January 2021


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Happy New Year! 

We are now officially in the calendar year of our 100th Anniversary, 2021, so hear we go!  It is hard to imagine what it was like for the founders of our club a century ago, but it is exciting to focus on the inspiration offered from our centennial celebration committee, “Beginning Our Second Century of Service, 1921-2021”.  I believe organizations that remain successful for 100 years, have to focus on their strengths, what they do better than anyone else.  However, having a focus on what we do better than anyone else doesn’t mean we always have to do it the same way. That is a great question for us all to ponder… “What do we do better than anyone else?”.  

Service, clearly service has to be at the top of the list of answers to that question.  Regarding service, I know we have innovated over the years to serve locally and globally and adapt to the ways we can have the most impact.  Rotary International has certainly changed the global grants process in the past and that continues recently, and guess what, our Global Grants team has been working with RI to innovate.   How else can we innovate in the ways we serve?

Membership is definitely another strength of ours,  I am not sure we can always do what we have always done in this area.  I am confident our membership has been and continues to be a strength of ours.  The Rotary Club of Ames reputation remains strong in our community and it is largely because of our members that remain active in their vocations, and in their community involvement activities.  What else can we do to adapt our membership and our member engagement efforts to our changing community?    

There have been a lot of inspirational messages about ringing in the new year this year, so I am not sure I can top those.  Tremendous challenges have been a part of this past year for many of us (most of us), and I believe for our Club that the best is yet to come.  We will get back together and we will begin another century of service!   We welcome your thoughts and ideas around our service and membership, so feel free to share.

Happy New Year,

Chad Copley

Club President 2020 - 2021

Gerald and Eileen Klonglan
The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service Award
Gerald Klonglan is this year’s Citation of Meritorious Service recipient for Rotary District 6000.  Gerald has exemplified himself over many years in several areas of The Rotary Foundation.  With the implementation of the new Rotary Foundation grant model “Future Vision” in 2013, he took a deep dive into the details of the program learning all its many nuances. 
Special awards of recognition are presented by the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation to Rotarians who render outstanding service to the Foundation. The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service recognizes significant and dedicated service by a Rotarian to promote Foundation programs and thus advance the Foundation's goal of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world.  Only one Rotary member per district is eligible to receive the Citation for Meritorious Service which recognizes active service related to The Rotary Foundation.
Since 2004, Gerald has worked diligently with establishing the club’s global grants team as an effort to give the club an international presence and leverage TRF funds for the greater good.  Gerald and the GG Team have formed relationships with individuals and Rotary Clubs in the Same District of Tanzania.  These relationships have led to four global grants for water, sanitation, and hygiene in the Same District, totaling $1.1 million, while helping over 10,000 villagers secure clean water. 
Congratulations, Gerald!
On February 14, 2020, the Rotary Foundation approved Global Grant GG1981316: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Village of Mhezi, Same District, Tanzania Phase II.   This is the fourth global grant awarded to the Rotary Club of Same (host club sponsor, Rotary District 9211) and the Rotary Club of Ames (international club sponsor, Rotary D6000) in the area of focus Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, with each grant project being located in the Same District of Tanzania.
In 2013, The Rotary Foundation listed Tanzania as one of ten countries worldwide as priority for receiving funded in the Areas of Focus: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
Government officials, including the Same District Water Engineer, selected and prioritized villages within the district to receive water systems.    The Rotary Club of Same and the Rotary Club of Ames formed a partnership set to apply for global grants and to install water systems within these selected villages.
Once a global grant was approved, the Rotary Club of Same hired local contractors to drill the wells or capture the springs, dig the trenches for the distribution system, and build the individual distribution points.  Each distribution point has its own attendant to record water sales.   Local water committees were formed to govern the new water system. Local water system technicians were hired and trained to keep the system operating once the system was completed. There is ongoing training for the local water committees, the system technicians and the local citizens who use the water. With completion of the fourth water system, Mhezi II, over 9,650 Tanzanians will have water in with 400 meters of their homes.
The Rotary Club of Ames has been giving technical assistance on all four projects, along with raising awareness and funds from many Rotary Clubs and Rotary District, and from individuals and organizations outside of Rotary. To date over $1,058,000 dollars has been raised for the four projects. Funds raised for Mhezi II came from 16 rotary clubs in eight different Rotary districts, six of those districts providing districts designated funds, all coming from four states and four countries.
Major Impacts:
  • Families are moving to the villages as clean water is available
  • School attendance has increased, and School performance is improving
  • Overall community health is improving
  • Economic activity is increasing as homes and businesses are being built
  • Peace and harmony between families and villagers are improving as they do not have to fight over scarce resources
Anti-Trafficking and Slavery Day on the Hill - Update
by Dr. George Belitsos
The Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery has long advocated for Iowans to learn that this evil crime is an everyday occurrence in our own state. Declaring January 2020 as “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month” served as a springboard for building public awareness.
On Thursday, January 16th Governor Kim Reynolds signed the 2020 Proclamation. The event took place in the rotunda of the State Capitol building and was attended by approximately 175 advocates and allies. We want to thank all of you who participated and stood with the NAHT Board of Directors. Above is a photo of the Governor and NAHT vice-chair Jonathan Causey holding the proclamation surrounded by the committed members of the Iowa NAHT Board of Directors.
  • On average, each club member volunteers 275 hours annually within the community.
  • We have 210 active members.
  • That’s 57,750 volunteer hours club members give back to our community.
  • At $24.14 per hour, that is an impact of $1,394,085 annually.
In communities with no services, incremental steps can go a long way

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History: Rotary in Spain survives challenges

After successfully establishing a presence in Great Britain and Ireland, Rotary expanded its reach to mainland Europe with the chartering of a club in Madrid, Spain, on New Year’s Day 1921.

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Mar 08, 2021
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Mar 15, 2021
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