Posted by David Oman
I believe the ‘R’ in Rotary represents relationships…here at these tables every Thursday, with our Club’s school, City of Des Moines, and philanthropic partners, with other Rotary Clubs (this eve. event) and relationships domestically and globally through Rotary International.
 
Few new Rotarians have understood the power of personal and cross-cultural relationships better… than Kim Heidemann, who will officially be a new member in two minutes.  By the way, I re-visited Kim’s resume this morning.  Rotary is already on it...which may mean Kim was once in the Optimist Club!
 
I met Kim in this room when she spoke last fall in her role as Exec. Director of Iowa Sister States.  Within the hour, I asked her to think about becoming a Rotarian.  She said would like and would explore it.  Being the Kim I’ve come to know, she asked me to re-connect with Sister States, after 30 years.  I did.
 
Indeed, Kim is about relationships --good for people, good for Iowa, and good for our partners.  Presently, Sister States has ties with China, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, and Russia.  Kim returned to DSM last weekend after leading a delegation of 55 Iowans, who joined 60 Iowa Guardsmen and women, in our newest and promising sister state, actually a country, Kosovo. 
 
Kim has a degree in History and Poly Sci from Iowa and an education degree from Iowa State University.  How about another degree from UNI?
Kim has studied at The Hague in The Netherlands, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Westminster in London.
Before joining Iowa Sister States in 2004, taught in the Collins-Maxwell Middle School and at DMACC.  They were fortunate to have her.
Kim is a Library board member in Collins; she coaches youth softball, and is Youth Group co-director at the Colo Methodist Church.
Kim’s husband is Travis, and they have a 9 year old daughter, Hope.
P.S.  Kim will be of great assistance to our Club’s Int’l. Service Comm.