Past President - Mark Ross

I first joined Rotary in 1993 in Des Moines, Iowa as part of the Des Moines A.M. Club. I moved back to the Quad Cities in 1995 and joined the Bettendorf Rotary Club thanks to George Daugherty. In the late 1990’s, I did the weekly news update that Laura and Fred now do such a great job of keeping us updated. I did the news for over a year before passing the baton on to much more qualified news people. Sometime around 2002-2003, Linda Miller and I co-chaired the Program Committee. We handled this task for a couple years before Brian Kennedy took over the duties. Brian does a phenomenal job of bringing in great speakers every week and does a super job of introducing those speakers. He makes this job look easy and believe me, it’s not.

I think it’s important for everyone to understand and appreciate the history of our club and would encourage everyone to read this history on our website. Why is this important? Bettendorf Rotary is more than Chinese food for lunch every Wednesday. We’re fifty+ years of community service, international projects and community leaders. Did you realize we have 17 past presidents that are still Bettendorf Rotary members? When you invite someone to become a member of the Bettendorf Rotary Club, you’re inviting them to an elite organization of community and business leaders.Rotary International did not allow women members until 1987, but yet by 1993-1994 we had our first woman president, Faye Clowe. The future of our club is in good hands with Chelsea Powers, Sharon Sarver, Kevin Kraft and Chris Glass slated to be our future Presidents.

As we’ve recently discussed, our Rotary Club is only as good as our members and our participation in events.We have a strong history of active club members and I’d like to challenge everyone to participate, at a minimum, to the following over the course of the next year:

  • Invite 3 prospective members to a Rotary meeting
  • Sponsor 1 new member
  • Attend a social after hours
  • Make up Rotary at another club 2 times during the year
  • Volunteer for one event

If we can all reach this goal, our Club will be even more vibrant than it is today.

When I attended the President Elect Training in Rochester, I realized how little I know about certain aspects of Rotary. I also learned a new phrase RINO (Rotarian In Name Only.) I’d challenge each of you to not be a RINO this year.

Finally, Rotary is more than Bettendorf and I’d like to see more active participation in District and International events.

Here are some random thoughts of things to rekindle from the past or start new. I’d appreciate your feedback on these items:

  • Consider having mentoring relationship
  • Restart the father/son and mother/ daughter meeting
  • Consider starting a Rotaract club with other Iowa Quad Cities Rotaries
  • Have the members write down and acknowledge who their sponsor was
  • Start a "class of--- " and give rotary recognition in five year increments
  • Implement a "corporate” member to see how this works

I am looking forward to the next 12 months serving as President of the Bettendorf Rotary, and I am honored to have been given this opportunity.

Thank You,

Mark Ross

Bettendorf Rotary President 2012-2013

Meeting Details

Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
Meeting at The Fortune Garden
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