November 2022


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We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Iowa State University Alumni Center
429 Alumni Lane
Reiman Ballroom on the 2nd Floor
Ames, IA 50011
United States of America
(515) 450-8595
In - Person Twice a Month. Online Club Meetings Weekly. Please check the Speaker Schedule for dates when the club will meet for our In - Person Luncheons.
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As we slip through November, International Rotary Foundation month, I am reminded that a unique celebration to those of us that live in the United States is about to occur – we call it Thanksgiving.  Therefore, I would like to take a minute or five to reflect on why we, as Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Ames, might want to pause and offer our thanks to all that has been accomplished and is being accomplished. 
In no small part due to your time, treasures, and talents you have provided globally this year the following through the Rotary Foundation:
Global Grants by Area of Focus
Basic Education and Literacy:                       
    341 Grants for $12.1 Million
Community Economic Development        
    254 Grants for $17.0 Million
Disease Prevention and Treatment         
    1,020 Grants for $74.8 Million
Maternal and Child Health                            
    129 Grants for $ 8.4 Million
Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention    
    128 Grants for $ 5.6 Million
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene                  
    341 Grants for $25.7 Million     
From Rotary International regarding your Foundation and its purpose:
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.
Our mission:
The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
What impact can one donation have?
  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.
On November 28th at our noon meeting, we have the opportunity to recognize and extend our thankfulness to “Heroes of the Community.” – Individuals that have contributed to our health, safety, and over all well-being.  Join us for this celebration. Let us take the time to truly celebrate Thanksgiving and Thankfulness this year for those that serve so faithfully!
This Rotary year, we have made some significant changes to our meeting and membership structure.   We have adjusted our in - person club luncheon schedule to twice a month.   The club luncheons will be a hybrid meeting for those who cannot attend.   The other two Mondays of the the month are virtual meetings only.  We will offer the opportunity for a fellowship meeting for those who would like to meet together in a small group and watch the virtual club meeting together.    For those months where there is a fifth Monday, we will host a Day of Service in the Ames community.
We now offer several membership levels which will meet with your situation and schedule:  
Young Professional (<40 years of age)
Household (2 persons in the same house)
Corporate (up to 4 members from the same company or organization)
Virtual Only 
Ames Evening Club (Social Only)
Intrigued?   Learn more by emailing
This year the Rotary Club of Ames awarded $20,000 in grants to Ames - area organizations.  These grants are to benefit local projects in the greater Ames community and are to fulfill an unmet need in one or more of these areas:  Community Development (education and awareness, equality justice, and mutual respect), Environment, Health and Wellness, and Youth and Family Development.  
This year's recipients of the Rotary Club of Ames Community Grants are:
  • Ames History Museum for an ADA compliant computer desk and new computer
  • Ames Writer's Collective for Student Writing programs
  • Boys & Girls Club of Story County for its Summer Nourishment program
  • Food at First for folding grocery carts
  • Mainstream Living for Healthy Cooking classes
  • One Heart Equestrian Therapy for additional security and safety items
  • Raising Readers in Story County to Enhance User Experiences
  • The Arc of Story County for Healthy Cooking classes 
  • The Bridge Home for new Mattresses and Bedding
Congratulations to all of this year's grant recipients!
The Annual Global Grant Partners Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 29th starting at 10:00 a.m. CST.   This will be an Online Only meeting where all partners from around the world can participate.
Please RSVP to Glen Rippke at to receive a link to the program.
The Rotary Club of Ames and the Rotary Club of Same, Tanzania have been proud to sponsor four water, sanitation and hygiene global grants.   These four global grants have provided clean, reliable water to three villages and 12,000 villagers in the Same District of Tanzania, making an impact in their lives with better health and nutrition, economic development, improved education and peace.  
Of course, we could not do this alone.  Here are the partners who have helped to make these projects a success for those impacted:
We wish to Thank all of those who have partnered with us on these global grant projects.  If you would like to learn more about our next global grant projects in Same District, Tanzania, please email Jim Patton at or Glen Rippke at
We believe that exemplifying and embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) should be a part of everything we do.   
At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change. 
We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs. 
Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive. 
We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong. 
In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.
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Using district resource networks

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Leveraging expertise: Habitat for Humanity

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Leveraging expertise: Mediators Beyond Borders International

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In-Person Hybrid at ISU Alumni Center
Nov 28, 2022
Heroes of the Community
Online Only
Dec 05, 2022
Lewie Curtis ~ Director of Officials, IHSAA
Online Only ~ Kim Norvell
Dec 19, 2022
Editor, Ames Tribune
In-Person Hybrid
Jan 16, 2023
Anita Rollins
In Person with Rick Sanders
Jan 23, 2023
ISU Research Park
Feb 06, 2023
Dr. Julious Lawson, Superintendent, Ames Community Schools
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