Speaker Date Topic
Jenifer K. Ward Oct 26, 2021 12:00 PM
Update from the Luther College President

DRC Sponsor: Jim Morrow

Luther College President Dr. Jenifer K. Ward will offer information and unique insights into the ongoing Luther College 2022-22 academic calendar and new developments at the college. Luther College continues to evolve on multiple fronts as dictated by the lingering COVID-19 situation, financial and enrollment challenges and opportunities, expanded student, faculty, and staff programs and involvment, and increased interaction with the local Decorah community.

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**Please complete your meal sign-up prior to the meeting, preferably not later than close of business Monday. Our face-to-face meeting will be hosted at the VFW, supplemented by Zoom broadcast. The meal sign-up, meeting announcment, agenda, and any other logistical information including a Zoom meeting link will be distributed to all members by email in advance.

Natalie and Chris Naber Oct 28, 2021 5:30 PM
Convergence Ciderworks

Rotary After-Hours Sponsor: Shannon Duncan

Our meeting location is at Convergence Ciderworks. Natalie and Chris Naber will provide an overview of their business and how they landed in Decorah when they have lived in California for the past 20 years. Their core mission is making great partnerships to make great cider while making a difference.  We will tour the facility and learn more about the brewing process.

 

Erick Kephart Nov 02, 2021 12:00 PM
The Importance of Estate Planning

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

Erick Kephart is a Trust Officer and Vice President at Decorah Bank and Trust. After growing up in Decorah, attending Loras College in Dubuque, and living and working in Dubuque for 15 years after college graduation, he is excited to be back home in Decorah and able to use his experiences in service to the community. His career has ranged from working in the family business, to retirement plan services, individual wealth management, financial planning, and estate planning.

Erick has experienced first-hand the tremendous value a proper estate plan provides. He believes everyone should have an estate plan, regardless of income, net worth, family status, or property ownership. If you don’t put together a plan, the State will decide for you. He will be discussing the key steps everyone should know when putting together a estate plan that can help achieve each person's legacy goals.

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**Please complete your meal sign-up prior to the meeting, preferably not later than close of business Monday. Our face-to-face meeting will be hosted at the VFW, supplemented by Zoom broadcast. The meal sign-up, meeting announcment, agenda, and any other logistical information including a Zoom meeting link will be distributed to all members by email in advance.

Jeff Hassman Nov 09, 2021 12:00 PM
Rotary District 5970 Governor Visit

DRC Sponsor: Samantha Scholtes

All club members are strongly encouraged to attend this noon meeting, where we will be joined by the 2021-2022 Rotary District 5970 Governor Jeff Hassman. Governor Hassman will be sharing information about new initiatives in District 5970 as well as his goals and objectives over the ongoing Rotary year.

Governor Hassman is a native of Cedar Falls, having received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and his MBA from the University of Michigan. Prior to his enrollment at UNI he was a participant in the Rotary Youth Exchange. Following graduation he served in a variety of positions at John Deere involving international travel, followed by time working in Madrid as a management consultant. He presently leads the international consulting business CVP Advisors with a focus on business develpment strategies, manufacturing, operations, and renewable technologies. In addition to his involvement with Rotary, his long record of volunteer service includes a term on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. He is currently a member of the Cedar Falls Community Schools Board of Education and is a board member of Cedar Valley TechWorks, Inc.

Governor Hassman enjoys international travel and is fluent in Spanish, Dutch, and German. He and his spouse Maripili have four grown children.

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**Please complete your meal sign-up prior to the meeting, preferably not later than close of business Monday. Our face-to-face meeting will be hosted at the VFW, supplemented by Zoom broadcast. The meal sign-up, meeting announcment, agenda, and any other logistical information including a Zoom meeting link will be distributed to all members by email in advance.

Mark Swanson Nov 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Growing Hope Globally

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

Mark E. Swanson is a recent transplant to Decorah after having assumed a new role as a Regional Director for Growing Hope Globally. Growing Hope Globally is a Christian response to hunger, linking the grassroots energy and commitment of rural communities in the U.S. with the capability and desire of smallholder farmers in developing countries to grow lasting solutions to hunger. He will share how U.S. rural communities are finding renewal, while making an impact on global hunger.

More information is available at www.growinghopeglobally.org.

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**Please complete your meal sign-up prior to the meeting, preferably not later than close of business Monday. Our face-to-face meeting will be hosted at the VFW, supplemented by Zoom broadcast. The meal sign-up, meeting announcment, agenda, and any other logistical information including a Zoom meeting link will be distributed to all members by email in advance.

Travis Goedken Nov 23, 2021 12:00 PM
Meet the New Decorah City Manager

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

Details TBA

Joe Starke Nov 30, 2021 12:00 PM
Winneshiek Medical Center and Missions in Niger

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

Details TBA

Keith Breuning Dec 07, 2021 12:00 AM
A Report on Skyline Lanes

DRC Sponsor: Alan Lerstrom

Keith Breuning and two business partners, Michael Bruening and Russell Novak, recently agreed to purchase Skyline Lanes, the bowling alley in Decorah formerly known as Oneota Lanes located at 400 Heivly Street. The trio plan to make updates to the facility and the bowling experience including new lanes with open and youth bowling, league play, mini roller bowling, arcade games, pool tables, and more. Rental space will be available for birthdays, parties, and other social events. Mr Breuning will meet our members to discuss their plans for renovating the bowling alley and their work with a Philadelphia-based architecture firm.

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**Please complete your meal sign-up prior to the meeting, preferably not later than close of business Monday. Our face-to-face meeting will be hosted at the VFW, supplemented by Zoom broadcast. The meal sign-up, meeting announcment, agenda, and any other logistical information including a Zoom meeting link will be distributed to all members by email in advance.

Joey Taylor Dec 14, 2021 12:00 PM
The Riverview Center

DRC Sponsor: Ivan Hackman

Details TBA

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**Please complete your meal sign-up prior to the meeting, preferably not later than close of business Monday. Our face-to-face meeting will be hosted at the VFW, supplemented by Zoom broadcast. The meal sign-up, meeting announcment, agenda, and any other logistical information including a Zoom meeting link will be distributed to all members by email in advance.