March, 2019


Don Meyer, District 5970 Foundation Chair

Dear Rotarians,
If you’ve been following the news, you know there’s been a spike in conflicts around the globe.  That has greatly boosted the need for peace and conflict resolution, and for leaders who are skilled in those areas.  You can be proud as a Rotarian to know that the Rotary Foundation is working hard to develop those kind of leaders through the Rotary Peace Fellowship program.  Up to 100 fellows are selected every year to study at one of the Rotary Peace Centers, located within seven leading universities around the world. 
How does our District engage with this program?  We have once again agreed to be an at-large district to consider up to 3 at-large peace fellowship applicants who may come from our or other districts.  Thanks to Nora Tobin who leads the Peace Fellowship program for our District.  She receives any applications and schedules interviews for candidates seeking to become a Peace Fellow. 
Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications Are Now Being Accepted! 
If you know of anyone who may be interested in this program, please send them the application at this link:
The 2020-21 academic term application deadline is 31 May 2019.
Thanks for spreading the word about this really good work the Rotary Foundation is doing!
Grant Training Seminars—Reminder!

Please remember:  One important qualification for your club to apply for a District Grant, is to have one or two members from your club attend the Grant Training Seminars. 
The Grant Training Seminars will be held at the following dates and times: 
  1. Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am  (Online only)
  2. Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:45 am – 11:45 am at the Best Western Hotel in Clear Lake, IA.   (This occurs during the District Conference. It is in person and online for those needing a makeup session.)   
To register for one of these two seminars, go to the District Website -  Under upcoming events, click on the session for which you want to register.  
The Race Is On!
Due to the popularity of last year’s Duck Race it’s back again!   All proceeds will go to the Rotary Foundation.  We raised over $5,000 last year.  Thank you!
This year’s race will take place at the District Conference in Clear Lake, Iowa on April 27, 2019.
  1. Each club and individuals from that club, 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 winning three ducks have been determined a computer pick at random will occur to 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 recognition points for the full amount of dollars contributed by the club through the purchase of ducks. 
Ducks are $5 each and checks can be made payable to The Rotary Foundation and mailed to: 
John Wasta
221 Kent Court NE
Cedar Rapids, IA  52402    Phone:  319-361-8527     Email: 
Please ensure any mailed forms reach John no later than April 19.  Forms may also be given to John at the conference.   
Ducks can also be purchased online at  If you choose to purchase ducks online we kindly request you pay for the credit card fees, and therefore ducks are $5.42 each.  Go to the District Conference registration area here and choose the option to purchase a duck.
How $1,000 Turns Into $5,000!
Don’t miss out on the incredible matching gift opportunity you have to multiply your impact on ending polio now!   Your gifts honor the incredible generosity of a Major Donor in our District who is matching gifts to PolioPlus two to one, up to a maximum of $100,000.  
Remember, when a club reaches its PolioPlus goal for this year, those gifts will be matched 2 to 1, not only by this donor, but also by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Thanks for your gift to PolioPlus, and thanks to the leaders of each of our clubs for making sure your club’s goal is met!  Eradicating polio is still The Rotary Foundation’s number one priority.
Take A Trip to Nicaragua
The Waverly Rotary Club is partnering with Self-Help International to provide clean water to people in Nicaragua by installing chlorination units.  Self-Help is organizing a trip to see this project and others in Nicaragua and Rotarians are invited to join the group.  The details are below.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Nora Tobin at
Yours in Rotary,
Don Meyer
District Foundation Chair

Donald Meyer

District 5970 Foundation Chair