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The 2019 IHS Homecoming Parade was our second walk to help Indianola's The Helping Hand.  The parade, held on a beautiful September Evening, involved floats from all sports, bands, cheerleader groups from the local schools and many businesses from around the community, including Rotary Club of Indianola.

Rotary Club of Indianola started a project this summer of reaching to the community and asking for food donations that would be used to help those in our community who do not have the resources to purchase food and pay rent.

The goal of the Club's project is to help out during the summer months when donations are typically lower and to bring greater awareness to the need for local support.  

Awareness for the project was sent through the community using social media and asked for volunteers willing to bring needed food items to the parade where members of the club would be able to pick up and deliver to The Helping Hand.

On such a beautiful evening, over a dozen Rotary members and their families walk along the parade route accepting donations as the call "Rotary Food Drive" was heard by all.


Mark Daniel Maloney
President 2019-20

September 2019

Here in the United States, another summer is winding down. And for the Maloney family, every summer ends with a return to my hometown of Ridgway, Illinois, for the annual Popcorn Day festival, where I am honored to serve as the “Popcorn King,” the master of ceremonies for the day’s events. 

Regardless of the season, every family has its own traditions. I would like to suggest a new one for yours: Find an opportunity to introduce your family to Rotary. One of my family’s traditions is to take our daughters and grandsons to the Rotary International Convention. The 2020 convention in Honolulu will be a wonderful way to introduce your children and grandchildren to the internationality of Rotary. We are planning many family-oriented events for everyone to enjoy.

Any time is a fabulous time to bring family members on a Rotary service project or to a fundraising event. But perhaps you have not seen many family-friendly events at your club. That is precisely why one of my top priorities this year is to make most Rotary events welcoming to family members.

We must foster a culture where Rotary does not compete with family, but complements it. We should never expect our members to choose between the two. That means being realistic in our expectations, considerate in our scheduling, and welcoming of children at Rotary events on every level.

Often, the young professionals that Rotary needs to attract in order to remain a dynamic 21st-century service organization are the very people who have the greatest family responsibilities. We must not keep these prospective young members away from their families by holding events on evenings and weekends at which their children are not welcome.

For too long, we have closed the doors of many Rotary events to children and sometimes even spouses. What wasted opportunities these are! Every chance we have to pass on the gift of Rotary to young people is one we must take if we are going to grow Rotary and ensure that the next generation is fully engaged in our mission.

So let us open our doors and do it in a fun way, with opportunities that make our children and grandchildren want to learn more about Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary membership. Start small if you must — perhaps by holding some of your meetings at more family-friendly times — but think about how you can continue these kinds of events for years to come.

Bringing children to Rotary events is not just fun; it also exposes them to the world! Make this a memorable year for your family — and an unforgettable year for the ever-expanding family of Rotary as Rotary Connects the World.

September is Basic Education and Literacy 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.


Dear Polio Eradication Warriors,

Five new Wild Polio cases reported this week. 

World Polio Day: One Day. One Focus: ENDING POLIO NOW!

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Post-Polio Africa If the WHO African Region is certified wild polio-free next year, then wild Polio will officially be gone from five of six WHO regions - leaving only the Eastern Mediterranean Region.  The time in now to revitalize our commitment to vaccinating every child against Polio in the wild virus’ last reservoir!

Vaccine Derived Polio CasesPapua New Guinea, Kenya, Syria, Somalia, Niger, Nigeria, Mozambique, Myanmar, Angola, China, Ethiopia, CAR, Benin, Ghana, & DRC - Vaccine Derived Polio Cases reported in 2019 - 59:  Papua New Guinea - 0 (26 in 2018).  CAR - 4 (0 on 2018).  Nigeria - 13 (34 in 2018)  Niger - 1 (10 in 2018).  Somalia - 3 (13 in 2018).  DRC - 21 (20 in 2018).  Mozambique - 0 - (1 in 2018). Angola - 4 (o in 2018).  China - 1 (0 In 2018).  Ethiopia - 1 (0 in 2018). Myanmar - 4 (0 in 2018), Benin - 1 (0 in 2018), Ghana - 1 (0 in 2018).   One hundred and four Vaccine Derived Polio cases were reported in 2018.   

Quote of the Day -  "A smart man only believes half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half.  -  Jeff Cooper

The Final Three Polio Endemic Countries:

  • Pakistan - Five new Polio cases reported this week.Fifty-Eight Polio cases reported in 2019.  The most recent cases were (one each) from the Bannu, Hangu, & North Waziristan Districts of the Khyber Pkhtunkhwa Province and two from the Hyderabad District of the Sindh Province.  The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 8/05/19.  Pakistan reported twelve Wild Polio cases in 2018.  No new Polio-Positive Environmental Sample were reported this week in Pakistan.  

  • Afghanistan - No new Wild Polio cases reported this week.Thirteen Wild Polio cases reported in 2019.  The most recent case was from the Chora District of the Uruzgan Province with an onset of paralysis on 7/16/19. Afghanistan reported twenty-one Wild Polio cases in 2018. No new Polio-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Afghanistan.

  • Nigeria - No Wild Polio cases have been reported in 2017, 2018, or 2019.  Nigeria is to be congratulated on reaching Three Years without a Wild Polio case!

   Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!

Terry Ziegler, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser Rotary Region 26

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