Club Information

Welcome to East Polk County Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Eastview Community Center
4101 E 42nd St
Eastview Community Center
Des Moines, IA 50317
United States of America
Weekly Meeting Wednesday at 7:00 AM or Rotary After Work (R.A.W.) 1st Tuesday of each month 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Rotary Round Tables 2nd Tuesday of month 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Zoom available for weekly meetings.
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Notes from President Ned:
Thanks so much to Joan Allsup for a fun program last week about their Pumpkinville in Mitchellville with pumpkins, gourds, corn mazes and more.  They are open each year from the first of July to the end of October to provide fun activities for the whole family to enjoy outdoors.  
We will meet virtually again this week, but do expect to go back to the hybrid model with in-person and on-line on October 28 for our regular Business Meeting.
Our speaker tomorrow is Kirk Norris from the Iowa Hospital Association.
Board members please stay on line after the speaker tomorrow morning for our virtual board meeting.  Please let me know prior to the meeting if you have something to share with the board.  Committee heads please check in with your teams before next Wednesday's meeting so you can report at our Business Meeting on October 28.
 Mark Dylo is Jester of the Day tomorrow.
Please stay safe.
Thanks so much for all you do for East Polk Rotary,
Ned Looney, President
East Polk Rotary
From District 6000 - A note from Corinne Lambert, Assistant Governor - "Please encourage club members to register for the District 6000 Rotary Foundation Event.  This is a virtual luncheon online on November 7, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Rotary International President Holger Knaack will be the keynote speaker, and he will be addressing the group in real time; not by recorded message.  There will also be presentations of Foundation Awards.  Rotarians can register on the D6000 website (  Let's really support this great opportunity to meet RI President Knaack, as well as other District 6000 Rotarians.  I know PDG Chris Knapp, our Foundation Chair, will be looking for all clubs to have representatives; if not all members in attendance."
Fifth Test - from District Governor Steve Dakin:  "I got some batteries that were given out free of charge."
Upcoming Events:
November 7 - Virtual luncheon on November 7 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. with International President Holger Knaack as the keynote speaker.  You can register on the District 6000 website to attend.  Please note the link in Corinne's correspondence above.
February 19, 2021 - Bowling Bash at Great Escape for Tech Expo and other community projects.
District 6000 - From Terry Ziegler, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser Rotary Region 26.  October 24 - World Polio Day.  Let's take action!   A polio-free world is still possible, but we can achieve it only by taking action together.  With the challenges to vaccination programs posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it's even more crucial that Rotary continues to build awareness and raise funds for polio eradication.  Just this last week four new Wild Polio cases were reported - Pakistan with three new cases and Afghanistan with one.  The most recent cases had an onset of paralysis on 09/09/20.  This is a terrible disease, and we must continue our efforts to reach the goal of complete global polio eradication!
RAW meetings have been discontinued until the first Tuesday in November.  After we are able to open in-person meetings again, please remember to invite your friends, family and co-workers to our Rotary After Work (RAW) meeting, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month,.
Our future events can be found on Facebook by going to the East Polk Rotary Club page and clicking on Events. public for=192317204264676.  This link will take you to our page.  You can share an event on your page or invite others.  The more interest we can get, the more visibility there is, and potential to increase membership.  Please contact Marie if you have any questions.
Marie has sent out the Zoom link for tomorrow's meeting.  If you need it again, please contact her.
For your information, all our in-person meetings will be held at the Eastview Community Center, 4101 E. 42nd St., Des Moines, IA  50317, through December 31.
Upcoming schedule  -
October 21     - Kirk Norris, Iowa Hospital Association
October 21     - Board Meeting
October 28     - Business Meeting
Information on future programs will be announced soon.
Jester assignments:
October 21      - Mark Dylo
October 28      - Curtis Gause
November 4    - Dirk Halupnik
November 11  - Mike Hamilton
November 18  - Darrell Hanson
November 25  - Anthony Harbaugh
Yours in service,
Norma Bettis, Secretary
During our WebEx meeting this morning, a Site Exploration Committee was appointed to check out sites for "in person" meetings while waiting for Prairie Meadows to open.  The committee consisting of Ned Looney, Mike Hamilton and Trent Frohock is presenting its report below:
For the next two weeks on Wednesday, June 3, and Wednesday, June 10, we will offer live, in person (spittle protected), East Polk Rotary Club meetings.
Mike, Trent and I will do the physical set-up, and sound and audio checks at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday prior to the Wednesday morning meeting so that we are ready for the 10-15 members who wish to join us in person.  We will meet at the Eastview Community Center, 4101 E 42nd Street, Des Moines.  The easiest way to find this is to think of this as being the first building behind Porter Hardware.  We will offer water, juice, and coffee (however, if you want foo-foo coffee, bring your own).  This will also be BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast).  Feel free to swing through one of the many fine East Side/Altoona drive-through eating establishments available for your dining enjoyment on your way to the meeting, or pull a carton of yogurt from your fridge at home; whatever you prefer.  We will have tables and chairs set up with all spaced six plus feet apart.  We recommend that you wear your mask from your car until you enter our meeting room, then feel free to remove it as long as you are able to remain at least six feet apart.  We plan to have WebEx up and running as well, so Rotarians who wish may continue to enjoy our fellowship from home, while wearing pajamas if that is what they prefer.  Those coming to the meeting will need to dust off their business casual wear once again.
Meetings will start at 7 a.m. for fellowship, president's notes, and reports at either 7:15 or 7:20, so that our speakers may begin at 7:30 a.m.
We plan on being at that location for two weeks, probably four, but after a couple of meetings we will be able to determine how important it is to have a hot breakfast served to our club.  We visited Sugar Shack as well, and while it showed possibilities, we felt that the Eastview Community Center will give us the maximum room to spread out with better AV connections, as well as faster internet service.  We may decide to have a hot breakfast catered to Eastview in the future, but for now we will just see how it goes and what we learn from Prairie Meadows availability in the coming weeks.
Thank you all so very much,
Club Executives & Directors
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Membership Chair
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