Outstanding Student Scholarship Winners

Each year, Rotary West awards scholarships to one student from each Cedar Rapids and Marion-area school to attend Kirkwood Community College. The 2022 Rotary West scholarship recipients are:
Gabriela Hovey - Cedar Valley Christian

AnnaBelle Deam - Jefferson

Nevaeh Mangrich - Kennedy

Daniela Castro - Linn Mar

Ella Bartels - Marion

Sofia Bell - Metro

Keegan Oehlerich - Prairie

Louciano Johnson - Washington

Landen Erdahl - Xavier

Congratulations to these outstanding students! Thanks to Jody Donaldson and the Kirkwood Foundation for facilitating our scholarship program.

Outstanding Student Scholarship Winners Dennis Green 2022-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

Teacher Appreciation Awards

Every year, Rotary West asks area high school administrators to nominate an outstanding educator for the Rotary Teacher Appreciation Award. We hosted principals and teachers on May 4 from Jefferson, Kennedy, Linn-Mar, Metro, Marion, Prairie, and Washington. Getting to meet these exemplary teachers and hear about their hard work and dedication to students is one of our favorite events of the year.
From left: President Matt Teply, Julia Schreckengast (Jefferson), William Tuthil (Prairie), Sue Atwater (Linn-Mar), Shannon Ellis (Metro), Tiphany Phan (Washington),
Nick Hayes (Kennedy) Sherryl Paige (Marion), Teacher Appreciation Chair Nick Kilburg
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Orchestra Iowa Piano Lab

Rotary West, with the help of a District Matching Grant and sponsorship from West Music, has placed a Piano Lab in the Orchestra Iowa School. There are now six keyboards in the lab, with equipment that allows the teacher to work individually with a student using headphones, even in a group class. Education Director Myron McReynolds (pictured, with Penny Olson and President Matt Teply) says the first session with students has been completed, and several of the young people have decided to continue piano lessons!
Thanks to West Music, District 5970, and Penny Olson, who spearheaded the project.
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The Big Drop!

Ball Drop Saturday August 7th at 11:00 AM

Got Balls?

Get Balls at www.TheBigDropCR.com to win $3,000!

The Big Drop, Rotary West's fundraiser to benefit the Four Oaks Achievement Academy and the Rotary West Kirkwood Scholarship Fund, will take place Aug. 7 at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market. Grand Prize is $3,000. Buy your balls at www.TheBigDropCR.com or from any Rotary West member. Know someone who needs Balls? Send them the link!
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Live and In Person!

Now Meeting In-Person
Rotary West is now meeting in person! Join us Wednesdays at 12noon in the beautiful National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library. Plenty of free, indoor parking, too!
Rotary meetings will also be live-streamed over Zoom until further notice.
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Cleanup at Indian Creek Nature Center

Rotary West members gathered in person for the first time in many months on April 21, and took advantage of cool, but clear weather to have some socially-distanced fellowship and help Indian Creek Nature Center with a little spring cleanup. It was so good to see each other's smiling faces! Thanks to Jane Schlegel for organizing.
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Van Buren Says Thanks

Just a few of the many cards sent by Van Buren Elementary students to say thanks for West Rotary's continued involvement with their school. Even though we can't be with them physically right now, our club has purchased winter coats, school supplies and other materials to make their days better.
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Salvation Army Bell Ringing

A little thing like a pandemic didn't stop Rotary West from its annual project of bell ringing for the Salvation Army! Club members staffed the bell station at the Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee on November 21.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Dennis Green 2020-11-23 06:00:00Z 0

Coats for Van Buren Kids

West Rotarians recently raised funds to buy 24 coats for students at Van Buren Elementary in Cedar Rapids. Many of the kids who attend the school don't have proper cold weather gear.
James Nelson presented the coats to Van Buren's Jan Hanks.
Coats for Van Buren Kids Dennis Green 2020-11-02 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary West Awards $10,000 to Support Kids

Club Distributes Proceeds from “The Big Drop” Fundraiser
The Big Drop was held without the usual audience to watch a shower of ping pong balls, but the outcome didn’t change: Thousands of dollars will support kids in the Cedar Rapids area.
Larry Kudej, Cedar Rapids Rotary West president, presented $5,000 checks this week HACAP and Van Buren elementary.
Rotary West Awards $10,000 to Support Kids Dennis Green 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

The Big Drop!


The Big Drop!

The Big Drop
Congratulations to Sharon Laird, our $3000 grand prize winner, and to 2nd and 3rd place, Heartland Youth for Christ and Kathy Varney, who won $500 and $250.
Thanks to everyone who bought balls. All the money raised will go to support the kids programs at HACAP and Van Buren School, who need all they help we can give them more then ever!
Thanks also to our sponsors, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, IMON, Oasis Paychex, Skogman, Bankers Trust, Anderson Bogart, Brecke Mechanical, RSM, Hills Bank, Larry and Kim Kudej, Greenstate, and our host, The Olympic South Side Theater, for allowing us to do a safe, socially distant event!
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Big Drop Sept. 5

The Big Drop will take place at 10am September 5. Ping Pong ball sales have been closed.
Watch this page and the Rotary West Facebook Page for video of the fun! Good to luck to everyone who bought balls, and thanks for helping Rotary care for the kids served by HACAP and Van Buren School.
Big Drop Sept. 5 Dennis Green 2020-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary meetings suspended

Rotary meetings are temporarily suspended as Cedar Rapids recovers from the devastating derecho storm that has destroyed hundreds of homes, thousands of trees, and shredded the electric grid.
Watch this space and your email to learn when our Zoom meetings will resume.
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Rotary Fellowship over Zoom

Rotary West meetings are being held over Zoom until further notice. That's right, Rotary from the comfort of your office chair (or couch)!

Contact us for the meeting link.

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