WHO-TV Price speaks to Rotary

The July 22 meeting of the Marshalltown Rotary Club opened with prayer and Pledge of Allegiance led by John Fink. Scott Neff gave an update on the upcoming Rural-Urban Dinner, asking folks to reserve the evening of Sept. 9 at Dejardin Hall. Marshalltown is part of Rotary District 6000 which encompasses southern Iowa.

Current District Gov. John Ockenfels addressed the group by video to explain the 2014-15 “Keep Kids Warm” service project. The goal is to raise enough money to purchase 4,000 coats or one new coat per District 6000 member.

President Bonnie Lowry announced that this will also be the Marshalltown club’s service project for the first fiscal quarter. All contributions made will come back to the Marshalltown area by way of winter coats. Lowry asked that each member consider a donation toward this cause.

Vic Hellberg then introduced Channel 13 political expert and weekend anchor Dave Price to present the program. Price began by pledging a donation for the club’s winter coat service project.

Following a news report by Rotarian Bob Moore, Price got a chuckle from the audience when he quipped that he normally didn’t follow the news and suddenly felt like the sportscaster. Price is a native of Belleville, Ill.

He has a degree from Southern Illinois, a graduate degree from the University of Missouri and an Emmy for a documentary called “Choices” to his name. He has been with WHO-TV for 13 years and reflected on the reasons he came to Iowa and the uniqueness of the state that he appreciates. Price touched on what he covers on a daily basis with the bulk of his comments geared toward the gubernatorial and congressional campaigns. He acknowledged the power of “unexpected moments” in these races. Price also commented on the familiar territory, as well as some of the new issues, in the Presidential race, noting the importance of Iowa as a stage for the various players. Price is the author and publisher of “Caucus Chaos” centering on the controversy following the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. He was gracious enough to stay afterward to sign complimentary copies of his book.

The Marshalltown Rotary Club was established in 1915 and has had a tradition of service to the community. Of the more than 35,000 clubs in existence, we were the 185th club chartered.