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Newsletter - Current Apr 16, 2018
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This past week:


Thank you James Nelson for filling in to lead the meeting, and Amy for her notes. 




We had a local student promote and upcoming event.   


No Barriers Summit featuring Mandy Harvey


4/22/18 at 6:15 PM 


Antioch Church 


tickets are $25






Our main presentation was by Elizabeth Kissling of  Foundation 2




Facts about suicide:


* Suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Iowa


* One person dies by suicide every 20 hours in Iowa


* Polk is the county with the highest number of suicides per year.  Linn county is second.




Foundation 2 stated in 1970 by a group of Coe and Kennedy students and their parents.  Current services include (list is not all inclusive):


* 24 hour Crisis Line - "your crisis is our crisis" no matter how big or small


* Crisis Chat and Text


* Your Life Iowa


* Mobile Crisis Outreach - serving Linn and surrounding counties


* Emergency Youth Shelter - 17 beds for youth ages 11-17


* Two support groups for individuals who have lost someone to suicide - one for adults, one for children




FY17 Data


* 26,238 calls received


* 4846 suicide related calls


* 848 contacts via the Crisis Chat and Text program




New this year:  Foundation 2 will be launching a pilot program hiring a counselor that will work with the CRPD as they respond to calls.



Club Notes:


The Board has approved sending 3 students to RYLA and also 3 to Young Ryla.  


The July 4th meeting is cancelled.  With the BIG DROP on Sunday July 29th we are cancelling the July 25th meeting as well to encourage people to come to the ballpark on Sunday.  


Our April 25th meeting will be our annual joint meeting with the Interact members at Washington HS. Please note this meeting starts at 11:45 to accommodate the school lunch periods. 


It has been decided that the metro wide project will be to raise money for the Prospect Meadows project.  This is a trememdous project for the region as it will eventually bring in 72,000 visitors to the area each summer.  For those that don't know this is a facility that will eventually have nearly 20 baseball/softball fields including a 'Miracle Field' for handicapped players. Sponsors will have permanent signage on whatever portion of the facility they sponsor.   It will be located on the south east corner of Hwy 13 and County Home road, across from the Marion landfill.  Our May 30th program details the project. 


The board will be addressing club dues in upcoming meetings.   Our current dues are outdated due to having included pancake breakfast tickets.   I would like to have a general discussion when time allows and get feedback from everyone. Currently our $300 annual dues cover a $25 assessment towards the Metro project and $100 towards pancake tickets. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. 


District Level Announcements:  

On June 2nd the District will be holding a duck race.  The first 3 ducks to cross the finish line will be the winners. Once the winning three clubs have been determined a random computer pick will determine one winner from each club. That winner will recieve Paul Harris Fellow points . Each club participating will recieve points for the ful lamunt of dollars contributed throught eh purchase of ducks. 


The District is asking for each club to donate 3 items towards the silent and live auction.  Please let me know if you have an item you can donate.  


Rotary International announcement:


Toronto International Rotary Convention:  June 23-27, 2018.  


RI Conference Information at www.riconvention.org/en




Fundraiser Update:


Please mark your calendars for August 11th. This is when we will assist at the beverage tent at the Blues Fest in Czech village. West Rotary will benefit to the tune of 1/3 of the sales. Last year we raised nearly $2000 for our club.  It is also a great opportunity for fellowship. 


Update on THE BIG DROP.   We have secured a major sponsor, United Fire Group for $2500 and Hills Bank for $500.  



Board Meeting:



The next Board Meeting will be held after the regular meeting on Wednesday  May 2nd at the AAMI.   

All are welcome




Monthly Networking:


The April event was at Chrome Horse.  


May networking will be held at Cedar Ridge Winery on May 3rd


Next weeks program:

  Dave Kutter on RYLA
  Please join us to hear our own Dave Kutter speak on the upcoming RYLA camp season and events.




Tom Vander Vaart

President - Cedar Rapids West Rotary 

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

















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