Rotary Club of West Liberty
Newsletter - as of June 3, 2024

Volume 1 | Issue 45

Upcoming Meetings
Friday Lunch Bunch: Meeting dates below. 
Meetings are from Noon-1PM at
Liberty Public House unless otherwise stated.
~June 7th
There will not be a board meeting on Thursday, June 6, 2024. *Stay tuned for more information on date & time for June board meeting.
Rotary Club of WL T-shirts!
We are placing an order of t-shirts
for our members.
Shirts are $20.00 each.
If you'd like to order a shirt(s), please contact:
Please include quantity and size!
Deadline to order is JUNE 15, 2024
A Message from PPresident-ElectJake Burroughs: 
Starting in July 1, 2024, we are moving to Quarterly evening meetings and retaining the every Friday noon meetings. Service projects remain as-available and a heavy focus on collaborating with other service organizations. 
Any questions please contact Jake Burroughs 
Dues for the upcoming 2024-2025 year! 
FAIR TIME 2024-2025
Framework for this year's stand will be two 4-hour shifts of 4 to 5 Rotarians/Interact Students each shift.  This will help us meet the fair board's requirement for longer hours.
In addition, we are only going to use Stand 1 (original building) this year providing a streamlined menu of our most popular items:
  • Turkey Legs
  • Turkey Tenderloins
  • Chips (2 kinds)
  • Yotty Bars (the only ice cream selection)
  • Pepsi, Dt. Pepsi, Mt. Dew, Dt Mt. Dew, and Bottled Water
How are we going to fit all of this into Stand 1? Glad you asked. We met with Dillon Brooke to look at remodeling Stand 1 for our 100th anniversary.  This year we would remodel Stand 1 and then next year look at connecting it to Stand 2.  The Board did approve the following plan, which we would:  FairStand Designs 
  • Remove the wall between the front and back of stand 1 to open it up
  • Fully insulate and panel the interior 
  • Add 2 new sliding windows in the front to replace the existing service window
  • New lighting on the inside as well as outside
  • Move the water heater inside for permanent hook-up
  • Install a split unit AC/heater unit for year-round climate control for future use (such as the chicken Bar-B-Que in the fall). 
And lastly, I (Clifford) would like to do all of this remodeling in honor of past Rotarian Tom Brooke and our 100th anniversary.  I would like to have a dedication ceremony on the Tuesday night before the fair opens (which would be our traditional work night) and celebrate in a fashion Tom would have enjoyed.   
All of this is in the planning stages and prone to change so please let us know your thoughts. 
If you would like to help or contribute in anyway, please reach out to either of the
Co-Fair Chairs listed below.
Clifford McFerren:  (319) 430-6125
Gretchen Nollman:  (319) 541-1462
100 Year Project
  • 100 Year Project

    • Fall 2024 Ball Drop fundraiser will be coordinated when the Football Field & Athletic Complex opens, aiming for the first home football game. 

      • The idea: Drop 1,000 ping pong balls!

      • Still working on details as to how we can accomplish this (i.e. helicopter, fire truck with ladder, etc). Please contact Ken if you have additional ideas or contacts that could make this happen.

      • Looking at $20 per ticket. Selling 1,000 tickets would mean raising $20,000! Now that's exciting!

      • Cash Prize for the winner!

    • Spring Fundraiser: Progressive Murder Mystery Event

      • Using 7 spots of downtown = Strand, LPH, Ron de Voo, Brick Street Gallery, Arty's, Puppet Theatre, and Historical Foundation Depot

      • Looking for 8 volunteers to be characters and 5 volunteers to be guides. Please contact Allie Paarsmith or Ken Brooks if you'd like to play a crucial role in the fun event.

      • This fundraiser will take place on June 29/30th. Stay tuned for more details from the committee.

    • 100 Year Celebration - 1924 themed CHRISTMAS BALL

      • Potential dates are: December 14th or December 21

        • Look for more details to come from Ken Brooks 

Rotary Foundation Minute - June 3, 2024
Welcome to Week ONE of RI’s Month of Rotary Fellowships.
No better news this week than one coming from the International Convention in Singapore.
The sum of $30m has been set aside by Rotary International in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and World Vision to fight deadliest diseases in four African countries including Nigeria. In a statement distributed in Nigeria by Ibim Semenitari (communications unit of Rotary) with the endorsement of Claudia Brunner (Rotary International), Nicole Harris of World Vision, and Gates Foundation leadership, it was disclosed that the USD$30 million program is to tackle ‘Rotary Healthy Communities Challenge’ and strengthen health systems and tackle leading childhood killers named as malaria, pneumonia, and diarrheal diseases.
The focus countries, according to the statement include the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique, Nigeria, and Zambia. Over the next three years, the Rotary Foundation, World Vision, and the Gates Foundation will collectively contribute US$30 million to fund large-scale, high-impact programming, with local leadership and organizations to improve health outcomes for children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique, Nigeria, and Zambia.
 “Investing in community health workers is one of the best things we can do to bolster the fight against malaria and other preventable diseases,” said Philip Welkhoff, Director of Malaria at the Gates Foundation. “We are proud to build on our partnership with Rotary and World Vision and are confident this new initiative will help ensure that children in these four countries have the opportunity to grow up healthy and reach their full potential.”
Over the last 100 years, US $5.5 billion has been awarded through The Rotary Foundation.
In Rotary,
Olabisi Gwamna, PhD
Mount Pleasant Rotary
Editor, Foundation Minute
End Polio Update June 3, 2024
Abbreviated Polio Eradication Update
For the week ending 6/3/24 
Sad news—one more case of wild poliovirus caused paralysis confirmed in Pakistan—making the year-to-date total 6 (3 each in Pakistan and in Afghanistan!  And 10 more positive environmental samples making the year to date total 173 (compared to 190 in all of 2023).  I hope the increase in positive environmental samples is due to increased sampling/surveillance and not more poliovirus out in the environment!  
On a positive note, Mike Crosby, our Western California Region EPNC, reported from Singapore that there was a great emphasis on polio eradication at the International Convention!  Let’s hope the Rotarians who attended the International Convention will come back home re-energized to promote polio eradication and will help us all banish this devastating disease!!
Keep track of your Rotary Year End Donations.  Our focus should be to meet our goals, so your help is urgently needed.  Please make sure you have focused on your District DDF.  It's one of the best uses of your time. 
Thanks for all you do!
Regards,  Bob Taylor
INAHT and Slavery June blog details..... 

Human Trafficking Arrest Made in Des Moines, 3 Victims Rescued

A Des Moines woman has been arrested on human trafficking charges and police say three victims have been rescued following a months-long investigation.

Huirong Zhou, 42, is being held in the Polk County Jail on three felony charges of human trafficking. She was booked into jail shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

The investigation began in January as police started looking into neighborhood complaints about suspicious activity as a massage parlor, Asian Tuina, at 852 Hull Avenue, according to Sgt. Paul Parziek with the Des Moines Police Department.

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