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2014 Holiday Lights, Magical Nights PDF Print E-mail

The Decorah Rotary Club helped kick off the 2014 Holiday Lights, Magical Nights season by providing volunteer support on Friday, November 28th.  Our participants enjoyed helping out and being part of a near-record number of vehicles taking advantage of the light displays during the Thanksgiving holiday.  Local Rotarians supporting the event included Jeff Tomlinson, Judy Robinson, George Hagen, John Moeller, Kelly Reagan (and family), Jim Dale, Alan Lerstrom, Keith Christensen, Paul Hudson, Gary Mineart, Maureen Duncklee, and John Anderson.


Holiday Lights, Magical Nights is an annual fundraiser conducted by Helping Services of Northeast Iowa.  The organization works to end domestic violence and child abuse; build healthy families, friendships, and relationships; and reinforce positive decision-making about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.  The display is open at the Pulpit Rock Campground from 5:30 - 9:00 pm Thursday through Sunday each week until December 11th, when it opens every night through Saturday, December 27th.


Decorah Rotary Club Donates to Global Partners Nicaragua PDF Print E-mail

The Decorah Rotary Club had made a $2,500 donation to the Gundersen Health System Global Partners Nicaragua Program as a contribution toward helping those in desperate need of healthcare, eye care, education, housing, and clean drinking water.

The Global Partners Program was started in 2008 through the Gundersen Health System in order to extend their reach of healthcare beyond their typical borders.  Global Partners collaborates with Rotary Clubs, local schools, and other health systems in the Wisconsin/Iowa/Minnesota area to reach out to under-served communities.  The Program partners with three designated communities including Matagalpa, Nicaragua; Ethiopia; and a native American reservation located in South Dakota.  The Program's goal is to create sustainable relationships that help improve the quality of life in these communities.  Teams of social workers, educators, and healthcare workers travel to each of these communities several times per year for 1 to 2 weeks at a time.  The Program also provides financial resources for scholarships, literacy programs, water filters, healthcare, and healthcare education.

For more information on the Global Partners Program and the most recent trip to Nicaragua, please click on the "Read more..." link below.


3rd Annual Loop de Loop Half-Marathon and 5K-10K Results PDF Print E-mail


----> Click this link to access the official Loop de Loop Race Results <-----



The Decorah Rotary Club extends its sincere thanks to all of the participants, sponsors, and volunteers who made the 3rd Annual Loop de Loop Half-Marathon and 5K-10K such a great success! We greatly appreciate your participation and your support of Rotary.

Please help us in our efforts to continually improve Loop de Loop by completing the survey at the following link:  2014 Decorah Loop de Loop Participant Survey


Be sure to save the date for the 4th Annual Loop de Loop Half-Marathon and 5K-10K on the Trout Run Trail, to be held on **Saturday, September 26, 2015**. See you next year!


Decorah Rotary Club Adopt-a-Highway Service Project PDF Print E-mail

The Decorah Rotary Club participates in the Adopt-a-Highway Program through its sponsorship of the majority of IA Highway 9 adjacent to the city of Decorah.  Volunteers from the club dedicated their time and energy on the morning of Saturday, October 25th to pick up litter along this stretch of highway and help to keep Decorah the beautiful place we all enjoy.

The participants in this service project included the following dedicated Rotarians:  John Anderson, John Baker, Chad Bird, Elliott ChristenJerry Freund, Barrett Gipp, Jen Gipp, Don Holmertz, Dave Judisch, Alan Lerstrom, Judy Robinson, Paul Scott, and Dean Thompson.  We thank Barrett Gipp for his leadership in organizing the project, and all involved for their cheerful service!

Past DRC Presidents Social PDF Print E-mail


All past Presidents of the Decorah Rotary Club are invited to a special DRC Past Presidents Social to be held on Thursday, September 18th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Rubaiyat Restaurant, 117 W. Water Street in Decorah.

For more information please contact DRC member Dell Fossum.



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