May Service Project

Rotarians and Quotarians joined forces to clean and prep books for the Cops N Kids Reading Program at our May Service Project. Volunteers cleaned, labeled, and stickered more than 530 books in just one hour.
May Service Project Dennis Green 2023-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

23 Student Recognition

We celebrate students making an impact in and out of the classroom each spring when we award a Kirkwood scholarship to a student from each area high school. We were impressed and humbled by the stories of how these students have excelled at school and serve their community.
Congratulations to:
Jayden Helle, Linn Mar
Ava Clair, Cedar Valley Christian
Olivier Mubengwa, Jefferson
Ferlyn Soriano, Kennedy
Eden Colguhoun, Marion
Maraja Gibson, Metro
Lauren Smith, Prairie
Salomon Garcia Chavez, Washington
Nicolas Halabi, Xavier
23 Student Recognition Dennis Green 2023-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

Flight To End Polio Takes Off!

We gathered at the Iowa City Airport on May 4 for a sendoff party with Rotary West member Peter Teahen and Iowa City's John Ockenfels (pictured with their wives Janet and Deb) for their Flight To End Polio.
Peter and John took off the next morning for their three-month round-the-world flight which we hope will raise $1 Million for Rotary's polio vaccination and education program. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving a 2:1 match for every dollar donated.
You can track their progress at or using the FlightAware app. Enter the plane's tail number, N732WP.
Flight To End Polio Takes Off! Dennis Green 2023-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

April Service-HACAP

West Rotary's April service project was at HACAP in Hiawatha. Volunteers sorted food and checked expiration dates. We enjoyed playing a part in HACAP's meaningful work!
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Teacher Appreciation Awards

One of our favorite days of the year is when Rotary West honors some of the countless teachers in our area who are making a difference in the lives of students and our entire community.
Congratulations to:
Sara Young, Jefferson
Brenda Havertape, Kennedy
Sheri Crandall, Linn-Mar
Josh Gerber, Marion
Susanne Zahn, Metro
Caleb Rheingens, Prairie
James Burke, Washington
Emily Moses, Xavier
Teacher Appreciation Awards Dennis Green 2023-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

March Networking Event

We had a great turnout for our "Be Our Guest" event at the Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance. We meet all kinds of cool new people, and heard a preview of the new CityView High School from principal Dan Devore, as well as updates from two of our charity partners, Ruth White from the Academy for Scholastic and Personal Achievement, and Al O'Bannon from the LBA Foundation. Thanks to everyone who joined us!
March Networking Event Dennis Green 2023-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

March Service Project-Central Furniture Rescue

Our March service project was at Central Furniture Rescue, a local nonprofit that collects basic furniture and household items to provide to those transitioning from homelessness into their own homes. We cleaned and sorted a variety of donated items so they could be distributed and make someone's home happier and more comfortable.
If you want to serve your community and have fun while doing it, hit the Contact Us button to learn more about Rotary West!
March Service Project-Central Furniture Rescue Dennis Green 2023-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Eight Days of Hope Service Project

West Rotary's January service project was at Eight Days of Hope, an organization which provides rapid response service to communities in need. Eight Days of Hope came to Cedar Rapids originally to help after the 2008 flood, and now has a permanent Cedar Rapids satellite office. It was especially fun to have former CR West member, Gary Pribyl, tell us about this great organization.  
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We recently received details about a vital event involving one of our own Rotary West members. Iowa City Rotarian John Ockenfels talked about Flight to End Polio, a round-the-world trip he and West Rotarian Peter R. Teahen will take in the spring 2023. Peter joined us briefly from Florida, where he is again working as a volunteer disaster relief coordinator for the Red Cross. John was presented with two hand-made angel wing ribbons by our Liz Durham, for good luck during the trip.
Visit to learn more and contribute. All funds raised go to eliminate polio through the Rotary Foundation and will be matched 2-for-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Big Drop Awards

Two education charities that primarily serve students of color received $12,000 from Cedar Rapids West Rotary to further their missions. The Academy for Personal and Scholastic Success and the Learners Believers Achievers Foundation received proceeds from West Rotary's Big Drop fundraiser, along with a matching grant from American Family Insurance.
Pictured (L-R): Dr. Ruth White, Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success, Rotary President Janette Fiedler, Al O'Bannon, Leaders Believers Achievers Foundation, Brandon Bieri, American Family Insurance, Charles Kudej, American Family Insurance and Big Drop committee member.
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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
Teacher Appreciation Awards Dennis Green 2022-05-07 05:00:00Z 0

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.
Orchestra Iowa Piano Lab Dennis Green 2021-12-08 06:00:00Z 0

The Big Drop!

Ball Drop Saturday August 7th at 11:00 AM

Got Balls?

Get Balls at 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 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.
Rotary meetings suspended Dennis Green 2020-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

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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