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The following story is taken from Rotary’s on-line newsletter under the heading, “Understanding the recent polio outbreaks”

This week there is light at the end of the tunnel for President Lauren and other members of her team. Lauren turns the gavel over to President-Elect Phil Nash.
Kayla Toale and Audrey Dodd from Eagle View Properties and Mill Race co-working space will join us to present details about the downtown Cedar Falls co-working space, and the State Street developments underway.
Major addresses from several Rotary leaders, but also Bill Gates Jr. and golfer Jack Nicklaus
For the 16th year our club is leading a multi-state effort to help children in Nicaragua by providing boxes of gifts which we will be delivering next December.
UNI Diversity Council

Gwenne Berry is Assistant to the President of UNI and Chief Diversity Officer.  She shared what her office plans to do for UNI and the community at large.

UNI Diversity & Inclusion Council

Tough decisions last year are paying off
Jenni Stevenson talked about what fun and exciting things are going on at Hick's Place, awarded Tourist Attraction of the year in May 2016.  What a great program to kick off the summer!!
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!!!
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Rotary Business Day
Jun 26, 2017
Recognitions, Power Transfers, Good-Byes. A day full of Rotary shout-outs!
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
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...