What We Do

Club Activities

The members of the Rotary Club of Bettendorf share a unique opportunity to give and grow through strong relationships. Our special blend of fun, friendship, leadership, and service has appealed to business and community leaders in Bettendorf for over sixty years. We learn from each other. We support one another. We do business together. We strive to make the world a better place. We enjoy spending time together.

We gather together for luncheon meetings most Wednesdays at the Tanglewood Hills Pavilion, 4250 Middle Road, Bettendorf. While every meeting is different, they always include social time, club business, and a talk from a noteworthy speaker on a topic ranging from current events and local politics to cultural trends and scientific breakthroughs. 

We work together on service projects, near and far, providing the funding, the labor, and the leadership skills needed to make the world a better place.

We become better leaders through mentorship, hand-on experience, and training programs within our own Club, with Rotarians from around our local Rotary District, and at a global level through Rotary International.

Perhaps most important of all, we enjoy each other’s company.

We have fun together at dinners in restaurants and in members' homes, sports activities, adult beverage tastings, informal get-togethers, private business tours, and more.

COMMUNITY GRANTS

Every year, Bettendorf Rotary provides community grants to local not-for-profits from the proceeds of our annual fundraiser, Lobsterfest. In January 2020, $30,000 will be given to local organizations as a means of strengthening our community.

Partnering with Rotary District 6000, larger community projects are tackled, as a means of making a greater impact on our community.

From bike racks, to public art, to a walk-in cooler and new loading dock for the local food pantry, Bettendorf Rotary sees a need and fills it. Among the more visible projects by Bettendorf Rotary is the outdoor musical play equipment at Faye's Field. The installation is a centerpiece in the green space dedicated to Faye Clow, who served as Bettendorf Rotary's first female president, and former Bettendorf Library Director.

Beginning in Summer 2020, Bettendorf Rotary also is sponsor of Bettendorf Library's Summer Concert Series, also on the Learning Campus.

YOUTH PROJECTS

Investing in our youth, Bettendorf Rotary

  • gives dictionaries annually to every 4th grader in Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley, Morningstar Academy, Rivermont Collegiate, and Lourdes Catholic School
  • funds a PAY-IT-FORWARD project for area 5th grade students teaching the importance of service and philanthropy
  • provides leadership opportunities for high school students by sending them to a weeklong leadership development academy (RYLA)
  • provides (6) $1,000 scholarships to graduating students
  • hosts incoming and outbound study abroad events

LOCAL PROJECTS

Where there is a need, Bettendorf Rotary is there to fill it, including

  • Planting trees
  • Landscaping the Colonel Davenport House
  • Providing Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to those most in need
  • Coats for Kids

Most recently, Bettendorf Rotary partnered with other Quad City service clubs, and the City of Davenport and Bettendorf in creating Miracle Fields, an inclusive ballpark for people of special needs. Rotary clubs provided more than $100,000 toward the completion of this space that will serve families throughout our region.

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

With the combined effort of 34,000 Rotary Clubs around the globe, Rotary is committed to eradicating Polio. In partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary is so close to ending this debilitating disease.

Bettendorf Rotary has led the way by serving as a lead organization in coordinating efforts on several other humanitarian projects. From building latrines and a footbridge in Nicaragua, to putting in wells and water reclamation projects for villagers in Haiti, members in Bettendorf Rotary truly make a difference in the lives of those around us, not only locally, but across the globe.

Fayes Field Miracle Field of the Quad Cities Miracle Field of the Quad Cities - Man pushing man on wheelchair around baseball diamond