Posted by Chad Copley

I just want to start off my first monthly newsletter with a brief introduction; I am a relatively new Rotarian - six years ago, August.  I have a few reasons why I joined Rotary, but I’m sure that what I’ve learned since joining is that I am in the right place.  I joined because my father-in-law, who is a long time Rotarian and current member of the Iowa City club, spoke very highly of the wonderful relationships and the amazing service all over the world.  I knew of some local Rotarians that were clearly the type of people I wanted to “hang out” with.  These are high character people; leaders in the community and servants of the community.  I also joined because I had heard about the far reaching impact of Rotary International and the outstanding reputation of The Rotary Foundation.  What a great decision I made to be a part of this!


I am a proud Cyclone alum. Though I moved away from Ames after graduation, I relocated back to Ames in 1999 and I have been here now for over 20 years.  I am married to Carrie and when we married 17 years ago, I was blessed with an instant family and 3 children.  We have one younger son, 16, and in a few more years we will be empty nesting.  We love spending time with family and we enjoy Cyclone athletics.  I have become an avid runner very late in life and I ran my first half marathon at age 49 and my first marathon at age 50 (not sure if I’ll do that again).  


Rotary Opens Opportunities is this year's theme, and I can’t wait to see what opportunities await for us in the coming year!  March 1, 2021 is the Club's 100th anniversary of Service Above Self in the community. You'll start seeing and hearing about the Club's history very soon, and learn more about how our membership has impacted people and communities, locally and globally, over the years. I believe if we focus on the good things in life and offer gratitude for what we have, there will be opportunities in abundance for us to serve others. 


I look forward to continuing to get to know you all. Let’s have a great year!


Chad Copley

Club President 2020 - 2021