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The highlight will be placing shoeboxes and layettes in the hands of those who need them
So far we’ve done the work part of the shoebox project. Now comes the fun part—traveling south to help hand them out and to see the many projects we’re involved in.
There's a string of high-profile meetings coming up, and rather than celebrating November birthdays in December, we celebrated them early on October 16th.
Hovey BromNov 05 
Jay CrispNov 06 
David AllbaughNov 08 
Luke JensenNov 08 
Donna MillerNov 12 
Tavis HallNov 16 
Megan Yturriaga, Executive Director for Alternatives Pregnancy Center
Megan Yturriaga moved to Iowa a year ago from Hawaii.  Her husband is the pastor at New Life Church in Reinbeck and they have two children (one is a sophomore in college and the other a senior in high school).  She has been the executive director at Alternatives Pregnancy Center for 6 months and is really enjoying the center and the Cedar Valley!    Alternatives Pregnancy Center is a non profit, pregnancy resource center in Waterloo serving more than 13,000 clients in the Cedar Valley since 1992. 
City Forester Todd Derifield will join us Monday. Todd has been busy the last few years dealing with the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer and it's destructive effect on the local ash trees. Todd will have unique insight on managing thousands of trees on city property, as well as answer questions from our group.

Pakistan and Nigeria replace paper-based reporting with fast, accurate cellphone messaging

Mobile phones and simple text messaging may be the keys to victory in the world’s largest public health initiative: the eradication of polio. 

As the disease retreats from the global stage, thriving in only a few remote areas in three countries, it’s up to health workers to deliver vaccines and share information with speed and accuracy. 

Cedar Falls Public Safety Director/Police Chief Jeff Olson and Cedar Falls Fire Chief John Bostwick will join us Monday.  30 years ago, John was hired as a firefighter in Cedar Falls, and that same year Jeff was hired as a police officer.
Join us for dessert and chuckles as we run down a long list of October birthdays:
Lind, Mike - Oct 04
Heaton, Bob - Oct 07
Hurley, Chris - Oct 08
Carignan, Steve - Oct 10
Paulsen, Chuck - Oct 10
Bovenmyer, Sam - Oct 12
Durbahn, Mark - Oct 13
Englin, Kaye - Oct 15
Stanford, Doug - Oct 15
Gallagher III, E. J. - Oct 16
Nash, Philip - Oct 16
Schmitt, Steven - Oct 16
Krogh, Christian - Oct 17
Kuiper, Mark - Oct 19
Ericson, Marcella - Oct 25
Beecher, John - Oct 27
Burbridge, Jim - Oct 28


Tim Combs

Executive Director,
Americans for Independent Living

Tim has been in the construction business for 35 years. He has worked on projects from highways to city streets, commercial building projects, and the entire process of residential home building. He started his own company in 1998 and has remained self-employed. He also partners in a Real Estate Investing business of buying, fixing and flipping single family housing.

Because of a yearning to do more for others, he founded Americans for Independent Living in 2015.  He felt veterans deserved more support than what has been available.  He will advocate in the community to make others aware of how important it is to recognize, celebrate and support our veterans.

Americans for Independent Living's impact in the community will be from public awareness of the need for more accessible living areas for disabled veterans and transitional housing for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“Being an advocate for your community and volunteering are both key components in creating change within the community.  We need to understand the social problem of homeless veterans, which many people face and are affected by daily.   Everyday there are people in our community who are affected by the issues non-profit organizations battle for or against.  Once communities realize how people oriented things like advocacy and outreach are, I believe people will realize their impact in their community and their potential to really affect change.” –Tim Combs

Upcoming opportunities to Network with Rotarians from around the Cedar Valley!  Presented by Rotary Club of the Cedar Valley Social team.
We have some great programs coming up that many of your friends and associates would be interested in...reach out to them and make plans to offer a complimentary lunch and peek inside our club!
October 16: Megan Yturriaga, Executive Director - Alternatives Pregnancy
October 23: Waterloo Candidate Forum
October 30:  District Governor Ralph Smith
November 6: Football Banquet
November 13: Volleyball Banquet
November 20: No Meeting – Happy Thanksgiving Week!
November 27: Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Nakhle Ghorr - The Conflict with Fundamentalist Islam in Iraq and Syria and its Consequence
December 4: Michelle Bell – Rotary Foundation
December 11: Rotary Membership Drive
December 18: Christmas Program
December 25: No Meeting 
The road to eradicating polio has been a long and difficult one, with Rotary leading the fight since 1985. Going from nearly 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 10 so far this year has required time, money, dedication, and innovation from thousands of people who are working to end the disease. 
1. Ice cream factories in Syria are helping by freezing the ice packs that health workers use to keep the polio vaccine cold during immunization campaigns.

2. Celebrities have become ambassadors in our fight to end the disease. They include WWE wrestling superstar John Cena, actress Kristen Bell, action-movie star Jackie Chan, golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Grammy Award-winning singers Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu, anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates, and world-renowned violinist and polio survivor Itzhak Perlman.

3. Health workers and Rotary volunteers have climbed mountains, crossed deserts, and sailed to remote islands, risking their lives to vaccinate children against this disease. Rotary has funded more than 1,500 motorbikes and 6,700 other vehicles, as well as 17 boats, to make those journeys. Vaccinators have even traveled on the backs of elephants, donkeys, and camels to immunize children in remote areas.

4. In Pakistan, the polio program emphasizes hiring local female vaccinators and monitors. More than 21,000 vaccinators, 83 percent of whom are women, are achieving the highest immunization coverage rates in the country’s history.

5. Thanks to the efforts of Rotary and its partners, more than 16 million people who otherwise might have been paralyzed are walking today. In all, more than 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated since 1988.

Get ready for the 5th annual World Polio Day event, co-hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Streaming live from Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, the event will bring together more than 50,000 viewers around the world. Join global health experts and celebrities sharing the progress on the road to polio eradication.



Monday, Sept. 18: We will award three local students with the Fred Adams Scholarships and hear about their plans for the future. Meg Durbahn will share her experience at RYLA, the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy.
We will also hear from Martina our Inbound Exchange Student from Italy and her experiences at West High. Juke Jensen has organized a potluck event September 27th in Martina's honor. Everyone in our club, and their families is invited, and we especially hope those members who are interested in being host families for Martina can make it out to this event. Click the link below to register through our website.
And it deserves our increased support
Yes, our foundation is a big deal—starting with $26.50 in 1913, it now has total assets of nearly $600 million. Several years ago its board of trustees decided to focus grants in six areas:
--Maternal and child health
--Water and sanitation
--Disease prevention and treatment
--Basic education and literacy
--Economic/community development, and
--Peace and conflict resolution.
If those goals sound familiar, they are very similar to those of the United Nations.
An Unprecedented Event
"This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced."
~ Tweet from the National Weather Service
A ShelterBox Response Team is on the ground in Texas to assess the need for emergency shelter in Houston and other impacted areas.
ShelterBox is positioning tents, school kits, blankets, groundsheets and solar lights near the hurricane-devastated region as it communicates with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state agencies to determine urgent shelter and aid needs.
Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico last week and made landfall northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday. It was a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour. It then moved offshore before making landfall again, this time as a Category 3 hurricane.
Harvey brought sustained rain to some of Texas’ most populated areas. At least five people have been killed and more than a dozen injured. Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, has seen widespread destruction and devastation. The downpour has been torrential and relentless. Roads in Houston and elsewhere have been turned into raging rivers. The storm continues to saturate the region, dropping more than 50 inches of rain some areas.
ShelterBox Response Team in Texas
The Response Team includes: Bruce Heller of Allen, TX, the treasurer of the ShelterBox USA Board of Directors and a Rotary Club member; and Tim Osburn, based in Lakeway, TX, also a Rotarian and former member of the Board of Directors.
Since 2011, Heller has deployed as a Response Team member of disasters in Kenya, Peru, Iraq, Kurdistan, and the Philippines. Osburn has deployed to disaster sites in Ethiopia and Nepal and participated in the domestic deployment following the 2011 tornadoes in Arkansas.
A businessman, Heller said he’s devastated to see so much of Texas underwater. “As a Rotarian and a ShelterBox Response Team Member, I am proud to be able to respond in my home state of Texas, where so may are suffering as a result of this storm. As people of action, the best thing Rotarians can do to help in moments like these is to lend support to trusted partners, like ShelterBox, who are experienced in disaster response and who can make sure aid is being allocated appropriately, where need is greatest.”
Upon being deployed, Osburn said, “Texas is a proud state and as a native Texan it is a humble privilege to serve my fellow Texans and the countless others in 9 other countries that Shelterbox is currently conducting relief operations.”
Steve Dust joined us to talk about about trends in our area economy, in Talent, Technologies and Transformations, along with brief updates on area projects of interest.
Steve Dust is a certified economic developer who leads a team of professionals at Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber who work every day to expand and strengthen the economy of the Cedar Valley of Iowa. That team works to recruit and retain talented people in the Cedar Valley, recruit and encourage expansion of Cedar Valley businesses of all sizes, advocate for infrastructure and amenities improvements in economic area, and promote the Cedar Valley. The Alliance & Chamber also includes TechWorks Campus and Leader Valley Foundation.
With no meeting Labor Day, a service meeting September 11th and a jam-packed meeting agenda September 18th, we'll celebrate September birthdays a little early. Join us for dessert and and birthday trivia!
The I-BEST Program at Hawkeye Community College
Hawkeye Community College launched their I-BEST Program in 2015.  Community colleges in Washington State first developed the I-BEST model and now it is in use across the country.  I-BEST stands for Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training.  I-BEST students learn basic skills such as reading, math, and English language acquisition in an integrated manner while they complete college coursework in an identified area of local employer need.  This integration increases student motivation, decreases barriers to learning, and addresses the dual needs of adult learners to obtain workplace skills and basic skills.  This compresses the time traditionally needed for this instruction, which allows Hawkeye to provide better assistance in filling the region’s skilled worker shortage.
Abby Turpin is the new evening anchor at KWWL, co-anchoring the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. broadcasts with Ron Steele.

A Columbus, Ohio, native, Abby is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to KWWL, Abby was the main anchor of RFD-TV, a cable network in Nashville, Tennessee. She came to the network with experience from three local news stations in Nebraska, Ohio and Texas. She served as an anchor and producer at all three stations.

Abby's awards include anchoring awards from the Ohio Associated Press and CableFax, and being a part of the news team that received an Emmy nomination for coverage she solely produced and co-anchored of a devastating tornado in Nebraska. 
Use this list of upcoming programs to entice colleagues to have lunch with you and experience Rotary first-hand:
August 28 – Alliance & Chamber update (waiting for confirmation)
Sept 4 – No Meeting – Labor Day
Sept 11 – Club Service Day – old Foodbank location – shoebox help
Sept 18 – Fred Adams Scholarship Recipients + Martina Signore (Inbound student from Italy)
Sept 25 – Tim Combs – Americans for Independent Living
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.
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Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
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Member spotlight: The power of the press
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