April 2024


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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
The Plex Community Center
5501 George Washington Carver
Ames, IA 50010
United States of America
(515) 450-8595
Club Luncheons the First, Third and Fifth Mondays of each month. Online Only Club Meetings on the Second and Fourth Mondays each month. All meetings are available via Zoom link.
Home Page Stories
Hello Rotarians,
Well, I don’t know if March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb, but it does seem to me that it went very quickly.  That is partially due to the fact my family and I took a spring break road trip down to Miramar Beach in sunny Destin, Florida.  Traveling with 3 boys and a dog qualifies this as a trip, not exactly a vacation.  But it was fun nonetheless and Destin was a neat place to visit.  I highly recommend.
Another great month filled with great speakers and guests.  Grant recipients Martha’s House of Hope and the Ames Public Library presented on the grants they received from our club.  The 2024 grant cycle is open so please spread the word!
It was exciting to learn of the opportunities that the Can Play organization, headed by Melissa Clarke-Wharff, will be bringing to the Ames community in the near future.  Can Play brings adapted and no cost recreational programs to communities by removing barriers to play.  Robin McKee, Service Coordination Officer, provided a wealth of information on the services CICS offers to serve the unique needs of individuals with mental health and intellectual and other developmental disabilities in 15 Iowa Counties.  As we continue to make progress on Rotary’s mission to Create Hope in the World, let’s continue to remain focused on bringing awareness and breaking down stigmas and barriers wherever we find them.
On the lighter side, we heard from Glen Mikkelsen all the way from British Columbia as he provided a history of Chuck Wagon racing.  What kind of training goes into being a member of that pit crew?  Probably a little bit different than those in NASCAR.  Sarah Canova, Business Manager for the ISU Creamery, was a guest speaker of the club and I’m really sorry that I had to miss that one.  Even as I type this at 8 o’clock in the morning, some ISU ice cream sounds pretty darn good. That goes with coffee right?  And yesterday in case you missed it we had a little bit of fun and hijinks at the end with a few rounds of Heads or Tails for some fabulous Rotary prizes (thanks Karin!) with some bad dad jokes sprinkled in along the way. 
I would like to thank all of you for donating clothes to the Overflow Thrift Store, with proceeds going to The Bridge Home. District Govenor Dennis Drager asked each club to donate clothes and other textiles for the benefit of assisting the homeless.  Your doantions totaled over 1,500 pounds of clothing and textiles which yielded $500 for The Birdge Home. The Club matched this donation using brag bucket proceeds.
Lastly, I want to say thanks to Kent Frankenfeld and Park Woodle for engaging with ISU Students to start bringing a new ISU Rotaract club online.  Well done!!
Have a great day and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Mason Adams
Club President 2023 - 2024
The Rotary Club of Ames has partnered with the Rotary Club of Same, Tanzania on four Water and Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) global grant projects since 2012.   In total, over $1.25 million has bee contributed to build clean, sustainable water systems for villages in the Same District of Tanzania.  Hy - Vee, Inc. has been a vital corporate partner in all four projects.   
We are currently working on our fifth WASH global grant for the Tanzania village of Menamu, and Hy - Vee, Inc. is once again a vital partner, donating $100,000 toward this project.  
Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  To Hy - Vee, Inc. for your continued support for providing clean water to those most in need. 

Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change yourself and the world?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships

What’s involved?

2024 RYLA will be held July 14-19, 2024 at Grinnell College and is open to high school sophomores and juniors (2023 -2024 school year).  Iowa Rotary clubs in Districts 5970 and 6000 may sponsor students to participate in this 6-day leadership conference.  

How can I participate?

RYLA participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs. Contact Park Woodle at park.rotaryd6000@gmail.com or visit www.iowaryla.org for more information and the application.

At convention find breakouts tailored to you

Take away bold ideas about how to improve your club experience, your community, and the world from breakout sessions at the Rotary convention in Singapore.

A labor of love

Supported by a Rotary Programs of Scale award, an initiative in Nigeria seeks to remedy the country’s high instances of maternal death

Rotary projects around the globe April 2024

Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in the United States, Suriname, Macao, Nigeria, and Australia.

Heat is on for urban planners

As temperatures rise, cities transform heat islands with tree cover, “cool pavement,” and other adaptations.

Food of the future

Breadfruit, a starchy fruit long a staple in the tropics, is attracting new interest globally as farmers and scientists search for crops that are hardier while still nutrient dense.

Club Fees and Donations

Are you interested in learning more about Rotary or joining our Club? Please send an email to info@rotaryclubofames.org 

for information or plan to attend one of our club meetings.

Club Luncheon, The Plex Community Center
Apr 22, 2024
Lisa Diggs, ACCESS
Club Luncheon, The Plex Community Center
Apr 29, 2024
Christian Carichner, Director for ISU Athletic Bands
Club Luncheon at The Plex
May 06, 2024
Jessica Crawford, Rotary Scholar
Online Only
May 13, 2024
Andrea Dikerson - Mental Health Training
Club Luncheon, The Plex Community Center
May 20, 2024
Jon Crawford, Gus McMahon, Juvenile Diabetes: Rotary Grant Awards
Off Site Fellowship Meetings
Jun 03, 2024
Individual Host Sites
Online Only
Jun 10, 2024
Club Social
Jun 24, 2024
President's Celebration
Club Luncheon, The Plex Community Center
Sep 30, 2024 12:00 PM
District Governor Dave Cook
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