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Ames

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We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
US 30 & University Blvd.
Ames, IA  50014
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Being part of a global network of individuals, Rotary ensures that our impact on the world is greater by working together.   For over 110 years we have focused on helping to create a better world by working to: eradicate polio, promote literacy, advocate for peace, and provide clean water.
 
March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene month in the Rotary world.   Our club should be proud of the work that our Global Grants Team has done, and continues to do, to make clean water a realty for so many.   Because of their work, hundreds of people have access to clean water.   This helps to decrease waterborne diseases, keeps children healthier and attending school, and allows mothers to spend more time helping their families instead of walking miles to get water.
 
Obtaining clean water in Ames isn’t something we need to think about on a daily basis.   We trust that the water department is testing and monitoring our water throughout the day, every day.   We simple need to turn on the faucet and water is there.   During the winter months we also rely on clean water to keep ourselves healthy.   You hear health care workers remind us daily during the flu season to wash your hands!    With the threat of the Coronavirus to the US, water continues to be an important resource for all us to remain healthy and stop the spread of the disease.
 
According to Rotary International it only takes $24 to provide one person with safe water.   Did you know that 2030 is the year Rotary hopes to finish providing everyone with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene?   Just like the eradication of Polio, Rotary has taken on the challenge of clean water for all.  When I think of Rotary, I am reminded of Margaret Mead’s statement, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”.  Rotary may have begun as that small group, but look at us now.  Together we are changing the world.  
 
Jean Kresse
Club President 2019 - 2020
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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Club Meeting Cancelled
Mar 30, 2020
ISU Fashion Show
Apr 06, 2020
Mayor John Haila
Apr 13, 2020
State of the City of Ames
Sonja Stoltze Newstrom
Apr 20, 2020
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Michael Crumb,Editor
May 04, 2020
Ames Tribune
Nancy Carroll, Executive Director
May 11, 2020
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