Local Rotarians

Building Brighter Futures Together

There are so many people we meet here who touch our lives and offer their trust and friendship so that their child has an opportunity to receive medical help.  One very special kid is Fernand0–he certainly has a special place in our hearts. Fernando’s father, Ricardo, is a nurse at a private hospital in Guatemala…

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Reconstructing Lives

The Iowa MOST team is 2 days into surgeries, and there have been a wide variety of needs: tooth extractions, obturators (when the palate cannot be closed), cleft lip, cleft palate, tubes in ears, and a tonsillectomy.  Many kids with cleft lip/palate have ENT (Ears, Nose, Throat) needs. The team works together closely, assessing our…

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Screening day-2018

We are excited to start posting about the 2018 Iowa MOST mission!  Most of the team arrived on Thursday around 9 p.m. after a long day of travel by plane and by bus. Friday was a day of organization and preparation and things went smoothly enough to allow most of the team a few free…

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Iowa MOST 2017 mission will begin this week!

This week marks the departure of the Iowa MOST team for the 2017 mission to Huehuetenango, Guatemala. It will be the 12th year of this successful Rotary project, thanks in large part to the amazing partnership between the Iowa medical team, District 6000 Rotary Clubs, the Rotary Club of Huehuetenango, and Dr. Oscar Marroquin, and…

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Dental Outreach to Remote Schools in the Western Highlands

February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday … Reflections from Team Member Susie Poulton Today some members of our Iowa MOST team went to visit three schools in the highlands of Guatemala. The sky was cloudless and the scenery was beautiful as we were driven another 5,000 feet into the mountains on very windy roads.  The first…

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Another great day in Guatemala!

Reflections from District 6000 Governor Elect Chris Knapp Sunday was the first day of medical procedures at the hospital for Iowa MOST.  The surgeons and nursing staff had an excellent day of surgeries and recoveries.  The patients had excellent care from our expert team.  Additionally, the dental team was also busy with patients.  Their patients often…

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Iowa MOST Experience from District 6000 Rotarian DG Elect

Friday morning was our first Breakfast together as a team. Dr. John Canady, our Medical Team Leader briefed us on what our day will be like, unpacking the supplies from last year, and acquainting ourselves with layout of the new hospital renovation. The private hospital where Iowa MOST operates has added two new surgical rooms,…

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Adios, Gary!

Gary Pacha has served as the Iowa MOST Team Leader for the past ten years exemplifying the “Rotary Serving Humanity” theme of the upcoming year. This year Gary will step back from the annual cleft missions to Huehuetenango. Though he won’t be on the flight out of Cedar Rapids with the rest of the team…

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Iowa MOST 2016 Countdown to Guatemala

In just two days, the 2016 Iowa MOST team will be headed to Huehuetenango, Guatemala!  This year’s team of 42 very dedicated and generous individuals will spend Feb 4th to 14th changing the lives of dozens of children who currently face each day with the severe challenges of being born with cleft lip or palate. …

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Thanks for 10 Amazing Years in Guatemala!

This year marked our Iowa MOST’s 10th trip to Guatemala.  Some have come every year; for others, it was their first time.  But no matter how many times you go, it’s always a life-changing experience. Personally, I’ve felt so supported on this trip, by people at home as well as in Guatemala.  Everywhere we went,…

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