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Newsletter - Current Apr 20, 2019
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                                       Happy Easter Weekend Team West !!


We have 5 Wednesdays is May.   Our in house service project will actually be May 22nd and we will need to sort thru 4000 ping pong balls to make sure we have all the numbers accounted for.  Please plan to attend and assist.   Bring a friend!!


This past week:


Thank you Rochelle Naylor for all you do with your committment to Wash HS Interact.  We had a very successful meeting at WASH HS this week and heard an impressive story from 2009 Wash grad Saige Turner.   Her passion for volunteerism and the Feed Iowa First program is impressive.  When the founder of FIF took her own life last year as a result of PTSD Saige and others refused to let the program fade away. 


From the website:


Feed Iowa First is a grass-roots community of businesses, faith organizations, schools, farmers and volunteers that unite in relationship-based service to help our neighbors to ‘Combat Food Insecurity by Growing Food and Farmers’.

We believe access to fresh, healthy produce can and does transform lives. Fresh, healthy food is a basic human right, and ensuring access to it is key to building vibrant communities where citizens can reach their full human potential.


Thank you John Zakrasek for selecting and purchasing 30 books and placing them in our cart at the AAMI. We can now continue our tradition of donating a book to the Van Buren library on a weekly basis in honor of our speaker.  

District Level Announcements:  


District 5970 Annual conference, April 26 and 27 in Clear Lake. See District website for details

Seeking District Governor Candidates

District 5970 is seeking candidates for District Governor to serve during the 2022-2023 Rotary Year. The district governor serves as official role as an officer of Rotary International and is charged with leading D-5970 during their term.


Qualifications include:

  • Must have served a term as President of a Rotary Club,
  • Completed 7 years of Rotary membership prior to taking office
  • Be a current member in good standing
  • Good leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with others
  • Public speaking ability and the desire to promote the good work of Rotary on a local and international level

We hope you, or a Rotarian you know, will consider this leadership position for our District!  Refer someone you think is qualified, to this information.


Fundraiser Update:


We have landed on July 20th for the Big Drop.  We wil be performing he Drop at the Farmers Market.  Details to follow  We will be distributing a sponsorship form so you may begin asking for sponsors for the event.  Ball sales will begin in late May or Early June. 


The Board has decided the recipients of the The Big Drop will be Van Buren Elementary and Families Helping Families.   We have left it open to add a third recipient as well, pending the success of the Drop.  This is the first time we have aided Families Helping Families.   It is a great fit as one of their tasks is to fill backpacks. This is near and dear to our hearts and replaces what we used to do with HD Youth.   


The Czech Village Blues Fest is Aug 10th.  Thank you Kirk Leiffert for volunteering to co chair this event with me.  Pencil that in your calendar for assisting in the beverage tent.  



Board Notes:


 Next Board meeting Thursday May 9th



Monthly Networking:


May 9th, Stay tuned for location



Next weeks program:


  Brad Anderson, State Director of AARP.
  Brad Anderson, Iowa’s State Director of AARP, will be speaking about this well known national agency and what it offers for seniors.


Tom Vander Vaart

President - Cedar Rapids West Rotary 

Rotary - Making a difference in our community and the world.