Welcome to the Rotary Club of Bettendorf

Rotary Tidbit: Those wishing to submit a grant application for the 2020 year may download the form. If you have any questions, please email Jeff Hassel at hassel14@gmail.com.

Bettendorf Rotary Grant Application

Chapter News

Join us for the Rotary Fun(d) Frenzy Online Auction!

October 21, 11:00 AM - October 23, 7:00 PM

Graphic with the Fun(d) Frenzy logo and an Online Auction tagline

For fourteen years the Bettendorf Rotary Club has hosted Lobsterfest, raising money to support local nonprofits, fund scholarships, and support our philanthropic activities in the area. In 2019 Bettendorf Rotary awarded $30,000 to 14 local charities from Lobsterfest proceeds. Due to the cancellation of this year's Lobsterfest we are hosting an on line auction packed with the talents/creativity, baking/cooking prowess, and donations of members along with generous donations from the local business connections of our members. Help us make a difference in our community by supporting our auction!

Please use the following link to view the amazing items and register for the auction. Bidding will begin promptly at 11:00 AM on October 21st.

Next meeting: Tanglewood Pavilion and ZOOM Oct. 7, 2020

Capt. Dan Moore, a QCT Story of Honor

From time to time, the Quad-City Times publishes stories of QC military veterans. Davenport's Dan Moore, a retired U.S. Navy captain, will share his story at the Oct. 7 meeting.

A Davenport resident, Moore reached the rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the First Persian Gulf War – during which he led a squadron of 12 fast-attack nuclear submarines.

Late in his career, Dan joined a strategic studies group, in essence a think-tank for the chief of naval operations. In 1990 was assigned to determine "what the major threat was going to be in 2010. We had a huge travel budget, and doors were open in academia, so we went around talking to all sorts of people, to see what their view of the world was…. looking back now, (the resulting report) seemed to be right on the money."

Foundation Minute - Welcome to Week 2 of October, the Economic & Community Development Month of Rotary International

Kidney disease affects millions of people all over the world.  Many of these patients suffer devastating consequences caused by lack of adequate care. Poor and developing countries generally do not have the necessary infrastructure to combat the disease in all its manifestations. Dialysis remains a hugely expensive, yet very necessary method of intervention.  In most nations individuals are expected to fund their own treatment. In communities and hospitals where a patient cannot afford this extravagant cost, such a person faces a grim future. As part of its mission to improve world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, TRF recently came to the aid of patients with kidney disease in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. 

Through a Global Grant, a Rotary Dialysis Center with three dialysis machines was set up in Kumbakonam.  Rotary District 2981 (India) hosted the ($34,870 US) grant which was sponsored by Rotary District 9820 (Australia).  S Piralyon, PDG (D2981) was influential in getting the Global Grant from TRF. “During the lock down, the new facility was useful for local patients to avoid unnecessary travel and related expenditure.”

“Friendship…the craving for which brought Rotary into existence, is the thing that will keep Rotary a living, vital force in the world for all time, the very foundation of our organization.”
Albert S. Adams (President, RI, 1919-20) Rotary Club of Atlanta Georgia, Address to 1920 Rotary Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Lobsterfest - COVID-19 Announcement

We are each uniquely impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. With all that is happening today, Bettendorf Rotary officials have decided that Bettendorf Rotary Lobsterfest 2020 cannot take place. While we look forward to coming together again soon as a community, we must put safety at the forefront.  The generous sponsors and supporters of this great community tradition and our friends and neighbors are facing unprecedented times. Out of respect for all involved,  we thought it best to put a PAUSE TO THE CLAWS.

But don't despair!  We are looking forward to rallying the community together again soon - watch for our announcement in the coming days with some exciting news.  In the meantime, while practicing Social Distancing, please consider supporting the organizations that have made Lobsterfest the great tradition that we have come to enjoy.

Please join us in thanking and supporting the local businesses that helped us raise $100,000 at last year's event. Thank you to all the generous donors, attendees, and especially the 2019 sponsors:

Abbey Carpet Gallery

Build to Suit
Coca Cola ~ Atlantic Bottling
Doland Jewelers
Duck Creek Tire
Tanglewood Hills Pavilion

Ascentra Credit Union
Central Scott Telephone
Courtesy Ford/Kimberly Car City
Edward Jones ~ Tim Lane
Iowa American Water
Locals Love Us
RJS & Associates
Steve's Mirror and Glass
The Boeye Real Estate Team
UBS Financial Services ~ Kevin Kraft
Weerts Funeral Home
Werner Restoration Services

State Farm ~ Tracy Wachel Naab
State Farm ~ Larry Thein
Swiss Valley Farms
Parker Audiology
Senior Star at Elmore Place
Shive Hattery
Thomas W Olson, DDS Family Dentistry
Windmiller Design and Development Co.
Dimitri Wine & Spirits
Faithful Pilot
Blaze Restoration
Califf & Harper, Attorneys at Law
David Franks, Attorney at Law
Gallagher, Millage & Gallagher
The Great Midwest Seafood Company
Legat Architects
McGinnis Chambers Funeral Home
Mechanical Sales
Mosquito Joe
Hy Vee Foods

On a lighter note, Bettendorf Rotary just saved the lives of 400 lobsters. Again, we look forward to sharing another big announcement with you soon!

Tim Lane and Ann Kappeler, BRC Fundraising volunteers
Rick Bormann, Bettendorf Rotary President