MEETING INFO

We meet Thursdays at 11:45 AM
Wakonda Club
3915 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA  50321
United States

Phone:
(515) 244-6028
Fax:
(515) 244-6083
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Speakers
Joe Sweeney, Eagle's Catch
Mar 01, 2018
Tilapia Farm in Ellsworth, Iowa
Blake Boldon, Drake Relays Director
Mar 15, 2018
Drake Relays: Boldon's Vision and Update
Steve Lacy, CEO, Meredith
Mar 22, 2018
Acquisition and Impact of Time Inc.
 
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The February 22nd Rotary meeting was held at the Wakonda Club on a wet grey day. Fortunately, the mood in the dining hall was warm.
 
The program began with Susan Moritz reading an uplifting prayer written by the late Rev. Billy Graham who passed away this week at the age of ninety-nine.
 
Today's speaker was Lance Henning, executive director of Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, a Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live.  Habitat celebrated its 30th anniversary in Des Moines last year as the international organization celebrated its 40th. During this time, Habitat has provided 329 homes to families in the Des Moines area, 300 of these under Henning's leadership.
 
Henning began by providing a housing update. The most troubling statistic he cited was that one in ten Des Moines area families, some 10,000, dedicate more than 50% of their income to pay for housing. This ratio leaves little money for other necessary expenses. Parents in this situation often work long hours and hold multiple jobs. The strain on the household places the children at risk for failing and dropping out of school. Nutrition suffers. These families fight to survive and find it difficult to improve their situation.
 
 
 
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