Recap from the Jan. 24, 2022 Meeting.
Meeting Run by President: John Kuhl
Invocation:  Frank Iliff
Guests: Charles Keene- University of Iowa College of Business (Guest of Naomi), Michelle Kelman- Visiting Rotarian
Happy News/Announcements:  A Reminder the funds from Happy News go towards out scholarships.
Diana Broderson Diana will be retiring in March, after almost 25 years with the Y. The Y will be having and Open House Feb 18th from 3-6pm. Naomi DeWinter: Happy to have Charles as her guest returning to Muscatine from University of Iowa College of Business- they are working together to expand opportunities for students. Micah Colbert- Feels accomplished fixing a broken couch he had, and excited about some new businesses he is working on insurance with.  Happy to see the economy thriving Larry Hetzler- Thursday night if the first night of Eagles and Ivories.  Event goes all weekend long, Find a day to attend. Megan Francis: Excited for another 49er Win.
Club News: Membership: Second Reading for Micah Colbert for membership to the Club.
Fundraising: We are starting A Super Bowl Square Fundraiser. Squares are $20 each and can be purchased at club meetings, by mailing a check to Rotary Club of Muscatine, P.O. Box 1121, Muscatine, IA  52761, or contact Megan: for other payment options. Squares will be randomly generated following our February 7th Club Meeting and payouts awarded at the Feb 14th Club Meeting. * Payout for team scores at end of 1st (10%), 2nd (10%) & 3rd (10%) Quarters and Final Score (20%), 50% of the proceeds will benefit our Rotary Club.
Reminder: A few weeks ago Mike Ruby extended a challenge to match up to $500 in donations made to Rebuild Together Muscatine County.  You can make a donation to Rebuild Together through our club or report an individual donation to the club and we will track the donations and report when the match is met.
Presentation of Human Trafficking Proclamation Presented at City Council Thursday night. Our Rotary Club will be working with the League of Women voters on prevention and education about Human Trafficking in our community.  Thank you Rob, Naomi and Carolyn for your work and representing the Club for this proclamation.
The board decided to join the Greater Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  We will join a number of other service groups and will start sharing the benefits or membership with club members.
Ryan Streck- Director, Utility Service Delivery
Ryan joined MPR in 1998 and previously held positions in customer facing and service delivery in outside services, engineering and systems control. He represents MPW on the board of Mid West Municipal transmission group, Muscatine Community Improvement Action team and Muscatine trails committee and previously, as a Wilton resident, was a volunteer firefighter and EMT.
Line 106 Line Construction Update-
Why is MPW building a new transition line? In planning we need to be able to keep the lights on with the loss of 2 major elements in system. Currently there are 2 transmission lines that go to the south side of town so if we lost those two, what is left to keep the lights on. In past to meet planning criteria we have used large coal generating fleet, with Powering the future initiative we will reducing the size of that fleet and in time transitioning to alternate options. Transmission study started in 2016 to make sure we were meeting transmission planning criteria. Need identified and partner found in CIPCO who also identified the need to increase the power transmission in the area. Partnered to split the cost and get more reliable grid for both. Design and IUB Franchise approval continued through 2021, then procurement and construction.
6.2 mile construction project will tie in the CIPCO substation and then from there they will take it all the way into Davenport.
Full line on private property, when working on easements with and owners.  For landowners some decisions were made including pushing distribution underground, and purchase of steel poles that will require little to no maintenance, minimizing need to disrupt private land. Careful consideration has been taken for the landowners during construction. This winter has been perfect for construction with good frost but little snow to get in the way. Project will increase capacity and reliability for the future. Project should come in about $2.5 Million under estimate of $17 Million.
Upcoming Meetings: Jan. 31 – Expanding a Small Media Company Through a Pandemic, Feb. 7- Update on the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
Hybrid Programs- Everyone is welcome to join the meeting online or in-person as it meets their needs. Zoom link remains the same each week.  Meeting ID: 810 8593 8537
Enjoy a recording of Today’s meeting at
Topic: Weekly Meeting
Date: Jan 24, 2022 11:37 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting Recording:
Access Passcode: Rotary#1