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While we were both attending college at Marycrest in Davenport, my husband Steve and I met. He won me over and we were married after he graduated and took a job at Marycrest. As a result, I received tuition remission for the last 2 years of school. A husband and free college—what a deal!
Steve and I have been married 35+ years. After working for the Davenport Community Schools, Steve retired from his position as a Crisis Interventionist at Keystone Academy. He is now in charge of household chores and corralling our new (and very energetic) dog, Maggie.
I accomplished my goal of visiting all 50 states before I
turned 50 years old and continue to enjoy traveling whenever possible. To relax, I enjoy exercising or reading a
book, but not at the same time.
Right out of college, I was hired as a workshop supervisor at the Handicapped Development Center (HDC). I took that job with the thought that I could stay a while and get some experience until something else came along. Despite that plan, I have been at HDC 34 years. Over the years, I have held six different positions within the organization including a department head, training coordinator, administrator, and a few others along the way.
My current position is Vice President of Resource
Development. In that role, I oversee the
fundraising, marketing, public relations, volunteer management, and grant
writing for the development portion. Additionally, I supervise the human resources department.
My Rotary Story
I like to get involved and I like to feel useful, so joining a Rotary Club seemed like a perfect fit for that plan. The question was, "Which one should I join?” So, I visited a few clubs in the area, and those visits made the decision very easy. The energy and fun atmosphere of the Bettendorf Rotary Club was immediately evident.
Soon after I was inducted and shared my story "in two minutes”, I began the challenge of finding my place and defining my role. Starting with Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, dictionary deliveries, and a Bettendo project, I began to volunteer for various Rotary initiatives. After a short time, I felt that I was making a contribution.
I was asked to join the Rotary Board after about a year, and due to some board member departures, I have moved toward the President position a little quicker than I originally planned. However, I am enjoying my service on the board and am learning from those very capable and qualified people who are going before me.