Wilson Dalto of the Rotary Club de Tangará da Serra “Cidade Alta” in Brazil
The following is a message received from Wilson Dalto, the Rotarian contact in Brazil for their Adult Literacy Project that the Decorah Rotary Club has helped support for the last three years:
Dear fellows of Rotary Club of Decorah
Dear friends and fellows Ward and Kelly
We are immensely grateful for the partnership and trust of the members of this great club  to our Adult Literacy Project. We sent to you some photos of the closing party of the third and the last year of partnershipship between the Rotary Club of Decorah and the Rotary Club of Tangará da Serra “Cidade Alta.”
We want you to know that since the beginning of this Project, the Rotary Club of Tangará da Serra “Cidade Alta” has taught more than 4,100 adults. In addition to literacy itself, the Rotary Club of Tangará da Serra Cidade Alta, a partner of the Rotary Club of Decorah, donated ophthalmic consultations and eyeglasses to the people involved in the project with visual difficulties.
Each year, at the end of each stage of the project, we held a festive meeting to deliver literacy certificates to students who finished the course and who actually learned to read and write. It is a very beautiful and exciting party, attended by a governor or a representative of the governor of the Rotary District and other authorities. At this great party the Rotary Club offers a dinner for all literate adults, delivering the certificates, and listening to the exhilarating testimonials of many students who have been enlightened.
The R.C.T.S "Cidade Alta” provides on this occasion satisfaction of the results of this important partnership between our clubs. We take the opportunity to invite this valiant club to renew our partnership, in the certainty that the resources coming from this partnership are applied with great seriousness and efficiency. Be sure that you, fellow Rotarians, through your club, have participated in one of Rotary International's most important social projects.
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tangará da Serra "Cidade Alta," thank you and thank you very much. Have a very prosperous New Year.  A big hug in you all.
Rotary Club de Tangará da Serra “Cidade Alta”
Fellow Wilson Dalto
Additional photos may be found in this photo album: Rotary Club of Tangará da Serra "Cidade Alta Award Ceremony
Rotary Club of Tangará da Serra “Cidade Alta” Partnership Update 2018-01-11 06:00:00Z 0
(L-R): Decorah Rotary Club representatives Kelly Reagan, Kurt DeVore, and Lorraine Borowski with Rubaiyat owners Kim and Andy Bonnet
As recently reported in decorahnews.com, Rubaiyat Restaurant owners Kim and Andy Bonnet presented the Decorah Rotary Club with a check for $12,200. The funds represent proceeds from this year's annual Rubaiyat beer and wine sampling fundraiser that also includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and a live auction. The funds raised during each annual event are donated to a local, non-profit organization. The funds raised this year will be used for a variety of Decorah Rotary Club projects, including support for annual scholarships awarded to graduating Decorah High School students. Our club extends its most sincere appreciation to Kim and Andy for their generous support.
Photo Credit: Paul Scott
Rubaiyat Fundraiser Supports the Decorah Rotary Club 2017-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
This is your opportunity to help Rotary International continue its fight against polio eradication. With just 11 confirmed cases so far in 2017, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year. Please consider participating in the Decorah Rotary Club's “Dine Out for Polio” event on World Polio Day, designated as next Tuesday October 24. Dine at one of the local participating restaurants that day (Pizza Hut, Pizza Ranch, La Rana, Don Jose, and Magpie) and let them know you are doing it for World Polio Day. Those restaurants have graciously offered to donate towards the cause.
Rotary clubs worldwide are hosting events in conjunction with the Fifth Annual World Polio Day celebration. This year, the event will be co-hosted by Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and held at the Foundation headquarters in Seattle. The program will feature an update on the global fight to end polio and an array of guest speakers, celebrities, and public health experts.
For more information on the many World Polio Day events, please visit https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day.
Thanks to all for your support!
World Polio Day -- October 24th 2017-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
The 2017 Loop de Loop is in the books, the hard work paid off and it's time to rest and recover.
On behalf of the Decorah Rotary Loop de Loop team, thank you for participating in this year’s 6th annual event. We hope you enjoyed your time in Decorah on September 30th. It turned out to be a beautiful day for being out on the trail.
Every year the Decorah Rotary Club uses a portion of the proceeds of the race to benefit the Trout Run Trail system in some way. It may be needed repairs, new benches, landscaping or other amenities. The remaining proceeds are used for local and international Rotary programs and activities such as local scholarships and internationally fighting Polio. Thank you for supporting these efforts.
The 2017 complete race results are available at this link:  https://jmsresults.com/results/2017/loop17.html
New this year is a finishers video. The video was set up at the finish line and captures each runner as they cross the finish line. Visit www.JMSresults.com for more details. On this website you can also share your finish information via Facebook and Twitter.
A year-end participant’s survey may be found on this link. Please take a moment to let us know what you thought about the race and your time in Decorah:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/52Q5WRB
Thank you very much for supporting our event and here’s to 2018 - see you on the trail.  Mange Tusen Takk!
2017 Loop de Loop Results 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
A few of the many volunteers who served at this year's Trout Run Trail Tour Day.  (L-R) DRC members Francis Peterson, Shannon Duncan, Kelly Reagan, Jennifer Gipp, John Baker, Judy Robinson, Don Holmertz, and Cindy Schissel
The Decorah Rotary Club hosted the 4th motorized Trout Run Trail Tour Day on Tuesday, August 22nd. Our club sponsors this event in order to provide guided motorized tours of the Trout Run Trail for the elderly and those with disabilities and physical limitations who are otherwise unable to access the trail. This year, 135 people were able to participate in the motorized trail tours.
DRC sincerely thanks all of the volunteers and equipment suppliers who made this event possible. Special thanks to DRC members Mike Huinker and Harlan Satrom for coordinating the motorized vehicles and drivers for the day, and to Francis and Marilyn Peterson for taking all the reservations for the trail tours. Extra special thanks to DRC member Jennifer Gipp, whose vision and energy were integral to making this year's tours such a success.
Photo credit: Jennifer Gipp
Additional photos of the tours may be found in this photo album: DRC Trout Run Trail Tour Day 2017
Decorah Rotary Club Trout Run Trail Tour Day 2017 2017-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
The Decorah Rotary Club has entered the realm of social media. Click on the image above to jump to our new, dedicated Decorah Rotary Club Facebook Page. Make sure you "like" our page so you can keep track of real-time Decorah Rotary news and information. Note we have added a permanent link to the top menu of the home page above for easy access.
Thanks to DRC Secretary/Treasurer Kelly Reagan for his efforts in establishing and maintaining our new Facebook Page.
Decorah Rotary Club on Facebook 2017-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Photos from this year's Fourth of July Event conducted at Phelps Park are available in the Photo Albums.  Special thanks to DRC member Lorraine Borowski for her planning efforts and serving as master of ceremonies at the event.
2017 Fourth of July Event 2017-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
The 2017 Decorah Rotary Club Trout Run Trail Tours are scheduled for Tuesday, August 22nd. The motorized tours of the trail will once again be accompanied by a Community Picnic Luncheon at the Decorah Trout Hatchery Pavilion from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We will be doing 4 laps and hope to accommodate 35 people per lap.  Our goal is to allow 140 people to participate. The laps will be at 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:00 PM.
Reservations will start being accepted on August 8th. Please see the DRC Event Calendar Entry for additional information on the event and directions for making your reservations.
Date Set for the 2017 Decorah Rotary Club Trout Run Trail Tours 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Leboy Oltimbau, DRC President Kurt DeVore, and Musa Kamaika
Our Club was honored and privileged to welcome Leboy Oltimbau and Musa Kamaika from Tanzania during our regular meeting on April 18th. The association between Leboy, Musa, and Luther College students and faculty, initiated several years ago, was further cultivated during a recent January Term Paideia trip led by Luther College professor and DRC member John Moeller. We extend our sincere thanks to Leboy and Musa for sharing their personal experiences and for their fascinating and informative insights into the Maasai culture.
Photo Credit: Gary Mineart
The "Maasai Guys" at Rotary 2017-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Early arrivals for the Roadside Clean-Up Day getting outfitted and equipped -- (L-R) Ward Budweg, Jim Beghly, Cal Anderson, Elliot Christen, and Lorraine Borowski
The Decorah Rotary Club held its Spring Roadside Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 15th. Thankfully the weather stayed warm and dry throughout the morning facilitating a very successful event with a large volume of litter along IA-9, leftover from the winter months, picked up and bagged. The Club thanks members Cal Anderson, Jim Beghly, Chad Bird, Lorraine Borowski, Ward Budweg, Elliot Christen, Phil Iverson, Gary Mineart, Jim Morrow, and Paul Scott for their volunteer service. A special thanks to Ward for his organization and leadership.
Photo Credit: Gary Mineart
Rotary Roadside Clean-up Day 2017-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
The Decorah Rotary Club met once again for its "Fifth Tuesday" evening meeting, supper, and service project at T-Bock's Upstairs on January 31, 2017. The focus for this service project was the assembly of Valentine's Day gift bags destined for delivery to local Decorah-area businesses in appreciation for the services they provide to the local community. Our members assembled the bags and added personalized notes of appreciation. Many of the folks in attendance took custody of group of the gift bags and offered to make the local deliveries. The club extends its appreciation to DRC members Shannon Duncan and Lorraine Borowski for their planning and leadership of this project.
See additional photos of this event using this link: DRC Fifth Tuesday Service Project - "Decorah Valentines"
Photo Credit: Gary Mineart
DRC Fifth Tuesday Service Project - "Decorah Valentines" 2017-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
The Decorah Rotary Club met for its traditional "Fifth Tuesday" evening meeting, supper, and service project at T-Bock's Upstairs on November 29, 2016. The service project for this meeting, expertly organized by DRC member Shannon Duncan, was called "Operation Give Back." The members in attendance assembled care packages containing a variety of comfort foods and items supplied by the members or acquired through dedicated member donations for shipment to enlisted military personnel from the local area who are currently stationed overseas. John Budweg, son of DRC member Ward Budweg and and former active duty U.S. Marine and veteran of two deployments to Iraq comprising over 14 months of duty, delivered a moving personal testimony of the deep gratitude and sense of connection experienced when care packages such as these are received by our deployed soldiers and sailors. We extend our sincere thanks to John and to all of the DRC members who contributed to this project.
See additional photos of this event using this link: DRC Fifth Tuesday Service Project - "Operation Give Back"
Photo Credits: Kelly Reagan, Shannon Duncan
DRC Fifth Tuesday Service Project - "Operation Give Back" 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
DRC members Ward Budweg and Darrell Branhagen, assisted by the planning efforts of DRC member Jeff Tomlinson, traveled to Msaranga in Moshi Urban, District of Kilimanjaro in the country of Tanzania, Africa in late August. Their trip was the culmination of the DRC service project to deliver expandable sandals and school supplies to the Msaranga Primary School for further distribution to children at several schools in the area. Over 120 pairs of sandals and 100+ pen/pencil sets were delivered to the Headmaster of the Msaranga Primary School, to the deep gratitude of the communities reached in the Moshi area.
Read the Rotary District 5970 news coverage of this project using this link: Shoe Project Pairs Decorah, Moshi Clubs
You may access the photo album associated with this story using this link: Rotary Service Trip to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Decorah Rotary Service Trip to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
On behalf of the Decorah Rotary Loop de Loop team, thank you for participating in this year’s 5th annual event. We hope you enjoyed your time in Decorah on October 22. It turned out to be a beautiful day for being out on the trail. While the decision to postpone the races from the original September 24 date was difficult, it was the right thing to do given the flooding on the trail in September and out of respect for those seriously impacted by flooding and its ravages to personal and public property.
You can access the 2016 Loop de Loop photo album with this link: 2016 Loop de Loop 5K/10K and Half-Marathon
Photo credits: Paul Scott, Maureen Duncklee
Every year the Decorah Rotary Club uses a portion of the proceeds of the race to benefit the Trout Run Trail system in some way. It may be needed repairs, new benches, landscaping or other amenities. This year the Rotary Board has pledged a portion to helping those in need because of the flooding. Thank you for supporting these efforts.
The 2016 complete race results may be found on this link:
A year-end participant’s survey may be found on this link. Please take a moment to let us know what you thought about the race and your time in Decorah:
Thank you very much and here’s to 2017 - see you on the trail!
2016 Loop de Loop 5K/10K and Half-Marathon Results 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Earlier this year the Decorah Rotary Club executed a service project consisting of the planting of seeds and initial cultivating of the seedlings for delivery to several of the local area assisted living facilities.
The following message was recently received from Andrea Hexom, Activity Services Director at Aase Haugen Senior Services:  "Thanks again for the flowers and plants you dropped off this spring.  I would like you to know how much everyone enjoyed watching them grow.  Our residents ate the squash for dinner today!  We had a ton of squash from just a couple of plants!"
Thanks again to everyone involved in the project, and especially fellow Rotarians Shannon Duncan and Ward Budweg for their leadership efforts.
Photo credits: Andrea Hexom
Decorah Rotary Seed Planting Service Project Bears Fruit 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to all of the Decorah Rotarians who volunteered their time and talents at the Bratwurst Cookout on Saturday, October 15. This was the inaugural hosting by Pulpit Rock Brewery for this recurring fundraiser, with many new happy patrons served by our group. Thanks again!
Decorah Rotary Brat Cookout at Pulpit Rock Brewery 2016-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
DRC Celebrates the 100th Birthday of the Rotary Foundation 2016-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
District 5970 Awards Trout Run Trail Matching Grant to the Decorah Rotary Club 2016-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
September 24th Loop de Loop Postponed 2016-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
140 local residents enjoyed motorized tours of the renowned Trout Run Trail, courtesy of the Decorah Rotary Club's second Trout Run Trail Tour Day held on Tuesday, August 23rd. This event represents the only time motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail. It provided an opportunity for seniors and others with physical limitations to enjoy all of the sights along the trail. The event also included picnic lunch and free helmet and bike bell installations. The club thanks all of the volunteers and sponsors who made this special day possible.
See more photos of the day's activities at this link: DRC Trout Run Trail Tour Day 2016
Photo credits: Paul Scott
Decorah Rotary Club Trout Run Trail Tour Day 2016 2016-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0


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