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Fellow Rotarian and Executive Director of Allen Foundation Mike Lind will bring our members up to date on several upgrades at UnityPoint Health.  From the new facility at Prairie Parkway, to Allen College, to changes at Allen Hospital, the Cedar Valley's busiest hospital has hundreds of people working behind the scenes to provide the best health care.
 
 
 
A Big thank you to  the Waterloo Downtown Rotary Club for packing 1296 backpack bags or 9 pallets last Monday.  This will help us feed 1296 kids on weekends.  Special shout out to Adam Schaefer and his daughters for packing until after 2pm that day!  You all rocked it!  Thanks for being and Ingredient in the recipe to Close the Meal Gap. 
 
-Barb Prather
 
 
 
 
Hops & Grapes will be held on Thursday, May 18, from 6-9 PM at the Isle Casino Waterloo.  We are featuring wine and beer selections from Iowa Producers, along with heavy appetizers from our Friends at the Isle.  We will not have much of an auction this year, we will be requesting tax deductible donations directly to Operation Warm, the rest of the night belongs to you to network, mingle, and enjoy Rotarian fellowship!  Cost is only $20 per person, so invite friends, family, prospective Rotarians, anybody that might have fun!
Only five cases of wild polio virus this year thru April 12
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst joined us for lunch and remarks Monday, April 10th - and she was treated to a custom re-working of the lyrics to "Daisy, Daisy" from our own Hovey Brom:
 
 
For six years the Waterloo Rotary Club has contributed to VGM’s Heartland Conference as room ambassadors. According to VGM: “Rotarians not only enhanced the Midwestern friendliness of our event, but these volunteers also helped thousands of attendees navigate our conference and city.”
 
 
Today we heard from Rotary Exchange student Gabriel after a special presentation on agriculture from Union High School FFA students.
 
 
 
Keep the following Rotary dates in your head or in your planners:
April 10 – Senator Joni Ernst will join us for our regular April 10 meeting.  Please let Phil or Katelyn Pedersen know if you plan to bring a guest as we would like to have an accurate head-count.
April 17 – Food Bank Volunteer Day – Phil will be sending an event registration, please register if you plan to attend as we will be ordering catering from Chick-Fil-A.
April 28 & 29 – Rotary District Conference, Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls.  Please register at http://www.rotaryseminars.org/
May 18 – Hops & Grapes, 6-9 PM at the Isle Casino Waterloo.  More details to come!!!
Look at all these Rotarians celebrating another year on Spaceship Earth!
 
Linda Allen    April 4 
Steve Finegan    April 25 
Bonnie Humble    April 6 
Megan Kugler    April 14 
Jane Lindaman    April 25
Jeremy Kauten    April 30 
Duane "Lindy" Lindberg    April 16 
Jack Locke    April 24 
Barbara Prather    April 2 
Bill Robert    April 4 
Bette Wubbena    April 4 
Fellow Rotarian Dr. John Berry shared details about the Tri County Head Start program, which for 50 years has served families by ensuring a successful foundation to education. They have new STEM initiatives and provide social and health services to families.
 
 
 
 
 
Among the presenters- -President Elect Ian Risely from Australia and Vice President Jennifer Jones from Canada
 

 
“The only brown water anyone should have to drink is coffee!” ~ Marcy Pease
 
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In Haiti one in five children under the age of 5 will die due to lack of access to clean water.  A very preventable problem!
 
Haiti is working to address this issue by implementing a nationwide water infrastructure development project and the Rotary Foundation is being asked to help.  Through a grant application to the Rotary Global Fund, at least four additional clean water wells will be installed in the Arcahaie/Cabaret region - an area where more than 86 percent of women give birth at home and 35 percent of babies die primarily due to diarrhea or fever.  
Our 2015-2016 Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student Sephora Thompson shared her experience from living and learning in Italy. You can read and see more about her trip on her blog.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Any current Sophomore or Junior in High School who is interested in attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Conference in Grinnell from July 16-21 should contact Luke Jenson at ljenson@mrs-lawfirm.com by April 14. The Waterloo Rotary Club sponsors two students at RYLA, a conference focused on providing foundational leadership skills for teenagers, by paying for the cost of the conference. Contact Luke if you have any questions or visit www.iowaryla.org.
Public invited to attend speech March 24
  The goal --better first impressions for visitors
 
The City of Waterloo is sponsoring a city-wide Waterloo Spring Clean-up Month throughout April.  Citizens are encouraged to organize teams of co-workers, club or church members, classmates, friends and family to collect litter and beautify areas of their choosing or a designated area assigned by the City. 
We sponsored the Waverly club which officially got its charter on March 6, 1927, exactly 90 years ago
 
Most of those loses due to stock market performance and currency exchanges.
 
Susan Backes joined us from The Job Foundation which works to ensure financial success for all children. Over the course of 10+ years, they've empowered low-income youth toward their goals of financial success. Through the program, students gain key financial tools such as savings and a positive credit rating so they can buy (as adults) a reliable car, maintain employment, further build financial assets and experience financial freedom.
 
Fellow Rotarian and Job Foundation volunteer Dave Allbaugh shared his insights on the middle school program, a weekly gathering of youth that includes a nutritious meal and 30+ minutes of life skills training or financial literacy development.
 
 
You can follow the Job Foundation on their Facebook page.
 
The 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International has unanimously nominated Samuel Frobisher Owori, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, to be the president of Rotary International in 2018-19.  Owori says he sees in Rotary "an incredible passion to make a difference." As president, he plans to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."
In 1945, Rotary founder Paul Harris couldn't imagine what #Rotary would be in one hundred years. February 23rd marks our 112th anniversary.
 
 
 
 
 
Today is Rural/Urban Day!  Please help us welcome area Agriculture Producers and make them feel welcome.  Brad Kinsinger will be our featured Speaker. Be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early to meet your guest producer and have time to chat with them before the program.
Iowa RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is holding its annual 6-day leadership conference in Grinnell, Iowa from Sunday, July 16 through Friday, July 21. The objectives of RYLA are:
  • To encourage and assist youth leaders and potential leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership by providing them with a training experience;
  • To encourage continued and stronger leadership of youth by youth; and
  • To publicly recognize the outstanding qualities of many young people who are rendering service to their schools and communities as leaders.
Waterloo Rotary Club is sponsoring two attendees to RYLA, one of them being our 2017-2018 outbound exchange student, Holly Harris. We are currently accepting applications and recommendations for another student. High school sophomores or juniors (classes of 2019 and 2018, respectively) may apply. Our Club pays for the entire fee for the student. To learn more information, and to obtain an application form, visit www.iowaryla.org.
One of our largest annual events, Rural Urban Day brings area farmers and producers downtown to enjoy lunch and a presentation of shared interest. This year, we'll welcome Brad Kinsinger who will speak about highlighting global agriculture; it’s importance, and what we can learn from farmers and agriculture professionals around the world.
 
Last week, our club’s foreign exchange student Gabe Voldoire moved-in with Rotarian Bonnie Smith-Davis and her husband Roger. Gabe wrestled for West High this winter and now has his sights set on a trip to Hawaii in next month. Gabe had been living with Rotarian Mark Durbahn and his wife Brenda. They were excellent hosts to Gabe and did a great job of acclimating him to our country, state, and community.
 
Without the generosity of our volunteer hosts like Bonnie, Roger, Mark, and Brenda, our student exchange program would not be sustainable. They are great representatives of our Rotary club! Thank you! Anyone interested in assisting with the student exchange program can contact Luke Jenson (ljenson@mrs-lawfirm.com) for more information.
Money raised will be used to buy sock and other items for vets who need assistance
 
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Unity Point/Allen Hospital
Apr 24, 2017
New Projects in the Cedar Valley
Dr. Leslie Wilson - UNI School of Business
May 01, 2017
UNI School of Business
Sonya Carlson
May 15, 2017
Senior Companionship Program
Anesa Kajtazovic
Jun 05, 2017
Srebrenica
 
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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...