Monday, January 11, 2016

Main Street Washington update

Our first club meeting of 2016 was a great one.

Kurt Sorensen from Hills Bank brought Lori Tebockhorst, the other half of Hills Bank corporate membership. Great to have you both at Rotary.
Lori Tebockhorst and Kurt Sorensen
Thanks to Paul Horak (Horak Insurance) and Lynn Horak (Wolf Floral) for bringing their daughter MaryKate Horak to Rotary before she heads back south for college. MaryKate was our 2014 John Prochaska Rotary Service Award winner!
Marykate Horak and Paul Horak
Thanks to Ed Raber (Rotarian of the Year, 2013) from WEDG for bringing Pam Bisbee from Iowa Workforce Development/IowaWORKS to Rotary. Pam will be working in Washington/Washington County on Thursday's, officing at the Washington Free Public Library, to provide services to individuals and to employers. Pam lives in Tipton, and serves Muscatine, Clinton, and Maquoketa in addition to Washington each week.
IWD's Pam Bisbee


A new program of President Tsalika Rich is the Member Spotlight! Each week, the program chairperson will share a little bit of personal background on themselves so that we get to know each other a little more.

The first Member Spotlight! was Chamber Director, Michelle Redlinger, who was in-the-zone. Michelle told us about growing up in Washington and stints living in Seattle and Des Moines before returning to Washington. Michelle is married to Shawn Redlinger (Greiner Buildings). Michelle didn't even mention her solo world-wide backpacking trip the year before she joined the Chamber.

Michelle Redlinger sings a little too


Thanks to Michelle Redlinger for inviting Sarah Sadrakula to give an update on Main Street Washington. Main Street works in 4 broad areas: Design, Promotions, Economic Restructuring, and Organization. Main Street recently celebrated $3 million in private investment downtown since the program began in 2008. Congrats to them, and thanks for helping to make Washington a better, more interesting place.
Michelle Redlinger points out Sarah Sadrakula

Main Street Washington - 2016 Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 23 (5- 8 pm) – Savor Washington
Friday, February 19 (7-10 pm) – Lip Sync Battle @ JP’s 207 ** NEW
March 14-19 – Spring Fashion Week
Saturday, March 19 (Shows @ 9 and 11 am) – Spring Fashion Week Style Shows & Open Houses
Monday, March 21 (5-8 pm) – Annual Dinner @ Riverside Casino
Friday, June 3 (8:30 pm) – Movies on Main Street
Friday, July 1 (8:30 pm) – Movies on Main Street
Friday, July 8 (6 pm) – Glowball Golf Tournament
Friday, August 5 (8:30 pm) – Movies on Main Street
September 26-October 1 – Fall Fashion Week
Saturday, October 1 (Shows @ 9 and 11 am)- Fall Fashion Week Style Show & Open Houses
Friday, November 18 (5-8 pm) – SNOW: Shop & Stroll
Friday, November 25 (6-9 pm) – SNOW: Downtown Lighting Ceremony & Lighted Parade
Saturday, November 26 (8-10:30 am) – SNOW: Breakfast with Santa
Santa’s House (hours vary) – Saturdays and Sundays Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve

For More Information about all Main Street Washington events visit: or


January 14: Lynn Koch - TBA
January 21: Amber Scott - TBA
January 28: Club Forum!
February 4: Paul Horak - Blood Drive
February 11: Brent Hinson - TBA