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Fellow Rotarian Dr. John Berry will share details about the Tri County Head Start program, which for 50 years has served families by ensuring a successful foundation to education. They have new STEM initiatives and provide social and health services to families.
Among the presenters- -President Elect Ian Risely from Australia and Vice President Jennifer Jones from Canada

“The only brown water anyone should have to drink is coffee!” ~ Marcy Pease
In Haiti one in five children under the age of 5 will die due to lack of access to clean water.  A very preventable problem!
Haiti is working to address this issue by implementing a nationwide water infrastructure development project and the Rotary Foundation is being asked to help.  Through a grant application to the Rotary Global Fund, at least four additional clean water wells will be installed in the Arcahaie/Cabaret region - an area where more than 86 percent of women give birth at home and 35 percent of babies die primarily due to diarrhea or fever.  
Our 2015-2016 Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student Sephora Thompson shared her experience from living and learning in Italy. You can read and see more about her trip on her blog.
We'll celebrate Rotarian birthdays at our March 20th meeting, here's a list of the lucky spring babies:
Brian Aronson    Mar 19 
Steve Brown    Mar 26 
Art Cox    March 26 
Mason Fromm    March 16 
Rick Jaacks    Mar 22 
Holly Johnson    Mar 30 
Nolan Johnson    Mar 30 
Steve Jordan    March 15 
Dr. Laura Kurtz    March 13 
Lee Miller    March 28 
Wayne Nathem    March 5 
Cathy Nicholas    March 24 
Bob Regenwether    March 30 
Eric Ritland    March 20 
Any current Sophomore or Junior in High School who is interested in attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Conference in Grinnell from July 16-21 should contact Luke Jenson at by April 14. The Waterloo Rotary Club sponsors two students at RYLA, a conference focused on providing foundational leadership skills for teenagers, by paying for the cost of the conference. Contact Luke if you have any questions or visit
Public invited to attend speech March 24
  The goal --better first impressions for visitors
The City of Waterloo is sponsoring a city-wide Waterloo Spring Clean-up Month throughout April.  Citizens are encouraged to organize teams of co-workers, club or church members, classmates, friends and family to collect litter and beautify areas of their choosing or a designated area assigned by the City. 
We sponsored the Waverly club which officially got its charter on March 6, 1927, exactly 90 years ago
Most of those loses due to stock market performance and currency exchanges.
Susan Backes joined us from The Job Foundation which works to ensure financial success for all children. Over the course of 10+ years, they've empowered low-income youth toward their goals of financial success. Through the program, students gain key financial tools such as savings and a positive credit rating so they can buy (as adults) a reliable car, maintain employment, further build financial assets and experience financial freedom.
Fellow Rotarian and Job Foundation volunteer Dave Allbaugh shared his insights on the middle school program, a weekly gathering of youth that includes a nutritious meal and 30+ minutes of life skills training or financial literacy development.
You can follow the Job Foundation on their Facebook page.
The 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International has unanimously nominated Samuel Frobisher Owori, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, to be the president of Rotary International in 2018-19.  Owori says he sees in Rotary "an incredible passion to make a difference." As president, he plans to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."
In 1945, Rotary founder Paul Harris couldn't imagine what #Rotary would be in one hundred years. February 23rd marks our 112th anniversary.
Today is Rural/Urban Day!  Please help us welcome area Agriculture Producers and make them feel welcome.  Brad Kinsinger will be our featured Speaker. Be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early to meet your guest producer and have time to chat with them before the program.
Iowa RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is holding its annual 6-day leadership conference in Grinnell, Iowa from Sunday, July 16 through Friday, July 21. The objectives of RYLA are:
  • To encourage and assist youth leaders and potential leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership by providing them with a training experience;
  • To encourage continued and stronger leadership of youth by youth; and
  • To publicly recognize the outstanding qualities of many young people who are rendering service to their schools and communities as leaders.
Waterloo Rotary Club is sponsoring two attendees to RYLA, one of them being our 2017-2018 outbound exchange student, Holly Harris. We are currently accepting applications and recommendations for another student. High school sophomores or juniors (classes of 2019 and 2018, respectively) may apply. Our Club pays for the entire fee for the student. To learn more information, and to obtain an application form, visit
One of our largest annual events, Rural Urban Day brings area farmers and producers downtown to enjoy lunch and a presentation of shared interest. This year, we'll welcome Brad Kinsinger who will speak about highlighting global agriculture; it’s importance, and what we can learn from farmers and agriculture professionals around the world.
Last week, our club’s foreign exchange student Gabe Voldoire moved-in with Rotarian Bonnie Smith-Davis and her husband Roger. Gabe wrestled for West High this winter and now has his sights set on a trip to Hawaii in next month. Gabe had been living with Rotarian Mark Durbahn and his wife Brenda. They were excellent hosts to Gabe and did a great job of acclimating him to our country, state, and community.
Without the generosity of our volunteer hosts like Bonnie, Roger, Mark, and Brenda, our student exchange program would not be sustainable. They are great representatives of our Rotary club! Thank you! Anyone interested in assisting with the student exchange program can contact Luke Jenson ( for more information.
Money raised will be used to buy sock and other items for vets who need assistance
Engage Iowa is a conservative, freedom-focused think tank and policy incubator. Created by Iowans for Iowa, Engage Iowa is bringing together the brightest minds and leaders from across our state.
Engage Iowa is led by former speaker of the Iowa house Ron Corbett, an innovative entrepreneur and business leader who, as mayor, led Cedar Rapids’ recovery from one of the worst natural disasters in Iowa’s history.
It’s a regular process to better reflect membership similar to re-apportionment
Tom Wickersham shared details on the Cedar Falls Food Co-op, a start-up food cooperative being created by the community for the community with the guidance of organizations such as Food Co-op Initiative and CDS Consulting Co-op
Tom is the Program Director for the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, and current Co-op board president.
Plan now to enjoy an evening of great samples of wine and beer, delicious food, and friendship at the 10th Annual Hops & Grapes event on Thursday, May 18 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. This event, to be held at the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, will continue to support the great work of the Waterloo Rotary Club. Questions about how to get involved in the planning process? Contact Jacob Wittmayer (
I have the privilege of writing to you to share news of a significant campaign for Iowa Rotarians to benefit children born with clubfoot worldwide.  As you know, our district has partnered with District 6000 to help sponsor the Rotarian Action Group for the treatment of clubfoot (RAG4Clubfoot).   The late Dr. Ignacio Ponseti adopted Iowa as his home and treated children with clubfoot all his career The Ponseti Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics continues his legacy, offering the Ponseti Method treatment to children not only from our state, but across our nation and the world.  Because of his work the UIHC clinic serves as a Ponseti Method training center for physicians worldwide.  What is special about the Ponseti Method is that it uses gentle manipulation and casts—NO surgery. .  When applied properly, the Ponseti Method is successful 95% of the time. This low-cost, low-tech treatment is especially important in low-resource countries
Associate Professor or Political Science Chris Larimer joined us to provide a recap and context for our 2016 election.  He also discussed his research into the connection our long-serving governor has with Iowa residents. 
Christopher W. Larimer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa where his research focuses on the psychology of voting behavior and state politics. He is the author of Gubernatorial Stability in Iowa and the co-author of The Public Policy Theory Primer. Chris is also a past president of the Iowa Association of Political Scientists and a regular guest on KWWL news and Iowa Public Radio.

Fellow Rotarian Tavis Hall delivered 6 boxes of never-worn tshirts to our club's Nicaragua stash this week. Hall is the executive director for Main Street Waterloo and the tshirts were leftover from a cancelled My Waterloo Days event last summer. The fresh fabric will be cut up and sewn into cloth diapers for the new mothers in Chinandega. Our team recently returned from another successful trip south to deliver shoeboxes and layettes, and we'll hear stories and see photos from their trip at an upcoming meeting.
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Exchange Student Gabriel Voldoire
Apr 03, 2017
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Senator Joni Ernst
Apr 10, 2017
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May 01, 2017
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May 15, 2017
Senior Companionship Program
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...