Posted by Brian Dieter

With June and July behind us, families are gearing up for last minute preparations and vacations before the return to school.  August 1st traditionally begins new leases in our town, so good luck getting a rental truck or trailer.  You can certainly notice the increased activity at our local stores and restaurants.  We also have the anticipation of college football, with the Cyclones expected to build on their recent success.  Our Rotary year is just beginning, and we’ve already had our visit from District Governor Tom and Carol Narak.  As you might imagine, Tom was very complimentary of our club, pointing out our numerous successes and contributions- in our local efforts, through our strong support of The Rotary Foundation, and our leadership in global projects, notably water.  He also pointed out our need for replenishment of membership, and I’m grateful to those of you who’ve invited a guest to join us for a meeting already.  Remember my goal is that everyone in our club will bring at least ONE guest this year.  It’s so easy, you might consider doing it twice!  Remember, not every guest will become a member, but few will become members without being a guest.


We’ve had a busy summer already, and I want to say thanks to those who have coordinated volunteer efforts – the amazing job done by Jeff Johnson and Kelsey Bolte Carper in providing leadership to our RAGBRAI stop, Jim Patton for tree planting (and on-going love) at the Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor and Roger Maharry and Jeanne Rogert leading the volunteer effort for Special Olympics.  Finally, thanks to Karin Sevde for leading the drive for our new name badges – they look sharp!  If you haven’t seen one yet, you might want to make a meeting in August!


Brian Dieter 

Club President 2018 - 2019