October 2022


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We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Iowa State University Alumni Center
429 Alumni Lane
Reiman Ballroom on the 2nd Floor
Ames, IA 50011
United States of America
(515) 450-8595
In - Person Twice a Month. Online Club Meetings Weekly. Please check the Speaker Schedule for dates when the club will meet for our In - Person Luncheons.
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September is Basic Education and Literacy month.  Rotarians the world over have championed education as a bedrock for all things "We think, say and do". 
Our club has supported many community education efforts, including our annual sponsorship of Raising Readers in Story County, which provides books to children during their check-ups.  Parents are given age-appropriate books and are encouraged to read with their children, setting the example of life-long learning.  
This past Friday was a Day of Caring sponsored by the United Way of Story County and Raising Readers in Story County.   The Read Across Story County event involved volunteers reading to elementary students in schools throughout the county.   Several of our club members took time out of their regular schedules to read to students and share the importance of literacy and education.  I would like to Thank those who participated.
I had the opportunity to read to the Third graders at Ballard Elementary and the experience was wonderful. I read four and 1/2 books to three different groups (didn’t have time to finish a second book to the first class). 
In the first setting we discovered life as a Couch Potato, and an unfinished story as a Bad Seed (we ran out of time). Both books were great stories - one leading us through the life of a couch potato (and that there is more to life than sitting on a couch all day) and the other as a bad seed (but I didn’t finish so I assume the Bad Seed ended up being a good seed - a real cliffhanger for me!).
The second class was offered “The Giving Tree” which was special as none of the classmates had read or heard the book before.  The book illustrates that one can give so much during one’s time.  I also read a story of “The Koala Who Could”.  This Koala bear had to learn it could eventually let go and experience more of life - similar to me reading with all of these young people. 
The third and final class was divided in half with a fellow Rotarian reading to one group and me to another.  My group of about 10 or 11 students read “The Keeping Quilt.”  The story tied in with Jewish heritage and the legacy of a quilt being handed down and used from one generation to the next. I asked the students if they had any “precious” items given to them from parents, grandparents or great grandparents - and several did. 
Each book provided well written story lines that were beautifully illustrated editions that were a pleasure to read and share. 
I hope the time shared was an encouragement for the kids.  It was a pure delight for me. 
Kent Frankenfeld
Club President 2022 - 2023
The Rotary Club of Ames is pleased to announce the formation of an evening satellite club as a new option for members current, former and new!
The Ames Evening Rotary Club will host its inaugural club meeting Thursday, August 18th from 5:30 - 6:30 pm at Wallaby's on the upper outside deck.  
As a satellite club, members of the Ames Evening Club will be members of the Rotary Club of Ames, they will just meet at a different time and place.  The Evening Club will be an informal social (no guest speakers).  Ames Evening members may purchase their own food and beverages if they choose.  
The Rotary Club of Ames is excited to add this networking and social engagement opportunity as a way to build better community connections.
This Rotary year, we have made some significant changes to our meeting and membership structure.   We have adjusted our in - person club luncheon schedule to twice a month.   The club luncheons will be a hybrid meeting for those who cannot attend.   The other two Mondays of the the month are virtual meetings only.  We will offer the opportunity for a fellowship meeting for those who would like to meet together in a small group and watch the virtual club meeting together.    For those months where there is a fifth Monday, we will host a Day of Service in the Ames community.
We now offer several membership levels which will meet with your situation and schedule:  
Young Professional (<40 years of age)
Household (2 persons in the same house)
Corporate (up to 4 members from the same company or organization)
Virtual Only 
Ames Evening Club (Social Only)
Intrigued?   Learn more by emailing info@rotaryclubofames.org.
This year the Rotary Club of Ames awarded $20,000 in grants to Ames - area organizations.  These grants are to benefit local projects in the greater Ames community and are to fulfill an unmet need in one or more of these areas:  Community Development (education and awareness, equality justice, and mutual respect), Environment, Health and Wellness, and Youth and Family Development.  
This year's recipients of the Rotary Club of Ames Community Grants are:
  • Ames History Museum for an ADA compliant computer desk and new computer
  • Ames Writer's Collective for Student Writing programs
  • Boys & Girls Club of Story County for its Summer Nourishment program
  • Food at First for folding grocery carts
  • Mainstream Living for Healthy Cooking classes
  • One Heart Equestrian Therapy for additional security and safety items
  • Raising Readers in Story County to Enhance User Experiences
  • The Arc of Story County for Healthy Cooking classes 
  • The Bridge Home for new Mattresses and Bedding
Congratulations to all of this year's grant recipients!
The Rotary Club of Ames and the Rotary Club of Same, Tanzania have been proud to sponsor four water, sanitation and hygiene global grants.   These four global grants have provided clean, reliable water to three villages and 12,000 villagers in the Same District of Tanzania, making an impact in their lives with better health and nutrition, economic development, improved education and peace.  
Of course, we could not do this alone.  Here are the partners who have helped to make these projects a success for those impacted:
We wish to Thank all of those who have partnered with us on these gobal grant projects.  If you would like to learn more about our next global grant projects in Same District, Tanzania, please email Jim Patton at jlpatton.rotary@gmail.com or Glen Rippke at rippkegs@gmail.com.
We believe that exemplifying and embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) should be a part of everything we do.   
At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change. 
We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs. 
Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive. 
We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong. 
In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.
A new weapon against polio

A modified vaccine offers hope that eradication is closer than ever.

Mobile clinic delivers free healthcare for Wisconsin’s underserved communities

Rotary clubs in District 6250 (Wisconsin and Minnesota, USA) have donated a mobile clinic to St. Clare Health Mission, a community organization in La Crosse, Wisconsin, that provides primary and specialty health care services at no cost for those without access to insurance.

Rotary President Jennifer Jones announces US$150 million pledge toward polio eradication

Rotary President Jennifer Jones appeared on the stage at the star-studded Global Citizen Festival to announce an additional US$150 million pledge toward that end.

Re-emergence of polio underscores the need for eradication

The detection of poliovirus, and even cases of polio, in places where it hasn’t been found for years has demonstrated once again that eradicating a human disease isn’t easy, especially in the final stages.In recent months, an unvaccinated man in the United States was paralyzed. In the

Rotary members in Poland provide a safe home for Ukrainian refugees

In March, shortly after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, refugees began arriving at a home in Wojciechów, a town about 20 miles from the city of Lublin in eastern Poland.

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In-Person Hybrid at ISU Alumni Center
Oct 03, 2022
President Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State University
Online Only
Oct 10, 2022
Ryan Harr, Iowa DNR, Special Projects Wildlife Biologist
In-Person Hybrid at ISU Alumni Center
Oct 24, 2022
Dr. Robert Brown, Brewing Beer
In-Person Hybrid at ISU Alumni Center
Oct 31, 2022
Grant Recipients
In-Person Hybrid at ISU Alumni Center
Nov 07, 2022
Jason Tuttle, Police Commander, City of Ames
Online Only ~ Adam Thoms
Nov 21, 2022 12:00 PM
ISU Athletics Turf Management
In-Person Hybrid at ISU Alumni Center
Nov 28, 2022
Heroes of the Community
Online Only ~ Kim Norvell
Dec 19, 2022
Editor, Ames Tribune
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