Rotarian Craig Thompson spoke to the club today about Ryan Companie’s Jordan West development currently in process in West Des Moines. Jordan West is a 37.2 acre development west of Jordan Creek Parkway. Craig walked us through the original plan of the development and now what the current plans look like. Thanks Craig for giving us an overview of the development!
Waukee 8-9 Interact officially began on February 27th. At that meeting, the group quickly came up with a list of service projects they wanted to do for the community. They decided they wanted to move their next meeting up and do their first service project. So, on March 6th, they did their first service project which was making toys for animals for Furry Friends. One of our students delivered the toys to Furry Friends in honor of Interact. Great job Interact Club!!
The Rotary Club will not hold it's annual meeting on Thursday, June 8th. Instead, the club encourages all members to attend a regional water meeting that will be held on Friday, June 9th at the Hilton Garden Inn in West Des Moines. At this water meeting, there will be a panel of speakers there to discuss the water quality here in Iowa and around the world.
More information to come soon!!
On Saturday, April 22nd 2017, Waukee Rotarians and friends picked up litter along the roadside of Ashworth Road from Maple Church to L.A. Grand Parkway. Roadside Clean-ups are scheduled twice a year (spring and fall) early on Saturday morning. It’s great fellowship and a great service to our community. Overall the ditches were fairly clean, with a few exceptions. For the Waukee Rotary Interact members: Colin, Anna, Margaux and Miranda, the best part about today was “being a part of this wonderful group of people, and helping with the clean up of this road that we travel every day. It was nice to make a difference and to even find a golden arrow lying in the weeds. Earth day was a great day for this”.
April 20th, one of our members, Dr. Blessman spoke to us about Blessman International. The organization has done various projects in South Africa. They mainly help support the children of villages by providing housing, food, medical care and other needs. Dr. Blessman also shared with us the upcoming trip they plan to take for teaching the people how to grow vegetables, how to farm fish and other training to help them prosper economically as well. They have done great work building churches, new toilet systems and making sure these people have what they need. Thank you Dr. Blessman for sharing and we wish you the best on your next trip!
On the 13th of April Jami Haberl, the Executive Director of Iowa Healthiest State Initiative visited the club. She has a master’s in public health and healthcare administration from Des Moines University and a Bachelor’s of science in community health education from Iowa State University. Jami shared with us some reasons why obesity has grown over time. Such as more families eat out, increase in plate size and people walk less with the options that are available for transportation today. Iowa Healthiest State Initiative is trying to engage Iowans and inspire them to improve their health and happiness. Thank you for sharing this important matter with the club!
On April 3, Waukee Mayor Bill Peard declared that April 11, 2017 is Rotary Foundation Day!!
On April 6th, Tim Rundlett from Earl May spoke to the club about his vast knowledge of plants, lawn care and everything in between. Rotarians got to ask questions for a portion of the time as well and Tim with over 40 years of experience could give them the best solution to their problems. Thank you Tim for stopping by!
Members of the Waukee Rotary Club got an up close taste of the Apex Program at the Wilc building in Waukee on Thursday, March 30th with a briefing about the program by Associate Superintendent, Kirk Johnson. After breakfast, club members were taken in small groups lead by students of the Apex program to tour the building and learn about the many educational opportunities it offers for students, educators and business partners.
On March 23rd, Barb Morse, Jason Schmitt and Tasha Hill spoke to the Waukee Rotary Club about the organization of Engineers Without Borders. They mainly spoke about the project H2O for Ullo, which is a small Village in Ghana. Their mission is to help create boreholes that they will engineer for the village to have clean accessible water. This is a great organization ISU has and we look forward to seeing what great things they accomplish! Thank you for sharing what you do Barb, Jason and Tasha!