By Paul FitzPatrick
Being a member of the Rotary Club of Muscatine brings many blessings to business and non-profit leaders here in “The Pearl City.” Those blessings do not merely happen at the lunchtime meetings of the Club. Sometimes members receive opportunities to see the newest changes to our hometown–changes for the better.
On February 1, members of the Muscatine Rotary Club and guests were given an advanced first look at the newest pearl, the Merrill Hotel. Lori Denney and Leanna Resetich ushered the 40 Rotarians in two groups to see the top floor ballroom with a wraparound deck overlooking the mighty Mississippi. This could well become the most rented site for wedding receptions and other family and community celebrations. The “money sight” is truly a sight to behold.
The Rotarians were escorted to the elegant suites on other floors, the salt-water swimming pool made especially for lap swimmers, the main kitchen, and the foyer where, when the Hotel opens later this year (at the time of this writing, the opening date is March 15) guests will have their first welcome to this newest pearl of The Pearl City. The reactions of the Rotarians were overwhelmingly positive.
The Merrill Hotel has changed the waterfront landscape of Muscatine and, when it opens, will change more than the landscape. The Merrill will change the economics and lives of residents as we welcome new visitors and acquaintances, some anticipated to travel from as far as China.
The members moved to Wine Nutz for a reception celebrating the 98th anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Club of Muscatine and to sit with other members where the experience at the Merrill Hotel was shared. The smiles were joined with good conversation and visions of even more blessings coming as guests arrive from around the world, receiving a very topflight welcome to The Pearl of the Mississippi – Muscatine.