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Indianola

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Fridays at 12:00 PM
Indianola Country Club
1610 Country Club Road
Indianola, IA 50125
United States of America
Currently our Noon meetings are in-person and by Zoom.
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"What is Rotary?"

As a Rotarian, one of the hardest questions to answer is 'What is Rotary?'  You would think that after 20+ years as a member it would be an easy question to answer.  But it is not.

Rotary has so many moving parts, in so many parts of the World, in so many different ways, well to be honest, it boils down to the people.  It becomes the question of "Who is a Rotarian?"

With the motto "Service Above Self", a Rotarian is one individual who wants to help those around them, whether it be individuals, communities or countries.    

As a whole, Rotary is made up of three parts: our clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation. Together, we work to make lasting change in our communities and around the world.

And yet, it boils down to individuals. 

  • Individuals willing to travel around the world to deliver a dose of polio vaccine to a child. Rotarians have been doing this since 1987 and the wild polio virus has been eliminated from all but one Country - in the World. Think of the millions of lives that have been changed because individuals were willing to help others.

  • Individuals willing to walk a local parade and collect food items for the local Food Pantry - The Helping Hand.

  • Individuals, taking time out of their daily work schedule, to visit five different elementary schools and hand out personal dictionaries.

  • Individuals who raised the funds and furnished the labor to build a shelter at the local recreational trailhead.

  • Individuals who spend nine evenings, in a row, selling tickets and parking cars at the National Balloon Classic, so the Club can afford to purchase dictionaries and sponsor other projects in our community.

  • Individuals who teach leadership skills to High School Youth.

  • A Foundation, supported by individuals, that funds water projects around the world, providing clean water, which in turn decreases diseases among the people who live there.

  • The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.

So, to answer the question, What is Rotary? Rotary provides a fulfilling system that allows me to help people in my community, in my District and in the World, making this a better place for all.   

Terry Pauling,

Rotary Club of Indianola.

 
 
 

Rotary Club of Indianola has participated in the Dictionary Project since 2003 by distributing paperback personal dictionaries to 3rd Grade Students in the Indianola Schools since that time.  As noted in the recognition letter, to-date, 4,704 dictionaries have been distributed to our students.  

The project, in part, is to promote literacy in our youth, while at the same time creating a system that reaches into our community to promote our moto of "Service Above Self" making this a better place for all.

 

Brews For Stew

Rotary Club of Indianola is assisting The Groggy Dog Restaurant again this season to create meals for those who may not have other options.  The Groggy Dog, West Hill Brewery, Rotary Club of Indianola and donations from individuals have raised funds to create five batches of Guinness Stew.   

Rotary Club members meet at the Groggy Dog on the appointed days to package the stew. 

Each batch will create about fifty meals which can be reheated and utilized on one of those cold winter days when a hot meal improves one's outlook.  Once the stew is packaged, it is frozen and delivered to Warren County Helping Hand and Heal House of Iowa for distribution. 

If you are interested in helping us purchase ingredients for additional batches of stew click here to fund the project.  Click the Read More to see additional pictures.

December 2021

Shekhar Mehta  

President 2021-22

Public health is on everyone’s mind due to the global pandemic that still threatens the safety of ourselves and our loved ones. In a sense, COVID-19 has made all of us much more aware of the roles and responsibilities of medical professionals than we were before we had to wear masks and maintain social distance. In addition, while moving through this pandemic, we have also learned about the role we can play in keeping others safe.

December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month in Rotary. The pandemic unfortunately has schooled most people on the toll that disease takes on our communities. But fighting disease is something that Rotarians around the world have been doing for decades. In fact, it is one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus.

 
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