Last week Dan Nielsen handed over the reigns as Winterset Rotary President to Jim Mease. 

This is Jim’s second go around as he served as Rotary Club President from 1997 to 1998. Mease was congratulated for stepping forward once again and putting “Service Above Self”, the motto of the club. Some of his goals include growing Winterset Rotary membership, improving the clubs visibility, making special donations to CRISP this fall, helping to reduce food insecurity in our community, and enhancing the Rotary can and bottle donation site. Mease has also been serving as Winterset Rotary Foundation chair from 2015 to 2019, increasing Foundation giving seven fold. 

“We certainly appreciate the sponsors of our three running events held during the spring, summer and fall and all the people who donate their cans and bottles to Rotary enabling us to in turn give back to our community through our many projects. Our dedication of the Rotary Skate Park in early June is a recent example,” Mease said.

Passing the Rotary gavel

Jim Mease accepted the gavel and the position of new Rotary Club president from Dan Nielsen.


Mease has been employed with Farmer’s & Merchants State Bank for 47 years, currently serving as Vice President and Trust Officer and member of the Board of Directors. 

Jim and his wife Sue have been married for 45 years and have two children and three grandchildren. In addition to serving Rotary for 27 years, Jim is also an active member of the First Christian Church, Madison County Health Trust and the Winterset Quarterback Club. 

Sarah Simon was named president-elect for the following year, Dan Nielsen will serve as treasurer, Heather Riley as secretary and Chris Bertelson will serve as Foundation and membership chair. 

Rotary International, founded in 1905, has 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs and 200 countries. The Winterset club was founded in 1922 and has been making a difference in community with projects like the Rotary maze and Bocce Courts, Dictionaries for kids, Chimney Swift Tower, Birthday in a Bag, a trio of foot races, the Winterset Skate Park and now the “Drive Carefully – Protect Our Children” signs.

Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019 – 20, “Rotary Connects The World”, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.