MARCH 2018

March Foundation Greeting from Michelle Bell

This month I'd like to talk about something different. I'd like to talk about you, District 5970 Rotarians. We'd like to know what you would like to learn about The Rotary Foundation.

We know The Rotary Foundation is complicated, but as a Rotarian told me a few weeks ago, "I support the Rotary Foundation because I know they put my contributions to work doing great things in the world." He continued by saying TRF makes it an easy decision where to invest his money.

  • Do you want more information on how to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation in your clubs and communities?
  • Where are we on our journey to eradicate Polio? 
  • How do people apply to be a Global or Peace Scholar?
  • Will someone come speak to our club about a certain topic or the Foundation in general?

Please feel free to email or call me anytime to let me know what you, our 5970 Rotarians, need from the District 5970 Foundation Committee.

Yours in Service,
Michelle Bell


Make sure members of your club take advantage of this year's Grant Management Seminars March 24 or March 31

Grant Management Seminars assist clubs planning to submit District Grant applications for projects in their local communities during the 2018-19 Rotary year.

To be eligible for District Grant funds, District 5970 requires that clubs send a minimum of one member (two encouraged) to a Grant Management Seminar prior to the start of the 2018-19 Rotary year. Any Rotarian who attended the seminar last year may attend a shortened version this year called the Grant Management Seminar—Refresher.  All others need to attend the full seminar.

You can choose from two dates:

  • Saturday, March 24, at the Waverly Public Library in Waverly. The refresher course will run from 1 to 2 p.m. The full course is scheduled from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 31, at United Presbyterian Church in Garner. The refresher course will run from 1 to 2 p.m. The full course is scheduled from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

You may register for the seminar on our District 5970 website at through the “Online Meeting Calendar.”  Please contact Don Meyer at with any questions.  

Clubs planning to apply for a Global Grant are strongly encourage to send a member to the Grant Management Seminar, though it is not required.  We’re trying a pilot project for Global Grant training this year and will briefly present the process and guidelines during the Grant Management Seminar full course.

We’ll also discuss next steps for any club wanting to move forward with a Global Grant. Those clubs will need to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Rebecca Schulz, District Global Grants Chair, to review the application guidelines in detail. Global Grant applications will be accepted for review throughout the year on a first-come, first-served basis. Direct questions to Rebecca Schulz,




This year's Duck Race will take place June 2 at the District 5970 Conference in Charles City. Here's how it works:

  1. Each club and individuals in that club who purchase ducks will be represented by a single duck in the race.
  2. The first three ducks to cross the finish line will be the winners. Once the three winning clubs have been determined, a computer pick at random will choose one winner of a Paul Harris Fellow designation for each of the three winning clubs.
  3. Each club participating in the race will receive Foundation Paul Harris Fellow points for the full amount of dollars contributed by the club through the purchase of ducks.

Ducks cost $5. They can be purchased online ( at $5.42 each, which covers the district's cost for credit card fees. To save the 42 cents, send a check to:

John Wasta
Tallgrass Business Resources
1239 First Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Michelle Bell

District 5970 Foundation Chair