July 2018


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Service Above Self

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Ames, IA  50014
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     I'm pleased to be your Rotary club president for this year, and I want to begin by thanking Don Borcherding for his leadership this past year.  Don commissioned a fantastic year-in-review video which showcases the club activities and involvement over the past year.  The world premiere was held on Monday, June 25.  Special thanks to Rod Bodholdt who produced the video.   Video link https://youtu.be/v3GOVFZKEU8
     On June 25, I shared my thoughts with the club in my inaugural remarks.  I’ve modified them for use in this newsletter.
     The theme of Rotary International President 2018 – 2019 Barry Rassin is “Be the Inspiration.”  I shared with the club that I don’t believe I can be the inspiration, but perhaps I can help unlock that inspiration within each of us to make our Rotary club the best we can be.     In an interview, President Rassin was quoted, “When we combine love and caring with an enthusiasm to accomplish our goals and then show the audacity to think differently and try new things while setting the example being authentic and rolling our sleeves up to work side by side then we can lead.”
So…what are these goals?
From our founders, we have the purpose of Rotary –   To encourage and foster the ideal of Service Above Self as a basis of worthy enterprise-
·       Acquaintance as an opportunity for service.    Networking as an opportunity to be of service to others.
·       High ethical standards in business and professions.    Apply Rotary values in our place of work and friendships.
·       Application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life.   Look for an opportunity to be of service to others and take action.
·       The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship united in the ideal of service.  Through our actions of Service Above Self, peace and understanding will prevail.
President Rassin continued, “I ask all of you to be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”      This past year we’ve taken several steps toward these ideals and took action on opportunities of service:
In the area of service to our community and abroad –
      This past year, the Rotary Club of Ames committed $300,000 toward the Miracle Field at the Ames Miracle Park and Playground.   To date, we have raised nearly $200,000 and we will meet our commitment by June 2019.  This park and playground will provide opportunities of fun, play and activities to those otherwise excluded.
       Rotarians were challenged to plant a tree for every Rotarian, and we succeeded by committing to assist with the planting trees and shrubs at the Ted Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor at the ISU Research Park and throughout the community.
       We continue with our efforts to bring clean water to people in the most need in Tanzania.  We have heard that through these efforts, these people are being to thrive and prosper.   We also provided funds for 26 bicycles for Africans.  These will provide vital transportation for students, physicians and entrepreneurs directly affecting the lives of 130 persons.
In service to our Club –
     To each of you I ask that you be welcoming to our guests and open to new possibilities for this club.  In the future, we may form a satellite club which will have no set agenda or guest speaker.  Rather they will focus on service projects and social opportunities.
     To be a vibrant club, to be an inspiration to the community we need members who look for an opportunity to serve.  Each of us knows someone who exhibit the values of Rotary.  I want each of you to ask a person to be a guest to our club meetings.  Better yet, ask 10!  Introduce people you know to Rotary and I’m certain our numbers will grow.
     Thoughts, comments or concerns?  Let me know!
Yours in Rotary-
Brian Dieter
Club President 2018 – 2019
  • 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.
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.
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
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