#862, Club Bulletin, June 27, 2022
Recap from the June 27, 2022 Meeting.
Meeting Run by President: John Kuhl
Invocation: Bob DeKock
Guests: Michelle Kelman- Visiting Rotarian
Happy News/Announcements:  All Happy News funds go towards our scholarship awards.
Rob Yant- Rob enjoyed an Amtrack trip to Buffalo, NY, last week for a family wedding. Frank Iliff- Frank enjoyed camping with his family. Mike Ruby- Mike had a great time volunteering at the Rotary tent at Almost Friday Fest. He encourages others to get involved. Mike was part of the committee that reviewed the 26 District grant applications for this year. Over $100K were awarded. The Muscatine Club did not apply this year. Mike encourages club members to think of project opportunities for 2023/2024. Sunday, Mike attended the gavel passing for DG- Steve Weineke, who selected Mike as a mentor for her DG year. Rick Gosney- Rick is happy to have his son, wife, and grandson in town for a visit. This will be Rick’s last meeting with the Muscatine Club. He was relocated to the QCA and will be looking for a club closer to his office. Mike Wedell- The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup. As an ice girl for the team, Mike’s daughter will receive a cup ring. Naomi DeWinter- Naomi took a moment to acknowledge John’s final meeting as club president and Thank him for his last year of service. The July issue of the Rotary magazine highlights the $15 million Rotary International has donated to Ukraine. Scott Dahlke- Scott is excited to share the Habitat for Humanity house has a basement. This is an exciting addition to the housing projects in Muscatine. Michelle Kelman- A big thank you to the Muscatine area for their outstanding support of Go Purple for Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month in June! We appreciate your ongoing support of our mission to the community.
Club News:
Community Event:
  • The first Almost Friday Fest club fundraiser is in the books. The club took in a net $150. It was a quiet night, but we learned a lot and will be prepared for the final 3 events. We ask club members to share with family and friends about the club food tent. Thank you to everyone who volunteered: Scott Ingstad, Erika and Jason Cox, Frank Iliff, Mike Ruby, Marc Hines, Mark Roberts, John Kuhl, and Rich Dwyer. Mark your calendars for the next Almost Friday Fest, July 21st.
  • Check your calendar for availability to help serve as a Block Captain for the GMCCI 4th of July Parade. Block Captains assist in lining up parade floats from 2-5:30 pm.  
  • We have 2 board positions available on the 1st of July. Please see Naomi for more information.
Club Announcement:
  • In response to the war in Ukraine, our Rotary Club has decided to contribute $1000 toward Rotary International support efforts.  We ask club members to consider a donation to match this contribution. We cannot become complacent about the devastation that continues.
  • Presentation of Paul Harris pin for Mark Roberts. The Paul Harris Fellow recognizes contributions to the Rotary Foundation of $1000. This is a prestigious recognition, and we thank Mark for his commitment to Rotary.
            Lindsey Phillips- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) provides mentoring in three ways; school-based, community based of school based+. Why is mentoring so important? 1 in 3 youth do not have a positive role model in their lives. An adult role model can be the difference in a child’s life, encouraging them to future success. BBBS makes it easy to become a big to a kid in need. BBBS hosts match events and provide activity supplies to help grow positive relationships. Volunteers provide over 9000 volunteer hours. There is 59 youth waiting for their match. Following the pandemic, BBBS has struggled to connect with businesses in town in the same way they did before the shutdown. Many offices have not returned to the same in-office or community activities. If you know of a business or organization looking for volunteer opportunities, Lindsey would love to give them a presentation about the opportunities with BBBS.
Upcoming Meetings: July 4th- NO MEETING, July 11th- Gavel Passing
Missed Monday’s Meeting? Enjoy the presentation recording listed below. 
Topic: Weekly Meeting
Date: Jun 27, 2022, 11:41 AM Central Time (the US and Canada)
Meeting Recording:
Access Passcode: Rotary#1