Posted by Mary Wildermuth on Apr 23, 2018
Program for April 23, 2018: LULAC with Nick Salazar and Mike Reyes
Happy News: Erika was surprised on her birthday with a cake from the club!! Erika updated members on the great turnout for the Toast to Rotary Meetings, including great support from our club. Over 600 Rotarians attended the 3 sessions around the state.  District 6000 won the Trailblazer Award for the Bike Project with over 1875 being purchased including the match from the company. We are in the process of reviewing scholarship applications. Persons interested in applying for the Rotary Grant for the Trails project should contact Erika. Upcoming projects are Service Above Selfie, RYLA, Follow the Music Day in honor of Dick and Mary Jo Stanley and a hoped for bustrip to the Rotary Headquarters and Cubs Game. Karen Diercks was happy that her granddaughter received 5 1"s at the State Vocal Contest. Mike Ruby was pleased with the success of the Toast to Rotary Meetings and the continued contributions to the Bike Project. Jessica Wittman thanked Shane for getting Erika's Birthday Cake. Dana Miller 's daughter was accepted to L& M's NHS. Erika thanked Marv Krieger for the 50th Anniversary newspaper article regarding our Rotary Club with John Stevens as President.
Program: Naomi DeWinter, Diane Stanley and Steve Hall provided an informative program on the EICC Culinary Lab at the Button Factory.  Diane teaches hospitality courses and Steve is the Chef.  Steve has a culinary background working for a time in Chicago and then the Casino Boats. He opened Johnny's Italian Steakhouse in 2000 and was there through 2016.   Enrolled students are from Muscatine High School and MCC. The programs are designed to provide hands on experience as either an apprenticeship or internship. The students are getting lots of practice at various local restaurants and events.  Experience is being gained at The Merrill and at Geneva Country Club to site a couple sites.  The students shared their talents at the recent Legends Fundraiser honoring Helen and Stan Howe.  The Howe Foundation gave 6 new culinary scholarships at the event.  Steve is planning on a Summer Camp for 14-16 year olds this summer on June 13 and 14.