Posted by Mary Wildermuth on Mar 12, 2018
Program for March  12, 2018:  India Water Project Follow Up with Manasi Nadkarni and Mary Odell
Invocation: Larry Hetzler
Happy News:  Guests today were Marilyn Smith and Cathy Kuhl.  Dana Miller potential new member was also present.  Mike Ruby shared information and invited participation in the Toast to Rotary Events on April 12 and April 13. Registration forms are on the tables. Keith Porter shared his new grandpa news... with his first new granddaughter!! Melanie Alexander invited members to the ISU Faces Exhibit. Megan Francis was happy that youth in our community can be involved in so much including Basketball, Jazz and yes Jr. Pom!! She also invited one and all to the Music Therapy Workshop at Sunnybrook.  Rich Dwyer encouraged all to vote in the Local Option Sales Tax election tomorrow. Kim Warren is proud of her son and his 9th placement in the state swim meet.  Scott Instad encouraged a trip with the Muskies to state to see MHS Basketball compete with Joe Wieskamp!! Shane Orr is proud of his son's participation in the Jazz Ensemble.
Readings for new members included Dana Miller for the first time and John Bradford for the second reading.
Program:  John Kuhl introduced  Brian Dollinger who is the Symphony Conductor for Muscatine, Clinton and yes a symphony in Hawaii. Brian thinks the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra is one of Muscatine's best kept secrets.  Muscatine has had a symphony since the late 1800's. The current iteration came back in 2000 as the inspiration of Jan Phillips.  Brian came on the scene in 2003-2004.  The group does 7 performances a year of which 2 are free. The symphony has been involved in 7 musicals and won the State of Iowa Volunteer Award. The line up of guest perfomers has been broad ranged and international in nature.  Brian's goals are to fill the hall and to get kids under 18 involved. Kids come free!!  The Symphony image is changing as Brian's philosophy is to come as you are and enjoy the spirited musical performances!! Variety, diversity and fun!!