Rotary Club of Waukee

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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
United States
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Saturday night in Des Moines: Des Moines area Rotary clubs partnered with the Iowa Energy to raise funds and awareness to End Polio! What a great way to support polio and have a great time! Thanks to Ed Arnold and ALL the Rotarians who participated.

This morning, we had the pleasure of listening to Mark Hanson talk about the recent caucus, Dallas County growth, and the "Stepping On" program. As a leader at his precinct, it was interesting to hear Mark's perspective on the Iowa caucus. The process ran smoothly at his location, even though more than twice the amount of citizens appeared than was expected. In addition, Mark is on the Dallas County Board of Supervisors. He shared that the population increased to more than 40,000 people in the last 15 years. With this growth comes many renovations and additions to county buildings and services. To wrap up his presentation, Mark gave us tips to use or share that can prevent seniors over 65 years of age from falling. He is a certified trainer for the "Stepping On" program which helps seniors learn exercise tricks to prevent falling and other incidents (e.g. Tai Chi exercise). Mark provided us with thought-provoking information, and we appreciate the time he took out of his busy life to come speak with us.

We welcomed Tom Henricksen, career coach, this morning. Whether you're looking to enter the workforce or looking to change jobs, we suggest reading Tom's book titled "Cracking the Career Code". He stressed the importance of considering the three P's while job hunting: passion, perform, and profit. Tom did a great job highlighting main points throughout his presentation, making the information useful for everyone. The Rotary Club of Waukee was so happy to have Tom as a guest speaker!

With the Iowa Caucus quickly approaching, Rod Peterson shared great information about meeting politicians and politics in the news. "It's very cool knowing the future leader of our country is sitting in the same room." WHO TV takes pride in sharing local news for their viewers from the YMCA, library, chambers, and other local citizens as well. We appreciate the work and effect WHO puts into their stories to keep our community up-to-date. Thank you for giving us the inside scoop Rod!

During Foundation Month (November 2015) members contributed $3,100 to the Rotary Foundation as a result:
  • Six new Paul Harris Fellows:
    • Dave Driscoll
    • John Eldred
    • Tim Moerman
    • Erna Morain
    • Matt Olson
    • Terry Welker
  • Four individuals reached the next level of Paul Harris Fellowship
    • Erna Morain:  Level II
    • John Wemer:  Level III
    • Dr. Jim Blessman: Level IV
    • Matt Corwin: Level V
These members were recognized at the January 26th meeting.   

The Waukee Rotary started off the morning with Drew Harden, President and Co-founder of Blue Compass. He shared great tips on website design and digital marketing; one of which was to "ensure your website is mobile friendly and loads quickly". With the new year comes new technology, and he gave us thought-provoking predictions. We are so grateful to Drew for sharing his knowledge and energetic spirit with us!

Excitement of the Holiday season continues with Waukee High School's varsity choir! Rotarians enjoyed singing along to classic Christmas carols sung by the varsity choir, A Cappella. A Cappella is a nationally recognized vocal group that was selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association earlier this year. Needless to say, we are thrilled they could sing for us this morning.

Just a reminder that there will be no regular Club Meetings on December 24th and 31st.    Have a happy Holidays with Friends and Family

On Saturday, December 12th, Waukee Rotarians participated in the Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell Ringing at the Waukee Hy-Vee.   

Waukee Rotarians were updated on the 8th annual Iowa Energy Polio Plus Night this morning. Cheer on the Iowa Energy basketball team Saturday February 6th at 7pm. Get tickets from your Polio Plus Committee Member at your local Rotary Club for $16. $8 of every ticket will be donated back for polio eradication. So far, Rotary has raised $67,000 towards eliminating polio! Keep up the great work Rotarians, and don't forget to invite all your family and friends to this fun event!

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