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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
The PM Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday Evenings at Salem Connection beginning at 6:30pm. If your schedule does not allow you to attend our Friday Noon meetings, consider attending the PM Club. Salem Connection is located at 222 W Salem Ave.
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RI President Elect
Stephanie Urchick
 
 
 
PE Stephanie Urchick will serve as Rotary International President 2024/2025
 
Her Theme for the Rotary Year will be "The Magic of Rotary".
 
In an article published in the February 2024 edition of The Rotary Magazine, PE Stephanie states that her goal is to make Rotary: "simply irresistible".
 
 

Presidential Message

R. Gordon R. McInally

President 2023-24

February 2024

I am enthused and encouraged by your embrace of mental health initiatives throughout the Rotary world. More than 1,000 of you have responded so far to an ongoing survey by the Rotary Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives, offering your feedback on what Rotary can do to improve the personal well-being of members.

The top suggestions are illuminating. Rotary members are asking for more fellowship, camaraderie, conversation, cohesiveness, and connection. They also want more recognition, validation, and integration. They are seeking more service opportunities, and they want more wellness activities, including mental health speakers, awareness efforts, and education.  

Our members not only appreciate the greater focus on mental health, but they also believe that making more of the Rotary experience will materially improve their lives. I find it interesting that members are not asking anything dramatically new of their club — rather they want more of what we do best. For example, connection can be improved during meetings simply by assigning seating once each month to encourage people to speak with someone new.

Here are some great ways that we can help achieve these results and make Rotary more appealing to those considering membership.

Rotary Club of Indianola has been involved with Rotary Youth Exchange since the 1960's. When  travel restrictions and other issues created reluctance by host families to participate the Club was unable to host inbound students.  Club officials are working diligently to restart the inbound program for the 2024/2025 School year.
 
This year the Club approved an application for outbound studies for a local student. Norah requested and was approved to study in France for the 2023/2024 School year. Nora left home the last week in August, arriving at her destination with two other out bound students, one from Japan and one from New York City.  Norah is really looking forward to learning about new cultures, perfecting her language skills and studying in France.
 
January Update
Je vous promets que je n'écrirai pas toute cette lettre en français...
 
It's been a surreal few months for me in France, a time full of discoveries, emotions, and connections. There are times when I feel completely adjusted and right at home, and then all at once, I'm reminded of how radically different my new way of life is.
 
 
I've done lots of exploring in nearby cities, including Nancy, Strasbourg, Europa Park in Germany, and most recently, a school trip to the Netherlands, visiting Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague, all incredible cities! It was bizarre to travel with students my age who were so used to traveling to far away, big cities like that.
 
The return to school after break has reminded me how much progress I have made so far in my language skills but that the only thing I need to do to improve is keep trying!
 
I am unbelievably grateful for this opportunity that you have provided for me and can't wait to see where it takes me.
 
Bien sincèrement,
Norah Leuwerke
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Warren County Helping Hand Food Pantry could really use peanut butter, canned fruit, pasta sauce, Mac and cheese, canned soup, and dish soap!! We really appreciate your support!!
Your support is greatly appreciated and can be delivered to 107 E Clinton Ave. Indianola.
 

Rotary Youth Exchange inspires young leaders to serve as catalysts for peace and social justice in their local communities and throughout the world, long after their exchanges end. This program is possible because of the dedication, leadership, and passion of the tens of thousands of volunteers — Rotary members and nonmembers alike — who make this unique program so successful.

Read the latest about how Rotary Youth Exchange is a catalyst for service, cultural understanding, and lifelong connections to Rotary.

Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time.

Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.

Rotary Club of Indianola assisted 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 other businesses and individuals raise funds to make the Guinness Stew.   

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

Each batch created 25-35 meals which, when reheated, provides a nutritious meal on cold winter days.  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.

RC18 Update
7/3/2023
T-Boxes were completed on May 2nd so players can now utilize them as they play. The next step is to install benches, trash bins and Signage. 
 
Work began on the new Disc Golf course in 2022 and continues on the Front 9 with final seeding, installation of benches and T-Boxes in May 2023. Even though the Front 9 holes are not complete, in 2022 UDisc scored 196 rounds of golf, players logged 131 hours of play, and visited the site from 7 different states. 
 
Work has begun on the "back 9", however progress is slow due to the terrain and number of trees that have to be removed to create the 'fairways'. Sponsors will be needed to help fund the addition of at least three bridges, necessary to help players progress from one hole to the next.  Click on read more to learn about sponsorships.
 
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McCord Park is located at South 'P' Street / West 5th Ave