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. Zoom available for weekly meetings.
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Happy Thanksgiving Week!
Thank you to Brad Miller for presenting last week on the places he has been with/for Rotary.  It was such an interesting presentation, and I really appreciated how dedicated Brad has been in spreading the word about Rotary and being a great ambassador.
This week we will have one more business meeting in order to discuss a few matters, including our current financial situation, and potential new meeting formats.  Please join us if you're able and for those onsite, we'll have a special Thanksgiving treat!
Thank you!  
Marie Pipes
East Polk Rotary President
Rotary Club of East Polk County, P.O. Box 73, Altoona, IA  50009
Kim Byers - For those who knew Kim when she was active in our club, we have learned that her mother just passed away.  If you would like to send her a card, her address is PO Box 383, Altoona, IA  50009.
From District 6000:
The R.I.S.E. Action Team shares these words:  "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall
Olabsi Gwamna, PhD, Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant, Editor Foundation Minute District 6000 Foundation Action Team - Welcome to week 4 of RI's Foundation Month.  It's Thanksgiving this week and we have so much to be thankful for.  We have to be thankful for what our contributions to the Rotary Foundation do for the world:  fighting Polio down to just two endemic countries; improving the sanitation of different countries; empowering women and not least of all, enhancing literacy and basic education in the under-served communities of the world.  Most significantly we should be thankful that even the young recognize Rotary's role in securing a safe and peaceful world as evidenced by the following true story:
As part of Rotary International's and The Rotary Foundation's goal of enhancing basic education and literacy, Rotarians are reaching out to students and teachers in their communities.  On a recent November afternoon three members from the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant and the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant Noon, District 6000, visited the 4th grade classrooms of Harlan Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant.  They were there to deliver dictionaries in support of their Rotary Dictionary Project, which is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary.  We distributed 46 dictionaries to children who listened with rapt attention as the Rotarians explained the tenets of Rotary, ending with the 4-Way test.  As we were leaving one of the teachers came out and asked to see us for a minute.  During the presentation she was translating to a new student from Mexico who did not speak English.  She told us that Josue wants to donate his pocket money to the Rotary Foundation because he understands about children in other parts of the world who have to trek miles every morning to fetch water from unsanitary sources or struggle to finish assignments under a naked lamp or go to bed hungry.  Ms. Sylves, Josue's Home Room Teacher, handed us a crisp $20 note.  She told us, "He is moved and wants to contribute something to your organization."  Out of the mouths of babes!  Are Rotarians ready to top this genuine gratitude of a 9-year old 4th grader?
Terry Ziegler, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser Rotary Region 36 - We are sorry to report that after ten months with no new cases, Afghanistan had two new Wild Polio cases this week.  While this is disappointing, it is not totally unexpected due to the suspension of house-to-house vaccinations in Kunduz since 2019 - until they were reinstated last week.  Additional vaccination rounds will be initiated in the Kunduz area soon.  Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!
Upcoming Events -
February 18 - Bowling Bash at Great Escape
Schedule for Rotarian of the Day:
Meeting DateRotarian of the DaySpeakerAdditional Notes
Nov. 24
Curt Gause
Business Meeting
Happy Thanksgiving!
Dec. 1New schedule coming soon
Dec. 8 
Dec. 15 
Norma Bettis, Secretary
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