Young Professionals Network Muscatine
Weekly Update
January 13, 2016  

Join Us for our  
Next Third Thursday!
 January 21, 2016

You won't want to miss our annual meeting event at
our next Third Thursday on
January 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at
Geneva Golf & Country Club  
(3100 Bidwell Road, Muscatine). 
Come and enjoy the food, drinks, and social time and learn how to become more involved in YPN and our community.

This month's corporate supporters are Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Geneva Golf & Country Club.

Don't forget that the membership drive will wrap up at this event, so come and sign up for a membership in 2016 and have a chance to win one of the awesome prizes listed below. You won't want to miss out on this great prize opportunity! The drawing will take place at this event; you must be present to win.
1 of 3 FitBit Charges  
$50 - Boonies Gift Card 
$50 - Missipi Brewing Co. Gift Card  
$50 - Wine Nutz Gift Card
$50 - Tantra Thai Bistro Gift Card  

Member Spotlight: Chris Wirkowski

Chris Wirkowski
St. John, IN

Other places you've lived:
New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Grain Processing Corporation (GPC)

Research Division Engineer - I work with scientists to scale up new or modified products.  First they develop them in their laboratory with small experiments, usually about 1 gallon or less.  Then we move to the pilot plant where we will do something between 50 gallons and a few thousand gallons depending on the project.  If all goes well then I'll work with production to scale it up further into a commercial product.  Along with that, I also size and design new equipment, evaluate costs of commercialization, and investigate new processes. 

Favorite Local Restaurant:
Tie between The Brew and Boonie's.

Previous employer/positions or general overview of experience:
I interned with Walsh Construction and U.S. Steel during college.

Purdue University / Chemical Engineering

What do you like to do for fun?
Ice Hockey (Pearl City Black Storm, we are always looking for more players of all ), Volleyball, Spikeball, Softball, Golf, Snow Ski, any ocean/lake/river related activity, travel anywhere I've never been .

Why did you join YPN?
GPC pays for the membership fees so when I moved here our HR manager told me about it.  What's not to love about free food??!?!  Oh, and the meeting people too, I guess.

What is your favorite YPN event?
Anything that Geneva caters.  Also the Friday night QC Mallards game with $1 beers and $1 hot dogs. 

What event would you like to see YPN do?
Bungee Jumping.  Or glow ball at the municipal golf course.

Anything else?
I'm good at dog sitting if anyone is going out of town.  I work for free if the dog weighs over 50 pounds.

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Leadership Council
Social Committee Chair
  Seth Munier,
Public Relations Committee Chair
Community & Professional Development Chair
Dena Ferreira

Membership Committee Chair
Jodi Hansen,  
GMCCI Liaison
Featured Membership Benefits
Just Because - 208 W 2nd St #307 - 10% off non-sale items
Las Lomas - 10% off dinner entrée
Meineke Car Care - 10% off any service, 5% off tires and batteries. Excludes oil changes.
"The Young Professionals Network is a personal and professional development organization designed to allow members to interact socially, exchange ideas, share common interests, and build a better Muscatine community."