Recap from the Oct 10, 2022 Meeting.
Meeting Run by: Rob Yant
Invocation: Megan Francis
Membership: Lucas Gantner-Salvation Army (Final Reading), Taylor Thorpe- Addington Place (Final Reading)
Online Participation: Thank you, Melanie Alexander, for joining our meeting via Zoom. We continue to offer a hybrid meeting each week. Members are invited to attend via zoom or watch the recorded presentation anytime they need to.
Happy News/Announcements:  All Happy News funds go towards our scholarship awards.
Lindsey Phillips: The YMCA Roarin’ 20’s Raffle is back. Only 750 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $20 each. Tickets can be purchased online or from Lindsey. Prizes include fuel for a year from HyVee, Hawkeye basketball tickets, gift cards, an IPad, and more. Megan Francis: Thank you to everyone who came to Crossroads Carnival and Concert on Saturday. It was a wonderful day. Tomorrow Crossroads is hosting a Ribbon Cutting in partnership with GMCCI to unveil a new shirk wrap machine and service for Muscatine businesses. The Vision Center will host an Oktoberfest Business After Hours Thursday night from 5-7 pm. It Takes a Village Animal Rescue recently returned from a rescue mission to Florida and returned with 14 dogs that are now safely placed in foster homes. They will join community partners to present a Couture and Canines Fundraising event this Saturday. Mark Roberts: The Rotary District Dinner is on Friday, October 28th, in Muscatine. Our very own John Kuhl will be a featured speaker. Please come out and enjoy the event.
Club News:
  • Monday, Nov. 7thour Rotary Club will host an evening Literacy event, from 4:30-6 pm, for kids waiting on the waiting list for Big Brother Big Sister and current Big and Little matches. The event will include dinner, crafts, and reading activities. This event will replace our regular noon meeting for the day.
  • The District Dinner will be hosted in Muscatine for the first time on Friday, October 28th. Thank you, Carolyn, for volunteering for the registration table. We are looking for 1 more volunteer to assist with check-in for the event.
  • RAGAS Grant Update: Paul Pate will present on October 17th, focusing on STOP Human Trafficking. Everyone in our community should know the signs of Human Trafficking and how to report suspicious actions. Local businesses need to register and help spread this information throughout our community. Please view the information about and register your business.
  • Tree Planting Service Event- Rescheduled to October 20th at 9 am at Taylor park. We are looking for 8-10 volunteers to help with the project. Contact Megan Francis at to get involved.
  • We have 2 open board positions. Please see Naomi for more information.
  • Follow the Rotary Club of Muscatine’s Facebook page, @MuscatineRotaryClub.
Chad Bishop
Chad Bishop is a Media Specialist at the Muscatine Community College’s Video Department.  He manages contracts with partnering organizations such as the City of Muscatine, Muscatine Power and Water, The Muscatine School District, and the Muscatine County.  One of his primary roles is to manage the Muscatine Access Channel Nine Studio and subsequent broadcasts to MPW cable subscribers and YouTube Audiences.
In acknowledgment of the growing popularity of ‘small screens,’ Chad has been aspiring to provide entertainment opportunities within our community that involve social interaction ‘in real life.  One of his flagship events is the Muscatine Independent Film Festival.  This event began in 2013 and has gone through many iterations, evolving into a film AND music festival.  He was invited to discuss the 7th annual event, some concurrent projects, and future plans.
The Muscatine Independent Film Festival is a film and music event on November 4th and 5th right here in Muscatine. The two-day event features short films submitted by filmmakers all over the country. With the addition of a custom-made screen, the CMS auditorium will be the main event venue with the music and after-party at the Brew.  The festival will bring audiences and filmmakers from all over Iowa and surrounding states to enjoy a weekend in Muscatine. Featured fills are scheduled in theme blocks throughout the weekend, including Student Films, Micro Shorts, Experimental, Music Videos and Performances, and many more. A 2019 economic impact study found that 86% of film festival participants were visitors to the Muscatine Area. A statistic Chad anticipates will rise in this coming year.
Chad loves to add a production element to other community events, including the upcoming Couture and Canine event this Saturday and the Central Middle School Haunted Halls Halloween event on Friday, October 28th.   
Meeting Recording:
Passcode: Rotary#1
Upcoming Meetings: Oct. 17 – Secretary of State (Iowa Businesses against Trafficking). Oct. 24 – Mental Health First Aid. Oct. 31 – Fellowship/Networking. Nov. 7 – Evening Children’s Literacy Event at the Y.