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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 West)
Carina Grady ($16,000 Overall Recipient, Davenport West)
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.
Rotary, USAID collaboration improves sanitation facilities in Ghana
According to a 2012 report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, Ghana has made great strides in providing its people with clean drinking water. But access to better sanitation has lagged. Only about 14 percent of Ghanaians have access to improved facilities, compared with the 54 percent target set for 2015 by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Addressing the issue isn't simple, as pit latrines need emptying, toilets need maintenance, and promoting hygiene requires education. The H2O Collaboration, a partnership between Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...