May 2, 2016
Volume 95, Issue No. 32
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
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. If you can help us out, please contact Mike Bell, Peanuts Day Chair.  

   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 May 2 to order.  Providing the entertainment was Jonathan Turner and his Segundo de Mayo Singers.
    There were several announcements.  First, Duncan Reid reported that Jud Briggs was in the hospital following a heart attack and that he was in the intensive care unit.  I stopped by after the meeting and he was not responsive, although the nurse said that he was under the effects of considerable medication.
    Jeff Condit gave the first post-mortem on Rose Day and announced that we had indeed distributed 950 dozen roses.  Both he and Chris offered that the roses delivered to various nursing facilities and the elderly were well received.
    Peanut detail is this weekend.  This is a great way to get to know members of the community and your fellow Kiwanians.  Spots are still available.
    Thursday, the Interclub group will be heading to Aledo for a Kiwanis lunch.  Give Steve Schroder a call if you'd like to participate.
    Chris reminded us that there will not be a meeting on May 30.  Rather, there will be a joint meeting with Rotary on the 31st for the Memorial Day recognition.
    Guests included representatives of the Alleman High School and Rock Island High School Key Clubs.
    We were reminded of the Transitions mental health group's golf outing on May 20.
    In Fun and Fellowship, the Kartel gladly took the $4 preliminary prize.  Steve Schroder won the grand prize, a gift certificate from Bike & Hike.

The Feature Attraction
  The program was given by Kelly Townsend of the Community Foundation of the Quad Cities.  Kelly specifically addressed the Teens 4 Tomorrow program.  This is a program which serves approximately 200 young people from the community and exposes them to the elements of philanthropy.  The funds for the program came from the estate of Arlene Elliott.  Since 2002, there have been 83 grants extended by T 4 T in the amount of $91,000.  The emphasis of the program is to place the youths in the community, discover the community's needs, and analyze how needs can be met with funds available.  To this end, applications are made by various not-for-profits.  These are reviewed and, following site visits, the T 4 T members deliberate on their philanthropic recommendations.  In 2016, there are approximately 31 grant applications which, if all are granted, would cost $65,778
Upcoming Programs



May 9th         Rock Island High School Key Club

May 16th       Alleman High School Key Club


Thought for the Day

"No one has ever bet enough on a winning horse."   
                        - Richard Sasuly