Rotary District 6000 Governor Erna Morain was a special guest a few weeks ago at the Winterset Rotary Club’s regular meeting.

Rotarians shop to support local food pantry

Rotary District Governor Erna Morain visited Winterset recently. Among her activities locally, Morain helped local Rotarians to shop for food to help supplement the food pantry. Morain (above at left) is pictured with Rotary President Jim Mease, MATURA Madison County Outreach Director Anne Withers, Hy-Vee Store DirectorBrian Osmanski, and Rotarian Bob Kaldenberg, Steve Morain, and Rotarian Chris Bertelson.


Governor Morain, along with her husband, Steve, and Assistant Governor Devin Boyle, joined in as part of her tour of all 66 clubs in her district. Winterset was Morain’s third visit, part of a personal goal to visit all clubs in her district. Morain is a member of Waukee Rotary, and was recently installed as District 6000 Governor for 2019-2020. 

Food insecurity is an extremely important issue for Morain, as well as Winterset Rotary Club President Jim Mease and other local members. As part of his goal to reduce food insecurity here in Madison County, Mease encourages local Rotarians to bring food items for the food pantry to the weekly meetings. Club members also donated funds and coordinated with the local food pantry to secure a list of needed items.

Rotarians  surprised Governor Morain on her visit, taking her on a “shopping spree” at the Winterset Hy-Vee. Morain, along with several Winterset Rotarians, shopped the isles and filled a grocery cart with those items. After shopping, the food was delivered to Anne Withers, Outreach Director at MATURA Madison County. 

“I had a lot of fun with the club members, and real satisfaction that we could make a difference for those who needed our help in the Winterset area,” commented Morain as they finished the delivery. 

To continue their visit of Winterset, Governor Morain was then given a guided tour of all of the wonderful projects Winterset Rotary has accomplished over the years, including the Rotary Maze, Bocce Ball Courts, Rotary Skate Park and the new can collection site. 

“The Winterset Rotary Club is always finding ways to have a good time while they serve their community in so many ways,” said Morain. 

Rotary International’s theme for 2019-2020 is “Rotary Connects The World”, which 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. Taking action against food insecurity is an important and meaningful way to connect.