Recap from the March 7th, 2022 Meeting.
Meeting Run by President: John Kuhl
Invocation: Rob Yant
If you are interested in getting on the list for invocation Please reach out to Rick Gosney;
Guests: Heather Morrison (Lutheran Living) -2nd Reading for Membership
Happy News/Announcements:  A Reminder the funds from Happy News go towards our scholarships.
Shane Orr- The United Way offices are moving this week.  New address 615 Cedar St, suite 200 (above Community Bank) Kim Warren- Muscatine Community Y Manta Ray Swim Team are State Champions for their Division for the 2nd year in a row. Kim’s son had a great weekend at state getting some of his best times. Melanie Alexander- Happy to be back at meeting in person, has been attending meetings online.  Thank you to the Rotarians who came out to see the Lego exhibit. Rebecca Paulson- The new Muscatine Magazine is out in mailboxes last week.  If you do not receive one or would like extra please contact Rebecca. Micah Colbert- Celebrating his wife returning to in person workplace and happy for things to be returning to some normal activities and connections. Naomi DeWinter- GMCCI has started search for the next CEO. Thank you to Rebecca who will be stepping into an interim leadership role during the search. Megan Francis- Enjoyed the Wilton Actors Guild performance of CLUE this weekend, highly recommend getting tickets next weekend.
Club News:
Community Event:
  • Rotary will be participating at Bowl for Kid’s Sake on March 26th at 2pm.  John Kuhl, Megan Francis, Mark Roberts, and Micah Colbert have committed to bowling so we will need 2 more players to fill the team.  You do not have to be a good bowler to participate.  We encourage everyone to attend the event even if you are not bowling it will be a great afternoon of fellowship. Contact Megan to join our team-
  • Rotary is looking to team up with HyVee for a Summer Fundraiser at the Almost Friday Fest events.  To assist in staffing the food tent our club will receive 50% of the proceeds from each event.  Events are once a month May-Sept and would require 3-4 volunteers to cover the food tent.  More information and sign ups to come.  
Club Announcement:
  • We are happy to offer a Hybrid option for meetings allowing members who are not able to join us in person to take part in the meeting.  Note the Zoom Link remains the same each week, if you can not find the most recent email containing the link any past email will work.  Please reach out to John or a board member if you ever have trouble signing in online.
  • A few weeks ago Mike Ruby extended a challenge to match up to $500 in donations made to Rebuild Together Muscatine County.  Current donations amount is just over $300.  You can make a donation to Rebuild Together through our club or report an individual donation to the club, we will track the donations and report when the match is met. We would like to present donations at the first meeting in April.
Melanie Alexander-
            Melanie received her BA in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University and has been the director of the Muscatine Art Center since 2012. Melanie has history of directing both art and history organizations in her early career teaching home school classes and organizing events.
Muscatine Art Center Update-
            Frequently asked about the collections at the Art Center.  The Collections are: Musser Family, Mississippi River, Iowa Regionalists, Muscatine History, Early American Pattern Glass, Iowa Art Pottery, Mary Musser Gillmore, Historic Toys, Costume Collection.
There is an exciting line up of Exhibitions for coming:
  • Junior High & High School Art Exhibition
  • Art Array 2022
  • Where Children Sleep an exhibit including pictures of children from around the world next to pictures of their sleeping areas
  • Captivated by Japan: Laura Musser McColm & Her Era
  • Sean Fitzgibbons: What Follows is True – (Normal Baker’s Crescent Hotel)- should be an opportunity to meet artist
  • Elephant and Piggie In We are Art!- a great kids exhibit
  • Marc Sijan’s Figurative Sculptures- life size realistic sculptures of people
  • Portraits of Alexander Clark House by Bob Campagna
The Art Center offers an array of ongoing art classes and programs: open studio for families, mini masters programs for kids, special events and enjoys partnerships a number of community organizations.  Visit the Facebook page to stay connected.
Historic Preservation of the Japanese gardens, project is being supported in part by a grant awarded by the National Park Service.
Upcoming Meetings: March 14th- Cycling Opportunities in Muscatine, March 21st- Expansion of Trinity in Muscatine, March 28th- Senior Resources Programs and Services
Missed Today’s meeting?  Check out the program recording-
Topic: Weekly Meeting
Date: Mar 7, 2022 11:44 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting Recording:
Access Passcode: Rotary#1