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2109 N Brady St.
Davenport, IA  52803
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The time has come to install the 2015-16 Rotary Club of Davenport Board of Directors and Officers.  Join us as we take time to recognize and thank the outgoing board members and welcome in the new Rotary year.

Here from one of the Quad Cities busiest promoters.  The Rotary Club of Davenport welcomes Joe Taylor from the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau to its Monday, June 22 meeting.

We’re going back to the basics of vocational service.  Highlighting vocational service in the world of Rotary is a time for Rotarians to focus on their vocation and its importance to their local community and society at large. On Monday, we will spotlight one Rotarian and their vocation while learning more about how vocational service is the very essence of Rotary. It is truly what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations.

Clair Peterson was named Tournament Director for The John Deere Classic just prior to the 2002 PGA TOUR Event.  Clair came to the Tournament from Deere & Company where, during his 27-year tenure, he was one of the original group that helped launch John Deere’s Golf & Turf division in 1986, serving as Manager of Advertising and Promotion for 11 years.
On Monday, June 1 we will welcome Sherry Ristau, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Great River Bend.  Sherry will speak about her personal journey will also sharing information about the Community Foundation and its impact on the regional community while also giving us a glimpse into the future.

Rotary will not be held on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.  Meetings will resume on Monday, June 1 with speaker and Rotarian, Sherry Ristau, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Great River Bend.

In the Fall of 2014, Davenport Community Schools opened the Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities, housed in community arts facilities throughout downtown Davenport and supported by arts partners from across the Quad Cities. The Creative Arts Academy offers experiences in five disciplines based on participants interests, including Communications and Media Arts, Dance, Music, Theatre and the Visual Arts. In its first year, the Creative Arts Academy served three audiences: 1) a first cohort of 6th graders; 2) Dream students (high school juniors and seniors aspiring to careers in the arts) and 3) the general community. Incoming 6th grade students and Dream students will be required to audition into the program, but community offerings and workshops will be open to all. In preparing for its second year, the Creative Arts Academy will expand to offering both 6th and 7th grade instruction, while continuing to offer the Dream program for high school juniors and seniors. The CAA will also continue to offer new and varied offerings and workshops for the surrounding community.

Generally, the term fire prevention brings to mind actions taken to be safe at home such as installing smoke detectors, practicing home exit drills, or maintaining clear storage around water heaters. These are great fire safety practices for individuals at home. But, everyone must also have confidence that when at work, shopping, or eating out, the buildings they are in will protect them from fire. Comprehensive community fire prevention has many facets including plans review, fire systems test observation, commercial inspections, and extinguisher training, as well as education for all ages. Davenport Fire Chief Lynn Washburn, Fire Marshal Mike Hayman, and Public Education Officer Mark Kakert will share the mission and resources of the Department to ensure comprehensive fire prevention for our community.

THE SULLIVANS (DDG-68) is named to honor five brothers from Waterloo, Iowa who served together on the USS JUNEAU during World War II. The Sullivan brothers: George, 28; Francis, 27; Joseph, 24; Madison, 23; and Albert, 20; lost their lives during the Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942. They were adamant about serving together in spite of the Navy wartime policy to separate family members. Surviving the brothers were their parents, Thomas and Alleta, their sister Genevieve, and the youngest brothers wife, Katherine, and their son, James. The family today includes two grandchildren of Albert Sullivan: Kelly Ann Sullivan Loughren and John Sullivan.

On Monday, April 27th the Club held its annual scholarship presentation, awarding $58,500 in scholarships to six incredible high school seniors. The scholarship committee reviewed 54 applications and the following six were chosen to receive scholarships.  Congratulations to the 2015 Rotary Club of Davenport Scholarship Recipients (From L to R):
Guadalupe Chavez ($10,000 Recipient, Davenport West); Letha Wallace ($10,000 Recipient, Davenport Central); Bennett Robertson ($10,000 Recipient, Davenport North); Joyclyn Behren ($2,500 Recipient, Mid City High); Riley Behan ($10,000 Recipient, Davenport Assumption);
Carina Grady ($16,000 Overall Recipient, Davenport 

Major General Kevin O’Connell became the Commanding General, Army Sustainment Command and Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois on August 21, 2014. O’Connell is a native of Clinton, Maryland and a graduate of High Point College, North Carolina. He was commissioned through Army ROTC in 1982.
His Command assignments include the 289th General Supply Company, Fort Hood, Texas; 11th Armored Cavalry Regimental Support Squadron, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California; 1st Infantry Division Support Command, Kitzingen, Germany; 1st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Riley, Kansas and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Taji, Iraq; and Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois. 
Jason's Box is committed to improving the health and well-being of our military men and women.  Jason’s Box was founded in honor of CPL Jason G. Pautsch, KIA 10 April 2009, Iraq. Among Teri’s most cherished possessions is a beautiful walnut chest filled with items from Jason’s military service. She simply calls it Jason’s Box. It was a gift given to her by an Army Lieutenant Colonel with a heart for God and for soldiers. The story behind Jason’s Box has inspired Teri to keep giving and to send special gifts from home to our troops deployed around the world. Col. Joe Tirone (Ret.) will join us on Monday to talk more about Jason’s Box and Patriot Place Veteran’s Resource Center and what they are doing to help QC area military personnel as well as help veterans as they transition from the service to civilian life. 

Mayor Bill Gluba will deliver his eighth “State of the City” address at the Davenport Rotary Club at noon on Monday, April 6.  The mayor said he is excited to share his message with our Rotary members.  He will highlight the City’s strong growth, balanced budget, record spending on streets and the positive business climate that he has helped create through his relationship building with businesses of all kinds.



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