December 2022


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Iowa State University Alumni Center
429 Alumni Lane
Reiman Ballroom on the 2nd Floor
Ames, IA 50011
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Nancy Franz
President Kent Frankenfeld, Nancy Franz, and Rotarian Sponsor Stu Melvin
The Rotary Club of Ames honors Nancy Franz as a Hero of the Community.
On Monday, the Rotary Club of Ames recognized 15 individuals who made, and are making, extraordinary contributions to our community. We recognized our “Heroes of the Community” with a Paul Harris Fellow.
Nancy Franz
Nancy retired from Iowa State University Extension and now serves the Ames and Story County community in various ways. 
Since 2015, she has served on the Story County Conservation Board and has held roles of Chair and Vice Chair and currently serving as Secretary.
Nancy has a passion for conservation and is very involved in volunteering for trail initiatives, strategic planning, and more.
She is appointed to the City of Ames Climate Action Plan Supplemental Input Committee. In this role, she represents the non-City government sector and, through her network of contacts, advances the City’s goals to develop a Climate Action Plan. 
Nancy also volunteers at the Ames Public Library and consults with community groups and non-profits on developing strategic plans, community health assessments, and vision/mission statements. 
Nancy generously gives her time and talent to improving our community.
Stu Melvin serves as her Paul Harris Fellow “Sponsor.” 
As we slip through November, International Rotary Foundation month, I am reminded that a unique celebration to those of us that live in the United States is about to occur – we call it Thanksgiving.  Therefore, I would like to take a minute or five to reflect on why we, as Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Ames, might want to pause and offer our thanks to all that has been accomplished and is being accomplished. 
In no small part due to your time, treasures, and talents you have provided globally this year the following through the Rotary Foundation:
Global Grants by Area of Focus
Basic Education and Literacy:                       
    341 Grants for $12.1 Million
Community Economic Development        
    254 Grants for $17.0 Million
Disease Prevention and Treatment         
    1,020 Grants for $74.8 Million
Maternal and Child Health                            
    129 Grants for $ 8.4 Million
Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention    
    128 Grants for $ 5.6 Million
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene                  
    341 Grants for $25.7 Million     
From Rotary International regarding your Foundation and its purpose:
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.
Our mission:
The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
What impact can one donation have?
  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.
On November 28th at our noon meeting, we have the opportunity to recognize and extend our thankfulness to “Heroes of the Community.” – Individuals that have contributed to our health, safety, and over all well-being.  Join us for this celebration. Let us take the time to truly celebrate Thanksgiving and Thankfulness this year for those that serve so faithfully!
On Monday, the Rotary Club of Ames recognized 15 individuals who made, and are making, extraordinary contributions to our community. We recognized our “Heroes of the Community” with a Paul Harris Fellow.
Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905. From that initial club in Chicago, Rotary has grown to over 46,000 clubs across the globe and 1.4 million members. Rotary’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Our club, the Rotary Club of Ames, was founded in 1921. We are in our second century of service.  
Rotary International created Paul Harris Fellow recognitions in memory of our founder. Rotarians earn Paul Harris Fellow “points” by contributing to The Rotary Foundation, which supports humanitarian projects worldwide. It is what we do as Rotarians. 
Rotarians use their Paul Harris Fellow points to convey Paul Harris Fellow recognitions to others who demonstrate Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self.” For some, it is serving others and expecting nothing in return. For others, it can take on different meanings. It is sharing our time and talents with others.    
Please help us congratulate these Heroes of the Community!
  • Jennifer Brekke, Ames Community School District
  • Sarah Buckels, Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • Nancy Carroll, Heartland Senior Services of Story County
  • Nancy Franz, Community volunteer in Conservation practices
  • Susan Gwiasda, City of Ames
  • Rich Higgins, Fire Chief, City of Ames
  • Jerilyn Logue, OLLI, Iowa State University 
  • Rebecca Moore, Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Management 
  • Melissa Spencer, Story County Emergency Management
  • John Russell, Banker's Trust
  • Julie Saxton, Ames Police Department, Mental Health Advocate
  • Julie Scebold, Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • Nick Toornstra, Mary Greeley Medical Center, Emergency Medical Services
  • Les White, Mary Greeley Medical Center, Hospice Services
President Kent Frankenfeld, Melissa Spencer and Sponsor Don Goering
President Kent Frankenfeld, Melissa Spencer, and Sponsor Don Goering
Keith Morgan & Melissa Spencer
Keith Morgan & Melissa Spencer were recognized as a team. Keith now resides in Texas and could not join in person. During the early years of the COVID pandemic, Keith served as Emergency Management Coordinator and Melissa as Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator. They worked as a team to guide and assist Story County communities in responding to the pandemic.
They held weekly communication calls with mayors, County Supervisors, Iowa State University administrators, and the Chamber of Commerce. 
They coordinated the public health responses with Story County Public Health, Story County’s hospitals, and clinics. 
And, to fill a critical need, they arranged to distribute personal protection equipment and surplus food.
If that wasn’t enough, when the derecho hit Story County amid the pandemic, they assisted communities in dealing with the aftermath.
Rotarian Don Goering sponsored both Keith and Melissa.
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 global grant projects.  If you would like to learn more about our next global grant projects in Same District, Tanzania, please email Jim Patton at or Glen Rippke at
Rotary projects around the globe – December 2022

Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in the United States, Mexico, Germany, Italy, and India.

A community cure

Backed by Rotary’s Programs of Scale award, Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia confronts a worldwide malady at the local level

Turning wine bottles back into sand

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Leveraging expertise with Ashoka

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Engagement through experiences

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