Rotary Club of Ames Morning

People of Action

Champions for Children

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Ames Golf and Country Club
5752 George Washington Carver St
Ames, IA  50014
United States
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Early Childhood Literacy Resources
Welcome to Ames Morning Rotary
June 27:
2017-18 president Karen Kiel Rosser shared highlights from her year and passed the gavel to incoming president, Scott Sankey.
June 20th - 
Amon Noel & Giliard Mkumbwa
Two special guests from Tanzania were Amon Noel, Rotary Club President, and Giliard Mkumbwa, manager of the Rotary International well project sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ames.   They described how having more accessible water has positively impacted children and families and discussed some other early education and health needs that exist. 
Club flags were exchanged with Karen Kiel Rosser, president of Ames Morning Rotary.'
We will continue to communicate about our common interests in early language and literacy development and supporting families with young children. Amon and Giliard invited our club members to join an Ames group that is planning to Tanzania next summer.
Amon, Karen, Giliard, & Carolyn
Kendra Gustafson
June 13:  Kendra Gustafson shared about her family and values growing up, her current family, the career opportunities she has had, and why she values Rotary.  This program was part of our “Know Our Members” series.
Craig Van Pay
Craig Van Pay, a PhD student in Literacy Education at Iowa State University and an Ames Morning Rotary member, shared the importance of investing in early language and literacy and shared how the Vroom resources purchased by our club can be beneficial.
Tammy Koolbeck is Executive Director of the Iowa State Center managed by VenuWorks.
The 2018-19 season marks the 50th anniversary of preforming arts at Iowa State Center!  Tammy Koolback shared a video of the original vision of the Center, some behind-the-scenes stories, highlights of the upcoming season, and a few planned facility improvements. 
Ames Morning Rotary Club hosted their annual Teacher Appreciation Day with Sandy Horton presiding. The Ames, Gilbert and Roland-Story school districts each chose a special teacher to be recognized.  Ames Mitchell Elementary Principal Justin Jeffs introduced teacher Amanda Bartelson. Ames High School Principal Spence Evens introduced Iowa Teacher of the Year Aileen Sullivan and her husband Joel, who is also an AHS teacher and who nominated her. Gilbert High School Principal Vic Vanderpool introduced Zack Hackbarth. Roland-Story Middle School Principal Brian Town introduced Matt Weiss.  
Children and their education is a priority for our club, and we expressed our appreciation for all dedicated educators as we honored these teachers. 
"Champions for Children" is our motto and early childhood literacy is a high priority for our club.  At our April 11, 2018, meeting, club members applied labels to many of the over 2,000 children's books we donate each year.
As a Lead Sponsor of the Story County Reach Out and Read program, we provide all the books given by doctors to children at their 6-month well child checkup.  We also purchase a collection of attractive new books so that every child attending our Step into Storybooks event can choose a book to take home and enjoy.  Finally, we provide extra books to agencies serving vulnerable families, such as the Women, Infants and Children Clinic, Salvation Army, Primary Healthcare, and the Raising Readers in Story County Gift Books program.  
We believe "Kids who read succeed!"
Neil Rowe, an Ames Morning Rotary member, and his daughter Eisley enjoyed participating in both the Step into Storybooks and Kids Run for Kids events in April.  When Eisley receives her allowance, she is learning to save some, spend some, and give some.  This month she chose to support Rotary.  Eisley brought her donation in a pink poodle purse to the May 2 club meeting and gave her 41 cents to support Kids Run for Kids.  
David Miller, a member of the Rotary Club of Ames Morning, was honored with the Paul Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award on April 14, 2018. The award was created to honor Rotarians whose life exemplifies the attributes and passion for ethics and integrity in his or her vocation, business, and personal life that Paul Hellwege displayed. 
The Rotary Club of Ames Morning nominated Dave Miller, highlighting his positive impact as a Rotarian, as Associate Vice President for Facilities, Planning and Management at Iowa State University, as a community volunteer, and as a father and grandfather. 
Liz and Randy Hertz have coordinated Rotary Youth Exchanges for the Rotary Club of Nevada for many years.  After they shared some of their experiences and offered valuable advice, a number of our club members chimed in with their positive perspectives.  
Club Leaders
President Elect
President Nominee
Rotary Foundation
Past President
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