LEADERSHIP IN ACTION
Welcome to Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids
The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids is the 34th largest Rotary Club in the world and the oldest and largest club in the Cedar Rapids area, with 335 members who are leaders in their organizations and in our community. We are a part of Rotary International; an organization of 1.2 million service-minded men and women that plans and carries out a remarkable variety of humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs that make a positive impact on the lives of those in Cedar Rapids Area and around the world.
Hopefully by now, you have noticed our new website! An important component of our website is the member directory. We encourage all members to update their profile and upload a photo to the new site. (The member profile information is only available to other members).
*Please note that your member password for the old site will not work on the new site*
To reset your password and update your member profile please follow the steps below:
- Go to http://www.rotaryclubofcedarrapids.org/
- Click 'Member Login' (upper right side in blue bar)
- Click the link 'New and existing users: retrieve login and/or reset password'
- Enter your Last Name and the email address that was in your previous profile. If the email you entered matches the one on file a temporary password will be sent to that address. If the email does not match, a message and instructions will display at the bottom of the window.
Follow the links in the email sent on November 7th and set your new login name and password. If you need further assistance, contact Club Secretary Diane Potter.
The Downtown Rotary Foundation campaign officially kicked off this week. This is a special year for all Rotarians as the Rotary Foundation is celebrating 100 years of making a difference both globally and locally.
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, we adopted a "100 for 100" goal that asks each Downtown Rotarian to participate in the following two ways in this special year:
- (a) Contribute to the Rotary Foundation and
- (b) Contribute $100 per member to the Foundation.
Join your fellow Rotarians for Nutcracker at Hancher by the Joffrey Ballet on Saturday, December 3rd. Plan to meet at Hancher at 6 pm on 2nd level to socialize, check out the new facility, enjoy appetizers and adult beverages before the 7:30 pm performance. Rotarians that would like to attend may purchase tickets for $45.00 per ticket, first come first serve until all 40 tickets are gone. Contact Diane Potter by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 319-560-3979 to reserve your ticket! SOLD OUT!
I apologize it's been over a month since my last report. Among the many challenges of living in the developing world is very slow and unreliable internet, but I have found a good connection and could not be more excited to tell you about how my year is going!
Through September and October, I have continued to go to school, make friends, attend rotary meetings, and grow closer to my host family. I find myself understanding what is being said around me much more easily and I'm able to carry a one on one conversation almost perfectly with anyone, although it's still very difficult to follow a group conversation. I'm even beginning to find myself saying words from the indigenous language they speak here.
I still spend lots of time with the other exchange students--we spend almost every afternoon after school in my pool now that it's warming up. On the weekends, I go to my classmates' houses for parties and movies and such. Beyond that, I've done a few really cool things. One Saturday, I went with the family of one of my friends to serve food to children in a poor neighborhood. There, I had the opportunity to speak to some impoverished Paraguayan citizens about the challenges they face and the problems in their education system and government, which I found incredibly eye opening. I also attended my first quinceañera party, which was an amazing cultural experience. They celebrate a girl's coming of age at 15 here with a huge party where everyone in town dresses to the nines and dances to celebrate her 15th birthday all night. Last weekend, I traveled to Asunción with a group of friends and some members of the local Rotaract club for a music festival, which was a lot of fun!
In September, my host family welcomed a new baby to the house. Spending the days holding the little guy is an absolute joy--spending the nights listening to him cry, not so much. Because of this, coffee and afternoon naps have become essential to my daily routine, but I'm incredibly blessed with the best host family around!!
In November, classes will finish and I'll embark on my bus tour through the Patagonia region in Argentina and Chile and I couldn't be more excited! Everything is going well here and I can't wait to see what this year has in store.