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President Paul E. Johnson
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Treasurer Bob Sharp
Rotary Foundation Dennis E. Hoaglin
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Immediate Past President Gary Loss
Public Relations Brad Martell
International Service Brock Earnhardt
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Director Rob Scott
Director Maggie Tinsman
Director Christopher Townsend
Director Mark A. Zimmerman
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Posted by Johanna Smith on Nov 27, 2014

Amber Wood, new Executive Director of the Moline-based chapter of the American Red Cross will present “A Day in the Life of YOUR American Red Cross” on Monday, December 1.  She will discuss the various efforts taken on by the American Red Cross to prevent and relieve suffering around the clock in our region and beyond.

Amber will serve a 19-county region, including the Quad-Cities area, west-central Illinois and northeast Missouri. She has a bachelor's degree in communications technology management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a master's degree in organizational management from Ashford University in Clinton.

She was most recently the executive director for the Clinton-based Red Cross chapter and has been active in a variety of community-based groups.


Posted by Johanna Smith on Nov 20, 2014

November is “Foundation Month” on the Rotary calendar.  Rotarian Brock Earnhardt will talk about how our club, District 6000 and Rotary International are doing good in the world with Rotary Foundation Grants.

Brock Earnhardt retired in 2009 as President of Iowa American Water Company after a 42 year career in the public water utility business in eight states, the last 23 years in Iowa.  Brock is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Davenport and a past assistant governor of District 6000.  He presently serves the Rotary district as a member of the District Rotary Foundation Committee and as chair of its District Grants Subcommittee and Global Grants Committee.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of District 6000 Humanitarian and Education Foundation.  He serves his home community as a volunteer in several not-profit organizations.


Posted by Johanna Smith on Nov 13, 2014

Jane Schmidt, Iowa Teacher of the Year will present “Iowa Core—The Game Changer,” at Rotary on Monday, November 17.

Schmidt is a 30+ year veteran teacher from Maquoketa Community School District where this past year she taught 8th grade literacy in the morning and served as Director of Professional Growth and Student Learning in the afternoon.  This school year she is traveling Iowa serving as an Ambassador of Education as Iowa Teacher of the Year.  Her work is dedicated to nurturing not only a love of reading and writing but also a deep understanding of their importance in today’s informational age. Her career began in special education in a variety of settings – self-contained, resource, co-teaching, and eventually full integration of services.  While earning a Master’s in Special Education and working with special learners, she developed a passion for literacy, earning certification in both Reading and Language Arts.  In 2004, she achieved National Board Certification in Early Adolescence/English Language Arts.  She has worked in Maquoketa for 25 years with most of those years teaching middle school students writing and most recently literacy.  In May 2013, she earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a desire to influence change within a system. As Iowa Teacher of the Year, she serves on the Iowa Outstanding Educators Advisory Council and the Department of Education Bureau of Educator Quality. Yeats wrote, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”  According to Jane, “As educators, it is this belief that we must light a fire that keeps us striving for continuous improvement for both our students and ourselves. Every year we have an opportunity for new journeys with students, and lifelong learning is the key for that journey to be meaningful.” 


Posted by Johanna Smith on Nov 06, 2014

Rotary will not be held on Monday, November 10 in observance of Veteran’s Day.  We will return on Monday, November 17 with guest speaker and 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Jane Schmidt.  Jane is a longtime teacher known for her leadership, her ability to connect with students, and her commitment to improvement.  She is a 33-year teaching veteran from Delmar and is currently an eighth-grade literacy and language arts teacher at Maquoketa Middle School in the Maquoketa Community School District.


Posted by Johanna Smith on Oct 30, 2014

It’s time for the 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off.  It will be held from 6—9 PM at River Music Experience.  We have a variety of chili cooks lined up to share their cooking talents with the club.  There are also a number of other Rotarians who will be providing baked goods for the event.  PLEASE RSVP so food can be planned accordingly.  Plan on bringing your spouse/significant other, kids and friends for an evening of food, FUN and entertainment! 

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Posted by Johanna Smith on Oct 23, 2014

Rotarian and Figge Art Museum Executive Director, Tim Schiffer, will be the guest speaker at the Monday, October 27 membership meeting.  Tim will be presenting on the exhibition “Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum,” which will open at the Figge on November 15 on its first stop outside New York City on a national tour. The works in the exhibition range from paintings to quilts to woodcarvings, furniture and weathervanes that were made from the 18th century to the 21st. The exhibit explores the idea of the “self-taught” as a uniquely American trait.

Tim Schiffer is the Executive Director of the Figge Art Museum. Prior to coming to the Quad Cities in 2012, he was Executive Director of the Museum of Ventura County in Southern California. He holds 

Posted by Johanna Smith on Oct 16, 2014

P. Barry Butler was appointed provost of The University of Iowa in May of 2011, after serving as interim provost since October 2010. Prior to his appointment, Butler was dean of the UI College of Engineering, where he holds the rank of full professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.  He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979 and 1981, respectively.  He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1984, also from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1984.

Butler has worked as a visiting research fellow for the U.S. Navy and Sandia National Laboratories and as a visiting faculty member at Université de Provence in Marseille, France.  He is active in a number of aerospace-related instructional and research activities at UI.  He currently serves on the boards of several state and national technology-based organizations committed to economic growth and the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, including the American Wind Energy Association, for which he also serves as research committee co-chair.  He serves as the Governor's delegate to the Aerospace States Association.  Butler is an active participant in Iowa’s STEM Initiative, and has been a strong advocate for working with industry, community colleges, and Iowa’s K-12 educators to promote STEM education.  

Biography from the University of Iowa at


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