April 18, 2011 Club Bulletin # 370

Program for Today: Muscatine Community School District Update

April 18 Invocation by: Sue Dravis

Guests for April 11, 2011: Jake Adams, Jake Mueller, Robin Graettinger, Annabel Graettinger, Drake Graettinger, JoAnn Spaulding and Nora Dwyer along with Jeremy Heimisch.

In Coming President Mike Ruby warmed us up with some comedic jokes he asked of specific tables...there were laughs and groans!! He then reminded us of the Rotary District 6000 Convention in Ankeny on April 29 and 30th. We will pay registration for any interested Rotarian. Mike then told us about District 6000 top clubs who have netted 20-33% growth in members since January 1, 2008: Bettendorf, Decatur County,Corridon, Greater Des Moines and Manning!! This is a great feat!!

Correction in name spelling and more details: Phil Vischer the Veggie Tales writer and Muscatine native will be the keynote speaker at the Salvation Army Annual Dinner on May 13, 2011 which will be at Geneva Golf and Country Club. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling the Salvation Army.

Happy News: Dawn Sturms Dodd thanked the community for their great support of the Family Resources New Beginnings Fund Raiser on Saturday evening. She mentioned that Jessica Ingstad came away with a lovely necklace. Grandpa Harvey Allbee stepped to the plate again and told about Cassie Allbee (3 times in the Muscatine Journal in 2 weeks). This time she is in the cast of Will Rogers Follies which will be staged at MHS on Thursday,Friday and Saturday evenings (April 14-16)

Program: Jeff Miller introduced our Americanized Belgian Kid...Jeremy who delighted us with his rendition of this past Rotary year. He told us Begium has a King and a Prime Minister, is made up of 12,000 square miles (3 times less than Iowa) but has 3 times more people and those people can speak 3 languages!!

The favorite foods in Belgium according to Jeremy are beer, belgian fries, chocolate, belgian waffles, and crepes.

Jeremy has been accepted into college and will be a business major at Lovan Neuve University. He stated that becoming a Rotary Exchange Student was one of the best decisions of his life. It has enabled him to improve his English, meet new people, given him a break between high school and college and helped him check his limits. It has helped him live with great families and have an exciting experience.

Before Jeremy heads back to Belgium he will perform at the International Rotary Conference in New Orleans, travel throughout the United States with other Rotary kids and visit Colorado one more time with the Dwyer's!!

Jeremy we have enjoyed getting to know you as much as you have enjoyed being with us here in Muscatine this year. We wish you the best as you return home and head to college!! But we welcome you back !!