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West Des Moines

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Des Moines Golf & Country Club
1600 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA  50266
United States
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Speakers
Joe Hrdlicka
Feb 20, 2018 12:30 AM
West Des Moines Parks and Rec
Srikant Mikkilineni, BrickGentry Law
Mar 06, 2018 12:30 PM
Bitcoin
Gary Garles, Bob Lenc Landscaping
Mar 13, 2018 12:30 PM
Tree Planting Discussion
Mark Good
Mar 20, 2018 12:30 PM
Zero Prostate Cancer
Tom Narak
Mar 27, 2018 12:30 PM
Leadership & Vision
Club Members
Apr 03, 2018 12:30 PM
Club Assembly
Scott McGlothlen
Apr 10, 2018 12:30 PM
Stroke Detection
Members from Club - TBD
Apr 17, 2018 12:30 PM
Vocational Day
TBD
May 29, 2018 12:30 PM
Valley Commencement Speakers
 
The Rotary Wheel Weekly Bulletin
Announcements from January 30, 2018 Meeting
 
Polio Plus:  President Brad reminded us of Rotary International’s goal to eradicate polio worldwide. The number of cases has declined from a few hundred to less than twenty.  There was no new polio case this week reported.  However, there are 2 new suspected cases are being investigated in Afghanistan.  Brad also shared a story of 2 females who lost their lives in Pakistan delivering oral polio vaccine drops when Gunman opened fire killing them.  There are 110,000 teams in Pakistan.
 
2018 Polio Case Breakdown by Country (Green Numbers are 2017 Totals)
Endemic Countries –0 Pakistan (2017-8), 1 Afghanistan (2017-14),
0 Nigeria (2017-0)
 
 
Christopher Dean noted the event is this weekend!  The WDM Rotary Club is joining all the DSM clubs in the area for their annual Polio Plus fundraiser at the Iowa Wolves basketball game on February 3, 2018 at 7 PM.  It is $2/Beer night throughout the game and Rotarians are encouraged to meet at the Bud area gate 124 for socializing with other Rotarians.  Would like to have two per club as volunteers at the event.  If you are interested in volunteering let Christopher Dean know or show up and volunteer to help! 
 
Tickets are discounted and approximately half of the ticket price is donated to the Rotary Polio Plus Project.   Promotions that night include Hoops and Hounds where people are permitted to bring their dog to the game and that there is a special half time performance by K9’s in Flight.  Tickets cost $16.00 each of which $8.00 goes to the Polio Plus Project.
 
It was noted that if you would like to donate your tickets but cannot attend, you can make arrangements with Doug Hillman and the tickets will be donated to Mosaic which will allow intellectually challenged adults to attend the game.  We have 17 tickets left to sell of the 75 tickets.  These tickets were returned after the meeting today by Chris.
 
Website Updates:  If anyone is interested in learning and would like to help keep our website updated please reach out to Amy Fetters.  Would be nice to have more than one person know how to keep our website up to date.
 
Exchange Student:  Chris Nelson reports that we have a host family ready for a student.  In order to proceed with the project, we need two positions from our club - a counselor and coordinator.  These are important positions and we need to have a commitment soon. Krisanne Colby has stepped up to fill the counselor role.  We still need a Coordinator to step up.  This position typically will take four to six hours per month to meet with the student and ensure the State Department Requirements are being met.  There is an online open book test that this person would need to take.  There are some home visits and photo requirements that are 1 to 2 times per month.  Tom N and Chris N. both filled this role while working in the past.  This will need to be filled by the end of the month to move forward with an Exchange Student.  If you would like to know more about this, you can talk to Chris Nelson, Tom George or Tom and Carol Narak, all who have been involved in this project in recent years. 
 
Speaking of Exchange students, Tom Narak reported that on May 12th, exchange students from all over the district will be coming to Des Moines to attend an Iowa Cubs game and will need host families for a day or so.  Tom was looking for someone to serve as a coordinator of the host families.  If you have any interest in helping with this project, please see Tom.  So Far no one has stepped up.  There is one person in the club that has volunteered a sleeping room.  The students would likely be at your house that evening after the game around 9:30 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. and then their parents arrive in the morning to pick the students up.
 
West Des Moines Valley Interact Club:  The Interact Club is working on a food drive and a blanket making night.  – There is a meeting today at Valley at 3:30 p.m. if you are interesting in attending the students meeting.
 
Literacy:   No Update this week.
 
Bike Project:  No Update this week.    
 
Social Event:  The next social event for February is currently being planned. Location to be announced!
 

Kara Sinnard was our Speaker at the Meeting on January 30th:

Kara Sinnard is an attorney with Whitfield and Eddy.  She lives in Urbandale and teaches a Yoga Studio.  She has a son that is attending New York University.
 
Mindfulness – Being aware without judgement.  Meditation is a way to be more mindful.
 
What is Mindfulness? - Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it we different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won't) - James Baraz.
 
 
 
Think about your five senses:  How does the “food” taste?  How does the ground feel under your feet when you are outside walking?
  • Mindfulness is the ability to recognize what is happening in your mind without allowing yourself to get carried away in the thoughts.
  • It is the non-judgmental observation and awareness of your thoughts in the present moment.
  • Mindfulness is being fully aware of your body, thoughts, feelings, mind, and surroundings.
Why Mindfulness for Professionals?
  • Self-care for mental and physical well-being
  • Prevent burnout
  • Improve relationships between colleagues, clients, adverse parties, etc.
  • Success is measured by what we have done, the cases won, the games won, the deals made, the money made, etc.
  • Health issues, chronic stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, sleeplessness, high blood pressure, weight gain (and non-health issues like divorce, etc.)
Adverse Impact of Stress
  • Compromised immune system
  • Cardiovascular Issues
  • Nervous System Problems
  • Increased Inflammation
  • Increased Negative Mood
  • Increase Adrenaline and Cortisol
    • Did you know that Cortisol leads to weight gain?  Cortisol is caused by stress in your body.  80% of visits to the doctor are stress induced.
  • Stresses impact on you can cause you to have errors, miss deadlines.
  • Headaches, fatigue and sleep problems.
Positive Impact of Mindfulness
  • Stress relief and anxiety reduction.
  • Improve focus and concentration (reduce errors)
  • Coping mechanism for dealing with stress
  • Increased creativity (down time allows brain to assimilate data)
  • Conscious interactions instead of reaction.
  • Being present (at the gym, driving, at your child's game, at home)
  • Health Benefits - reduced cortisol levels (lower Blood Pressure)
  • Mindfulness will help you rebuild your grey "brain" matter - YES YOU CAN BE SMARTER!  (as you age your grey "brain" matter gets thinner).
"Don't believe everything you think.  Thoughts are just that - thoughts" - Allan Lokos
  • Plan for the future but don't get carried away in thoughts.
  • Think about past but don't get carried away in thoughts.
Reaction vs. Response
  • Reaction = Immediate, emotional, no thought
  • Response = thoughtful, logical, reasoned.
"If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath" - Amit Ray
  • Experience feelings but not enslaved to the emotional reactions; more in tune with the physical reactions of the anxiety.
  • Learn to respond not react.
  • You will still worry, but not incessantly.
 
  • Being perpetually busy doesn’t make you more efficient.
  • Recognize that anxiety is natural.
Ways to Practice Mindfulness:
  • Pause - take a break (do a body scan/check in with your breath)
  • Breath/Meditation - focus awareness and calms the mind/body
    • Some people struggle with meditation.  Note:  sitting by yourself is only tough if you are in bad company.
  • Focus on a word or phrase ("let go" "I'm alright", counting)
  • Movement/Exercise/Walking
  • Journal
Key - Don't judge your thoughts.
    Recommended Apps for Guided Mediation (Smartphones/Android App Store):
    • Headspace (learned of this from New York University as recommended for freshman).
    • Buddhify
    • Take a Break!
    • Stop, Breath  Think
    • Isha Kriya Meditation
    • Calm
    Let's end with the Loving Kindness Meditation (use this for yourself, Partial Acquaintance; Person you don't like much - will help you see them as a person):
    • May you be Happy
    • May you be Healthy
    • May you be free from all pain
    Announcements
     
    Exchange Student:  Chris Nelson reports that we have a host family ready for a student.  In order to proceed with the project, we need two positions from our club - a counselor and coordinator.  These are important positions and we need to have a commitment soon.  A member has stepped up to fill the coordinator role.  We still need a Counselor to step up.  This will need to be filled by the end of the month to move forward with an Exchange Student.  If you would like to know more about this, you can talk to Chris Nelson, Tom George or Tom and Carol Narak, all who have been involved in this project in recent years. 
     
    Speaking of Exchange students, Tom Narak reported that on May 12th, exchange students from all over the district will be coming to Des Moines to attend an Iowa Cubs game and will need host families for a day or so.  Tom was looking for someone to serve as a coordinator of the host families.  If you have any interest in helping with this project, please see Tom.  So Far no one has stepped up.  There is one person in the club that has volunteered a sleeping room.  The students would likely be at your house that evening after the game around 9:30 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. and then their parents arrive in the morning to pick the students up.
     
    Polio Plus:  President Brad reminded us of Rotary International’s goal to eradicate polio worldwide. The number of cases has declined from a few hundred to less than twenty.  There was a new polio case this week reported. 
     
    2018 Polio Case Breakdown by Country (Green Numbers are 2017 Totals)
    Endemic Countries –0 Pakistan (2017-8), 1 Afghanistan (2017-14), 0 Nigeria (2017-0)
     
     
    Christopher Dean noted the event is just two weeks away!  The WDM Rotary Club is joining all the DSM clubs in the area for their annual Polio Plus fundraiser at the Iowa Wolves basketball game on February 3, 2018 at 7 PM.  It is $2/Beer night throughout the game and Rotarians are encouraged to meet at the Bud area for mingling.  Would like to have two per club as volunteers at the event.  If you are interested in volunteering let Christopher Dean know. 
     
    Tickets are discounted and approximately half of the ticket price is donated to the Rotary Polio Plus Project.   Promotions that night include Hoops and Hounds where people are permitted to bring their dog to the game and that there is a special half time performance by K9’s in Flight.  Tickets cost $16.00 each of which $8.00 goes to the Polio Plus Project.
     
    It was noted that if you would like to donate your tickets but cannot attend, you can make arrangements with Doug Hillman and the tickets will be donated to Mosaic which will allow intellectually challenged adults to attend the game.  We have 21 tickets left to sell of the 75 tickets we are working to sell.  Get your tickets today or donate them to Mosiac.   If you are after 1/23 please contact Christopher Dean for tickets.
     
    West Des Moines Valley Interact Club:  The Interact Club is working on a food drive and a blanket making night.  – No new updates this week.
     
    Literacy:  Committee chair Fred Maharry mentioned the need for some substitute readers during the first half of February and in April.  A meeting was held directly after the club meeting this week.  If you are interested in what was discussed reach out to Fred Maharry. 
     
    Bike Project:  Russ V noted that more to come on cleaning out one of the trailers of bikes so that it can be turned back over to Bob Start’s Business.    Thanks Bob for the use of two trailers now for several years....at FREE rate.
     
    Social Event:  The next social event is scheduled for January 25, 2018 at the Draught House located at 50th and EP True Parkway.  As you are now getting this…Hopefully there was a great turnout and lots of fun for ALL!
     
    Xicotepec, Mexico Trip:  Tom Narak noted that one of the students is being funded $1,150 to be able to attend the trip in March.  Overall the club donated $850 of this.
     
    Opportunity for a Rotarian to help another Rotarian Finance a Bank:  Tom Narak has some information from a Rotarian that is looking to finance a new hotel in Ames.  If interested in looking into this reach out to Tom Narak for contact information. 
     
    Guest (potential Member):  Damion Spilman with GTG Companies attended the meeting today .  He is considering membership to the club.  Welcome Damion!
     
    Speaker at the Meeting on January 23rd:  It was noted Motioned by Greg Kenyon that this would be preferred over social discussion at the club since there wasn’t an official speaker lined up for this meeting. 

    President Brad Brown - Speaking on Finance

    Some History you may not know:  Brad has a brother and sister and his family loved to camp.  They would take family trips for two weeks at a time.  Brad went to Stowe Elementary School and the eventually on to East High School in Des Moines.  He ran for Student Government President and exceled at track.  He had three offers to go off to college (Kansas City, Iowa State and University of Iowa).  Since University of Iowa provided the best scholarship he became a Hawkeye.  Brad started out with a Chemistry major but decided after the 2nd year that he really didn’t like it and switched to Financing Major.  His Dad and Uncle Painted houses and so in the summer he did a lot of carpentry work helping prep them.  One summer while in college he worked for a friend of his Dad that was 20 years younger than has Dad and 20 years older than him.  He became his mentor and is still his hunting Partner today.  He came out of college selling colored files and PC based imaging scanners for about 10 years then worked for Chuck Betts and Rich Willis for about three years.  Then went onto Midwest Equipment for about 15 years as an owner.  In 2006 they lost one of their manufacturer reps and he sold the business.  In 2006/07-time Brad went into Brokerage which was a tough time at that time due to the market.  Ended up that company went out of business but because of Brad’s connections was able to find a job working at Principal where he currently works.  Brad noted that his relationships have really helped over the years.  Treat People with Respect and they will remember.
     
    Financing Knowledge: Did you know the average savings is $10,000 in 401k’s?  Brad shared ways that you can get this to grow. 
    Start Building a Budget and Allocating
    Typical Household Budget AllocationsRecommended Household Budget Allocations
    Housing - 34%
    Housing - 25%
    Food - 13%
    Food - 12%
    Transportation - 18%
    Transportation - 15%
    Entertainment - 5%
    Entertainment  - 5%
    Savings (insurance & pensions:)
    Savings (insurance & pensions): - 10%
     
    Spending vs. Savings:
    Recommended you save 4% first before you consider spending the remaining 96% of your budget.
    Recommend 6 months of income recommended for your emergency fund
     
    How can you find ways to save? - Be a Smart Consumer
    • Shop around, Dine out less, Resist impulse buying, Review phone and cable needs, Buy a used car, Budget for Holidays, and Pay as you go
    Make the most of the money you have - Manage your debt
    • Take Inventory, Pay Off, Pay Down, Consolidate, Refinance, and Monitor
    Make the most of the money you have - Improve your personal cash flow
    • Build a better budget, save first, be a smart consumer, and use debt wisely.
    Ensure the essentials are covered - What is important to protect?
    • Property:  Homeowner's, Auto, personal Liability
    • Health: Medical, Long-term Care
    • Income:  Disability  (was recommended that students should also have this for their college debt)
    • Loved ones:  Life  (make sure you also know where your parents assets are with a document will help in the future)
    • Identity:  Security
    Ensure the essentials are covered - The benefits of Life Insurance
    • Pay for final expenses, Pay off Debt, Replace Income, Leave a Legacy, and Plan your estate.
    One other note if your spouse has not worked in more than 10 years you will get no social security benefits so it is important to think about Life Insurance if a spouse will be out of the workforce taking care of children and/or parents.
    Bulletin Notes from 1/9 meeting
     
    Announcements
     
    Roadside Pickup:  Past President Naura Godar inquired about the interest of members in continuing this long standing project – a semi-annual walk through a ditch picking up treasures while dodging high speed traffic.  From the show of hands it was clear that our club is committed to keeping our stretch of I -235 clean.  Look for this opportunity to volunteer in March 2018 and October 2018!
     
    Exchange Student:  Chris Nelson reports that we have a host family ready for a student.  In order to proceed with the project, we need two positions from our club - a counselor and coordinator.  These are important positions and we need to have a commitment soon.  If you would like to know more about this, you can talk to Chris Nelson, Tom George or Tom and Carol Narak, all who have been involved in this project in recent years. 
     
    Speaking of Exchange students, Tom Narak reported that on May 12th, exchange students from all over the district will be coming to Des Moines to attend an Iowa Cubs game and will need host families for a day or so.  Tom was looking for someone to serve as a coordinator of the host families.  If you have any interest in helping with this project, please see Tom. 
     
    Polio Plus:  President Brad reminded us of Rotary International’s goal to eradicate polio worldwide. The number of cases has declined from a few hundred to less than twenty.  
     
    The DSM area is holding its annual Polio Plus fundraiser at the Iowa Wolves basketball game on February 3, 2018 at 7 PM. 
     
    Tickets are discounted and approximately half of the ticket price is donated to the Rotary Polio Plus Project.   Promotions that night include Hoops and Hounds where people are permitted to bring their dog to the game and that there is a special half time performance by K9’s in Flight.  Also, it is $2.00 beer night throughout the game.  Tickets cost $16.00 each of which $8.00 goes to the Polio Plus Project.
     
    It was noted that if you would like to donate your tickets but cannot attend, you can make arrangements with Doug Hillman and the tickets will be donated to Mosaic which will allow intellectually challenged adults to attend the game. 
     
    West Des Moines Valley Interact Club:  The Interact Club is working on a food drive and a blanket making night. 
     
    New Coats Project:  Tanya Manatt reports that the coats were delivered.
     
    Literacy:  Committee chair Fred Maharry mentioned the need for some substitute readers during the first half of February.  He also read a very nice note from our member Ken Kremer sharing his experience and the benefits he receives from participating. 
     
    Social Event:  The next social event is scheduled for January 25, 2018 at the Draught House located at 50th and EP True Parkway. 
     
    New Member:  Garrett Reynolds gave a brief talk about his background and his current employment. 
     
    Garrett is a native of Milo, Iowa.  He graduated from UNI and he is a fan of both UNI and ISU.  He and his wife Stephanie have two children with a third on the way. 
     
    Garrett works in Commercial Lending at the MetaBank office in Urbandale. 
     
    His personal interests include golf and boating although with his growing family he has little time to do either. 
     
    Speaker at the Meeting on January 9th:  The Speaker was Melanie Shellenberger with the Iowa Secretary of State where she serves as director of the Safe at Home project.  This project is designed to provide safety and confidentiality for victims of abuse and domestic violence. 
     
    The program provides a mailing address for its participants and keeps the actual physical location confidential.  She emphasized that this was not a witness protection program but it has been very helpful in protecting over 350 people in the 2 years that it has been existence. 
     
    Most of the people who have sought protection through the program are female but it was noted that about 5% are male. 
     

    Holly Burns, Preschool Director showing off the books we donated to West Des Moines at the Learning Resource Center.  WDM Schools received their 158 books the week of March 7 that we donated of different languages and cultures.  These books will all have a sticker in the front cover of the books letting readers know the West Des Moines Rotary Club Donated the book.

     

    The following Thank You Note was passed around for all to see for the above presented books.
    DID YOU KNOW??? 
    The Rotary Foundation is the economic engine for Rotary International. It is a nonprofit corporation that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of Rotary who share its vision of a better world. Its sole mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, good will and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. We accomplish that through our local and international humanitarian and educational programs.
     
    Dave Cook from the Rotary Club of Boone lead members from the West Des Moines Rotary Club through a strategic visioning session.  What will the Rotary Club of West Des Moines Look like in 2021.  See full plan under download files to the left.  File uploaded is Power point or PDF Versions.
     
     
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    Meeting Responsibilities
    Greeter Responsibilities
    1/23/2018 Greeter
    Hulleman, Linda
     
    1/30/2018 Greeter
    Bever, Connie
     
    2/6/2018 Greeter
    Fry, Bill
     
    2/13/2018 Greeter
    Kimball, Jeffrey
     
    2/20/2018 Greeter
    Dean, Christopher
     
    2/27/2018 Greeter
    Reynolds, Garrett
     
    3/6/2018 Greeter
    Fry, Bill
     
    3/13/2018 Greeter
    Kremer, Ken
     
    3/20/2018 Greeter
    Kimball, Jeffrey
     
    3/27/2018 Greeter
    Reynolds, Garrett
     
    4/3/2019 Greeter
    Gibson, Carolin
     
    Invocation Responsibilities
    1/23/2018 Invocation
    Goldhammer, Robert
     
    1/30/2018 Invocation
     
    2/6/2018 Invocation
     
    2/13/2018 Invocation
     
    2/20/2018 Invocation
    Hulleman, Linda
     
    Sergeant At Arms
    1/23/2018 Sgt of Arms