President's Message - Chelsea Powers

My Family:
I have been married to my husband, Ryan Powers, for almost 5years. Three years ago, we were blessed with a handsome and energetic son, Kellen, who definitely keeps us on our toes! This August we will welcome our second child, which we are very excited about! When we are not chasing our son around, Ryan and I enjoy golfing, exercise, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and spending time with our family and friends.

My Rotary Story:
I first joined Rotary in 2008, thanks to my sponsor, Mark Ross. I wanted to be involved in a service club that not only made a positive impact in the community, but one that I could have fun at! I found my place at Bettendorf Rotary. Shortly after I joined, I was approached to serve on the Bettendorf Rotary Board and I gladly accepted. Serving on the Board over the past 5 years has been such a rewarding experience. I have met so many caring and wonderful people and have learned a tremendous amount about Rotary.

Since joining Rotary, I have had the opportunity to become involved in various projects. I served as the Run with Carl Rotary Club Representative for 4 years, as well as assisting in the development of our Rotary in Motion Challenge, held every summer. In addition to serving on the Board, I have co-chaired the Marketing and Events Committee and most recently Lobsterfest.

I am very excited out this year’s Rotary theme, "Engage Rotary, Change Lives.” Incoming Rotary International President, Ron Burton, said it best, "Every one of us in Rotary is here because we were invited, and because e made a choice to accept that invitation. Every day since then, we have been faced with another choice: whether to be just a member of a Rotary Club or to truly be a Rotarian. Being a Rotarian is a commitment that goes far beyond just showing up at meetings once a week. IT means seeing the world, and our Role in it, in a unique way. It means accepting our communities as our responsibility, and acting accordingly: taking the initiative, making the effort, and doing what’s right, not what is easy.” Wow…What a powerful thought!

I recently read a book by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson, entitled "212: The Extra Degree.” The idea behind the book is that at 211º water is hot. At 212º, it boils. With boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. By turning up the heat one extra degree, it can truly make a world of difference. As I was reflecting on this analogy, our Bettendorf Rotary Club and this year Rotary International Theme immediately came to my mind. Our club embodies the Rotary mantra of "Service Above Self.” I am so proud of how our Club continually "turns up the heat” which separates us from being a good club to a great one. Let us all remember that being a Rotarian is so much more than wearing a Rotary Pin-what we do with that pin is truly up to us!

This year, I hope that we can continue to watch the thermostat rise as we make contributions locally, nationally and internationally. The goals that I want to work toward are as follows:

  • Work to develop Formal Policies at the Board Level in regard to Bettendorf Rotary Club Business:
  • Work on "No Rotarian Left Behind”
  • Engage current members and ensure that new members who join our Cub really understand our mantra, "Service Above Self”
  • Work on More education for our members-"Why we do the things we do.”
  • Increase our Club’s Visibility throughout Community Events
  • Provide an Open Door-I want members to feel comfortable approaching me and the Board with fresh new ideas that will build on the vision of our Club.
My Challenge to You:
Live the Rotary Theme, "Engage Rotary, Change Lives.” Turn up the heat just one extra degree. Don’t be shy to volunteer for something new this yea that you have passed on in previous years. You may find you have a strength that you never knew existed! Find your Rotary "Hot Button!”

I am truly honored to be your Club President for the next 12 months and I am excited to see what amazing things our Club will accomplish this year.

Be proud to be a Rotarian, especially a Bettendorf Rotarian!!!

Kind Regards,
Chelsea Powers
Bettendorf Rotary President 2013-2014

Meeting Details

Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
Meeting at The Fortune Garden
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