Speaker Date Topic
Bryan Sievers Mar 19, 2018
Siever's Family Farms & AgriReNew's On-Farm Anaerobic Digester
Siever's Family Farms & AgriReNew's On-Farm Anaerobic Digester

Bryan Sievers descended from German immigrants who settled in eastern Iowa between 1850 and 1873.  The current generation of owners and operators of the Sievers’ farm, Bryan and his wife, Lisa, are enthusiastic environmental stewards of the land and pride themselves on using all available resources for their highest and best use. The Sievers’ farming operation, beef cattle feedlot, and renewable energy facility is in western Scott County, Iowa near Stockton. 

In 2009, this philosophy became the motivation behind implementing the combined heat and power (CHP) anaerobic digester project.  The Sievers were looking to dramatically expand the farm’s beef cattle feedlot, but had concerns about any of the expansion’s effects on their carbon footprint and the environment. The solution was a 1 MW CHP system fueled by the methane produced from two 970,000 gallon anaerobic digesters utilizing beef cattle manure and other substrates.  AgriReNew, a company created by the Sievers and their partners, Dr. William and Judy Davidson, commissioned their digesters and CHP power plant in 2013.  Today, the digesters process over 50,000 gallons per day of cattle manure and other off-site co-feeds in the complete-mix system.  The electricity that’s generated, 24 hours per day 7 days per week, is sold to their local service provider, Interstate Power and Light (Alliant Energy).  In 2014, AgriReNew received the Agricultural Biogas Project of the Year Award from the American Biogas Council and received the 2014 Iowa Environmental Excellence Award for their anaerobic digester project.

Bryan and Lisa are 1982 graduates of Iowa State University. Bryan received his degree in Agricultural Business while Lisa received her degree in Industrial Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.  Lisa is also a Certified Public Accountant.  Bryan and Lisa have two children and five grandchildren.

Bryan’s past experiences include being a 3-year letterman on the Iowa State University baseball team, leadership roles in the Iowa Farm Bureau, serving two terms in the Iowa Legislature (one term in the Iowa House and one term in the Iowa Senate), and is currently serving as Chair of the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Biomass Conversion committee.  This committee is responsible for creating an Action Plan to expand Iowa’s biomass production and processing capacity as part of a comprehensive renewable energy strategy through Governor Kim Reynolds’ Iowa Energy Plan.

President Steven Bahls Mar 26, 2018
Augustana Update and Future
Augustana Update and Future

Steven Bahls has been president of Augustana College (Illinois) for thirteen years.   Augustana is a liberal arts and sciences college in Rock Island, Illinois.  He has also served as dean of Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, associate dean and professor of University of Montana School of Law and as a practicing lawyer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He taught corporate law and published many scholarly articles about corporate governance.  As a law professor, he taught in Canada, Germany, Greece and China.

He has written extensively about higher education and shared governance in Trusteeship, AGB Blog, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post and Inside Higher Ed.  He is the author of the best-selling book, SHARED GOVERNANCE IN TIMES OF CHANGE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES, published in 2014 by AGB Press.   He wrote much of this book during his recent sabbatical, which he spent in the arctic regions of Canada. 

He is a consultant for the Association of Governing Boards, working with higher education institutions across the United States to improve shared governance in order to create the alignment necessary for outstanding educational outcomes.

He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and earned his J.D. at Northwestern University, where he was Head Executive Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.

President Bahls is serving on or has served on the boards of several national organizations including the Council of Independent Colleges, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Lutheran Education Conference of North America and University of Montana School of Law Board of Visitors.  He is chair of the board of the Putnam Museum and Science Center.  He is also the vice chair of the board of the Federation of Illinois Independent Colleges and Genesis Health Systems. 

Jenni Swanson Apr 02, 2018
Wellness in the Workplace
Wellness in the Workplace

Jenni Venema Swanson has been a resident of the Quad Cities for over 32 years.

She is a certified fitness instructor licensed in both Illinois and Iowa. She teaches 6-8 classes per week in East Moline and Bettendorf.
During the past year, Jenni has looked at how the workplace affects worker wellness.  She has researched how employees work, their work postures and work productivity and discovered ways to improve all three.
Putting her knowledge of fitness and wellness together with workplace reality, she has discovered ways to improve workplace wellness in the daily work schedule.
Research is proving that sitting all day is not healthy.  “I used to sit at a desk all day long, that was not helping me, so I looked at how to improve my wellness at work”.
Simple fixes will make all the difference in your wellbeing and your productivity.
Christopher Peters Apr 09, 2018
Common Sense Healthcare Reform
Dr. Peters was born and raised in Kansas, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine on an Army scholarship, graduating in 1989. He served in the Army Medical Corps for nine years after medical school as a general surgery resident and staff general surgeon. After leaving the Army, he completed a second residency, in thoracic surgery, at the University of Oklahoma.
Julie Peters was born and raised in northern Iowa, and after completing nursing school, worked for several years as a traveling nurse. Chris and Julie met during one of her assignments, and while he was still in the Army. They were married less than 6 months after their first date, and they’ll be celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary this year. Chris and Julie moved to Iowa in 2004, where they have raised their three sons, Cole, Jake, and Caleb.
Dr. Peters first became interested in healthcare in 2008, when it became a hot topic in Washington, ultimately leading to the Affordable Care Act in 2010. When he examined his own industry, he realized it had been on an unsustainable path for his entire career. 
Barry Donald Apr 16, 2018
Vanessa McNeal Apr 23, 2018
Sex Trafficking
Sex Trafficking
Vanessa McNeal MSW, is a tenacious and thought provoking national speaker, documentary filmmaker, and business owner. She received her bachelor’s degree at Iowa State and received her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa.  


In 2017, Vanessa founded her production company McNeal Media with the goal of creating social change through the art of storytelling. She won "Best Director" for her previous documentary at the Newark International Film Festival and won the Women Filmmaker Award of Recognition at IndieFest.


She is currently producing a documentary that will investigate and explore the underground industry of sex trafficking in Iowa. 


​See More at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UzIcJ7rBTA&authuser=0

James Moore Apr 30, 2018
Demystifying Investing: A Preview to the Annual Berkshire Hathaway Meeting on May 5, 2018
Demystifying Investing: A Preview to the Annual Berkshire Hathaway Meeting on May 5, 2018

Jim has been a Rotarian since 2017 in New York. Originally from a small rural town in Canada, Jim now lives in New York City with his wife Erin, who is from the Quad Cities area. He runs a limited partnership based on the conservative investing principles of Warren Buffett. He has been a guest speaker on investing at NYU's Stern School of Business, Fordham University, Bowdoin College, and the CFA Society of New York. His research has been published in Bloomberg, Barron's, Fortune, CNNMoney, and MarketWatch. He’s been investing for 18 years, and has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Waterloo (Canada), and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California (USC).​

Davenport Rotary Scholarship Presentation May 07, 2018

More details to come

Dr. Art Tate May 14, 2018
Update-Davenport Community Schools
Update-Davenport Community Schools

Art Tate Bio

Dr. Tate was hired in August 2011 to serve as Superintendent in the Davenport Community School District.  He was formerly Superintendent in the Tempe, Arizona Schools through 2010-2011 school year.  He has also served as a superintendent in the Haverhill and Harvard, Massachusetts schools along with S.A.U. #34 in Hillsboro, New Hampshire and New York Military Academy in Cornwall on Hudson, New York.    He was the Director of Human Resources for T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island and began his education career as a teacher in the Broward County, Florida schools.  Mr. Tate was an U.S. Army officer with 9 years in Europe, 3 tours in Vietnam and taught mathematics at West Point.  He holds a B.A. from the University of Miami, M.A. from Boston University, M.S. from Texas Tech University, M.A. from the University of Rhode Island and an Ed.D. degree from Florida Atlantic University.


Emily Tinsman May 21, 2018
Her experience as Miss Eastern Iowa 2018
Her experience as Miss Eastern Iowa 2018

Emily Tinsman, a junior music education major at Drake University, is proud to represent this part of the state as Miss Eastern Iowa 2018. Through her year of service, she will travel, perform, and volunteer for a variety of organizations and charities. Emily is especially proud of her connection with Children’s Miracle Network in which she has raised thousands of dollars for. She is proud to represent future and current fine arts teachers as an advocate for a platform known as TEMPOS: Teaching and Encouraging Music Participation in Our Schools. TEMPOS is a movement she created to advocate and fundraise for arts programs in our schools. She’s all about providing musical and artistic opportunities for students and showing them the power of being involved in the arts. She is thrilled to be here and share with you a bit about her journey to Miss Iowa and her passion for arts education. ​

No Noon Lunch May 28, 2018
In Honor of Memorial Day
In Honor of Memorial Day

No Noon Lunch Meeting

Richard Whitaker Jun 04, 2018
Vera French
Auditor of State Mary Mosiman Jun 11, 2018
Fiscal Responsibility and State of Iowa Finances
Fiscal Responsibility and State of Iowa Finances

Auditor of State Mary Mosiman, CPA

Mary Mosiman has been serving as Iowa’s Auditor of State since May 13, 2013.  Initially appointed by Governor Terry Branstad to fill the unexpired term of her predecessor, she was elected to a full term in the November 2014 general election.

Mary serves the State as the “Taxpayer’s Watchdog” and her Office is responsible for the audits of state agencies, counties, cities, school districts and other governmental subdivisions.  The Office is also required to provide guidelines to CPA firms performing governmental audits, and plays a major role in fraud investigations around the State.

Previously, Mary served for 2 years as a Deputy in the Secretary of State’s Office and 10 years as the elected Story County Auditor.  Mary graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business/Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.  She is a member of the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants (ISCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT), the Ames Morning Rotary, and the Ames Chamber of Commerce.

A native of Hubbard, Iowa, Mary values her farm-family background.  She and her husband Dan reside in Ames.  They are the proud parents of four daughters.

Annette Horvath & Jim Wegener Jun 18, 2018
Passing of the Gavel Ceremony
Passing of the Gavel Ceremony

Annette Horvath will share her goals, as President, for the 2018-19 Rotary year.  Plus properly thank Jim Wegener for his fantastic year as President.