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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


Posted by Johanna Smith on Oct 09, 2014

Rotary will not be held on Monday, October 13 in observance of Columbus Day.   We return on Monday, October 20 with guest speaker, Barry Butler, University of IA Provost.  


Posted by Johanna Smith on Oct 02, 2014

On Monday, The Rotary Club of Davenport Charitable Giving Committee in partnership with the Davenport Rotary Board of Directors will award over $16,000 to fund projects and support organizations in the community and abroad that provide basic human services, serve youth, and meet community needs.  Proceeds generated from the 2nd Annual Rotary Club of Davenport WingFest presented by M.A. Ford this past June, funded the awards. 


Posted by Johanna Smith on Sep 25, 2014

Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks is an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) who most recently served for three years as the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health. During her tenure, she showed passion for improving the healthcare and quality of life for Iowans.  Dr. Miller-Meeks learned that a lot can be accomplished by putting partisanship aside for the greater good of the people of Iowa.

Mariannette enlisted in the United States Army at age 18 and retired honorably from the reserves as a Lt. Colonel. During those 24 years, active duty and reserve, she served as a private, nurse, and physician.

She and her husband, Curt, live in Ottumwa. They have two grown children, Jonathon and Taylor.

For more information about Dr. Mariannette Miller—Meeks, visit Miller-Meeks for Congress.

Statement from Miller Meeks for Congress at


Posted by Johanna Smith

It’s time to take a break from our regularly scheduled noon lunch meeting and head to Rivals for an after work social.  Join us on Monday, September 22 for a vocational service program.  We will meet from 4:30—6:00 pm at Rivals Sports Bar & Grill located at 1720 Kimberly Road in Davenport.  Rivals won the 2013 & 2014 “Rotary WingFest Best Wings” contest.  Guests are $13.


Posted by Johanna Smith on Sep 11, 2014

For almost 40 years, Chris McCormick Pries has worked at Vera French Community Mental Health Center and is currently a Board Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and the Clinical Director. Chris is also a major provider of community services for individuals, educators, counselors, and care givers in the Quad Cities. She is involved with Jason’s Box, the Mental Health Legal Task Force, Eating Disorders Consortium, the Safety Net in Peril Committee, a trainer for the Davenport and Bettendorf police and a public speaker bringing awareness to eradicate the stigma of mental illness. Chris has dedicated her life to providing quality, accessible and comprehensive care to those suffering from mental illness and has worked compassionately to make their lives more complete.

In January, she was honored by the Vera French Community Mental Health Center with the Courage and Compassion in the Advocacy of Mental Health Award for her efforts and contributions to improving conditions for people with mental illness.

Join us on Monday to learn more about Vera French Community Mental Health Center and their work to enhance the mental health of all in our community by providing quality, accessible and comprehensive care.


Posted by Johanna Smith on Sep 04, 2014

Benjamin Loeb

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is turning 100!  Rotarian and Quad City Symphony Orchestra Executive Director, Ben Loeb, will be our guest speaker on Monday, September 8.  He will be sharing more on the 100 year history of the organization as well as what they have planned for the upcoming season.

Ben is an accomplished pianist and has performed in venues throughout the world.   He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Harvard University, a Master of Music degree in Accompanying from the Curtis Institute of Music, a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Accompanying from The Julliard School, and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Conducting from the Peabody Conservatory. In addition to the Greater Bridgeport (CT) Symphony Orchestra, Loeb was also the founder, executive director, and music director of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras. Ben has extensive teaching experience; he was one of the first piano faculty members of the El Paso Conservatory of Music and is the founder, administrator, and member of the conducting faculty of the International Conducting Workshop and Festival, which has presented master classes around the world for over 11 years.


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