Johnston Rotary Club

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Welcome to the Johnston Rotary Club!

Johnston Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Hyperion Field Club
7390 NW Beaver Dr.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1034
Johnston, IA  50131
United States
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On Wednesday, July 15th, Johnston Rotarians Steve Grasso, Ryan Peterson, and Kit Cartwright volunteered for a 90 minute shift to help Outreach assemble and package macaroni & cheese meals. Along with a number of other Des Moines Area Rotary chapters and other volunteer groups, the trio helped package more than 50,000 meals! The meals will go to central Iowans who are food insecure. The event was part of the "Hunger Free Through Rotary" program.
 
Outreach is an intermediary organization between the people of Singida Region of Tanzania, East Africa, and concerned Americans. Outreach is a non-profit corporation created to provide assistance to children and those in need,  in the areas of safe water, food, medical care and education.  Contributions generated from Outreach activities are used to continue supporting the key Outreach projects, and to create additional entrepreneurial opportunities.
 
Check out the Outreach website for more info or to contribute: www.outreachprogram.org
 
 
 

 
 

Johnston Community Schools Athletic Director, Gary Ross, spoke to Johnston Rotary this Tuesday. Gary talked about accomplishments and restructuring plans in Johnston athletics.

Johnston athletics had some great success leading into the 2014-15 athletic season. Girls softball was 2014 state champions and boys soccer was state runner-up. One of the players for boys soccer is currently practicing with the U.S. national world cup team.

Fall/Winter of 2014 also saw some very impressive success. The football team made the second round of state playoffs. Girls cross country was team state champion and boys cross country finished third in the state. All six of the fall athletic programs made state. This was the first time in school history that the wrestling team made the dual state competition. Girls bowling achieved both team and individual state championships.  

Gary also talked about some of the ongoing changes in the CIML. The league is now on a rotating schedule. Moving forward, Johnston will compete with Urbandale and Dowling every year while the rest of the schedules will change year-to-year. This scheduling structure is expected to continue at least until 2020. Dallas Center-Grimes and Norwalk are both growing communities and could be added to the CIML within the next decade.

One current focus of Johnston athletics is Sixth and Seventh grade sports. A plan approved by the Johnston School Board restructures middle school athletics to an after school, fee based structure. Sixth and Seventh grade athletic programs will, aside from football, not be competing against other schools. The 6-7 football teams will join with a suburban league while volleyball and basketball programs will be community education based. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays will be dedicated to the sport while Wednesdays and Fridays would allow students to participate in other activities such as non-traditional sports & enrichment programs.

Eighth grade programs are to be enhanced by programs being split into two teams, Purple and Gold, each with full competitive schedules.

The athletic department is also looking to add coaches to Eighth grade and High School programs to address growing participation. As an example of the need, Boys cross country currently has over 100 students participating with only two coaches.

 

 
 
At the April 14th Johnston Rotary meeting, we learned that Dennis Dietz (pictured, center) is going to be the recipient of the Paul E. Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award. Dennis was nominated by Johnston Rotary and the nomination submission was written by Ken Andressen (pictured with Deb Bengtson and Dennis). 
 
This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions that foster the development of integrity. It singles out those who have made contributions in business, media, academia, or government and have by his or her actions, writing, policies, and public announcements strengthened and fostered development of integrity and ethical practices. A nomination by a club in and by itself is a significant recognition.
 
The award was introduced in 2010-11 and is presented annually to Rotarians in District 6000 who have been a member for a minimum of three years who exemplifies the attributes and passion for ethics and integrity in his or her vocation, business, and personal life that Paul exemplified. The award is named after the late District Governor Paul Hellwege (1954-55).
 

 
 
The meeting included 18 members of the Johnston Club, about 13 members of the Peja Club and several special guests including: 
 
Johnston Mayor Paula Dierenfeld
Peja Mayor Gazmend Muhaxheri
Twin Sister State Film maker Luke Harwath
 
The meeting was started with introductions. Both clubs discussed the origins of their clubs, some of their most notable past projects, and some of the key focuses of each club going forward. Johnston noted its works with youth, joint efforts with the schools, Mid American Youth Homes, involvement in community projects like the Winter Coat project and efforts to support the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge.  Members also mentioned the community BBQ which has provided funds for several community projects and other club activities.

The Peja Club is also working to help their community.  They worked on a grant with a club from the UK to bring over 20 Fire Trucks and Ambulances to communities in the area that did not have this type of emergency equipment.  They have already participated in grants for new Water wells and other community improvement projects.  They are very interested in opportunities for education, community improvement and opportunities for exchanges. 

Luke Harwath then spoke about a possible film project that is underway to document the sharing of ideas between the two regions and the benefits of such a joint effort.  He will be conducting interviews this summer and is looking forward to telling the story.

Both clubs then discussed possible future joint efforts.  It seemed like there is a lot of joint interest in areas like education, community improvement and the possible pursuit of a grant through the Rotary Foundation to make this happen.  There is also opportunities to pull in other Johnston area clubs to help with matching funds that would be needed to be successful with such a grant request.  One of the areas that could be looked into first for a grant is the collection of educational materials for the Agriculture College that is in need of journals and texts books.  There is a known source for such materials so that is being looked into.  They are also very interested in youth exchange, professional exchanges and opportunity to connect more with Camp Dodge, the City of Johnston and key employers like Dupont/Pioneer. 

Peja also updated the group on upcoming events.   They are planning a Leaf Festival beginning of October and their club is sponsoring a Rotact Club.  Education #1 priority young population and they want to keep the people in the country.  They have an exchange program in place in past with clubs in Texas and Nebraska.  20% of the area near Peja is heavily forested.  Fighting forest fires is essential.   They lack the training needed to fight forest fires.

More follow-up is planned with all the parties involved.
 

 
 

ImageRotarians team up with youth of Yuth Homes of Mid-America to plant tree on the Johnston Campus.

 

 
 
 
 
 
The Muscatine Rotary Club is offering the opportunity to hear Rotary International President, Gary Huang at a special meeting in Muscatine on February 17th.  If you are interested to attend this event, please go to the District 6000 web site for more information.
 

 
 



The following story was provided by Mark Bowden for the Rotary web site.  Taking into consideration all the work that we have done as Rotarians to eradicate polio, it is important to remember the risks that are being taken on our behalf to make this happen.
 

Polio vaccination workers targeted in Pakistan attacks
Published: Jan. 22, 2014 at 7:43 AM

KARACHI, Pakistan, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- KARACHI, Pakistan, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Seven people were killed and nine others injured Wednesday in the latest in a string of attacks in Pakistan against polio vaccination teams.The dead included six policemen and one child, Dawn.com reported.

A van was on its way to provide security to polio immunization workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda district at the time of the attack when a four- to five-kilogram device planted on a bicycle near the van was remotely detonated, the website said. The explosion destroyed the van.

The injured were taken to District Hospital Charsadda for treatment.

Meanwhile, in Punjab province's Bhakkar district, a polio vaccination team was attacked while traveling in a vehicle. The driver and one of the health workers were injured, Dawn.com reported.

On Tuesday, three health workers were killed in an attack on a polio vaccination team in Karachi. The provincial polio workers' association said it was halting operations in the Sindh province in response to the attacks.

Vaccination teams have become targets because the United States used one to help gather intelligence leading to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.

 

 
 

On Jan 22nd, John Bouslog & Phil Hodgin of the Des Moines Noon Rotary club presented to the Johnston Rotary Club plans for the Rotary Riverwalk Park.  During the 100 year anniversary of Rotary, the International President of Rotary asked each club to step out of its comfort zone and do a project fitting for the occasion. The Des Moines Club landed on the idea of creating a Rotary Park as part of the Des Moines River Walk.

They’ve continued to shepherd the idea over the years working through the many levels of private and public interests affiliated with the River Walk.  After reviewing many sites, they’ve landed on the west end of the pedestrian bridge next to Wells Fargo Arena.  The estimated cost of the project is $500,000. The project would consist of an oversized bobber and fishing pole. The bobber is roughly 12 feet in diameter and the fishing pole is roughly 84 feet long. 

The park would be owned and maintained by the City of Des Moines. In exchange for its fund raising efforts and stewardship of the project, the Rotary would have naming rights for 20 years. The cost to renew the naming rights is estimated to be 5 to 10% of the project cost.  The Des Moines Club is visiting metro area clubs and asking for their support for the project. They are hoping to begin construction this year.

 

 
 
 
There are several places in the Des Moines area to make up a missed Rotary Club meeting. Click on the story tab to see the complete list. Also, if you are traveling out of town, go to the District 6000 link for locations through out Iowa or to Rotary.org for a listing anywhere in the world. Try it, make ups are FUN!!!
 
 
 
The Rotary Foundation does so many things in our own communities and throughout the World. Be part of it!!!

Below in the Download Section of the home page is a form to start or increase your current contribution to the Rotary Foundation. If you have questions about how to get started or make the change, contact Bob Wiley, Johnston Rotary Club Foundation Chair.
For information on the Rotary Foundation, go to http://www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs/TheRotaryFoundation
 

 
 

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Please remember to forward all items for the Club Bulletin including scribe notes to Steve Grasso at steven.g.grasso@gmail.com so they can be included in the next issue.  Thank you!

 
 

Information to be posted on the web site for the Johnston Rotary Club can be forwarded to Greg Baker by clicking on his name on the right-hand side of the Home Page for the Johnston Rotary Club. 

 
 
 

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