ROTARY WHEEL for March 25th 2014
Editor: Joe Willis

Tuesday 03-25-14: DMGCC for Meeting

Next Scheduled Meeting


Last Week (03-18-13): National Kidney Foundation

Tracy Beck, Chairperson for the Central Iowa Kidney Walk, spoke to our group. For those interested, here are the details for this Fund Raiser:

·         May 5th 2014 at 2:00PM

·         Iowa State Fairgrounds

·         One-mile walk so it is family friendly

·         Anyone can register, either in advance or just show up.

·         Contact: Amy Busak: 222-2264 or


Tracy shared some interesting information regarding kidneys:


·         Remove the waste product from our blood

·         Balance our bodily fluids

·         Help control blood pressure

·         Help create red blood cells

·         Filtered blood goes back in to the veins

·         The byproduct goes to the bladder


At risk of kidney issues and disease if you have:

·         High blood pressure

·         Diabetes

·         Family history

·         Over 59 years old

·         Frequent user of over-the-counter NSAID pain relievers. This would be non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (I-ibuprofen, Naprosin, etc.)


Sometimes it is not detected until it has been progressing for a period of time. It can be identified early, but only if tested:

1.       Urine Test-Looks at the protein level.

2.       Blood Test-How well filtering your blood.


Lifestyle influences your exposure:

1.       Weight

2.       Smoking

3.       Salt

4.       Fat



Three Minute Speaker: Mike Anderson

Mike is in insurance sales and service at the Middendorf Insurance Agency located at 8400 Hickman in Clive, Iowa. He specializes in Personal Lines, Life and Health products.


Mike grew up near the Black Hills in South Dakota and graduated from college at the University of South Dakota. He and his wife moved to West Des Moines and have two children.


He is newer member with one year under his belt. Mike has jumped right in with both feet volunteering for several services our Club provides, including Bicycle Rehab with Harold and our OJ Stand at the Farmer’s Market.


His goose warning story is a reminder that maybe we should all be wearing helmets, especially when a rogue goose decides to turn on one of us.




Three Minute Speakers

Dave Carlson is looking for members to sign up and share a little about themselves at our meetings. Tradition includes presenting questions to each table of members. Some members will tie it to a recent event, but it can be anything you want. This is what triggers us to put a few dollars into the cans on each table that goes towards the scholarship fund.


Look for the Sign-Up Sheet or contact Dave Carlson:

·         Cell: 491-5616



Meals from the Heartland


Mike Powers announced an upcoming event to package meals into bags that will be shipped to starving people all over the world.

·         Date: May 17th 8:00AM to 1:00PM

·         Location: WDM United Methodist Church 720 Grand Ave. WDM

There is an online signup if you go to the church website:


Plant Sale Fundraiser for Meals for the Heartland

154 varieties of flowers and vegetables, all supplied by Goode Greenhouse

All profits go to Meals from the Heartland.

Catalogue and Order Form are available at the above website.

Orders must be received by April 13th

Plants can be picked up at the church on May 7th 2:00PM to 8:00PM

Any questions, contact Mike Powers:

·         Cell: 494-3327



Bicycle Donations and Repair

Harold Hulleman is looking for volunteers to help repair and refurbish donated bikes that we provide for kids in need. He is always looking for unwanted bikes too.

Please contact Harold if you can help: 720-6510.

Here are some scheduled dates to consider for repair work:

·                     Saturday 03-22-14 9:00AM – 12:00PM

·                     Saturday 03-29-14 9:00AM – 12:00PM

·                     Saturday 04-05-14 9:00AM – 12:00PM

·                     There will be some Thursday early evenings too

Bob Start donates his warehouse space for this service:

American Moving and Storage / 10400 Hickman Rd. in Clive.


District 6000 Training and Education – Saturday, 03-29-14

This is being held in Newton, Iowa on a Saturday from 8:00AM to 1:00PM. Anyone is eligible to attend, especially if you are holding or planning to hold a position in our Club. Contact any officer for details.


Bunny Harper Rotary Golf Tournament (May 1st)

Greg Kenyon announced that this year’s golf outing will be May 1st at Coldwater Golf Course in Ames, Iowa. It is open to anyone that wants to play. You can suck like me and still have a good time. More to follow but save the date.