Rich Klahn recently started his new leadership role as president of Rotary in Clinton. Find out more about him in this week’s edition of Meet Your Neighbor.
How long have you been a part of Rotary?
I’ve been in Rotary probably since 2009 or ‘10, probably seven years.
What made you want to get involved?
I know Rotary is a very strong community-oriented, service-oriented organization in Clinton. It serves the entire Clinton area and I just wanted to get more involved in the community.
Do you have any specific goals now that you are the Rotary president for a year?
One of the things we are going to be working on is to plant one tree for every Rotarian and we have right now about 94 members. The goal will basically be to plant 100 trees. That is a Rotary International goal. Rotary has about 1.2 million members worldwide so hopefully about 1.2 million trees worldwide will be planted this year.
Our district is district 6,000 which is basically the southern half of Iowa and we have a district project going on where we are working with an organization called World Bicycle Relief and that’s an organization out of Chicago. They make bicycles (right now they’re working with Zambia), they’re providing these bikes to kids that can ride them to school where previously maybe they walked miles to school. We’re raising funds to buy as many bicycles as we can for these people in Zambia.
What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
Spend time with my family first and foremost and take trips with my family. We like sports, play a little basketball. We took a couple family vacations this year, actually this summer was more travel than we normally do. We went to the Rotary International convention, which our club sends the incoming president every year along with their significant other. We came back and then four days later left on a family trip to Disney World, with my parents and my brother’s family; we all went down together. We just got back last week from northern Minnesota’s Leech Lake. Way more trips than we normally take in a summer but it was fun.