Event Types
Nov 15, 2017
2:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Anthony Bielski-Enrollment Project Mgr EICC
Dec 04, 2017
Dec 18, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

No Monday Meeting in honor of the Christmas Holiday.

No Monday Program
Dec 25, 2017

No Noon Meeting.  Happy New Year 2018!

No Noon Meeting
Jan 01, 2018
Brock Earnhardt & Bill Burress
Jan 08, 2018

No Monday Meeting in honor of the Martin Luther King Holiday.

No Noon Meeting
Jan 15, 2018

Craig Lang, a Poweshiek County dairy farmer who has served as president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Financial during one of its most-challenging eras, is a Republican candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. He and his two sons, who are the family’s sixth generation of farmers, milk a 700-head dairy herd, farm 1,200 acres and run a cow/calf beef operation.

Lang was one of the longest serving leaders of both the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, where he served as president from 2001 through 2011, and the FBL Financial Group, where he served as chairman of the board for a concurrent term. He also was chairman of the Grow Iowa Values Fund and, under Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, vice chair of the Iowa Economic Development Board.

In addition to being a family farmer, Lang is president of The Prairie Strategy Group, a company engaged in identifying and solving complex challenges in food production, policy and logistics. Lang is recognized nationally and internationally as a consultant for rural economic development, consensus and opportunity building.  He and his wife, Mary, have four grown children and three grandchildren.

Craig Lang-President of Iowa Farm Bureau
Jan 22, 2018
Please find the attached document regarding the upcoming event for January 25, 2018 regarding the Miracle Field.
Looking forward to a big attendance from our club.  So mark your calendar and please register.
Thank you-
President Jim Wegener
Jan 25, 2018

Introduction-Randy Brown

Randy Brown is a national author, keynote speaker, and coach. Randy is a national expert on the topics of networking, leadership, team building, and adversity. In his coaching career he reached the highest level in men's college basketball at the NCAA level.  His 18-year career includes Iowa State, Marquette, Arizona, and Miami of Ohio. Naismith Hall of Famer Lute Olson at the University of Arizona mentored Randy. His book, Rebound Forward, Rebound from Life’s Most Devastating Losses and Stay in the Game, highlights his rise in the college coaching world as well as failure, adversity, and tragedy. He is a role model for resilience in the face of life’s most devastating circumstances. A Fort Dodge native, he has two daughters, Claire and Jane, and lives in Ames, Iowa.

Randy Brown
Jan 29, 2018
Feb 05, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Feb 10, 2018
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

No Noon Meeting in celebration of the Presidents' Day Holiday!

No Noon Meeting
Feb 19, 2018

REGISTRATION opens November 29; register early before the price increases.

P.E.T.S. (President Elect Training Seminar) is for incoming Rotary Club Presidents.  This is required training for Presidents-Elect, but also the very best way that Rotary leaders can help them become prepared.  It's a unique opportunity to network with other incoming Presidents from 4 Districts 6000, 5970, 5960 and 5950!  Presidents-Nominee are also invited to attend.

This year's Multi-District event is at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN; check in will be in the newly renovated Grand Lobby West.  There is a welcome reception with appetizers Thursday evening and the official training starts early Friday morning with breakfast and ends Saturday just before lunch.  Our sessions for just our District will be in Suite 106.  See attached Facility Map.  Dress is business/business casual.

Remember to book your Hotel room (the DoubleTree and Hilton Garden Inn are closest), information for hotels with negotiated PETS rates is at this link NC PETS under the register tab.  These hotels are connected to the Mayo Civic Center via Skywalk.

Mar 08, 2018 6:00 PM –
Mar 10, 2018 12:30 PM

Bryan Sievers descended from German immigrants who settled in eastern Iowa between 1850 and 1873.  The current generation of owners and operators of the Sievers’ farm, Bryan and his wife, Lisa, are enthusiastic environmental stewards of the land and pride themselves on using all available resources for their highest and best use. The Sievers’ farming operation, beef cattle feedlot, and renewable energy facility is in western Scott County, Iowa near Stockton. 

In 2009, this philosophy became the motivation behind implementing the combined heat and power (CHP) anaerobic digester project.  The Sievers were looking to dramatically expand the farm’s beef cattle feedlot, but had concerns about any of the expansion’s effects on their carbon footprint and the environment. The solution was a 1 MW CHP system fueled by the methane produced from two 970,000 gallon anaerobic digesters utilizing beef cattle manure and other substrates.  AgriReNew, a company created by the Sievers and their partners, Dr. William and Judy Davidson, commissioned their digesters and CHP power plant in 2013.  Today, the digesters process over 50,000 gallons per day of cattle manure and other off-site co-feeds in the complete-mix system.  The electricity that’s generated, 24 hours per day 7 days per week, is sold to their local service provider, Interstate Power and Light (Alliant Energy).  In 2014, AgriReNew received the Agricultural Biogas Project of the Year Award from the American Biogas Council and received the 2014 Iowa Environmental Excellence Award for their anaerobic digester project.

Bryan and Lisa are 1982 graduates of Iowa State University. Bryan received his degree in Agricultural Business while Lisa received her degree in Industrial Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.  Lisa is also a Certified Public Accountant.  Bryan and Lisa have two children and five grandchildren.

Bryan’s past experiences include being a 3-year letterman on the Iowa State University baseball team, leadership roles in the Iowa Farm Bureau, serving two terms in the Iowa Legislature (one term in the Iowa House and one term in the Iowa Senate), and is currently serving as Chair of the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Biomass Conversion committee.  This committee is responsible for creating an Action Plan to expand Iowa’s biomass production and processing capacity as part of a comprehensive renewable energy strategy through Governor Kim Reynolds’ Iowa Energy Plan.

Bryan Sievers
Mar 19, 2018

Steven Bahls has been president of Augustana College (Illinois) for thirteen years.   Augustana is a liberal arts and sciences college in Rock Island, Illinois.  He has also served as dean of Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, associate dean and professor of University of Montana School of Law and as a practicing lawyer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He taught corporate law and published many scholarly articles about corporate governance.  As a law professor, he taught in Canada, Germany, Greece and China.

He has written extensively about higher education and shared governance in Trusteeship, AGB Blog, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post and Inside Higher Ed.  He is the author of the best-selling book, SHARED GOVERNANCE IN TIMES OF CHANGE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES, published in 2014 by AGB Press.   He wrote much of this book during his recent sabbatical, which he spent in the arctic regions of Canada. 

He is a consultant for the Association of Governing Boards, working with higher education institutions across the United States to improve shared governance in order to create the alignment necessary for outstanding educational outcomes.

He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and earned his J.D. at Northwestern University, where he was Head Executive Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.

President Bahls is serving on or has served on the boards of several national organizations including the Council of Independent Colleges, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Lutheran Education Conference of North America and University of Montana School of Law Board of Visitors.  He is chair of the board of the Putnam Museum and Science Center.  He is also the vice chair of the board of the Federation of Illinois Independent Colleges and Genesis Health Systems. 

President Steven Bahls
Mar 26, 2018

Jenni Venema Swanson has been a resident of the Quad Cities for over 32 years.

She is a certified fitness instructor licensed in both Illinois and Iowa. She teaches 6-8 classes per week in East Moline and Bettendorf.
During the past year, Jenni has looked at how the workplace affects worker wellness.  She has researched how employees work, their work postures and work productivity and discovered ways to improve all three.
Putting her knowledge of fitness and wellness together with workplace reality, she has discovered ways to improve workplace wellness in the daily work schedule.
Research is proving that sitting all day is not healthy.  “I used to sit at a desk all day long, that was not helping me, so I looked at how to improve my wellness at work”.
Simple fixes will make all the difference in your wellbeing and your productivity.
Jenni Swanson
Apr 02, 2018
Dr. Peters was born and raised in Kansas, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine on an Army scholarship, graduating in 1989. He served in the Army Medical Corps for nine years after medical school as a general surgery resident and staff general surgeon. After leaving the Army, he completed a second residency, in thoracic surgery, at the University of Oklahoma.
Julie Peters was born and raised in northern Iowa, and after completing nursing school, worked for several years as a traveling nurse. Chris and Julie met during one of her assignments, and while he was still in the Army. They were married less than 6 months after their first date, and they’ll be celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary this year. Chris and Julie moved to Iowa in 2004, where they have raised their three sons, Cole, Jake, and Caleb.
Dr. Peters first became interested in healthcare in 2008, when it became a hot topic in Washington, ultimately leading to the Affordable Care Act in 2010. When he examined his own industry, he realized it had been on an unsustainable path for his entire career. 
Christopher Peters
Apr 09, 2018

A TOAST to Rotary District 6000

Each event starts with a social hour followed by a delicious buffet meal. The diverse program will feature Rotary International President's Representative, Lisa Herring from Texas, and Mary Beth Johnson from World Bicycle Relief.  Various clubs and young Rotarians will also be featured. There will be displays, awards, a great opportunity to meet Rotarians from other clubs, fun, fellowship and door prizes!  This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a district event that is close to home, short time commitment, and cost friendly in a business casual environment.  A special feature of the Toast in Ottumwa will be the attendance of all inbound and outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students. 

See pages 4-6 of the district newsletter, mailed to you in December, for more details.

TO REGISTER: To pay by check, preferred method, print the document to the left and mail it with your payment.  To pay by credit card, print the document and mail or call the District Office at 877-976-8279 with your credit card info.  We are not offering online registration for this event because of very high credit card processing fees.

Chairs for this location are:
Dennis and Deb Peterson or 563-508-7581 or 563-285-8784

File Link:

Apr 12, 2018
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Barry Donald
Apr 16, 2018
Vanessa McNeal MSW, is a tenacious and thought provoking national speaker, documentary filmmaker, and business owner. She received her bachelor’s degree at Iowa State and received her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa.  


In 2017, Vanessa founded her production company McNeal Media with the goal of creating social change through the art of storytelling. She won "Best Director" for her previous documentary at the Newark International Film Festival and won the Women Filmmaker Award of Recognition at IndieFest.


She is currently producing a documentary that will investigate and explore the underground industry of sex trafficking in Iowa. 


​See More at the following link:

Vanessa McNeal
Apr 23, 2018