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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
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October 18th - Steve Hall 
October 25th - Corinne Lambert 
November 1st - Ned Looney 
November 8th -  Linda Harris 
November 15th - Mike Hartwig 
November 22nd - Brad Miller 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
      
October 18th - Eric Borseth
October 25th - Committees 
November 1st - Adam Kline
November 8th - Mike Hamilton
November 15th - District Governor 
November 22nd - Committees 
 
 
Dirk Halupnik was our Sergeant at Arms who tested our knowledge on songs released on October 11th.  
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Marti Kline. Marti read us a fun story about the troubles of dieting. The story made all Rotarians giggle as everyone was able to relate. 
 
Marti also passed the microphone around and all rotarians talked about favorite travel destinations. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Steve Hall and  our Rotarian of the Day is Eric Borseth, who will introduce South East Polk wrestling coach Jason Christensen.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
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October 11th - Dirk Halupnik 
October 18th - Steve Hall 
October 25th - Corinne Lambert 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
      
October 11th - Marti Kline
October 18th - Adam Kline
October 25th - Committees 
 
 
Gregg Lynes was our Sergeant at Arms who stumped us with trivia.  
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Mike Hartwig.
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Dirk Halupnik and  our Rotarian of the Day is Marti Kline.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
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October 4th - Gregg Lynes
October 11th - Dirk Halupnik 
October 18th - Steve Hall 
October 25th - Corinne Lambert 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
     
October 4th - Mike Hartwig 
October 11th - Marti Kline
October 18th - Adam Kline
October 25th - Committees 
 
 
Larry Wilson was our Sergeant at Arms who stumped us with trivia.  
 
At our last meeting we met in our Committees and talked about what each committee has going on. More info to come soon on report outs. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Gregg Lynes and  our Rotarian of the Day is Mike Hartwig.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
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September 27th - Ryan Edsen 
October 4th - Gregg Lynes
October 11th - Dirk Halupnik 
October 18th - Steve Hall 
October 25th - Corinne Lambert 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
     
September 27th - Committees
October 4th - Brad Miller
October 11th - Marti Kline
October 18th - Adam Kline
October 25th - Committees 
 
 
Clay Willey was our Sergeant at Arms who talked about being a leader and leadership. 
 
At our last meeting our Rotarian of the Day was Linda Harris who talked about her trip to Colorado. Linda had a good time with friends and family, and said it was hard to come back to Iowa. We are glad Linda had a good time and it was fun o hear about her fun time in Colorado. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Ryan Edsen and we will be meeting in our committees this week. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
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August 30th - Ryan Edsen
September 6th - Tom Downs
September 13th - Steve Mather
September 20th - Clay Willey  
September 27th - Larry Wilson 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
August 30th - Mike Hartwig 
September 6th - Kim Byers
September 13th - Bruce Mason
September 20th - Linda Harris 
September 27th - Committees
 
 
Paul Cornelius was our Sergeant at Arms who with Deb's help had us make cards for her Niece Hannah in the military who is over seas. These letters will be sent over to Hannah thanking her for her service. 
 
At our last meeting we met in our committees. Report outs are as follows:
 
Youth and Family: Looking at projects happening at Serve Our Youth and working on some new ideas. 
 
Club Service: Working on party ideas and a possible game night
 
Community Service: Working on helping with the Bowling Bash
 
International: Exploring ideas for a trivia night. More info to come soon.  
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Ryan Edsen and our Rotarian of the Day is Mike Hartwig.   
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
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August 23rd - Paul Cornelius
August 30th - Ryan Edsen
September 6th - Tom Downs  
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
August 23rd - Committees 
August 30th - Mike Hartwig 
September 6th - Kim Byers
 
 
Pam Donahue was our Rotarian of the Day and tested our knowledge on homeless trivia in the United States. 
 
Ned Looney was our Rotarian of the Day who talked to us about Caring Hands Outreach Center. Caring Hands continues to help the less fortunate in the East Polk County area. Ned talked about some goals of Caring Hands and explained about the services provided to people in our area.  
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms is Paul Cornelius and we will be meeting in our committees.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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August 16th - Pam Donahue 
August 23rd - Paul Cornelius
August 30th - Ryan Edsen
September 6th - Tom Downs  
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
August 16th - Corinne Lambert
August 23rd - Committees 
August 30th - Mike Hartwig 
September 6th - Kim Byers
 
 
We look forward to seeing you this week at Rotary! Our Sergeant at Arms will be Pam Donahue and our Rotarian of the Day is Corinne Lambert.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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August 2nd - Mike Hamilton
August 9th - Norma Bettis
August 16th - Pam Donahue 
August 23rd - Paul Cornelius 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
August 2nd - Ryan Edsen
August 9th - Ned Looney
August 16th - Corinne Lambert
August 23rd - Committees 
 
 
We look forward to seeing you this week at Rotary! Our Sergeant at Arms will be Mike Hamilton and our Rotarian of the Day is Ryan Edsen.  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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July 19th - No Meeting
July 26th - Judy Johnson
August 2nd - Mike Hamilton
August 9th - Norma Bettis
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
July 19th - No Meeting
July 26th - Committees
August 2nd - Ryan Edsen
August 9th - Ned Looney
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Adam Kline who tested our knowledge on soccer trivia. 
 
At our meeting the Rotarian of the Day was Darrell Hanson, who talked to use about Renewable Energy: Hope vs Reality.  Darrell talked about the advantages of renewable energy in today's world. Darrell provides some stats about where we are now with renewable energy. Ask Darrell about the "duck curve". 
 
Don't forget our annual picnic on July 19th! Reminder there is NO MEETING this Wednesday! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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July 12 - Adam Kline
July 19th - No Meeting
July 26th - Judy Johnson
August 2nd - Mike Hamilton
August 9th - Norma Bettis
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
July 12th - Darrell Hanson
July 19th - No Meeting
July 26th - Committees
August 2nd - Ryan Edsen
August 9th - Ned Looney
 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Kim Byers who did 4th of July trivia. 
 
At our meeting the Rotarian of the Day was Brad Miller, who talked to use about social media and how it affects all of us. Brad had us work at our tables and talk about all of the social media platforms we all are involved with in today's world. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Adam Kline and our Rotarian of the Day will be Darrell Hanson.
 
Don't forget our annual picnic on July 19th! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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June 21st - Steve Hall
June 28th - NO MEETING 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
June 21st - Tom Downs
June 28th - NO MEETING
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Adam Kline. 
 
At our meeting the Rotarian of the Day was Pam Donahue, who introduced Jim Dunn who talked about his career becoming a professional musician. Jim talked about his struggles and how it all paid off in the end. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Steve Hall and our Rotarian of the Day will be Tom Downs, who will introduce Susan Herrick, who is a past Rotary District Governor AND Chair of District 6000 Polio Plus Committee. Please join us to give her a big East Polk Rotary welcome!  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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June 14th - Adam Kline
June 21st - Steve Hall
June 28th - NO MEETING 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
June 14th - Pam Donahue
June 21st - Tom Downs
June 28th - NO MEETING
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Shannon DeLouis who completed 80's trivia for the club. 
 
At our meeting the Rotarian of the Day was Norma Bettis, who introduced Allysa Ballantini who is the Registered Dietitian at Hy-Vee in Altoona. Allysa talked to us about the different plans they offer to help the public understand things like portion size, healthy eating, and shopping assistance to make better selections for your grocery list. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Adam Kline and our Rotarian of the Day will be Pam Donahue. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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June 7th - Steve Hall
June 14th - Adam Kline
June 21st - Shannon Delouis
June 28th - NO MEETING 
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
June 7th - Norma Bettis
June 14th - Pam Donahue
June 21st - Tom Downs
June 28th - NO MEETING
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Linda Harris who completed trivia on Jim Blaney. Happy Birthday Jim!
 
At our meeting the Rotarian of the Day was Bruce Mason, who introduced a Industrial Tech Expo scholarship winner Ryan Mortale  who spoke to us about his "carburetor" he made via 3D printing. Ryan showed us the complexity and hardwork he put into his project which was very impressive. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Steve Hall and our Rotarian of the Day is Norma Bettis who will introduce Allysa Ballantini, RD, LD, is the Altoona Hy-Vee Dietitian. Allysa received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health and Human Physiology from the University of Iowa in 2013 and Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from Iowa State University (ISU) in 2015. She completed her dietetic internship through ISU in Burlington, Iowa.

 Allysa offers a wide range of services for wellness, including weight management and healthy lifestyle programs, personal health assessments, personal shopping assistance, kids' cooking club, healthy recipe demonstration and nutrition consultations specific to individual dietary needs. She is very passionate about nutrition related to diabetes self management. Allysa believes the supermarket setting is a great learning environment for teaching nutrition to individuals of all ages!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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May 24th - Brad Miller
May 31st - Linda Harris 
June 7th - Steve Hall
June 14th - Adam Kline
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
May 31st - Bruce Mason
June 7th - Norma Bettis
June 14th - Pam Donahue
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Brad Miller who completed trivia on the East Mediterranean.
 
At our meeting we met in our Committees. 
 
Club Service: July 19th is the rotary picnic and June 29th is our "changing of the guard" party at Prairie Meadows. More info to come soon. 
 
Community Service: Tech Expo went well
 
International: working on some ideas, more info to come soon
 
Youth and Family: Don't forget the community service hours at Freedom of Youth for our Grant
 
Membership: working on some ideas, more info coming soon
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Linda Harris and our Rotarian of the Day is Bruce Mason
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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May 17th - Marti Kline
May 24th - Brad Miller
May 31st - Linda Harris 
June 7th - Steve Hall
June 14th - Adam Kline
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
May 17th - Mike Hamilton
May 24th - Committees
May 31st - Bruce Mason
June 7th - Norma Bettis
June 14th - Pam Donahue
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was covered by our President Darrell Hanson.
 
The Rotarian of the Day was Eric Borseth who introduced Randy Wehofer, Broadcaster and Media Relations for the Iowa Cubs. Randy talked about the Iowa Cubs and the exciting opportunities available at Principal Park. Randy informed the club about how the Iowa Cubs give back to the community and provide a family friendly atmosphere. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Marti Kline and our Rotarian of the Day is Mike Hamilton.
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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May 24th - Brad Miller
May 31st - Linda Harris 
June 7th - Steve Hall
June 14th - Adam Kline
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
May 24th - Committees
May 31st - Bruce Mason
June 7th - Norma Bettis
June 14th - Pam Donahue
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Marti Kline who switched it up and had us do jumble trivia.
 
The Rotarian of the Day was Mike Hamilton who introduced Jayne Armstrong, with the Small Business Administration (SBA). Jayne talked to our club about the SBA and their role in helping small businesses starting up. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Brad Miller and we will be meeting in our committees.
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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April 26th - Dirk Halupnik
May 3rd - Larry Wilson
May 10th - Mark Rork-Watson
May 17th - Marti Kline
May 24th - Brad Miller
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
April 26th - Committees
May 3rd - Adam Kline
May 10th - Eric Borseth
May 17th - Mike Hamilton
May 24th - Committees
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Clay Willey who tested our knowledge on the Kentucky Derby.
 
The Rotarian of the Day was Marti Kline who introduced Drake University Point Guard Caitlin Ingle. Caitlin talked about playing basketball and her commitment to the game. Caitlin also talked about her future in basketball and her plans to play overseas. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Dirk Halupnik and we will be meeting in our committees.
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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April 12th - Steve Mather
April 19th - Clay Wiley
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
April 12th - Brad Miller
April 19th - Marti Kline 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Tom Downs who tested our knowledge on the United States Citizenship quiz.
 
The Rotarian of the Day was Linda Harris who introduced Peggy Doane who talked about her adventures to the North and South Poles. Peggy talked about the Polar Bears and the sites they saw while traveling the world. Peggy provided a slide show and took questions from Rotarians about her travels. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Steve Mather and Brad Miller will be our Rotarian of the Day.
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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April 5th - Tom Downs
April 12th - Steve Mather
April 19th - Clay Wiley
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
April 5th - Linda Harris 
April 12th - Brad Miller
April 19th - Adam Kline 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Bruce Mason who tested our knowledge on Baseball since opening day is finally upon us!
 
The Rotarian of the Day was President Elect Bruce Mason who talked a little about some ideas he will be bringing forward when he takes over as President. Bruce talked about membership and some ideas to look at bringing some new members, and also getting our club out into the Community. Bruce will be talking more about these ideas in the next couple months. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Tom Downs and Linda Harris will be our Rotarian of the Day and will introduce Peggy Diane who traveled to the North Pole and the South Poles last year. 
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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March 29th -  Bruce Mason
April 5th - Tom Downs
April 12th - Steve Mather
April 19th - Clay Wiley
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
March 29th - Bruce Mason
April 5th - Eric Borseth
April 12th - Brad Miller
April 19th - Adam Kline 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Paul Cornelius who tested our knowledge on the NCAA March madness trivia.
 
For our meeting we met in our Committee. Report outs are as follows:
 
Club Service: Possible game night, looking at ideas.
 
Membership: Continue to look for ideas for new members
 
International: Talked about fundraising and discussion about Columbia trip. 
 
Youth and Family: Reminder about Community Service for Grant hours. 
 
Community Service: May 13th Root Beer Float day at Hy-Vee. 
 
Vocational: Bowling Bash was a success. Talking about next year and a report out from Kirby form South East Polk Schools.
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Bruce Mason and Bruce will be our Rotarian of the Day a well.
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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March 22nd - Paul Cornelius
March 29th -  Bruce Mason
April 5th - Tom Downs
April 12th - Steve Mather
April 19th - Clay Wiley
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
March 22nd - Committees
March 29th - Bruce Mason
April 5th - Eric Borseth
April 12th - Brad Miller
April 19th - Adam Kline 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Pam Donahue who tested our knowledge on all things Saint Patricks Day.
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Corinne Lambert, who introduced Sue Tew-Warming who is the President of the Heartland Wellbeing Institute. Sue talked about finding a healthy balance between work, home, and life. Sue gave Rotarians some tips on how to balance stress in our everyday lives. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Paul Cornelius and we will be meeting in our committees. 
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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March 15th - Pam Donahue
March 22nd - Paul Cornelius
March 29th -  TBD
April 5th - TBD
April 12th - Steve Mather
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
March 15th - Corinne Lambert
March 22nd - Committees
March 29th - Bruce Mason
April 5th - Eric Borseth
April 12th - Brad Miller
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Norma Bettis who tested our knowledge on all things that happened in March.
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Ned Looney, who talked about Caring Hands Food Pantry and Clothing.  Ned informed our club more about the pantry and what they do. Caring Hands does a lot for our community and continues to be involved in helping out as much as possible with the needs of the community. Ned also talked about ways for us as a Rotary club to help the pantry. 
 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Pam Donahue and our Rotarian of the Day will be Corinne Lambert who will introduce Sue Tew-Warming, who's program will be titled: work, home, and life. Finding a healthy balance.   
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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March 1st - Mike Hamilton
March 8th - Norma Bettis 
March 15th - Pam Donahue
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
March 1st - Ryan Edsen 
March 8th - Ned Looney
March 15th - Corinne Lambert
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Ryan Edsen who tested our knowledge with trivia.
 
For our meeting we met in our Committees. Report outs will follow soon. We also prepared for our Bowling Bash which was on Friday, February 25th. Pictures and more info to come soon!
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Mike Hamilton and our Rotarian of the Day will be Ryan Edsen.   
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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March 8th - Norma Bettis 
March 15th - Pam Donahue
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
 
March 8th - Ned Looney
March 15th - Corinne Lambert
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Mike Hamilton who tested our knowledge with trivia.
 
Our Rotarian of the day was Ryan Edsen, who introduced DMACC President Rob Denson who talked about the continued growth and success DMACC has and with their campus providing education to people of all ages. Rob also talked about the success DMACC has had in partnering with other agencies in the community. DMACC has been really impressive in their accomplishment and is known nationwide for they education they provide their students. 
 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Norma Bettis and our Rotarian of the Day will be Ned Looney.   
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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February 22nd - Ryan Edsen
March 1st - Mike Hamilton
March 8th - Norma Bettis 
March 15th - Pam Donahue
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
   
February 22nd - Committees 
March 1st - Ryan Edsen 
March 8th - Ned Looney
March 15th - Corinne Lambert
 
Our Sergeant at Arms was Darrell Hanson who tested our knowledge on bees, beetles, or valentines trivia.
 
Our Rotarian of the Day was Gregg Lynes , who introduced us to Colonel Shawn Ford who talked about his experience as a Commander Pilot. It was an honor to hear Colonel Ford talk and interesting to hear about all of his accomplishments. Rotarians asked some good questions to the Colonel. 
 
This week our Sergeant at Arms will be Ryan Edsen and we will be meeting in our committees.   
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Paul Cornelius
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...