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
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:
Last week our program was "Staying Healthy With COVID," presented by Bruce Mason and Amy McAllister with the Altoona Campus.  Thanks Bruce and Amy for the information on how you are operating the Campus under the guidelines from the CDC and the State of Iowa to keep your facility safe and operating during this pandemic.  Exercise and a good diet are essential for staying healthy.  Thanks so much for all the extra work that you go to in order to provide a safe place for families to participate in the activities offered by the Campus at this time.
We find out tomorrow from Liz Cox of the Polk County Health Services what they are doing during this time to assist the residents of Polk County. 
Board members - please note there is a board meeting right after the program tomorrow.  Please read the fundraiser proposal sent out by the Dubuque County Rotary Club about selling Christmas wreaths so that we can discuss it.  
Tyler Phelan is Jester of the Day tomorrow.
Linda Harris is in Oregon visiting her sister.  Mike Hamilton asked her by text if she is near the fires out there.  She replied, "Yes and no.  We had to evacuate because of the smoke, and are staying with my nephew."  Please stay safe Linda.
I will bring the Rotary masks to the meeting.  If you wish to purchase them at $5.00 per mask, you may pay in cash, or by check to Caring Hands Food Pantry.  For those on line, please let me know if you want any held for you.  You may pick them up at Norma's office in Altoona if that will work for you; or we will find another way to get them to you.
If you didn't read the announcement in last week's newsletter, the 40th Anniversary Celebration planned for October 8 has been cancelled.  There is a RAW (Rotary After Work) meeting that afternoon at four-thirty.  If anyone wants to come to that meeting and just commensurate about the past, you are certainly welcome.  There will be no live-streaming of the meeting.
Thanks for all you do for East Polk Rotary,
Ned Looney, President
Marie has shared the Zoom connection.  This does not change from week to week, but if you have any questions about it, please let her know.
Also, 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.
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.
From District 6000 - Seven new Wild Polio cases were reported this week - Pakistan with three and Afghanistan with four.  What is the Polio Picture?  Surveillance in Pakistan is critical to the Polio and COVID efforts.  Much of what we have learned in the Polio eradication effort is now being used to track the COVID virus.  Five National Immunization Days are planned in Pakistan over the next year.  Polio mostly affects children under five years of age.  This year, over forty million children under the age of five missed their routine immunizations due to COVID, leading to a spike in cases of Polio and other preventable diseases.  Our goal is Global Polio Eradication!!
Upcoming schedule  -
September 16 - Liz Cox, Polk County Health Services
September 16 - Board Meeting
September 23 - Business Meeting
September 29 - Board Meeting with District Governor, Steve Dakin, 6:30 p.m. at EVCC
September 30 - Steve Dakin, Governor District 6000
October 6       - RAW - 4:30 p.m.
October 7       - Dr. Jim Blessman, Blessman Ministries
October 13     - RAW roundtable - 4:30 p.m.
October 14     - Mitchellville Business Highlight - Joan Alsup/Pumpkinville
October 21     - Kirk Norris, Iowa Hospital Association
October 21     - Board Meeting
October 24      - World Polio Day (no meeting)
October 28     - Business Meeting
Jester assignments:
September 16 - Tyler Phelan
September 23 - Marie Pipes
September 30 - Norma Bettis
October 7        - Eric Borseth
October 14      - Pam Donahue
October 21      - Mark Dylo
October 28      - Curtis Gause
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,
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