President SchraderBachar received a letter from John Hewko, General Secretary and CEO of Rotary International stating the following.   A similar letter is being sent to Colleen Welch. 
Dear Steve, 
I was saddened by the news of the death of Past District Governor Gary Welch, and, on behalf of President Gordon McInally and the members of the Board of Directors of Rotary International, I extend sincere sympathy to the members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
Gary's life truly reflected Rotary's motto of Service Above Self.  His involvement in Rotary, and especially his service as district governor in 2010-2011, are greatly appreciated.  He will be missed by many.
Gary's death will be included in a forthcoming issue of Rotary magazine.