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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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The Rotary Club of Waukee sponsored several Waukee High School students in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). The students attended the Thursday, August 18th Rotary meeting to provide a presentation about their experiences. RYLA is a life-changing leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

On August 11, Kevin Foley, Executive Director & General Manager of the Des Moines International Airport joined the Waukee Rotary Club.    He said that the Des Moines airport not only serves the Des Moines Metro, but the whole State of Iowa.    He also said that the airport serves nearly 2.5 million customers a year.   
Thank you Mr. Foley for joining us today!

Last night, August 3rd, DG Chris Knapp and his wife Vernette, attended our first board meeting of the new Rotary year. Club President Matt Olson and the board members presented a brief summary of the Rotary Club of Waukee’s activities and the goals for the 2016-17 Rotary year.
Today, August 4th, we were honored by the annual visit from our District Governor, Chris Knapp and his wife Vernette and new Assistant District Governor Erna Morain.  
The DG complimented our Club with the accomplishments and successes that we have accomplished by saying he wished he could bottle our accomplishments and enthusiasm to pass it along to other Rotary clubs.
Chris also spoke to us about Rotary International’s 2016-17 four objectives ( Polio Eradication, Membership, Foundation and Public Image) and finished by inviting all Rotarians to attend the District and International Conventions in 2017.
All in all it was a great meeting which should challenge us to improve even more this year. 

Hopeful Africa founder Moses Bomett was the speaker today at our Waukee Rotary Club.     Moses lived in Kenya for 12 years before his family moved to Iowa when he was 14. It didn’t take long after the move for him to realize that the educational opportunities he found in the United States were ones that just didn’t exist for many children in Africa. That’s when Hopeful Africa was born – when Moses was a student at Valley High School in West Des Moines.
Moses is the founder of Hopeful Africa, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships, as well as books and computers to schools in Africa that desperately need assistance.
To learn more about Hopeful Africa go to: www.hopefulafrica.org

On July 21st, Jayne Armstrong with the Iowa Small Business Administration joined the Waukee Rotary Club.    Jayne started with the SBA last year and she said it was clear that the SBA needed to be more visible in the state.   The SBA works with lenders and small businesses to help them get their business started and growing.   She said that Apple, Nike, Intel, Cabela's, Under Armour, and many other large businesses started with help from the SBA.    Thanks Jayne for joining us!

On July 14th, fellow Rotarian Dan Dutcher spoke to the club about current and future development that is happening around the City of Waukee.    It was great hearing from Dan about some of the exciting projects that are in progress!!

Mary Gordon, a retired high school principal and former christian education director was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Waukee today. 
Mary spoke about the mission of the Young Women’s Resource Center and the programs and events that they support for young women struggling with self-esteem issues, bullying, relationships and a lack of confidence.  The YWRC support young women as they face difficult situations and work to “be the best you can be”.
For more information contact http://www.ywrc.org    

At the June 30th meeting, Waukee Rotary presented a check for $1,500 to Courage League Sports in support of their Summer Camp.   The Rotary Club is proud to help such an outstanding organization!

At the June 30th meeting of the Waukee Rotary Club, outgoing Club President Craig Thompson passed the gavel to incoming Club President Matt Olson. 
Matt introduced the 2016-17 board members and committee chairs .
Congratulations  Matt and thank you Craig for your excellent service to the club!

At the June 30th meeting of the Waukee Rotary Club, incoming president Matt Olson announced and recognized the Rotarian of the year, Joyce Wheeler, for her distinguished service, loyalty and devotion to Rotary and our Club.  
Congratulations Joyce for your excellent service to the club!