June, 2021

A Note from Your District Governor

A Look Back at this Unusual DG Rotary Year

My term as District Governor covered a year unlike any other. In my 12-month term, our District and the world experienced all kinds of chaos:

  • The global COVID-19 pandemic

  • The derecho

  • Political unrest

  • Social and cultural turmoil that will hopefully result in lasting, positive change

But through it all, one thing has never wavered: our collective commitment to the causes for which our Rotary clubs stand. The District won numerous awards during the pandemic year, with 20 clubs receiving the Club Excellence Award. And we raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund polio vaccination and various projects in our communities.

Despite the turmoil of the past year, your dedication has been my inspiration. It’s truly been my pleasure to serve as your District Governor, and I look forward to joining you in Service Above Self when your next DG, Jeff Hassman, takes the reins in July.

Upcoming Conferences & a Continued Challenge

Rotary International Virtual Convention: June 12-16

The international convention set for Taipei will now be held virtually due to the pandemic. Join Rotarians from around the world to listen, learn, network, and get inspired. Register now.

Zone 28 Institute: September 9-12

Apply to attend this leadership conference in Houston to learn together and become better-equipped leaders. Applicants must submit a video presentation as part of their application. Learn more and apply today.

Iowa Rotary District Conference: April 22-23, 2022

  • Districts 5970 and 6000 are joining together for this fun and informative conference at the Marriott Coralville Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville. Enjoy speakers and networking, followed by a get together at Big Grove Brewery. Registration is not open yet, watch for updates!

PolioPlus Donation Matching: Longtime Dubuque Rotary Club member and polio survivor Jon Luckstead, is matching District 5970 PolioPlus gifts through June 30, 2021. Jon will match all gifts dollar for dollar up to $25,000. Along with that, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching PolioPlus gifts two to one. Questions? Reach out to Don Meyer, District 5970 Foundation Chair.

Russell Hampton
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