Serving as president of the Rotary Club of Waukee was not something Devin Boyer always considered for his personal bucket list.
Boyer grew up in Cedar Rapids, graduated from Kirkwood Community College with his associate of arts in business, and then studied finance and economics at the University of Northern Iowa. As he embarked on a career in banking and finance around Des Moines, Boyer recognized that getting involved in philanthropic work would offer opportunity. He sought a service organization with broad appeal that would allow him to serve both the local community and on a larger scale.
“Rotary offered that,” said Boyer. “The great thing about Rotary, no matter where you may live, you can get involved in national and international projects and help have a positive impact around the world.”
Although he lives in West Des Moines and is busy as an assistant vice president at Bankers Trust Co., Boyer noted Waukee’s vibrant Rotary Club and realized the organization’s Thursday morning meeting fit his schedule. After joining, he embraced all the Rotary Club of Waukee offered and began building both personal and professional connections. Five years later, he relishes the number of good friends he has made and is proud of the ways he has been able to give back.
According to Boyer, Rotary in Waukee has a strong focus on youth, supporting an Interact Club at both the middle and high schools. It also supports Operation Warm, a charitable campaign bringing new coats to children in need.
“This year, we hope to take care of around 260 new coats for children,” Boyer said.
Being involved with the local Rotary provides members with connections to projects on a more far-reaching basis as well.
“We are often involved in district projects that serve Iowa and throughout the Midwest,” he said.
The chance to make a difference around the world is a major aspect of Rotary that Boyer especially appreciates.
“We partner with other charitable groups for all kinds of international relief efforts such as improving water quality in South Africa,” he said, stressing Rotary’s focus on service above self. “The greatest thing is your Rotary experience can be whatever you want it to be. There are so many opportunities. The networking is great; it’s a great chance to meet people; and it provides a chance to become a better person."