Johnston Rotary Club

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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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District 6000 Governor Chris Knapp and his wife, Vernette visited the membership of the Rotary Club of Johnston on Tuesday, July 19th.  Joining the Knapp's was District Assistant Governor, Tom Downs.  Chris came to inform the club membership of all the great things that are happening for Rotary both within the District and throughout the world.  The upcoming year is certainly going to be an exciting one for Rotary and some big news is hopefully going to be made.  Stay tuned!!

Johnston Rotary Club members met with the Johnston City Council and Johnston Mayor, Paula Dierenfeld on November 2, 2015.  The club presented an art work that had been given to the Johnston Rotary Club as a gift from it's Sister Club in Peja, Kosovo.  The City of Johnston has a Sister City relationship with Peja, Kosovo and the Rotary Clubs are discussing possible opportunities to work together on service projects. The art work depicts several scenes that are well known in the City of Peja, Kosovo.  Lt. Col Micheal Wunn is shown above presenting the art work to Mayor Dierenfeld.

District 6000 Governor, Loring Miller and his wife Phyllis joined by Assistant District Governor, Tom Downs visited the Johnston Rotary Club on Tuesday, October 13th.  District Governor Miller also sat down with the current club President, Chase Young and other members of the Johnston Rotary Board to discuss key objectives for the upcoming year in the District.
Once of the key objectives is a project to purchase Ponseti devices that can be used to non-surgically repair the effects of Clubfoot.  These device, designed and made in Iowa can change the lives of children born with clubfoot.  Worldwide, approximately 200,000 children each year are born with clubfoot.
Rotary Clubs in District 6000 will be challenged to raise funds to purchase these devices which which then be purchase and given directly to the trained physicians in developing countries that are experiencing the biggest challenge with the birth defect.

Major General Timothy E. Orr, The Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, and Lieutenant Colonel Michael Wunn, the Director of the Iowa National Guard's State Partnership Program and a member of the Johnston Rotary Club, met with more than 12 Peja, Kosovo Rotarians during a brief visit to the City of Peja on July 1, 2015.  During the visit, the Johnston and Peja Rotary Clubs exchanged club banners as part of an initiative to establish a formal Twin Club Rotary Exchange.  The Peja Club also presented the Adjutant General a plaque depicting notable scenes around the city and asked that it be given to the Johnston Rotary Club as part of the sister club exchange between the two organizations.
Sister clubs, or Twin clubs, as they are better known in the Rotarian Community, are created when two clubs from different countries form a long-term relationship to promote international understanding and goodwill as well as work jointly on service projects within their communities.  The idea for the Peja and Johnston Rotary clubs to join forces in this manner was undertaken as a way for the clubs to support the official Sister City relationship between the two communities, which was formally established in April of 2013.  The clubs have used Skype video services to conduct joint Rotary meetings and are exploring various community service projects to submit as part of the Rotary International Grant program.

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.

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 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.
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