June 13, 2016
Volume 95, Issue No. 38
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
Please keep the family of long-time member Mark Amacher in your thoughts and prayers.  Mark passed away this last Wednesday unexpectedly. Arrangements are pending with Wheelan Pressly Funeral Home in Rock Island.  

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The Opening Act
      Club President, Chris Elsberg, called the meeting of June 13 to order.  We welcomed back Jonathan Turner, who returned to the piano on this Flag Day Eve.
     Daryl Empen served as song leader with his very favorite Tootsie Wootsie song.
     A report was provided on Jud Briggs' status.  Apparently, he is doing better and is at home after several weeks in the hospital.  At the same time, he is easily fatigued, although on his horizon are some therapy sessions.  We wish our best to Jud.
    Julie Derrer reported that we are less than $800 away from our $4,000 goal for Birdies for Charity.  If you have not yet done so, I would strongly suggest that you make your pledge before things start getting mean.
    As an Interclub report, Steve Schroder announced that we have covered all of the Division Clubs for the year, and the Annawan trip last week was the last one.
    Kevin Peterson gave a report on the 4th Hole Irregulars made up of Kiwanians from our Club, as well as others, to work the Deere Classic.
    July 20 will be the Division golf outing at Hawthorne Ridge in Aledo, where I am told the theme will be Argyles Forever.
We also had received a greeting from the Geneseo Club which reminded all Kiwanians to take advantage of the annual 4th of July Pork in the Park event.
    At the annual meeting for our Club, the official votes will be made for officers and Board members.  Word is that media coverage may include Wolf Blitzer and Megyn Kelly, who have already expressed their enthusiasm for this annual event.
    The District Convention will be coming up on August 5, and our Club will be participating in bringing about a carnival atmosphere Friday night.
    Liz Loveless reminded us of the September Stand-Down.  If, when you open one of your desk drawers, you find that you have accumulated a stash of miniature toiletry items, gather them up and hold them for this event.
    In Fun and Fellowship, Julie Derrer won the $5 preliminary prize, which she graciously donated back to the Club.  The Kartel, through the skilled maneuverings of Gary Miner, won a Bike & Hike coupon.  A valiant effort was put up by Gary to go for one of the bottles of wine, to no avail.

The Feature Attraction
     The program was given by Deere Classic Executive Director, Clair Peterson.  Clair began his remarks with a few words, taking us back to some of the early years of the Classic and the growth of the Classic as one of the premier PGA stops.  He thanked all who have helped the cause over the years.  He also gave some statistical facts, the most interesting being that through the efforts of Deere & Company, the Classic can probably claim to having the fourth longest sponsor relationship on the entire tour.

Upcoming Programs

June 20th       Charlotte Dohler Morrison, QC Convention &
                      Visitor's Bureau
June 27th       Jessica Waytentick, Colonel Davenport
Thought for the Day

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
           -  Rev. Hesburgh