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Celebration and Inspiration!  
Two words to describe this year's district conference, to be held April 28-29 at the Hilton Garden Inn  in Cedar Falls.  
 
Over 200 Rotarians are expected, and will hear speakers like Brad Howard, Rotary International Director from California; Dr. Mark Nook, President of University of Northern Iowa; Taylor Burgart, telling us how RYLA changed his life.  
 
We will also attend a performance of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony at the beautiful Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.   Spouse/friend Symphony-only tickets can be reserved on the registration page. 
 
You can register at:   www.rotaryseminars.org.   You're encouraged to Bring A Friend, especially someone who has never attended a District Conference before.  There will be plenty of entertainment and social time to share with those you bring.
 
Hilton Garden Inn - Register for the conference and reserve your room SOON!
 
District Calendar alerts (not all events are listed below. See Calendar.):

Call for District Grant 2017-2018 applications, due by June 15.
 
RI Presidential Citation - go for it!: Update your Club Goals and attainment results in Rotary Club Central for 2016-2017!  Review and follow the Presidential Citation criteria, to achieve this prestigous recognition. Final Club updates by June 30 2017 will be reviewed at RI for the citation.
 
New in 2017:  "Young" RYLA! Look for details about the second YRYLA week at Grinnell College, July 23-28, for current 7 & 8th grade students. Follow RYLA registration process deadlines on the District Calendar. Go to our Youth > RYLA webpage.  Find YRYLA at the top.
 
 
 
The Pocahontas Rotary Club & the Interact Club (high school Rotary youth group) marked the century milestone of the Rotary Foundation by celebrating with pizza, ice cream & brownies along with a scavenger hunt organized by the Interact advisor, Katie Wilford.  
 
Interactors and their Rotary advisors are pictured here.  Rotarians Mary and Clifford Clayton explain the Rotary Foundation to the Interact Club members.
 
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Another RYLA is in the works – this one for middle school students and we’re calling it Young RYLA. It came to be after we heard time and again from RYLA graduates, "I wish I’d had this sooner," and "This would be great for my little brother (or sister). So after three years of the planning, we’re ready to open our first YRYLA.
 
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RYLA and Young RYLA Club Reservations are due January 15
 
 

Our District has about 50 registered...let's get to 100 for the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation!  For information and registration go to http://www.riconvention.org/en/atlanta. Check "Accommodations" for hotels with shuttle bus service.  View President John Germ's video invitation here

Many events are planned on the Convetion website.  Also...

Nonstop flight still open. A nonstop flight from Cedar Rapids to Atlanta is available to District 5970 Rotarians attending the International Convention. The flight will leave Cedar Rapids at 11:15 a.m. June 10, arriving in Atlanta at 2:18 p.m. The return flight leaves Atlanta at 9:40 a.m. June 15 and arrives in Cedar Rapids at 10:39 a.m. Cost is $457.60 per person. For more information and to book the flight, contact Ruth Smith at ruth@rrtravel.biz or call (641) 228-1235. 

Rotary.org has a new look!   The public areas (before you login) are new.   Click on "Read More" to see information from RI President John Germ.
About a year ago we started implementing what we call our "5th Tuesday Service Projects". In every month with 5 Tuesdays, we have an evening meeting which revolves around some type of service project. 

On November 29, Decorah Rotary made 50 care packages for the 50 service personnel from our local Army reserve unit, currently stationed in Kuwait. These boxes held items such as beef jerky, magazines, movies, nuts and snacks, chewing gum, homemade baked goods, and hand written letters from elementary and middle school children. 

Rotarian Ward Budweg's son, John, had been on two tours overseas, so helped us with what is most appreciated. He also spoke at the meeting, expressing what the packages from home truly mean to those away from their families. It was very touching. Submitted by Kelly Reagan
The April District 5970 Foundation First Newsletter is here
 
It’s already April. It’s hard to believe we are ¾ of the way through the Rotary year! We have had a phenomenal year so far. Thank you to those that have already given to the Rotary Foundation this year as well as your participation in Rotary Foundation Programs. Each of these cannot happen without the other. As good example, one of our programs is the Global Scholarship. I invite you to visit our current scholar, Kristina McLaughlin’s blog at: http://petitederive.com/ and learn about her year studying in Ireland
 
The final Grant Management Seminars (GMS) is on April 8th. The GMS is a REQUIREMENT for your club to apply for a District or Global Grant for the 2017-2018 Rotary year. There is no cost for this class. This second and final set of classes are offered on April 8th in Webster City. These courses will be offered in person or online. If you attended a training last year you are eligible to attend the Re-Certification Seminars. Go to our Calendar here.  Scroll to April and choose one of the events on April 8.  Register as Guest (without a login), or as a Member (with a login). 
 
 
 
What a wonderful year to be a Rotarian!
by District Governor Jim Coloff - Rotary Club of Cedar Falls - Iowa 
 
I am honored to serve as District Governor of D-5970 during this Centennial Celebration year of the Rotary Foundation
 
We can be very proud of the outstanding support our district has given the Foundation during these 100 years.  We have been part of the $3,000,000,000 that has been contributed to worthwhile humanitarian projects by the Rotary Foundation.  What a great accomplishment, and what a great organization to be part of!  I challenge you to celebrate the Centennial by enhancing what you and your club are doing to support the Foundation’s work. 
 
I also challenge you to join me in living the theme of RI President, John Germ: Rotary Serving Humanity.  This year, we will serve humanity around the world through the work of the Foundation, and we will serve our community through the work of our local Rotary clubs.  
Each month a new message from the RI President will be available...
 
"Rotary Serving Humanity" starts inside our clubs!  
 
Our Rotary Presidential Citation and District 5970 Club Excellence award applications should be examined now, as the 2016-2017 year is underway.  
 
Be sure Club plans are aligned with these award criteria.  Download the two applications on the left side of this webpage. 
Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.  Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
 
RI President-elect Germ's Presidential Citation criteria for clubs during 2016-2017 are in this brochure.