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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Welcome to Ames Morning Rotary
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.  
May 2, 2018, was a very special meeting.  Terry Adams, who was a Charter Member of Ames Morning Rotary in January 1989 and served as club president for the first two years, was made an honorary member.  Other Charter Members Bill Dreyer, Al Hermanson, and Arch Oldehoeft were on hand to praise Terry for his leadership and for being an outstanding role model for the past 29 years.
Song leader John Lott contributed to the celebration with two special musical tributes. Terry's wife Helene and daughter Angie and her children joined us in celebrating the importance of Rotary in the Adams family.
Rotarian Susan Chadima visited our club while doing graduate work at ISU.  We were awed by her continuing service as a consulting veterinarian in Afghanistan. 
Our ninth annual Ames Step into Storybooks event was celebrated Saturday morning, April 14, at Ames Public Library.
Ames Morning Rotary purchased a collection of attractive books, so each child could choose one.  Children took 720 books to enjoy at home.
We had 2,100 guests attend the event in just three hours. Rotarians and community partners volunteered over 500 hours to set up, host, and clean up. Rotarians and friends dressed as storybook characters to add to the festive atmosphere.
This year's theme was "Play Matters!"  There were 26 stations that featured brain-building activities for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their families. Children explored a fairy garden path, a big teepee, boxes, and small hide-a-ways. They built with blocks, Legos, real tools, ramps, recycled items, and play dough. Families interacted with storytellers, musicians, and Derek Anderson, who was on hand to celebrate Little Quack's birthday. 
Ames Morning Rotary, Ames Public Library, and Raising Readers in Story County co-sponsor this free community event.  A Guide for hosting a similar Step into Storybooks event is available to view or download at no cost.
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