Rotary Club of Waukee

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Waukee

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:45 AM
Des Moines Golf & Country Club
1600 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA  50266
United States
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Waukee Rotarian Lee Holmes spoke to us on June 11th about his South Africa trip.   He presented many pictures and facts about South Africa.  
 
 
 

 
 
On June 25th, Joe Hrdlicka and Melissa Moyer with Iowa Biotechnology joined the Waukee Rotary Club.   Joe mentioned that the world's population will grow from 7 billion today to 9 billion in 2050.    Biotechnology will help with feeding, healing and fueling these 9 billion people.  
 
 
 

 
 
On June 4th, Gary Slater of the Iowa State Fair joined us.    The 2015 Iowa State Fair runs from August 13-23 and has been at its current location in Des Moines for 128 yeras.    The Iowa State Fair employs 60 full time employees year-round.   During fair time, they employ 1,400 employees.   
 
 
 

 
 
On Thursday, May 28th, Beverly White, life member depeartment for the Iowa Auxiliary 11517 in Waukee, joined the Rotary Club.    
 
 

 
 
On Thursday, May 21st, Tracy Schmidt with Morsel Combat spoke to the Rotary Club at Morsel Combat - a food event to fight hunger.  
 
 
 

 
 
On Thursday, May 14th, Ben Hughes (son of Brian Hughes) joined the Rotary Club to tell us about his lemonade business.  Ben is an 11 year old who wanted a phone, but needed funds for the purchase.    He decided to sell lemonade, which started with a stand in front of his house and then advanced to a stand at the Waukee Farmers Market last summer.  Ben also brought in some lemonade in for the group to try.   
 
 
 

 
 
Dr. Blessman has let us know that he has arrived safely back in South Africa for their new season of work.  They will keep us updated on the water project.   There will be some Rotarians traveling to South Africa in January.   As well, there will be a Rotary exchange student from South Africa coming to Winterset in January.  
 
Dr. Blessman wants to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to everyone at the Waukee Rotary Club for their support of his work in South Africa.   
 

 
 
On Thursday, May 7th, 2015, Bobby Hansen with the Better Business Bureau joined the Waukee Rotary Club and talked about the Bureau.   The Bureau’s goal is to build a market based on Trust.    The Bureau likes to align with Rotary because of the 1st 4-way test – Is it the Truth?    Bobby also said that there are a lot of scams that are targeting the elderly.  
 
Bobby is also a voice-commentator for the University of Iowa Men’s Basketball team, as well as a former Iowa Hawkeye basketball player and NBA player.   He gave some stories about the basketball team and his playing days.    
 
 

 
 
On Saturday, May 2nd, Waukee Rotarians helped out with this years' Rebuilding Together.     This year, we helped with work on a home on the East side of Des Moines.    Thank you to Craig Thompson for setting this up again this year!
 
 
 
 
Roger Wolf with the Iowa Soybean Association stopped by the Rotary Club on 4/30/15 to talk a little bit about the Iowa Soybean Association and water quality in the State of Iowa.   The Iowa Soybean Association was created in 1964 and is directed by a volunteer board of 21 farmers.   They have 11,000 members and serve 40,000 farmers.   They are currently in the process of implementing the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy for the State of Iowa to help the water quality in the state of Iowa.  
 
 
 

 
 
On Thursday, April 23, 2015, Leslie Schaffer with the American Red Cross serving Iowa joined the Waukee Rotary Club.   The Red Cross movement started in Switzerland in the 1860’s.    The Iowa American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton in 1881.    Currently there are 1,745 Red Cross volunteers in the state of Iowa.  
 
 

 
 
On Thursday, April 16th, Jay Hartz, owner of the Hotel Pattee in Perry, spoke to the Waukee Rotary Club.
 
 
 
 

 
 
On April 9th, 2015, Kevin Skow with the Des Moines National Weather Service joined us to talk about the weather and the National Weather Service.    The Des Moines National Weather Service serves 50 counties in Central Iowa.     Kevin shared with us that Iowa, on average, sees 46 tornadoes per year.    Also, in the United States, there are 55 fatalities per year from lighting strikes.   
 
 

 
 
Scott Carlson stepped in when our original speaker could not make it to the April 2nd Rotary Meeting and talked about Waukee's School to Work Program.  Mr. Carlson is also the head football coach for the Waukee High School football team and he talked a little about that as well.  We appreciate Scott stepping in on very short notice.  
 
 

 
 
Congratulations to Dr. Jim Blessman for being a new Paul Harris Fellow.    Devin Boyer presented Dr. Blessman with this recognition at our April 2nd meeting.
 
 

 
 
Thank you to Terri Turner and Pat Robins for representing the Club at the "What's Cooking in Waukee" chamber event on Thursday, April 2nd.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
The following story was on Dr. Blessman's blog about their recent trip to South Africa.   You can see from one of the pictures that our very own Lee Holmes was one of the Rotarians helping with this great project!
 
 
 
On March 26th, The Waukee High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble joined us and performed several songs for the group.    Everyone enjoyed the great songs that they sang.   
 
 
 
On March 5th, Jim Cutter with Des Moines Golf and Country Club joined the Waukee Rotary.    He talked about the updates coming to the Golf Club and the Solheim Cup coming to the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in 2017.   
 
 
 

 
 
On February 26th, Derian Baugh, co-founder of the Men’s Style Lab, visited our club.   Derian started his entrepreneur ways by holding basketball camps when he was in high school.   Recently, he has started Men’s Style Lab, which is a concierge clothing service for men.    They provide clothing for men ranging from casual to business casual.   For more information about Mens Style Lab, visit their website at www.mensstylelab.com
 
 
 
 
On February 19th, Chuck Long with the Iowa Sports Foundation came and spoke to the Rotary Club.    Chuck was a quarterback for the University of Iowa and played in the NFL for 7 seasons.   He shared some stories of his playing days with the University of Iowa and the Detroit Lions.   Now, Chuck Long is the Executive Director of the Iowa Sports Foundation.   Currently Iowa ranks about 8th in the nation in Children’s Health.   Mr. Long’s mission is to have Iowa ranked higher in Children’s Health.    
 
 

 
 
On February 19th, 2015, Dan Bever was introduced as a new member to the Waukee Rotary Club.    Congratulations Dan and we are excited to have you as a member!
 
 

 
 
On Thursday, February 19th, fellow Rotarian Matt Olson gave a program on data analytics.   He provided some interesting information about what and how different companies collect information on consumers.   He also shared some interesting facts, including that Wal-Mart sees a 7-times increase in the sale of beer and pop tarts when a hurricane is forecasted for a particular area.  
 
 
 

 
 
 

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