Recap from the Sept 12, 2022 Meeting.
Meeting Run by President: Naomi DeWinter
Invocation: Rob Yant
Guests & Potential Members: Lucas Gantner (Salvation Army) and Taylor Thorpe (Addington Place)
Membership: Carol Webb (1st Reading)
Happy News/Announcements:  All Happy News funds go towards our scholarship awards.
Keith Porter- Keith will perform in the Radio State production of Encore for Murder on Saturday night at Muscatine High School. General Admission Tickets for the performance are $15. For those interested in a VIP evening, $50 tickets include premium seating, admission to the after-party at the Merrill Hotel, an autograph, and a Q and A session with both Collins and Sandy. Tickets to both can be purchased at, with all proceeds going to benefit Art Center employees and programs. Frank Iliff- Thank you to everyone that came out to the Rebuilding Together Muscatine County Business After Hours last week. It was a wonderful evening. Rich Dwyer- Contributing $3- ($1) for his 34th Anniversary, ($1) for his son getting married, and ($1) for his new daughter-in-law. Lindsey Phillips- The 12th Annual Community Block Party Friday night was a successful event with over 400 attendees, and let’s hear it for The Muskies’ beating Bettendorf Friday night. Mike Wedell- Celebrating his 35th Anniversary. Lucas Gantner- Happy for his first happy news announcement. On Friday night, Skinny’s BBQ hosted a concert to benefit the Salvation Army, bringing in $100. Sunday morning, over 50 people attended Rally Day Activities. Megan Francis- This week is Direct Support Professionals(DSP) Week. DSPs' work is essential in the lives of individuals with disabilities. This week we are celebrating the dedication of Crossroads 40 DSPs with gifts and Spirit week activities. Sunday, Megan's son's soccer team took 1st place in the 9U boy's division during the Muscatine Soccer Club Fall Classic. Mike Ruby- Encourages club members to consider helping with the Food Truck Fight on Saturday and Almost Friday Fest on Thursday, September 22nd. These are easy and fun club fundraisers supporting community service projects. To get involved, email Megan Francis at
Club News:
  • Last call for The Food Truck Fight Beer Tent fundraising opportunity on Saturday, September 17th. Volunteers will receive Free T-shirts and swag.  2 shifts are available: 11:30-4p pm or 3:30-8 pm.  For more information, please get in touch with Megan Francis at
  • Pictures submitted for the social media challenge will post over the next week. If you still need to submit a picture of yourself participating in an activity outside your work environment, last-minute entries will be accepted through Friday. Send photos to Megan Francis at Like, follow, and share the Rotary Club of Muscatine’s Facebook page, @MuscatineRotaryClub. The Challenge winner will be chosen by the number of post likes and by our RYLA attendee Kate Schlawin.
  • Mark your calendars for the last Almost Friday Fest this summer, September 22, 2022. We are looking for volunteers for the Food Tent. The shifts are 4-6:30 pm and 6-8:30 pm. For more information, please get in touch with Megan Francis at
  • We have 2 board positions available. Please see Naomi for more information.
            Don Lampe: Habitat for Humanity
Don Lampe: Retired from HNI after 40 years of service. Don has been working with Habitat for Humanity for over 15 years. Habitat for Humanity has been active in Muscatine County for almost 20 years and has built 11 houses.
Habitat for Humanity is about giving people a hand up, not a hand out. The homes built by Habitat are not free; candidates for a home are assisted in securing an affordable interest-free home loan through community partners. Candidates (Partner Families) must contribute $300 in sweat equity into the home’s building. They are provided classes to ensure they can maintain the house physically and financially. The Habitat for Humanity walks alongside the Partner Family for the duration of the loan. Habitat is continually looking to bring more affordable housing to Muscatine County.
Individuals and Organizations are invited to join build days every Friday from 8 am-4 pm. The current home is on 7th and Oak. No skills are required. There is something for everyone to do. Challenge: 1. Stop by and check out the projects. 2. Gather a group to volunteer. 3. If you know of a family that fits the need for a Habitat home, reach out to the organization.
Meeting Recording:
Passcode: Rotary#1
Upcoming Meetings: Sept.19th – Health and Wellness with Impact Fitness. Sept. 26 – Stanley Center Living Building Challenge. Oct.3 – Lutheran Living Safety Committee Findings