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Newsletter - Current Sep 17, 2017
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This past week:


Linn County Conservation staff members, Dennis Goemaat, Deputy Director and Ryan Schadler, Community Outreach Director provided a very informative program on what the Linn County Conservation department responsibilities are and what projects are planned to be completed with the 40 million dollar Conservation bond referendum that passed last year.


The responsibilities of the Linn County Conservation department is to acquire, develop, and maintain county parts, preservation areas, forests, and other conservation areas.  Also, to improve parks, trails and open spaces.   

Linn County Conservation Department has a staff of 35 people who are responsible for all 7,407 acres and 28 areas.  The county is divided into three districts: Wapsipinicon District, North Cedar District, and South Cedar District.  Each district has a resource manager, assistant resource manager, and resource technicians. The administrative team supports reservations, accounts payable, and special programs.  The Natural Resources team and the Services team supports the entire county.  The Conservation Education team works at various places throughout the county, but is located at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center. There are 5 Linn County Conservation Board members appointed by the Linn County Board of Supervisors which are staggered 5 year term appointments.


The 40 million bond referendum is broken up into three (3) areas.  Water Quality and Land Protection (55%) 22 million dollars, park improvements (30%) 12 million dollars, and trails (15%) 6 million dollars.     To learn more about the Linn County Conservation Department and what the 40 million bond referendum projects are please visit their website at linncountyparks.com




Club Notes:


Thank you Jim Coller for facilitating the meeting this past week. TEAMWORK ROCKS!!


District level announcement:


By spending just three hours at a One Rotary Summit, you can:

  1. Learn how to energize your club for growth, service and public interaction.
  2. Engage in fresh new thinking.
  3. Take home hands-on tools strengthen your club’s membership, public image and involvement in Rotary Foundation programs.

Marion, IA | Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

Indian Creek Country Club | 2401 Indian Creek Rd.


5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | $15/person (includes meal)


Register now at:  rotaryseminars.org/




Rotary International announcement:


Re: Toronto International Rotary Convention:  June 23-27, 2018. Hotel Rooms, Air Travel 


RI Conference Information at www.riconvention.org/en


Hotel Rooms Deadline:


Rotary Conference hotel rooms connect with shuttle bus service to the convention area and offer group rates.


Rotary has informed our District travel arranger, Ruth Smith, that penalties will accrue for rooms that are not booked by the deadline of Sept 29! Therefore, Ruth will release any uncommitted rooms on September 30th. People wanting rooms need to call her immediately. We apologize for the rush, but Rotary caught us by surprise with this deadline.


Air Travel: 


We are holding 20 seats on the following non-stop Delta flights to/from Minneapolis - Toronto. 


 6/23, Saturday:  MSP 8:20p.m.-YYZ 11:30p.m.

 6/28, Thursday:  YYZ 12:25p.m.-MSP 1:35p.m.


Price including taxes:  $593.21.  Sign up deadline is December 1, 2017.  If the price goes down, Delta will honor the reduction on our tickets.  Provide Full name, as on passport, birthdate, passport number and expiration date. Full payment is due 5/1/18, by credit card or check.


Hotel Details: 


The hotel block held for District 5970 is at the Westin Harbour Castle.  Deluxe rooms.  Rate is CAD 335.24 per night, including taxes (or approx. USD 264). Hotel is ranked 28/137 by TripAdvisor.  The hotel is 0.9 miles from the convention center and will have a Rotary shuttle to/from the convention.  Sign up deadline is 9/29/17 and a $150/room check should be sent to R & R Travel. The $150 fee is non-refundable unless a replacement customer is found.   The second payment covers the first and last night's payment of USD528 less the $150 initial deposit ($378.00)  and must be sent to R & R Travel by 12/1/17.  Again, a refund due to cancellation of the room reservation after 12/1 will only be done if a replacement customer is found (per Rotary International booking rules).  


Questions and Reservations:


Direct to Ruth Smith at 800-373-1235 if using a landline or 641-228-1235 if using a cell.  YOU CAN BOOK THE HOTEL OR THE FLIGHTS INDEPENDENTLY.


Mailing address:

R & R Travel, Inc

200 N Johnson St, Suite A

Charles City, IA 50616


Thank you and we hope to see you in Toronto! 




Fundraiser Update:



Please highlight Thursday October 26th on your calendars. That is our 'Bid for Education' event at Union Station Bar & Grill. Cost is $25 per person.  Your particiapation can be any/all of these things: 

  • Attend the event and bring a guest
  • Invite others
  • Donate an item to the live or silent auction (small or large)
  • Participate in the auction

I promise an entertaining evening as Brandon and I take on the role of auctioneers. Who doesn't want to see that!!!



Board Meeting:


The next Board Meeting will be held Thursday September 7th at Tallgrass Business Resources, 1239 1st Ave SE at 4:15.

This is directly across from Coe College. 



Monthly Networking:


Our networking event at Lucky's in Czech Village was once again well attended. Stay tuned for where we will be going in September!!!!


This week's program:

  Mayor Candidate Forum
  Candidates for the Cedar Rapids Mayor election on November 7th will share their vision for the community. Joining us today will be Scott Olson, Tim Pridegon and Lemi Tilahun. Dana Nichols will introduce the Candidates.





Tom Vander Vaart

President - Cedar Rapids West Rotary 

Rotary - Making a difference in our community and the world.

















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