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My Waterloo Days’ fireworks show will be Saturday June 10
Tough decisions last year are paying off
Jenni Stevenson will talk about what fun and exciting things are going on at Hick's Place, awarded Tourist Attraction of the year in May 2016.  We thought this would be a great program to kick off the summer!!
The entire family will enjoy a community picnic from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 at Clay Street Park, Clay Street between 15th and 16th streets, in Cedar Falls. The event is a celebration of small neighborhood parks and a fundraiser for a park improvements, including a new pavilion. 
Bring lawn chairs or spread a blanket on the lush lawn to eat a grilled lunch as you listen to a live band. 
• Enjoy burgers, bratwursts, and hotdogs
• Listen to live music by Stackhouse
• Play games
• Meet mascots Stubby from Marcus Theaters and Bucky from the Waterloo Bucks
• Bid on silent auction items
• Buy a $20 ticket to the 50/50 raffle and win up to $5,000
Sonya Carlson is the director for the Senior Companion program, which pairs seniors with stipend-earning senior volunteers.
Here's a Courier article from last year about the program.
If you are thinking of attending the Rotary International convention in Atlanta next month, consider this:
A nonstop flight from Cedar Rapids to Atlanta is available to District 5970 Rotarians attending the international convention. The flight will leave Cedar Rapids at 11:15 a.m. June 10, arriving in Atlanta at 2:18 p.m. The return flight leaves Atlanta at 9:40 a.m. June 15 and arrives in Cedar Rapids at 10:39 a.m. Cost is $457.60 per person.
Rotary and The Rotary Foundation (TRF) have been fighting for 35 years to eradicate polio and despite many setbacks, it appears we might meet the goal in the next Rotary year.
Next year’s RI President is John Germ. Maybe we should have elected him years ago.
For the 12th time in 13 years our club won the District Governor’s Excellence Award, given at the district conference last month
The award is given to clubs which meet specific goals in the 2016-2017 Rotary year, including membership, club and international service and donations to the Rotary Foundation.
Congratulations to President Lauren and all the members who made it happen.
Hops & Grapes will be held on Thursday, May 18, from 6-9 PM at the Isle Casino Waterloo.  We are featuring wine and beer selections from Iowa Producers, along with heavy appetizers from our Friends at the Isle.  We will not have much of an auction this year, we will be requesting tax deductible donations directly to Operation Warm, the rest of the night belongs to you to network, mingle, and enjoy Rotarian fellowship!  Cost is only $20 per person, so invite friends, family, prospective Rotarians, anybody that might have fun!
The Waterloo Rotary Club annually recognizes senior honor students of the Waterloo high schools and their principals. Through this recognition, the Waterloo Rotary Club congratulates its outstanding students and schools for their accomplishments, commitment to excellence, and dedication to developing leaders of the future. We are extremely proud of each participant and salute them for their achievements.
Dr. Younger, right, with Jonas Salk
Dr. Julius Younger was the last surviving member of the team which developed the first successful polio vaccine
Phil Nash will become president July 1; Katelyn Petersen will be president elect
Leslie Wilson is the dean of UNIBusiness, the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa. UNIBusiness is recognized by Princeton Review as one of the best business schools in the world and has been for nine consecutive years. The College maintains accreditation from AACSB International, a status achieved by only the top 5% of business schools in the world.
Here are the lucky May babies:
Marty StoakesMay 3 
Bob BitterMay 5 
Sue ArmbrechtMay 13 
LaVerne NilssonMay 14 
Cyd McHoneMay 19 
Troy SmithMay 22 
Beverly Hinders TrostMay 26 
Todd WordelMay 31 
There will be a few more opportunities for members to mingle with Rotarians from other clubs this month. Hops & Grapes (May 18th) is our biggest social event of the year and we've invited other clubs to join us.  To keep the party going, there are two more planned events this month where Rotarians from the Cedar Valley clubs are encouraged to convene and converse:
May 24 – After business networking and social, 515 PM – whenever, site TBD
May 31 – Rotary night at the Bucs, presented by the Cedar Valley Rotary club, party deck space available
Carrie Gleason and Jaclyne Heller have agreed to keep tabs on the events and keep our members up to date - watch the Reporter for details!
Fellow Rotarian and Executive Director of Allen Foundation Mike Lind will bring our members up to date on several upgrades at UnityPoint Health.  From the new facility at Prairie Parkway, to Allen College, to changes at Allen Hospital, the Cedar Valley's busiest hospital has hundreds of people working behind the scenes to provide the best health care.
A Big thank you to  the Waterloo Downtown Rotary Club for packing 1296 backpack bags or 9 pallets last Monday.  This will help us feed 1296 kids on weekends.  Special shout out to Adam Schaefer and his daughters for packing until after 2pm that day!  You all rocked it!  Thanks for being and Ingredient in the recipe to Close the Meal Gap. 
-Barb Prather
Only five cases of wild polio virus this year thru April 12
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst joined us for lunch and remarks Monday, April 10th - and she was treated to a custom re-working of the lyrics to "Daisy, Daisy" from our own Hovey Brom:
For six years the Waterloo Rotary Club has contributed to VGM’s Heartland Conference as room ambassadors. According to VGM: “Rotarians not only enhanced the Midwestern friendliness of our event, but these volunteers also helped thousands of attendees navigate our conference and city.”
Today we heard from Rotary Exchange student Gabriel after a special presentation on agriculture from Union High School FFA students.
Keep the following Rotary dates in your head or in your planners:
April 10 – Senator Joni Ernst will join us for our regular April 10 meeting.  Please let Phil or Katelyn Pedersen know if you plan to bring a guest as we would like to have an accurate head-count.
April 17 – Food Bank Volunteer Day – Phil will be sending an event registration, please register if you plan to attend as we will be ordering catering from Chick-Fil-A.
April 28 & 29 – Rotary District Conference, Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls.  Please register at
May 18 – Hops & Grapes, 6-9 PM at the Isle Casino Waterloo.  More details to come!!!
Look at all these Rotarians celebrating another year on Spaceship Earth!
Linda Allen    April 4 
Steve Finegan    April 25 
Bonnie Humble    April 6 
Megan Kugler    April 14 
Jane Lindaman    April 25
Jeremy Kauten    April 30 
Duane "Lindy" Lindberg    April 16 
Jack Locke    April 24 
Barbara Prather    April 2 
Bill Robert    April 4 
Bette Wubbena    April 4 
Fellow Rotarian Dr. John Berry shared 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.  
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