Imagine This!  Newsletter
Dear Rotarians,
As I write this newsletter Kris and I will be leaving tomorrow for an exciting adventure at the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia.  We’re reminded of another exciting adventure we had at another convention—our District Conference last April 21-22. 
Our Waverly Rotary Club and our conference planning committee are so grateful for the 130 Rotarians who attended the conference.  Special thanks to all of you!  Thirty-five of our 49 clubs were represented at the conference—71%!  That made the idea exchanges we had for fundraising and making meetings fun so much more valuable.  And thanks to our District Membership Committee who gave us 30 membership ideas in 30 minutes.
We were honored to recognize one of our own with the coveted Service Above Self Award—Rotary’s highest honor.  PDG Dick Moeller from the Waverly Club is this year’s recipient.  RI bestowed this honor on only 100 Rotarians this year.  In other words, only one in every 14,000 Rotarians received this recognition.  Congratulations to Dick.  Thank you for several decades of dedicated service to others!
No district conference is complete without our Rotary Youth Exchange students.  They were such good greeters and singers!  Thanks to John and Rebeccas Schultz, Maripili Hassman, Shari Stoll and the RYE Team for bringing these wonderful Rotary Ambassadors to the conference and enriching our experience.       
 We hope all were inspired by our three phenomenal speakers.  Dr. Bill Withers kicked off the conference with his high-energy and entertaining presentation called “Shift Happens!”  Bill showed us what to expect as we live in this post-pandemic world, and what it means to move FORWARD to normal. 
Then David Forward shared his heartwarming stories of service to Rotary he discovered during his research for writing the history of Rotary International and the history of The Rotary Foundation.  RI asked him to write these histories. His presentation was entitled "How Do YOU Imagine Rotary?”  If you didn’t come home grateful to be a Rotarian, you were sleeping during his talk.   
Our final speaker lifted up Rotary’s theme of empowering women by sharing her challenges in serving as a TV anchorwoman, in her presentation entitled “Being Unapologetically Real in a Filtered World.”  Amanda Goodman captured our attention in her very candid portrayal of the challenges women face in that industry today.  Her words of encouragement moved us all. 
Thanks again to all who attended!  Here are a few highlights in pictures.
Dennis Jordan and His                     Seven District Governors in one picture!
Membership Panel
It was a happy Happy Hour!                            The bright smiles of our RYE students!
A fun breakout session on making meetings fun!
Service Above Self Award honoree Dick Moeller at center, with his wife Linda, and his three sons Andy, Paul and Stephen, who flew in to surprise their Dad!
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Flight To End Polio Takes Off!
After three years of preparation Rotarian Peter Teahen (District 5970 Rotarian) and John Ockenfels (District 6000 Rotarian) took off on May 3 to launch their Flight to End Polio—a three-month journey around the world in a single engine plane!  Those of you who attended the District Conference heard details about the flight from Peter Teahen.  Indeed there is a risk in this adventure, especially flying across the Pacific Ocean.  Peter and John are putting their lives at risk to help save children they will never know from the dreaded disease of polio. Each of them even lost 40 pounds to allow for the extra weight of fuel needed.  All funds raised go to the End Polio Now campaign.  All costs associated with the flight are covered personally by Peter and John. 
They’ve arranged for 25 fundraising stops during their around-the-world flight.  I encourage you to join me in adding your support and encouragement to Peter and John by donating to their cause at . 
The two pilots intend to land on Sunday, July 30, at the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) in Cedar Rapids at 9:00 am.  To celebrate the event, the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) are holding a Pancake Breakfast at the airport.  You’re all invited!  If you are interested in serving at the event, please contact Kevin Powell, EAA 33 President, at 319-540-2680 or at .  I plan to be there.  What a celebration it will be!
Peter Teahen with his medical doctor and John Ockenfels.  That’s a small airplane! 
Yours in Rotary,
Don Meyer
District Governor 2022-23