This Week’s Meeting (Sept 10, 2019)
- On Tuesday, September 10, we will meet at 12:00 noon at the Regional Learning and Cultural Center (WeLead) downtown to tour the facility and learn about the repairs and improvements.
- On September 3, we met at the community center and listened to Kirt Sickels as he shared stories of the events he has organized statewide for disabled veterans.
Interact Club Receives Check
- Last week Anna Hanson met with officers from the WLHS Interact Club to present a check for the money they earned by working at Rotary Stand #2 during the Muscatine County Fair.
How to Access All Editions of the Ringer
- Have you ever wanted to look back at previous editions of The Ringer? Go to rotaryclubwestliberty.org and click on the NEWS tab. That’s it. Try it!
- Saturday, September 14 is the Children’s Festival downtown. Our club has taken on the responsibility of operating two games from 10:00-3:00. Please sign up to help at the following link: children’s festival.
- Mark your calendars and plan to attend our club’s progressive dinner on Saturday, September 21. For more details, and to sign up, click the following link: progressive dinner.
Good News from Your Membership Committee
The following programs are being provided to help Recruit and Retain our Membership, for more details see any Membership Committee Member.
- Associate Member Program – Your Board has approved as of September 1st for one year, reactivating our Associate Member Program. This will allow a potential member to have a full year to become acquainted with the Club and its activities to help them determine if they wish to continue their engagement with our Club. No dues will be expected during this first year, but the Associate will be expected to participate in our sponsored activities. This is a great recruiting tool for us to use for the next 12 months. The Board will then determine it’s future at the end of this first year.
- Rotary Endowment Fund – Your Board also approved the implementation of the Rotary Endowment Fund. Your Membership Committee will help determine if/when a potential New Member or an Established Member may benefit from some financial assistance with their Rotary Dues. Upon Membership Committee Recommendation and your Board approval, some temporary financial assistance may be provided from the Rotary Budget. This is another great Recruiting tool, but also a good retention tool for our use.
- Grow Rotary – Your Board has also approved a NEW recruiting incentive for all Members. Between now and the end of this year (12/31/2019), when you bring in ONE New Member into Rotary, you will receive a $50 Credit toward your Quarterly/Annual Dues. New Members may participate in one of the above programs.
- Rotary Satellite Clubs – Although not approved, your Board is open to consider helping to establish a Rotary Satellite Club. An example might be a Latino Rotary Club in West Liberty, or a Nichols or Atalissa Satellite Club. Although not an official club, this could be another steppingstone to growing our Club Membership
Messages from Gretchen
- I would like to invite all Rotarians out to our community garden to take part in seeing the garden, as well as doing a little vegetable harvesting while there. I will be there for an hour at most, so come on out and join in the fun! Dates are as follows:
- Wednesdays: Sept 11th, 18th, 20th and 25th all at 6:15 p.m.
- Fridays: Sept 13th, 20th, and 27th all at 7:15 a.m.
- Our club is supporting the The WL Volunteer Action Committee (VAC) Food Pantry this year as part of the clubs 2019-2020 Community Service Grant (CSG). The food pantry is in need of the following items: chunky soup(s), beans of all kinds, sugar, flour, cooking oil, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, laundry and dish detergent. President Nollman would like to challenge Rotarians to bring an item every week to the club’s Tuesday meetings from now till the end of September. Contact Gretchen Nollman for more details of drop off or pick up needs.
Message from Warm Coats Chair Marian Hart
- The Club will once again participate in Operation Warm. Our donations will help provide warm winter coats for children and adults who might not otherwise have one. Committee Chair Marian Hart is once again asking each member to give $100 if they can. Any amount is appreciated. The Club is giving $1000 from our budget as we have in the past. The price of coats went up this year. First Church United and the United Methodist Church of WL have partnered with us in the past making it possible to serve as many people as possible. Thank you in advance.
Need Committee Chairs for Gala
- If you would like to volunteer to chair one of the Gala committees, please contact Gretchen and let her know. Details at Gala committee chairs.
District 5970 Foundation Chair, Don Meyer reveals that a total of $48,275 has been donated to PolioPlus by the district, as its contribution toward eradicating the disease from the planet.
August 21, 2019, marked the third year in a row that Nigeria, one of the world’s three endemic countries, remained wild poliovirus-free, justifying the $268 million spent by Rotary International to fight the dreadful disease in the sub-Saharan country. The chairperson of PolioPlus for Rotary International in Nigeria, Dr. Tunji Funsho, acknowledged the efforts of over 20,000 community mobilizers within Nigeria, who risked lives and donated time to help Rotary International achieve what used to be an almost inconceivable picture: a polio-free Africa by 2020. “That is not to say we’re going to take our eyes off the ball in Nigeria, because we still have quite a huge gap in immunization coverage.”
While Nigeria is cautiously celebrating its almost new status as a polio-free country, Brazil is struggling to increase its dangerously low vaccination rates. To combat this, the Brazilian government has embarked on “End Polio Now,” a massive campaign aimed at vaccinating more than 11 million children in over 300 cities against diseases such as influenza, measles and polio. The 5-week campaign ending in September hopes to vaccinate at least 95% of children between the ages of 1 and 5year-old.
Ensuring that children over the globe have access to three square meals a day, the Rotary Club of Ankeny, District 6000, participated in the Meals from the Heartland’s 12th Annual Hunger Fight, at the HyVee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa. The main goal of Hunger Fight is to package over 4 million meals in 4 days. The one-day effort resulted in 1 million packaged meals.
Polio Eradication Update
- Click on the following link for the latest polio eradication update: polio
Calendar of Programs and Events
- Click here to see the calendar of upcoming events: Programs and Events