Our speaker last week was Marketa Oliver, Bondurant City Manager, who gave us an update on all that is happening in Bondurant.
 
News from District 6000 -
 
We are sorry to report the passing of Past District Governor, Diana Reed.  Visitation will be Thursday, January 17, from 4-7 p.m., followed by a time of Remembrance at Hamilton's Funeral Home, 3601 Westown Pkwy., West Des Moines, IA  50266.  Memorials may be given in her name to The Rotary Foundation for PolioPlus.  Condolences can be sent to:  Rick Rarrick, 9724 Lincoln Avenue, Clive, IA  50325.  Phone 515-556-4696
 
District 6000 Governor Elect, Erna and Steve Morain have just attended the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, where they received incoming governor training along with all their classmates from around the world.   2019-2020 Rotary International President Elect, Mark Daniel Maloney, announced his theme there, and they are excited to forward it to us.  "ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD."
 
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 Events -
 
January 26 - Winter Party - Progressive Dinner (like last year.)  Marti will be providing more information on this.
 
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).  He is also 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
February 6 -   Steve Mather
February 13 - Bruce Mason
February 20 - Gregg Lynes (Birthday Auction)
February 27 -  Ned Looney
 
Rotarian of the Day 
January 16 -  Ryan Edsen
January 23 -  Tom Downs
January 30 -  Committees/Networking
February 6 -  
February 13 - Kim Byers
February 20 - Birthday Auction
February 27 - Committees/Networking
Yours in Service,
 
Norma Bettis