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Newsletter - Current Jan 31, 2016
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Our program last week was a taste of the upcoming TCR Cabaret Series. Lynne Rothrock explained a cabaret as French story telling through song and emotions.  The music can range from country, jazz, traditional music with a focus on lyric driven songs.  This series started as a 6 week course that grew into a second level 6 weeks class and then auditions for the Cabaret Series.  We enjoyed Meg Norris singing "Journey to the Past" from the movie Anastasia, Jaymie McGrath performed "100 Easy Ways to Loose a Man", Bryan Mullen sang "Carolina in My Mind" by James Taylor and Kaitlin Oswood sang "Kindergarten Love Song".  We also got a preview from Lynne on the upcoming Linda Ronstadt performance.  Forest Green played the piano. Here is a link to details for the upcoming show:



Upcoming Programs:

February 3rd: Theresa Mickelson will be sharing about Toastmasters where "Leaders Are Made" and how you can adapt this world renowned program to benefit you personally and professionally.


February 10th: Horizons Service Project, delivering meals for the "Share the Love" Lunchbox Fundraiser.  NO MEETING at African American Museum of Iowa.  


March 5th: Flapjacks for Backpacks Event.  Be thinking about a silent auction item, purchasing tickets to sell and how you can volunteer for this to be a successful event. 

Van Buren Elementary School:

Van Buren Elementary School is trying to raise money to build a School Garden.  The school has partnered with Matthew 25, and Principal Kent Ryan is very involved in the planning for this hands-on learning project.  This will be an inquiry-based program that adapts to students’ interest.  It will focus on team building and enriching the school district curriculum.  The School Garden Project will greatly contribute to the school and community.


West Rotarians are asked to help fund this project.  If you are interested, please make out your tax-deductible contribution check to Van Buren Elementary and give it to Betty Ehlinger, who will take the funds to Van Buren.  It is hoped West Rotary can raise $1500 by mid-March for this project.  West Rotary serves as a business partner for Van Buren.  Thank you for your continued support of these elementary school students.


A Huge Thank You to those who are participating in sharing your careers at Van Buren Elementary in February: Chris Lindell, Wayne Powers, James Nelson, Bruce Hamous, John Zakrasek, Amy March, Todd Happel, Dennis Green and Dr. Doug Horton.  Thank you so much for representing the community and encouraging the kindergaren class on the many career options available to them. 


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See you at Rotary.......


Christine Smart

President - Cedar Rapids West Rotary 

Rotary - It's a SMART thing to do!


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