At their first regular meeting in July, the Rotarians of West Polk County gathered at Toyota of Des Moines in Grimes. After traditional welcomes and introductions, the first order of business was a ceremonial transition. For the past year, Ben Chamber (Middendorf Insurance Associates, Inc.) has been the President of the club. The Rotary year runs from July through June, so Chambers (pictured R) “passed the gavel” to incoming 2018/19 President Jason Kerndt (VisionBank) (pictured L).
Much was accomplished during the past year, including financial support and/or service projects for the Dallas Center-Grimes school district, the Grimes Food Pantry, Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS), Freedom for Youth, Hope Ministries, and many more. The Club prides itself on its service work and its vision, which is not only local, but regional and in some instances international in scope (via the good work of Rotary International).
The good work of the Rotary Club of West Polk County, a growing club, will continue under the new leadership. According to Kerndt, “We intend to continue to grow the membership of the Club so that we can not only match the initiatives of the past but build upon them to do much greater things in the future. We are nearing our fundraising goal to advance a planned veterans monument in what will be the new Heritage at Grimes town center park area.”
The Club raises funds through member donations and one major event annually; the Grimes Mayor’s Bike Ride (aka. “Tour de Grimes”).