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U.S. Congressman Rod Blum Visits Decorah Rotary PDF Print E-mail

The Decorah Rotary Club had the honor and privilege of hosting Iowa 1st Congressional District Representative Rod Blum at its regular meeting at T-Bock's on Tuesday, November 24th.  The Club thanks Congressman Blum for sharing his background, experiences, and priorities with our members!



DRC Welcomes Rotary District 5970 Governor PDF Print E-mail

DRC had the pleasure of welcoming Rotary District 5970 Governor Joe Gitta to our regular meeting on Tuesday, November 3rd. The Club enjoyed listening to Governor Gitta share stories of his remarkable background and his inspirational reflections on the challenges and opportunities facing the Rotary movement.  We thank him for his visit and his message!



Decorah Rotary Club Cookout #2 PDF Print E-mail

Our second Decorah Rotary Club Cookout at Toppling Goliath was held on Saturday, September 12th. Once again, the weather was nearly perfect and the food and drink well received. We continue to see excellent returns on our investment of time and energy, which is making a great impact on the Decorah Rotary Club Scholarship Fund.  Sincere thanks to all of the volunteers who helped organize and set up for the cookout and those who brought, cooked, and served!





4th Annual Loop de Loop Half-Marathon and 5K-10K Results PDF Print E-mail


The Decorah Rotary Club hosted the 4th Annual Loop de Loop Half-Marathon and 5K-10K road race festival on Saturday, September 27th.

The day started cool and ended up being a warm and sunny day as 283 runners and walkers toed the line for the charity event. The half-marathon event, a 13.1 mile tour of the area’s charming Trout Run Trail, saw 124 runners line up to test their mettle on the paved trail course. Fort Atkinson’s Sarah Bakula was the first finisher in a blistering time of 1:25:06, slightly faster than her first place finish a year ago. Second was Daniel Lundtvedt of Decorah in 1:30:57.

In the 10k event, only the second year for this mid-distance, there were 66 participants strolling the streets and trails of Decorah. Deidrea Dillman of Prairie du Chien was the top finisher with a time of 40:26 and Erikk Peterson of Guttenberg, IA was second at 40:50.

The 5K event, a family and group favorite saw 88 registrants line up for a tour of the east side of Decorah, the fair grounds and a short stretch of the Trout Run Trail. Erik Ohlrogge of Onalaska, WI was the first across the line in a time of 18:35, a sub six minute per mile pace. Second was Aaron Zerfas of Shoreview, MN in 19:07.

For complete results, including some video, be sure to visit the official timers of the Loop de Loop, JMS Racing at following link:

The Decorah Rotary Club uses this racing event to help fund programs, activities and scholarships in the community. A portion of the proceeds is also set aside to assist in funding and maintenance of the Trout Run Trail. This year’s event raised over $11,000 for these initiatives.

The event coordinators would like to thank the many sponsors, the volunteers and Decorah’s police, fire and ambulance services for making the event a fun, rewarding and safe day on the trail.  The Club would also like to thank its members for the dedication and volunteer spirit in support of this annual event.  A special note of thanks to DRC Member and Loop de Loop Committee Chair Chad Bird for his energy and leadership!

Click on the "Read more" link below for more photos from this year's race.

DRC Members Visit the Paul Harris Monument in Portugal PDF Print E-mail

Decorah Rotary Club Board Member Barrett Gipp and Past President Jennifer Gipp were recently in the Country of Portugal and visiting the western-most point of the European continent.  They discovered a monument there placed by the Rotary Club of Sintra honoring Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International.  Thanks for sharing Barrett and Jenn!



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