There's a chill in the air and a few flurries, too.  November is here and there is a lot to look forward to, especially Thanksgiving and the Holiday season.  It also means I had the opportunity to celebrate another birthday for my granddaughter in Ohio the end of October.  Thinking of this, reminds me to take time and give thanks for everything we have been blessed with. 

November is Philanthropy month.   I want to take a moment to congratulate each and every one of you for making the Rotary Club of Ames a special service organization. This year the Rotary Club of Ames was selected as the Outstanding Group Philanthropist by the Story County Alliance for Philanthropy.  I would also like to congratulate fellow club member Jeff Johnson and his wife, Peggy, for being recognized by the Story County Alliance for Philanthropy as the Outstanding Philanthropist.  This is a wonderful recognition for what we do collectively within the community and how we live our day-to-day lives, "Service Above Self".   

November is also Foundation month for Rotary; again we have so much to be thankful for and to be proud of as Rotarians.  We just heard in our Polio Plus program that we are so close to eradicating Polio with only 12 cases reported to-date this year.   By donating to the Rotary Foundation to help those less fortunate than we are, the Foundation transforms our gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  With your help, we can make lives better around the world.  

Our donations make a difference to those who need our help most.   For example the District campaign for "Bikes for Mike" through the World Bicycle Relief program.  $147 will purchase a Buffalo Bike for a family in Zambia, Africa.   Each bike enables children to attend school, farmers to sell and trade their produce, and families to get medical assistance much easier.  It may be just a bike, but it opens up the road to the world for these families.   There is still time to donate if you would like: 

The Global Grants team is working on a new water project for the Village of Mhezi in Tanzania.   This project will be more difficult than the previous two as the village is spread out in the mountains at an elevation of 6000 feet.  The estimated cost of this project is $350,000.   If you would like to contribute to this project, please see Dean Phillips.

The Rotary Club of Ames has committed $300,000 to be the sponsor of the Miracle Park Field.  This field will provide the opportunity to play 'America's Game' to those who need assistance.  Fund raising efforts are beginning.  Donations to the Rotary Club of Ames Miracle Field may be directed to the Rotary Club of Ames Foundation ~ Ames Miracle Park.

John and Suzy Shierholz are again collecting funds for the YSS Holiday Gift Totes.  These totes are filled with shampoo and cleaning supplies which cannot be purchased with financial assistance.   To the Rotarians who went "Over the Edge" for the Boys and Girls Club of Story County fund raiser, Thank you.  The weather made the event 'extra' special.   The annual United Way campaign is in full swing with many Rotarians participating.  So many worthwhile programs and organizations to support through dollars and volunteering of time.

I want to thank you for being a Rotary member, and think of those in the community who are not Rotarians and invite them to a meeting.  November 27th has been set as another social and the Membership committee has or will be extended an invitation to the Young Professionals (YPA) to join us that day at Jethro’s.  This will be a social meeting where members can relax, move around the room and engage in conversation with the young professionals and members they normally don't sit with. 

Thank you all!!

Don Borcherding

Club President