April 18, 2016
Volume 95, Issue No. 30
2015-16 Officers


  Chris Elsberg


  Tom Hanson


  Jeff Condit


  Adam Bain


  Mike Bell


  Daryl Empen
2015-16 Board of Directors


   Kevin Peterson

   Tarre Kroft

   Sheila Guse


   Tom Plechaty

   Ruth Sanders

   Kevin Murphy



   Steve Fitzsimmons

   Bob Braun

   John Kustes     





  Chuck Dyson
  Joe Robb

  Jerry Upchurch

  Liz Loveless

  Tom Hanson



  Steve Schroder

  Tom Hanson



  Jonathan Turner



  Bill Cleaver

   Sheila Guse,Chair



Jennifer Von Kaenel



   Sheila Guse, Chair


Membership Roster
A full listing of our membership roster is available in the Members Only area of our website.

Upcoming Events, Fundraisers, Dates
Our Semi-Annual Awards Banquet will be at our regular meeting time TODAY, Monday, April 25th.  We will award our grants and recognize our 4 scholarship recipients. Invite your spouse or a guest, and let's have a great turnout!

Rose Day, Wednesday, April 27th. We've set a record with over 950 roses sold or sponsored. Fantastic work club and Rose Day Committee!  Make sure to be there for your shift if you volunteered!

Peanut Day will be Friday and Saturday, May 6th and 7th. We are hoping to staff three locations - the Rock Island and Milan HyVees and Fareway in Moline. 

   L ike us on Facebook!  Make sure to check out our Facebook page. Search for Rock Island Kiwanis Club, and like us!  Make sure to tell your friends and colleagues to like our page also. It's a great way to get the word out about all the good work we do!

The Opening Act
     Club President, Chris Elsberg, called the meeting of April 18 to order.  Once again, providing the entertainment was Jonathan Turner and his Band of Renown.
    We were reminded that the invocation and song leader sheets were finding their way around the room and were encouraged to volunteer to the extent that our talents can work.
    We were given a few brief items of information from the most recent Board meeting.  First, Club leadership determined it would be appropriate to sponsor a Little League team for the Rock Island/Milan Little League.  The Board also accepted the responsibility of serving as physical, temporary holder of funds for the Friends of Douglas Park group.  With the end of the fiscal year coming, we were reminded that as Board members pass through their terms, it will now be time again to get three volunteers to serve for three-year terms.  Finally, we were encouraged to think about individuals we might wish to nominate for the Hixson Award and the award for Kiwanian of the Year.
    Jeff Condit mentioned that he needed some help for service at Stecker's on the 27th for handing out roses.  He confirmed that approximately 950 dozen were accounted for, a significant increase over the past few years.
    Toronto will be the site of this year's Kiwanis Convention from June 23 - 26.  Contact Club leadership if you might be interested in going and representing the Club.
    We were again reminded of the grant and scholarship event at our meeting on the 25th.
    Peanut Days for the Club will fall of May 6 and 7.
Julie Derrer circulated the Club's Birdies entry forms, which were gobbled up by the members in attendance.
    Chris gave us a brief recap on the gavel presentation to the Geneseo Club recently.
    Joe Robb introduced a guest from Transitions.
    In Fun and Fellowship, Lee Schenck won the $3 prize, which she graciously donated back to the Club.  The grand prize was a $25 gift to Bike & Hike.

The Feature Attraction
   The program was given by Cathy Wieman, Executive Director of Alternatives for the Older Adult.  She began with an overview of the mission of the organization and exactly what the organization does.  She explained that the agency was 32 years old and serves to assist in determining what can be done with the mentally and physically failing elderly for the purpose of providing care.  Her verbal presentation was supplemented with a short video presenting the breadth and depth of the organization's services.  

Upcoming Programs


April 25th      Semi-Annual Awards Banquet

May 2nd        Kelly Thompson, Teens for Tomorrow

May 9th         Rock Island High School Key Club

May 16th       Alleman High School Key Club


Thought for the Day

"Death and taxes may always be with us, but death at least doesn't get any worse."
                   Los Angeles Times Syndicate