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Karin Rowe will tell us about what House of Hope is doing in our community.
Your help is needed to make the work go smoothly; and do you have a semi we can borrow?
Grants will be funded by proceeds from our work at the VGM Conference this summer
Program will include rewards for members who recruit new members
Program chair Phil Nash has arranged some very interesting programs between now and election day. That should make it easier to invite a guest to join us.
Libby Fry will be here to talk about Together For Youth, a Division of UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital.

Two new cases reported in Nigeria last week activate large immunization effort
Chris Cox, Dean & Professor of Library and Information Services, gathered our input for their 5 year Strategic Plan. Our club provided great responses and we look forward to an update in a few months.

In October 2016, North American Rotarians will travel to Port Harcourt, Nigeria, for a life changing experience.   Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant?  These trips have a profound effect upon the individual.  For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.
Molly McLaughlin, our outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, spoke to our club about her upcoming adventure in Argentina.

Our Rotary Foundation makes grants for global scholarships for from one to four years with a minimum of $30,000. Do you know of a candidate?

Perfect weather, great food, and amazing attendance. It was great to see so many kids enjoy the inflatables, balloon artist, and body tattoos!  These cooks fed over 150 guests Thursday night- -the largest family picnic in over ten years.

President Lauren and Family Picnic chair Katelyn Pedersen extend a big thank you to Larry Steffens who led the cooks and servers, and Marcella Erickson who coordinated set up and clean up. Marcella's Rotary Beans were amazing as always! Their leadership and recruitment of Club volunteers made it a fun-filled event with good food, lively activities for kids, and wonderful conversation.
To see photos from the event, click here. To share your photos, email them to Mason.

Liz is 89 and a little hard of hearing, but she can really play
Todd Rohlfsen picked up a stack of layettes at Monday's meeting and hopes you'll also lend your time and talents to helping our Shoebox Project!
Mary McCoy recounted her adventures in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, where she studied International Health as a Global Grant Scholar Recipient through the Rotary Foundation.
Congratulations to Rotarian Sue Armbrecht for her recent election to lead the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber board of directors. Sue joined our club in 2010 and is the market president for MidWest One Bank.  You can read the full Courier article here.


The Club has undergone some big changes in the recent months and as highlighted by club president Lauren Finke during last Monday’s meeting, volunteers are needed to assist with some roles to make the Club and the weekly meetings run smoothly. Here’s a rundown on the needs:

Jeff Dow and Rob Green presented their new venture, Yorktown Group.  These two Coast Guard Veterans are bringing military based leadership, entrepreneurship, and strategic planning training to the Cedar Valley.
Congratulations to Rotarian Craig Shirey and his wife Nancy on their selection to the Courier's 8 Over 80 list!
Click here to read the Courier's feature on Craig and Nancy's extensive involvement in the Cedar Valley - including 55 years as a Rotary member!

CNBC’s Change the World ranked the Rotary Foundation fifth among the ten charities doing the best to change the world. Here’s what the network said:
Rick Hartnett gave us a preview of the 10th Annual "Iowa Irish Fest" held in downtown Waterloo. He also passed the luck of the Irish to three Rotarians in the form of free passes!
Kristina McLaughlin won the district's global grant scholarship worth up to $30,000.
Club ends the Rotary year with 134 members
Project gives new winter coats to local school children
Your board was busy June 28 addressing a number of issues
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Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...