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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 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!

Thank you to Roger and Marge Schlaefer for their generous $7,500 donation to the Blessman Ministries for the enviro-loo toilets in South Africa.   What a incredible act of generosity from Roger and Marge!

On June 9, 2016, Chris Garrett, Tournament Director for the 2017 Solheim Cup joined the Waukee Rotary Club.   The Solheim Cup will be held at Des Moines Golf and Country Club from August 14-20, 2017.    Chris said they are expecting 175,000-200,000 spectators over the 6 days the tournament will be held.   He said the tournament is an exciting event showcasing the top women golfers from the United States and Europe.   Thank you Chris for speaking to our Club!

This morning, John Griffiths, with Wright Outdoor Solutions spoke to the Waukee Rotary Club.    John did say that the Emerald Ash Borer insect will be a problem in Iowa, especially in the next 3-4 years.    He did say that there is a pesticide that does work, however it can be pricey depending on the size of the trees you are treating.    Along with other information he gave, he did say that if you plan on planting a tree, consult with an arborist before you plant that tree.   

This summer, Waukee Rotary will have 4 students attending the RYLA conference in July at Grinnell College.     The students are Unnati Kayastha, Olivia Gagnon, Kaiwal Patel and Jared Johnson.   We hope they have a great time at the conference!