It was a pleasure to have District 5970 Governor Joe Gitta from Cedar Falls visit Cedar Rapids West and share his personal Rotary story. Joe was born in Hungary and escaped with his sister and parents to the former Yugoslavia in the 1950's. He truly is grateful for the events that lead to safely arriving in Iowa where he was able to be educated and educate his children here. Joe asked us to remember our latest experience giving a gift and the excitement we feel when we watch the recipient open it. We give gifts daily through Rotary with scholarships and eradicating polio, we need to feel great about the gifts we are giving. Rotarians can't get too busy to care, be involved and give. He talked about the roots of Rotary....... gathering ethical, trustworthy business people together to socialize and fix problems in our communities through talking with each other. The first Rotarian service project was a public bathroom in Chicago! He challenged us to invite new members, appreciate the wisdom of our seasoned members and think about how we feel about being a Rotarian.
The Oct. 7 program will focus on the innovative programs underway in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. Project-based programs including Iowa BIG, the Roosevelt and Jefferson Options and the Johnson STEAM Academy Magnet school are providing options for families and real-world learning experiences for students. Dr. Trace Pickering, Associate Superintendent of the CRCSD and a founder of the Iowa BIG program, will be our presenter.
Thank you to our website sponsors: House of Carpets, Guaranty Bank, Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust and Jazz 88.3 KCCK. I appreciate your support and I hope members take time to get to know these businesses.
Dinner and Live Auction Fundraiser: October 29th at 6pm at Biaggi's. Consider donating items to auction off.
Orchestra Iowa is offering Cedar Rapids West members 50% off two tickets:
Use the Code “ROTARY” to receive 50% off two tickets to performance through December! Tickets can be purchased by phone (319-366-8203), in person (199 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401) and online (orchestraiowa.org).
T-shirt order deadline is October 21st fill out an order form at the meeting or contact Christine. For only $10 you can have a Rotary shirt to wear during our next service project.
See you at Rotary.....
President - Cedar Rapids West Rotary
Rotary - It's a SMART thing to do!