September 20, 2010

The program on the 20th is Shriner's Hospitals


September 13th Guests

Jeremy Heinesch, Rotary Exchange Student from Belgium


September 13th Happy News

Bill Phalen reported that his daughter in law had twin baby girls.  The whole family is doing well!


Barb Christensen's daughter is studying to be an interpreter and signed the national anthem at a ball game recently.


Paul Kraushaar shared that since May of this year he has lost 40 pounds!  If anyone wants to know more about how he did it there will be a free informational program about it on September 30th.   Please see Paul for details.


David and Jeannie Stanley just got back from London from the world taxpayer association conference so they were unable to watch the Hawkeyes game but were excited to be able to follow it play by play on the blog.


There were several more Hawkeye donation celebrations.


September 13th Announcements

The invocation was by Dan Ramsey and the songs were led by Denny Taylor.  Since we missed the Iowa/Iowa State "steak or beans" dinner the Iowa supporters got to sing the Iowa Fight Song as one of the song selections.


Rotary Moment was information about the district 6000 quarterly newsletter statistics.  Tom shared that the Muscatine Rotary Club ranks 3rd in the district for foundation giving, but 50th in the district for attendance. 


Barb Christensen and Pam Collins talked about the on Wednesday the 22nd at 6:00 p.m. at the Riverfront.  This is the third time Ballet West will dance in the area.  There will also be several University of Iowa dancers joining the troupe to perform.  The Button Factory is providing food for dance troupe but they are looking for other groups willing to feed the dancers in the evening.  Please let the Community Foundation know if you are interested in helping.  If the performance is rained out it will be cancelled and not rescheduled. 


Bill Phlean announced that Rotary will provide the ushers for the evening at the Ballet.  If you would like to help, please contact Bill at .  Ushers will need to be in the stage area by 4:30 p.m. and would be asked to wear your Rotary shirt.


James Elliott announced that SunnyBrook has arranged for cellist Evan Drachman to play concerts at SunnyBrook communities of Muscatine, Burlington and Mount Pleasant.  Evan Drachman is the grandson of Gregor Piatigorsky, one of the most famous cellists of all time.  Evan is himself a highly respected cellist who has played with orchestras around the world.  He is touring with accompanist Mary Au.  The concert is Tuesday, September 21st at 6:00PM at SunnyBrook in Muscatine.  It is free and open to the public. 


Barb Christensen reminded us about the Murder Mystery night on October 16th.  YPN will be invited, as well.  The guest night will be presented by the Pearl City Players at the Rendezvous.  Watch for more details to come.


Tim Nelson is organizing fall picnic which will be on October 5th in WeedPark. 


Mike Ruby talked about the District 6000 training session that is coming up this fall.  This year the conference will be held in West Liberty.  This is a great way to get to know other Rotairians from other Rotary Clubs in the area.  The emphasis is on three major areas:  Foundation, Membership, and Public Relations.  If you are able to attend, please take advantage of this opportunity.  The session is on October 13th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in West Liberty.


Tom announced that there was a Special Projects committee meeting following the meeting on the 13th.


Other Items

Marilyn Smith shared with me that she sent in three articles to the District 6000 Newsletter and two of them were published!


Rotary shirts have arrived - please see Mary Wildermuth if you ordered one.


Thanks to everyone for reading the bulletin.  And, sorry about the confusion I caused last week with the omission of the date of the "no meeting" Monday.  Please feel free to let me know if you ever find an error, if I've missed something, or if you'd like to have something added to the bulletin.  You can always see me at Rotary or email me at  


September 13th Program

Rick Ray with the Salvation Army gave a "Member Profile" since Muscatine Curbside Recycling had to cancel.


Rick transferred into our Muscatine Rotary Club from the Galesburg Club several months ago when he and his family were transferred to Muscatine with the Salvation Army.  Rick told us about himself.  Be sure to introduce yourself to him if you missed it!