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Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 14th it's time for a morning walk along I-235.
 
Rotary Roadside cleanup - it's taking a hike for a good cause... the environment!
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We need you to Volunteer for Oktoberfest!
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We have an early and a late shift and all sorts of tasks. This event needs you to make it successful!
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Meeting Updates

June 20, 2017

Polio Update

 
The eradication of Polio is the number one goal of Rotary. No New Cases were reported the past eight weeks in 2017: Pakistan 2 cases in 2017; 20 cases in 2016, down from 54 in 2015. Afghanistan 3 cases in 2017, 13 cases in 2016, down from 20 in 2015 and Nigeria 0 cases in 2017; 4 cases in 2016, up from zero cases in 2015.   Note two cases were reported in the Republic of Congo but this had to do with oral vaccination.  These are not counted only wild cases are counted.
 
  • The Gates Foundation is currently matching all Rotarian Raised Polio Donations $2 for each $1 Contributed (Up to $35Mil/Yr.) Our Rotary-wide Polio Fundraising Goal for the 2016-17 Rotary Year is $45 Million + the Gates Foundation Match.
 
Other Fundraising Opportunities!
 
  • Solheim Cup August 14-20, 2017-we have the opportunity to work a tent and raise money for our club. We have committed to three shifts one Friday, one Saturday, and one Sunday.  Pat Grote, Greg Kenyon and Naura Godar are your team captains.  This is expected to net over $50/hour per employee worked.  Each team needs 10 volunteers. Interested in volunteering? Contact one of your team captains! 
  • Save the Date:  September 23 is the 2017 Octoberfest Date.  Good news was shared that WineStyles is moving down to corner where the restaurant is so there will be a nicer patio area and more space.  If you are interested in helping organize this let Diana Weishaar know you'd like to help.  Diana@humbletravel.com
 
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Committee Update Day
 
Amy Fetters Led the Committee Update with a review of the West Des Moines Rotary Strategic Plan.
 
Our Vision
To Become a Great Service Organization in West Des Moines
We will do this through active and engaged members focused on Education and Community
 
Club Goals and Priorities:
Membership Attributes:
  • We are a fun club that is inclusive and friendly.
  • Our members share the load through service or financial or both
Club Administration:
  • Weekly Newsletter (YAY)
  • Super Awesome Website
  • Semi-annual new members orientation
Vocational Service:
  • Club members involved with career fairs
  • K-3 monthly reading program in WDM schools
Community Service:
  • Use matching grants yearly
  • Bike Project
Services to Youth
  • Create Endowment fund for scholarships
  • RYLA (2-4) students sponsored to attend yearly
International
  • Continued support of Xicotopec Project
Fundraisers
  • Charity Auction
  • Oktoberfest
Rotary Foundation
  • 100% are Paul Harris Fellow or sustaining member
  • Every Member every year
  • Every member is a PHF within five years
Public Relations
  • We have an active PR committee-not just one person
We will Grow our Membership by six members per year for the next five years.
 
 
 
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D-6000 Endowment Fund Chair, Donald Goering joined the meeting as our featured speaker. Donald provided an overview of the Rotary Foundation and Endowment. All Rotarians are encouraged to support the foundation through Paul Harris Fellow donations of $100 per year. Our club average for 2015-2016 was $95.48 per member. We are also encouraged to support the Endowment as a benefactor or a member of the Bequest Society. The Rotary Foundation has a solid reputation and has been rated by Charity Navigator as a Four Star Foundation. As a Rotarian, our support of our Foundation enables the support of many causes that are important to our organization such as Disease prevention and treatment, Water quality and sanitation and educational literacy to name a few. We are a great club that is very generous in our contributions to Operation Warm, Our Bike Project, Xicotepec and many more great organizations. Our financial support of the Foundation is another great way to make sure this support is ongoing!
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New Board Members 2016-2017

From Left to Right:  Amy Fetters, Kristin Pike, Naura Godar, Russ Ver Ploeg, Bob Start, Brad Brown, Linda Hulleman, Harold Hulleman, Linda Leave.
 

Visitor From India Exchanging Flags

Naura Godar, President 2015-2016 and Amy Fetters, President 2016-2017 of Rotary Club of West Des Moines exchanging flags with Sadagopan Govindan from India.   Also Sadagopan is visiting his son who lives in West Des Moines.  The meeting was also attended by his wife, grandson, and daughter-in-law.  Sadagopan will be in West Des Moines for about three months and would like to help out with any volunteer projects we have going on.
Installation of New Board Members 2016-2017 and Visitor From India Amy Fetters 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Dave Cook from the Rotary Club of Boone lead members from the West Des Moines Rotary Club through a strategic visioning session.  What will the Rotary Club of West Des Moines Look like in 2021.  See full plan under download files to the left.  File uploaded is Power point or PDF Versions.
 
2021 West Des Moines Rotary Club Vision Amy Fetters 2016-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 11, 2015
Bulletin for February 10th, 2015
 
The Saxophone Section Session / Club Social at Java Joe’s (02-15-15)
  • Sunday, February 15th from 2:00PM to 4:00PM
  • Java Joe’s Downtown on 4th St between Walnut St. & Court Ave.
  • Bob Start’s CJC Big Band will be playing, and the Waukee Middle School Band will play during intermission.
  • It is FREE!
  • Might run into some fellow Rotarian “suspects”.
 
Bicycle Repair for Kids Without
  • Harold Hulleman is on the hunt for members, friends or family to help renovate used bikes for kids that can not afford one.
  • See if you can muster 3-4 hours on a Thursday early evening or Saturday morning in February or March.
  • Harold has emailed the schedule to us, and they will be on our lunch tables.
  • Or contact Harold. Email: dutchboy39@aol.com / Cell: 720-6510
  • Bob Start has been kind enough to lend his warehouse space off Hickman Rd. in Clive.
 
Three Minute Speaker
Brian Schurz is one of our newer members, brought in by the one and only, Al Cross.
Although Brian’s original routes are from beer, bear and cheese country (Wisconsin), he grew up in Spencer, Iowa (Tigers!). He received his Business and History degrees from UNI, and is now a financial advisor with Edward Jones.
 
Brian is a runner (marathons and half-marathons). He and his wife, Laura, have three daughters active in sports, so he watches a lot of softball and basketball. He enjoys cheering on the Minnesota Vikings and Milwaukee Brewers.
 
Welcome to the Club Brian!
 
Business Network Day (Member-Speaker)
Starting in March we will have one member be the speaker, every 5th to 8th Tuesday. This will provide a two-fold service for members:
  1. Each Member will have an opportunity to share their business, personal and Rotary career and passions.
  2. Members will learn more about their fellow Rotarian.
 
I’m glad I thought of this. No, wait! It was Al Gore or Brian Williams. No, it was Naura Heiman Godar and the Rotarian Officers & Directors that are implementing this change.
 
 
Speaker
Lewis Majors, Naturalist with The Polk County Conservation, enlightened us with many intriguing comparison between the undomesticated canine and feline species still roaming in Iowa.
 
Lewis spends almost everyday outdoors teaching kids and adults about animals and plants. Kids today are getting further disconnected from the outdoors and nature. Lewis gave us an example of how and what he does to reach out and educate. His engagingly creative approach, along with skulls, paw casts and pelts, was very impressive.
 
Here are some highlights:
  • There are 99 counties in Iowa, and each county has its own conservation board.
  • Lewis is a county (Polk) employee.
  • Some parks within a county are operated by the conservation.
  • There are a variety of services they offer, including kayaking and white-water rafting excursions.
  • Paw marks by dogs leave a claw mark. Claw marks by cats do not (they retract).
  • Misconception that these animals (below) attack or kill humans.
  • All of these animals play a vital roll to our environmental balance.
  • Vehicles kill more deer in Iowa than their predators (mountain lion).
 
Dogs (canines):
  1. Fox-Iowa has two types of fox: Red Fox (not the deceased comedian) and the smaller Grey Fox. They primarily eat mice and rabbits.
  2. Coyote-Larger than the fox. Growing in population and filtering into our urban communities. Primarily eat mice, squirrel and rabbit.
  3. Wolf-Two sightings in Iowa in 2014. People think they see a wolf, when it is typically a coyote. The wolf weighs 100-125 lbs, and is 3-4 times the size of a coyote. Their jaw pressure can create 2500 psi. Humans are approximately 25 psi. They have a brilliant sense of smell and hunt in packs. Wolf primarily eat moose, elk and bison, so that is why they no longer roam in Iowa.
 
Cats (felines):
  1. Bobcat-Were once on the endangered species list 20 years ago, and have made a major comeback. They get their name from their small bobtail, and compete with fox and coyote for similar food.
  2. Mountain Lion (AKA panther, cougar)-Similar looking to a bobcat, only larger and have a 2-3ft. tail. They are solitary animals with exceptional eye sight. There have been many sightings in Iowa, but likely the same cat since they will travel up to 75 miles in one day. They can jump straight up 15 feet, drop up to 60 feet and have a stride when in full sprint 20-25 feet. Primarily eat deer.
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Membership Casual Gathering (Short Notice!)                                                                                                                      
This Thursday, February 5th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at The Club Car (University Ave.) Contact Carolin Gibson if any questions, or just show up.
 
Speaker for Tuesday February 3rd 2015:                                                                                
Our speaker was Dave Schwartz, President of the WDM Chamber of Commerce. Dave shared his educational and business career history leading up to his new position, along with his plans for the Chamber.
 
His dynamic theme was “Adapting to Change”. From his roots in Dubuque, Iowa, Dave went to St. Thomas University in Minneapolis for his Bachelor degree. After receiving his Masters at UNI, he was a managing director at Marsh (Insurance). After 17 years with Marsh, they downsized significantly, forcing a new career path. In 2004, Dave and several others started a new insurance agency, Bearance Management Group.
After open-heart surgery in August 2012, Dave was ready for a new path. Steve Gaer, Mayor of WDM, suggested he run for President of the WDM Chamber. In 2014, he became the new President.
 
From the Mission Statement to the look of their website, he has reviewed, with others’ input, all aspects of the Chamber’s service, and made changes. There are 2800 businesses in WDM, and only 500+ are members of the Chamber.  Dave wants to increase membership. To do this, he wants to create more interest in the Chamber services and networking. Here are some of the details:
  • Staff: Has a new marketing person, and a new salesperson that calls on businesses.
  • Retention: He has volunteers that will call existing members to discuss their upcoming membership renewal, educating them to what they can receive and why they are a valued member.
  • Ambassadors: Designated and devoted volunteers that go the extra step to help the Chamber. They have 40 ambassadors, and some are members of WDM Rotary. Ten are newer and younger.
  • New View: Wanting younger professionals in the WDM workforce and as members, the Chamber will continue to create a culture conducive for younger people.
  • Speakers-Chamber Lunch Meetings: For 2015, they have an impressive schedule of speakers for the monthly meetings.
  • Focus Groups: With more members brings in more money. More money allows more programming, including research groups to determine what people want. Education is an example.
  • Annual Chamber Dinner: 6:00 PM Thursday, March 5th / Hilton Garden Inn 205 S. 64th St. $50 per person $40 per table of 8 / Speaker: David Gallo-American Oceanographer    RSVP: wdmchamber.org or call 222-3679
Three-Minute Speaker/Sergeant at Arms: 
Al Cross was born in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. He may have been the first to break his Amish roots, but I may have that wrong. Al received his Accounting degree from AIB, and recently retired from a career as a financial advisor at Edward Jones. Al’s community service included board membership of the WDM Chamber.
 
Al’s daughter lives in Decorah, Iowa, with her husband and family.
 
Al has held almost every position as a member of the WDM Rotary Club. He has been a very active member throughout his career, and was instrumental in providing dictionaries to grade-school kids in the WDM community.
Al enjoys woodworking, Bucks Hockey games and has recently started his artistic talent now that he is retired.
 
Bicycle Project: 
Harold Hulleman is looking for people to help upgrade used donated bicycles.
Please contact Harold if you can schedule time. Here are the dates and time:  
Saturday 02-07-15:   9:00 AM to Noon
Thursday 02-12-15:  4:00 PM to 8:00 PM     
Saturday 02-14-15:   9:00 AM to Noon
 
Sgt. at Arms - Changes are Coming 
Starting at our March 17th meeting, we will have a Member be the speaker. The plan is to have a member-speaker about every three weeks, giving them a chance to talk about their passions within their personal, volunteer and or business career. More to come on this, so stay tuned!
 
 
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May 26, 2015 - Valley Student Senior Speakers
June 2, 2015 - Jeff Danielson, State Senator "No Labels" Problem Solving
June 9, 2015 - Dr. Lisa Remy, Superintendent, WDM Community Schools, "New Tech Network"
June 16, 2015 - Dennis J Goldford, Professor of Political Science, Drake University, "The Politics of 2016"
June 23, 2015 - Kevin Foley, Executive Director & General Mgr. Des Moines Airport, 
June 30, 2015 - Installation of New Rotary Officers
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Posted by Amy Fetters on Sep 29, 2014

Announcements

- Just 4 weeks remain of the Orange Juice Stand.  Please help, please sign up.  This weekly service/fundraiser is our club's primary fundraising event each year, and its success depends on the ability to staff and work from 8-12 until the end of October.

- The Bike Shop is being reorganized.  Sign up today to help!

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Posted by Naura Heiman Godar on Jul 21, 2014

Announcements

There will be no meeting September 2

yes Outreach update: It is amazing that we brought 8 clubs together and packaged over 72,500 meals.  Everyone should feel proud of their contribution to make that happen.  Working with people committed to the cause made chairing the event a pleasure – A big thanks to all from our club that attended!

yes Al Cross is working with Smiles for Kids in Need gathering money for 3,000 coats for children in district 6,000. Each coat is $16.11, and you can donate through October.

yes Carolyn Gibson is gathering school supplies for children in West Des Moines - donate supplies or money through the end of the month.

yes Sign up to make Root Beer Floats on August 16, with Linda Leave. All proceeds go to the Special Olympics

 

mail Send on your ideas for a signature West Des Moines Rotary event to President Mike Foss

We are still looking for two host families for Augustina, our exchange student, she arrives on August 17. Have you considered greeting her at the airport?

 

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Posted by Naura Heiman Godar on Jul 07, 2014

Announcements

Kristin Pike has requested her membership transfer to West Des Moines.

We currently have 84 members, President Foss has set the goal for 95 members by the end of his term.  Bring a friend and introduce them to the club!

RYLA is Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, a week-long event that works with teens to grow leadership skills in the context of Rotary. This event is this week, and Rotarians can attend July 15-17.

There is a dues increase of $25 per quarter, beginning this quarter. It is the first time we have raised dues in four years.  During this time Des Moines Golf and Country has raised our meal prices twice.

There will be no meeting September 2

Send on your ideas for a signature West Des Moines Rotary event to Mike

We are still looking for two host families for Augustina, our exchange student

Bring in school supplies for West Des Moines students now to August, Carolyn Gibson has a basket at Rotary each week.

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Posted by Naura Heiman Godar on Jun 23, 2014

Last week’s OJ stand- made about $900.  Also- please note, there is no need to bring ALL of the OJ stuff up- old juicers can stay downstairs!

Carolyn Gibson will run this years WDSM human services school supply drive.  More information forthcoming, but note- all supplies must be received by August 8!

Chris Nelson discussed our outbound and incoming exchange students:

     The outbound student is having a great time, he is in Brazil listening to the city watch the World Cup and traveling and speaking to promote rotary and dental health.

     Inbound student is Augustina from Paraguay. We are still looking for two host families!

Join in the WDSM 4th of July Parade! Meet at 5:15 (no later than 6) for a 6:30 parade start.  Call Amy Fetters 515-240-8629 if you have questions.

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Posted by Linda Leave on Jun 02, 2014

Announcements: 

Check the calendar for your assignment to volunteer at the Farmer's Market.  To sign in, go to the google calendar, sign in – wdmrotary, and password is market2012.  If you can't work on your assigned weekend, please find a replacement.

In place of our meeting on June 17, we are invited attend the meeting on Friday, June 20 at the Olmstead Center at Drake sponsored by the Rotary Club of Des Moines A.M.  The featured speaker will be Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  Breakfast will be at 7:15 with the program beginning at 8:00. A sign-up will be available in advance.

Program:

We welcomed this year's high school scholarship recipients:  David Herzog, Jessie Olson, Lillian Sanchez Garcia, Shirdharsha Mailachalam, Lucille Gee, Tara Shattuck, and Samantha Garth.

Giving their commencement speeches were Gus Gustafson and Tanvi Yenna (who gave her speech as a poem – impressive!).

Congratulations to these young people and to all graduating students.

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Posted by Naura Heiman Godar on Apr 28, 2014

Upcoming dates:

This weekend was a Rotary-full weekend.  Hopefully, you took part in one of the three events:

1. District conference (with the Bunny Harper golf tournament)

2. Roadside pick up along I-235

3. OJ stand

Reminder:

Host families needed for our exchange student.  If you or someone you know lives in the WDSM school district and is willing to be awesome for a few months during the 2014-2015 school year contact Chris Nelson.

 

 

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Posted by Linda Leave on Jan 13, 2014

Announcements:

Tickets are still available for the Iowa Energy Basketball game against the Erie Bayhawks on February 8th.  The price is only $16, with $8 going towards polio plus.  If you don't want to use the tickets yourself, you can donate them to Amanda the Panda or Mosiac.

It may not be riding weather just yet, but we are "gearing up" to repair bikes for school-age kids who don't have one of their own.  Work days are on Saturday mornings at Bob Start's warehouse from 9-noon.  You too can quickly move from an apprentice to an expert in no time at all under the teaching of Harold Hulleman.

Speaker:

We welcomed John Viars, the executive director of the Des Moines Playhouse. The Des Moines Community Playhouse was founded in 1919 and is unique in that it has operated continuously, under various names and in various homes, since its founding. With more than 90 years of uninterrupted service, the Playhouse is among the six oldest continuously-operating community theatres in the U.S. It is also the second largest community theatre in the U.S.  The organization has 1,700 volunteers, 55,000 attendees and 12,000 participants in education programs each year.  Cloris Leachman, Phyliss Love, and Ronald Reagan can be included as a Playhouse alums.

The Playhouse moved to its current location on 42nd Street in 1953.  All actors have been volunteers with only two exceptions.  Upcoming attractions include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Les Miserables, and Boeing Boeing.  

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Posted by Naura Heiman Godar on Oct 28, 2013

Presentations and Announcements

Congratulations to our High school students of the month- this month from Dowling.  The president of Dowling presented Kelly and Mason.  He noted that volunteering and civic involvement is very important to Dowling.  Dowling currently is represented by over 45 zip codes, and 99% of their students go on to college.  Kelly is an incredibly involved senior.  Of her many interests, she noted that student council and best buddies were her two favorite activities.  Mason is also quite involved as a junior in several sports, and is a student ambassador for Dowling.

 

On our last outing of the Farmer's Market season the OJ stand made $540.  A solid showing for the end of October- total fundraising efforts will be announced at a later date.

 

Foundation dinner is November 9- it is in West Des Moines, sign up today!

 

Longtime West Des Moines rotary member Dave Carlson with Superior Printing and Promotion is the only authorized rotary dealer in the state. He has put together a great and affordable collection of NEW ROTARY ATTIRE!  Get online or call Dave to purchase today through November 15.

 

Approved membership for Brad Brown.

 

Three Minute Speaker

Mike Powers hails originally from southern Illinois.  He has an accounting degree, and currently runs the  Iowa Credit Union League.  He has lived in many locations around the Midwest, and moved to the Des Moines area about 5 years ago.  He has been married 35 years.  Mike joined Rotary for the opportunity to serve others. 

 

Today's Presentation 

Peter Wolf, a Senior operations analyst at DuPont spoke about the Strengths of Organizations.  His presentation centers on the Strengths Finder book that many organizations are using: http://www.strengthsfinder.com/home.aspx

 

For someone that has worked at several organizations that emphasize the importance of strengths (finder), it was incredibly interesting to hear Peters suggestions on how to further an organization by building on your strengths rather than improving your weaknesses.  Wolf notes that the most successful people build lives upon greatest talents and invent ways to use talents.

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Posted by Naura Heiman Godar on Oct 14, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

There is just one week left of the Farmer's market. Your last chance to volunteer! 

Please fill out membership profile- on Club Runner- under "Edit my Profile"

Welcome to our newest corporate member- Embark IT

Please turn in your membership survey to Tom as soon as you can, they help the board a great deal.

Wednesday's bicycle give away will donate 22 bikes  to Crossroads Park Elementary

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

World Polio Day Oct 24

District 6000 dinner is Nov 9 at the WDM Marriott  (registration due 10/21)

Students of the month will arrive October 29

 

PRESENTATIONS:

Congratulations to our new Paul Harris Fellows.  They are individuals that have donated $1000 to the Rotary foundation. 

Chris Nelson 1st          Harold Hulleman +1          Bob Start +2          Todd Wishman +2          Bill Reese +5

 

3 MINUTE SPEAKER:

Jeremy Dyvig of the YMCA healthy living center is originally from Humbolt.  He attended to ICCC, then the U of I  He has two children: Audrey 9 and Abram 7. 

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Posted by Naura Heiman Godar on Oct 07, 2013

Announcements:

Saturday morning 7:45-9:45 is the semi-annual Rotary Roadside cleanup. Only 3 rotarians have signed up so far.  It is a great chance to get out for a nice walk on a Saturday morning and make a difference.  We'll meet at the Roosevelt parking lot at 7:45 (yes, there will be donuts). Dress in layers and bring gloves to protect your hands! Email Naura Ngodar@rdgusa.com if you are able to help out.

After you are done at the walk- or if you are unable to walk along a somewhat challenging terrain, please consider volunteering for the Orange Juice stand.  Volunteers are needed- sign up on the google calendar, or respond to Jim's email from earlier today. 

 

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Posted by Naura Heiman Godar on May 20, 2013
This week we heard about Iowa filmmaking, and tomorrow we'll be hearing from the valedictorians and scholarship winners from Valley and Dowling.
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Posted by Naura Heiman Godar on May 13, 2013

We started out the meeting right with inductions! Welcome to Chris Holman and Amy Fetters! These  two new members (and five more soon) have put us so incredibly close to the goal of eighty members in the club.

 

 

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Posted by Naura Heiman Godar on May 06, 2013

Announcements

Have you checked out our rotary website lately?  Look yourself (or a friend) up at http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?cid=1675 

Please update your information, upload a photo and find other club contacts.  If you have troubles or questions contact Al Cross.

 

The bike project has a few upcoming handouts, talk to Harold Hulleman for more information.

 

This fall we will be hosing a boy exchange student and are still looking for host families.  If you are in the WDM school district district and have a high school age boy you would be the perfect candidate!

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Announcements:  No meeting on July 3rd.

If you are interested in participating in the West Des Moines 4th of July parade, which features our bicycle project, please contact Harold Hulleman.  Contributions of candy are also appreciated.

Farmers' Market - a small procedure change.  Please have a bucket of hot water on one of the tables to wash your hands (even though we are using gloves).  Also, make sure to clean all equipment and utensils at the end of the day, so they are clean for the next week.

The Rotary Club of Jefferson gave a $500 donation to be used for our Xicotepec project.

Roger Petersen announced that 25 members of the Alenmedingen, Germany Brass Band will be in Des Moines from July 30 - August 14.  The Band will be playing several concerts throughout the metro, as well as participating in the State Fair Parade, a concert at the Fair, the playing at the Adel Sweet Corn Festival.  Host families are needed.  Watch for a separate e-mail with details.

Sgt. at Arms:  Jim Stafford has been a Rotarian since 1979.  He graduated from Roosevelt High School, and received his degree in advertising and marketing from Drake.  Jim and his wife have 4 grown children.  Jim works for Strategic America, the largest independent marketing firm in Iowa and serving clients throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Program:  Jim Ballard from "The First Tee" presented our program.  The organization's mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.  The organization was founded in 1997 through an initiative of the USGA and World Golf.  Nine core values are taught - honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment. There are 200 chapters, located in all 50 states and 6 international countries.  The local chapter began in 2007, and last year, 237 youth between the ages of 9-17 years old participated.  Three Des Moines golf courses are used (Blank, Grandview, and Waveland).  Jim ended by saying, "In teaching the game of golf, we teach the game of life."
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Posted by Linda Leave on Jun 12, 2012
Announcements:  There is no meeting on July 3rd.  However, all are encouraged to participate on our "float" in the West Des Moines parade that evening.  We will be featuring our bicycle project.

Northwest Club is sponsoring the Charles Gabus Memorial Ride on June 23rd.  There are several routes, from a family ride to longer routes - up to 73 miles (great for those training for RAGBRAI).

Incoming Officers:
President - Chris Nelson
President Elect - Tom Narak
Vice President - Al Cross
Secretary - Harold Hulleman
Assistant Secretary - Norm Pogemiller
Treasurer - Doug Hillman
Service - Adam Nelson
Administration - Tyler Price
Membership - Mike Foss
Past President - Jamie Bunn

Sgt. at Arms: Todd Wishman grew up in Urbandale and majored in Finance at the University of Iowa.  He began his career working for several different banks which were successively purchased by another bank.  Todd is now the VP and Senior Lending Officer at Bankers Trust.  He's married to Stephanie, and keeps busy with 4 children and their activities.

Speaker:  We welcomed Todd Richardson, from Patch.com, a community-specific news, information, and engagement platform specifically designed for a particular community.  Patch.com has 860 "locations," and 9 specific to Iowa - one right here in West Des Moines.  Patch is built so that community members can post announcements and photos, participate in discussions, and learn more about the local businesses. Local businesses can advertise, which can actually raise the Google ranking of the business.  The web-site is updated several times throughout the day.  If you haven't had a chance to check it out, the site is at westdesmoines.patch.com.
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Posted by Linda Leave on Jun 04, 2012
Announcements: No meeting on July 3

Bunny Harper Golf Tournament:  After holding the trophy for the past several years, our team had to relinquish it to the Des Moines AM club;  however, our very own president, Jamie, was a medalist.

Bike Project:  We have completed our first full year with this project.  During that time, we have collected nearly 200 bicycles, and 102 have been given to students in four West Des Moines Elementary Schools.  Thanks to Harold Hulleman for heading this project, and to all the volunteers who repaired and cleaned bikes, helped present them to students, and photographed our events.  Thanks also to Bob Start who has been storing our tools and the bicycles.

Sgt. at Arms:  Ryan Wedermeyer was raised in Guthrie Center and graduated from UNI.  He began his career in the Twin Cities, but moved back to Iowa and is currently a commercial lender at West Bank.  He and his wife Jennifer have three children.

Sholarship winners: Doug Hillman announced our 2012 high school scholarship winners. Congratulations to the following students:
Micheong Lee (Valley) is planning to attend the Univeristy of Iowa
Matter Manzer (Dowling) is planning to attend Iowa State University
Zachary McEntee (Dowling) is planning to attend Simpson College
Tarin Phillips (Valley) is planning to attend Iowa State University
Samantha Wipperman (Valley) is planning to attend Wartburg College

Speaker:  We welcomed Augustin Villa, the valedictorian of Dowling Catholic High School, to present his commencement speech.  He encouraged his fellow students to strive for excellence in everything, push yourself beyond what you think you can do, and to set your goals high.  These are great words for all of us to follow.
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Posted by Naura Heiman Godar on May 28, 2012
Guests- Chris Nelson brought some potential corporate members from Mercy Medical Center; Lori Connor and Shannon Duval

Announcements- No meeting on July 3

Janet Nelson will be gathering school supplies for West Des Moines Schools.  Bring items for any grade collecting all summer! Due by August 1

Pick up your Orange Juice stand t-shirts at our meetings!  

June 5th's meeting is student speakers

Later in June- Chris Nelson's trip to Bancock

Longtime member Bill Sprague has passed away

New member induction- Congratulations to Mike Greene

Sgt. at Arms:
Dave Carlson

Originally from Fort Dodge, he was drafted out of college and was a bomb squad member!  He has 4 kids, and has been married to his first wife for 40 years!  He started Superior Printing in 1986. He plays tennis three times a week with other Rotarians.  He is the man to go to for all of your custom printing needs, from pens to shirts, and brochures to towels, you name it, he has it!
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Posted by Naura Heiman Godar on May 14, 2012

We have a new member Michael Green, he is an attorney will be joining Rotary. 

Also- we need a few more volunteers to hand out bicycles, contact Harold for more information.  

FARMER'S MARKET
We're in serious need for more bodies at Saturday's Farmer's market 1st shift.  Jan is good, but can't do it all by herself!  Sign up today!

VALLEY HIGH 
We need someone to hand out our scholarships at Valley, 7pm on Thursday- contact Doug Hillman if you are interested. 

SGT OF ARMS
Russ VerPloug was born and raised in West Des Moines.  He is an architect that specializes in environmentally sensitive design and designs all types of architecture.  He and his wife Patty, met in graduate school and moved to Des Moines in 1985.  They have two daughters, one at Roosevelt and one at John's Hopkins.  He is an ultra-light pilot and spends time riding bicycles and playing tennis.

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Last Tuesday we were joined by Harlan "Bud" Hockenberg, who shared with us his business CEO Independent Advisor, LLC.  He is an independent consultant for CEOs.
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ROTARY WHEEL for March 6th 2012
Editor:  Joe Willis

March Off-Sight Meeting Location Calendar
March 6th            Glen Oaks WDM                                   
March 13         Sheraton in WDM
March 20         Johnny's Hall of Fame on Court Ave. DSM (Discuss Farmer's Market)
March 27         Sheraton in WDM      

                                               

LAST WEEK 02-27-12:
Our own WDM Rotary member and Superintendent of the WDM School District, Dr. Peter Ansingh, presented an overview of challenges and opportunities for the WDM educational system.

 

Peter replaced Tom Narak who retired in 2011. Peter is a Dutch immigrant moving to the U.S. when he was four years old, and grew up outside Seattle, Washington. While working on his engineering degree in Wyoming, he switched to a teaching degree at the University of Wyoming. After two years of teaching in Wyoming, he became school superintendent. He eventually migrated back to the state of Washington where he spent the last 20 years before taking the position here in WDM. His wife, Pam, will officially move here in March.

 

WDM Educational Challenges
Leadership: Changes not only included Peter, but his associate superintendent and several new Schools Board Members.
Demographics: Expanded territory and language barriers.
Budget: Looking at no growth from the state in 2012 and 2% for 2013.
Reform-Blue print of three focus areas:
-Teachers and Qualifications
-State Standards and assessments for students to earn a diploma
-Innovations such as chartered schools

NCLB (No Child Left Behind): By 2014, objective is to have every student become 100% proficient in math and science by the time they graduate.

 

Opportunities
WDM is a successful school district and we don’t want to lose that status. We have 14 schools: Nine elementary, Two Junior High and three high schools.

 

Goal is consistency starting at the elementary level, so that the transition to junior high and then to high school is as smooth as possible for the student. Some schools will receive tailored resources to meet demographic needs.

 

“Time on Task” –Some kids need more time and effort to comprehend material in certain areas compared to other students. Goal is to have teachers available to help such students, without lowering the standards of the class or curriculum for the other students.

 

We need to keep better students challenged and help those (time) that find a subject challenging. Quality of the teacher will be integral in keeping these issues in the cross hairs.

 

Three-Minute Speaker/Sgt. At Arms
Larry Everett is in insurance sales and service with Krist Insurance Agency in WDM. He and his wife, Mary, of 28 years have three sons. The oldest, Van, is in his last semester of law school with an employment opportunity already in hand.  Middle son, Jake, is in a special needs program at Valley High School. Their youngest son, Broc, is a Junior at Valley and plays golf, track and baseball. He sang the National Anthem at the last home basketball game for Valley.

 

Larry is active with Sacred Heart Church. He  and his oldest son, Van, are Eagle Scouts. Jason Wolfe introduced him to WDM Rotary Club membership.

 

 

Announcements

 

The Taco Boys are Going South of the Border Again!

Tom Narak and Tom George are preparing for their trip to Xicotepc, Mexico March 10th to March 18th. Most of us already know this is to help a local community with the educational infrastructure. This includes better housing, water, uniforms, shoes and learning materials.

Donations
We are still looking for donations to help this cause. If you want to contribute a tax-deductible donation for this, please make a check payable to WDM Rotary Service Fund and give it to Harold Hulleman. For example, $60.00 will provide one child with two uniforms and pair of shoes.

 

Bicycle Donations
Per below details, please sign up or contact Harold Hulleman (720-6510) if you can help.

 

Need volunteers to help with giving the bikes to kids. We want to work in pairs when sizing the kids for the right bike and helmet, including any adjustments.  Harold, Bob Start and others have prepared these donated bikes for road use.

Each school has discretely targeted the kids in need. Now the time has come to give these special gifts away to the kids.

Wednesday, March 7th: Clive Elementary 1600 73rd St. Windsor Heights (25 bikes)
Wednesday, March 14th: Crestview Elementary 8355 Franklin Ave. Clive, IA (23 bikes)
Time for Each Day: 1:00PM to 2:30PM

 

 

Mentors for Crestview Elementary Students
Crestview has made a request for 6-8 mentors to spend about an hour a week with a student. Please let the board know if you have an interest.

 

District 600 Conference
April 12th to 14th. More details upon request.

 

Big Band Music at Java Joe’s
Bob Start and the CJC Big Band will be performing “Singer’s Summit 3”.
Where:           Java Joe’s 214 4th St. DSM, IA
When:            Sunday, March 18th from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.
Cost:               FREE!

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Signup today for your two hour shift for Saturday, December 4 at the Hy Vee on Jordan Creek Drive in West Des Moines.  The shifts start at 8 am and the last shift is at 6 pm. Email Al Cross at wcross1122@aol.com and let him know a time slot you would like.  He will confirm it.

Thanks   Dave Carlson, Chairperson

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Guest: 

Mike Powers CFO from Iowa Credit Union

Reminders/Updates:  

- Please update your profile on our clubrunner website.  Add your picture, it helps new (and old) Rotarians remember names!

- The Bike Project handed out 19 bikes at Clive last Wednesday! 

- Orange Juice stand is looking for volunteers at the early shift on June 22, and the late shift of June 29

- Know of someone in the Valley school district that has a high school aged boy?  They would be perfect to be a exchange student's host family!

- The American Diabetes Association's Father of the Year celebration is coming up June 13. Buy your tickets (or table of tickets) today!

 

 

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Guests/Announcements

Dr. Lee Holmes, our assistant district governor attended the meeting to let us know… Rotary International has met the polio plus goal of $200 million!  We actually raised $215 mil as of May 1st.  Gates is giving additional $50 million towards eradicating Polio.  India has not had a new case for 1.5 years, so that means only three countries with new cases remain: Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Congratulations to Alison Carlson and Russ Hamilton who exchanged their red badges for blue badges.

Three weeks in a row we have sold out at the Orange juice stand.  As of last weekend we are $230 in the black.  Rotary t-shirts, will be available starting tomorrow.

June 2 Val-air ballroom Big Band Dance and concert

June 4 defend title at Bunny Harper 

Hopefully some of us attended the 50s sock hop at Prairie Meadows on the 25th benefiting the Special Olympics of Iowa!

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Rotary Wheel – May 1, 2012

 

From the April 24, 2012 meeting:

 

REMINDER - Northwest Rotary Club Fundraising Project:

Brad Helgamo from the Northwest Club was in attendance.  He shared information regarding a fundraising project:  The Charles Gabus Memorial Ride for bike riders of all abilities.  The ride will start at the Gabus Memorial Tree Park in Urbandale (next to the Urbandale Library) on June 23, 2012.  Rides are as short as 5 miles and as long as 70 miles with several options in between.  Cost is $10/individual or $25/family.  For more information, please check www.cgm-br.com or call Brad at 689-0004. 

 

REMINDER - Bicycle Project:

Speaking of bicycles, don’t forget about our own bike project!  Per Harold Hulleman, we are still taking donations of good used bikes!  Help is needed to recondition them too.  Please contact Harold to sign up and assist. 

 

REMINDER - Farmer’s Market:

By now we have received the Farmer’s Market sign up information from President Jamie Bunn.  To make this project as successful as possible, please follow the instructions to sign up to serve!  If every club member does their part and works just 4 shifts (just two full mornings), that is all that should be needed.  Everyone needs to help!  The first Farmers Market is May 5!  You can register at Google Calendar.  Log on information is wdmrotary@gmail (or gmail.com) with the password of Market2012.  IF YOU DON’T SELECT A TIME, THEN TIMES WILL BE SELECTED FOR YOU.

 

REMINDER - Clean Up I-235:

Adam Nelson is again heading this up.  The date is May 5 and he needs a few more people to help out.  This is a great way to have family involved.  The plan is to meet at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines at 7:45 a.m.  The time commitment is only about 1.5 hours.  After that, you can enjoy the rest of your day and possibly check out the Farmers Market that also starts that same day!  Contact Adam if you can assist!

 

ROTARY SHIRTS.  T-Shirts are available for $10/each.  These would be good to wear to the Farmer’s Market.  Please order yours today!

 

3-Minute Speaker – Kurt Subra.  Thanks Kurt!  Kurt is a UNI grad and has been with the West Des Moines schools for 6 years. 

 

SPEAKER – Elizabeth Presutti.  Elizabeth is the head of Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART).  From the DART website (www.ridedart.com) comes the following information: 

 

Dart is the largest public transit agency in Iowa, serving 19 cities in and around Polk County to varying degrees. Those include Ankeny, Altoona, Alleman, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Elkhart, Granger, Grimes, Johnston, Mitchellville, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Runnells, Sheldahl, Urbandale, Windsor Heights, West Des Moines.  The agency is operated with the support of local property taxes and fare revenue. Residents are represented by a nine-member board of commissioners. 

 

Local and state leaders created the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, or DART, out of the Des Moines Metropolitan Transit Authority, or MTA, in 2006. The move has enabled the agency to begin evolving into a more regional transit system.

 

From the Rotary presentation came the following:

-          4.18 million annual trips

-          Ridership up 12% this year

-          15 employers purchased unlimited access for their employees

-          DART operates 151 buses and 118 Rideshare vans

-          2,500 bus stops

-          35,706 bike rack users

-          2013 budget is $25.7 million.  Of this amount 32% is from operating revenues (fares) with 68% being public and other support (other includes advertising).

 

 

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From the April 17, 2012 meeting:

 

RYLA: 

The annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award conference was held April 17, 2012.  This was the final year that the event was being hosted by West Des Moines Rotary.  The reigns for this event will now be turned over to District 6000 and other District 6000 Rotary Clubs. 

 

The 2012 conference was held at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines.  The event was a day-long leadership program designed for sophomore students.  Participants learned methods of responsible and effective voluntary youth leadership through this training experience.  Participants came from throughout our Rotary District 6000.  Included among the participants were 10 foreign exchange students representing five different countries. 

 

Special thank you’s are in order for the chairperson (Ken Angersola).  Without Ken’s contributions, this event could not have occurred.  Thanks are also in order for Linda Leave (who served as treasurer) and Bob Start (who served as the master of the soundboard).  The contributions of others were likely many.  Ken will likely recognize those that helped with this event at an upcoming Rotary luncheon.  

 

ANY GOLFERS OUT THERE???

-          Memorial Golf Event.  Tyler Price mentioned that on April 28, 2012, a golf tournament in memory of his mother will be held at Copper Creek.  Please contact Tyler for more details. 

-          Bunny Harper Golf Event.  Greg Kenyon mentioned that June 4 is the day and Honey Creek is the location.  Clean off those clubs and practice so you can help defend our Rotary trophy!  If interested in golfing, please let Greg know. 

 

REMINDER - Northwest Rotary Club Fundraising Project:

Brad Helgamo from the Northwest Club was in attendance.  He shared information regarding a fundraising project:  The Charles Gabus Memorial Ride for bike riders of all abilities.  The ride will start at the Gabus Memorial Tree Park in Urbandale (next to the Urbandale Library) on June 23, 2012.  Rides are as short as 5 miles and as long as 70 miles with several options in between.  Cost is $10/individual or $25/family.  For more information, please check www.cgm-br.com or call Brad at 689-0004. 

 

REMINDER - Bicycle Project:

Speaking of bicycles, don’t forget about our own bike project!  Per Harold Hulleman, we are still taking donations of good used bikes!  Help is needed to recondition them too.  Please contact Harold to sign up and assist. 

 

REMINDER - Farmer’s Market:

By now we have received the Farmer’s Market sign up information from President Jamie Bunn.  To make this project as successful as possible, please follow the instructions to sign up to serve!  If every club member does their part and works just 4 shifts (just two full mornings), that is all that should be needed.  Everyone needs to help!  The first Farmers Market is May 5!  You can register at Google Calendar.  Log on information is wdmrotary@gmail (or gmail.com) with the password of Market2012. 

 

REMINDER - Clean Up I-235:

Adam Nelson is again heading this up.  The date is May 5 and he needs a few more people to help out.  This is a great way to have family involved.  The plan is to meet at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines at 7:45 a.m.  The time commitment is only about 1.5 hours.  After that, you can enjoy the rest of your day and possibly check out the Farmers Market that also starts that same day!  Contact Adam if you can assist!

 

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Rotary Wheel – April 3, 2012

 

From the March 27, 2012 meeting:

 

Xicotepec, Mexico:

If you have not yet contributed (and wish to do so), Harold Hulleman is still taking donations for our projects.  If you wish to contribute, please let Harold know.

 

Bicycle Project:

Also from Harold, we are still taking donations of good used bikes!  If you have some or know of someone who has some bikes, let Harold know.

 

District 6000 Conference:

The district conference Is set for April 12-14 at Riverside Casino/Hotel in Riverside, Iowa (near Iowa City).  If you wish to attend, you best make arrangements soon!

 

Senior Citizen Luncheon:

Larry Everett is heading up this effort this year.  The luncheon is schedule for April 14 at West Des Moines Christian Church.  If you can help, please let Larry know.  The time he requests you be there is from about 10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

 

Memorial Golf Event:

Tyler Price mentioned that on April 28, 2012, a golf tournament in memory of his mother will be held at Copper Creek.  Please contact Tyler for more details. 

 

Foreign Exchange Student:

Our club will host a young lady from Italy next school year.  If you have an interest in being a host family or in learning more about it, please contact Tom Narak.

 

Farmer’s Market:

Jamie Bunn reminded us that the Farmer’s Market fundraiser is rapidly approaching.  Watch for more details in the near future.  If every club member does their part and works just 4 shifts (just two full mornings), that is all that should be needed.  Everyone needs to help!

 

Speaker:

 (note:  some of this material was taken directly from the Grandview website in addition to luncheon notes)

Mary Elizabeth Stivers arranged for our program on March 27.  She introduced our speaker:  Kent Henning, President, Grandview University.  Mr. Henning is an Iowa native (raised near McGregor), he graduated from Wartburg College (Waverly) in 1980 and went on to earn his MBA from Duke University.  He joined Grandview about 10 years ago & prior to that time worked 20 years in college advancement.  Mr. Henning is the 13th President of Grandview University.  Since Henning's arrival at Grand View, the University has experienced growth in virtually every area, including full-time enrollment, residential student population, expansion of University facilities, and addition of academic programs.  Mr. Henning pointed out that Jim Noyce of our Rotary Club is a long-time board member of Grandview. 

 

Enrollment is now approximately 2,230.  Of that total, approximately 1,650 are traditional full-time students.  About 800 of these students live on campus.  Enrollment growth has average over 6% for the past two years annually. 

 

Reasons for success and optimism were the following:

1.       Affordability.  With available financial aid, the true cost can be as or more affordable than of the state universities.

2.       Location.  The Des Moines location gives access to cultural amenities and work opportunities.  The location helps contribute to its high placement rate (95% within 6 months of graduation).  Approximately 92% of the most recent class remained in Iowa. 

3.       Focus on Strengths.  The focus in on being an excellent private liberal arts and church based institution.  Students will experience individual growth and have athletic, leadership, and many other opportunities for involvement made available to them.  In 2000, 200 students lived on campus.  That number is now 800 and plans are in the works for additional on-campus student housing.  When Kent Henning arrived on campus, 7 sports were offered.  Now 24 sports are offered that involve 650 students.  In addition, clubs, inter-murals, and organizations provide for additional involvement opportunities.  Athletic teams have also enjoyed much recent success. 

4.       Academics.  The university has a strong reputation for its academics!

 

For more information, you can refer to www.grandview.edu     
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ROTARY WHEEL for March 27th 2012
Editor:  Joe Willis

March: Off-Sight Meeting Location Calendar
March 27    Sheraton at 50th & University  in  WDM                                                 

LAST WEEK 03-20-12:
Todd Millang hosted our meeting at Johnny’s Hall of Fame on 3rd and Court Ave. in downtown DSM. The meeting was primarily to discuss our fundraising campaign for 2012. Most of you know we used the Downtown Saturday Farmers Market selling fresh-squeezed Orange Juice and Breakfast Pizza in front of Johnny’s. This is a prime location for a stand since it is right in the heart of all traffic.

 

Here is some preliminary information:

  1. This is our annual fundraiser in lieu of burdening each Rotary member to sell or buy $100.00 in raffle tickets.
  2. Great way to get involved and have fun with other members and others (see # 13).
  3. The committee is headed up by Chris Nelson and Kurt Subra.
  4. Downtown Farmer’s Market is every Saturday beginning 05-05-12.
  5. The actual hours are 7:00AM to 12:00PM
  6. We will have two shifts: First Shift 6:15-6:30AM to 10:00AM / Second Shift 10:00AM to 12:15-12:30PM.
  7. Goal is for each Rotary member to commit to two shifts throughout the market season. Of course, if you can help more than this is always helpful.
  8. We will have better signage and disclosure to improve promoting Rotary and where the funds are going in the community.
  9. Carol, Todd Millang’s key employee handling the morning operations of Johnny’s will be available for us.
  10. There is a nice handout with details and procedures.
  11. The work-flow was re-engineered to simplify the process.
  12. Ideally want 5-6 volunteers for each shift. Some days all six are busy and some days 3-4 could handle it.
  13. Volunteers do not have to be Rotary members, as long as we have a shift volunteer as a member. Great way to include family, friends or prospects.
  14. Counting the Money after the market closes: Two Rotary members and one Johnny’s Hall of Fame employee.
  15. Eat (drink) breakfast or lunch at Johnny’s after you are done.

 

 

Announcements

Senior Citizen Luncheon

Larry announced that this event will be on Saturday, April 14th. He will have a sign-up sheet for volunteers to help serve the chronologically gifted and others. Or call Larry at 270-0909.

 

Taco Boys are back from Xicotepc

Tom Narak and Tom George just got back last week from their trip to Xicotepc, Mexico. They will share more on this later. However, this is the tenth year of the project, and they were on the water project team. They used to help provide uniforms for two schools. Now they outfitted three schools.

 

 

Bicycle Donations
Thank you to Harold Hulleman for steer heading the bicycle donation project. 19 bikes were given away. Thanks to Bob Start for use of his moving company storage facility to work on the bikes preparing them for the kids. And thank you to those that volunteered to help fix up the bikes and give them away.

 

Mentors for Crestview Elementary Students
Crestview has made a request for 6-8 mentors to spend about an hour a week with a student. Please let the board know if you have an interest.

 

District 600 Conference
April 12th to 14th at Riverside Casino south of Iowa City. More details upon request.  

 

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ROTARY WHEEL for March 20th 2012
Editor:  Joe Willis

March: Off-Sight Meeting Location Calendar
March 20         Johnny's Hall of Fame on Court Ave. DSM (Discuss Farmer's Market)
March 27         Sheraton in WDM                                                 

LAST WEEK 03-13-12:
Jamie Bunn introduced David Vaudt, Auditor of State, who spoke on “Budgeting-Iowa’s Future”. David did his undergrad work at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, IA. He joined KPMG accounting in 1976 and became an auditing partner. He retired in 2001, and then was elected as our State Auditor in 2003.

From 1980 to 2010, Iowa’s population level has remained fairly level at 3,000,000 people. Iowa’s revenue stream and expenditures tracked side-by-side until around 1990. At that time, expenditures started to increase more than revenue. Since 2002, we have had a constant increase in the Gap each year. 2011 budget will have an 18% gap.

David’s entertaining presentation dealt with reality (Iowa’s true total costs to pay for expenses). When expenditures exceed our revenue (taxes and fees), “fund shifting” has been our legislature’s method to pay the bills. For every dollar taken in by the State, $1.18 will be paid out.

Concerns
The Feds could reduce their funding to Iowa, so we need to be prepared to control our own destiny.

  1. Property taxes are used to fund local government. We need to review how other states are handling this revenue stream to work out a better plan.
  2. More than 150,000 Iowans will be eligible for Medicaid and Iowa will be taking on more of that cost (10%).
  3. State employees are still on a Defined Benefit Plan with no contribution on their part. This should migrate to a Defined Contribution Plan.

The Good News-Concerted Effort to Run a Clean Ship
David said the Spending Gap is around $764 million, but the budget is trending down. 2012 Budget is planning on decreasing this Gap 71% to $220 million, or from 18% gap to 7.4%. In 2013, the planned budget will reduce this gap another 37% to $139 million.

Sgt. At Arms
Bill Reece was Past President of WDM Rotary Club in 1980 and Past District 6000 Governor 1994-1995. He is still active on a District level.

Bill was born in Jewell, Iowa in 1933. He was one of five kids living in a two-bedroom home with a wood-burning stove in the middle of the living room, and no plumbing.

After graduating from high school in 1950, Bill joined the Marine Corp for three years, including eight months in Korea. Married in 1954 and started his family. In 1954 they moved to Des Moines, where they put each other through college at Drake along with his GI bill.

Bill worked for a large accounting firm while his wife taught kids at Smouse and Woodlawn (special needs kids). In 1971, Bill started his own accounting firm. In 1996, he sold his interest to his partners.

We all know Bill has a heart. However, he has proof based on by-pass surgery in 1997 and 1999. Thanks for all your Rotary support Bill!

Announcements

Senior Citizen Luncheon
Larry announced that this event will be on Saturday, April 14th. He will have a sign-up sheet for volunteers to help serve the chronologically gifted and others. Or call Larry at 270-0909.

Donations for Xicotepc
Tom Narak and Tom George are preparing for their trip to Xicotepc, Mexico March 10th to March 18th. Most of us already know this is to help a local community with the educational infrastructure. This includes better housing, water, uniforms, shoes and learning materials.

Donations
We are still looking for donations to help this cause. If you want to contribute a tax-deductible donation for this, please make a check payable to WDM Rotary Service Fund and give it to Harold Hulleman. For example, $60.00 will provide one child with two uniforms and pair of shoes.

Bicycle Donations
Thank you to Harold Hulleman, Bob Start and many other volunteers that helped distribute bikes to kids less fortunate. I don’t have an exact number of bikes, but know it is over 50 they repaired and fixed up for road use. Just check their fingernails for grease.   

Mentors for Crestview Elementary Students
Crestview has made a request for 6-8 mentors to spend about an hour a week with a student. Please let the board know if you have an interest.  

District 600 Conference
April 12th to 14th at Riverside Casino south of Iowa City. More details upon request.  

Swingers Summit 3
Bob Start’s big band music will be playing at Java Joes this Sunday afternoon. It is free!

March 20th at Johnny's Hall of Fame on SW Corner of 3rd & Court Avenue Joe Willis 0
Posted by Janet Nelson

Wheel 2-7-12

There will be a board meeting before the 2-14-12 meeting. Mark your calendars for alternative sites during March, as Des Moines Golf will be closed!!!!

Congratulations to Naura Godar on being a new member of the 40 under 40 Club!! (Naura thanked Linda Hulleman for writing a recommendation for her.)

Tyler Brady, our 3 minute speaker, wins the prize for combining the most major life events in one year! Last year he got married, is now an expectant father of a son, and changed jobs. He has taken a position in C.B. Ellis/Hubbell Commercial Real Estate. On the side, Tyler is a referee for basketball games. Based on his knowledge of the rules in his quiz, we learned that he is always right!

Our speaker, Stacy Sign (sp?), also had a quiz for us regarding the Blood Bank, which is now called Life Serve Blood Center. There are two locations in the Des Moines area, as well as locations in other areas of Iowa, and it supplies blood to 3 other states, as there are shortages on the East & West Coast. Since normal blood donations only last 3 to 5 days, there is constant need for donations. Newer machines, called "double red cell machines," enable donors to donate 2 units of blood at once. The average person who needs blood uses 3 units of blood, but I found it disturbing that 30% of blood transfusions are considered unnecessary, according to our speaker. In addition to the blood donations, LifeServe Blood Center has over 200 voluteers who prepare supplies, deliver blood & do clerical work. Blood drives organized by churches, companies & civic organizations supply half of the donated blood. Without increases in donors, however, by 2030, there will be widespread shortages.

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A good turnout for the fall roadside cleanup.  Thanks to all that helped.

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A good turnout for the fall roadside cleanup.  Thanks to all that helped.  More pictures in Photo Journal.

Fall Roadside Cleanup 2010 Al Cross 0
Posted by Janet Nelson
Rotary Wheel, Oct 12, 2010 Our guests included a school administrator who is a Rotarian in Germany, introduced by Roger Petersen & a guest from Arizona, introduced by Chris Nelson. While weather is still nice, Al Cross is wisely recruiting bell ringers for Sat Dec 4! Chris Nelson announced that Wildwood Ranch will be clearing debris from paths on Nov 6, so you may see him if you'd like to help out. On Nov 30, our meeting will be at Broadlawns Medical Center & we may car pool or go by bus, due to parking limitations there. Bob, how much was your concert on Sun? President Todd Wishman invited Cory Garrison & Dan Withrow to the podium to exchange their red badges for blue ones! Cory Garrison served & sargeant today. He hails from Oklahoma, but spent most of his school years in West Des Moines, followed by graduation from Drake. His wife, Amy, is an elementary school teacher & they are proud parents of 3 young children. Cory worked in Chicago for GE Capital before joining Hamilton Executive Search Firm in Des Moines. Cory brought us some surprising statistics from his industry, including the fact that up to 80% of resume's have inaccurate information & up to 20% have fraudulent degrees. Greg Kenyon introduced our guest speaker, Dr Rachael Cauldfield, a professor of political science at Drake. She was formerly with the Brookings Institute & is currently serving as research & program consultant to the American Judicature Society. Dr Cauldfield's purpose is to help inform voters understand how the merit selection of judges works and to relate its history. Merit selection of judges started in Iowa in 1962 with a committee who evaluates the applications and submits three names to the governor and he then selects a judge from this group. Every six years the judges are on the ballot for the public to vote on their retention. Iowa is fifth in the nation for being one of the most exemplary systems & for public accountability. The retention vote is not intended to retry the cases, as the juducial purpose is to decide cases based on the laws. The Chamber of Commerce supports merit selection of judges, as it is more ethical, is less controled by large donors to a campaign, & tends to have judges who are more effective. Other ways that a judge may be removed from office include impeachment by the House of Representatives or a recommendtion by the Superior Court. After Dr Cauldfield's information, Greg Kenyon spoke on behalf of the judges currently on the ballot. As an experienced attorney in Des Moines, Greg pointed out that these judges are well-qualified for their positions and are exercising their duties on difficult & controversial cases and should be retained as judges.
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Check out in the photos Yuki's paintball outing with Chris Nelson.  More photos on the website.

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Yuki Football Game Al Cross 0
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Xicotepec School Uniforms Al Cross 0
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Russ introduced the two guest speakers Dean of Engineering at UNI Barry Butler and the Dean of Engineering at ISU Mark Kushner. The name of their presentation was Rising Above the Storm Energizing and Employing America for a brighter future
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Check out the Photo Journal Site.  You might be in one of the pictures.
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Rotary Meeting 10-31-06 Program Janet Nelson 0
Christmas Bell Ringing Dec 2 Al Cross 0
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Posted by Todd Treese
Mark Critelli wants to remind everyone of the upcoming vocational day on October 31, 2006 at the Des Moines, Golf and Country Club. Its easy to show your business. Call Mark at 255-8750
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Posted by Melanie Roe
Last Weeks Program (10-17-06) Russ Ver Ploeg introduced Lisa Hein with Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The mission for this foundation is: Protecting Iowa's land, water and wildlife for the future generation. She talked about current projects and the importance of having land protected or set up for recreational trails.
Last Weeks Program 10/17/2006 Melanie Roe 0
PANCAKE BREAKFAST BIG SUCCESS Al Cross 0