Meet 2021's Service Above Self Honorees Adam Moore 2021-03-16 05:00:00Z 0 Cedar Rapids Schools,Education,Service Above Self
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Service Above Self Awards


A round of applause and big thank you to the Community Service Committee, & especially event chair Corey Chestnut, for their work on this great event!
Service Above Self Awards 2018-01-10 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation 100th Birthday 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Foundation 100th & PHF Recognition 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
May 8, 2017 - Rise Against Hunger 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
May 1, 2017 - Speaker 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
May 8, 2017 - Speaker 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
May 1, 2017 - People of Action 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
May 11, 2017 - Thirsty Thursday 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
May 8, 2017 - Guest 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
May 1 2017 - Rotary Guests 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome Sarah Brumwell 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Visitors and Guests 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting Make-Ups 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Cedar Bayou

Cedar Bayou Park is an integrated aquatic campus destined to be built and located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The park will incorporate an indoor and outdoor water park along with competitive, therapeutic, and recreational components to provide a uniquely disperse aquatic experience for all ages.
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Join us for a night of improvised comedy routines! Enjoy performances by each

of the two TCR Improv Teams and then vote for the funniest team!

Guaranteed to make you laugh!

(and a promise that you will NOT be asked to be involved in the performance!)

Saturday, April 29

Theatre Cedar Rapids

102 3rd Street SE

Rollin' With Rotary 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
News from Grace Bryant - Outbound Student in Spain 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Indian Creek Nature Center

At Indian Creek Nature Center, we create champions of nature. What does this mean? We connect people to nature as early and as frequently as possible to breed understanding and passion for the natural world. We believe that connecting children to nature is especially important because people who are passionate about nature as children will grow into adults who work to protect it. They will become the next generation of environmental stewards.
The purpose of the Nature Center is to promote a sustainable future by:
  • Nurturing individuals through environmental education
  • Providing leadership in land protection and restoration
  • Encouraging responsible interactions with nature
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Welcome Jordan Timm 2017-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome Theresa Bornbach 2017-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Day - March 28, 2017 - Proclamation by Mayor Ron Corbett 2017-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome Natalie Ditmars 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

"Our Participatory Library and it's Foundation"

Mission – The Foundation mobilizes community resources and relationships that empower our Library to deliver innovative programs and services.
Purpose – The Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation serves as the vehicle through which private funds are used to enhance the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s collections, programs, and technologies while supporting the Library’s Strategic Initiatives:
1) Invest in Young Minds by building confident caregivers, creating a culture of literacy and inspiring innovative experiences.
2) Engage and Strengthen Community by bridging the opportunity gap, connecting with community, and becoming a community catalyst.
3) Transform Lives by championing lifelong learning, telling our story, and delighting our customers.
History – Originally established in 1972 as the Metropolitan Cedar Rapids Library Foundation, the Foundation’s mission has always been focused on supporting the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s efforts to promote literacy and lifelong learning in Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities. In 1980, after five failed bond proposal votes, the Foundation was reorganized and refocused to help finance the library’s move from the Third Avenue Carnegie Library to the First Street library location. With support from the Hall Foundation and the City of Cedar Rapids, the renamed Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation and hundreds of volunteers raised money needed to build a new library, which opened in 1985. In the years that followed, the Foundation provided funds in support of the Library’s collections, technology, infrastructure, art acquisitions, and more. Following the flood of 2008, the Foundation’s role was again reimagined and focused on rebuilding both the downtown Library and the Cedar Rapids community. In collaboration with the City and thousands of donors and volunteers, the Foundation and Library leadership led successful campaigns to build not one, but two new Libraries for our community. The Foundation and Library are now, more than ever, concentrated on providing our patrons with innovative opportunities to interact with and learn through books, technology, art, and each other.
Our Participatory Library – At the turn of the 20th century, when public libraries like Cedar Rapids’ were popping up around the country, they featured shelf-lined walls around open spaces with tables and chairs meant for gathering, sharing, learning and collaborating. They were spaces for community participation, meeting their community’s needs. Sometime mid to late-century, a library’s collection became the emphasis and shelves replaced these open spaces for gathering. After the 2008 Flood, our Library was gifted the opportunity to reimagine its form and function.
Our Library today is a participatory library. We are a Library that offers gathering spaces and programs that are engaging our community, helping to meet community needs every day.
How the Foundation Supports Our Library
Strategic Focus: Invest in Young Minds. We’re building confident caregivers, creating a culture of literacy and inspiring innovative experiences.
Teen Engagement – With support from the Giacoletto Foundation, the Library’s young adult space, known as The Union, is filled with technology and resources not usually found in homes or schools. Teens are able to use music recording equipment, large drawing tablets and learning tools such as spheros, which introduce students to computer programming. Additionally, Library staff has created Maker Kits that include all necessary equipment plus instruction booklets to help teens get started on new skills. Maker Kits available in The Union (available for check out Fall 2017) include: Photo/Video Kit, Microscope Kit, Computer Kit (Raspberry Pi) and Creation Kit (sewing). The Library is also entering its second year of project-based classes for high school and middle school students aimed at engaging them in STEAM-focused after school activities at the downtown Library. In an effort to reach more youth in our community, these programs have been expanded to Ladd Library as well.
Preschool Outreach –United Way data shows the average ratio of books to child in a middle-income neighborhood is 13 books per child. In a low-income neighborhood, the ratio decreases to one book per 300 children. Since 1990, the Library has supported at-risk preschools in the Cedar Rapids community to provide monthly story times where children get to keep the books read for their own home library. This outreach program also provides snacks during special events such as parent-teacher meetings and graduation ceremonies.
NEW! The Reader – A partnership between our Library, the Library Foundation, and The Gazette, The Reader is our Library’s newest publication for children. Much like the Weekly Reader or Mini-Pages from our childhood, this eight-page insert features fun, skill-building activities targeting Pre-K through 3rd grade children. Library staff have created year-round curriculum that reinforces early literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) concepts. The Reader is inserted in approximately 17,300 issues of The Gazette on the third Sunday of each month and distributed to area elementary schools (Kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms). A printer-friendly, digitized version of The Reader will be available online as well.
Strategic Focus: Engage & Strengthen Community. We’re bridging the opportunity gap, connecting with community, and becoming a community catalyst.
Summer Dare Program – We are not your average Library and this is not your average summer reading program. Our Library’s Summer Dare is an intergenerational program that combines reading with weekly themed activities designed to encourage lifelong learning and unexpected experiences at the library and beyond. This year’s eight-week experience includes regular programs like our off-site story times at Bever and Jacolyn Parks and Brucemore alongside new programs like Bicycle Basics and Tiny Houses DIY workshops. The 2016 Summer Dare was successful beyond imagination with more than 4,500 participants who read over 1.3 million minutes. We know 2017 is staged to exceed all expectations!
Strategic Focus: Engage & Strengthen Community. (Continued.)
2017 Out Loud! Author Series – A Metro Library Network program, the Out Loud! Author series continues to delight thousands of area readers each year. The 2016 line up featured Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants), Matt de la Pena (Mexican Whiteboy), and Jenny Lawson (
Book Club Facilitators – The Library maintains more than 100 book club kits that are available to members of the public and its off-site book clubs. The Foundation provides funding for two book club facilitators who, since 2004, have led discussions at Cottage Grove Place and Meth-Wick Community.
Strategic Focus: Transform Lives. We’re championing lifelong learning, telling our story, and delighting our customers.
Enhanced Online Resources – In partnership with the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, SCORE, Small Business Development Center, Kirkwood, Eastern Iowa Council of Governments and the City of Cedar Rapids, the Library is the entry point for a microloan program targeting minorities and women. The Library Foundation, in partnership with the Transamerica Foundation, is supporting the Library’s role in the MICRO program by funding subscriptions for two web-based resources:, a LinkedIn Company, provides users with unlimited access to thousands of courses and how-to videos on topics such as photography, 3D animation, developer coding and business.
ReferenceUSA is the leading provider in business and consumer research providing access to business and residential databases to help users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds, locate people and even find jobs.
Reference librarians assist aspiring entrepreneurs with these tools as they develop business plans and begin the microloan application process. Library cardholders are able to access these databases using their library card number via the Library website as well.
Video Storytelling Project –While Library usage has climbed to record numbers, support and awareness of library services continues to be an area of opportunity. The use of video as an awareness tool has increased dramatically in the past few years, and the Library will enter the world of video storytelling in FY17. The Library begins this project with key goals to increase awareness of library services to non-users; increase use of specific library services; and increase awareness of the value of the public library. One way the Library plans to utilize its new video content is via a branded CRPL YouTube Channel.
Downloadable Audiobooks – Since 2008, the Foundation has funded the Library’s selection of downloadable audiobooks. Over the years, the selection has increased and patrons’ use of this service has multiplied. In fiscal year 2015, library users downloaded nearly 18,000 audiobooks via the Library’s website. Fiscal year 2016 saw more than 20,000 audiobook downloads.
Books & Materials –The Library’s books and materials are the consumables that keep our patrons engaged and equipped with well cared-for and maintained literature, videos, music, e-books and more. The Foundation has supported the Library’s collection budget since 1985.
Library Staff Development – The Foundation funds annual Library staff development as well as Library volunteer appreciation and recognition. In fiscal year 2016, Library staff listened as Center for the Future of Libraries Director Miguel Figueroa shared emerging trends relevant to libraries and the communities they serve. This year, staff will hear from an expert on storytelling and community engagement.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library challenges you to TAKE ON LITERACY in 2017! Join us in our 120th year as we connect with the community to find unique and inspiring ways to create a culture of literacy in Cedar Rapids.
In our area:
• More than 1 in 4 third graders do not read proficiently at the end of third grade. This increases to more than 1 in 3 for low income students.
• Students who are not proficient are 4 times more likely to not graduate on time, which increases to 13 times if they are also from a low income household.
The Library’s goal is to have 120 businesses and organizations participate in the challenge in 2017, its 120th year of public service. Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature, and we want to make Cedar Rapids the City of Literacy!
Examples from organizations who have already registered to participate include:
Cedar Rapids Roughriders’ reading program encourages classrooms to read a certain number of minutes. When the goal is reached, members of the Roughriders hockey team join the children at their school to play during recess.
Family Caregivers Center of Mercy will partner with our Library to develop a list of narrative books that family caregivers can read to the individuals for whom they care that have chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, diabetes, etc.
Inter-Religious Council of Linn County is exploring opportunities to encourage and educate on religious literacy in our community.
It’s easy to get involved. Simply visit our Library’s website at to register. The Take On Literacy page offers a menu where you can choose an option or create your own unique way to introduce reading and literacy into what you do.
Once you make a selection, we want to hear about it! We will highlight area businesses and groups promoting literacy throughout the year, demonstrating how the community of Cedar Rapids has come together to Take on Literacy in 2017. We hope you join us!
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Welcome to our New Members 2017-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

MLK Award Winners

On January 30 Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids was privileged to sponsor the Martin Luther King, Jr. “Service Above Self Award” luncheon.  This program focused attention on outstanding students within the community who best exemplify the values of Rotary and the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Each student was asked to name a charity of their choice and the club contributed $100 to each charity.   Eight student honorees were recognized this year.
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MLK Luncheon Rescheduled for January 30

Cedar Rapids Rotary Club presents
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Service Above Self Award Luncheon
January 30, 2017 
Noon to 1:00 
DoubleTree Hotel
We will be honoring 8 area high school students who have contributed to their communities and schools.
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The Martin Luther King Luncheon scheduled for Monday, January 16th has been cancelled due to the weather conditions forecasted for Monday.    At this time we have not confirmed a reschedule date for the luncheon.


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New Website


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).  

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News from our Outbound Student in Spain: Grace Bryant

News from our Outbound Student to Spain
Grace Bryant
November Report

Everything is still great here in South America and I'm very happy! School is out for the year and I'm currently on a 3 week tour of Patagonia which is AMAZING as I'm sure you've seen from my Facebook pictures! This past month, I have noticed my Spanish improving immensely. My host family and new friends are growing closer everyday and I don't find myself comparing ways of doing things to those in the US nearly as much. The holiday season has begun and I do miss my family at home a bit, but I'm attempting to bring the holiday traditions here. I cooked a giant thanksgiving meal and I plan on baking a boatload of Christmas cookies when I get back from my trip.

I am switching to my second host family at the end of this month which has me a little concerned because the girl who currently lives with these people has found them to be unreasonable at times and is not particularly happy like the rest of us. I'm hoping that if I have similar issues, rotary will not have an issue with me switching early to my third host family who I already know to be wonderful.

Again, thank you so much Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids for this opportunity. I am truly having the time of my life!

Grace Bryant
News from our Outbound Student in Spain: Grace Bryant 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0

Czech Village Bandstand Plaza

A big "thanks" goes out to all the volunteers from our club who helped to clean up the Czech Village Bandstand Plaza. This rejuvenation was possible because of your contributions through our Club Charitable Assessment along with a matched grant from our District!  
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Welcome RYLA Students

RYLA Students
Congratulations to our own RYLA leaders:
  • Sydney Barlow 
  • Grace Bryant 
  • Tyler Hewitt 
  • Ethan Lowder 
  • Andrew O'Neill 
  • Claire Schneiderman 
Our Club recently welcomed several RYLA students. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 14–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee.
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2016-2017 Rotary International Theme

Posted on Jun 27, 2016
Rotary Serving Humanity
RI President-elect John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”
2016-2017 Rotary International Theme Melissa Kopf 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0

Beautiful Music

Posted on Jun 27, 2016
Harlem String Quartet
Club members were recently welcomed to a meeting by the heavenly sounds of the Harlem String Quartet who joined us for a surprise performance. 
Harlem Quartet advances diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers.
Beautiful Music Melissa Kopf 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0