Recap from the Nov. 28, 2022 Meeting.
Meeting Run by: President Naomi DeWinter
Invocation: Mike Ruby
Guests: Gage Huston (MPW), Lynsey Krusie (CFGM), Meghan Custis (CFGM), Dana Allen (Merrill), Gretchen Nollman (ADG/Merrill)
Online Participation: We continue to offer a hybrid meeting each week. Members are invited to attend via zoom or watch the recorded presentation anytime.
Happy News/Announcements:  All Happy News funds go towards our scholarship awards.
Naomi DeWinter- Sending congratulations to Rotarian Marc Hines and his wife on the arrival of their son, Ira. Keith Porter- Keith is excited to have Mark and Krista here to share information about the Living Building project. Last week the Stanley Center held a staff retreat in town. One of the highlights was a scavenger hunt coordinated by the Chamber. Keith enjoyed a day with his granddaughters and visited the Art Center- Elephant and Piggie exhibit. Melanie Alexander- The Muscatine Art Center has received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Melanie enjoyed her son’s first swimming competition. Mike Ruby- Mike recently returned from a beautiful cruise to Central America. Mike encourages everyone to sign up to ring the bell to support the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. You can find open shifts and locations at or call the Salvation Army at 563-263-8272. Frank Iliff- at 2 pm, Frank will be at Fareway Freezing for Food and collecting food donations for the Salvation Army. Food donations can be dropped off at Fareway or HyVee all week. Megan Francis- Now through the 18th, five Muscatine bars compete in the 2nd Annual Stuff the Stocking Challenge. The bar to collect the most donations for the Senior Christmas Basket program will win the 2022 Stocking Stuffer award. Help your favorite bar Stuff their Stocking this holiday season and give a gift to a senior in Muscatine. Naomi DeWinter- MCSA and community partners received a grant to build 3D houses. The initiative will be partnered with certificate programs through MCC to assist homeowners with long-term sustainability. Naomi thanked Clint Christopher for helping the Ukraine families with school registration.
Club News:
  • IBAT- Businesses Against Human Trafficking- Thank you to the businesses that have committed to “Learn Something and Do Something” to help combat human trafficking.  
  • We have two board positions available. Please see Naomi for more information.
  • Follow the Rotary Club of Muscatine’s Facebook page, @MuscatineRotaryClub.
Stanley Center for Peace and Security Living Building Project-
Mark Seaman, VP, and Director of Communications
Krista Regennitter, Program Officer for Global Education
Max and Betty Stanley Established the Stanley Foundation in 1956. There was no hesitation when deciding on Muscatine for the Stanley Center Headquarters. The Living Building Challenge encompassed the Staley Center’s mission to catalyze just and sustainable solutions to critical issues of peace and security by driving policy progress, advancing effective global governance, and advocating for collective action.
The Living Building has 6 petals:
            Place- Restoring a healthy relationship between nature, place, and community.
Water- Creating developments that operate within the water balance of a given place and climate.
            Energy- Relying on renewable resources.
Health and Happiness- Fostering environments that optimize physical and psychological health and well-being.
Materials- Building with products that are safe for all species through time.
Equity- Supporting a just, equitable world.
Beauty and Design- Celebrating design that uplifts the human spirit.
The project challenged the design team, contractors, and community partners to collaborate for innovative solutions. The challenge is being met through 105% solar energy, rainwater capture, windows and light, material sourcing, gardens, exercise, and universal access.
Once completed, this project will be the 2nd Living Building remodel in the entire world. Learn more about the Stanley Center of Peace and Security and the Living Building Challenge on their website,
Missed Monday’s Meeting? Use the link below to enjoy the presentation recording.
Passcode: Rotary#1
Upcoming Meetings: Dec. 12- Riverbend Food Bank, Dec. 19- Muscatine Lock and Dam Overview, Dec. 26- No Meeting, Jan. 2- No Meeting.