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Don't forget - Grant Management Seminars are happening in April !  You must attend one to quality for a District or global grant. Make room in your schedule to attend one of two GMS (Grant Management Seminars) this spring that will educate and qualify you and your club to receive grant funding for your great projects. New this year we will offer a recertification class. If you have attended a GMS in 2014-2015 (either in Marion or at the District Conference at Okoboji), you are qualified for this class.  This is only for previous attendees and is not transferable. You will receive a special invitation for this class if you qualify. This year’s classes will be offered in person or over the internet (this must be viewed interactively and will not be shown at a future date.)  The Grant Management Seminars are scheduled for:

Mason City Friday April 22nd at the Mason City Library: 

                                  Recertification Class 1 pm - 2 pm 

                                  GMS Seminar  2:15 pm - 4 pm 

Marion/ Cedar Rapids Saturday April 30th at the Marion Public Library:

                                  Recertification Class 1 pm - 2 pm 

                                  GMS Seminar 2:15 pm - 4 pm

​Register online at:  https://rotaryseminars.org/



The Rotary Clubs of the Cedar Valley invite you to attend the District 5970 District Celebration, May 6 & 7 in the rejuvenated Waterloo Downtown. The weekend will kick off with a Carnival style atmosphere at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

Register now for our District Celebration by clicking the link below. You may pay by credit card or send in a check.
Check out the events and register here:  5970districtcelebration.org/

Our Rotary Year ends on June 30.  Annual contributions will be credited to clubs and individuals for this year, if received in time.  Plan your efforts for donations by the end of May for RI to process the many year-end gifts to the Foundation.
Please read the District 5970 Foundation First newsletter here


Welcome to District 5970! 

It is my pleasure to serve as District Governor for the year 2015-2016. Our Rotary International president for this year is Ravi Ravindran from Sri Lanka. Ravi’s theme is: “Be a Gift to The World”.  The District Leaders are here to help Rotarians and Clubs be just that.  

Although many of Rotary’s Goals are the same,  end polio, provide clean water and sanitation, improve health, prevent conflicts and promote peace, we as Rotarians can bring new gifts to the world by working together with young and old to promote Rotary in every aspect of our lives.  We will honor our long standing traditions and make them stronger by incorporating the necessary changes of our times.  We will pursue the diversity needed to make Rotary stronger than ever and embrace the gifts that new Rotarians bring to every club.  We will invite our friends and family to partake in these gifts and together our District will indeed be a treasured “Gift To The World”.
I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in our District and wish you a most successful Rotary year.
Joe Gitta 
​District Governor


RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is asking Rotary members to be gifts to the world during his term in office.
“One of the reasons I work so much for Rotary is that I have been helped by so many people, and often you never have a chance to reciprocate,” he explains. “The only way you can is by helping others. When the people I help ask me, ‘What can I do?’ I say, ‘Go and help someone else in return.’” For Ravindran, paying it forward isn’t a fad, it’s a way of life. His theme for this Rotary year, Be a Gift to the World, also summarizes his personal philosophy.
Read more here

Each month a new message from RI President Ravi will be available...

REGINA MUTIRU PETER, 30, of Nairobi, Kenya has become the first District 5970 Rotary Peace Fellow. Regina was awarded a fellowship to the University of Bradford (England where she will study African Peace and Conflict Studies. Here is a recent update from her Rotary adventure:
Greetings to you all, hope this finds you well. I am excited to inform you that I arrived in Bradford on 10th September and I already enrolled ready for studies next week so I have settled in well. The weather here is cold for me comparing it with my countries weather but I will manage. Today we had a luncheon at one of the local Rotarian home and they opened their garage for us the peace fellows to pick items we may use in our apartments (very kind of them). Here is a photo of us together at the luncheon (8 of us and Ken our local Rotary coordinator) Will send a photo of all of us together when we take one.
Thanks very much for your support and for accepting to be my district!
Regina Mutiru

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 2016-2017 are in this brochure.