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Newsletter - Current Jan 9, 2017
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We had a wonderful program presented by Joe Perea, the director of instrumental music at Kirkwood.  He brought some actual Steel Pan drums that he had made and played them for us.  He also had a slide show and spoke of the history of how the Steel Pan drums came into being and how the interest has grown around the world.  It was truly amazing to see how an oil drum and other items could be made into a fine tuned instrument and how great the sound and songs were that he played using them.  It was a very informative and entertaining program that we all truly enjoyed.


We also had Kristina McLaughlin, our Global Scholarship student, that is studying in Dublin, Ireland briefly speak to us about her studies and experiences in the program.  She has a very interesting area of study in reviewing the history of two warring factions and how the two groups stopped the fighting but also how they are maintaining the peace.   We look forward to having Kristina speak to us again when she returns this September or October after completing her one year.


This week's program: The Crying Clown

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre stages not one, but two famous operas, January 13th and 15th.  Executive Director, Danielle Kleinkenecht and the cast give us a preview.


Upcoming Events:


Our Annual Pancake Breakfast, March 25, 2017

Our largest fundraiser, the Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 once again at the St. Patricks Church on 1st Avenue.  This year we continue to raise money to support  "Back to School Backpacks and School Supplies", an annual program of the HD Youth Center in collaboration with other local nonprofits.  We are providing these school supplies to children in need throughout our local school community.


We look forward to having a great participation again of all our club members in working together on this large service project.  Our Fundraising commmittee will be contacting club members for the various Pancake Breakfast volunteer positions that will need to be filled and we want to thank all of you in advance for helping out.  The Fundraising committee is doing a fantastic job and we want to thank them for the hard work that goes into making a large event like this come off so smoothly.  




Rotary at the Rink 2017

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Hockey Team invite you to join them Friday, January 13th vs Dubuque Fighting Saints for our 1st Annual Rotary at the Rink Night.  Go to https://secure.ridertownusa.com/tickets/fundraiser/.  Enter password rotary2017.


Downtown Rotary would like to invite everyone for the  Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Above Self Award luncheon which will be held on January 16th at the Doubletree from noon to 1:30 p.m.  They will be honoring eight area high school students who have contributed to their communities and schools.  Melvina Scott is the speaker.  She is the "2016 History Maker Award Winner" - "Plight of a Sharecropper's Daughter".




See you at Rotary...


Jim Coller

President - Cedar Rapids West Rotary 

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

















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