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(The following is an excerpt from a Rotary International press release, which was authored by Ryan Hyland.)

Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones wants members to imagine the possibilities in the change they can make to transform the world.

Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, revealed the 2022-23 presidential theme, Imagine Rotary, as she urged people to dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality.

“Imagine, a world that deserves our best,” Jones told incoming district governors on 20 January, “where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”  A full article, expanding on the coming year's theme, and more, can be found HERE.


(Pictured L to R:  Brian Buethe, Mark Watson, Supt. Scott Grimes, Pres. Mike Bonnett, Jason Kerndt)

The Rotary Club of West Polk County is proud to continue our partnership, like many other Rotary clubs, with Operation Warm.  Our club was able to raise enough funds to purchase over 60 coats this year, which were donated to the Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District.  The District helps to get the coats into the hands of students who really need them.  A warm coat is essential in our climate.  However, we believe that this donation provides more than just an important article of clothing.  Operation Warm provides warmth, confidence, and hope through basic need programs that connect underserved children to community resources they need to thrive.

Our Club LOVES offering service and assistance wherever we see a need, so far as our resources will allow.  If this is something that resonates with you, please consider becoming a member.  You not only get to hang out with some pretty remarkable and caring people, but you get the opportunity to do good things for our community, through service, education, and camaraderie. 
If you would like to learn more about Operation Warm and what they do, you can visit their website HERE.  Finally, we would like to thank the DC-G School District for their assistance in distributing the coats.  We sincerely appreciate the partnership for good that we've forged over the years.


Whiz-Kidz is an after-school and summer program for children from kindergarten through fifth grade to learn and experience the love of Jesus, build confidence in academics, and grow as young leaders.  It is one of the many services provided by our friends at Freedom for Youth in Des Moines, Iowa. 
During the first week of October, the Rotary Club of West Polk County had a good group of service minded members provide a meal service to the Whiz-Kidz at Freedom for Youth last week. This is a project we've done many times in the past and hope to continue into the future. We love supporting organizations that are doing good things in our community...or around the world! #ServiceAboveSelf.
If you would like to learn more about Freedom for Youth and what they do, you can visit their website HERE.

The 6th Annual Tour de Grimes will take place this year on August 28th, 2021.
This event offers two distinctly different ride options. A Family Ride (4.7 miles), which will span Grimes and a Fun Ride (23 miles one way/46 miles round trip), which will take riders to Kinship Brewing Co. in Waukee and back.

Long/Fun Ride Map Route: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/edit?mid=1IREBDiyDS1Qqclw1werl3e1k0T6X02TF&usp=sharing

Family Ride Map Route: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/edit?mid=1GAKbm6-iF8UpwuUMPe8pqp9gd_lLcPUS&usp=sharing

The Rotary Club of West Polk County organizes this event, in partnership with many sponsors and, of course, the Mayor of Grimes, Iowa (Honorable Scott Mikkelsen). The price is right for a great experience! You can purchase your admission online or buy it the day of the event. It's $10 for a single rider or $20 for a family (up to six riders).

The event begins at Waterworks Park in beautiful Grimes, Iowa, next to the Grimes Public Library (200 N James Street, Grimes, IA). The event is raising funds for a community amphitheater project that will honor veterans of all the U.S. service branches.

We hope to see you, your friends, neighbors, family, etc. on August 28th, 2021!

Register in advance at www.GrimesMayorsRide.com!  Alternatively, you can sign up on the day of the event at Waterworks Park, near the Grimes Public Library. 
Kathy Coady helped to craft the most recently adopted mission statement for Hope Ministries.  "To rescue those who are homeless, hungry, abused or addicted, providing opportunities for hope, recover and restoration through the love of Jesus Christ."  That is why they exist and why there organization has been around so long.  Kathy is the Director of Development and Community Relations at Hope Ministries.  She feels blessed to have the opportunity to advance the aforementioned mission and her passion shines through when you hear about her speak of the work she and her colleagues, along with a legion of volunteers, do on an everyday basis.  As Kathy explained, and as is described on their website, Hope Ministries has been serving people in need in central Iowa since 1915.  That's 106 years if you need help with the math.  They provide food, clothing, shelter and live recovery programs for men, women and children out of seven ministry centers around Des Moines. 
There are many ways to get involved in order to assist Hope Ministries with their mission.  They suggest the following:  prayer, volunteer, have your church become a partner, donate supplies that they need (this changes with the seasons), help out during the holidays, support their fundraising events, just to name a few.  While they are unashamedly a faith based organization, their clients do not have to have a faith relationship to access most of their services.  They just have to have a need.  If Hope Ministries can help, they will...all while having the goal of helping to get people on a better path.  Thank you Kathy and Hope Ministries for your good work in our community!
Club Information
West Polk County
We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Food Depot
3000 SE Grimes Blvd.
Suite 200 | Back Room
Grimes, IA 50111
United States of America
Prospective members and guests are most welcome. Regular meetings are sometimes supplanted by service opportunities, so watch events calendar for the most up to date opportunities.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Representative
Youth Exchange Officer
Immediate Past President