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Wow, the last two and a half years has really gone fast since I first agreed to step into the President’s role.  Now I am excited, nervous and extremely humbled to be given this opportunity.   As you all know, Rotary has been around for over 100 years.   If Rotary is to continue for the next 100 years, we all have to make changes and adjust to the new and younger generations coming after us.  As I look to this next year, I have four main areas in which I would like to focus:
 
1.)    Membership:
 
This has to be the main focus, because we need new members for our Rotary Club of Ames to stay in existence.  I have challenged Jean Kresse, our Membership Chair, to come up with a membership drive to help get new members.  In doing so, the board of directors has approved that a Young Professional (those who are under 40 year of age) will get a 30% discount on their meals.   This includes any new members coming in or any existing members who request it. 
 
 
2.)    Make it Relevant:
 
Why are you here?  Why do you keep showing up?  I want to make this club relevant to you so you get out of it what you want.  If you are happy coming each week for a meal and visiting with friends and other Rotarians, fantastic!   If you are someone who wants to be more involved, I will include in our newsletter and an email to each of you a listing of all our committees and what they do.  I invite you to join one or more of those committees and get involved. 
 
3.)    Listen to you:

I want to hear from you.  Talk to me after a meeting, or my cell phone, personal email, work email and work phone number are all listed in the directory and I work at Greater Iowa Credit Union on Lincoln Way & Grand, stop in anytime.  From the latest survey I heard:
 
·         Fellowship, we heard you want more
·         Costs, we heard you want it lowered
·         Music, some liked and some wanted to get rid of it
·         Service - several new opportunities await!
·         A club survey – coming sometime this year
o   What do you want to keep doing
o   What do you want to change
o   What do you want to stop
 
4.)    Goals :
 
            District Governor, Mike Ruby
o   Membership – increase 3%
o   Foundation – increase 5%, also increase the number of Benefactors, number of Bequest society members and number of Paul Harris Society members
o   Public Image – increase our online presence, our social media presence and our Print media presence
o   Rotary Moments – 2 times a month
§  We will do this and I will be asking others to share their Rotary moment with the club  and I will give you time to prepare for this
o   District Governor’s focus for a cause - Bicycles (World Bicycle Relief)
 
Rotary International President’s, Ian Riseley
o   Plant a tree
o   Track Volunteer hours
o   Track volunteer Dollar’s
 
The theme this year is “Making a Difference”.  I know that this club already makes a difference in this community and the world with all your time, talent and money. I do want to let all of you know that you make a difference to me and my Rotary experience, and you have made me a better person.  I try harder to make a difference every day and in the lives of those I meet.  I just hope that in this next year, I can make a little difference in your Rotary life as well.
 
Don Borcherding
Club President
President's Column Austin Woodin 2017-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
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For the past several years, the Rotary Club of Ames has collected donations to purchase gift totes filled with personal hygiene and household cleaning supplies for clients of YSS.  This year, our goal for the Rotary/YSS Holiday Project was $4,000.00. Our final tally was $5,160.00.   The funds were used to fill over 100 totes for people who can't afford these products over the holidays and into 2017.
 
Pictured are Rotarians Andrew Allen (CEO of YSS), Suzy and John Shierholz, and Roberta Milinsky (Foundation Director, YSS).
 
Rotarians continue to make a huge impact in our community. Thank you for your incredible generosity!
 
Happy Holidays,
 
John Shierholz
YSS Gift Totes John Shierholz 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Monica Porter
As we reach the midpoint of the Rotary year, here are the results of contributions to date to the Foundation.
 
Annual Fund/SHARE (Paul Harris contributions)
Goal:  $28,750
Actual:  $15,188
The prior four-year average in Annual Fund giving for this period is $14,318.
 
Total Contributions
Actual YTD:  $58,950
Total contributions include Annual Fund, PolioPlus, approved Foundation grants, other giving,
and Endowment Fund contributions for the reporting period.
 
PolioPlus:  Actual YTD:  $6,026
 
Members who use recognition points:  Actual YTD:  26
 
Club programs about Foundation
Actual YTD: 2 plus 2 Foundation-related programs
Contributions per capita show the club with $67 (with membership of 226) compared with the district $45.
 
Monica Porter
Foundation Committee Chair
Foundation Review Monica Porter 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
And That’s a Wrap!
 
As I duck out the back door after completing my term as president of the Rotary Club of Ames, I have a simple and heartfelt message for you…thank you!  I have sincerely and thoroughly enjoyed serving and representing you!  Ours is a great club with generous and caring members.  Each of you brings a unique talent or perspective to the Club and I am humbled beyond words that you trusted me enough to loan me the keys to the Rotary car.  Oh sure, there’s a couple of scratches in the paint, a dent in the bumper, and that coffee stain on the front seat is courtesy of Jim Mason.  But for the most part, I don’t think I did any major damage.
 
So, as I wrap up my final President’s column, I thought I‘d borrow an idea from David Letterman, now retired from his long running Late Show television program, and try my hand at a top ten list.  As in…the Top Ten Things I Will Miss About Being President of the Rotary Club of Ames.  Here goes:
 
#10      Working with Karin Sevde!  Seriously…Karin does a lot of the “heavy lifting” for our   club and over the past 12 months she’s saved my bacon on more than one occasion, and made my job way too easy.  Thanks for everything Karin!
 
#9        Eating lunch alone.  Okay, I never eat lunch anyway, but instead of absorbing insults from the likes of Jim Mason and Tim Grandon, and arm wrestling for cookies, most weeks I’ve “dined” alone at the “President’s table” in relative peace and tranquility. Kind of embarrassing though…a guy could get a complex.
 
#8        Serving you!  It’s been a real kick getting to know all of you better.  As I’ve said before, we have amazing people in our club…folks that make things happen.  Wanna get something done?  Ask a Rotarian to help.  Better yet, ask a Rotary Club of Ames member to help!
 
#7        Watching Don Goering and Del Bluhm cringe whenever I strayed too far away from protocol.  “Good thing Paul Harris isn’t alive to see this Del!”  “You’re right Don!”
 
#6        The power of the office!  I hope you’ve noticed since last June, the potato bar has disappeared from the lunch menu.  You’re welcome! 
 
#5        Brussel sprouts!
 
#4        Welcoming new members to the club.  I can’t, shouldn’t, and won’t take credit for all    of the new members who’ve joined us during the past year.  But I will say how much I’ve enjoyed working with and getting to know them.  They’ve even tolerated my “good-natured” kidding.  New members are the lifeblood of any organization, and our class of 2014-15 was outstanding!
 
#3        Hanging around the front door before each Monday meeting.  Greeting each of you as you came through the door was fun and reaffirming for me.  I wanted you to feel that your presence at our weekly meeting was important.  I also was impressed and moved by how many of you never miss a meeting!
 
#2        Poking fun at Tanya Anderson…your next President!  All I can say is that our club is in very good hands next year.  Tanya has a wicked sense of humor, is organized, unflappable, and has put up with my ribbing each and every week.  By the way, I only kid around with those I admire and respect.  I guess you’re all included in that subset!
 
#1        Standing at the podium.  I have been honored and humbled by this experience.  And I    thank you for giving me the chance to serve you and this outstanding organization.  I wish each of you could look out from the vantage point of the podium and see what I’ve seen this past year.  Extraordinary men and women who give a damn!  Who are leaders in their respective fields and who bring those skills to our club and to this amazing organization called Rotary International.  It’s been TREEmendous!  Thanks again!
 
Jeff Iles, President
Rotary Club of Ames
President's Column 2015-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
March always has been one of my favorite months.  With winter coming to a close, daylight (day length) now gaining the upper hand in the battle with darkness, and spring just around the corner, it’s an easy time of year to be optimistic.  But history, lore, and legend remind us March also is a month of unexpected change, transition, and some upheaval.  Don’t believe me?  Just ask Julius Caesar….”Beware the ides of March.”  And what about this “coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb” stuff?  And every Iowan seems to have a story about fighting the elements on the way to or from the high school state basketball tournaments in Des Moines.  Yes, March is a month full of surprises…some good and some not so good, but as Rotarians, we’ve learned to weather the storms, keep our chins up, and never listen to soothsayers wearing togas.
 
Speaking of change and transitions, I want to publicly bid Melissa Mundt a fond farewell.  In case you haven’t heard, Melissa will be leaving her post as Assistant City Manager of Ames to take on new responsibilities as Assistant County Administrator for the unified government of Kansas City, KS and Wyandotte County.  It’s always sad when we lose a member of our club, but this departure is especially difficult to swallow because Melissa was totally and completely involved in her community and in Rotary.  There was never anything half-hearted in Melissa’s approach to life.  Nope…her philosophy seemed to be full steam ahead…take no prisoners…let’s make it happen.  So, before she leaves town, make sure you take a moment to thank her for her many contributions to Rotary and to the City of Ames. 
 
March….at least March, 2015 will see our club’s first attempt at hosting a major fundraising event.  By now you know March 28 is the date set for Perfect Pairings Around the World…a wine-tasting fundraiser with proceeds going to Rotary’s effort to rid the world of polio (PolioPlus).  Now I know, wine might not be everyone’s “cup of tea.”  But c’mon folks, it’s for a great cause and besides, the planners of this event have tried very hard to make this a one-of-a-kind affair.  And I promise you this…you won’t leave the event disappointed.  And if you imbibe just a bit too much of the vino, you won’t be leaving at all.  One of the advantages of having a wine tasting event at a hotel!
 
Finally, to wrap up my rather meandering March message, a gentle reminder about how important it is to always be on the lookout for prospective members for our club.  We’ve added some great new members recently, and I’m confident we’ll continue to do so, but the search never ends.  And you know the kind of people we’re looking for, right?  We’re looking for those who inspire others through their acts of kindness, civic responsibility, and simple determination.  People who like to make a difference…a positive difference in their communities.  Do you know anyone like that?  I bet you do.  Why not bring them to one of our Monday meetings?  They’ll thank you for it.
 
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 
 
Jeff Iles, President
Rotary Club of Ames
President's Column 2015-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
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Perfect Pairings
 
Around the World 
March 28, 2015  |  6:30 p.m.  |  $75 per person
Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, Garden Room
2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames
 
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ames Foundation
($25 of ticket cost is tax deductible) 
Why should you support the Rotary Club of Ames effort to end polio worldwide? Consider these facts: 
 
This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Rotary members worldwide are holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress. The "plus" in PolioPlus signaled the belief that polio eradication efforts would increase immunizations against five other diseases prevalent in children:  measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, whooping cough, and tetanus.
 
Since 1985 Rotary and its partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more recently the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. 
 
Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children worldwide. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $10 billion to the effort.
 
The success of this project set the stage for Rotary's top priority to rid the world of polio. Since Rotary introduced its PolioPlus campaign, the number of polio cases worldwide has dropped 99 percent, and the virus remains endemic in just three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
 
A $25 contribution, matched 2:1 by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a total of $75 will purchase:
  • 150 identification vests for health workers and volunteers, or 
  • 75 vaccine carriers, which allow the vaccine to be kept cool, or 
  • 600 purple finger markers to show which children have been immunized.
Please consider joining us for the Perfect Pairings event or making a contribution in support of this vital effort.

To Register and/or to make a Donation Online: http://goo.gl/IxynGR
 
If you cannot attend the event and want to contribute, click the link above to make a gift electronically, or make a check payable to The Rotary Foundation and indicate "PolioPlus" in the memo line. Mail checks to:
 
Rotary Club of Ames Foundation
PO Box 327
Ames, IA  50010
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Let’s Resolve to Speak Clearly
 
Have you noticed how everyday speech and even carefully prepared formal presentations have become filled with useless and meaningless words?  You know the ones, spoken as “fillers”, “place-holders”, or used for the sole purpose of making the user sound more intelligent, wise, and worldly?  Just listen to any local nightly television newscast and you’ll be treated to a smorgasbord of trite and mind-numbing business jargon.  In fact, I dare you to count the number of times you hear my all-time least favorite phrase…“going forward.”  You’ll probably be surprised at how often those grossly overused words get attached to the beginnings and tail ends of sentences.
 
So, my New Year’s resolution for 2015 is to purge my vocabulary of these inane and mostly worthless words and phrases.  Care to join me?  If so, and to help you get started, I’ve listed my personal top 5 most offensive business jargon phrases.  Each entry is then used in a sentence to provide the necessary context.  I’ve even gone so far as to provide alternate language to help you break the habit.  And before you know it, you’ll be speaking with clarity and precision…”going forward!”  Did you catch that one?  Good, then let’s proceed.   
 
#1 – “With all due respect” – Uh-oh, look out for this one, because what follows usually isn’t nice or respectful at all. 
Used in a sentence – “With all due respect President Jeff, it’s been painful to watch you at the podium for the last six months.”
Alternate (more precise) language – “President Jeff, you stink as President!”
 
#2 – “Let’s Circle Back”
Used in a sentence – “Thanks for the landscape design estimate Jim (Mason).  Let’s circle back after I’ve had time to review the plan in greater detail.”
Alternate (more precise) language – “Hey Jim, I’ll get back to you after I win the lottery.”
 
#3 – “Open the Kimono”
Used in a sentence – “I should have asked the taxi driver to open the kimono before simply telling him to get me to the airport by his favorite route.”
Alternate (more precise) language – “What’s this gonna cost me Jack!”
 
#4 – “The Long Pole in the Tent”
Used in a sentence – “The Brag Bucket is a long-standing tradition with the Rotary Club of Ames but we don’t feature it as often as we should because Reno (Berg) has become the proverbial long pole in the tent.”
Alternate (more precise) language – “If Reno would quit gallivanting around the country, we would do the Brag Bucket more often.  You’re holding things up Reno!”
 
#5 – “Low-hanging Fruit”
Used in a sentence – So Tanya (Anderson), when you become President in July, you’re going to have quite the mess to clean up.  But it is what it is (bonus worthless phrase).  My advice would be to go after the low-hanging fruit first, but you won’t have time to boil the ocean (another bonus).
Alternate (more precise) language – “Job one…get Karin Sevde to like you!”
 
I trust these helpful suggestions will help you become a better communicator…because, at the end of the day it’s a no-brainer!
 
Happy New Year!
 
Jeff Iles, President
Rotary Club of Ames
President's Column 2014-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Why Do You Belong to Rotary?
 
When I was younger, I questioned everything.  Why do I have to cut my hair?  Why do I have to be home by midnight?  Why do I have to wear my seatbelt?  Why, why, why?  I’m quite certain Jack and Gwen (my saintly parents) thoroughly enjoyed my unbridled inquisitiveness.  But as I’ve grown older, wiser, and perhaps a bit complacent, I find myself asking fewer questions than before.  And folks, that’s not a good thing.  In fact, as Rotarians and leaders of our community, we are required to analyze, assess and question. 
 
So, if you agree with my thesis, that questioning is a good and healthy practice, then try this one on for size.  Why do you belong to Rotary…more specifically, the Rotary Club of Ames?
It’s a fair question don’t you think?  I mean, why belong to an organization, or anything for that matter, if you can’t come up with a good answer to this very basic question?  And let’s face it…Rotary asks a lot from its members…your time, commitment to projects, sometimes far afield from Ames, and then there’s the frequent requests for financial support for a seemingly endless array of worthy causes.  Why affiliate with such a demanding organization?
 
For me the answer is twofold. First, I like it when someone/something has high expectations of me.  In fact, I have no interest in organizations that seem content with receiving my monthly/annual dues and nothing more.  Just like you, I like to give back, get involved, and feel useful and productive. 
 
But the real draw for me….is you….the members of this club.  I’ve learned so much from each of you and have come to appreciate the myriad talents, skills, and personalities represented in the room each Monday.  Your creativity, generosity, and good humor inspire me.  I mean seriously, where else can you go to experience:
  • The Brag Bucket wielding Reno Berg and his uncanny ability to separate you from a “Jackson”….or in the case of Jim Mason, a “Washington.”
  • The musical contributions of Sarah Buck and Louie Banitt (with occasional assists from Charles Kniker and Deb Malsom) who always deliver that personal touch, and in turn make our visitors and guests feel welcome.
  • Hans and Franz (a.k.a. Norm Rudi and Ron Smith) and trainer John Shierholz.
  • The always effervescent Tanya Anderson…by the way Tanya, have I mentioned how much I’m looking forward to your presidency? 
  • New members and future community and club leaders like Kelsey Bolte-Carper and Erika Peterson.  Have you noticed how infrequently these women miss meetings?
  • The impeccably dressed John Russell.
  • My fashion consultant David Swanson…it’s a huge task but I think David is up to the challenge.
  • Bill Lagrange’s bow ties.
  • Mr. Operation Warm…Dean Phillips.
  • The increasingly humorous Joddey Hicks.  Just remember Joddey….less is more.
  • “Have Floss – Will Travel” – Dr. Amie.  I just know she’s judging my flossing habits.
  • Mayor Campbell….enough said.
  • Mr. Cyclone….Jeff Johnson.
 
Of course, each and every one of our members brings something unique to the Rotary table.  And our club is successful because of your individual and collective talents.  You make me proud to be a member of the Rotary Club of Ames.
 
But before you go, and since we’re on the subject of questions, I have just one more for you to ponder:
  • Are you ready for Brussel sprouts again?  As you know, they are very good for you.  And as your President, I can make that happen.
 
Happy Holidays!
 
Jeff Iles, President
Rotary Club of Ames
President's Column 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
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On Friday night, Ames Elementary students help to put an end to polio by collecting donations while trick or treating.   Thank you to the students and to those that contributed!
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Survey Results….Oh Boy!
                                                      
Thanks to everyone who took time to respond to my little questionnaire.  Open-ended questions are sometimes difficult to answer, but thoughtful, written responses are so much more useful than trying to interpret the difference between an “8” and a “9” on a 1 – 10 scale.  All of the comments I received were excellent and therefore, I would like to devote this month’s column to a few of the more memorable entries.  And as promised, the identity of the author’s will be protected….unless they said something really nasty about me!
 
Respondents:
            Male – 10
            Female - 4
 
Have we ever impeached a President of the Rotary Club of Ames?     (Jim Mason)
 
I do enjoy the breakout (off-site) meetings we had last week and would like to see more of those if possible, maybe quarterly.
 
I have made up at many clubs and I think that our programs are as good or better.
 
Adding a specific networking component to the weekly meetings could attract new (younger) members to the club.  After the pledge and moment of silence, 30 to 45 seconds could be carved out for everyone to press palms with folks not currently at their table.
 
Rotary was designed for interpersonal relationships to flourish…we have become used to sitting in groups that don’t change much.  I think at least once a quarter there should be some random seating scheme.  Make it a fun scheme but get people to sit with someone new and different.
 
Does Iles own more than one suit?     (Reno Berg)
 
Nice balance on asking for money/donations…as long as the board knows that as individuals we shouldn’t be expected to support everything.
 
It’s important to engage new members early.  The new member projects may not get started until someone has been a member for several months.  Greeting at the door and working the registration table is a way to get to know people…great opportunities for new members.
I think donor fatigue is a big problem.  We have so many requests for money from so many sources; Rotary Foundation (polio), District Governor (coats), District programs (RYLA), and on and on.  I do not think our club has really had a thoughtful consideration of donations to various “causes”.
 
My experience is that active important service to the club will sustain membership.  Should we assign a mentor/neighborhood watch captain to members who are less engaged?  Find opportunities for them to get more involved?  Identify interests…make connections, etc.?
 
I like that we continue to try new social options outside the Monday noon timeframe.  It has taken awhile for people to accept that, and some never will, but I hope we keep trying.
 
And there were more…so many more excellent comments.  So thanks to those of you who responded….and to those who didn’t…it’s never too late to make your voice heard.  My door is always open, e-mail always functional, and cell phone at the ready.  Obviously, we can’t act on all suggestions, but I (we) certainly will take all of them seriously.  Small steps but always in a positive direction, eh?
 
Finally, in this month during which we set a thankful tone, let me say how thankful and grateful I am for your membership, involvement, and dedication to the Rotary Club of Ames.  Members of this club truly are an amazing amalgamation of caring, thoughtful, and hard-working people.  You make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of all citizens of the world. 
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Jeff Iles, President
Rotary Club of Ames
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TRICK OR TREAT TO END POLIO
 
         The Rotary Club of Ames has partnered with the Ames Public Elementary Schools to sponsor Trick or Treat to End Polio on October 31st from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Children will carry official white take-out style boxes with Rotary seals on them to request donations to The Rotary Foundation. 
Please greet the children warmly and thank them for helping to end polio.   Most of all, please place a donation in the box.
Thank you for your support!
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October 6th       Jessica Pearce and Austin Clay:  
                          ISU Dance Marathon
October 13th     Beate Schmittmann and Martino Harmon:  
                          Enhancing the ISU Student Experience
October 20th     Off-Site Fellowship Meetings
October 27th     Jathan Chicoine: ISU Veteran's Services
 
 
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Dylan G. Clark,  District 6000 Rotary Global Grant Scholar.

Dylan G. Clark has been selected by Rotary International District 6000 for a Global Grant Scholarship.  Mr. Clark will be studying for his Master’s Degree in Geography at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in the host Rotary International District 7040.
Mr. Clark graduated from Iowa State University in 2014 with a double major in Global Resource Management and Environmental Studies.  He also received a paramedic specialist certification from the University of Iowa in Summer, 2014. 
Mr. Clark will be a part of the research group of Dr. James Ford, a notable academic in the field of climate change adaptation, with a focus on changes in the Arctic, Uganda and Peru.  Mr. Clark’s specific research interest will be the impact of global climate change on the food systems and health of the indigenous peoples in the remote Nunavut Territory of Northern Canada.  Mr. Ford’s lab is a project lead for a 5 year funded project by the International Development Research Center and the Inuit Traditional Knowledge for Adapting to the Health Effects of Climate Change.
As an undergraduate in the Global Resource Management program at Iowa State University, Mr. Clark had done sustained on-site research in rural Tanzania and also in Uganda.  His plans after receiving his Master’s degree are to work in the area of public health in developing countries gaining field experience before he pursues a Ph. D. program in Geography.
Mr. Clark is a graduate of Ames High School in Ames, Iowa, but currently lists his residence as Grand Junction, Colorado.  
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“Operation Warm” Revisited
            After a recent Rotary Club of Ames weekly meeting during which I announced/encouraged our club’s involvement in Operation Warm – a project to provide winter coats for children in need, it dawned on me that I hadn’t done a very good job of making the case for our participation.  What is Operation Warm anyway?  Would this organization make good and appropriate use of our donations?  Did they have a history of success?  And if put to the test, could Operation Warm pass the Four-Way Test?
            As it turns out, Operation Warm originally began as a community service project of the Longwood Rotary Club (Kennett Square, PA).  As the story goes, it was a cold November day when Rotarian Dick Sanford noticed a family from Central America who recently had come north to work the fields and farms of Chester County (near Philadelphia).  With no winter clothing for Mom or the children, they stood shivering in the bitter wind.  Dick noticed their desperate situation, took them to a local merchant, and bought them winter necessities.  But Dick didn’t stop there.  Upon further investigation he found additional pockets of poverty in this otherwise well-to-do enclave.  It was then and there that he established Operation Warm with the simple goal of providing a new (emphasis on “new”) winter coat for any kid that needed one.  Today, over 160 Rotary Clubs in more than 50 Districts partner with Operation Warm to conduct service projects that provide new winter coats to children in their communities.
            Rotarians like Dick Sanford make me very proud to belong to Rotary International.  “Service above self” and the Four-Way Test are more than words on a banner for Dick.  And I think we should follow his great example.  After all, $16.50 is all we’re asking for.  Surely that memorable theatrical performance from Dean Phillips is worth at least that much!
 
Jeff Iles, President
Rotary Club of Ames
President's Column Jeff Iles 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
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Remember the first time your parents entrusted you with the keys to the family car?  As you sprinted out the door, admonitions such as these probably followed you down the driveway…  “Be safe!  Be home by 11:00 p.m.!  And no girls/boys in the car!”  Well, Dan Divine has just handed me the keys to our Rotary Club of Ames and my job for the next twelve months is simple: Don’t wreck the car.    This seems like a simple task, but as I’ve come to learn the job of president is no cruise on Easy Street.  In fact, as I reflect back on recent club presidents there is one common theme…hard work and dedication to the Rotary mission, both at home and around the globe.  So, right from the get-go I want you to know that I’ll do my best to live up to those lofty standards set by the likes of Divine, Goodhue, Walter, Howell, and the 91 other past presidents who’ve served our club with distinction since 1921.  I can’t promise there won’t be a few scratches in the paint, dents in the doors, or a broken headlight or two at year’s end, but Tanya Anderson can make those repairs before she gets behind the wheel next July.
 
Intentionally or not, every Rotary Club president puts his/her own unique twist on managing club affairs.  This doesn’t mean changing things just for the sake of change, but as you probably know by now, I think having a little fun at Rotary is a good thing.  This doesn’t mean engaging in silliness or unnecessary frivolity, or disengaging from our important local and international projects.  No, we will be as active as ever on those fronts!  But having appropriate and good-natured fun along the way can enhance the Rotary experience for new and not-so-new members alike.  Bottom line, I will do all I can to make our weekly gathering a “can’t miss” experience.  I hope you put our noon meeting on your calendar and that it becomes a ritual…just like visits to the gym, that Saturday night bath, or relaxing on the deck with a glass of Iowa wine at day’s end.  That’s right Dan, Iowa wine!      
 
Above all, I’d like you to remember that this is your club.  As President, I’m honored to serve and represent you.  But I’m not clairvoyant.   Therefore, if you have a suggestion, a great idea or even a criticism about the way things are going, please don’t hesitate to pass those comments along to me or to another member of your leadership team.  “Service Above Self” is more than just a motto, and for the next twelve months I’m here to serve.
 
Happy Independence Day!
 
Jeff Iles
President's Column 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
As the Rotary year draws to a close, it brings an opportunity to look back at club accomplishments and to thank those that have made this a very successful year for our club.  This success can be attributed to one thing:  all of our members.  So first, a sincere thank you to all for rising to the occasion through volunteering time, talents or treasure and being a member of The Rotary Club of Ames.  Without our members we would not have been able to get the volunteers, do the local and international projects, raise funds to support service projects and programs, and ultimately, to be the best service club within Ames.
                                                                                                                                                     
When the Rotary year started, my primary goal was for The Rotary Club of Ames to be the premier service club within Ames and within Rotary District 6000.  While measuring this goal against other service clubs is difficult at best, I can say that we definitely rose to the top.  Our club has given back to this community over $21,000 in local grants from our major grant of $7,500 to The Story County Primary Health Clinic to many smaller grants ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.  Additionally, we have many members that have donated their time and money directly to organizations as a result of being a Rotarian.  The Youth and Shelter Services annual holiday gift and food basket drive is one of the major recipients of Rotarians individual efforts.  Thank you to Ron Smith and John Shierholz for spearheading this yearly drive.  But also, thank you to all our members that have given to local organizations individually.
 
While money is important, so is hands-on volunteering.  Two of our big events were the Iowa Games and Special Olympics.  Additionally members have volunteered for Raising Readers, Youth and Shelter Services, Heartland Senior Services and many other Ames organizations.  Thank you to Roger Maharry, Marge Oldehoeft, Randi Peters, Jean Kresse and many others for getting volunteers for these events and others.
 
Three new member groups completed local projects that have had a direct impact on the quality of life for our community:  Youth and Shelter Services 7-12 house, Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance, and Raising Readers.  All three of these projects have been funded with club money, and more importantly time and talents of club members doing work directly for these organizations.  Thank you to all the new members who participated in these groups and special thanks to both Don Borcherding and Jim Mason for their mentorship.
 
A second goal that I had set out to accomplish is securing Rotary district grants for local projects.  Due to the grant application process within Rotary, this year we did not receive a district grant; however, we did change the process which will allow us to compete for district grants and bring Rotary money back to our community in the coming year.
 
On the district level, our success was rewarded with the club achieving the Presidential Citation with Distinction, one of only a few clubs within the district to do so.  To receive this award, our club had to rise to the top in regards to membership, local projects, international projects, and fellowship opportunities to highlight some of the main areas.  We met and exceeded each of these goals.  Our club has also been a leader within district and nationally due to our World Service Committee and their efforts working with clubs from five different districts around the world.  Gerald Klonglan, Dave Fox, Steve Jones, Donna Newbrough, Randi Peters, Glen Rippke, Mary Wells and Mark Westgate all deserve recognition for their efforts on this committee.
 
Fellowship opportunities bring up my final goal to discuss: which was to increase fellowship opportunities within the club.  Frank Feilmeyer again did a great job organizing the offsite fellowship opportunities allowing club member the opportunity to highlight their businesses.  Linda Glantz Ward brought to the clubs attention fellowship opportunities within Rotary International.   This led to the formation of the Cyclone chapter of the Rotary Wine Appreciation Fellowship, which includes Rotarians from five central Iowa clubs.
 
Special thanks to our board of directors in guidance and approving our projects.  Special recognition to Lisa Eslinger and Scott Blum whose terms as board of directors expire.  Their service to the club has been greatly appreciated by myself and past presidents as well. 
 
Committee heads and all committee members of the music committee, local projects committee, new membership and new membership orientation committee, have done exceptional work this year which has contributed to our success. 
 
Both Tanya Anderson and Jeff Iles are deserving of recognition for their efforts:  Tanya on leading the membership drive and Jeff for lining up another year of excellent programs for the club.
 
Last, but no way least important, has been the efforts of our “Chief Operations Officer”, or more officially, our Executive Secretary.  Karin Sevde has worked tirelessly to ensure each meeting is set up and runs smooth, newsletters are published on time, bills paid and countless other jobs that entail making this Club work.  Her efforts are greatly appreciated not only by myself, but by all of our club members.
 
I have enjoyed this year as President, but it couldn’t have been done without everyone’s help.  I thank all of you for the opportunity to have served as President.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dan Divine
President's Column 2014-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Ames is proud to have received this year's Presidential Citation Award with Distinction during the Rotary 6000 District Conference.   
 
The 2013-14 Presidential Citation recognizes Rotary clubs for an array of achievements that promote our membership growth, enhance humanitarian service through our Foundation, and strengthen our network through the family of Rotary.
 
By qualifying for the Presidential Citation, clubs contribute to Rotary’s strategic goals and multiply the impact of their good work through the collective focus of more than  34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.
Receiving the award from District Governor Jacque Andrew is Club President Dan Divine. 
Congratulations to all of our members!

 
2014 Presidential Citation with Distinction Award 2014-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Ames wishes to congratulate Doris Goering, wife of member Don Goering, for receiving a very special award for her service alongside Don throughout his Rotary tenure of membership, club president and District Governor.
 
Though not a Rotarian herself, Doris has exemplified the values Rotary and most of all Service Above Self.
 
Congratulations Doris!

 
Congratulations Doris Goering 2014-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
The month of May brings to our club many things dealing directly with Rotary and its mission. 
 
First, the District 6000 Conference starts today, May 1st and runs through May 3rd at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center.     Members are highly encouraged to attend one of the district dinners, luncheons and presentations, especially the Thursday evening reception for Anne Matthews.   Ms. Matthews is the first female Rotary International Vice President and the highest ranking female member within Rotary.  While there is no cost to attend the evening reception, donations to Polio Plus are encouraged.
 
Our meeting on May 19th is twofold:  First, we wish to honor those who have served our country and given their lives while in service as our Memorial Day tribute, and second to update the club on international and local projects. 
 
As you may know, Memorial Day traces its roots back to the Civil War, and is a time for honoring Veterans who have given their life in service to our country.  However, over the last few years, specifically since September 11, 2001, Memorial Day has taken on additional significance.   Firemen, police officers, and most recently teachers, have lost their lives while responding to those who would do harm to others and our country. 
 
For our Memorial Day celebration I have invited representatives from the Ames Police and Fire Departments, the Ames School System and from the American Legion to thank those living and honor those who have given their all in service to our country.    We ask our club members who have served to be in attendance this day as well so that your service and sacrifice can be honored.
 
There will also be updates on projects our club is currently involved with.   The World Service Committee’s global grant application has been submitted to Rotary International for the appropriate authorizations and approval.   This grant is the first of several phases for providing clean and dependable water to villages in the Same District of Tanzania. 
 
While our World Service Committee often is in the forefront of our grant efforts, we must not forget that we have two local projects that received club grants and that new member committees are involved with.  We will hear updates from both of these committees: one working with Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance and the other with the Raising Readers project at The Ames Community Preschool Center.
 
I look forward to everyone joining us for a busy and informative month.
 
Sincerely,
Dan
President's Column 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Over the years, The Rotary Club of Ames has been a strong supporter of international projects from Xicotepec, Mexico to Same District, Tanzania.   These projects have all involved hard work by individuals, along with club money being matched with funds from both District 6000 and The Rotary Foundation.   The various projects have built health centers, a milk processing plant, and provided materials for primary schools in an area that didn’t have any schools prior, as well as building water storage and distribution systems in the Same, Tanzania area.         
 
We are continuing that strong history with a new Water and Sanitation project for the Kigogo Village, Same District, Tanzania.  Members of the Club’s World Service Committee have been working with clubs and districts across the nation, District 6000, Rotary International, as well as local businesses and corporations to assist our partner the Same Rotary Club in Tanzania in building a sustainable water and sanitation system.  World Service Committee members include Glen Ripke, Randy Peters, Donna Newbrough, Mark Westgate, Ted Okiishi, Steve Jones, Dave Fox, Mary Wells, Gerald Klonglan, Liz Beck, and Melisa Mundt.   Hopefully, I didn’t leave anyone off.    Thanks also goes to Harold Jenson of the Morning Club, Dick Ross of South Pasadena club and Justin Rewerts in Nevada.
           
While our international success should be noted, I must also point out local projects that have involved matching grants: specifically for the Sudanese refugee project.  Donna Newbrough was instrumental in securing District 6000 grants in 2007 and 2009.  Not only was Donna able to secure club money that was matched with a district grant, she was also able to secure additionally funding from Iowa State University.  Donna truly exemplifies our Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”
 
In December, the project will be submitted to District and Rotary International for matching funds.   We need to secure our financial pledges for a total of $100,000.00 before December 15th.
 
Unlike past years, our club now has the ability to accept individual donations that would be tax deductible.  Dave Fox recently sent out a pledge form which you have received via email.   For those that wish to help individually, donations would be made to The Rotary Club of Ames Foundation.  Any amount you can contribute would be greatly appreciated.
 
For those club members that put a higher priority on local projects, Jim Lohr has just volunteered to work on our local major grant in order that we can submit for District 6000 funds for a local project.  More information on this will be presented in mid to late October. 
 
In the spirit of Rotary, I thank all those who have given their time, energy and resources toward our club’s projects, both local and abroad.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dan
President's Column Daniel P. Divine 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel P. Divine on Jul 30, 2013
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The Rotary year is off and running, or for some, off and biking as members from our club participated in RAGBRAI.  Additionally, members of our club engaged Rotary and fellow Rotarians through the Iowa Games, ribbon cutting ceremonies, or the new member committee project.  I would like to thank all the Rotarians who participated in the ribbon cutting ceremonies for United Way and Friendship Ark, those that volunteered at Iowa Games and the new member committee on finishing their project for Youth and Shelter Services. 
 
There are many ways to engage Rotary, not only financially or through volunteering, but also through fellowship.  Our club promotes fellowship through our Monday meetings, monthly socials and our semiannual small group fellowship meetings hosted by Rotarians.  However, fellowship can be more than just club activities.  It is as simple as meeting fellow Rotarians at other events.  And yes, sometimes while dressed in spandex, but we won’t delve too deep there for Jami Larson’s and many others wellbeing. 
 
For those that rode RAGBRAI, along with meeting club members from Ames, you also had the opportunity to attend make up meetings at Rotary sponsored events.  Granted it mainly consisted of buying lunch at a Rotary stand and saying hi to fellow Rotarians, but the opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians from around Iowa and from around the US was there. On a personal level, I would like to thank fellow Rotarians from the clubs of West Des Moines, Oskaloosa, Knoxville, and Fairfield whose members allowed my family to either camp in their yard or offered rooms in their homes. Their fellowship was greatly appreciated after a long day of riding.
 
As we move into August and rest of the year, our club is looking for volunteers that can offer their services to two of our committees.  Carole Custer is looking for 2-3 members that can assist her in publicizing our club, our activities and members and/or work on our website or our Facebook page.  She can be contacted at 294-3134 during work hours.  Steve Jones is also looking for 2-3 members to assist on the efforts with regards to The Rotary Foundation.  He can be reached at 450-0311.
 
Again, thank you to all for engaging Rotary and fellow Rotarians. 
Dan     
President's Column Daniel P. Divine 2013-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
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Joining the Board of Directors this year is Amber Corrieri, Michelle Hendricks and Austin Woodin.  
New Board of Directors Karin Sevde 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
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Rupert Kenyon was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for his 22 years of serving as Club secretary/treasurer.
Rupert Kenyon Karin Sevde 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
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It is with sincere appreciation and gratitude that we say "Thank You"! to Sarah Buck.  Sarah has served as the Club's treasurer for the past seven years.   Though stepping down as treasurer, Sarah will remain active in the club through the World Service Committee and other Club opportunities.   We wish Sarah all the best!
Thank you, Sarah Buck! Karin Sevde 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
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There are a few changes to note in the Club's officers.    Karin Sevde will assume the title of executive secretary.   She will handle the secretary's duties, as well as the treasurer's duties.    Dean Phillips will hold the title of treasurer and assist with the monthly, quarterly, and annual reports, as well as serving as back-up during the meetings.
New Officers Karin Sevde 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
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We wish to thank Amie Rockow-Nelson and Ron Smith for their service on the Board of Directors.   Their guidelance will be missed!
Thank you for your service! Karin Sevde 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Gerald Klonglan and Dave Fox recently visited the Rotary Club of Iowa Falls to provide details of the the Rotary Club of Ames' Water and Sanitation efforts in Same and Mwanga, Tanzania.   
Under the new Future Vision program of Rotary International, all global projects are to be high-impact,long-term and sustainable, and must fall under one of six areas of focus: Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy,Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, and Economic and Community Development. 
In the photo is Gerald Klonglan, Chair of the Rotary Club of Ames' World Service and Global Grants Committee, who is working to build partnerships for  two large-scale, sustainable water projects in Same and Mwanga, Tanzania.
George Dougan, a well driller for Iowa Falls who has played a key role in evaluating wells for the Rotary Foundation Water and Sanitation Needs Assessment Team in Tanzania.  
Dave Fox, President of the newly formed Rotary Club of Ames Foundation and a key player in the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG). Dave is working with the Rotary Foundation in testing and Project Enhancement Process in nine pilot Rotary Districts around the world.  A key goal of the process is to prepare larger, more sustainable global grants partnering multiple clubs and districts.
Brent Bonner is a member of the Rotary Club of Iowa Falls and is an Assistant District Governor of Rotary District 5970.  
 
 
Tanzania Water Projects Update Karin Sevde 2013-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karin Sevde on Apr 14, 2013
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Gerald Klonglan received the Rotary Foundation's District Service Award for outstanding service in promoting the Rotary Foundation and its goal of world understanding and peace.  

Bill Koellner, Rotary District 6000 Foundation chair, stated during the presentation:

"Gerald Klonglan has been on the Rotary Club of Ames International Service Committee since 2007.  Gerald has a passion for international grants and making a difference in the world.  He has also been a member of the Matching Grants committee since 2010.  Gerald has been working on the Tanzania projects for several years and has made several trips to Tanzania to work with local people to change lives.  He began his work in Tanzania in 2003.  Gerald is a Paul Harris Fellow and has helped the Rotary Club of Ames reach a level of $120 to $130 per member annual contribution to the Rotary Foundation."

Congratulations, Gerald!

Gerald Klonglan Received Award Karin Sevde 2013-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karin Sevde

Rotary Club of Ames invites your Club to be a partner in a Water and Sanitation Global Grant in Tanzania.

 

In the spirit of the new Future Vision initiative of Rotary International the Rotary Club of Ames invites your Rotary Club to be an active partner in the planning and implementation of a new Global Grant focusing on Water and Sanitation in Tanzania. The spirit of Future Vision includes partnering clubs, initiating larger grants (goal $200,000), having greater impact, having measureable outcomes and being sustainable over time. The vision also includes the creation of Vocational Training Teams (VTT) and integrating student scholars with the global grant. The Tanzania Rotary Clubs of Same and Moshi-Mwanga in new Rotary District 9211 are eager to work with Rotary Clubs of District 6000. The time frame is to build partnerships and develop specific grant proposals with the TZ Rotary Clubs between now and March 31, so everything will be in place for project implementation July 1. 2013.

 

Please read the attached brochure for more information about Future Vision and the Rotary Club of Ames Invitation for your Club to be a partner in this exciting initiative. Members of the Rotary Club of Ames Global Grants Committee are prepared to visit your Club to discuss various opportunities for your club and club members to become involved with the many aspects of the project. If interested please contact Gerald Klonglan, Chair, Rotary Club of Ames World Service and Global Grants committee geraldk@isunet.net  or call 515-232-9973. 

 

What is unique about Tanzania? In 2010 Rotary International selected 100 Rotary Districts world wide to test Future Vision ideas. District 9200 of which Tanzania is a part was selected. On July 1 2012 Rotary International selected 10 pilot districts to initiate a one year Project Enhancement Process (PEP) in the Water and Sanitation area of focus to develop large scale global grants. District 9200 including Tanzania was again selected. Dave Fox, Rotary Club of Ames, has been a member of the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group that developed the Project Enhancement Process (PEP). Dave brings his knowledge and network to aid us in the development of our Global Grant.

 

 

Gerald Klonglan

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