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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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Thanks so much to Riziki and Jasmin for a great program about RYLA last week.  It is always interesting to hear from the students who have attended, and to see their excitement about the changes that have been made in their lives.  Best wishes for a great year for the Interact Club at Southeast Polk.
 
President Gregg's "A little bit about a few things."  -
 
  1.  The SEP football coach will be the program on August 28.  I sent requests for questions for the coach to a dozen club members; to date I have only seen two questions from one member.  Please send your questions before Friday.  Also, plan to bring guests to that meeting.  We would like to have a good attendance that morning, including members and SEP football fans.
  2.  Erna and Steve have written a great article on the tech expo, which will be in the next issue of the District 6000 Rotary magazine.  Please look for it.  And, for our publicity club members, I believe the deadline for the magazine is within this next week.  The quotes Erna and Steve attribute to me are "close."  
  3.  Anthony has started the process for permits and plans for the first four bus stops.  How many other members know what ADA means?  Thanks Anthony for your work on this project.     4.  August is "Grow Rotary" month.  The only way we can grow our club membership is to invite others to visit.  
 
 
Rotarian of the Day, Adam Kline, will have Liz Brown from Blessman Ministries as our speaker tomorrow.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms is Tom Downs.
 
 
Upcoming programs -
 
 - August 21 - Marti has invited her son-in-law, Chad Allen, to be our speaker.  In addition to his regular job, he is a beekeeper with several hives around eastern Polk County.  He has built his own extractor and produces several pounds of honey each year.  It's quite a complicated and labor-intensive process.  There will be a drawing for a free Mr. B's honey bear!  This sounds like a very interesting program.
 
 - August 28 -  President Gregg has invited Brad Zelenovich, SEP Varsity football coach to be our speaker, and is encouraging members to invite other SEP fans to the meeting.  Superintendent Dirk Halpunik will host Coach Zelenovich.  
 
Upcoming events -
 
-- September 28 - Caring Hands Hunger Run with a 5K and Tug of War Tournament.  We will have a team there, so plan to attend and cheer them on.
 
                                                                                                                            
August 21 -        Pam Donahue
August 28 -        Eric Borseth
September 4 -   Norma Bettis
September 11 - Darrell Hanson
September 18 - Tyler Phelan
September 25 - Marie Pipes  
 Rotarian of the Day                                                        
August 21 -       Marti Kline                                               Board Meeting
August 28 -       Dirk Halupnik - Special program
                                      with SEP Varsity FB Coach, Brad Zelenovich.
September 4 -   Corinne Lambert
September 11 - Ned Looney
September 18 - Bruce Mason                                            Board Meeting
September 25 - Committees/Networking
 
See you tomorrow.
 
Yours in service,
 
Norma Bettis
                                  
 
                                   
 
 
 
What a fun time at our annual banquet and gavel passing ceremony last Thursday evening!  President Mike Hartwig did a masterful job  conducting an interesting meeting with some "fun" and some "serious" award presentations to the fellow Rotarians honored for the 2018-2019 year.  Congratulations to all Rotarians who participated in our projects and actitivies last year.  Thanks again, Mike, for your  leadership.  
 
Then it was time to pass the gavel to our new President, Gregg Lynes.  Gregg gave a really inspiring speech outlining his goals for our East Polk Rotary Club for 2019-2020.  Congratulations Gregg.  We are really looking forward to helping you reach the goals you outlined as we all work together to serve our club, our community, and our world.  The Rotary International theme this year is "Rotary Connects the World."
 
Rotarian of the Day is Kevin Jasa.  Kevin is bringing his friend, Jenny Smith, who was awarded a Rotary scholarship for her Masters Degree.  Sounds very interesting.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms is Clay Willey.  
 
Gregg is bringing Regan Trexel, the Interact Vice President, as his guest.  He is asking for suggestions on how we as a club can interact more with the Interact Club.
 
Food Pantry Day tomorrow.  Please be generous.
 
Polio Eradication Update from District 6000 -
Five new Wild Polio cases reported this week.  There were more cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 than in 2017.  Should we be discouraged?  "No, not at all," says Michael McGovern, the International Chair of the PolioPlus Committee.  "We've always expected the number of cases to fluctuate somewhat as we get closer to zero.  With dedication from governments and Rotarians in areas still affected by polio, we'll get there."  The goal is zero.
Pakistan - Three new Wild Polio cases.  This makes twenty-seven in 2019.  They had twelve in 2018.
Afghanistan - Two new Polio cases reported this week.  Ten Polio cases reported so far in 2019.  They had twenty-one in 2018.
Nigeria - No Wild Polio cases were reported in 2017, 2018, or 2019.  They have reached 2 3/4 years without a case.
 
Upcoming events -
 
-- July 17 -  District Governor Erna Morain will be visiting for our regular 7 a.m. meeting at Prairie Meadows.  Board members will be meeting with her at Eric's office at 6:30 p.m. the evening before to discuss her plans for the next year.  If you are serving as an officer, or a chair or co-chair of a committee, you are invited to attend.
 
-- July 17 - Summer picnic at Pam's house in the evening.  This is for the whole family, so bring the kids.  Pam has a really nice swimming pool for them to enjoy...weather permitting.  If it rains, she also has a dry garage where we can sit inside and eat while watching the rain.  Either way, it's a great time for Rotary families to get together and fellowship, and enjoy a great meal...which we prepared ourselves.
 
Upcoming                                                                                                                           
July 10      - Darrell Hanson
July 17      - Ned Looney
July 24      - Linda Harris
July 31      - Curt Gause
August 7   - Trent Frohock
August 14 - Tom Downs
August 21 - Pam Donahue
August 28 - Eric Borseth
   
 Rotarian of the Day                                                        
July 10      - Marie Pipes
July 16      - 6:30 p.m. Board Meeting at Borseth Law Office with District Governor
July 17      - Erna Morain, District Governor, 7:00 a.m. at Prairie Meadows
July 17      - Picnic at Pam's house at 6:30 p.m.  (She will provide directions.)
July 24      - Tyler Phelan
July 31      - Michael Hartwig
August 7   - Darrell Hanson
August 14 - Adam Kline
August 21 - Marti Kline                                               Board Meeting
August 28 - Committees/Networking
August 14 - Adam Kline
 
See you tomorrow.
 
Yours in service,
 
Norma Bettis
                                  
 
                                   
 
 
 
Thanks Linda for a great program last week.  It was very interesting to hear about Shelby Smith's passion for her business of raising crickets for food, and to learn that a large percentage of the world's population relies on them for part of their protein.  We wish her well in her endeavors as she builds her company.
 
We're looking forward to tomorrow's program with Andrew Downs, Program Director for radio station KXNO (and Tom Down's son).  He will be highlighting the men's NCAA basketball tournament.  Members will be asked to fill out a bracket with their predictions.  For a $5 donation the winner will get to donate the money collected to the charity of their choice.  Should be fun!
 
Sergeant-at-Arms will be Adam Kline.
 
Board meeting will follow the meeting tomorrow.
 
Upcoming events -
 
-- Rotary District Training Assembly - Saturday, March 30, at DMACC Newton Conference Center, 602 N. 2nd Avenue W, in Newton.  All  incoming officers are encouraged to attend as this training will immensely help clubs during the upcoming year.
 
-- Opportunity for service -- Food Pantry Spring Time Hill Climb Race, 9 a.m., April 6.  Volunteers should meet at 8 a.m. in Doanes Park to allow time to be in their positions by 8:45 a.m.  The police chief likes to have names and cell phone numbers of the volunteers in case contact needs to be made during the race.  
 
-- ROTARY ROCKS! The District 6000 Conference is coming to West Des Moines on May 2 - 4.  It would be great if we could fill a couple of tables; especially for the dinner Friday evening.  Save the Date!!  Registration information is on the District 6000 website.  To get the Early Bird Discount, you must register by midnight, April 1.
 
-- Iowa Technology Exposition - May 10 at Southeast Polk High School.  Let Kirby or Brett know if you plan to be a judge, and if you know of someone else who may be interested.  This is really a great opportunity to view the kids projects.  They do an outstanding job and this gives them some recognition for their work.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                        
March 27 - Kevin Jasa           
April 3      - Linda Harris
April 10    - Anthony Harbaugh
April 17    - Darrell Hanson                                       Board Meeting
April 24    - Mike Hamilton
 
 
Rotarian of the Day 
March 27 - Anthony Harbaugh
April 3      - Mike Hamilton
April 10   -  Dirk Halupnik
April 17   - Steve Hall
April 24   - 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
                                   
 
 
 
President Mike Hartwig says the meeting is on for tomorrow morning, so drag out your underwear and heavy coat and gloves!
 
We will be meeting in our committees.
 
Brad Miller is Sergeant-at-Arms.
 
Upcoming Event -
 
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).  If you need to sign up for an auction item, please let Mike know.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
January 30 -  Brad Miller
February 6 -   Steve Mather
February 13 - Bruce Mason                                        Board meeting today.
February 20 - Gregg Lynes (Birthday Auction)
February 27 -  Ned Looney
 
Rotarian of the Day 
 
January 30 -  Committees/Networking
February 6 -  
February 13 - Kim Byers
February 20 - Birthday Auction
February 27 - Committees/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
                                   
 
 
 
Since I was not in attendance last week, I do not have anything to report for the committee meetings.  And, also do not know who the speaker will be tomorrow.
 
Steve Mather is Sergeant-at-Arms.
 
The latest report I have from Eric's surgery is from Tom Downs who said that he came through fine,  and the doctors are optimistic that they were able to take care of everything.  He does still need our thoughts and prayers.  According to his wife Patty, if everything goes well this week, he may be able to go home on Friday.  
 
Remember tomorrow is Caring Hands Food Pantry day so be prepared to contribute generously.  This has been a rough winter on a lot of people.
 
Upcoming Event -
 
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).  If you need to sign up for an auction item, please let Mike know.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
 
February 6 -   Steve Mather
February 13 - Bruce Mason                                       
February 20 - Gregg Lynes (Birthday Auction)   
February 27 -  Ned Looney
 
Rotarian of the Day 
February 6 -  
February 13 - Kim Byers
February 20 - Birthday Auction                       Board meeting today.
February 27 - Committees/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
                                  
 
                                   
 
 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day tomorrow is Kim Byers.  I'm sure she will have a great program for us.
 
Bruce Mason is Sergeant-at-Arms.
 
Please remember that our Birthday Auction will be next week with Gregg Lynes serving as our auctioneer.  President Mike sent out the listing of birthdays for this quarter last week, so we know there are some exciting things to look forward to.  Be ready to bid on the "gifts" offered by our birthday celebrants.  Money collected will go to their selected charities.
 
Tom Downs reported that he talked to Patty Borseth this morning and Eric is still in the hospital.  They had thought he would be able to go home last Friday, but the doctors have encountered some things that need to be attended to before he can be dismissed.  He is becoming frustrated because of this delay, and appreciates our continued thoughts and prayers.
 
President Mike is encouraging people to sign up for the Grand Management Seminar on February 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in West Des Moines.  There is no cost, but if we want to apply for a grant, we must have people in attendance.  Sign up on the District 6000 website.
 
Upcoming Event -
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.  Please check with Mike to get the forms for sponsorships and to register your team (or teams).  Mike needs the names of your team members this week so he can get them to the bowling alley before the event.  Also, if you need to sign up for an auction item, please let Mike know.  Please continue selling the raffle tickets for the $500 prepaid credit card.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                         
February 20 - Gregg Lynes (Birthday Auction)   
February 27 -  Ned Looney
March 6 - Corinne Lambert
March 13 - Marti Kline
March 20 - Adam Kline
March 27 - Committees/Networking
 
Rotarian of the Day 
February 20 - Birthday Auction                       Board meeting 
February 27 - Committees/Networking
March 6 - Kevin Jasa
March 13 - Linda Harris
March 20 - Anthony Harbaugh                         Board meeting
March 27 - Committees/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
                                  
 
                                   
 
 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day tomorrow is Kim Byers.  I'm sure she will have a great program for us.
 
Bruce Mason is Sergeant-at-Arms.
 
Please remember that our Birthday Auction will be next week with Gregg Lynes serving as our auctioneer.  President Mike sent out the listing of birthdays for this quarter last week, so we know there are some exciting things to look forward to.  Be ready to bid on the "gifts" offered by our birthday celebrants.  Money collected will go to their selected charities.
 
Tom Downs reported that he talked to Patty Borseth this morning and Eric is still in the hospital.  They had thought he would be able to go home last Friday, but the doctors have encountered some things that need to be attended to before he can be dismissed.  He is becoming frustrated because of this delay, and appreciates our continued thoughts and prayers.
 
President Mike is encouraging people to sign up for the Grand Management Seminar on February 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in West Des Moines.  There is no cost, but if we want to apply for a grant, we must have people in attendance.  Sign up on the District 6000 website.
 
Upcoming Event -
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.  Please check with Mike to get the forms for sponsorships and to register your team (or teams).  Mike needs the names of your team members this week so he can get them to the bowling alley before the event.  Also, if you need to sign up for an auction item, please let Mike know.  Please continue selling the raffle tickets for the $500 prepaid credit card.
 
Upcoming                                                                         
                         
February 20 - Gregg Lynes (Birthday Auction)   
February 27 -  Ned Looney
March 6 - Corinne Lambert
March 13 - Marti Kline
March 20 - Adam Kline
March 27 - Committees/Networking
 
Rotarian of the Day 
February 20 - Birthday Auction                       Board meeting 
February 27 - Committees/Networking
March 6 - Kevin Jasa
March 13 - Linda Harris
March 20 - Anthony Harbaugh                         Board meeting
March 27 - Committees/Networking
 
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis
                                  
 
                                   
 
 
 
 
 
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