Posted by Bobbie Holliday on Dec 09, 2019
Program:  Brandon Bullock - HNI
Recap from the December 2, 2019 Club Meeting: 
Visitors:  we had 29  Muscatine High School students join us  - all 3.5+ GPA's.  They sat at tables with Rotarians that had careers in the fields that they are interested in. 
Happy News:  Erika Cox was happy that her daughter Sydney Cox was at the meeting with the 3.5+ GPA high school seniors.  Paul Fitzpatrick spent Thanksgiving with 24 family members and was also happy that the Hawkeyes won.  Karen Diercks had a good 'small business day' on Saturday.  Mike Ruby is leading the Salvation Army's red kettle drive in Muscatine.  The goal is collect $180,000 this year.  Please go to or call the Salvation Army office to be a bell ringer. 
Cow Bell Ringing:  Jessica Wittman rang the bell - our club has already reached the $1000 in donations to the Salvation Army - we have an anonymous donor that is matching $1000 to Salvation Army and another $1000 to the Rotary Polio Fund.  Congrats - but we can raise more, keep on giving if you can!!!  Bell was also rang for us raising $455 for our club through the holiday floral fundraiser. 
Club Business:  Sal LoBianco was presented with his 3rd Paul Harris pin.  Congratulations. 
Program:   Our program was Jen Von Kaenel with Junior Achievement (JA).  JA in celebrating its 100 year; for a century it has been committed to making our young people 100% ready for their future.   JA does this by providing students in kindergarten through high school with knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work-readiness and entrepreneurship.  JA started in Muscatine in 1985 with four middle school classes.   Jen shared a video with us titled "Empower the Future", it highlighted the power of JA.  The second video she shared with us was a moving testimonial of an adult and how JA changed his life.  Jen also shared many statistics of JA - JA alumni make 20% higher income than the general population,  1 in 3 JA alumni credit JA for influencing their career decision, 88% are satisfied with their career, 67% more likely to have an advanced degree, 30% more likely to have a bachelor's degree.   If you would like to be a JA volunteer, please go to   Thank you Jen. 
Our next meeting will be noon on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Rendezvous.