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Major Poff will be at the door with his bell and kettle
For several years our club has been one of the largest donors to the annual kettle campaign. It started when Santa and his helper, also known as Larry and Betty Winninger, greeted us on the day of the Christmas luncheon.
While Santa appreciates gifts of all sizes, he is especially fond of folding gifts including checks. So plan to arrive having made plans to donate. This is not an official Rotary program, but we hope you’ll help.
Your gift will help the less fortunate in our community, the elderly, the lonely, children and those who can’t afford to shop.
From our leadership team to you and your family, a Very Merry Christmas and Pleasant Holiday Season.  We have planned the Annual Rotary Christmas Luncheon for Dec 12.  Please RSVP to us so we have a head count.  We have ordered a plated Turkey Dinner from the Ramada which will require us to have a very specific head-count.
Entertainment Provided Courtesy of the Waterloo Playhouse/Black Hawk Children's Theatre. 
ReShonda Young joined us to talk about her successful (and delicious) business - Popcorn Heaven. Here is a link to her 20 Under 40 feature in the Courier last year.
Katelyn Pedersen was one of a dozen club members who helped students at Highland School in Waterloo select a new, warm winter coat November 29.
Congratulations to West High senior Devon Moore, 2016 Glenn "Doc" Miller MVP Award winner!
As our club moves out of the posh Waterloo Building overlooking the Cedar River, there are a few pieces of furniture that need to go. Some of these pieces have "served" our club for decades and would be happy to continue serving in a Rotarian's home. However, club treasurer Julie Hayes would certainly consider matching these items with non-Rotarians!
We've uploaded the photos on our Facebook page to make it easy to share with others, just send Julie a message to make an offer!


I joined Rotary as an engineer. There are almost as many classifications in the profession of engineering as there are in Rotary, but I happen to be a mechanical engineer. A mechanical engineer calculates the heating and cooling loads for a new building, makes sure the right lights are in the right places, and plans the plumbing so your hot water pipe doesn’t end in a drinking fountain.


Congratulations to 2016 Waterloo Rotary MVP Lauren McManus, senior at Columbus High School! Click the image below to see photos from the ceremony and list of MVPs from each area school.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.
The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.
Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson
Our Club is still finalizing future placements for our exchange student, Gabriel Voldoire. Families who are willing to host Gabe, whether it be for a semester or for a shorter time, should contact Luke Jenson ( or President Lauren Finke ( to discuss living arrangements and Rotary approvals. Our club’s participation in Rotary Youth Exchange depends on the willingness of volunteers to open their homes and make a difference in a student’s life. Thank you!
Our Club's Outbound Rotary student Molly McLaughlin is enjoying her time in Argentina. She's updated her blog with some fun, new adventures:
Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart joined us with an update on several community updates.
Fellow Rotarian and Vietnam Veteran Bob Miecznikowski joined a select few honorees at Columbus High Thursday evening for a memorable and much-deserved ceremony highlighting those who have served America.  Click this link to read the Courier's story.
President Lauren paid a visit to Rotarian Ken Allbaugh this week at his home in Friendship Village to present his third Paul Harris pin. Ken's son, fellow Rotarian Dave, was present to capture the fun moment when Lauren presented the pin. Just this month Ken has decided to step away from his membership with the Rotary Club, but still plans to provide support through his Foundation gifts. 
Ken has set a fine example for all of us - more details on sustained donations can be found here:
Steve and Liz Thorpe were honored Thursday at the Association of Fundraising Professionals' National Philanthropy Day luncheon with the Gift of the Heart: Philanthropy award for their work with the Waterloo Rotary Club's Shoebox Project and Operation Warm.  
Steve and Liz Thorpe have served on numerous boards and councils improving life for many in the Cedar Valley. They’ve spent countless hours and much of their own money building service projects from the ground up through the Waterloo Rotary Club including the Shoebox Project, Operation Warm, and the Uganda Project.
Iowa Supreme Court Justice Bruce Zager told us about his experiences on with the Court, and the role of the Court in modern politics.
We'll celebrate a small list of November birthdays on Monday:
Stacy Carlin    Nov 03 
Hovey Brom    Nov 05 
Jay Crisp         Nov 06 
David Allbaugh Nov 08 
Luke Jensen     Nov 08 
Donna Miller    Nov 12 
Aaron Buzza    Nov 30  
   TRF is shorthand for "The Rotary Foundation" and TRF Direct allows you to support its good works for as little as $10 a month.
Forum with candidates looking to serve on the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors joined us:
Linda Laylin (D), Christopher Schwartz (D), Tom Little (D), John Dodge (R), Terry Scheffert (R), and Chad Folken (R) are all vying for 3 open seats on the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors. Read up on the candidates this weekend before election day.  Here's a recent Courier article detailing their positions on minimum wage.
Just a day after Hovey led us in song to welcome Senator Grassley, his wife of 62 years passed away. Marge had a long history in Waterloo as a public school and Sunday school teacher, served on several boards including Red Cross, Girl Scouts, and Junior League, and was an amazing fundraiser for several major local projects. Anyone that could keep up with Hovey's energy had to be a truly gifted person!
Marge was honored in 2013 with the Courier's 8 Over 80 award, here is a link to her feature. Visitation is today, Friday Oct. 28th 4:00-7:00 at Locke Funeral Home and services are tomorrow, Saturday Oct 29th 11am at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. 
Marge & Hovey had lots of fun at the 2012 Rotary Family Picnic
At our meeting Oct 24th, we used Facebook to broadcast LIVE Senator Grassley's remarks and Q&A. The video is automatically archived on our Facebook page which enables sharing after the broadcast has concluded. In the 4 days after that meeting, our Facebook page enjoyed a 1,200% increase in page views and reached over 1,500 people. With that kind of potential impact and visibility for our club's good works, we'll plan more live broadcasts. Please be sure to "Like" our page and share our posts on your never know if one of your connections might see a need they can help with!
As Rotarians, we enjoy a wide variety of weekly program topics, and this being an election year, we've offered our lectern to several citizens hoping to serve in public office. The Waterloo Rotary Club does not support or endorse any individual candidate, but as a group of community-involved leaders, we have a unique opportunity to hear from some of the highest levels of government. We invited Patty Judge to join us, but her schedule did not allow it.
Nora Tobin is a member of the Rotary Club of the Cedar Valley
We celebrate our greatest asset as we ask more members to join the effort

He is the former president of the African Development Bank

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We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center
4th & Commercial
Waterloo, IA  50701
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Holiday Luncheon
Dec 12, 2016
Entertainment Provided by the Waterloo Community Playhouse
Kayla Toale with Children's Cancer Connection
Dec 19, 2016
Children's Cancer Connection
No Meeting
Dec 26, 2016
We hope you had a Merry Christmas!
Former Mayor Jon Crews
Jan 09, 2017
Medicare Fraud
Day of Service in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan 16, 2017
Northeast Iowa Food Bank; Lunch and Volunteering
Cedar Falls Mayor Jim Brown
Jan 23, 2017
Cedar Falls and the progress of the new Administration
Chris Larimer
Jan 30, 2017
Associate Professor of Political Science, a re-cap of the 2016 Presidential Election and Other Topic
Tom Wickersham
Feb 06, 2017
Cedar Falls Food Co-op
Ron Corbett
Feb 13, 2017
Engage Iowa
Australian entrepreneur announces $1 million gift to Rotary
On Wednesday, over breakfast with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith announced a donation of AU$1 million to Rotary (about US$750,000), citing admiration of Rotary members for the time they devote to others. The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) will administer the funds. “With 29,500 Rotarians in 1,100 clubs throughout Australia, we have an army of volunteers eager to assist those in need,” says Michael Perkins, RABS chair. “The impact of this donation will be felt throughout all of Australia, from the cities to the...
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of December auctions.
Convention: City of peace
Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world. A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr...
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
Rotarians report email scam
Some Rotarians have reported receiving a scam email asking them to click a link to update names and contact information in a directory. The email, which stems from a gmail account, is not from Rotary.