Author Archives: Seth Munier

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2016 YP of the Year: Lindsey Phillips

Category : YP of the Year

Each year, YPN recognizes one member who has proven themselves to be dedicated to the betterment of Muscatine and the YPN organization. This year, the leadership group has unanimously selected Lindsey Phillips, current director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. We reached out to some of those who work with Lindsey to get a more rounded picture of her dedication:

“Lindsey first started at Big Brothers Big Sisters as enrollment and matching staff, recruiting, interviewing, training and matching children with adult and high school volunteers. She was generally the first face volunteers, kids and their families saw upon enrolling in the program. She treated everyone with kindness and generosity, making them feel welcome and at ease. Upon transitioning into the role as program director, she continues to exude that same hands-on approach, welcoming Bigs, Littles and their families  Her commitment to the program has never wavered as she upholds the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” – Jessica H.

The leadership group at YPN is extremely grateful for the work that Lindsey does each and every day to make sure that our events are well-organized and that our members know what other activities are upcoming. Lindsey is most often the first in line to volunteer herself for any project.

Congratulations Lindsey, you are a great asset to our group.

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Member Spotlight: Monica Fulscher


Hometown: Muscatine, IA

Other places you’ve lived: Quad Cities, North Carolina, California

Employer: Team Staffing Solutions, INC.

Position: Marketing and Advertising Coordinator. I am currently building a brand new media mix, event based marketing strategy for our corporate office and outlying branches.

Favorite Local Restaurant: My kitchen with the family!
(Tantra’s noodles, Wine Nutz’s pizza)

Previous Employer/Positions or General Overview of Experience: Most of my experience is in sales and management with some sort of creative twist and a training role. I’ve tutored, recruited, sold life insurance and cars, managed a furniture and electronics store and played music full time. At Team, I get to use a little bit of experience from each field every day.

College/Major: I went to school for Theater.

What do you like to do for fun? I like to try new things but maintain a fairly rigid family calendar. I’ve been skydiving twice and love spontaneous road trips. I front a band and enjoy writing songs and performing. On the other hand, I’m a sucker for cheesy family activities like cutting down our own Christmas tree or going to an old west shoot out reenactment.

Why did you join YPN? I think to be successful at anything, whether that be raising children, making music, or steering your career, a person needs a solid sounding board. I joined YPN because there are so many young professionals involved in the organization who are really passionate about what they do. I hope to grow both professionally and personally with a group of peers to share ideas with, be inspired by, and gain perspective from.

What is your favorite YPN event? You’ll have to ask me next year…

Anything else? Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming!

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Lip Sync Battle Comes to Muscatine!

Category : News

Join YPN at the Missipi Brew on June 9th and participate in the Lip Sync Battle to benefit the YMCA Youth and Teen Center Expansion. It’s $10 to “sing”.

Register as a solo act or a team by June 6th by emailing gro.YenitacsuMnull@lesseHA or by visiting the YMCA.


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2015 YP of the Year: Trista Sotelo

Category : YP of the Year

YPN, or the Young Professionals Network is a key organization in our community that strives to create a great place for young professionals to grow and network professionally while building confidence in their personal selves. YPN’s goal is to provide a welcoming, supporting network which continues to promote Muscatine as a great place to live and work.

Each year, YPN recognizes one member who has proven to be a great role model as well as someone who relentlessly gives back to the Muscatine community. Please join me and YPN in honoring our YP of the Year for 2015, Trista Sotelo.

Trista’s professional career with CBI Bank & Trust (formerly Central State Bank) began in June of 2003 and she was named an Assistant Vice President in 2013. Outside of her many duties with CBI Bank & Trust, Trista is a Junior Achievement volunteer and also serves on the boards of the Flickinger Learning Center and Happy Time Preschool.

Trista has been involved with YPN since 2008 and has been leading the group for the last two years. This year will be Trista’s last as Chair of YPN. Her next assignment will be assisting the new Chair as they learn the ropes and continue to build our group.


Chairperson: Trista Sotelo, Central State Bank
Treasurer: Jenna Hackett, Hackett Construction
Social Committee Chair: Stephanie Little, Central State Bank
Community & Professional Development Chair: Lindsey Phillips, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Membership Committee Chair: Dena Ferreira, First National Bank
Public Relations & Secretary Chair: Seth Munier, Bridgestone Bandag and Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors
GMCCI Liaison: Jodi Hansen, GMCCI & Blue Zones


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2016 Member Deals!

Category : News

We’ve updated our member discounts for 2016. If you have received your discount card, you already have seen these. Don’t forget to take advantage of them! You can also find them from the main menu, under Member Discounts.

1st National Bank of Muscatine Free appraisal for a closed first mortgage loan.
A Guy and A Grill $1 off purchase.
Acc, Inc 10% discount on all regularly priced merchandise
Avenue Subs Free 20 oz. drink with purchase of a small sub or potato (dine-in only)
Bark Chiropractic Buy 1 Aqua Massage, get 1 free.
Boonies on the Avenue $2 off entrees, any time!
Buffalo Wild Wings 10% off your purchase.
Carriage House $100 off a purchase of $1,500 or more.
CBI Bank & Trust $250 off closing costs at the closing of any real estate loan.
Chicharo’s 10% off your meal.
China Garden 10% off purchase of one buffet.
Community Bank $250 off closing costs at the closing of any real estate loan.
Contrary Brewing One free beer. (One time offer per person.)
Creations by Oz 15% off one regular priced item. (One time offer per person.)
Feather Your Nest Interiors 15% off Any Accessory
HallTree 10% off regularly-priced merchandise.
Happy Joes 10% off all purchases excluding alcohol
Hy-Vee 10% off menu items at Hy-Vee Market Cafe. (Dine-in only.)
Just Because 10% off Regularly Priced Merchandise
La Guadalajara $1 off any appetizer.
Los Lomas 10% off dinner entrée.
Missipi Brew Free soft drink with any sandwich purchase, excludes nightly specials (such as Brew Burgers on Mondays, etc.)
The Muscatine Community YMCA Non Y members get a week pass. (One time offer per person.)
The Muscatine Journal One month free subscription, the EZPay subscription for $16.25 per month.
Olson Family Dentistry Free 1st exam and 50% off custom whitening trays.
The Pearl  $2 domestic beers and $1 off appetizers.
Port City Underground Get 1 of the following free w/ food purchase: Bottle of Beer, Glass of House Wine or a Non-Alcoholic Beverage.
Pro Hair Designs Salon and Spa 20% off 1st service.
Sal Vitale’s Italian Restaurant Free appetizer with purchase of 2 pasta dishes.
Salvatore’s Ristorante 12% off purchase. (excludes alcohol.)
The Spa at BAAR 25% off a facial with Rebeca. (One time offer per person.)
Taco Johns Free Cup of premium coffee with the purchase of any breakfast burrito (at regular price).
Yacky Shack Free fountain drink with purchase of entrée.


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Member Spotlight: Chris Wirkowski

Category : Member Spotlight


St. John, IN

Other places you’ve lived:

New Jersey, Pennsylvania


Grain Processing Corporation (GPC)


Research Division Engineer – I work with scientists to scale up new or modified products.  First they develop them in their laboratory with small experiments, usually about 1 gallon or less.  Then we move to the pilot plant where we will do something between 50 gallons and a few thousand gallons depending on the project.  If all goes well then I’ll work with production to scale it up further into a commercial product.  Along with that, I also size and design new equipment, evaluate costs of commercialization, and investigate new processes.

Favorite Local Restaurant:
Tie between The Brew and Boonie’s.

Previous employer/positions or general overview of experience:

I interned with Walsh Construction and U.S. Steel during college.
Purdue University / Chemical Engineering

What do you like to do for fun?

Ice Hockey (Pearl City Black Storm, we are always looking for more players of all ), Volleyball, Spikeball, Softball, Golf, Snow Ski, any ocean/lake/river related activity, travel anywhere I’ve never been.

Why did you join YPN?

GPC pays for the membership fees so when I moved here our HR manager told me about it.  What’s not to love about free food??!?!  Oh, and the meeting people too, I guess.

What is your favorite YPN event?

Anything that Geneva caters.  Also the Friday night QC Mallards game with $1 beers and $1 hot dogs.

What event would you like to see YPN do?

Bungee Jumping.  Or glow ball at the municipal golf course.

Anything else?

I’m good at dog sitting if anyone is going out of town.  I work for free if the dog weighs over 50 pounds.

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2015 Two Weeks of Love Campaign

Category : News

At the end of the month, Two Weeks of Love will be starting. In the spirit of the season, please consider making a food donation until December 5th and a toy contribution until December 12th. Unlike Toys for Tots, Toy Time donations stay in Muscatine and help those who need it here in town. Thanks for your generosity and making YPN a better organization!


2015 Two Weeks of Love Flyer


2015 Two Weeks of Love Poster