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Welcome to our club!

Ames

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
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
Phone:
(515) 450-8595
Home Page Stories

To be vulnerable with you, writing in a monthly newsletter as your Club President was not at the top of my list of responsibilities to look forward to.  So, I just decided to go with the flow each month and write about what was on my mind and in my heart at the time. There will be no sequence or specific items that will be addressed from month to month.

So, what is in my heart this month?  I am feeling blessed to be a part of Rotary because of the guiding principles of Rotary International. Clearly, the Four-Way Test is a primary guiding principle.  Directly from the rotary.org website is this leading paragraph… These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.  

What if our businesses, our communities, our state or our country moved with a strong, common purpose and direction?  Wow, what could we accomplish?  What if we had a “foundation for our relationships” outside of our club just as we do within our club?  What if everyone who is not associated with Rotary, applied the Four-Way Test to all of the things they think, say or do?  

The blessing in being a part of Rotary, and specifically The Rotary Club of Ames,  is that we do come together as we put service above self.  We have enjoyed fellowship, awesome programs, local service projects, and global service together.  I believe we can set an example for the rest of the world and what better way to be an example than to invite others to be a part of our club?

Hopefully you all feel like I do when I see a fellow Rotarian, I feel like I can approach them and talk to them with the comfort of knowing we share a common purpose.  What a great feeling and a blessing! 

We are all experiencing challenges right now, but we are a strong Club and we will be celebrating 100 years of strength together this year.  Remember our common purpose and our foundation for our relationships.  Be Rotary Kind.

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!
 
Dr. Zhang discusses US-China Relations with respect to Phase 1 of the US-China trade deal and effects the COVID19 pandemic has had on US - China relations
 
https://youtu.be/D7YG0SWjVJw
 
Here is a link to today's virtual club meeting featuring District award presentations and Deb Schildroth discussing plans to re-open sites in the Ames community.
 
https://youtu.be/7eDf-ENO4Cs
 
 
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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Philippine club mobilizes transportation for frontline coronavirus health workers

COVID-19 forces lockdown on public transportation in Manila. Members bring vans, accommodations for hospital and lab workers.

Better together

A need to connect with different age groups is woven into our genes.

3D printers to the rescue

Rotary members join 3D print enthusiasts to make personal protective equipment in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rotarian Conversation: Marc Freedman

The Rotarian Conversation:Marc FreedmanThis longevity expert has found that both younger and older people thrive when they work together with a common purpose — something

 
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Speakers
President Wintersteen, V.P. John Lawrence
Aug 24, 2020
ISU Fall Update
Nora Tobin
Aug 31, 2020
Self Help
PDG Chris Knapp
Sep 14, 2020
The Rotary Foundation
Sydney Berman
Sep 21, 2020
Rotary Global Scholar
Simone Renault
Oct 05, 2020
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