Rotary Club of North Scott (Davenport)


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Welcome to North Scott Rotary

North Scott (Davenport)

The future of Rotary is in your HANDS

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
Steeple Gate Inn (Best Western),
100 W 76th St. (Brady St. Exit)
Williamsburg Room
Davenport, IA  52806
United States
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Home Page Stories

  Four Rotarians attended the mandatory training to be eligible for District and International Grants in the coming year.  Shown are Deb and Dennis Peterson, Bill Tubbs, and next years President, Glen Keppy.  This training was held at  West Liberty and was hosted by the West Liberty Rotary Club.

 District 6000 Leadership were on hand to present thanks and congratulations to Bill and Linda Tubbs for their donations to the Rotary Foundation.  Donations included a $250,000 donation to the bequest Society and $25,000 to fund a Peace Scholar under the Rotary Peace Scholar program

Honorary Members North Scott Rotary has bestowed honorary membership on 3 new individuals.  Each has served with distinction and well deserve this honor
Linda Tubbs
Bill Puck
Jerry Hansen

Troy Pederson joined North Scott Rotary on Friday, February 20.  Troy comes to us from Willmar, MN, where he was a member of the Rotary Club. He is the new Branch Executive of the North and West, Scott County Family Y’s.
Troy has a B.S. in Physical Education from Minnesota State University in Moorhead, MN. Troy and his wife Bridget reside in Davenport and have two daughters.  His hobbies include golf, fishing, hunting and hockey.  Please take a minute to welcome Troy to Rotary.

North Scott Rotary sponsored 3 students to this intensive Leadership and self awareness program.  Cody Birely from our club was also one of the counselors.  This program is gaining national recognition.  Shown in this picture are the students.  Anna Denger, Alex Bare, counselor Cody Birely, Kat Birtell

North Scott Rotary had the honor of hosting two Youth Exchange Officers from Brazil.  We have had a long term working relationship with these two Districts from Brazil. Tina and Maria ( Front Row with Deb Peterson) came to the US to attend the NAYAN convention  in Little Rock, AR.   Present were Assistant District Governor, Doug and Lou Peterson, Glen and Jean Keppy, Paul and Susan Kalainoff, Robin and Julia members of Ia Quad Cities Rotary, and exchange student Giles from Belgium.   

We were very pleased to have the Interact Club sponsored by North Scott Rotary as our guests this past week.  Shown above: Superintendent Joe Stutting, Quinton Allison, Layne Hamann, Owen Fahrenkrog, Parker Seibert, and Principal John Hawley.  Center Back is North Scott Rotarian and Interact leader, Paul Seelau.  This club has held several fundraising events in support of needy causes in their community.  They have also become a sponsor for a child in Uganda as part of our program to help these Ugandan students to complete their education.  

Twenty Four Outbound students from Iowa, and Inbound Students from around the world were at Newton for this training.

 Two teams our club members put together to support, Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  This is an organization we are proud to support.  Many of our club members participate in this program of providing an adult role model to children and teens that need it in our community.  Shown below is one of the teams Ryan Varner, Seth Porter, Josh Cobie, and Ryan Davis

David Brian Williams II (Brian) (Left) joined North Scott Rotary on January 9, 2015.  He is employed by the North Scott Press as a Sales Representative and is sponsored by Bill Tubbs. Brian is a Graphic Artist and a high school soccer referee. Brian resides in Moline, where his wife, Lisa, is the Head of the Reference Department of the Moline Library. He has one daughter that attends St. Ambrose University.
Lawrence Behnke (Lonnie) ( Above Right) joined North Scott Rotary on January 16, 2015.  He is an agent with Farm Bureau Financial Services, Eldridge, and is sponsored by Dr. Anita Wubbena.  Lonnie enjoys gardening, singing, and volleyball and is owner of Behnke Poultry. He resides in Eldridge and has 5 children. Lonnie is engaged to Leah and enjoys Community Theater, where we just might see him on stage this summer.
Not only did Dr. Anita Wubbena recruit our newest member.  She introduced him, and gave his charge as a new Rotarian.
Once again these members are not only joining Rotary, they are joining a FAMILY of caring individuals who will support and care for them and all of you.  Welcome to both of the newest members, and all North Scott Rotarians.

Becky Bray and the Membership Committee created a fun and informative program for all of us.  Trivia questions were given to the team members of Steve’s (Fahrenkrogs)Stooges, and Glen’s (Keppy) Groupies.  Without the help from the rest of the membership, many of the questions would not have been answered.
It was fun for all.

Assumption High School
Emma Nagle is involved in Key Club and Students against destructive decisions.
Julia Field is involved in Key Club, on the student council and plays golf.
Davenport North High School
Jenna Hartman is on the student council, active in show choir, All-State and Orchestra. Jenna also writes for a small publication in Rock Island.
Gregory Middleton is in four sports.  He also finds time for Choir and Orchestra.
North Scott High School
Lee Meier is an accomplished equestrian rider.  At school she is a cheerleader and a FFA member.  She also participates in Speech and Lancer Productions.
Kyle Apple plays baseball and sings in three choirs at school.  He is in mock trial and hopes to become a lawyer.

 Manning the Salvation Army Kettles were many members of North Scott Rotary.  Shown are “Santa: and Gene Meyer on the top.  Bottom photo are Jean and Glen Keppy.

The North Scott Community Fine Arts Awards that are co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of North Scott and The North Scott Press were presented on Sunday, Dec. 7 at  the North Scott High School Auditorium. This year three individuals were honored for their support of fine arts. They are (l-r): Paul Holzworth (Drama), Sue Klever (Vocal and Instrumental Music), and Bernie Peeters (Visual Arts). 

As part of President Steve Fahrenkrog’s project this year we are adopting a homeless shelter operated by the 180 Zone.  This Project will not only be the physical support given to the residents living here, but a complete remodel of the exterior grounds, fire pit area, and the embroidery shop with which they earn money to support themselves and their ministries. Thirty-six coats were delivered for the residents to take advantage of as the weather turns colder.

Auction Chair Patrick Olsen presented a check for $36,589 to President Steve Fahrenkrog from proceeds raised at North Scott Rotary’s annual auction.

216 Children were able to experience a Fall Harvest, Free Pumpkins, Walking Taco’s, And Som’ores
Many of these children had never been to the country side before this experience.  They also were able to feed and pet the goats.

Joe lives in Eldridge with his wife, Kara and young sons, William and Benjamin.  He originates from Ottawa, IL and graduated from St. Ambrose University. Joe works for I. H. Mississippi Valley Credit Union and likes to spend time outdoors with family, fishing and attending sporting events.  
Joseph DePaoli      
Michael Donahue
Mike lives in Davenport with his wife, Dianna and teenage daughters, Victoria and Aeyre. Lorraine Lynch proposed Mike, as he has been an employee at Mid States since he did work study there in High School.  Mike is on the board for Davenport Girls Softball and coaches a team for Davenport Central’s feeder program. He enjoys Hawkeye sports and softball.   

15 inbound students, their Host Families, Counselors, and District 6000 Committee
Members gathered for the annual event in Iowa City.
The emphasis of the training was to integrate the 15 new inbound students from around the world, into American culture.  They and their Host Families were given insight into what to expect as the year progresses.
Counselors were trained in dealing with the situations that can arise in a year long exchange.
   Present from North Scott Rotary were #1 our inbound student, Manuela Huscher, and one of her host families, John and Joan Maxwell.  Also very prominent in the training was Paul Kalainoff, Outbound Coordinator for District 6000, all students going out into the world.  Dennis and Deb Peterson were there as District 6000 Committee members, and training team.. 
Rotary District 6000 Inbound Exchange Students from the world, to Iowa and our local Rotary Clubs
These young students have taken on a great challenge in coming here for an entire year, away from their families, and to learn about our culture
Outbound students to the World, Now Rebound Students that have returned to the United States
Paul Kalainoff poses with his prodigies from last year.  These students have just returned from their year abroad, away from their families.
This group is now part of our training support team know as Rotex.  This team provides a vital link between the District Committee and the youth.
Quite frankly the students will listen to them and not us old people.

Past President Steve Suiter Reads the Charge as North Scott Rotary inducts its two newest members
Tricia Kane, Library Director at Scott County Library System.  Tricia took over as Director replacing our own Paul Seelau when he retired
Deb Peterson, Property Manager and Asst Executive Secretary North Scott Rotary

Our own Genevieve Gaston.
Dressed in her uniform for attending school in Quito, Ecuador
Genevieve reports that she is having a great time, learning to fit in, and learning the Spanish language.  With her blond hair and tall figure, she might find it a little hard to blend in, but she will do great at fitting in to the Ecuadoran

After a great lunch served buffet style, those who were brave enough ventured out into the wet and cold golf course.  All but one group showed how tough they were by braving the elements. The group played the back nine holes of the course.  After a short while, one smart couple decided they had had enough and came back to the club house.  I will have to admit that this is the first year in my memory that the weather has not been beautiful for this event

Our latest William Tubbs Honor Rotarian was awarded on Friday.
 Christine Garrow was honored for all of her work in the Literacy and Education area.  She organized our District Grant work of funding and working at the Scott County Library Summer Reading program. 
This encompassed all of the Branches in Scott County.

It seems the Lions knew.  It must have been lost at our recent Niabi Zoo outing.
At least a clue showed up last meeting in the form of a picture of the bell in the Lions cage.  How did it get there?  A few of the members seem to have known.
The Lion tamer arrived with a package for President Steve Fahrenkrog, and a rope around her waist.   Steve verified that it was indeed the bell.

Manuela is from Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil.  Deb Peterson is her Counselor and she will be staying with first: Lorraine Lynch, and second: John and Joan Maxwell. Manu, as she wishes to be called will be attending several of our meetings to tell about herself and her country.



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