See District Governor Lowell Stoolman's September Newsletter here.

September, 2020

Greetings, fellow Rotarians.

Post-Derecho: Your Superhero Capes Are Showing!

When Derecho blew through Iowa in August, it was almost unbelievable. How could something so destructive come out of seemingly nowhere? And that’s basically what happened - there was little to no warning that the storm was coming.

Several communities in our District were hit hard:

Through it all, it was touching to see so many Rotarians band together in service to each other and our District. The weekend following the storm, Past District Governor Michelle Bell led a crew of Rotarians and community volunteers from Iowa City, New Hampton, Center Point, and Marion to clear trees and brush from homes in the community. 

Throughout the week and into the next Rotarians poured in from all corners of the District with supply and monetary donations, chainsaws, manual labor, and moral support on the phone and through social media. Together, we continue to pitch in, clean up, and take care of not only each other, but also those who are less fortunate.

Harkening back to my August message about “heroism” in Rotary, it looks from my perspective that our District is chock full of heroes. Kudos to all of you who looked Derecho in the eye and showed up to help in any capacity. That’s not just the Midwestern way. It’s the Rotary way.

Please consider a gift to help support recovery and relief efforts in Linn County. Donate to the Linn County Rotary recovery fund.

(Read more in the newsletter here.)