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Senior US Senator Charles Grassley has represented Iowa in Washington DC since 1981, bringing a "no-nonsense style that displaces Washington nonsense with Midwestern substance." Senator Grassley is up for reelection this year hoping to continue serving Iowa in what would be his 7th term.
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

We heard from Iowa House Representatives candidates on their vision for progress in 2017 and beyond. Incumbents Bob Kressig and Timi Powers-Brown joined us, as well as hopefuls Nick Taiber, Gary Kroeger, and Todd Obadal. The Cedar Falls Rotary Club hosted a similar legislative forum a week prior and you can read about some of the issues discussed in this Courier article.
Do you remember how you felt when someone asked you to attend a meeting?


Join us in a fight to the finish to eradicate polio, a crippling and completely preventable disease.

As a long-time member of Rotary, I'm happy to report good news in celebration of World Polio Day 2016 on October 24: If we can vaccinate children in the remote areas of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, we can end polio and protect all of the world's children.


Our own Annie Vander Werff is going to tell us about her trip to Israel. Annie took a disciples' journey involving religious history, leadership and mentoring. Invite a guest to hear Annie's story Monday - we'll be back at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.

Today's cold snap is a stark reminder that many school children are lacking basic essentials for cold Iowa winters. Our Club, with the great leadership of Steve Thorpe, has been assisting youth in our community by providing coats through Operation Warm. 
Treasurer Julie Hayes reports August results to club’s board September 27, 2016
Every month we introduce club members whose birthday falls in that month. It helps us get to know other members, we ask members to contribute $1 for each year of their life.
Our club is still needs host families for our inbound exchange student, Gabriel. The Rotary Youth Exchange program recommends exchange students have a variety of great experiences in their time studying in America, and to that end, more than one host family for a student is preferred.
Gabriel attended his first Iowa State Fair in August
Jerry Nelson, District Manager of our local Social Security Office, will be here to talk about the Social Security programs and answer questions or concerns about Social Security.
MATTHEW PUTNEY Courier Photo Editor

We reported last month that public health officials in Nigeria reported a new case of polio after more than a year of being polio free.
An opportunity to see the best of Rotary without traveling overseas—you’ll be amazed.
Recruiting new members is the lifeblood of our club; who do you know?
Mr. Rudy Jones will be here to update us on the activity of the City of Waterloo Community Development Board.
Kristina is a native of Marion and a recent U of Iowa grad with degrees in political science and economics
District Scholarship Chair Harrison Cass and his committee interviewed Kristina this spring and nominated her for the scholarship. She is not related to Molly McLaughlin from Waterloo who is a youth exchange student this school year in Argentina.
Kristina will be studying for a masters degree in public history and cultural heritage at Dublin University. You can read her blog at

Alex Hildman from Waterloo Leisure Services joined us Monday to describe the impact our club has on almost 1,000 kids each year. The birthday table contributions are added to the Fred Adams Youth Activity Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Preschool through 1st grade-aged kids are introduced to the basics of baseball each summer and our support is critical to keeping kids active and engaged while school is out. Remember to submit $1 for each year of your age when your birthday month rolls around! 

District Governor Jim Coloff Brought greetings from the Rotary District level and invited us to attend the District Conference in the spring.
14 Waterloo Rotarians celebrate their birthday in September, and when we return Sept 12th, we'll honor these members and have a sweet treat!
Have you seen good things happening at Rotary meetings, events, and projects lately? If so, capture an image and submit to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa’s Good Things Happening photo contest. The CFNEIA will be awarding ten $100 microgrants each week of the six-week contest, with individuals designating grants to organizations in Black Hawk County. Grand prizes of $2,000 and $5,000 will also be awarded in November. This would be an excellent addition to the Shoebox Project or Operation Warm.
You can follow her adventure as an outbound exchange student by linking to her blog which is

Your help is needed to make the work go smoothly; and do you have a semi we can borrow?
At our last meeting we announced a new member campaign to strengthen the club.
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Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...