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August 23, 2018 Optimist convention was well-attended
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The state Optimist convention co-hosted by the Kalona, Washington, Burlington, Fort Madison and Washington Township clubs was well attended and a great success.

That success was largely due to the great support the club received from the Kalona community and area businesses. The Event Center at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort served as the site for the convention.

Kalona 50-year Charter members Emil Schlabaugh, Ed Yoder and J.D. Boyd were recognized at the Saturday noon luncheon. They received a certificate and a special wooden pen. Special guest was Phil Marner, also a charter member who now lives in Sarasota, Fla.

Lynn Merck did a great job as master of ceremonies. He was convention co-chairman along with myself.

Dr. Patrick McNamara, the new head of the UI Stead Hospital Neonatal unit was the featured speaker. A native of Ireland, he has served on the staff of Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and hospitals in Great Britain.

In his first public speech he gave in Iowa since his arrival in June, he told the Rotarians that it is his vision is to turn the University of Iowa into the international leader in neonatal care and research, in which it becomes the center for those seeking specialized care and those wanting to train to be the best in the field.

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The Kalona community did a great job welcoming the some 30,000 bicyclists from all across Iowa and the world. I worked at the Chamber that day and many of the cyclists who stopped in said Kalona was an “awesome” community. The people of Wellman and Riverside also did great job of hosting the cyclists.

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There will be an open house of the new Kalona Community Center on Saturday, Aug. 25. Plan to tour the $5.8 million facility. The building will be open for use by the community on Monday, Aug. 27.

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