District Governor
January 2017
District Calendar alerts (not all events are listed below. See Calendar.):
Jan 25: Mid-year Club Presidents conference call. See Calendar for details.
Feb 1:  Young RYLA and RYLA registration opens.  See Youth > RYLA webpages for details.
March 1: RI Club Dues payment deadline. Second half-year dues. RI website shows dues for each club. 
April 1, 8: Grant Training for Clubs.  April 1 (Waverly), April 8 (Webester City). See Calendar. 
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.
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

March 31 is final discount deadline for June 10-14 Convention 

Pre-registration final discount ends March 31. 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. Our Zone 28 & 29 Party is at "The World of CocaCola" near the Convention Center. Register at http://atlanta2829party.com/  See Zone 28&29 Newsletters.

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. 

Join our District Foundation team for Grant Management Training.  This is required to apply for a Grant
See the District Calendar for details:   April 1 in Waverly.   April 8 in Webster City.  A first-time Seminar and a re-certification Seminar will be offered in both locations. Questions? Contact any Foundation Committee member, or Michelle Bell. 
Reminder: Applications for District Grants are due June 15.    
Rotary.org has a new look!   The public areas (before you login) are new.   Open this article to read more 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
We invite you to read the latest District 5970 Foundation First Newsletter here
The Eldora Rotary Club received a grant that partnered with several other groups to design and create the Gunderson Nature Park. The Eldora Rotary Club received a grant that partnered with several other groups to design and create the Gunderson Nature Park. 
The 100th year of the Rotary Foundation has started with a bang. Clubs are already having birthday parties and raising monies for the Rotary Foundation. Don’t forget your personal challenge to make a personal donation to the Rotary Foundation of $100 more than you typically give each year. Please share your Club Plans and results with Michelle Bell.  The Newsletter contains many ideas for celebration projects!
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.
Meet Rotary President John Germ.  This article is from The Rotarian magazine.
Excerpt: Germ supports flexibility in many Rotary matters. “Our clubs have always been organized around a meal. Lunch and dinner were part of our dues, and that system served us well. But society has changed,” he says. Rotary International is catching up by allowing clubs more leeway in when and how they meet. “How do we accommodate the 30-year-old businessperson raising a family? Well, for one thing, we could pay less attention to attendance,” he adds. “My question isn’t ‘How many meetings did you make?’ It’s ‘How are you making a difference in your community?' "
Read more here
REGINA MUTIRU PETER, 30, of Nairobi, Kenya has become the first District 5970 Rotary Peace Fellow. Regina was awarded a fellowship to the University of Bradford (England where she will study African Peace and Conflict Studies. Here is a recent update from her Rotary adventure:
Greetings to you all, hope this finds you well. I am excited to inform you that I arrived in Bradford on 10th September and I already enrolled ready for studies next week so I have settled in well. The weather here is cold for me comparing it with my countries weather but I will manage. Today we had a luncheon at one of the local Rotarian home and they opened their garage for us the peace fellows to pick items we may use in our apartments (very kind of them). Here is a photo of us together at the luncheon (8 of us and Ken our local Rotary coordinator) Will send a photo of all of us together when we take one.
Thanks very much for your support and for accepting to be my district!
Regina Mutiru