December 17th with be our last meeting of 2018 and it's our annual Holiday Luncheon.  Bring a guest as we will be sharing good cheer with the Salvation Army and the West and East High Choral signers.  Please let us know if you are bringing a guest. Sign-up at the front desk or email Katelyn or Mark.
Holiday Luncheon 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Keegan Birkicht and Steve Carignan will provide a program that highlights the great things Retrieving Freedom is doing with assistance / service dogs for veterans, individuals with diabetes or children living with autism.  This great organization out of Waverly has a lot of success stories that will be inspirational to hear during the Holiday Season.  Join us for this great program as service dogs will be part of the presentation.
December 10th Program 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0


Years in Rotary: 10

Hometown: Waterloo

College: University of Iowa

Job: Mortgage lender at Dupaco Community Credit Union

Fave Food: My own stir fry

Fave Movie: Amadeus

Fave quote: “I’ll always be a Hawk” – Hayden Fry

Fave thing about Rotary:The ability to make a positive difference in our community with like-minded friends

Something unique about you: I lived & worked in Edinburgh, Scotland for a summer

This week's Rotarian Chris Hurley 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Ed Dams and fellow Rotarian Marty Stoakes presented information on Home-Start which is a coordinated program between Veteran Affairs and The Church Row Neighborhood to completely remodel a home in the neighborhood and make it available to a deserving, caring veteran family at an affordable price.  Ed Dams is a community volunteer, and a retired Realtor/Developer.  He is also a past president of the Northeast Iowa Board of Realtors.
December 3 Program: Home-Start 2018-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Years in Rotary – Less than one year (Joined May 2018)
Hometown – Dumont, Iowa
College- Wartburg for Undergraduate/Graduate work at UNI
Job – Pathways Behavioral Services- Prevention Supervisor/Provider Services Coordinator
Fave Food- Anything Italian, but I love pizza!
Fave Movie- This time of year it is definitely “It’s a Wonderful Life”
Fave quote- Right now my favorite quote is this Chinese Proverb that reads:  “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”   
Fave thing about Rotary- I love all the people I am meeting and the passion they show for helping others.
Something unique about you- I enjoy reading, especially science fiction books.
This Week's Rotarian - Vicki Mueller 2018-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Housed in the north end of Central Middle School, the Waterloo Career Center currently offers two career and technical education programs, but will be expanding to include ten additional career pathways over the next three years.  Currently, high school students can take nursing or digital graphics at the center for part of their day. More pathways will be added: advanced manufacturing, early childhood education, and information technology. Ten more programs will follow and all pathways will be open to students by Fall 2020, as the district plans to permanently house the Waterloo Career Center at Central Middle School.
Jeff Frost is the executive director of professional education for Waterloo Community Schools and will oversee the expansion of the Waterloo Career Center.  Frost, of Gilbertville, was director of teaching and learning at Linn-Mar Community Schools, and was an assistant principal and athletic director at West High School from 2001 to 2010.
November 26 Program - Waterloo Career Center 2018-11-26 06:00:00Z 0

Years in Rotary – 2.5 years

Hometown – Charles City

College – Iowa State University

Job – Grout Museum District Director of Development

Fave Food - Brownies

Fave Movie – Wizard of Oz

Fave quote – “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.Maya Angelou

Fave thing about Rotary – The People

Something unique about you – I have a sister who was born on my 3rd birthday.



This week's Rotarian...Niki Litzel 2018-11-26 06:00:00Z 0
November 19 Football Luncheon 2018-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

You have many choices where you donate this Giving Tuesday, 27 November. Why should Rotary be your charity of choice?

Here are five reasons to give to Rotary.

1. Accountability

Our accountability and transparency have earned The Rotary Foundation 11 straight years of four-star ratings — the highest possible — from independent evaluator Charity Navigator. Ninety-one percent of Foundation funds are spent directly on programs. No high administrative costs dilute your gift. 

2. Impact

We partner with other organizations to increase our impact and make your donations work even harder. When you give to PolioPlus, for example, you have the satisfaction of knowing that every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication is matched by $2 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Thanks to this partnership, all donations to end polio (up to $50 million per year) are tripled, providing critical funding toward creating a polio-free world.

3. A record of success

Rotary unites leaders who have the skills and resources to tackle some of the world’s most difficult problems and deliver sustainable, long-lasting results. For decades, Rotary has been a leader in the battle against polio and has caused cases to plummet from 350,000 in 1988 to only a handful this year. Rotary members have also achieved notable results in other areas, like eradicating Guinea worm disease in Ghana.

4. Global reach

Our 1.2 million members span the globe, uniting people who have a common desire to serve others. From teaching children to read in Ecuador to a microcredit program in Indonesia, Rotary members identify local problems and use Rotary’s vast network and the resources of The Rotary Foundation to take action in their communities.

5. Bringing about peace

Each year, the Rotary Peace Centers train some of the world’s most dedicated professionals to resolve conflicts and promote national and international cooperation. Rotary Peace Fellows study in a two-year master’s degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at Rotary’s partner universities. Rotary members themselves also address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Help Rotary make a difference in the world


5 reasons to give to Rotary on Giving Tuesday 2018-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
November 12th - Volleyball Luncheon 2018-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Two of our recent guests were elected this week to represent us.  Dave Williams Joined us October 15th and on Tuesday, he was elected to represent District 60 in the Iowa House. Then, the day before the election, Abby Finkenauer shared a slice of her very busy day to join us and field questions on her views.  She went on to win 50.9% of votes in Iowa's 1st district, which made her the second youngest woman ever elected to Congress. 
Congratulations to both of these Iowans who have answered the call to serve their communities.
Congratulations are in order 2018-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Only a couple more meetings this year! Bring a guest so they can experience Rotary and learn how to join our club!
December 10th:  Keegan Birkicht and Steve Carignan will provide a program that highlights the great things Retrieving Freedom is doing with assistance / service dogs for veterans, individuals with diabetes or children living with autism.  This great organization out of Waverly has a lot of success stories that will be inspirational to hear during the Holiday Season.  Join us for this great program as service dogs will be part of the presentation.
December 17th (Holiday Luncheon):  Happy Holidays!  Bring a guest for our annual Holiday Luncheon.  We will be sharing good cheer with the Salvation Army and the West and East High Choral signers.  Please let us know if you are bringing a guest.  Sign-up at the front desk or email Katelyn or Mark.
December 24th and December 31st - NO MEETING
Upcoming Programs 2018-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
With a very busy November program schedule, we'll honor November birthdays and December birthdays together December 3rd. You will be allowed to have a double dessert.
Hovey Brom, Nov 05
Jay Crisp,  Nov 06
David Allbaugh, Nov 08
Luke Jenson,  Nov 08
Donna Miller, Nov 12
Tavis Hall, Nov 16
Steve Volz, Dec 01 
Frank Seng, Dec 02 
Jim Schaefer, Dec 6 
Steve Thorpe, Dec 06 
Jacob Wittmayer, Dec 12 
Randy Johnson, Dec 19 
John Dodge, Dec 20 
End of the Year Birthday Double Header 2018-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

Years in Rotary: 42 plus

Hometown: born Washington DC 1949, moved to Waterloo spring of 1950

College: University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, Law School-Georgetown Law Center, Washington DC

Job: Retired attorney with Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C.

Fave Food: salmon

Fave Movie: Longest Day

Fave Quote: from JFK Inaugural: "ask not what your country can do for you,ask what you can do for your country."

Unique Fact about me: Named after paternal grandfather who was named after his maternal grandfather.

Fave thing about Rotary: Meeting people and working with them on community service projects and having fun doing

This week's Rotarian is E.J. Gallagher  2018-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation have allowed the use of additional District Designated Funds for District Grants in 2019-20.  In addition to the formulated amount District 5970 will get for next year’s grants (approximately $75,000), we will have an additional $18,610 available.  

That means our club should be thinking about, planning for, and submitting an application for a district grant for 2019-20.  You have a terrific opportunity to be funded.

Great News for 2019-20 District Grants!  2018-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
November is Rotary Foundation Month and we hope you’ve made plans in your club to promote the good work of the Foundation and to implement your fundraising plan to support that good work.   We just celebrated World Polio Day. Our challenge is before us. Let’s keep our “Countdown To History” going and end polio now. Thank you for your gifts to the PolioPlus Fund. It remains the Foundation’s top priority!

Thank you also for your gifts to the Annual Fund of the Foundation.  They promote peace, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, grow local economies, and fight disease.   These gifts are transformed into service projects that change lives close to home and around the world.
REMEMBER NOVEMBER! That’s our slogan for this month. 2018-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

Years in Rotary: 5

Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa

College: Univ. of Northern Iowa; Univ. of Iowa College of Law

Job: Attorney at Swisher & Cohrt, PLC

Fave Food: Ziti al Forno from The Sopranos Family Cookbook

Fave Movie: The Godfather Part II

Fave Quote: “We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding.” Honorable mentions to the final sentence of the Gettysburg Address and Justice Robert Jackson’s first three sentences in his opening remarks at the Nuremburg Trials. 

Fave thing about Rotary: Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotarian of the Week - Luke Jenson 2018-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Neil Fell visited our club last Monday. As Governor makes his rounds to local clubs in District 5970 we were honored to receive a certificate that recognizes our club for our financial contributions and advocacy for Polio.  
October 22 Program DG Neil Fell 2018-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
We're getting ready for the 6th annual World Polio Day event in Philadelphia, PA, USA. We will be streaming live from the College of Physicians at 18:30 Philadelphia time, and aim to bring together more than 100,000 viewers around the world. Watch the video above, featuring global health experts and celebrities sharing our progress on the road to polio eradication.
Learn more at
World Polio Day October 24 2018-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Years in Rotary: 17
Hometown: Rochester, New York
College: Dickinson College BA, University of Maine MA and ISU PhD 
Job: Associate Dean - Executive Director GBPAC
Fave Food: Lobster
Fave Movie: Star Trek
Fave quote: Inspirations never go for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action.

-Brendan Francis

Fave thing about Rotary: Fellowship - Like minded folks
Rotarian  of the Week - Steve Carignan  2018-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Join us as these two neighbors square off in the second of their four debates planned during the election season.  Please come early as we plan to start promptly at 12:00 to insure we have sufficient time to ask questions and allow candidate remarks.  There is still time to submit questions to Mark and Katelyn to the below email addresses:
District 60 covers parts of SW Waterloo, south Cedar Falls, and the city of Hudson.
October 15 Program - Iowa House Candidates 2018-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Chuck Long is coming so look forward to a great program with Chuck discussing the resurgence of Iowa Hawkeye Football. He will share some stories about his time as a player and coach in college and the NFL, finishing runner-up for the Heisman, taking snaps in a record five bowl games and being selected the No. 12 overall pick in the ’86 NFL Draft. He will have books for sale for those who would like one signed and autographed; he’ll also be pleased to join in for photos.
October 8 Program - Chuck Long 2018-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

Dear District 5970 Rotarians:

As District Governor, it is my duty, along with District Volunteers, to support clubs and help them grow. Growth may be increasing community support, recruiting new members, increasing donations to the Foundation or End Polio Now. Any time we become more engaged in Rotary and deepen our commitment, we grow.  District Executive Secretary Suellen Kolbet is available to your club anytime you need information or have questions about Rotary. She can be reached at Another great resource is our district website On the site you will find contact information for your Assistant District Governor and Team Leaders. All of us are here to support you, so do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the team.
Upcoming Events:
One Rotary Summit-October 9th Mason City, Iowa
One Rotary Summit-October 24th-Marion, Iowa
North Central President Elect Training (NCPETS)-March 14th-March 16th-Ames, Iowa.
District Conference-a guaranteed good time-Friday April 26 to April 27, 2019, Clear Lake, Iowa.
Rotary International Conference-Hamburg Germany. June 5-9, 2019
Neil W. Fell
District Governor
District Governor Message 2018-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
These 15 Rotarians will be celebrating this month:
Lind, Mike - Oct 04
Heaton, Bob - Oct 07
Hurley, Chris - Oct 08
Carignan, Steve - Oct 10
Paulsen, Chuck - Oct 10
Bovenmyer, Samuel D. - 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
Kuiper, Mark - Oct 19
Ericson, Marcella - Oct 25
Beecher, John - Oct 27
October Birthdays 2018-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
As the temperature drops and we quickly embrace this Fall weather please be thinking of our community and those kids who may need a warm coat this season. 
Operation Warm coats need to be purchased by Friday, October 5 so if you could get in your donation this week it would be much appreciated. We can only order as many coats as dollars we have so please be generous. 
Checks can be made out and sent to:
Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
Memo: Operation Warm
3117 Greenhill Circle Cedar Falls, IA 50613 
You may also bring the check or cash to the Rotary meeting on Monday. Steve will be there to collect the money so he can order the coats on Friday. 
Thank you for your continued support in Operation Warm and your service to the Rotary Club of Waterloo! 
Enjoy the weekend! 
Your President,
Katelyn Tungland 
Operation Warm Order Deadline 2018-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
For over 50 years SCORE has provided free, confidential, face-to-face mentoring to help entrepreneurs start, grow and fix their small business.  Every year, SCORE East Central Iowa volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Volunteering at SCORE ECI is a way for you to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on your knowledge and expertise to the next generation of entrepreneurs in your community.
October 1 Program: SCORE 2018-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Smith-Davis
Rotary exchange student Anahi Rojas and her host family travelled to Chicago over Labor Day Weekend. The trip for the Ritter family included seeing son James, visiting Brookfield Zoo, Navy Pier, Millennial Park and other downtown sights in Chicago. Plans are to return at end of October. Lots of fun had by all. 
Pictured are Anahi, Alayna Ritter- her host sister, her host dad Curt, host mom Mary Donegan-Ritter, and brother James Ritter
Anahi Experienced Chicago Bonnie Smith-Davis 2018-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Steve had open heart surgery on Friday, September 21 at Mayo. His surgery went well and he is recovering nicely at home - Liz is surely taking good care of him! 
This is the plant that was bought for Steve by our Rotary Club. We hope it will comfort Steve and remind him how much our club is grateful for his service to our community and beyond. 
If you'd like to send your well wishes to Steve you may send it to his home directly at the address below: 
Steve Thorpe 
1943 260th St
Denver, IA 50622
Steve Thorpe Surgery Update 2018-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Sept 24 Program - Grout Museum 2018-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Itzen, Wade - Sep 02
Weidner, Steven A. - Sep 06
Sonnenberg, Kevin - Sep 07
Bunge, John - Sep 09
Lederman, Dave - Sep 12
Vander Werff, Annie - Sep 13
Leonhart, Gene - Sep 14
Richter, Bari - Sep 16
Steffens, Larry - Sep 23
Hildebrandt, Nick - Sep 24
Schaefer, Adam - Sep 24
Halverson, Jeff - Sep 28
September Birthdays 2018-09-21 05:00:00Z 0

Years in Rotary: 3 in Arlington TX and 3 here

Hometown: Christiansted, St. Croix US Virgin Islands

College: Duke University

Job: Executive Director - Waterloo Community Playhouse

Fave Food: Anything Italian!

Fave Movie: Chicago

Fave quote: Insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result.

Fave thing about Rotary: The fellowship that allows us to have a greater effect by working together in our community.
This week's Rotarian, Norman Ussery 2018-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Past President Lauren and the Finke Family of 6!!
Gemma Anne Finke
September 14 at 5:53pm
8lbs 1.8oz, 20.5in
Another Future Rotarian 2018-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Anahi dearly loves and misses her family and friends, but has always wanted to be an exchange student from the time she started meeting them and learning about the process.  She told how beautiful our country is, how like Paraguay Iowa is in many ways, and told of the differences between the cultural landscapes. For instance, she added how the students in Paraguay are not allowed cellphones and headphones at school, much less in class. She will be getting used to indoor heating in buildings. None is needed in Paraguay, although air-conditioning sure is needed. 
Part 2: Buenos Dias, Anahi Rojas Bonnie Smith-Davis 2018-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Join us Monday, back at the 5 Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, to welcome UNI President Mark Nook.
He began serving as the 11th president of the University of Northern Iowa on February 1, 2017. Prior to this appointment, he served as chancellor of Montana State University Billings (MSUB). Originally from Holstein, Iowa, Nook has committed his Midwest education and values to higher education for many years and on many levels. He is dedicated to ensuring every member of the university community reaches their individual educational, professional and personal life goals.  President Nook and his wife, Cheryl, reside in the UNI President's House. They have three adult children, two granddaughters and two grandsons.
Sept 17 Program - Mark Nook 2018-09-14 05:00:00Z 0

It’s National Child Awareness Month, and Operation Warm is celebrating with this video submitted to the 2018 NCAM Challenge. The top ten most watched videos have the opportunity to win up to $50,000 in grants.

You can help Operation Warm keep more children warm this winter! 
Please view the video here and challenge three friends to do the same. Together, we can make this happen—we can win up to $50,000 to help children in our communities get brand new coats.


Lee Fulton
Director, Strategy

Help Operation Warm Get $50K! 2018-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Smith-Davis
Part 1:
With a heart as courageous as her love of life, Anahi is our new Downtown Rotary Club’s Exchange student from Paraguay.
She sat quietly beside me with her host mom Mary Donegan-Ritter and their family dog Sawyer on their beautiful outside porch. The rest of the family wasn’t home yet including host sister Alayna, a junior, out for cross country at  West. Her host dad Curt wasn’t home yet either.
    With a beautiful smile, Anahi focused right on me and answered questions clearly and completely as much as possible. Her caring host mom watched her carefully, listening and helping her only as needed as Anahi constructed her phrases and searched for ways to express deep feelings important to her. 
Part 1: Buenos Dias, Anahi Rojas Bonnie Smith-Davis 2018-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
We are proud that two of our own Rotarians have been named to the 20 under 40 this year!
Congrats, Heather Labonte and Megan Kugler!
20 Under 40 2018-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
This is an ALL-POINTS-BULLETIN: our shoebox commander is searching for shoeboxes that were checked out by Rotarians in our club but HAVE NOT BEEN RETURNED.  Every shoebox is paired with an individual student in Nicaragua so if you are holding onto a shoebox, that child will be empty-handed when our team arrives to distribute in November.  It is IMPERATIVE that you return the shoeboxes  you checked out - preferably filled with all the age and gender-appropriate items on the list.  Bring your shoeboxes to Monday's meeting as the trucks will be loaded and depart next week! 
MISSING SHOEBOXES 2018-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
We will NOT meet at the Sullivan Brothers Convention Center Monday - our talents will be called to the old Food Bank location to help tie a ribbon on this year's shoebox project.  Steve Thorpe reports volunteers have done amazing work the last several days and the project is on track to ship on time.  A big final push from our club is scheduled for Monday beginning at 10am.  Jimmy Johns will be delivered about noon (for those that RSVP'd with Mark earlier this week) and Rotarians are encouraged to come see the final stages of the packing process.  
OFF SITE MEETING SEPT 10 2018-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Congressman Rod Blum joined us for an update from Capitol Hill as well as discussion from the upcoming campaign. You can see his comments on our Facebook Live stream recorded at our meeting.
August 27th Program 2018-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
This week's Rotarian, President-Elect, Mark Durbahn!
Years in Rotary: 10

Favorite Thing about Rotary: Youth Sponsored Activities

Hometown: Stewartville, Minnesota

College: Iowa State University and UNI

Occupation: Project Manager for AECOM (Brice Petrides)

Favorite Foods: Something Different, Something Healthy

Favorite Movie: It's a Wonderful Life

Random Fact About You: I have an I-State wrestling season ticket.

Favorite Quote: "This Above All: To thine own self be true,"
This week's Rotarian, Mark Durbahn! 2018-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

EVANSTON, Ill. (August 15, 2018) — Rotary International announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year. 

The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016.

“The fact that no new cases of wild poliovirus have been detected in Nigeria points to the improved surveillance and rapid response protocols Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiativepartners have established, particularly in insecure and inaccessible areas,” said Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “While this progress is promising, it’s time to redouble our efforts so we can continue to maintain the political and financial support necessary to end polio for good.”

Another $96.5 million to end polio 2018-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Please continue supporting this excellent program that provides coats to children in the Waterloo Community School District.  Last year we were able to provide 1,200 coats and this year our goal is 1,500 coats.  To help in this goal and if you are a Cyclone fan, contact Steve about purchasing his 2 lower deck, 30 yard line tickets for the Akron game on Sept. 22nd , the Baylor game November 10th, or the Kansas State game on Nov. 24th.  These tickets are great seats and the proceeds will go straight to Operation Warm. Each pair is offered for $200, but any additional donation would help us beat our goal of providing 1,500 coats this year! 
You can help by sharing the post on our Facebook page with your friends who are Cyclone Football fans.
Operation Warm Heats Up 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Let us know if you are attending Volunteer Day at the warehouse on 11th Street to pack boxes on September 10th from 11:30 to 1:30.  A sign-up sheet will be at the check-in desk to enable us to order you a lunch from Jimmy Johns.  Also, please help out packing boxes from 3:30 to 5:30 in the afternoons of September 4th – 6th and 11th – 13thEmail Steve Thorpe for details.
Shoebox Volunteers Needed 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Rick Coleman
KWWL Sports Director
Rick will join us to speak about the upcoming college football season.
Rick Coleman was born in Waterloo and grew up watching KWWL-TV. He's always been a sports "junkie," and some of Rick's early idols were Dan Rather, Bryant Gumbel, Brent Musberger, Max Robinson and KWWL's Ron Steele.
August 20 Program 2018-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
August 13th:  Tim Hurley – National Security Seminar, Army War College
August 13th Program 2018-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Years in Rotary - 18
Hometown - Indianola, Iowa
College - UNI
Job – After 20 years of selling signs in the Cedar Valley, I started selling signs throughout the Midwest in a new position with Nagle Signs August 6th.
Fave Food - PastaTacosBarbequePizzaSushi
Fave Movie – The Big Lebowski
Fave quote – The time is always right to do what is right. MLK
Fave thing about Rotary – Bill Robert
Photo is from 2009, when Mason was president and Bill Robert became an Honorary Rotarian.
Rotarian of the Week - Mason Fromm 2018-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
We enjoyed a great program at the newly refurbished Hartman Reserve Nature Center located at Hartman Reserve, a 340 acre wooded isle located in Waterloo / Cedar Falls.  We also enjoyed Blue Barn BBQ as Connie Svoboda shared how the new Nature Center came to be and some of the new programming that is available.  Connie has been with the Nature Center for 6 years and previously worked at the UNI Museums and Iowa State Extension.   Connie’s responsibilities as Development Coordinator include marketing and fundraising.  After her presentation, we toured the new facilities.
The short overview video and location maps of Hartman Reserve Nature Center can be found in the links below:
August 6th Program - Hartman Reserve 2018-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
We'll celebrate Rotarians with birthdays in August and enjoy dessert at the August 20th meeting.
Harrison Cass Aug 9 
Michael LarsonAug 9 
Shelia BairdAug 10
Marilyn MooreAug 15 
Katelyn TunglandAug 15 
Kathleen Braun '99Aug 16 
Norman UsseryAug 16 
Gil Irey Aug 17 
David LeeAug 18 
Jack DusenberryAug 21 
Michelle Weidner '03Aug 23 
Beth McCrindleAug 24 
Chuck RoweAug 26 
Mindy HendricksenAug 28 
Jim SeeleyAug 30 
August Birthdays 2018-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarian Jim Madison shared details about the Winnebago Council in general, the areas they serve and the camp property, Ingawanis Adventure Base. He also highlighted the recent programmatic changes within the Boy Scouts of America.
Joining him was Whitney Jensen, one of Jim's staff members that covers the Cedar Valley. She is also an Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 5970.
Program July 30 2018-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
This week's Rotarian of the Week...Art Cox!
Years in Rotary - about 22

Favorite thing about Rotary - The people!

Hometown - Bettendorf, Iowa

College - University of Iowa

Occupation - Director of the Center for Real Estate Education and Professor of Finance, UNI

Fave Food - shore lunch of walleye

Fave movie - not much of a movie fan, but favorite author is C. S. Lewis

Random fact about yourself - I was a District Governor of Lions Clubs International prior to joining Rotary

Favorite quote - 

Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.
This week's Rotarian...Art Cox 2018-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Family Picnic July 26th 2018-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
The Future Leaders training will be held in conjunction with the Celebration Zone Institute in Erie, PA on September 27‐30, 2018. We have an outstanding lineup of guest speakers, zone directors and even the Rotary International President Elect ready to connect, engage and inspire you! More information is available at the link Future Leaders 2018
District 5970 is offering 4 scholarships to attend the Future Leaders Program. If you meet any of the following criteria, please apply!
Calling All Future Leaders! 2018-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
Years in Rotary: 22, as I recall

Hometown: Waterloo!

College: UI Go Hawks!!

Insurance (best service and lowest rates around)

Fave Food:
Brown Bottle House Special pizza or anything at Morg’s

Fave Movie:
Wizard of Oz or Taxi Driver (similar plot lines)

Interesting Fact:
Was once, arguably, the best pool player in Iowa City!

Favorite Quote:
“Luck is where preparation meets opportunity”
This week's Rotarian...Steve Sinnott 2018-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
Executive Director and fellow Rotarian Barb Prather was joined by Volunteer Services Manager Jessica Haring (pictured) who shared volunteer opportunities to serve the needs of hungry Iowans.  The Northeast Iowa Food Bank provides nutritious food to 5,800 different people weekly through a far-reaching network of over 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, churches and nonprofit groups.  In 2015 they distributed 7 million pounds of food to those who are hungry in northeast Iowa.
July 16 Program 2018-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
The Waterloo Community Playhouse will present "Grease" for two weekends in July, and we got a sneak peek at our meeting Monday!  From "Summer Nights" to "Greased Lightning", the Pink Ladies and T-Birds will transport you back to the 50's for 7 big shows.  Click this link for tickets! 
(shows July 13 - 15 are SOLD OUT - seats remain for July 19 - 22 if you act fast!)
Call the Business office at 319-235-0367
or Ticket Office 319-291-4491
or go online at
Grease is the HOT Ticket! 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
TORONTO (June 27, 2018) — In acknowledgment of his government’s efforts to achieve a polio-free world, Rotary today presented Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with its Polio Eradication Champion Award at its 109th annual international convention.
Justin Trudeau accepts Rotary's Polio Eradication Champion Award from RI President Ian H.S. Riseley. See more coverage of the convention.
Rotary recognizes Prime Minister Trudeau 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
At our June 25th meeting, we celebrated another year full of service and we had some laughs while honoring two familiar faces.
President Phil Nash began his last meeting in charge with updates from John Berry on Hops & Grapes and Steve Thorpe on the Shoebox Project.  John thanked Rotarians who attended the annual event June 14th and was appreciative of the volunteers who stepped up to coordinate and pull off another top-notch event.  Final accounting will be completed in July, and proceeds from this year's event will benefit our club as well as Operation Threshold and Family & Children's Council.  Steve reminded us of the origins and lasting impact of the Shoebox Project, which is in full box-filling mode right now. Email Steve to check out a few shoeboxes to fill for specific children in Nicaragua that desperately want to be lifted out of poverty.
Rotary Year Wraps Up 2018-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
Look at this list of Rotarians adding another year of "seasoning" to their lives!  Reach out with warm wishes and a hug or handshake!
July Birthdays
Rick MorrisJul 02 
Craig ShireyJul 05 
Jerry MaifieldJul 07 
Curtis G. HollisJul 08 
Jay GintherJul 10 
James MadisonJul 10 
Lauren FinkeJul 17 
Milton DakovichJul 20 
Herb WilliamsJul 22 
Mike BrosharJul 26 
Heather LaBonteJul 27 
Bob Manning
Jul 30 
July Birthdays 2018-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Thursday evening at Mudd Advertising marked another warm evening of spirits and fundraising for local non-profits.  Amazing catered food from Bryan's on 4th was paired with beer and wine for an evening of fellowship with our benefiting organizations.  Family & Children's Council of Black Hawk County presented details on their infant car seat program, and Operation Threshold shared information about their program for distributing fans this summer.  Special thanks to Mudd Advertising for hosting the event and to the committee and attendees!
Click the photo below to flip through the online album:
Hops & Grapes Wrap-up 2018-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Enjoy the Holiday celebrating America's Independence.  No Rotary that week, we will see you again on July 9!
Who do you know that would make a good Rotarian? Invite them to one of our upcoming meetings to experience the fellowship and service that Rotary is know for around the world. Potential members have their lunch covered by the club on their first two visits, so bringing recruits should be easy!
July 2nd - NO MEETING (4th of July holiday)
July 9th - Waterloo Community Playhouse preview
July 16h - Northeast Iowa Food Bank
REMINDER: No Meeting on July 2nd 2018-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
I remember it like it was yesterday!  When Phil announced that I was the lucky winner of the 2017 March Madness bracket, I was elated!  I never win ANYTHING!!  During this same time (actually the first conversations began in November of 2015) I was seeking support for a Rotary Global Grant. I knew exactly where those winnings would be applied. 
Fast forward to a couple weeks ago (yes 3 years later!), the Global Grant: Water for Life: Haiti, was approved by The Rotary Foundation!  The full project is set to begin this month.  The Host partner is the Champs de Mars Rotary Club in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.  The International Club co-hosts are the Cedar Rapids Downtown Club paired with the Iowa City Noon Club.  
Many of you have been a part of this 3 year journey - whether you realized it or not.  Special thanks to Dave Buck, Julie Hayes and Phil Nash for your financial contributions as well as to our club for matching my March Madness winnings!  In total our club contributed $1,250.
As for the project, my organization: Community Health Initiative, Haiti along with the local Rotary Club will work in in partnership with Haiti Outreach, an expert in water infrastructure development in Haiti. A hydrogeologic study will be conducted over the next three months in 2 regions in Haiti.  Once the study is complete, 4 communities will be selected (based on the study) as a 'good fit' for a well.  Each of the communities will go through community development and water management training leading up to the well installation.  In addition, two sustainable businesses will be developed: the first will focus on in-home-point-of-use water treatment systems, and the second is a latrine construction business.  
A more formal description of the details and special thanks to the many other Rotary Clubs and individuals who made this possible will be forthcoming.
Until then, know that I am grateful for your questions and continued interest and support for this very personal and powerful project!
In health,
CHI Haiti 2018-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Join us June 4th for delicious desserts and celebrate our Rotarians born in June!
Kathleen Wernimont
June 2 
Lisa GatesJune 14 
David BuckJune 19 
Jacylne HellerJune 19 
Heather Bremer-MillerJune 21 
Ross SchoonoverJune 23 
June Birthdays 2018-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
June 4 Program 2018-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarian Pam Delagardelle, CEO of UnityPoint - Allen Hospital, and developer Ben Stroh joined us to share details about changes underway at the former Logan Plaza, now North Crossing.
May 21 Program 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarian Henry Edsil was recently given a couple Waterloo Rotary Club membership rosters printed in the 60's and brought them to our May 21 meeting to share.  If you did not get a chance to see Henry's rosters, we have two sets of photo rosters available to flip through on our website, just follow this link.
Historic Rosters 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. John Berry needs a "little help from his friends" in supporting our annual fundraiser Hops & Grapes. Operation Threshold’s fan program and Family & Children’s Council’s infant car-seat safety program are the non-profits selected to share the proceeds. Barbara Grant, Executive Director of Operation Threshold; and Amanda Goodman, Executive Director of Family & Children’s Council, will make brief presentations about their respective programs.
Hops & Grapes, with the theme “Woodstock Forever,” will be Thursday, June 14, at the Mudd Advertising building in Cedar Falls, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Individual tickets are $25 each. Gold sponsorship cost is $250 (includes four tickets, Sliver sponsorship is $150 (includes two tickets). For more information please contact: John Berry, 319.830.5727. 
Click here to see details and RSVP on our Facebook page.  Or click the image below to print a flyer for your office.
Hops & Grapes Details 2018-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
With a worldwide network of meetings, Rotarians have countless opportunities to make-up for missed regular meetings at our "home club".  Just provide some form of written record of your attendance at another Rotary meeting and you'll "keep it 100" (as the kids say these days).
Make Up Meeting 2018-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
We’ve had a change in schedule!!
Martina Signore’s parents will be visiting her and attending graduation.  Due to a scheduling conflict, we have moved the Food Bank presentation to June 4th and Martina will be presenting this Monday.
Martina arrived in Waterloo in August and will be departing on June 9th.  In that time, she’s attended Waterloo West High School, lived at three host families, traveled throughout the Midwest and Hawaii and has interacted with many in our Rotary Club.  She will be sharing her many experiences she’s had throughout the year and will be saying her goodbyes to our club.  Come hear Martina and wish her well on her future endeavors.
Also, Meg Durbahn will be coming to give a description of where she will be going next fall as our sponsored outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student.  She will be living in Enkhuizen, Netherlands and has been in contact with her host families.
May 14 Program 2018-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Today's presentation, “The Opioid Crisis and What You Can Do”, will provide an overview of the opioid crisis including national, state and local data, and the underlying contributors to the crisis. The cycle of opioid addiction and the drugs in this category will be discussed. Participants will be able to identify relevant actions in prevention, treatment, emergency response, and safety. Each person will be able to identify something they can do to help address the issue.

May 7 Program 2018-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
Former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush, an advocate for literacy, education, and women’s rights, will speak at the 2018 Rotary Convention in Toronto this June. 
For decades Mrs. Bush has fought for key national and global issues including launching groundbreaking education and healthcare programs in the U.S. and abroad. She founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. As chair of the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting men and women who have served in the U.S. military. 
Laura Bush to speak at Rotary convention 2018-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
With the change in seasons, you might want to re-check your Radon levels in your house or business.  Former Waterloo Rotarian Tom Arthur provided our club with a digital Radon detector/meter that we have been offering to members on a 2-week check-out program.  This device will give you an approximate average reading over several days, and should used to determine if a more precise test is warranted.  Charcoal test kits are available at hardware stores for $10-15, but thanks to Tom, Rotarians can run this electronic test at home for NO CHARGE.  The "birthday machine" is so named as it will help provide MORE birthdays for your family by identifying the need for corrective measures to mitigate Radon in your home.
For more details on Radon, click here for the American Cancer Society's link.
If you would like to check out the birthday machine, email Mason - it will be available to pick up at our May 14th meeting.
Rotary Birthday Machine 2018-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
Since we turned the corner on winter weather this week, our fellow Rotarians in the Cedar Valley club took full advantage and held their regular meeting outside the Hilton Garden Inn.  
As Rotarians, we are welcome at over 32,000 Rotary clubs all over the world - has a "Club Finder" page where you can search for Rotary clubs that are meeting where you are travelling.  Take advantage of your Rotary membership and connect with people across town or across the globe!
CV Rotary Club Meets...OUTSIDE? 2018-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
The people have spoken. With a majority of internet user votes, won the prestigious Webby People’s Voice Award for best association website. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced the winners on 24 April.
This year, internet users cast over 3 million votes worldwide. And with over 13,000 entries from nearly all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries, this year’s contest is the biggest Webby Awards ever. Winners will be recognized at the Webby Awards’ 22nd annual ceremony 14 May in New York, New York, USA. wins Webby Award 2018-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
We are excited to host Rodney Anderson and Dan Levi discussing their new development project including a grocery store and community center in the Walnut Neighborhood.  Here's a link to the Courier story on the groundbreaking story a few weeks ago:
April 30 Program 2018-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
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.
April 23 - Honor Student Luncheon 2018-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Many of our seasoned members will remember Arnold - he joined our club in 1967 and served for 44 years.  Arnold's funeral will be Monday morning at 10:30 - just before our regular meeting.  His obituary can be found on the Locke Funeral Home website.
Arnold Becker 1927-2018 2018-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
State Auditor of Iowa Mary Mosiman is responsible for the audits of state agencies, counties, cities, and school districts.  The office plays a major role in fraud investigations around the state. Mary will present "Fiscal Responsibility and State of Iowa Finances" and will highlight how audits and investigations impact Iowa taxpayers. She will also share an anti-fraud YouTube video for elected city officials. 
April 16 Program: State of Iowa Finances 2018-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
President Phil had another big Paul Harris recognition to present this month, this time to Jeff Halverson who earned his 4th stone. 

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

Paul Harris Fellow Jeff Halverson 2018-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Member Chris Kemp 2018-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
At our April 2nd meeting, Steve Thorpe was presented with his 7th Paul Harris pin which puts him in a very exclusive club. 
Many Waterloo Rotarians have earned their Paul Harris Fellowship for a donation of at least $1,000, but Steve has continued to contribute for many years.  Steve has seen first-hand the benefit of the Rotary Foundation's work and encourages all of our members to invest in the rotary foundation through sustaining contributions.  To learn more, click the link below:
Steve Thorpe - Paul Harris Superstar 2018-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Chuck Rowe and Chelsea Szczyrbak are the dynamic duo for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley. Chuck has been with the Club for 8 years now, surrounding himself with a great board and staff . . . who are doing some really cool things . . . like starting new sites, creating new programs, and now . . . being part of a capital campaign.   His wife Karin is also in the non profit world, and they have a set of twin boys who are very cute . . . but break everything they own.

Chelsea is the Development Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley.  Almost two months on the job after spending several years at UNI as an assistant swim coach and a coordinator on the Panther scholarship club.   She is not a Cedar Valley native, but loves this community.  Moved to Cedar Falls in 2008 and completed an undergraduate degree at UNI in Leisure, Youth and Human Services.  She loves being part of her church and has also done a few triathlons  (FYI – Chuck has not).     She is also a new wife that is loving the beauty and challenges of marriage.

April 9 Program 2018-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Roger White is a member of Cedar Trails Partnership Board and Chair of the Partnership’s Cedar Valley Nature Trail Committee.  He is helping to organize the fund drive among trail users and supporters to replace the closed Wolf Creek Bridge on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.  Roger is also active with Cedar Valley Cyclists, Cedar Valley Bicycle Collective, Preserve Cedar Valley Nature Trail group, Chair of Cedar Falls Bicycle/ Pedestrian Advisory Committee, member of MPO Pedestrian Master Plan Committee, member of Black Hawk Water Trails Master Plan Steering Committee and Chair of Black Hawk County Resource and Enhancement Program (REAP) Committee.  He is an active hiker, bicyclist, gardener, nature lover and volunteer.
April 2 Program 2018-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Join us Monday to celebrate and sing to the Rotarians born in April:
Barbara Prather,  Apr 02
Linda Allen,  Apr 04
Bill Robert,  Apr 04
Bette Wubbena,  Apr 04
Megan Kugler,  Apr 14
John Berry,  Apr 16
"Lindy" Lindberg,  Apr 16
Jack Locke,  Apr 24
Steve Finegan,  Apr 25
Jane Lindaman,  Apr 25
Jeremy Kauten,  Apr 30
April Birthdays 2018-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Register for 2018 District Conference 2018-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Kathleen Wernimont was presented an honorary membership at Monday's meeting by President Phil Nash. Kathleen's original membership was proposed by Dave Buck in 1987 shortly after the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing women to join Rotary clubs.  A brief history of Women in Rotary was complied on our website a few years ago.
Today, almost a 1/3 of our membership is female, and we've elected 3 female presidents (with Katelyn Tungland set to assume the role this summer) .  Our club is undeniably stronger with women members and all those in attendance Monday posed for a photo with Kathleen.
Our First Female Member Honored 2018-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarians:
The joy of Spring is in the air and with it comes the thought of renewal. As we dust off our golf clubs and make plans for our gardens we should also think of ways in which we can renew our Rotary Clubs and our commitment of service to our respective communities.
In my speech to your Club this past Fall I emphasized that we benefit from Rotary only to the extent that we personally invest our energies in our local Clubs. I was reminded of this, in a very positive way, by my home Club this past week when I was made aware that we have inducted six new members within the last year. This reflects a commitment by a group of our local Rotarians, and in particular the women of our Club, to actively pursue our service projects, promote social activities, and improve Club administration including the development of a new and exciting Club website (check it out). These Charles City Rotarians, through the investment of their time and energy, have proven that a rural small town Iowa club can maintain a vibrant service organization that benefits its members and the community. I believe that you will experience this energy when you attend our District Conference on June 1st and 2nd.
So as you look ahead to the new Rotary Year under the leadership of District Governor-Elect Neil Fell think of how you can contribute to your local Club in a manner that allows you, your fellow Rotarians, and your community to benefit from the Rotary experience.
                                                                                                                Yours in Rotary,
                                                                                                                Ralph Smith, your District Governor
Letter from DG Smith 2018-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Steve and Liz Thorpe will present a wide-ranging presentation of our club's major projects: Polio eradication, Shoeboxes/Layettes for Nicaragua, and Operation Warm.  The last 20 years have been very active for our club thanks to the hard work and dedication of our members.
March 26 Program 2018-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Our featured speakers  were from The American Cancer Society. Tammy Schoonover provided an overview of the American Cancer Society and their local community events and Kelly Angell presented information on a priority of ACS this year, HPV vaccination.
Kelly has been with the American Cancer Society for 7 years and works with the ACS Mission Programs of the Road To Recovery and Hotel Partners Programs for all of Iowa and South Dakota to help remove transportation or lodging as a barrier to a cancer patients treatment options. Kelly oversees all of the volunteers in these programs and works in various communities to share the impact of ACS programs and services. Kelly and her husband live here in waterloo with her husband and 2 children.
Tammy has been with the American Cancer Society for 6 years and serves as the community development manager for UNI, Black Hawk, Grundy and Tama Counties. Tammy is also responsible for the golf fundraising event and the daffodil sales. Tammy and her husband reside in Cedar Falls and she has two college age students attending UNI.
March 19 Program 2018-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Mindy Hendrickson at the Farmer’s State Bank location in downtown Waterloo.  She and her co-workers have set up a table to Spotlight the Waterloo Rotary Club as their business customer of the month!  There are photos from different projects, brochures, and even invitations to become members!  Thank you Mindy!
Farmers Bank Spotlights Rotary 2018-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
David Welter recently retired from the Cedar Falls Community School District after serving forty years in education, thirty-seven of which were spent in Cedar Falls. During that time, he taught social studies, has been involved with baseball at the high school, college, and professional levels, while also serving as a Jr. High principal for the past sixteen years. 
Since retiring, Welter continues to scout for the Atlanta Braves, works as an education consultant, farms, and enjoys precious time with his children and granddaughters. Welter has been inducted into the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame as well as being named Iowa’s Middle Level Principal of the Year in 2013. Dave shared stories from his book “Reflections From the Home Team…Go the Distance”
Last reminder – if people are interested in purchasing the book from David Welter, “Reflections from the Home Team, Go the Distance” you can do so here:
March 12 Program 2018-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
Karen Showalter is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Political Science and a MA in Nonprofit Management and currently resides in the Cedar Valley with her husband, Mark Showalter.  Karen is currently the Black Hawk County Elections Manager where she oversees all election processes for school, city, county, state, and federal elections.  Karen has more than a decade of experience in working elections and engaging the community in increased voter participation. 
The 2017 State Legislature made several changes to Election Law and Karen is here today to speak to those changes. 
March 5th Program 2018-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
We'll celebrate March birthdays at our first meeting of the month, here's the list:
Brian AronsonMar 19 
Steve BrownMar 26 
Art CoxMarch 26 
Mason FrommMarch 16 
Rick JaacksMar 22 
Holly JohnsonMar 30 
Nolan JohnsonMar 30 
Dr. Laura KurtzMarch 13 
Lee MillerMarch 28 
Cathy NicholasMarch 24 
Bob RegenwetherMarch 30 
Eric RitlandMarch 20 
March Birthdays 2018-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
This year's Duck Race will take place June 2 at the District 5970 Conference in Charles City. Here's how it works:
  1. Each club and individuals in that club who purchase ducks will be represented by a single duck in the race.
  2. The first three ducks to cross the finish line will be the winners. Once the three winning clubs have been determined, a computer pick at random will choose one winner of a Paul Harris Fellow designation for each of the three winning clubs.
  3. Each club participating in the race will receive Foundation Paul Harris Fellow points for the full amount of dollars contributed by the club through the purchase of ducks.
Ducks cost $5. They can be purchased online ( at $5.42 each, which covers the district's cost for credit card fees. To save the 42 cents, send a check to:
John Wasta
Tallgrass Business Resources
1239 First Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
BUY A DUCK AND CHANGE THE WORLD! 2018-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
Today is your last chance to contribute to a fundraiser for our inbound exchange student, Martina, and all money collected will go toward Marti's Rotary Spring Break excursion to Hawaii.
Please email Luke Jensen if you'd like to contribute.
Fundraiser for Martina 2018-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Our club welcomed US Senator Chuck Grassley, as he continued his annual tour across Iowa's 99 counties.  You can watch his comments and questions from our members and guests on our Facebook page.
February 19 - Senator Grassley 2018-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
The only way our club can grow and continue serving our community is to bring new people to get hooked on Rotary.  There are some amazing speakers lined up in the coming weeks - make it a goal to call AT LEAST ONE person and invite them to lunch.  Our club provides two complimentary lunches for prospective members - who would say "no" to a free lunch!?!
May 14 – Northeast Iowa Food Bank
May 21 – Pam Delagardelle and Ben Stroh - North Crossing
May 28 – No Meeting – Memorial Day
Great Programs For Sharing With Prospective Members 2018-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
We had a great turnout for our annual event, and made lots of connections. Special thanks to the Rural Urban Day committee: Rick Morris, Bob Regenwether, Chuck Paulsen, and Larry Steffens.
Our keynote speaker was Shane Wulf who works for the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District serving as Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project Coordinator. Beginning in January 2014, the Miller Creek WQI Project began focusing on approximately 42,461 acres in Black Hawk and Tama Counties. Shane works with producers and landowners in the Miller Creek Watershed to implement agricultural best management practices. These BMPs are designed to help reach the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy goals of a 45% reduction in nitrogen and phosphorus loading. Shane grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and received a BS in Geography with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

This project has garnered State and National attention.   Former National Secretary Tom Vilsack has visited the project and met with all stakeholders.
Rural Urban Day February 26th 2018-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
Mallory Petsche (center) is the program coordinator for EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center) in Waterloo.
Over 6,000 refugees from Burma have made Iowa home in the past 5 years. Countless were forced to flee from their home because of who they are and what they believe. EMBARC is a grass-roots nonprofit organization founded by and for refugees from Burma living in Iowa. Since 2011, EMBARC and our volunteers have been providing refugees the resources they need to successfully settle in their new home. Click the logo to learn more.
February 12th Program 2018-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

For those of you who were interested in more information following the FIRST Robotics program on February 5th, here is a link to their presentation slides. Bruce added the local contacts for all participating teams in the Cedar Valley on the last slide. Please reach out to Bruce if you are interested in getting involved! Bruce Newendorp:

FIRST® is a non-profit organization whose goal is to get students excited about STEM and pursue education and career opportunities in this field.  Inspiring young people since 1992, FIRST began with 28 teams in a New Hampshire high-school gym. Today, the four FIRST programs reach over 400,000 young people annually. The fun they have, the knowledge they gain, and the friendships they make along the way help build self-confidence, nurture creativity, and inspire them to solve the world’s greatest challenges, be strong citizens, and build a brighter future. 

Jan and Bruce Newendorp have been mentors for the Cedar Falls FIRST Robotics Competition team for 15 and 18 years respectively.  Jan was an elementary teacher for many years and Bruce was an engineer at John Deere for 39 years retiring in 2016.  He then became the FIRST Regional Director for Iowa.  In that role he and Jan work together to promote FIRST in Iowa and lead the planning committee for the FIRST Robotics Competition Iowa Regional.



February 5th Program 2018-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Past president and past district governor (and all-around super-Rotarian) Steve Thorpe crunched some numbers and found the impact of our club's two major service projects are truly amazing.  Click here for a detailed list of the supplies we've sent to Nicaragua and information on our latest Operation Warm campaign.
Our Club's Impact 2018-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Luann Alemao is a 30 year veteran Family and Consumer Science professional, educator and national speaker. She is the recent recipient of the National Business Entrepreneur award for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.    Luann performs seminars across the country as well as private coaching for the individual.  Luann is an author, created “Insightful Living” a one minute quality of life radio and blog show, writes a newspaper column for several business publications and a regular special guest on television.  Luann is also the host and producer of “Get Fit” a news magazine cooking show for cable access.  Luann develops and uses many healthy foods for the show, develops recipes and just has fun sharing the results.
she shares her philosophy “it is the little things that you do and chew that make the bigger difference” encouraging audiences to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
January 29 Program 2018-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
January 19, 2018
Dear Rotarians,
I am just finishing a book by a professor Patrick Deneen of Notre Dame University entitled “Why Liberalism Failed”. This is not an attack on progressive politics. In using the term “liberalism” Dr. Deneen is rather referring to a philosophy first articulated by Machiavelli during the Renaissance and later developed by John Locke during the enlightenment. Dr. Deneen’s thesis is that this cult of the individual born in the Renaissance, nurtured through the enlightenment, and coming to maturity in today’s Western culture is the source of present damage to our cultural institutions, inequitable divisions of wealth among our citizens, and significant destruction to our environment. He opines that the emphasis on individual freedom unconstrained by corresponding concern for a person’s place in and responsibilities to culture and society has been the source of the dysfunction which we are presently experiencing in our country.
Letter from District Governor Smith 2018-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
Every week, The Reporter arrives in your inbox and is packed with information about our next meeting, photos from past events, and Rotary news from around the world.  The newsletter is just one function that our nearly 10-year-old ClubRunner website provides to our club. We also use ClubRunner to organize member information and send invoices for member dues.  If you would like to sponsor our website with a clickable graphic, email Mason for details!
Website Sponsorships Available 2018-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
A burst of winter weather prevented our originally scheduled guest speaker from travelling to our club Monday, so Chuck Rowe called in a favor from his friend Brady Gruhn to fill in.  Brady runs the Cedar Falls office for Lighthouse Travel, and shared some insights on travelling abroad. Mexico is at the top of Brady's list for value and warmth this time of year. Thanks to Chuck and Brady for stepping in at the last minute to provide our program!
Want to Get Away? 2018-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Programs 2018-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

For many years our club was a leader in district 5970 in supporting The Rotary Foundation. As of June 30, 2017, members of our club had given over $300,000. But in recent years total gifts have plummeted to only $2,275. That works out to $47 per member, about one third of the average from all clubs in the district. There are several potential reasons for the drop in giving, including lack of understanding how the foundation works, how donations are spent and how highly it is regarded in the eyes of others.

Give the gift of Rotary today and be a part of the positive change Rotarians are making in your community and around the world. Every gift makes a difference.



Have you made a commitment  to support our Rotary Foundation? 2018-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

For nearly 40 years Rotarians and our partners have been working to rid the world of polio.

When we started in the mid 1980’s, public officials reported over 600,000 new cases every year. And there was wide belief that tens of thousands of new cases went unnoticed. We’ve adopted the tag line, “This close.”

final report for 2017 shows only 21 new cases of the wild polio virus (WPV) and another 74 circulating cases, defined as cases of person to person circulation within a community (i.e., family).

Rotarians can support our effort by making gifts to The Rotary Foundation and earmarking it for polio eradication.

Will 2018 be the yearWe conquer polio? 2018-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary members in Harvard, Illinois, USA, have teamed up with community groups to help alleviate hunger and bring the community together.  

With the goals of alleviating hunger and educating the community, master gardeners from University of Illinois Extension planted the garden in 2001 on a half-acre parcel donated by the city and adjacent to the public library. Over the years, the master gardeners have enlisted the support of many businesses, organizations, and clubs, including the Rotary Club of Harvard, making the project a community-wide effort. 

As many as 250 needy families benefit from the 10,000 pounds of vegetables that are grown and donated every year to the local food pantry. The fresh produce serves as a safety net for many families. 

The power of a garden 2018-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
These Rotarians were lucky enough to be born in January, wish them happy birthday!
Kevin McCrindleJan 6 
Niki LeitzelJan 7
Bonnie Smith-DavisJan 17
Henry EdsillJan 21
Matt MahlerJan 23
January Birthday Table 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
We WILL NOT MEET MONDAY, but we encourage you to venture out and serve the community in some meaningful way.  Here are some suggestions for events honoring Dr. King through service:
The Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley is sponsoring a MLK Day Family Volunteer Day of Service on Monday, January 15 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the Cedar Falls Public Library, 504 Main Street in Cedar Falls. Families are invited to complete service projects that will support community agencies. Families are encouraged to volunteer together on this important day. For more information call (319) 272-2087 or email

Additionally, the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and the University of Northern Iowa, will be holding a food packaging event for the Backpack Program in Maucker Union on campus at UNI from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This opportunity is for ages 12 and above. For more information on this event, please sign up here:
MLK Day Service Opportunities 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

For more than 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has been supporting Rotarians' work to create sustainable solutions to our world's most pressing needs. But there is still much to do, and we need your help.

Rotary gives in countless ways, focusing our service efforts in six areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. We're also working hard to end polio once and for all.

Give the gift of Rotary today and be a part of the positive change Rotarians are making in your community and around the world. Every gift makes a difference.

What can your donation do? Here's a few ideas...

Give the Gift of Rotary 2017-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
We welcomed our Rotary District Foundation Chairperson Michelle Bell. She joined the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club in 2009 and is a Past President.  Currently Michelle serves as District Governor Nominee (2019-2020) and has previously served as District Service Project Chair in 2010-2011, District Governor Installation Chair 2012 and co-Chair of the 2013 District Conference. She has had the opportunity to attend four Rotary International Conventions in Bangkok Thailand, Sydney Australia, San Paulo Brazil, and Atlanta Georgia in 2016. Michelle is a member of the Bequest Society, Paul Harris Society and holds Multiple Paul Harris Fellows.
December 4th Program 2017-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
We had an interesting program brought to us by Lindy Lindberg.  Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Nakhle Ghorr, Pastor of the Holy Family Maronite Catholic Church presented "The Conflict with Fundamentalist Islam in Iraq and Syria and its Consequence." 
Fr. Emmanuel Nakhle was born in Baabda Lebanon, the region Capital of Mont Lebanon in 1960 (Majority Maronite Christian Catholic city). He became a monk in the religious Maronite Order of Saint Anthony the Great and pronounced his monastic vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on Christmas Day 1980. After five years of academic studies of Philosophy and Theology in the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome between 1981 and 1986, he was ordained priest in the Antonine Maronite Order on September 1986 in Lebanon. In Rome also he got a diploma in music theory and piano Classical performance. He achieved two years of Architecture in the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Belle Arti Faculty of architecture, between 1988 and 1990. He got a BA degree in History in York University in Toronto in 1997. He became associate pastor in Toronto in 1991, and pastor of Our Lady Of Lebanon Maronite Roman Catholic Church of Toronto and GTA in 2003. He was graduated at Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia with a Master Degree in Management and Leadership in August 2012. Between 2012 and 2014, he served in the Roman Catholic Mission of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, in Dubai in the Arab Emirates and in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman. He was appointed Pastor of the Holy Family Maronite Church in Mendota Heights, Minnesota in September 2014. He speaks fluently Arabic, French, Italian and English, with good knowledge of the Aramaic Syriac language, the language spoken by the Lord Jesus, 20 centuries ago.
November 27th Program 2017-11-27 06:00:00Z 0

On the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I, more than 1,200 people gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, for Rotary Day at the United Nations. 

Representing 87 countries, they convened on Saturday, 11 November, at the Palais des Nations, originally the home of the League of Nations, and dedicated themselves to the theme introduced by Rotary President Ian H. S. Riseley: “Peace: Making a Difference.”

During a Rotary Day highlight, Hewko introduced Rotary’s 2017 People of Action: Champions of Peace. He praised them as “an embodiment of the range and impact of our organization’s work,” and saluted them for providing “a roadmap for what more peaceful, resilient societies look like.”

Ann Frisch, of the Rotary Club of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, was one of 6 chosen to address the assembly. Frisch’s Civilian-Based Peace Process introduced the radical concept of “unarmed civilian protection” in war zones around the world. “Sustainable peace,” she said, “requires strong civilian engagement.”

Minnesota Rotarian Addresses UN 2017-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
The week before Thanksgiving, Operation Warm took place in Waterloo Elementary Schools where Rotarians and other community members handed out warm coats to local children. Brand new winter coats were provided to children in need, helping improve self-confidence, peer acceptance, school attendance and overall wellness. A special thank you to Steve and Liz Thorpe for their continued leadership with the Operation Warm initiative and Rotarians who helped by making a monetary donation to purchase the coats. Also to those who took time out of their day to hand outs coats.
Cedar Valley Kids are Getting Warmer... 2017-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Volleyball Luncheon Nov 13th 2017-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Football Athletes Honored Nov 6 2017-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

The Palais des Nations in Geneva, built as the headquarters for the League of Nations, remains an enduring emblem of humanity’s hope for global peace, making it an ideal setting for this year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations on 11 November.

Underscoring this year’s theme — Peace: Making a Difference — the event will include workshops devoted to sustainability and peace, as well as a workshop on education, science, and peace, designed by and for young leaders.

A variety of speakers will contribute to the discussion, including Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley; Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Paul A. Netzel; Walter B Gyger and Claudine Wyssa, the representatives of Rotary International to UN/Geneva; and Dr. Mohanned Arabiat, president of Generations for Peace.

Rotary General Secretary John Hewko will introduce each of the People of Action: Champions of Peace. They are:

  • Jean Best, Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright, Scotland
  • Taylor (Stevenson) Cass Talbott, Rotary Peace Fellow, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Ann Frisch, Rotary Club of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, USA
  • Safina Rahman, Rotary Club of Dhaka Mahanagar, Bangladesh
  • Alejandro Reyes Lozano, Rotary Club of Bogotá Capital, Colombia
  • Kiran Singh Sirah, Rotary Peace Fellow, Tennessee, USA
Minnesota Rotarian to be recognized at UN 2017-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

'Breathe' details life of British polio survivor Robin Cavendish, who contracted the disease in Kenya in 1958










Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy star in the love story “Breathe,” now playing in select U.S. theaters and scheduled for wider release over the next month. The movie tells the story of British polio survivor Robin Cavendish, who contracted the disease in Kenya in 1958. 

At the age of 28, he was paralyzed from the neck down, confined to a hospital bed with a respirator, and given just months to live. 

However, with the encouragement and help of his wife, Diana, Robin was able to leave the hospital and spend the rest of his life advocating for people with disabilities and popularizing a new wheelchair with a built-in respirator.


Movie about polio coming soon 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
District 5970 Governor Ralph Smith visited the Waterloo Rotary Club as part of his scheduled visits of all of the District clubs and shared his vision and ideas for our Rotary district. Governor Smith is a native of Charles City and holds degrees from Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota and from the University of Iowa Law School. He and his spouse Ruth have two children, Karl and Rachel. His primary focus for the current Rotary year is on maximizing “participation” in the Rotary experience at the club level.
October 30 Program 2017-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
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 
November Birthday Table Oct 16 2017-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
Candidates Forum Oct 23 2017-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
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. 
October 16 Program 2017-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

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. 

Cellphones power disease fight 2017-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
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.
October 9th Program 2017-10-08 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Program for October 2nd 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
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
Rotary Birthdays Celebrated Oct 2 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
The Gates are at it again 2017-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
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 
Upcoming Programs 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0


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

Program for Sept 25 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
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.



5 things you might not know about ending polio 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Upcoming opportunities to Network with Rotarians from around the Cedar Valley!  Presented by Rotary Club of the Cedar Valley Social team.
Networking Events! 2017-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Program for September 18 2017-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary’s Foundation is our best kept secret  2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Follow Holly as she sees the world 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
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.”
Hurricane Harvey and ShelterBox 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Program for August 28 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
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!
September Birthday Table 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Program for August 21 2017-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
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
Upcoming programs 2017-08-11 05:00:00Z 0
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. 
Program for August 14 2017-08-11 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Jim Kite from Brenham, TX wrote this story for his Rotary district newsletter. It details programs in Nicaragua which our club has been supporting since 2002. Jim and another Texan, Frank Huezo, have invested major parts of their lives to what we refer to as “The shoe box project.”
Texas Rotarian writes a fresh perspective on the shoe box project 2017-08-11 05:00:00Z 0
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.
2018-19 Rotary President Selected 2017-08-11 05:00:00Z 0
Cedar Valley Hospice was founded four years after the first hospice in the United States was established. Since then, Cedar Valley Hospice has been offering care and services to individuals in our communities.
As a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization; Cedar Valley Hospice puts their patients and families at the forefront of every decision they make. The experienced and professional staff provide the highest quality, compassionate care while focusing on making each moment matter for the patient and family.
Chris Hofeldt graduated from UNI in 2012 with a degree in Marketing and Public Relations. Since graduation Chris has worked at several non-profit organizations in the Cedar Valley. Chris is now responsible for Outreach and Communication with Cedar Valley Hospice.
Program for August 7th 2017-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
Do you want to see Rotary in action?  2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Beautiful weather greeted 160 people including Rotarians from three clubs at the Annual Rotary Reserve Family Picnic. A small army of volunteers made sure the night went off without a hitch for the families in attendance.
Shout out to Larry Steffens, John Beecher, Dave Buck, Steve Finegan, Henry Edsil, Craig Ritland, and the cooking crew for starting at 11am to fry chicken!
Thanks to Steve Carignan and Laura Kann(CF Pres Elect) for helping set up!
Thank you Lori Bellinger & Ravenwood for donating the watermelons!!!
And of course Marcella Ericson for cooking her beans!
Another great family picnic 2017-07-28 05:00:00Z 0
Laura Hoy is a connector and catalyst for holistic neighborhood development based out of the Walnut Neighborhood in Waterloo.  She has been instrumental in the founding of Link Christian Community Development, a faith-based nonprofit that acts as a hub for a growing network of friends and organizations dedicated to cultivating a community of flourishing for all involved.  Link CCD aims at being a witness to Christ's hope and healing through youth development, jobs, and neighborhood strengthening.  Youth Art Team ( and Try Pie ( are two initiatives that spawned out of Link CCD.  Link CCD is currently working within a Walnut Housing Coalition to create a model of mixed income housing and increased affordable home ownership to the neighborhood. You can learn more at .
Program for July 31 2017-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
RI President Elect Owori dies after surgery 2017-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
Meet our new District Governor  2017-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Cybersecurity and fraud prevention starts with YOU!  This program will provide you with basic information on how to protect your personal as well as business information and devices online and on-the-go. It will also walk you through the importance of working with your financial institution when taking a “byte” out of crime. 
Renee Smith-LaBarge is a treasury management sales director and producer for the state of Iowa at MidWestOne Bank.  She continuously evaluates new concepts and technologies ensuring that treasury management products and services are firmly grounded to meet a business customer’s needs.  
Program for July 17 2017-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
Get ready for a wacky, zany musical that’s wholly hilarious. Several of our nuns will pay a visit to Rotary on Monday, July 10 to sing a few of the songs from the show - be sure to be on time and sit up straight!
Program for July 10 2017-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
The last meeting of our club's Rotary year honored several members and past-president Lauren passed the gavel to 2017-18 president Phil Nash.
2017-2018 officers and board members:
President Phil Nash
President-elect Katelyn Tungland
Secretary Nolan Johnson
Treasurer Brian Aronson
Sergeant at Arms Norman Ussery
2-year board members
Nolan Johnson, Steve Carignan, Megan Kugler, Donna Miller, EJ Gallagher
1-year board members
Brian Aronson, Bette Wubbena, Luke Jensen
Out-going board members
Randy Johnson, Julie Hayes, Chris Hurley, Dave Buck, Marcella Erickson, John Mallen
Big meeting caps Rotary year 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
New polio cases reported in two African countries 2017-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
It’s been a busy, stressful year for your club’s leaders  2017-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Program for June 19 2017-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
42,000 attend RI convention in Atlanta 2017-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Shoebox project starts again  2017-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
Program for June 5 2017-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
Club’s finances back in the black  2017-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
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!!
Program for May 22 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
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.
You just can't make this stuff up 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Governor’s Excellence Award Banner to be updated 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
May 15th Program - Senior Companions 2017-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
Polio vaccine pioneer dies at age 96  2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
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.
May 8th Program Honors Students 2017-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
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 
May Brithdays 2017-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Club elects officers for 2017-2018  2017-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
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!
New Rotary Social Calendar 2017-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Program for May 1 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Program for April 24 2017-04-21 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Hops & Grapes 2017 Will Benefit Operation Warm 2017-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
April 17 Meeting Held at Food Bank 2017-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
This close gets even closer for polio eradication  2017-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
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.”
VGM Heartland Conference 2017 2017-04-07 05:00:00Z 0
Senator Joni Ernst is our guest April 10th 2017-04-07 05:00:00Z 0
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!!!
Program for April 3 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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 
April Birthdays 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Program for March 27 2017-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
President elect attends training 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
“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.  
Give to Clean Water & Get Paul Harris Credit  2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Program for March 20 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
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
RYLA Nominations Due April 14  2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
Mayor Hart to report on "State of the City" 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
  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. 
Waterloo Spring Clean-up Month Set for April  2017-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary and Foundation report losses in most recent year  2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Waverly Rotary celebrates 90 years at our club 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
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.
March 6th Program - The Job Foundation 2017-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
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."
Sam Owori selected as 2018-19 Rotary president 2017-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
112 Years 2017-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Program for Feb 27 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Rural Urban Day Feb 27th 2017-02-17 06:00:00Z 0
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
RYLA 2017 Update 2017-02-17 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Thank You to Host Families  2017-02-17 06:00:00Z 0
Fundraiser planned to aid veterans  2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Program for Feb 13 - Engage Iowa 2017-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
RI’s Board acts to realign 34 zones  2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Program for February 6th 2017-02-03 06:00:00Z 0
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 (
Save the date for Hops & Grapes 2017-02-03 06:00:00Z 0
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
Iowa's Gift To The World 2017-02-03 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Program for January 30 2017-01-27 06:00:00Z 0

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.
Tshirt Donation from Main Street Waterloo 2017-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
EVANSTON, Ill. (January, 17 2017) — Rotary has announced $35 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, bringing the humanitarian service organization’s contribution to $140 million since January 2016.  
Nearly half of the funds ($16.15 million) will support the emergency response campaigns in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin (Chad, northern Cameroon, southern Niger and Central African Republic). Four cases of polio were detected in Nigeria in 2016, which had previously not seen a case since July 2014.
Rotary announces $35 million to support a polio-free world 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Gary Norris now Governor Elect in Kansas 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Birthday Machine on its way 2017-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
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.
NEI3A logo     
First Program of 2017 2017-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Last Program of 2016 - Children's Cancer Connection 2016-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
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
Paul Harris Fellows Honored 2016-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Program For December 5th 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
We helped 1,000 kids stay warm this winter 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Program for Nov 28 - Football Luncheon 2016-11-25 00:00:00Z 0


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.


Presidential Message 2016-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Nov 21 Program - Volleyball Honors 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
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
Argentina Update From Molly 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart joined us with an update on several community updates.
Program for November 14 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
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 ( or President Lauren Finke ( 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!
Host Families for Gabe 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
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:
Ken Allbaugh Earns 3rd Paul Harris Pin 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Waterloo Rotarian Among Vets Honored at Columbus 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Thorpes Honored for Philanthropy 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
TRF Direct--an easy way to begin support for our foundation 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
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 never know if one of your connections might see a need they can help with!
Facebook Bump 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
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  
November Birthdays 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
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
Marge Brom 1926-2016 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
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.
October 24 Program - Senator Chuck Grassley 2016-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Cedar Falls Rotarian featured in Rotarian magazine  2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
November is Rotary Foundation Month  2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary nominates Ugandan to lead RI in 2018-2019  2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
We heard from Iowa House Representatives candidates on their vision for progress in 2017 and beyond. Incumbents Bob Kressig and Timi Powers-Brown joined us, as well as hopefuls Nick Taiber, Gary Kroeger, and Todd Obadal. The Cedar Falls Rotary Club hosted a similar legislative forum a week prior and you can read about some of the issues discussed in this Courier article.
Program for October 17 2016-10-14 00:00:00Z 0


Join us in a fight to the finish to eradicate polio, a crippling and completely preventable disease.

As a long-time member of Rotary, I'm happy to report good news in celebration of World Polio Day 2016 on October 24: If we can vaccinate children in the remote areas of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, we can end polio and protect all of the world's children.


World Polio Day October 24, 2016 2016-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Are you imposing on a friend when you invite them to Rotary?  2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Our own Annie Vander Werff is going to tell us about her trip to Israel. Annie took a disciples' journey involving religious history, leadership and mentoring. Invite a guest to hear Annie's story Monday - we'll be back at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.
Program for October 10 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Today's cold snap is a stark reminder that many school children are lacking basic essentials for cold Iowa winters. Our Club, with the great leadership of Steve Thorpe, has been assisting youth in our community by providing coats through Operation Warm. 
Operation Warm Gears Up  2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
We'll meet on Waterloo's south side for a spectacular menu and great fellowship at Landmark Commons just off Hammond Ave.
Amanda Goodman from KWWL will join us as our program and we'll celebrate October birthdays.
MEETING OCT 3 AT LANDMARK COMMONS 2016-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Our club is still needs host families for our inbound exchange student, Gabriel. The Rotary Youth Exchange program recommends exchange students have a variety of great experiences in their time studying in America, and to that end, more than one host family for a student is preferred.
Gabriel attended his first Iowa State Fair in August
We’re looking for two or three families to host our exchange student 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
What do we do with your birthday table donations? 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Financial Report- -Another month in the black 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Board approves two new members and one more in process 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary’s international convention will be in Atlanta this June 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Jerry Nelson, District Manager of our local Social Security Office, will be here to talk about the Social Security programs and answer questions or concerns about Social Security.
MATTHEW PUTNEY Courier Photo Editor
Program for September 26 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
After a blip in Nigeria, polio eradication back on course 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Alex Hildman from Waterloo Leisure Services joined us Monday to describe the impact our club has on almost 1,000 kids each year. The birthday table contributions are added to the Fred Adams Youth Activity Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Preschool through 1st grade-aged kids are introduced to the basics of baseball each summer and our support is critical to keeping kids active and engaged while school is out. Remember to submit $1 for each year of your age when your birthday month rolls around! 
Fred Adams Youth Activity Fund 2016-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Kristina is a native of Marion and a recent U of Iowa grad with degrees in political science and economics
District Scholarship Chair Harrison Cass and his committee interviewed Kristina this spring and nominated her for the scholarship. She is not related to Molly McLaughlin from Waterloo who is a youth exchange student this school year in Argentina.
Kristina will be studying for a masters degree in public history and cultural heritage at Dublin University. You can read her blog at
Kristina McLaughlin starts her year as a global scholar in Ireland 2016-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Program for September 19 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Have you seen good things happening at Rotary meetings, events, and projects lately? If so, capture an image and submit to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa’s Good Things Happening photo contest. The CFNEIA will be awarding ten $100 microgrants each week of the six-week contest, with individuals designating grants to organizations in Black Hawk County. Grand prizes of $2,000 and $5,000 will also be awarded in November. This would be an excellent addition to the Shoebox Project or Operation Warm.
Can you take a $5,000 photo? 2016-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
14 Waterloo Rotarians celebrate their birthday in September, and when we return Sept 12th, we'll honor these members and have a sweet treat!
September Birthdays 2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Molly McLaughlin has arrived in Argentina 2016-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Membership campaign off to a fast start 2016-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Shoebox sorting and packing continues 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Grant requests being accepted   2016-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Program for August 29 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Some great speakers lined up in the next two months 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Club’s board to launch membership campaign 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 17, 2016
Libby Fry will be here to talk about Together For Youth, a Division of UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital.
Program for August 22 2016-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Africa was polio-free for two years, but. . . 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Chris Cox, Dean & Professor of Library and Information Services, gathered our input for their 5 year Strategic Plan. Our club provided great responses and we look forward to an update in a few months.
Program for August 15 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
In October 2016, North American Rotarians will travel to Port Harcourt, Nigeria, for a life changing experience.   Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant?  These trips have a profound effect upon the individual.  For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.
11th Annual West Africa Project Fair 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Inbound Rotary youth exchange student Gabriel Voldoire, 15, will arrive Sunday from his home in Clermont Ferrand, France. He will live with Mark Durbahn and family. Gabriel will attend West High and plans to try out for its football team on his first full day here.
Inbound Student Arrives This Week 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Are we there yet? No, but we’re getting really, really close to polio eradication 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2016
Molly McLaughlin, our outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, spoke to our club about her upcoming adventure in Argentina.
Program for August 8 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
We're looking for scholarship candidates 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Spend a day at the Iowa State Fair with Rotarians 2016-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Waterloo Roatrians will have a very small summer break this week, and will meet again August 8. Invite a guest to hear our program: outgoing Rotary Youth Exchange scholarship recipient, Molly McLaughlin.
 We'll also celebrate lots of August birthdays: 
No meeting August 1 2016-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

Perfect weather, great food, and amazing attendance. It was great to see so many kids enjoy the inflatables, balloon artist, and body tattoos!  These cooks fed over 150 guests Thursday night- -the largest family picnic in over ten years.

President Lauren and Family Picnic chair Katelyn Pedersen extend a big thank you to Larry Steffens who led the cooks and servers, and Marcella Erickson who coordinated set up and clean up. Marcella's Rotary Beans were amazing as always! Their leadership and recruitment of Club volunteers made it a fun-filled event with good food, lively activities for kids, and wonderful conversation.
To see photos from the event, click here. To share your photos, email them to Mason.
Family Picnic Biggest in a Decade 2016-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Meet Liz Porter, the club’s pianist 2016-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Club ends fiscal year with small gain 2016-07-27 00:00:00Z 0

The Club has undergone some big changes in the recent months and as highlighted by club president Lauren Finke during last Monday’s meeting, volunteers are needed to assist with some roles to make the Club and the weekly meetings run smoothly. Here’s a rundown on the needs:

Rally around your club 2016-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Sue Armbrecht is new president of Alliance 2016-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
District Golf Outing 2016-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Rotarian Craig Shirey and his wife Nancy on their selection to the Courier's 8 Over 80 list!
Click here to read the Courier's feature on Craig and Nancy's extensive involvement in the Cedar Valley - including 55 years as a Rotary member!
Shireys Named to 8 Over 80 2016-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary named among ten charities changing the world 2016-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Cedar Rapids woman to study for a year in Ireland 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Board approves three new members 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Club receives grant for Operation Warm 2016-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Sign up now for the family picnic July 28 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
The annual "Changing of the Guard" 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Other news from the recent board meeting 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
We'll be treated to scenes from Waterloo Community Playhouse's production of Singin' In The Rain. The WCP kicks off their "Season of the Century" with this show in celebration of 100 years since the "Waterloo Community Drama Leaque" formed in a church at the corner of 5th and Jefferson.  Tickets are on sale NOW for the performances running July 8-17.
Program for June 27 2016-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Is this the year when we report the last case of polio? 2016-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
You are encouraged to attend the installation of Cedar Falls Rotarian Jim Coloff as District Governor 2016-2017 on Tuesday, June 21st from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm.  
The Cedar Falls Rotary Club will host a picnic at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls for the event, including brats, burgers, sides, water, pop, beer and wine.  There will also be kids activities so bring the kids and grand kids.  Cost is just $10 for dinner.  Pre-register at now.  You can pay for dinner on-line when you register or at the event when you arrive.
All district Rotarians and families are invited to attend. We will have a balloon artist for the kids.  And, there is a play area in the park that kids love. We are charging five dollars for kids if they are eating. If you bring very young kids there will be no charge for age five and under.
District Governor Installation 2016-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Program for June 20 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Club’s finances major reason for changes explained June 13 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
The My Waterloo Days Parade starts tonight at 6:30 and Waterloo Rotarians are encouraged to walk with our float. Join President Chris about 5:30 near the corner of Jefferson and 4th in the parade staging area.  Wear your Rotary shirt and get ready to smile and wave to thousands of prospective Rotarians along the parade route!
My Waterloo Days 2016-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Our meeting June 13 will be a very important roundtable discussion about club finances and membership.Please make sure to be there to lend your opinion as our club enters our 101st year of service to the Cedar Valley.
Program for June 13 @ Pepsi Pavilion 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
For more than a dozen years, club Secretary Kelli McCarthy and pianist Carolyn Vandeventer were fixtures at our weekly meetings. June 6th was bittersweet as we bid both of them farewell, but not before we could snap a group photo!
A Fond Farewell 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
President elect Lauren Finke will kick off her presidency July 1st, but she'll have an extra busy June with a new set of twins at home. Samuel Matthew and Nora Emily were born 16 minutes apart late Wednesday, May 25th. Big brother Colin, dad Joe, and mom are all doing great.
Congratulations, Lauren! 2016-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Consummate public speaker Steve Carignan overcame technical issues Monday during his presentation and invites all members to click this link to hear what couldn't be heard in the videos he shared on the big screen.  Tickets for new season at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center are on sale now.
Program for June 6 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Annual Fund growing nicely 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Club’s board makes several changes to improve finances 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Kick off summer this weekend and spend Monday celebrating Memorial Day with friends and family.  Our next meeting will be June 6th and our program will be our own Steve Carignan with a preview of the Gallagher Bluedorn 2016-2017 season.
NO MEETING MAY 30 2016-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Dear D-5970 Rotarians,
We have some very exciting news for you!
As you know, the 2017 Rotary International Convention will take place in Atlanta from June 10-14.  While every Rotary Convention is an exciting event, 2017 will be extra special because we will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation.  As a matter of fact, it was in Atlanta at the 1917 Rotary Convention, that Rotary President Arch Klumph announced the formation of OUR foundation with the first contribution of $26.50.
Special discount for 2017 Atlanta convention 2016-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarian Kaye Englin shared updates from a busy year at the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. For 60 years, they have supported thousands of organizations serving tens of thousands of people in communities throughout a 20 county region. Director of Development Elizabeth Hackbarth and Program Director Tom Wickersham also joined us. Follow this link to learn more about the funds our club has set up with the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.
Program May 23 2016-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Funds raised from Hops & Grapes will help the Boys & Girls Clubs tremendously, especially as we head into summer, which is our busiest time of the year.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley operates 5 sites in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, and Dunkerton.  We currently have over 800 registered Club members and serve over 250 youth per day.  The youth that come to the Club at at-risk; they are primarily low-income youth being raised by a single parent.  They come to the Club not only as a safe place to be during after-school and the summer months, but also to receive homework help, tutoring, character building lessons, and other opportunities such as sports, music lessons, dance classes, Lego club, arts and crafts, and much more. 
Funds from Hops & Grapes will help us continue to provide programming to youth in the Cedar Valley, and will also assist us as we head into summer, where we will be open all day and will take youth on two field trips each day.  As you can imagine costs add up very quickly, so we are thankful for the Waterloo Rotary Club and the Hops & Grapes event!
Laura Kann
Director of Development
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley
Hops & Grapes Supports Boys & Girls Club 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
The 8th Annual Hops and Grapes Celebration is TONIGHT; 6-9 PM at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.  We are raising money for our own Worthy Causes, along with a contribution to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley.  Our Vendors include selections from here in Iowa!  Summerset (Indianola), Engelbrecht (Fredericksburg) and Trainwreck (Algona) wineries will be there.  Millstream is back once again, also selling another awesome Brewery Tour in our Live Auction, and United Beverage is coming to sample Peace Tree (Knoxville) along with some regional selections.
Hy-Vee on Ansborough has our food, and Scratch Cupcakes donated our Cupcakes!
From a beach tote with supplies for a Fun Day in the Sun, to a Delectable Assortment of Portuguese Wines and Treats submitted by the McCrindles, there seems to be something for everybody in our silent auction!  And as if that wasn’t enough, the live auction will feature some old favorites like the Brewery Tour, and 2 half hogs donated by Todd Rohlfsen; along with new items such as Jim Seeley’s Handcrafted Chess Board and Moment in Thyme (Len Swiatly) dinner for 8!!!
I am so excited I can hardly wait!!  We hope to see you there!

Phil Nash - Chairman, Hops & Grapes Committee
Hops & Grapes Preview 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Iowa Public Television (IPTV) is one of the state's last locally owned, locally controlled media services. Statewide IPTV provides television, educational and online services to all Iowans, regardless of where they live and what they can afford to pay. Join Mary Bracken who explains why IPTV is more important today than ever before. 
Program May 16th - IPTV 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Waterloo Rotarian John Mallen led volunteers who weren't afraid of a little dirt as they spruced up a couple downtown parks on Tuesday, May 10. The effort was part of Woodruff Construction's 60 year anniversary celebration which will include several more community projects in the other communities where Woodruff has offices. Based in Fort Dodge, Woodruff Construction opened an office downtown Waterloo in 2014 and John promptly joined the Waterloo Rotary Club. 
Woodruff employees joined Rotarians late Tuesday afternoon to remove the old mulch and debris from the plant beds, then spread new mulch for a fresh look in time for the many downtown celebrations this summer. Lincoln Park and Soldiers Park adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Hall along the Cedar River now sport a bright new bed of mulch thanks to these volunteers:
Rotarians Help Mulch Downtown Parks 2016-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
A VGM representative is providing a volunteer training for the VGM Heartland Conference. All old and new volunteers are asked to attend. Packet of information and polos will be available for pick-up that day.
Monday, June 6th after our regular noon Rotary meeting.
Training will take roughly 20-30 minutes.
Any questions can be directed to Katelyn Pedersen:
Training scheduled for VGM volunteers 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Steve Showers has passed 2016-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Tonight is the night! Hops & Grapes is our largest annual fundraiser with proceeds going to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley and our own Rotary Club. Click here for details: Thursday May 12, 6-9 PM at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.
Phil Nash needs several people to step up for set up today at 12:30, then more volunteers for checking in guests, processing auction items, and tearing down. Please call (235-4897) or email him to lend a hand to our largest event of the year! Remember our efforts are rewarded when we present another BIG CHECK to the Boys & Girls Club!
HOPS & GRAPES TONIGHT 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Our May 9th program was one of our largest all year - we honored area high school student scholars as well as parents and administrators.  You can see group photos from each school by clicking the photo:
Student Scholars Honored Monday 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Thursday May 12th will be a chance to see in person the new Cedar Valley Makerspace. Our February 29th program gave us a taste of what this new space is capable of, but being there for their open house will give you a chance to actually see the space in action. Click here for details.
Cedar Valley Makerspace Open House 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Saturday morning at 10am (while the district conference is underway) community leaders and downtown proponents will host a walking tour down 4th Street. Discussing the past, present and future of our City and specifically the center of our downtown, the 4th Street corridor will be the main focus. You may ask who should participate? Are you someone who enjoys getting to know their city and neighbors? Do you want to participate in meaningful conversations about the social and built future of Waterloo? Are you engaged in the work of building cohesive communities and improving the walking environment?
Waterloo's First Jane's Walk 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Your help in recruiting qualified people will grow our club and the service we can share.
President elect Lauren Finke introduced Megan Kugler from University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and Adam Schaefer from US Bank at our April 25th meeting. Please introduce yourself and help make them feel at home.
Two new members welcomed Monday 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
The 5970 District Conference is right here in Waterloo this weekend and conference chair Wendy Knapp Bowman has lined up several great speakers Saturday, then Bill Shepard and his Big Band will bring the house down Saturday night. 
Click the logo for more details
District Conference Details 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
My Fellow Rotarians -
Hops and Grapes is right around the corner!  Thursday, May 12, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, 6-9 PM.  I hope to see you all there!!
1. Watch the KWWL News @ Noon with Ally Crutcher clip to promote our event.
2. Here is a link to our ticket flyer.  Please feel free to pass it along to anybody you feel would have a good time at this event; ESPECIALLY prospective Rotarians.  There is no better way to showcase our club than at an event where 100+ Rotarians will tell them all of the amazing things we do in Rotary.
3. Thank you to Lauren Finke for updating our Facebook page with a Hops & Grapes event, please everybody like and share so that we can get the word out!
I want to thank you all for helping us get this event going for another year.  It has been a great experience.  I hope to see you on May 12!
Philip Nash
Hops & Grapes 2016 Chair
Hops & Grapes Update 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
As news spreads of Doug Oberman's passing, tributes, features, and links will be collected on our club's website.
Courier YouTube - The Uncommon Rotarian
Locke Funeral Home obituary
The Rotarian, December 2010 - Iron Butterfly 
If you want to share a story or a link, please email
Tributes to Doug Oberman 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Josh Balk joined us to discuss urban issues about treatment of storm water. He is the Dry Run Creek Watershed Coordinator for the Black Hawk County Soil and Water Conservation Service.
Program for April 25- -storm water 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Our District celebration is quickly approaching and there is a lot to share with you!  This is a special event hosted by District Governor Joe Gitta, and it will be taking place right here in Waterloo!  We are hoping to have a HUGE presence at the event! 
District Conference Details 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Only ten cases of polio have been reported in nearly the first four months of 2016—all of them in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But neither country has had a new case since March 22. However, three new cases of a different strain of polio were reported in Laos in January. An emergency response team has been in the country for two months working to prevent more cases. Laos had been considered to be polio free for years, but the disease “travels well.”
Doug Oberman’s death refocuses us on the war against polio 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Doug Oberman--"The Uncommon Rotarian' 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
May will be a busy month for our club 2016-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Attend the district conference and play Bingo 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
County Supervisors Craig White and Frank Magsamen discussed their roles in raising money for Honor Flights - flying Cedar Valley vets to Washington the last three years.
Sullivan Hartogh Davis Cedar Valley Honor Flight Variety Show is April 22nd at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo - cost is $25.00 per ticket this includes a meal with entertainment. You can get your tickets at any local Hy Vee store or reserve a table by calling 319-830-8807.
Program for April 18 2016-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
  Club member Anesa Kajtazovic, who is executive director of the Family and Children's Council of Black Hawk County, explained her agency's role in Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is April.
April 11 Program 2016-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
     Today we hear the exciting plans to build a white water course on the Cedar River in downtown Waterloo. Making the presentation will be Paul Huting, director of Waterloo Leisure Services, and Ty Gibson, an advocate of the rafting experience. 
Program for April 4 2016-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Hops and Grapes tickets being distributed 2016-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
UnityPoint Allen Hospital executive Pam Delagardelle will explain the hospital's building project near Prairie Parkway in Cedar Falls and expansion plans at Allen College.
Program for March 28 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Nicaragua trip moves to January 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
District Conference scheduled for May 6 and 7 IN WATERLOO 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of the Cedar Valley is collecting gently used or new board games for hospital waiting rooms and area clinics. March 28th will be the last day to bring your donation to a regular meeting.
Donate Games for CV Rotary Project 2016-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
My Waterloo Days are June 8-14, less then three months away, and co-chairs Chris Shimp and Tracey Southall will share details of the event with us.
Program for March 21 2016-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Jayne Armstrong is the Director of the US Small Business Administration's Iowa office and a member of the Des Moines AM Rotary Club. She will be sharing information about SBA's small business resources and the state of small business in Iowa.
Program for March 14 2016-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Club members support raising “Birthday Table” contributions to $1 2016-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Our February 29th speakers John Burnett and Danny Laudick explained their burgeoning makerspace in the Cedar Valley TechWorks building, and how they are on the constant search for tools to enable a wider variety of possible projects. Maybe you have a Japanese pull saw or a couple non-mar dead blow hammers just taking up space in your garage? Check the list below and get in touch with John or Danny at Cedar Valley Makers:
Phone: (319) 427-2030
Cedar Valley Makers Equipment List 2016-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
This week President Elect Lauren Finke and Treasurer Julie Hayes will lead discussions about club finances and some exciting opportunities for our club. Then we'll go to table top discussions relating to their presentations.
We'll also celebrate March birthdays and enjoy dessert!
Program for March 7 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
What did Elvis Presley have to do with polio? 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
How much do you know about Rotary’s Code of Conduct? 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rising income can’t overcome Rotary’s market losses 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Cedar Valley Makers, Inc. is non profit with the mission to promote collaborative learning, creative design and manufacturing for people of all ages and skill levels. 
Program for February 29 2016-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Our own past president Harrison Cass was mentioned in several international news outlets thanks to an Associated Press story January 31.  Harrison pledged to caucus for Jeb Bush during a campaign stop in Cedar Falls, and Bush rewarded him with a hug. Click the links below to read a few versions of the presidential love-fest:
A Hug for Harrison 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Africa close to being polio free:
Nigeria and the whole continent of Africa is on the cusp of being polio free,
Between 2013 and 2014, the reported cases of polio dropped from 53 to just six in Nigeria. Even more encouraging is that the last case of polio in Nigeria was reported in July, 2015 and the last case in all of Africa was reported in Somalia in August.
More good news on the war against polio 2016-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
At the end of a viral video shared this week featuring Jeb Bush getting yanked off the stage at a Rotary meeting, the Nashua, New Hampshire Rotary Club added a 5th test...
Word has it that the Cedar Valley Rotary Club claims the Nashua club took a page out of their book on that 5th test.  Maybe you should visit their club to see that 5th test in action? Their next meeting is Wednesday Feb 17th, 5pm at Tony's Pizza downtown Cedar Falls and the program is Boys & Girls Club - Youth of the Year. Contact President Mike Rehons to RSVP.
The 5 Way Test? 2016-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Monday, February 15th is President's Day and we will honor 24 past club presidents. Our club has benefited greatly from the leadership listed below, and they deserve our thanks and praise.
President's Day 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Program for February 15 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Our club's annual Rural Urban Luncheon is one of the largest events of the year and serves to connect "urban" business leaders with "rural" business leaders which strengthens the Cedar Valley as a whole. 

This year's keynote speaker is Iowa Board of Regents President and entrepreneur Bruce Rastetter. His presentation, "Agricultural Opportunities – Meeting Global Challenges" will be heard by 150+ business leaders from both the city and country. Please plan to arrive a bit early - 11:45
Click on this Facebook event to share with your friends.
Rural Urban Luncheon February 22 2016-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Waterloo Community Foundation Executive Director Michelle Temeyer and board member Tim Hurley introduced our club to the newly formed organization. The WCF is dedicated to providing a lean, straightforward, and transparent conduit to those who wish contribute resources to the betterment of the greater Waterloo area. For more information or to make a donation call or email Michelle - 833-6022,
Program for February 8 2016-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Even though John and Steve have already celebrated with family, we'll go ahead an honor them with the rest of the list yet to celebrate. Lori will get a special honor Monday if she chooses to enjoy dessert with us!
John Mallen    Feb 1 
Steve Showers    Feb 2 
Lori Bellinger    Feb 8 
Julie Hayes    Feb 9 
Craig Ritland    Feb 20 
Steve Sinnott    Feb 21 
These 6 Rotarians are charged with setting a fine example for the rest of the club by bringing their donation to the Fred Adams Scholarship. If all 6 make just the minimum donation, $169 will be added to the fund for 3 deserving area students toward college.  
Who was Fred Adams, you ask? Fred was a member of our club for 72 years and an excellent business person who had a major impact on our community. When he died in 1987, members of the club decided to honor his memory by establishing a scholarship fund in his name at the Community Foundation. Here are photos of Fred from 1918, 1966, and 1986:
Birthdays Table February 8th 2016-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
January board meeting discusses ways to cut expenses 2016-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Jennifer Jones named vice president of Rotary 2016-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Waterloo Crossroads club disbands 2016-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarian Keith Kaspari will be our speaker and we'll hear all about the Waterloo Regional Airport. Monday is the Iowa Caucuses and a major political event is scheduled for the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center over the noon hour. We'll meet at Landmark Commons to avoid the extra security procedures and parking issues.  
February 1st Meeting at Landmark Commons 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Program for January 25 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Next year's Rotary theme unveiled 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to superintendent Dr. Jane Lindaman and Crystal Buzza for presenting details on the Career and Technical Education Program at Waterloo Schools.
Voters will head to the polls Tuesday, February 2 to weigh in on the proposed surtax to pay for a new education center and renovations to East and West High Schools. We had several questions at the end of our meeting. The link below is provided for further reference:
Waterloo Rotary Club Past President Mason Fromm, Dr. Jane Lindaman, superintendent of the Waterloo Community Schools, and Crystal Buzza, Executive Director of Professional Technical Education
Review of our January 18 program 2016-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Terrorists strike polio workers in Pakistan 2016-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Since Doug doesn’t attend meetings frequently and was not here on the 11th to be recognized at the birthday table, why not send him a card? Doug will be 66 on the 29th; his address is 5101 University Avenue, Apartment 111 in Waterloo. 
Doug Oberman’s birthday is January 29 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Help Raphael Amador stay in college 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
President introduces three new members January 11 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Salvation Army thanks us for another year of generous support. 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Jay Crisp receives yet another thank you from The Rotary Foundation 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarian and Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Chuck Rowe wants you to know your vote is appreciated. In a short statement, Chuck says the club's vote to include the Boys & Girls Club as a recipient of funds raised at Hops & Grapes 2016 is an honor and something they do not take for granted.
Chuck says "thanks" 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Thorpe

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

We have been blessed to live where we do and have what we have.

A few years ago the Board of our club agreed to help a bright young student go to college. This student, Raphael Amador has three years behind him but due to the financial status of our club, the Board decided they could not help him finish.

Raphael Needs Your Help! Steve Thorpe 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
The results are in from the informal poll earlier this week and it's a tie!  
Receiving the Reporter on Mondays at 10 tied with Fridays at 10. Since it's a new year, Mason has decided to change the publish schedule to Fridays at 10. This will give Rotarians a few extra business hours to contact guests and potential members to attend our Monday meeting.
Reporter now to be published Fridays 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Program for January 11--lets talk about Rotary 2016-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Grassley Makes Waterloo First Stop of 2016 2016-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Before the Hawkeyes fell to Stanford in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, the city of Pasadena hosted another little gathering of people at the Annual Rose Parade. A collection of 8 California Rotary clubs gathered volunteers and private donations to build a 35' long float for the parade with a theme of peace.
Rotary Represented by Rose Parade Float 2016-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you for faithfully reading the Waterloo Rotary Reporter. Mason Fromm and David Buck work behind the scenes each week to write and publish our club's news and meeting photos. There is a link below to vote for WHEN you want to receive the Reporter in your inbox.  Is Monday morning at 10am too late to invite a guest? Is Thursday afternoon too early and the details end up getting lost? Please click this survey link to answer ONE question with your preference.
When Shall We Send The Reporter To You? 2016-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
At our December 14th meeting, 3 members were recognized for their multiple Paul Harris Awards. Each of these Rotarians has contributed ANOTHER $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. 
Paul Harris Awards Presented 2015-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
The Courier tried something different in early December, sending one of its own on a little road trip. Armed with his camera and a notebook, Dennis Magee followed organizers and others who support the Shoebox Project to Nicaragua.
Courier Wraps Up Shoebox Series 2015-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Senator Chuck Grassley will make his annual visit to our club with what is always one of our most interesting programs. 
Program for January 4 2015-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Club will share "Hops and Grapes" profits with Boys and Girls Club 2015-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
We gathered December 14th to celebrate another successful year in Rotary and enjoy music from the Washington Street Brass Quintet. The Salvation Army and our own very special elf Kelli received much appreciated donations from members. Click here to see photos!
Program for December 14--it's a party 2015-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Dennis Magee from the Courier has been sending stories and photos back from his trip to Nicaragua with our club's Shoebox Project team. From gracious blind children receiving their first shoebox, to families competing with cows and dogs for discarded food, Magee's photos give a glimpse into the desperation faced by children of the dump. Click here to follow his updates in the Courier.
Grim photos from Nicaragua 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

CHINANDEGA, Nicaragua | Even before making their first delivery Sunday, the people traveling with Rotary Club members in Nicaragua received a warm demonstration of appreciation.

“You are in our prayers and in our hearts,” Maria Auxiliadora Moreno Rivas, 31, said through an interpreter. “Because of your efforts, we here are able to fulfill our dreams.”

Shoebox Project update 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Monday's regular meeting was super-sized because we hosted the Courier's 20 Under 40 selections for 2015. These 20 young community leaders were selected by committee from over 80 nominations.
December 7th Program - 20 Under 40 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Almost all of the 20 Under 40 2015 class will join us for lunch December 7th, so the December Rotarians agreed to give them more program time and instead crash the January Rotarians' party. So we'll celebrate both December and January birthdays NEXT YEAR!
Steve Dust Dec 10 
Randy Johnson Dec 19 
Frank Seng Dec 02 
Steve Thorpe Dec 06 
Steve Volz Dec 01 
Henry Edsill Jan 21 
John Locke Jan 12 
Kevin McCrindle  Jan 6 
Doug Oberman Jan 29 
Laura Stammler Jan 27 
December Birthday Table 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Board approves three new members at November meeting 2015-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Since 1946 the Waterloo Rotary Club has enjoyed the honor to celebrate outstanding performance by high school athletes in the city of Waterloo and surrounding areas. Football coaching staffs at each school  nominate a senior MVP from their team. In a secret ballot, area sportswriters make the citywide MVP selection. This year, Trey Burt received the Glen "Doc" Miller traveling trophy and is entitled to display the trophy at West High for the next twelve months. See more photos from the ceremony here.
2015 Football MVP - Trey Burt, West High 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Monday's program featured two familiar faces from KWWL - a presentation about severe weather by Mark Schnackenberg and a peek into the life of an evening news anchor by Amanda Goodman. Mark and Amanda traded jabs like siblings and our group even learned Mark's sure-fire way to cure hiccups!
November 30 Program - KWWL 2015-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Watch for stories about Nicaragua in the Courier 2015-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Vote to select "Hops and Grapes" charities November 30 2015-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
2015 Volleyball MVP Lexy Hogan - Don Bosco 2015-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Here’s your chance to witness Rotary’s polio eradication program 2015-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Club completes distribution of 1,000 warm winter coats 2015-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Each November it is our club's privilege to honor the area's best high school athletes. The volleyball luncheon will be the 16th, and the football luncheon will be November 23rd.
West High's Ben Russell and Columbus senior Brooke Craig received top honors as MVPs last year.
Annual Athletic Luncheons 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Pam Delagardelle and Tony DiCecco, co-chairs of the 2015, will explain details of the campaign today.
Program for November 9 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
We celebrated birthdays at our November 9th meeting, but 6 of the 7 Rotarians on the list have already celebrated:
David Braton, Nov 02 
Stacy Carlin, Nov 03
Hovey Brom, Nov 05
Jay Crisp, Nov 06 
David Allbaugh, Nov 08 
Donna Miller, Nov 12 
Aaron Buzza, Nov 30 
November birthdays 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
New polio cases down by 77 percent from 2014 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
​We will be voting on two non-profits which will share profits from our "Hops and Grapes" event next May.
We'll vote Nov 16 2015-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Hawkeye Community College offers many services to businesses of all sizes that are looking to train their workforce, expand, or recruit new employees.
Program for October 26 2015-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
On November 2 we will hold a forum of the five candidates for Waterloo mayor and if you have a question you would like to have answered, please submit it in writing to
Frank Magsamen, Leah Morrison, Quentin Hart, Tim Hurley, Wayne Nathem
Here's your chance to ask the mayor canidates 2015-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Election Day is November 2 and November 3 2015-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Program for October 19 2015-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Australian Rotarian will be president in 2017-18 2015-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day is 10/23/2015 2015-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Program for October 12 2015-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
October Birthdays 2015-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Program for October 5 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
No new cases of polio there since August, 2014 and the World Health Organization reports it is now polio free
The legs of Usman, a polio survivor who works in a wheelchair workshop in Kano, Nigeria. Credit Photo:Diego Ibarra Sánchez/MeMo
Cross Africa off the list 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
It’s our best-kept secret, partly because we almost never talk about it.
It funds international exchanges, special projects, and, of course, polio eradication. But like a lot of things in our lives, it takes a little education to get your arms around it.
First off- - there are three funds in OUR foundation, annual programs, the permanent fund, and the designated fund. So here’s a brief explanation of each:
Would you like to know more about Rotary’s Foundation? 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Please support our birthday table donations 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
15 members celebrate their birthday in September and we'll honor them at lunch today. Be there for dessert and laughs !
September Birthdays 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Program for September 21 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Program for September 14 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Schedule set for shoebox sorting, packing 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Steve Thorpe asks for your help buying winter coats 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Last week the UNI Panthers Rotaract kickoff picnic, sponsored by the Cedar Valley and Cedar Falls Rotary Clubs, was held. I am pleased to report that it was a resounding success. 
Rotaract is coming to UNI 2015-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Here's an opportunity to see Rotary at work in Africa 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Board approves three more new members, but we also are losing three. 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Ever wonder what happens at a club’s monthly board meeting? 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Program for August 31, Representative Rod Blum 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Ike joined our club in 1948..that's 67 years of service! The terms "legend" and "icon" have been attributed to Ike, and we are so proud to have counted him among our members for so long.
Ike Leighty Has Passed Away 2015-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
VGM Rewards us for being room hosts this summer 2015-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Program for August 24 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Three new members introduced at Monday's meeting 2015-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Program for August 17- -the national debt 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Have you ever been a room host at the VGM Heartland Conference? 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Is your shoebox ready yet? 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0