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Posted by Erna Morain on Apr 15, 2014

Join us on Tuesday, April 15th from 5-6:30PM for the Waukee Rotary Social at the Embassy Club West in West Des Moines.

Posted by Erna Morain on Apr 12, 2014

Donate any amount. Your Dollars will benefit Rotary projects in our communities and world wide! 

Posted by Erna Morain on Apr 12, 2014

The Rotary Club of Waukee’s 2014 Auction and Wine-Tasting event was held on Saturday, April 12 at Shottenkirk Chevrolet in Waukee. Club President Erna Morain welcomed guests to the event on behalf of all the 63 members and thanked Rotarians, area individuals and businesses for their donations for the live and silent auction. Guests enjoyed live music by Larry Berenguel,  Hors d'oeuvres and Desserts which were prepared by the award-winning Waukee High School ProStart students. All the money raised will benefit the many Rotary projects in our communities and world wide.


Posted by Erna Morain on Apr 03, 2014

On Thursday, April 3rd we had Matt Wille, the CEO of Dallas County Hospital, speak to Waukee Rotary at the YMCA Healthy Living Center in Clive. Over the years, Dallas County Hospital has continued to focus on providing the highest quality healthcare to the people we serve through their knowledgeable staff and physicians, up-to-date facility and modern equipment. Their mission statement is, “To improve the health of the people we serve”, and their vision is “Partnering to deliver quality healthcare now and into the future through passionate caregivers with open arms.”

Wille stated that the Dallas County Hospital ranks in the 99th percentile in out patient experience.They do not just want to be a hospital, they wish to be a place to help with prevention, somewhere that provides an open and welcoming atmosphere etc. It is a new modern and clean hospital located on 610 10th St, Perry, IA 50220. A very important factor Matt told everyone to remember about the DCH is that their patients always will know ahead of time how much out of pocket money they will have to pay for their visit or surgery. The Dallas County Hospital cares about the patients and their situation.
 
Thank you to Matt Wille for coming and speaking to Waukee Rotarians about his job and the hospital he works for!
 
Morgan McLaughiln
Posted by Erna Morain on Mar 27, 2014

On Thursday March 27, the Waukee Rotary had Chris Jones speak about the Vision Soccer Academy, also known as VSA. This academy began in 1996 with over 700 member families. VSA provides soccer development opportunities for nearly 1,100 players every year. These players come from all across the state of Iowa including Grimes, Waukee, Urbandale, Johnston, Van Meter, Clive, and West Des Moines. VSA offers four different leagues a child can play in. This consists of a developmental league for 3 and 4 year olds, recreational for U5-U19, academy for U9-U10 and select for U11-U19.

Jones introduced the new VSA soccer complex that will soon be coming to the Waukee area. This is an area of soccer fields on 18.5 acres of land that will be located right in town next to the newest Waukee Elementary School, Timberline. There will be one main field with turf and stadium lights, dozens of additional grass soccer fields, a track, multi-purpose building with restrooms and concession stands and plenty of parking for all events that might be hosted there. VSA chose to build this new soccer complex to help encourage soccer development, be able to host more tournaments, create a soccer destination for the Waukee Community and to help meet the needs for sports facilities in the Waukee area.

Thank you to Chris Jones for coming to Waukee Rotary and sharing your knowledge and the newest information about the Vision Soccer Academy with our Rotarians!
 Morgan McLaughlin
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Today at Waukee Rotary we had Tivon Feeley, the Forest Health Program Leader at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, speak with us about ash trees and the arrival of the emerald ash borer. What is this insect you ask? It is a green insect that is a primary invader who attacks ash trees and kills other healthy trees as well. It was first seen in Summer of 2002, and has been a big infestation problem ever since. But how do you know if you have the larva in your trees? There are many signs. If you see a split in the tree, that is a big indicator. If you peel off the bark, you can really get a good look to see if it is present or not. Underneath the bark there will be "S" shaped trails that the borer makes to make its presence known. One other sign to look for is white spots in the bark. These spots are left by woodpeckers who eat the larva that are living in the ash tree.
 
The emerald ash borer problem seems to keep getting bigger and bigger. There are a few solutions out there to get rid of them and save your ash trees, however they can be unpredictable and pricey. Feeley discussed how this insect is spreading over the country so fast, and the answer is through infested firewood, logs and trees. It has gotten so bad, there has been boundaries set up throughout the country that says people can't bring firewood across it. A lot of people are doing they're best to try and limit the problem but unfortunately we still have a long way to go.
 
Thank you to Tivon Feeley and his VERY interesting presentation about the emerald ash borer. He made a lot of Rotarians aware of a very serious problem occurring right now in the U.S. 

Morgan McLaughlin

Posted by Erna Morain on Feb 20, 2014

Behindthe Scenes at the State Dinner for Vice President Xi Jinping.

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Many Waukee Rotarians and their families/friends, got a twofer on Saturday night(February 8th, 2014) and the chance to support Polio Plus. Waukee Rotary made a great showing at both the Iowa Energy basketball victory (85-82) at Wells Fargo Arena and the Metro Rotary Friends and Family event at the Iowa Hall of Pride which preceded the game. 


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Today, January 30th , 2014,  we had Theresa Liewer, from the Iowa Genealogical Society, speak to Waukee Rotary. The Iowa Genealogical Society is active in promoting family history, education, and the preservation of records vital in the search for your ancestors. The Society’s mission is to create and foster an interest in genealogy and to aid others in researching their family history.(iowagenealogy.org). It is a system that  really allows people to dive deep in their family's past. It is supported by memberships and donations. The IGS also offers beginning genealogy classes.

Liewer stated that, "There are no such things as family secrets, there are just things they don't talk about." People might think their family kept a secret from them by what they find, but in reality, their family just didn't even talk about it. There are so many amazing ways someone can trace their ancestors footsteps to find out how they came to be where they are today. The Iowa Genealogy Society does this by the use of the census, military records, wills, civil war records and much more.  
 
So many new and wonderful things can be found out through the IGS. People can be astonished by what they might end up finding. You will never know until you try! Thank you to our speaker, Theresa Liewer, and to the IGS for providing everyone with the opportunity to explore further into family history.
 
Morgan McLaughlin
Posted by Erna Morain on Jan 16, 2014

Bright and early on this wonderful Thursday morning(Jan. 16), we had Dr. Dave Wilkerson speak to us about the Waukee Bond Referendum and what he sees for Waukee moving forward. Waukee has about 8,200 students enrolled throughout the entire school district. This consist of seven elementary schools (eighth is in planning), one fifth grade building, two middle schools, one ninth grade building and one high school. Waukee is growing so fast, administrators and staff are having a hard time trying to keep up with it! With that said, for ten consecutive years, enrollment in Waukee schools has grown by an average of 470 students per year. Each year that number will continue to surprise everyone.
 
One main focus for the Waukee School District that Dr. Wilkerson shared with us was the soon to come CAPS Program for high school juniors and seniors. CAPS stands for Center for Advanced Professional Studies, and it gives students the opportunity to explore professions of interest through a problem-based, inquiry-learning method. What CAPS does is partner with local businesses to allow students to experience real life work in their department of interest. There will be roughly 12-15 students per class with one teacher help guide them through the process. It is something that almost every student will want to be a part of.
 
Thank you to Waukee Superintendent, Dr. Dave Wilkerson, for sharing information with us about the upcoming developments Waukee sees in the very near future.
 
 
Morgan McLaughlin
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Join our Club!

Becoming part of Rotary is a fantastic way to network with other business and community professionals while at the same time serving your community by putting Service Above Self.  If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Erna Morain, President 2013-14 at morain4rotary@gmail.com or Craig Thompson at Craig.Thompson@RyanCompanies.com or 515-309-8512. 

 

Posted by Morgan McLaughlin

At the Waukee Rotary we had Bill Northey, the Secretary of Agriculture, share a little bit of background of agriculture and how important it is to keep up with it. Agriculture is more important than a lot of people think. Northey talked about how the demand of crops, such as corn, goes up as the population number continues to rise as well. 
Today, there are about 7 billion people in the world. Northey estimated that number to be at about 9 billion in the next 30-40 years. This means the crops need to be able to keep up and provide enough food for those billions of families. He mentioned that if just Iowa alone were a country, it would be the fourth largest corn producing country in the world. Northey believes it is an honor to be a part of the great agriculture business in this world, because it is today and forever will be a family operation.

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Posted by Morgan McLaughlin

        On Friday, November 1st, I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the beginning of the Alice's Road Corridor Project in Waukee. This is a big step for the Waukee Community because the numbers within it keep increasing, which causes the city to expand as well. With the expansion of the city comes some expansions of developmental projects, Alice's Road being the biggest at this time.
        
I feel extremely honored to have had the experience to be at this event as an intern with the Rotary because it really opened my eyes to how much our community works together to accomplish one goal. I had a great time meeting new people that included Senator Harkin, Senator Grassley and Mayor Peard. From attending this event, I realized how many people work so hard and put forth so much to make sure the Waukee Community is the best it can be.

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