November, 2020

A Note from Your District Governor

Fun Photos and Opportunities to Give Back

I hope you all enjoyed the Virtual Leadership Summit - thank you to Michelle Bell, Suellen Kolbet, and countless others who made the event a success.

October was Polio Awareness Month, which means clubs around the world held different fundraisers, events, and awareness drives to spread the word about vaccination. To date, Rotarians have contributed more than $2 billion and countless hours toward polio eradication. 

Right now, the only countries in the world where polio is endemic are Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, the work to continually keep polio at bay is neverending. 

In celebration of your efforts and events, we’d love to see photos and videos from your Polio Awareness events. Send them to us at, or tag us on the social media platform you prefer. 

I’m so proud to be part of such a caring, generous organization. It’s truly an honor to be your District Governor! 

November is Foundation Month! 

This year, Foundation Month hits differently for District 5970. The August 2020 derecho hit Eastern Iowa hard, leaving Rotarians and community members with damaged roofs, vehicles, workplaces, and trees. In some cases, whole homes were destroyed.

Through the generosity of Rotarians far and wide, District 5970 received a $25,000 disaster grant for derecho recovery in the community. We also received a Global Grant for $118,500,  and $79,000 in district grants to support our work in our communities locally and around the world.

All this is possible because of your donations to the Rotary Foundation. This month, consider making an annual or monthly gift. Log in to Rotary International to see your donation level or make a new gift.

Every dollar helps Rotary make the world a healthier, happier place. And this is a tough year, with everyone feeling the pinch. Know that you are appreciated, and even $5 a month adds up when multiplied by the hundreds of Rotarians in our district and beyond. 

Please keep an eye out for Don Meyer's newsletter (Foundation Chair) about innovative ways your club can support the Rotary Foundation.