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Ames

Service Above Self

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Mondays at 12:00 PM
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2100 Green Hills Drive
U.S. Highway 30 & University Blvd
Ames, IA 50014
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The November newsletter is a bit late as the calendar goes, but it has given me time to provide commentary on our local Rotary Club of Ames Global Grants team.

I participated in the Global Grants Team’s Annual Partners Meeting yesterday morning.  Unfortunately, like nearly everything else in 2020, this year’s meeting was held via Zoom.  The drawback to virtual meetings is the lack of seeing people face to face.  What is positive about this technology is the ability to communicate with people across the global in real time. 

The connections the GG Team have established over the past 20 years is amazing, as the Partners meeting was truly an international experience.  I am so impressed by how this team operates and the impact they are having.  The relationships between the global partners and stakeholders, Rotary Foundation staff, and the Rotary Club of Same, Tanzania is truly eye opening.

These are not just water projects in Tanzania, Africa, but these are life changing, sustainable delivery of water that transforms a culture.  The ladies and gentlemen from our club that are a part of this team are true Rotarians!  They have continued using their professional expertise and passions for humanitarian improvement to advance these projects.  My only fear is that this group may get tired.  

All this considered, our Global Grants team is the program for our club meeting on Monday, November 23rd and I am asking that you listen and participate a little differently this year.   While we get updates on projects old and new, ask yourself, "What can I do to participate in this wonderful world service opportunity?"

For some, it will be through financial means, but for others, it may inspire you to jump in and take a seat at the table or maybe travel to Tanzania to tour the area for yourself.  You don’t need to be an engineer to be a part of the team, because I am sure there are many other ways to get involved.   Get ready to be impressed on Monday, November 23rd, and listen a little differently this year...  
 
Have a great month!

Chad Copley

Club President 2020 - 2021

Gerald and Eileen Klonglan
 
The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service Award
 
Gerald Klonglan is this year’s Citation of Meritorious Service recipient for Rotary District 6000.  Gerald has exemplified himself over many years in several areas of The Rotary Foundation.  With the implementation of the new Rotary Foundation grant model “Future Vision” in 2013, he took a deep dive into the details of the program learning all its many nuances. 
 
Special awards of recognition are presented by the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation to Rotarians who render outstanding service to the Foundation. The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service recognizes significant and dedicated service by a Rotarian to promote Foundation programs and thus advance the Foundation's goal of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world.  Only one Rotary member per district is eligible to receive the Citation for Meritorious Service which recognizes active service related to The Rotary Foundation.
 
Since 2004, Gerald has worked diligently with establishing the club’s global grants team as an effort to give the club an international presence and leverage TRF funds for the greater good.  Gerald and the GG Team have formed relationships with individuals and Rotary Clubs in the Same District of Tanzania.  These relationships have led to four global grants for water, sanitation, and hygiene in the Same District, totaling $1.1 million, while helping over 10,000 villagers secure clean water. 
 
Congratulations, Gerald!
 
On February 14, 2020, the Rotary Foundation approved Global Grant GG1981316: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Village of Mhezi, Same District, Tanzania Phase II.   This is the fourth global grant awarded to the Rotary Club of Same (host club sponsor, Rotary District 9211) and the Rotary Club of Ames (international club sponsor, Rotary D6000) in the area of focus Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, with each grant project being located in the Same District of Tanzania.
 
In 2013, The Rotary Foundation listed Tanzania as one of ten countries worldwide as priority for receiving funded in the Areas of Focus: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
 
Government officials, including the Same District Water Engineer, selected and prioritized villages within the district to receive water systems.    The Rotary Club of Same and the Rotary Club of Ames formed a partnership set to apply for global grants and to install water systems within these selected villages.
 
Once a global grant was approved, the Rotary Club of Same hired local contractors to drill the wells or capture the springs, dig the trenches for the distribution system, and build the individual distribution points.  Each distribution point has its own attendant to record water sales.   Local water committees were formed to govern the new water system. Local water system technicians were hired and trained to keep the system operating once the system was completed. There is ongoing training for the local water committees, the system technicians and the local citizens who use the water. With completion of the fourth water system, Mhezi II, over 9,650 Tanzanians will have water in with 400 meters of their homes.
 
The Rotary Club of Ames has been giving technical assistance on all four projects, along with raising awareness and funds from many Rotary Clubs and Rotary District, and from individuals and organizations outside of Rotary. To date over $1,058,000 dollars has been raised for the four projects. Funds raised for Mhezi II came from 16 rotary clubs in eight different Rotary districts, six of those districts providing districts designated funds, all coming from four states and four countries.
 
Major Impacts:
  • Families are moving to the villages as clean water is available
  • School attendance has increased, and School performance is improving
  • Overall community health is improving
  • Economic activity is increasing as homes and businesses are being built
  • Peace and harmony between families and villagers are improving as they do not have to fight over scarce resources
 
Anti-Trafficking and Slavery Day on the Hill - Update
by Dr. George Belitsos
 
The Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery has long advocated for Iowans to learn that this evil crime is an everyday occurrence in our own state. Declaring January 2020 as “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month” served as a springboard for building public awareness.
 
On Thursday, January 16th Governor Kim Reynolds signed the 2020 Proclamation. The event took place in the rotunda of the State Capitol building and was attended by approximately 175 advocates and allies. We want to thank all of you who participated and stood with the NAHT Board of Directors. Above is a photo of the Governor and NAHT vice-chair Jonathan Causey holding the proclamation surrounded by the committed members of the Iowa NAHT Board of Directors.
  • 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.
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