June 2020


Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President elect designee
Executive Secretary
Membership Chair
RYLA Coordinator
Past President
Literacy Committee
Global Grants
Club Service
Greeting Committee
Music Committee
Vocational Services
International Service
New Member Projects
Centennial Committee
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Ex-Officio Board of Directors
Ex-Officio Board of Directors
Past President's Council
Special Events
Wine Fellowship
Club Information

Welcome to our club!


Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
2100 Green Hills Drive
U.S. Highway 30 & University Blvd
Ames, IA 50014
United States of America
District Site
Venue Map
Home Page Stories
The theme Rotary Connects the World took on a whole new meaning these past 3 months. We are now connecting locally and in an entirely new way – Zoom, Facebook Live, Teams, Hang Outs, What’s App and Facebook Messenger – to name just a few of the platforms we us to connect. It is amazing how well our Rotary membership has adapted to our new way of meeting. Thank you for making this change and for continuing to show up.  I believe we have seen some Rotarians join our Zoom meetings that we haven’t seen at a regular club meeting for some time – welcome back. 
As the Rotary year winds down, I want to take a few moments to reflect on what I’ll miss by not being the club president and what I’ve learned:
  • I’ll miss hearing the singing from the podium. It is amazing how beautiful you all sound from the front of the room.  I’ve learned that even hearing one Rotary member sing through Zoom is still beautiful. Thank you Louis, Jon and Jeff.
  • I’ll miss striking the bell, having everyone rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. I’ve learned that we have a lot to be proud of living under the American flag.
  • I’ll miss having lunch with Karin. I’ve learned that she is a remarkable woman that keeps the president and the entire Rotary Club of Ames running smoothly.
  • I’ll miss the opportunity to visit with nearly every speaker that presents to our club. I’ve learned that everyone has a story to share and that you can get to know someone fairly quickly over lunch. 
  • I’ll miss shaking the hands of new members. I’ve learned that all of us have a responsibility of welcoming new members, even if we aren’t able to shake their hand.
  • I won’t miss having my photo taken. I’ve learned I am a lot shorter than I believe I am (photos don’t lie).
The incoming leadership – President Chad Copley, President-Elect Kelsey Carper, and President-Designee Drew Kamp have already been meeting and the plans they are making will help our club grow even stronger.
I have been honored to help lead the club this year. Thank you for a wonderful opportunity.
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.
Nature & Nurture

With help from a Rotary Foundation global grant, a group of women in rural Costa Rica are using ecotourism to enrich their families' futures.

Watch: Italian clubs aim to protect hospital workers responding to COVID-19

Rotary clubs in districts across Italy worked together to procure state-of-the-art equipment needed to combat the deadly coronavirus disease for 26 hospitals around the country.

Rotaract rising

The ongoing evolution of Rotaract is redefining its place within Rotary.

Kenyan Rotarians take action to prevent spread of COVID-19 

Rotary clubs in East Africa are forging partnerships to provide hand washing stations and food in areas where social distancing is a luxury that few can afford.

Italian club uses expertise to aid in coronavirus fight

Members help launch site so merchants can sell goods, organize supplies to make sanitizer, and provide food to health care workers.

Pay Membership Fees
Rotary Merchandise

Are you interested in learning more about Rotary or joining our Club? Please send an email to info@rotaryclubofames.org 

for information or plan to attend one of our club meetings.

Deb Schildroth, District Officials
Jun 08, 2020
City of Ames Re-Opening. Club and Member Recognitions
Dr. Wendong Zhang
Jun 22, 2020
ISU Economics
District Governor Steve Dakin
Jul 06, 2020
District Goals
Dr. Jim Roth
Jul 13, 2020
Veterinary Medicine
Enter your email address and the message you want to send.
* fields are required