2014 Holiday Lights, Magical Nights PDF Print E-mail

The Decorah Rotary Club helped kick off the 2014 Holiday Lights, Magical Nights season by providing volunteer support on Friday, November 28th.  Our participants enjoyed helping out and being part of a near-record number of vehicles taking advantage of the light displays during the Thanksgiving holiday.  Local Rotarians supporting the event included Jeff Tomlinson, Judy Robinson, George Hagen, John Moeller, Kelly Reagan (and family), Jim Dale, Alan Lerstrom, Keith Christensen, Paul Hudson, Gary Mineart, Maureen Duncklee, and John Anderson.

 

Holiday Lights, Magical Nights is an annual fundraiser conducted by Helping Services of Northeast Iowa.  The organization works to end domestic violence and child abuse; build healthy families, friendships, and relationships; and reinforce positive decision-making about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.  The display is open at the Pulpit Rock Campground from 5:30 - 9:00 pm Thursday through Sunday each week until December 11th, when it opens every night through Saturday, December 27th.

 

 
Decorah Rotary Club Adopt-a-Highway Service Project PDF Print E-mail

The Decorah Rotary Club participates in the Adopt-a-Highway Program through its sponsorship of the majority of IA Highway 9 adjacent to the city of Decorah.  Volunteers from the club dedicated their time and energy on the morning of Saturday, October 25th to pick up litter along this stretch of highway and help to keep Decorah the beautiful place we all enjoy.

The participants in this service project included the following dedicated Rotarians:  John Anderson, John Baker, Chad Bird, Elliott ChristenJerry Freund, Barrett Gipp, Jen Gipp, Don Holmertz, Dave Judisch, Alan Lerstrom, Judy Robinson, Paul Scott, and Dean Thompson.  We thank Barrett Gipp for his leadership in organizing the project, and all involved for their cheerful service!

 
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