Recap from the March 14th, 2022 Meeting.
Meeting Run by President: John Kuhl
Invocation: Naomi DeWinter
If you are interested in getting on the list for invocation Please reach out to Rick Gosney;
Guests: Heather Morrison (Lutheran Living) -Final Reading for Membership
Happy News/Announcements:  A Reminder the funds from Happy News go towards our scholarships.
Mike Wedell- For the last 2 years has been wearing a mask at work and for all Bayer related work, enjoying 1st day not having got wear a mask.  
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-
Club Announcement:
  • Board will be meeting after the regular meeting next week.
  • 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 months ago Mike Ruby extended a challenge to match up to $500 in donations made to Rebuild Together Muscatine County.  We are just $150 from reaching the matching fund amount.  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. Two week’s remain for this match, funds will be presented the first week in April.
Greg Harper-
            Continuing local Cycling store and family business since his father bought the store in 1966. Providing local expertise and knowledge to the area.
Cycling in Muscatine-
            Harper’s cycle Founded by Greg’s dad, Charlie, who bought Zag Garage and Cycle shop in 1966.  Zags garage as located where the current Merrill Hotel is. Moved to current location in 1975.A banner with the old brick building sits above the register in the store today.
Also started the Melon City Criterium which will be going into it’s 42nd year as part of the 4 day memorial day weekend bike races.
            Muscatine Trail System is a work in progress, started with a 5 mile trail from GPC to Weed Park…but that was just the start. Had expanded to include Deep Lakes Park, through Kent Stein Park, by soccer fields and up Houser to Discover Park.  The trail includes many access points and even has fix it stations at the River front. Trails committee continues to meet to think of ways to enhance the trails and experience for families and visitors to Muscatine 
            Local Melon City Bike Club has been in existence for 40+ years hold rides on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Cycling is both social and physical, does not need to be competitive.  Melon City Bike Club has supported RAGBRAI Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. This year will be 49th year, and Greg is one of 3 people who has ridden at least one day of every RAGBRAI. RAGBRAI has ended in Muscatine 6 times.  Greg continues to keep Muscatine in the forefront of RAGRBAI planning and support.
            COVID-19 helped the cycling industry as people picked up the past time, causing a shortage in Bicycles.  Starting to catch up.  With gas prices increasing we may see another increase in interest in cycling as a transportation option. 
Upcoming Meetings: March 21st- Expansion of Trinity in Muscatine, March 28th- Senior Resources Programs and Services, April 4th- What is Cyber Crime & Ransomware?
Missed Monday’s meeting?  Check out the program recording-
Topic: Weekly Meeting
Date: Mar 14, 2022 11:13 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting Recording:
Access Passcode: Rotary#1