July 2018

July Foundation Greeting from Don Meyer

Dear Rotarians,
My name is Don Meyer and I’m a member of the Waverly Rotary Club.  As the new District 5970 Foundation Committee Chair, I am excited to serve you these next three years as you and your clubs continue to support the life-changing work of The Rotary Foundation.  Under the leadership of Michelle Bell the past three years our District established great momentum in building that support.  Please join me in thanking Michelle for her dedication, enthusiasm and passion for the Foundation.  We’re fortunate her District leadership will continue as DGE. 
Each of us has a story about what inspired us to join Rotary.  I found inspiration in Polio Plus.  When Rotary embarked on the challenge to eradicate polio in 1988, I was in.  Though polio was endemic in 120 countries then, Rotarians truly believed they could end polio forever.  I wanted to be part of that kind of conviction.  I wanted to have an impact, to make a difference, be part of something bigger than ourselves.  What remarkable progress we have made!  Thank you to all who have helped to make it happen.  We will see the end of polio in our lifetime!  
Our District Foundation team is here to help you reach your club’s goals.  We have tools that help you raise funds.  We have programs and speakers that help you promote the Foundation in your club and your community and around the world.  Please call on us.  We want you to be successful. Please feel free to contact me at foundationchair@district5970.org or at 641.251.4655 at any time.
In the words of President Barry Rassin, “Be the inspiration—and together we can, and we will, inspire the world.”  
In Service to Rotary,
Don Meyer
Duck Race
Thank you to all the clubs who participated in the Duck Race held during our District Conference in Charles City last month.  We raised over $5,000 for the Rotary Foundation!  Here are the winning clubs and winning Rotarians:
Duck #3--Belle Plaine - individual winner; Eugene Severson
Duck #11--Humboldt - individual winner; Jana Bratland
Duck #23--Mt. Vernon - Lisbon - individual winner; Cot Graber
These individuals will each receive 1,000 PHF points from the District, taking them to the next level of Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
We extend a hearty thank you to the Charles City Club for their very creative construction of a river for the duck race.  Nicely done!


Estherville club donates EKG monitor to local hospital

The Estherville Rotary Club used a 2017-18 District Grant to support a new hospital emergency room addition.

Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville was seeking $1.1 million in donations from the community toward construction of the $4.1 million ER facility. Rotarians responded by providing $10,000 for the purchase of an EKG monitor for one of the new ER patient rooms.

The Estherville club raised $5,000 and received a $5,000 District Grant for the project.

“The Estherville Rotary Club realizes how important emergency medicine is in a rural community, and we are pleased to be a supporter of the ER project,” said club president Nancy Anderson.



Donald Meyer

District 5970 Foundation Chair