August 2022


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Welcome to our club!

Service Above Self

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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What do you value as a member of Rotary? 
  • Friendship and Fellowship? 
  • Participation, in person or online?                                                           
  • Giving of your time, talents and/or treasurer for the benefit of others?
  • Learning new things from guest speakers? or
  • Interesting discussion and topics?
According to Rotary International, “Impact starts with our members – people like you who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.  At club meetings in communities across the globe, our people of action come together or strengthen their connections to friends and neighbors and their commitment to improving lives.” 
Your active membership and involvement in one or all of the above is central to Rotary and the Rotary Club of Ames in exhibiting “Service Above Self.”
I appreciate you and your unique perspective and talents.  Without you, we would be less as a whole.  Together We Are Rotary.
Kent Frankenfeld
Club President 2022 - 2023
The Rotary Club of Ames is pleased to announce the formation of an evening satellite club as a new option for members current, former and new!
The Ames Evening Rotary Club will host its inaugural club meeting Thursday, August 18th from 5:30 - 6:30 pm at Wallaby's on the upper outside deck.  
As a satellite club, members of the Ames Evening Club will be members of the Rotary Club of Ames, they will just meet at a different time and place.  The Evening Club will be an informal social (no guest speakers).  Ames Evening members may purchase their own food and beverages if they choose.  
The Rotary Club of Ames is excited to add this networking and social engagement opportunity as a way to build better community connections.
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 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 gobal 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.
Stephanie A. Urchick selected to be 2024-25 Rotary International President

Stephanie A. Urchick is selected to be the 2024-25 president of Rotary International

Recognizing a woman’s worth

Programs of Scale grant-winner Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria helps families by focusing on the fundamental needs of women

RI President Jennifer Jones crosses Canada from coast to coast to coast

Organized around several hubs, the tour started on 17 June to draw attention to the positive impact that clubs have in their communities.

Rotary Projects Around the Globe August 2022

Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in the United States, Venezuela, Greece, Madagascar, and Kazakhstan.

Rotary Fellowships amplify Ukrainian relief efforts

Rotary's global network has sent millions of dollars' worth of relief to help the people of Ukraine. Rotary Fellowships have amplified the impact of these efforts.

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In-Person Hybrid at ISU Alumni Center
Aug 22, 2022 12:00 PM
Dr. Sharon Perry Fantini, V.P. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, ISU
Club Picnic
Aug 30, 2022
Ames Miracle Park Walnut Shelter
Labor Day ~ No Meeting
Sep 05, 2022
Day of Service Above Self
Sep 12, 2022
Volunteer in the Community
Online Only
Sep 19, 2022 12:00 PM
Mary Morton, Principal Northwood Preschool Center
In-Person Hybrid at ISU Alumni Center
Sep 26, 2022
United Way of Story County Annual Kick-Off
In-Person Hybrid at ISU Alumni Center
Oct 03, 2022
President Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State University
Online Only
Oct 10, 2022
Ryan Harr, Iowa DNR, Special Projects Wildlife Biologist
In-Person Hybrid at ISU Alumni Center
Oct 24, 2022
Dr. Robert Brown, Brewing Beer
In-Person Hybrid at ISU Alumni Center
Oct 31, 2022
Dr. Kenneth Mills, The Ghosts of Iowa State University
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