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Ames

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We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
US 30 & University Blvd.
Ames, IA  50014
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August is here, which means fall is just around the corner.  Whenever I hear the month of August though, the first thing that comes to mind is the “Iowa State Fair”.  Being raised on a farm in northern Iowa, the county fair and state fair were automatically put on the calendar to show and attend.  What memories those thoughts bring up.
 
Since I no longer show animals I still love to attend and see all the activities, some of the shows and of course “The fair food”.  It is hard to believe how good that fried food on a stick can really taste.  Obviously, most of it is not good for you, but occasionally you just need to go for it and splurge.  What about Rotary, are you getting out of it what is “Good for you”?
 
I know for some of you the weekly meetings and meal are good.  What about the rest of you?  I know Deb Malsom has asked for some “out of the box thinkers” for the Public Relations Committee.  Was that you?  There are also several other committees that would love to have someone new to join.  I know I have a couple of service projects planned for the year, as well as a couple of meetings where we can just have some fellowship and networking time.  I hope through all of this each of you gets out of Rotary what you want.
 
Each one of you make Rotary what it is and the Rotary club of Ames is very special.  I continue to be amazed and impressed with everything all of you accomplish and I want to thank all of you for “Make a Difference”.  
 
Don Borcherding
Club President
This June the Rotary Club of Ames awarded 10 local community project grants of $1,000 each to non-profit organizations from the Ames area:
 
  • ChildServe, for Pediatric Outpatient Therapy Equipment 
  • Community and Family Resources, for Recovery Support, Behavioral Health Treatment
  • Emergency Residence Project, Emergency Shelter Bathroom Renovation
  • Food at First, Artic Air 48' Refrigerator
  • Heartland Senior Services, Wheelchair Accessible Patio Table
 
  • Matthew 25 House, Inc., for a new Water Heater and Bathroom Renovations
  • Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc., for a new Computer for the Story County Dental Clinic
  • NAMI of Central Iowa, for Art as Meditation six-week Workshop
  • Raising Readers in Story County, for Read to Succeed Program
  • The Salvation Army, items for the Family Pantry
 
 
Rotarians in Action... Volunteering for the Opening Ceremony, Special Olympics Iowa on May 25th.
 
Charlie Ricketts       
Roger and Jeanne Maharry
Lynne Carey
Debra Johnson
Gerald and Eileen Klonglan
John Dalhoff
Katy McMahon
Jeanne and Rod Rogert
Chad Copley
Dean Axland
Don and Doris Goering
Suzy and John Shierholz
Doug and Chris Timmons
 
Thank you     Thank you    Thank you
 
The Rotary Club of Ames, IA provided a major grant of $10,000 for the project “​Human Trafficking in Central Iowa: How You Can Be Part of the Solution”.   This grant, together with a matching local community grant of $5,000 from Rotary District 6000, provided funding for building awareness about human trafficking throughout the Ames and Iowa State University communities, and encouraged citizens to educate themselves on identifying victims of human trafficking. 
 
Major outcomes of the Rotary Club of Ames human trafficking project:
The level of public concern and interest in learning about sex trafficking was outstanding as measured by the large turnout for project funded speaking engagements and six major public forums. A grand total of just over 4,500 attended these forums and public awareness events. This Rotary funded project helped to also create enough awareness of the growing trafficking problem in Iowa, that the group able to reach our Iowa legislators resulting in passage of two anti-trafficking bills. One of these bills created The Office to Combat Human Trafficking within the Iowa Department of Public Safety which opened last August 2016.
 
Twenty-four hotel managers and supervisors attended a sex trafficking awareness meeting hosted by Rotary. Seven of these hotels agreed to have their employees trained on how to recognize and report suspected trafficking. Each hotel received a plaque to display in their lobby that certified the training and that the hotel will report suspicious behavior. Rotary funded a showing of the documentary, ​Sex Trafficking in the USA​, and discussion of Nicholas Kristof's new film, ​A Path Appears.
 
​This forum was held one week prior to a lecture featuring Nicholas Kristof. The documentary was viewed by 480 in attendance which far exceeded our expectations. Copies of the documentary were offered to groups, schools and service clubs who were unable to attend the forum. The 2-​ hour documentary has been an excellent anti-human trafficking training tool. Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for the ​New York Times,​ spoke on the global fight against human trafficking. His address was entitled ​“Why We Should Care About the World and Want to Change It”.
​ An astonishing 1,600 attended the lecture. Rotary was listed as a major funder and sponsor. Kristof began with slides of trips to Asia and his early exposure to human trafficking. He has been expanding his research and discussed writing about trafficking. Domestic US sex trafficking became the focus of the documentary special he wrote and produced. Kristof's writing on human trafficking resulted in winning a Pulitzer Prize. His book was for sale after the lecture, and he signed many copies for those attending.
 
Two Human Trafficking Community Forums were held at the Ames Public Library. The forum included the first showing of ​Any Kid Anywhere. Protecting Our Children was the lead forum sponsor and Rotary was listed as the sole funder. The DVD, ​Any Kid Anywhere​, features interviews of three Iowa women who were trafficked starting in their teens. The Rotary grant funded the production of 100 DVDs which were distributed free to schools across Iowa. The DVD was followed by a local panel discussion. The Ames Tribune had a front-page article about the two forums. Rotary hosted a lecture at which James Kofi Annan spoke on ​Stopping Child Slavery in Ghana.
 
​Through his work, Mr. Annan has rescued and supported over 10,000 children who have been forced child labor slaves. Approximately 460 attended the James Kofi Annan lecture. A Rotarian introduced the speaker. James told his personal story of being sold into child slavery at age 6 and escaped at age 12. He has established a survivors' program which provides safe housing, counseling, medical care and a school. A group from Ames including Ames Mayor Ann Campbell (a member of the Rotary Club of Ames) will be traveling to Ghana to help expand the school and its library.
The Rotary Club of Ames presented checks to four direct service agencies as budgeted in the Human Trafficking grant. Photos were taken of the check presentations with a cutline listing eight Rotarians who were present for the check passing. Rotary published two of these photos in the Ames Club newsletter. YSS, a statewide child welfare agency, used the Rotary funds to print an informational brochure on child sex trafficking. Rotary is listed on the brochure as the funder.
 
Rotary funds assisted the startup of the Ames High School Teens Against Human Trafficking (TAHT). The ​Ames Tribune​ carried a front-page article about the establishment of the AHS group. In addition, Rotary funds helped to expand TAHT in Ankeny, Fort Dodge and Des Moines.
 
Rotary was very fortunate to secure Luis CdeBaca to come to Ames and central Iowa for two entire days to commemorate Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness month. Luis CdeBaca recently stepped down as Ambassador to monitor and combat trafficking in person. He now leads the Department of Justice Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) based in Washington, D.C. Although we had budgeted $2,500 for this Rotary grant line item, very little was spent since Ambassador CdeBaca decided to donate his time and pay for his own travel from Washington, D.C. to Iowa. Ambassador CdeBaca spoke at two major community forums and addressed the Rotary Club of Ames. He also consulted with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, and several and met with non-profits providing rescue and services to survivors of human trafficking.
 
Rotary funded the production and display of anti-trafficking signs for the CyRide buses in Ames. Primarily high school and college students ride CyRide. The signs were designed by Iowa State University students. Houck Transit Advertising produced the signs and displayed the signs on buses. All the CyRide buses rotate to a new route daily, giving full market coverage. The signs were displayed for three months.
 
Information about this successful project will be on display at the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) booth No. 2926 at the Atlanta Rotary International Convention.
 
The Rotary Club of Ames urges other District 6000 clubs to join the fight to end modern day slavery both here in Iowa, and across the globe. For more information about RAGAS, go to their website www.ragas.online​ and sign up for their regular newsletter. For more information about labor and sex trafficking here in Iowa, go to the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking website at www.iowanaht.org​. Once you connect to this website, please subscribe to the twice monthly blog post written by Ames Rotary Club board member Dr. George Belitsos, by clicking on the contact tab. Dr. George also serves as chair of the Iowa NAHT Board of Directors.
To all of the “Noon Rotarians”:
 
First and foremost, Thank You and Congratulations!
 
Thank You!  Because of your generosity, money was raised to cover the $35,000 deficit of the Masandare Village Water Project.  As the project started, two boreholes were drilled which turned out to be dry wells.  This wasted precious resources.  The third borehole is providing plenty of water.  With the project funds at full capacity, the project will continue as originally planned.  Kudos to you!
 
And Congratulations!   The Kigogo Village water system is up and running. Ownership of the water system has been transferred to the village and has generated many improvements to the lives of those living in the village.   Providing a clean, dependable water source allows for better health, children can attend school full-time versus walking for miles to fetch a bucket of water from a stream or watering hole, and has spurred economic development within the village.   Your support made it happen!
 
The attachment is the annual report from Giliad Eneza, the Project Manager, hired by the Rotary Club of Same, Tanzania.  The Rotary Club of Same is the Host Club for all our planned Humanitarian Water System Development and Sanitation Global Grants for six villages in the Same District.  Reports, such as this, will be filed with The Rotary Foundation for three years to assure the sustainability of each water system project for years to come.
 
Last fall, as part of the sustainability, a member of each household in Kigogo attended a three-day workshop on the use of grey water and maintaining kitchen gardens.  It is heartwarming to see the photos of flourishing gardens.  This workshop will be a part of every project.
 
In Masandare Village, the villagers and the Rotary Club of Same are right in the midst of construction.  The well is done.  The storage tank has been built by the villagers.  The villagers will dig by hand the trenches to lay water pipes.   In late June to early July, Dave Fox will lead team to Masandare Village to observe the overall progress, and oversee the installation of electricity and equipment to the pump house.  Reading the annual report of Kigogo will give insight to what is occurring right now in Masandare.
 
The next Water and Sanitation Global Grant will focus on Mhezi Village.  The goal will be to install a village-wide water system.   However, Mhezi is unique to the other projects.  The area consists of seven sub-villages which are spread over a mountainside.  Far above the sub-villages is a substantial and constantly flowing spring which will be the source of water.
 
We are now raising funds for the Mhezi Village Water Global Grant and would like for you to be a partner in this project.   Please consider making a contribution to the Rotary Club of Ames Foundation for the Mhezi Village Water Project.   Every dollar is a drop in the bucket, but together we will get the water flowing.
 
Enjoy reading the report about the success of the Village of Kigogo Water project. Continue to think of all lives being changed for the better as we move forward.
 
Mary Wells, President
Rotary Club of Ames Foundation
The Rotary Club of Ames is proud to present The Ames Foundation with the club's 2016 Major Grant in the amount of $10,000.  The grant will go toward the purchase of a new tree planting trailer.  The trailer will be used to plant trees, replacing Ash and other diseased trees throughout Ames community.  The trailer will have the Rotary Club of Ames logo displayed and will be equipped with tools and supplies needed for the various projects.  
 
Jim Lohr, chair of the major grant committee, and Austin Woodin presented Sheila Lundt, President of The Ames Foundation, with the $10,000 check.  Rotarians and Ames Foundation board members, Jim Mason and Jeff Iles also were present to receive the award.
 
 
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Speakers
Club Social
Aug 21, 2017
Solar Eclipse Watch
Tammy Koolbeck, Iowa State Center
Aug 28, 2017
Luncheon at CY Stephens: Series at Stephens
No Meeting ~ Labor Day
Sep 04, 2017
Shannon Bardole
Sep 11, 2017
United Way of Story County Kickoff
Amber Corrieri
Sep 18, 2017
Miracle Park
Don Goering
Oct 23, 2017
PolioPlus
Dr. Tim Taylor
Nov 06, 2017
Ames Community School District
Monica Proter
Nov 13, 2017
The Rotary Foundation
Dr. David Acker
Nov 20, 2017
Center for Sustainable Livelihoods
No Meeting ~ Holiday
Dec 25, 2017
No Meeting ~ Holiday
Jan 01, 2018
 
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