Posted by Bobbie Holliday on Dec 10, 2018
Program:  MCC Choir Performance at MCC - Student Center
Invocation:  Erika Cox
Recap of December 3, 2018 Club Meeting: 
Guests:  Jim Meenan - New Editor of the Muscatine Journal, guest of Marv Krieger. 
Happy News:  Marv Krieger invited us all to Kriegers to donate to Toys for Tots.  Naomi DeWinter had a good time at the symphony Saturday night.  Megan Francis is happy that Sunnybrook is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.  We are all welcomed to join the celebration on December 14 at 4:30.  Holly Thomas-Koehler reminded us that December 5th is the Rotary day to ring the bell for the Salvation Army.  Scott Ingstad was happy the Muscatine Symphony performance was good on Saturday and 1st National Bank was one of the sponsors.  John Kuhl wanted to thank Don Timmerman for doing the program today and to remind us that in 2 weeks Chuck Long will be our speaker  - please RSVP if you are bringing guests.  Harvey Allbee shared with us that George H.W. Bush came to Muscatine in the 1980's to campaign and Harvey got to ride next to him in the car and received a thank you note from President Bush.  Erika Cox let us know that on Wednesday, December 5th - Tony Tone and Cristian Lopez will be competing at Hy-Vee - ringing the bells for Salvation Army. 
Club Business:  Raffle drawing was held for Les Miserables tickets at the Hancher.  Michele Rhoades from United Way was the winner.  Please report you Salvation Army donations - we have an anonymous donor who will match up to $1000!!  Please RSVP if you plan to bring guests to the Chuck Long program on December 17 - it will cost $10 per guest  - to cover food expenses. 
Program:  Don Timmermann spoke to us about the Women's Prison Ministry.  The Wish Ministry is comprised of a volunteers through churches across the country.  There are currently 13 houses in the country that house women after they have been released from prison.  #14 house has opened in Davenport, IA.  The 'houses' give the women a safe place to live, training them to become employable, how to budget, get GED's, teach parenting skills to help them get their children back (if they had children prior to entering prison).  The 'houses' gradually transition them from prison to the real world.  It costs $70,000 per year for a woman to be held in prison.  It costs $1700 a year to sponsor a woman in one of the ministries houses.  The average stay for a woman is 1 year.  Let Don know if you would like to sponsor a woman and also if you know of employers that will hire.  Thank you - Don. 
Next meeting will be held at MCC - Student Center on Monday, December 10, 2018