Rotary Club of Grinnell, Iowa, USA

Club Information

Welcome to our club!


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
West Side Family Restaurant
229 West Sixth Avenue
Grinnell, IA  50112
United States
District Site
Venue Map

Grinnell Rotary met Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.  

    The evening started with a special recognition of the Ted Clausen family, as Paul Harris Fellows.  The Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute $1000 to the Rotary Foundation.  The program also recognizes those in whose name contributions of $1000 have been made to the Foundation.  Clausen family members recognized were:  Helen Clausen, Christopher A. Clausen, Brett White, Rebecca G. Clausen Pinkerton, Jimmy E. Pinkerton, Rachel D. Pinkerton, and Benjamin Karl Havlik.

    The speaker for the night was Poweshiek County Treasurer, Sandy Ross.  Her topic was Grinnell’s Driver’s License Satellite Station.  Ross presented a history of the Grinnell Satellite Station, through a power point presentation.  Going forward, Grinnell will not have a satellite station.  She explained that Grinnell would not have a satellite station because of a county issuance number.  In order for the county to receive enough equipment to allow a Grinnell Satellite Station, the average license issuance number for the county would need to be 5000.  Poweshiek County only had 4857, averaged over three years.  Ross contacted all known sources to advocate for more equipment, but did not succeed in getting the additional equipment approved.  For this reason, the decision was made to have driver’s licenses issued in Montezuma only.

    Grinnell Rotary meets every Tuesday at West Side Family Restaurant.


Denny Conway

The Grinnell Rotary Club met on November 14, 2017 at Westside Family Restaurant. Our speaker for the evening was Ashley (Rubendall) Shawler who works at Grinnell State Bank and is on the board of directors of United Way of Grinnell.  United Way of Grinnell funds organizations who help people in three main areas:  poverty, health and education. A sampling of the organizations that United Way of Grinnell has funded in recent years include: the Mid-Iowa Community (MICA) Food Pantry, Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool, the Grinnell Ministerial Association, the Grinnell Newburg School District’s Fourth Grade Y-Camp Experience, Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters, Grinnell Recreation Department, Iowa Legal Aid, Local Foods Connection, Poweshiek County Extension, Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG), Crisis Intervention Services, Girl Scouts of America and the Women’s Health Clinic (Note: this organization closed this past year and United Way is looking to partner with another organization to meet the needs this agency formerly served.).United Way of Grinnell also provides funding to the Montezuma Food Bank. United Way of Grinnell is 100% nonprofit. 99% of the money raised each year stays in Grinnell. Organizations may make requests for funding from United Way anytime from May through the second week of June. All organizations funded by United Way must maintain nonprofit status.  Each dollar given to United Way helps supports programs that last year changed over 4000 lives in Grinnell.


The Grinnell Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 6:00 PM at Westside Family Restaurant. Visitors are always welcome.


    Grinnell Rotary met Tuesday, October 31, 2017, for their weekly meal, meeting, and program.

    During the short business meeting, club members discussed the event held at Peace Tree Brewery the previous week.  Rotarians were pleased with the outcome of the meeting held at Peace Tree.

    Guest speaker for the evening was Susan Ferguson, Grinnell College Professor of Sociology.  Her topic was her experiences while she participated in a classroom at sea.  The ship was built in 1998 as a classroom at sea.  It set out from port at Hamburg, Germany, and sailed 21,000 miles during the cruise.  There were 550 students and 30 faculty members on board, with a total of 675 persons including students, faculty, and crew.  Ferguson reported that the ship was literally a floating college with course work every day.  When in port, there were a variety of field trips offered, which enabled students to learn both on land and at sea.  Susan explained that she was able to participate in a “once in a lifetime experience”.

    Rotary meets every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at West Side Family Restaurant.


Dennis Conway


Grinnell Rotary met Tuesday, October 10, 2017, for a meal, meeting, and program.  

    The short business meeting dealt mainly with a recap of the recently held event, Kites Over Grinnell.  The general consensus was that everything dealing with the event went fine.  

    Speaker for the evening was Rotarian Jim Ahrens, who spoke on the second half of the life of Winston  Churchill.  Winston Churchill was the son of Lord Randolph Churchill.  He attended Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, which is equivalent to West Point in the United States.  He married Clementine Hozier.  Churchill retired at age fifty.  Following his retirement, he elected to remain in politics.  His money was earned by writing books, one of them on the Duke of Marlboro.  Winston Churchill wrote many articles supporting views against Communism.  Throughout his life, he switched parties many times……from Liberal to Conservative, and back again.  At age sixty-five, Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Great Britain.  He was known to always have a well-timed “wise crack” to deliver, whatever the topic.  Winston Churchill died in 1965.

    Grinnell Rotary meets every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at West Side Family Restaurant.


Dennis Conway

    Club member Gerry Adams introduced our speaker for the evening, Georgia Plumb.  Georgia is the owner of Rock Steady Boxing, a wellness center that specializes in fighting back against Parkinson’s disease.  Her target clients are people over fifty years old.
This past Tuesday, August 29, the Grinnell Rotary Club gathered at the Westside Family Restaurant for their weekly meeting.   The Rotary Club's guest speaker was Barry Driscoll, a representative from the Poweshiek Animal League Shelter, (PALS) which is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter for cats and dogs.  Barry spoke to the Grinnell Rotary Club about the future plans for a 2.5 acre off-leash dog park that will be located on the same property as the shelter at 4167 20th St in Grinnell, just south of Brownell’s.  The dog park will be owned and operated by PALS and will be open to the public for a minimal fee.   
The Grinnell Rotary Club met at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at Westside Family Restaurant. Our speaker for the evening was Mr. Mike Ruby, District Governor for Rotary District 6000. He talked briefly about the history of the Grinnell Rotary Club which was chartered in 1938. This year’s theme for Rotary District 6000 is MAKING A DIFFERENCE. Mr. Ruby spent some time discussing how Grinnell Rotary has made a difference in Grinnell and offered some suggestions for increasing our “difference making” in the future…. Including using one meeting per month to go out into the community to do service projects. He stated that only ten percent of what happens in Rotary should take place at our weekly meetings. The other 90 percent should take place doing service projects.
Lemoyne Gaard presented a program to the Grinnell Rotary Club on the first of August about the entrance of the United States into WWI.  This year marks the anniversary of American participation.  
Lemoyne, a retired history teacher at Grinnell High School, kept the club members intensely interested as he outlined the major events of the beginning of this conflict and went into detail about those most important for an American audience to know.
This made for a very informative and interesting evening for the club members.  The Grinnell Rotary Club meets every Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Westside Diner and welcomes guests an prospective members each week.
James A Ahrens
This past Tuesday, July 25, the *Grinnell Rotary Club* gathered at the
Westside Family Restaurant for their weekly meeting.   The Rotary Club's
guest speaker was Megan McKay, owner of one of the newest businesses coming
to Grinnell, the Peace Tree Brewery. 
Kevin Boyle, VP for Lincoln Savings Bank, and Iowa Hawkeye basketball starter for four years under Lute Olson, the last Iowa team to win Big Ten Championship back in 1979 and to reach the Final Four a year later, captivated Rotarians at their regular meeting Tues., May 2nd with reminisces of his sports career.
The 2017 Grinnell Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue will be held Thurs., June 8 at a new venue - the Drake Community Library parking lot with distribution at the Untied Methodist Church entrance on Park St.  The times remain the same: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Fundraiser for Dollars for Scholars
February 9, 2016
Grinnell Rotary Club will have a fundraising soup supper at Grinnell High School from 5:00 to 7:30 pm on February 9, 2016.   This soup supper is in conjunction with a high school boys and girls ball game.
This fund raiser is for a local organization, Dollars for Scholars, whose purpose is to give a scholarship to any student at Grinnell High School asking for and qualified for it.    This commendable scholarship program is strongly supported by Grinnell Rotary and has been since 2000, when we first started this fundraising supper.


Club Executives & Directors
President Nominee
Rotary Foundation and Director
Immediate Past President
Rotary Foundation/Director
Sgt at Arms
Rotary Foundation/ Director
Membership Vice-chair
Home Page Download Files