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Ames

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
US 30 & University Blvd.
Ames, IA  50014
United States
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Paul Harris, an attorney, founded the Rotary Club of Chicago on February 23, 1905.   Its purpose was to establish a place where persons with diverse backgrounds and skills could get acquainted, exchange ideas and provide meaningful community service.

 

"Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves." 

image Paul Harris
Rotary founder

 

 

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

 

For each dollar given to The Rotary Foundation, a recognition point is awarded in a 1:1 ratio.   Over the years, our club has accumulated close to 65,000 recognition points, and in January the Board of Directors approved using these recognition points to present club members with their first Paul Harris Fellow.   

 

We now have 100% Paul Harris Fellows of our club membership.  What a great way to kick-off our Club's 100th anniversary in 2021!  

 

The highest honor for a Rotarian is to become a Paul Harris Fellow.

 

To celebrate this great achievement for our club, The Rotary Club of Ames invites you and a guest to an event on the evening of Wednesday, May 16th where we will present 60 club members with their first Paul Harris Fellow.

 

Mark your calendars:  

 

Wednesday, May 16th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., with the program to start at 6:30

Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center,

Dinner choices: Chicken, Fish, Vegetarian,

Cash bar, Cy’s Lounge

 

By now, all of you have heard that our Rotary Club is committing $300,000 to have the naming rights to the Miracle League Field.  This is our signature project for our Centennial year which occurs in 2021.   On Monday March 6th Brian Dieter announced that we already had $110,387.09 raised towards meeting that goal.  He also announced that now is the time the rest of you can help to make this happen.  Currently we are $189,612.91 short of reaching our committed goal, which comes to approximately $1,000 per club member. 

 

This month you will be contacted by a member of the committee in person, by phone or mail asking for your help.  We hope you will consider making this gift in honor of the Centennial celebration and helping to recognize the great work the Rotary Club of Ames does for in this community.

 

The month of April also has National Volunteer Week, which is April 15th – 21st this year.  National Volunteer Week is an annual week of recognition, celebrated in many countries, honoring those who give generously of their time and resources to a variety of causes.   I would, as we did last year, like to celebrate and give recognition to all the great work our members accomplish in our communities.  So how will we do that this year?  

We will have a full meeting of just “The Brag Bucket!”  We will have a special Brag Bucket on Monday April 16th, during National Volunteer Week, focused on learning about all the different ways our members give back to our community.  So please come prepared to "brag" and tell us about where you volunteer, or about those who have volunteered to help your organization.

I also think it would be amazing to find out how many hours, we as individuals volunteer to help others in our communities.  Please bring with you, an approximate number of hours you volunteer your time each month or year.  We will gather those numbers and compute them out during the meeting and announcement the number of hours at the end of the meeting.  I am sure the number of hours we collectively volunteer will blow our mind.

I am excited to hear from all of you and learning about new ways we can all get involved in our community.

  • On average, each club member volunteers 275 hours annually within the community.
  • We have 210 active members.
  • That’s 57,750 volunteer hours club members give back to our community.
  • At $24.14 per hour, that is an impact of $1,394,085 annually.
Greetings to the Members of the Rotary Club of Ames,
 
It was good to be in Ames again to renew friendships with many of your members and to meet some Rotarians for the first time.  Your club is friendly and inviting and clearly focused on serving others.  Since 1921 your club has demonstrated an outstanding Service Above Self commitment to others.  You are doing so many things right!  Your venue is perfect; convenient location, good parking, and great food!
 
I enjoyed meeting with your board.  It is clear you have board members who are committed to Rotary and want to try new things to not only grow the club in numbers but to make it stronger and healthier.  Several of the board members took notes during the meeting so hopefully in the coming weeks you will review the suggestions and guidelines that were presented.  As Rotary International President Ian Riseley has repeatedly stated, you are encouraged to try most anything in your club if you believe it will make it stronger.  Take his words literally and try out new formats and activities.
 
You have a strong past, current, and future club president lineup as well as a solid board.  Your club’s presence on the district level, combined with excellent local leadership, is commendable and makes for a very healthy, active, and vibrant Rotary club.  Kudos to George and others who spearheaded the effort to train local staff on how to spot human trafficking and for developing the training manual that is placed in area hotels.  Awesome project!
 
Hopefully many of your members will attend the Toast to Rotary District 6000  on Saturday evening, April 14, 2018 at the West Des Moines Marriott.  Your support is needed to make this pilot a homerun success.  More detailed information about the Toast will be in the December newsletter, along with the registration form.
 
As mentioned in my presentation, hopefully some of your members will give serious consideration to include The Rotary Foundation in their estate planning.  It is a fantastic way to continue “planting people” in perpetuity long after one’s death.  It is such a simple process to do: fill out the short form in the Your Rotary Legacy brochure, send one copy to Rotary headquarters, give a copy to your attorney, keep a copy for yourself.  It is evident that many of your  members understand the importance of The Rotary Foundation and willingly support it.  Thank you!
 
Suggested areas for the club to focus on this year include:
  • Beef up the orientation and club involvement for new members to get them well informed and engaged early.
  • Implement the 3 goals of the Rotary International President Ian Riseley: a) report volunteer hours and b) money spent this year on projects in the name of your club. and c) plant 1 tree for each of the members in the club.  It sounds like you have come up with a way to gather the hours and money and report it to RI on a regular basis.  Go to www.rotary.org – My Rotary – Rotary Club Central (Under Manage tab, then left column – Service tab. 
  • Encourage your members to attend the One Rotary Summit at Shive-Hattery in West Des Moines from 5:30 – 8:30 on Thursday, Oct. 12.  Free supper at 5:30.  Must register at www.Rotary6000.org (right column).  A club your size should have at least 10 members present, especially since it is so close to you.
  • Look at ways to make the club even more visible.  The signs you currently have around town spotlighting your projects are great but even more visibility can be accomplished with the large metal signs that we discussed. 
  • Develop a relationship with the Young Professionals Network.  They are a fantastic source of potential new members for you as they are already civic minded and know the value of networking.
  • Concentrate on ways to deepen the diversity within the club.
  • Think of new ways to add fun to each meeting; perhaps appoint a “fun committee” as discussed at the board meeting.
 
How can you farm your “Rotary soil” a little deeper this year?  When that happens your club will be stronger, healthier and more vibrant.  Also, don’t forget to share the newsletter with others when you are finished with it and remember to give non-Rotarian visitors and speakers a copy of the newsletter so they can learn more about the wonderful world of Rotary.
 
A big, well-deserved pat on the back for the RC of Ames.  You really have your act together with many outstanding leaders who definitely show a passion for Rotary.  Your support and interest in the World Bicycle Relief project is very much appreciated!  It’s a great way for your club to get involved in a global project without the hassle of applying for a global grant.   Remember, this is also a really cool way for scout troops, school clubs, or church youth groups to get involved in a global project.  Any funds they raise should be funneled through your Rotary club. 
 
A special thank you to President Don Borcherding, Del & Georgia Bluhm, and Don & Doris Goering for providing us with a first-class “Chamber of Commerce” quality tour of Ames to see so many projects your club has been involved in over the years.  The plans you have to work with the city on the “Miracle Park” are incredible.  What a fantastic signature project to celebrate your centennial year in 2021!  You truly have made a significant impact on the city of Ames in so many ways.  It was a most enjoyable, and extremely well organized tour with a fun ending at Hickory Park for ice cream, where Karin Sevde met us. 
 
A big thank you for the “Ames, A Ride Through Town on the Dinkey” book.  We look forward to reading about the wonderful history of Ames – a city you can be very proud of. The gift was very thoughtful of you and much appreciated.
 
Remember, your AG, Michelle Cassabaum, and I are fully committed to give you the support you deserve.  Please do not hesitate to call on us anytime as it is a joy for us to work with clubs like yours.  You truly have a Service Above Self mentality and it shows. 
 
It is a joy to serve as your DG.  Together, as a team, we definitely can implement this year’s theme of Rotary; Making a Difference.  Your club is certainly one of the crown jewels of District 6000 and you make all of us very proud.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mike Ruby, DG
 
 
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.
On November 13th, the Global Grants committee hosted a special meeting for the project partners and representatives from the District and the Rotary Foundation.   The Mhezi Village Water Project will be the club's third project in the Same District of Tanzania, partnering with the Rotary Club of Same as our host club.    Under the new global grant model, large projects which are sustainable to the areas and people affected are favored.   The Mhezi Village project will be close to a $400,000 project.    The funds for this project will come from our club's partners; Rotary club and respective Districts,  individuals and companies.  These funds are then matched by the Rotary Foundation.   
 
Pictured from left to right: (seated) Dave Fox, Harold Jensen (Ames Morning Rotary), JoAnn Becker (Rotary Club of Grinnell), Gerald Klonglan, B.J. Ukena (Rotary Club of Rockwell City), Dan Becker (Rotary Club of Grinnell).   (standing) Craig Miller (Rotary Club of Des Moines), Steve Jones, Jim Patton, Bob Main (Rotary Club of Newton), Tom Mott (Rotary Club of Newton), Chris Bartleson (Rotary Club of Winterset), Past District Governor Chris Knapp, and David Hansen.
 
If you are interested in learning more about the Mhezi Village project or would like to make a contribution, please contact Gerald Klonglan.
 
 
 
On Monday, October 30th, we were joined by the Rotary Youth Leadership students the club sponsored.   The students participated in many events which engaged them in team building and enhanced their leadership skills.   The students were: Riley Nelson, an 8th grader at Gilbert Middle School who participated in Youth RYLA, Josie Noland, a junior at Woodward-Granger high School,  Anna Lissa, a junior at Ames High School, and Kelby Rewerts, a junior at Nevada High School.   Rotarians Chuck and Carolyn Jons were counselors at RYLA.  

District 6000 of Rotary International is now accepting applications for their study abroad program – Rotary Youth Exchange – for the academic year 2018-19.

 

High school students ages 15-18 are eligible to participate in this year-long program. Opportunities to study abroad in Europe, Asia, and South America are available. Students interested in learning other cultures and languages are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is November 15th

 

For questions and/or more information on the application process, please contact your local Rotary Club or Doug Peterson, District Chairman, at louanndoug@mchsi.com.

 
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
 
 
This month we wish to recognize those organizations who were awarded a grant from the Rotary Club of Ames.   Club signs promoting our sponsorship have been placed at:
 
  • The Salvation Army, 703 E. Lincoln Way.  $5,000 toward the Family Food Pantry expansion
  • Cambridge Food Pantry, 215 Second Street, Cambridge.  $3,500 for a new refrigerator
  • Hunziker Youth Sports Complex, Billy Sunday Road.   $1,500 for new picnic tables
  • Matthew 25 House, Inc. 330 S. Second Street.  $1,000 for a new water heater, bathroom fixtures
 
 
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Speakers
Dr. Steven K. Mickelson
Apr 30, 2018
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at ISU – What it Takes to Become #1
Club Foundation Special Event
May 16, 2018 5:37 PM
Presentation of Member's Paul Harris Fellows
No Meeting
May 21, 2018
Passing of the Gavel
Jun 25, 2018
Brian Dieter, 2018 - 2019 Club President
Off-Site Fellowship
Jul 16, 2018
Chris Knapp
Aug 27, 2018
PDG Rotary 6000, District Foundation Chair
Labor Day ~ No Meeting
Sep 03, 2018
Off-Site Fellowship
Sep 10, 2018
 
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