District Governor
May 2017
District Calendar alerts (not all events are listed below. See Calendar.):
Cedar Rapids Metro North - Lager Olympics June 3 - Details on the Calendar HERE
Dubuque Golf Outing June 5 - Details on the Calendar HERE
Rockwell City Bike Ride June 10 - Details on the Calendar HERE
Outpouring for Rotary- Rockwell City  June 16 - Details on the Calendar HERE
Pork Loin Dinner - Humboldt June 21 - Details on the Calendar HERE
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 prestigious recognition. Final Club updates by June 30 2017 will be reviewed at RI for the citation.
RYLA and YRYLA Registrations due now!   Follow RYLA registration process on the bottom of these 2 pages:  RYLA Application  YRYLA Application  
RYLA calling for adult volunteers! RYLA is held July 16-21, 2017 at Grinnell College.  You need no prior experience to help.  Download this document to read and respond. Training is June 24 8-5pm, and July 15. 
June 5, 2017:  12PM Registration - 1PM Shotgun Start - 6PM dinner
Help the Dubuque Veterans Freedom Center by golfing at this event!  Golf, Dinner, Raffels, Prizes! 
Register at www.dubuquerotary.org or download the promotional flyer for details. 
S:\PIA folder\Rotary\Rotary 2014 & 2015\PR\logos\logos from jacque\RAG4Clubfoot_Logo.jpg  JOB OPENING: Part-Time Administrative Assistant
The Rotarian Action Group, RAG4Clubfoot has an Administrative Assistant independent contractor position open for approximately 15 hours a week.
Our mission is to help support Rotarians efforts to make sure every child born with clubfoot will be treated using the Ponseti Method! 
We are seeking a motivated person with:
  • excellent communication & website/social media skills
  • experience with Microsoft Office, gmail suite, etc
  • the ability to work remotely without direct supervision
Read more in the Position Description
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.
    Click Read More below to see the next page!
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
The May District 5970 Foundation First Newsletter is here
As Rotarians we all receive a subscription to “The Rotarian” magazine. In the May 2017 edition there is a great article called “Your Gift: From Start to Finish, the Rotary foundation is the best steward for your money. Here is why.”  This is possibly the best article I’ve ever read in regards to explaining OUR Foundation. We received 100 out of 100 points from Charity Navigator in 2016. Nine years in a row we have earned a 4 star rating which only 1% of all charities earn.  As we issue a formal call for District grants this year, remember that those funds come from our collective donations to The Rotary foundation Annual Fund.  They are not possible without all of us! District 5970 has $55,001 to distribute this fall for District Grants. 
Grant Applications are Due by June 15th.  Refer to District 5970's Grant Webpage is HERE.   Download the Grant Handbook to navigate from the table of contents.
We can’t wait to see all the great things you do with those funds in the 2017-2018 Rotary year!

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. 

Celebration and Inspiration!  
Two words to describe this year's district conference - and that it was!! 
We all heard 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.   12 Inbound and Outbound Exchange Students shared their experiences and hopes.  Many attended a great performance of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony at the beautiful Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, preceded by a Rotary Foundation 100th Birthday celebration!   
A number of visitors from other Districts expanded our minds toward more possibilities.  "Rollin' with Rotary 2017" kicked-off at our Conference.  Live-stream video with another District Conference launched our weekend.     
Watch for pictures and videos coming to our Facebook Page.
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.  
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.
Each month a new message from the RI President will be available...
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
"Rotary Serving Humanity" starts inside our clubs!  
Our Rotary Presidential Citation for your club depends on completing your Goal Setting and Goal Achievements!     Download the Presidential Citation requirements 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.