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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Waukee!

We meet Thursdays at 6:45 AM
Des Moines Golf & Country Club
1600 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA  50266
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On May 26, Molly Hansen, Executive Director of the Iowa Rivers Revival, joined the Waukee Rotary Club.   The Iowa Rivers Revival's mission is to help Iowans restore, protect, and enjoy our rivers.   Iowa Rivers Revival is committed to education and action on river and water quality issues in Iowa.   Iowa River Revival's legislative priorities are to: 
- Establish an Iowa River Restoration Program to provide funds, criteria, guidelines, training, and expertise to begin natural river restoration in Iowa.  
- Strengthen Iowa's Low-Head Dam Mitigation and Water Trails Program to make Iowa rivers safer and even more enjoyable.
- Enact a 3/8-cent sales tax to fund the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.   In 2010, 64% of Iowans voted to establish the Trust Fund to enhance Iowa's natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities. 
Thank you Molly for speaking to the Rotary Club!

On May 19th, The Rotary Club of Waukee welcomed Daphne Dickens with the American Diabetes Association to the club.   Daphne let us know that there are over 300,000 Iowans living with Diabetes and a quarter of them don't even know they have it.    She also said that there are over 800,000 Iowans living with Pre-Diabetes, and 9 out of 10 of them don't even know they have Pre-Diabetes.   She also said that there have been great advances in the research of Diabetes and hopes that in the next decade, we will be close at finding a cure to Diabetes.    Thank you Daphne for visiting our Club!!

Thank you to all those Waukee Rotarians and their children who came out to do Roadside Clean-up on 5/15/16!!   It was a beautiful day to be outside cleaning up the ditches.   We are Keeping America Beautiful!!!

On May 12th, Kristine Larson, Director of the Waukee Public Library, joined us.   She told us that the library serves 350 patrons a day and annually there are 180,000 items that are checked out from the library.   The service area of the library is approximately 40,000 residents.  
At this meeting, The Rotary Club also presented the Library a check for sponsoring the Summer Reading Program at the Library.    The Library expects 2,000 youth will take part in this years' Summer Reading Program.   The Rotary Club is proud to sponsor a great program that will keep youths excited about reading over the summer!

On May 5th, Dr. Jim Blessman gave us an update of his work in Africa.   Dr. Blessman spends a lot of time over in Africa and is very proud of the work they have accomplished so far.   He also updated us on a couple of the projects that Rotary is involved with.   With the water project, there are 8 wells that are done, with 2 more that will be completed in June.   With the toilet project, they are in the middle of the 1st build with a 21 toilet building at one of their local schools.   They expect that 1st build to be completed in July.   Thank you Dr. Blessman for giving us an update on your work in Africa!

Congratulations to Steve Sandahl for being recognized with the Paul Harris Fellows program!

President of Iowa Realty, Brennan Buckley, gave an excellent presentation this morning about the company Iowa Realty, the housing market, and different ways to shop for a home. The main purpose of Iowa Realty, the number one broker in the state, is to bring buyers and sellers together. In addition to that basic purpose, Buckley mentioned Iowa Realty is emotionally invested in their clients. This is evident in their recently adopted mission statement.
Mr. Buckley also shared that the way people shop for homes is evolving. More families are looking towards the internet and the mobile app now rather than the newspaper, though there are still listings in the paper. Approximately 60,000 people use the Iowa Realty app to shop for homes. This may be because the housing market is improving. The Des Moines metro "will continue to win" and the market will gradually become more mobile friendly.
Similar to the Rotary, Iowa Realty is dedicated to service. They donate to several deserving causes such as Variety, Habitat for Humanity, and United Way. Just last year they donated $2,300,000 to Blank Children's Hospital! We are proud to be a part of a community that is so dedicated to serving others.

Thank you to all Rotarians for making this year's Auction a huge success again!     There are more photos in the Photo Library on the homepage.    

The Brewer Family Farm has all hands on deck as the weather starts to warm up! This family business was named the 2015 Waukee Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. It's great to hear how passionate Joe Brewer is about his farm and the well-being of his cattle. Keep an eye out for Brewer Family Farm beef brats, steaks, and roasts at the local Hy-Vee and other farmers markets.

We were joined this morning by Dr. Dave Wilkerson, superintendent of the Waukee School District. He's led the fastest growing school district in the state for 25 years, and recently announced his resignation set for January 2017. As of late, Waukee has approximately 10,000 students and 700 teachers in the district. Under his guidance, the overall student success rate is the highest it's ever been and well above state averages (for example, 60% of 5th graders scored above the 90th percentile on the annual Iowa Assessments).
Waukee High School has also excelled in both athletics and the music program. Last year, the Des Moines register named Waukee All-Sports Champions. This title is awarded to a high school that achieves success throughout all athletic programs. The band and choral music programs are nationally recognized at Waukee. In the next couple days, Jazz Band will be defending their championship title at State competition.
Among other topics of conversation, Dr. Wilkerson's plans for after retirement were brought to the table. He would like to work in education for a few more years until retirement. Currently, there is a college pursuing Dr. Wilkerson and his teaching ability. He's also considering a position at the capitol. We know he'll be of great help wherever he goes.
As Dr. Dave Wilkerson finished his presentation, our club joined in a standing ovation to honor the outstanding work he has put into the Waukee School District. We are sad to see him go, but we couldn't be more pleased with the progress he has made for Waukee Schools.