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Indianola Country Club
1610 Country Club Road
Indianola, IA  50125
United States of America
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Rotary Club of Indianola's Michael Kleene asked if our club would be willing to support The Helping Hand by collecting food items. When the answer was yes, he added, "would you be willing to collect food items during the 2019 National Balloon Classic Parade"?

Again the answer was yes and an idea turned into a project.  Posters were created and distributed around town with boxes for people to drop off food items, in case they would not be at the parade on July 27th.  Social media advertising was used to bring awareness of the project to the community.  

As members of the Rotary Club gathered to participate in the parade, the mood was one of "we hope to get some food items" but more important to bring attention to The Helping Hand needs.

As the parade started, members walked along side a vehicle and immediately began receiving donations from people lining the streets.  Comments of "OH, I left mine on the kitchen table"  or "I wished I'd known about this sooner" were heard from spectators throughout the parade route.

In the end, 300 food items were collected.  A very successful project from a single idea.

The food items needed at Helping Hand change from time to time.  Visit their website or their Facebook page to learn more about The Helping Hand and the ways they serve our community's individuals and families.

So, does it end there?   NO!

The Rotary Board voted to continue supporting The Helping Hand by asking for donations during the High School Homecoming Parade and the Warren County Log Cabin Days Parade, both in September.  Plans are to continue with the same three parades in 2020.  Watch for additional details before each of the selected parades by following the Rotary Club of Indianola Facebook page.

Mark Daniel Maloney
President 2019-20

August 2019

During 2019-2020, I am encouraging Rotarians and Rotaractors to grow Rotary. We must grow our service, we must grow the impact of our projects, but, most importantly, we must grow our membership so that we can achieve more.

Let us try a new approach to membership, one that is more organized and strategic. I am asking every club to form an active membership committee consisting of people of different backgrounds who will look methodically at the leadership of the community.

Your club's membership committee will then apply Rotary's classification system — designed to ensure that the range of professions in your community is well represented — to identify potential leaders with the skill, the talent, and the character that will strengthen your club. If your club's membership committee is unsure how to proceed, look to the club membership committee checklist on for clearly defined steps to organizing its work.

How else will we connect to grow Rotary? We will also form new types of clubs — either independent clubs or satellite clubs — with different meeting experiences and engaging service opportunities, not just where there is no Rotary, but also where Rotary is already thriving. No Rotary club in the world can possibly serve all segments of its community. Therefore, we must organize new clubs to engage the community leaders who cannot connect with our existing clubs.

Growing Rotary is all about taking the connections that make our organization unique in the world and strengthening and multiplying them. Let us commit ourselves to growing Rotary and to welcoming the next diverse generation of women and men as Rotary Connects the World.

August is Membership and New Club Development Month

Indianola's All-Inclusive Playground

An Indianola Chamber Ribbon Cutting will be held at 4 p.m. on August 6th to dedicate the equipment.  Plan to attend and Bring the Children.

Over three years ago an idea to create a playground in our community for all children sprouted.  A contest that would have earned $25,000 towards  the cost of equipment for such a playground  was unsuccessful the first year an missed by only a few votes of getting us in the Top 10 to qualify the second year.

Not to be deterred, the Kiwanis Club of Indianola started raising funds for the playground and Todd Kielkopf, Rotary Club of Indianola President, secured a $4,600 grant from Rotary District 6000.  The grant required sweat equity from our Club's members.  

That playground was completed June 29th.  

The playground equipment - All-Inclusive - for children of all abilities was installed in a section of Pickard Park, near the East Shelter.  Indianola Parks & Rec was integral in deciding the location and helping prepare the site for the equipment.  Rotary members helped by building forms to pour the sidewalks around the site and completed the project by moving the mulch in and around the equipment on Saturday June 29th.

Many hands, many thoughts, many donations have worked together to help our community provide "fun" for our children.  We thank each and everyone.  A sign will be installed soon that names all of the donors of the project.  Please take time to thank each one for their generosity and desire to improve our community.


The items installed are: Ten Spin, Buddy Rocker and 4-Panels - Tic-Tac-Toe, Marble Race, Electric Piano and Calypso 3-Drum.


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