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Ripples from the Rapids - November 29, 2004
ROTARY CLUB OF CEDAR RAPIDS RIPPLES FROM THE RAPIDS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2004 Editor: Larry H. Christy * Telephone: 363-6301 * Fax: 363-6301 * E-Mail: crrotary@mchsi.com * Web Site: www.rotaryclubofcedarrapids.org * District 5970 * Club 2185 * Chartered June 1, 1914 CLUB START-TIME IS NOW 12:15 P. M. The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids weekly meeting on Monday is now beginning promptly at 12:15 P. M. It is much appreciated that almost all members are arriving in time to be seated by the new 12:15 P. M. start-time. In the interest of allowing enough time for Rotary business, allowing adequate time for our programs and as a courtesy to all of our members, the board decided to begin the weekly meeting at a slightly earlier start-time in order that members can plan on meetings generally ending at 1 P. M. The cooperation of the membership is much appreciated. JOHN ROONEY, GENERAL MANAGER, EVERGREEN PACKAGING EQUIPMENT The Cherry- Burrell Corporation was founded in Cedar Rapids in 1880 (Burrell came along in about 1900) by J. G. Cherry, the great-grandfather of longtime Cedar Rapids Rotarian Howard H. Cherry, Jr. Howard served as president of the company for many years. In 1990 Cherry-Burrell Food Equipment Company of Cedar Rapids was divisionalized into packaging, fluid handling and process equipment. The packaging function remained in Cedar Rapids and is now Evergreen Packaging Equipment owned by International Paper. John Rooney pointed out that the Evergreen doesn't sell anything in Cedar Rapids and doesn't make paper. What Evergreen does is manufacture and sell complete beverage packaging systems including packaging, high-speed setup equipment and filling machinery. They are the world leader in gable-top-filling machine technology. They manufacture machines that range in price from $175 thousand to $3-4 million dollars. The original Cherry location was at 329 10th Avenue SE (the Cherry Building is now owned by Rotarian Bob Chadima). Today, Evergreen occupies 440,000 square feet at 2400 6th Street SW. There are 250 employees of which about 40% are in the factory and 60% are engineers, field service personnel, field sales personnel and customer support. Evergreen enjoys a global leadership position in manufacturing gable top machines. Over 1,800 are installed in over 50 counties worldwide. A gable top half-gallon and quart filler machine was introduced in 1966 at a cost around $30,000. A "Q-16" gable top machine manufactured and installed in 2003 and capable of producing 18,000 containers per hour costs approximately $3.2 million. Evergreen sells new filling machines to the dairy and juice industry and also to the fabric softener industry. Sales account for approximately $60 million in annual revenue. Technical service and preventive maintenance account for approximately $6 million in revenue and maintenance and repair parts provide an additional $16 million of revenue. Rooney said that the Technical service area yields a small profit, but allows for much of the success the company has in selling the product and building customer loyalty. Evergreen has an 85% gable top market share in North America with Asia being their second largest market. Overall 75 % of revenues come from North America and 25% from Asia. Although net earnings of the division are not released as a separate total, Rooney described them as "stable and positive" with considerable growth over the last five years. Evergreen plans to invest several million dollars in information technology systems over the next few years. The company is proud of its brand equity and the name Cherry- Burrell continues to retain high recognition in the packaging industry. The demand for gable top machinery has declined somewhat over the past ten years as packaging has moved toward plastic where the need for capital investment is much greater. Evergreen continues to explore various diversification options. MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2004 THE CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL DAN BALDWIN, PRESIDENT, THE GREATER CEDAR RAPIDS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FIVE IN FIFTEEN UPCOMING PROGRAMS & EVENTS December 13, 2004 Linda Langston – Linn County Care Program December 20, 2004 Annual Club Holiday Program for Members & Spouses – The Washington High School Madrigal Singers will present the program. December 27, 2004 No Rotary in Observance of the Holiday Season. January 2, 2004 No Rotary in Observance of the Holiday Season. WELCOME NEW MEMBER! GARY N. CONNORS-BOE CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION - FOUNDATION CLUB NAME: GARY Executive Director Four Oaks Foundation 5400 Kirkwood Blvd SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 Telephone: 364-0259 Fax: 364-1162 E-mail: gboe@fouroaks.org Sponsor: Diane Stefani Gary is a former Lutheran clergyperson with lots of involvement in homeless and hunger issues. He worked for the last ten years as an advocate for persons with disabilities. He has worked for the last ten years as an advocate for persons with disabilities. Gary has also served in various volunteer roles over the years. He was a volunteer job developer for men coming out of prison; served on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters in both Iowa and Minnesota; was on the Story County Child Abuse Task Force for 5 years; and was involved with A Metropolitan Organizing Strategy (AMOS) – for Polk County. His hobbies are watercolor painting, golf and reading. Gary is married to Margie Connors (sister of Cathy Gullickson). Residence: 4014 Lakeview Drive SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 Telephone: 632-1775 THE 4,307th MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF CEDAR RAPIDS 11/29/04 Presiding: President John Bickel. Greeters: George Baldwin and Jay Iverson. Badges: Alan Witt. Attendance: Nick Gearhart. Invocation: Dan Kolander. Guests & Visiting Rotarians: Nancy Kasparek. Music: Gary Criddle and Carma Lou Beck. Introduction of Speaker: Les Garner. Speakers Gift: Waypoint. Eyeglasses: Sharon Anderson, Lisa Pritchard, Mary Hindman and Jim Kern. Cellphones: Tom Birr and Sam Johnson. ATTENDANCE REPORT TOTAL MEMBER COUNT – 350 (24 HONORARY) NUMBER USED FOR ATTENDANCE - 271 (EXCLUDES 79 HONORARY & EXEMPT MEMBERS) MEMBERS PRESENT - 156 (3 HONORARY, 20 EXEMPT) GUESTS PRESENT - 9 MAKE-UPS – 1 PERCENTAGE FOR THIS MEETING – 49.45% PERCENTAGE FOR NOVEMBER 2004 – 63.09% PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2004-2005 (20 Meetings) – 63.16% PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2003-2004 – 67.56% PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2002-2003 - 67.21% PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2001-2002 - 69.14% PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 2000-2001 - 67.66% PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 1999-2000 - 67.42% PERCENTAGE FOR ROTARY YEAR 1998-1999 - 66.16% MAKE-UPS – LOCAL CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 11/05/04: No Report Received to Date. CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 11/12/04: No Report Received to Date. CEDAR RAPIDS SUNRISE, 11/18/04: No Report Received to Date. CEDAR RAPIDS METRO, 11/18//04; Dave Mahlke. CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 11/19/04: No Report Received to Date. MARION/EAST CEDAR RAPIDS, 11/23/04: Carma Lou Beck, Anne Cunningham, John Cunningham, Chris Dolan, Jim Klinger, Bill Lewellen, Howard Ohsman, Ralph Savoy and Bud Wiese. CEDAR RAPIDS WEST, 11/24/04: Thanksgiving. CEDAR RAPIDS SUNRISE, 11/25/04: Thanksgiving. CEDAR RAPIDS METRO, 11/25//04: Thanksgiving. CEDAR RAPIDS DAYBREAK, 11/26/04: No Report Received to Date. MAKE-UPS - OUT OF TOWN None. ROTARIAN GUESTS Connie Dunkin (West), Dennis Jordan and Pat Shey (Daybreak) and Tom Patterson (Metro North).. GUESTS OF MEMBERS Nick Zuber (Corbett), Pat Airy (Ziese), Steve Hammes (Kintner) and Steve Troester (Rogers). RIPPLES ROTARY WEEK/ROTARIANS IN THE NEWS * Lois Buntz will become President and CEO of the United Way of East Central Iowa beginning in January 2005. * Larry Benda has been re-appointed to the Riverfront Improvement Commission. * Charles Larson, Sr. is serving as judiciary attachι to U. S. Ambassador to Iraq, John D. Negropointe in Baghdad. Larson is on leave from his position as U. S. attorney for the Northern District of Iowa. * Mark Seckman has been elected president-elect of the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival. Scott Olson has been elected to the board of directors. A PROMISE OF HEALTH Cedar Rapids Rotarians have completed filling 260 A Promise of Health canvas bags for children in Merida, Mexico. Suggested items for filling the school bags included: pencils, pencil sharpener, pens, crayons, spiral notebooks, erasers, coloring books, children's books in Spanish, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, children's vitamins, garden seeds for vegetables & flowers, granola bars and small toys. The response of members to the request for support was very gratifying. Even several servers at our weekly luncheons joined in filling the bags. The canvas bags will soon be taken to Mexico and distributed to the children with the help of the Rotary Club of Merida. Our thanks to Lee Clancey for heading this project. LETTERS FROM MOUNT MERCY COLLEGE/ROTARY CLUB OF CEDAR RAPIDS CLUB SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids: Thank you very much for your generous donation, making it possible for me to study at Mount Mercy. Without my scholarship, I knew I wouldn't be here. I am from the Czech Republic and I will stay in Cedar Rapids for one school year as an exchange student. Coming here was a big change in my life, but an enjoyable one. I am learning many new things about American people and culture in general. In Czech Republic I am a junior in English and Czech language. Here, I focus on American literature mainly. The stay in the United States will help me to improve my speaking abilities and deepen my knowledge of American literature. I am involved in the International Club. I work on campus in Dining Services. Although my classes keep me quite busy, I still have time to enjoy myself with my new American friends. Thank you again for your generous support. Yours sincerely, Jana Vejberova The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids: I am an international student from the Czech Republic. I have been studying journalism, Czech language and Physical Education at home. Thanks to the scholarship you gave me, I got an amazing opportunity to study here at Mt. Mercy College. My major is Communication here. I can feel that my staying here is one of the biggest experiences in my life. Thank you. Sincerely, Radka Horakova LETTERS FROM CORNELL COLLEGE/ROTARY CLUB OF CEDAR RAPIDS SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids: Thank you so much for the opportunity to further my education with your scholarship. Being a single mother is not going to be easy, but the more help I receive from wonderful people like you, the better chance I have to strive in school along with being a good mother to my child. I have known since I was a child that I had to go to college and was so excited to be attending Cornell, but then when I found out I was pregnant, it was like the whole world collapsed on me. However, with the support of so many amazing people at Cornell and people like you, I know that I will be okay and will b e able to finish school on time and be a wonderful mother to my son. So thank you again, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Nichole Fetzer Nichole is a junior majoring in Psychology. Nichole has a baby son and plans to raise the child on her own while she continues her education. She has a 3.0 GPA and is very determined to finish her degree at Cornell. The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids: I would like to express my appreciation for the scholarship opportunity provided by your organization. Your generous contribution will assist me in continuing my education at Cornell College. I would also like to share with you my personal and educational background, as well as some of the goals I am working towards. I am the married mother of a five year old daughter. I returned to college three years ago and graduated from Kirkwood Community College in May 2003 with an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts. I was initiated into the Phi Theta Kappa society in November 2002. During my time at Kirkwood, I served as a peer tutor in several subjects and was actively involved in the Kirkwood Honors Program. I was honored to be named an Outstanding Student in Social Sciences for 2003. I am looking forward to completing my studies at Cornell College this year. I am majoring in Psychology and Sociology and plan to pursue an advanced degree in one of these subjects after graduating. Although my studies and family will keep me busy, I will continue to be actively involved in my school and community. In addition to my regular courses, I will be predicating in a psychology research group this fall. It is an honor to be the recipient of a Rotary scholarship. I am grateful for your generosity, will help me achieve my academic goals at Cornell. Please accept my most sincere thanks for this opportunity. Sincerely, Catherine Fruehling-Wall Catherine is a Senior majoring in Psychology. She maintains a 3.8 GPA. She has a 5 year old daughter and is very involved in the community. The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids: Since I first visited Cornell College, I have wanted to come to this school that cares so much about others, but for some time it was uncertain whether I would be able to go to Cornell. Thanks to the Rotary Club, along with many other organizations, I can attend Cornell College. Being able to go to Cornell means so much to me, and it is through your help that I can finally attend Cornell. To show my thanks, I would like to volunteer my help at the Rotary Club, and maybe one day I can also help kids like myself attend college. The generosity of others has enabled me to attend the school of my choice and brought me great happiness. Sincerely, Eric Lyle Schroeder Eric is a freshman majoring in History. Eric has been living with his Grandparents and does not have any support from his biological parents for college. He is paying for college on his own and Rotary assistance has been helpful in giving him the opportunity to pursue a college education. ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY The annual Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids Holiday Party will be held on Monday, December 20, 2002. Spouses and guests are welcome. The Madrigal Singers from Washington High School will provide the entertainment. Please put this on your calendar! OFFICIAL NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING Formal notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids will be held at the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel, 350 First Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Monday, December 13, 2004 at 12:15 P.M. At this meeting the President for the 2006-2007 Rotary year will be elected as well as four directors for two-year terms beginning July 1, 2005 and ending on June 30, 2007. AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE DETERMINED Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship applications for the 2006-2007 academic year will be received this month from the District Rotary Scholarship Committee. The program offers an opportunity for a student to live and study abroad. The maximum award is $25,000. The award and interviews will be held in April 2004 in the Schindler Education Center on the University of Northern Iowa Campus in Cedar Falls. The interview date has been moved up to April. Previously they were conducted in August. Presumably this will allow students to interview before they leave school for the summer and gives the recipient more time to plan for the year after the award in made. DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR EARLY REGISTRATION Calling the 2005 Rotary International Convention in Chicago a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, many Rotarians are registering early to make sure that they don't miss out on this historic event. Those who register for the centennial convention by 31 December qualify for a discounted registration fee. For more information about the 2005 RI Convention or to register and reserve housing online, click on Centennial Celebration at www.rotary.org or visit the Host Organization Committee's site at www.rotaryhost2005.org. ATTENDANCE RECORDS Did you know that club attendance records are available at each meeting of the club? The list is placed with the "400" Badge Box on the side table as you enter the meeting room. You can view a summary of your current attendance. If you think there is an error or a problem, the Secretary can furnish you with a detailed copy of your Rotary attendance record. ROTARY CLUB OF CEDAR RAPIDS OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS JULY 1, 2004 TO JUNE 30, 2005 President John M. Bickel 365-9461 President-Elect Larry J. Helling 862-0919 Past President Charles M. Peters 368-8878 Director Deanndrea L. Baird 398-5886 Director George H. Brunscheen 363-1151 Director Lee R. Clancey 378-1807 Director Jonathan T. Dusek 364-6533 Director Ann M. Lipsky 362-2181 Director Steven M. Shriver 364-2477 Director Robert C. Vancura 447-6200 Secretary/Treasurer Larry H. Christy 363-6301 Sergeant-at-Arms George K. Baldwin 362-4093