July 2020


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Service Above Self

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Ames, IA 50014
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I just want to start off my first monthly newsletter with a brief introduction; I am a relatively new Rotarian - six years ago, August.  I have a few reasons why I joined Rotary, but I’m sure that what I’ve learned since joining is that I am in the right place.  I joined because my father-in-law, who is a long time Rotarian and current member of the Iowa City club, spoke very highly of the wonderful relationships and the amazing service all over the world.  I knew of some local Rotarians that were clearly the type of people I wanted to “hang out” with.  These are high character people; leaders in the community and servants of the community.  I also joined because I had heard about the far reaching impact of Rotary International and the outstanding reputation of The Rotary Foundation.  What a great decision I made to be a part of this!


I am a proud Cyclone alum. Though I moved away from Ames after graduation, I relocated back to Ames in 1999 and I have been here now for over 20 years.  I am married to Carrie and when we married 17 years ago, I was blessed with an instant family and 3 children.  We have one younger son, 16, and in a few more years we will be empty nesting.  We love spending time with family and we enjoy Cyclone athletics.  I have become an avid runner very late in life and I ran my first half marathon at age 49 and my first marathon at age 50 (not sure if I’ll do that again).  


Rotary Opens Opportunities is this year's theme, and I can’t wait to see what opportunities await for us in the coming year!  March 1, 2021 is the Club's 100th anniversary of Service Above Self in the community. You'll start seeing and hearing about the Club's history very soon, and learn more about how our membership has impacted people and communities, locally and globally, over the years. I believe if we focus on the good things in life and offer gratitude for what we have, there will be opportunities in abundance for us to serve others. 


I look forward to continuing to get to know you all. Let’s have a great 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!
Dr. Zhang discusses US-China Relations with respect to Phase 1 of the US-China trade deal and effects the COVID19 pandemic has had on US - China relations
Here is a link to today's virtual club meeting featuring District award presentations and Deb Schildroth discussing plans to re-open sites in the Ames community.
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.
3D printers to the rescue

Rotary members join 3D print enthusiasts to make personal protective equipment in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Better together

A need to connect with different age groups is woven into our genes

The Rotarian Conversation: Marc Freedman

The Rotarian Conversation:Marc FreedmanThis longevity expert has found that both younger and older people thrive when they work together with a common purpose — something

Rotary’s first virtual convention inspires members to innovate and stay connected

Rotary’s first-ever virtual convention attracted more than 60,000 registrants and 175,000 viewers during its weeklong program.

Young at heart

Holger Knaack has a fresh vision for the Rotary of the future. With a little help from his friends, things should go swimmingly.

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Aug 03, 2020
Start Climate Change Mitigation with Clean Energy Innovations
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Aug 10, 2020
Ames Community Schools
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Aug 17, 2020
Self Help
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Sep 14, 2020
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