November 15, 2010

Program for Today:  Muscatine Center for Social Action

November 8, 2010 Guests: Carolyn Airola, Muscatine Symphony Orchestra President, Mary Ann Lambert, wife of honoree Tom Lambert

3.0 Seniors:  Tia Hagy, Emilee Fuhlman, Kayla Ganzer, Leah Griffin, Amber Glaspie and Karey Hawkins, current 9th grade class counselor. 

Potential New Members:  Chris Ingstad 
Rotary Exchange Student:  Jeremy Heinesh

Bill Phelan provided the invocation and Scott Ingstad was the enthusiastic song leader!!

Incoming President Mike Ruby shared information about the Rotary Foundation and noted that November is Foundation Month.

Happy News:  Paul Krauschauer was fortunate last week to be in Washington D.C. at a conference, at which he heard Patch Adams speak.  Paul was inspired and encouraged us to avail ourselves of the opportunity to hear him.

Bill Phelan was pleased that the Hawkeyes had achieved another victory!!
Mike Ruby was inspired by the fabulous Fall weather to put up his Christmas lights last weekend...

Tom Lambert was honored with the Club Service Award for his 24 years of dedicated unrelenting service to our club by auditing our books.  Jim Stein shared a brief bio and Mary Wildermuth explained the award and named previous awardees as a Muscatine Rotary Club Shirt was presented to Tom as a token of appreciation.

Brian Dollinger, Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Conductor shared the historical progression of the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra now in it's 7th Season!!  In the first year the orchestra played 5 concerts and a Chamber Concert for the community.  He mentioned that in season the orchestra members practice together for 2.5 hours weekly. There is a waiting list for non local players wanting to participate in the MSO. 

A Christmas Concert including the Elks Chanters, MCC Singers and the Salvation Army will be held on December 3, 2010 to celebrate the Christmas season. Admission to the concert will be a canned good which will be donated to the Salvation Army Christmas Program.

Additionally, Brian and the Board have a great vision for the Symphony and well know and understand that great community support and a well rooted audience will continue it's growth for years to come.