Rotary International Update 2022-01-22 06:00:00Z 0

Mayor Heart Speaking Monday on Vision 2030

Mayor Hart will be giving us an overview of Vision 2030 for the city of Waterloo!
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Mayor Quentin Hart is the first African American elected to the office of Mayor for the City of Waterloo, Iowa. Preceding the election, Mr. Hart was the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs for Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowaproviding leadership for multicultural initiatives and promoting awareness and appreciation for diversity on campus and the community. In the eight years preceding his mayoral election, Mayor Hart represented the citizens of Waterloo as Ward 4 Councilman and was the first African American-appointed Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Waterloo.
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Upcoming Programs

January 31...Presentation on Five Sullivan Brothers exhibit
February 7...TBA
February 14...Grow Cedar Valley: Steve Firman, Director of Government Affairs
February 21...Rotary Presidents
February 28...Rural Urban Day
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Rotary International Update

Typhoon Odette made landfall in the island of Cebu on the night of December 16, 2021 and the sound of the howling wind and crashing debris during the night while we huddled inside our homes will be something that we will not be able to forget easily.
Amidst all the hardship that we are going through now in buying food & water, rebuilding homes and trying to get back to work, we have still been given a reason to smile.
As communications with the #Philippines improves, we are starting to better understand the grave impact left by #TyphoonOdette. With help from @Rotary Club Cebu, our team has been distributing aid to people who need it most, so far helping more than 5,000 people
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Connie Paul Obituary 2022-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

Main Street Waterloo Presenting Monday

Jessica Rucker of Main Street Waterloo is our speaker at our first meeting of 2022!
Jessica Rucker is the Executive Director of Main Street Waterloo, a volunteer driven, nonprofit dedicated to downtown Waterloo. Jessica has been a resident of the area for most of her life and has strong roots in the community, and the downtown area which serve as a backdrop for many memories. She is passionate about supporting small businesses and showcasing all that is amazing about our community. 
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2021 Christmas Luncheon Photos 2021-12-30 06:00:00Z 0

Update on Our 2017 Rotary Youth Exchange Student

Luke Jensen shared this article from the University of Iowa's website - you'll be so proud of our 2017 Rotary Youth Exchange student Holly Harris!

Growing up in the Midwest, Holly Harris always felt a connection with the opposite side of the world. Harris was adopted from China at just 10 months old, and she developed a passion for exploring differences between cultures. As she got older, her experiences through school and travel transformed her interest in life outside the U.S. into a dream career.

“Throughout elementary and high school, I took Spanish classes and really just fell in love with learning the language,” she says. “After high school, I went to Brazil through a youth exchange program. While I was living there, I learned Portuguese and decided I wanted to continue learning it on an academic level and make it part of my career.”

Harris will graduate this fall with a bachelor’s degree in Portuguese, a bachelor’s degree in international studies, a certificate in nonprofit leadership and philanthropy, and a minor in Spanish. Her time on campus has been highlighted by her work as a research fellow assisting Armando Duarte, a Brazilian professor in the Iowa Department of Dance, with the translation of historical interviews about samba and Carnival from Portuguese to English.

Read the full story here.


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We will NOT meet January 3rd - Please make plans to join us at the Waterloo Convention Center for our first meeting of 2022 on January 10th.
NO MEETING JANUARY 3 2021-12-27 06:00:00Z 0

How to Help Those in Need after Kentucky Tornadoes 

A message from our District Governor...
Dear Rotary Members in Zones 30 and 31,
Rotarians are People of Action. Throughout the world in disaster recovery situations, our compassion and commitment to service are a significant part of relief efforts. Right here, right now, your help is needed here in our own zones.
The tornado that touched down Kentucky has devastated communities in 18 counties in our District 6710. The loss of life in many small towns, such as Dawson Springs and Mayfield, is heartbreaking, and survivors have lost their communities, their homes and livelihoods. In many areas, there is limited electricity, resources for food, gasoline and supplies and medical services. Now more than ever is the time for us to live our hashtag, #Rotary Responds.
How to Help Those in Need after Kentucky Tornadoes 2021-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Update from Rotary International President

Dear District Governors and Club Presidents,

We see the decision to vaccinate as a civic and humanitarian imperative. Rotary is not a political or religious organization, it is a service organization and this is the lens through which we are advising you of our position.
  1. Global vaccination is the path to ending the pandemic and the emergence of new variants. Rotary endorses and strongly encourages vaccination for all individuals including our members who are currently able to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In areas where COVID-19 is surging, communities are facing extreme challenges, health systems are overwhelmed, and contentious rhetoric is dividing us. It is critical that the virus be contained so that the world may begin to heal. To that end, the purpose of this statement is to reinforce Rotary’s position.
  2. Misinformation has become an “infodemic” that hinders the fight against COVID-19. In line with our Four-Way Test, Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation are committed to providing our members with science-based information.
  3. Rotary International staff at One Rotary Center were required to be vaccinated by 10 October 2021, as a criterion for employment after that date. RI’s employee vaccination rate stands at over 99 percent.
  4. Globally, Rotary is actively engaged in assuring equity in vaccine access to all people. Our efforts have included advocacy with the G-20, and a proof-of-concept program with GAVI/COVAX to leverage our frontline experience with polio eradication to facilitate vaccine delivery in several low- and middle-income countries where Rotarians are active. While we know many clubs are already deeply involved in COVID-19 prevention, we are working on additional strategies to multiply our collective efforts. GAVI/COVAX is a partnership including WHO and UNICEF focused on global access and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.
  5. Those children for whom vaccines are not currently available are at significant risk. Until vaccines are available for all children, the vaccination of adults is the best way to protect children who cannot be vaccinated. Pediatric admissions for COVID-19 are rising precipitously in areas of low vaccination.
  6. Rotary salutes health care workers everywhere as they continue to provide lifesaving services. Local recognition of these heroes by each of our clubs can help to encourage them to continue their important work. Rotary abhors any harassment and attacks on healthcare workers.
  7. Rotary and Rotaract clubs are encouraged to
    • set good examples by being exemplary role models; 
    • redouble their efforts to support COVID-19 treatment, prevention, and vaccination efforts.
  8. Vaccines have proven to be one of the greatest advances of modern medicine. The World Health Organization estimates that vaccines save between 2 to 3 million children’s lives each year, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative estimates the polio vaccine has saved more than 19 million children from paralysis. Vaccines are safe, effective and are responsible for eliminating or controlling many other vaccine-preventable diseases such as smallpox, measles, rubella, and Ebola. And now, there is the opportunity to end the COVID-19 pandemic through vaccines.
  9. The eradication of polio remains a goal of the highest order for Rotary. We can apply the lessons we have learned in fighting polio to the efforts in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shekhar Mehta                                                                              John Germ
President, Rotary International                                                Chair, The Rotary Foundation

CC: RI Board of Directors & Directors-elect, TRF Board of Trustees and incoming Trustees, District Governors-elect, Club Presidents-elect, Regional Leaders, COVID-19 Task Force, International PolioPlus Committee, Communications Committee
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Special Christmas Program 12-20 2021-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

Fearing for his safety, Than Hre, a student whose activism had attracted the attention of Myanmar’s military government, fled his homeland in 2000. He made his way from Hakha, the capital of the country’s mountainous Chin State, to Guam, where he would wait two years before securing permission to immigrate to the U.S. mainland.
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World Grace Project December 13 2021-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Programs

We are entering our winter "break" but already have several great programs lined up for 2022!
December 27 - NO MEETING
January 3, 2022 - NO MEETING
January 10 - Main Street Waterloo
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District Governor Jeff Hassman Speaking Dec 6

Get to know Jeff Hassman who was named the 2021-2022 District Governor earlier this year!
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Jeff has a business degree from the University of Northern Iowa and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Jeff has nearly 20 years of professional experience in a variety of corporate, consulting and entrepreneurial environments, including working for Deere & Company, global consulting and establishing CVP Advisors. Jeff partnered with the team to form Efficient Technologies in 2014, where he is integral in strategy and finance.
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Rotary International News

S. Marathe, a young Rotary member with a vision impairment, recently authored a blog post on the characteristics of a great ally. As 3 Dec is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we want to highlight those characteristics.

As a young Rotary member who has lived with a vision impairment, I have come to understand the importance of allies. An ally is anyone that actively aspires to be inclusive and is intentional through their thoughts, actions, and words to consciously promote a respectful and inclusive culture.
Many organizations are actively attempting to address the low employee representation across minority groups of gender, culture, and disability and are adopting a range of strategies. But many times, it’s the day-to-day actions that make the most difference. For International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December, I wanted to share some of the characteristics that make a great ally.
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Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Nov 29  2021-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention in June 2022 2021-11-29 06:00:00Z 0

MidAmerican Energy November 22

Jeremy Sorensen of MidAmerican Energy is speaking Monday to give us updates on their organization.
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, safely meets the energy needs of more than 1.6 million customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, we have more than 3,400 dedicated employees serving our customers every day across our service territory.
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Empowering Women in Rotary

Meet Andrea Cassidy, a Rotary Club of Ontario member that empowers women through her role as a #Rotary member and midwife, offering free care through
Andrea Cassidy of Rotary Club of Windsor (1918), Ontario gets to empower women every day at her job as a midwife.
“The best part of my job is giving women permission to care for themselves.”
She’s able to offer free midwife care through Ontario Ministry of Health. Through this she can offer care to the most vulnerable populations. We’re proud to have a member like Andrea!
Empowering Women in Rotary 2021-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

2021 Football MVP - Carter Gallagher - Columbus

Since 1946 the Waterloo Rotary Club has enjoyed the honor each year to celebrate outstanding performance by high school athletes in the city of Waterloo and surrounding areas. Football coaching staffs at each school in the city nominate a senior MVP from their team. In a secret ballot, area sportswriters make the citywide selection. The winner receives the Glen "Doc" Miller traveling trophy as top player in his sport. The winner is entitled to display the trophy at his school for the next twelve months.

2021 Glen "Doc" Miller Most Valuable Football Player

Carter Gallagher, Columbus High School

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Meet New Member, Rachael Swisher Hoffman 2021-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Meet New Member: Rick Petersen 2021-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

Football Banquet is Monday

Monday all of the Waterloo high school football teams will be honored and an MVP will be chosen!

2021 Most Valuable Seniors
Football Player Selections
Columbus High School                                 
Carter Gallagher  

East High School
Kjuan Owens

West High School                           
Tyree Gardner                                
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Former Waterloo East and Minnesota State Mankato Football Player - Lance Dunn Sr -- will be keynote speaker.
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Rotary Funds Malnutrition Relief in Ethiopia 2021-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Program: Mid American Energy 2021-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Volleyball Award Banquet Speaker

Meet Megan Maahs, this year's keynote speaker!
Megan is a 2020 graduate from the University of Northern Iowa. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health and minors in Gerontology and Biology.
Megan was a part of the women’s basketball team at UNI between 2016-2021.
Megan will finish her Masters in Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa in the spring of 2022. 
Megan is from Epworth, Iowa and graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 2016. She is the daughter of Bruce and Lori Maahs and a big sister to McKenzie and Madison Maahs. She enjoys being with her family, hanging out with friends and cheering on her younger sisters. 
Currently, she is the Administrative Program Coordinator at Peoples Community Health Clinic in Waterloo, Iowa. She began as an intern for Christine Kemp, CEO, during her undergraduate work in 2020. She was hired in June 2020. She loves the work that Peoples Clinic does for the community. She enjoys coming to work every day and being a part of a great team with the same goal in mind – to provide compassionate, high quality, affordable health care to all.”
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2021 Volleyball MVP - Eva Christensen, Columbus 2021-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

Let’s talk about one of #Rotary’s Causes: Protecting the #Environment The Rotary Foundation is committed to enabling members to take #climate action through land protection, sustainable agriculture and more.
Will climate change bring more poverty? Will we be able to stop its worst effects? Former Rotary scholars and peace fellows who studied environmental issues offer their thoughts. They discuss the struggles they face working to combat climate change, and what solutions give them hope. 
Read the full story on the website
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Waterloo City Council Candidates Forum Nov 1st

On Monday, we had all the candidates running for Waterloo City Council attend our forum. - you can watch the Facebook LIVE video here. Our club extends appreciation to each candidate as well as our moderator Kevin McCrindle and time keeper Steve Schmitt.  Annie Vander Werff and Jaclyne Heller are to be commended on securing all the candidates that joined us over the lunch hour.
Below is a list of the candidates...
Waterloo City Council Ward 1
John Chiles
Micki McCracken
Waterloo City Council Ward 3
Todd Maxson
Nia Wilder
Waterloo City Council Ward 5
Ray Feuss (Incumbent)
Dawn Henry
Waterloo City Council At-Large
Dennis Halverson
Rob Nichols
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Annual Sports Banquets Coming Up

Get excited...2021 Rotary Volleyball Banquet is November 8 and 2021 Football Banquet is November 15! A reminder this is a time to honor local high school senior athletes.
Guest speakers this year will be Megan Maahs (former UNI Basketball Player) at the Volleyball Banquet and Lance Dunn (former Minnesota State-Mankato Football player) at the Football Banquet!
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Rotary Interact Award Entries Wanted

This year’s Interact Awards are all about service-learning! Tell us about your service-learning experience by submitting a video, photo or essay by 1 December 2021.
Show us how your members are taking action across the globe, in your community, and in yourselves through service-learning. Start your service-learning journey by completing our service-learning course then share your experience in the 2021 Interact Awards. We are accepting videos, photos, and essays as part of the Interact Awards. Nominations will be accepted from 1 September 2021 at 00:00 Chicago Time (UTC-5) until 1 December 2021 at 23:59 Chicago Time.
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Cardinal Construction Ribbon Cutting Ceremony November 4 2021-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Cedar Falls Rotary Club Request

Dear Fellow Rotarians:
North Star Community Services provides support services to some of our most vulnerable citizens, adults with disabilities living in north east, north central, and parts of central Iowa. Last year they supported around 4550 individuals. Executive Director Valerie Schwager and her team work very hard to bring in enough funding to cover basic operating costs, but it is a struggle to find extra for capital expenses.
The need for capital expenditures is now! Many of the facilities are aging and in need of important repairs. Support to those they serve comes first, so funds cannot be pulled away for capital repairs. That is why we are reaching out to you and your club!
Although services are provided from offices located in Mason City, New Hampton, Waverly, Marshalltown, Toledo and Vinton, it is the Waterloo facilities that North Star owns that have immediate needs. The cost will be approximately $168,000, but just $84,000 has been raised.
The Cedar Falls Rotary club has raised over $5,000 and received a matching district grant. This will help with a project at the University Avenue location. Please consider helping us expand this project or contact Valerie about something closer to your club. There is also a need to upgrade accessible transportation.
Fellow Rotarians, we are great at funding international projects, but this can help on the home front and is a hidden but very necessary part of our communities!
Please call Valerie Schwager (319-226-8344), Miller Roskamp (319-240-0087), or Mike Butler (319-239-6214), if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support!
Mike Butler
Foundation Chairperson - Cedar Falls Rotary Club
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November Birthdays

Look at this group led by longtime Rotarian and all-around amazing architect Hovey! With a very busy November program schedule, we saved our birthday recognition for November 22nd - all of these Rotarians have now completed their latest trip around the sun.

Brom, R. Hovey - Nov 05
Crisp, Jay - Nov 06
Allbaugh, David - Nov 08
Jenson, Luke - Nov 08
Miller, Donna - Nov 12
Thies, Shannon - Nov 15
Hall, Tavis - Nov 16
Hovey leads our club in years of service and age, and we are incredibly lucky to count him among our members. In January, he shared his World War II experiences with our club and if you were unable to join us, you can watch the program on our YouTube channel.  Click this link to be directed there:
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Lost & Found

Can you help Henry Edsil track down a couple lost printed Rotary directories?
"I am trying to locate two small (approx. 3 inch X 8 inch) black leatherette ring binders of old Rotary members from the early 1960’s that a friend gave me.  These contained printed bio sheets with photographs of Rotary members from that era.  I brought these to Rotary sometime in 2019 (before the Covid mess) and left them for members to check out, but I don’t know who had them last.  I’d like to get these back."
If you have them or know where we might find these, please email Kevin McCrindle or Mason Fromm, and we'll help reunite them with Henry!
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Mayor Candidate Forum October 25 with All Three Candidates

We had a great turnout Monday, and all three candidates answered questions submitted by our members.  You can watch the forum on our Facebook page by clicking here.
Meet the Candidates (bio information below is alphabetical order)...
Candidate Mayor Quentin Hart
Now serving his third term, Quentin Hart is the first African American to serve as Mayor of Waterloo, Iowa.  Hart took the office in January 2016. He served three terms as Ward 4 Councilman from 2008 through 2015 including an appointment as first African American Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Waterloo.  
Previously, Mayor Hart provided leadership for multicultural initiatives and promoting awareness and appreciation for diversity on campus and the community as Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs for Hawkeye Community College. He received his MAE in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs from the University of Northern Iowa and has a BA in Sociology from Minnesota State and a Liberal Arts Degree from Iowa Central Community College.  Hart serves with the US Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, Accelerator for America Advisory Board, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE), and President-elect of the Iowa League of Cities as wells as numerous regional and state organizations and appointments.
Candidate Margaret Klein
Born in Emmetsburg, Iowa, my family moved to Waterloo before I was one year old.
My father was a German immigrant and my mother was born in America.  Dad worked at Rath and Mom worked at Chamberlain.
My 4 sisters and I grew up on a dirt street, called Phillips Street and then 1136 Independence Ave. I attended St. John Catholic grade school, Columbus Catholic high school, and the University of Northern Iowa.
Max, who is retired from John Deere, and I have been married for 52 years.  We have 7 children, 24 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
I supplemented the family income by working for the Catholic schools. 5 years ago, I first ran for the city council in Ward 1.  I lost.
The very next year, I ran for the city council and won. I have served nearly 4 years and been amazed at the things I have seen and learned.
Candidate Sophia Mays
Sophia Mays is a United States veteran and is a resident of Waterloo, Ia. Attending school at the Waterloo community School. Elementary at Lincoln School. Went to Logan Intermediate and is graduated of Waterloo East High School. After graduating in 1999, she decided to join the Army. She was in the army for two years before she decided to leave the Army and to come home to Waterloo and has lived here in the city ever since. In trying to finding what she wanted to do she attended Hawkeye Community college where she received her certification in CNC Machining. She then switched her studies to liberal arts and has been more interested in the business aspect of Liberal Arts. she has worked construction jobs in trenching communication wiring. Working other jobs such as Tyson Foods cleaning and has also worked at Hy-Vee on Logan Ave. In 2008 she joined the campaign for Barack Obama as a volunteer an became involved in  politics. Iowa was the deciding factor for whether or not Barack would win. Waterloo was very involved in that win. Sophia is considers herself as one who would do the work needed to be done.
Mayor Candidate Forum October 25 with All Three Candidates 2021-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

November 1 is City Council Forum

Join us on Monday, November 1 to see many of the Waterloo candidates for City Council.  Council Candidates confirmed to attend (as of 10/19): Dennis Halverson, Rob Nichols, John Chiles, Micki McCracken, Nia Wilder, Ray Feuss, and Dawn Henry. If you have questions for the candidates, please email them to Annie before Monday.
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Rotary International Update 2021-10-24 05:00:00Z 0

Impressive Lunches Served at Rotary

Italian food was served last week that made you think you were at Olive Garden!
If you've been missing the food and fellowship at Rotary - the good new is BOTH ARE BACK every Monday!  The renovated 1st floor of the Waterloo Convention Center is beautiful and we'd love to see your face again now that' we're regularly meeting in person.  Guests are also welcome, so check the upcoming programs and reach out to potential members with a lunch invitation!
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Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony October 18

Our very own Rich Frevert - Executive Director - will share the newest things happening at the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony!
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Over the past 20 months, wcfsymphony produced a library of digital media in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  This digital library includes performances, musician profiles and educational videos.  I will be sharing examples of this library while talking about the impact of the pandemic on the world of music. I will also share information about our upcoming concerts including the Villains & Superheroes concert at Riverloop on October 30th and New Year’s Eve with Maddie Poppe on December 31st.  
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Upcoming Programs

Below is a list of programs in next month. Please reach out to Jaclyne or Micki with more program suggestions!
October 25.......................Mayor Forum
November 1.....................City Council Forum
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One City United Presenting on Monday

One City exists to create healthy environments that inspire transformation by bringing hope, love and opportunity into lives.
Dean Feltes is the Executive Director of One City United, a non-profit organization in Waterloo, IA. Dean has lived and worked in Waterloo for the past twelve years with a focus on equipping people to overcome barriers. Dean cofounded One City United in 2018 and over the past three years they have impacted nearly 100 people, through multiple programs, to overcome significant life and employment barriers. One City focuses on long term relationships as well as intense and impactful training, teaching and equipping so that individuals can thrive. 
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Rotary International Update 2021-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

October Birthdays

We'll celebrate our club members today who were born in October - look at this list!
Lind, Mike - Oct 04
Heaton, Bob - Oct 07
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
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Rotary International Update

"#Rotary is committed to helping end poverty globally and to protecting the planet by pledging $97 million dollars in grant funding during 2022 for sustainable, member-led projects."
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Tri-County Child and Family Development Council

Join us October 4th - Dr. Robert Welch will be presenting on Tri-County Child and Family Development Council.
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Tri County Child & Family Development Inc. is a local non-profit corporation. We have the privilege of holding the Federal grant to implement the Federal Head Start program in Black Hawk, Buchanan, and Grundy counties in Iowa.
Tri County Child & Family Development is a single purpose agency founded 30+ years ago, with hopes of keeping a viable Head Start program in our area. Our mission has been to serve the children and families in these counties.
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President-Elect Jen Jones 2021-09-23 05:00:00Z 0

Friends of the Family Presentation September 27

On Monday - at the Convention Center downtown - join us to hear from Ben Brustkern of Friends of the Family!
Friends of the Family works tirelessly to help survivors and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We take pride in our advocacy efforts, which began in 1992. Over the years, we have expanded our organization to aid people in 27 Iowa counties thanks to generous donations and strong leadership from our staff and Board of Directors.
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Rotarian Starts Empowering Girls

Líderes do Futuro is a girl-centered learning environment with storytelling tools for girls and allies to create social change. "Based on our girl-centered leadership approach, we launched an online and self-paced program on Canvas. It features 15 storytelling modules called “chapters” for girls to create and share stories according to their interests. The program offers guided prompts, multimedia resources, and discussion boards for them to build knowledge and act together across differences and territories. Initially in English, we hope to adapt it soon to other languages such as Portuguese and Spanish."
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Northeast Iowa Foodbank Launches New Logo 2021-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Pictures from Foodbank and VGM Conference Volunteering

While our club did not meet last week we performed two volunteer projects as a group. On September 13 we helped at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in a food saving project in which 20 Rotarians participated in sorting, inspecting and repackaging produce and prepared food products so they could be distributed by the Food Bank. Click here to see us at work. We were able to save  1,000 pounds of food!
On September 14 and 15th club members again served as Room Ambassadors for the VGM Heartland Conference at educational programs held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cedar Falls. Each Rotarian worked in one of six rooms and helped the program run on time. We are hoping to help out next June as well when the program will return to the Waterloo Convention Center. Between work sessions we were able to dine together outside as shown in the pictures. Members helping out also attended training sessions by VGM staff on Zoom. Click here to see photos.
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Grout Museum Program Sept 20 at Convention Center

JOIN US AT THE WATERLOO CONVENTION CENTER for a look at our newly renovated "home"!  There is still work going on outside and on the 2nd floor, but the ground floor looks amazing!
Alan Sweeney of the Grout Museum will give an update on new projects/exhibits this fall!
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Rotary back in Convention Center September 20

Starting September 20, we will start doing lunch at the newly renovated convention center! The convention center wants to know 5 business days before each meeting how many people are anticipated to attend. Please e-mail EJ at on whether or not you will be attending. Our club will need to RSVP with the convention center each week so please remember to email EJ every week if you plan to attend the following Monday.
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Rotary International Update

The work Champions of Change Winner Chris Hayter has done to reduce Malaria cases in Bakau by developing and constructing new drainage systems has had a life-changing effect on the community 🙌

The Bakau Drainage project has helped reduce the incidence of Malaria in Bakau by constructing, developing and maintaining a drainage system to address poor storm water management.

It was following a holiday to The Gambia in 2006, that Chris developed strong bonds with the West African country. In particular, she connected with the Bakau community, a village on Gambia’s Atlantic coastline to the west of the capital, Banjul.

After seven trips in seven years to The Gambia, it became evident there was a need to improve the education, health and environment of Bakau, and Chris needed to galvanise the community to work towards a solution.

So the seeds were sown for the ‘Oasis Project’, a charity which began in 2007. Chris founded the Starlight School which is responsible for the education of 200 children in Bakau. 

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Rotary Volunteering at Northeast Iowa Foodbank Sep 13  2021-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

September Birthdays

Look at all the Waterloo Rotarians with birthdays in September!  We'll celebrate them on the 20th.
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
Burton, Bryan - Sep 15
Richter, Bari - Sep 16
Reints, Casey - Sep 17
Steffens, Larry - Sep 23
Hildebrandt, Nick - Sep 24
Schaefer, Adam - Sep 24
Pullin-Van Auken, Deb - Sep 26
Halverson, Jeff - Sep 28
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Aug 30th Program at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

Steve Carignan - Executive Director - will have a special presentation on Gallagher's upcoming shows!
Decades of dreams and three years of construction became a reality on April 6, 2000, with the dedication of the new Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa. Enabled by the generosity of Cedar Valley residents Ed and Cathy Gallagher and Carl and Peggy Bluedorn, as well as support from the university, the state and over 1,400 donors across Iowa, this was the first major center to open in Iowa in twenty years. The $23 million, 100,000 square foot complex features three state-of-the-art concert halls, a soaring glass-walled lobby and dozens of teaching and rehearsal spaces. All three halls have been designed with superb acoustics and intimate sightlines. The Great Hall also has cutting-edge theatre technology, enabling the center to present artists spanning from chamber ensembles to the biggest Broadway shows. Hosting more than 300 performances each year, the GBPAC showcases the world's finest artists, ensembles of the UNI School of Music, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and many other regional events.
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Rotary Disaster Relief

When disaster strikes, #Rotary members respond. Here’s a snapshot of how a Rotary Global Grant helped Beirut after the 2020 port explosion. Members made this possible. Learn more about our grant program and how you can help:
The clouds of white smoke billowing into the air over Beirut were an ominous sign that something had gone terribly wrong in a storage hangar at the city’s port. Then a fireball of orange smoke and flames erupted straight up into the sky.

The massive explosion on 4 August 2020 killed more than 200 people, displaced hundreds of thousands more from their homes, and destroyed or damaged many structures. It was caused by a dangerous mix of materials that had been stored in the hangar — including ammonium nitrate, oil, kerosene, hydrochloric acid, miles of fuse wire on spools, and 15 tons of fireworks.

Like many buildings near the site of the explosion, Beirut hospitals were left with extreme damage, often making it difficult or impossible to treat patients safely. This led to a sudden surge in demand at other hospitals not directly affected by the blast.

As the magnitude of the destruction became known, Rotary clubs in Lebanon and around the world asked themselves what they could do to respond to a disaster that was playing out amid a deadly global pandemic. They soon realized that hospitals, some of which had been severely damaged, were in dire need of help. Beirut-area clubs received donations from clubs around the world; some worked with clubs outside Lebanon to apply for global grants from The Rotary Foundation.

Read the rest of the story here:

Rotary clubs in Lebanon spring into action after a major disaster | Rotary International



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Upcoming Programs

Below are programs coming up in the next few weeks...
September 6........................No Meeting (Labor Day)
September 13.......................@ Northeast Iowa Foodbank (Service Project)
September 20.......................TBD
September 27........................Friends of the Family, Ben Brustkern
October 4..............................Head Start Program, Tri-County Child and Family Development Council
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Growing Rotary Membership

Pursuing membership leads can be the first step to growing a passionate, engaged #Rotary club. Read KR Parthasarathy’s advice on motivating potential and existing participants to get involved:

The Rotaract Club Of Secunderabad Medicos donates oxygen beds to Gandhi Medical Hospital.

Doing something good in the Rotary world has always been my passion. The reach and access that I was afforded as an assistant governor in my district in India made it possible for me to reach my goals. 

My endeavor to grow Rotary in my region began with an idea to revive our 52-year-old community based Rotaract Club of Secunderabad. It was chartered in April of 1968 and is one of the oldest Rotaract clubs in the world. Until the last few years, the club was slumbering with not much activity and not a lot of member engagement. We started at the top, revamping the leadership and bringing in passionate and active people. We were then able to induct 30 new members and discover ways to get them involved in voluntarily community services activities that they were proud to participate in.  

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Rotary Foundation Presentation August 23

Deb Pullin-Van Auken will be talking about the latest with the Rotary Foundation on Monday at the Best Western Hotel in downtown Waterloo.
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The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions.
Lunch will be offered by GR Kitchen and Taps Restaurant. You may pay at the restaurant where you will also place your order. Please RSVP by FRIDAY 8/20 and let us know you are coming and if you plan on eating. Open 11:30-1:30 to members. 
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National Cattle Congress Presentation Aug 16

Special presentation and updates by director and board members!
Jim Koch - National Cattle Congress Manager - will present information on the history of the NCC as well as details on this year’s fair. Board of Directors Vice-President Deb Pullin-Van Auken will then add to that presentation with info on current restoration efforts and improvement plans. Steve Schmitt - Board of Directors President - will also be available for questions and to add to the presentation as needed. The meeting will be held at the historic Electric Park Ballroom. Tours will be available after the meeting for those interested in a more in-depth look at the fairgrounds facilities.
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Rotary Club of Lake Houston Builds Trade School in Nicaragua

Texas and Nicaragua, what could possibly connect the two? #Rotary of course! The Rotary Club of Lake Houston Area has partnered with a non-profit organization to build a trade school in Nicaragua!
Frank Huezo, now a member of the Rotary Club of Kingwood, Texas, introduced his former club, the Rotary Club of Lake Houston Area, to the work of a local nonprofit called Fundación Chinandega 2001, which helps the children. Rotary members helped build a trade school, which trains students in practical skills such as woodworking, metalworking, welding, digital photography, and sewing. Funding from an expanding network of Rotary members in Texas and elsewhere also supported a hospital, a shelter for pregnant women, and a group home that helps blind children transition to mainstream schools.
Read about more projects here:
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Upcoming Programs

Monday, August 23 we will meet at the BestWestern Hotel - Rotary Foundation update from Deb Pullin-VanAuken and lunch will be offered by GR Kitchen and Taps Restaurant. You may pay at the restaurant where you will also place your order. Please RSVP by FRIDAY 8/20 and let us know you are coming and if you plan on eating. Open 11:30-1:30 to members.
Monday, August 30 - Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Monday, September 6 - NO MEETING / HAPPY LABOR DAY!
September 13 - Service Project @ Northeast Iowa Food Bank
September 13, 14, & 15 Waterloo Rotary will be supporting VGM at their conference. Will you be able to work a shift? Email EJ for more details.
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Amy Eaton Speaking Monday via Zoom

Amy Eaton - Director of Marketing and Strategic Development at Women Lead Change - is our program August 9. Women Lead Change is dedicated to the development, advancement and promotion of women, their organizations, and to impacting the economy and future workforce.
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Cedar Valley Rotary Club Fundraiser Coming up! 2021-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

Meet New Rotarian: Becky Gors

Occupation:  33 years with Iowa Securities Investment Corporation – Executive Vice President since 1999
Hometown: Rochester, MN
College:  AA degree RCC, BS degree UW La Crosse, MBA Winona State
Favorite Food:  Gluten Free Donuts I make from scratch
Favorite Movie: Second Hand Lions
Biggest Pet Peeve:  People not keeping their word
Unique Fact:  My Family runs the SE Minnesota Bluegrass Association
Hobbies:  Fiddle player with Cedar Valley Bluegrass, Genealogy and Fishing
Favorite Quote:  “Say what you’ll do and do what you say.”
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Operation Warm

Dave Lee will be speaking briefly on Monday with an update on Operation Warm.
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August Birthdays

There are A LOT of Rotarians with August birthdays!  This group of 13 will be celebrating this month, and we'll honor them at our August 9th meeting.
Harrison CassAug 09 
Michael LarsonAug 09 
Shelia BairdAug 10
Kathleen BraunAug 16 
Norman UsseryAug 16 
Gil Irey Aug 17 
David LeeAug 18 
Jack DusenberryAug 21 
Amy RousselowAug 22 
Michelle WeidnerAug 23 
Beth McCrindleAug 24 
Mindy HendricksenAug 28 
Jim SeeleyAug 30 
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We will NOT have a regular Monday meeting August 2nd, due to the Family Picnic held July 29th.  August 9th will be our next meeting through Zoom and we'll hear from Amy Eaton about Advancing Women Leaders: Women Lead Change Launches Cedar Valley Women Connect
Future programs include:
August 16th - National Cattle Congress 2021 @ Electric Park Ballroom
August 23rd - Rotary Foundation update
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Meet New Rotarian: Ashlyn Kullen

Ashlyn Kullen - Business Development and Marketing Specialist at Cardinal Construction -- is one of our newest Rotarians!

Occupation: Business Development and Marketing Specialist at Cardinal Construction

Hometown: Waterloo, IA

College: Studied Communications and Public Relations at the University of Northern Iowa

Favorite food: Homemade Mac and Cheese 

Favorite movie: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 

Biggest Pet Peeve: Knowing a surprise is coming, but not knowing the details of the surprise 

Unique fact about yourself: I am recently engaged, so I can add wedding planning to my already long to-do list! 

Hobbies: I am extremely family oriented. I enjoy spending time with my 5 nieces and nephews and watching my fiancé play competitive hockey. I love connecting with people in my community and serving at Sent church!

Favorite quote: "Excellence in the small things leads to success in the big things." -Christine Caine



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German Rotarians Helping with Floods 2021-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

Waterloo Community Playhouse Presenting Monday

This week's Rotary meeting is at Waterloo Center for the Arts and our program is a preview of "Little Miss Sunshine."
Based on the Academy Award-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is an outrageously funny and surprisingly touching musical. Energetic Olive, enters a regional children's beauty pageant, the family thinks that their luck could change and embarks on a cross-country trek, chasing the coveted title of "Little Miss Sunshine." The show is filled with warmth, humor and a tuneful score.
Waterloo Community Playhouse is offering 4 performances this weekend and you can purchase tickets online!
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Got Program Ideas? 

To help divide up responsibilities, Jaclyne Heller and Micki McCracken will be scheduling the remainder of the programs for 2021. There are some already lined up by EJ/Annie, but please see us at the July 19 Rotary in-person meeting or e-mail us at  and
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Rotary International Update 2021-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary IN PERSON Monday, July 19 2021-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

Rep. Sandy Salmon Speaking July 19

Our speaker Representative Sandy Salmon will join us IN PERSON and offered this synopsis: I will be speaking on why we should oppose the Equal Rights Amendment. I will outline the many unintended consequences of such a change to our Constitution. I will also explain how current efforts in Congress could result in the same damaging results as the ERA.

Sandy Salmon is serving her third term in the Iowa House.

Sandy and her husband, Matt, live on an acreage between Janesville and Denver and have lived in northeast Iowa 25 years.  Currently, Sandy partners with her sister to manage the family farm in northwest Iowa. You can read her full biography in the link below:

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August 16 Deadline for Volunteer Sign up for VGM 2021-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

July Birthdays

How about we sing Happy Birthday TOGETHER again? We'll honor these July birthday babies with a chorus of voices in the SAME ROOM at our meeting July 19th.
Rick Morris Jul 02 
Jerry MaifieldJul 07 
James MadisonJul 10 
Allison BeachJul 11 
Lauren Finke Jul 17 
Milton DakovichJul 20 
David HolmJul 23 
Mike BrosharJul 26 
Heather LaBonteJul 27 
Bob ManningJul 30 
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VGM's Heartland Conference Back this September 2021-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Family Picnic July 29

Waterloo Rotary Club Family Picnic on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Rotary Reserve         
Dear Waterloo Rotarians:
We are returning to our family picnic at the Waterloo Rotary Reserve Lodge located at 5932 N. Union Road, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. Here Are the details:
MENU:  Broasted Chicken Breast (White and dark meat), Marcella’s baked beans, corn on the cob, watermelon, coleslaw, ice cream of various flavors with dressings. Bottled water, coffee, iced tea, lemonade and chocolate and white milk will be provided as well.
COSTS:  $12.50 for one person, $25.00 for a couple and $30 for a family of 3 or more-payment can be made by mailing to Waterloo Rotary Club, PO Box 118, Waterloo, IA 50704-0118 or by paying at the door in cash or by check. There will be a table by the front door to check you in and take payments if you are paying at the door.
WHEN WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU: Our head cook Larry Steffens needs to know by Thursday, July 22 at 9 a.m. if you will be attending and how many people will be in your group. Please contact E.J. Gallagher by email at or by phone at 319-215-7078 (cell) or 319-234-2206 (landline). If you reserve and something comes up preventing you from attending please use the previous contact information to let us know.
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Rotary International Looking for Champions of Girls' Empowerment

There's still time to nominate an outstanding individual working to empower girls! Honorees will be recognized at key #Rotary events, including Rotary Day with
@UNICEF this October.

Submission Deadline: Friday 23 July 

Equality is a fundamental human right that’s necessary for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. Still, girls and women worldwide face inequities in areas including health and education, and they experience violence and poverty at higher rates than boys and men.

In keeping with 2021-22 Rotary International President, Shekhar Mehta's goal of encouraging clubs and districts to empower girls in all of the service initiatives they undertake during his Presidential year, Rotary will honor six individuals – Rotarians, Rotaractors, and/or Rotary Peace Fellow Alumni - as Rotary People of Action: Champions of Girls' Empowerment during Rotary Day with UNICEF on 29 October. 

Full details here:

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July 12 Club Meeting Agenda

This week's virtual meeting is a full agenda of items to kick off our new Rotary year! As we turn the page on the challenging 2020-2021 Rotary year, we'll discuss upcoming projects and plans to get back to in-person meetings!
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June 28 Program - Service Opportunities

Join us for our virtual meeting at noon to learn about opportunities for service work between the Cedar Valley and Haiti. President Annie will also share a re-cap of the Cultural Immersion Workshop last week which was sponsored by our club.  Click the link below to join us at noon!
Meeting ID: 985 7618 4918
Password: 061645
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Annual Steak Fry a Success 2021-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Board Member Vicki Mueller Promoted

WATERLOO, Iowa – JUNE 21, 2021 – After a nationwide search, Vicki Mueller was selected to succeed Chris Hoffman as Executive Director of Pathways Behavioral Services effective August 18.
              “I am very pleased with the Board of Directors and their decision to promote Vicki to Executive Director,” said Chris Hoffman, current Executive Director. “When I retire in August, I know that Pathways will be in good hands and continue to positively impact the community for many years to come. Her years of dedication and growth make her a great fit.”
              Hoffman – who has served in the position for nearly two decades -- announced his decision to retire in May and immediately a search committee was put together to begin the search process.
              Mueller is no stranger to Pathways as she has just completed her 21st year with the organization and has served in multiple roles. Most recently, Mueller was Provider Services and Prevention Services Supervisor and served on the leadership team that oversees over 100 employees who help those in six counties dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues.
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Rotary President-Elect Urges us to Dream Big 2021-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Steak Fry is Thursday June 24 2021-06-18 05:00:00Z 0


We'll gather at the Rotary Reserve for the Steak Fry this week, so there is no regular Monday meeting.
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Cultural Immersion Workshop & Reception 2021-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Virtual Convention Starts June 12 2021-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Steak Fry RSVP

We will start signing in at 5 p.m. and will have a happy hour at 5:30 p.m. We will have a 10-minute program as in past years...Pledge of allegiance, officer introduction, brief history of the Reserve and invocation. Dinner will be available at 6:30 p.m. Cleanup will start at 8 p.m.
MENU: Choice of 12-ounce ribeye steak or boneless chicken breast, lettuce salad bar (baby carrots and celery, baked potato with sour cream and butter for topping. Dessert will include ice cream and strawberries. Coffee, iced tea, lemonade and milk will be provided. Our cooks state that there will be enough nonmeat items to take care of those who prefer a vegetarian meal,
BAR: Mix will be available. Please bring a bottled beverage to share. See Rotary 5 Way Test #5.
CHILDREN: This event will not have a children’s program –stay tuned for one at our July 29 family picnic. We can provide mac and cheese for children under 5 along with dessert and beverage at no cost. Children older than that can order a steak or chicken meal which will be charged at an adult price.
PRICE:  $12.50 per person.
PAYMENT: By check to Waterloo Rotary, PO 118, Waterloo, IA 50704-0118 or pay at door
WE NEED TO KNOW WHETHER YOU WILL BE ATTENDING BY JUNE 18 with the number of people in your group and choice of either ribeye steak or chicken breast.
Waterloo Rotary Steak Fry—Thursday, June 24—5 to 8 P.M.
Rotary Reserve Lodge-5932 N. Union Rd., Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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Program Monday at Rotary Shelter - George Wyth

The program Monday is at Rotary Shelter - George Wyth. Please contact Mark Durbahn if you are able to come out early to help build picnic tables. He says they will start putting together at 10:30 - very fun and easy. Like putting together legos! 
Also to let us know if they will be joining us for lunch at Noon! We will have a program update and present an honorary member award to Marcella Ericson
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Derecho Program Monday 2021-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians in the News 2021-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Help with Safer Childbirth Practices 2021-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

June Birthdays

Join us June 7th to honor these Rotarians celebrating birthdays in June:
Kathleen WernimontJun 2 
Lisa GatesJun 14 
David BuckJun 19 
Jacylne HellerJun 19 
Chris KempJun 22 
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UNI Director of Sustainability Presenting Monday 2021-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

World Bee Day

Did you know that May 20 was World Bee Day?
Did you know? Pollinators like bees contribute directly to food security and conserving biodiversity. #Rotary even has a fellowship dedicated to help #savethebees.
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Boys and Girls Club Presenting May 17

Rebecca McCarty is the Director of Mission Engagement at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley and will update us on what's happened the past year at Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley.
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Main Street Waterloo - Main Street Sweep

Main Street Sweep is TOMORROW, May 22nd, and our club needs more volunteers to register online.  The more people we have, the more we can accomplish!  Take a few minutes and watch the videos linked below of Dallas and let him inspire you....then sign up to volunteer :)  Please share the volunteer link with your family, friends, co-workers. 
We will meet at the Main Street office 212 E 4th St. for volunteer check in, coffee and donuts (sponsored by Bien Venu) and instructions.  We will have some equipment available for use, but feel free to bring your own.  The clean up supplies have been sponsored by Spellers True Value. Iowa Love is giving the first 30 volunteers who sign up a free shirt!  Look at all of those incentives!
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your help. Have a great day. 
Thank you,
Jessica Rucker
Executive Director
Main Street Waterloo
Waterloo School's FB Live
Main Street Waterloo's FB Live
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May 10th - Doris Kelly - Equal Rights Amendment

Former State Representative Doris Kelley and also Emerita Chair, Vice-Chair and Executive Director of the Iowa Board of Parole, will be our guest speaker.  Her presentation is titled “ERA:  it’s about time.”
Doris’s discussion will focus on how the Equal Rights Amendment came to be first introduced to the American public in 1923, actions since 1923 to make the ERA the 28th Amendment to the Constitution, U.S. House of Representative approval of the ERA, the U.S. Senate currently sitting on the legislation and research as to why the ERA is needed.
Rotary members may not know that women and men have the same legal rights in only six countries out of the 187 countries in the world and 94% of Americans want the ERA to become law of the land.  Because the Constitution proclaims a nation’s values, we need the ERA because our nation must close the book – once and for all – on the idea that equality of rights is a debatable issue.
The ERA: it’s about time.
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Representative Salmon to be rescheduled 2021-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Quiz 2021-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary started Polio Plus program in 1985 2021-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Events to Support Youth in the Cedar Valley

Check out these local opportunities...
May 5th Cedar Valley Career Expo-
Connect with students for summer employment, internships, apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, full and part time positions during the inaugural 2021 Cedar Valley Career Expo.  Employers and organizations set up at 7:30 for an 8oclock start time.  The event ends at 3pm and spot interviews are available.  Register by completing the registration form here as booths are available on a first come first serve basis.  We will provide a table and two chairs (more upon request and please let us know if electricity is required). This is a free event. We will also launch our career corner with our "Dress for Success" Closet and Career Development Kiosk (a location where I can post open positions for the students to access).

UNI-Cue & the Waterloo Career Center Summer Internship Program-
The University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education and the Waterloo Career Center is excited to announce our inaugural Summer Internship Program. Students 16-19 years of age have an opportunity to work for companies in high demand careers, while receiving pay, mentorship and soft skills.
We pay the students, as companies are only responsible for assigning tasks, tracking hours, and general supervisory duties. Business orientation will take place on
May 10th at 3pm. For additional information please contact Megan at

WCC Sports Marketing Networking Event
The Sports Marketing class is planning a golf outing as their class project.  This will take place at South Hills Golf Club on May 19th at 3 pm.  The objective of this assignment is to plan an event that allows for networking with the business partners of the WCC. Each hole will have a sign promoting a career path(s),and two students from each area by the sign.  This is to chat with the golfers about their experience at the WCC.For more information please contact Jill Schares
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Main Street Waterloo Speaking May 3

We'll hear from fellow Rotarian (of Cedar Valley Club) Jessica Rucker, she's the Executive Director of Main Street Waterloo and has dozens of events coming up.
Main Street Waterloo is dedicated to enhancing the vitality of downtown Waterloo through historic preservation, economic development and community engagement. Downtown Waterloo is home to 2,100 residents and 5,500 day-time workers; $70,000,000 worth of annual commerce and averaging $8,000,000 in annual private re-investment into the district.
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Tavis Hall Speaking on Waterloo Tourism and RAGBRAI 2021 2021-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Starts Community Action Group 2021-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
Last Chance to Register for District Conference 2021-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
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Sue Armrecht Obituary

Our club is saddened to learn of Sue's passing last week. Sue learned just about a month ago that she had Stage IV Liver & Pancreatic Cancer during a series of doctor visits after a fall. 
Please keep her husband Steve and their families in your thoughts and prayers, her obituary link is shared at the bottom of this story. 
Just 3 short years ago, Sue was profiled in this YouTube video produced by Grow Cedar Valley.
Sue’s list of service includes:
Board Chair of Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber (now Grow Cedar Valley)
Served on the Finance Committee, Executive Committee and Board of Grow Cedar Valley
Greater Cedar Valley & Chamber’s recipient of the 2018 Fulfilling the Vision of One Award
YWCA Board Member
Cedar Valley United Way Board of Directors and Finance Committee
Waterloo Rotary member
Also was active with many other community organizations.
Sue was a cheerleader for the Cedar Valley and was an unstoppable force for the things she believed.  Her goal was to make the Cedar Valley a better place to live, work and raise a family.  Her honesty and integrity never waivered. Sue was a friend and mentor to all.  She will be greatly missed by SO many!  RIP Sue!  You are now a bright and shining star in the Cedar Valley! 
Memorials can be made to UnityPoint Hospice, c/o Allen Foundation, 1825 Logan Ave., Wloo 50703 or donor’s choice of organization. 
Mailing address is 4120 Diana Dr., CF 50613
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24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium

Joy Briscoe | ICR Iowa 
Executive Director Joy Briscoe and Accelerator Director ReShonda Young will be presenting on the 24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium. The organization is a non partisan 501 C3 aimed at increasing personal and professional development, stimulating the creation of generational wealth and financial empowerment and building networks of influence with navigational support for Black Professionals.
In response to the unique needs for entrepreneurs to recalibrate during the COVID-19 induced recession, 24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium launched the Cedar Valley Black Business & Entrepreneurship Accelerator (CCMBEA) to proactively serve the needs of the African American business community and better understand where considered action could do the most good.
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District Conference Coming up 2021-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Member Sought Out Vaccination Center to Make Sure Everyone has Their Best Day

My best day as a vaccination volunteer

By Steven Sanbo, past governor of District 6690 and Zone 30 assistant Rotary coordinator
What I recall most are the hundreds of faces. Faces of hope. Faces of relief, gratitude, fear, joy, excitement, desperation, anxiety and yes, faces with tears all hidden behind masks during my volunteer shift at a mass vaccination center in Arizona, USA, on 26 February.

The only other time I had seen hundreds of faces filled with so much emotion was leading a Rotary mission trip in Guatemala in November 2014 to open a trade school. That morning an earthquake measuring 7.4 magnitude hit the San Marcos region 40 miles from where we were working. It was the largest earthquake to hit Guatemala since 1976.

That afternoon I and two other Rotarians volunteered to be first responders with Shelter Box leaving at 04:00 the following morning for San Marcos. You could see it on their faces. The villagers cried for help, support, food, water, shelter, hope for missing family members amid the destruction and crumbled houses. I was there to provide hope.

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Cedar Valley Hospice Presenting April 12

Chris Dunn graduated from UNI in 2012 with Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Communications. Since, he has worked at several area not-for-profits, currently being employed as the Outreach and Communication Coordinator with Cedar Valley Hospice for the past five years. Today, Chris will be giving an overview of care provided by Cedar Valley Hospice and how it differs from other types of healthcare.

At Cedar Valley Hospice, we do much more than provide hospice and palliative care for our patients. We also look after the well being of their families and our community members through grief support, education and ways for the people of our community to get involved. Cedar Valley Hospice believes one person can change a life, so we invite you to connect with us today.

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People of Action: Champions of Health Honored

Rohantha Athukorala

Rotary honored six members as People of Action: Champions of Health on World Health Day 7 April, in recognition of their work to improve the foundation of good health at home and across the globe. The work of these members proved especially important and challenging due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

They will also be recognized at the 2021 Virtual Convention for their outstanding contribution to health.


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Steve Thorpe Obituary

Our club has lost another towering figure of community service - Steve Thorpe passed away Saturday, April 3. The family received friends at services this week, and Locke Funeral Home has a webpage where memories can be shared:
We are collecting photos to include in a photo album on our website, if you have images to share, please email them to
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April Birthday Table

Join us to celebrate April birthdays...this group was denied proper recognition last year as the pandemic changed everything.  Let's show this group some love!
Apr 02
Frevert, Rich
Prather, Barbara
Apr 04
Wubbena, Bette
Apr 14
Bailey, Billie
Apr 16
Berry, John
Apr 16
Lindberg, "Lindy"
Apr 24
Locke, Jack
Apr 25
Lindaman, Jane
Apr 30
Kauten, Jeremy
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Rotary Voices: Peace Today for tomorrow

#Rotary member Maria Kliavkoff and her club are inspiring conversations and connections focused on the eight Pillars of Positive Peace.
What difference can one conversation, one action really have? As a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada living and working in the border area between Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia, I have always had a passion for peace. By good fortune, I have had the opportunity to meet four RI presidents, and I asked each what polio eradication has taught Rotarians about peace. The answer that inspired me most came from past RI President Barry Rassin, who told me “peace happens one conversation at a time.”
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April 5th Program: United Nations Association

Rotary International has had a long relationship with the United Nations from its founding where over 40 Rotarians had role in drafting the United Nations Charter. Later an English Rotary club came up with  the idea of UNICEF. Rotary has been a non-governmental observer at the United Nations for many years and Rotary's efforts in world wide disease prevention and health promotion including programs such as Polio Plus involve cooperation with the World Health Organization which is a UN affiliate. The speech today will deal with challenges to democracy from the rise of global populism and  the prospects for internationalism and cooperation with this development and in a post COVID world.

Iowa United Nations Association Executive Director - Debra DeLaet, Ph.D.


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Annual Student Honors Luncheon Monday

Beth McCrindle is our amazing coordinator of the special luncheon and has the following words...
This honors program will be different this year-obviously without the “lure” of lunch and getting out of the building for part of the day we tried to make the formatting more appealing. The program will be a fabulous video of all of the honor students from Columbus, East, Expo, Valley, Waterloo Christian and West put together for us by the Superintendent’s office. Surrounding the video will be words of advice and congratulations offered by those our club as honored in the past who are all graduates from Waterloo.
Katie McCrindle Kroeger. Honor student who went to Spain as a Rotary Exchange Student between West and Wartburg. Now an outdoor enthusiast living in Colorado.
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Got Story Ideas? 2021-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Save the Date: Rotary Virtual Convention

June 12-16 in the 2021 Virtual Convention!!

The Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 12-16 June 2021, in Taipei, Taiwan, will now be a virtual event in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

We are sorry that we will not see you in Taipei this year, but this decision, made by the Rotary Board of Directors, is necessary to protect the health of everyone involved. We will share more details about the 2021 Rotary International Virtual Convention soon. Here’s what you need to know now:


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Rotary District Duck Pluck 2021

This year’s “Duck Pluck” will take place on May 1, 2021, virtually.  The winning ducks will be plucked out of Michelle Bell’s hot tub during the District Conference!

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Norman Ussery Presenting about Waterloo Community Playhouse Monday

Mr. Norman Ussery - one of our own dedicated members - is talking about the Waterloo Community Playhouse updates!

Norman Ussery
Norman was raised in the Virgin Islands where he worked in several theatres, taught at University of the Virgin Islands and was co-founder of St. Thomas’ Pistarckle Theatre.  He graduated from Duke University and has worked at Twin City Stage in Winston Salem, NC, the North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh, NC, Theatre Tallahassee in Tallahassee, FL, and Theatre Arlington in Arlington, TX. Through his career, he has been an avid participant in the American Association of Community Theatres and is an advocate for collaboration in the arts, especially among theatres. He currently serves on the board of the Iowa Community Theatre Association. His background includes management in both professional and community theatres. In addition to theatre management, he has worked extensively as an actor and a director, mostly in the southeastern US and the Caribbean.

Experienced arts administrator named executive director at Waterloo  Community Playhouse | Lifestyles |

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Waterloo 2030 Vision

The City of Waterloo’s 2030 Vision and Strategic Plan process is underway!   Our partners at deNovo have created a community survey to gain input from Waterloo residents and anyone who visits, works, or cares about the community.
Tell us what makes Waterloo great and be entered to win a prize pack with tickets and swag from Waterloo favorites such as Lost Island, the Waterloo Black Hawks, Waterloo Bucks, a Waterloo golf package, Phelps Youth Pavilion passes and more just for sharing your thoughts.
Your input will help us develop a vision for the future of Waterloo. Be a part of your community’s success by sharing your thoughts on Waterloo’s best features and opportunities. 
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Rotary International Advocates for Access to Clean Water

Improving sanitation in communities around the world is part of our history.
When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.
Rotary International Advocates for Access to Clean Water 2021-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

Northeast Iowa Foodbank Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Like many things this year, Empty Bowls will look a little bit different with the event taking place entirely online.
Throughout the event week join us in learning about the Food Bank, while also raising awareness and educating the community on the issue of hunger.
This will be done through a variety of different online medias. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and bid on both silent and live auction items.
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Global Partnership for Education

Rotary International is proud to partner with
@GPE in support of girls’ education!

Since 2002, good progress has been achieved to boost girls' enrollment in school. However, an estimated 129 million girls worldwide remain out of school and face multiple barriers to education.

These include distance to school, cultural norms and practicesschool-related gender-based violence and early or forced marriage. Boys and girls face barriers to getting a good education in conflict-affected areas where safety and security can be compromised, and in households that depend on their labor or income.


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High Speed Rail Presenting Monday

Rick Harnish co-founded the High Speed Rail Alliance in 1993 with a passion for revitalizing the region he grew up in, lives in and loves. The Alliance builds the political will for systemic change by advocating for integrated rail and transit networks connected by 200+ mph high-speed lines. By connecting cities, towns and airports, the high-speed trains will dramatically expand economic opportunities and slash carbon emissions.
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Heartland Technology CEO March 8 2021-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

Canada Rotary Club helps with Immunization Clinic

The Rotary Clubs of Kingston and area are continuing their tradition of community service by providing volunteers as ushers and screeners for the local COVID-19 immunization clinic at the INVISTA Centre.

There are four Rotary clubs and two Rotaract clubs in Kingston, and members from all six clubs are assisting this effort.

“Rotarians have been assisting Kingstonians for 100 years in many areas, particularly support to youth, seniors, and the underprivileged,” said Mike Moore, local Rotarian. “COVID has presented an entirely new challenge for Kingston. So, Rotarians and Rotaractors have responded by donating significant sums of money to the Food Bank, have helped deliver food to needy families, produced and distributed masks to disadvantaged families, and will be helping KFL&A Public Health in perhaps the most positive, impactful event of our lifetime, vaccinating our residents.”


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March Birthdays

We'll celebrate our members born in March at our first meeting of the month.  Join us for well wishes and March trivia!
Dr. Laura KurtzMarch 13 
Mason FrommMarch 16 
Brian AronsonMar 19 
Eric RitlandMarch 20 
Cathy NicholasMarch 24 
Art CoxMarch 26 
Holly JohnsonMar 30 
Bob RegenwetherMarch 30 
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Rotary Award on Behalf of World Health Organization 2021-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Rooted Carrot Co-op Market Presenting March 1st

The Rooted Carrot Co-op Market is a grassroots effort to establish a community-owned grocery store that emphasizes local, healthy, and sustainable.
Board & Staff | Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
Tom Wickersham is a member of the Co-op’s board of directors. During the the day he serves as the Program Director at the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. 
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2/22 Meg Durbahn Presents on Rotary Exchange 2021-02-19 06:00:00Z 0

Take a Virtual Tour of One Rotary Center

Get a guided tour of the Rotary World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois.
As one of the two Rotary clubs normally conducting club meetings at One Rotary Center in Evanston, Illinois, USA, members of the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse were touched by General Secretary John Hewko’s inspirational tour of Rotary World Headquarters. Seeing Room 711, the location of the first Rotary meeting, was a reminder that club members later this year will once again walk by it on our way to club meetings, just as we did prior to the pandemic.
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Presidents Day February 15

In past years, our Club has celebrated Presidents Day by honoring and learning about our club’s history from our Past and current Presidents. This year we will not have a table or dais, but we will have the opportunity to hear from some of our Past Presidents about their term in office and other memories about our club.  Join us using the Zoom link below and celebrate our club's current president Annie Vander Werff, and all our past presidents who have carried our club for 106 years!
Meeting ID: 985 7618 4918
Password: 061645
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Dr. Jay Ginther Obituary

Dr. Jay Paul Ginther M.D., 74, of Waterloo, passed peacefully at 2:30am on February 4, 2021 at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital after a long history of battling heart problems. Music that he had performed with the Metropolitan Chorale played in the background. His wife, Ann, and their three adult children, Katrina, Greg, and Alex were with him. He believed in God the Creator that holds all of nature in balance, and he believed that death was an opening to the fullness of God's presence. In the end, Jay was sorry to leave us, but too tired to stay any longer.
Jay was born July 10, 1946 in Jersey City, NJ to Dorothea (Halloran) Guinther M.D. and John Paul Guinther M.D. Jay attended Wesleyan College in Connecticut where he was active in the Glee Club and Church Choir. Jay earned his M.D. from Columbia University in New York City. He was completing his surgical internship at the University of Minnesota Hospital where he met his wife Ann (Willenbring) Ginther. 
In his youth, Jay was very active in the Boy Scouts of America. In his 30's he ran the Boston Marathon. As an adult, he was involved in the Rotary Club. He was passionate about traveling around the world to experience new cultures, foods, and study history. Jay was a wine enthusiast and active member in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls wine club. Jay and Ann loved music and sponsored many symphony fundraisers. Jay enjoyed nature throughout his life; whether it was gardening, exploring national parks, or walks with his wife through local trails in Waterloo. He was also a proud member of Mensa.
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Rotary International News

Rotary International President Holger Knaack shares the importance of taking on big challenges and increasing our impact to create new opportunities.

The Covid pandemic, while bringing so much suffering to the entire globe, has also enabled Rotary to open opportunities in many different ways, such as this institute and the virtual meetings we hold. These are so important as they bring leaders together to brainstorm on how to take on the challenges ahead. We are now in a time of rapid change and we have to keep working together to ensure Rotary comes out of this difficult time in a much stronger position,” said RI President Holger Knaack, while delivering the convocation address at the GETS event for RI zones 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Striking a pensive note, he said, “Rotary was founded in a world that doesn’t exist any longer, it is a different world now, which moves faster and is harder to comprehend. And it is filled with crises to manage. And yet it gives us new opportunities.”

He said even before this crisis, people were meeting and keeping connected to different friends in different ways. “Social media and online connections were already there but they have now become more important. We are all now used to working virtually. Most important, the younger generation that has grown up in this world, has a stronger desire for service and connections.”

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McCrindles Join Us From Afar

Kevin and Beth have been Rotarians for a long time and one aspect they’ve always enjoyed is attending makeup meetings while traveling. Years ago Kevin attended a meeting of the local club in Iguacu, Argentina, and was the only English speaker there. The difficulty was - he was staying in the rain forest and no cab would drive him back after the dinner meeting. Thank goodness for his College German class and another visiting Rotarian from Berlin! They were able to communicate sufficiently to get a “volunteer” to drive him back! (“Will it build good will and better friendships?” Yes!!)
The McCrindles have attended so many meetings of the Princeville Club in Kauai that some consider them Ohana (family) members. There are many others but obviously all this has changed since the Pandemic! They now don’t have to find another virtual meeting-they can continue meeting right here in Waterloo! They both agree that when traveling it’s a “fun” (5th of the 4-Way Test!) way to stay.
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District Governor Lowell Stoolman February 8 2021-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Action Plan

This is Rotary’s Action Plan through 2024: to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt.
Mr. Pereira, sitting at his desk in 1941 w a sage quote about
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Jay Ginther has passed away

Our club has lost another member this week, Dr Jay Ginther has passed away.  His wife Ann specifically reached out to Beth McCrindle to notify our club and shared these words:
You can read Jay's blog about bone health and osteoporosis here:
We'll update the club with service details as they become available, please keep Ann and their family in your thoughts.
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February 1st Program - Dr. Todd Holcomb, Hawkeye Community College

For over 50 years, Hawkeye Community College has distinguished itself as one of Iowa’s best community colleges. They're known for an environment that is academically challenging, for our caring faculty and staff, and for providing students the latest technology.
Fellow Rotarian and President of Hawkeye Community College Dr. Holcomb will share what's happening and expound on new initiatives on campus.
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Paul Harris Fellows Update

Deb Pullin-Van Auken has an update on our Rotarians who are giving to the Rotary Foundation.
Cheers to Us!
In these pandemic times, it is important to recognize members of our club that have shown the spirit of philanthropy through OUR The Rotary Foundation, including those that have achieved the EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) level (they give at least $25 per year to the Annual Fund) and those that are sustaining members (they give at least $100 per year to the Annual Fund).  Let’s celebrate the spirit of philanthropy ( + = number of $1,000 level donations after achieving Paul Harris Fellow status):
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February Birthdays

We'll celebrate our February-born Rotarians at our first meeting of the'll have to prvide your own cake, though. 
John MallenFeb 1 
Micki McCrackenFeb 07 
Julie HayesFeb 9 
Bob KroghFeb 18 
Craig RitlandFeb 20 
Joan RiceFeb 21 
Steve SinnottFeb 21 
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January Birthdays

A small but mighty group of Rotarians celebrated their birthdays this month, and we'll honor them at Monday's meeting:
McCrindle, Kevin - Jan 06
Holcomb, Todd - Jan 07
Smith-Davis, Bonnie - Jan 17
Edsill, Henry - Jan 21
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Job Foundation Featured January 25th

The Job Foundation is a local non-profit with a mission to equip K-12 students and their families for economic advancement. This is accomplished through a comprehensive approach that stresses financial education, stewardship training, academic achievement, and attainment of key resources to increase financial stability. The Job Foundation envisions a world where all children, from every socio-economic background, are well-equipped with the financial skills, knowledge, and assets needed for their financial and life success.
Kelsey Umthun earned her BA in Family Services and a certificate in Nonprofit Management. She began working at The Job Foundation in 2016. Kelsey has walked alongside students and families in the program for four years and currently serves as The Job Foundation’s Director of Development.
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Rotary Million Mask Challenge Update

Rotary members rise to the challenge of the #Covid19 pandemic to distribute 800,000 masks to first-responders and essential workers in ten cities
In the early morning of 29 September, a cargo ship carrying 800,000 face masks arrived at the Port of Boston. Over the course of the following 14 days, those masks were delivered to first responders, healthcare providers, and frontline workers in cities, towns, and villages across New England.
This is a story of service and leadership. It’s a story of how our District and Zone responded to a crisis, rallied its resources, put boots-on-the-ground to bring disparate and far-flung communities together to spread goodwill. Most importantly, it’s a story about working together and using our collective professional backgrounds through the Rotary network to make a difference.
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Bill Robert Obituary 2021-01-22 06:00:00Z 0

Fellow Rotarian Bill Robert Passed Away

Posted on Jan 18, 2021
Dear Rotarians,
I am so grateful that Mason Fromm reached out to Bill Robert and his family recently. 
Had Mason not connected with Bill and his son Mike, we might not have had the chance to lift Bill up, send cards, or share Rotary memories with him during what turned out to be his final days. (Mason compiled a book of the 2020 Reporter highlights for Bill).
Mason shared, "Bill Robert passed away on Sunday morning (January 17th) about 12:30. They had just moved him into hospice Friday evening, and Saturday brought another day of more pain, medications, and "fuss" that Bill didn't appreciate. However, Mike was able to share our Reporter archive with him and he said Bill shared memories about a few of our members.
I'm so glad we were able to get the book in his hands Friday and I hope Bill felt the love of his club in his final hours.  
Mike said there will not be a memorial service, but I asked him to reach out if our club can be of any assistance to the family."

67 years to be committed to an organization like Rotary is admirable. We will celebrate the life of Bill Robert at our meeting today with a moment of silence. If you are not able to be with us, please take a moment to remember Bill - and if you're moved to stop by Dairy Queen - I'm sure it would make him smile if you chose to eat an ice cream cone in his memory!
Yours in Rotary,
Annie Vander Werff
President 2020-21 
If you have photos of Bill to share, please email them to Mason for inclusion in this photo album.

Read Bill's obituary and share memories here
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Hovey Brom: WWII Program Video 2021-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

End Polio in India Update

Efforts to #endpolio in India have had lasting benefits: stronger health systems, improved vaccine delivery & robust disease response. Congratulations on 10 years without a case of wild polio, now let’s end polio for all!
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ONE Rotary Summit Coming up


Normally held in the fall, this year's One Rotary Summit has moved to January offering two VIRTUAL 90-minute sessions. Save these dates... 

  • Tuesday, January 26th  @ 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 30th @ 10:00 am

ORS is one of Rotary's best training programs that offer new ideas and best practices to help your club work on three key areas... membership, foundation, and public image. 

With the President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in March, ORS can compliment pre-training for your incoming presidents, and president-nominees.  But, any Rotarian can attend at no cost, plus no travel!  So watch for registration info out soon and plan to join us for One Rotary Summit!

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Hovey Brom Speaking January 11 2021-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarian in Nepal uses Telemedicine

“Right now, I can see all my patients through my mobile phone,” says Prakash Paudyal, a pulmonologist and member of the Rotary Club of Jawalakhel, Nepal. Paudyal uses a Kubi device to turn a tablet into a “mini-robot” for remote monitoring of his COVID-19 patients who are in isolation at Nepal National Hospital. Paudyal learned about the Kubi and other telehealth practices during a vocational training team trip to the San Francisco area last year. “I do one round with all my [protective] gear on, and then I see all my patients through this mini-robot,” he says, thankful that the Kubi helps protect him from exposure to the virus.
The use of telehealth has surged worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, a study by McKinsey found that 46 percent of consumers are now using telehealth, up from 11 percent in 2019. Broadly defined, telehealth includes everything from virtual visits with a doctor to remote monitoring of a patient’s vitals to mobile health technologies.
James Gude, a California physician who founded a telemedicine practice called OffSite Care, says that when a doctor conducts a video consultation with the assistance of an on-site nurse and with access to a patient’s records and diagnostic test results, it can be nearly as effective as seeing a patient in person. “With a nurse there to help me examine you, I can order and look at everything I need,” he says. There are also sophisticated “robots” that allow a doctor to see a patient via videoconference and even send instrument readings, allowing the doctor to listen to a patient’s heart through a stethoscope, for example.
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There Aren’t Enough Altruists

The people who fill the truly essential roles in society are often in short supply

By Illustrations by 

From time to time, societies run low on the things — and the people — they really need. We wake up one day and realize that there are too few doctors. Or far, far, far too few nurses. Or it suddenly dawns on us that there aren’t enough teachers, engineers, or plumbers to go around. There are certainly never enough guys who work well with sheetrock.

Other professionals we have in spades. There are always more than enough landscapers, baristas, actors, masseurs, personal trainers, hairdressers, IT guys, and chefs. Nor are we ever in any real danger of running out of hedge fund managers, ballerinas, real estate agents, claims adjusters, standup comics, bartenders, aspiring singer-songwriters, or car salesmen. But the people who fill the truly essential roles in society are often in short supply.

Something like this may already be happening with Good Samaritans. From time to time, societies run desperately low on the kinds of devoted, implacable altruists who are always ready to pitch in and make the world a better place.


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Next Meeting January  11th

Our club typically ends each calendar year with a 2-week hiatus from regular meetings.  We will not virtually meet December 28th or January 4th and hope our members will stay healthy and warm until we reconvene on Zoom January 11th.
Happy New Year!
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Upcoming Programs

December 28 - NO MEETING
January 4th, 2021 - NO MEETING
January 11th - Hovey Brom/World War II
January 25th - Kelsey Umthun - The Job Foundation
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Maternal Health Projects in Uganda

Maternal health projects give Rotary clubs in Uganda a sense of purpose during COVID-19 restrictions

In March, the Ugandan government moved rapidly to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, issuing a strict lockdown and closing schools before the country had experienced more than a handful of reported cases.

The measures have been credited with saving lives and limiting the spread of the virus in the country, which had recorded only 1,200 cases and five deaths in August as the continent of Africa approached a million.

Still, those measures didn’t come without a cost, including lost jobs and hardships on pregnant women unable to reach a hospital due to the travel restrictions. Reuters reported that one woman in Kampala struggled for 90 minutes to reach a hospital a mile and a half (about 2.4 km) away. Both she and the baby died. In addition, the Women’s Probono Initiative, an advocacy group, reported cases of six other women and two babies dying during the lockdown.

When the Rotary Club of Rubaga, Kampala, heard of the reports, they knew they had to act to provide a safe transport option. The club donated an ambulance to provide medical transport to residents of Kikajjo, about a 40-minute drive southwest of Kampala. Betty Mwesigwa, the club’s immediate past president, says Kikajjo has densely populated, lower-income areas.


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Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Performing Dec 21

Monday the 21st, our last meeting of the year, we will celebrate the season with a holiday performance and presentation by the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony! 

Please join us virtually and invite some guests! This is a perfect prelude to the holiday season. We will also spend some time reminiscing about our favorite holiday traditions, recipes, and past times. 

Please wear your festive holiday hats and attire. There will be prizes!


Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Performing Dec 21 2020-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

2020 Football MVP Trophy Presented

On Monday, December 11th, Wade Itzen delivered the Glen "Doc" Miller trophy to our 2020 MVP Alex Feldmann and Columbus Football Head Coach Brad Schmit (2004 MVP).
Our "virtual" award ceremonies in November for student athletes did not allow us to present the trophies to each MVP, so Rotarians delivered them to the schools afterwards.  Here is the link to see our Volleyball MVP Jenna Brown from Don Bosco.
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Salvation Army Presenting Monday

Salvation Army needs more bell ringers to reach 2020 goal | Local News |
Major Shannon Thies of the Salvation Army is talking about the fundraising they are doing this year.
Every year The Salvation Army is able to assist local people in need throughout the Holiday Season by providing a wide range of both broad & specific assistance services/programs. By giving your support through volunteeringfundraisingdonating or sharing the word about our mission - those in need around your community can continue to have access to these life changing services & programs.
Below are two links to donate to the Salvation Army. All money stays local!
Shannon's Online Kettle
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Rotary and U.S. Government Support Italy's fight Against COVID

ROME, Italy (December 4, 2020) — In the face of surging infections in Italy, Rotary and the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), are taking action to support the country’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

As part of an 18-month partnership, USAID will provide US$5 million to The Rotary Foundation – Rotary’s philanthropic arm, to support Italy’s pandemic response, prepare communities for future outbreaks and address the long-term social and economic impacts of COVID-19.


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December 7th Program: Foundation Update

Our own Deb Pullin-Van Auken will talk about the Rotary International foundation and its priorities.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.


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Make-up Birthday "Table"

Given all the political guests and athletic awards - we did not find time at a regular meeting to honor our November birthdays.  So we'll have a double-header and  list our November and December birthdays at our December 7th meeting:
November Birthday  
Hovey Brom Nov 05 
Jay CrispNov 06 
David AllbaughNov 08 
Luke JensenNov 08 
Donna MillerNov 12 
Shannon ThiesNov 15 
Tavis HallNov 16 
December Birthdays 
Frank SengDec 2 
Jim SchaeferDec 6 
Steve ThorpeDec 6 
Jacob WittmayerDec 12 
Randy JohnsonDec 19 
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Iowa Global Grant Update

I'd like to share an update on the Global Grant you helped to fund here in Iowa. 

All equipment has been purchased and installed at the four health care centers.  One of the sites, Eastern Iowa Health Care Center has seen a huge increase in patients since the August 10 Derecho that came through Cedar Rapids. Our grant was nearly completed at that time. 

Please know that the Rotarians and residents of Iowa thank you for believing in this project and for helping our residents living in poverty gain a basic human right: healthcare.

I personally thank you all for an unprecedented Global Grant collaboration in the US with contributions from India and Brazil and Minnesota.  

Yours in service,

Michelle Bell
Assistant Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator District 5650, 5970 and 6000 2019-2022
Zone 29 International Convention Promotion Chair 2021 Taipei, Taiwan
Past District Governor 2019-2020
Iowa Global Grant Update 2020-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

November 30 - Cedar Valley Makers

Mike Hoffman from Cedar Valley Makers will share information about providing free workshop space, access to tools, and expertise for those working on projects in the pursuit of education.
Meeting ID: 985 7618 4918
Password: 061645
November 30 - Cedar Valley Makers 2020-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Doing Good for the World Fund

Stories of service from around the world with Rotarians...

By Brenda Cressey, Trustee and Rotary Member of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA

Several years ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to take part in a multi-project mission with more than 100 Rotarians, spouses, Rotaractors and even a few new Rotarians from Rotary District 5280. We flew to Panama to visit project sites, perform cataract surgeries, and deliver wheelchairs.

There were several “Rotary moments” on that trip, but the truly unforgettable moment for me was when a grandfather, having no legs, was presented with the gift of mobility in the form of a bright red wheelchair.

Seeing his grandson in tears reminded me that we not only changed that grandfather’s life, but the life of that young boy who had been lovingly carrying his grandfather everywhere since he became big enough to do so. Moments like that one are why I never miss an opportunity to promote the World Fund and encourage others to support it with their generous giving.


Doing Good for the World Fund 2020-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarians in the News: Barb Prather 2020-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

November 23rd Program: Foundation Update

Our very own Deborah D. Pullin-Van Auken will give us a foundation update on Monday!
What’s new with YOUR The Rotary Foundation?  What’s The Rotary Foundation doing to help with the global pandemic?  With the global pandemic drawing away everyone’s attention, what’s going on with Rotary’s long-running polio fight?  I hear about all the international activities The Rotary Foundation is involved with, but what do they do for us in our district and our local community?  Is there any way I can help with The Rotary Foundation’s local and international initiatives? 
November 23rd Program: Foundation Update 2020-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

World Children's Day

World Children's Day 2020
World Children’s Day is a special moment for bright young minds to speak up, demand their rights and show the world their boundless potential.

World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s annual day of action for children, by children. 

This year, the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a child rights crisis. The costs of the pandemic for children are immediate and, if unaddressed, may last a lifetime. 

It’s time for generations to come together to reimagine the type of world we want to create. 

Kids are reimagining a better world. What will you do?

World Children's Day 2020-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Jenna Brown Volleyball MVP

Congrats to Jenna Brown who won the 2020 MVP Award. Barb Prather and Annie Vander Werff presented the award trophy. See more photos here.
Jenna Brown Volleyball MVP 2020-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Nov 16 Program - Football Honors 2020-11-13 06:00:00Z 0

Ron Johnson has passed away

Longtime Waterloo Rotarian Ron Johnson passed away October 30th at age 93, and we hope to have his son Barry and other family members join us for an upcoming meeting. 
Our dad, Ron Johnson, took great pride in being a member of the Waterloo Rotary from when he joined in 1969 until he resigned his membership in 2015 due to "increasing age". We all have wonderful memories of attending the annual Rotary picnic. We also appreciate the important role that Rotary played in dad's life. He may have put it best in his letter of resignation when he said "I thank all of the members for excellent programs and lasting friendships. It truly has been a good ride."
Thank you,
Barry Johnson
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Enter in Rotary International Photo Contest 2020-11-13 06:00:00Z 0

Special Football Speaker on Monday

Meet Ted Batemon.
Annual Volleyball and Football Banquets Coming Up | Rotary Club of Waterloo
Ted Batemon will share his amazing journey of achieving life goals after overcoming challenges!
My story is about overcoming incredible odds and being able to walk again after being told I would be paralyzed, I call it the most selfish I ever prayed.
Below is some information about Ted...
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Link to join Rotary on Mondays

Like so many other things this year, our normal club operations have been adjusted in response to Covid-19. Thankfully, we have technology that allows us to see and hear each other while we stay physically separated. By early summer, Art Cox stepped up to host our Rotary meetings on Zoom and we were able to break into "rooms" of 4-5 members and catch up with each other before the program - just like sitting at tables pre-pandemic.
The link to join our meeting is the same every week, so you can add it as a bookmark in your browser or create a recurring appointment in your calendar.  We encourage you to share the link with people you think would like to attend and one day join our club. We have more than 110 active members in our club, but only about 30 join us for meetings each week. If you haven't joined us for a virtual meeting yet, there's PLENTY of room on the screen for you (even if you don't want to turn on your camera!).
Just click the logo below to join every Monday at noon!
Meeting ID: 985 7618 4918
Password: 061645
Link to join Rotary on Mondays 2020-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

Annual Volleyball Awards Program

This year's banquet had a unique "virtual" twist. 
Area coaches and media voted on the Most Valuable Player for 2020.
Columbus High School, Don Bosco High School, Waterloo Christian High School, Waterloo East High School and Waterloo West High School are the featured local schools. Valley Lutheran High School is typically involved but did not have a team this year.
Click here to view the player names and photos...and to see our 2020 MVP!
Annual Volleyball Awards Program  2020-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Promotes Women Entrepreneurship Across the Globe


For true economic development, women are essential

Here’s why these organizations and their Rotary club partners are supporting local women’s entrepreneurship with financial literacy, small business loans, and one-on-one advisors.


Women’s economic empowerment contributes to a nation’s growth and to the world’s economic health overall. Studies have shown that it boosts productivity, increases economic diversification and income equality, and supports economic resilience. And income loss associated with gender discrimination costs the world economy an estimated $12 trillion and well as a reduction of 16 percent of cost to the global GPD.
Rotary Promotes Women Entrepreneurship Across the Globe 2020-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

High School Team Photos

2020 volleyball team photos are shared below so our club can see the faces of the athletes that not only competed against other teams this year, but battled a global pandemic to continue playing the game they love.  We'll meet virtually this year to honor the teams and award a gifted young woman the travelling MVP trophy.  Our club congratulates each athlete and honors their commitment to taking extra steps this year to keep their team healthy.
Columbus High School
High School Team Photos 2020-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Alaina Kwan

Alaina web
Meet our Keynote Volleyball Awards Banquet Speaker...

I studied at the University of Kentucky where I majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Political Science. There, I competed for the school's Division 1 gymnastics team for four years.

Although I received my education from the Bluegrass state, my roots go back to Southern California. Ever since I was five years old, I've always said I wanted to be the anchor for the TODAY Show one day. Now being here and working for KWWL, I feel like I'm getting closer to achieving my dream. 

Guest Speaker Alaina Kwan 2020-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Nov 2 - Sheriff Candidate Dan Trelka and U.S. House Candidate Ashley Hinson 2020-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Cedar Valley Rotary Club Invites our Club to attend their meetings 2020-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotex fills the gap after Rotary Exchange

After returning home, many students miss their lives abroad. Rotex helps keep the international connections going.
by Illustration by 

Riikka Muje had a fantastic time when she lived in Brittany, France, in 2011-12 as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. “At the beginning it was hard,” she recalls. “I didn’t speak the language. I didn’t know anyone. But then it’s amazing how you can form a life in another place.”

After her exchange, adjusting back to life in her hometown of Rovaniemi, Finland, was just as hard — until she joined a Rotex alumni association, Rotex for short. Rotex alumni associations are groups of Rotary Youth Exchange alumni who act as intermediaries between Rotarians and Youth Exchange students. They provide mentoring and organize events with exchange students in their home country as a way to give back and keep their international connections alive.

Rotex fills the gap after Rotary Exchange 2020-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
KWWL's Steele Report Sunday features Ashley Hinson and Abby Finkenauer 2020-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Political Candidates Lined up to Speak 

Election season is winding down...and if you haven't voted early, we'll have one more program featuring candidates for you to consider:
November 2...Black Hawk County Sheriff Candidate, Dan Trelka and U.S. House of Representatives Candidate, Ashley Hinson
Political Candidates Lined up to Speak 2020-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Rotary Peace Centers Cairo Recap

As our plane approached the ancient city of Alexandria, I peered out of my window to behold a stunning view of the Mediterranean Sea meeting the Nile river at dawn. A fitting prelude to an amazing five days in Cairo - “the city of a thousand minarets". As a student of peace studies, I have been captivated by the historic and modern struggles of the Middle East. I’m grateful to have experienced Egypt — it’s people and culture — nearly a decade after the Arab Spring revolutions swept the region. It was an invaluable opportunity that broadened my perspectives on conflict, peace and resilience.

Terrance Stevenson - Rotary Peace Fellow, MSc Economics and Finance for Development

2020 Rotary Peace Centers Cairo Recap 2020-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Volleyball and Football Banquets Coming Up 

In November, we will honor seniors from local high schools in their respective sports of volleyball and football.
On November 9th we'll honor volleyball athletes and our guest speaker will be Alaina Kwan of KWWL, former University of Kentucky gymnast.
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Then, November 16 we'll honor senior football athletes and our guest speaker with be Ted Batemon of Electronic Engineering, former Wartburg College football player.
Find Your People in the Cedar Valley - Live The Valley
While the format will look a lot different this year due to Covid19, it is important that our club continues to recognize the hard work and dedication these athletes, coaches, and families have made to their sports.  The travelling trophies will be awarded to the MVP from each sport, just as we have done for decades! 
Annual Volleyball and Football Banquets Coming Up 2020-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Candidates Eric Giddens and Dave Williams October 26  2020-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

From Peace Fellow to International Advocate

ElsaMarie D’Silva of Mumbai began her career as a flight attendant, eventually rising to become vice president of network planning for one of India’s largest airlines. Learning about the fatal 2012 gang rape of a young woman in Delhi, an unusually heinous crime that led to public outrage, led D’Silva to make a dramatic career switch. 
D’Silva is the founder and CEO of the Red Dot Foundation, which works with nongovernmental organizations in India, Nepal, and Kenya to address street harassment and violence against women. In addition to community workshops, the foundation empowers women to document catcalling, groping, and other incidents through an online crowdmapping platform called Safecity. D’Silva was also a Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
From Peace Fellow to International Advocate 2020-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Candidates Howard and Youngblut October 19th 2020-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Bremer County Candidate Forum on October 22 2020-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
League of Women Voter's Forums 2020-10-09 05:00:00Z 0

Sheriff Tony Thompson Oct 12

Tony Thompson new
Our first political candidate will join our Virtual Rotary meeting Monday, October 12th.
Sheriff Tony Thompson took office January 1, 2009 (Article),was re-elected in November of 2012 with nearly 70% of the vote, and again in November of 2016 with 98.8% of the vote. His law enforcement career started much earlier however...  He joined the US Army as a military police officer in 1988. He retired from the Iowa Army National Guard in 2009, with 21 years of service.  His career with the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office began in March of 1994 and he has worked in the Jail, Special Services, Patrol, and now Administrative Divisions.  His prior assignments include: Drug Education Officer, Community Services Coordinator, Computer Crimes Investigator, Patrol Officer, Public Information Officer, and SWAT Team leader prior to taking command of the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office.
Meeting ID: 985 7618 4918
Password: 061645
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Message from District Governor

The U.S. lost a remarkable leader on Sept. 18, 2020, when Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at age 87 after a years-long battle with recurrent pancreatic cancer. Famously nicknamed “The Notorious RBG,” Ginsburg’s career focused on ending gender-based workplace inequities for men and women.   

No matter your political affiliations, it’s tough not to notice the similarities between Ginsburg’s impactful career and the evolution of Rotary over the past few decades:

  • In the 1950s, she was one of just a handful of women admitted to Harvard Law School. It wasn’t until the 1980s that women were allowed to join Rotary.
  • In the 1990s, RBG made famous her “dissent” standings, in which she went against popular opinion to mainstream “gender blind” law, for equal rights for men and women in work and education. In Rotary, women became district governors for the first time in the mid-1990s. 
  • As of this year, RBG is one of just four women to have served as Supreme Court Justices. The first female Rotary International presidential nominee was appointed in 2020 for the 2022-2023 election. 

We’ve come a long way in Rotary and in society for raising the bar for equality standards among men and women. RBG’s work made a lasting impact that parallels our Four-Way Test: truth, fairness, goodwill, and mutual benefit.

Message from District Governor 2020-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
COVID Iowa Update 2020-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
The Steele Report with Dan Trelka and Tony Thompson 2020-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
October 5th Program: Gallagher Bluedorn 2020-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

The Shoebox program

A letter from Steve & Liz Thorpe:

We are getting ready to ship 40 to 50 tons to help Nicaragua. This is year 19. We started with one school with 40 kids and now we have 2,400 kids in 14 schools. In year two we focused on Casa Materna (shelter for pregnant moms). Since 2003 we have delivered 19,000 healthy babies at our shelter and given them a layette bag with everything they need for a new baby at home. We also send many school supplies and extra clothes.

Since 2001 (when we sent about 25 tons) we have now exceeded 1,000 tons of help for great kids, moms, and families who need a hand up.
We will start unloading a semi trailer Monday, October 5th at 8 AM in the "old" Food Bank building at #ast 11th St and Sycamore. Anyone who can help should call Liz and Steve Thorpe 319-830-3012, Dave Lee 319-231-2188 or Jim Seely 319-830-5988.
Your help will mean a lot to many people.

To participate in or support the Shoebox program, please contact Steve and Liz Thorpe or David Lee directly.




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League of Women's Voters Forums

Tune in and see our very own Steve Carignan moderate one of the forums.

The Black Hawk/Bremer League of Women Voters will sponsor virtual candidate forums in the month of October.  A forum for Black hawk County candidates will be Thursday, October 8th, 7p.m.  – 8:30 p.m. via zoom.  The forum for metro Legislative candidates will be Thursday, October 15th ,7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. via zoom.  The Forum for Bremer County candidates will be Thursday, October 22, 7 to 8:30 pm. The public is invited and may access the forums on

Facebook Events will be created for each forum, and available as Facebook Live.

The public will have an opportunity to submit questions on-line. 

For more information, please contact Jean Seeland, 319-493-2015.

League of Women's Voters Forums 2020-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day October 24

World Polio Day is October 24—How Does Your Club Plan To Take Action?
We have much to celebrate!  Africa has now been declared free of the wild poliovirus.  Rotarians continue to move closer to the goal of total eradication.  Plan an activity in your club.  Ask your club leadership about what is being planned for World Polio Day to promote polio eradication. 
  • Dedicate a club meeting to polio eradication awareness.  Invite a guest speaker who is a polio survivor.  Invited your local media to the meeting.  Have a discussion aimed at increasing awareness of Rotary’s fight against polio. 
  • Host a virtual viewing party for friends and club members to watch the official Rotary International Online Global Update on October 24. 
  • Show the “5 Ways to End Polio” video at your club meeting.  You can find it at this link:
A really great End Polio Now toolkit is available to help you plan and celebrate.  This toolkit has press releases, banners, posters, social media messages, infographics and educational materials. Visit this link to view those materials:
World Polio Day October 24 2020-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Operation Warm

It's that time of year...
Our club is now seeking donations to support the Operation Warm project. Coats are $20 each and the club will MATCH 100% of all donations up to $2,500. 
Be sure to purchase your coat (or coats) by Wednesday!
Mail a check to:
Waterloo Rotary Club
PO Box 118
Waterloo, IA 50704-0118
Make checks payable to Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa;
MEMO: Rotary's Operation Warm project.
Operation Warm 2020-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Picnic was a Success 2020-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

No Meeting Monday, September 28

There will be no meeting today since we hosted the Family Picnic last Thursday.  Please plan to join us October 5th when we meet virtually and celebrate October birthdays!
Mike Lind, Oct 04
Bob Heaton, Oct 07
Steve Carignan, Oct 10
Chuck Paulsen, Oct 10
Samuel D. Bovenmyer, Oct 12
Mark Durbahn, Oct 13
Kaye Englin, Oct 15
Doug Stanford, Oct 15
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September 21 Program: Waterloo Public Library 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Advice from General Secretary of Rotary

John Hewko and CEOs across industries share their best advice with Adam Mendler in his Lessons in Leadership series.

Over the years I have interviewed hundreds of America’s top leaders and a question I love asking is: “What are your three best tips applicable to entrepreneurs, executives and civic leaders?” Here are the answers I received to that question from ten CEOs of successful organizations - across of a wide of industries - who I interviewed in my Lessons in Leadership series:

John Hewko, CEO of Rotary International: In addition to stressing that all leaders reflect on their personal and organizational core values, I would simply suggest that those in the for-profit sector take a critical look at how social value is part of their firm’s mission. Broadly, if the 19th century for-profit sector valued “reward,” and the 20th century benchmark was risk and reward, then the 21st century will be defined by risk, reward and impact. For many years, it was difficult to answer the inevitable question: How do you blend and measure social and financial returns? This is no longer the case, but it requires some bold collaboration between the private sector and non-profits to act on this insight. Finally, I firmly believe that trailblazing leaders are made, not born. Rotary’s founder Paul Harris wasn’t blessed with once-in-a-lifetime talents, but he was able to articulate a vision that inspired others. He was able to act on his vision to form a new social network well before anyone ever heard of Facebook or LinkedIn.

To see the other 9 responses, click here:


Advice from General Secretary of Rotary 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
This Week's Program: Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony 2020-09-13 05:00:00Z 0

What it's like to Survive Two Pandemics

By Illustrations by 
Sixty-five years ago, in 1955, I was diagnosed with polio. I was two years old, so I was unaware of what it meant to have been infected with the poliovirus, but I became more aware of it in subtle ways as I got older. And at some point, I understood what my mother meant when she said I was “one of the lucky ones.”
Among my childhood memories, getting the oral polio vaccine is as vivid as the classroom drills that taught us to seek safety under our desks in case of a nuclear attack. While I can now joke about how sturdy school desks must have been back then, there’s no amusement in my recollection of lining up outside the local firehouse for the Sabin sugar cube — that was serious, important business. I knew it then, and I know it now.
What it's like to Survive Two Pandemics 2020-09-13 05:00:00Z 0

Have a non-profit event coming up?

We'd like to hear what our members are up to with helping other in the community. Have a non-profit fundraiser coming up? Or did your organization donate to a non-profit or group in need? Send me a note and some photos and we will put in the Reporter! E-mail Jaclyne @ 
Have a non-profit event coming up? 2020-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

Health Tips from Rotary District Leadership

Make change and make time for your health this fall.
Rotary Transcends Embracing Change - We are Change Makers!
The year 2020 has shown us that we are more resilient than we ever imagined - as individuals, teams, and Rotarians. Rather than shrinking from change, we have embraced it and made this Rotary year one for the record books:
  • We’ve adapted to virtual meetings - including the Rotary International Conference.
  • We’ve donned our masks - some Clubs have even ordered specialized Rotary masks for members who choose to wear them.
  • And really, we’ve done the same things we’ve always done...a little differently.
Through it all, we’ve gained a new appreciation for what it means when we do get to come together. As Rotarians, we know we are better together, even if we are physically apart. We take on challenges as a unit - none of us is an island. By embracing these challenges as a team, we can go about our work with a spirit of service and a renewed perspective. 
Health Tips from Rotary District Leadership 2020-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Covid Update and Resources 2020-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

Learn How to Host a "World Polio Day" Virtually

Ten clubs in Ontario, Canada hosted virtual events in 2018 and 2019. Find out their tips on creating your own event.

After many years of celebrating World Polio Day with proclamations, updates from Rotary and health leaders, and flag-raising ceremonies, the 10 Rotary clubs in District 7070 (Ontario, Canada) took a different course in 2018. An in-person event held in a new global classroom and simultaneously streamed live is now serving as a great model as we approach holding our first World Polio Day live event in a COVID-19 world.

Just three years ago, Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology, a post-secondary school in Oshawa, Ontario, constructed a new Centre for Collaborative Education, which included a Global Classroom. The center allows students to learn from, and share with, students and experts from around the world in real-time. The class brings cultures from around the world together to share information about each other’s culture and countries. The clubs of the Durham region all helped provide funds for the creation of the center and global classroom.

Learn How to Host a "World Polio Day" Virtually 2020-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

Have you signed up for the Rotary Picnic?

You are invited to join us at this year’s "socially distanced-style" Waterloo Rotary Club family picnic!  Please RSVP by Friday, September 10 so we can plan accordingly. 
The details:
Cost: $25/family
When: Thursday, September 24
What time: Doors open at 5, food 5:30-7:30 pm *Program @ 6:30
Where: Rotary Reserve on North Union Road in rural Black Hawk County
Have you signed up for the Rotary Picnic? 2020-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

September Birthdays

Reach out to these Rotarians celebrating their September birthdays and let 'em know you're thinking of them!
Wade ItzenSep 02 
Steve WeidnerSep 06 
Kevin SonnenbergSep 7 
John Bunge Sep 09 
Dave LedermanSep 12 
Annie Vander Werff Sep 13 
Gene LeonhartSep 14 
Bryan BurtonSep 15 
Bari RichterSep 16 
Casey ReintsSep 17 
Larry SteffensSep 23 
Nick HildebrandtSep 24 
Adam SchaeferSep 24 
Deb Pullin-Van AukenSep 26 
Jeff Halverson Sep 28 
September Birthdays 2020-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
August 31 - Steve Carignan of Gallagher Bluedorn PAC 2020-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

African Region Considered Free of Wild Polio Virus

Rotary and its GPEI partners celebrate a monumental achievement, say global eradication of wild polio is possible with the continued dedication and persistence of Rotarians.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.

After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio.

African Region Considered Free of Wild Polio Virus 2020-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

Details of 2020 Rotary Annual Picnic

This year’s Waterloo Rotary Club family picnic will be on Thursday September 24 at the Rotary Reserve
on North Union Road in rural Black Hawk County.
We will open at 5 p.m., plan to start serving at 5:30 p.m., have a program at 6:30 p.m. and finish at 7:30 p.m. The menu this year will include a meat choice of 12-ounce rib-eye or chicken breast plus sides of baked beans, baked potato with butter and sour cream, coleslaw and drink. Mac and cheese will be available for children. Beverages include milk, lemonade, coffee and water. Ice cream with toppings will be served for dessert. Meals will be served, and social distancing and masking requirements will be followed.
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August 24th Program: National Cattle Congress

Our own Deb Pullin-Vanauken and staff from National Cattle Congress are speaking about the latest happenings at this historic event center.
For over 90 years, people have been coming to the Dairy Cattle Congress in Waterloo to be entertained. Many of them find this entertainment by walking through the barns or experiencing the nostalgia and adventure when viewing farm machinery. There continues to be much incidental entertainment for the Cattle Congress visitor and large name acts to attract people to the event. Whatever the entertainment may be, the Board of Directors remains dedicated to education. An old poster advertising the National Dairy Cattle Congress is merely making a play on words when it declares that “Congress entertainment is educational; its education is entertaining; it is ALL inspirational.”
August 24th Program: National Cattle Congress 2020-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

Five Tips for those who Aren't Natural Leaders

From District Governor Lowell Stoolman
Not a 'Natural Leader'? These 5 Tips May Come in Handy 
Some people seem to be born with the propensity to lead – they're congenial, people admire them, and they're intelligent. But the most successful Rotary leaders aren't always the smartest or most talented club members. The best leaders are those with the drive to do what needs to be done – and the skill to help others rise with them.
If you don't feel like you are a natural leader, consider these 5 tips to help you excel and guide your club to success.
  1. Show Up and Do the Work: Delegation is important, but good leaders also get their hands dirty. Show up at volunteer opportunities. Help set up club events. Your hard work will be noticed.
  2. Be Positive: Your attitude can be contagious, so look for opportunities to uplift and encourage fellow club members.
  3. Emit Gratitude: Everyone enjoys being appreciated. Let others know you appreciate their contributions and encourage them to do the same with others.
  4. Seek Solutions: Try not to dwell on problems or challenges. Roll up your sleeves and start seeking solutions. Your club will follow suit.
  5. Be Coachable: Leaders don't know everything. They're constant learners with a desire to stay ahead of the next need. All of us, from District Governors to new members, always have something to learn.
Ignore the little voice that makes you feel like less than a leader. Turn your negative thoughts into positivity. You can achieve great things – and you are a Rotary leader for a reason. 
Quick Poll: I’d love to know whether articles like this are of interest to you as a Rotarian. Could you please send me a note with your feedback? My goal is to deliver the right type of content to help you thrive personally, professionally, and in Rotary.
Five Tips for those who Aren't Natural Leaders 2020-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

Ways to Help with Cedar Rapids Storm Damage

IOWA (KWWL) - Many different organizations are asking for help, donations and volunteers as Iowa continues to recover from the devastating derecho August 10th.

There are many volunteers and crews working throughout hard-hit areas, but more resources are needed.

"Iowa Derecho Storm Resource Page" on Facebook

DONATION DROP-OFF SITE: 5001 1st Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

VOLUNTEER SITE: 5001 1st Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

Financial Donations:

If you are able to donate financially, you can at:

  • Venmo: @iowaderecho
  • PayPal:
  • You can also donate cash at the drop-off site
Ways to Help with Cedar Rapids Storm Damage 2020-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Project at George Wyth August 17th

Our August 17th meeting was our first in-person meeting since March and it was great to see familiar faces again (even if it was only the top half above their mask!)

As part of our District Grant from the 2019 / 2020 Rotary year, we had a work day out at the Rotary Shelter.  The committee consisting of Katelyn Tungland, Steve Finegan, Dave Lee, Annie Vander Werff, Mark Kuiper, Gene Leonhardt and James Madison developed a plan to improve the Rotary Shelter out at George Wyth State Park.  Improvements included a new grill, lighting, electrical outlets, counter top and painting.  



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Cedar Rapids Needs Your Help

A message from Lowell Stoolman, District Governor:
Due the devastating storm on Monday, the Cedar Rapids area needs help.  If you don't have your own issues from the storm and are willing to assist, please call Past District Governor Michelle Bell at 319-431-2755 for instructions on how you can help.
Thank you for all you can do for the Cedar Rapids area and our fellow Rotarians!
Cedar Rapids Needs Your Help 2020-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

Note from District Governor

Lowell Stoolman - District Governor
August, 2020
A Note from Your District Governor
Greetings, fellow Rotarians. Thank you to everyone who made it to my July installment as District Governor for District 5970.
A month into my term, I am eager to start meeting with your clubs, whether in person or virtually. Club visits this term will certainly be unique, but I am looking forward to the challenge. 
Even during the pandemic, we can be thankful for so many things. We have our families, our friends. Many of us are still working and volunteering. And we can be grateful for technology like email and video calls to keep us all connected.
I am not one to dwell on negativity, and I hope that rings true for you and your club, too. This year, we will all be asked to do more with less, and to stretch our patience and flexibility, perhaps like never before. We will rise together in Rotary through the end of 2020, and enter 2021 with the boldness to get things done.
Thank you for your continued dedication. Rotary would be nothing without our club members’ hard work and compassion. 
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First Woman in History nominated to be International President 2020-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you Note from MercyOne Foundation 2020-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
August 10th: Boy Scouts of America 2020-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

George Wyth Project Update

As part of our District Grant from the 2019 / 2020 Rotary year, we will have a work day out at the Rotary Shelter on August 17!
The committee consisting of Katelyn Tungland, Steve Finegan, Dave Lee, Annie Vander Werff, Mark Kuiper, Gene Leonhardt and James Madison have developed a plan to improve the Rotary Shelter out at George Wyth State Park.  Improvements include a new grill, lighting, electrical outlets, counter top and painting.  We will have a catered event out at the Rotary Shelter on Monday, August 17th with Lori Eberhard, Park Ranger making a brief presentation.  The work day will be split in to sessions.  8 – 10 Rotarians will be needed from 10:00 – 12:00 to complete the scraping, sweeping, cleaning and arranging of picnic tables.  All Rotarians are welcome for the  program which will be from 12:00 – 1:00 and include socializing with face mask and proper distancing, catered lunch and presentation.  8 – 10 Rotarians are needed from 1:00 to 2:00 to complete the painting, clean up and moving tables back.  Look for an email to sign up for this first in-person meeting for our Rotary Club since March.  As an added bonus, Rotarians that sign up for one of the work sessions will receive a free Rotary Face Mask!
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Rotary Makes Donation to Volunteer Center

The Waterloo Rotary Club just made another $1,000 presentation to the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley (VCCV). 
Past Waterloo Club President and VCCV Executive Director Lauren Fink accepted the check from past president Mark Durbahn in front of the Volunteer Center on Kimball Avenue. This check will help the center to provide additional resources to recruit new volunteers due to changing volunteer pools caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Lauren’s Thank You to our Club:

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How Rotary creates lifelong relationships

Hilary and Kate became best friends when they met through #Rotary. Over the course of a decade, their friendship took them to Brazil, South East Asia and Japan as they worked on projects for peace.

I am constantly in awe of the power of connection. This is what Rotary is all about. We unite in friendship to realize truthful, fair, good-willed, and beneficial outcomes in our communities and the world. For Rotary members and people like me, our lives are forever transformed by this powerful network.

I was 17 years old when Rotary became a guiding force in my life. I was a young woman hungry to see the world outside my own country. Thanks to Rotary, I was granted the opportunity to live in Brazil as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student for a year. The experience was transformative for many reasons, the foremost being the people I met along the way who continue to be central figures in my life.

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Girl Scouts is Monday's Program

Monday, August 3rd we'll get to hear Robin Summers with the Girls Scouts (after technical problems delayed her program a couple weeks ago).
I have lived in Waterloo almost my entire life. I went through the Waterloo School system from Kindergarten through high school, graduating from West High. I have a BA in Sociology and a MA in Women’s and Gender Studies, both from the University of Northern Iowa. I have been at the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois since August of 2015 starting out as a community outreach manager and now as the director of community outreach and development. Through my role as the director of community outreach, I oversee our council outreach programming. I started working in development less than a year ago and serve as a major gifts officer.
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August Birthdays

Time for another socially-distanced birthday greeting to all our members celebrating this month!  Please reach out to these fellow Rotarians and wish them a warm and healthy birthday!
Harrison Cass Aug 09 
Michael LarsonAug 09 
Shelia BairdAug 10
Katelyn TunglandAug 15 
Kathleen Braun Aug 16 
Norman UsseryAug 16 
Gil Irey Aug 17 
David LeeAug 18 
Jack DusenberryAug 21 
Michelle Weidner '03Aug 23 
Beth McCrindleAug 24 
Mindy HendricksenAug 28 
Jim SeeleyAug 30 
Also - the Rotary Birthday Machine is available for check-out - just email Mason for details!
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Monday's Program is Waterloo Community Playhouse 2020-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

Pathways Receives Rotary Grant

Waterloo Rotary presents $1,000 to Pathways Behavioral Services.
Mark Durbahn presented the $1,000 check to Kimberly Costarella and Dave Becker with Pathways Behavioral Services.  They will use the check to assist them as they provide mental health and addiction services for the Cedar Valley.  Their services are more in demand due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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Updates from President Annie 2020-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

Recommendations for Sustainable Environmental Projects with Rotary

Rotarian Karen Kendrick-Hands answers five questions about Environmental projects with Rotary! She is the communications director for Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG)

1. How does the environment fit into Rotary’s areas of focus?
Any project in any area of focus will benefit from having environmental sustainability as one of its watchwords. It’s a lot harder to supply clean water to people if your watershed is compromised— if your river is full of industrial, human, and animal waste.

2. Why did ESRAG publish a handbook with environmental project ideas?
A lot of people say they’d like to do an environmental project, but they don’t know where to start.

3. Can you describe some of the project suggestions?
We looked to address topics that we thought were important, topics that fit well with existing areas of focus, and topics that expanded Rotary clubs’ reach into the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

4. What inspired ESRAG’s collaboration with UNEP?
Rotary and UNEP decided to work together to create a handbook for Rotary clubs that want to participate in World Environment Day, which is 5 June.

5. Are Rotarians getting more involved in environmental projects?
People interested in environmental solutions could go out and work with other groups, and many Rotarians do. But what we’re seeing is a real desire to do their environmental work within the Rotary framework.

This story originally appeared in the July 2020 issue of The Rotarian magazine.

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Rotary Shelter Meeting held Last Week

A small but mighty group of Rotarians got together to discuss doing Rotary Shelter project in near future. Annie, Dave, Katelyn, Mark and Steve had a great time chatting with Lori of Iowa DNR.
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Former Rotary International President Dies

Mateo Armando “M.A.T.” T.  Caparas served as RI president in 1986-87 with the Rotary theme, “Rotary Brings Hope.” He was the first and only Filipino to become president of Rotary International, he was 97. 

Caparas launched the worldwide anti-polio drive aimed at eradicating the deadly disease that has killed and paralyzed tens of thousands of people.  The campaign has become a huge success and has drawn the strong support of Microsoft’s founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.

The Filipino socio-civic leader was instrumental in the acquisition of the One Rotary Center in Evanston, Illinois.  He led the two-year fund raising campaign for the project and was able to raise $130 million, surpassing the target by $70 million. It was also during Caparas’ term that the RI board allowed membership of women in Rotary. 


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Black Hawk County Health Department Town Hall

A recent virtual town hall discussion educated people in our community regarding business protection. Given the recent changes in the Iowa law regarding business protection from COVID-19 liability and the current increase in reported cases of the virus, Black Hawk County Health Department team presented and responded to questions from Cedar Valley businesses. 
Click link below to watch the recording.
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Grout Museum Program 2020-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

Future Programs

Check out the upcoming programs we have at Rotary!
July 20 Girl Scouting in our Area...Robin Summers
July 27 Waterloo Community Playhouse Update...Norman Ussery
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Better Together

Scientists think the need to connect across generations may be baked into humans’ DNA — that grandparents, in particular grandmothers, played a critical role in our evolution. The reason women live so long beyond reproductive age, some anthropologists theorize, is that the care they provide for their daughters’ children frees up their daughters to produce more children sooner. “You can argue that older people connecting with younger people is something that goes back to the beginning of humanity,” says Marc Freedman, author of How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting Generations.

A survey by Generations United and the Eisner Foundation — a nonprofit focused on intergenerational programs —found that 53 percent of American adults regularly spend time with few people who are much older or younger than they are, aside from family members. The figure is even higher for people ages 18 to 34, with 61 percent reporting few younger or older acquaintances. Grandparents often live hundreds of miles away from their grandchildren, and there aren’t many places to go to meet people across the age spectrum.

This is where Rotary can help.


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July Birthdays

Coronavirus can keep us from meeting in-person, but it can't take away our celebration of these fine Rotarians that have traveled around the sun AGAIN!
Rick MorrisJul 02 
Jerry MaifieldJul 07 
Jay GintherJul 10 
James MadisonJul 10 
Lauren FinkeJul 17 
Milton DakovichJul 20 
David HolmJul 23 
Mike BrosharJul 26 
Heather LaBonteJul 27 
Bob ManningJul 30 
The Rotary Birthday Machine should be available to borrow next week, email Mason if you'd like to reserve it to check the Radon levels in your house.
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Good morning Fellow Rotarians,
I hope you enjoyed a fun, cool and safe holiday weekend. In observance of the holiday, we will take today off from meeting and will resume our regular meetings on Monday, July 13. Through discussion with the board, we will continue meeting online via Zoom conferencing.
Please reach out to one of your fellow Rotarians whom you have not seen at a meeting recently and invite them to join an upcoming meeting - it's easy and ... FUN!
Have a great week,
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RI Director Opportunity

Contact President Annie Vander Werff if you are interested in being an RI Director!
1 July 2020

Dear Rotarians:

At the 2021 RI (Taipei) Convention, an RI director is to be elected by club members in your zone.  This director will serve on the RI Board in 2022–24.

If your club wishes to submit a qualified Rotarian for consideration by the Nominating Committee for Director in your zone, the club must follow these guidelines:

The club must use the attached Official Suggestion Form. 
  • This Official Suggestion Form must reach the nominating committee convener no later than 1 September 2020 (the address is provided on the form). 
  • The form must also be accompanied by a written statement from a physician certifying that the suggested candidate is in good health and physically able to carry out the duties of an RI director. 
  • The form must be signed by the candidate, indicating that he or she agrees to abide by RI's provisions against campaigning for elective position, and that he or she accepts the attached "RI Board of Directors Job Description."

RI Bylaws section 13.010. states, in part, as follows:

“Rotarians shall not campaign, canvass, or electioneer for elective position in RI, or allow any such activity, for either themselves or others.”


John Hewko
General Secretary, RI
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Meet President-Elect, E.J. Gallagher III

Get to know the soon-to-be President-Elect of our Rotary Club. A retired attorney and active Rotarian; Mr. Gallagher has worn many hats in the Cedar Valley community and beyond!
E.J. Gallagher III was born in Washington D.C. and came back with his Iowan parents to Waterloo in June of 1950. He graduated from Columbus High School after kindergarten at Kingsley and grades one to 8 at St. Edward’s. He got an undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul followed by a law degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He was admitted to practice law in Iowa in 1974 and spent a year back in Washington D.C. working for a special Federal commission studying wiretapping law.
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2020-2021 Rotary Board

Officer Team for 2020-2021 and Board of Directors
President, Annie Vander Werff
President-Elect, E.J. Gallagher
Treasurer, Adam Schaefer 
Secretary, Rich Frevert (New Board Member)
Past President, Mark Durbahn
Phil Nash, Assistant District Governor 
Dave Lee
Deb Pullin-Van Auken
Heather Labonte
Vicki Mueller (New Board Member)
Holly Johnson (New Board Member)
Outgoing Board Members are Brian Aronson, Megan Kugler, Katelyn Tungland and Jaclyne Heller.
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Summer Brings New District Governor

Meet Lowell Stoolman, Your New District Governor

Lowell is the former police chief of Rockwell City and a former member of the city’s maintenance department. He served more than 30 years on the city’s fire department and is an active member of the Rockwell City Rotary Club. 

Lowell's installation celebration is scheduled for June 28, 2020, at the Twin Lakes Golf Club in Rockwell City.  Register to attend.

A Message from Outgoing District Governor, Michelle Bell...

As Rotarians, we know this phrase is true: Rotary Opens Opportunities. Chosen as the 2020-2021 Rotary theme, these are words to live by for all clubs. But what does “opening opportunities” mean for individual Rotarians?

I’ve collected a few ideas I’ve observed throughout my tenure as 5970 District Governor:

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Rotary Clubs in Italy

Rotary clubs in districts across Italy worked together to procure state-of-the-art equipment needed to combat the deadly coronavirus disease for 26 hospitals around the country.
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Monday, June 29 Rotary Meeting on Zoom

Join us for the last meeting of our Rotary year...and what a memorable year it ended up being!  Our president-elect Annie Vander Werff is expected to ceremoniously accept the gavel from 2019-2020 president Mark Durbahn. As the world grapples with COVID-19 and finds ways to keep our businesses operating, personal connections intact, and traditions alive, Annie will need each member to support our efforts and come out of this as a stronger club. We've shown that we won't let a global pandemic stop us from fellowship, and service to our community has come in the form of weekly financial support to organizations directly impacted. Look for the good work of our club to continue as we transition to new club leaders!
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Monday's Program is Dr. Kime of Acupuncture and Chiropractic Clinic of Iowa

Dr. Kime is the author of "Cancer is Kicking my Butt, but I have a really Big Butt."
She was raised in Taiwan under the Traditional Chinese Medicine environment.  Dr. Kime received her Masters from Southern Illinois University in 1994.  She then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, after raising her 5 child family, graduating in 2010. While studying at Palmer, Dr. Kime traveled to Chicago to obtain her Acupuncture certification from National University of Health Sciences.
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Rotary Virtual Conventions 2020-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Winners of 2020 Rotarian Magazine Contest 2020-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Barb Prather Receives Iowa Women's Foundation Award 2020-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Hail Mary Project Program June 15

The Hail Mary Project is a sports-based youth development after school program that combines athletics, dialogue, and mentoring all into one fun activity that promotes resilience, brotherhood, respect, and accountability. The mission and purpose is to reduce recidivism by preventing juvenile delinquency, by providing opportunities to young people who otherwise may not experience such things. The foundation of this is based on positive, caring relationships.
Preston Taylor with the Hail Mary Project will join us Monday.
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Rotary works with India Red Cross

The #Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera worked with the India Red Cross Society to fund and distribute boxes of food for nearly five thousand homeless and impoverished members of their community during the #COVID19 pandemic.
Here is a beautiful video curated and executed by our young talent at the Interact Club Sharada Mandir of the Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera aimed at building awareness around the Corona Pandemic plauging the world over.
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Waterloo Fair Chance Initiative Presentation

The Fair Chance Ordinance was passed to remove barriers to employment, reduce recidivism, and give a second chance to deserving Iowans. Waterloo business owners and HR professionals are encouraged to register for a webinar Wednesday, June 17th at 8:30 am. Participants will learn about why the City of Waterloo enacted the ordinance and how hiring processes for Waterloo businesses may be impacted because of it. This presentation will provide actionable steps and resources to comply with the ordinance that goes into effect July 1, 2020. 
Please click below to register for the webinar. 
The Waterloo Fair Chance Initiative Presentation will be held Wednesday, June 17 at 8:30am.
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Rotary Birthday Machine

Did you know our club has a "Birthday Machine"?  Several years ago, one of our esteemed members Tom Arthur bought the club an electronic Radon detector to be shared among our members.  Tom was moved by one of our presentations about Radon and the prevalence of the radioactive gas in many midwestern homes.  Radon increases the risk of lung cancer and is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking. The original Radon detector needed to be re-calibrated after many years of use, so Steve and Liz Thorpe stepped up to purchase a new and easier-to-use battery-powered detector for our club.  Each month during the birthday table, Mason encourages members to check out the detector to take home and collect some readings, then use that information to buy a chemical test or seek a professional mitigation company.  Think of it as a machine that helps your family have MORE's a birthday machine!
Fellow Rotarian Phil Nash recently returned the unit and had this to share with the club:
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June 8 Program - Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity 

Today's speaker is Norah Schlax, an AmeriCorps Member with Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity. She works in marketing and volunteer outreach. She graduated in May of 2019 with a degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Clarkson University and moved to Iowa for a summer AmeriCorps position with Green Iowa where she worked weekly with Iowa Heartland. She fell in love with the mission of Iowa Heartland and took a year long AmeriCorps position here. Norah will be coming on as their Marketing Outreach Manager after her AmeriCorps term finishes up in August!
Our presentation gives a brief overview about the history of Habitat and then moves into what the Iowa Heartland Affiliate has done/is doing in the Cedar Valley and surrounding communities.
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Rotary Virtual Convention 2020-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
New Waterloo Police Chief Starts 2020-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
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VGM Heartland Conference Update

-2015 Heartland Conference Room Ambassadors-
The traditional VGM Heartland Conference scheduled for next week has been cancelled but will be back next year bigger and better than ever.  Our club has been invited to assist again next year.  For several years, our club has provided volunteers to serve as "room monitors" for the breakout sessions. VGM has been kind in return for our services by supporting our club's major initiatives.  Thanks to all who signed up to volunteer this year, but the revised "virtual" 2020 conference will not require our club members to volunteer in-person. Any questions? Email Katelyn Tungland
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Rotary Year 2019-20 Is About to Close!

June is the final month of our Rotary year, and it’s also one of the best months in giving to The Rotary Foundation, second only to December. 
Have you made your gift to the Foundation? 
Our 2019-20 District Annual Fund goal is $236,630.  To date we’ve raised $194,202  (82%).
Our 2019-20 District PolioPlus goal is $381,706.  To date we’ve raised $376,109  (98%).
For those of you who can, and want to, please make your gift by June 30.  Not because I’m asking, but because of the life-changing impact your gift will have on children needing polio vaccine, healthcare workers needing equipment and support to fight Covid-19, schoolkids needing safe and clean water to stay in school, families needing access to affordable medical clinics. And the list goes on.  All supported by your gifts to the Rotary Foundation. 
Remember that the Rotary Rush is still on until June 10.  If you give enough to the Annual Fund that will get you halfway to your first or multiple Paul Harris Fellow level, you will receive matching points for the other half, to allow you to reach the PHF level.  Please email John Wasta, District Fundraising Chair, at for details.  To qualify for Rotary Rush, please remember to designate your gift for the Annual Fund.
How do you make your gift? 
  • The easiest way is make your gift online at . Be sure to sign in to your myRotary account when you give online.  Then let your Club Foundation Chair know you made the gift. 
  • You may also pay by check, payable to The Rotary Foundation, and get it to your Club Foundation Chair and they will send it in.  
Thanks to all who have supported the Foundation this year, and to those who will be giving in June!
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Grow Cedar Valley COVID-19 Resources

5/26/2020: Gov. Reynolds announces casinos, amusement parks, outdoor venues, and sports leagues allowed to reopen Monday, June 1 with restrictions

  • Businesses allowed to reopen at 50% capacity while following social distancing measures include: casinos, amusement parks, outdoor venues can hold live performances, bowling alleys, speedway, racetracks can reopen events to spectators, pool halls, and arcades

  • Recreational and social sport gatherings of more than 10 people will be allowed - individuals must remain 6 feet apart and venues are limited to 50% occupation capacity

  • Bars, wineries, breweries, and distilleries can reopen Thursday, May 28. They must follow the same public health measures as restaurants, including limiting normal operating capacity to 50 percent and social distancing groups of 6 feet. Live bands are also now permitted at bars and restaurants following social distancing guidelines.

  • Businesses that remain closed will continue to be closed through June 17 and Reynolds said she will continue to monitor whether any other measures should be adjusted.

  • View Proclamation



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Foster Care Graduation

Posted by Beth McCrindle
Nationally only 54% of foster youth will graduate from high school when they exit care at age 18. Only 3% will graduate from college. Although Iowa statistics may be better, most youth aging out of care lack a natural support system that will assist them in celebrating achievements or help to gather needed items as they transition from foster care to their first apartment or college dorm.
This year our club generously contributed to that urgent need. In the past a community wide open house has been held at Hawkeye Community College to celebrate these youth. Obviously this year that event was impossible. In its place a “drive-by“ open house was held. All nine of the kids received a microwave, set of pots and pans, pillow and case, laundry basket, plastic mixing bowl set, can opener, 48 piece silverware and tray, surge protector, flashlight, kitchen towel, cloths and oven mitt, measuring cups and measuring spoons, and first aid kit. Individual community members contributed cards and gift cards. Since the ever popular graduation sheet cake wouldn’t be served at an open house, each student received a small cake with his/her name! They were richly blessed and were very appreciative. Reports are that one family was so excited that they locked themselves out of the house. Ha!
All youth leaving foster care receive a suitcase filled with personal care items, even those not graduating.
Waterloo Rotary’s gift of $100 gift cards to Target were gratefully received. One comment was that leaving the security of the system seemed less scary knowing that they had community support!
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June 1 Program - Guiding Star

Sarah Kopriva is the new Executive Director of Guiding Star Cedar Valley; leading efforts to further establish the organizational mission to empower women, embrace children, and enrich families through their unique healthcare model in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo Community. Sarah believes in a society that honors and protects the beauty of femininity and the unique attributes women bring to our families, workplaces, and communities. Because of this passion, she works to educate and enable women and families to understand and appreciate their healthy, working bodies and develop a community around them to further that support throughout life.
Sarah's talk will introduce GSCV's comprehensive approach to caring for the health of women and their families and bring light to the ways we are helping our community celebrate the dignity of our natural design.
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June Birthdays

We'll be together again soon and will properly celebrate our members' birthdays in person. Until then, we'll recognize and wish them well from a distance!
Kathleen WernimontJun 2 
Lisa GatesJun 14 
David BuckJun 19 
Jacylne HellerJun 19 
Ross SchoonoverJun 23 
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Rotarians in Kenya Take Action

Almost 80 percent of the population in Nairobi, Kenya, lives in informal settlements where it’s not unusual for families of day laborers to live together in one house. Surviving day to day on the meager wages they typically earn as shop clerks, construction workers, or domestic employees, as many as eight people cook, do homework, eat, and sleep in these tight quarters.

In short, social distancing is a luxury that many poor Kenyans can’t afford.

“If the [COVID-19] pandemic hits here, like it has in North America and other places, it will be just catastrophic” because of the inability to social distance, says Geeta Manek, a Rotary Foundation trustee-elect and member of the Rotary Club of Muthaiga, Kenya. “We’re working very hard, through preventative measures, desperately trying to keep this thing away from us.”

Shortly after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Joe Otin, governor of Rotary District 9212 (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Sudan), formed a districtwide response team. Chaired by Nairobi-East Rotarian Joe Kamau, the team is working with clubs across the district to provide hand washing stations, deliver food to families who have lost jobs, and raise money for personal protective equipment.

“When [Kamau] asked what we wanted to do first, we said let’s go with hand washing stations,” says Manek, a member of the response team.

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May 18th Program - Hotel/Convention Center Update

Kayleen Leonard with Best Western Hotel and Michelle Weidner with the City of Waterloo will give us an update on the plans for the hotel and the convention center. They will share renderings, timelines, and answer questions.
Below is a link to an article from last fall about the renovation...
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Local Rotarian in the News

Rotarian Michael Broshar organizes a project to supporter first responders in the area.
Waterloo – Michael Broshar, a Waterloo native and local architect, has designed and donated a water color that supports the First Responders Fund, established earlier this month by the Waterloo Community Foundation.  This unique piece of art features a local firefighter, policeman and health care worker, the recipients of the fund’s proceeds.  Signed prints are being offered for sale for $150 each.  Proceeds above the cost of production will go to the Foundation.
Orders must be placed by June 15, by mailing checks to the Waterloo Community Foundation at PO Box 1253, Waterloo, on the Foundation’s website  or Facebook  General donations to the fund are also being accepted, as described above.
The Waterloo Community Foundation established the First Responders Fund to assist local police, fire and health care workers keep our community and families safe during the COVID-19 crisis.  During the month of May, the Foundation will match all donations up to $5,000.  One hundred percent (100%) of all donations will go directly to local first responder organizations (no administrative fees will be withheld).
 Michael Broshar grew up working in his father’s architecture firm, Thorson Brom Broshar Snyder Architects. Following his education in Iowa and Texas, he located in Minneapolis to begin his career. He returned to Waterloo to practice architecture in the early 1980’s and was named a partner in 1991. The firm grew under his leadership and became INVISION Architecture in the 1990’s with the addition of a Des Moines office. Broshar retired from architectural practice at the end of 2019.
Michael has always had a strong interest in the visual arts, pursuing painting in college and in his early career. In 2013, he renewed his interest in painting, particularly in watercolor. He has studied under John Lovett, Iain Stewart and Alvaro Castegnet, and has had solo shows at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, The Hearst Center and the Iowa Center for Architecture. Broshar is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society.
The Waterloo Community Foundation was formed in 2015 to support Waterloo residents with the confidence that all gifts are being invested in our community efficiently and effectively.  Most importantly, we are here to help.  To learn more about the Waterloo Community Foundation, visit or contact us at 319.883.6022.
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Never Too Young to Lead

Six Rotarians reveal the secrets of balancing family and work that allowed them to take on the role of district governor before turning 50.

As an active member of the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads (Norfolk) in Virginia, Clenise Platt had been a club president and taken on some leadership roles in her district. Even so, it came as a complete surprise when Mary Landon, the club’s 2016-17 president, approached her at the end of a meeting and asked if it would be OK to nominate her for district governor.

“I thought one day I might place my name in the hat to become a district governor,” says Platt, 48. “But truth be told, I thought ‘one day’ was years away.”

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Rotarians in the News

Multiple Downtown Waterloo Rotarians were featured in a recent Courier article describing a new fund to mitigate impacts of COVID-19 in the Cedar Valley.

“This has been tough on all nonprofits, whether or not it’s on the frontlines, and it has affected charitable giving for all nonprofits, as well as affecting revenue streams and available resources,” said Kaye Englin, director of the Community Foundation of NE Iowa.
Sheila Baird, executive director of the Cedar Valley United Way, said each organization brings their own experiences and expertise to the table. “We each operate differently, which ultimately you hope is our strength."
Casey Reints, executive director at the Max and Helen Guernsey Foundation, said she is proud the foundation has partnered with other Cedar Valley area funders and “can see the impact that these collective efforts have had on our community. We are stronger together."
Rotarians in the News 2020-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
May 11th Program: KWWL's Abby Turpin 2020-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Foodbanks in Eastern Iowa receive district funds

May, 2020
A Note from Your District Governor Michelle Bell
Greetings, District 5970!
How’s the new virtual world treating you? I’m inspired by the number of clubs who have shared their stories of engaging online. 

Though the pandemic has brought anxiety and grief, it has also surfaced opportunities for Rotary to evolve. Food banks, homelessness initiatives, and other community organizations are in desperate need of philanthropy, from volunteer support to monetary donations. 
Foodbanks in Eastern Iowa receive district funds 2020-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians in Lithuania and U.S. have innovative COVID-19 solution

Rotarians in Lithuania and Chicago are using their influence to promote the use of “bubble helmets” and potentially lessen the need for mechanical ventilators for COVID-19 patients who struggle to breathe on their own.
The Rotary Club of Vilnius Lituanica International, Lithuania, participated in Hack the Crisis, an online event in March that brought together innovators in science and technology to “hack,” or develop solutions to, issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Lithuanian club, along with members of the Rotary Clubs of Chicago and Chicagoland Lithuanians (Westmont), joined a team to brainstorm ways to help COVID-19 patients breathe without using mechanical ventilators.
Rotarians in Lithuania and U.S. have innovative COVID-19 solution 2020-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting Today: Special Program 2020-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

A Message from Our President

I would like to take this opportunity to update everyone on some of the decisions that were made at our last board meeting regarding our meetings, dues and charitable contributions.  We will not be meeting in May as the Governor’s restrictions are ongoing for Black Hawk County.  During the Board meeting we decided that we will extend our charitable giving grants each week through May for a total of 8-$1000 grants through the months of April and May.  This is an outstanding contribution from our Waterloo Rotary Club to organizations providing aid and assistance to those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a reminder, below is a list of the organizations that we’ve chosen to support.

A Message from Our President 2020-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

People's Community Health Clinic Receives Rotary Gift

At our board meeting last week we agreed that our last grant for the month of April was to Peoples Clinic.  As many of you know, many of their clients are from Tyson Fresh Meats which has been particularly hard hit during this crisis. The Clinic is dealing with staff shortages, increased demand, communication barriers, and added stress of providing services to those most in need.  Our grant will assist them in converting their dentistry area to provide more protection to patients and staff. Executive Director Chris Kemp pictured with $1,000 check.
People's Community Health Clinic Receives Rotary Gift 2020-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

7 Reasons Young People Should Join Rotary

Meet Ryan Bell of Iowa City District 6000 Public Image Co-Chair
I have a message for all you young people out there who may never have heard about Rotary. Or if you have, it was from a parent or grandparent who spent more time talking about the lunch menu or how great the salad bar is. If that’s all you’ve heard about Rotary, then you’re missing a lot. And let me tell you why, in the middle of this pandemic, Rotary is more relevant than ever. It’s definitely something you want to know about.
Rotary is kind of a big deal. With over 1.2 million members worldwide, it’s the biggest service organization on the planet. If you’re a fan of the planet, that’s just what Rotary wants to preserve. Our members are working on helping save mothers and children, supporting basic education for children, and fighting diseases. Many of those members are now using their connections and resources to help combat COVID-19.
Click here to learn more...
7 Reasons Young People Should Join Rotary 2020-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Thank you note to share

The Salvation Army wrote a thank you letter to our club as they are working hard and using the gift for us toward the impactful programs and services they provide. There is a great need right now and the Salvation Army expects the need to continue in future months.
Click on the letter above to download and read the text.
Thank you note to share 2020-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

May Birthdays

We still won't be together to honor our fellow Rotarians celebrating in May, so we'll combine the birthday tables when we reconvene.  However, these Rotarians would certainly be tickled to have a note or call from you on their special day!
Marty StoakesMay 3 
Bob BitterMay 5 
Sue ArmbrechtMay 13 
Nick RossmanMay 16 
Cyd McHoneMay 19 
Vicki MuellerMay 19 
Troy SmithMay 22 1972
Beverly Hinders TrostMay 26 
Todd WordelMay 31 
May Birthdays 2020-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

April 27 Program - Friends of the Family

Ben Brustkern, Executive Director is speaking at Monday's meeting. Ben has been with Friends of the Family for more than 18 years. He is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa, resides in Waterloo with his wife Kim and has three children. Ben is well-known in the community and passionate about helping those in need.
Ben Brustkern - Executive Director - Cedar Valley Friends of the ...
April 27 Program - Friends of the Family 2020-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Livestream Telethon 2020-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Grow Cedar Valley Webinar Series 2020-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Opportunities and "Good News"

The Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley will continue to be thee connection between people who need help and the people who can help. shared a few ways to help in the local community through the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley.  They have organized a list of immediate volunteer needs for community organizations on their website. This list will change frequently so check back often for updates or sign up to receive email alerts for new opportunities.
If you need some good news as you shelter in place, KWWL has a running feature called Iowa Strong profiling Iowans having a positive impact on their communities.
Volunteer Opportunities and "Good News" 2020-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
VIRTUAL DISTRICT 5970 DUCK RACE IS ON! 2020-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

April 20 Program - Student Scholars

One of our largest annual meetings took a different form this year. Typically we host around 200 people as Rotarians, parents, and school administrators gather to honor high school seniors for their academic accomplishments. However, even though we didn't meet in person, and the remainder of the school year has been taken away from these students, our club still celebrated the brightest minds among our future leaders.  J'Kalein Madison recorded a keynote address and Dr. Jane Lindaman submitted a letter that will be sent to all our student honorees.  Congratulations and best of luck as you enter a world that has seen major change since you started your senior year.
April 20 Program - Student Scholars 2020-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Angie Widner, Executive Director of YMCA


Angie Widner joined us to review the childcare services the YMCA has been providing to businesses and families the past several weeks. She also shared her personal story of the impact of COVID-19 on her own family.  You can view her comments below, using this password: 2H=^=@^j
Angie Widner, Executive Director of YMCA  2020-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

VGM Heartland Conference canceling 2020 event

VGM is doing a "virtual" Heartland Conference this year and canceling their traditional in-person event in Waterloo this year. Rotarians have volunteered as room monitors for many years in exchange for a donation to our club. A special thank you to Katelyn Tungland for organizing volunteers earlier this year. VGM says our club should be prepared for a big conference in Waterloo in 2021!
VGM Heartland Conference canceling 2020 event 2020-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Week - Casey Reints

Years in Rotary: 2 weeks! 😊
Hometown: Hudson -- Go Pirates!
College: UNI – social work
Job: Executive Director at the Max & Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation
Fave Food: fajitas with unlimited avocado
Fave Movie: The Green Mile
Fave quote: Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.
Fave thing about Rotary: socialization with a mission 😊
Something unique about you: I am the youngest of six siblings, with nieces and nephews very close to my own age. Most people confuse them with my cousins, which is totally understandable. But it means I get to be the young, cool aunt!

Rotarian of the Week - Casey Reints 2020-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

What Rotary Clubs are doing around the World

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads uncertainty and hardship around the world, Rotary members and participants are innovating, caring for those affected, and showing that even at a distance, there are ways to help.
Fighting disease is one of Rotary’s main causes, so members already support efforts to promote proper hand washing techniques, teach people other ways to stay healthy, and supply training and vital medical equipment to health care providers. Now they’re helping health authorities communicate lifesaving information about COVID-19 and donating protective gear and other supplies to clinics and hospitals that are under strain because of the pandemic. 

These are just some of the ways that members are supporting their communities right now:

  • In Italy, one of the countries that has been affected most, clubs in District 2080 are raising funds to purchase ventilators and protective gear for overstretched hospitals. And when the worst of the outbreak was raging in China, the district’s clubs raised more than $21,000 for protective masks to prevent spread of the disease there. 
  • Clubs in District 2041, also in Italy, raised funds online to buy protective gear for health workers who will care for COVID-19 patients at a 400-bed hospital being built at Milan’s fairgrounds. 
What Rotary Clubs are doing around the World 2020-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Fear-Less Leadership Summit 2020-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Supports Salvation Army

Due to no in-person weekly meetings... our club has decided to donate the money that would have been used for our lunches to non-profits in the community. The most recent donation was $1,000 to the Salvation Army, and below is a letter from fellow Rotarian and Salvation Army Captain Shannon Thies: 
Hi Mark;
We are so very humbled by this.  Thank you!
I should share that we are very busy at The Salvation Army, and due to volunteer shortages (which are understandable) Martin and I have rolled up our sleeves and are serving in areas that need extra man-power.  It might be a while before I am able to tune-in to a Rotary Meeting.  I miss everyone, though, so please share my well wishes and prayers to my fellow Rotarians.
Here is an update on how The Salvation Army is serving our community during COVID-19:
Food Giveaway:
We are serving a lunch to the community beginning at 11:30am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  This is done out of our North Parking lot drive-thru style.  Prior to mid-March when the concerns of the virus began in our community, we were enjoying lunch with about 50 people every time.  We are feeding 120-140 people every time, now.  We are seeing families and people who have never been in need before.  It is a great honor to serve our community with some good-ol’ home-cooked comfort food.
We are also giving out perishable goods at the same time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Emergency Services
We are still taking rental, utilities, food box, household goods, gas voucher, prescriptions and personal hygiene requests (yes, we do have toilet paper!!).  The care management for this is done online and via phone calls.  We are anticipating that this crisis will have a long-term effect on our community. 
Housing Services
Our 3 shelters in town are still open.  We do have a family in our Family Shelter and our men & women’s shelters are taking new people if they are not showing symptoms of the flu.  We have limited our census to one person or family per room so that if someone should need to isolate, there is a comfortable place for them to do so. 
Our staff are being incredible and compassionate during this crisis and we are so very thankful for them.
We are committed to serve our community in the same ways we have in the past, it just looks a little differently right now.  We are blessed. 
I can’t wait to see you in a socially-distanced-appropriate-interaction.  😊
Shannon Thies
Rotary Supports Salvation Army 2020-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

April 13 Program: Northeast Iowa Food Bank

No community is exempt from struggling with hunger. Since federal nutrition programs don’t reach everyone in need, food banks like ours help fill the gap for thousands of people each year. Learn more about hunger in your community by exploring an interactive County Hunger Summary map and download a County Hunger Summary here.
Fellow Rotarian and one of the busiest people in the Cedar Valley Barb Prather, Executive Director of Northeast Iowa Food Bank - joined us for a Zoom meeting. She shared the latest from the Food Bank and how her staff has risen to the challenge of providing meals to hundreds of new families that have never experienced food insecurity.
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank hosted a live conversation with Barb and members of her staff earlier this month. They discussed access to food in today's climate, how they are preparing for the months to come, and how community support helps protect the most vulnerable communities during these trying times.


Volunteers are STILL NEEDED - click here to offer your help!


April 13 Program: Northeast Iowa Food Bank 2020-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Maryland Rotary Clubs Raise $30K To Feed First Responders

April 11, 2020 - ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Rotary Clubs of Parole, Annapolis and Glen Burnie announced Saturday it has established a relief fund for first responders working on the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic.

The project aims to support healthcare workers, firefighters, police officers and other essential personnel during the pandemic by providing them with meals prepared by local restaurants.

About 3,000 meals will be provided per-week for six weeks for the first responders.

The initiative will also help restaurants sustain their operations and employees.

Maryland Rotary Clubs Raise $30K To Feed First Responders  2020-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Meet Future Rotarian Clara Aronson 2020-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Recent Barb Prather Story 2020-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians helping Uganda Refugees

A group of Rotaractors are healing wounds and bringing culture together in Ugandan refugee settlement!

It’s Monday morning in one of Uganda’s largest refugee settlements, Nakivale, and the line at Paul Mushaho’s shop is out the door.

Mushaho has lived in Nakivale since 2016, when he fled violence in his native Democratic Republic of Congo. After receiving death threats, he crossed into Uganda and joined a friend in the 184-square-kilometer settlement that serves as home to 89,000 people.  

The soft-spoken 26-year-old, who has a university degree in information technology, runs a money transfer service out of a wooden storefront that doubles as his home.

Read the full article here
Rotarians helping Uganda Refugees 2020-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

Grow Cedar Valley COVID-19 Resources

The Grow Cedar Valley team is working hard to provide weekly updates and resources to all of you. New updates include...
  • Small Business Owners Guide to CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act.
  • Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) - Updates Leave Policy for Employees Impacted by COVID-19 Layoffs
  • Grant application now available for Black Hawk County COVID-19 Cooperative Disaster Response Fund
  • How you can help Cedar Valley Hospitals With COVID-19
Click link below to learn more... 
Grow Cedar Valley COVID-19 Resources 2020-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

April 6th Program - COVID-19 Local Update

The Waterloo Rotary Club hosted a "Cedar Valley Healthcare COVID-19 Update."  We hosted a panel of experts about the short term and long term needs of their organizations.
  • Pam Dellagardelle, CEO of UnityPoint Allen Hospital
  • Lisa Gates: CEO of Friendship Village a multi-level living option for older adults
  • Jeff Halverson, Vice President of MercyOne Medical Group-Northeast Iowa
  • Lanett Kane, People’s Community Health Clinic, Director of Quality
  • Joshua Pikora, BHCHD, Disease Surveillance and Investigation Manager (Epidemiologist)
You can see a recording of the meeting by clicking this link.
April 6th Program - COVID-19 Local Update 2020-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

April Birthdays

We won't be together any time soon to celebrate our Rotarians with birthdays in April, so we'll honor them in person when we are able to be together again at a "real" meeting!  They would still appreciate a note on social media or a phone call on their special keep this list handy all month and practice PHYSICAL distancing instead of social distancing! 
Rich FrevertApril 2 
Barbara PratherApril 2 
Bill RobertApril 4 
Bette WubbenaApril 4 
Billie Bailey
April 14 
Megan KuglerApril 14 
John BerryApril 16 
Duane "Lindy" LindbergApril 16 
Jack LockeApril 24 
Steve FineganApril 25 
Jane LindamanApril 25
Jeremy KautenApril 30 
April Birthdays 2020-04-02 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Supports Boys & Girls Club 

The Covid-19 Pandemic has certainly impacted our local community as well as the world, however, it has not impacted our ability as humans to stand up and support each other.

As we are working hard every day to continue our services to the school aged youth of the Cedar Valley and their families, our community has stepped up to support us.

Pictured here, Mark Durbhan presenting our staff with $1,000 from the Waterloo Rotary Club to support us during this time. Thank you also to R.J. McElroy Trust for their $7,500 emergency check to support our services last week.

Rotary Supports Boys & Girls Club Bryan Burton 2020-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
March 30 Program - 2020 Census and Waterloo Airport 2020-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

Support Local Restaurants 

Check out the list of restaurants still open and doing carryout or take out dining!  KWWL is putting together a list of establishments where you can get a bite to go or delivered right to where you are. Click the link below to see the list and consider supporting these local restaurants and their employees during this challenging time.
Support Local Restaurants 2020-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Empty Bowls Online Fundraiser 

Support the Northeast Iowa Foodbank's annual fundraiser without leaving home!
Due to no in-person weekly meetings... our club has decided to donate the money that would have been used for our lunches to non-profits in the community! Our club voted and the first recipient is Northeast Iowa Foodbank. Please click the photo below to view a 360 degree photo of the check presentation and a link to their annual fundraiser.
Empty Bowls Online Fundraiser 2020-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Disaster Response Fund

Two Rotarians - Niki Litzel and Kaye Englin -- are with Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa and are doing special grants to help organizations at this time with a Disaster Response Fund.  Click this link to explore different funds and ways you can help locally during this global pandemic.
Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Disaster Response Fund 2020-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Meetings Canceled Through April 13th

Hi All,
I would like to update everyone on a few things as the COVID-19 situation continues.  I know that we are facing some changes and challenges as we navigate life while social distancing.  As you know, the Governor has directed Iowans to limit social interaction and so we have canceled meetings through April 13th.  As Rotarians and leaders in the community we should look to assist organizations and people in need during this crisis when we can.
On March 17th, the Rotary Board held a meeting using computer conferencing which included audio, video and screen sharing to discuss our response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Due to our Club not having our Monday meetings, we are not spending the approximately $1000 each week on our meal.  We discussed whether to refund or credit each member the cost of the meals.  It roughly relates to a little over $8 a meal for all 120 members.  In the spirit of community and helping organizations most impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, we as a  Board decided to donate the $1000 each week to organizations most impacted by the crisis.  We voted to do this for the next 4 weeks.
Meetings Canceled Through April 13th 2020-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Conference Canceled

We regret to announce that the Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 6-10 June 2020, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, has been canceled in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
Rotary International Conference Canceled 2020-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Week, Tavis Hall

Years in Rotary  - 4 years
Hometown  - Waterloo
College - Hawkeye Community College
Job - Executive Director, Experience Waterloo
Fave Food - Tacos
Fave Movie - Coming To America
Fave quote  - "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Fave thing about Rotary - camaraderie
Something unique about you - To be honest, I'm not particularly unique. I'm just particularly passionate.
Rotarian of the Week, Tavis Hall 2020-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Grow Cedar Valley Survey Request

Grow Cedar Valley has a request from the State of Iowa:
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) needs to assess the impact of the pandemic in Iowa. To assist in these efforts, please complete this survey, developed by University of Northern Iowa – Institute for Decision Making, to tell us what your business is experiencing and how your business is handling the current crisis. 
Grow Cedar Valley Survey Request 2020-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Monitors Coronavirus


Black Hawk County Health Department is working around the clock with local government and community partners to respond to the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation in our community.

This website is meant to help Black Hawk County residents, businesses, media, and others better understand what is happening in our community, and how best to prepare and respond as the situation evolves.

Rotary Monitors Coronavirus 2020-03-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Week - Doug Stanford

Years in Rotary - 16
Hometown - Sutherland, Iowa
College - Iowa State University
Occupation – Retired physician
Fave Food - Italian
Fave movie - Almost any historical drama
Random fact about yourself - I love to fish (being on the water and not fishing is a waste of time)
Favorite quote - A bad day fishing is better than a good day working
Rotarian of the Week - Doug Stanford 2020-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrate Rotaract

March is the month we celebrate Rotaract — and this has been quite a year for our young partners in service.
Last spring, the Council on Legislation elevated Rotaract in our constitution: Rotary International is now the association of both Rotary clubs and Rotaract clubs. Then in October, the Rotary Board of Directors eliminated the artificial Rotaract age limit and took other steps to break down barriers that were preventing Rotaract from growing in some parts of the world.
Celebrate Rotaract 2020-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Week - Derick Rogers

Years in Rotary - 3 months
Hometown - Cedar Falls
College - Upper Iowa University (BA- Business Management) / Hawkeye (AA Marketing/Graphic Communications)
Occupation – Marketing/Advertising, Iconic Signs (owner)
Fave Food - Anything Spicy
Fave movie - Frozen and Frozen 2
Random fact about yourself - I drive a really cool 1966 VW bus :)
Favorite quote - Everything happens for a reason