RI President's Message

Presidential Message

Stephanie A. Urchick

President 2024-25

July 2024

Rotary is at its best when we foster a sense of inclusion and belonging in our clubs. In fact, I would go so far as to say that belonging is The Magic of Rotary itself.

With a focus on inclusivity and belonging, it is easier to be united in a common purpose. When we are committed to one another and focused on our goals, we are most effective.

Rotary’s Action Plan can help. The Action Plan comes with tools you can use to collect feedback, assess your club’s strengths and weaknesses, and address challenges.

The world is changing, and our clubs can’t afford to stand still. But the changes we make need to be consistent and strategic — building on one another toward a greater vision. The Action Plan can help you work toward that vision and create effective change within your club. Following the Action Plan and addressing suggestions from the community will go a long way to fostering the sense of belonging we want all Rotary members to feel in their clubs.

That’s why expanding our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is so important. Committing ourselves to each other’s well-being is the first step to expanding our reach, allowing us to spread Positive Peace in these troubled times.

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Service Above Self

Julie Masters was a friend and served our Rotary Club for many years of board meetings at Crouse Cafe. We were sad to hear that health conditions took her so early in life.  In recognition of her "Service Above Self", Rotary Club of Indianola, along with Indianola Parks and Rec, planted a Kentucky Coffee Tree at Pickard Park, next to the All-Inclusive Playground, on May 31st, 2024.
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Highlighting our Community

WeLIFT Job Search Center is a FREE community resource that
focuses on 3 pillars of support for our community.
Job Readiness
Community Outreach
Mission Statement
WeLIFT Job Search Center uses appropriate services and tools to empower individual employment and work towards economic self-sufficiency.
A community employment and career pathway resource where compassion, integrity and dignity drive our focus to empower employment success and serve our community.
A non profit organization that provides job readiness skills, community outreach through local resources, partnerships and self-empowerment towards employment and self-sufficiency. Our services primarily serve South Central Iowa and are free because of partnership with UnitedWay of Central Iowa and the many organizations and individuals that participate by donating in our annual Friends Campaign.
Contact Information
106 E Second Ave
Indianola, IA 50125
(515) 962-5017
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Rotary Youth Leadership Award

RYLA 2024: July 14 -19
Grinnell College
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership conference designed to assist future leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership.
Iowa RYLA focuses on developing leadership through the lenses of team, community, and emotional leadership with an emphasis on Rotary's motto: Service Above Self.   To learn more about Rotary and it's global impact, visit Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Apply to RYLA here! www.iowaryla.org/About-RYLA/

RYLA brings together students from across the state who have a desire to develop their leadership skills. At any given moment, you may find athletes, musicians, authors, and scholars coming together with the common interest of gaining a better understanding of their leadership strengths and building skills to help them  make a positive impact on their communities and future endeavors. 
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Brews For Stews

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.

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Rotary Centennial Disc Golf Course

RC18 Update
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.
McCord Park is located at South 'P' Street / West 5th Ave
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Rotary Club of Indianola Celebrates Centennial Year


Rotary Club of Indianola was chartered on September 26, 1922. 

In September 2022 our club celebrated its Centennial as a member of the Indianola Community.

The Four Pillars of Rotary

  Of the things we think, say or do:

  •      Is It the TRUTH?

  •      Is it FAIR to all concerned?

  •      Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

  •      Will it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The Rotary Motto:   

  Service Above Self  

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2022-2023 Club President


Paul Dalluge (left) accepted the gavel for the 2022/2023 Rotary Year from current president Michael Kleene at our June 17th Rotary Noon meeting.

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Rotary Peace Garden

Rotary Club of Indianola Established a Peace Garden at McCord Park

World Peace is one the pillars of Rotary International.

By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.

To honor that legacy, Rotary Club of Indianola has established a Peace Garden at McCord Park.  The Peace Garden is a place where individuals may visit to reflect on how they can become part of the solution in our own community.

Click this link to learn more and follow the progress of our Peace Garden
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Polio Eradication

Quote of the Day
"Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature."

January 30, 2022

Dear Polio Eradication Warriors,

No new Wild Polio cases reported this week.  

This week's Polio Update includes the Polio case and sample changes over the last two weeks.

What is that Polio Picture?  - Polio Survivor & Worker was nominated for the Presidential Honor in Pakistan!  Read more about this exciting news here -  https://polioeradication.org/news-post/polio-worker-nominated-for-presidential-honour-in-pakistan/

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The Question is

"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.

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