Try Pie Presentation on Monday 2024-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

Scenes from Singapore #Rotary24 is where friendship and inspiration meet. In Singapore, you'll connect with #PeopleOfAction from around the globe at our biggest event of the year.

Singapore awaits

The Rotary International Convention is where friendship and learning come together to inspire you. In Singapore you’ll connect with people of action from around the globe at Rotary’s biggest event of the year.

We’ll share fresh perspectives, inspiration, and hope – with each other and the world! The convention features world-class dining and cultural attractions, distinguished speakers, energizing breakout sessions, and much more.

Join us 25-29 May 2024 in Singapore where we’ll be Sharing Hope With the World!

 

 

Rotary International Update 2024-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

Order and Pre-Pay TryPie Mini Pies Feb 12

On Monday, February 19 we will have TryPie as our program at our weekly Rotary meeting. TryPie is willing to bring their famous "mini-pies" to the meeting for members who wish to enjoy dessert. The Convention Center will have ice cream to go along with. The flavors available to order are apple, cherry, raspberry, blueberry, peach blackberry, apple pear cranberry, and triple berry.
 
About Try Pie
 
Mini-pies will be served to members who order and prepay at the Monday, February 12th meeting. Please bring $5 to purchase one mini-pie and sign up for the flavor you would like. We will have a special sign up table at the February 12th meeting. 
 
No invoicing - please bring cash or check payable to TryPie to place your order on February 12.
 
 
Order and Pre-Pay TryPie Mini Pies Feb 12 2024-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

Danneile Davis is devoted to helping police and people from marginalized communities find common ground. From her participation in the #Rotary Youth Leadership Awards as a teen to her post graduate studies, service above self inspires Davis' career.
 
Image
 
As a 15-year-old sophomore at Suncoast High School in southeastern Florida, Danneile Davis was the definition of a high-achieving go-getter. “I was that kid in high school,” Davis recalls with a laugh. Clubs, classes like Volunteer Public Service, an internship at The Palm Beach Post — “anything I could do, especially leadership-type stuff, I joined.” 
 
So it made sense that Davis would jump at the chance to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in Port St. Lucie in 2008, though the experience turned out far different than she expected. 
 
Read the rest of her story here:
 
Rotary International Update 2024-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

Waterloo Fiber Program February 12

Eric Lage of Waterloo Fiber will be presenting Monday!
 
 
Eric Lage will share all the latest and greatest on Waterloo Fiber! Below are some facts about Eric...
  • Love to be outdoors (run, hike, camp, hunt, golf), travel, cook, and spend time with family 
  • General Manager of Telecommunications - July 24, 2023 
  • Having worked in local and municipal broadband in the past, I know firsthand the huge positive impact it can have on a community. I want to be a part of bringing that to Waterloo. 
 
Waterloo Fiber Program February 12 2024-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

February Birthdays

story thumbnail
We'll celebrate these Rotarians February 12th - join us!
 
Julie HayesFebruary 9
Bob KroghFebruary 18
Craig RitlandFebruary 20
Steven Sinnott  February 21
Joan RiceFebruary 21
 
 
 
February Birthdays 2024-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fellows From Around the World

Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers.

Image
 

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals to become effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and internship and field-study expenses.

Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,700 fellows who now work in over 140 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments; NGOs; education and research institutions; peacekeeping and law enforcement agencies; and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

Our fellowships

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. Our fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and up to 80 for certificate studies at premier universities.

 

Peace Fellowships | Rotary International

 

 
Rotary Fellows From Around the World 2024-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

**URGENT** Rotary Meeting at GROUT today 1/29/24

The Waterloo Convention Center is having water issues and can not legally (or safely) host our meeting at noon - so we WILL MEET AT THE GROUT MUSEUM at Noon.
 
Please use the main entrance in the upper parking lot via South Street.
 
image
 
 
**URGENT** Rotary Meeting at GROUT today 1/29/24 2024-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Sign up to bring a Guest for Rural Urban Day

Know a farmer or have a friend with interest in agriculture? Invite them to come to Rotary on March 25 for our annual Rural Urban Day. U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson will be our special speaker on the latest in agricultural policy. 
 
contact congress Ashley Hinson of Iowa
 
Don't know a farmer but want to sponsor one to attend? For $20, one of our Rural Ag Day committee members can introduce you to one!
Contact Larry Steffens for details!
 
 
Sign up to bring a Guest for Rural Urban Day 2024-01-26 06:00:00Z 0

Truth be told. I am human.

A movement creating space to “get comfortable being uncomfortable” as we navigate the conversation on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
 
The Rotary District 5970' Human Connections Team will partner with several clubs and community colleges across the district to host a series of Cultural Immersion Workshops throughout January - June.
 
 
Local Cultural Informants to Present at Cultural Immersion Workshop and Simulation 
The District's Human Connections Team is hosting conversations around the human experience. This includes topics around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. This unique workshop series accentuates the conversation around cultural competency and human connection. 
 
Entrepreneurs, individuals, business and nonprofit industry leaders should attend. You will learn: 1) valuable insights to stand out authentically, 2) how to uniquely expand your cultural vision in life and business, and 3) how to have an effective voice in the conversation, at the executive table, around the kitchen table, or with passionate individuals in the community. This workshop includes a cultural informant speaker panel featuring local leaders in the community where the event is being hosted. The interactive Immersion experience is unique and inspiring.
 
Registration includes materials, an ethnic lunch, and refreshments throughout the day - $50 for individuals; special group rates are available for 5 or more. Registration is open to the public. Register at www.District5970.org Other workshops will be held across the state of Iowa through June 2024 with a Progressive Cultural Dinner event to be held at the District Governor's conference on June 8th.
 
More details can be found at the registration website.
Truth be told. I am human. 2024-01-26 06:00:00Z 0

House of Hope Presenting January 29

Karin Rowe - Executive Director at House of Hope - is sharing things they having coming up this year and an update on their programs!
 
082117mp-Karin-Rowe
 
Karin has spent over 15 years working with at-risk youth and social services throughout the Midwest. She’s a Chicago native, but she’s happy to be part of the Cedar Valley community. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and twin boys.
House of Hope Presenting January 29 2024-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Programs 2024-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

Grout Museum District Presenting January 22

Jenny Bowser of Grout Museum District will be speaking Monday on the latest exhibits and events happening!
 
 
Jenny Bowser is the Exhibit Coordinator for the Grout Museum District. She was born and raised in the Cedar Valley and earned her undergraduate and master’s at the University of Northern Iowa in History with an emphasis in Public History. She's been with the Grout Museum since 2019 and absolutely loves it.
 
Default
 
 
 
Grout Museum District Presenting January 22 2024-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

Community Events - Empty Bowls

Our friends at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank have the annual "Empty Bowls" fundraiser coming up March 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn!
Throughout the event attendees will join us in learning about the Food Bank, while also raising awareness and educating the community on the issue of hunger. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and bid on both silent and live auction items.

For $40, a ticket includes entry to the event, registration for auction bidding, delicious soup, a beverage and a raffle ticket!

Click link below for details...

Empty Bowls | Events & Campaigns | NEIFB

 

 

Community Events - Empty Bowls 2024-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Community Events

There are opportunities to volunteer or participate in upcoming community events. We'll use this space in our weekly Reporter to promote upcoming events that our fellow Rotarians are involved with:
 
 
>>
 
 
 
 
Main Street Waterloo has another busy year filled with volunteer opportunities, including lining up helpers to water the amazing flowers down 4th St  - Click the logo above to see the list of events.
 
 
>>
 
 
If you have an event coming up that you'd like to share with our members, email Mason
 
 
Upcoming Community Events 2024-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
NO ROTARY Meeting January 15th 2024-01-13 06:00:00Z 0

Waterloo Community Playhouse January 8th

CHRIS ZOELLER - Courier Staff Photographer
 
Alan Malone is the Associate Artistic Director of the Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children’s Theatre. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor's degree in theater performance. He studied the Meisner Technique in Chicago at the Actors Center, and with Larry Silverberg in New York City, and also studied stage combat at the Actors Gymnasium in Evanston, IL, and at First Frontier in Xenia, OH.
 
Waterloo Community Playhouse January 8th 2024-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

Policy for Adverse Weather

story thumbnail

The club’s policy for canceling meetings due to bad weather reads as follows:

“If Waterloo public schools have been closed by 8 AM on a Monday, there will be no meeting that day. If Waterloo schools have not closed by 8 AM, Rotary will proceed as scheduled.

The cancellation notice will be submitted to KWWL-TV, KCRG-TV, KGAN-TV and the following radio stations: KFMW, KOKZ, KWLO, KXEL, KCRR, KKCV, KOEL-AM and Mix 96FM.”
Policy for Adverse Weather 2024-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

Blue Badge Recognition

During a brief ceremony December 18th, four Red Badge members, Christine Hess, Jake Bates, Rochelle Kane, and Erin Tink, were presented their Blue Badges. In her address, membership chair Amy Rousselow (right) lauded their commitment to attendance and active participation, acknowledging that each Rotarian had truly surpassed the criteria, thus deserving their status as Blue Badge recipients. (not pictured, but also surpassing criteria in absentia, Allison Beach) President-elect Catherine Nicholas (left) presided.
 
Blue Badge Recognition 2023-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Black Hawk Gaming Association Dec 18th

Emily Hanson - Executive Director for Black Hawk County Gaming - will be speaking on Monday!
 
 
Black Hawk County Gaming Association (BHCGA) is the Qualified Sponsoring Organization (QSO) for the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo. As the QSO, BHCGA is the nonprofit license holder and responsible for allocating a percentage of the Isle’s revenue for community betterment in accordance with the Iowa Excursions Boat Gambling Act. State law requires BHCGA distributes at least 3% of the annual gross revenue off the tables and slots each year.
 
 
Black Hawk Gaming Association Dec 18th 2023-12-16 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Christmas Program December 11

Make your plans now to attend Christmas Dinner at Rotary on December 11, complete with special dessert and live entertainment! Plus, we are taking a special collections for the Salvation Army, tips for the Convention Center staff and an opportunity to purchase ornaments to raise money for RYLA program.
 
 
Get excited to hear from a Christmas Caroling Group from LaPorte City! 
Singing with joy: The story of Christmas carols | FIU News - Florida  International University
 
 
Rotary Christmas Program December 11 2023-12-08 06:00:00Z 0

Your Chance to Donate to Cedar Falls Rotary Project

In case you missed the program earlier this fall, consider donating to the Cedar Falls Rotary Club project that honors essential workers with a Rotary Plaza Memorial in Downtown Cedar Falls.
 

The Rotary Plaza Memorial in Cedar Falls, Iowa, honors these Essential Workers and provides
lasting teaching about our communities during the turmoil of the pandemic.
 
The monument includes three eight feet tall by five-foot-wide granite monoliths and seven stainless
steel covering bands. Four granite podiums highlight the Essential Workers and the ideals of Rotary.

The $1,000 giving level granite pavers are available for donors to have their names, the name of a
friend or loved one or the name of a business engraved. A granite donor wall will be constructed
featuring donors of other levels of giving.
Your Chance to Donate to Cedar Falls Rotary Project 2023-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Northeast Iowa Food Bank December 4th

Come volunteer at Northeast Iowa Food Bank this Monday, but eat an early lunch as NO FOOD is allowed for consumption while volunteering!
 
 
Please arrive at the Food Bank between 11:45 and 11:55.  You can park in the big parking lot outside of  Food Bank, but not near the building.
 
Come in the door that says “Food Pantry/Office Entrance,” when you get into the building, go in the office door and say you are with the Rotary Group.  Please wear closed toes shoes. Address is 1605 Lafayette.
 
 
 
 
Rotary at Northeast Iowa Food Bank December 4th 2023-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Be Part of a Rotary Committee 2023-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

December birthdays

story thumbnail
We have a pair of Rotary birthdays in December, but they will celebrate with family before we are able to recognize them at a meeting...reach out to Frank and Jim with well wishes!
 
Frank SengDec 2 
Jim SchaeferDec 6 
 
 
 
 
December birthdays 2023-11-27 06:00:00Z 0

Help Us Pass Out Coats This Week

Would you like to help pass out coats to help children in need in Waterloo schools? Check out the schedule and let Dave Lee know if you can stop out this week!
 
It's that time of the year...time to pass out coats to children in need within the Waterloo Schools system!
Dave Lee - who graciously organizes - is asking for volunteers at the following times next week....
          Monday, November 27th, Lincoln Elementary—2:00 PM
          Tuesday, November 28th, Highland Elementary—10:0 AM
                                                        St. Edward’s Elementary—2:00 PM
          Wednesday, November 29th—Irving Elementary—10:00 AM
                                                               Cunningham Elementary—1:00PM
         Friday, December 1st—Lowell Elementary—10:00 AM 
 
Please call or e-mail Dave if you are interested in helping.
 
David Lee
(319) 231-2188
Help Us Pass Out Coats This Week 2023-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
Monday's Program...Birthdays and More! 2023-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

Glen "Doc" Miller Football MVP Award

 
Congratulations, Mason Knipp from Columbus High School, 2023 Glen "Doc" Miller MVP!
 
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. 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 overall MVPs are entitled to display the trophy at his school for the next twelve months.
 
 
The 2023 MVP was announced at the November 13th Waterloo Rotary Club Football Luncheon. You can view the ceremony on Facebook LIVE and share the link with family and friends who were unable to join us at the Waterloo Convention Center.
 
 
Glen "Doc" Miller Football MVP Award 2023-11-13 06:00:00Z 0

Ted Batemon Keynote Speaker at Football Banquet Monday

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.
 
Annual Volleyball and Football Banquets Coming Up | Rotary Club of Waterloo
 
Below is some information about Ted...
 
Ted Batemon Keynote Speaker at Football Banquet Monday 2023-11-10 06:00:00Z 0

Annual Volleyball Awards Banquet Nov 6th

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. Area volleyball coaches choose their MVP's and then, by ballot of all the coaches, award the trophy for overall Most Valuable volleyball player.
 
 
Congratulations to Alexis Even of Don Bosco High School, she is entitled to display the trophy at her school for the next twelve months.
 
Watch the 2023 awards ceremony here: Facebook LIVE stream - click here to watch.
 
 
View photos from the ceremony here, and if you'd like to share photos to be included on our webpage, email Mason
 
Our Keynote speaker was Hawkeye Community College Volleyball Coach Tyann Wolfensperger. 
 
 
Annual Volleyball Awards Banquet Nov 6th 2023-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

November Birthdays

We'll honor fellow Rotarians' November birthdays on the 20th:
 
Hovey BromNov 05 
Jay CrispNov 06 
David AllbaughNov 08 
Luke JensenNov 08 
Donna MillerNov 12 
Shannon ThiesNov 15 
Tavis HallNov 16 
 
 
 
November Birthdays 2023-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Need Helpers for Check In!

story thumbnail
If you are a new member who'd like to earn your blue badge or are a long-time member who just wants get more involved...consider helping EJ check in at front desk! Send EJ an email if you'd like to show up about 11:45 to help hand out badges before our meetings.
 
 
Need Helpers for Check In! 2023-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Candidate Forum Oct 30

Waterloo Rotarian Steve Schmitt moderated a candidate forum on Monday and you can see the entire program on our Facebook page.
 
 
Mayoral candidates:
Quinton Hart
Wayne Nathem
 
At-Large candidates
Ashley Chappell
Corey Holmes
Steve Simon
Jonathan Grieder was unable to attend but sent a statement
 
Ward 4 candidates
Sarah Cherveny
Belinda Creighton-Smith
Josh Gramlich was unable to attend
 
 
 
 
 
 
Candidate Forum Oct 30 2023-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Lt. Governor Adam Gregg October 23

 
 
Lt. Governor Adam Gregg shared an interesting initiative with our club: Iowa United First Aid.  It is a pilot program in three communities to leverage technology and volunteerism to decrease emergency response time in rural areas. His entire presentation is archived on our Facebook page.

Adam Gregg serves as Iowa’s 47th Lieutenant Governor. In his role, he is also Chair of the Governor’s FOCUS Committee on Criminal Justice Reform and Co-Chair of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative. 

At the national level, he serves on the executive committee of the National Lieutenant Governors Association, and as Chair of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association. He has also served as a Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow focused on leadership in education policy and was chosen for the Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowship. 

Lt. Governor Adam Gregg October 23 2023-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

Two Iowa Rotarians Traveled the World for the "flight to end Polio."
Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels standing in front of their plane
 
Four years ago, Iowa Rotarian Peter Teahen was enchanted by the idea of flying around the world. He called upon Rotarian John Ockenfels to join him. Together, they planned their expedition and tied it to an apt cause: polio eradication. In this episode of Rotary magazine’s podcast, Peter and John recount their journey circumnavigating the globe to raise money and awareness in the fight against polio.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2023-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2023-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

Waterloo Youth City Council Speaking Monday

Glen Keith will be here to share information about the students involved in Waterloo's Youth City Council. 
 
 
The first Waterloo Youth City Council was officially sworn in at the Martin Luther King banquet on January 21, 2019. The WYCC is made up of 28 students from Columbus, East, Expo, and West High Schools along with five high school advisors and two co-directors.  The WYCC empowers young people to think critically, debate civilly, and forge consensus on the most critical issues facing our city. The WYCC seeks to harness the passion and idealism of our youth today to create a better future tomorrow. Some key initiatives the WYCC has been involved in is the city's revamped recycling program in 2019, youth mental health, and volunteering throughout the Cedar Valley. The WYCC averages over 1,000 volunteer hours per year. The WYCC was recognized this past Spring with the Governor's Volunteer Service Award for their actions serving Waterloo and the greater Cedar Valley. 
 
Waterloo Youth City Council Speaking Monday 2023-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
October 10 is World Mental Health Day 2023-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

Grow Cedar Valley Presenting Monday

Cary Darrah and her team at Grow Cedar Valley will be updating us on the latest information on their organization!
 
Cary Darrah
 
Formerly known as the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, Grow Cedar Valley is your valued business partner. We are the leader in bringing business and community together to grow opportunities for the Cedar Valley. 
 
Cary Willoughby Darrah is President & CEO of Grow Cedar Valley – the regional
economic and community development organization. Prior to assuming the role
in 2018, she was Vice-President of Community Development
for Grow Cedar Valley as well as President of the TechWorks Campus – an
industrial redevelopment project and subsidiary of Grow Cedar Valley.
 
Cary and her husband Frank have 4 children and 9 grandchildren – all living in
Iowa!
 
 
Grow Cedar Valley Presenting Monday 2023-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

Cultural Conversations - October 2nd

Join us for a conversation with Chaitreli Reddy, a Wartburg psychology major from India.
 
 
 
We'll also hear from Cedar Falls Rotarians on their "Rotary Plaza" project near the Ice House/Little Red Schoolhouse.
 
 
Cultural Conversations - October 2nd 2023-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

Rotary clubs in Morocco and@ShelterBox are responding to the devastating earthquake alongside Moroccan authorities and other national NGOs — providing tents, thermal blankets, solar lights, and kitchen sets to those without adequate shelter in mountain villages.
 
 
Winter is coming. It threatens communities higher in the mountains who have been left without adequate shelter.

The Rotary Foundation Trustees established a new Morocco Earthquake Response Fund in September 2023 to support immediate relief efforts for people affected by the devastating earthquakes. Donors can give directly to relief efforts led by Rotary members.

You can give online, by check, or by transferring District Designated Funds:

 
 
Rotary International Update 2023-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

October Birthdays

story thumbnail
Happy birthday to these October-born Rotarians!  This is a steady group - no additions or lost members since last year's birthday table.  Join us to sing and celebrate on Monday!
 
 
Lind, Mike
October 4
Carignan, SteveOctober 10
Paulsen, ChuckOctober 10
Bovenmyer, Samuel D.October 12
Durbahn, MarkOctober 13
Englin, KayeOctober 15
Gallagher III, E. J.October 16
Schmitt, StevenOctober 16
Kuiper, MarkOctober 19
Ericson, MarcellaOctober 25
Beecher, JohnOctober 27
 
 
 
October Birthdays 2023-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

Black Hawk County Public Health September 25
 

Black Hawk County Public Health staff will share frameworks that inform our approach to data, give an overview of data available through our department, and discuss our future vision along with other resources for data.
 
Presenters: Lisa Sesterhenn, Public Health Planner, Aaron Reinke and Rachael Mayer - Epidemiologists,
 
Lisa Evitts-Sesterhenn  Aaron Reinke  Rachael Mayer  
 
Lisa Sesterhenn: MBA from the University of Dubuque and undergraduate business degree from the University of Iowa. She currently works as the Public Health Planner for BHCPH.
 
Aaron Reinke: Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Iowa as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Iowa State University. He’s worked as an epidemiologist at BHCPH for the past 4 years.
 
Rachael Mayer: Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Iowa as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwest Nazarene University. She’s been with BHCPH as an epidemiologist for two years.
 
As epidemiologists, Rachael and Aaron work together gathering and analyzing data for the community health improvement process as well as are involved in disease surveillance and investigations.
 
 
Black Hawk County Public Health September 25  2023-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

The Rotary Foundation established a new Morocco Earthquake Response Fund to support immediate relief efforts for people affected by the devastating 8 September earthquake.
 
 

You can give online, by check, or by transferring District Designated Funds:

 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2023-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Make-a-Wish Iowa Presenting on Monday

Sara Kurovski is speaking Monday about Make-a-Wish Foundation.
KurovskiSara
Sara is passionate about those that she serves. In 2013 she became the first female mayor for the city of
Pleasant Hill, Iowa. That journey was a result of her career starting out at a local government agency,
Metro Waste Authority, and obtaining her master’s in public administration; while serving on local
boards such as the Board of Adjustment, Plan and Zoning, and Polk County Conservation. Sara’s story
landed her on the Lean In website and then in the second edition of Lean In: for Graduates by Sheryl
Sandberg.
 
Make-a-Wish Iowa Presenting on Monday 2023-09-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

Rotary Members Provide Modular Housing to Ukraine
 

Natalia Perehrestenko’s life changed forever on 16 March 2022. That’s when her home in the Ukrainian village of Moshchun was demolished by a Russian attack.

“The house was destroyed as a result of a projectile hitting the room where my daughter lived with her child,” she says. “Thank God, by the time the house caught fire, we had already been evacuated.”

 
Rotary International Update 2023-09-15 05:00:00Z 0

Cedar Valley Hospice Speaking Monday

Speaking today will be Annika Wall from Cedar Valley Hospice.
 
Annika works as a community engagement specialist, educating individuals and groups across 15 counties through presentations, informational fairs and fundraising events. Part of her role also involves running the organization's social media pages and website - be sure to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn if you do not already. Today, she will be talking about Cedar Valley Hospice's programs and services offered in our community. 
 
 
 
Cedar Valley Hospice Speaking Monday 2023-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

September Birthdays

story thumbnail
Look at this long list of September babies!  We'll celebrate these Rotarians when we re-convene for our next meeting on the 11th, but Wade and John will have had their cake by then.
 
 
Wade ItzenSep 02 
John Bunge Sep 09 
Dave LedermanSep 12 
Annie Vander WerffSep 13 
Gene LeonhartSep 14 
Bryan BurtonSep 15 
Larry SteffensSep 23 
Nick HildebrandtSep 24 
Adam SchaeferSep 24 
Deb Pullin-Van AukenSep 26 
Jeff HalversonSep 28 
 
 
 
September Birthdays 2023-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

Beverly Hinders-Trost Has Passed

Our club has lost a long-time member who exemplified Service Above Self.
 
 
Beverly Hinders Trost passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, Iowa.  A funeral service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charles City Iowa on Saturday, September 30 at 11:00AM with inurnment at Riverside Cemetery, Charles City following the service.  Pastor Russ Leeper will preside.  Friends and family are invited to gather to visit at the church for an hour prior to the service and to stay following the service for a simple luncheon.  
 
Beverly Hinders-Trost Has Passed 2023-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

GBPAC and Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Presenting August 28

Our very own Steve Carignan and Jordan Bancroft will be presenting Monday about their respective organizations. 
 
GBPAC Night
 
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.
 
wcfsymphony is a professional orchestra based in Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa. Our mission is sharing live music, championing innovation, and celebrating our common humanity. We do this with inventive, contemporary approaches to ensemble performance which engage audiences meaningfully in live music.
 
 
 
GBPAC and Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Presenting August 28 2023-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

Love INC Presenting Monday, August 21

Love INC of Cedar Valley is one of more than a hundred Love INC locations across the United States and Kenya, who partner with over 7,800 Christian churches to serve hundreds of thousands of people in need. 

Love INC fosters collaboration and organizes holistic care to help churches serve their neighbors through resources and relationships. By networking churches together, each church is able to lean into their strengths, knowing that their neighbors will be cared for by the body of Christ within their community.
 
We help churches help people by developing a network of local churches and connecting them with opportunities to serve their neighbors in need. Sometimes that can look like helping with food, personal needs items, furniture, transportation, or a work project. Other times, it looks like offering educational classes, providing mentorship support, and hosting community events. But it’s always about each church leaning into its strengths and working together with others—because we are better together.
 
Our guest August 21st will be Lucy Kerns, who grew up in the Cedar Valley and has spent much of her life in ministry. After earning her Bachelor's degree in Adolescent Ministry, Lucy returned to the Cedar Valley to work at an IT Firm, then bi-vocationally, and finally full-time in ministry at Cedar Valley Church in 2018. During this time Lucy earned her Master's degree in Ministry and Leadership and was ordained in the Wesleyan church last July. As she learned about the needs in the area, she felt compelled to join Love INC's Board of Directors because of the way Love INC prioritizes and respects the dignity of individuals, and desires to help in times of trouble, while caring for the whole person.
 
 
 
Love INC Presenting Monday, August 21 2023-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

UnityPoint Health, Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Speaking August 14

Tom Eachus will be presenting Monday. He is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and current Executive Director of UnityPoint Health, Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center. 

Tom Eachus

Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center (BHGMHC) is a private, nonprofit, community mental health center accredited by the Iowa Department of Human Services. The BHGMHC serves those with short-term and long-term needs. It has been in operations since 1949 and their primary mission is to meet the needs of the local community. 

Tom obtained his Bachelors Degree in Social Work from UNI in 1980 and his Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa in 1985. Prior to joining the Mental Health Center in 1988, he worked at the Bremwood Lutheran Children's Home in Waverly and the Cromwell Children's Unit at the Mental Health Institute in Independence. 

 

 

 

UnityPoint Health, Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Speaking August 14 2023-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

August Birthdays

story thumbnail
Join us to celebrate this month's birthdays - we have a majority woman-led group, as well as 2 past club presidents to honor.
 
Kathleen Braun '99Aug 16 
Gil Irey Aug 17 
David LeeAug 18 
Amy RousselowAug 22 
Michelle Weidner '03Aug 23 
Beth McCrindleAug 24 
Jim SeeleyAug 30 
 
 
 
August Birthdays 2023-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

August 7 Program - First Monday

 
Wisly Dange Motivates people to impact change.
He is a leader, community coordinator, and people organizer. In this Cultural Conversations interview, Wisly Dange will talk about his recent travel experience from Haiti to the US. Sharing about his journey, the cultural nuances and realities he has learned along the way, and about his work experiences both in the US and in Haiti. His work experiences include: the Co-Founder, The Green Bridge Global Entrepreneur Training & Leadership Academy; Leader of All Things Logistics, Motivator, Philanthropist, Speaker, Change Maker, English Instructor, Director of Operations for the Community Health Initiative, Haiti.
 
 
August 7 Program - First Monday 2023-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

Family Picnic was a HOT one

This year's Family Picnic found scorching hot temperatures at the Reserve, so everyone appreciated the air conditioning.  If you have photos to share from the evening, email them to Mason, otherwise, you can click this link to see photos snapped by President-Elect Cathy and Past-President Lauren.
 
(Thankfully,  no injuries reported from the epic balloon-sword battle pictured above)
 
 
 
Family Picnic was a HOT one 2023-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

NO MEETING JULY 24

This week is our Annual Family Picnic at the Rotary Reserve on Thursday the 27th - see story below for details.  We'll meet back at the Waterloo Convention Center Monday July 31st.
 
 
NO MEETING JULY 24 2023-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Waterloo Community Foundation Speaking July 17

The Waterloo Community Foundation was incorporated in 2015 with the sole purpose of providing a conduit for past, present, and future Waterloo residents to invest funds specifically to enhance Waterloo and the immediate area. The first grant was awarded in 2016.  
Rotarian Erin Tink will be presenting Monday about the latest with the foundation.
 

The opportunities in our city will continue to be as diverse as the people in it. Our commitment is to stay engaged with the work of our local nonprofits and the needs of our neighbors so we can connect donors to the causes that matter.  

Every investment in our community makes a lasting impact, not only today but for generations to come. It takes all of us to inspire growth and opportunity in Waterloo. We want to help you play your part in investing in the city we love. 

Waterloo Community Foundation Speaking July 17 2023-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Cedar Falls Community Foundation Speaking July 10

Sally Kleiss Timmer - Executive Director of the Cedar Falls Community Foundation - will be speaking on Monday.
The Cedar Falls Community Foundation inspires and connects individuals, families, and organizations to enhance our community, support non-profits, elevate educational opportunities, and build legacies through philanthropy.
The Cedar Falls Community Foundation funds and resources help enrich our local community with educational, art, recreational and cultural opportunities. Scholarships for students and nonprofit grants for schools, libraries and other local causes are provided each year by individuals, families and businesses inspired by their planned giving. Our mission and our purpose are focused on building lasting legacies through philanthropy to impact lives now and forever.
 
 
 
Cedar Falls Community Foundation Speaking July 10 2023-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

July Birthdays

story thumbnail
Join us at our first meeting of the new Rotary year July 10th to celebrate these spicy members born in the hottest month in Iowa!
 
Rick MorrisJuly 02 
James MadisonJuly 10 
Allison BeachJuly 11 
Lauren FinkeJuly 17 
David HolmJuly 23 
Mike BrosharJuly 26 
Bob ManningJuly 30 
 
 
 
July Birthdays 2023-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

NO MEETING JULY 3RD

story thumbnail
We hope all our members will celebrate safely this 4th of July and renew their pride and patriotism in all of our united states!  Our next meeting at the Waterloo Convention Center will by July 10th and we'll celebrate July birthdays and hear from the Cedar Falls Community Foundation.
 
 
NO MEETING JULY 3RD 2023-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

World Refugee Day Program June 26th

World Refugee Day is observed annually on June 20th. On Monday, June 26th from Noon-1:00 pm, The Waterloo Rotary Club will celebrate, honor, and recognize World Refugee Day at our monthly “Cultural Conversations Lunch Series.” The meeting will be at the Waterloo Convention Center. 

According to the United Nations, “Around the world, every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe.”

Waterloo Mayor Hart reports, “The Cedar Valley has welcomed nearly 500 refugee families in the last year.” Edgar Ramirez, Workforce Liaison with the Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services highlights that, “during the 2020 – 2021 school year in Iowa, 177 World Languages were spoken by over 30,000 students ages K to 12 grade. Nearing a 60% increase in English Language Learning (ELL) since 2010.”

Both Mayor Hart and Mr. Ramirez, along with World Grace Project’s Executive Director, Karen Everling, will be presenting at the Monday, June 26th meeting. Dignitaries, organizations, and partnerships in the Cedar Valley welcoming newcomers are encouraged to attend.

 

World Refugee Day Program June 26th 2023-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

June Birthdays

story thumbnail
We'll celebrate June birthdays at our June 26th meeting - here's the list of distinguished June babies:
 
Kathleen WernimontJune 2 
Lisa GatesJune 14 
Chirstine HessJune 14 
Jacob BatesJune 16 
David BuckJune 19 
Jacylne HellerJune 19 
Chris KempJune 22 
 
 
 
June Birthdays 2023-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

IMOM Presenting Monday, June 19

Iowa Mission of Mercy Presenting on June 19
The Iowa Mission of Mercy (IMOM) will be coming to Waterloo on October 13-14, so we have Dr. Martin Averill, retired Waterloo dentist and IMOM Local Planning Committee Co-Chair, and Laurie Traetow, Iowa Dental Foundation Secretary/Treasurer, speaking to our club on June 19.
IMOM Presenting Monday, June 19 2023-06-19 05:00:00Z 0

Looking for past/present Peace Corps volunteers

 
District Governor Don Meyer received the message below and wanted to share it with all the clubs in our district:
 
>>
As we approach the end of the 2022-2023 Rotary year, we are writing to share a tremendous opportunity for your district, by asking for your assistance in identifying those in your district, or their family members, who have served in the Peace Corps in the past. Peace Corps is a US government agency that trains and deploys volunteers to provide international development assistance and is currently in over 50 countries post-pandemic. Rotary International and the Peace Corps have been service partners since 2014, in recognition of its shared vision to promote peace and friendship through volunteer international service and successful collaborations at the local level. Partnering for Peace is the small volunteer organization working to facilitate joint RI-PC service opportunities through networking, technical support, and fellowship.   
 
This year, we want to tap the potential to grow Rotary’s membership and engage in meaningful service opportunities worldwide.  Specifically, we invite each District Governor throughout the US to ask Club Presidents in your district to help identify Rotary members with any connections to Peace Corps: an outgoing "Peace Corps Volunteer", a “Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV)”, PC family and friends.  
 
Looking for past/present Peace Corps volunteers 2023-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs - June 12

Join us at an OFF-SITE VENUE to hear a program from Yolando Loveless, the Director of Veterans Affairs in Black Hawk County.
 
 
Yolando L. Loveless is a native of Waterloo, Iowa. He attended East High School, and Northern Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) prior to joining the military in 1984. Loveless’ highest enlisted rank was Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8), and in November 2009 was commissioned to Chief Warrant Officer, and thereafter he volunteered and completed a one-year tour as Project Manager while embedded with the US Army supporting the Multi-National Forces in Iraq. Yolando Loveless is married to Chiquita Loveless a retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer (23 years) who serves as Director, for Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice at the University of Northern Iowa. He has a daughter Jazmen, and two grandchildren Amir, and Amiya. Yolando is the son of Jessie and Caroline Loveless who is both retired from John Deere.
 
Loveless currently serves as Executive Director and County Veteran Service Officer, where he has helped over 7,200 veterans in Black Hawk County and surrounding areas. 
 
 
 
Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs - June 12 2023-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Speaking June 5

Don Meyer - District Governor - will be presenting on Monday!
 
Image
 
Don Meyer is serving as District Governor of District 5970 for the 2022-23 Rotary year. He is a member of the Waverly Rotary Club where he is a Past President, and he’s also Past President of the Forest City Rotary Club where he first joined Rotary in 1985. Don served District 5970 as District Foundation Chair from 2017-2020.
 
Don is retired after working as an architect for 12 years, and in the fundraising profession for 35 years at Waldorf University and Wartburg College. He currently serves as Executive Director for the Waverly-Shell Rock Community School Foundation. Don has also served his community of Waverly as the Chamber of Commerce Board Chair and as a member and Past President of the Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Don’s wife, Kris, is also a Rotarian, and they have two grown children and one grandson. Don looks forward to meeting members and updating our club on District activities.
 
 
 
District Governor Speaking June 5 2023-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

 
Over the last 20+ years Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust (CART Fund) has raised over $11.2 million for Alzheimer's research, primarily by collecting pocket change from #Rotary clubs.
 

Nancy Rogers seemed too young to have Alzheimer's disease. But in 1999, her husband, Norm, knew something was wrong. First, she misplaced a couple of pocketbooks. Then, she started getting lost on the 11-mile commute from her office to her home in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"I would get a call from a highway patrolman 60 miles away in Greensboro saying that your wife is here at 7-Eleven, and she's lost," remembers Rogers.

As the years passed, he had to explain to his grandchildren why Grandma didn't know them. "It's horrible," he says. "It's the longest goodbye you'll ever have in your life."

Read the full story here:
 
 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2023-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2023-05-19 05:00:00Z 0

Secretary of State Paul Pate Speaking May 22

Monday we will hear from Iowa Secretary of State, Paul Pate. He will be talking about anti-trafficking initiatives as well as other items going on within the state.
Paul D. Pate
 

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has dedicated his life to public service. Now entering his fourth term as Iowa’s Commissioner of Elections, Secretary Pate is guided by three core principles: service, participation and integrity.

Under Secretary Pate’s leadership, Iowa has become one of the top three states in the nation for election administration. The state has broken numerous records for voter registration and participation during his tenure. Secretary Pate successfully instituted Iowa’s online voter registration system in 2016.

He has also taken steps to protect election integrity by drafting Iowa’s Voter ID laws and defending them in court multiple times. Secretary Pate also established a post-election audit system and greatly enhanced Iowa’s election cybersecurity.

His civic education programs, voting accessibility initiatives, and election cybersecurity efforts have been recognized nationally by National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and the National/Student Parent Mock Election organization.

The Secretary of State’s Office is the small business portal for the State of Iowa. For six of the past seven years under Secretary Pate, Iowa has seen a record amount of new business filings. Secretary Pate implemented a Fast Track Filing system in 2018 that greatly enhanced the speed and efficiency of the process.

Secretary of State Paul Pate Speaking May 22 2023-05-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

According to a new advisory from the U.S. Surgeon General, #loneliness can increase the risk of premature death to levels comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes daily. The #Rotary Club of Chichester Priory is tackling loneliness one chat at a time.

For Vera Cranmer and Sylvia Worden, two friends in their 80s, it's hard to overstate how much they look forward to their regular visits with the teenage students at a local college on England's south coast. "We savor these visits like reunions with long-lost friends," Worden says.

The women live independently in their homes in Chichester, a picturesque and vibrant cathedral city near the sea. But Worden, who once worked as a teacher there, was widowed a few years ago, and her outings in town are far less frequent. Cranmer, too, has had to cope with feelings of isolation.

Rotary International Update 2023-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

Together For Youth Presenting on May 15

Shawna Jesse and Joni Spencer of Together for Youth will be presenting on Monday.  Celebrating over 30 years of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention & Parenting Partnerships Together For Youth (TFY), located in Waterloo, IA is our area's adolescent pregnancy prevention and teen parent support network. TFY strives to provide information and resources for teens, parents and professionals in the Cedar Valley. Our partnerships with community agencies have resulted in a significant decline in Black Hawk County teen birth rates in recent years. Our community team is dedicated to empowering young people to make informed decisions about their sexual health.
 
 May be an image of 2 people, blonde hair and people smiling  Profile photo of Joni Spencer
 
 
 
Together For Youth Presenting on May 15 2023-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

Sing along with students in a Guatemala Literacy Project school and @GabyMorenoMusic on her song “Fronteras” live from the classroom in Chajalajyá, Guatemala!
 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2023-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

Gates and Byrnes Park Update May 8th

Paul Huting will be speaking on the Gates Park and Byrnes Park renovations! Our own Mark Kuiper will also be presenting.
 
Mark is a partner with RITLAND+KUIPER Landscape Architects and a long-time member of our Rotary Club. Mark obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor and Master of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University. He is a licensed landscape architect and an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professional. Mark’s wife, Shonda, is a professor and chair of the statistics concentration at Grinnell College and they have two married sons.
 
Huting is the City of Waterloo Leisure Services Director, a graduate of Waterloo West High and Iowa State University, lifelong Waterloo resident and has been employed with the City of Waterloo 43 years.
 
 
 
Gates and Byrnes Park Update May 8th 2023-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

Reminder: May 1st meeting at Mersim's in Waterloo

First Monday will be held at Mersim's Kitchen! (Don't come to the Convention Center)
Keeping with our Cultural Conversations on the First Monday of each month, the Waterloo Rotary Club will experience a touch of the Bosnian cuisine at Mersim's Kitchen. We will have a buffet style-lunch prepared for us by Chef Mersim. To ensure you get the best 'taste' of the authentic cuisine, beverages beyond water will be available at individual expense. However, the meal will be covered by the club. 
 
In addition, we will hear from the owners as they share their story of how Mersim's came to be. Doors will open at 11:55.
 
 
Mersim's is a full-service restaurant with a bar and private events room. They offer traditional Bosnian dishes in addition to modern American cuisine.
 
Mersim's is located at 126 E Ridgeway Ave, Suite A, Waterloo, IA 50701. Learn more on their website: https://mersims.com/
 
 
Reminder: May 1st meeting at Mersim's in Waterloo 2023-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

May Birthdays

story thumbnail
These Rotarians will be honored at our off-site meeting May 1st - join us at Mersim's to celebrate!
 
Martin StoakesMay 3
Vicki MuellerMay 19
Troy SmithMay 22
Beverly Hinders Trost      May 26
Todd WordelMay 31
 
 
 
 
May Birthdays 2023-04-28 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2023-04-28 05:00:00Z 0
Reminder: Like the Waterloo Rotary Facebook Page 2023-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

"Reading with Jean" Program April 24th

Susan Card of Cedar Falls will join us at the Waterloo Convention Center Monday and share her story of the "Reading with Jean" program she created in honor of her mother. This program is where volunteers read to residents in skilled care and with dementia at Western Home Communities. 
 
 
"Reading with Jean" Program April 24th 2023-04-21 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2023-04-21 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Student Honors Luncheon April 17 2023-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
Pictures from Cultural Progressive Dinner Night 2023-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Projects Around the Globe

 
United States

Members of the Rotary Club of Kaka‘ako Eco, Hawaii, tossed 5,000 mud balls filled with beneficial organisms into the Ala Wai Canal in Waikiki as part of a rehabilitation effort to make the waterway fishable and swimmable. 

 

Canada

Guelph, Ontario, is one of 25 Canadian municipalities to sign a pledge with the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, to welcome people who have fled countries such as Afghanistan, Syria, and Ukraine.

Italy

The Rotaract Club of Milano Nord Est Brera collaborated with an art publisher to produce a book of photography featuring women who have had breast cancer surgery to put a face to the fight against the disease. 

United Kingdom

One coin at a time, a whimsical contraption celebrates a legendary Scottish locomotive while raising thousands of dollars for charity. 

Uganda

When the Rotary Club of Malta constructed its second primary school in Uganda, it made sure to consider the needs of menstruating girls in the design of washroom facilities.

 

 
 
 
 
Rotary Projects Around the Globe 2023-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

Allen Child Protective Center April 10

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month so we have Miranda Kracke of The Allen Child Protection Center Speaking to our club April 10th.
 
The Allen Child Protection Center (ACPC) provides assistance for children or dependent adults who may be victims of abuse, or have witnessed a violent crime. The ACPC uses a multi-disciplinary team approach and works closely with the Department of Human Services and law enforcement. The center provides forensic interviews, medical examinations, family advocacy services, and mental health counseling.
 
Allen Child Protection Center Team.jpg
 
 
 
 
Allen Child Protective Center April 10 2023-04-07 05:00:00Z 0

The Global Fight Against Polio Continues

@WHO and @Rotary are helping communities say goodbye to polio with the support of local polio eradication workers like Hafsat from Nigeria, who’s delivering vaccines to those that need it most to people in her community.
 

Hafsat Ibrahim, (right) a polio core trainer with the World Health Organization (WHO) and mother of five, is proud of the many lives she has protected from polio in her community in Kano State, Nigeria. Her role has helped shape community attitudes toward vaccination, as well as provide the salary necessary to start a small business to support her family.

“I worked with WHO to make sure every child is immunized [and] all my five children have got the vaccine … I'm very happy because their immune system [has] increased and also they are healthier,” Ibrahim told Global Citizen in August. “I have seen the transformation because now that the vaccine is accessible, [there is] no more paralysis of children in the community; no more threat of wild poliovirus.”

As a mother, resident, and experienced health care professional, Ibrahim understands the importance of protecting her community from the deadly disease, and how the journey to eradicate polio at home in Nigeria has had wider implications around the world.

The Global Fight Against Polio Continues 2023-04-07 05:00:00Z 0

First Monday - April 3rd

Join us today for our monthly Cultural Conversations program - our guest will ALSO join us next week at our Progressive Dinner and prepare some delicious Jamaican food!
 
First Monday - April 3rd 2023-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

April Birthdays

story thumbnail
We'll celebrate these Rotarians born in April at our first meeting of the month:
 
Barbara PratherApril 2 
Billie BaileyApril 14 
Duane "Lindy" LindbergApril 16
Jack LockeApril 24
 
 
 
April Birthdays 2023-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
End Polio Update 2023-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

Wanted: Board Members/Officers for July 2023-June 2024

Would you like to get involved on the Waterloo Rotary Club Board in the next fiscal year? Jaclyne Heller our President-Elect is going on maternity leave soon - please reach out to her if interested in learning more! Also, looking for a President-Elect for new term and she will tell you the legwork for that position is already ready to go for first six months thanks to the Programming committee!
E-mail Jaclyne @ jheller@kwwl.com
Wanted: Board Members/Officers for July 2023-June 2024 2023-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Greener Shepherd March 27th 2023-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
Small Rotary club in Ecuador’s Andes delivers big on water project 2023-03-24 05:00:00Z 0

Exceptional Persons Inc Presenting March 20th

Executive Director Katie Slade will be speaking March 20th.
 
Katie Slade - Exceptional Persons Inc.
 
Katie Callahan Slade was born in Dysart, Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa in 2002. Katie started with EPI in 2008. She wore many “hats” for the agency including becoming a Client Facilitator certified in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as Organizational Development Director until she became the Executive Director on August 31, 2022.
 
As the Executive Director of Exceptional Persons, Inc. (EPI), Katie believes in EPI's vision of working together we will realize a future where all people are recognized and valued – encouraged and supported to live, work, and grow – in their communities.
 
 
Exceptional Persons Inc Presenting March 20th 2023-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Run with Rotary in Denmark

On an ordinary day last August, people at a park in Copenhagen, Denmark, saw something extraordinary: a stream of runners all adorned with floating, bobbing pink balloons. The balloon carriers were part of Run With Rotaract, a three-year-old event organized by District 1470’s Rotaract clubs. This year, it raised money for education in Malawi.
 
The balloons served as tickets for the approximately 65 participants. And, says Philip Flindt, a member of the Rotaract Club of København Nord, they performed the equally important function of attracting public attention.

“It created something weird for people to look at — people running with pink balloons,” Flindt says. “It was a way to reach people in the community around the park. They were asking, ‘Is this a bachelor party, a bachelorette party? Why are you running with these balloons?’”

Flindt never seems to lack creative, eye-catching ideas. It’s clear why he’s the Rotary Public Image Coordinator (RPIC) for Zone 18, the first Rotaractor to serve as an RPIC. He’s been promoting Rotaract since he helped found his club on 13 March 2013. That date, he’s quick to note, is the anniversary of the certification of the first Rotaract club in 1968.

Read the full story here:
 
 
 
Run with Rotary in Denmark 2023-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
Nominate your Favorite Nonprofit to Receive Funds 2023-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2023-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
Progressive Dinner April 13th 2023-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

March Birthdays

story thumbnail
Join us March 6th to honor these Rotarians celebrating their birthdays this month:
 
Ashlyn JungwirthMarch 3 
Rick Petersen Mar 11 
Mason FrommMarch 16 
Eric RitlandMarch 20 
Cathy NicholasMarch 24 
Art CoxMarch 26 
Bob RegenwetherMarch 30 
 
 
 
March Birthdays 2023-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

First Monday Cultural Conversations Series

Truth Be Told. We are Human. 

As we continue to "seek to understand rather than stay comfortable" we welcome Robert Ackerman to our First Mondays conversation.
Robert Ackerman is the coordinator of the One City United "To Work" Program whose sole mission is to provide transportation to and from work for individuals with transportation barriers. Getting to work consistently and on time daily is essential to removing stress and experiencing a thriving life. To Work was developed to provide a low-cost shuttle service that people can count on, helping them stay employed and equipped to succeed. It is just one more barrier that we can overcome to bolster our community towards success. Robert will share his story as a high level military professional, living an alternative lifestyle, and his journey from addiction to recovery. 

Please join us, invite guests, as we continue to generate a curiosity that emerges into compassion, empathy, and a shared perspective that breaks down barriers for you, and the people you do life with at home, work, and in your community.

Want to get your team involved? Learn more here.
 
 
 
First Monday Cultural Conversations Series 2023-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2023-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig Visit Feb 27th

 
We had a great turnout of guests for our annual Rural Urban Day; Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig joined us fresh off returning from a trip to Asia.
 
Click here to see photos and remember to thank not only the farmers and producers, but all the employees in related industries that bring food to our tables. 
 
Elected as the 15th Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in November 2018, Mike is focused on expanding our markets, promoting careers in agriculture, and improving water quality and land stewardship. Mike is committed to leading efforts to expand economic opportunities for Iowans and is an advocate on behalf of the hard-working men and women who keep us fed and fueled. Mike is a graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake with degrees in biology and political science. He and his wife Jaime have three boys.
 
Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig Visit Feb 27th 2023-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

 
 
 
Celebrate our 118th anniversary by exploring the new #Rotary timeline and see how our network takes action around the world.
 
 
Our 1.4 million members join community leaders, friends, and partners in a global network that is addressing challenges around the world. It started with the vision of one man—Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago in 1905 to exchange ideas and form meaningful friendships. He saw Rotary as a force for ethical leadership, civic service, and peace—ideals he would promote throughout his life.
 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2023-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Join a Rotary Committee or the Board!

story thumbnail
Are you interested in getting more involved with the club with minimal extra time commitment? Join the board or one of many committees the Waterloo Rotary Club has to offer! See below for ideas...
Waterloo Rotary Board - July 2023 new fiscal year...See Annie Vander Werff or Jaclyne Heller
Academic Honors Luncheon - April 17...See Lauren Finke
Ag Rural Day Commitee...See Larry Steffens
Football Banquet...See Wade Itzen
Fundraiser - Cultural Progressive Dinner...See Annie Vander Werff
Annual Summer Picnic...See Todd Wordel or Larry Steffens
Membership Committee...See Amy Rousselow
Operation Warm...Dave Lee
Programming Commitee...See Jaclyne
Reporter/Social Media Committee...See Mason Fromm or Jaclyne Heller
Volleyball Banquet...See Barb Prather or Jaclyne Heller
 
 
 
Join a Rotary Committee or the Board! 2023-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
Rural Urban Day is February 27 - Sponsor a Farmer 2023-02-17 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2023-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Dr. Todd Holcomb of Hawkeye Community College February 20th

Hawkeye Community College President Dr. Todd Holcomb is giving us updates this Monday!
 
 
Dr. Todd Holcomb became Hawkeye Community College’s eighth president on July 1, 2019. Hawkeye is a comprehensive community college serving students in a 10-county region of northeast Iowa. Dr. Holcomb previously served as president of Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska from 2010 to 2019. Prior to becoming president in 2010, he was vice president of student services from 2009 to 2010, which followed a six-year tenure as associate vice president for student affairs at Iowa State University.
Dr. Todd Holcomb of Hawkeye Community College February 20th 2023-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Serve on the 2023-24 Rotary Board or on Committees

2023-24 President-Elect Jaclyne Heller
 
July 2023 will be here in a few a months! Please reach out to Jaclyne if you would like to serve on a committee or on the Rotary board this next fiscal year! A reminder Jaclyne will be out on maternity leave June-September (most likely) so we also need extra volunteers to help lead meetings/announce programs during that time frame!
Reach out if you'd like to get involved! 
 
 
Serve on the 2023-24 Rotary Board or on Committees 2023-02-10 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

We're beginning to hear from #Rotary clubs responding to the earthquake that has devastated areas of Turkey and Syria.
 
 
Here are some ways to get involved:
  • Give to The Rotary Foundation's Disaster Response Fund. Donations help clubs and districts provide aid and support rebuilding efforts where the need is greatest. The funds are distributed to affected communities through disaster response grants. The Disaster Response Fund can accept cash contributions and District Designated Funds (DDF). Donations to the Disaster Response Fund are combined and cannot be designated for a specific disaster.
  • Support local initiatives. As we learn about local response efforts that are being led by clubs and districts, Rotary raises awareness about how to support them. People can then support these projects by working directly with Rotary members in the region. If you want us to publicize information about local response efforts, write to relief@rotary.org.
 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2023-02-10 06:00:00Z 0

Cedar Valley Trails February 13

Peter Komendowski will be sharing highlights of the Cedar Valley Trails Partnership!
 
Peter serves as president of The Partnership for A Healthy Iowa, is a former Chair of the
Partnership, and succeeded Senator Grassley as Chair of the Face It Together Coalition
which authored Iowa’s “Blueprint for Healthy Communities. He also founded Friends of
Iowa Trails and the Iowa Trails Summit and was honored by the National Park Service as
Iowa's Trails Person of the Year in 2013. He has been a member of the Cedar Valley
Trails Partnership Board of Directors for over 15 years.
 
Cedar Valley Trails February 13 2023-02-10 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

 
Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Through microloans, occupational training, and partnering with local communities, #Rotary helps provide sustainable solutions to poverty around the world!
 

Rotarians make amazing things happen, like:

Breaking the cycle of poverty for women: Most of the women living in rural Guatemala do not have the collateral to get loans from regulated financial institutions. The Rotary Club of Guatemala de la Ermita helped 400 local women complete financial literacy courses so they could pool their money and fund their own microlending program.

Skills development, business training: In Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Rotary members helped grant more than 250 microloans and train more than 270 community members in sewing, baking, plumbing, microcredit, business management, and leadership. 

Sustainable farming: In west Cameroon, soil erosion and loss of soil fertility have significantly reduced farmers’ harvests. Rotary members gave farmers the skills they needed to improve soil fertility, control soil erosion, and market their produce. The results: increased crop yields and profits.

 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2023-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

Cultural Conversations Preview

 
Truth Be Told. I Am Human. Cultural Conversations Series

Your Waterloo Rotary Club President, Annie Vander Werff will be interviewing Julie Molisho, the founder of a nonprofit organization called The River ARC; an advocacy and resource center connecting members of the Congolese community to resources in our area.
 
Cultural Conversations Preview 2023-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

We are on SECOND Floor today

Monday, February 6 we will be meeting on the 2nd floor of the Convention Center.
 
It is recommended to use the skywalk to avoid the work that will be going on the first floor; but not required. 
 
 
 
We are on SECOND Floor today 2023-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

February Birthdays

story thumbnail
Join us February 6th for First Mondays and to honor our members born in the shortest month of the year:
 
Sara GienauFeb 8 
Julie HayesFeb 9 
Bob KroghFeb 18 
Craig RitlandFeb 20 
Joan RiceFeb 21 
 
 
 
February Birthdays 2023-01-27 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

 
Today, #WeRemember the beauty and fragility of Jewish Salonica, a thriving community all but destroyed in the Holocaust.
 
The beauty and fragility of a pluralistic metropolis

By 

I have nurtured a special interest in Thessaloniki, the northern Greek city on the edge of the Balkans, since I traveled there in 1996 to attend a conference on rebuilding democracy and civil society in the Balkan region after the breakup of Yugoslavia. While in Thessaloniki, I decided to take the opportunity to learn something about the city's rich Jewish history, particularly under the Ottomans when it was called Salonica.

I had read Balkan Ghosts by Robert Kaplan, who traced the modern history of the region, from the assassination that triggered World War I to the ethnic warfare in Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia. And the organization I headed, the National Endowment for Democracy, supported civil society groups working against such brutalities in the Balkans. But exploring Thessaloniki's Jewish past offered new perspectives on the region's history.
 
Rotary International Update 2023-01-27 06:00:00Z 0

January 30 - ReShonda Young of Bank of Jabez

 
Bank of Jabez will be a Waterloo, IA based certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that will promote economic growth in the underserved communities. Although we will be a full-service financial services institution that addresses the banking needs of all people within the community, we will have intentional focus on servicing our community's underbanked, low-income, and minority populations.​ 
 
ReShonda was born and raised in Waterloo, IA and graduated with her BA from Wartburg College. She has been an active voice on Working Family issues, advocating for pay equity for women, and many other issues that will benefit working families. ReShonda is a founding member of the Iowa Main Street Alliance, a board member of the national Main Street Alliance, and was honored in April 2015 as a White House Working Families Champion of Change.  She serves on the boards of Waterloo Center for the Arts, Black Hawk Economic Development, Link Christian Community Development, and Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. ReShonda is also the founder of Popcorn Heaven, a gourmet popcorn chain that opened in Waterloo, IA in February of 2014. ReShonda licensed Popcorn Heaven locations in North Carolina, Maryland, Illinois, California, Missouri, and Iowa.
 
 
 
January 30 - ReShonda Young of Bank of Jabez 2023-01-27 06:00:00Z 0

Pack the Dome Successful Event

More than a dozen members of Waterloo Rotary Club participating in volunteering at "Pack the Dome" at University of Northern Iowa. The event was organized by our very own Lauren Finke of Volunteer Center and Barbara Prather of Northeast Iowa Food Bank!
About UsSpeaker 2020 | Barb Prather - Iowa Hunger Summit
 
Over 80,000 children will be served from the event alone! 
There were two shifts of thirty assembly tables with over 10 volunteers per table. 
Bonnie Smith Davis reported her table had ages 6 to over 70! 
Click this link to see photos, and if you have some images to share, email them to Mason
 
 
 
Pack the Dome Successful Event 2023-01-20 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President-Elect Outlines Initiative 2023-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Engineer Wayne Castle of City of Waterloo Speaking Monday

Wayne Castle - Associate Engineer of City of Waterloo Engineering Department - is joining us Monday to give us an update on projects going on in Waterloo!
 
 
Wayne Castle Biography
Graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.  Licensed Land Surveyor and Civil Engineer in Iowa.  Employed with the City of Waterloo for the past 14 years, currently overseeing the Flood Control system, bridge inspection and repair program, storm water management program, and street overlay program, along with being the liaison with the railroads.  Serve on the Iowa Storm Water Education Partnership (ISWEP) board and am the City’s representative for the Middle Cedar River Watershed Management Authority (WMA).
 
 
 
Engineer Wayne Castle of City of Waterloo Speaking Monday 2023-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Dues Reminder

story thumbnail
If you have NOT been receiving your invoices for your membership dues - please reach out to Kelli McCarthy ASAP.  
We are trying to make sure our finances are up-to-date with our "new" financial coordinator, and are finding many members are NOT receiving emails.
 
Unfortunately, there are dozens of reasons emails won’t get delivered, and each recipient may have a unique situation. ClubRunner is the company hosting our website and club emails - they have a couple different articles in the links below that might help you troubleshoot your email provider settings:
 
Rotary Dues Reminder 2023-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Rural Ag Day is February 27

We are pleased to announced Secretary of Agriculture of Iowa - Mike Naig - will be our special speaker for Rural Ag Day!
 
Secretary Mike Naig.
 
More details to come, but be thinking of inviting farmers to invite! The Rural Ag Day committee will be sharing more in upcoming meetings.
 
 
 
Rural Ag Day is February 27 2023-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Day of Service January 16th: Pack the Dome

 
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2023, the Waterloo Rotary Club would like to invite members to participate in "Pack the Dome" at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls!
 
WE WILL NOT HAVE A NOON MEETING JANUARY 16th so your whole day is open to volunteer at the UNI Dome or other community service.
 
This event is an annual initiative hosted by UNI to benefit the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and families throughout the Cedar Valley. 
 
 
 
Day of Service January 16th: Pack the Dome 2023-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

First Monday - January

 
We'll kick off our First Mondays Cultural Conversations series January 9th; the first of 6 conversations will be with a familiar face - Chef Lumarie Soto-Rodriguez. She will talk about her life growing up in Puerto Rico and answer questions about cultural nuances important for everyone to know. There will be a time for questions and answers. Rotarians are encouraged to bring a guest!
 
 
 
 
First Monday - January 2023-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

January Birthdays

story thumbnail
Join us for the First Monday meeting and we'll honor the Rotarians celebrating birthdays in January.  
 
Kevin McCrindle,  Jan 06
Todd Holcomb, Jan 07
Bonnie Smith-Davis,  Jan 17
 
 
January Birthdays 2023-01-06 06:00:00Z 0
Sponsor a Ukraine Family through Rotary International 2023-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

What Happens With your Gift to Rotary

What happens when you give the gift of Rotary? - We provide polio vaccines - Hand washing stations educate students on hygiene - Hospitals have up-to-date equipment - Opportunities for local female entrepreneurs are expanded.
 
You can make a difference in this world by helping others in need — from supplying a vaccine to protect a child from polio to training peacebuilders in conflict resolution to help build a more peaceful future. With your help, The Rotary Foundation can make lives better in your community and around the world.
 
Image
 
What Happens With your Gift to Rotary 2022-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Bette Wubbena Obituary

 

How can we even begin to list her involvement in this community?? Some highlights include the Waterloo Jayceettes, the Waterloo Downtown Council, My Waterloo Days Committee, the Alan Heart Foundation, Go Red for Women, The Ambassadors, and so much more!!

She loved to shop ... and spoil her granddaughter.

She loved to support and encourage us all.

She loved to see us all be the best versions of ourselves - like no other we may ever know!

People were her passion. This community was her passion.

WE were her passion! She loved us all!

Bette loved Christmas quite possibly the most. She had many favorite Christmas songs, but "Silent Night, Holy Night" was her favorite. She cherished the candlelight services tremendously. She believed as her father did, that Christmas isn't just a season, it's a spirit of joy, love, and kindness to share with everyone all year 'round. That's part of why Christmas was often a little difficult for her. She would talk often about how much she missed her dad (among others). Bette would want us all to cherish everyone in our life all the time - be fair to one another - forgive often - and, most importantly, don't sweat the small stuff!

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 19, 2022, at Locke at Tower Park in Waterloo. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 18, 2022, at Locke at Tower Park; also, for one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family. 

View live stream of funeral services

 
Bette Wubbena Obituary 2022-12-17 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Annual Christmas Celebration December 19 2022-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

President Nook Speaking Monday at Rotary

President Mark Nook is joining us Monday to go over highlights of the University of Northern Iowa.
President Mark Nook

Mark A. Nook began serving as the 11th president of the University of Northern Iowa on February 1, 2017. Prior to this appointment, he served as chancellor of Montana State University Billings (MSUB). 

Originally from Holstein, Iowa, Nook has committed his Midwest education and values to higher education for many years and on many levels. He is dedicated to ensuring every member of the university community reaches their individual educational, professional and personal life goals.

Prior to serving as the chancellor at MSUB from 2014-2016, Nook was the senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin System from 2011-2014. He also served as provost (2007-09 and 2010-11) and interim chancellor (2009-10) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and in a variety of roles at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

President Nook Speaking Monday at Rotary 2022-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Bette Wubbena

Sad news to share this week...Long-time Rotarian and friend to many - Bette Wubbena - passed away on Sunday. Arrangements are pending and we will share as soon as details are available. Thoughts and prayers with Bette's family. 
 
Bette Wubbena
Rotarian Bette Wubbena 2022-12-11 06:00:00Z 0
First Mondays Program this Week... 2022-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Review your Membership Info!

 
A note from our Membership Chair, Amy Rousselow...
 
We are requesting members go in and check their Rotary contact info and update any outdated details!
Below are the login details. Amy will have cards available at the next few meetings for those who are not comfortable doing it online.
 
Click: member login (top right)
-If you don't remember your login/password, email Mason to reset it)
Click: member area (top right)
From the light blue menu, select My ClubRunner tab and just below that My Profile
Click the edit button to update your profile and then the save button when you're done
 
Amy Rousselow will also have membership update cards available for those who do not wish to edit their profiles online.
 
 
Review your Membership Info! 2022-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
Giving Tuesday 2022-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

UNI Athletics Director David Harris Speaking 

Be sure to attend Rotary this week and hear what is going on with University of Northern Iowa Athletics! David Harris will be presenting!
David Harris
During his short time at UNI, Harris has built a culture of success in the field of play, in the classroom and in the community. He has also distinguished himself as a leader in the Missouri Valley Conference and the NCAA.
 
In the spring of 2019, Harris was appointed to the NCAA Division I Council. The 40-member council is responsible for the decision-making for NCAA Division I and is made up of athletic directors, athletic administrators, senior women administrators, faculty athletic representatives and student-athletes. As part of his responsibilities, he was appointed to act as the council rep for the Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee.
 
Under Harris’ leadership, in the fall of 2018 UNI Athletics announced Panthers Rising, a strategic plan to achieve unprecedented success in academics, competition and all of its endeavors.
 
UNI Athletics Director David Harris Speaking 2022-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

At the age of 18, Zach Skiles enlisted in the U.S. Marines. A bright, sensitive kid with an easy smile and a quick laugh. At 22, he began to experience the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).
 
 
Read about his recovery & how he's helped others: https://on.rotary.org/3URzBEz
 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2022-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

December Birthdays

story thumbnail
We have a small but mighty trio of Rotarians celebrating their birthday in December...this group has collectively served our club for 82 years!
 
 
Frank SengDec 02 
Jim SchaeferDec 6 
Randy JohnsonDec 19 
 
Since we had a jam-packed political program calendar in October and honored high school athletes at our November meetings, we'll have a super-birthday table celebration on December 5th.
 
 
December Birthdays 2022-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

Vocational training team empowers fathers in Mongolia
Vocational training team
 

Jennifer Scott, a member of the Rotary Club of Central Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, is a past governor of District 9685. She is a member of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers and works in law and mediation.

Mongolia, a country caught between two giants – China and Russia, is a long, long way from Australia and I never planned to travel there. However, like many Rotary projects, it is through networking and circumstance that you find an opportunity to make a difference. Mine came as part of a vocational training team to Mongolia to conduct workshops to empower single fathers.

In 2017, I ran into Kathyrn Johnson, a fellow mediator, who had just returned from Mongolia where her brother was making a documentary. She had met Professor Namjil from Ulaanbaatar University, who told her how he had been asked for help by a group of 150 single fathers, many of them disabled or unemployed or both. The men were from Erdenet city, a mining town about 300 kilometers from Ulaanbaatar, and were lost in a culture where the very notion of a father raising their children alone was alien.

Professor Namjil explained how it was not uncommon in Mongolia for women to be better educated than the men due to their nomadic tradition. Boys were kept behind to assist with the seasonal movement of the herds while women could be sent to gain their education as a means of assisting the welfare of the family. In recent years this was causing a societal problem. The men felt their traditional skills of horsemanship and herding were no longer useful in an urban setting, causing a feeling of disempowerment which led to depression, alcohol abuse and domestic violence, particularly in the mining towns with high unemployment.

As the women were better educated and thus more confident than the men, they would separate from their husbands, and sometimes from their children, in pursuit of better jobs. This resulted in a very high divorce rate.   

Rotary International Update 2022-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

2022 Rotary Football  MVP Carson  Hartz

Congratulations to Columbus High School senior Carson Hartz for being selected the 2022 Rotary MVP!
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
2022 Rotary Football MVP Carson Hartz 2022-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Football Banquet Speaker is Pete Moris of UNI

Join us November 14th to honor area high school football teams and award the Glen "Doc" Miller Football MVP trophy! Our keynote speaker is Pete Moris, Director of University Relations at UNI!
 
Headshot of Pete Moris

Pete brings high profile media relations and marketing experience to UNI. Since 2015, Pete has served as Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Communications at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg where he led marketing and communications campaigns to grow the donor base and increase the national profile of Hokies’ Athletics. 

At the University of Oklahoma, Moris led a public relations and media campaign to unveil the $370 million renovation project of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. As Associate Director of Public Relations for the Kansas City Chiefs, Moris coordinated public relations and event management for four Super Bowls. Additionally, he has served on the media relations teams at the NCAA Final Four, the College Football Playoff Championship Game and multiple major collegiate bowl games. 

Pete holds bachelor’s degrees in public relations and writing from Loras College, and he is a graduate of the Disney Customer Service Training Program. 

image
We will stream the ceremony on Facebook LIVE, so if you are unable to attend, you can watch it here.  Be sure to "Like" the Waterloo Rotary Facebook page to receive future notifications.
 
 
 
Football Banquet Speaker is Pete Moris of UNI 2022-11-11 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

 
For #Rotary member Krystyna Wilczyńska-Ciemięga the decision to open her home to refugees fleeing the war in #Ukraine was simple, stating "the character of every Rotarian is based on a preference to give rather than to take." #RotaryResponds 
 
On 24 February 2022, Russia invades Ukraine. Its 22nd Army Corps advances on the nuclear power plant at Zaporizhzhia, the city on the Dnieper River in southeastern Ukraine that is home to the Morhun family.

On 27 February, Olena Morhun leaves Zaporizhzhia with her daughters, Alisa and Sofiia, and her son Vitalii.

Read the full story below:
 
Rotary International Update 2022-11-11 06:00:00Z 0

Reminder: Rotary is Upstairs for Football Banquet

We are looking forward to seeing everyone upstairs on Monday! Wade Itzen and Rick Morris have been organizing this year's football banquet and hoping for a great showing by Rotarians to support these outstanding athletes!
 
 
Reminder: Rotary is Upstairs for Football Banquet 2022-11-11 06:00:00Z 0

Volleyball Honor Luncheon Nov 7th

Congratulations to West High senior Sahara Williams - the 2022 Rotary Volleyball MVP!
 
 
Sahara accepted the travelling trophy at the Waterloo Rotary Club's annual Volleyball recognition Luncheon.
 
Our keynote speaker was Caitlin Opp, Assistant Director of Marketing for UNI Athletics.
 
 
Since 1936 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. Area volleyball coaches choose their MVP's and then, by ballot of all the coaches, award the trophy for overall Most Valuable volleyball player. The winners are entitled to display the trophy at her school for the next twelve months.
 
 
image
We streamed the ceremony on Facebook LIVE, so if you were not able to attend, you can watch it here.  Be sure to "Like" the Waterloo Rotary Facebook page to receive future notifications.
 
 
Volleyball Honor Luncheon Nov 7th 2022-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

Happy Birthday, Hovey!

 
On November 5th, Honorary Rotarian Hovey Brom celebrated his 97th birthday and our club is so lucky to count him among our members. Hovey has served the Waterloo Rotary Club since 1963, is a veteran of World War II, and is a talented architect with a resume of several iconic Cedar Valley structures including the Waterloo Convention Center where we meet on Mondays. With Veterans Day later this week, we wanted to share Hovey's 2-part presentation from January 2021 while our club was meeting over Zoom.  Click the link below to watch Hovey recount his experiences being drafted and travelling through Europe, then becoming a musician.
 
 
 
 
Happy Birthday, Hovey! 2022-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

November Birthdays

story thumbnail
We have a stable group of Rotarians born in November, including Honorary Member Hovey Brom, who leads our club in both age and service!
 
Hovey BromNov 05 
Jay CrispNov 06 
David AllbaughNov 08 
Luke JensenNov 08 
Donna MillerNov 12 
Shannon ThiesNov 15 
Tavis HallNov 16 
 
Since we had a jam-packed political program calendar in October and will honor high school athletes at our November meetings, we'll have a super-birthday table celebration on December 5th.
 
 
 
November Birthdays 2022-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

Operation Warm

A group of Downtown Waterloo Rotarians met at the Waterloo School District warehouse October 25th and sorted the bulk delivery of Operation Warm coats (four pallets) into groups for each of six elementary schools.  Distribution to students will be done in the coming weeks, so those members that could not participate will have a fun opportunity (Will it be FUN?) to serve the community and see the twinkle in the students’ eyes when they get their new coats!
 
Some of the Rotarians who helped this morning had to leave before the attached photo was taken, but their service is appreciated!  If you would like to help support Operation Warm, click this link: https://www.cfneia.org/giving/give-today?fund=659 or email Dave Lee to volunteer to hand out the coats in November!  There will be a sign-up sheet at the next few meetings.
 
 
Operation Warm 2022-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

Secretary of State Candidate Joel Miller Speaking Monday

We hosted Secretary of State Candidate - Joel Miller, a Democrat - Monday, October 31st. We invited the Republican candidate, incumbent Paul Pate, but he was not able to schedule a visit.
 
 
Joel grew up on a dairy farm outside of Independence, Iowa. After graduating high school, Joel served as a deputy sheriff and as a part-time police officer. In 1977, Joel entered the United States Army and served 3 years on active duty attaining the rank of Sergeant. Following his time in the United States Army, Joel returned home, went back to college, obtained a degree in electronics engineering technology, and worked as an IBEW electronics tech for AT&T. From 2002 to 2005, Joel served on the City Council of Robins, and served as the city's mayor from 2006 to 2007. In 2007, Joel was elected in a special election to serve as Linn County Auditor, the second largest county in the state. Since 2007, Joel has been re-elected in 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020.  Joel has been married to his wife, Sylvia, for 44 years and they have three adult children and nine grandchildren.
 
image
We streamed Joel Miller's remarks on Facebook LIVE, be sure to "Like" the Waterloo Rotary Facebook page to receive future notifications.
 
 
Secretary of State Candidate Joel Miller Speaking Monday 2022-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Member Doesn't Miss a Meeting for 52 Years

During his 52 years as a #Rotary member, Texas district judge Ronnie Yeager has never missed a meeting. How did he maintain that streak when his family took a 3-month vacation along the coast of Australia? Find out:
 
 
Ronnie Yeager, 84, joined the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass, Texas, on 1 May 1970. Over the 52 years of club meetings since, he has had perfect attendance. His extraordinary tenure in Rotary earned him a special recognition letter in September 2020 from then-Rotary International President Holger Knaack.
 
Rotary Member Doesn't Miss a Meeting for 52 Years 2022-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

Senator Grassley Speaking at Rotary Monday

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley was our guest speaker Monday, October 24th. Senator Grassley - a Republican - is seeking his eighth term in office.
 
Chuck Grassley official photo 2017.jpg
 

FAST FACTS

BORN:
September 17, 1933 in New Hartford, Iowa

FAMILY:
Married Barbara Speicher 1954
Five children: Lee, Wendy, Robin, Michele, Jay

EDUCATION:
B.A. 1955, M.A. 1956 Political Science
University of Northern Iowa
Ph.D. work, University of Iowa

OCCUPATION:
Farmer (son, Robin, currently helps run family farm);
Sheet metal shearer 1959-1961
Assembly line worker 1961-1971
Adjunct government professor 1960s & 1970s
Elected to Iowa Legislature 1958
Elected to U.S. House of Representatives 1974
Elected to U.S. Senate 1980

 
His challenger - Admiral Michael Franken - was invited to attend and was unable to confirm a date at this time.
 
We streamed the senator's remarks on Facebook LIVE, so if you could not attend, visit Waterloo Rotary Facebook page to watch.
 
 
 
Senator Grassley Speaking at Rotary Monday 2022-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome to World Polio Day

The livestream of Rotary International and the World Health Organization’s World Polio Day 2022 and Beyond: A healthier future for mothers and children two-day conference begins Friday, 21 October.

Join Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, and RI President Jennifer Jones, as they discuss the state of polio eradication and its broader relevance to global health. This conference will address not only the status of polio eradication and what’s next, but also the potential for community-based solutions to improve global health, particularly as it relates to maternal-child health.

Welcome to #WorldPolioDay 2022 and Beyond at @WHO in Geneva, Switzerland.
 
 
 
 
Welcome to World Polio Day 2022-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Programs are filled through February 2023

story thumbnail
There have been a lot of requests for programs recently...a reminder that all programs are booked up through February 2023! Please send recommendations with that time frame in mind! E-mail Jaclyne at jheller@kwwl.com with any ideas for March 2023 and on...
 
 
 
Programs are filled through February 2023 2022-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

Black Hawk County Supervisors Forum on Monday

Our very own Kevin McCrindle will be leading the forum of Black Hawk County Supervisor candidates Monday October 17th. Questions asked come from members of the Waterloo Downtown Rotary Club.
 
 
The following candidates are invited to the forum, as they are listed on the official ballot for Black Hawk County...
  • Tavis Hall (Democrat)
  • Glen Keith (Democrat)
  • Dennis Halverson (Republican)
  • Dan Trelka, Incumbent (Republican)
 
We will stream the forum on Facebook LIVE, so if you can't attend, be sure to "Like" the Waterloo Rotary Facebook page to receive notifications.
 
 
Black Hawk County Supervisors Forum on Monday 2022-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

U.S House Candidate Liz Mathis Oct 10

Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives for Iowa's 2nd District Liz Mathis joined us for lunch, and her visit was streamed live - you can watch here.
 
 
Democratic candidate Mathis is a former journalist and nonprofit leader. In 2011, Liz was elected to the State Senate representing parts of Linn County. As Senator, Liz has spoken up for families struggling with the state’s Medicaid program and created countless measures that focused on children, Iowa’s economy and educational growth. As a member of the Agriculture Committee, Liz has worked to help Iowa family farmers and farming communities. And she’s assisted Iowa families and businesses struggling to recover from COVID-19 and during the recent derecho disaster, she helped them find a warm meal, seek resources or get back on their feet.
 
We had the Republican candidate, Ashley Hinson, speak to our club earlier this year.
 
 
 
 
 
U.S House Candidate Liz Mathis Oct 10 2022-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Local News Coverage from first forum

Our first candidate forum of this election season gained some media attention from our friends at the Courier - click the link below for their story...
 
 
If you missed attending the forum, you can watch the archived video on our Facebook page.
 
 
We'll continue to share our upcoming candidate programs through Facebook LIVE, so be sure to "like" our page to receive notifications when the video starts!
 
 
Local News Coverage from first forum 2022-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

 
Dr. Mexan Mapouka worked healing others as a young doctor in a war zone. Now, he’s pursuing a master’s in public health as a fellow at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center learning to combine his medical knowledge with conflict resolution.
 
“This is a tremendous program that gives people who can’t afford to continue their graduate education a chance to do so,” Mapouka says. “It also trains the next generation of people who will take the lead in places like the Central African Republic where peacebuilding is needed.”
 
Read the full story below:
 
 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2022-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

October Birthdays

story thumbnail
We are planning a MEGA-BIRTHDAY celebration at our December 5th meeting for all the October, November, and December birthdays.  The political and athletic programs over the next several weeks will be front-and-center, but you can check the list below to reach out to these Rotarians ON their birthday!
 
 
 
 
October Birthdays 2022-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Ride/Drive Event for Rotary in India

Rotary International District 3181 organizes an International 2-Wheel/4-Wheel Ride in India - Ride for Rotary, The aim of the event is to promote International fellowship and exchange of Rotary views. The last 6 editions of the event have been an overwhelming success. More than 100 participants from 15 different countries have attended the event and have had wonderful experiences to take back home.

The funds raised through this event go to The Rotary Foundation. We have contributed close to $100,000 to TRF from the last 6 editions.

This year’s event will be held from 13th to 28th January, 2023. The 15 days event will start-off from Mahabalipuram (India) and can either be a motorcycle ride, or a four wheeler drive.

The ride will cover multiple Rotary Districts and many Rotary Clubs. Route map will be - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Madurai - Coimbatore - Ooty - Mysore - Madikeri - Mangalore

Rotary Ride/Drive Event for Rotary in India 2022-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

FIRST Political Forum on Monday

PHOTO: 2016 Iowa House Candidates Forum
 
All Iowa House and Senate candidates on the Black Hawk County Elections ballot were invited to attend the forum on Monday. Kevin McCrindle will moderate the forum to ensure equal time to each guest. In advance, questions will be submitted from the club.
 
The following candidates are invited to join us October 3rd:
  • Iowa House Candidate Derek Wulf, District 76
  • Iowa House Candidate Kate Wyatt, District 76
  • Iowa House Rep. Timi Brown-Powers, District 61(Incumbent)
  • Iowa House Candidate John Bothwell, District 61
  • Iowa House Rep. Bob Kressig, District 75 (Incumbent)
  • Iowa House Candidate Jerome Amos,Jr., District 62
  • Senator Bill Dotzler, District 31 (Incumbent)
See link below for official list of candidates on the ballot in Black Hawk County...
 
 
FIRST Political Forum on Monday 2022-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Programs are Lined up the Rest of the Year

Thank you for our wonderful Programming Committee for lining up programs for the rest of 2022 and the beginning of 2023!
 
Profile photo of Ashlyn Jungwirth  Profile photo of Amy Rousselow  Profile photo of Rachael Hoffman
Ashlyn Jungwirth, Amy Rousselow, Rachael Hoffman
 
Political Program Committee Members
Profile photo of Barbara Prather  See the source image
Barb Prather, Steve Schmidt
 
 
Ex-Official Programming Committee Members
See the source image  
Annie Vander Werff, Jaclyne Heller
 
These Rotarians have dedicated several hours behind the scenes to bring a full list of engaging programs and guests to our meetings.  Honor their service by inviting guests to an upcoming meeting!
 
 
 
Programs are Lined up the Rest of the Year 2022-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Noel Anderson from City of Waterloo Speaking Monday 9-26

Noel Anderson is the Community Planning and Development Director for the City of Waterloo. He is dedicated to the betterment of the Waterloo community as a person, a planner, and lifelong resident.
 
Profile photo of Noel Anderson
 
Noel is responsible for the development and redevelopment for the City of Waterloo. This involves the work of many, and he works to coordinate those efforts involving the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinances for the City of Waterloo for the development of buildings and land. Coordination of efforts for the growth and revitalization of community through Historic Preservation, Engineering, Building Department, Building Maintenance, Housing Authority, and Community Development Department's management of the federal Block Grant funding program. 
 
 
Noel Anderson from City of Waterloo Speaking Monday 9-26 2022-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Wisly Danger of Haiti Joining us Virtually on Monday 9-26 2022-09-23 05:00:00Z 0

Reminder: Invite Friends to Upcoming Political Programs

The entire month of October will be filled with political candidate guests speakers. We have reached out to candidates at all levels and watch closely as we are still waiting to hear back from some candidates! Kevin McCrindle will be moderating the forums and make sure candidates gets equal time to speak! Check out the schedule and invite your friends!
See the source image
Reminder: Invite Friends to Upcoming Political Programs 2022-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Cultural Immersion Workshop is Coming up 2022-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Gearhead Ministries Speaking Sept 19th

Cedar Valley Gearhead Ministries helps place donated vehicles with families in the community in need of transportation!
 
 
See the source image
 
Cedar Valley Gearheads is organized around the principle that in the name of Jesus Christ we
can serve God and others by partnering with individual Community Agencies, and businesses
around the Cedar Valley to meet the basic transportation needs of those most in need.
Cedar Valley Gearheads Ministry was organized in 2006 and is located at 3606 Skyview Dr. in
Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Vehicles are donated from members in the community and Volunteers repair them to get them
road ready for families in need. Cedar Valley Gearheads rely on volunteers, with knowledge of
vehicle repair, to come as they are able 2 days per week for 2 to 3 hours a night. They use a 27-
point inspection as nearly every car will need some type of repair from a simple oil change to
transmission work.

Our hope is that we will provide families with the opportunity for a healthier life through
accessing routine medical care, gaining education opportunities and a way to maintain
employment and reliable transportation to childcare facilities. In return they will be able to
become more self-sufficient in supporting themselves and their family.
 
Gearhead Ministries Speaking Sept 19th 2022-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

Northeast Iowa Food Bank Volunteering on Monday

We look forward to seeing you on Monday at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank! - We will NOT MEET AT THE CONVENTION CENTER SEPT 12th.
 
Reminder that if you have not already signed up to volunteer Monday Please CLICK HERE to RSVP.
 
Volunteer hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. with flexibility to come a little earlier or stay a little later if desired. There is always something to do there!
 
 
Please use the Office/Food Pantry entrance, wear closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves to sort food, be prepared to work and have fun! A reminder - no lunch will be provided.
 
1605 Lafayette St., Waterloo, IA, 50703
 
 
 
Northeast Iowa Food Bank Volunteering on Monday 2022-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Operation Warm

 
Can you feel the change in the weather?  As Iowans, we all know what's headed our way...cold, cold, and more cold.  Imagine not having a proper outer layer to keep you warm this winter - for hundreds of children in our area, that is what they'll face without our help.  Operation Warm is again raising funds for NEW coats for kids who would otherwise rely on hand-me-downs or simply go without a proper warm coat.
 
You can bring your donation of cash or check to Dave Lee at a Monday meeting, or use the link below on the Community Foundation's website:
 
 
And stay tuned to learn how YOU can help distribute the coats...
 
First-grader Tyshon Harris has help from David Buck Nov 21 2011
MATTHEW PUTNEY  Courier Photo Editor
 
 
Operation Warm 2022-08-26 05:00:00Z 0

September Birthdays

story thumbnail
Wow! Look at this list of *14* Rotarians celebrating a birthday in September!  This is the largest group in our club and we'll give each one a proper shout out Monday!
 
Wade ItzenSep 02 
Steve WeidnerSep 06 
Kevin SonnenbergSep 7 
John BungeSep 09 
Dave LedermanSep 12 
Annie Vander Werff Sep 13 
Gene LeonhartSep 14 
Bryan BurtonSep 15 
Casey ReintsSep 17 
Larry SteffensSep 23 
Nick HildebrandtSep 24 
Adam SchaeferSep 24 
Deb Pullin-Van AukenSep 26 
Jeff HalversonSep 28 
September Birthdays 2022-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
Cedar Valley Angels at Rotary Monday 2022-08-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Turns Addiction Into Art

With his play, Visions, a Rotarian has turned his addiction into art and provided new roles for former addicts.

In the winter of 1989, Robert Lo Bue experienced an awakening: He wanted to join the theater.

Lo Bue was working on the assembly line at an automotive plant. Nearing 40, he had no acting experience to speak of and a long history of drug and alcohol abuse. No matter. He auditioned for a production of The Passion Play near his home in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, and landed the part of Young James the Apostle.

His Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor was not pleased. "He said, 'No way. You got a wife in recovery and you just came out of rehab and you got a baby daughter. Your son is in counseling from both of you using. Your plate is full,'" Lo Bue recalled in his booming Jersey brogue. "I said, 'What do you mean? I want this. I need this!' He just kept screaming, 'Your plate is full!'"

Read the rest of the story here:

 
 
Rotarian Turns Addiction Into Art 2022-08-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Social Event September 1

 
Join fellow Rotarians for some after hours social time at The Ragged Edge Art Bar and Gallery! It is a hidden gem near downtown Cedar Falls; 504 Bluff St is just one block east of the public library along E. 5th St.
 
Thursday, Sept 1st - 4:00 - 6:00
 
Special thanks to Kaye Englin for organizing.
 
 
Rotary Social Event September 1 2022-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

Alzheimer's Association Speaking Monday

Christine Hess will be talking to us August 22 about the upcoming "Walk to End Alzheimer's" in the Cedar Valley. The event is Saturday, September 24. 
 
All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
 
Profile photo of Christine Hess
 
 
 
 
Alzheimer's Association Speaking Monday 2022-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work in Ukraine

 
A team of #Rotary members has been working to meet medical needs for items such as surgical drills. Now their efforts focus on 24 August, when they will hold a 24-hour telethon to collect donations for #Ukraine.
 
By Emory Morsberger, Rotary Club of Gwinnett County, Georgia
 
Isn’t it a privilege to be a Rotarian who can actually serve others and make a difference in someone else’s life – and even more so if that life is on the other side of the world? I think so! I hope to rally fellow Rotarians on 24 August to join our movement, Helping Ukraine.

In 1998, I took a trip to Ukraine and have been yearning to go back since. The people there are so excited about their freedom. When the war broke out in February, I felt a strong call to do something to help these free-spirited people. I had been hearing about the massive destruction and wanted to do more than make donations.

When Chris Brand, a member of Rotary and President of Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) in Tucker, Georgia, USA, called me one morning to tell me there was an urgent need to take Stryker Drill Sets and other medical relief supplies over to the war-torn country, it was just the call I had been waiting for. Without hesitation, I said, “I’ll go.” On 6 June, I boarded a flight to Bucharest, Romania, and began my journey to Ukraine.

Rotary at Work in Ukraine 2022-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

Stephanie A. Urchick is selected to be the 2024-25 president of Rotary International

 

Stephanie A. Urchick, of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2024-25, a decision that would make her only the second woman to hold that position. She will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

With the world facing incredible challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, disasters driven by climate change, and conflict in many regions, Urchick says Rotary’s leaders can offer a vision and a plan for overcoming these challenges.

“Measures taken by Rotary leadership to survive and end critical challenges often make our organization stronger and more resilient for future events,” Urchick says. “This kind of essential leadership also creates new levels of cooperation, even among rivals, when Rotarians pull together as people of action to serve and solve a crisis.”

Read the full story here:
 
 
Rotary International Update 2022-08-11 05:00:00Z 0
Boys and Girls Club Presentation 2022-08-11 05:00:00Z 0

August Birthdays

story thumbnail
Join us Monday to honor these Rotarians who celebrate their birthday in August!
 
Shelia BairdAug 10
Katelyn TunglandAug 15 
Kathleen Braun Aug 16 
Gil Irey Aug 17 
David LeeAug 18 
Jack DusenberryAug 21 
Amy RousselowAug 22 
Michelle Weidner Aug 23 
Beth McCrindleAug 24 
Jim SeeleyAug 30 
 
 
 
August Birthdays 2022-07-29 05:00:00Z 0

Cardinal Construction Presenting Monday

Katy Susong - President and CEO of Cardinal Construction - is our guest speaker on Monday!
 

Katy is a graduate of the University of Northern lowa and has been employed with Cardinal Construction since 2012. She was named CEO and President of Cardinal Construction last year, which makes her the first female CEO in the company's 127-year history. Katy leads the mid-sized commercial construction company that serves clients in senior living, education, industrial, and healthcare sectors. She guides the execution of the company's short and long-term strategic initiatives while providing leadership and guidance to everyone on the Cardinal team. She aims to create a strategy that everyone on our team can get behind to ensure that we are executing well on the projects that we have committed to.

 
Cardinal Construction Presenting Monday 2022-07-29 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

Past #Rotary District Governor Magnus Elfwendahl celebrates peace studies 

Some months ago, I participated in the celebration of 50 years of Peace and Conflict research at Uppsala University in Sweden. During the anniversary symposium some prominent international scholars reflected on big societal challenges and the future of peace and conflict research. Experienced practitioners shared their thoughts on how peace and conflict research can contribute to policy and practical peace work. The keynote speaker, Jamie LeSueur, head of Emergency Operations of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), was a Rotary Peace Fellow during 2013-2015 when training for future peace work at Uppsala University.


Rotary Peace Fellow alum Jamie LeSueur on assignment in South Sudan. Photo by Corrie Butler IFRC

In 2020, LeSueur received the university´s prestigious Alumnus of the Year awardToday Jamie is working as a specialist in humanitarian relief and management in disaster and conflict situations, based in Turkey. He is also an excellent ambassador for Rotary´s work to increase the professional capacity in peace work. Jamie acknowledges the importance of his academic research training. This training skill is now helping him during assignments.

For Jamie, the Rotary Peace Fellowship opened a window to a better understanding of the world. He is now a resolute peacemaker and experienced professional doing good in the world – just like numerous other Rotary members. He is an excellent example of why we should keep supporting the Rotary Peace Centers program.

 

Rotary International Update 2022-07-29 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

Everyone's reason for "Why Rotary?" is unique. That's why we strive to provide mentorship and community-building activities that tap into existing skills and build new ones. #PeopleOfAction

We know that people engage with Rotary to make connections, find opportunities for personal growth, and develop leadership skills, all while making a difference in the world.

A 2020 survey reconfirmed that our members, more specifically, value community service, friendship, and professional development. Knowing this helps us meet their needs and give them reasons to stay involved.

Our focus, then, should be offering more of these meaningful experiences. How do we do this? Two main ways are by fostering mentoring relationships and by supporting activities that let people use their skills in new ways or build new skills through membership and service.

The Keys to Engagement: Understanding and Delivering Personal Value Keeps Rotary Fulfilling | My Rotary

 

 

Rotary International Update 2022-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

 

Squeezing a teddy bear is comforting, no matter your age 🧸

With the help of sponsors, members of the Rotary Club of Estoi Palace International launched Happy Bears, a project to crochet and distribute teddy bears to a children's home and center for disabilities. pic.twitter.com/j5ElgZxVYT

— Rotary International (@Rotary) July 15, 2022
 
 
Rotary International Update 2022-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Jared Smith Presenting at Rotary Monday

Dr. Jared Smith - new Superintendent of Waterloo Community School District - is speaking to us on Monday!
 
Jared Headshot Final.png
 

Jared holds a BA in Elementary and Middle Level Education from the University of Northern Iowa, an MS in Educational Leadership from National Louis University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Iowa State University.

Jared has taught and coached at both the middle school and high school levels. Prior to superintendency, Jared worked as an assistant principal and principal for ten years. Jared is an award-winning blogger, the host of The Group Project Podcast, and the author of Learning Curve: Lessons Learned on Leadership, Education, and Personal Growth.

 

 

Dr. Jared Smith Presenting at Rotary Monday 2022-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Night at the Waterloo Bucks

 
August 4, 2022 is Waterloo Rotary Club Night at the Waterloo Bucks! There are only 5 tickets left as of 9am 7/22, so reach out to Mark Durbahn to reserve yours!  If you have already requested tickets, Mark and other Rotarians will have them at the front gate at Riverfront Stadium - they'll be easy to spot in their Rotary shirts! 
 
 
 
Rotary Night at the Waterloo Bucks 2022-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

2022-2023 Officers

Waterloo Rotary Club Officers 2022-2023
President...Annie Vander Werff
Past President...E.J. Gallagher
President-Elect...Jaclyne Heller
Co-Treasurer...Joan Rice
Foundation Chair...Deb Pullin-Van Auken
Youth Exchange...Luke Jensen
Member Grants Chair...Mark Durbahn
Board of Directors
Vicki Mueller
Dave Lee
Cathy Nicholas
Amy Rousselow
Bryan Burton 
Larry Steffens
 
 
2022-2023 Officers 2022-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Irish Fest Program on Monday

 
Kelly Sullivan and Agness Kress will be speaking on 2022 Irish Fest!
 
  Profile photo of Agnes Kress
 
Agness Kress is a Digital Media Production Assistant at the City of Waterloo and has been involved with Irish Fest since the beginning. She is in charge of Merchandising/Web site and Ticketing. 
Kelly Sullivan is a third-grade teacher and granddaughter of Albert, one of the five Sullivan brothers killed in World War II. She co-chairs the Heroes area of Irish Fest. 
 
Iowa's Irish fest is in Waterloo August 5-7.
 
 
 
Irish Fest Program on Monday 2022-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

The logo for the 2022-23 Rotary presidential theme "Imagine Rotary" was designed by Riki Salam, an Australian aboriginal artist. He also created the logo for the 2023 Rotary International Convention which will be held in Melbourne. 

Meaning of the design elements

There is, of course, a deeper meaning behind each element of the design. The circle in aboriginal culture for instance, signifies our connections to one another. The dots around it represent people and there are seven because of Rotary´s areas of focus.

The circle and the dots together become a navigation star – our guiding light. The solid line underneath is what is referred to as a digging stick and it is used when doing hard work. And since Rotary members are people of action – it represents a tool for getting things done.

The colors

The colors green, purple, and white are not necessarily connected to aboriginal culture. President-elect Jennifer Jones asked the new crew of Governors to use one, two, or all three when dressing for official events instead of using a theme jacket. “As we celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion, I wanted all of us to be able to express ourselves differently in what we wear, but still have connection,” she explained.

Rotary International Update 2022-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

July Birthdays

 
These lucky Rotarians celebrate with FIREWORKS!  Join us July 11th to honor this distinguished group of summer babies.
 
Rick MorrisJul 02 
James MadisonJul 10 
Allison BeachJul 11 
Lauren FinkeJul 17 
David HolmJul 23 
Mike BrosharJul 26 
Bob ManningJul 30 
 
 
July Birthdays 2022-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation

 
We're dedicated to doing good, together. When you give to The Rotary Foundation, we're able to fund projects that:
 
- Help refugees
- Provide clean water
- Grow local economies
- Prevent and treat disease
 
Let's continue doing good together:
 
 
 
 
Rotary Foundation 2022-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

NO Meeting Monday July 4th

A reminder NO meeting on Monday, July 4.  Our first meeting of the new Rotary calendar year will be July 11th as EJ passes the gavel to Annie for her second stint as our club president.
 
The programming committee has been busy working on 2022-2023 program calendar! 
Annie, Jaclyne Heller, Amy, Ashlynn and Racheal had a great luncheon to discuss...
 
NO Meeting Monday July 4th 2022-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

International Update

Music, it turns out, is medicine for the mind. This realization led Rotary member Carol Rosenstein to establish Music Mends Minds, a project dedicated to helping those with memory loss.
 
 
Carol Rosenstein was watching her husband, Irwin, slip away inch by inch. 

At one time he had been a brilliant lawyer, a lover of Broadway musicals, a world traveler. But after his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in 2006, he developed dementia, and slowly everything changed. His gait flattened to a shuffle. The sparkle in his eyes turned into a blank stare. His mood soured. Worsening matters, the medications he took caused hallucinations and extreme agitation. As communication grew more challenging, Carol felt the distance between them growing.

Then, in 2014, something happened. Irwin, who had been a gifted pianist since childhood, sat down at the piano and began to play.  As his fingers floated through American classics like “Fly Me to the Moon,” “What a Wonderful World,” and “Try to Remember,” Carol saw his posture straighten. The sparkle returned to his eyes. The husband she once knew came back, bit by bit, if only briefly. “I could see this human being resurrect and start to reconnect with his environment,” she says, “just like I had given him a dose of medication.”

Mystified, she called his neurologist and asked what was happening. “He said, ‘Carol, you are watching the power of music, changing brain chemistry.’” 

That statement would go on to change not only their lives but the lives of countless others. 

 
International Update 2022-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
President EJ Gallagher Presenting Monday 2022-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

Image
 
 

This vibrant hub of art, sports, and cuisine will host the 2023 convention, set for 27-31 May. Rotary members, participants, and supporters are invited to Imagine What's Next and explore the possibilities for Rotary's future.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion will also be an important focus during the event, which will be packed with thought-provoking speakers and practical breakout sessions. Rotary members in the Host Organization Committee are planning activities to show visitors why their city is known for world-class sports, cultural diversity, exceptional dining, and inventive street art.

Anyone who registers by 15 December will pay a reduced price.

Rotary International Update 2022-06-16 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

After discovering new perspectives and being inspired by new ideas at the 2022 Rotary International Convention, attendees and virtual participants are looking ahead to next year's gathering in Melbourne, the sparkling second city of Australia.  
 
 
This vibrant hub of art, sports, and cuisine will host the 2023 convention, set for 27-31 May. Rotary members, participants, and supporters are invited to Imagine What's Next and explore the possibilities for Rotary's future.
 
Anyone who registers by 15 December will pay a reduced price.

The 2022 convention in Houston, Texas offered plenty of inspiring moments as Rotary's global network gathered in person for the first time since 2019, following two conventions that were held virtually because of COVID-19. The convention offered participants new horizons to discover through in-person events and a robust schedule of virtual offerings (with recordings available through 31 August).

Imagine Melbourne | Rotary International

 

 

Rotary International Update 2022-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
REMINDER: June 13 meeting at Waterloo Public Library 2022-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

Pathways Behavioral Services Presenting Monday

Our very own Vicki Mueller is our speaker on Monday on behalf of Pathways Behavioral Services!
Vicki Mueller is Executive Director of Pathways and has been at the organization for more than 20 years. She was promoted to Executive Director in 2021 and previously was Provider Services and Prevention Services Supervisor. Vicki is a graduate of Wartburg College and very active in the community, including serving on several state boards as well as the the Cedar Falls Booster Club.
Pathways Behavioral Services Presenting Monday 2022-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Steak Fry June 23

 
Guests can arrive at 5 p.m. and we would have time for visiting and socializing before the start of a short program at 6 followed by dinner. We anticipate being finished and out of the building by 8:30. Help will be needed in signing people in, setup, and clean up along with serving the food.  If you can help, or if you want to register guests to attend, email Larry Steffens.
 
 
Annual Steak Fry June 23 2022-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Allen College President Speaking Monday

 
Dr. Jared Seliger of Allen College is our special speaker on Monday!
 
Dr. Seliger joined Allen College in 2008 to develop the Nuclear Medicine Technology program. In 2015, he was named Associate Chancellor of Allen College and in 2018 he was named third President of Allen College.
Allen College President Speaking Monday 2022-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

June Birthdays

story thumbnail
Join us Monday, June 6th to celebrate these 5 very deserving Rotarians:
 
Kathleen WernimontJun 2 
Lisa GatesJun 14 
David BuckJun 19 
Jacylne HellerJun 19 
Chris KempJun 22 
 
 
 
June Birthdays 2022-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
NO MEETING MAY 30 - MEMORIAL DAY 2022-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Habitat for Humanity Thank You Note

  
“Dear Rotarians,
On behalf of Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, I want to thank you all for joining us for our ‘Sites and Bites’ tour. It was a great honor to share with you the work that is happening in Walnut and Church Row neighborhoods.
I am attaching pictures of Kayla’s home dedication taken from Tuesday, May 17th. Her house was the house we walked through during our tour.
If you have any questions or would like to connect, please call me at (319)235-9946 or email at ddoes@webuildhabitat.org.
Sincerely,
Dylan Does”
 
Development Director | Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity
803 West 5th Street, Waterloo, IA 50702 | (319) 235-9946 | (319) 281-0833
 
Habitat for Humanity Thank You Note 2022-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

 
Nearly 1,300 global grants are awarded each year, and ~200 are dedicated to scholarships— enabling access to #networking opportunities and to graduate-level studies. We're aiming to create lasting connections.
 
Click here to meet four Rotary Scholars, and find out how the connections they’ve made through Rotary are helping them change the world.
 
 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2022-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rick Petersen of Tyson Speaking May 23

Our very own Rick Petersen is telling us the latest at Tyson here in Waterloo!
Rick Petersen began his career with Tyson Foods, then IBP, in 1990 in Madison, Neb as a frontline worker. Soon after he moved into a supervisory role and eventually was promoted to a plant leadership position. He has held several leadership positions in the company’s Storm Lake, Waterloo and Logansport, Indiana pork facilities. In 2021, Rick was named Complex Manager for Tyson Foods’ Waterloo pork plant. In his role leading the Waterloo facility Rick has prioritized opening more communication channels with team members, increasing involvement with local community leaders to strengthen collaboration, and reinforcing the importance of Tyson Foods’ core values and team behaviors.
Rick Petersen of Tyson Speaking May 23 2022-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-05-13 05:00:00Z 0

Habitat for Humanity Bus Tour Monday

We are looking forward to hopping on the bus for a tour with Habitat for Humanity to see the sites they are building around the community. 
 
Reminder, on Monday, May 16 at noon we will meet in the lobby of the Convention Center as usual. Box lunches will be available for you to take on the bus. No badges will be given out.  The bus will return to the Convention Center prior to 1:00.
 
Habitat for Humanity Bus Tour Monday 2022-05-13 05:00:00Z 0

Main Street Sweep May 21

Here's another hands-on volunteer opportunity that has a direct impact on our amazing downtown: Main Street Waterloo is hosting their annual clean-up Saturday, May 21st and this time THERE'S LUNCH!  Main Street Sweep is an opportunity to ensure our downtown is a beautiful, healthy, inviting space after a long winter.
 
 

Last year more than 30 volunteers teamed up with Main Street Waterloo staff, business owners and property owners to rid downtown of more than 1000 pounds of litter. As we look to harness the power of people in our community to achieve great things by joining together. Bringing the beauty of downtown back lies in the cooperation and collaboration of our community. The simple act of cleaning can become a force that binds together people and groups working towards the same goal.

 

Main Street Sweep May 21 2022-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
Former FBI Agent Randy Van Gent Speaking May 9 2022-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Imagination Library Documentary

Last week, our guests from the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Libraries shared the children's reading program that Dolly Parton started in 1995. As of February 2021, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library had delivered over 155 million books at no cost to millions of kids in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. A documentary mentioned during our program is linked below if you'd like to learn the backstory of the program from Dolly herself:
 
 
If you want to get involved with the program, reach out to either of our presenters below:
 
 
Jillian Rutledge (right), Public Services Manager, Waterloo Public Library
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
Imagination Library Documentary 2022-05-02 05:00:00Z 0

Tom Eachus of Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center

Executive Director of Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health - Tom Eachus - will be presenting Monday!
Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center is a private, nonprofit, community mental health center accredited by the Iowa Department of Human Services. Our experienced staff design treatments to meet your specific needs. The Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center serves those with short-term and long-term needs, including those with depression.
 
See the source image
Tom Eachus of Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary "After Hours" Social was a Success 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Social Event on Tuesday, April 26

We will be having an informal social gathering at 1850 Restaurant on Ridgeway in Waterloo (next to Golf Headquarters)!
 
 
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. stop out and have a glass of wine and mingle with fellow Rotarians! Kaye Englin and Barbara Prather along with Jaclyne Heller decided it would be a fun "after hours" activity!
Come for ten minutes - come for the full hour...
 
 
 
Rotary Social Event on Tuesday, April 26 2022-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

Library Presentation on Dolly's Reading Program Monday

Learn about Dolly Parton's initiative for the Waterloo and Cedar Falls libraries!
 
   
 
Meet our presenters...
Kelly Stern (left), Director, Cedar Falls Public Library 
 
During her career, Kelly Stern has been a high school English teacher, school librarian, university instructor, public library youth services manager, and now library director at the Cedar Falls Public Library.  Although her family moved away from the Cedar Valley when she was in 3rd grade and her father went back into the Air Force, she moved back here 22 years ago, because the Cedar Valley is home to her. She has been a member of the Cedar Falls Rotary Club for three years.
 
Jillian Rutledge (right), Public Services Manager, Waterloo Public Library
 
Jillian Rutledge earned a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa and a Bachelors of Liberal Studies from the University of Northern Iowa. She currently works as the Public Services Manager at the Waterloo Public Library, which entails supervising the Circulation & Reference staff & departments. Her professional interests include Intellectual Freedom, Collection Management, Readers' Advisory, Diversity & Inclusion, Long Range Planning, and her life interests are houseplants, hockey, roller derby, and the Grateful Dead.
 
 
Library Presentation on Dolly's Reading Program Monday 2022-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Dues Reminder

story thumbnail
A note regarding Rotary membership...
 
Dear Rotarian,
As we near the end of the Rotary year, the board is reviewing membership, balances of outstanding dues, and working to get caught up so we can move into the new year with complete records. 
Rotary Dues Reminder 2022-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Birthday was this week!!

Rotary started with the vision of one man —  Paul Harris
April 19, 1868-January 27, 1947

After earning is law degree from the University of Iowa and setting up his law practice in Chicago, Harris gathered several business associates to discuss the idea of forming an organization for local professionals. He envisioned a place where professionals of diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.

 

On 23 February 1905, Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting.

“I was sure that there must be many other young men who had come from farms and small villages to establish themselves in Chicago ... Why not bring them together? If others were longing for fellowship as I was, something would come of it.”

In February 1907, Harris was elected the third president of the Rotary Club of Chicago, a position he held until the fall of 1908. Toward the end of his club presidency, Harris worked to expand Rotary beyond Chicago. Some club members resisted, not wanting to take on the additional financial burden. But Harris persisted and by 1910 Rotary had expanded to several other major U.S. cities.

Harris died on 27 January 1947 in Chicago at age 78 after a prolonged illness.

His death prompted an outpouring of contributions from around the world and his name continues to evoke the passion and support of Rotarians and friends of Rotary.

Learn more about Paul Harris here...

 

 

Paul Harris Birthday was this week!! 2022-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Todd Holcomb of Hawkeye Community College Speaking Monday

We were pleased to have our fellow Rotarian Dr. Todd Holcomb as our program April 18th
See the source image
 
Dr. Todd Holcomb became Hawkeye Community College’s eighth president on July 1, 2019. Hawkeye is a comprehensive community college serving students in a 10-county region of northeast Iowa. Dr. Holcomb previously served as president of Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska from 2010 to 2019. Prior to becoming president in 2010, he was vice president of student services from 2009 to 2010, which followed a six-year tenure as associate vice president for student affairs at Iowa State University.
 
Dr. Todd Holcomb of Hawkeye Community College Speaking Monday 2022-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
Cedar Valley Women United Event 2022-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Academic Scholars Luncheon

 
The Waterloo Rotary Club annually recognizes senior honor students of the Waterloo high schools and their principals.  Through this recognition, the Waterloo Rotary Club congratulates its outstanding students and schools for their accomplishments, commitment to excellence, and dedication to developing leaders of the future.  We are extremely proud of each participant and salute them for their achievements.
 
Photos from the ceremony can be seen here
 
 
 
 
Annual Academic Scholars Luncheon 2022-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Helping Ukraine

With over 10 million people displaced by the war in #Ukraine, #Rotary and @ShelterBox work together in and around the region to provide relief.

On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a military operation on Ukraine.

Nearly 10 million people have already fled Ukraine to other countries – that’s almost a quarter of Ukraine’s entire population.

6.5 million people are now estimated to be displaced within Ukraine. In addition, more than 12 million people are thought to be cut off in places most ravaged by the conflict. Many are unable to leave because of damage to infrastructure, lack of resources, and the increased security risk.

 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Helping Ukraine 2022-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

April Birthdays

 
Join us today to celebrate Rotarians born in April - including a tribute to Bill Robert who passed in January of 2021. Bill would have celebrated his 91st birthday today, and his 69th year of service to our club.  If you have stories to share with the group, please feel free to do so at our meeting today.
 
Rich FrevertApril 2 
Barbara PratherApril 2 
Bette WubbenaApril 4 
Billie BaileyApril 14 
"Lindy" LindbergApril 16 
Jack LockeApril 24 
Jane LindamanApril 25
Jeremy KautenApril 30 
 
 
 
 
April Birthdays 2022-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Dementia Friendly Iowa April 4 2022-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

 
Lia Puggioni, a physician, gynecologist, and obstetrician, recounts her experience traveling to share information with clinicians at the Momè Katihoe clinic in Togo, Africa.
 
It was Saturday, 30 March 2019. I was awaiting the arrival of my fellow travelers at Fiumicino International Airport in Italy and reflecting on this new Rotary adventure on which I was about to leave to reach the Momè Katihoe clinic run by the Sisters of Our Lady of Compassion in Togo. There were so many doubts in my mind. Would I be able to teach the midwives how to use the ultrasound scanner and convey the basics to be able to interpret the ultrasound images? Would I be able to help the women that came to the clinic? What problems would I have to deal with?
 
Click here to read Dr. Puggioni's story.
 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2022-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

Liz Porter has passed

 
Last week, fellow Rotarian Bonnie Smith Davis reported our former piano player Liz Porter passed away early in the morning of March 30th.  She had just celebrated her 95th birthday in February, and several members of her family were able to travel to Cedar Falls to be with her.  A visitation is set for later today, Monday April 4th, and funeral services will be Tuesday, April 5th.
 
 
Liz and Hovey were photographed in 2016 working out a song before a Rotary meeting.
 
Click here to read her obituary
 
 
 
Liz Porter has passed 2022-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Needed for Scholars Luncheon

story thumbnail
 
As we prepare to welcome students and families to our in-person Academic Scholars Luncheon, we need some friendly Rotarians to arrive a bit early April 11th.  Beth McCrindle is coordinating volunteers for our meeting, and needs a handful of Rotarians to greet/check-in guests, collect money, etc.  If you can arrive at 11:30, please send Beth an email. You'll help our club honor these brilliant students for their academic achievements despite the challenges they faced the last two years.
 
 
Volunteers Needed for Scholars Luncheon 2022-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Lost Island General Manager Speaking Monday

   
 
Matt Nieman - General Manager of Lost Island - will talk about the new theme park coming Monday!
 
 
Matt is a born and raised Waterloo resident with two crazy kids and one more on the way. He has been with Lost Island Waterpark for 17 years and currently holds the General Manager position at the waterpark. Lifeguarding brought him into the industry, but so much more has kept him. He has had the pleasure of being part of the design, storyline, and construction for our new Lost Island Theme Park. With the help of our community, he is excited to continue to watch as we grow into an attraction known around the world. 
 
 
 
 
Lost Island General Manager Speaking Monday 2022-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson Speaking Monday

U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson joined us March 21st - click here to see photos.
 
 
Congresswoman Ashley Hinson proudly represents Iowa’s 1st district in Congress.

During her years as a reporter, Ashley shared the stories of countless Iowans on the local news. As their Congresswoman, she is bringing those stories to Washington to help shape federal policy and improve the lives of workers, farmers, seniors, veterans, and families in Iowa.

An Iowa native, Ashley is an award-winning journalist and a proud wife and mother of two. Ashley previously served in the Iowa state House and represented Iowa’s 67th House district, serving Hiawatha, Robins, Cedar Rapids, and Marion, where she currently resides. As a state Representative, she worked successfully to balance the budget, cut taxes, and protect the most vulnerable in her community.

In Congress, she continues to be a common-sense leader and pursue pro-growth policies. She has introduced and supported bipartisan legislation to improve child care access for working families in Iowa, root out corruption in Washington through federal lobbying bans, and create opportunities for workers in the community. She is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and House Budget Committee, where she oversees the government funding process and fights to ensure every taxpayer dollar is accounted for and spent responsibly. As a mother of two, she also has a keen interest in protecting the safety and security of Iowa families. 
U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson Speaking Monday 2022-03-18 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-03-18 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Duck Pluck 2022-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Junior Achievement Presenting Monday

Our own Katelyn Tungland - Regional Director of Development for Junior Achievement will be presenting Monday!
Katelyn Tungland
 
Here's a little bit about our speaker...
Hi! My name is Katelyn Tungland, but a lot of people call me KT! I was raised in Hudson, Iowa and currently reside in Cedar Falls with my husband, Alex, our daughter Joslynn and our Australian Shepard, Chex! I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. Prior to working for Junior Achievement I was a JA volunteer and quickly fell in love with the program and wanted to get more involved in the community. JA has blessed me with a career that allows me to find a healthy balance between work and life! I love how JA focuses on youth education and entrepreneurship!
Junior Achievement Presenting Monday 2022-03-11 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-03-11 06:00:00Z 0

Foodbank Annual Fundraiser March 25

 
The annual NEIFB Empty Bowls event will be held on Friday, March 25th 2022 from 6-9pm at the Hilton Garden Inn. We are excited to welcome back all our attendees and supporters to the in person event. Throughout the event attendees will join us in learning about the Food Bank, while also raising awareness and educating the community on the issue of hunger. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and bid on both silent and live auction items. Auction items include electronics, artwork, jewelry, sports memorabilia, experiences and several gift certificates much of which is from the local cedar valley business.
 
 
 
Foodbank Annual Fundraiser March 25 2022-03-11 06:00:00Z 0

March Birthdays

story thumbnail
Join us to celebrate Rotarians born in March...including two NEW members!
 
Ashlyn JungwirthMarch 3 
Rick Petersen March 11 
Mason FrommMarch 16 
Brian AronsonMarch 19 
Eric RitlandMarch 20 
Cathy NicholasMarch 24 
Art CoxMarch 26 
Holly JohnsonMarch 30 
Bob RegenwetherMarch 30 
 
 
 
March Birthdays 2022-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis in #Ukraine, we created an official channel for contributions to support the relief efforts underway by #Rotary districts. Learn more: https://on.rotary.org/3KiyhFt
 
 
A million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that number could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.
 
Contributions to Disaster Response are temporarily being prioritized for districts impacted by the Ukraine crisis. Unspent funds will be available to any Rotary districts for Disaster Response grants.
 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2022-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
Lauren Finke of Volunteer Center Speaking Monday 2022-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

Milt Dakovich Service

story thumbnail
Our fellow Rotarian Milt Dakovich passed away February 24th after a battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, March 1, at St. Edward Catholic Church in Waterloo, with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. President EJ arranged for a section of pews to be reserved for Rotarians. We'll hear more about Milt's service to our club March 7th from Gene Leonhart.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Milt Dakovich Service 2022-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Director of Iowa DNR Speaking on February 28

Our annual Rural Ag Day is next Monday, February 28. Members are asked to arrive about 11:45 to pair up with our farmer guests. The first woman head of Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Kayla Lyon - will be our keynote speaker.
 
See the source image
Director of Iowa DNR Speaking on February 28 2022-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

 
To help stimulate local mangrove populations in the Philippines, the Rotary Club of Bacolod-Marapara teamed up with the Rotary Club of Victorias, the Rotaract Club of Marapara and other organizations to plant 1,000 mangrove seedlings.
 
 
Rotary International Update 2022-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Toasting Across the "Pond"

On February 12, our club received this message through our website:
 
Dear Mr. President, Greetings from the Rotary Club of Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom District 1200 It is our custom each week at our lunchtime meeting to greet and toast a Rotary Club selected from around the World. On Monday 7th February 2022 at our lunchtime meeting we selected your Club the Rotary Club of Waterloo, Iowa, United States of America and we toasted you all. The Rotary Club of Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom District 1200 was chartered on the 10th March 1949 and we have 49 members. We meet each Monday at 1230pm in The Rotary Hall, Station Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom. From the Rotarians of Chippenham we send you our warmest greetings and wish you well in your Rotary endeavours. President Richard Terrell - Rotary Club of Chippenham.
 
 
At our February 14th meeting, we snapped a panoramic photo and replied with this message: 
 
Roger / Richard – thank you for reaching out across the pond and connect with our club!  We read your email at our noon meeting today and an official motion was made and seconded to return a toast to your club.  I attached a photo of all our present members lifting our drinks in honor of your club’s service and the hope that Rotarians worldwide will continue finding ways to connect and work together.  Cheers!
 
EJ Gallagher, III, Waterloo Rotary Club President 2021-2022
Mason Fromm, Waterloo Rotary Club Past President 2008-2009
 
 
 
 
Toasting Across the "Pond" 2022-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Presidents' Day

story thumbnail
Today we will hear from several of our club's past presidents as they share memories and reflect on their year leading the Waterloo Rotary Club.
 
We will meet on the second floor of the beautifully refurbished Waterloo Convention Center.  Ballroom A is our previous regular meeting room, but the escalators have been removed so if you want to avoid the stairs, the elevator is on the Commercial St side of the building. The skywalk connector to the parking garage may not yet be open for pedestrian traffic, so continue using on-street parking along Park, Commerical, 4th St, or Jefferson.
 
 
 
Presidents' Day 2022-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Shelterbox Canada/Rotary Partnership

Image
 
Since 2012, ShelterBox and @Rotary have been official Project Partners in disaster relief. By working together, we can provide even more families with vital shelter aid.
 

Having somewhere dry and warm to sleep, to prepare meals and be with your family is vital for starting the long process of rebuilding your life.

ShelterBox teams work with disaster-hit families around the world, offering emergency shelter and other essential items to support them in rebuilding their lives.

Every disaster is different and so is every community, so we spend time with those affected to make sure we can offer the right support at the right time to help them recover. See how we work.

Our teams can travel by boat, helicopter or tuk-tuk to get to the families who need your support – whatever it takes to get to the people who have lost their homes to disaster. See where we are currently working.

 
Shelterbox Canada/Rotary Partnership 2022-02-11 06:00:00Z 0

Steve Firman Speaking Monday at Rotary

 
Steve Firman is the Director of Government Affairs for Grow Cedar Valley and the organization’s lobbyist at the State Capitol in Des Moines.  He is also the Administrator of the Cedar Valley Coalition.  This group, made up of representatives of 17 Cedar Valley government, education, and business organizations, collectively creates a set of federal priorities for the region and presents them to our Congressional delegation every year in Washington, DC.  Steve is a pharmacist by profession and is very active in pharmacy advocacy activities.  He serves as chair of the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area board of trustees, chair of the American Pharmacists Association PAC Board of Governors and is a board member and past chair for Iowa Public Radio, in addition to being involved with several other local and state organizations.
 
 
Steve Firman Speaking Monday at Rotary 2022-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
House of Hope Presentation Monday 2022-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

Rural Urban Day - February 28th

Rural Urban Day is a program where our Downtown Waterloo Club thanks agricultural producers for their part in the food that we all enjoy.   Rotarians are asked to sponsor one or more guests for one of our largest meetings of the year.  The cost $15 per guest, which is the cost of your guest's meal.  If you would like to sponsor a guest, our committee will be happy to provide a guest for you.  The Rural Urban Day committee will be at the registration table recruiting club members to sponsor guests, but you can email Larry Steffens right now if you want to sign up! 
 
The committee consists of Larry Steffens, Rick Morris, Deb Pullin-VanAuken,  Bob Regenwether and Chuck Paulsen.  Our program speaker will be Kayla Lyon who is the Director of the Iowa DNR. Her program will center around current DNR programs involving agriculture producers.  
 
 
 
 
Rural Urban Day - February 28th 2022-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

February Birthdays

story thumbnail
We'll celebrate these Rotarians at our February 7th meeting - join us!
 
 
Sara GienauFeb 8
Julie HayesFeb 9 
Bob KroghFeb 18 
Craig RitlandFeb 20 
Joan RiceFeb 21 
Steve SinnottFeb 21 
 
 
 
February Birthdays 2022-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Update

 
Much of Thailand relies on tourism to stimulate their economy, and the COVID-19 pandemic left many without jobs. To help those in need, the Rotary Club of Eastern Seaboard helped with over 30 food drives to gather food and other items.
 
Click here to read more of this story and others from around the world.
 
 
Rotary International Update 2022-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Mayor Hart - Veterans Way Project Jan 31

Come hear about the Veterans Way project! Mayor Hart will be speaking to our club about the city’s vision for Veterans Way January 31st
 
 
Veterans Way will honor veterans and inspire visitors by connecting and elevating existing downtown venues and amenities along East and West 4th Street from Sullivan Park to the Grout Museum, creating a destination and sense of place for visitors and locals. A special new feature includes the Sullivan Brothers Memorial on the newly named Sullivan Brothers Plaza.
 
The City has renamed the square block that the convention center sits on Sullivan Brothers Plaza, sealing this prominent city square with their name separate from the building itself. A memorial to the Sullivan Brothers will be installed on the east side of the building, providing space for gatherings, reflection and inspiration. Other features of Veterans Way include bridge and river lighting, 218 underpass lighting, a pocket park outdoor gallery and streetscaping. These enhancements will help connect existing memorials along the corridor.
 
 
Mayor Hart - Veterans Way Project Jan 31 2022-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Mayor Hart Speaking Monday on Vision 2030

Mayor Hart will be giving us an overview of Vision 2030 for the city of Waterloo!
 
See the source image
 
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.
 
Mayor Hart Speaking Monday on Vision 2030 2022-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2022-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Programs 2022-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Dave Buck Presentation on Steve Thorpe is Monday 2022-01-14 06:00:00Z 0

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
 
 
Rotary International Update 2022-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
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. 
 
 
Main Street Waterloo Presenting Monday 2022-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
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.

 

Update on Our 2017 Rotary Youth Exchange Student 2021-12-28 06:00:00Z 0

NO MEETING JANUARY 3

story thumbnail
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.
Regards,

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
Update from Rotary International President 2021-12-17 06:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2021-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
World Grace Project December 13 2021-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Programs

story thumbnail
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
 
 
Upcoming Programs 2021-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

District Governor Jeff Hassman Speaking Dec 6

Get to know Jeff Hassman who was named the 2021-2022 District Governor earlier this year!
See the source image
 
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.
 
 
District Governor Jeff Hassman Speaking Dec 6 2021-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

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.
 
 
 
Rotary International News 2021-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
 
MidAmerican Energy November 22 2021-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

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

2021 Football MVP - Carter Gallagher - Columbus 2021-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
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                                
 
 
See the source image
Former Waterloo East and Minnesota State Mankato Football Player - Lance Dunn Sr -- will be keynote speaker.
 
 
Football Banquet is Monday 2021-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
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.”
 
 
Volleyball Award Banquet Speaker 2021-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Image
 
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 Rotary.org website
 
 
Rotary International Update 2021-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

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
Waterloo City Council Candidates Forum Nov 1st 2021-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

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!
 
 
Annual Sports Banquets Coming Up 2021-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

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.
Rotary Interact Award Entries Wanted 2021-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
Cardinal Construction Ribbon Cutting Ceremony November 4 2021-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Cedar Falls Rotary Club Request

story thumbnail
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
 
 
Cedar Falls Rotary Club Request 2021-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

November Birthdays

story thumbnail
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:
https://waterloorotary.org/Stories/hovey-brom-wwii-program-video
 
 
 
November Birthdays 2021-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

Lost & Found

story thumbnail
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!
 
 
Lost & Found 2021-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

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

story thumbnail
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.
 
 
November 1 is City Council Forum 2021-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
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!
 
 
 
 
Impressive Lunches Served at Rotary 2021-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

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!
Image result for rich frevert
 
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.  
 
 
Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony October 18 2021-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Programs

story thumbnail
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
Upcoming Programs 2021-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

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. 
One City United Presenting on Monday 2021-10-08 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Update 2021-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

October Birthdays

story thumbnail
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
 
 
October Birthdays 2021-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Story or Program Ideas? 2021-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

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."
 
 
 
 
Rotary International Update 2021-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

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.
 
See the source image
 
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.
 
Tri-County Child and Family Development Council 2021-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Ben
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.
 
 
 
Friends of the Family Presentation September 27 2021-09-23 05:00:00Z 0

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."
 
 
 
 
Rotarian Starts Empowering Girls 2021-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pictures from Foodbank and VGM Conference Volunteering 2021-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

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!
 
 
 
Grout Museum Program Sept 20 at Convention Center 2021-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary back in Convention Center September 20

story thumbnail
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  edjoe3@gmail.com 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.
 
 
 
 
Rotary back in Convention Center September 20 2021-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

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. 

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

September Birthdays

story thumbnail
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
 
 
September Birthdays 2021-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

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.
 
Aug 30th Program at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center 2021-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

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

 

 

Rotary Disaster Relief 2021-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Programs

story thumbnail
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
Upcoming Programs 2021-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

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.  

Growing Rotary Membership 2021-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

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.
 
See the source image
 
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. 
 
 
Rotary Foundation Presentation August 23 2021-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

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.
 
 
National Cattle Congress Presentation Aug 16 2021-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

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:
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Lake Houston Builds Trade School in Nicaragua 2021-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Programs

story thumbnail
 
 
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.  edjoe3@gmail.com
 
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. edjoe3@gmail.com
 
 
Upcoming Programs 2021-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

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.
 
Amy Eaton Headshot.png
Amy Eaton Speaking Monday via Zoom 2021-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
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.”
 
Meet New Rotarian: Becky Gors 2021-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

Operation Warm


Dave Lee will be speaking briefly on Monday with an update on Operation Warm.
 
 
 
Operation Warm 2021-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

August Birthdays

story thumbnail
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 
 
 
 
August Birthdays 2021-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Meet New Rotarian: Amy Rousselow 2021-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

NO MEETING AUGUST 2

story thumbnail
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
 
 
 
NO MEETING AUGUST 2 2021-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

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

 

 

Meet New Rotarian: Ashlyn Kullen 2021-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
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!
 
 
Waterloo Community Playhouse Presenting Monday 2021-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

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 jheller@kwwl.com  and mmccracken@teamtricounty.org
 
   
 
 
Got Program Ideas? 2021-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
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:

 
 
 
 
Rep. Sandy Salmon Speaking July 19 2021-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
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 
 
 
 
 
 
July Birthdays 2021-07-12 05:00:00Z 0