September 27, 2010

The District 6000 Governor, Gary Welch and his wife Colleen will be visiting and Gary will be speaking.


September 20th Guests

Jeremy Heinesch, Rotary Exchange Student from Belgium

Karey Hawkins , Muscatine High School Counselor

Danielle Abdalla, Muscatine High School Guest

Tyler Beauchamp, Muscatine High School Guest

Paige Allison, Muscatine High School Guest

Joaquin Alvalos, Muscatine High School Guest

Sonya Aguilar, Muscatine High School Guest

Cassandra Ballensky, Muscatine High School Guest


September 20th Happy News

CORRECTION FROM LAST WEEK:   Bob Jensen was NOT happy that his daughter in law had twin baby girls - because it was Bill Phelan's happy news not Bob's.  Sorry about the mis-type and congratulations to Bill on being a grandparent!


Keith Porter congratulated the MHS Marching Band's success on Saturday, the 18th. They travelled to Fort Madison and Mount Pleasant to compete in two marching competitions.  At Fort Madison, The Mighty Muskies earned the Fan Favorite Award, Best Drumline Award, and 1st place in Class 4A.  In the evening at Mount Pleasant, the band earned 3rd place, and received the traveling trophy for the highest combined score from the two competitions! 


Caren and Larry Luke spent the week helping her parents paint their home and then had the opportunity to go to Branson on a photo shoot with their son for Bass Pro Shops.


Doug Schnoebelen and his wife, Nance, celebrated an anniversary.


Diana Gradert's grandchild, Amy, was in the Wilton Homecoming Court.


September 13th Announcements

The invocation was given by Karen Diercks and songs were led by Denny Taylor.  September Birthdays were sung to Sarah Ingstad, Robert Jensen, Zach Klipsch, Mike Ruby, David Stanley, and Gary Wiescamp.


Judi Holdorf spoke about the Ballet in Park in which Ballet West II appeared in a free performance on the riverfront in Muscatine on Wednesday, September 22.  The performance was presented by The University of Iowa's Hancher in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine and the Muscatine Cultural Alliance.  Muscatine Rotarians acted as ushers to the nearly 900 people who attended the event and enjoyed a beautiful performance.


The Muscatine Rotary picnic will be on Tuesday October 5th at 6:15 PM at the Weed Park Tennis Court Shelter.   If you and your family would like to come, please email Tim Nelson at with your reservation no later than Friday September 1st.   He'll then let you know what dish to bring to share (a salad or dessert).   And, S'Mores will be served for dessert!  


September 13th Program

Shriners Hospitals by Carl Van Kuren


Shriners Hospitals are a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.  Carl shared a lot of history and some great stories about this wonderful organization.  Carl said he knows Rotary has it's own fundraising plan and he was not asking for money but did ask us to do one thing - the Shriner's collect pop tabs to recycle and when schools and organizations get involved it helps out a lot.  In the 10 years they've been doing this program they have collected over 338,016 pounds of aluminum through tabs!  To learn more about this organization, visit


In recognition of today's presentation, the Muscatine Rotary Club will donate a children's book to the Musser public library with the Shriner's Hospital name inscribed in the front of the book.