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Upcoming Events
March 2017

Less than 40 children were paralyzed by polio last year - the lowest number in history.  Today the virus is limited to areas in only three countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. This is exciting news!!  Help us raise funds to support the End Polio Now campaign!  >> March 25, 6PM, Isle Casino Hotel - Waterloo.

"Outpouring for Polio" is a craft beer and wine tasting event for a cause.  In the spirit of the Four Way Test, "Is It Fair to all Concerned?", each club that chooses to participate and sell tickets will get credit for the net proceeds as Foundation contributions.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door  available online at www.ticketing.today

See more at the EVENT     Download a flyer for Club Promotions here
Celebration and Inspiration!  
Two words to describe this year's district conference, to be held April 28-29 at the Hilton Garden Inn  in Cedar Falls.  
Over 200 Rotarians are expected, and will hear speakers like Brad Howard, Rotary International Director from California; Dr. Mark Nook, President of University of Northern Iowa; Taylor Burgart, telling us how RYLA changed his life.  
We will also attend a performance of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony at the beautiful Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.  
You can register at:   www.rotaryseminars.org.   Register before March 15th and receive a special gift from DG Jim Coloff. You're encouraged to Bring A Friend, especially someone who has never attended a District Conference before.  There will be plenty of entertainment and social time to share with those you bring.
District Calendar alerts (not all events are listed below. See Calendar.):
March 25: OUTPOURING for Polio Details are below and on our calendar
March 31: District Club Excellence Award deadline.  The application is on this Home Page, lower left side.
April 1, 8: Grant Training for Clubs.  April 1 (Waverly), April 8 (Webester City). Click Here and scroll to April. Register for one of 4 events
April 7: Art and Soul Chair-ity Event. New Hampton.  See Calendar date for details. Here. 
New in 2017:  "Young" RYLA! Look for details about the second YRYLA week at Grinnell College, July 23-28, for current 7 & 8th grade students. Follow RYLA registration process deadlines on the District Calendar. Go to our Youth > RYLA webpage.  Find YRYLA at the top.
Another RYLA is in the works – this one for middle school students and we’re calling it Young RYLA. It came to be after we heard time and again from RYLA graduates, "I wish I’d had this sooner," and "This would be great for my little brother (or sister). So after three years of the planning, we’re ready to open our first YRYLA.
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RYLA and Young RYLA Club Reservations are due January 15

March 31 is final discount deadline for June 10-14 Convention 

Pre-registration final discount ends March 31. Our District has about 50 registered...let's get to 100 for the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation!  For information and registration go to http://www.riconvention.org/en/atlanta. Check "Accommodations" for hotels with shuttle bus service.  View President John Germ's video invitation here

Many events are planned on the Convetion website.  Also...

Nonstop flight still open. A nonstop flight from Cedar Rapids to Atlanta is available to District 5970 Rotarians attending the International Convention. The flight will leave Cedar Rapids at 11:15 a.m. June 10, arriving in Atlanta at 2:18 p.m. The return flight leaves Atlanta at 9:40 a.m. June 15 and arrives in Cedar Rapids at 10:39 a.m. Cost is $457.60 per person. For more information and to book the flight, contact Ruth Smith at ruth@rrtravel.biz or call (641) 228-1235. 

Join our District Foundation team for Grant Management Training.  This is required to apply for a Grant
Click here for the District Calendar and select April.  Chose one of 4 seminars: April 1 in Waverly. April 8 in Webster City.  Register as a Guest or Member, for the first-time Seminar or the re-certification Seminar. Questions? Contact any Foundation Committee member, or Michelle Bell. 
Reminder: Applications for District Grants are due June 15.    
Rotary.org has a new look!   The public areas (before you login) are new.   Click on "Read More" to see information from RI President John Germ.
About a year ago we started implementing what we call our "5th Tuesday Service Projects". In every month with 5 Tuesdays, we have an evening meeting which revolves around some type of service project. 

On November 29, Decorah Rotary made 50 care packages for the 50 service personnel from our local Army reserve unit, currently stationed in Kuwait. These boxes held items such as beef jerky, magazines, movies, nuts and snacks, chewing gum, homemade baked goods, and hand written letters from elementary and middle school children. 

Rotarian Ward Budweg's son, John, had been on two tours overseas, so helped us with what is most appreciated. He also spoke at the meeting, expressing what the packages from home truly mean to those away from their families. It was very touching. Submitted by Kelly Reagan
The March District 5970 Foundation First Newsletter is here
The old saying, March comes in like a Lion may be fitting as we enter a super busy time of the Rotary year.  We still have all the momentum behind us but we still have to finish the race and fundraising for Polio Plus is no different.  Get ready for Outpouring for Polio, as the District helps you reach your fundraising goals and provides a time of fellowship connecting all the clubs in our district. 
No fooling, Grant Management Seminars (GMS) begin on April 1st. GMS are a REQUIREMENT for your club to apply for a District or Global Grant for the 2017-2018 Rotary year. There is no cost for this class. There will be a second set of classes offered on April 8th in Webster City. These courses will be offered in person or online. If you attended a training last year you are eligible to attend the Re-Certification Seminars. Go to our Calendar here.  Scroll to April and choose one of the 4 events on April 1 or April 8.  Register as Guest, or Member (with a login). 
What a wonderful year to be a Rotarian!
by District Governor Jim Coloff - Rotary Club of Cedar Falls - Iowa 
I am honored to serve as District Governor of D-5970 during this Centennial Celebration year of the Rotary Foundation
We can be very proud of the outstanding support our district has given the Foundation during these 100 years.  We have been part of the $3,000,000,000 that has been contributed to worthwhile humanitarian projects by the Rotary Foundation.  What a great accomplishment, and what a great organization to be part of!  I challenge you to celebrate the Centennial by enhancing what you and your club are doing to support the Foundation’s work. 
I also challenge you to join me in living the theme of RI President, John Germ: Rotary Serving Humanity.  This year, we will serve humanity around the world through the work of the Foundation, and we will serve our community through the work of our local Rotary clubs.  
Each month a new message from the RI President will be available...
"Rotary Serving Humanity" starts inside our clubs!  
Our Rotary Presidential Citation and District 5970 Club Excellence award applications should be examined now, as the 2016-2017 year is underway.  
Be sure Club plans are aligned with these award criteria.  Download the two applications on the left side of this webpage. 
Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.  Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
RI President-elect Germ's Presidential Citation criteria for clubs during 2016-2017 are in this brochure.
Meet Rotary President John Germ.  This article is from The Rotarian magazine.
Excerpt: Germ supports flexibility in many Rotary matters. “Our clubs have always been organized around a meal. Lunch and dinner were part of our dues, and that system served us well. But society has changed,” he says. Rotary International is catching up by allowing clubs more leeway in when and how they meet. “How do we accommodate the 30-year-old businessperson raising a family? Well, for one thing, we could pay less attention to attendance,” he adds. “My question isn’t ‘How many meetings did you make?’ It’s ‘How are you making a difference in your community?' "
Read more here