Posted by Bobbie Holliday on Jun 17, 2019
Program:  Mary Pruess - WQPT in Muscatine
Recap from the June 10, 2019 Club Meeting: 
Visitors:  Gage Huston and Mike Haskins were guests of Erika Cox.  Brian Prussman, Janelle, Tapia and Dalani Weber and their mother's were guests today - they are students that will be attending RYLA in July at Grinnell College. 
Club Business:  Hope Robbins completed her blue badge challenge and was awarded her Blue Badge.  Congratulations Hope!  July is the next billing cycle for Rotary - reminder that you can set up ACH for your club dues. 
Happy News:  Holly Thomas-Koehler let us know of 2 Relay for Life fundraisers.  June 13 at Contrary Brewing and June 15 and 22 at Chicharos.  Also of 4 dates for 'Almost Friday Fest' - June 27, July 25, Aug 22 and Sept 26 at Riverside Park.  Greg Jenkins needs parade marshals for the 4th of July parade and registration is open for the parade - best float will win $300 Grand Champion Award.  Frank Iliff is happy that Rebuilding Together Muscatine County will be installing 4 window air conditioners into elderly or disabled homes this week.  Megan Francis let us know about the Longest Day at Sunnybrook - on June 21st (summer solstice) from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.   Naomi DeWinter was happy that the Muscatine Youth Choir is performing the National Anthem at the Quad City River Bandits game tonight.  Diana Gradert was happy that her 3rd Great grandchild was born.  Craig Utley was happy for the beautiful weather.  He was also happy that his daughter has in internship this summer with Ulta Beauty.  
Program:  Our program was Shelley Hansen from Four Oaks Foster and Adoptive Family Connections.  Shelley has more than 20 years experience as a social worker.  Shelley is the training coordinator and recruiter for the southern quarter of Iowa for Four Oaks.  In the Four Oaks area for the year 2017 - 2188 children were referred to foster care and there were 1076 families licensed to provide foster care.  In Muscatine county there were 28 foster families and 126 children in need of foster care.  There is a large unmet foster need for care.  What can you do:  1 - become licensed to foster children, 2 - become licensed to provide temporary respite care for foster families, 3 - spread the word regarding the need for foster homes.  Most children are adopted by a family member or foster parent.  About 1/2 of the children put in foster care return home.  For more information:  Thank you Shelley Hansen. 
Our next Rotary meeting will be June 17 at the Rendezvous.  See you then.