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Ames

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
US 30 & University Blvd.
Ames, IA  50014
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November was a month that we as members of the Rotary Club of Ames should be extremely proud of.  On November 16th, I had the pleasure and honor to represent the Rotary Club of Ames and accepted the Outstanding Group Philanthropist award from the Story County Alliance for Philanthropy.  I am including the speech I made that day as it sums up how proud I am to be a member of this club.

“On behalf of the Rotary Club of Ames, I want to thank the Story County Alliance for Philanthropy for this great honor.  I also would like to add that I feel humbled and fortunate to be the one up here accepting this honor and speaking to you .  That is because this is a wonderful recognition for what we, the members of the Rotary club of Ames, do collectively within the community and how we live our lives day-to-day.

The Rotary club of Ames has a long history of providing financial support for projects and programs within Story County and we have distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars locally through our Foundation and direct gifts from our members.  Last year alone, a total of over $106,000 was contributed by individual members and the club to support programs and projects that impacted 32 different organizations.

I think it would be difficult to find an organization in the non-profit, health, arts, social services or recreational sectors within the Story County community that has not been impacted by our club or our individual members financially.

The motto for Rotary is:”Service above Self” and for almost 100 years this club has used this motto as our guiding principle along with the 4 way test.  We feel the 4 way test is so important we close every meeting with reciting it.  The 4 way test states:

·         Of the things we think, say or do

o   Is it the truth

o   Is it fair to all concerned

o   Will it build good will and better friendship

o   Will it be beneficial to all concerned 

 

Living this motto, our members not only give financially, they also actively serve on many non-profit boards, volunteer their time, mentor students, run for public office, and offer their expertise.  This is also a part of what we are asked to do as Rotarians as a qualification for membership – “have we demonstrated a commitment to service through personal involvement”.

A huge milestone for our club is coming in 2021, as it will be our 100 year anniversary.  Our members wanted to give something to our community that will be here for years to come.  That is why, the Rotary Club of Ames has committed $300,000 to be the sponsor of the Ames Miracle League Field.  This field will provide the opportunity to play 'America's Game' to those who need assistance. 

I would also be remis if I did not mention that in the past 11 years, numerous members of our club have been recognized by the Story County Alliance for Philanthropy both individually and in other organizations.  I also want to congratulate all those who are being recognized today, you have truly made a difference in Story County.  I would specifically like to congratulate one of our own who will be recognized later in this program, Jeff Johnson and his wife Peggy.  Congratulations to you both, an honor well deserved by two fantastic individuals. 

In closing, I would like to say that our success as a club can only be contributed to one thing: OUR MEMBERS!!!!!!  It is our members, who volunteer countless time, talent and resources to support programs and services in Story County and worldwide.” 

I want to thank you all for everything you do to make Ames and world a better place to live.

Happy Holidays!!

Don Borchering, Club President

 

On November 13th, the Global Grants committee hosted a special meeting for the project partners and representatives from the District and the Rotary Foundation.   The Mhezi Village Water Project will be the club's third project in the Same District of Tanzania, partnering with the Rotary Club of Same as our host club.    Under the new global grant model, large projects which are sustainable to the areas and people affected are favored.   The Mhezi Village project will be close to a $400,000 project.    The funds for this project will come from our club's partners; Rotary club and respective Districts,  individuals and companies.  These funds are then matched by the Rotary Foundation.   
 
Pictured from left to right: (seated) Dave Fox, Harold Jensen (Ames Morning Rotary), JoAnn Becker (Rotary Club of Grinnell), Gerald Klonglan, B.J. Ukena (Rotary Club of Rockwell City), Dan Becker (Rotary Club of Grinnell).   (standing) Craig Miller (Rotary Club of Des Moines), Steve Jones, Jim Patton, Bob Main (Rotary Club of Newton), Tom Mott (Rotary Club of Newton), Chris Bartleson (Rotary Club of Winterset), Past District Governor Chris Knapp, and David Hansen.
 
If you are interested in learning more about the Mhezi Village project or would like to make a contribution, please contact Gerald Klonglan.
 
 
 
Greetings to the Members of the Rotary Club of Ames,
 
It was good to be in Ames again to renew friendships with many of your members and to meet some Rotarians for the first time.  Your club is friendly and inviting and clearly focused on serving others.  Since 1921 your club has demonstrated an outstanding Service Above Self commitment to others.  You are doing so many things right!  Your venue is perfect; convenient location, good parking, and great food!
 
I enjoyed meeting with your board.  It is clear you have board members who are committed to Rotary and want to try new things to not only grow the club in numbers but to make it stronger and healthier.  Several of the board members took notes during the meeting so hopefully in the coming weeks you will review the suggestions and guidelines that were presented.  As Rotary International President Ian Riseley has repeatedly stated, you are encouraged to try most anything in your club if you believe it will make it stronger.  Take his words literally and try out new formats and activities.
 
You have a strong past, current, and future club president lineup as well as a solid board.  Your club’s presence on the district level, combined with excellent local leadership, is commendable and makes for a very healthy, active, and vibrant Rotary club.  Kudos to George and others who spearheaded the effort to train local staff on how to spot human trafficking and for developing the training manual that is placed in area hotels.  Awesome project!
 
Hopefully many of your members will attend the Toast to Rotary District 6000  on Saturday evening, April 14, 2018 at the West Des Moines Marriott.  Your support is needed to make this pilot a homerun success.  More detailed information about the Toast will be in the December newsletter, along with the registration form.
 
As mentioned in my presentation, hopefully some of your members will give serious consideration to include The Rotary Foundation in their estate planning.  It is a fantastic way to continue “planting people” in perpetuity long after one’s death.  It is such a simple process to do: fill out the short form in the Your Rotary Legacy brochure, send one copy to Rotary headquarters, give a copy to your attorney, keep a copy for yourself.  It is evident that many of your  members understand the importance of The Rotary Foundation and willingly support it.  Thank you!
 
Suggested areas for the club to focus on this year include:
  • Beef up the orientation and club involvement for new members to get them well informed and engaged early.
  • Implement the 3 goals of the Rotary International President Ian Riseley: a) report volunteer hours and b) money spent this year on projects in the name of your club. and c) plant 1 tree for each of the members in the club.  It sounds like you have come up with a way to gather the hours and money and report it to RI on a regular basis.  Go to www.rotary.org – My Rotary – Rotary Club Central (Under Manage tab, then left column – Service tab. 
  • Encourage your members to attend the One Rotary Summit at Shive-Hattery in West Des Moines from 5:30 – 8:30 on Thursday, Oct. 12.  Free supper at 5:30.  Must register at www.Rotary6000.org (right column).  A club your size should have at least 10 members present, especially since it is so close to you.
  • Look at ways to make the club even more visible.  The signs you currently have around town spotlighting your projects are great but even more visibility can be accomplished with the large metal signs that we discussed. 
  • Develop a relationship with the Young Professionals Network.  They are a fantastic source of potential new members for you as they are already civic minded and know the value of networking.
  • Concentrate on ways to deepen the diversity within the club.
  • Think of new ways to add fun to each meeting; perhaps appoint a “fun committee” as discussed at the board meeting.
 
How can you farm your “Rotary soil” a little deeper this year?  When that happens your club will be stronger, healthier and more vibrant.  Also, don’t forget to share the newsletter with others when you are finished with it and remember to give non-Rotarian visitors and speakers a copy of the newsletter so they can learn more about the wonderful world of Rotary.
 
A big, well-deserved pat on the back for the RC of Ames.  You really have your act together with many outstanding leaders who definitely show a passion for Rotary.  Your support and interest in the World Bicycle Relief project is very much appreciated!  It’s a great way for your club to get involved in a global project without the hassle of applying for a global grant.   Remember, this is also a really cool way for scout troops, school clubs, or church youth groups to get involved in a global project.  Any funds they raise should be funneled through your Rotary club. 
 
A special thank you to President Don Borcherding, Del & Georgia Bluhm, and Don & Doris Goering for providing us with a first-class “Chamber of Commerce” quality tour of Ames to see so many projects your club has been involved in over the years.  The plans you have to work with the city on the “Miracle Park” are incredible.  What a fantastic signature project to celebrate your centennial year in 2021!  You truly have made a significant impact on the city of Ames in so many ways.  It was a most enjoyable, and extremely well organized tour with a fun ending at Hickory Park for ice cream, where Karin Sevde met us. 
 
A big thank you for the “Ames, A Ride Through Town on the Dinkey” book.  We look forward to reading about the wonderful history of Ames – a city you can be very proud of. The gift was very thoughtful of you and much appreciated.
 
Remember, your AG, Michelle Cassabaum, and I are fully committed to give you the support you deserve.  Please do not hesitate to call on us anytime as it is a joy for us to work with clubs like yours.  You truly have a Service Above Self mentality and it shows. 
 
It is a joy to serve as your DG.  Together, as a team, we definitely can implement this year’s theme of Rotary; Making a Difference.  Your club is certainly one of the crown jewels of District 6000 and you make all of us very proud.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mike Ruby, DG
 
 
On Monday, October 30th, we were joined by the Rotary Youth Leadership students the club sponsored.   The students participated in many events which engaged them in team building and enhanced their leadership skills.   The students were: Riley Nelson, an 8th grader at Gilbert Middle School who participated in Youth RYLA, Josie Noland, a junior at Woodward-Granger high School,  Anna Lissa, a junior at Ames High School, and Kelby Rewerts, a junior at Nevada High School.   Rotarians Chuck and Carolyn Jons were counselors at RYLA.  

District 6000 of Rotary International is now accepting applications for their study abroad program – Rotary Youth Exchange – for the academic year 2018-19.

 

High school students ages 15-18 are eligible to participate in this year-long program. Opportunities to study abroad in Europe, Asia, and South America are available. Students interested in learning other cultures and languages are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is November 15th

 

For questions and/or more information on the application process, please contact your local Rotary Club or Doug Peterson, District Chairman, at louanndoug@mchsi.com.

 
This month we wish to recognize those organizations who were awarded a grant from the Rotary Club of Ames.   Club signs promoting our sponsorship have been placed at:
 
  • The Salvation Army, 703 E. Lincoln Way.  $5,000 toward the Family Food Pantry expansion
  • Cambridge Food Pantry, 215 Second Street, Cambridge.  $3,500 for a new refrigerator
  • Hunziker Youth Sports Complex, Billy Sunday Road.   $1,500 for new picnic tables
  • Matthew 25 House, Inc. 330 S. Second Street.  $1,000 for a new water heater, bathroom fixtures
 

 In the last few months the fight to End Polio Now has gained financial support from several  sources including:

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation extended its 2-to-1 funding match for three years
  • Canada pledged US $75 million
  • United Arab Emerates pledged $30 million
  • Rotary committed to raising $50 million over three years

These are encouraging commitments to the eradication of polio and assistance as each of us continues support for PolioPlus.

In mid-September you’ll be receiving a contribution box so that you’ll have a place to deposit your pocket change to End Polio Now.  The boxes will be collected at the club meeting on Monday, October 23.  That is in conjunction with World Polio Day October 23.

According to the End Polio Now Newsletter of July 2017, “Our support is helping to shrink the $1.5 million funding gap that stands in the way of reducing polio cases to zero worldwide”.

Please add your pocket change to the continuings of PolioPlus.

 Monica Porter
 Club Foundation Chair
This June the Rotary Club of Ames awarded 10 local community project grants of $1,000 each to non-profit organizations from the Ames area:
 
  • ChildServe, for Pediatric Outpatient Therapy Equipment 
  • Community and Family Resources, for Recovery Support, Behavioral Health Treatment
  • Emergency Residence Project, Emergency Shelter Bathroom Renovation
  • Food at First, Artic Air 48' Refrigerator
  • Heartland Senior Services, Wheelchair Accessible Patio Table
 
  • Matthew 25 House, Inc., for a new Water Heater and Bathroom Renovations
  • Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc., for a new Computer for the Story County Dental Clinic
  • NAMI of Central Iowa, for Art as Meditation six-week Workshop
  • Raising Readers in Story County, for Read to Succeed Program
  • The Salvation Army, items for the Family Pantry
 
 
Rotarians in Action... Volunteering for the Opening Ceremony, Special Olympics Iowa on May 25th.
 
Charlie Ricketts       
Roger and Jeanne Maharry
Lynne Carey
Debra Johnson
Gerald and Eileen Klonglan
John Dalhoff
Katy McMahon
Jeanne and Rod Rogert
Chad Copley
Dean Axland
Don and Doris Goering
Suzy and John Shierholz
Doug and Chris Timmons
 
Thank you     Thank you    Thank you
 
The Rotary Club of Ames, IA provided a major grant of $10,000 for the project “​Human Trafficking in Central Iowa: How You Can Be Part of the Solution”.   This grant, together with a matching local community grant of $5,000 from Rotary District 6000, provided funding for building awareness about human trafficking throughout the Ames and Iowa State University communities, and encouraged citizens to educate themselves on identifying victims of human trafficking. 
 
Major outcomes of the Rotary Club of Ames human trafficking project:
The level of public concern and interest in learning about sex trafficking was outstanding as measured by the large turnout for project funded speaking engagements and six major public forums. A grand total of just over 4,500 attended these forums and public awareness events. This Rotary funded project helped to also create enough awareness of the growing trafficking problem in Iowa, that the group able to reach our Iowa legislators resulting in passage of two anti-trafficking bills. One of these bills created The Office to Combat Human Trafficking within the Iowa Department of Public Safety which opened last August 2016.
 
Twenty-four hotel managers and supervisors attended a sex trafficking awareness meeting hosted by Rotary. Seven of these hotels agreed to have their employees trained on how to recognize and report suspected trafficking. Each hotel received a plaque to display in their lobby that certified the training and that the hotel will report suspicious behavior. Rotary funded a showing of the documentary, ​Sex Trafficking in the USA​, and discussion of Nicholas Kristof's new film, ​A Path Appears.
 
​This forum was held one week prior to a lecture featuring Nicholas Kristof. The documentary was viewed by 480 in attendance which far exceeded our expectations. Copies of the documentary were offered to groups, schools and service clubs who were unable to attend the forum. The 2-​ hour documentary has been an excellent anti-human trafficking training tool. Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for the ​New York Times,​ spoke on the global fight against human trafficking. His address was entitled ​“Why We Should Care About the World and Want to Change It”.
​ An astonishing 1,600 attended the lecture. Rotary was listed as a major funder and sponsor. Kristof began with slides of trips to Asia and his early exposure to human trafficking. He has been expanding his research and discussed writing about trafficking. Domestic US sex trafficking became the focus of the documentary special he wrote and produced. Kristof's writing on human trafficking resulted in winning a Pulitzer Prize. His book was for sale after the lecture, and he signed many copies for those attending.
 
Two Human Trafficking Community Forums were held at the Ames Public Library. The forum included the first showing of ​Any Kid Anywhere. Protecting Our Children was the lead forum sponsor and Rotary was listed as the sole funder. The DVD, ​Any Kid Anywhere​, features interviews of three Iowa women who were trafficked starting in their teens. The Rotary grant funded the production of 100 DVDs which were distributed free to schools across Iowa. The DVD was followed by a local panel discussion. The Ames Tribune had a front-page article about the two forums. Rotary hosted a lecture at which James Kofi Annan spoke on ​Stopping Child Slavery in Ghana.
 
​Through his work, Mr. Annan has rescued and supported over 10,000 children who have been forced child labor slaves. Approximately 460 attended the James Kofi Annan lecture. A Rotarian introduced the speaker. James told his personal story of being sold into child slavery at age 6 and escaped at age 12. He has established a survivors' program which provides safe housing, counseling, medical care and a school. A group from Ames including Ames Mayor Ann Campbell (a member of the Rotary Club of Ames) will be traveling to Ghana to help expand the school and its library.
The Rotary Club of Ames presented checks to four direct service agencies as budgeted in the Human Trafficking grant. Photos were taken of the check presentations with a cutline listing eight Rotarians who were present for the check passing. Rotary published two of these photos in the Ames Club newsletter. YSS, a statewide child welfare agency, used the Rotary funds to print an informational brochure on child sex trafficking. Rotary is listed on the brochure as the funder.
 
Rotary funds assisted the startup of the Ames High School Teens Against Human Trafficking (TAHT). The ​Ames Tribune​ carried a front-page article about the establishment of the AHS group. In addition, Rotary funds helped to expand TAHT in Ankeny, Fort Dodge and Des Moines.
 
Rotary was very fortunate to secure Luis CdeBaca to come to Ames and central Iowa for two entire days to commemorate Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness month. Luis CdeBaca recently stepped down as Ambassador to monitor and combat trafficking in person. He now leads the Department of Justice Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) based in Washington, D.C. Although we had budgeted $2,500 for this Rotary grant line item, very little was spent since Ambassador CdeBaca decided to donate his time and pay for his own travel from Washington, D.C. to Iowa. Ambassador CdeBaca spoke at two major community forums and addressed the Rotary Club of Ames. He also consulted with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, and several and met with non-profits providing rescue and services to survivors of human trafficking.
 
Rotary funded the production and display of anti-trafficking signs for the CyRide buses in Ames. Primarily high school and college students ride CyRide. The signs were designed by Iowa State University students. Houck Transit Advertising produced the signs and displayed the signs on buses. All the CyRide buses rotate to a new route daily, giving full market coverage. The signs were displayed for three months.
 
Information about this successful project will be on display at the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) booth No. 2926 at the Atlanta Rotary International Convention.
 
The Rotary Club of Ames urges other District 6000 clubs to join the fight to end modern day slavery both here in Iowa, and across the globe. For more information about RAGAS, go to their website www.ragas.online​ and sign up for their regular newsletter. For more information about labor and sex trafficking here in Iowa, go to the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking website at www.iowanaht.org​. Once you connect to this website, please subscribe to the twice monthly blog post written by Ames Rotary Club board member Dr. George Belitsos, by clicking on the contact tab. Dr. George also serves as chair of the Iowa NAHT Board of Directors.
To all of the “Noon Rotarians”:
 
First and foremost, Thank You and Congratulations!
 
Thank You!  Because of your generosity, money was raised to cover the $35,000 deficit of the Masandare Village Water Project.  As the project started, two boreholes were drilled which turned out to be dry wells.  This wasted precious resources.  The third borehole is providing plenty of water.  With the project funds at full capacity, the project will continue as originally planned.  Kudos to you!
 
And Congratulations!   The Kigogo Village water system is up and running. Ownership of the water system has been transferred to the village and has generated many improvements to the lives of those living in the village.   Providing a clean, dependable water source allows for better health, children can attend school full-time versus walking for miles to fetch a bucket of water from a stream or watering hole, and has spurred economic development within the village.   Your support made it happen!
 
The attachment is the annual report from Giliad Eneza, the Project Manager, hired by the Rotary Club of Same, Tanzania.  The Rotary Club of Same is the Host Club for all our planned Humanitarian Water System Development and Sanitation Global Grants for six villages in the Same District.  Reports, such as this, will be filed with The Rotary Foundation for three years to assure the sustainability of each water system project for years to come.
 
Last fall, as part of the sustainability, a member of each household in Kigogo attended a three-day workshop on the use of grey water and maintaining kitchen gardens.  It is heartwarming to see the photos of flourishing gardens.  This workshop will be a part of every project.
 
In Masandare Village, the villagers and the Rotary Club of Same are right in the midst of construction.  The well is done.  The storage tank has been built by the villagers.  The villagers will dig by hand the trenches to lay water pipes.   In late June to early July, Dave Fox will lead team to Masandare Village to observe the overall progress, and oversee the installation of electricity and equipment to the pump house.  Reading the annual report of Kigogo will give insight to what is occurring right now in Masandare.
 
The next Water and Sanitation Global Grant will focus on Mhezi Village.  The goal will be to install a village-wide water system.   However, Mhezi is unique to the other projects.  The area consists of seven sub-villages which are spread over a mountainside.  Far above the sub-villages is a substantial and constantly flowing spring which will be the source of water.
 
We are now raising funds for the Mhezi Village Water Global Grant and would like for you to be a partner in this project.   Please consider making a contribution to the Rotary Club of Ames Foundation for the Mhezi Village Water Project.   Every dollar is a drop in the bucket, but together we will get the water flowing.
 
Enjoy reading the report about the success of the Village of Kigogo Water project. Continue to think of all lives being changed for the better as we move forward.
 
Mary Wells, President
Rotary Club of Ames Foundation
The Rotary Club of Ames is proud to present The Ames Foundation with the club's 2016 Major Grant in the amount of $10,000.  The grant will go toward the purchase of a new tree planting trailer.  The trailer will be used to plant trees, replacing Ash and other diseased trees throughout Ames community.  The trailer will have the Rotary Club of Ames logo displayed and will be equipped with tools and supplies needed for the various projects.  
 
Jim Lohr, chair of the major grant committee, and Austin Woodin presented Sheila Lundt, President of The Ames Foundation, with the $10,000 check.  Rotarians and Ames Foundation board members, Jim Mason and Jeff Iles also were present to receive the award.
 
 
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Dec 18, 2017 12:00 PM
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Jan 08, 2018
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