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Member Spotlight: Lauren Foxwell

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Name: Lauren Foxwell
Hometown: Monona, IA
Other places you’ve lived: Ames, IA; Monticello, IA; Red Wing, MN; and Muscatine
Employer: HNI Corporation
Position: Product Development Engineer for HNI Leveraged Furniture Operations
Favorite Local Restaurant: Tee’s, especially for the ice cream snowstorms
Previous employer/positions or general overview of experience: I just finished the Early Career Development Program at HNI where I completed 6 rotations in either engineering, operations, or supply chain
College/Major: I attended Iowa State University and my degree is in Mechanical Engineering
What do you like to do for fun? Outdoor things in the summer like hiking, kayaking, or camping; otherwise traveling, photography, crocheting, painting, and learning new instruments
Why did you join YPN? Being from a small town, I see a lot of value in community involvement and I wanted to be part of a group of other people who might also be new to town and looking to get plugged in
What is your favorite YPN event? Visiting Ardon Creek winery was probably one of my favorites!
What event would you like to see YPN do? I would like to see a joint event with the quad cities YPN group
Anything else? Ich kann Deutsch sprechen!

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RSVP for November’s Third Thursday!

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YPN November Third Thursday
Thursday November 17, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM CST
DaBeet’s Bistro & Wine Bar
128 E 2nd St
Muscatine, IA 52761

Don’t miss this month’s Third Thursday at Downtown Muscatine’s newest restaurant!

Our corporate supporters for this event are:
First National Bank and HON.

If you have friends that aren’t members of YPN that work at either of these fine employers, they get in FREE this month!

This month is also our first month of the 2017 membership drive.

If you sign up and pay for your 2017 membership at this event, you will received 3 raffle tickets to use towards great prizes at our January event. If you wait until December, you still get 2 tickets. If you sign up in January, you only get a single ticket. So triple your odds and sign up today using our 


Register Now!


YPN Muscatine, 102 Walnut Street, Muscatine, IA 52761
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GMCCI Member TO Member – With RAGBRAI Update

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We are 100 volunteers SHORT for Saturday, July 30.

Please encourage your employees to sign up with Nichole at United Way:

No heavy lifting required – we just need friendly people to help welcome our 15,000 visitors and help them find their way.

Ribbon Cutting Today:
RAGBRAI Event – What to Expect


Friday, July 22 & 23
RAGBRAI participants have started arriving to park their vehicles for the week at MHS (when it is full, which it’s expected to be, then we’ll use Mulberry school parking, if full, then MCSD).   Numerous cars will arrive in the early morning hours on Saturday for approximately 1,000 +/- cars to be parked for the week.
We are told to expect 800+/- campers for Friday night (we’ll have a few tonight) behind Hayes school.  We will be running Muscabus shuttles to the downtown-area and Park Ave. restaurants from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Multiple charter and team buses will arrive and depart MHS starting Friday, July 22 and should be done by late afternoon Saturday, July 23.
The huge undertaking of coordinating pre-purchased parking reservations and providing food options, camping areas with showers is being championed by the Muskie Booster Club – a fundraiser for the Club. It sounds like they could use some extra hands tomorrow as well.
There are 100 or so cyclists sleeping at the Y tomorrow night, 7/22 – a fundraiser for the Y.  Some residents will be hosting cyclists at their homes on Friday, 7/22 and on Saturday, 7/30.
Expect Cedar Street between the by-pass and MHS/Hayes School to be extremely busy the 22nd and 23rd.  The majority of cyclists and buses will be gone by 4:00 on the 23rd.
If you have a high schooler that needs to pick up their school laptop, encourage them to get that done TODAY.
Friday, July 29
The riverfront parking spaces and boat ramps will be closed starting at 3:00 p.m. on Friday through 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Saturday, July 30
The cyclists will be coming in on Hershey Ave. to Mississippi Dr. to Iowa Ave, turning right into the riverfront, then exiting on Cedar St.  Hershey Ave./Mississippi Dr. will be closed to vehicular traffic from the Hwy 61 by-pass to Mulberry Ave. from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The detour around downtown will be 8th Street.  The open crossover streets, with MPD traffic control, will be Main Street and Houser – expect delays.  If at all possible, avoid it all by using the by-pass.
In addition, there is a huge soccer event occurring Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of next week.  Avoiding Houser at Hershey Ave. on the 30th is advisable.  The soccer traffic will not be able to exit the by-pass at Hershey until after 6:00 p.m.  They will be routed to Mittman Road to get to the soccer complex.
Our downtown area, including the riverfront will be crowded with cyclists, pedestrians, cars and trucks, buses and semis.  2nd Street will be open, however the feeder streets to Mississippi drive will be barricaded at the alley.  Most municipal parking lots downtown will be utilized for RAGBRAI and the Farmers’ Market.  The parking lots and spaces we do not block off, will be filled with visitors picking up their cyclist(s) starting early on Saturday morning.
Cedar St. will be the main route for cyclists to get to their cars at MHS.  An enormous amount of cyclists will also make their way to Muscatine Community College and the Muscatine Mall. We are encouraging them to take the trail from the riverfront through Weed Park to MCC and the Mall.  Please be aware of cyclists crossing Hwy 22 to get to Weed Park.
Great River Days events will be taking place on Friday and Saturday as well.  People will be searching for parking spots as close to the riverfront as they can get.
The RAGBRAI route to the riverfront will have some unique decorations on the 30th. The park on Hershey at Houser will have the American Legion train engine/truck float and veterans handing out flags and/or bottled water.
MP&W is hanging their beautiful 20′ x 30′ American flag over Hershey Avenue by the soccer fields.
Carver Corner will have a 20′ letter “M” made out of bicycle tires by folks at Monsanto.
The River Monster will make an appearance somewhere along the route too.
Whether you live along the route or Cedar St., please feel free to decorate your yards with bicycle art or flowers or whatever you desire to enhance the festive environment and show off our pride in our community.  There is a bike art contest with a cash prize – see!residents/cee5.
We Need 100 More Volunteers
1.  We could use as many volunteers as we can get.  We will have 5 Information centers/satellite centers staffed with friendly people welcoming the support crews, cars, trucks, buses and semi’s at major intersections coming into town to help them find their way.
2.  We will also need volunteers acting as tour guides on Musca buses/shuttles Saturday, 7/30.
3.  In addition to that, we would like as many friendly people stationed downtown and on the riverfront to answer general questions like “where is the High School located”, “where is the Community College located”, “where should I eat”, “where’s the nearest grocery store”, etc.  You can sign up for shifts in 1-hour increments at
We are excited to welcome these national and international visitors to our beautiful community.  Once they see what a gem Muscatine is, they will make plans to come back and visit us again – for a longer stay next time.
If you can get a glimpse of them, some of the team buses coming in are converted school buses decorated to reflect the team’s name or theme.  Some are quite creative.
Please know we will have an enormous amount of people – cyclists, pedestrians, cars, trucks, buses and semis in our city for the first time and trying to find their way to MHS, MCC, the riverfront, etc.  Please watch out for them, have patience with them and help if you can.
Also, let our Police, Parks & Rec, Solid Waste and Public Works Departments know that we appreciate all they do — they have been and will be working many extra hours with 3 major events going on in our community next weekend.


More information can be found at and on our Facebook page: RAGBRAI Muscatine.



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GMCCI | Email | 563-263-8895 | Website
Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 102 Walnut Street, Muscatine , IA 52761
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What’s Up Muscatine! June 15, 2016

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What’s Up Muscatine!
June 16, 2016


Due to the new format of What’s Up, please be sure to send your submissions in Flyer form (JPEG or PDF format please).  Also, be sure your Flyer has all the information and contact information needed about your event!

Send your member or non-profit event information or job openings to Shelley Sides.

If you’d like to receive this weekly e-newsletter, please email Shelley.

June 18:  Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

June 18:  Kids Cooking Class at Hy-Vee

June 18:  Canoe/Kayak with Muscatine County Conservation Board

June 21:  MCC Offers Classes at West Liberty Center

June 21 & 22:  Muscatine Art Center Facility Project Updates

June 22:  Connie Armstrong Memorial Blood Drive

June 23 & 24:  Y’s Super Sitter Class 

June 25:  Lutheran Living Senior Campus Open House and Ribbon Cutting 

June 27: Upper Iowa University – Term 6 Starts

July 5: Pub Theology Muscatine

July 8, 9 & 10:  GRT’s Junior Tennis Tournament

July 9 & 16:  Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency Offers Home Owners Class
See Flyer

Aug 1 – 6: Kidsville Vacation Bible School
See Flyer

In Other News…..

Adult SoapBox Derby on 4th of July

Pink Pass Program

Summer Food Service Program Begins June 6th – Volunteers Needed too!

Hosts and Volunteers Needed for RAGBRAI 2016

Cancer Support Group Meets in Muscatine

United Way of Muscatine 2016 Student Day of Caring Logo Contest

Celebrate Independence Day, 2016

4th of July Raffles

4th of July Parade – “Honoring Our Armed Forces”

Sign Up for YSF’s Summer Football Camp

Pearl City Players Theatrical Society in Need of Storage Area

Alzheimer’s Community Education Classes

See Flyer  


Senior Resources Looking for Chore Workers   

See Flyer 


Register Now for July 4th Adult Soapbox Derby!   

See Flyer  


Save the Date!  MCSA To Celebrate on September 22nd    

Save the date!  On Thursday, September 22nd  MCSA will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary.
Watch for more information to come!
For information on MCSA, please visit:


Job Headquarters

Caregiver – All Shifts

Community Links

Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 102 Walnut Street, Muscatine , IA 52761
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Lip Sync Battle Comes to Muscatine!

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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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2016 Member Deals!

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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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2015 Two Weeks of Love Campaign

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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

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July Third Thursday Recap

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Allsteel was gracious enough to host YPN’s July Third Thursday event at their HQ building. We had a great time with great food catered by Yacky Shack and an ice cream bar provided by GPC. The tours of the facility were interesting and I think everyone learned a little bit about office furniture and horizontal corporate structuring.

Our speaker for the evening was Cassandra Monroe, a Muscatine native and now New York City resident. She spoke of her time in the military and how she began to create her personal brand.

See you all at next month’s event at the Muscatine Municipal Golf Course!