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President Paul E. Johnson
President Elect Tom Bowman
Vice President Robert Morrison
Executive Secretary Johanna Smith
Treasurer Bob Sharp
Rotary Foundation Dennis E. Hoaglin
Membership Sean Eckhardt
Immediate Past President Gary Loss
Public Relations Brad Martell
International Service Brock Earnhardt
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Director Eloise Graham
Director Rob Scott
Director Maggie Tinsman
Director Christopher Townsend
Director Mark A. Zimmerman
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Posted by Johanna Smith on Sep 25, 2014

Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks is an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) who most recently served for three years as the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health. During her tenure, she showed passion for improving the healthcare and quality of life for Iowans.  Dr. Miller-Meeks learned that a lot can be accomplished by putting partisanship aside for the greater good of the people of Iowa.

Mariannette enlisted in the United States Army at age 18 and retired honorably from the reserves as a Lt. Colonel. During those 24 years, active duty and reserve, she served as a private, nurse, and physician.

She and her husband, Curt, live in Ottumwa. They have two grown children, Jonathon and Taylor.

For more information about Dr. Mariannette Miller—Meeks, visit Miller-Meeks for Congress.

Statement from Miller Meeks for Congress at


Posted by Johanna Smith

It’s time to take a break from our regularly scheduled noon lunch meeting and head to Rivals for an after work social.  Join us on Monday, September 22 for a vocational service program.  We will meet from 4:30—6:00 pm at Rivals Sports Bar & Grill located at 1720 Kimberly Road in Davenport.  Rivals won the 2013 & 2014 “Rotary WingFest Best Wings” contest.  Guests are $13.


Posted by Johanna Smith on Sep 11, 2014

For almost 40 years, Chris McCormick Pries has worked at Vera French Community Mental Health Center and is currently a Board Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and the Clinical Director. Chris is also a major provider of community services for individuals, educators, counselors, and care givers in the Quad Cities. She is involved with Jason’s Box, the Mental Health Legal Task Force, Eating Disorders Consortium, the Safety Net in Peril Committee, a trainer for the Davenport and Bettendorf police and a public speaker bringing awareness to eradicate the stigma of mental illness. Chris has dedicated her life to providing quality, accessible and comprehensive care to those suffering from mental illness and has worked compassionately to make their lives more complete.

In January, she was honored by the Vera French Community Mental Health Center with the Courage and Compassion in the Advocacy of Mental Health Award for her efforts and contributions to improving conditions for people with mental illness.

Join us on Monday to learn more about Vera French Community Mental Health Center and their work to enhance the mental health of all in our community by providing quality, accessible and comprehensive care.


Posted by Johanna Smith on Sep 04, 2014

Benjamin Loeb

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is turning 100!  Rotarian and Quad City Symphony Orchestra Executive Director, Ben Loeb, will be our guest speaker on Monday, September 8.  He will be sharing more on the 100 year history of the organization as well as what they have planned for the upcoming season.

Ben is an accomplished pianist and has performed in venues throughout the world.   He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Harvard University, a Master of Music degree in Accompanying from the Curtis Institute of Music, a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Accompanying from The Julliard School, and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Conducting from the Peabody Conservatory. In addition to the Greater Bridgeport (CT) Symphony Orchestra, Loeb was also the founder, executive director, and music director of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras. Ben has extensive teaching experience; he was one of the first piano faculty members of the El Paso Conservatory of Music and is the founder, administrator, and member of the conducting faculty of the International Conducting Workshop and Festival, which has presented master classes around the world for over 11 years.


Posted by Johanna Smith on Aug 28, 2014

Rotary will not be held on Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day.  We will return with Rotarian and Quad City Symphony Orchestra Executive Director, Ben Loeb, on Monday, September 8.

Posted by Johanna Smith on Aug 21, 2014

ImageJack served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1985 to 1993. In 1993, he accepted the position of State Director with U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. He returned to the Iowa House after winning election in November of 2000 and then won his first term to the Iowa Senate in 2002.

Presently, Jack is chair of the Senate Health & Human Services Budget Subcommittee. He also serves on the Economic Growth, Human Resources, State Government, Labor & Business Relations, and Appropriations committees.



Posted by Johanna Smith on Aug 14, 2014

Image2014-2015 District 6000 Governor, John Ockenfels and his wife Deb will be traveling the district for the first six months of the year to visit all 64 clubs, and the Ankeny Evening Satellite.  They will be stopping by the Davenport club on Monday, August 18 to speak to the membership and visit with our club Board of Directors, Officers and Committee Chairs.  Members of the board, officers and committee chairs are invited to attend a special meeting with District Governor Ockenfels at 10:30 am on August 18.  We will be meeting in the lower level dining room at The Outing Club.


Posted by Johanna Smith on Aug 07, 2014

Rusty Boruff is the Founder and Executive Director of 180 Zone.  180 Zone Inc. is a faith based, non-profit ministry. It houses men, women, families, children, and youth while they are discipled in the local church. They have a 25 bed facility, Norma's Place, a men’s residential facility, and three outreach facilities around the Quad Cities Area. Many of those they reach are homeless, addicted, or poverty stricken.  The 180 Zone also has a faith-based program to help men and women overcome challenges in their life, no matter what the struggle. They provide many different facets of outreach such as helping move the elderly or less fortunate, furnish apartments and homes, provide counseling, tutoring, after school feedings, a food pantry, feed and clothe the homeless and needy, visit the nursing homes, and much more. 

The 180 Zone uses hundreds of volunteers on a monthly basis to serve thousands of people every week in the community.


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