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We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
The Outing Club
2109 N Brady St.
Davenport, IA  52803
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Sally Mason became the 20th President of the University of Iowa on August 1, 2007. Trained as a cell developmental biologist, she also holds a full professorship in the Department of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Currently, President Mason is overseeing a historic era of campus transformation, including rebuilding in the wake of the historic 2008 flooding, especially the renewal of an arts campus for the 21st century; the construction of a state-of-the-art children’s hospital and biomedical discovery research center; and the first new residence hall since 1968.  At Iowa, President Mason has also spearheaded a sustainable university initiative, making sustainability a central priority of all aspects of the university enterprise. Under President Mason’s leadership, the UI has successfully met current economic challenges through careful planning, strategic prioritization, and increased efficiency. 
We’ve had a month of fun on the road, but it is time to return to The Outing Club.  Join us on Monday, March 2 as we welcome Doug Rick, the I-74 Project Manager for the Iowa DOT.  His presentation will include an overview of the I-74 corridor in the Quad Cities which includes a much needed replacement of the Mississippi River Bridge.  Doug will share some of the unique design elements of the bridge and will provide an update on the status of the project including work that will take place this year.  He will also discuss costs and proposed schedules for the project. 

We have reached the end of “Field Trip February.”  We will finish the month with our quarterly evening meeting at Front Street Brewery’s Freight House Location.  Join us from 4:30—6:00 PM for a fun, light-hearted meeting.  Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.  Appetizers will be served and a cash bar available.  Guests are $13.  This is a great opportunity to network and fellowship with your fellow Rotarians.

Rotary will not meet on Monday, February 16. Join us on Monday, February 23 for an evening meeting at Front Street Brewery's Freight House location. Networking begins at 4:30 PM.  

It’s time for the club’s annual Valentine’s lunch at the Rogalski Center.  Each of the high school’s have lined up entertainment for the lunch and Eloise has collected several donations for the raffle.  Tickets will be 1-$5 or 3-$10 so bring a little extra for the raffle. A buffet lunch will be catered by Sodexo. 
The parking officers have been instructed to relax ticketing from 11:00 - 1:30  during the event.  Disability parking spaces are available near the Rogalski Center.  Additional parking can be found on the corner of Gaines and Lombard Street. 

The Outing Club is closed for the month of February so the Davenport Rotary is headed on the road with the Putnam Museum as our first destination.
“I had no idea!”  This is the statement we hear often from visitors to The Putnam these days.
Beginning as the Davenport Academy of Science in 1867 and becoming the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science when it opened on Museum Hill in 1963, it is now the Putnam Museum & Science Center.
Davenport Rotary will host Dimy Doresca, Director of the International Institute for International Business at the University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business, on Monday, January 26.

Dimy Doresca is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and an International Business Specialist and Consultant. He is also Lecturer in International Business, a Global Learning Faculty Lead, and the Director of the Institute for International Business, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa. 

Rotary will not meet on Monday, January 19. Join us on Monday, January 26 for guest speaker, Dimy Doresca with the University of Iowa Institute for International Business.  




Rotarian and EICC Chancellor, Don Doucette, will provide an update on the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, including an update on the development of a full- service urban campus in Downtown Davenport to be located within several downtown Davenport buildings.  The new full-service urban campus will allow Scott Community College to more than double its capacity downtown to 1,500-plus students. In addition, EICC’s Continuing Education programs, currently serving more than 30,000 students annually, will be integrated into the new campus.  




ImageIt is with great sadness we announce the passing of Rotarian, Judge Jack Broderick.  Jack  was an active member of the Davenport Rotary Club for many years, joining in 1973. He was President of the club from 1989-90, and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a role model for many on what Service Above Self really means.

Visitation will be Monday, January 12 from 3-6 p.m. at Weerts Funeral Home, with a vigil service beginning at 2:30 p.m.  Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan.13 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 4097 18th St., Bettendorf.  

Jack's full obituary can be viewed at



Happy New Year Rotarians….Rotary is back in session! Join us on Monday, January 5 as we kick off 2015 with our club assembly, a time for the membership to weigh on what is being done right, what could be done better and even what needs to change.  Topics on the survey include membership recruitment and retention, membership satisfaction, club social activities and foundation giving.  This is a great opportunity to make sure your opinion is heard.  It’s also a great time to sign up and serve on a committee in 2015.  Don’t miss it! 





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