Officers & Directors
Club Service Projects
What Is Rotary?
Becoming A Member
Our District Governor, Jim Coloff, had a very inspirational presentation of why people join Rotary and how Rotary fulfills those reasons for joining. People join for two main reasons, to provide service to community and give back to make our community a better place to live and meet people for social and business connections and to have fun in the process as well. We need to always make sure that we are giving our Rotary members what they wanted when they joined. All of us as club members are the sales force that need to tell the story of Rotary and recruit new members that want to make a difference in our community as well. This is the 100th year of the Rotary Foundation that started with $26.50 which in today's dollars would be $536.00. That $26.50 has turned into 3 billion dollars that have been used for projects and causes in our communities and around the world. Some of those projects include Polio Plus, building wells for clean water, scholarships, women's health projects, RYLA, and many, many others. The Rotary Foundation is one of the top five (5) Foundations in the world. In honor of the Foundation 100th birthday each club is being asked to give an average of $100.00 per member. This would be $8.33/month per member if all members started in July or now $10/month if just starting now. Also, this year the District is starting the Young RYLA program for 8th graders and we want as a club to support this new program. The high school program for RYLA is currently at capacity for the number of students it can accept. Jim also reminded us of the Rotary International Conference that will be held in Atlanta in June of 2017 and encouraged all of us to attend if we can. There were 45,000 in attendance last year (which was a record) and we would like to set a new record of attendance in 2017. A group travel option out of Cedar Rapids is being discussed with futher information to come. Also, Jim wants us all to join him at the District conference, Friday night April 28th and Saturday April 29th, 2017 in Cedar Falls. The ticket price will include a ticket to the Cedar Falls/Waterloo Symphony as well. Jim gave our club two (2) major challenges to accomplish this year. One was to attain the Presidential Citation award which is certainly attainable by our club and the second is to increase our membership by all of us becoming the sales force for Rotary. We look forward to taking on those challenges. Jim went on to say our club has been a very active and giving club in the past and wants us to continue that great tradition long into the future.
The "Pass the Hat" for the flood victims was a great success. Thank you to everyone and Jim Coloff also wanted to thank everyone from our club as well for contributing. Jim Coloff said he appreciated all the clubs in the District for really stepping up to help in this cause.
This week's program: It's a fifth week Wednesday! Service and Fun! This is a fun week. We will be working on a surprise service project. Come have fun while we work to serve others. Also, as we are working on the service project it will give a chance for the committee chairs and the members of the committees to discuss the progress to date of the goals that were set in July.
Upcoming Events: Our "Bid for Education" event will be coming up in October and we will be announcing more details at future meetings.
See you at Rotary...
President - Cedar Rapids West Rotary
Rotary - Making a difference in our community and the world.