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Newsletter - Current Jul 26, 2015
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The Eastern Iowa Observatory and

Learning Center at the Palisades-Dows Observatory.

 The Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center at the Palisades-Dows Observatory.

This past weeks program was a fascinating talk by Vince Vella Jr. about the Cedar Amateur Astronomers.  Vince helped build and launch a Satellite Communications System and is now a Communications Engineer at Rockwell Collins. His passion for the stars began in his childhood. He is a member of the Cedar Amateur Astronomers and presented facts on SETI, Drake Equations, Stellar Life Cycles, Galaxies and Radio Astronomy.  Astronomy is the oldest science and yet a very young science since the first telescopes were made in the 1600's. This year is International Year of Light, marking 100 years since the theory of General Relativity developed by Einstein showed how light was at the center of the very structure of space and time.

I hope you can visit the the fantastic observatory soon.  Please go to the Cedar Amateur Astronomers website for more information: http://www.cedarastronomers.org/



I look forward to seeing you this Wednesday for our Committee Roundup/Social Time. It will be worth attending to see what surprise James Nelson has for our lunch!  Be thinking about where you would like to serve this year; we do need your help to continue to grow future leaders, run our weekly meeting, fundraising, and more. 


Upcoming Events:

August 1st - Backpack distribution - contact Betty Ehlinger about times you can help. Also, Cedar Rapids West Rotary has a booth at the Farmer's Market on August 1st - contact Janette Fiedler for times you can volunteer.


August 8th is "Rollin' with Rotary" with Rotary Random Acts of Kindness Day. Meet at NewBo at 9:00 am for a list of assignments to blanket the commuity with random acts of kindness to do from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm then meet back at NewBo at 1:30 for fellowship. 


Future Programs:

August 5th: Mount Mercy Graduate Programs by Dr. Nate Klein

August 12th: Dave Kutter will be giving us an update on this years RYLA program.


You can visit our website crwestrotary.org to see our calendar of upcoming programs.



Wishing all those volunteering with RYLA and attending a very good week ahead. I have already seen a facebook post from Rochelle Naylor on meeting a RYLA student! 


See you at Rotary!  


Christine Smart

Rotary - It's a SMART thing to do!

President - Cedar Rapids West Rotary 





















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