Rotary Club of Waukee

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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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On August 27th, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey joined the Waukee Rotary Club.   He provided great updates on bird flu, water quality, and cover crops.   Thank you Secretary Northey for joining us!

Special Olympics Iowa’s West Central Area hosted its annual root beer float fundraiser on Saturday, August 22 at Hy-Vee stores in the Des Moines area.

Waukee Rotary volunteers and their families served the root beer floats, Wells Blue Bunny provided the ice cream and A & W provided the root beer.

On August 20th, current District 6000 Governor Loring Miller and his wife, Phyllis, joined the Waukee Rotary Club.   He has been a member of Rotary since the early 70's.     He relayed that Rotary International President K.R. Ravindron's message for this Rotary year is "Be a Gift to the World."    Loring also lead us in the 4-way test song.   We thank Mr. Miller for taking the time to visit our club!

On August 6th, Kathy Coady with Hope Ministries joined the Waukee Rotary Club.   Hope Ministries has been around for over 100 years and bring lasting hope to homeless in Iowa.   They can shelter up to 260 people per day and they serve meals 365 days a year.  

On July 30th, State of Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds joined the Waukee Rotary Club.   It was an honor and a pleasure having her speak to the club.   

On July 23rd, Waukee Rotarian Matt Olson spoke to us about the Rotary International Trip down in Sau Paulo, Brazil.    Matt had a great time while he was down there and took away some great information from the event.   While he was there, he was able to meet with 8 past and present Rotary International Presidents.   He said there was 15,000 Rotarians at the conference.    Thanks Matt for providing an overview of your trip!

On July 15th, The Rotary Club of Waukee joined other Des Moines area Rotary Clubs for the Outreach Meal Packaging event in Des Moines.  Des Moines area Rotarians packaged over 50,000 meals with the meals going to local area food pantries.   
On July 16, 2015, Frank Hayer was recognized as the 2014-2015 Waukee Rotarian of the Year.    Frank has done exceptional work with the Polio Plus campaign.    With his leadership, the Waukee Rotary Club had 100% participation in Polio Plus.     Thanks Frank for your dedication to the Rotary Club!

On July 16th, Keith Wendl joined us to talk about his book, "Growing Up Hawkeye."     It is a book about former Iowa Hawkeye football player, Derek Pagel, who started as a walk-on for the football team and ended up playing in the NFL.    The moral of his story is to never give up on what you want to do.   

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.


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