Rotary Club of West Liberty
Newsletter - as of December 4th, 2023

Volume 1 | Issue 23

The newsletter will give details about: 
  • Club News
    • Upcoming Meeting times for Friday Lunch Bunch
    • Christmas Party Planned for Thursday December 7th
    • Volunteer with WL VAC Pantry for Christmas Food Boxe
    • 100 Year Project updates.... 
  • WL Local News
    • Donations for Shop with Cop details
    • WL Chamber Chat for December 
  • D6000 EVENTS
  • Updates from Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking (INAHT) 
  • Rotary International:
    • Foundation Minute 11/27
Friday noon club, or the "Lunch Bunch" will meet at @ Liberty Public House (LPH), starting at 12:00pm. 

A note from Chair Cliff McFerren: "The Lunch Bunch has been having great attendance.  We have been averaging 12 members per week.  Therefore, I will be getting food for 12-14 members and guests.  Instead of letting me know you are coming, just let me  know if you will NOT be attending by Thursday noonish.  Everyone is welcome and it is great to see so many enjoying the fellowship and exchanging "what's happening" in West Liberty."


Dates are as follows: 

  • December 1st
  • December 8th - 100 Year Project will be discussed
  • December 15th 
Come join for the club's Christmas Party that will take place on Thursday December 7th. 
Please RSVP to Ken Brooks by Friday December 1st if you are able to attend
Volunteer with WL VAC Pantry for Christmas Food Boxes
It is “show time” for the annual WL Voluntary Action Christmas distribution.  They have over 160 applications so will be a busy time for sure! 
Volunteer Times are: 
  • Friday December 8, 1pm to help sort foods and put on designated tables to pack boxes next day. 
  • Saturday December 9, at 10am to be putting food in boxes and stacking in hallways. 
  • Friday December 15, 3-4pm to help in delivering food boxes AND again 4:30-7pm to help load boxes into cars as they drive up. 
  • Saturday, December 16, approximately 50 fruit sacks will need to be picked up by volunteers 8-9 am for delivery to senior citizens AND. again to help with drive up for food and toys 9-10 am.  
Volunteers are needed for all of these “events” so decide if/when you can help.  If you know people not on this list who might be willing to help, please share. 
Please let Bill Koellner know by calling him at 319-631-9783 or email at 
100 Year Project update:
Ken Brooks has an update of the following for the 100 year project. The Ball Drop fundraiser is to be coordinated with when the Football Field & Athletic Complex is opening up next fall. Also there will be a Spring Fundraiser towards the 100 year which is a Murder Mystery Progressive Dinner that Allie Paarsmith is heading up. Anyone wanting help more with the Spring Fundraiser please get with Allie Paarsmith. Next meeting will be set for Friday December 8th to discuss more details on upcoming project
Donations for Shop with Cop
Kids in the West Liberty Community School District need your help! The Rotary Club of West Liberty is a proud supporter of West Liberty Iowa Police Department’s Shop With A Cop program! Join us in supporting this amazing program that provides Christmas presents for students in our school district that otherwise would have a slightly less Merry Christmas. Make a tax-deductible gift through our Community Partner, West Liberty Economic Area Development - WeLead, or add to our Club’s donation via Venmo! Just type “Shop w/Cop” in the “what’s this for” line! @RCWestLiberty (last 4 - 8051)
Please Share so others can contribute to spreading joy this holiday season!
WL Chamber Chat - December 
Hello Chamber Members and Friends, 
December has arrived and attached you will find our updated Chamber Chat for the end of 2023! Thank you all for a successful Holiday Open House and we can't wait to see you all at next year's event! 
Looking ahead, We have our Annual Chamber Meeting at the Community Center on January 9th, starting at 5pm. RSVP is attached. Annual Chamber Meeting RSVP (
 Look out for our 2024 Chamber Membership email in the coming week. 
Have a wonderful Holiday season and joyous New Year! 
The West Liberty Chamber of Commerce
Updates from Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking (INAHT) 

Iowa Trafficker Receives 40-Year Sentence

by Dr. George Belitsos

Governor’s Proclamation Signing Event January 11th Declaring January 2024 “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month” and You are Invited!

The NAHT will host a public proclamation signing by Governor Kim Reynolds, designating January 2024 as “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.” The proclamation declaration will take place on Thursday, January 11th at 11:30 a.m. in the Rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Des Moines. To download a copy of the “Save the Date” flyer, please tap here (PDF).

Before you depart for the State Capitol Building, please wear something blue. January 11th is also National Wear Blue Day. This is the international color for human trafficking awareness.

Rotary Foundation Minute 11/27/2023
Welcome to Week 4 of RI’s Foundation Month.
The year is slowly crawling to an end. This is the last week of The Rotary Foundation Month and the beginning of December, the month of Disease Prevention and Treatment in Rotary. While the world continues to register its volumes of catastrophes in terms of wars, natural and manmade disasters, TRF persistently focuses on its basic goals of promoting peace throughout the globe by improving health, providing education, alleviating poverty and nurturing the environment. Emphasizing what Rotary is all about, its Foundation’s Trustee’s Chair, Barry Rassin, reminds members of all the Rotary efforts that would not be possible without their generosity.  In his end of year message, Rotarian Rassin charged members to, “…consider the incredible progress we have achieved in our fight to end polio ---the countless lives we’ve saved and the hope we’ve restored. Think of all the clinics around the world Rotary has equipped and the medical professionals trained through Foundation grants, helping fight heart disease and Guinea worm disease.” Rassin appeals to the benevolent spirit of Rotarians, especially during this season which “is a time of generosity, especially to those less fortunate.” He wants Rotarians the world over to remember that “…gifts to The Rotary Foundation may not fit nicely in a present box, yet they keep on giving throughout the year.” (Barry Rassin. “What Rotary is all about.”  Rotary Magazine. December 2023:60)
In Rotary,
Olabisi Gwamna, PhD
Mount Pleasant Rotary
Editor, Foundation Minute
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