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Cedar Falls Mayor Jim Brown will join us on Monday!
 
Norris moved to Salina, Kansas after retirement and became active in the Rotary club there.

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At our January 9th meeting, Mason floated the idea of sharing a Radon detector to help our members identify if they have poison sneaking into their houses.  Since Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, detecting the problem is the first step to ensure at least a few extra birthdays will be celebrated in our houses.  Tom Arthur procured a brand new detector and it is being shipped to Mason early next week. A Google Calendar has been created to start collecting names of members interested in using the detector for 2 weeks.  If you would like to help offset the cost of the device, or to add your name to the calendar, email Mason.
 
 
 
After a few weeks off, we looked inside Medicare fraud and how to protect yourself or loved ones. The Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging told us about the Senior Medicare Patrol and how it has saved millions of dollars from scammers and criminals.
 
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Can you imagine the fear, anger, confusion, and pure shock of having your child diagnosed with cancer? Children’s Cancer Connection exists to provide support, education, and recreation for the entire family throughout the entire journey. Many great organizations are working to find cures for the more than 13,500 children diagnosed each year in the United States. Children’s Cancer Connection strives to provide the care of a cancer diagnosis.
 
 
 
At our December 5th meeting, two Rotarians were honored for their continued support of the Rotary Foundation.  Todd Rohlfsen was presented his second Paul Harris pin and Jeff Halverson was presented his his fourth pin.  Each new pin indicates another $1,000 contribution, and the number of sapphires or rubies on each pin shows the lifetime contribution total.
 
$2,000 to 2,999.99 - one sapphire
$3,000 to 3,999.99 - two sapphires
$4,000 to 4,999.99 - three sapphires
$5,000 to 5,999.99 - four sapphires
$6,000 to 6,999.99 - five sapphires
$7,000 to 7,999.99 - one ruby
$8,000 to 8,999.99 - two rubies
$9,000 to 9,999.99 - three rubies
 
 
 
 
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!
 
 
 
 
 

JOHN F. GERM  PRESIDENT 2016-17

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 (ljenson@mrs-lawfirm.com) or President Lauren Finke (lauren_finke@vccv.org) 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: mollyrye.weebly.com
 
 
 
 
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.
 
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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 timeline...you 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Speakers
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
Rural Urban Lunch
Feb 20, 2017
TBD
Sephora Thompson
Mar 13, 2017
Rotary International Exchange Student
Levi Nauman
Mar 20, 2017
Engineers without Borders, Iowa State University Chapter
Dr. John Berry
Mar 27, 2017
Tri-County Head Start
 
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New Grant Center makes applying for grants easier
We are pleased to announce the debut of the new Grant Center, formerly known as the grant application tool. The new site has a fresh look and better organization. The grant application includes clearly defined steps so it’s easier for you to track your progress. Learn more about grants and how to apply.
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,...
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...
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,...