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Welcome to East Polk County Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Prairie Meadows
1 Prairie Meadows Dr.
A.J's Steakhouse
Altoona, IA  50009
United States of America
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Our speaker last week was Marketa Oliver, Bondurant City Manager, who gave us an update on all that is happening in Bondurant.
 
News from District 6000 -
 
We are sorry to report the passing of Past District Governor, Diana Reed.  Visitation will be Thursday, January 17, from 4-7 p.m., followed by a time of Remembrance at Hamilton's Funeral Home, 3601 Westown Pkwy., West Des Moines, IA  50266.  Memorials may be given in her name to The Rotary Foundation for PolioPlus.  Condolences can be sent to:  Rick Rarrick, 9724 Lincoln Avenue, Clive, IA  50325.  Phone 515-556-4696
 
District 6000 Governor Elect, Erna and Steve Morain have just attended the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, where they received incoming governor training along with all their classmates from around the world.   2019-2020 Rotary International President Elect, Mark Daniel Maloney, announced his theme there, and they are excited to forward it to us.  "ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD."
 
Interact Club News -
 
Greetings from the Rotary District 6000 Interact Team.
Wayne HS in Corydon now has an interact club.  Welcome, Wayne HS and Advisor Amber Cassady!
New Clubs
Last year (2017-18), we added four new clubs in District 6000.  Mid-Prairie HS (Wellman), Liberty HS (Iowa City), Valley HS (West Des Moines), and Newton HS.  So far this year (2018-19) we have four new clubs in the district.  Adel (still working on application), Ft. Madison HS, Ft. Madison MS, and Wayne HS in Corydon.
Youth Exchange
By the end of January, Rotary clubs in District 6000 will be making commitments to host exchange students from various countries around the world.  Interact students are an excellent source of potential host families.  Typically, a family will host from mid-August to mid-November, or mid-November to mid-February, or mid-February to June.  Encourage your students to think about hosting, and if their families are interested, have them contact your Rotary club.
Ideas for Service Projects
These are examples of some of the projects that clubs around the district have done.  Volunteer for events of non-profit groups (e.g. child care), volunteer at a food pantry, make items for children's hospital (e.g. sock dolls, blankets); pick up litter along highways, streets, or at/near a school; make cards for people who have lost a child; organize a blood drive;  rake leaves for the elderly; read to children at an elementary school; raise funds for a cause.
Contact Information
If you would like to contact advisors from other Interact clubs in our district, here is a link to contact information: D6000 Interact Contact Info.
 
Upcoming Events -
 
January 26 - Winter Party - Progressive Dinner (like last year.)  Marti will be providing more information on this.
 
2019 Bowling Bash, Friday afternoon, February 22.  This is a very important fund raiser for the Iowa Technology Expo and other community projects.  We would like to fill all the lanes at the Great Escape this year, so start getting your teams together now.  Please check with Mike to get the forms for sponsorships and to register your team (or teams).  He is also asking us to sign up to bring a basket for the silent auction.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
January 16 -  Anthony Harbaugh                                          Board meeting today
January 23 -  Mary Rork-Watson
January 30 -  Brad Miller
February 6 -   Steve Mather
February 13 - Bruce Mason
February 20 - Gregg Lynes (Birthday Auction)
February 27 -  Ned Looney
 
Rotarian of the Day 
January 16 -  Ryan Edsen
January 23 -  Tom Downs
January 30 -  Committees/Networking
February 6 -  
February 13 - Kim Byers
February 20 - Birthday Auction
February 27 - Committees/Networking
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
                                   
 
 
 
Our speaker last week was Marketa Oliver, Bondurant City Manager, who gave us an update on all that is happening in Bondurant.
 
News from District 6000 -
 
We are sorry to report the passing of Past District Governor, Diana Reed.  Visitation will be Thursday, January 17, from 4-7 p.m., followed by a time of Remembrance at Hamilton's Funeral Home, 3601 Westown Pkwy., West Des Moines, IA  50266.  Memorials may be given in her name to The Rotary Foundation for PolioPlus.  Condolences can be sent to:  Rick Rarrick, 9724 Lincoln Avenue, Clive, IA  50325.  Phone 515-556-4696
 
District 6000 Governor Elect, Erna and Steve Morain have just attended the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, where they received incoming governor training along with all their classmates from around the world.   2019-2020 Rotary International President Elect, Mark Daniel Maloney, announced his theme there, and they are excited to forward it to us.  "ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD."
 
Interact Club News -
 
Greetings from the Rotary District 6000 Interact Team.
Wayne HS in Corydon now has an interact club.  Welcome, Wayne HS and Advisor Amber Cassady!
New Clubs
Last year (2017-18), we added four new clubs in District 6000.  Mid-Prairie HS (Wellman), Liberty HS (Iowa City), Valley HS (West Des Moines), and Newton HS.  So far this year (2018-19) we have four new clubs in the district.  Adel (still working on application), Ft. Madison HS, Ft. Madison MS, and Wayne HS in Corydon.
Youth Exchange
By the end of January, Rotary clubs in District 6000 will be making commitments to host exchange students from various countries around the world.  Interact students are an excellent source of potential host families.  Typically, a family will host from mid-August to mid-November, or mid-November to mid-February, or mid-February to June.  Encourage your students to think about hosting, and if their families are interested, have them contact your Rotary club.
Ideas for Service Projects
These are examples of some of the projects that clubs around the district have done.  Volunteer for events of non-profit groups (e.g. child care), volunteer at a food pantry, make items for children's hospital (e.g. sock dolls, blankets); pick up litter along highways, streets, or at/near a school; make cards for people who have lost a child; organize a blood drive;  rake leaves for the elderly; read to children at an elementary school; raise funds for a cause.
Contact Information
If you would like to contact advisors from other Interact clubs in our district, here is a link to contact information: D6000 Interact Contact Info.
 
Upcoming Events -
 
January 26 - Winter Party - Progressive Dinner (like last year.)  Marti will be providing more information on this.
 
2019 Bowling Bash, Friday afternoon, February 22.  This is a very important fund raiser for the Iowa Technology Expo and other community projects.  We would like to fill all the lanes at the Great Escape this year, so start getting your teams together now.  Please check with Mike to get the forms for sponsorships and to register your team (or teams).  He is also asking us to sign up to bring a basket for the silent auction.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
January 16 -  Anthony Harbaugh                                          Board meeting today
January 23 -  Mary Rork-Watson
January 30 -  Brad Miller
February 6 -   Steve Mather
February 13 - Bruce Mason
February 20 - Gregg Lynes (Birthday Auction)
February 27 -  Ned Looney
 
Rotarian of the Day 
January 16 -  Ryan Edsen
January 23 -  Tom Downs
January 30 -  Committees/Networking
February 6 -  
February 13 - Kim Byers
February 20 - Birthday Auction
February 27 - Committees/Networking
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
                                   
 
 
 
Everyone wants to be healthier, but not everyone has the will power of our speaker last week.  Pete Drury shared his health journey of working to lose 95 pounds and keeping it off.  The secret is a healthier life style.  We all find this much easier said than done, but persistence does pay off.  He compared his photos from before and after, and it was amazing.  Best wishes to all who are working on this for 2019!
 
This week Steve Hall is Rotarian of the Day and Darrell Hansen is serving as Sergeant-at-Arms.
 
Interact Club News -
 
Greetings from the Rotary District 6000 Interact Team.
Wayne HS in Corydon now has an interact club.  Welcome, Wayne HS and Advisor Amber Cassady!
New Clubs
Last year (2017-18), we added four new clubs in District 6000.  Mid-Prairie HS (Wellman), Liberty HS (Iowa City), Valley HS (West Des Moines), and Newton HS.  So far this year (2018-19) we have four new clubs in the district.  Adel (still working on application), Ft. Madison HS, Ft. Madison MS, and Wayne HS in Corydon.
Youth Exchange
By the end of January, Rotary clubs in District 6000 will be making commitments to host exchange students from various countries around the world.  Interact students are an excellent source of potential host families.  Typically, a family will host from mid-August to mid-November, or mid-November to mid-February, or mid-February to June.  Encourage your students to think about hosting, and if their families are interested, have them contact your Rotary club.
Ideas for Service Projects
These are examples of some of the projects that clubs around the district have done.  Volunteer for events of non-profit groups (e.g. child care), volunteer at a food pantry, make items for children's hospital (e.g. sock dolls, blankets); pick up litter along highways, streets, or at/near a school; make cards for people who have lost a child; organize a blood drive;  rake leaves for the elderly; read to children at an elementary school; raise funds for a cause.
Contact Information
If you would like to contact advisors from other Interact clubs in our district, here is a link to contact information: D6000 Interact Contact Info.
 
Upcoming - 2019 Bowling Bash, Friday afternoon, February 22.  This is a very important fund raiser for the Iowa Technology Expo and other community projects.  We would like to fill all the lanes at the Great Escape this year, so start getting your teams together now.  All forms are available to print from the East Polk Rotary website.  Mike Hamilton will be asking us to sign up to bring a basket for the silent auction.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
January 16 - Anthony Harbaugh - Board meeting today
January 23 - Mary Rork-Watson
January 30 - Brad Miller
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
January 16 - Ryan Edsen
January 23 - Tom Downs
January 30 -  Committee/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
                                   
 
 
 
Kalyn Cody, a Family Financial Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach brought us information on ISU's extension education and assistance programs dealing with family financial needs.  Thanks Darrell for hosting Kalyn.  It's good to know that these types of programs are available.
 
This week we will meet in our committees.  These are important meetings, so please plan to attend if you are in town.  I know it's the day after Christmas...and it's early, but we hope to see you there.  President Mike Hartwig will be asking for advice for selecting a President-Elect-Elect.
 
Marie will have tickets available for the Rotary night at the Iowa Wolves' game on February 2.  We haven't reached our goal of 100 yet, so please consider purchasing some for either yourself, or to give back.    
 
Norma Bettis is Sergeant at Arms.
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
 
Upcoming - 2019 Bowling Bash, Friday afternoon, February 22.  This is a very important fund raiser for the Iowa Technology Expo and other community projects.  We would like to fill all the lanes at the Great Escape this year, so start getting your teams together now.  All forms are available to print from the East Polk Rotary website.
 
Upcoming                                                                       
January 2 -       Clay Willey
January 9 -       Larry Wilson
January 16 -     Anthony Harbaugh
January 23 -     Mary Rork Watson
January 30 -     Brad Miller
 
Rotarian of the Day -
 
January 2 -       Mike Hartwig
January 9 -       Steve Hall
January 16 -     Ryan Edsen  --  Board Meeting
January 23 -     Tom Downs
January 30 -     Committees/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
Last week Kyle Davy from the Iowa Wolves and Bill Corwin from the Northwest Rotary Club brought us up to date about Rotary Night at the Iowa Wolves on February 2, 2019.  We have committed to sell 100 tickets again this year as our participation with Polio Plus in coordination with the Iowa Wolves.  Please be prepared to purchase your tickets for this very important cause. 
 
Tomorrow Darrell Hansen will present our speaker, Mr. Kalyn Cody.  Kalyn is the Family Finance Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  He works out of the Polk County Extension office in Altoona.  He will discuss ISU Extension's education and assistance programs dealing with family financial needs.
 
Paul Cornelius is Sergeant at Arms.
 
There will be a board meeting after the meeting tomorrow.
 
Upcoming - 2019 Bowling Bash, Friday afternoon, February 22.  This is a very important fund raiser for the Iowa Technology Expo and other community projects.  We would like to fill all the lanes at the Great Escape this year, so start getting your teams together now.  All forms are available to print from the East Polk Rotary website.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
December 26 - Norma Bettis
January 2 -       Clay Willey
January 9 -       Larry Wilson
January 16 -     Anthony Harbaugh
January 23 -     Mary Rork Watson
January 30 -     Brad Miller
 
Rotarian of the Day 
December 26 - Committees/Networking
January 2 -       Mike Hartwig
January 9 -       Steve Hall
January 16 -     Ryan Edsen  --  Board Meeting
January 30 -     Committees/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 

Reports from last week's committee meetings -
Club Service - Winter Party - January 20 - Will be a progressive dinner like last year.  Looking for Rotary members to volunteer their homes.
Community Service - Marie reported that she had delivered the gifts for our "adopted family," and they were very well received.  Also needs to sell a few more tickets for Rotary night at the Iowa Wolves on February 2.
Vocational Service - Still working on the Bowling Bash.  Corinne will visit some of the shops at the Outlet Mall to solicit sponsorships.
International Service - Planning a Trivia Night for the end of April.  Announcement for other future plans to come later.
Youth and Family - Will be meeting with the Interact Club.  Also looking for students to attend RYLA this summer.
 
Mike Hartwig's speaker this week is Middle School Counselor and Football/Track Coach Pete Drury who will be sharing about his health journey.  Pete lost 95 pounds during the last half of 2017 and has kept it off since reaching his goal weight in February 2018.  Because of that, he has become a Certified Health Coach and is helping literally hundreds of people all over the country lose weight, feel amazing, get off medications and learn the healthy habits to help them keep the weight off after they lose it.  He is the real deal and Mike encourages all of us to attend and hear his story!  You won't want to miss it.
 
Sergeant at Arms - Clay Willey.
 
Upcoming - 2019 Bowling Bash, Friday afternoon, February 22.  This is a very important fund raiser for the Iowa Technology Expo and other community projects.  We would like to fill all the lanes at the Great Escape this year, so start getting your teams together now.  All forms are available to print from the East Polk Rotary website.  Mike Hamilton will be asking us to sign up to bring a basket for the silent auction.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
January 9 -   Need someone to fill in for Larry Wilson
January 16 - Anthony Harbaugh - Board meeting today
January 23 - Mary Rork-Watson
January 30 - Brad Miller
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
January 9 -   Steve Hall
January 16 - Ryan Edsen
January 23 - Tom Downs
January 30 -  Committee/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
                                   
 
 
 
First of all - WELCOME BACK LINDA!
 
Committee reports from last week's meeting -
 
Vocational - Mike Hamilton encouraged everyone to sign up for teams, donations for the silent auction and lane sponsors for the upcoming Bowling Bash on Friday, February 22.
 
Club Service - Marti reported that their committee is planning the holiday party for mid-January and asked for ideas on where to hold it.
 
Membership - Mike Hartwig gave a report for Tom Downs.  When members bring a guest for breakfast who is a prospective member, there will be no charge.  There is a charge for friends and family.
 
Community Service - Kevin Jasa and Marie Pipes working as co-chairs are searching for ideas to help a needy family for Christmas.  They will have more information on this tomorrow.
 
Youth and Family - Eric reported that Freedom for Youth are starting a literacy program.  The attendance has doubled recently and they need volunteers to help with reading, etc.  Gregg Lynes serves on their board of directors and will be providing more information on this tomorrow.  Gregg says they have the mini libraries ready, and will be talking to them about those.  Eric is working on getting a student or two to talk about RYLA.
 
International Committee - They are working on some ideas and will report at a later date.
 
Our program for tomorrow will be presented by Corinne Lambert.
 
Sergeant at Arms - Eric Borseth.
 
Upcoming - 2019 Bowling Bash, Friday afternoon, February 22.  This is a very important fund raiser for the Iowa Technology Expo and other community projects.  We would like to fill all the lanes at the Great Escape this year, so start getting your teams together now.  All forms are available to print from the East Polk Rotary website.  Mike Hamilton will be asking us to sign up to bring a basket for the silent auction.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
December 12 - Kim Byers
December 19 - Paul Cornellius
December 26 - Norma Bettis
 
Rotarian of the Day 
December 12 - Anthony Harbaugh
December 19 - Darrell Hanson
December 26 - Committee/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
                                   
 
 
 
First of all - WELCOME BACK LINDA!
 
Committee reports from last week's meeting -
 
Vocational - Mike Hamilton encouraged everyone to sign up for teams, donations for the silent auction and lane sponsors for the upcoming Bowling Bash on Friday, February 22.
 
Club Service - Marti reported that their committee is planning the holiday party for mid-January and asked for ideas on where to hold it.
 
Membership - Mike Hartwig gave a report for Tom Downs.  When members bring a guest for breakfast who is a prospective member, there will be no charge.  There is a charge for friends and family.
 
Community Service - Kevin Jasa and Marie Pipes working as co-chairs are searching for ideas to help a needy family for Christmas.  They will have more information on this tomorrow.
 
Youth and Family - Eric reported that Freedom for Youth are starting a literacy program.  The attendance has doubled recently and they need volunteers to help with reading, etc.  Gregg Lynes serves on their board of directors and will be providing more information on this tomorrow.  Gregg says they have the mini libraries ready, and will be talking to them about those.  Eric is working on getting a student or two to talk about RYLA.
 
International Committee - They are working on some ideas and will report at a later date.
 
Our program for tomorrow will be presented by Corinne Lambert.
 
Sergeant at Arms - Eric Borseth.
 
Upcoming - 2019 Bowling Bash, Friday afternoon, February 22.  This is a very important fund raiser for the Iowa Technology Expo and other community projects.  We would like to fill all the lanes at the Great Escape this year, so start getting your teams together now.  All forms are available to print from the East Polk Rotary website.  Mike Hamilton will be asking us to sign up to bring a basket for the silent auction.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
December 12 - Kim Byers
December 19 - Paul Cornellius
December 26 - Norma Bettis
 
Rotarian of the Day 
December 12 - Anthony Harbaugh
December 19 - Darrell Hanson
December 26 - Committee/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
                                   
 
 
 
Wow, what a fun program last week. For our quarterly birthday auction, we celebrated the following birthdays:  Kim Byers, Kevin Jasa, Adam Kline, Gary Palmer and Bruce Mason.  East person brought a gift to be auctioned to our eager bidders.  The proceeds were donated to each person's designated charity.  Kim Byers - Dorothy's House; Adam Kline - Bondurant Education Foundation; Kevin Jasa, the Child Advocacy Center; and Gary Palmer and Bruce Mason to Polio Plus.  Each of them was then asked to give a brief synopsis of their personal and professional life.  We are now looking forward to the end of next quarter for another fun birthday auction meeting.
 
Notes from the Board Meeting - Planning for ten library boxes to be placed in Altoona, Bondurant, Pleasant Hill and Runnells.  Further discussion on that at our meeting tomorrow.  Also, the Community Service Committee will be suggesting ways to help needy families at Christmas.  President Mike will be announcing plans for January as fitness month.  And, still looking for someone to serve as president-elect-elect.  
 
This week we will meet in our committees.
 
Marti Kline is Sergeant at Arms.
 
Upcoming - 2019 Bowling Bash, Friday afternoon, February 22.  This is a very important fund raiser for the Iowa Technology Expo and other community projects.  We would like to fill all the lanes at the Great Escape this year, so start getting your teams together now.  All forms are available to print from the East Polk Rotary website.  Mike Hamilton will be asking us to sign up to bring a basket for the silent auction.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
December 5 -   Paul Cornelius
December 12 - Kim Byers
December 19 - Eric Borseth
December 26 - Norma Bettis
 
Rotarian of the Day 
December 5 -   Linda Harris
December 12 - Anthony Harbaugh
December 19 - Darrell Hanson
December 26 - Committee/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
                                   
 
 
 
Last week Adam Kline brought us up to date on proposals for the old '76 truck stop location, and the many things going on in Bondurant.  Thanks Adam for a very interesting program.
 
This week is our quarterly Birthday Auction program.  We are looking forward to the special items to be auctioned off by our "extraordinaire" auctioneer, president elect Mr. Gregg Lynes!  Anyone who had a birthday during this past quarter is welcome to bring their gift to be auctioned with the proceeds going to their designated charity.  This will be an exciting program; don't miss it.
 
Tom Downs is Sergeant at Arms.
 
Upcoming - 2019 Bowling Bash, Friday afternoon, February 22.  This is a very important fund raiser for the Iowa Technology Expo and other community projects.  We would like to fill all the lanes at the Great Escape this year, so start getting your teams together now.  All forms are available to print from the East Polk Rotary website.  Mike Hamilton will be asking us to sign up to bring a basket for the silent auction.
 
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
November 28 - Marti Kline
December 5 -   Paul Cornelius
December 12 - Kim Byers
December 19 - Eric Borseth
December 26 - Norma Bettis
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
November 28 - Committee/Networking
December 5 -   Linda Harris
December 12 - Anthony Harbaugh
December 19 - Darrell Hanson
December 26 - Committee/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
Last week our program was "Get to Know Your Fellow Rotarian" presented by Marti Kline.  We had a great time teaming up with another Rotarian and finding out things about their personal history, and even things that no one else would know about them; and then relaying that information to the other members.  It was done in fun, and it helps us to know more about the people we share breakfast with every Wednesday morning.  Thanks again Marti for a great program.
 
This week Adam Kline is our Rotarian of the Day, and Ryan Edsen is the Sergeant at Arms.
 
Upcoming - 2019 Bowling Bash, Friday afternoon, February 22.  This is a very important fund raiser for the Iowa Technology Expo and other community projects.  We would like to fill all the lanes at the Great Escape this year, so start getting your teams together now.  All forms are available to print from the East Polk Rotary website.  This week Mike Hamilton will be asking us to sign up to bring a basket for the silent auction.
 
Notice from District Governor, Tom Narak:  On November 11, 2018, the District 6000 Nominating Committee interviewed candidates for District Governor Nominee Designee 2021-2022.  The committee selected Alka Khanolkar of the Rotary Club of Keokuk.  According to Article 13.020.7 of the Rotary International Manual of Procedure, any club in the district may also propose a challenging candidate for governor nominee.  The challenging candidate must have been duly suggested to the District 6000 Nominating Committee.  The name of the challenging candidate shall be submitted pursuant to a resolution by the club adopted at a regular meeting.  The club resolution must be received by the District Governor no later than November 26, 2018.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
November 21 - Tom Downs
November 28 - Marti Kline
December 5 -   Paul Cornelius
December 12 - Kim Byers
December 19 - Eric Borseth
December 26 - Norma Bettis
 
Rotarian of the Day 
November 21 - Birthday Auction - Be prepared to bid on the "very valuable and exciting" gifts from our birthday members.
November 28 - Committee/Networking
December 5 -   Linda Harris
December 12 - Anthony Harbaugh
December 19 - Darrell Hanson
December 26 - Committee/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
Melissa O'Neil from Central Iowa Shelter and Services, the largest homeless shelter in the Des Moines area,  was our speaker last week. It was alarming to learn that there so many people who are in extreme poverty right here in the center of Iowa.  Thanks Melissa for your enlightening presentation.  And thanks to Melissa Horton, Executive Director of the Altoona Chamber, for all the great programs you brought to us last month.
 
This is Caring Hands week, so please be prepared to make a donation tomorrow.
 
We are looking forward to another great program from our Rotarian of the Day - Marti Kline.
 
Steve Hall is Sergeant at Arms.
 
Upcoming - 2019 Bowling Bash, Friday afternoon, February 22.  This is a very important fund raiser for the Iowa Technology Expo and other community projects.  We would like to fill all the lanes at the Great Escape this year, so start getting your teams together now.  All forms are available to print from the East Polk Rotary website.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
November 14 - Ryan Edsen
November 21 -  Tom Downs
November 28 - Pam Donahue
 
Rotarian of the Day 
November 14  - Adam Kline
November 21 - Birthday Auction - Be prepared to bid on the "very valuable and exciting" gifts from our birthday members.
November 28 - Committees/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
Last week  Melissa Horton from the Altoona Chamber hosted Adam Hammes of the Iowa Sustainable Business Forum.  He serves the Forum as the Executive Director.  Their mission is to connect Iowa businesses to continuously improve practices that positively impact people, planet, and profits.  Adam is the author of "Sustainable Business in Iowa:  How Leading Companies Profit From Environment & Social Responsibility."  
 
This week will be the last in the Chamber series.  Thanks so much to Melissa Horton for providing our speakers this month.  They have all been very informative and helped bring us up to date on what's going on in our community and the surrounding area.  Melissa O'Neil from the Central Iowa Shelter and Services will be our presenter tomorrow.  Please plan to attend,  as this will also be a very interesting program.
 
Dirk Halupnik will be the Sergeant at Arms.
 
Important upcoming dates - 2019 Bowling Bash, Friday afternoon, February 22.  This is a very important fund raiser for the Iowa Technology Expo and other community projects.  We would like to fill all the lanes at the Great Escape this year, so start getting your teams together now.
 
Announcements from District 6000:
November 3 - Rotary Foundation Dinner at the Sheraton in West Des Moines
 
Special announcement from District 6000 -
District 6000 of Rotary International is now accepting applications for their study abroad program - Rotary Youth Exchange - for the academic year 2019-2020.
High school students ages 15-18 are eligible to participate in this year-long program.  Opportunities to study abroad in Europe, Asia, and South America are available.  Students interested in learning other cultures and languages are encouraged to reply. 
Application deadline is November 15.
For questions and/or more information on the application process, please contact your local Rotary Club or Doug Peterson, District Chairman, at louanndoug@mchsi.com.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
November 7 - Steve Hall
November 14 - Ryan Edsen
November 21 -  Tom Downs
November 28 - Pam Donahue
 
Rotarian of the Day 
November 7 - Marti Kline
November 14  - Adam Kline
November 21 - Birthday Auction
November 28 - Committees/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
Last week we had the honor to have District Governor Tom Narak and his wife Carol visit our club.  They visit all 65 clubs in District 6000 in their first five months which starts July 1.  This is an arduous schedule because they meet with the board of each club, and then attend their regular meeting.  It is always inspiring to have the district governor come to present their goals for the current year.  This year the emphasis is on Prevention of Child Abuse, Literacy, and, of course, Polio Eradication.  These are all very important projects which have mostly been directed to the youth.  However, President Hartwig presented an idea for our club to participate in a Literacy project for adults, which we hope would be very beneficial to their children also.  We are all called to "Be the Inspiration," which is Rotary International President, Barry Rassin's, slogan for this year.  Each person who attended last weeks meeting received a "Be the Inspiration" pin.  Please wear it proudly.
 
President Mike has been working with Melissa Horton at the Altoona Chamber, and they have set up the following meetings for October:
 
October 10 - Altoona Mayor Dean O'Connor
October 17 - Julie Jordan, Vintage Cooperatives
October 24 - Adam Hammes, Iowa Sustainable Business Forum
October 31 - Melissa O'Neil, Central Iowa Shelter & Services
 
Special announcement from District 6000 -
District 6000 of Rotary International is now accepting applications for their study abroad program - Rotary Youth Exchange - for the academic year 2019-2020.
High school students ages 15-18 are eligible to participate in this year-long program.  Opportunities to study abroad in Europe, Asia, and South America are available.  Students interested in learning other cultures and languages are encouraged to reply. 
Application deadline is November 15.
For questions and/or more information on the application process, please contact your local Rotary Club or Doug Peterson, District Chairman, at louanndoug@mchsi.com.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
October 10 - Anthony Harbaugh
October 17 - Darrell Hanson
October 24 - Mike Hamilton
October 31 - Dirk Halupnik
 
Rotarian of the Day 
October 10 - Bruce Mason
October 17 - Gregg Lynes     (Board Meeting)
October 24 - Ned Looney
October 31 - 
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
Last week we had the honor to have District Governor Tom Narak and his wife Carol visit our club.  They visit all 65 clubs in District 6000 in their first five months which starts July 1.  This is an arduous schedule because they meet with the board of each club, and then attend their regular meeting.  It is always inspiring to have the district governor come to present their goals for the current year.  This year the emphasis is on Prevention of Child Abuse, Literacy, and, of course, Polio Eradication.  These are all very important projects which have mostly been directed to the youth.  However, President Hartwig presented an idea for our club to participate in a Literacy project for adults, which we hope would be very beneficial to their children also.  We are all called to "Be the Inspiration," which is Rotary International President, Barry Rassin's, slogan for this year.  Each person who attended last weeks meeting received a "Be the Inspiration" pin.  Please wear it proudly.
 
President Mike has been working with Melissa Horton at the Altoona Chamber, and they have set up the following meetings for October:
 
October 10 - Altoona Mayor Dean O'Connor
October 17 - Julie Jordan, Vintage Cooperatives
October 24 - Adam Hammes, Iowa Sustainable Business Forum
October 31 - Melissa O'Neil, Central Iowa Shelter & Services
 
Special announcement from District 6000 -
District 6000 of Rotary International is now accepting applications for their study abroad program - Rotary Youth Exchange - for the academic year 2019-2020.
High school students ages 15-18 are eligible to participate in this year-long program.  Opportunities to study abroad in Europe, Asia, and South America are available.  Students interested in learning other cultures and languages are encouraged to reply. 
Application deadline is November 15.
For questions and/or more information on the application process, please contact your local Rotary Club or Doug Peterson, District Chairman, at louanndoug@mchsi.com.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
October 10 - Anthony Harbaugh
October 17 - Darrell Hanson
October 24 - Mike Hamilton
October 31 - Dirk Halupnik
 
Rotarian of the Day 
October 10 - Bruce Mason
October 17 - Gregg Lynes     (Board Meeting)
October 24 - Ned Looney
October 31 - 
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
Last week we met in our committees to plan future activities and report to the club.  
 
Thanks so much to all the Rotary members who helped with the Caring Hands Hunger Run/Community Picnic on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  The aroma of the pork roast was very prevalent the minute you came on the grounds.   Many hands made fast work of the pulled pork, and several other members helped to get everything set up and ready for the picnic.  I think everyone agreed the pork was delicious, and they also enjoyed the yummy desserts brought by the ladies from Rotary.  A special thanks to Clay Willey and Prairie Meadows for the potato salad and baked beans.  All in all it was a special day despite the miserable weather.
 
The Rotary Board members meet with District Governor Tom Narak and his wife Carol at Eric Borseth's office tonight at 7 p.m.  We are excited to report on the projects we've been involved in this past year, and anxious to learn Governor Narak's goals for the coming year.  He will be at our meeting in the morning to present these to the whole club.  Please plan to attend this important meeting.
 
Sergeant-At-Arms - Tom Downs
 
 
Special announcement from District 6000 -
District 6000 of Rotary International is now accepting applications for their study abroad program - Rotary Youth Exchange - for the academic year 2019-2020.
High school students ages 15-18 are eligible to participate in this year-long program.  Opportunities to study abroad in Europe, Asia, and South America are available.  Students interested in learning other cultures and languages are encouraged to reply. 
Application deadline is November 15.
For questions and/or more information on the application process, please contact your local Rotary Club or Doug Peterson, District Chairman, at louanndoug@mchsi.com.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
October 10 - Anthony Harbaugh
October 17 - Darrell Hanson
October 24 - Mike Hamilton
October 31 - Dirk Halupnik
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
October 10 - Bruce Mason
October 17 - Gregg Lynes     (Board Meeting)
October 24 - Ned Looney
October 31 - Committees/Network Meeting
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
Last week Paul presented Corinne and Catherine to challenge us to perform a very difficult task of working on a budget for a single mother with two children on limited income.  It was very eye-opening to realize the hard decisions she would have to make to provide the bare necessities for food and shelter, and the ordinary things she would have to eliminate just to survive.
 
This week we are looking forward to an interesting program from Mary Rork-Watson.
 
Sergeant-At-Arms - Adam Kline
 
Upcoming in September - Caring Hands Hunger Run/Community Picnic - September 30  
 
Special announcement from District 6000 -
District 6000 of Rotary International is now accepting applications for their study abroad program - Rotary Youth Exchange - for the academic year 2019-2020.
High school students ages 15-18 are eligible to participate in this year-long program.  Opportunities to study abroad in Europe, Asia, and South America are available.  Students interested in learning other cultures and languages are encouraged to reply. 
Application deadline is November 15.
For questions and/or more information on the application process, please contact your local Rotary Club or Doug Peterson, District Chairman, at louanndoug@mchsi.com.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
September 26 - Kevin Jasa
October 3 - Tom Downs
October 10 - Anthony Harbaugh
October 17 - Darrell Hanson
October 24 - Mike Hamilton
October 31 - Dirk Halupnik
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
September 26 - Committees/Network Meeting
October 3 - District Governor
October 10 - Bruce Mason
October 17 - Gregg Lynes     (Board Meeting)
October 24 - Ned Looney
October 31 - Committees/Network Meeting
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
Last week Larry Wilson invited Keith Hyland to speak on the rules for applying for Medicare and information on some of the supplemental insurance plans that go with it.  For those approaching 65, it is very important to know that you have a short window of time to apply for Medicare without incurring a penalty.   Thanks Larry for hosting Keith, and thanks to Keith for providing this vital information.
 
This was the week of the wild hog hunt in Centerville, Texas and from the photos provided by Eric, we can see that it was very successful.  Eric Borseth, Mike Hartwig, Gregg Lynes, Brad Miller and Kevin Jasa all made the 13-hour trip and came back with more than enough meat to supply the Caring Hands Community Picnic on September 30.  Eric reported that they harvested nine pigs at over 1,400 pounds of pork on the hoof.  We will get a full report and the photos on this tomorrow at Rotary.  (I'm sorry, but I haven't been able to copy over Eric's pictures which give you a better idea of what this is all about.)
 
We are also looking forward to the program tomorrow by Corinne Lambert and Paul Cornelius as they work on completing a poverty simulation.  This will coordinate well with out Caring Hands project.
 
Sergeant-At-Arms - Marti Kline
 
Upcoming in September - Caring Hands Hunger Run/Community Picnic - September 30  
 
 
 
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                    ​      
September 19 - Adam Kline
September 26 - Kevin Jasa
 
October 3 - Tom Downs
October 10 - Anthony Harbaugh
October 17 - Darrell Hanson
October 24 - Mike Hamilton
October 31 - Dirk Halupnik
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
September 19 - Mary Rork-Watson
September 26 - Committees/Network Meeting
 
October 3 - District Governor
October 10 - Bruce Mason
October 17 - Gregg Lynes     (Board Meeting)
October 24 - Ned Looney
October 31 - Committees/Network Meeting
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
Program is from the Rotary Foundation Chair.
 
Sergeant-At-Arms - Brad Miller
 
Last week Pastor Brad Miller inducted our new member, Marie Pipes.  Welcome Marie!
 
We also met in our separate committees.
 
Thanks to all those who drove golf carts Saturday.  We are anxious to get a report on that project tomorrow at the meeting.
Upcoming                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                     ​      
August 1 - Brad Miller
August 8 - Steve Mather
August 15 - Bruce Mason
August 22 - Gregg Lynes
August 29 - Ned Looney 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
 
August 1 - Foundation Chair
August 8 - Norma Bettis
August 15 - Clay Willey
August 22 - Committees
August 29 - Birthday/Auction 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
 
 
 
 
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