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Ames

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
US 30 & University Blvd.
Ames, IA  50014
United States
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March Madness is upon us!

Of course that means fanatics screaming for their favorite spring items- green grass, shorts, an ice free zone on the driveway, and maybe there’s something in there about basketball as well!

It looks like several local high school teams will visit the state tournament and both Cyclones and Hawkeyes will have plenty to cheer for during the conference tourneys as well as the NCAA championships.  What all good teams will have in common is a shared understanding of their goals and how each player contributes to the achievement of these goals.

I think this is much the same for us.  As a local club, our connections to Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation help give us a global perspective and provide a system to bring about improvements in our world.   Eradication of polio, increasing peace and global understanding, providing water and supporting communities all are a part of this global mission.  We are pleased to have the opportunity to help fund these efforts and celebrate these. Some, through direct involvement in global service are able to personally participate. 

However, at the local club level we all participate- in building membership, suggesting and scheduling and supporting varied programs and through helping to tell the Rotary story.

At last week’s meeting we had a speaker unable to make the journey to Ames so I asked those attending to answer a few questions about telling our story and how we can best showcase our club to visitors.  I’m looking forward to sharing a recap of these items for your consideration.  Remember, we all benefit from strengthening Rotary, and the best way to make our impact felt begins at our club level. 

Also- Go Cyclones!
 
Brian Dieter
Club President 2018 - 2019
 
  • 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.
The Rotary Club of Ames, IA provided a major grant of $10,000 for the project “​Human Trafficking in Central Iowa: How You Can Be Part of the Solution”.   This grant, together with a matching local community grant of $5,000 from Rotary District 6000, provided funding for building awareness about human trafficking throughout the Ames and Iowa State University communities, and encouraged citizens to educate themselves on identifying victims of human trafficking. 
 
Major outcomes of the Rotary Club of Ames human trafficking project:
The level of public concern and interest in learning about sex trafficking was outstanding as measured by the large turnout for project funded speaking engagements and six major public forums. A grand total of just over 4,500 attended these forums and public awareness events. This Rotary funded project helped to also create enough awareness of the growing trafficking problem in Iowa, that the group able to reach our Iowa legislators resulting in passage of two anti-trafficking bills. One of these bills created The Office to Combat Human Trafficking within the Iowa Department of Public Safety which opened last August 2016.
 
Twenty-four hotel managers and supervisors attended a sex trafficking awareness meeting hosted by Rotary. Seven of these hotels agreed to have their employees trained on how to recognize and report suspected trafficking. Each hotel received a plaque to display in their lobby that certified the training and that the hotel will report suspicious behavior. Rotary funded a showing of the documentary, ​Sex Trafficking in the USA​, and discussion of Nicholas Kristof's new film, ​A Path Appears.
 
​This forum was held one week prior to a lecture featuring Nicholas Kristof. The documentary was viewed by 480 in attendance which far exceeded our expectations. Copies of the documentary were offered to groups, schools and service clubs who were unable to attend the forum. The 2-​ hour documentary has been an excellent anti-human trafficking training tool. Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for the ​New York Times,​ spoke on the global fight against human trafficking. His address was entitled ​“Why We Should Care About the World and Want to Change It”.
​ An astonishing 1,600 attended the lecture. Rotary was listed as a major funder and sponsor. Kristof began with slides of trips to Asia and his early exposure to human trafficking. He has been expanding his research and discussed writing about trafficking. Domestic US sex trafficking became the focus of the documentary special he wrote and produced. Kristof's writing on human trafficking resulted in winning a Pulitzer Prize. His book was for sale after the lecture, and he signed many copies for those attending.
 
Two Human Trafficking Community Forums were held at the Ames Public Library. The forum included the first showing of ​Any Kid Anywhere. Protecting Our Children was the lead forum sponsor and Rotary was listed as the sole funder. The DVD, ​Any Kid Anywhere​, features interviews of three Iowa women who were trafficked starting in their teens. The Rotary grant funded the production of 100 DVDs which were distributed free to schools across Iowa. The DVD was followed by a local panel discussion. The Ames Tribune had a front-page article about the two forums. Rotary hosted a lecture at which James Kofi Annan spoke on ​Stopping Child Slavery in Ghana.
 
​Through his work, Mr. Annan has rescued and supported over 10,000 children who have been forced child labor slaves. Approximately 460 attended the James Kofi Annan lecture. A Rotarian introduced the speaker. James told his personal story of being sold into child slavery at age 6 and escaped at age 12. He has established a survivors' program which provides safe housing, counseling, medical care and a school. A group from Ames including Ames Mayor Ann Campbell (a member of the Rotary Club of Ames) will be traveling to Ghana to help expand the school and its library.
The Rotary Club of Ames presented checks to four direct service agencies as budgeted in the Human Trafficking grant. Photos were taken of the check presentations with a cutline listing eight Rotarians who were present for the check passing. Rotary published two of these photos in the Ames Club newsletter. YSS, a statewide child welfare agency, used the Rotary funds to print an informational brochure on child sex trafficking. Rotary is listed on the brochure as the funder.
 
Rotary funds assisted the startup of the Ames High School Teens Against Human Trafficking (TAHT). The ​Ames Tribune​ carried a front-page article about the establishment of the AHS group. In addition, Rotary funds helped to expand TAHT in Ankeny, Fort Dodge and Des Moines.
 
Rotary was very fortunate to secure Luis CdeBaca to come to Ames and central Iowa for two entire days to commemorate Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness month. Luis CdeBaca recently stepped down as Ambassador to monitor and combat trafficking in person. He now leads the Department of Justice Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) based in Washington, D.C. Although we had budgeted $2,500 for this Rotary grant line item, very little was spent since Ambassador CdeBaca decided to donate his time and pay for his own travel from Washington, D.C. to Iowa. Ambassador CdeBaca spoke at two major community forums and addressed the Rotary Club of Ames. He also consulted with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, and several and met with non-profits providing rescue and services to survivors of human trafficking.
 
Rotary funded the production and display of anti-trafficking signs for the CyRide buses in Ames. Primarily high school and college students ride CyRide. The signs were designed by Iowa State University students. Houck Transit Advertising produced the signs and displayed the signs on buses. All the CyRide buses rotate to a new route daily, giving full market coverage. The signs were displayed for three months.
 
Information about this successful project will be on display at the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) booth No. 2926 at the Atlanta Rotary International Convention.
 
The Rotary Club of Ames urges other District 6000 clubs to join the fight to end modern day slavery both here in Iowa, and across the globe. For more information about RAGAS, go to their website www.ragas.online​ and sign up for their regular newsletter. For more information about labor and sex trafficking here in Iowa, go to the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking website at www.iowanaht.org​. Once you connect to this website, please subscribe to the twice monthly blog post written by Ames Rotary Club board member Dr. George Belitsos, by clicking on the contact tab. Dr. George also serves as chair of the Iowa NAHT Board of Directors.
This June the Rotary Club of Ames awarded 10 local community project grants of $1,000 each to non-profit organizations from the Ames area:
 
  • ChildServe, for Pediatric Outpatient Therapy Equipment 
  • Community and Family Resources, for Recovery Support, Behavioral Health Treatment
  • Emergency Residence Project, Emergency Shelter Bathroom Renovation
  • Food at First, Artic Air 48' Refrigerator
  • Heartland Senior Services, Wheelchair Accessible Patio Table
 
  • Matthew 25 House, Inc., for a new Water Heater and Bathroom Renovations
  • Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc., for a new Computer for the Story County Dental Clinic
  • NAMI of Central Iowa, for Art as Meditation six-week Workshop
  • Raising Readers in Story County, for Read to Succeed Program
  • The Salvation Army, items for the Family Pantry
 
 
 
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Speakers
Alissa Stoehr
Mar 18, 2019
Human Trafficking
John Lawrence
Mar 25, 2019
ISU Extension and Outreach
Dawn Bratsch-Prince
Apr 08, 2019
Camino
Chuck Cychosz
Apr 22, 2019
Ames Chief of Police
No Club Meeting
Apr 29, 2019
Dr. Wendy Wintersteen
May 06, 2019
President, Iowa State University
Lynnette Pohlman
May 13, 2019
Brunnier Museum
Dipali (Dipa) Sashital
May 20, 2019
CRISPR
Off-Site Fellowships
Jun 03, 2019
Scott Siepker
Jun 17, 2019
Iowa's Mr. Nice on Jack Trice
Year end Celebration
Jun 24, 2019
 
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