About our Club

WEEKLY MEETINGS

The Washington Rotary Club meets weekly for lunch, song, conversation, and learning on Thursday's at Noon. Our meetings are at the Washington Community Y in the 3rd floor Y's Mens Room. This is a great gathering of local community leaders that is refreshing and uplifting.


DIRECTORS

2017-18 President - Lynn Koch
President Elect - Kurt Sorensen
Secretary - Amber Trettin
Treasurer - Terry Engelken
Rotary Foundation - Ray Poe
Membership - Lynn Koch
Immediate Past President - Michelle Redlinger
Public Relations - Brandi Hemsley
Youth Exchange - Denise Erpelding

Club Board Meetings are held the 3rd Thursdays of the month  at 7am on the 3rd floor of the Washington Community Y in the small meeting room on the East side of the building.  All members are invited.  This meeting can be used as a makeup for missing a regular Thursday.

Membership in the Rotary Club of Washington includes membership in Rotary International, the largest service club in the world.

MEMBERSHIP FEES and Associated Costs

Members are sent an invoice quarterly for meals and dues:
Weekly dues @ $3.10     Weekly meal @ $7.50

Other associated membership cost:
Paul Harris Fellow, minimum $100.00 per year, billed $25 per quarter (this is a contribution to our Rotary Foundation)
Turkey dinner fund raiser, pie assessment @ $20.00
Turkey dinner fund raiser, not working a shift @ $20.00
Turkey dinner fund raiser, all members must buy or sell 10 tickets @ $11.00 each =  $110.00
June Award Dinner replace weekly meal with cost of dinner @ $15.00
Guest meal at the Award Dinner is $15.00 per guest

Members can also be asked to contribute to:
  • Rotary Justice, weekly fines for appearing in the “news”
  • Brags or Announcements are also weekly fines
  • Polio Plus, spare change jar to help raise money to eradicate Polio world wide
  • Other fund raising efforts that may occur during the year

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

  1. Club members will identify prospective members and invite them to a meeting.
  2. If the guest expresses interest, they can be invited to become an Associate Member.
  3. The prospective member would become an Associate Member for two (2) months.  At the end of this time they would be asked to become a full member of the Club.
  4. During the time as an Associated Member, the Club would have the opportunity to explain and promote our programs, projects, and service involvement in the community.
  5. The Associate Member will pay no dues or meal charges since they are not an official Rotary member.  They would participate in activities and projects of the Club.
  6. The Associate Member would wear a special name badge at Club functions.
  7. There would be no charge to the sponsoring Club Member of the Associate Member.  The Club will pay any and all charges during the initial period.
  8. The Club would absorb the cost (if any) of meals.


CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

  1. The member will be a “senior officer” of the corporation/business, and can have a second person representing he/she in their absence.
  2. Meals; club, district, RI dues; assessments; and Paul Harris sustaining membership dues will be the responsibility of the primary member.
  3. If both (senior officer and representative) attend a regular Club Meeting at the same time, the second person will be charged for a meal.

SCHOLARSHIPS - Turkey Dinner

Each September, the Club puts on a Turkey Dinner at the United Methodist Church in downtown Washington for between 600-700 people. The proceeds from this community service project go towards college scholarships for graduating seniors at Washington High School. This is the Clubs primary local service project.


SERVICE PROJECTS

In addition to the annual Rotary Turkey Dinner, the Club has helped numerous projects throughout the community.


FAMSCO

FAMSCO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1990 by the Rotarians of District 6000 (Iowa) for humanitarian purposes. FAMSCO is a 100% volunteer organization and has shipped more than 70 vehicles and over 200 tons of equipment and supplies to those in need. The Rotary Club of Washington has played an integral part of the development and growth of FAMSCO over the years.


IOWA M.O.S.T. (MILES OF SMILES TEAM)


District 6000's Miles of Smiles Team has made a better life for children born with cleft lip and palate.  The Iowa Most organization of District 6000 has sent a Medical Team to Guatemala on Missions to repair facial deformity of the lip and palate.  First, an "advance team" travels to inspect the medical facility and later the entire support team and supplies reach the area to be served.  A team led by former District Governor Gary Pacha and Rotarian Doctor John Canady, from the University of Iowa have cultivated a strong collaborative partnership with Rotary in Guatemala. Future missions are in the planning stage for the western highlands of Guatemala. 
Follow their website at www.iowamost.org and their blogs at iowamost.blogspot.com.